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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My OFS Is On The News!

Julia, my OFCS (Online Filipina Content Specialist) wrote this today:
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I’m proud that we have a culture here at Onlinejobs.ph where we find ways to help people.

We help Filipinos find work.
We help employers find team members.

But some of us go beyond.

We have co-workers who do charity work and volunteer regularly. John even gets involved sometimes and sends us money to help out the causes that matter to us. Like last year when he helped us give groceries to families who struggled in the early days of the pandemic.

One of our social media team, Ben, is a volunteer firefighter. For the past few days, he’s been helping evacuate people affected by the Davao River’s flooding. He even got featured on the local news.

(He’s the one holding the baby)


I wouldn’t have known he was doing this if someone hadn’t pointed it out to me on Facebook. He was still working while helping out in the rescue operations. He’d be evacuating people during the day and get his work done at night.
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What do your OFS do to volunteer? What do they do outside work?
Have you asked?

John

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My OFS second job: Volunteer Firefighter

Ben works on our social media team. He helps with the social media schedule, with posting, and with engagement.  He was hired by Julia (one of my OFS) who needed more help. Ben is also a volunteer firefighter.  Here's what he says---------------Hi! My...

Firing an OFS – real experience

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The giving relationship with an OFS

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How my OFS team runs Facebook ads for me

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What is an OFS?

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My process for building a sales page with OFS

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“My OFS productivity dropped…a lot. What do I do?”

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How I caught my OFS working another job

A couple years ago I had an OFS who was super productive.  She's really smart, perfect English, willing to come to me with suggestions. Just really great. Then over a couple month period I noticed her productivity dropped.  I didn't say anything for a while,...

Months of missed productivity with my OFS

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Changing your OFS kids’ lives

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Sell. Let your OFS take care of the rest.

Recently, I had a Jr. High kid in my neighborhood text me to ask if he can interview me for his Entrepreneurship class.  Ok. Sure. He comes over. And then asks me questions.Questions that you would expect from someone with an academic background in...

My OFS accidentally spent $58,000 of mine!

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How do I protect myself with an OFS?

Sometimes I wear knee pads when I ride my mountain bike. Crashing is just part of riding a mountain bike.  So, I wear protection (sometimes). This week I got an email asking about how to protect yourself with your sensitive information and your OFS: "I'd like to...

Tips for training an OFS – a Filipino perspective

Training doesn't have to be that hard. Just putting a little effort in makes a big difference. Julia:-----------Homeschooling my daughter has forced me to teach her a lot of things I know nothing about. One of the things she learned how to do, even though I had...

I just hired the NOT best OFS. Why?

Over the past few months my copywriter has been really slow with doing work. I finally said to him Hey, are you able to do this work or do I need to get someone else? He replied and let me know "I'm dealing with some really serious health stuff.  I can't do...

Death in an OFS family – A Filipino perspective

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May the 4th be with you (as you change your lifestyle)

I'm currently an hour into seeing the 9th Star Wars movie for the first time. I watched the original 3 when I was young. Then I hadn't seen any of the newer ones until a few months ago when my youngest son wanted Star Wars Legos.  I figured he should actually...

How do you judge when to help an OFS financially

It's the last day of the Alta ski season for us and my family is skiing. I had a minor setback so I'm not skiing. Just sitting in the parking lot enjoying the sun and snow and mountains.  I didn't have to come, but I came to help.To help them get packed.To help...

What are OFS not good at?

My kids are just not good at performing arts. It's uncanny how similar they all are with this.In elementary school when they do their singing performances or dance performances, my kids were always half a step behind. Every one of my kids! How is that possible? ...

Paying hourly vs salary: It’s a commitment thing

I know, I know…You want to hire someone and pay them hourly.  It's just so much simpler that way.   Paying hourly is low commitment.Paying hourly is an easy out for you.Paying hourly means if they're not working, you're not paying for it. But paying hourly...

Creating tasks for an OFS based on goals

"What are your goals?" I ask it regularly.   My teenager asks "Should I go with friends and do this or should I do my bike training ride?" What are your goals? Do you want to win? Training ride.Do you want to relax?  Social. You can't always have both. My...

Ideas for what your OFS can do for you.

One of my kids chores (on Wednesday specifically) is to ask mom for a chore. "Mom, what can I do for you." Ummm…you can wipe the counter down.Ummm…you can break down all the boxes and put them in recycling.Ummm…you can help Brigg find his shoes. We're constantly...

My OFS visited me in Utah

"Sir, I'm coming to Utah in 2 weeks." And then...he actually came! Kiel had worked for me for 9 years when this happened.   He and his family came to the US to tour (he comes from a family of doctors).  They drove from Vegas to Salt Lake in the afternoon,...

What (and how) I taught my OFS today

I exercise almost every day.   Not every day is a big adventure...but often they turn into adventures. 4, 5, 6 hours in the backcountry skiing or riding our mountain bikes to the mountains, up over the mountains, and then back over to get back home. We do lots of...

Maternity/Paternity leave for OFS. Do you give it?

When my wife had our third child it was rough. She had spent 3 weeks on bed rest before having the baby. The doctor told us that was necessary. What I didn't expect was how rough it would be for her after she had the baby. For 2 months my wife really struggled. ...

Growing up without parents is standard in the Philippines

Since 2009 we've provided hundreds of thousands of jobs in the Philippines. It's something we're proud of. Here's why (from Julia, my Online Filipino Content Specialist): -----When I was growing up, coming from a single parent home was actually pretty common. But it's...

Time tracking and trust (1st time vs 2nd time hiring)

Sunday dinner is a big thing at our house. Has been since I got married. My wife's family all lives close. We get together for family dinner almost every Sunday. It's great. We talk.We play games.We ignore the kids.The kids run wild.We share food...

Are there actually talented people in the Philippines?

Every year in February/March we get a warm spell. My wife always tells me "How about you put your pants away and pull out your shorts? Because I know better.  It's going to get cold again. Every year during that warm week all the people with Jeeps take the tops...

Filipinos Are Loyal. It Matters.

I remember the first time I saw the culture of loyalty in the Philippines. I had this amazing programmer working for me.I'd put him up against anyone. He sent me an email: "Sir, This is a hard email to write. I got offered my dream job.  I'll be going to...

What internet options exist in the Philippines?

My son butt dialed me today. A butt dial!!! Who knew that was still a thing in 2021.  Don't we all have passwords on our phones? Apparently his is glitching.  While he rides his bike with his phone in his sweaty jersey pocket, I guess it unlocks and makes...

Death in an OFS family. How to deal.

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What Summer is like in the Philippines (plus power outages)

Writes Julia, my online Filipino content specialist: Summer (more accurately known as the dry and hot season) here in the Philippines usually starts around March and continues up until June or July. Here's to give you some perspective on how hot it can get here in the...

An actual conversation with my OFS

What?  There's another stray cat hanging around our house? Are you serious? No you can't keep it! She did what?  She gave it a rotisserie chicken? And it puked all over the back porch? No you can't keep it! DO NOT GIVE IT A NAME! Get it out of the house...

Nates 5 mistakes with online Filipino specialists

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What you say to someone who hasn’t hired an OFS

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How do I know if my OFS is actually working their hours?

Sometimes when you have a bad habit you just need something to snap you out of it. I tried it today with my daughter. She has chores, homework, and other responsibilities... Yet she sat in front of the TV. We had a little chat. In the middle of the chat, when I said...

It’s Holy Week – this affects you and your OFS

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Tips for onboarding a new Online Filipino Specialist

I have mercury poisoning. Oh, I'm doing a lot better right now than I was. When I was first tested I was in the 99th percentile of people who get tested (yeah, the 99th percentile of people who think they have mercury poisoning. It was bad. I couldn't remember...

8 tips for paying your Online Filipino Specialist

Every once in a while something happens that changes your perspective. It gives you insight into something unexpected and it changes your behavior moving forward. Covid was that way for me. 12 days of sick after years of not being sick. I missed the mountains....

The best way to pay your Online Filipino Specialists

Over the years I've used a lot of different ways to pay my OFS team. I started with Xoom.com. Then they freaked out and started telling people they couldn't use Xoom for business transactions.  I can't even tell you how many people I know got stranded because...

If you get a chance to meet your OFS

My favorite movie of all time is Home Alone. I know... I was in 7th grade and saw it in the theatre. I remember my stomach hurting from laughing so hard.  The pain was so bad I didn't know what to do, but I also couldn't stop laughing.   As an adult, it's...

My Covid Experience (12 days of…terrible)

I knew I had covid within an hour of the symptoms coming on.   No idea where I got it. But the immediate fever and chills were obvious. I don't get sick very often.  I haven't had a fever in years.I live a pretty healthy life. So of course I expected the...

How can you trust your Filipino VA – the VA’s perspective

Julia, my OFCS (Online Filipino Content Specialist): As I was checking John's emails for him, I see a lot of questions like: "How can you trust your VA with personal information?""How can you trust your VA with financial information?""How can you trust your VA with...

The worst advice I ever got.

The worst advice I ever heard? "Fake it till you make it." Why?   You'll never make it if you're faking it. If you're faking it, you're deceiving people.  The best business advice I ever got? Add value. Look at what you're doing and think: Am I honestly...

Filipinos love KDrama

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Insight into the life of your online Filipino specialist

Meeting my team in the Philippines was amazing.  It only happened once, in 2010.I took my family to the Philippines on vacation for a month with the intent of meeting my team while I was there.  If you get a chance to meet the people who work for you, do it....

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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