1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

My Filipino Worker Wants Money From Meeeee!!!

Discussion in 'Hire a Freelancer' started by DocBrown, Feb 18, 2011.

  1. DocBrown

    DocBrown Regular Member

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2010
    Messages:
    211
    Likes Received:
    25
    Hi,

    I have a filipino worker working for me for approx 5 months. They've been a good worker and had no problems. Recently hes had a break in and needs about $100 to get back to where he was before this break in.

    He hasn't asked directly but is kinda hinting.

    Is it a good idea of just give him him the $100 or even $50 of it to keep him going. The thing is i wouldn't normally give money like this but he has been a good worker so i don't know. I wouldn't really miss that kinda money myself but i don't want to set up a situation where he asks for money anytime hes in trouble.

    What would you do??
     
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2011
  2. sikandar

    sikandar Senior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2008
    Messages:
    1,149
    Likes Received:
    1,037
    Never take that risk with Filipino workers. Pay them only after they complete the job. I had negative experience with almost 100% Filipino workers I had employed before. They just disappear after receiving the money.
     
  3. darkmarth

    darkmarth Junior Member

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2008
    Messages:
    160
    Likes Received:
    41
    Location:
    Bay Area!
    Perhaps increase their base pay instead of paying them a lump sum? That way you're not paying something for nothing...
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 2
  4. july23

    july23 Senior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2008
    Messages:
    933
    Likes Received:
    426
    Location:
    Lost
    If you gave the money, there's possible two things gonna happen.
    First get scam and Second make the band between you and your worker strong. Beside like you said those guys worked for you for 5 months right? Think of it as bonus ;) $50 is nothing compared to the 5 months benefits you already have from them. Thing to remember is don't let them abuse it.

    Lets listen to other people opinion though this would gave you more ideas and action needed to do

    That's just my 2 cent
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 3
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2011
  5. LukaB

    LukaB Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2010
    Messages:
    3,859
    Likes Received:
    4,451
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Planet Earth
    I agree with july,

    Well give him $50, but tell him this is a bonus, and it does not happen anytime.
     
  6. GreenGoblin

    GreenGoblin BANNED BANNED

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2008
    Messages:
    1,493
    Likes Received:
    2,560
    I would give it to him, but I would make it known it's a 1 x thing. Like you said he's been working for u for a while now with no issues, so those type of people when things happen to them, it's easier to help them Vs a bum on the street begging for money, another thing u can do u can front him the money and take it out of whatever money u paying him for work slowly until it's recovered on your end. Me personally I help people all the time, it's good karma. Whatever u do keep it business, even if u don't need the money and won't miss it, still recover it, u don't want to become a bank.
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2011
  7. urbanzen

    urbanzen Junior Member

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2008
    Messages:
    124
    Likes Received:
    11
    Don't do it. It'll become a habit, trust me. First time he asks and you give, next time he's gonna ask you for 150. You give in to that, then he's gonna say his grandma died and needs funeral money, or he needs 4 days paid days off.

    They're always testing for ways to sneak and get into your shoes. I'm sorry but this has happened to me not once, so I'm giving advice from experience.
     
  8. tacopalypse

    tacopalypse Executive VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2009
    Messages:
    984
    Likes Received:
    2,501
    Home Page:
    there's no reason to assume that you have to keep giving him more money if he asks for more money.

    if you want to give him $100 one time to help him out and for 5 months of good work then that's perfectly fine. if he continues to ask you for money in the future, you always have the option of simply declining.
     
  9. mwoody

    mwoody Newbie

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2007
    Messages:
    31
    Likes Received:
    8
    With my outsources they have a standard rate and every now and then if one of them has impressed me/gone above the call of duty I give them a bonus like an iPod or something similar
     
  10. M1ndfluX

    M1ndfluX Senior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2009
    Messages:
    1,130
    Likes Received:
    874
    Location:
    031010
    If he need the $ so bad why not ask directly to you. Ask him that.

    If he is embaressed about this give him the $50 bonus and more work. Your not a bank.
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  11. DocBrown

    DocBrown Regular Member

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2010
    Messages:
    211
    Likes Received:
    25
    I decided to give a $50 bonus in light of the work hes done for me so far.

    In fairness i do trust him it's just i didn't want to set up this as a regular kind of situation.

    But if someones a good worker and kind of need him, then it's worth it to keep him on.
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  12. M1ndfluX

    M1ndfluX Senior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2009
    Messages:
    1,130
    Likes Received:
    874
    Location:
    031010
    And if he doesnt screw you you know you have someone to build on. Thats worth $50 alone these days. ;)
     
  13. zaithyn

    zaithyn BANNED BANNED

    Joined:
    May 4, 2010
    Messages:
    24
    Likes Received:
    7
    I'm a Filipina, and this thread hurts me a lot because of some misjudgment. Not all Filipino workers are scammers. Almost all of us are good worker and honest, I am working as a freelancer for 2 years and with all of my experience, I'm the one who is always scammed after finishing my task from international service buyers (especially canadian).
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 6
  14. clyde

    clyde Elite Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2009
    Messages:
    1,990
    Likes Received:
    1,131
    ^^ lol.
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  15. DocBrown

    DocBrown Regular Member

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2010
    Messages:
    211
    Likes Received:
    25
    I've been happy with the filipino workers with me so far i have to say.
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  16. LukaB

    LukaB Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2010
    Messages:
    3,859
    Likes Received:
    4,451
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Planet Earth
    So basically you insulted Canadians :)

    Here is the TRUTH
    In every country, there are the good and there are the bad. Stop blaming each other
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 8
  17. bushbabie21

    bushbabie21 Executive VIP

    Joined:
    May 27, 2010
    Messages:
    466
    Likes Received:
    168
    Agreed...It also has to do with the fact that its online...Certain people (no matter where they are) will try to scam and push the limits of the rules. The smart thing to do is to establish safe business practices that are based on logic and reason...Quite frankly, if you think that someone in a 1st world country wont screw you online, you are horribly mistaken.

    My advice, create a standard well thought out protocol for how to handle advances. simple...then it doesnt matter where your workers are from... Maybe its based on a rating system + number of months + satifaction rating...or something like that.
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  18. DocBrown

    DocBrown Regular Member

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2010
    Messages:
    211
    Likes Received:
    25
    I'd never give an "advance" as such. People would be likely to become lazy after that. It would have to be in the form of a bonus on the work they'd done to date.
     
  19. jstover77

    jstover77 Executive VIP Jr. VIP

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2009
    Messages:
    2,375
    Likes Received:
    3,619
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Entrepreneur
    Location:
    Doylestown PA
    Home Page:
    Dude it is $100. I can see if they where asking for $500 or $1K but $100? Just explain to them that this is a one time thing and you are making an exception. There should be no reason for them to run off if it is a guaranteed paycheck every month.
     
  20. cocoholo

    cocoholo Regular Member

    Joined:
    May 4, 2008
    Messages:
    359
    Likes Received:
    218
    Occupation:
    seeker
    Location:
    Earth
    LOL! I love this thread. I didn't know $50 would make such noise and blatant comments.