How to Quit Your Job, Move to the Philippines and Get Paid

Move to the Philippines

Move to the Philippines?  Hey, that’s what hundreds and thousands of folks come here looking to do almost every day.  Sounds like an ideal thing to do, doesn’t it?

Well “paradise” it ain’t, but compared to “working for the man” back in Colorado winters, my last gig before I moved to the Philippines, full time, myself, it sure is a lot closer to paradise and any other J*O*B situation I was ever in before.

But, of course, the number one question on most people’s minds would be, How would I find a job or earn a living.

Well go read this … go ahead, I’ll wait for you to get back: How to Quit Your Job, Move to Paradise and Get Paid to Change the World

Move to the Philippines — What About a Job?

Move to the Philippines

Jon Believed. Do You?

Yep, you might have guessed it, Jon, the hero of the little story I referenced above, is making a living … blogging.  Over and over again people ask me about that, or they go off themselves and say, hey, if Dave can do it, I can do it.

Some crash and burn (but in the overall scheme of things, so what, they lost nothing but some time) … there’s virtually no investment involved … and they learned a lot … some of it at the graduate level.  And you know how much colleges charge these days, to serve up material that is years old, not a real-world’, up to the minute education

Move to the Philippines — Make Money Blogging

If you didn’t take the time to read the article, or if you need a quick synopsis of the high points, here you go:

John suffered some really bad injuries in a horrific car crash.  One of those things that would be considered a “life changing event”.  Many people seem to plan their lives out along the lines of: Did Your Car Just Break Down? .  John’s event was a lot more serious than a breakdown.  An it did change his life:

… For the next three months, I had nothing to do but endure the pain and think about my life. I thought about my childhood. I thought about my dreams. I thought about my career.

And overall, I decided I didn’t like the way things were going.

So I quit. …

Quit?  Quit you say?  Oh my, how could he?  What did John do next?

… Hearing about my insanity, a friend called and asked me, “Well, what are you going to do now?”

“I don’t know,” I told him. “Maybe start a blog.”

And so that’s what I did. …

It’s not easy to start a blog and make money from it.  But it’s totally and completely possible, if you treat it as a business, as the work that is going to sustain your life … and let you live where you want to live while you do it.

… Have you ever woken up one day and realized you secretly despise everything about where you live?

The weather is horrible. Your neighbors are jerks. You don’t like inviting anyone to your home, because it’s always a wreck, and you’re ashamed of how it looks.

Well, that’s exactly what happened to me in January of 2009. I was sitting in my pathetic apartment, wrapped up in blankets to keep warm, trying to get some work done on the computer, when it struck me how monumentally stupid it was.

I was a full-time blogger, for God’s sakes. I could do my work from anywhere in the world. Why on Earth was I living in this hell hole?

The only problem was I had no idea where I wanted to go, but a couple of weeks later, the telephone rang, and it was an old friend who had retired to Mazatlan, Mexico. As usual, he was calling to gloat about the weather and the food and the general superiority of the Mexican lifestyle, but instead of just suffering through it this time, I stopped him and said, “No, don’t tell me any more. I’m moving there.”…

So Jon chose Mazatlan.  You could too, or Cebu or Davao or anywhere else you have always wanted to live.  There is one thing, and one thing only that keeps you from doing it this very minute.  You.

I chose to introduce you to this article and John’s story because it’s very inspiring to me.

I think it may be inspiring to many others as well.

I encourage you to read the whole article.  There’s a pretty important piece of the story I haven’t told you … I’ll leave it for John to relate.  To give you a little hint?  There’s a 99.999% chance that the obstacles to you moving to the Philippines are nowhere near the obstacles John has faced and overcome.  No where near.

And to follow John’s work on Copyblogger.

And to read more on, probably the most trusty resource on line.  The owner there, Darren Rowse, has been earning more than six-figures every year by blogging for more than 6 years now.

You can also.  Or you can’t.  As Henry Ford was fond of saying, “If you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.”

Do you want to Move to the Philippines?


  1. says

    Hi Dave! Just finally got my Adsense account approved, almost by chance. You know I was a bit lackadaisical about it in the beginning since I couldn’t seem to find time to write anything with great clarity and comprehensiveness. So almost out of whim one day, I applied (after a previous denial), and I got approved! :p

    I just hope I can keep it up. It really requires more work than I have the patience, strength and time for.

    • says

      Claudette » It takes time, patience and dedication … at least two of which I seldom display consistently. But in the end, it pays off, in personal satisfaction, if not in dollars/pesos. I feel you are on the right track … everyone talks about expat and Fil/Foreigner marriage issues, but nobody else I have found can write with any authority on the subject, so keep on keeping on. Godspeed.

  2. Robert Hamilton says

    What are the actual costs of moving from the US to the PI? I heard that you can have a 40′ sea train shipped right to your driveway and dropped off at your home in the PI. IS this true? What are some average costs? We are moving from Arkansas to Luzan City. Any thoughts?

    • says

      @ Robert Hamilton:

      You need to go directly to a shipper to get real costs. The ocean freight part of shipping a container will be several thousand USD at today’s rates. The domestic part of getting it from your house to the port, I don’t know.

      Shipping a whole 40-footer is a LOT of household goods. When I used to work in that business we put four or five houses-worth into a single 40 foot container. Yolu might save money by investing in professional packing. Very few houses could fill a 40 footer on their own, if packed properly.

      Use a shipper who actually ships to the Philippines as a specialty. I personally recommend … they shipped our partial container from LA to Luzon. A lot of shipping companies don’t know how to properly deal with Philippine customs and a lot of people think they are saving money until their container sits and sits and sits and runs up huge charges in the Port of Manila. Demand references (and check them) from whomever you choose. this can be a nightmare.

      You might start reading here:
      There is a lot more written here than I cna put in one comment or email.

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