Working in the Philippines This is always one of my popular subjects … and I really think there is still a lot to say about Working in the Philippines of value. I suggest if you are new here, or haven’t yet read this already, you look at this article first… How To Live In The Philippines Without Making A Living From The Philippines.
Working in the Philippines — Why?
Well, that’s pretty simple now, Dave, isn’t it? because we have this ingrained habit of eating and wearing clothes and having a roof over our head … and most people have to work to make money to pay for their lifestyle.
Well, many who are reading this already have a job, or even better their own business, in the USA (or some other developed country) and their only option today seems limited to working that job or running that business until they are old and gray.
Then, if they are lucky enough, their retirement plan, savings, investments and Social Security (if it’s still around), will give them enough money to live in the Philippines.
Not very appealing to someone, say in their 40’s, who would really prefer living in the Philippines now.
What if I told you there is another way?
Working in the Philippines — At a US Job
Did you ever stop to think that you US job might be “portable”? That you might be able to keep the job you have today, or keep running your business back there in the USA, or Canada, or Australia or wherever, but do it physically from the Philippines?
Now, of course, there are many jobs and businesses where this probably couldn’t be done. But I do believe, from many conversations I’ve had, and from what I know about how the Internet and other communication tools work, that there are probably a lot more US-based earning situations that could convert to virtually working in the Philippines than many of you out there may have thought through.
And guess what? You can try out your ideas along those lines pretty easily, with virtually no risk, without taking the big “jump” of moving to the Philippines.
I already referenced a sort of case study I did a few months back there in the recommended reading article above.
But I believe the interest is there and the “market is ripe:” for some more case study/ how it might be done articles, so here is the first of several.
Working in the Philippines —Keep Your Current Business — Practical Tips
What got me moving on this subject again was a post from y blogging colleague in Canada, “An Adobo Lover in Canada“.
He;s a Filipino by birth who successfully migrated to Canada and ‘grew’ an on-going travel agency business.
Now, like many Filipinos, the tug of the homeland is strong, and he’s looking at ways to make a move, if possible, while he’s still young enough to actually enjoy life.
This almost always means earning a living while living in the Philippines. But, please note, he’s one of the few who have “cracked the code” and realized that earning a living while in the Philippines doesn’t have to mean earning a living from the Philippines. The distinction is of so important.
It’s not only about the oft-expressed wish of making the move before the normal age for pensions and Social Security rolls around, either. I thought these words were quite insightful and worthy of consideration for a lot of my baby boomer buds who seem to think that staying alive to age 65 will cure all life’s ills.
First and foremost – we are a long way from being pensioners, so that means – no work, no money. And even if I’m already receiving government pension, I don’t want to depend on that to maintain life in the Philippines.
Why? Because I don’t think a pension alone is a dependable source of stable income. Currency exchange rate fluctuates and if it does, your living expenses will be affected. When caught up in a crazy inflation, bills in a third world country like the Philippines don’t go down. They always go up. … (full article at Why Do You Want To Go Back And Live In The Philippines Again?
So what’s a potential solution?
… I am also trying to find a way so that we can run our travel agency business in Toronto remotely. I have started to invest in the technology involved for it to happen but – the human factor is still missing and is the most difficult part of the plan. So, for now it is still incomplete with some of parts of it implemented already. …
Yep. Just as I have written regarding other business models, it may very well be possible to make a travel agency pretty much “border independent”.
A great deal of an agency’s business today is online. Now I’m not at all sure you could run a travel agency successfully online ony … although I do think there’s a lot of examples that prove me wrong … think Expedia, Travelocity, Price Line, and so many different aniline web sites … the list goes on.
But I’m talking about the potential for a “mom and pop” type “dirt-based” business. You know, a storefront location with a “welcome, we’re open” sign on the door, travel posters in the windows and a smiling face sitting behind a counter who greets you and asks “Where would you like to go today”.
Well most small businesses in the US already _have_ that sort of setup. Can the “smiling face” behind the counter be an employee, or even a partner/family member who is not moving to the Philippines? I don’t see why not.
What about ‘problem’ customers and itineraries that require the expertise of the business owner? Can’t do that from the Philippines can you?
Well my answer back is, why can’t you? What if the counter “trip technician”, faced with a question s/he can’t answer, just presses a “speed dial” key and the owner’s face and voice come up on a customer-facing scree/speakers/microphone.
Very simple (and cheap) web conferencing technology. The tools are already out there, and free to boot … think Yahoo Messenger, Microsoft Live, Skype … the list goes on.
Hmm, but wait, you say … sometimes there just has to be piece of paper, maybe with a signature on it. Umm, how about a simple fax machine, or even better, a printer./scanner. The paper can go from Canada to the Philippines and back to Canada in seconds and the original never leaves the safety of the office.
But, what if that employee back at the physical office isn’t quite as diligent and honest as you had hoped? Good question. That’s why they make online time clock software, surveillance cams, even call center monitor software that records the speed and efficiency of each phone answering event and even the employee’s keyboard typing speed.
Wow, I’m already up to nearly 1200 words and I know many of you prefer “short” to “long” writing, so I’ll stop here … I’ve got maybe 20 or 30 other free, or nearly free, problems/solutions regarding ‘remoting” a business from one country to another floating around in my head right now … I’ll spare you for the moment.
Now riddle me this? What;s a real reason someone can’t earn from their home country while Working in the Philippines?