One thing that sees the death of peoples dreams in the Philippines is dealing with business ventures. They arrive with high hopes and a spring in their step believing they can outdo the last guy that failed. Reality check and realising that its an entirely different culture and business mind set doesn’t matter we can make this work!
In reality that is what many do and more often than not the information and advice is on hand right in front of them. People like myself have been here a while, I won’t say a long time and I won’t say I know it all because I have done neither. But what I have done is gained experience and knowledge along the way and its still a journey that will continue to be a learning curve.
There have been a lot of negative things written in the last six months but along with that we are still here and there has been many positive things alongside. Often the negatives will overshadow the positives simply because something that irritates you is more likely to be on your mind rather than the playing badminton and jumping straight in the cold pool afterwards before lounging in the warm sun.
If I was going to advise someone to do business here I would simply say take your time and try a few small scale things first. They may not be relevant to what you want to do but a lot of the issues are to do with mindset and trust. If you can conquer those your pretty much on your way to working within the system that is the Philippines business circuit.
Have I learned anything? Did I make mistakes? Did I do things right? well nearly everything I get upto is in the blog and although I stick the negatives sometimes and I do get people saying “hey I just want the positive stuff!” its relative as like life it throws some curve balls with a lot of high and lows your never 100% what will happen next or what today will bring.