Note. This article was originally written back in 2008. It has been updated on 22 October 2010. I still recommend the book. To order the book just click here
I’ve been a little busy in the past few weeks. Some of the things I have been busy with have nothing to do with blogging or making money online, but one thing that has taken up a lot of more of my time that I thought it would was doing a review of Bob Martin’s book, 49 Ways to Make a Living in the Philippines.
It isn’t because the book is long or hard to read … in fact one of my honest criticism is, the book is a bit thin in places … but a real rule of writing is any written product should be long enough to do the job it was designed to do, and no longer (I ought, perhaps, to apply that principle to some of my blog posts, perhaps).
Bob is an American who moved to the Philippines about ten years ago and has been making a living here, entirely from his own efforts and business acumen ever since.
This sets him apart from me and many of my expat acquaintances who have an income already from pensions or investments. The proof is i9n the pudding. If you can live here for 10 years, live in a nice house, raise a family and live a life that has a balance between work and pleasure, then you may certainly say you have expertise in that niche. In addition to knowing Bob online for some time, I have visited him at his home, met his family and some of his employees and it is my considered opinion that Bob is doing those things I mentioned, and more.
So when Bob announced his plan to release this book I waited anxiously. It does not disappoint.
There are a number of ideas in the book that I already knew about as well as quite a few that I had never heard of. In all cases the ideas, in my opinion, are all viable and should provide a long-term income for anyone who chooses to actually set out and make a success of any one of them. In fact I really wonder that Bob didn’t aim it at a broader audience, because a majority of the methods here will work for folks still living in the US, for example.
Most do not even require an investment of any consequence. A few do, but even those are investments earmarked for buy real property or to invest in a proven business system with guidance and managerial assistance provided.
I was able to detect no scams or questionable ventures here. For those that do not know,the Philippines is rife with many ‘make money’ scams … many of them revolving around an endless assortment of the “Amway-style” Multilevel-marketing models where you basically begin your business by pissing off all your friends and family members trying to get them switch to your brand of shampoo an soap and eventually end up with a flat bank account and a garage full of patent fertilizer products.
These are real-world products and designed as ideas which an honest man could use to start another business that appealed to other honest men.
As I mentioned at the beginning, the only real criticism I could offer is that some of the ideas are short … but, in fairness, think about this:
In the 10 years or so I have been intimately involved with helping people who want to move to the Philippines as well as making my own, successful plan to do so, a number one issue from people of all ages and al walks of life have been how to make a living … or how to find a viable business idea to help family members make a living. In most cases, they (we) have no clue.
That’s what this book provides. Well thought out and intelligently selected ideas for making yourself independent of that monster that people think provides security, a regular J*O*B. It is not a textbook .. in order to fully develop some of these ideas one would need a sizable book for each one I think.
It is exactly as required by truth in labeling, 49 ways and I can assure you, it will only take one of these 49 ways to ‘click’ for you to make the book more than worthwhile.
The book is available in paper or eBook (instant download) format and it comes with a no-hassle, no risk guarantee … I recommend it.
As I said at the top of this review, I have updated it to reflect late 2010 conditions. The book is still on my recommend list. While double checking the URL’s in this article I came across a huge discussion on a Philippine Forum regarding this book.
At least 20 different forum commenters were discussing back and forth the perceived value of the book, especially its price, wether or not Bob knew what he was talking about, if the particular methods discussed were applicable to the Philippines and so forth. You know what almost every commenter said somewhere his comments? “I haven’t read the book”.
One thing I can assure you is, I known Bob personally for years and his guarantee is honest. If you are at all interested, just buy the damn thing and if it doesn’t seem worth it to you, ask for a refund. It amazes (and sometimes exasperates me) how so many here in the “Want to Live in the Philippines” niche would rather just talk rather than find out for themselves.
Take action is my view. I did. Inaction and endless talking about what might or might not be is why you are there, wishing you were here.