Outsourcing to Phillipines

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I am looking to hire a product description writer for our website.

Where do i look for good quality Philippine writers?

Thank you
#outsourcing #phillipines
  • Profile picture of the author GobBluthJD
    oDesk, Guru, eLance.....but most likely oDesk.
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  • Profile picture of the author hirechrisgunn
    oDesk is the way to go.
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    Make sure you look for a native English speaker who has done product description writing before.
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  • Profile picture of the author Donimo
    I can also vouch for odesk. I use it all the time for jobs which include article writing. You would be surprised to who well a lot of people from the Phillipenes can speak English, and you can get them for a very cheap price.
    I've also heard of success with using elance, however I feel that is only the way to go if you have a real long term job with high payment accumulations.

    So odesk is the way to go.
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  • You can also try the Warriors for Hire section, you'll find great writers there. You can also find good writers on Onlinejobs.ph or Bestjobs.ph.
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  • Profile picture of the author pamon
    be careful on writers from the PI. Lots of them offer low quality and copied content. Always check references. I'm biased of course, but just putting in my 2 cents.
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    • Profile picture of the author dml8131
      I have used Odesk in the past and had very mixed results. Now I just do all the writing myself.

      Like one of the posts above stated you want to make sure they have strong English writing skills. Perhaps start with a small assignment and judge their writing form there.
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    • Profile picture of the author GGpaul
      Originally Posted by pamon View Post

      be careful on writers from the PI. Lots of them offer low quality and copied content. Always check references. I'm biased of course, but just putting in my 2 cents.
      I'm Filipino, but I was born in Los Angeles, CA . And I agree, a lot of them offer low quality content. There are a few gems here and there so like Pamon said, check their references.

      I don't like outsourcing to the Philippines, or India or anywhere of that matter. That's just me though.
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      • Originally Posted by GGpaul View Post

        I'm Filipino, but I was born in Los Angeles, CA . And I agree, a lot of them offer low quality content. There are a few gems here and there so like Pamon said, check their references.

        I don't like outsourcing to the Philippines, or India or anywhere of that matter. That's just me though.
        I agree that hiring Filipinos to write English content is generally a bad idea - I've come across about 2 or 3 solid ones in my time online, but they usually knew they were good enough to charge the same amount as native speakers.

        That said, I do often work with them on web design. How come you don't like outsourcing to those places? Just find it to be a headache or don't like it for other reasons?

        I have no real substantial motivation for the question (I'm American); just curious about a LA-based Filipino's perspective, I suppose.
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  • Profile picture of the author onlineworkers
    You can try writeraccess, there are plenty native english writers over there. And important is their immediate turnover time. They are amazingly fast.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vlad R
    This maybe unorthodox but sometimes I use fiverr as an outsourcing place hear me out:

    I found a greeaaat U.S native writer who has a B.A in english. I found her on fiverr, of course I know the work she does is worth way more than 5 bucks so I messaged her and we agreed on a price together and I used pay pal as a way of transaction. Great experience I can recommend you to her.
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  • Profile picture of the author sk8tavou
    You can also try easyoutsource.com
    I heard nice things for them.
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  • Profile picture of the author koushikseo
    I don't say to prefer odesk, guru, Freelancer ... these freelancing sites, as I had poor experience outsourcing from there, though you'll get service at cheaper...now content is most vital for search engines...so I'd like to suggest to hire some professional or any SEO (search engine optimization) firm searching on google.com.ph. I'm also lead a SEO firm, but I can't provide you Philippine writers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tropical1
    For one off projects Odesk works really well. however, if what you do grows into multiple sites each using facebook & twitter etc. You may want to consider hiring someone full time to manage the lot, someone who's been carefully selected on a trial basis first with a view to expanding the role.

    The most common issues with hiring in the Philippines is the brief is usually never detailed enough, so expectations are not met or the interviews that should take place prior to taking someone on are not thorough enough. By speaking you can establish and test the level of English required for the task in hand.

    For now, stick with odesk and make sure the person knows exactly what's required.
    All the best - Nick.
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  • Profile picture of the author owais211
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    ODesk,Elance,freelancer.com....the list is long
    But i would strongly recommend oDesk.
    Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author curationsoft
    you can also find them here on forum, there are many writer warriors here who are accepting the job.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheCodex
    Are you looking for your copy to be written in Tagalog or is there another reason you're looking for Pinoys?
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  • Profile picture of the author ContentWritingPhD
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    Hiring a product description writer from the Philippines is a great idea. When it comes to writing, you can be assured of quality--just make sure that you're hiring the right person though. Going to Odesk is a great idea since many great writers can be found there. Elance and Freelancer are good options too.

    All the best...
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  • Profile picture of the author absolutelee
    If you need something long term, I've found good outsourcers here: at onlinejobs (dot) ph.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gerard Evans
    Always make sure you get samples of work first if you're outsourcing, preferably ones that are proven to be by the writer!
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  • Profile picture of the author ContentPro22
    Hi there! I may be biased when I say this but Elance seems to be the best place to hire writers these days. Aside from earning income there, I hire writers on a regular basis and Phillipino writers (GOOD ones) are quite common. They generally work for $3 or $4 per 500 word article. Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author RoseHunt
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    Just any website related to freelancing- oDesk, freelancers.com, eLance..
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  • Profile picture of the author tomerep
    odesk, freelance, onlinejobs.ph.. But make sure you will put the potential applicants in a test period to make sure you'll be the right person for it. The above suggestions are good sources as well. Good Luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author digitalsapien
    OnlineJobs.ph and Odesk are great source of good Filipino online writers.
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  • Profile picture of the author flovin
    Do a search on this forum. I have tried odesk and elance.
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  • Profile picture of the author mialove
    I have very very bad experience with Philippine writers.
    Well, they can be great for outsourcing other tasks, but for writing i would choose a native speakers.
    (maybe it's just my bad luck, but i tried MANY and it's been very low quality English level, with lots of mistakes..)

    Now, i hire for writing only native speakers...yes, it;s more expensive, but so much better result.
    But, if i need easy tasks, that don't require high level English, i hire Filipinos and very happy with the result.
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  • Profile picture of the author Assignmentwriter
    Try odesk.
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  • Profile picture of the author mcmdx
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    I found a good native English writer here on WF... So, check the forum first!
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  • I've actually been living in the Philippines for the past two months and interact with them exclusively in my day-to-day. Wonderful people.

    There are definitely some among the younger generation who have impressive non-native English writing skills. However, they're still not going to compare to a native speaker when it comes down to grasping the subtle nuances and having a true command of such a complex language. I've Skyped with a few who had excellent grammar during more surface level conversations but they inevitably begin to falter if I begin addressing them in the same way as a fellow native and venture off into deeper topics. The few with nearly perfect English are not getting paid the same low rates of your typical Filipino.

    That being said, they can be a good option for simpler pieces or if you don't mind cleaning things up behind them. I haven't used some of the other sites mentioned but I noticed plenty of Filipino contractors on Elance and oDesk.
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  • Profile picture of the author NShankar
    You can find the freelancers from Philippines. Its always better to have interview through skype with eligible candidates and then handover the work as it will save you lot of time and money.
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  • Profile picture of the author OpenAccessBPO
    I would suggest oDesk just make your description is clear and make sure you filter the right person to do outsourcing task.
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  • Profile picture of the author mathewboly
    You can take a look on the freelancing market place. Of course you will get the worker, as you want. Odesk, elance, vworker & so on.
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  • Profile picture of the author christophercuna
    I'm a Filipino freelance writer but you're probably looking for cheap writers. So, I won't pitch myself here. A little rant here because we're on topic, I was raised in an English speaking environment and I can say for sure that the good English speaking ones aren't in the freelance market. They also wouldn't work for peanuts because most of them are usually western citizens like I am for example.

    Anyways, I've worked with fellow Filipinos on these freelance sites and 1/10 you're going to get a good one. The rest of the 9/10 are unresponsive and can be a bit of a headache. You have to really spend your time interviewing like NShankar said.

    In my experience, the thing to look for when hiring a Filipino on freelance sites are their researching efforts and not their ESL writing. You can just outsource proofreaders/editors to fix the errors afterwards.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Greene
    Fiverr can be another good choice to get writers. Easy to order and get the work done with the click of button.
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  • Profile picture of the author onpointinfo
    I have had good success with odesk and writers from the phillipines, you just have to test a few till you find one that you are happy with, but they out there, just need to find them!
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