What the Customer Asked For:
1) You want to earn your living sitting there at your own computer,
2) You want that computer to move from the freezing wilds of Canada to the warmth of the Philippines,
3) AND you want it to all be easy? Wow. That’s a bit of a tall order.
Which Two Do You Want?
Now I’m not saying you can’t get all three of the things you are asking for. Perhaps you can … maybe all the planets will align at exactly the right time some day.
But based on years of experience at trying to get all three things you are asking for there, I strongly advise you to ratchet your requirements back just a little, and pick TWO of the three things to focus on.
Let’s Start With “Easy”
See the “easy” part I have all figured out. Some of you may be better qualified than I am to sit in a chair and wait for something to happen, but I’ll give anyone a good run for their money in that department.
There’s only one big glaring issues with “Easy”. It doesn’t pay worth a shit!
Easy Is Easy, It’s Living in the Philippines and the little detail of Making Money that will get in your way.
One reason I love comments here at the PhilFAQS blog, where I try to answer the questions people have about living in the Philippines, is that so many comments are just plain good enough to make a whole blog article out of. Thanks to this reader and thanks to all the rest of you who contribute to making this place a success. I appreciate it.
Now $2400 to $3000 a month is actually quite a bit of variation, compared to most people’s monthly income. For simplicity, let’s take the average, $2700 a month and kind of analyze .
How To Get Paid One Third of What You’re Worth
In the majority of cases these “work at home job” schemes are nothing more than ways to part fools of their money.
Stuffing envelopes, “data entry”, making up thousands of scummy ads for Google and then having them rejected, and even out-and-out cold calling or “cold emailing” is what many of these offers are.
Don’t buy into things which are scams or distinctly resemble scams.
This is a fact to remember that I have mentioned here before but seems to “breeze past’ a lot of people.
Even If A “Work at Home Job” is completely above board and honest, it a swindle, pure and simple.
Why Is An Honest Job a Swindle?
As a general rule of thumb as taught in some business schools, to be ‘worth” has/her salary a person should generate about 3 times their salary for the business’s bottom line.
Less that triple and it’s cheaper to pay overtime and/or hire part-time temps or “off shore” the work.
Be you own boss and make the $8000 a month for yourself.
Or work half as many hours and make $4,000 for yourself, or …. You get the drift.
Since many people’s eyes glaze over when you mention “on line” jobs, let me make an illustration which should be more “grounded” (literally, in most people’s minds.
Let’s suppose you decide you want a job as a long-haul truck driver.
There are literally thousands of job available, right now, today, in both the US and Canada. Although there are a lot of technicalities and different ways to compare the pay schemes, they all pretty much boil down to this ..
You get paid a specified rate per loaded mile travelled for you employee. And in a broad but industry-wide sense, there are two basic ways to get paid:
(That is, you are an employee of the company). The trucking company provides the truck and all the major expenses of operating it, and you, as an employee, drive their truck where and when they tell you to. A J*O*B in every sense of the word.
Starting pay for these jobs is right around $0.25 USD per mile, with the top range after years of experience and such going up to $0.50 USD per mile, in general.
New drivers make in the range of McDonald or Burger King “crew persons”, $20 or 25,000 USD per year,
The more more experienced and successful (and long-hours) working drivers top out at around $50 to $60,000 USD.
(also known as independent contractors). These fellows and gals do essentially exactly the same work as the “employee” drivers, but the own and drive their own trucks. They can not be scheduled regarding days off, hours of work and such as employees can, and they are responsible for their own expenses. They just get assigned to pick up loads by a certain time and deliver those lads at a certain time and date.
How they travel, when they travel, where they get their trucks serviced and all the other things employees can be “told” … well they can’t really be “told” that at all.
The big difference? Owner Operators generally start at $1.++ per mile and can easily be up to the high dollar, even two-dollar or more per mile rate if they get into the best contracts.
It’s not uncommon, after paying all the expenses, fees, insurance and so forth, for owner operators to clear (net) $150,000 USD per year.
$50,000 per year versus $150,00 USD per year. Gosh, I’m not good at math, but doesn’t that mean that the independent business men/women are on the broad average, doing 3 times the income that the “do want and when and where” we tell you J*O*B “wage slaves” are doing?