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It’s Your Money => Working in the Philippines => Topic started by: medic3500 on February 13, 2013, 11:53:25 AM

Title: Making Money
Post by: medic3500 on February 13, 2013, 11:53:25 AM
Is anyone that is living here in the Philippines supplementing their incomes with internet type business or work? I'm not looking to make tons of money just some extra spending money and since I do spend quite a bit of time on the internet why not make some cash doing it. I have found since my arrival here, retirement is great but sitting around the house all day is getting old. The GF is a school teacher and is gone during the day so I don't have much to do. Please feel free to post or message me offline if you have ideals or are involved with what I'm looking for.

Thanks Dan
Title: Re: Making Money
Post by: BudM on February 13, 2013, 09:08:02 PM
I might want to wind up trying to do something like that just to keep me busy.  I don't consider that I spend all that much time on the internet but I do use it a lot to research stuff.  I still need to find some other stuff to do.  During baseball season, I am going to stream the Yankee games to the TV but then again, I don't want to sit there for 2 and half to 3 hours every day to watch them.  About an hour at the most is good enough.  Right now, I am trying to research and locate some racquetball courts.  The couple that I have found, appear to be some kind of exclusive membership situations.  Tennis courts seem to be more available but I just don't have an interest in tennis.  I might have to get to learn to like it though. 

Your gf being a teacher, I would imagine prevents her from taking you to work with her each day.  On the other hand, mine has a business where she thinks she is going to take me every day and have me hang around her offices.  She has bought this up several times and I keep telling her that it isn't going to happen.  I might show up there once a week on my own maybe to see if I can help her out with anything but that is about it.  Come to think of it, it might be convenient for me to show up once in awhile since one of the malls is right across the street.  I can go over and round up some goods without having to have her insisting she accompany me.  Maybe.  LoL.
Title: Re: Making Money
Post by: Lee2 on February 13, 2013, 09:19:08 PM
Writing EBooks seems to be one way to make a little money, so anyone with a specialty might consider writing a book and selling it online. Also Paladin Press is one place I heard people sell books they write. http://www.paladin-press.com/?gclid=COzi3b-vs7UCFQuynQodBU8A5g (http://www.paladin-press.com/?gclid=COzi3b-vs7UCFQuynQodBU8A5g)
Title: Re: Making Money
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on February 13, 2013, 09:37:24 PM
Bud,
I used to be an avid racket ball and tennis player in my younger years and I was pretty good at it! If I tried playing now, I just my have a stroke and keel over! 8 ball is probably all I can manage to play and or a game of table tennis!
I haven't found or thought of anything on how to make extra money here in the Philippines! Balut vendor? Nah! On-line stuff isn't my thing either since I'm no whiz kid on the computer! Oh well, I guess I'll just continue and do nothing for the rest of my life! ??? ::) ;)     
Title: Re: Making Money
Post by: Gray Wolf on February 14, 2013, 12:00:57 AM
It's important to do something that you enjoy, otherwise it's just a job and you could easily lose interest.  Your skills will have a big part to play.  Some I know have blogs and earn a few dollars from Google adwords and such.  I'm sure there are day traders as well.

I'm fortunate in that my business is already done over the internet.  Every time we visit, I bring my computer and continue working while I'm there.  When I finally relocate, I'll continue my business to help pay for everything.

Good Luck Dan!   :)

 
Title: Re: Making Money
Post by: Beancounter on February 14, 2013, 04:58:45 AM
Hi Dan

I'm not there yet, but busy preparing, technically I do not work 100% of the time on the internet, I use some specialist programs, and then it's what's in my head that people pay for and my experience.

So what I am doing over the next 18 months or so, is literally relocating my business into the "cloud" everything available on line, and even phone numbers and contact addresses being taken across to online access. With Skype now being so good, and with online filing so cheap this is getting easier and easier. I still have some challenges in that our bureaucracy here in the UK is still not even on email, let alone fully online (they do have internet gateways), so I need a UK address which will scan and send on written communication to me. But that will pass soon enough.

My current plan is to relocate with an income of circa $40k comfortably available to me for working effectively still with my UK customers, and in many ways actually offering them a better service than now. I have broached this and most are very happy with this. With my savings and a reasonable lump sum as well as some investments I should do OK.

And then as I am sure that I will get bored there's a novel or two which might get written, a blog I have always wanted to write, alongside staying fit and eating healthy, growing some fruit and veg, learning some new skills, maybe even taking up fishing.

And in my "spare time" I have some charity ideas I want to get off the ground as well.

Should be a peaceful retirement :)
Title: Re: Making Money
Post by: BingColin on February 14, 2013, 08:19:42 AM
I don't need to make money because we have three UK pension between us. I took early retirement in 1990 and since then I have never had time to get bored. I have too many ideas and project that I just can't get around to. One consolation, I suppose, is that if anyone does get bored it won't be for long because they will soon find themselves at rest six feet under ;D
Title: Re: Making Money
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on February 14, 2013, 02:40:24 PM
I would say so Colin with your mansion in Palawan! It makes a statement with the locals and your wife's relatives huh! Anymore Xmas parties at your house this coming Xmas?
Yeah, I enjoy looking at all of you gallery photos on your Flicker website! Anymore new ones recently?
I too took an early retirement, at age 49 in 1997, but it took me 11 to 12 years of waiting before all of my other U.S. Government pensions kicked in, but I didn't need to work to supplement my income between those 12 yrs of waiting!
Hate working for other people, that's the main reason I retired early and due to my nagging chronic lower back ache! Life is good now! "It's always a matter of money", either one has it or they don't! Some people have to work all their lives and can never retire, until they are 6ft under! So, we are truly the fortunate ones eh!   
Title: Re: Making Money
Post by: BingColin on February 14, 2013, 05:27:16 PM
I would say so Colin with your mansion in Palawan! It makes a statement with the locals and your wife's relatives huh! Anymore Xmas parties at your house this coming Xmas?
Yeah, I enjoy looking at all of you gallery photos on your Flicker website! Anymore new ones recently?

I would not describe my place as a mansion, just a little larger than average. Bing and I do bump into each other occasionally so we feel it could have been made a little bigger :D We try not to make a statement with the locals, the house is at the back of the lot, over 60 metres from the road and we have plain dark brown sheet metal gates that hides us from view. We have stopped having family parties here, there is just too many of them now and there were some problems at my last birthday party.

I haven't looked at my Flickr posts for a long time now. I was a little annoyed that when my pro account expired they would not let me see all the photos I had posted. The last 2-3 years I have just been recording the house build and have not taken many serious photos. My eldest daughter will visiting us soon so maybe then I will take more photos.  I am digging in deeper to Sketchup at the moment, an amazing and versatile programme and it is free! Just too many things to do ;) :)
Title: Re: Making Money
Post by: Big Jim on February 14, 2013, 06:38:04 PM
Is anyone that is living here in the Philippines supplementing their incomes with internet type business or work? I'm not looking to make tons of money just some extra spending money and since I do spend quite a bit of time on the internet why not make some cash doing it. I have found since my arrival here, retirement is great but sitting around the house all day is getting old. The GF is a school teacher and is gone during the day so I don't have much to do. Please feel free to post or message me offline if you have ideals or are involved with what I'm looking for.

Thanks Dan

 
I am not making money on the internet. Well, the website has advertising which pays for the hosting but I can't live off it. But
 
Here are some ideas to keep you busy
 
Attend all expat functions
Your expat friends and Filipino friends will be having birthdays, weddings, graduation parties, fiesta parties and other celebrations. If you have a large enough group of friends, you will have more invites than you have time for. In Cebu City, there is also Ten Pin Bowling on Wednesdays and Running/walking with the Cebu Hash House Harriers on Saturdays. There are also occasional boat trips.
 
Computer/Internet
Become a member of a number of groups discussing life in the Philippines. If you let it, answering questions will take several hours out of your daily life, every day! You can start a website with videos and pictures. You can start a blog. These will take more of your time to keep updated. You could also write an e-book about your experiences.
 
Travel
The Philippines has
- Island hopping
- whale and dolphin watching
- diving
- snorkelling
- historical sites
- white sandy beaches
- hot springs
- cold springs
- waterfalls
- volcanoes
- adventure tours
- tarsier sanctuaries
- butterfly sanctuaries
- crocodile sanctuaries
- wildlife sanctuaries
- marine sanctuaries
It also has
- locals living as their ancestors have done for hundreds of years in places such as Malapascua Island
- Faith healers on Siquijor
- Chocolate hills, lunch cruises on the Loboc River and swimming underground in the Hinagdanan cave on Bohol
- An underground river on Palawan
- Hanging coffins in Sagada
- Ancient rice terraces in Banaue
- White water rafting near Cagayan de Oro
- Swimming with whale sharks near Donsol in Southern Luzon and Oslob in Southern Cebu
- Surfing from Siargo Island
- Tours of historical war sites such a Corriegidor Island
 
Get active
- Go swimming, ice skating, fishing, sailing, windsurfing. cycling, walking, running. hiking or camping
- Play pool, tennis, badminton, basketball, ten pin bowling, golf, etc
- Have a picnic
- Go touring on a motorbike
- Buy a boat and do it up or build a boat
 
Family
- Get involved with building projects
- Help set up a small business so they can support themselves
 
Own business
- Treat it as a hobby and if it makes money, that is a bonus
 
Help out
- Meet and greet newbies and show them the ropes
- Volunteer
 
Socialising
- Go to a disco
- Go to a bikini bar
- Go to an expat bar
- Visit your friends
- Visit your family
 
Gambling
- Attend a cock fight at your local cock fighting centre
- Play poker
- Go to a Casino
 
Otherwise, I enjoy reading a good book, socialising with friends every day, watching movies at the cinema, especially the Imax Theatre in SM Mall in Cebu City and eating out often.
 
 
 
Here is something simple we are doing right now that you could try
From our front porch, we sell
- Ice
- Ice water
- Ice candy
- Juice (tang mixed with water)
- Rice
- Barbecue at night
 
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v490/sibbick1/barbecue_zps47498651.jpg)
 
 
My retirement plan
I don't mean as in  I will need it to make a profit or I will be stuffed. I mean as an income supplement. If it makes money, good. If it doesn't make money, it doesn't matter. Just so long as it is not losing money. 
 
Have my own home which we live in. Attach to the home
- Rooms for boarders
- Sari sari store
- Carenderia
- Small internet café.
Title: Re: Making Money
Post by: Palawan Aussie on February 14, 2013, 08:01:32 PM
Jack writes,

I'm fortunate in that my business is already done over the internet.  Every time we visit, I bring my computer and continue working while I'm there.  When I finally relocate, I'll continue my business to help pay for everything.



According to GMA News guys, vote-selling can also be a money-spinner :)

By GIAN C. GERONIMO, GMA NEWS  February 13, 2013 7:23pm
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/294800/news/nation/concerned-groups-launch-anti-vote-buying-campaign (http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/294800/news/nation/concerned-groups-launch-anti-vote-buying-campaign)


Several concerned groups on Wednesday launched a campaign that seeks to raise awareness and prevent vote-buying in the upcoming 2013 elections.

During the launch in San Juan City, good governance group Kaya Natin! .. unveiled their campaign called “Make It Count: Dahil Walang Katumbas na Pera ang Boto Mo”.

According to Harvey Keh of Kaya Natin!, large amounts of money change hands in this subversion of the electoral process.

Individuals are paid up to P2,000 while families are paid up to P10,000 for their vote. Additionally, if several candidates try to buy an individual's vote, that individual can be paid as much as P5,000 in total.

An anti-vote buying covenant was also launched during the event. All candidates are invited to sign the covenant and make public their support for clean and honest elections.

Wendell Balderas of Kaya Natin! said the campaign will also make use of technology and social media to raise awareness regarding the movement; the campaign has a Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/KNMakeItCount (http://www.facebook.com/KNMakeItCount) and an email address knmakeitcount@gmail.com

Citizens may also use them to report incidents of vote buying. Concerned Filipinos should make use of their smartphones and cameras so their reports can be backed up with photographic or video evidence. 

Cheers,
Stephen
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Title: Re: Making Money
Post by: Big Jim on February 15, 2013, 04:42:30 AM
Jack writes,

I'm fortunate in that my business is already done over the internet.  Every time we visit, I bring my computer and continue working while I'm there.  When I finally relocate, I'll continue my business to help pay for everything.


 if several candidates try to buy an individual's vote, that individual can be paid as much as P5,000 in total.


That shouldn't work.
 
You get a how to vote card with your money and there are watchers at the booths to make sure you vote as per the card.
Title: Re: Making Money
Post by: Palawan Aussie on February 16, 2013, 09:20:28 PM
In terms of retirement, but also making money in the Phils, Dan writes,

Is anyone that is living here in the Philippines supplementing their incomes with internet type business or work? I'm not looking to make tons of money just some extra spending money .. retirement is great, but .. during the day I don't have much to do. Please feel free to post .. if you have ideas .. Thanks, Dan



Good question Dan, and already there have been some good replies. If you were to go with some form of web-based business, I would suggest that you keep it off-shore of the Phils. That is, a dot com url rather than a dot.com.ph, and with the site hosted off-shore with an offshore paypal account.

Just from experience, basing your Internet business off-shore might well help things go more smoothly, unless you have a specific reason for a com.ph web address. There are heaps of one-stop, website-hosting companies .. for one example www.MrSite.com (http://www.MrSite.com) will enable you to easily set up a splendid online shop, in a half an hour, and for around $45 US per year.

Personally, and like you, we certainly don't need an extra income. But, as well as some voluntary uni lecturing, we also have ideas for a part-time business, although not online. And, with the brains-trust here, I think your question is a good one.

Cheers,
Stephen
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Title: Re: Making Money
Post by: medic3500 on February 19, 2013, 11:22:54 AM
It's kinda funny Stephen you mention the uni lecturing. The GF suggested the same as did her sister who is also a full time school teacher.  Unfortunately, they don't get the fact that my entire career was built around a subject that is mostly taboo here. I graduated from mortuary college and worked in that field for many years updating and upgrading myself to position of working with some of the best Medical Forensics folks in the world. I have found that when I start discussing my previous life people start turning green pretty quickly when I start detailing some of the more interesting cases. For stress relief I was a volley firefighter and EMT, dropping firefighting a few years back after getting hurt in a fire. After retirement went full time EMS for a couple years before moving here. Both jobs had some gruesome days. To say the least, my sense of humor might be considered slightly twisted and dark to the individual lay person which is true of most people who work those kind of jobs. We're not bad people, we just have a tendency to find humor in some circumstances that others might find disgusting.   
Title: Re: Making Money
Post by: Palawan Aussie on February 27, 2013, 08:20:07 PM
G'day Medic

Quote
It's kinda funny Stephen you mention the uni lecturing. The GF suggested the same as did her sister who is also a full time school teacher.  Unfortunately, they don't get the fact that my entire career was built around a subject that is mostly taboo here. I graduated from mortuary college and worked in that field for many years updating and upgrading myself to position of working with some of the best Medical Forensics folks in the world.. For stress relief I was a volley firefighter and EMT, dropping firefighting a few years back after getting hurt in a fire. After retirement went full time EMS for a couple years before moving here..

First, sorry for taking a week to reply Medic .. still new to this particular forum, and it takes a little while to sus different topics and people.  You have certainly had a varied and impressive medical career, especially perhaps your voluntary work whereby you were injured as a result of fire fighting. With your mortuary work/expertise, you'd know for sure, but I've always thought that fire would be one of the worst ways to go pain-wise, or in gaining any permanent kind of injury. Sincerely hope it's not in any way debilitating fella, and that you're thoroughly enjoying your life in the Philippines.

Cheers,
Stephen
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Title: Re: Making Money
Post by: Gray Wolf on February 28, 2013, 02:58:49 AM
.. still new to this particular forum, and it takes a little while to sus different topics and people.


Stephen,

I've found what works best for me is the Show unread posts since last visit  (http://www.livinginthephilippines.com/forum/index.php?action=unread)
link at the top of my page.  I sometimes double-check by scrolling down the page looking for any highlighted topics.   

You may have to set all boards to "Mark as read" to begin a new start point.

HTH
Title: Re: Making Money
Post by: medic3500 on February 28, 2013, 12:16:50 PM
Stephen, None of the injuries sustained fighting fire are the cause of my disability retirement. Went through the roof of a burning house once, fortunately the airpack I was wearing got caught on the rafters keeping me out of the inferno below and allowing enough time for fellow firefighters to get water on me and gather me up. My Bunkers (firegear) was destroyed I only suffered minor burns, and hurt pride. Had a flash over cave a ceiling in on four of us while inside a burning house, that was interesting. Again thanking the powers to be no one freaked out and the exceptional training kicked in and everyone got out safely only to be ribbed and tormented by the fellows. Breached the front door to a house and the sudden intake of oxygen caused the room to exploded sending me and my partner with the door in our face 50 feet into the front yard. Looking back it was all fun, however it is a dangerous job and one for the young guys with lasting back and neck problems. If I was fluent in Tagalog I would try to get on EMS here as it is still a passion of mine. Forensics was fun until I moved up the ladder into mid-level management which became more of politics than fact finding.   
Title: Re: Making Money
Post by: Palawan Aussie on February 28, 2013, 09:03:17 PM
Medic writes,

Quote
.. exceptional training ..  If fluent in Tagalog I would .. get on EMS here as it is still a passion of mine ..

Good to hear that you managed to avoid lasting fire related injury from your voluntary work. Reading here of your firey exploits in the line of duty, one might think it's a wonder

But, this raises a question. Drawing on your experience and training, what safety advice would you have for the rest of us here? Given that I guess many of us do, or will in future, stay and/or live in a typical Phils house, either wood, or concrete so probably with tiled floors, suspended ceilings and a metal roof, in terms of fire what would you advise/suggest?

I wonder because i don't think their would be many local fire fighting resources, and perhaps suitably trained emergency response people, in many areas of the Phils. Also in many locations the water pressure (or even water availability)  might not be adequate for serious fire fightiing efforts. So often, fires in residential areas of Manila are a disaster.

So, from your training and experience, what would be your advice regards fire for typical Phils houses? For instance, is plastic wall paint etc flammable? What should one avoid, eg, rubber gas-stove pipes? How might one prepare a domestic property for fire, and what might one best do in the event of a serious house fire in the Philippines? I'm sure people would be interested in your thoughts.

Also, thanks again Jack for your kind suggestions herewith. Will do. You certainly do a good job here.

Cheers,
Stephen
Title: Re: Making Money
Post by: Gray Wolf on March 01, 2013, 02:21:23 AM
Sounds like a great new topic!   Start here:  Expat life in RP (http://www.livinginthephilippines.com/forum/index.php?board=98.0)  and create a New Topic. 
If we name it  Home Safety: Fire Prevention we can add new Home Safety topics in an organized manor   :) :)



Title: Re: Making Money
Post by: Palawan Aussie on May 16, 2013, 04:19:23 AM
For those who are, or will, earn money in the Phils ..

The New York Times
Wed, May 15th, 2013

Business Day Section: "Retirement"

Are you taking a "working retirement" abroad? Tell us about the rewards and challenges involved in resettling and getting back to work outside the United States. Be sure to specify where you used to live and where you live today as well as what type of work you do. Selected comments may be highlighted in a follow-up piece.

See: http://www.nytimes.com/yr/mo/day/business/retirement/ (http://www.nytimes.com/yr/mo/day/business/retirement/)


Title: Re: Making Money
Post by: Gray Wolf on May 16, 2013, 04:48:29 AM
For those who are, or will, earn money in the Phils ..

The New York Times
Wed, May 15th, 2013

Business Day Section: "Retirement"

Are you taking a "working retirement" abroad? Tell us about the rewards and challenges involved in resettling and getting back to work outside the United States. Be sure to specify where you used to live and where you live today as well as what type of work you do. Selected comments may be highlighted in a follow-up piece.

See: [url]http://www.nytimes.com/yr/mo/day/business/retirement/[/url] ([url]http://www.nytimes.com/yr/mo/day/business/retirement/[/url])




I'm certain the NY Times will ignore anything they don't like and will only follow up on those individuals they know personally and "like".  I wouldn't tell the NY Times anything about myself or my business, no matter how nice they ask.  My business dealings are on a need to know basis, and they don't need to know.  JMHO
 ;D
Title: Re: Making Money
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on May 16, 2013, 08:41:45 AM
I thought we all went through this similar topic before! Again, JMHO, working in the Philippines for pesos (peanuts) doesn't appeal to me, just seen it too many times people just earning nickles and dimes per hr! So, I remain retired for good while residing here! After working 30 to 40 yrs and then retiring, why would anyone even think about returning to work? That's just plain foolish, but not for some who are die hard workaholics even after retirement, maybe it's due to the lack of their retirement income or they just plain like to keep busy and continue working! 
I will not bankroll relatives and or friends to do so on my or on their behalf, that's foolish too, been there and done all that long ago and lost my shirt just after a short few years and never got my capital investment back! Those were hard lessons learned here in the Philippines! So, don't do as I did and or don't do them at all by going back to work after retirement or start a business here in the Philippines any which way! If one sees and hears all of the warning signs in the beginning, take heed and accept the warning signs for what they are in order to avoid all of the stresses, aggravations and hassles that comes with working and doing business in the Philippines!
Do you feel lucky or smart enough to be successful here? Go right ahead and more power to you! I did not say it was impossible, just difficult for most who have tried it and failed and for some who are still around and getting by or just surviving! JMHO! ??? :o ;)
Title: Re: Making Money
Post by: BingColin on May 16, 2013, 08:48:15 AM
Why would anyone here want to boost the sales of the New York Times? ??? ??? ?? It is not really related to Living in the Philippines and you would have to read the newspaper to get any of the results. JMHO also  ;)
Title: Re: Making Money
Post by: Rob from Mel on May 16, 2013, 12:49:55 PM
Colin , it is simple really , you write how well you are doing in business in the Philippines and then the IRS have a lead , following IP adresses , regards Robert .
Title: Re: Making Money
Post by: Palawan Aussie on May 16, 2013, 02:59:13 PM
Hahaha .. what a load of crock .. old-fart moans and groans .. hahaha .. come on guys! :-D I have the feeling numbers of folk are mainly hanging around for the occasional useful posts, those with valuable and useful information, great posts, on top of the basic stuff about living in the Phils like entry visas etc. It's for certain people here have great stuff to contribute, stuff we can learn from, rather than just complaints and moans about other posts. Hahaha! Come on guys, how about lots more USEFUL posts .. written from your unique, interesting and valuable individual experiences. We all have experiences we can all learn lots from. C'mon guys, no offence, please TEACH us useful stuff .. isn't that why we are here? :-D

With genuine respect,
and friendship, cheers! 
Title: Re: Making Money
Post by: Gray Wolf on May 17, 2013, 12:10:55 AM
Hahaha .. what a load of crock .. old-fart moans and groans .. hahaha .. come on guys! :-D I have the feeling numbers of folk are mainly hanging around for the occasional useful posts, those with valuable and useful information, great posts, on top of the basic stuff about living in the Phils like entry visas etc. It's for certain people here have great stuff to contribute, stuff we can learn from, rather than just complaints and moans about other posts. Hahaha! Come on guys, how about lots more USEFUL posts .. written from your unique, interesting and valuable individual experiences. We all have experiences we can all learn lots from. C'mon guys, no offence, please TEACH us useful stuff .. isn't that why we are here? :-D

With genuine respect,
and friendship, cheers!

Which is why I question reporting anything to the NY Times, one of the worst newspapers in the world.  I agree with Rob.  They'll probably report all "useful" info the IRS.  No thanks!

Moans and groans?  No way!  Just being sensible, especially in light of the ongoing controversies with the lying, cheating administration we are faced with in the US.

Now, let's ALL get back on topic!   ;)    :)