A real common question that I get in my e-mail almost daily is this: “What kind of job can I find there after I move there?”
The answer is very easy. NONE.
That’s right… don’t come here expecting to find a job here where you can make the kind of wages that you would be looking for. Actually, the odds that you will find any job are only remote.
Consider a few things:
- There are few jobs to be had, that’s why so many people are unemployed here.
- Legally, you can not be hired to do a job if a Filipino can do that job.
- Most employers would rather hire another Filipino, rather than a foreigner.
- The minimum wage here is only around P250 per day. Believe it or not, most people earn less than the minimum wage.
If you think about these reasons that I list, they all make sense. Now, saying that you will not be hired for a job does not mean that you cannot earn money here. I am a perfect example that you can indeed make money while you live in the Philippines. I actually earn more here than I did when I lived in the USA. You can do it too.
There are a few steps that you must take to be succeessful. First, without a doubt, you must be self employeed. That doesn’t mean that you have to go out and rent a building, hire a workforce, etc. Work smart, and you don’t need to work hard. I know, that’s an old adage, but it’s true.
Think about it. I have a friend who is a tax preparer in the USA. He moved here, and has been able to keep up the same business. He primarily does it over the internet now. People can e-mail him with all of the details, and he can do the work here, then e-mail it back. Yes, there are some physical documents that are needed, but he has been able to work around that. And, he has even been able to expand his business, because he can hire Filipino accountants very inexpensively, and take on more work than he could handle before. What happens is that he becomes the quality control person. His workers do all the tax returns, he reviews them for accuracy. As well as continuing his business, he has been able to expand and branch out into new areas that he could not address before. For example, there are a lot of Americans who live here in the Philippines. Those guys also must file a US tax return, so my friend has a whole new base of clients that he could not access before.
There are plenty of businesses that you can do from here. It is my preference to continue to service the USA or another western country, not to go after clients here in the Philippines. One thing to keep in mind – prices are lower here, so you would not be able to charge as much. But, you can live here inexpensively and serve the American market, earning the kind of money that Americans earn. It’s the best of both worlds, right?
What kind of businesses could you do while living here?
- Just about any kind of Internet based business.
- Blogging, with Advertising supporting it (Google AdSense, Text Ad Links, Chitika, etc.)[affiliate links]
- Services to US businesses (build websites, do taxes, do outsourcing work, etc.)
- e-Commerce, selling items from here to people around the world
The possibilities are almost endless! As I have said before, what you need to do is to think outside your box. Even if your idea seems wild, consider it, refine it. You might just come up with what you are looking for!
UPDATE: Since originally writing this article, we have added a new feature to the site. We now have a Job Board where you can advertise that you are looking for a job, and potential advertisers can also advertise with jobs that they are offering for ex-pats. Check it out.