Again, today I am sharing with LiP readers my weekly column from SunStar Davao, the biggest local Davao newspaper, where I write every week. I hope you enjoy the article.
One thing that I really see a lot of here in the Philippines, which makes me feel bad, is the huge rush of Filipinos who want to go abroad. The crowd of those who want to leave is so huge, it almost seems like everybody you know is on a quest to leave the country.
When you look into this and try to figure out why everybody wants to leave, the reason is almost universally that the people want to find work. They need jobs that they feel are not available here in the Philippines. They want to improve their lives, make more money, support their family, etc. You can’t blame a person who wants to improve their standing in life.
It’s true that when you look around the country, it would seem that there are not a lot of promising jobs to be found. For somebody without much training, they might get lucky and land a job at a fast food chain, or in a department store as a clerk. But, how much of a future is there in those kind of jobs? Well, unfortunately, it seems like most of those jobs are only temporary contract jobs that last for 5 or 6 months. After that short time passes, the employee is let go, and a whole new staff seems to start working. I suppose that I also would have a hard time getting excited about only being able to find such a temporary job like that.
However, is it true that there is no opportunity in the Philippines? In my opinion, that simply is not the case! I see so many opportunities available and just waiting for the right person to fill the slot.
I am from the United States of America, and I always hear a lot of Filipinos tell me that they want to go to the USA so they can find work and help support their family here in the Philippines. However, what these people don’t realize is that life is tough in the USA. The pace of life is fast, and there is little time to rest. In the States, if you aren’t staying busy, you are losing ground. Often you won’t have time for your family, you only have time to work! Believe me, it’s not an enjoyable way to live your life when you have to work all the time like that!
If you want to start up any kind of business in the States you need a few things:
- Lots of money. Starting any kind of business in the States takes a ton of money! If you don’t have that cash, you might as well give up on the goal too.
- Plenty of time. If you go into business for yourself, you are signing up for a lot of hours at the job! No time to do anything but work, it seems! Especially for those just starting a business, because they often can’t afford to hire an employee or two to assist in carrying the load. So, the owner of the business must do everything himself! It’s not an easy life, and it can take years to build your business to the point where you can start sharing the burden with a few employees.
- Lots of patience. You have to be patient long enough to make the business successful. Patient with not having much money too! You will have to reinvest much of your earnings to make the business grow, and make it a success.
However, here in the Philippines, it is still possible to start your own business on a low budget! Hiring employees is inexpensive too. Families here are close knit, so you can get some of your family to help out too! Nieces, Nephews and such are always looking for work, and would be happy to help you get your business up and running!
The other great thing in the Philippines is that there are a lot of business niches that are still unfilled. In the USA, it seems like no matter what kind of business you want to get into, there are many others already doing it here! No so here in the Philippines, though! If you can “think outside the box” or be creative in your thinking, you an still find plenty of opportunities here in the Philippines.
Another great thing about finding a business niche here in the Philippines is that if you stay here you can still enjoy your family here, the Philippines foods, culture and such! If you leave the country you will soon find that you are missing these very basic things in life, and you will long for these things for many years!
So, next time you think that you want to go abroad, try to spend a little time thinking about what your best option is! I firmly believe that there is plenty of opportunity to be had right here in the Philippines! If you keep an open mind, and do some creative thinking, I think you will find that I’m right too!