(Last Updated 16 December 2016)
- 0.1 But Dave, They Say, We Need To Make a Living.
- 0.2 But I Have No Skills.
- 0.3 Why Not Apply The KISS Rule?
- 0.4 Excuses Are Like Armpits, Everyone Has a Few And They Usually Stink.
- 0.5 But Here’s The Funny Part
- 0.6 You Don’t See The Irony in This?
- 0.7 The Nuts And Bolts of Making Money Proof Reading
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Work from Home and Make Money Online in Philippines in 2017.
A lot of people read who come here to read my blog (where I talk mainly about what it takes for a foreigner to live in the Philippines) always seem to be looking for a J*O*B in the Philippines so they can support themselves.
Well a J*O*B for a foreigner here in the Philippines (and even for a Filipino in most cases) is bad idea, IMO. See:
But Dave, They Say, We Need To Make a Living.
Well of course that’s true. Man does not live by bread alone, and even in the Philippines it takes money to buy bread.
To me the answer is simple. Capitalize on a skill you already posses and earn money from the rest of the world in US dollars while you live here in the Philippines and spend in Pesos.
But I Have No Skills.
This is a comment which comes up often when I talk to people with this “I need an income” problem.
Well aside from the fact that personally I feel that any 30 or 40 or 50 or 60 yo American should be ashamed of him/herself for claiming no skills (hey, you lasted all those years in the USA, the most technologically advanced country in the world), probably have raised a family, did you income tax and other highly technical administrivia for 40 years, etc., etc., but you’re sitting here reading this on a “Smart Phone” or a computer more powerful than the one which launched Apollo 11 to the moon … and you tell me you have no skills? I call BS on that, fellows and gals.
Why Not Apply The KISS Rule?
I’ve been plugging away at this blogging stuff for a lot of years now … PhilFAQS.com was launched 9 January, 2003, (14 years old next month) and while I haven’t been consistent about many things, one thing I have been pretty consistent at is making mistakes.
Grammatical mistakes, wrong word use, straight out misspellings and a great many “letter switch” type misspellings (I can’t type words like “becuase” correctly the first time ’round to save my ancient ass.
Excuses Are Like Armpits, Everyone Has a Few And They Usually Stink.
In the Air Force I was taught that when you screw up there is no good excuse. You confess your sins and answer smartly, “No Excuse, Sir”. There are several reasons for my many typos:
- Lack of dedication (this is not my job from which I earn a living). I should spend more time proofreading, but ….
- Adult Onset Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD or ADHD if you prefer).
- Mild dyslexia and hand eye coordination. I think I’m typing the word correctly but the letters come out reversed. Or my eyes see the letters transposed in a word but my brain just “sees what it wants to see”.
- 71-year-old eyes … my reading vision isn’t what it once was.
- Task Oriented Tremor Disorder. My hands shake like a son of a bitch near a keyboard. My neurologist (about $10 USD for an office visit) advised there are medications that will help but they have a lot of side effects, so better to just tremble for now.
- Probably the key factor … I never learned to type.
Anyway, as I said, I don’t rely upon these factors as excuses. I have no excuse, sir (or ma’am). My writing is what it is.
But Here’s The Funny Part
In my 14 odd years of putting out this blog more than 3,600,000 visitors have dropped by and read at least one page. Nearly 1,000 a month, year after year, rain or shine.
Hundreds, if not thousands, have noticed one or more of my typos and cared enough to make comments about what they felt detracted from their reading experience.
A great many of these readers are also people who are often quite interested in how they could live in the Philippines and earn a decent living. Now that’s ironic.
You Don’t See The Irony in This?
A great man named Churchill (who incidentally earned a good living for much of his life by writing and publishing books) is alleged to have said:
“During their lifetimes, every man and woman will stumble across a great opportunity. Sadly, most of them will simply pick themselves up, dust themselves down and carry on as if nothing ever happened.” https://www.goodreads.com
Most of you reading this already have a useful skill, and some of you are so enthused about your “eagle eye” abilities that you take the time to write publicly about it.
In 14 years and 3 million plus visits not a single “Eagle Eye” has ever offered to proofread for a fee.
So, I ask, why not …
Hello! Today, I have an amazing interview to share with you that will show you how to make money proofreading by becoming a freelance proofreader. I recently had the chance to interview Caitlin Pyle, the blogger behind Proofread Anywhere, who explains how this may be a possibility for you.
In 2014, Caitlin made slightly over $43,000 by being a freelance proofreader, while als1o (sic) going on several fun vacations.
If you are looking for a new job or even just a side hustle, this may be something that you want to look into….
This pull quote (complete with a pretty obvious typo, how ironic is that?) comes from a blogging colleague of mine, Michelle Schroeder-Gardner. Michelle is a pretty fascinating lady who has a high-grade college education in finance and gave up a quite lucrative professional J*O*B to travel the USA in an RV with her hubby and dog and blog about getting out of debt, managing your money and making money from anywhere you may choose to live. (it will even work, for sure, from the Philippines).
Is there money in teaching others how to make money? Well, I guess so, Michelle’s blog regularly earns her $100,000 USD per MONTH. If you want to learn how to make money at your keyboard in the Philippines or anywhere else you might choose to live, I urge you to read Michelle’s blog regularly.
The Nuts And Bolts of Making Money Proof Reading
I also urge you to visit the Caitlin Pyle article linked to in Michelle’s quote above, from ProofreadAnywhere. Caitlin explains the opportunities and technicalities of a proofreading career in great detail. She also offers, absolutely free, a 7 day course to show you the basics and answer most beginner questions. I strongly recommend you take a look, perhaps putting your “Eagle Eyes” to work might be the answer to your income dilemma.
So what other ways can you think of to Work from Home and Make Money Online in Philippines in 2017?