Onlinejobs PH vs Upwork: Which Is Better?

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Are you wondering where to hire a reliable data entry virtual assistant for your remote team? is a great option if you're looking for a virtual assistant based in the Philippines. With their marketplace, you can easily post a job and communicate with potential candidates on their platform. You have full control over the hiring process and can work out an agreement with your chosen assistant. 

On the other hand, Upwork offers a wider range of virtual assistants from all over the world, giving you more options to choose from depending on your needs.

If you're just looking for a quick job, Fiverr might be the better option. However, if you're looking to build a long-term team,, and Upwork are the best places to go. 

So, whether you're looking for a virtual assistant for a short-term or long-term project, we've got you covered.

In this episode, we'll walk you through the pros and cons of each platform, and help you find the perfect data entry virtual assistant to fit your needs. 

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Hey, there are a few sites that I love and places that I go to hire my virtual staff. And today I want to share a couple of those with you and talk through, through them.

All right. Welcome everyone to the Build Your Team show. I am your host, Atiba, and here we discuss how to build your team so that your business can grow and scale. And today we're going to be talking about where I find some of my best virtual staff and the 2 sites that I love are, number 1,, and then number 2 has to be I'm going to drop a link to both of those down below., I hire more staff and talent off of than really anywhere else. Most of my team comes from I love their marketplace because it allows me to post a job and communicate back and forth with people and really get to know them right there on their platform. The other thing that I love about is that they only care about making money off the fact that I listed a job. They're not going to say "Hey, we want to manage your relationship with this worker and charge fees and anything else". The worker and I can create our own agreement of how we want to work and then leave the platform and go get the work done.

I had a ton of success, hired a ton of great people off of Now, Upwork comes in in 2nd place and I'll tell you, I've been using Upwork a lot longer than I have Upwork is, well, let me see, I think I've been using them since 2015, maybe 2014. It's been quite a while, guys, since I've been hiring staff on Upwork.

Now, the thing with Upwork is you're going to find a wider range of staff on Upwork than you do on One, by skillset. Two, by proficiency of skillset, and then 3rd by location. So you can find people literally anywhere on the planet on, whereas on, everyone's just in the Philippines. 

Now why does that matter? It matters because depending on what you're looking for, certain cultures around the world may be better at it than others. This is my experience. And other people have corroborated as you may have a different experience than this. I have found that, you know, say like a lot of people from the Ukraine that we've hired are better at doing super high technical projects.

Then people in the Philippines. People in the Philippines are much better at customer service than people in the Ukraine. Great! But you can't find people in the Ukraine if you're looking for someone who's super technical in-- on, rather on You'd have to go to Upwork to find them, okay? So it really just depends on what you're looking for, but both of these sites are fantastic.

The thing that I don't care for much about online-- sorry about Upwork, is that they want to manage the relationship that you have with the worker. And they have scared workers to no end about "Hey, if you work for an employer outside of our platform, we'll ban you and kick you off of the platform". And so then workers are often very scared to work with you off of platform.

Now, as an employer, you may want to work with them off platform because OnlineJobs-- sorry, I keep saying OnlineJobs. See, I love it so much it's all I think about. No, Upwork charges you fees every time you pay your workers. And so you may want to leave because you get sick and tired of paying them fees. Let's just be honest, okay? But that's kind of the good and the bad there. You can get a global economy of workers and a global flavor of workers, but you're going to have to work within their platform. 

Now, are there other places to go? Yes, absolutely. There are tons of other job boards. There are tons of other places. Places like Fiverr and so on and so forth.

Just being completely honest with you. I have not had great success with a lot of those others, especially for staff that you want to keep around. Now, if you're just looking for someone to do a job quickly and you know, you want them to spend 5, 10 hours doing the job in this week and you may never use them again, then guess what? Fiverr is probably a better place to go, because you can find a ton of those types of people who are just in for a quick drop, in and out, on Fiverr. But the people on, the people on Upwork, very often are looking for more longer term work with you, okay? So if you're looking to build your team, then those are, in my opinion, from my experience, the best places to go.

How about you? Have you hired from anywhere? Let me know. I'd love to know what sites you're using and where you're finding great talent. 

All right, everybody! I'll see you later. Bye-bye!

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