If you're a Startup...

The most economical option is to hire freelancers.

From around the world, freelancers are ready, willing, and able to take on as much work as you can throw at them at very affordable hourly rates. This makes them very attractive to business owners who are just starting out.

You can find for freelancers on:

  • Upwork
  • Fiverr
  • Toptal
  • Simply Hired
  • PeoplePerHour

However, freelancers are notorious for milking the clock, not being transparent with their work, and require constant supervision. When a business begins to mature it is often difficult to scale with freelancers. Trust us we know from experience! (our story)

Hiring Freelancers

  • Pros:
  • Most affordable
  • Work as needed
  • No monthly commitments
  • No contracts
  • Hourly rates
  • Screenshot Time Tracking
  • Cons:
  • Least productive
  • Requires most supervision
  • Work for multiple clients
  • Work in multiple verticals
  • No office environment
  • No transparency
  • Not a one person job
  • Not deadline oriented
  • Longest learning curve
  • High turnover
  • Different time zone
  • No project manager
  • No account manager
  • Most mistakes and errors

If you're a SME or Large Enterprise...

Hiring in house is the logical option as the infrastructure, processes, and revenue are already defined.

For some positions, there is no substitute for hiring in house. Others do have the ability to work remotely depending on the job responsibilities. This is especially true in the e-commerce vertical. However, having employees in the place of business day in and day out can never be duplicated by other staffing solutions.

Unfortunately for many SMB’s looking to start, run, or grow their e-commerce business hiring in house just isn’t on the table due to the cost. Simply finding the right talent and then retaining those employees is a separate challenge.

In-House Hiring

  • Pros:
  • Most productive
  • Dedicated staff
  • Shortest learning curve
  • Always accountable
  • Deadline oriented
  • Least supervision
  • Office environment
  • Instant turn around time
  • Cons:
  • Least affordable
  • Expensive turnover cost
  • Not a one person job
  • Wasted resources
  • Work/activity not monitored
  • Downtime (vacation/sick leave)
  • Monthly commitment
  • Mistakes and errors

If you're an SMB...

When businesses have outgrown freelancers, but are still too small to hire in house, many turn to BPO’s for Dedicated staffing solutions. (what is a BPO?)

This method is tried and true and accounts for almost all outsourcing activity in the Philippines. The business contracts a BPO to hire their remote staff and those employees then work full time for that employer. With rates sometimes up to 1/5 of the cost to hire locally this is an extremely affordable option for SMB’s.

For well established e-commerce businesses this is a great choice for AOC clients. We will hand pick qualified individuals that meet your requirements and let you conduct one on one interviews until you have found your perfect team!

Dedicated Staffing

  • Pros:
  • Affordable
  • Dedicated staff
  • Shorter learning curve
  • Instant turn-around time
  • Always accountable
  • Complete transparency
  • Deadline oriented
  • Work on the same time zone
  • Monitored work/activity
  • Project manager (optional)
  • Account manager
  • Cons:
  • Not a one person job
  • Wasted resources
  • High turnover cost
  • Requires supervision
  • Contract required
  • Monthly commitment
  • Downtime (vacation/sick leave)
  • Mistakes and errors

If you can’t afford a dedicated team...

Running an e-commerce business is not a one-person job, which means even hiring Dedicated staffing solutions from BPO’s can be very expensive. A team of 5 can cost 7k-12k USD monthly.

AOC recognized this very early on, so we created the first of its kind Hybrid staffing solution. This allows our clients to use the services of multiple skill sets and pay affordable hourly rates on an ongoing monthly basis. (pricing)

Our team consists of Developers, UX Designers, Data Admins, Marketplace Pros, SEO Specialists, Marketing Coordinators, Content Writers, Manual Entry, Project Managers, & Account Managers. Clients get access to all and for only one monthly fee!

Hybrid Staffing

  • Pros:
  • More affordable
  • Rotating staff
  • Work only in e-commerce vertical
  • Insight from other industries
  • Always accountable
  • Complete transparency
  • No wasted resources
  • No turnover cost
  • No downtime (vacation/sick leave)
  • No contract required
  • Hourly rates
  • Monitored work/activity
  • Project Manager
  • Account Manager (optional)
  • Cons:
  • Longer learning curve
  • Longer turn-around time
  • Work for multiple clients
  • Not deadline-oriented
  • Work on different time zone
  • Requires supervision
  • Monthly commitment
  • Mistakes and errors