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Call Center Exodus and the Rise of Online Freelance Work

I’ve worked in the call center for over four years until I finally turned to full time online freelance work. While the world hasn’t changed much for me during my four years of stay in the call center, I am most grateful that I’ve worked in the BPO industry because the trainings, most especially the sales and customer service trainings played a big role in my freelance career now.

Some of my batchmates from the original group when I first started in PeopleSupport have gone to different areas of work but some have remained in the call center. But I guess it won’t be for long.

The work landscape that the BPO industry has disrupted is yet on a course for another disruption. This time, it’s online jobs that’s taking its slice of the call center talents. We are starting to see the exodus of trained call center agents and Upwork is taking it to another level. Upwork has recently introduced the Pro Customer Service Group that entices call center agents, particularly the customer service professionals who have call center experience to take advantage of this unique group. Upwork Pro Customer Service Group

If you want to start testing the waters on freelancing with a […]

Call Center Exodus and the Rise of Online Freelance Work

Upwork – The New oDesk

oDesk, then oDesk-Elance (or Elance-oDesk) and now, uPwork. If you’re an oDesker, don’t be surprised if you login today or tomorrow and find that you’re getting redirected to the new website. If you haven’t had the chance to check your email, here’s what’s waiting in your inbox, the full content of the email sent by Elance-Odesk CEO, Stephane Kasriel. Stephane has recently taken the helm of the Elance-oDesk and apparently, he’s taking over Upwork.

Upwork - the new Elance-oDesk

So what exactly are the things to look forward with this update:

1. New website – obviously, the oDesk website will eventually be replaced with upwork.com. However, it’s been noted in the email that: You’ll see familiar oDesk functionality and your existing profile, with a new mobile-friendly and simplified design.

2. New Upwork Messenger – there’s now a new app available for download that’s available for both iOS and Android users. So if you haven’t downloaded it, go ahead and check it out. I’ll post a review of the app as soon as I get my hands on my phone and will post it immediately here. Check out the Upwork Messenger App first look and review.

Upwork – The New oDesk

oDesk Connects and Membership Plan and What it Means to You

March 31st will be a historic day for freelancers on oDesk when the new membership starts to roll out. And just as expected, this new oDesk membership scheme marks another tell tale sign of what I call, the “Elancipation of oDesk“. Remember, they told us that it will be two separate platforms, but they never said that they will continue to work on the same scheme, that is, FREE and equal membership levels on oDesk versus upgrade/paid options on Elance.

So tomorrow, when you log in to your account, you’ll have a choice, either you keep a free, basic account or upgrade to freelancer plus plan. The big question is, what is it really for me to be on a free or a paid membership account? If I have been successful with the free account, how can the paid membership be any different? Will I earn more, or get more jobs, have less competitors?

oDesk provided an overview on what to expect come that fateful day and here are they with a few of my personal insights on the issue.

Free Vs Paid

There are two classifications of Freelancer memberships, there is Freelancer basic or the free account and there is also the Freelancer Plus account […]

oDesk Connects and Membership Plan and What it Means to You

How to Apply for NBI Clearance Online

The news about the availability of NBI Clearance online application is a good welcome to 2014. It does not (yet) totally make the whole process internet based but it will greatly reduce the time you will have to spend to get a new clearance. And for a someone who works at home, gets paid by the hour, every second saved counts. This is definitely a good start for the bureau (and hopefully the other government offices will follow suit) to finally utilize the full power of the internet in making services faster and more accessible to the people.

The procedure looks very simple. 

Fill out the NBI Online Application Form.  The form is actually divided into different sections. Some you sections you will only see as you progress in completing the different fields. A few things to remember:

  1. For the Clearance Registration section, make sure to fill out all the items. For the presented ID field, there is an example just above the field box. So if you are going to use ID’s other than the two examples shown, make sure to identify what ID it is, is it POSTAL ID, PRC, DRIVERS License, etc. […]
How to Apply for NBI Clearance Online

EON Card Advisory

There will be a slight change that will affect Freelancers and all Paypal users who use Unionbank EON debit cards to withdraw their earnings. Starting August 1, 2010 there will be a new policy regarding card holders withdrawal fees. As indicated in Unionbank website advisory:

For oDesk users who regularly withdraw their earnings every Wednesday, this simply means that on the third and fourth week of your earnings will be slashed P20 ($0.44) when you withdraw. And if your withdrawal is below P7000 ($155 based on a $1= Php45 exchange rate) this means you’ll get another P50 ($1.11) deduction.

This may not be so big a change, but for those who are earning a little less than $155 per week, it may be a wise decision to withdraw your earnings every two weeks. Otherwise, you may want to get an extra work to exceed the $155 mark to avoid the deductions. Is there a better alternative to this? I’m not sure. But it would be good to check on other banks if there are current offerings for Paypal users where you get less charges and no maintaining balance as what is currently being offered by Unionbank.

And to make sure that […]

EON Card Advisory