One of the dreams of most Filipino working abroad in contractual basis is to have enough savings and go home for good which are often opposite from the reality. How could they save if they send their monthly income to their loved ones the Philippines?
Aside from nostalgia, living in one small room together with other four to eight workers, long hours of work which sometimes richer to more than 12 hours a day and six days a week, dangerous job, and terror employers are few of the reasons why OFWs want to go home for good if they can only find other ways to give their family a better life.
Work hard then send money back home, and spare a little amount for their personal needs abroad. This is the usual scenario of an overseas worker’s life every month until suddenly they didn’t noticed that it’s the end of their contract. Then they sign again another two to five years contract, and the cycle goes on.
If you are an overseas Filipino worker, these are the most common question you will receive from your colleagues and friends when you are leaving your job abroad:
- What are you going to do when you go home?
- Are you applying for a new job in other countries?
- Are you starting your business in the Philippines?
For my case, I have no plan to work in another foreign country, and it will also be difficult to get a better paying job in the Philippines. The better move is, of course, start my own business.
It would be better start a livelihood while you are working abroad because it is not a good idea to start a business when you are planning to make it a primary source of income to meet your monthly household budget during first few months after to go back in your homestead.
This will save you from trouble in case you will suddenly lost your job or you simply want to have no boss. You can make use of you time after work or during rest days to do it.
It doesn’t need to be a big enterprise or a formal business to start with; just focus on having in income streams that you can do or manage whether you are home or abroad.
Here are few things I did to give you some ideas:
1. Start a blog. Yes, no kidding.
It is not difficult as many people think. I did not know also this thing in 2007 when I stated working abroad. In fact, I started learning how to blog in 2009 and become familiar of it a year after. You won’t know it unless you start doing it.
When I learned that you can earn quite good money from blogging, I encourage some friend to it. Some believed and started doing it and some of them did not persevere.
You can learn if wish too. There are thousands of tutorials in web on how blog and how to make money from blogging, and they are free.
2. Upload videos on YouTube
Yeah, you can also make money by uploading your own-made videos on YouTube. Just make sure that you follow the terms and condition of the site to monetize you videos.
Don’t you ever wonder why there are many YouTube users making much effort to create wonderful videos? That is because they receive cash from their effort.
As of now, I can’t discuss the details how you can use the giant site for video sharing to make money but you can google it and you can find many detailed instructions about the topic.
3. Other Online Activities
Do you know that you can rent a Facebook page for Php 2,000.00 per renter if your page has thousands of fans? Imagine if you have only five clients per month.
You can also find online works by creating an account at Upwork. You can start building your reputation on this site while you are working abroad.
4. Save to buy a piece of land.
Do not save if you have no purpose for that savings. Do not save because you have extra money to spare. But save to buy something that will generate income, help you generate more income, or will yield something that you need. Save to buy a piece of land.
You can buy cheaper land in the provinces. If you can’t maintain it in the meantime, plant it with permanent crops like coconut and fruit trees.
Grafted coffee and cacao can bear fruit two years, so if you are working abroad for five year, then you have something to harvest when you go back home.
5. Own a livestock.
Buy a livestock and ask your relative or neighbor to take care of it. You can make agreement on how both party can benefit from the livestock. The most common agreement is to have 50-50 sharing of the offspring.
In the case of animals that usually bear one offspring at the time like cattle, carabao, and horse, the care taker gets the first offspring and the owner gets the next.
There are many possible livelihood you can start while working abroad but as of now, I can only share those five above. In fact, I know some OFWs who started investing on stocks and mutual funds while they were working abroad.
Some of my friends who live in the cities constructed an extension of their house started a room-for-rent for boarders at affordable price.
I look forward to share more ideas about livelihood for homecoming OFWs on this site soon. Thank you for reading and if you like this post, please share.