UPDATE: EasyOutsource is now a dead site and has transferred to OnlineJobs.ph. Please check our their page here.
EasyOutsource is a virtual assistant job board based in the Philippines; they have a large database of Filipino virtual assistants and provide a platform to connect clients and assistants.
The company was founded in 2006, and was acquired by one of the larger companies in the space, OnlineJobs.ph in May, 2014.
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John Jonas and Dan Goggins are the co-founders of EasyOutsource. Something that separates EasyOutsource apart from a lot of the other virtual companies is that you can choose the assistant you want to work with based on the salary and skills you’re looking for.
Like other freelancing platforms, you can sign up as either an employer, or an employee. The affordable wages in the Philippines make Easy Outsource an attractive platform on which to recruit virtual assistants.
The Philippines is a hub for virtual assistants because many of the workers are fluent in English, and experienced working with international clients as a virtual assistant or in another business process outsourcing operation.
Depending on the plan you sign up with, you can contact a certain number of assistants and start narrowing down your selection based on communications with the assistants. This gives you the opportunity to find someone you feel has the skills you need to carry out the work, and someone you can communicate well with.
The company directive is clear: “EasyOutsource is a job hiring website used to help Americans hire affordable, high quality online workers from the Philippines.”
The services offered by EasyOutsource are the connections between you and the virtual assistants in their database. With the help of TimeProof, an automatic time tracking software program, you can keep up-to-date with your assistant and see how much work is being done.
The skillsets of the assistants are listed in their profiles and you can ask them as many questions as you wish after you make that initial contact. You can expect to find assistants to help handle just about any task you’re looking to outsource, from general administrative support, to graphic design, data entry, bookkeeping, content writing, and more.
Plans and Pricing
EasyOutsource operate on a subscription-based model. They have three pricing plans as follows:
- Free: As the name suggests, this is free to sign up for but you cannot contact any of the assistants.
- Pro – $49 per month: You can post 10 jobs with the Pro plan and contact 75 assistants per month.
- Premium – $199 per month: The Premium plan allows you to post 10 jobs and contact 500 assistants per month.
If you want to get a feel for their platform and “try before you buy’” then you can sign up for their Free plan. You can post three jobs, mainly to see what kind of response you get because you cannot contact and work with any assistants without upgrading to a paid plan.
Once you find and hire your assistant, there’s no reason to keep paying the subscription fee — until your team grows again and you need to add another VA.
If you don’t want to deal with the headache of posting your job and screening all the responses yourself, EasyOutsource’s optional $500 recruiting service promises to do all the heavy lifting for you.
After you make your hiring decision, you’ll train, manage, and pay your VA directly; EasyOutsource is no longer in the picture.
Although Easy Outsource is owned by the same folks as OnlineJobs, it’s still operated as a separate (and noticeably smaller) entity. That means the jobs you post here are likely to get fewer responses than they would if you posted them on the “primary” OnlineJobs.ph site.
While less “applicant clutter” can be a good thing, you might be missing out on talented workers who simply aren’t monitoring both sites.
Another option to consider is Upwork, the web’s largest freelancing platform. I wrote an in-depth comparison between Upwork and OnlineJobs, concluding that the former is probably best for short-term project-based work, and that the latter is better for ongoing hires.
Have you hired virtual assistants through EasyOutsource? If so, please leave a short review below to help others with their decision.