Earn a Living in the Philippines — 2017
(Last updated 5 January 2017)
Earn a living in the Philippines.
Doesn’t that headline catch a lot of eyes? Notice I didn’t talk about a J*O*B here either. I don’t like them and you don’t want one, especially in the Philippines.
For Teachers (and Anyone Else, Really)
- 0.1 For Teachers (and Anyone Else, Really)
- 0.2 I mean, that’s what teachers do, right?
- 0.3 Not Only Is This Whole Process Demeaning, But You Won’t Earn Squat!
- 0.4 There ARE Foreigners Earning as Teachers in the Philippines
- 0.5 This is a common story.
- 0.6 Did You Ever Think of Tutoring?
- 0.7 Location Independence
- 0.8 This Can Work At A Professional or Informal Level
- 0.9 Or You Could Do What I Think Is Better, Just Freelance
- 0.10 How Do You Get Paid?
- 0.11 One Big Fly In The Ointment
- 0.12 Bottom Line
- 0.13 Resources
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I have a lot of teacher who read here regularly, and then if you add in the number of random searchers who pass by I would guess that quite a few more every month are teachers as well.
Well if you are a teacher and you want to come live here in the Philippines you immediately start searching for a J*O*B at a school in the Philippines, correct?.
I mean, that’s what teachers do, right?
Get a degree, get certified, go through the sometimes demeaning hoops of resume’s, applications, interviews, probationary work, etc,, and maybe if you’re lucky(?) you get to stand in a classroom and get paid perhaps one-third of what you are worth in terms of income to the school. BZZZZT! Wrong.
Not Only Is This Whole Process Demeaning, But You Won’t Earn Squat!
Teachers in expensive private schools in the Manila area get, perhaps, $350 USD PER MONTH. And you can forget what public school teachers earn, because not only is it one-third or less than private school teachers, but unless you are a Filipino, you can;t be employed as a teacher here.
Now certain International Schools may pay more, but these are jobs with very, very high competition. No harm in trying, but ….
There ARE Foreigners Earning as Teachers in the Philippines
I know of a number of expats who are employed, mainly in post secondary schools and /or technical and trade schools.
The schools often get around the restriction on hiring foreigners for the jobs by making the expats informal consultants and the like … or paying them “under the table” … which could well be a good way to land in jail or be deported.
Not long ago I had a reader here who told me in some detail how hard it was for him, a licensed US teacher with a master’s degree, to get a job teaching math at a Catholic high school. He was paid hourly.
P100 per hour. That’s about $2.22 per hour USD. And he couldn’t work full-time because he was an adjunct consultant, not an employee.
But even though he couldn’t work full-time, he had to be available 6 days a week, on an “on call” basis.
Plus (here’s the pat that will really shock you), he had to kickback 20% of his salary to the school administrator who hired him. Yeah, really.
This is a common story.
Frankly, I don’t like that path, and neither, I submit, should you.
Here’s a thought.
Did You Ever Think of Tutoring?
Actually, although I’ve aimed this article at professional teachers, one doesn’t even have to hold a teaching credential to tutor students.
Work online, from anywhere in the world and tutor students back in the USA. With the Internet and free tools like Skype, you can tutor from anywhere,
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, You Don’t Have To Work Where You Live
This Can Work At A Professional or Informal Level
If you already have a degree and certification, there are dozens of commercial tutoring service in the USA looking for part-time tutors. (Hint: Google is your friend)
Many also hire non-degreed tutors for subjects such as website design, common commercial programs like Excel or Photo Shop, etc.
Or You Could Do What I Think Is Better, Just Freelance
Most of the commercial tutoring services I have researched in the USA wind up charging about $20 USD per hour. I guarantee they aren’t paying the tutors they hire anything like that much.
If you set up something as simple as a Facebook page and worked at promoting yourself you could easily”beat the competition” with a price of, say, $15 USD per hour, and you’d net almost all of that, because your expenses would be virtually nil,
You have to be as smart as a fifth grader (not always so easy, remember that Jeff Foxworthy show, LoL) and you need to be able to guide students to learn what they need and prepare themselves for successful completion of whatever course they are in.
But essentially, that’s it. Most everyone who has read this far in this article knows enough to tutor in some subject which interests them.
How Do You Get Paid?
For some reason this always seems to be so difficult for prospective online entrepreneurs to grasp.
Actually, it’s the simplest part. Just set up a PayPal account. The students (or their parents) pay with a credit card, PayPal collects the money and then transfers it as you direct it to. Simple. Easy, Cheap.
One Big Fly In The Ointment
I saved the best (or worst) for last. The clock and the calendar. If you want to serve your US-based clients, you’ll have to put in some night shift work.
Here’s a planning chart to help you figure the time differences.
If you had a client in US eastern time, for example, you’d have to get online with them at 0300 Philippine times.
For some of you, this may be a show-stopper.
For others, like me, who worked night shifts for many years, this could be an absolute plus. My house is quiet in the early morning hours, the Internet runs like greased lightning, and taking a nap during the day is a favorite activity of mine.
But anyway, just so you know.
Tutoring is far from the only way you can live here in thePhilippines and earn from overseas, but it’s a good way and there are no special requirements.
I’ll close with a bonus resource here, for teachers AND non-teachers alike.
Two colleagues of mine whom I have watched build up their own online business to the point they make a lot of money and most importantly, help thousands of people “break the chains” of J*O*B bondage.
Shane and Jocelyn, former public school teachers in the US, who quit teaching and started their own online ventures so they could spend quality time with their family and also, work where and when they please.
Visit their site, you’ll be glad you did, Our Story
So that’s a few thoughts for today on how to Earn a living in the Philippines.