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Yesterday was the big first Republican Primary debate, in Cleveland, Ohio. This website is not about politics, but this politics does tie in this time, and you will see how as you read this article. Gig-Economy here on this site. I love the idea of the gig economy, I have lived it for 20+ years, even before there was such a thing as the gig economy. I want a President who creates an economy where I can make plenty of money. That does not mean “making jobs,” it means creating a positive business atmosphere in the country, which by extension creates a positive business atmosphere across much of the world. I want a President and a Congress, from whatever political party, to put laws and policies in place that make it easy to do business. Such policies are good for any person who wants to make money, be it as a self-employed person, a giger, or a laborer who works for some other business. If the employer is able to get more business deals, it makes more jobs for the workers! My view is that it is not possible, and certainly not the job of a President to create government jobs, but it is a prime responsibility of any office holder to create the type of environment or attitude in the country that makes it likely for businesses and entrepreneurs to offer more jobs! So, for me, my request to any person running for office is to please present a plan that will create a positive atmosphere for job availability. After that, just get out of my way and let me create my own jobs. Let me talk to other business people and work out deals with them, where they will hire me for a gig and let me do the work. Let’s forget about wanting a President who “makes” jobs, because it it can’t be done, and shouldn’t be tried. Just do things that make more work possible (and likely). What do you think?Today, I saw an interview with a young lady of the “Millennial” generation. She was being interviewed about who she, and those of her generation, liked for the next US President. Who she liked is not of importance to this article, that is not what this is about. She named a candidate, and said the reason she liked this candidate was because “he would make the most jobs” for her and her countrymen. Well, excuse me, but I disagree. Jobs, or rather, work or business is very important to me. But, even though it is a very important and interesting topic, I do not believe that ANY Presidential candidate from either party is going to create any jobs! I don’t want any of them to create any jobs, and I really don’t think they can create jobs anyway. I guess I am not precisely correct on that… a President can create jobs… he or she can create government jobs! But, in my opinion, government jobs are not really real, they are just a transfer of money from one person to another. Jobs are created by businesses, or by one’s self, if they are self employed. I recently talked about the
I’ve been working pretty hard for the past few months! But, hard work is almost always rewarding. Whether the feeling of reward comes from the feeling of satisfaction that you get from a job well done, or from financial reward, the feeling is equally as good. When you get reward from both of those two things, well, you get a double dip of feeling good! Back in 2008, I released one of my first eBooks, which was entitled “49 Ways to Make a Living in the Philippines”. The book was very successful, and lived on for many years, with an occasional update or two along the way. Since that book was one of my first eBook efforts, it had some mistakes! Misspellings and such. That has all been cleaned up, and I hope that this edition is very clean! No piece of work is 100% perfect, but I think this one is getting pretty close! Early in 2015, though, I decided that it was time for a major update to this title. Speaking of the title, though, I wanted to make a change there, and for good reason. When I first came out with the book in 2008, a lot of people who bought the book gave me some feedback that was similar to what a number of book reviewers wrote in their review of the book.
Bob, you need to change the name of the book! This book is not about how to make a living in the Philippines, it is full of ideas that you can use to make a living anywhere in the world!Because I got a great deal of feedback along those lines, I did change the title in this new edition which I have just released! So, now the book is called 49 Ways to Make a Living Without a Job. Why without a job? Well, because with each and every idea that I explain in the book, you can make some excellent money without being tied down to a job. You don’t have to work for an employer. No boss to report to. You are on your own!
Bob, don’t you need a lot of money to start your own business?Well, not necessarily. I have a lot of businesses that keep revenue flowing in for my family. You know what? I have never spent more than $100 or so to start any of my businesses! In this book, I explain how you can do it too, you don’t need a lot of money.
I want to live in the Philippines, though!Yes, don’t worry! If you want to live in the Philippines this book is still perfect for you! Every single idea in the book will work just fine in the Philippines. The magic, though, is that you can do all of these things anywhere in the world, including the Philippines! These things that I spell out in the book are the things that I do to keep myself going in the Philippines! These are things that you can also do to enable you to live a life in the Philippines, or anywhere else on the planet that interests you. No more being tied down to the place where your job is.
A new era!We are in the 21st Century now, and we have been for some time! It is time for you to stop thinking in the old 20th Century style that you are locked in on. Jobs are different in this century! Now, we have means to work remotely, we have methods that allow us to get into business for nearly nothing! You can do the same job that you are doing now, but working for yourself and make on average about three times as much as you make now! That is because you won’t be paying money into your boss’s pocket any longer, and not paying for all of that infrastructure that is required at your current workplace! If you have a computer at home, and space for a home office, even just a corner of your bedroom, there is no reason that you cannot make it. Scared of computers? Well, if you are computer-phobic, maybe it’s time to change that! Come on in to the 21st Century, the water is warm, and you are most welcome! But, if you just can’t make the leap, there are ideas outlined in the book about how you can make a living even if you don’t use a computer! You can do that particularly well here in the Philippines too!
Start Enjoying Life!A lot of people who talk to me about moving to the Philippines always say things like:
I can’t wait, Bob, I only have 12 more years until retirement, and then finally I can live my dream!Twelve more years? To be honest, you might not even live 12 more years! Why wait? You CAN Move now! How do I know? Because I moved here at the age of 38. I’ve been here for coming up on 16 years, and I am still going strong! I am enjoying my life, I’m not counting the thousands of days until I can retire! Why wait for years and years when you can start enjoying your life today?