HUSBAND. FATHER. DISCIPLE OF JESUS CHRIST.
ENTREPRENEUR. MEDIOCRE GOLFER.

I’m John Jonas. I live in Utah and I founded OnlineJobs.ph. My life is better because of my Filipino VAs.

I had a normal “job” for 8 months after college and my biggest goal at that time was to be able to quit that job. I managed to quit back in 2004 and worked from home for myself ever since then.

When I first hired someone from the Philippines in January of 2006, I knew I was onto something special. Since then I’ve learned that for most people, life is definitely better with Filipino workers on your team.

Yes, because of my Filipino workers I get to play a lot of golf, spend a lot of time with my wife and kids, and get out backpacking in the middle of the week. I work for about 17 hours a week because of the amazing work they do. However it’s not just better for us; it’s better for them too.

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Are You Thankful For Your OFS?

On this Thanksgiving day (at least…in the USA it’s our “Thanksgiving” holiday) I’m thankful for a lot of things.

My family.
My country.
My business.
Jesus Christ.
My home.
Snow.
My bike.
My OFS team.

Are you thankful for your OFS?
Have you told them?

Letting them know you appreciate their work goes a long way.

John

PS. These pumpkins will end up as decorations on our table today. They’ve been “stored” in my coat closet for the past few weeks so my wife has exactly what she wants to decorate the table for her favorite holiday. Happy wife, happy life!

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Outsourcing vs Insourcing

Here's an interesting distinction on work you don't know how to do. Thomas R. separates work he wants to understand before having his team do it, from work he doesn't want to know anything about and doesn't want his team to do. Here are his two descriptions of these...

An OFS designed client onboarding process

Sometimes you just need some inspiration. For those of you with clients, here's how Monica H. had her OFS design their client onboarding process.  It's inspiring. Monicas words in an email to me:-----------------Hey John, I always enjoy your emails - and getting...

Sometimes, your OFS might have writers block

I hate writing.  It's the worst thing I have to do.  I don't know why…but asking me to write an article about something I know a lot about…yuck! I'm happy to dictate it.  Happy to talk through it. Happy to make corrections to someone elses writing. But...

Outsourcing tasks you don’t know how to do

As we sat at lunch the other day I was getting wet. It was weird. After the driest winter/spring/summer in a long time in the western US, Utah is finally getting rain.   And by rain, I mean 2 days of non-stop rain…which is super weird. As we sat eating the skies...

How I Create Training for my OFS

In 2007 when I found the right screen recording software, it changed OFSs for me. See, with screen recording software, there are a couple small things which make all the difference on how much you'll use it. 1. It needs to do both video captures and image captures2....

If your OFS gets COVID, here’s how they pay for it

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How taxes are handled with OFS

I’m at Lake Powell with just adults this week.   Usually we come with our kids but it has been so fun to have just adults… …except this one guy keeps making accounting analogies.   “…eventually there’s going to be a true-up for that”(A true-up I like a...

My teams discussion of a problem

There's all kinds of discussion among the coaches of my kids mountain bike team about whether or not to cancel practice because of poor air quality. When California (or Oregon) has fires it always seem to attract the right weather pattern to blow the smoke directly...

Keeping an OFS productive

My brother-in-law set up Crossnet on the grass overlooking the lake last night. I hadn't played before and it was very nuanced.  It takes anticipation, reaction, touch, skill, height (boy this is easier if you're tall).  There were a lot of things which...

College degrees are a big deal in the Philippines culture

This story from Julia doesn't make sense until you understand that having a college degree in the Philippines is a BIG deal.  Like, people in the Philippines say that without a college degree you're only fit to work as a nanny or something equivalent (I think...

When are you ready to hire an OFS?

I'm writing this sitting on the beach at Pineview Reservoir in Huntsville, UT. I just taught 4 littles to water ski.   I mean...not that I taught them.  We have these learner skis where the rope is attached to the skis and to the handle so the boat (or jet...

Being a better manager than a rider

On our ride yesterday my two teenage daughters kicked my butt. (as they start to pull away from me) 2 hours of amazing riding with 30 minutes of butt kicking mixed in as I tried to keep up with them during their 10 minute hard intervals.   I can't, they're just...

Don’t be a crappy employer

We remodeled our kitchen 3 years ago and it turned out amazing.  We love it! This story is specifically about the cabinets.  Installing the cabinets and finish work went super smoothly because the cabinet company had a guy who's job was to install, but also...

“I was just drowning balancing life and business…”

Sara was drowning with life.   An OFS changed that. Here's what Sara wrote to me a few days ago: ---------I purchased One VA Away back in March and didn’t watch it until about 2 weeks ago when I was just drowning balancing life and trying to grow a few...

Just how big is the Philippines?

When I started hiring people in the Philippines I didn't have the ability to specify a location. It was hard enough just finding talent, I had to take people wherever I could find them. Over the years I considered having an office where all my team would be able to...

Assigning more tasks to your OFS – Shepards implementation

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How DiSC improves hiring choices

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Tropical Storm Fabian – Update – Not good…

Last week I told you about tropical storm Fabian. It wasn't supposed to be a big storm...and it wasn't... ...except that it stuck around all week (which was totally unexpected) and caused flooding all over the main island of Luzon (which is where Manila, Quezon City,...

Skype interview suggestions (from one of my OFS)

I have 5 kids ages 7-18.  They're very social kids.  They have friends at my house every. single. day. I make a lot of small talk with them. It's not super easy to do small talk with 7 year olds...except for one of my 7 yr olds friends.  James....

Online work allows for volunteering (OFS story)

Covid is super polarizing...I get it. Volunteering and helping is not. Here's what Julia says:---------------The good thing about working at home, unlike other workers, we've been able to minimize our exposure to the virus. We still have to go out from time to time...

Why Gabby became an OFS

I just spent the last 6 weeks on vacation. Yes. 6 weeks in a row on 6 different vacations back to back. 1. Glacier national parkHome for 1 day2. Camping with my brothers in St George.Home for a few days3. Boating at Lake PowellHome for 2 days4. Rafting the Colorado...

Maternity leave in the Philippines (and paternity leave)

From Julia:------------------Maternity leave is a long established employee benefit here in the Philippines. Lately, we've been getting questions on how this system works and how it's applied to their VAs.  How long does maternity leave in the Philippines last?...

Tropical Storm Fabian

Tropical Storm Fabian entered the Philippines yesterday. The storm intensified as it entered the Philippines…there was little warning. I got this warning late, so this email is a little late to let you know. Winds were expected to uproot trees, but not tear down...

How Maximilian handles pay raises with his OFS

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Sell your product first…then create it

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Dannys story of struggle and success through OnlineJobs.ph

Last week I told you about Elijah who dubbed himself the "Hip, new, young" OFS. Today I want to tell you a different kind of story.  Meet Danny. He struggled with life.  Finding a job through OnlineJobs.ph changed everything for him. He doesn't work for us,...

Paying your OFS on time…or they may not eat

From Julia Yesterday, I was chatting with one of my VA friends. She casually mentioned that she just received her salary from her employer. That salary was already 3 WEEKS late. That means in a week, she'll be invoicing her boss for the next month's salary. She's been...

“I just wish I had done it sooner!”

I get emailed almost every day by people telling me how they got more free time by hiring an Online Filipino Specialist from OnlineJobs.ph.Super often they say "I just wish I had done this sooner!" or "Why didn't someone tell me this would be so good!". I've tried!!!...

How I implemented yesterdays Learning Journal with my OFS

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Improve daily reports with a Learning Journal

It's always interesting to me to see what Julia writes about for my newsletter. I rarely give her a topic.  I just ask that she does it once a week.   I had no idea she's using a learning journal.  It's an interesting idea. From Julia, my...

Ideas for what an OFS can do for you

When I hired my first OFS I knew exactly what I wanted them to do. Write and post articles. That was it. I didn't know there were other things I could get them to do and I didn't really have other ideas.  I had no idea that 16 years later I'd think there's almost...

The hip, new, young Online Filipino Specialist

Yesterday was the 4th of July, which in the US is Independence Day. It's the day we celebrate our freedom.  But this isn't about "our freedom", it's about their freedom.   I often talk about how hiring OFS has given me freedom. Financial freedom.Time...

Should your OFS pay taxes?

I spent this weekend with my brothers and their sons.  One of my brothers has an 11yr old son who is notorious for doing funny stuff without meaning to. My brother says "Things I never thought I'd have to say" "Josh, why would you stick your head in the...

Nudging your OFS to do better by being available

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I went out of town and didn’t tell anyone on my team

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Understanding Filipino Nicknames

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Why your OFS calls you “Sir” (or “Sir-Ma’am”)

I remember the first time someone ever called me "Sir". "Sir, Here's what I worked on today1. ...2. ...3. ... Thanks and God bless you, Joven" It was the first daily report I ever got from someone in the Philippines. I remember my stomach turning over.   I was...

A stable job creates happier OFS

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The disappearing tradition of “Mano Po”

Before learning about disappearing traditions...Covid has been really rough on the Philippines.  Parts of the country are still in lockdown. Might be good to ask your OFS how they're doing. Julia (my OFS) writes:---------------Now that more people are...

Heat in the Philippines and working conditions

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Ideas for how to not create a dead-end job

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What’s the most effective use of time with OFS?

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Are “VA Training Programs” worth it?

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Another great idea to test someone’s English

We're a pretty adventurous family.  Not that we skydive or bungee jump or do crazy things...We just like to get out and we're willing to take our kids. Now...take our kids needs an explanation.   I have 3 big kids (college freshman, HS junior, HS freshman)...

Get unstuck for hiring an OFS

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How do pay raises work with OFS?

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Advice for how to hire a great developer

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How do you handle when an OFS gets sick?

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I visited my team. They gave me management tips.

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Why OFS disappear: It’s kind-of like “losing face”

School is out.   I have 5 kids.  Without school they think staying up late is a right.Getting up late is just part of it.Hanging out with friend is a must! I've worked from home for 15+ years, so this isn't my first summer…but I feel like I've lost my...

I cannot tell you how much I appreciate these emails you send out John. Since I have been reading them, I have developed such great relationships with 2 my VA’s and soon to hire a third. So grateful that you created this!
Melody Johnson

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