Updated: April 29, 2013
Hi everyone. Today, I’d like to introduce you to my latest project called 199Jobs
199Jobs is a marketplace where you can buy and sell services starting at 199 Philippine Pesos.
It’s an online store, but instead of buying or selling tangible products – people can either sell their services, or hire someone to do a task for them.
Me and my co-founder, Glenn Santos of memokitchen.com, have been busy for the past couple of months developing the site, and we’re proud to say that we’ve made very good progress in building a community that’s helping people make money and save time.
This tech startup was inspired by our belief that each individual can use their creativity to earn money online, whether to make a bit of extra on the side or turn it into something that supports their entire family.
Moreover, we also believe that there should be an easy and affordable way to outsource simple tasks, to get help from reliable and responsive individuals and skip the stress of hiring and managing people.
199Jobs.com hopes to connect buyers and sellers and make it easy for them to work together. Our goals are to help people make money; and assist businesses and individuals to get things done.
Making Money With 199Jobs
Think of something you can do that others might find valuable. It can be as simple as writing articles, or something a bit technical like graphic design.
Think of a skill which you can offer as a service. If you speak well, then you can offer voice overs services. Or if you’re good at Photoshop, then maybe you can sell your photo editing services.
Sometimes, what you know can also be valuable to others. If you’re a techy, then maybe you can help people decide what smartphone to buy. If you’re good at social media marketing, then maybe you can offer consultancy services for entrepreneurs.
Here’s a screenshot of the job that my friend, Ada, is offering. She’s one of the best travel bloggers in the country and she’s offering to make a vacation itinerary for those who want to go to Bolinao, Nagsasa, El Nido and many other places.
Increase Your Productivity With 199Jobs
Focus is one of the keys to success. As an entrepreneur, you need to focus on building your business and not waste time on things that you could just outsource.
For example, you want to have your own website, but you don’t know how. Instead of learning web design and development, you can just hire someone to do it for you.
But how much does it cost to hire a web designer nowadays? This could range between P10,000 to P15,000 for just a simple business website.
Now here’s the thing, with 199Jobs, you can have your own website up and running with just P3,000 or less!
How? You start by hiring one of the many freelance web developers on the site who are offering web setup services, like this one below:
Then, hire someone to create your website banner, another one to write your content (About page, Product page, etc.), and maybe someone to edit the site photos.
In less than a week, you’ll have a business website up and running!
Trust and Security
In 199Jobs, we require buyers to pay first before a seller starts work.
During this time, we hold the payment in escrow while the buyer waits for the seller to deliver the service. After the buyer accepts the work, then that’s the only time that payment gets released to the seller.
For buyers, this means you are assured to get the work you need done, or we refund back the payment to you, or help you find another seller which can do the job. For sellers, this means you are assured that you will get paid every time.
It’s a win-win situation.
I am very proud to be part of this venture, and I hope you can help it grow by signing up as a user and selling some of your own services there. Or maybe perhaps, trying it out and buying one of the jobs being offered there.
This is my first tech startup project, and I’m learning a lot of entrepreneurial lessons from the very inspired local startup community.
I’ll definitely write about and share my discoveries and realizations here – so please subscribe to Ready To Be Rich if you want to learn more about Philippine startups.