Getting Started vs UpWork

Many people who are new to using VirtualStaff.PH often ask us what the difference is between our platform and the freelancer website UpWork.

In this article I'm going to share with you the BIG differences... the good and the bad, and then whichever platform best suits your needs, you can then go on and use.

First of all, both sites are good and depending on what you want for your buisness, both can benefit you.

Obviously this article is on our website so you may think that we would biast towards

However, we are not going to get into all that, instead we will just point out the key differences and you can then make your mind up about which platform best suits your goals.


Its a platform that connects you with freelancers from around the world. You communicate and hire them on the UpWork platform and they take up to 20% of the agreed price between the employer and freelancer.


Connects businesses directly with FILIPINO Virtual Workers.

The BIG difference here is the fact that is completely focused on connecting entrepreneurs with remote workers in the Philippines.

On top of that, another big difference is the fact most workers on the website are looking for part-time or full-time work, which means it's often a better solution if you're looking to hire somebody on an ongoing basis.



Their income is made by charging a % of the agreed salary rate with your freelancer.

For example, worker charge $500, then UpWork will take around $100 in fees This is an ongoing cost due to the fact everytime you pay your worker, Upwork takes their cut!

This means it might appear like the worker is the one who incurs the cost, but in fact the worker will add that onto their price, thus meaning you pay an inflated rate to cover UpWorks fees.

Works on a totally different income model to UpWork. Do NOT charge a salary mark up or a percentage of the worker's salary.

The worker gets 100% of the salary you pay them Instead, the employer signs up to either a monthly of yearly subscription that gives them FULL ACCESS to the huge database of over 100,000 part-time, full-time and freelance virtual assistants in the Philippines.

Because takes 0% of the workers salary and you pay workers directly, the price to hire VA's starts from only $10/month with the 12 month basic subscription.

With that you can hire VA's and freelancers WITHOUT paying any additional fee!

Plus the virtual assistants pay us $0, meaning a much lower cost to you if you factor the real costs involved with UpWork.

It also comes with a 30-day money back guarantee, and other than that small initial fee, you pay  NO ADDITIONAL MONEY!

This means:

  • You save on ongoing fees.
  • Worker saves a percentage of their salary going to the website/platform.
  • You pay better rates because you're cutting out the middleman fees.

So the big differences are:

1- works out cheaper.... as the worker gets 100% of the salary. The only cost incured by the employer and jobseeker is a subscription fee that starts as low as $10/month.

2- UpWork is for worldwide freelancers. VirtualStaff is for people wanting to hire virtual workers in the Philippines, either part-time or full-time (can also be on a freelance basis).

3- VirtualStaff makes its money from a one time fee. UpWork makes money by taking an ongoing % of the workers salary... meaning their rate will take that into account.

Hope this helps clarify the difference.

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By: Alfred Bangsal

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