January 4

Don’t hire a VA. Hire an OFS – in Just 7 Minutes with John Jonas

SBS Podcast


What You’ll Learn From This Episode:

  • Finding help that's also affordable
  • Why you need to outsource something that you are good at
  • Why hire someone from Philippines


Related Links and Resources:

If you go to www.onlinejobs.ph/webinar, there's a 35-minute video where John will walk you through this process. How and why is this different than what you heard before in outsourcing.


John Jonas has helped thousands of entrepreneurs succeed in their business by doing outsourcing differently. He created and runs OnlineJobs.ph, the largest website for finding Filipino virtual workers, with over 1,000,000 Filipino resumes and over 300,000 employers from around the world using it.

While making a full-time living he rarely works full time. He works about 17 hours per week, choosing to spend his time with his family rather than working. John has made millions of dollars online directly from work that his 37 full-time Filipino workers have done for him and now teaches others exactly how to do the same thing.

Here are the highlights of this episode:

John has told us that typically their ideal client is not a big business; a solopreneur or entrepreneur who's running your own business or having a small team. But they do have clients who are realtors, doctors, attorneys, even from Google, Uber, and a lot more. These folks are facing the common issue of not having much time in the day to get things done. They need assistance, but it's hard to find that help and someone who's affordable. In the Philippines, you can get a full-time talented designer or programmer. Typically, they feel overwhelmed, that's what John felt when he started the business. Like everyone, he wanted to work for himself and there's no 'boss.' But then he realized "yes, I'm the boss, I'm going to force myself to work 60hrs a day in a week" and it resulted in him feeling stressed and overworked. 

Common mistake is sometimes having this mindset of DIY (Do It Yourself) because you may still need help. John hired someone full time in the Philippines and it completely changed his life; for the first time ever, he stepped away from his business and worked ON his business to create something for him to do. He then felt liberated! He was forced to get the Filipino guy to do stuff for John and it was amazing.

Why the Philippines? For John, he tried people from different countries. For him at the beginning, the country didn't matter. But when he went to the Philippines, he realized that the country matters. They're honest and loyal. The person that John hired back in 2005 still works for him today (16 years). They won't steal your idea, they're hard-working, they speak American English or no communication problems. They really value long-term full-time work, and that creates stability in the business. 

John’s Valuable Free Action (VFA):

Most people would say "outsource what you don't know what to do and do what you're good at." And I say that's  terrible advice; outsource something that you are good at. It's maybe something you don't like doing but you know how to do, get something out of your plate. It makes hiring so easy because you know exactly the skills and qualities you're looking for, what feedback to give, and even providing training. And when you succeed in this, you're less busy.

You should outsource something that you are good at. It's maybe something you don't like doing, but you know how to do it" – John Jonas

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