Top Home-Based Online Jobs for Filipinos

Top 15 High-Income Home-Based Online Jobs for Filipinos

It’s now easier than ever to establish a fulfilling home-based online career in the Philippines. With the wealth of information available at the moment, it’s the perfect time to explore the opportunities this work scenario provides.

Not all home-based jobs are alike, of course. Each one is unique and requires particular skills and qualifications — it’s up to you to pick the one that best fits you.

Thankfully, a diverse range of jobs is available online. You’ll need to consider which of them is best suited for your career path, experience, knowledge, and income requirements.

The Pros and Cons of Home-Based Jobs

Before I proceed with the kind of salary you’ll expect to make, let’s discuss some important matters first. You’ll need to be realistic about what you’ll potentially face as a remote worker despite all the romanticized versions of it you see, hear, or read about.

Me? I thought I was going to put my feet up on a coffee table and sip a cup of tea while balancing a laptop on my knees (typing daintily away) every day. A few years later, that vision gave way to the reality of a messy dining table, stale takeaway coffee, and a few missing keycaps.

While you’re surrounded by everything familiar and cozy, distractions can suddenly pop up at home and throw your schedule off balance. Add small kids, pets, neighborhood noises, and unexpected deliveries into the mix, and you’ll be tempted to move into the linen closet where you can work in relative peace.

But would I exchange all that to work in an office cubicle under stark uniform lighting again? No way.

The things I mentioned above aren’t meant to discourage you from pursuing what could be a fulfilling home-based career. There are plenty of benefits to it, too, which you can weigh against the potential disadvantages that I’ve summarized in bite-sized pieces.

Pros

1. No commuting! No traffic!

2. You can have a better work-life balance.

3. You can manage your own time.

4. You can explore a wider range of fields and jobs.

5. You can juggle multiple gigs and hustles at the same time.

Bonus pros:

6. You can cuddle your pets/kids any time of the day.

7. You’ll no longer have to avoid the office gossip.

Cons

1. Work and life boundaries can get blurred.

2. You’ll have to pay for your own electricity.

3. You’ll have to source your own equipment.

4. You could get feelings of isolation.

5. You’ll have to work as your own HR manager.

Other cons:

6. No light-hearted banter to look forward to on breaks.

7. No office outings or get-togethers.

How Much Do Home-Based Online Jobs Pay in the Philippines?

Now it’s time to get to the nitty-gritty of work: your income.

Speaking from experience, it’s best to play to your strengths when you do remote work. This means banking on a career where you can already present a sizable portfolio and have enough years of work to back it up instead of trying something you’re relatively new at.

This is practical for several reasons. For starters, you can leverage your asking salary based on the average from your previous jobs.

The longer you’ve been working in an industry, the more professional you’ll appear to future employers’ eyes. This helps justify your asking salary because it won’t seem like you pulled it out of thin air.

You’ll need to consider the kind of competition you’ll be up against, too. If the work you’re applying for is in high demand, you could qualify but not necessarily be selected in the end if someone else meets the employer’s qualifications.

Of course, having work samples, references, and an impressive folio will likely swing things in your favor. You’ll also need to pass assessment tests and interviews as they’re the ultimate proof of the pudding.   

But some of that will change if you’re new to the field and a remote job is your entry point into the workforce. Instead of portfolios and previous salary grades, you’ll likely be assessed based on your college degree, grades, extracurricular pursuits, references from authority figures, and workshops you’ve attended (if any).

So if you’re wondering how much you’ll be making for a remote job in the Philippines, consider all those and then some. To give you an idea, here’s a table of the most popular online careers with their average yearly incomes culled from Payscale Philippines averages.

ONLINE JOBAVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY
Project Manager₱713,440
English Tutor / English as a Second Language (ESL) Instructor₱231,000
Telemarketer₱167,000
E-commerce Specialist  ₱541,000
Transcriptionist  ₱257,000
Human Resources Manager₱526,000
Data Entry Specialist₱195,000
SEO Specialist₱307,300
Translator or Interpreter₱720,000
Internet Researcher₱262,000
Customer Service Representative₱159,400
Technical Support Representative  ₱169,400
Technical Writer  ₱345,466
Web Designer₱297,280
Web Developer₱290,000

The Top High-Income Home Based Jobs Online Jobs for Filipinos

Even before lockdowns started, there have been countless jobs slowly transitioning to home-based setups in the Philippines. I’ll be discussing the best online ones in various fields that pay good money, as well as the skills and qualifications needed for each one.

The jobs that made it to this listicle are currently the ones most commonly sought after by remote employees. In addition, I included those that provide either a decent living wage or something to build a nest egg on.

1.   Project Manager

Project Manager Home Based Job

Field: Varies per project        

Average salary: ₱59,400 per month

Job Description

A project manager is responsible for, well, managing projects. The job includes staying on top of timelines and budgets and ensuring the team works in perfect union.

Those are just the basics of what a project manager does. A project manager may also act as a liaison between clients, or even as a final quality checker.

If you’re looking for a job in project management, I recommend finding your specific niche. For example: if you’re into tech, you could focus on managing app development projects.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Detail-oriented
  • High tolerance for stress
  • Resourceful; able to manage costs
  • Able to collaborate and negotiate with suppliers and workers

2.   English Tutor / English as a Second Language (ESL) Instructor

English Tutor / English as a Second Language (ESL) Instructor Home Based Job

Field: Education, Online Services

Average salary: ₱19,250 per month

Job Description

English is still the de facto language for international communication, whether it’s for business or personal interactions. Your job as a home-based English Tutor or English as a Second Language (ESL) Instructor is to empower students to participate in all sorts of conversations.

As an English instructor, your lessons will cover both written and spoken English. These are two different skills, and you should be ready to give lessons on each.

In addition to the technical elements of English (such as grammar and spelling), you will also teach your students how to actually use the language in day-to-day interactions. This is called conversational English and it’s an important skill your students will want to learn.

Skills and Qualifications

  • A degree in English, communication and teaching are valuable (but not necessary)
  • A good grasp of grammar, spelling, syntax, and colloquialisms
  • The ability to convey the various aspects of the language understandable to a broad audience
  • An outgoing, expressive personality

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3.   Telemarketer

Telemarketer Home Based Job

Field: Digital Sales and Marketing

Average salary: ₱14,000 per month

Job Description

Telemarketers are the front-liners in a company’s selling efforts. Your job as a home-based telemarketer will be to call possible leads and get them to purchase your product.

An important aspect of a telemarketing job is knowing what you’re selling. To become the best salesperson you can be, you will have to familiarize yourself with the various features and qualities of the product you’re selling.

Basically, you’ll need the ability to “convince” people to buy your product. There are many ways to go about this, and knowing which strategy to use to make that sale is another important skill.

All telemarketers — even home-based telemarketers — must be able to meet their monthly sales quotas. Whether you meet or exceed these numbers will be the basis of your performance evaluation — and in most cases, your income, as well.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Superb salesmanship
  • An outgoing personality and great communication skills
  • The ability to make a large number of calls day in and day out

4.   E-commerce Specialist

E-commerce Specialist Home Based Job

Field: Digital Sales and Marketing

Average salary: ₱45,000 per month  

Job Description

An e-commerce specialist is tasked with selling products online through various selling platforms. This could include your company’s own online shop, as well as third-party sites like Shoppee, Lazada, and Facebook Marketplace.

In a nutshell, you have to know these platforms inside-out. This includes the ability to use the Content Management Systems (CMS) of each platform.

You have to love making sales and meeting your targets. And it’s always about making customers happy, so the ability to give great service to customers should be there.

Part of your job as a home-based e-commerce specialist is to manage inventories. You’ll need to stay on top of how much product you’re selling, and  — equally as important  — how much you have left in stock.

An e-commerce specialist may also be tasked with handling promotion and marketing. This includes running ads, sending out samples, and increasing awareness of your products.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Knowledge and experience with different selling platforms
  • Sales and goal-oriented
  • Customer-oriented
  • Analytics, accounting, and inventory management skills

5.   Transcriptionist

Transcriptionist Home Based Job

Field: Online Services

Average salary: ₱22,000 per month

Job Description

Your job as a home-based transcriptionist is to listen to audio or video recordings and transcribe the words that are being spoken. Your output is usually a word document that contains a transcription of the recording.

You will have to follow the formatting and style guide of your client. Certain transcriptions may be formatted differently—for example, a transcription of an interview will look different from a transcription of a person’s speech.

As with most home-based online service jobs, maintaining a steady output is key to making a decent income. Knowing how to manage your schedule would be a valued trait for successful transcriptions.

Skills and Qualifications 

  • Fast typing ability
  • Great listening and comprehension skills
  • Familiarity with certain accents, local expressions, slang words

6.   Human Resources Manager

Human Resources Manager Home Based Job

Field: Human Resources (HR)

Average salary: ₱44,000 per month 

Job Description

Your tasks as an HR Manager will be wide-ranging. But generally, the job will include managing payroll, processing leave requests, as well as hiring additional employees.

Beyond the basic tasks, an HR Manager may also have to resolve inter-office conflicts. Basically, an HR Manager — even a home-based HR Manager — will have to work as a mediator.

An HR Manager must be a stickler for process, too. Consequently, you must be able to promote that attitude to the rest of the company

But it’s not all about solving conflicts, either. HR Managers are also in charge of creating office programs to encourage collaboration and increase employee morale.

Skills and Qualifications  

  • A degree in HR management, business management, or any related field
  • Process-oriented.
  • People and organizational management skills

7.   Data Entry Specialist

Data Entry Specialist Home Based Job

Field: Online Services

Average salary: ₱16,250 per month

Job Description

A data entry specialist plays an important part in every office. As a data entry specialist, you will be tasked with encoding and collating data from multiple sources (say, customer feedback forms) into a single document.

The type of data you will encode will differ based on your clients or company. It could be anything from raw numbers to comments from clients.

The idea of entering data may seem basic, but a home-based data entry specialist must also ensure the quality and accuracy of their work. This means the data entry specialist will have to follow certain formats and do the necessary quality checks before turning over their work. 

Skills and Qualifications  

  • Good written communication skills (preferably English)
  • Fast and accurate typing ability
  • Spreadsheet knowledge will be an advantage.

8.   SEO Specialist

SEO Specialist Home Based Job

Field: Digital Marketing

Average salary: ₱25,600 per month

Job Description

A home-based SEO Specialist is in charge of optimizing and improving the client’s ranking in various search engines (primarily Google). In addition to search engine rankings, an SEO Specialist may also have to make their clients more “findable” on social media or other platforms.

SEO Specialists will be tasked with creating SEO-friendly content. This means the content should have the appropriate number of keywords.

The above scenarios are meant to optimize “organic” search rankings. An SEO Specialist may also have to manage paid SEO, which involves paying certain sites to bump up or feature the client in search results.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Updated on SEO principles and best practices
  • A keen eye for details and analytics
  • Knowledge of Google Analytics, Search Console, and other analytics tools
  • Able to create SEO-friendly content

9.   Translator / Interpreter

Translator / Interpreter Home Based Job

Field: Online Services           

Average salary:  ₱60,000 per month

Job Description

Home-based translators and interpreters do just that  — they translate and interpret. It’s pretty straightforward but the details may change depending on the client or employer.

Translators or interpreters may tackle written documents, or they may work on recording and video. Some translators and interpreters may do “live” interpreting between two individuals or groups.

The language you’ll be translating is one detail you’ll need to consider when taking on a translating project. Most translators and Interpreters will specialize in a set of languages that determines the projects they take on.

Needless to say, it’s one of the highest-paying home based online jobs in the Philippines today. Of course, the required skills and qualifications are nothing to sneeze at, either.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Fluent in multiple languages
  • Able to translate expressions and colloquialisms from one language into another
  • Excellent written and speaking skills

10.    Internet Researcher

Internet Researcher Home Based Job

Field: Online Services           

Average salary: ₱22,000 per month

Job Description

The job description of a home-based internet researcher includes finding data and information that’s relevant to a specific project. The internet researcher will be expected to find or “sleuth” the necessary info on their own.

If you want to be one, you’ll be expected to find even the most obscure tidbits of information that the client will find useful. This means developing an interest in what you’re researching so that you’ll think just like the audience your client is aiming for.

An internet researcher must also present their research findings in an easy-to-understand format. Most clients and employers will have their own house format, but the researcher must be prepared to use their own if the client prefers it.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Resourceful
  • Possesses a keen sense of curiosity
  • Fosters a wide range of interests across different fields 

11.     Customer Service Representative

Customer Service Representative Home Based Job

Field: Business Processes    

Average salary: ₱15,000 per month

Job Description

A home-based Customer Service Representative is tasked with addressing problems and finding solutions across different scenarios. These may include bill disputes, account concerns, and product inquiries.

The Customer Service Representative must be able to give solutions according to company processes and protocols. Even appropriate follow-ups and keeping abreast of the situation are expected of a CSR.

Thinking on your feet is a desirable trait for a CSR. Some customers might come from left field with an issue that’s not on the script, so it will be up to you to assign it to the person with the right solutions.

Skills and Qualifications

  • At least two years in any college course
  • Able to understand customer issues and provide appropriate solutions
  • Possess good English-speaking skills

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12.      Technical Support Representative

Technical Support Representative Home Based Job

Field: Business Processes    

Average salary: ₱16,000 per month

Job Description

The job of a home-based Technical Support Representative is slightly different from that of a customer service representative. A Technical Support Representative is focused on troubleshooting or resolving technical issues, such as modem or printer problems.

Since home-based technical support representatives work remotely, they will have to assist customers via chat or over the phone. They will have to talk customers through the entire troubleshooting process.

Technical Support Representatives also have to stay updated on the latest developments in their company’s products. This is to enable them to anticipate problems, and, most importantly, how to fix them.

Skills and Qualifications

  • At least two years in any college course
  • Tech-savvy and able to understand technical issues and provide solutions
  • Possesses good English-speaking skills

13.      Technical Writer

Technical Writer Home Based Job

Field: Business Processes    

Average salary: ₱28,800 per month

Job Description

Technical writers are tasked with creating a wide range of written content. But instead of writing creative pieces, a technical writer creates more informational (or “technical”) write-ups.

These write-ups may include instruction manuals, research findings, and technical reports. The technical writer must be able to present complex, and sometimes intimidating, information in a reader-friendly manner.

Technical writers may also have to do research relevant to the topic they’re writing about. By its nature, technical writing needs solid research and data to support it.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Top-level writing skills
  • A college degree relevant to the chosen field
  • Thorough research skills
  • Knowledge of office and word-processing apps

14.     Web Designer

Web Designer Home Based Job

Field: Tech and Web Design

Average salary: ₱24,773 per month

Job Description

Web Designers, also called front-end designers, are in charge of creating — or designing — all user-facing interfaces and elements of a website. This includes both layouts and illustrated assets (basically, everything you see on a website).

If you want a career in web design, you’re going to have to be on the same page as your client. It will be your job to translate their message visually on their website.

Web Designers are also tasked with applying their designs to mobile screens since most companies now consider “mobile-first” approaches. This means the mobile version of the site is the default, with the desktop a secondary consideration.

Another task you may be expected to do is the creation of design systems and asset libraries. Making it aesthetically appealing to the user is one of the main objectives of a web designer.

Skills and Qualifications

  • A degree in graphic design and other related fields
  • Layout and illustration skills
  • Can keep up with evolving design trends
  • Knows how to create designs using Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and other graphic design tools

15.      Web Developer

Web Developer Home Based Job

Field: Tech and Web Development

Average salary: ₱24,100 per month

Job Description

Being a Web Developer is sometimes lumped in with being a Web Designer, but the two jobs are quite different. A Web Developer’s job is more on the coding side — it involves creating a working interface based on the provided design assets.

In addition to working on the back-end, a home-based web developer must also know how to work with various Content Management Systems (CMS). If you are a web developer, you will need to cooperate with the design, content, and other teams to create a satisfactory product

Web Developers are also tasked with quality control of the final output. They need to ensure all the pages load properly (and in different browsers and devices) and all links work. 

Skills and Qualifications

  • A degree in computer science, web development, or any relevant field
  • Knows how to work with different programming languages, including HTML, CSS, Javascript, and PHP, among many others
  • Able to collaborate with other teams

Best Sites to Look For Home-based Online Jobs in the Philippines

1. Upwork

Freelancers can find jobs on Upwork easily. There’s a search bar for remote jobs and other functions to narrow down the kind of work you have in mind.

Available job categories are helpfully listed in alphabetical order, too. Simply click on a link and it will take you to current job openings under that category.

If you want to eliminate the guesswork on salary rates and job descriptions, sign up to Upwork. 

2. OnlineJobs.PH

It’s a virtual job board for Filipino employees with helpful features for both job and employee searches. For easy reference, OnlineJobsPh posts the most recent resumés and jobs on the home page.

Applicants have their headshots along with the number of years they’ve spent on a particular skill. For transparency and quick screening, their rates are indicated, as well.

A click on the job search link will yield thousands of jobs for freelancers, part-timers, and full-timers.

3. Fiverr

The gig economy is alive and well in Fiverr Philippines with job openings for audio recordings, voiceovers, tattoo design, and more. But long-term careers are possible here, as well (depending on how much a client likes your work).

There are main job categories ranging from graphic design to video animation. Freelancers can write short descriptions of what they’re good at as a selling point to potential clients.

Fiverr is a good place to get some freelance gigs, so sign up today.

4. Outsourcely

This international job search platform promises to connect talented remote workers in over 180 countries to potential clients. There’s a menu of specialized skills listed on the home page so if you find one you’re good at, it’s time to register.

It’s a platform that emphasizes long-term employment over contractual ones. Outsourcely is a good place to begin your career path if you see yourself doing a job for a longer period.

After signing up, remote workers can look at the site’s page of current job postings to apply.

5. CareerJet.PH

CareerJet speeds up and simplifies the job application process using no-nonsense tools. Right off the bat, you can see how many available jobs there are on the home page.

To narrow down your job search, you can use the search bars for job title, company, keywords, and town or regional options. You can then upload your updated CV to make it easier for employers to find you.

It’s a job search engine through and through so there’s a wealth of job openings to see here.

6. PeoplePerHour

This website promises to be a freelancer’s dream portal for the perfect job. They can showcase their specializations, skills, hourly rates, and even headshots for potential clients.

In turn, those clients can rate a freelancer’s services with stars and reviews to increase their hiring potential. High-rated ones make it to the front of the page so that’s an incentive for freelancers to step up their game.

If you’re interested in this setup, there’s a handy orange button for freelancers to sign up to the platform.

7. Facebook Jobs

Surprise, surprise! Facebook is more than just ranting status messages, selfies, and spam. There are plenty of Facebook groups dedicated to helping out remote workers and home-based freelancers in the Philippines.

You can also fix your settings so that you can subscribe to job alerts in its Job Search function. There are filters to narrow down to the job type, industry, and location of your choice.

I got a job through this platform so I’m backing this one up with a personal recommendation!

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