Today I have what I think will be a nice treat for many of you. I talk a lot about building your own business and empowering your own life (especially if you are retired or soon to be so). I sickens me to see so many people these days virtually prostrating themselves in front of the “God of Jobs”, convinced they have no other choice except to grovel, submit and settle for less than they have to.
In particular I hate to see so many people coming here looking for jobs for Americans in the Philippines … because I know in many cases they are convinced that finding such a job is their only path to happiness … or a rescue from whatever financial predicament they have gotten themselves into. Those who haven’t looked at this article about why we are broke and how to fix it might be interested.
Well I think it might be fair to say I am often long on advice and short on practical examples. So the treat for today that I mentioned is a guest post from long-time reader Fred, who along with his talented wife Nene are empowering themselves and building a better life in the Philippines, while begging and boot licking no one. Hat’s off, and thanks again, Fred for sending this information along:
I generally enjoy your Monday Morning rants!!!
This is one that I figure I will reply to.
I have not really had what I call a JOB-JOB since late 1975. It was more out of necessity, than choice. I ended up being a single parent of 2 RUG RATS under the age of 2.
Did pretty well, that is until we moved from Northern California, to the wilds of Northern Minn., 60 miles above Duluth. The reason for the move was the school that my children were attending at the time, was going to be converted to a school for “Special Education Kids”. The principal, of new school came and gave a presentation, and basically said that the biggest problem for the kids would be getting on the school grounds, thru all the “DRUG DEALERS” around the school. I decided that at 2nd an 4th grader did not need that kind of hassle. We moved.
After a couple of years it became evident due to the down turn in iron ore industry, that my kids would need better education options. I looked around for private education options. Found one school , sent the oldest there. It was 350 miles away, one way, and a boarding school.
The youngest stayed in the public school, after a couple of months, it became evident, that it was not going to be able to satisfy needs. Checked with the teachers, asked if the youngest would be able to skip 5th and 6th grade an go into 7th. the consensus of opinion was YES!! Enrolled 2nd child in 7th grade.
FAST FORWARD, both have good jobs, the youngest is a GS-15, has 2 years of college, the oldest has a college degree. Both work in computers.
Came to the Philippines to RETIRE!!
Was introduced to a LADY, knew immediately she was a KEEPER. She was a MANICURIST, had been working for herself for about 25 years, since graduating from High School.
About 4 years ago, she was given a handmade pair of earrings, from Gold Wire. We both saw the possibilities of that. She started to learn how to make GOLD WIRE JEWELRY. After a bit when she got good enough, started to sell locally. Got a good reception to her efforts. The problem is there are only about 5,000 families, in the small town. The market is not large enough.
Went up on EBAY, tried for 8 months to get her a bank account with a real DEBIT CARD, one with Visa or Master Card Logo and security code. She went in with all of the requirements, New Biometric Passport, NSO Marriage Contract, NSO Birth Certificate, Postal ID. Gave up, got one in my name, took about 30 minutes. Tied card to her PayPal Account, Got verified in less than an hour.
Need a lot more work on other site yet only been up 8 days!!
So two things:
- YOU CAN LEAD A HORSE TO WATER, BUT YOU CANNOT MAKE HIM DRINK!!
- WINNERS NEVER QUIT, QUITTERS NEVER WIN!!!
I’m sure this article will interest a lot of folks, so feel free to lave a comment for Fred. I’ll answer the first question that came to my mind as well as many other folks I would guess … why is this site, called etsy.com so much better than eBay. Fred had some pretty good answers and offered to write another post on that subject, so if you are interested, be sure to let Fred or I know.
Best of luck, Feed and Nene, and thanks again for sharing.