The continued evolution of digital technology, the growing influence of the Internet and social media have made it possible to make money online in the Philippines.
If technology is pulling people to start an online business, worsening conditions in traffic, unpredictable weather, and a burgeoning population are factors that are pushing people to look for more productive ways to make money.
Traffic alone results in 2.4 Billion Pesos in business losses every day. That number is estimated to hit 6 Billion Pesos by 2030.
For the regular worker, these unforgiving conditions lead to a highly stressful work environment. It’s difficult enough that the Philippines pays one of the lowest wages in the world that they have to suffer through horrendous traffic in Metro Manila.
With an online business, you don’t have to leave your home. Or if you wish, you can conduct business in the venue of your choice. Your time is your own, and best of all; the opportunity could be quite lucrative!
Did you know a Filipino online entrepreneur from Cavite earned 7.5 Million Pesos in one year? Another one generated cumulative annual earnings of 2.6 Million Pesos!
More people are working from home and pursuing opportunities to make money online. And there are many legit ways to generate good, sustainable income with long-term prospects in the Philippines.
And no, trolling social media sites is not included in case you’re wondering. Even if the reported income for “professional trolls” is in the hundreds of thousands of pesos, choose a venture you can be proud of as an online entrepreneur.
Here are 12 legit ways you can make money online in the Philippines.
1. E-Commerce Retail
You may have noticed my continued preference of installing “E-Commerce” as the best legit way to make money online in the Philippines.
E-Commerce has been taking over the world of retail. More and more businesses are relying on online sales to boost profitability. E-Commerce sales are expected to hit $23 Trillion in 2017 and $27 Trillion in 2020.
Why should you start an e-Commerce business in the Philippines? Because the market for e-Commerce in the Philippines is still in its developing stages; there is plenty of room for growth!
The world is increasingly shifting toward mobile commerce because more consumers are becoming dependent on mobile technology. It is estimated that by 2020, there will be over 6 billion smartphones operating in the world.
Fashion apparel, electronic goods, and books remain popular online purchases.
If you’re serious about starting a retail e-commerce business, you should invest in a professional quality, e-commerce website. Don’t scrimp on your money and try to build a website yourself.
An e-commerce website must be:
- Mobile Responsive
- Fast to Download
- Accessible Via Multi-Browsers
All of its features must be working, and the design should entice people to purchase.
If you have the talent for writing and crafting great content, a career as an online blogger could be your new calling.
Blogging is in high demand because Content Marketing is fast becoming the preferred approach for Internet marketing. But most companies do not have in-house marketing groups. They prefer to outsource them to lower costs and risks.
Blogging is the centerpiece of the Content Marketing process. A well-written, highly engaging blog can dramatically improve search rankings. It can generate an excellent volume of inbound traffic and create organic leads for any business.
You can take your writing skills further by expanding your services to include:
- Article Writing
- E-Book Writing
You can earn good money as a blogger. You might start out charging only US$0.01 per word, but once you build a reputation and a steady portfolio of clients, you can increase your rate to US$0.02 in just a few months.
An effective blog should be 1,600 words. If you write one blog every day, you can earn US$960 in 1 month or almost 50,000 Pesos! A 1,600-word blog should only take 2 to 4 hours to complete.
You can find clients on reputable online job platforms such as:
3. Social Media Marketing
Businesses acknowledge the power and influence of social media marketing. But they do not have the time for it. Similar to Content Marketing, most businesses prefer to outsource social media marketing because it is a lower cost option.
If you think you can become a social media marketer just because you post ten times on Facebook and send out 20 tweets on Twitter, think again.
Effective social media marketing requires knowledge, expertise, strategy and purpose. You don’t just post mindlessly in social media. You should first identify your target audience then figure out which social network works best to reach them.
Social media marketing requires a combination of research, creativity, and intuition. It is hard work. You have to adhere to a schedule and at the same time rely on analytics to help you assess the performance of the campaign.
Social media marketers can earn anywhere from $500 to $1,500 per month depending on the services included in the package.
If you want to be hired, you should first build credibility. Take up courses and get certified as a Digital Marketer and as a Social Media Marketer.
4. Website Design
Another online business that has a huge upside is website design. Put simply, if your business does not have a website, you are undermining your prospects for maximizing revenue opportunities.
In a world that is slowly being driven by mobile technology, it only makes perfect sense to put your business on the Internet. But only 25% of businesses have websites!
Entrepreneurs are still on the fence when it comes to owning a website. They mistakenly believe social media will be enough to enhance their online presence.
If you want to be a web designer, take up higher courses and get certified. Try to learn basic programming skills and SEO. These skills will add more value to your web design business.
Then create sample design of website and blog including publishing topics about the importance of having a website. Distribute your content to social media, via e-mail marketing avenues, and through community groups.
Website designers typically earn $500 to $800 for a basic design. You can also charge a monthly retention fee of $50 to maintain and manage your client’s website.