Living in the Philippines, Earning From the USA
… Regarding US manufacturing, this article (h/t to Derek Lowe) says pretty much what I’ve been saying for a couple of decades. Ultimately, all US factories will be staffed only by one man and his dog, or as close as doesn’t matter. The days when factories employed large numbers of unskilled and semi-skilled laborers are long gone, and the days are coming when even skilled specialists will be thin on the ground.
Efforts to maintain, let alone increase, manufacturing employment are futile and doomed to fail. Ultimately, US factories will become black boxes, with a chute on one end to receive raw materials and a conveyor on the the other end that delivers finished products, all with no human intervention. Some factories are nearly at that point even now. Manufacturing jobs? Good luck with that. There won’t be any.
As I’ve said frequently, human progress ultimately comes down to two things: new knowledge, which is produced by science, and productivity, which is produced by automation. Progress comes down to discovering new and more efficient ways to accomplish goals and then implementing that new knowledge. … (my emphasis)
When I read this I thought again of another tiresome, disheartening US jobless story I had just read, as well as a story I wrote here a while back and the disheartening response I received from it. Go take a look at and especially look at the lame excuse for not taking action in the comments.
A synopsis of the story is that a fellow wrote to me and went on about how much he wanted to move to the Philippines BUT …there’s always the BUT, isn’t there … he couldn’t make the move because he earned his living by driving a truck … his own truck, independent owner-operator … in the USA.
So I proposed a way he could hire driver for one (or several) trucks and operate the business back in the USA while living in the Philippines.
He then dug around in the bin of negativity and came up with the reason that he could do everything I suggested except that he had to be present in the USA to arrange loads for his trucks and collect payment for loads that had been hauled.
Um, hello, one of the biggest online commerce models involving transportation are online load brokers who offer web-based load auctions and assignments … and being paid can absolutely be done electronically … in fact in many modern companies you have to agree to online payments. It’s well into the 20th century now, dear reader. We can’t always do things the way our fathers and grandfathers did. Smell the coffee.
I’m not bringing this up to criticize these men personally, but only to express my disappointment at his mode of thinking which thinks so little of himself that he has no choice but to make themselves subject to face-to-face employee/employer or client/provider relationships of centuries gone by.
It’s a New World Out There, If You’ll Only Learn
I was looking at another depressing story just a few days ago. A fellow was about to default on his mortgage. His last paying job? A dispatcher/assistant manager of a small family trucking operation.
He had been laid off from that job more than 95 weeks back, and his sole action to provide for the future had been to hope that his job would be re-offered to him. I’m talking nearly TWO years of sitting home and hoping.
Now his 99 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits were ending and his only alternative was to wait for the bank to foreclose on the roof over his family’s head.
Why Isn’t This Guy Already Dispatching From His Keyboard?
Losing a job, especially one which you like and are good at hurts. There’s no denying that. I am not unsympathetic.
But hear this well my fellow Americans. Sitting on your ass for the thick end of two years of unemployment while you HOPE for your job to come back is something I can not fathom … and I certainly don’t condone.
And Don”t Be So Skeptical That You Handicap Yourself
Read my article here: There Is No Profit in Being a Skeptic
Setting yourself up to succeed as an on;ine earner is not a “scam”. There are scammers about, that’s for sure, but I never promote any of them. I’ll always “steer you straight”, becuase I’m walking the walk myself, and I feel strongly about it, I want us both to succeed.
Review If You Are Unemployed, Under Employed or On Disability
Read the last sentence of the Robert Thompson quote above.
Think it through, especially if you are one of those folks looking at nearly two tears of unemployment and a job market that doesn’t hold much prospect for your last century style job.
In a year or more you can remake yourself into nearly anything you want to be. Or, in a year working back in the US, you can dig in and remake your career/income into something that is portable and you can use to live in the Philippines, Comfortably.
The only thing that al of us, rich or poor are born equally matched with is time. How will you use yours? Discovering new and more efficient ways, or finding yet another excuse as to why you can not?
As we like to say here in the Philippines … “ ‘Sup to You” Why aren’t you Living in the Philippines, Earning From the USA.