DAVAO CITY — Australia’s Outsourcing Angel, a division of Red and Black Solutions Pty Ltd., is planning to hire virtual assistants (VAs) in Davao City, focusing on candidates with a marketing background.
Linh Podetti, owner and creator of the social enterprise, said the company currently has 60 VAs in the Philippines and hopes to expand this network of online workers.
“In the Philippines, your English is very good, it is easier to make an impact to you,” Ms. Podetti said in an interview last week, noting that she also has VAs based in Nepal, India, Pakistan, and Indonesia.
Outsourcing Angel provides outsourcing solutions to business owners who need help with digital marketing, administrative work, customer services, and Web development tasks.
“We have VAs that are Web and graphic designers, social media marketers, anything you can do online, but most businesses need marketing help,” she said.
The company also organizes seminars and workshops for becoming a VA, finding online work, and online business opportunities.
“We do initiatives like creating seminars, teaching people who never heard about VA or who want to become a VA because we believe that a VA gets to work from home, get to make good money for the family, and they can spend more time with the family, unlike (full-time) BPO (business process outsourcing) jobs,” she said.
Outsourcing Angel is also collaborating with Virlanie Foundation, Inc., a Philippine nongovernment organization helping street children, for learning programs offered to underprivileged youth.
This training includes basic computer skills, MS Office, art and design, and communications/writing, alongside values education.
“Our goal is not just to create jobs to people in the Philippines, but also help them to earn as VAs,” Ms. Podetti said. — Maya M. Padillo