I didn’t grow up watching “The Sound of Music” like my wife did, but I’ve seen it a number of times since we’ve been married.

As we climbed these mountains in Austria I just couldn’t help but sing “The hills are alive, with the sound of music…” over and over again. These mountains really are magical.

One of the things I tell anyone who just hired an OFS is that they should pay their OFS weekly, at least for the first couple of months.

I understand that paying weekly can be a bit of work. You have to remember.

But paying weekly protects you and your OFS. It helps establish trust.

How does it protect you? If you see that it’s not working out in the first couple of weeks, it’s easier to end the working relationship. Plus, there are no hard feelings from your OFS because they got paid for their work. They won’t feel cheated or scammed. It just didn’t work out.

Now, how does it protect your OFS?

Filipinos just want to work.

Once they get a job, Filipinos want to jump on it.  They’ll care about their salary, but their first priority is to show you that you made the right choice. Add that to the fact that they’re not comfortable talking about money. Weeks, even months, can go by, and they keep working without getting paid.

You have no idea how many emails we’ve received over the years of Filipino workers asking us to talk to their employers because they haven’t been paid for months. They’re even apologetic about it, telling us that they would have waited a bit longer but needed the money for rent, groceries, utilities, etc.

Paying weekly in the first couple of months shows that:

  • You’re not a scam employer
  • You have a thriving business that can afford employees
  • You’re somebody they can trust

Once you have your worker’s trust, working with them is easier. You can ease up the schedule and pay twice a month or monthly.

When you have their trust, they’ll be loyal and motivated to help you succeed. I talk more about this in my book, The Outsourcing Lever.