Options For Earning Income Overseas: Pre-Retirement


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Author: Reekay

About Me.. In 2011 I made the decision to move to the Philippines within a year. Since 2012 I’ve been traveling through various islands of the Philippines as a full-time Expat. (Mactan, Bohol, Panglao, Moalboal, Dumaguete, Bacong, Boracay, Cebu) I recently spent the year living in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

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  2. I’m in my 20s and I sometimes fatasize about moving there and working as a freelance artist for the game industry and international clients. It can be hard to make money as an artist but if it ended up working I imagine that could be a viable option, (although risky) considering the lower costs of living. I’ve also looked into plant and fish farms for aquariums: most of the livestock and plants in the aquarium hobby comes exported from southeast asia. For anyone interested I’d recommend the YT chanel ‘Dexter’s world’. Those are mostly side gigs, but hey it’s something

  3. Good advice, my wife and I have slowly been building up our farming business we started with 2.4 acres (1 hectare) of land and now we are up to 22 acres (9 hectares.) It has taken us quite a bit of time but once you get the ball rolling it slowly picks up. We are shooting for 50 acres before I retire here in the US for good, we are doing both rice and sugar cane. The covid situation has been a curse and a blessing, the blessing part for us it really lowered the price of land for renting as well as purchasing. You just need to either know how to farm or understand the business or your partner needs to know and understand the business. We have been at this for three years now and should be where we want to be in another two to three years.

  4. Great advice, Reekay! If you want to make a mozza, just start a new religion. Just look at Iglesia ni Cristo (INC), for example. Any chance you can do a video debunking INC, or is it too risky? Cheers, Ulysses.

  5. Rental property, stock dividends, military pension. If that’s not enough I work six months of the year or more driving truck, fishing boat, or something seasonal. Usually during the summer months and go there in the winter when it’s cooler. I hate snow in the states so I leave during that time. Online is good as well but you don’t need to. Good luck

  6. Chinese do have money. They dont require all this stuff. But in China is safe and have resumed to in-classroom instruction. Its preferred. Im in China for the past 9 years. Business is thriving forr me.

  7. Just work online. Many companies hire part time or full time. I worked for a video game company and traveled abroad started at 27 years old

  8. Forgive me for asking (I know it tends to come up often in your streams), but I would like to hear all about your pig breeding business venture.

    My in-laws could do it on a small scale. With 2020 having been such a tough year, I think other subscribers would have family that could do it, and would love to know the nuts and bolts business model – blunt “do’s and don’ts” needed to make it work successfully. Thank you.

  9. This is a lot of good information. I’ve done worshipping and reekay I right. I made money but just kept breaking even. Didn’t work for me but I’m sure it’s a good option just is not guaranteed.

  10. I heard most say don’t go into business most cases you will you lose a bar ,small store pig farms cost of feed it hard to make a profit with a well run business.if your not catering to expat money forget it. What about a bar with limited menu like chicken strip example

  11. Hello and thanks for the great info.
    I am wondering about opening a sign business snd light machinery work.small Lathe and smallmill with a cnc plasma. Table or possibly a Maintenance school.
    Teaching machine repair.
    So my question is what do I have to have as far as degrees and is there a inexpensive way to ship my machines to PH. ?

  12. What about a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner? I can do telehealth back to states also but curious about needs there and having a hard time finding information.

  13. You are echoing my thoughts. Not only few jobs; BUT NO local language. As you say; for local pay. Millions of unemployed OR under-employed locals. A quite ridiculous notion. You would need unique professional skills. Thanks for the video.

  14. Hello Henry, this is Michael Harman, I used to live in Lapu-Lapu city back before 2015. Came to Reno Nevada to have open heart surgery in 2015 and that was a successful surgery. I had to replace my aortic valve which was not opening or closing properly and it was pretty gummed up with plaque and stuff. I have no other issues so we are trying to get a visa for myself and my daughter born in Texas. They want a ton of paperwork for this visa. We already have a townhouse in Bacong just south of Dumaguete. We plan to live in that townhouse which has 3 bedrooms and is up stairs and downstairs unit. Will remain there indefinitely and any medical appointments I need will be done in Hawaii. I hope to be able to meet you once we are there.

  15. I’ve been vlogging my transition from the U.S. to the Philippines for a year, 100 videos and I’m up to a whopping 96 subscribers. It’s more of a hobby and video album at this point

  16. I have my TESOl/TEFL and I live here in the Philippines but I haven’t been able to teach because everywhere I’ve lived has to much noise. You have open air houses that don’t block sounds. Everywhere there is loud chickens, kids and babies screaming, loud music, and karaoke.
    I do better just trading a little Bitcoin.

  17. Call Center Agents – With Free Training – No Experience Needed – 18000 Monthly
    Metro Manila, Philippines
    … is an Job ad I pulled out of an E-mail.

    The average monthly pay for someone who just speaks English for a Call Center Job is around 17000 Pesos (about $320 USD) a Month, Working Full-Time for 6 Days per week, 10 hours per day.
    Call Center Jobs do not offer a Working Visa, so in order to get such a Job, you’ll need to have residential status married to a local.
    In a rare occasion, they will offer Working Visa for a Managerial position at a Call Center, but you will need previous experience in said position and provide past references.

    In Addition to English, if you are fluent in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or Arabic, I have seen ads for as much as 40,000 Pesos (about $800 USD) per month, Working Full-Time for 6 Days per week, 10 hours per day at a Call Center.

    The key to earning more than a local is being FLUENT in Another Language in addition to English.
    Most locals can only speak the various Filipino dialects + English.
    There are a lot of Jobs for people fluent in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, but the pay is way lower than Western standards.

    I am Fluent in English, Japanese and Korean, have a undergraduate (BA) Degree in Finance and have over 10 years experience as a Customer Representative however, even with my qualifications I can only find similar Jobs in Manila or Cebu for around P80,000 ($1600) to P100,000 ($2000) Max.
    Unlike the Low-end Call Center positions, most of these “High-end” jobs also offer Working Visa, various allowances, paid vacations, free meals, and sometimes a Car with driver to/from work.

    Also note, minimum wage PER DAY in the Philippines is about P500 ($10), but most employers don’t even pay close to that.
    The Girls selling goods in the various Booths and Shops in the Malls, earn around P200 or less PER DAY working from 10:00am to 9:00pm with 1 hour lunch break. Their salary does not include Transportation fee, so P200 Minus whatever they pay to commute to/from work per day..

  18. Hi, Im impressed by the clear and Logic content , Im a visualiser /illustrator and thinking of doing that from the Philippines with my old European clients as a basic source, so this was valuable information ! thanks and succes yourself !

  19. Really if your planning on coming to PH in my opinion you need to have 1,500 usd per month set up. Don’t rely on income while here, if you generate income while here it’s icing on the cake.

  20. Lots of great ideas and helpful information here for guys looking to create an income . A prime example of having good content, thanks Reekay, have a great weekend there you two.

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