Truth be known its easier to work in McDonalds half a year at a time than it is to find work here in the Philippines. It is a very common question asked though and most Foreigners here are either running businesses with partners or on a pension. Unless you can find some way to make money online or follow an expat round and hope you can drop on work with them your options are very limited. In reality though a lot of people arrive here every year with “great expectations” assuming they will make it or start a business. In reality though there is a huge number of failures here and those that have already left but nobody likes to write about failing only success. You will often hear of people going back to the UK or US as they need more money but not what happened with the funds they arrived with.
The other problem is stability and the fact that ok your now in the sunshine instead of the gloomy UK or other country. But what have you really left behind? your working long hours and generally don’t get to see the beaches. The weekends are always busy or your resting because of having to get up early for a call centre job or whatever role you are doing. Where is the fun? Isn’t it better to save more and plan ahead? wouldn’t it be easier to just save the money before travelling here? You probably notice I haven’t written much about planning if doing something here and there is a reason for that its difficult at best. The goal posts keep moving, prime example is the electricity that jumped from P2,500 to nearly P7,000 this month. Where do you find the extra from if you haven’t budgeted for fluctuations in a corrupt system? You do know that in the Philippines if you lose power you actually pay extra not less. Rewarding incompetenance and poor infrastructure. Wonder where the rest of the world would be if we all take that leaf out of the books. Many people will say if you want a small fortune in the Philippines start with a big one. Which is unfair what is needed is learning curve time as its a completely different ball game to what you would expect. There are many variables and a lot you won’t even think of. The last 6 months for me have been very difficult at best and most of the issues are not my own failings but at the same time I have to take full responsibility as I gave trust and time to people which ended up costing me a lot of money and having to delay or scrap projects. Could happen in the UK but to be honest the Philippines is magnified there are so many variables I have discovered that just wouldn’t make sense anywhere else on the planet.
So if you can find a job all well and good if you go to run a business you will hit the hurdles I am just recovering from. But all in all don’t guarantee or expect as its not that simple especially if you have a fixed amount of money.