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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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 park
Home for 1 day
2. Camping with my brothers in St George.
Home for a few days
3. Boating at Lake Powell
Home for 2 days
4. Rafting the Colorado river helping at “Girls Camp”
Home for 2 days
5. Boat at Lake Powell
Home for half a day
6. Mountain bike national championships in Colorado

Here’s our 2nd Lake Powell group:

Families, left to right: Jonas, Jolley, Goggins, Brunson

I have 2 weeks at home then more trips.

This is what we do during the summer.

There are lots of reasons to run an online business.  Time freedom is one of them.

It’s the same with OFS.

There are lots of reasons why people in the Philippines get online jobs.
– Time freedom
– Pregnancy
– Health 
– Loss of another job
– …

For Gabby, it was pregnancy.

Here’s her story.  It shows some of how things work in the Philippines.

https://blog.onlinejobs.ph/finding-happiness-big-changes-gabby-found-security-onlinejobs-ph

John

PS. Does your OFS have a story they’d like to share?  Let me know.

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