Tuesday, March 26, 2013


I have written in my previous posts on how one should aim to get a college degree while working in a call center.  I also mentioned that there were several call center companies that help undergraduate Filipinos get a shot at education.


A friend of mine who works at Telus recently told me how his company implemented a “study while you work program”.  Call center agents can sign up for 4 year courses that they take within Telus itself.  The classes take 3-4 hours a day and will be conducted before or after their shifts.  The tuition is partly subsidized by Telus, and is payable through Salary deduction. 

The end result = an actual college diploma.

I was a bit touched as I listened to this story – it is not the responsibility of any company to encourage employees to get an education, and Telus goes way beyond the extra mile to help hundreds of Filipino’s get a shot at college.  I had to work very hard to get my degree when I enrolled at a distance education class, and I would have grabbed an opportunity like this.

So I strongly encourage those Pinoy undergraduates – do not give up your dream!  Getting a college degree is something attainable if you work hard and plan properly.  We have done it, and so can you.

Like Telus, there are lots of pretty decent call centers out there that really take time to invest in their employees.  Think long-term and do not just work for the sake of salary - no matter how you desperately need the money.  The small sacrifices and decisions you make today will always affect your future.

I am not, nor am I planning to be affiliated with Telus in any way, so please do not misunderstand when I say:

Whoever you people are in Telus who came up with this educational thing – thank you, and may this world have more people like you!

Friday, March 01, 2013






The posts above are my tips on getting extra cash as a call center agent.  

This post  my actual experience in using oDesk to earn extra money.

UPDATE:  oDESK is now Upwork.  Check out their site here: Upwork

oDesk (now Upwork) is a company acting as a global job marketplace and a series of tools targeted at businesses that intend to hire and manage remote workers. - wikipedia

Sa tagalog at sa mas maka-masang termino - ang oDesk e parang Facebook pero trabaho ang pinaguusapan.  Mag hahanap ka ng tao na me gusto ipagawa sayo, tapos babayran ka nila sa serbisyong nabigay mo -- lahat nito e sa internet nagaganap.

A current colleague of mine told me how oDesk helps her get a little extra money every month.  My curiosity got the better of me, so I then tried to try oDesk.  The end result was, I got 3k in a month with minimal effort.

The skills needed for oDesk like English proficiency, familiarity with MS office, and knowledge of the web, is already strengthened by the call center environment.  This makes oDesk an ideal sideline for us call center reps.

So how was my actual experience?

I signed up for oDesk and created an account -- I just Googled oDesk and followed the instructions.

I then created a PayPal account - just login to Paypal and follow the instructions.  I used the personal account and was asked for a legitimate credit card to pay the Paypal processing fee – it’s like a test charge - I think is was 500 Pesos (you get this back after a while).  I also needed to link my own Bank (Metrobank ATM Savings) to PayPal.

I then went back to oDesk and created a profile for myself.  This is like an online resume.

I then put in my asking price of $2.00.

Then I proceeded to see the list of jobs that were easy to do.

oDesk has literally thousands of jobs to choose from - from cutting and pasting excel values, to writing articles.  There are job filters called "categories of interest"that you select.  Jobs will return based on the categories.

I chose the filters below and applied for several jobs that appeared.

  • Blog & Article Writing
  • Creative Writing
  • Data Entry
  • Web Research

After 48 hours, I received an email that an employer would like to have an interview with me, and the employer gave his Yahoo Messenger.

My interview was just a simple chat session using YM.  The employer needed 5 articles to be written for random topics that he would give.  Each article would have 450 words, and he would pay me $2.50 for each article.  

I had 1 week to finish all 5 articles.

He then asked if I could do this and I agreed.

The employer then asked me for some sample articles first before we sealed the deal.  I emailed him some written work and after a few hours, I saw that he had hired me on oDesk with and emailed me with the article topics as well as instructions.

The employer emailed me everyday and checked on my progress.  I honestly reported to him everything I was doing.

I managed to finish the articles in 5 days, spending about 1.5 hours for each article.  I was immediately credited $12.50 upon submission.

I looked for more jobs, and the money I had on oDesk slowly accumulated.  I then used oDesk itself to transfer the funds to my PayPal account.  I then used PayPal to send to money to my Metrobank account.

In a month, I made 3,500k Php -  I only used up 1 hour of my time day sitting in front of my computer.  It may not be a big amount, but considering that I just use that time for Facebook, this was something worthwhile.


oDesk is real and it works.  If you are really serious in getting some extra income, then this one should definitely be one of your top options.  All you need is a computer and some dedication and you really will make money with this.

This blog article just aims to share my experience to encourage my fellow agents that oDesk is a realistic way to earn extra income.  Try to study and learn more about it, there are so many how-to's from fellow Filipinos that give detailed instructions with the whole oDesk process.