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10 Best Freelance Jobs for Beginners in the Philippines.

Note: This is a guest post by Jerico from Peso Hacks! Be sure to check out his blog for topics on Freelancing, Money Tips, Hacks and all things personal finance! 🙂

One of the most common reasons why people don’t pursue freelancing is because they don’t know the best freelance jobs for beginners. They probably have read an inspiring story of how someone makes 6 figures a month working at home. And when they ask that person what his job is, they’d get disappointed because it’s programming. Yes, while it’s true that the highest-paid freelancers have the most in-demand and difficult skills, you’re missing out on something. If you’re a beginner and you think like that, please stop!

There are plenty of freelance jobs out there that don’t require you to sacrifice a year or two of your life just to learn it.

Of course, you won’t get 6 figure-salaries right off the bat but when you play your cards right, it’s possible!

After reading this list, you should have the following:

  • Have a good idea of what freelance job/s to pursue.
  • Become aware of the average rates of different freelance jobs.
  • Take action and start polishing your skills.

With that said, here are the 10 best freelance jobs for beginners!

10 Best Freelance Jobs for Beginners in the Philippines

1. Virtual Assistance

 

Virtual assistance is one of the most common freelance jobs in the Philippines (or in the world). If you’re not familiar with this job, think of them as assistants but their work is online. Their work typically consists of email management, booking, writing, calendar management, bookkeeping, answering calls and many others. Basically, the scope of their work is determined by their clients (employers).

But if you want to get paid more in this freelance job, I suggest you focus on a niche. If you don’t know what a niche in freelancing is, think of it as a particular topic. For instance, instead of being just a general virtual assistant, you can brand yourself as an Amazon virtual assistant. What this means is that you are an expert in the Amazon business and you know how to handle stores.

What’s the benefit of this, you ask?

Having a niche allows you to command a higher rate! When clients are looking for an expert on Amazon stores, you have a higher chance of landing that job rather than someone who knows just a little bit about it. But in order to have a niche, you should dedicate all your efforts into learning everything you can about it.

**Potential Salary: P10,000 – P100,000/Month

2. Social Media Management

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According to a report from CNN, the Philippines is the world’s heaviest internet user. On average, Filipinos spend 10 hours and 2 minutes a day online in 2018! Now that we’re on quarantine, this number has most certainly gone up. But the golden question is, are we using this time for something productive?

It’s fine to use some of our time scrolling through Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. But did you know that you can use your internet-savvy skills to make money at home?

If you have social media accounts, you already have an advantage. Businesses are constantly looking for ways to promote their products and services and one of the channels they use is social media.

This is your chance to help those clients manage their social media accounts and use your knowledge to grow their reach.

Of course, you just need to sharpen your knowledge by taking free online courses to have a slightly better chance at this. But overall, this is one of the best freelance jobs for beginners to get into!

**Potential Salary: P15,000 – P38,000/Month

3. Content Writing

One of the best freelance jobs for beginners in the Philippines is content writing. Content writers write blogs, articles, eBooks, email marketing campaigns, and many more. As with virtual assistance, you can also have a niche in content writing.

For example, you can focus on writing about personal finance, gaming or travel. This just depends on your knowledge and interest. And to be a content writer, you don’t need to be the next J.K Rowling just to be a content writer. If you’ve written an essay back in school, then you already have an idea on how to write content for websites. You just need to know the differences between the different types of web content. Then, you can start to start offering your services such as in 199jobs.com at first.

But once you the have experience, I highly suggest that you search for writing jobs in UpWork! This is where I found a client that pays me $25/1,000 words today. If you don’t have an UpWork account yet or have difficulty getting yours approved, check out my detailed guide on How to Get Approved in UpWork!

**Potential Salary: Beginners charge $5-$10/500 words on average. But if you have a portfolio of samples already, you can already start charging $25/1,000 words.

4. Data Entry

Another easy freelance job for beginners is data entry! This freelance job is so easy that anyone can do it. It’s true! If you have some basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel and copy-pasting data, then you’re good to go! This is because your job is to usually just collect data from sites and transferring it to excel sheets. Unlike other jobs in here, you don’t need to use your brainpower as much in data entry jobs. However, you’ll be dealing with tons of data at once so the volume is your only problem. But for beginners looking to get a feel of what it’s like working online as a freelancer, this is the perfect job to start!

**Potential Salary: P8,000 – P21,000/Month

5. ESL Tutor

ESL or English as a Second Language tutors primarily teach English to Chinese students. The demand for ESL tutors has increased over the years since more and more Chinese families have recognized the importance of English.

Basically, the job of ESL tutors is to teach students how to read and write in English. The process is all online! A lot of BPO employees have even transitioned to being an ESL tutor and have found success in doing this full-time! And contrary to what many may think, you don’t even need a teaching license to be qualified for this job. But you do need to have a 4-year degree. If you think that you have the patience and the English skills needed for this job, why not give it a try?

**Potential Salary: P15,000 – P40,000/Month

6. Customer Service Representative

More and more companies are turning to freelance customer service representatives to help them with customer’s complaints. The beauty of this is that almost every company needs CSRs so you won’t run out of jobs soon!

If you don’t know the primary duties of CSR, it basically involves dealing with customer complaints. Because of that, a lot of patience is needed in this job. But if you are already in the BPO industry, this is one of the best freelance jobs to transition to!

**Potential Salary: P10,000 – P53,000/Month

7. Transcription

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In the most basic sense, transcriptionists just convert audio and videos into texts. They may also be responsible for creating subtitles that we see in almost every form of video today. Because of this, you don’t need any specialized skills or talents to do these jobs. You just need to practice to be efficient and accurate. In the freelancing world, there are a lot of opportunities for newbies to get started. Some of the websites to apply are TranscribeMe, Accutran Global, and Rev.  

**Potential Salary: P10,000 – P27,000/Month

8. Voice Acting

One of the best freelance jobs for beginners is voice acting. In this job, your only capital is your voice. However, you might need to invest in some equipment beforehand such as a decent-quality microphone, headsets and a computer.

The freelance platform where voice actors thrive the most is Fiverr. That’s because a lot of brands are always looking for high-quality voice-overs for their videos. And you don’t even need to have a diploma to do these jobs. You just need to have good pronunciation and a good voice which can be developed!

**Potential Salary: $20/500 words

9. Video Editing

If you have video editing apps on your phone, you already have a valuable skill more than you might realize! Video editing on a computer isn’t that different from editing on a phone. The only difference is the advanced features. But if you already know the basics such as the timeline, transitions, and effects, you already have a solid foundation in video editing.

10 Best Freelance Jobs for Beginners Philippines (#4 is Super Easy!)

Besides, businesses typically just require you to edit simple videos that don’t require the advanced features. Personally, I picked up video editing as a hobby back when I was in high school and it wasn’t that hard! I mostly edited Anime Music Videos through an editing software called Sony Vegas. But for creative beginners looking to enter the freelancing world, this is the perfect job to start with!

**Potential Salary: P16,000 – P25,000/Month

10. SEO Specialist

When you search in Google, have you ever wondered how Google ranks millions of websites for that particular search term (keyword)? The job of an SEO or a Search Engine Optimization specialist is to make sure that a website ranks as high as possible in Google. To do this, he does keyword research, SEO audit and optimizing the website as a whole.

This might seem like a hard job for beginners, but it’s not. Once you understand how Google works, everything will click together. As a blogger, I learned the importance of SEO early on. Even though I have zero knowledge and experience on the topic, I managed to rank some of my pages on Google for those certain keywords! If I can do it, I’m sure that you can too!

**Potential Salary: P15,000 – P58,000/Month

That’s it! These are the top 10 best freelance jobs for beginners in the Philippines! I chose these jobs because they don’t require extensive knowledge and experience for beginners. Thus, they’re the perfect jobs to start your work at home journey!

And I know what it’s like to be a beginner in the freelancing world. It’s hard and it’s even harder if you don’t even have some skills you can offer. But do note that you might have to try a few of these jobs first to know what your bread and butter would be. If you’re not a beginner but you’re looking for the most in-demand freelance jobs right now, read this!


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By Jerico Saquing

Jerico is the founder of Peso Hacks. He's also a freelance writer who specializes in topics related to finance, travel and games. In his spare time, he likes to watch anime, play mobile games and read books.

3 thoughts on “10 Best Freelance Jobs for Beginners in the Philippines”
  1. Hi, are you able to recommend a good site where I can find a part-time data entry job?

    1. Hi Mark! Try onlinejobs.ph and UpWork.com 😊👍 A data entry job is not bad for newbies. Though I would suggest to try becoming a virtual assistant if you want higher rates.

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