Finding Work in the Philippines
- 0.1 Finding Work in the Philippines
- 0.2 You Don’t Have to Work Where You Live
- 0.3 What the Hell is Arbitrage, I Need a Job, Damn it!
- 0.4 10 Sites to Make Money Sharing What You Know
- 0.5 So There’s Your Action Steps For The Next Week or So
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OK, not a lot of time for a long, in depth article today. But several times lately I have been pretty direct towards people looking to find work here in the Philippines. This seems to be especially problematical for people who are well educated, have a lifetime of experience as well as impressive educational achievements, have agreat desire to help and work with people, and yet get told “we don’t need you” or even worse get offered work, possibly well below their level level for extremely minimal wages.
The answer to this problem, I’ll repeat, is,
You Don’t Have to Work Where You Live
I live in the Philippines. I’ve been here nearly 9 years now. I like it fine. I recommend the Philippines as both a place to retire as well as a place where even those well below normal retirement age might find a way to recover from financial woes, get rid of debt, renew their savings and otherwise rebuild their lives.
But here’ a point a great man of you seem to fail to comprehend:
- I Don’t Work in the Philippines (and I don’t recommend you do so either)
- I Don’t Earn From a Business in the Philippines (and I don’t recommended you do either)
- I Live Comfortably via Geographic Arbitrage (and I recommend you do too)
What the Hell is Arbitrage, I Need a Job, Damn it!
Arbitrage as nothing more than a flowery description for buying low (for example the necessities of life like rent and food and such) and selling high, (that is selling my time, skills, advice, mental labor and perhaps even intellectual property) to people on high cost countries who want to pay me the fair and usual rates where they live.
Coming to the Philippines and expecting to be paid American wages is not only a foolish dream but it’s downright arrogant and ignorant of the way the world economies operate.
I often hear so much from people caught in the trap of this sort of thinking about how many qualifications and how much education they have amassed and maintained. They feel hurt and cheated and somehow lost at sea because some Filipino business or anther did not offer to pay them what a high-end certified network administrator can command for a salary on the USA. Or else asked them to teach classes in a for-profit private school for less than a janitor on the USA would be paid.
Here’s one solution, go teach people what you know and have them pay you what you are worth. Ever think of taking action to get paid for your knowledge rather than sitting around complaining how hard it is to earn money from the Philippines. You can love in the Philippines and earn from anywhere and everywhere.
Here’s a great resource courtesy of my blogging colleague Leslie Truex. Her site is well worth a visit.
Everybody is knowledgeable about something.
(Ed note: how very very true this is!)
Odds are you know something that someone else is willing to pay to find out. There are many ways to make money with your knowledge including creating information products or blogging. However, if you’d rather not go through all the time it takes to set up an information sales website and/or blog, and instead tap into a service that will host and process the payment of your knowledge, here are a few places you can try.
Most of the options below are free (they take a cut of the payment when you make a sale). Further, they’ll host you, process payments and assist in the delivery. Some programs allow you to instruct by email, while others set up telephone or video call time.
- BrainMass – Academic subjects. Requires masters or PhD.
- Clarity – Business advice.
- Createpool Consolidation of 4 sites, academic, programming, auto repair and legal.
- Ether – Open to any topic. You can set your own price and you can sell digital products, as well.
- Expertory– Create videos that you can then sell by subscription or rental.
- Maven – “Microconsulting” site where you answer questions in many areas.
- Odijoo– Create, teach and sell your own courses.
- Popexpert – Offer virtual video coaching in many areas including relationships, career, business and more.
- Presto Expert – Answer questions in categories of technology, counseling, education, health, design and business.
- Udemy– Offers course creation tools and a platform to teach and sell your knowledge.
So There’s Your Action Steps For The Next Week or So
These are ten places you should be looking at right now. Instead of complaining about how little jobs in the Philippines pay and how hard it is to find one here, just go and earn what you are worth while sitting comfortably at your keyboard here at home in the Phils.
Hint, the last entry on Leslie’s list above, Udemy, is a really hot property nowadays. No special academic credentials are required and people are earning money for all sorts of things .. even teaching Tagalog (hint to my Filipinos readers).
So let me know what else you need to know about Finding Work in the Philippines.