Before You Start A Business In The Philippines - Things To Consider

Before You Start A Business In The Philippines - Things To Consider

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Today, we're going to talk about doing. Business in the, Philippines. One. Of the questions or set of questions I get most often, is about. Starting. A business in, the Philippines I do have a lot of close, friends who, own businesses there. In the, Philippines for instance Gordon, out there and I'll put links to their their, different businesses his wife is a real estate agent Filipina, and his, his. Business, is building. And contracting, of homes they're, there in Philippines, there's. Also my, buddy, Orville. Many of you know Orville Henry, he. Is the owner of jam, rock he is from Jamaica started. A Jamaican, restaurant there, and a. Very good friend of mine you know so I've gotten a lot of information from him as well about just. Starting and running a business and, the different challenges involved, in that's what I'll be sharing with you here today and, then, again. There's just so many others there's Peter who, was the previous owner of the pasta King which you may know and I've. Done plenty, of interviews, with for, instance the owner of tar bush out there also in Dumaguete, of, different owners of restaurants and others I just knew firsthand. Never, did an interview with them but again, just gleaned a lot of information because. Myself I'm very very. Very. Much a proponent and an advocate and supporter, of small business, I've been, into small business since I was about 30 years old and it. Just really is one of my hobbies, that fascinates, me everything, about the. Whole function of small business so, what. I want to share with you are some guidelines some, things to think about before. You start making. A plan to. To. Go, to the Philippines and start, a business there, are generally, two groups, of expats. Interested, in starting a business in the Philippines, now the first group is guys. Who are pre-retirement. Who are not collecting, a pension yet, and so. They want to start a business because it's the only way that they can earn income, while. Living full-time in the Philippines so they, they're doing it out of necessity, in. Order to make some income now, the second, group is are, those who. There, they're already set for their tenshun they'd really maybe don't need the money but, they're, looking for something to do and maybe. Over the years it's always been. Kind. Of a bucket, list item for them you. Know kind of like the movie cocktail you know just go to another country a tropical. Area set up your own bar set, up your own restaurant. You, know get to meet interesting people and. You know flip good liquor bottles, in the air and whatever and just, you know have a great time running, a business not. Out of necessity but, more like again, just sort of something, fun to do now. What. We're gonna look into here, again, I'm not trying to talk you out of, or. Even into, running. A business in the Philippines that's a that's a decision you're gonna have to make on your own but, there are some things that I want you to consider before. You actually pull the trigger and, do, that now. The, first bit. Of advice I, would give you I have given generally. To most people, as a new expat, is. During. Your first, year if it's still your first year, moving, to the Philippines, or, Vietnam, Thailand.

Cambodia. Wherever. It is that you're going this. Is my strong, recommendation to. You really really listen to this because I'm putting this first. In. Your first year. Make. No commitments, do. Not get a lease on a place do, not start, a business, do, not put money into someone, else's business. Your. First year, you. Really, need to acclimate. To, the city that you're thinking about starting a business in. This. Is very, important, number one you, need to learn how things, work, in the, Philippines and, in that city you know, I won't get into all the details but some, cities you. Really got to know the right people and do the right things in order to get all the permits and licenses and. Everything you need to get done so you. Want to spend a year networking. Getting to know the right people finding. Out you, know and, another thing you want to do during, that first year is figure, out your mark, because. That first year, if you're, for instance thinking. Of starting a restaurant. In Dumaguete, let's just say as an example. You. Want to spend a year there and, drive. Around town and get. To know really. The demand, or. How, many expats, are there well it turns out there's a lot of expats how much competition, is there well therefore, being a small town dumaguete. Has a lot. Of food, choices a lot, and, I, would say I don't know maybe maybe. 60%, 50%, our. Local. Philippine, franchises. And places. To eat and then. The other balance. Is. Restaurants. Owned, and operated by. Expats. Now, out of those ones that are run. By expats. Which you would probably see as your major competition. You've. Got the different food. Genres. You got the Italian food the Asian food the Greek food you, know all the different international, foods so, you have to look at who your competition is, gonna be but if you're gonna go after the expat, market, you really need to be in that place a year, to, to, see what the demand, is because. The last thing you want to do is lease out a place get it all decorated, hire a bunch of staff get all your food supply coming, in you, know get, your bookkeeping, all in order setup, with the bir a tax. License, and and, then, nobody shows up you. Know because, you, didn't get familiar, with the market in that area, and it can be different, starting. A restaurant, say.

For Instance in, the, Ayala area of Cebu, is going, to be much pricier, and and. Yes, you'll be able to reach more expats, and charge. A bit higher for, your food or your services. But. It's. Going to cost you more overhead, so how much are you willing to gamble if you, go out to say. A small place like tog. B which, is a decent-sized city and it is growing. Again. You know you have to get familiar, not just drive around one or two days and see who your competition is you, really, need to know the market how many expats, are there living. There how, many of them could use your services, how many are just bouncing, in because they're on their way to the beach. Again. You want to really, do your research so don't. Just jump in there and start. A business your. First two three months second, thing that I want to share with you is. Especially. With guys who are starting, a restaurant or, whatever business and, it could be a service, again you know when you're talking about business, you can be talking about providing, a product a service or. A combination of the two restaurant, is sort of a combination of the two you're providing, both food and service. Or you could deliver a service such as real estate or, you could deliver again. A service, like building, building, a home whatever but. Before. You do that when, you're, when. You're thinking about this. You. Really got to ask, yourself a hard question, have. You succeeded in, running. This kind of business in your, home country, already. Do. You have the experience. Because. If you're a guy who, has never. Run a business before in your home country, the. Odds of you succeeding. In your first, business, in a foreign country are pretty. Slim, you. Know you so if you're gonna start a business if. You. Really, need to go in there with some experience and even, then what. You have so, far is, experience. Running a business in your home country, where, the regulations. Are a bit more, defined. Where. The process, is a bit more structured, when. You go to do a business in the Philippines one. Of the things you'll have to be aware of for instance is the 60/40, rule or what, some people call the Filipino, first law, which. Essentially, says that when you start a business you're. Only going to own 40%. The. Other 60%, needs. To be owned. By a Filipino. Citizen. Now, usually, most married. Guys make. Their wife the, 60% owner because. The whole issue here, is trust so. You, really, need to have somebody, that you have good reason. To trust with. 60%, of, your business, the controlling, end really, because. If it's just some, guy you met, six. Months ago and he seems like a nice guy. A Filipino. And. You decide you're, gonna trust him really, that's not reason, enough you, need to really, have solid, reason, to. Trust this guy with the ability, to walk, in the bank at any given day of the week pull.

Out All the money that's been earned take out loans against, the business and then, disappear, he, can do that anytime he wants because he's sixty percent owner of that business and. He's. Gone and guess, who's left with all the liabilities. And lack of money in the bank you, that's. All on you all, the taxes, that didn't get paid that he told you that they were getting paid by to the BIR that's. All on you now I was, at the I. Was living right near the grand mall over there in makan visage something you know where it's at and, I, went upstairs and, there. Was an empty suite and again, I've always had an eye for for. New businesses, coming up I always want to see you know where, their plan how are they decorating, it how are they running it how's their service, do, they succeed, do they not succeed, so. I saw this sweet one, day, and. It. Was at first empty and the next thing you know in the space of a week there. Was ovens. Being brought in big stainless steel you, know wash, stations. For the kitchen, booths. For, the. You. Know for the seating area and, I, forget what type of restaurant it intended, to be but every, day you were seeing all this major, ticket, items getting purchased, and put into the restaurant and. Then. About. Two, months later I, realized. That all the stuff was in there but it wasn't being a rain it wasn't being installed, and then. After, about two months like I said the I went there and there's this big chain, around, the door to that suite, with. A huge, padlock. On it now. I asked, around and. Said hey you know anybody know what happened here, I mean I was really looking forward to maybe a new restaurant or something and, after, asking around awhile and talking to some people I found out the story what. Had happened is an American, had gone ahead and, taken. Out a loan to, get a release, to, this, location. In the mall and of. Course, he had to have a 60% ownership. Over to a Filipino, so. He went ahead and they started. Out with him. Funding, pretty much 100% of this and by the way there's an anti dummy law which, says that that. 60% owner, is supposed to be putting 60%. Of his money into, the business but. Because. A lot of expats, think that they're gonna be clever they, go ahead and they fund the business a hundred percent they. For. Lack of a better word launder. The money through. To the Filipino, to make it look like he's, the one putting in his money but. Really the expat, is funding, 100%. Of the business so. What, had happened and by the way with the anti-dumping laws if you're caught doing that it's, illegal and you'll, probably you know if you get all it's gonna take somebody snitch on you you're busted and then then the BIR comes, in takes a look at your books and then you're screwed so. What. Happened, here was the the. 60%, owner, went. Ahead and made it look like they were gonna get started on this business but, meanwhile, he took out loans. Against. You know the the value of the business plus. The, money that he was telling the owner was, getting paid for the lease he. Was pocketing, that essentially. He, was he. Was acting like a pirate he was pretty much just raiding. This. Guy's business, and. He and it was technically. There was legally, nothing, to stop him from doing it, so in, the end you. Have an American, who now has a one-year, lease that he needs to pay on, this suite in the, mall he's, got a whole bunch of equipment that has a bunch of debt attached, to it he's got loans that the other guy took out and I.

Mean Essentially, the whole thing turned into a big negative nightmare. So. That's. Something to really consider if, you're not an experienced, businessman, and you don't have somebody you truly, can trust, then. You're, gonna have some real hurdles, to face running, a business in the Philippines, now. I mentioned in passing here the BIR, the. BIR, is I believe, the Bureau. Of Internal Revenue, if you're an American citizen it's, the equivalent, of the IRS. Now. The BIR is the, agency, that you need to register your business with in order to pay taxes, to the Philippines, this, is apart from any taxes, that you as an American again, I don't know about other countries, but. United, States citizens, have to report. The income they make in another country, to be taxed on on the balance of that so. You're you're going to be paying taxes, as an American citizen to, both the Philippines, and, to the. United States not, on the same money necessarily, but again. You're gonna you're, just not going to get away from the IRS and you do have to be over with the BIR now. Before. You go starting, a business again. What. You don't want to do is is. As, you're playing with the idea of running a business say to yourself well, I'll just start and I'll go to the BIR I'll get my business license, and I'll just kind of go a little at a time and, just sort, of you know start it up slowly and so, here's, the problem if you go to the BIR and you, file, that you have a, business, that you plan to run, well. Sure they will process the paperwork and you say yeah I'm gonna run this little schnitzel. Stand or, I'm gonna do a barbecue, thing or I'm gonna I'm. Gonna offer whatever, you know services. So. Great so you go ahead you set up this account, with, the BIR, well. If you start that business of, course, every, quarter, they're gonna want their taxes, so you go ahead you pay your bir taxes, and then, you decide a year later six, months usually six, months later or whatever you. Decide you know this this whole running a business thing is not for me you know I'm shutting, this thing down, well.

Yeah You can shut down the doors and end, the lease and get rid of the stuff and reclaim whatever money you can but. Here's the challenge you're gonna have you're. Gonna have to convince, the, BIR, that. You're not running a business anymore, and, that. Will be a task because. In their mind they really. Want to know you shut this business, down because, for all they know you're, pulling a fast one on them you're gonna keep running, in you know running a cash business on, the side so. They really, want to know that you really are not. Having. Any tax liability. For the continuing, quarters, before, you go registering. It with the BIR you. Should really have all your ducks in a row you should have all the financing. Worked out you should know that you're who you're gonna do your 60 40 % with you, should have your marketing worked out you should have your everything. You should have you should know your market, and then. Go. To the BIR and file, to get your business started. Recurring. Consistant. Complaints. That. I have heard from every. Expat. Business, owner that. I have met in the Philippines, from Cebu, to dumaguete to, be whole anywhere. Is this. Employees. Now. In. Any business even in the United States whatever you're gonna have turnover, especially when you're talking about jobs, that are low-paying such as waiter or waitress cook. Well, your cook you really should be investing, in your cook that is your business but, you. Know dishwasher. That kind of thing. You're. Gonna have to deal with a whole lot of turnover. Just like back, home and and. Maybe, even more so in, the Philippines, there. I'll. Just put it this way good help is hard to find it's, good it's hard to find just about anywhere but, you're really gonna have your work cut out for you you, will have if, you put out a job, opening. Announcement. You. Will get lots of responses. Because, there's lots, of people looking for work, the. Issue is once you hire them, how. Trainable. Are they are, they really gonna do it the way you told, them to do it and will they do it, when you're not around so. If, you look at it from the customer, point of view those of you who have been to the Philippines, and you spent, time there. When, you look around, I mean, you appreciate, the, the, the, restaurants, and whatnot the businesses, where. They behave, professionally and, and, you're more likely to go back and do your business, there but, so, often, you.

Will Run into. Not-so-great, service and and. Maybe, the waiters and waitresses are doing their job when, the owner is physically. There, to, watch them and manage. Them but, if he, decided to take a day off or he's got to be at another location, or, whatever well. Then it's you know trying to get a waitress, there they're playing on the phone or, you know you're still like waiting for your food and you. Know and you know it's just be it gets really nutty so. The, biggest complaint, that I've heard from expats, who who do have a business is that. It's hard to find good help and then. You need to train them and then. And again a lot of expats don't, train, their help they, don't invest the time or. They. Try, they. Try to, train, them but. It's that whole if the cat's away the mice will play if he's not around. It's. Like leaving a bunch of unsupervised, kids on their own and that leads, me to the second thing I. Know, successful. Expats. With restaurants, and they would love to franchise. I mean, they've got a great business going, in one location they would love to operate, on the other side of town, the. Problem, is, every. Single one of them has has, had such, difficulty. Finding. A good manager. A manager. That is two. Things competent. And trustworthy. He. Might get a competent, one and then find out the guy's embezzling, from him or. He might find one that's honest. But he's incompetent so. It's, really, been, hard for them to find a good manager, which, leads to the, next thing if you're. Going to run a business especially. A restaurant, but most any business, there in the Philippines you. May, as well just forget about considering. Yourself retired, because. You're gonna have to, personally. Manage, this business on your own a lot, your. Your a lot of your time I would say six to seven days a week is. Going to be spent on that business, so, if your idea is that, you're gonna pop into the business three four days a week and the rest of the time they're gonna be out island hopping you. Can pretty much drop that idea okay. Unless, you can find some really good managers, which again is going to be a needle. In a haystack. Your. If you're looking, at running a business in the Philippines you're.

Looking At giving up your time you're, not gonna have a bunch of free time there. Will anybody, that has run a business my parents, ran, a Mexican. Food restaurant in, California. I ran, a catering, company for, nine years I, know. I, know, the, business I've run my own computer repair, business I know, that. There is everyday some, problem, to solve and and. In the Philippines, you're gonna have all the usual, business issues. To deal with and, you're. Gonna need to do it in a whole other culture you're, gonna have to find creative solutions, now. Getting back to employees. Here's. Another thing you just need to keep in mind again I'm not trying to talk you out of doing a business plenty. Of expats do run their. Own business in the Philippines but. I want you to be aware that when, you hire, someone. And the. Typical practice is again, if you're running say a restaurant, or a bar or, whatever a, lot, of guys know well. Hey pretty girls bring business. Everybody. Wants to come to your sandwich shop or your your your bar or your, restaurant. If you've got pretty waitresses, and hostesses, that's kind of a given everybody knows that but. Here's again, the thing the liability. That comes with that you. Hire a Filipina, and. She's, supposed to be your waitress or your hostess, and. You. Give her three four six months, to work out you try training, her you try managing, her but, she is just not working, out she's lazy always, on the phone doesn't give the customers. The service that's expected, and you finally throw, in the towel and you go you know I gave you six months I'm not, renewing your contract hit. The road we're, done. Now. In, the majority, of cases that'll, be the end of it you, know maybe, she'll, do a little bit of Facebook drama but that'll be the end of it but. In a worst case scenario, you're. Gonna end up with her, filing, a blotter against, you accusing. You of who knows what I'm. Sure you can imagine all because. She wants some payback, because. Now you fired. Her again, you're you know you, have to remember some people are just really. Immature and, and. They will not look at the fact that they were fired. Because. They didn't do the job right they'll, never admit that even, to themselves, all. They know is they were getting, a paycheck now. They're not and you're, the one that made their life hard so now they're gonna make your life hard that's how immature. And, simplistic, some, people are and that's. What you're gonna end up dealing with every. So often as you, have to terminate an employee all, right so again, one, more element that, you're just gonna have to really, be ready to deal with when the time comes.

There. There is no real guarantee any, business, in any country, is going to succeed again, it's a combination of. What. Is the local market, want what. Are they willing to pay and, how, much, petition do you have those. Three elements, will be different, in every city and and. If, your you've got the right business, idea, but you're the johnny-come-lately, who. Showed up last the. Other ones already captured the market, and you're gonna have your work cut out for you trying to get some of that market, again. You're gonna have to really excel, in your your, service or your product or your marketing, so. What are some ideas that you can do well one is. Starting it kind of like the very bare bottom, many. Guys will. Finance. A, little small sorry sorry store it's, about as simple as you can get I mean you literally build, a small, patio to the front of the house make. It so it's you can secure, it up at night and, then. You just stock it up I mean for like two hundred bucks you could stop the entire sorry, sorry store with, all the usual things it's eggs and instant coffee the, little travel, packets of shampoo, and toothpaste. And. Eggs and, you know a couple buckets of rice and, I mean if you can just like take a picture on the inside of any sari-sari, store there's. Your whole inventory I mean you'll just need to just go out and buy that stuff you can go down to the store and just get, a couple of shopping carts worth of stuff a bunch of fried, snacks, and you know all, the creamers and sugar, packets, and all this kind of stuff, that's. The usual thing, now here's the thing a. Sari-sari. Store, is. Not. Gonna ever be a blockbuster. Moneymaker. It. Might, make. A little bit of money and by that I mean anywhere, from say a hundred, to max. Maybe I would expect, hundreds, of maybe 500, on average. Again. It can vary, but, here's. The thing you're. In competition. Literally. Like when I was living in bakong, there. Were four sari-sari. Stores, just. Between my place and the main road which is only not even a quarter mile I mean, I I if, one sorry-sorry didn't have eggs I just went to the next one or the next one or the next one so. When it comes to sari-sari, stores you're gonna be running those usually. In the province, but also in the inner city and. You're. Gonna have a lot of competition, I mean. Phillip Philippines, is just known for sari-sari. Stores so. Yes. It's an easy business to start up, and. I and I went into more detail in the other video about, the the problems, you can run into with that, but. It's. An idea I wouldn't put it up as one of the great ideas, but, it's a simple idea just. Expect, there's. About. A 75%. Chance it's going to fail. Another, business, idea is water, filtration, now. There's, a high demand for, water, for, filtered, water. So. If you can get into an area that for some reason there's only one or two vendors. You, could probably capture, that market, there's. Places online where in, the Philippines, you can again, it's a big business so there's places, in the, Philippines where you can order the tanks and the filters, and the, whole system, you know though, they'll even provide a guy that answers your questions on how to set this thing up and run it and all that and, it's about as turnkey, as you could get, you know you pump dirty water in you'll run it through the filter you bottle it up nice and clean you label, it you sell it now, you're, selling a five-gallon.

Bottle, Of water for, about 75, cents, roughly, right about there depending on the area again you people vary the price based on the competition. So. That's one other, idea, now another idea, is, laundromat. Now here's. The thing what I have seen is that when. It comes to laundry service, there's. Two, tiers. There's, the amateur-hour laundry. People and, that's usually some well-meaning, good Filipino, you. Know family, and they'll they'll take in your laundry and they'll they'll, wash it the old table away in the bucket and then they hang it up and if, it's not rainy season, well, then you get your clothes back dried, and folded, and wrapped in plastic you know the next day or two days later. Again. Weather permitting, I've, waited up to four days before I just went with somebody else because it was raining and yeah, they hung my stuff up or they watch it because they knew wasn't gonna dry, so. That's the first tier, is just. Kind of the the amateur-hour approach, now, when it comes to laundry. Service. There's, one for instance and dumaguete there's plenty of these but, these. Are more the professional. Approach, to, laundry they. Rent out a business suite, and and. They, have two rows of, real. Washing. Machines not. The plastic, washing, machines you get at the mall for a hundred bucks that you can literally lift, up and carry around I, mean it's just the weight of the plastic, and the motor I mean it's it's, pretty, cheaply, made you're. Not using that what, you're using are real. Washing. Machines and dryers, made. Of metal, that are industrial. And made for the business, now. These are the people that are making money rain or shine because. If they're near an apartment, complex with, a bunch of expats. Filipinos. For the most part are not going to pay to have their laundry done not, when they could pay 120. Bucks a month to. Get not, only their laundry done but their house cleaned, and their food cooked and their kids watched by, hiring a Yaya so. It's, mostly, a lot, either. Wealthy. Filipinos, or for the most part expats, especially. Single guys who. Have no clue for the most part most of them how to even use a washing machine to begin with or they just don't want a hassle, it so, if. You're if you can get set up a suite with real. Washing, machines so you're talking real money investment. Here. Rain. Or shine you can wash these clothes have, them dried the. The staff will fold them and you, can again be turning this over now. Again, you need people, you can trust unless you plan on being, there all day. To. Handle the financial, transactions. Or I, know one guy who he, kept cameras. On. His business and he would watch it on his phone app you, know he would do that but. You. Know that's the other issue is the, money comes in and then some, of it falls into somebody's, pocket you know before, the day so. Washing. You know laundry service, that's another idea an idea, that I've put out there before is. Storage. Units buy a piece of land just, outside of town where it's a little bit cheaper put, a true, really, good fence around it high with, barbed wire have. Security, alarm, systems, and then, it really doesn't take much construction, to, then put. Down some cement grate, it so that the rain goes away you know flows down, build. Out of brick, some, actual. Storage. Units, make. It secure, have. Guards. At the front and back and now. You got yourself the beginnings, of a, storage, business, and, again. I would love to see this in, more of the Philippines, there are a few in Cebu but a lot of the smaller islands don't even have this and.

It Would be great because there's so many expats, who they buy some furniture they, buy a motorcycle they, buy a bunch of stuff, they. Just want to go back home to take care of something for two three months but. Now they gotta sell everything, really cheap because they got nowhere to put it you. Know so so, having a storage, unit where, they could just store, all their clothes and, their their pots and pans and motorcycle, and whatnot. Would. Be really great you could even use part of the the land to. Store, guys. Expats. Vehicles. You, know charge. Them X amount per parking. Space to leave the car there for for, whatever you know four months six months whatever they need, so. Storage storage, is a. Possible. Business that I see there's a demand for and, the. Demand is really not being met in, the way that it's needed a take, off from the whole storage, thing is lockers. Now you, would have to get a lease at a beachfront or. Work with an existing business and again they may just cut you out and do it themselves but. I, would, love to, be, able to go to the Philippines and, there's, an actual brick, structure. With lockers, that you could put. A lock on. And you have your own key and you. Put your towel and your wallet, and everything in there because, when you go to a. Lot of these places these beaches there's nowhere to put your stuff so you got to go go there with like two three other people it's like hey watch my stuff while I go in the water you can't all go in the water at the same time or, if you go there by yourself, again. You're kind of stuck for where, do I put my stuff while I'm out in the water so. Beach. Storage. Units, I would love to see that, another. One that a buddy of mine did was jet, ski rentals, jet, ski rentals, again you lease some property, on the beach and, again. You know if you got the money to get one or two jet skis and start renting them out once in awhile but again if you're you have to look at the area, if not many, expats, are going there very. Few Filipinos, are going to you, know say well let's see you know I make I make, five, hundred dollars, a month and, I, want us this guy's charging, seventy five dollars an hour to ride a jet ski no.

I Don't think it's gonna happen but. You know again you bring expats, into the equation, and then it's a doable business. Now. Bars. I know. A lot of guys have dreamed about having. Their own bar in a foreign country out in the tropics, and just, really enjoying it and I know for, instance one, guy Joe who over. There on Mactan he had the ultimate coolest. Best bar again I'll maybe put some video a link to that my. Tour of his place and. He had a great thing going but. Again. You know when you're when you're running a bar and, you've. Got you've. Got women you've, got booze you've, got good, times and. You know he had like massage, and, he had quickie, rooms and, he had you. Know just this whole thing going. Well. I'll, just say that the business can get a bit complicated. The, people you have to deal with in, order to stay in business you. Got to pay a little money here pay a little money there otherwise, accidents. Happen. Raids, all that so so, you're really I don't know I personally. I consider, owning, a bar in the Philippines, a high, liability. Hobby. You. Know do it if you want just before worn it comes, with a lot of business. Drama. For lack of a better word, so. Go. Ahead and we'll just end, it here and talk. In the comments about other, business, ideas, that you've been curious about, ideas. That you may be considered, or or businesses, that you've already run, in, the Philippines, that have succeeded, or businesses, you thought would succeed, and just, ended up being you know a total bust so. Look, forward to seeing in the comments, and again I'll put the links to different related videos I've done about business, here, in the comments section at the top alright, see, you there.

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Accidentally there is a misinterpretation of the 40/60 "rule". At first it is not a rule; it is a law. And the 60% of the shares have to be hold by "philippines' residents". That philippines' "resident" not has to be a filipino! For e.g. a foreigner with a valid "permanent resident" permission and valid permanent address is also permitted to be the holder of the 60%. My english skills are not really good, and therefore I'll try to explain the reasons for that law, so that you can understand what im trying to say and what that law is really made for. Example: Let us imagine a strange foreigner spends "vacation" in the Philippines and starts a business there. Let us imagine the business goes bankrupt and many Filipinos lose their hard earned money, and the strange foreigner is on the run and leaves the Philippines easily. Then the question will be: "Who can we hold responsible?" - That is the reason why 60% of the "responsible" co-owners have to be "registered AND permanently staying" in the Philippines! But: That does not mean these co-owners have to be Filipinos with a valid philippines' citizenship. That is an important difference. Sadly this kind of wrong interpretation spreads all over the internet, written by other foreigners, and based on a false understanding of that law. Second interesting fact: That popular 40/60 thing is just 1 of many possible options to register a business in the Philippines. Of course there are many more options (with up to 100% ownership for foreigners); you just have to inform yourself and do the homework. For example my own case: I'm the legal holder of 98% of the shares of my cooperation, while only 2% of the shares are hold by my filipino accountant. And that was done by legal law; not by tricky "constructions" of ownership (what IMHO much too often will go wrong). I will say it again: If you plan to invest serious money, first go and get informations, second do your homework, and third let a professional person assist you. The third thing - what I like to comment to the viewers and subscribers - is the competition and the possible effects (and affects) when your business becomes too successful. The Philippines are not run by politicans; in fact that country's economy (and its politicans) are run by a handful of stone old "clans" since many centuries. As long your business runs under their radar, your life is safe. But if your business becomes too big and too competitive, your life will be in serious danger. Keep in mind: Your not in your home country where you're protected by your foreign law. You're in the Philippines, and you're just one of thousands of "smart" foreigners. Nothing and nobody will give a f*** on you! To the anti-dummy-law: I fully agree to the statements in this video. I just would like to add: Every kind of legal and valid contract between you (the foreigner) and your girlfriend/fiancee (filipina) is valid untill you marry her! When you're married to her, then the old contracts are no more longer valid, because contracts between husband and wife (in the Philippines) are forbidden and therefore NOT VALID! That's all for now. I hope my poor english is understandable. - Take care guys.

‘If it’s not the rainy season you’ll get your clothes back dry and folded, weather permitting’

I was thinking a little pig/chicken farm plus a little portable smoker/bqq business. The meat I raise I use for the smoker/bqq. Would that do well?

it would do well in one city, not in another. take a look around town, see who is selling a comparable meal. if you're talking about bbq-skewers of pork, those go for about 10 pesos each on the street. (about 20 cents, usd) or are you talking about a pork roast meal, like in a sit-down restaurant? either way, you'll need to look at what your competition is offering and beat them either on price, quality or location.

Thank you Henry, you are offering very insightful pieces of advice! Philippines is a wonderful country with many people chasing little money!

You are very entertaining. I like some of your ideas. The problem with things like a Sorry sorry store that I would see is that you would be a prisoner to the space for very little money coming in. You would lose your freedom of time. Plus of course people want credit to get things. I have worked with Gordon and he is a great guy. I never bought the land I was interested is as I realized that I had not lived in that area and needed to go slow. I wold be hard to cash out if I wanted to.

yes, gordon is a good guy. if/when i get to passing through duma again i'll be sure to look him up. we message every so often online.

If I was ever going to start a business in the Philippines ,it would be something simple with a low start-up cost, high profit margin, low profile, low-risk and pay cash for it . I mean if you can't afford to take that amount of money and go to the casino and lose it and still not be financially ruined or heartbroken, then you shouldn't gamble it on starting a business in the Philippines.

whatever business it is, it should involve money you can afford to lose.

Greetings, Excellent video, thanks for your advice, it is always good to know that you are well.

Sounds like the risk vs return isnt worth it. Especially in a country where a dead expat is no big deal.

so true. anyone who doesn't understand this should watch this...

Hello Reeky Me and my wife have sar sar store we also sell cooked foods I help out with stock and books my wife is on paper sole owner it is attached to the front of the house. You are right though it takes alot of time to operate business there no vacations for us. Family not very reliable to run business you are on vacation. The wife love her store so I am ok keeping it and helping her. Keep up the good work with the videos very informative.

Always a thumbs up, Henry.

Quite informative but most advice applies to MEDIUM size business not the small (family business or 2 people). You omitted quota visas and special economic zones (Subic / Clark / Cavite) where apparently the 60/40 rule does not apply. As for business ideas... I travelled around Panglao and Bohol and couldnt buy a stupid beach towel or inflatable water toys. Also nobody seems to sell and buy solar panels in a sunny country so close to China where panels are made.

I bought a female pig (about $40) with a Filipina friend once and it produced several piglets. A little money was made but the Filipina got pregnant and needed extra cash so I just told her to sell everything and keep the profits. Each piglet sold for about $25 I think...but to have a viable business like that you have to take into account the cost for feeding each day and all. If you have a large space where u can do more then it could work. I probably spent $100 on everything but maybe came out even on the deal. If it’d worked, I would’ve scaled the business.

Very good video Reekay . What are your thoughts on mobile coffee vans? I’ve not seen to many of them in the Philippinis’s cheers.

A lot of great insights Reekay, thank you. Just to clarify, is it legal to have one's wife as the 60% owner?

i can just imagine the shit show of trying to start a restaurant or bar in the philippines with people trying to extort and sabotage you and the inconsistency of laws and regulations and the incompetence of those enforcing them etc never mind that the food service industry is one of the most competitive in the world and most small restaurants or bars dont even last the first year. thing is thats not even the part that worries me, seen first hand my fathers business partner and friend of 30 years rip him off when i was a kid, best lesson i ever learned was to trust and rely on no one but yourself (that and never mix friendships and money) fuck you cant even trust your wife in this day and age lol.

What are your thoughts on starting a scooter rental business in the Philippines ? Thanks for taking the time to do your video's I've found all of them very helpful .

Never trust anybody else with your money, regardless of nationality or family status. Rule number one of starting a business: avoid partnership. In the Phils, 60% has to be owned by a Phil citizen? Then don’t start one.

Pawn shop business!

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Thx for the information. I now have a better understanding of the mentality there in the Philippines! My girlfriend has had a terrible time trying to get a job where she is treated fairly or even as a human being. Owners, managers, and supervisors are so out of touch about the needs of their employees. They seem so selfish. Her brother quit a job at a restaurant because his manager kept all his tips. They rip their own people off. I am dumbfounded, but now it's starting to make sense thx to your video.

How do you think a business with hot yoga studio would do there? It's already so hot but obviously it's good exercise And healthy

Unless it’s online. It’s a hard no on investing or doing business there.

hey Reekay, you think a local (or even nationwide) brewery for Belgian style beers would work, since there is not really a big range of quality beers available in the philippines?

Interesting topic. Thanks for sharing. about some background on the piggery business you dabbled in a number of years ago?

Beekeeping is a good business also. The problem is the native Filipino bees don't want to collect honey and the productive European honey bees are vulnerable to local weather and predators. The hardworking European bees have to deal with the same issues as the expats.

lol Lazy pinoy bees.

if somebody is that stupid to trust a Filipino partner in that way. frankly they deserve what they get. all you have to do is walk down the street and watch how the traffic is insane , and get ripped off by a few venders to know that this is a very risky place. and your friends im sure already told you what was going to happen including your partner that bailed.

At 16:59 you said it all...the restaurant is all about the employees. And if you think about it there is a reason that in the bigger western style franchise restaurants in the Phil a lot of the employees have a college degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM)...this includes the wait staff. It seems the Sari Sari store keeps the girl and the old expat busy which is good, but the biggest problem is you end up having the family eat out of the the Sari Sari store. It's too hard to say no the family. A bar - no way! You will have the girl who uses her older sister's credentials so she can work underage in the bar. There's just way too much liability for the foreigner who owns a bar.

I thought of the storage idea when I was in Dumaguete. But I never figured out how to control the god awful humidity and pest problems in an economical manner. Personally I wish all beaches would outlaw jet skis. Every expat bar/resto owner there was stressed out about 50% of the time. Awful way to live. Best advice is get a hobby and stay busy unless you are a glutton for punishment. Do some charity work on a small scale for people who will use it wisely to make a better life for their family and not drink it up. If you have lived there you know what I mean. I thing Henry didn't cover was the jealousy factor if you have a successful business. The locals will either start the same type of business next door, they are real copy cats. Also they can make all kinds of annoying problems for you, especially if they are connected to the right people, to the point of making you throw in the towel.

Thats Great Advise Reekay

Business in the USA or the Philippines is an adult day care service. You are the one having to clean up all the messes. Running a business here as an expat can be very time consuming and also dangerous. I had a friend in town an employee stole money from the business. The expat filed charges and a few days later was shot to death while riding home. Any dispute here with a citizen of the country can be dangerous. Filipinos are for the most part wonderful people but life has no value especially if you are an expat. Being in business here has very high risk and very low returns. Best of luck to all you guys that do go into business.

Any Filipina married to an expat can apply and get relatively easy gun license...

If you do very well and start putting locals out of business, Two Men and a Motorcycle is a thriving business in many parts of the Philippines.

Looks like Reekay`s franchise "King Taco" restaurant is a no go!!

"King Taco" hahaha...I think Henry could have given Jollibee a run for their money with that one and he has the looks to compete with the Jollibee mascot too. Hehehe!!!

@Reekay's LifeBeyondTheSea -years ago I owned a beer bar--headaches galore!! Too many issues to deal with aside from the daily drama. You are correct, poor planning will sink your plans for sure!

was time to retire early. :) my ex-wife kept our catering company going until two years ago. would have ended it earlier but it was still getting booked 6-months in advance for events. lots and LOTS of work, but a real adventure. and we attended so many great parties. :)

All perfectly true facts Reekay!! I do not understand for the life of me, WHY ANY foreigner would come to the Philippines and start a business??! The amount of frustration a guy will suffer just isn’t worth it! If you can afford to begin a business, you should be able to not start a business. Enjoy the Philippines don’t work the Philippines. Trust NOBODY, invest in NOTHING, rent, rent, rent! Enjoy your new found freedom! Period!

Ha.ha.ha. Not all expats are pensioners (retired). What if you are too young to get a pension and found the woman of your life in this country ?! Import the Filipina to the West so she becomes a feminist or cheats on you ? Foreigners can't easily get a job in PH.

All good advice, but what about married with kids? My evolutionary drive makes me want to "leave something" for my kids. Talk about a path of daggers, it's scary and yet somehow exhilarating. Do I just leave property or do I raise them in a business they can run when I'm gone... presuming it's successful haha.

Very well defined. As per unsupervised, same in the States, why many employers now use CTV. And bathroom breaks for texting. Salamat for another great video.

great camera, very clear picture

Just to give you an example, we advertised 2 jobs online, we had 10 people we invited for an interview. out of the 10 that said they would come only 6 showed up. From the 6 that showed up, 2 didn't have any of the things we said they must have . From the 4 left we said ok we will give you a quick test with our current guy so go take lunch and then come back and we will hire two if you can do it. Nobody came back. This is just one example we have dozens more!

What you say is truthful yet there will be some people who will take offense to it. It's just cultural differences that do exist & it's just the way it is. Westerners who think they're coming over here to open shop are coocoo & better have deep pockets..

I think the most important topic is if you have previous business experience in your home country. Business is hard and if you’re doing it cross culturally, it’s exponentially harder.

Buy a couple of condo's and rent them out. Everybody needs a place to live. Easy to collect rents once a month and no need for employees. The key is knowing how to market the properties. Start with bread and butter condos and keep it simple. Do not buy property in the Philippines for investment expecting the value to increase. Most cases it won't. Do it for the income.

What about goats añd use them to make real cheese ?

Hello Reekay,, Nice video,, How is it going in Ho Chi Min

Nice vid Henry. Good info as usual. Love the “Creative Solution” reference. Off the planet solutions on a daily basis can become the norm. Far to brain taxing for many expats

How about a vlogging talent agency?

Years ago, we formed a company & started a couple of businesses - jeepney & fishing - and both were a real headache, each without a positive outcome. Two expats I was friends with had their businesses - a strip club and a restaurant - fail within the same period. In later years, I thought about having a business in Cambodia, however, wisely spent a few months talking to several foreign business owners and decided that, for me, the best business was no business. I've never looked back with regret. I saw others lose businesses, develop addictions, even die - one, perhaps, accidently/on purpose. I, as well, saw some survive, even thrive, still, those were the people who had big money invested & powerful local friends. Frankly, in each country, there are too many locals to piss-off & the strain on the relationship with one's girlfriend/wife is not, for me, worth it. Thanks for mentioning the BIR; I'll bet they really miss the contributions. I'd better send them a letter! I could go into greater detail regarding the business problems, but, suffice to say that it was hell after hell after hell, coming from all directions.

Interestingly, the laundry shops I’ve used have been the most competently operated businesses I have frequented here in the Philippines.......I’ve used 4 places regularly and it’s really been a perfect service at very inexpensive prices. I think I pay 180 pesos per washer load.. That’s washed, dried and folded very neatly then wrapped in plastic.

I have seen several Philippines vides recently. Are you thinking of moving back there? I have not seen anything recently about where are living?

You’re already a huge target being a foreigner, opening a business only magnifies that target and tells all the criminals that you really have money.

So true..............

An American friend of mine and his Filipina wife has an internet cafe/shop in the Philippines. They've had it for a couple years so I assume it's doing well, at least for that kind of business. But two things to consider here is that there are already many Internet shops in the Philippines, and obviously internet speeds in the Philippines generally suck.

Run Forrest run !

@Reekay's LifeBeyondTheSea More like american BBQ smoked, chicken, ribs, pulled pork.

John Yamas “Sari-sari store”.

peter poulter interesting idea! Coffee culture seems to growing more and more. What kind of spot are you thinking of? My thought outside an office building with working professionals

I think there’s a rule that a corporation must have 5 owners. Not all businesses require a corporation but then you are highly restricted on sales within the country as a non Filipino. Some/most small businesses are solely in the wife’s name and it’s technically her business. In that case I’m not sure if it’s even legal to work there. It’s not a simple undertaking for all methods of ownership.

Adam Publiczny Hi Adam... Respectfully I’d offer this to you: 1)Always, always put your personal financial safety first. What if you leave your current job and you come here to PI and invest your savings and most importantly, your “place” in a first world country work arena, only to lose it all after coming here? It can easily happen!! If you are to young to retire or don’t have an income generating investment portfolio, I strongly suggest you remain in the USA and hold your place in the job force. I fully understand your predicament, trust me I do..... but to risk your entire future on a “chance,” is not healthy financially to do.....especially during these highly uncertain times in the worlds economy I’d suggest you make two visits per year to be with your girl. Wait two full years after doing this before you even consider making any decisions. Any decision you make is going to be life altering either way..... make the best decision for YOURSELF and not the’s ok to be selfish when it’s your livelihood at stake. Good luck Kuya!

Hi Reekay, you paint a very grim picture for any expat thinking of doing something like this... How widespread is the financial Destruction of expats in PH? For that matter, Are there actual Trustworthy partners to be had? I find it somewhat hard to reconcile that no outside trade is permitted without a PH having controlling share there of... that in itself would be fine if there was things to be done to protect the actual investor in all this.... Would it be safe to say that starting and running a biz according to you... is 10 times the risk since its in PH?

i'd go with condotels .....

I financed a small amount in starting up a small Ukay Ukay store in San Bartolome Quezon City back in August that my sister-in-law is running. So far it is doing quite well for a small place. Looking forward to expanding next year when my wife and I move there.

Isnt Orville single? he has the 100% , or am i wrong about his martial status,,,,,,,,,,???? I will be going to his place soon next month. The issue with firing someone in phils is a BIG ISSUE, they dont take personal responsibility over their own actions instead they believe in revenge and doing bad to someone else just cuz they lost their jobs,,, its an incredible thing,,,, and its worse with relationships,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, its almost as DO or DIE for them,,,,,,,

@Bonzo T Alonzo there is an old filippini saying which kn most occasions is very true. It is the only way to end up with a million pesos in the philippines is start with 2 million. Generally speaking it's very very hard to make a good living here. Either employees will rob you or locals will copy any business that looks like it is sucessful. The only way to stop the copying is start a business with a much higher cost of entry ie a higher end value place. Sari sari are so cheap to setup ome know anyone can start one up so it's very hard to complete as if you try and beat one another will spring up. If you have a high cost of entry business then locals dint tend to have that kind of money but then they il target you to take money from you. It is the same in most poorest counties people think nothing of taking your money either legally or illegally If they do it illegally good luck trying to get justice through the courts. But enjoy the weather Haha. I live here and enjoy it but have no illusions this is a dream place to live.

@Reekay's LifeBeyondTheSea would prefer cows but that would be hard but why just euro's Canadians love goat cheeses are Americans different ? I thought if introduced Philippians might find they love it feta on a salad is to die for..

yes. you could do that. i've not seen much demand for goat-cheese among filipinos. but perhaps with european expats.

thanks. totally loving it. HCMC is my kind of place. :)

i am in vietnam. i will be visiting the ph again at some point.

Your still beholden to only owning 40% no matter which way you look at it, your an employee and the 60% partner is the boss, with you having all the expenses, and them having all the rights... Does not seem worth the effort tbh...

@lamberko I just made a comment a few minutes ago asking Reekay about a famous Vlogger Basel the Hungry Syrian. After reading your comment I think you answered my question. I believe Basel was given a permanent resident visa because of a quota system granted his country or because of his popularity with the filipino people and the tourism trade board.

hi Reekay, Talking about starting a business I'm very much curious about a well known vlogger The Hungry Syrian who is getting to be very popular with over 1.1 mil subscribers. He attracts a lot of fan base by giving back to the community in terms of money or food or giving gifts and sponsoring trips for his employees to Baguio or other resort areas. He has a laundry business but now is selling all his equipment at cost and starting a Boba Tea Café with several dedicated employees. As far as what he leads us to believe is that he doesn't have a filipina girl friend. So the 60/40 equity rule and dummy status should apply to him as well being a Syrian national. Or is there a waiver for someone as popular as him having over a million subscribers to by- pass the BIR. He does have half Syrian friends with business in the Philippines but then the wife is filipina where the 60-40 rule applies. I wonder what your take is on this with Basel the Hungry Syrian starting a business and doesn't mention how he gets around this 60-40 rule.

Your life is in danger !!! The biggest one I think is missed here totally. Your life's safety. You flaunt it, or you compete, and your life is on the line. How about the foreigner who is currently kidnapped. He owns 4 resorts. He's a target. What if he's in competition of other resorts? Open up a water filtration, the other Filipino's in that town will be jealous and in competition. I wouldn't trust a storage place. Why not just keep it all in your rented house for $100 or $200 per month while you're gone for a couple months. not worth the hassle to store it.

I was the U.S. Businessman of the Year by the US Congress Business Counsel a few years back. I believe it is the highest award you can receive as a businessman in the USA! I don't agree with some of what you are saying, especially about having a business fail in another country, then you will fail there. There have been many businesses fail in the U.S. due to the crashing economy around 10 years ago. Millions of those failures where not the fault of the owners. These people had successful businesses for decades. They could defiantly run a business there successfully. As for the 60%, the best thing to do is have a child there and put 60% of everything in your child’s name there. As for the funding, it is my child of which I am the parent of, therefore my money is my child’s money and I control all my child’s investments as the parent. If you don’t want to have a child with a woman there, then adopt a young child who is a citizen there! This way you have someone as a business partner who you take care of everything for. You won't get screwed. There are many other ways to get around all this, those are just a couple. As for good employees you put them through a uncontracted probationary period to prove they are reliable and honest. As for the girl under contract that does not work out, they can only have a 6 month contract and if you are smart you put in the contract that it is not renewable. If they want to continue to work there, they have to reapply. Cover Your A**! Not to mention you are a fool to contract them without a long probation period of at least 90 days. Then you can have several people trying out and training for the position, for next to nothing, until you find one good one and all this can take months. Anyone with a brain can tell if someone is lazy or on their phone a lot in a few days, not several months later. You also put a hold harmless in the contract to avoid any lawsuits or complaints later. If they sue you they are limited to one peso! You need to be smart with your contracts. CYA when you write a contract. I have had cameras at my businesses for decades, so I not only can watch employees, but also for liability and security reasons, so there is video proof of what is going on there 24/7/365. No one is going to win any lawsuit for any nonsense, it is all on video. I will sue them civilally and file criminal charges for frivolous lawsuits. It usually only takes one and all the others hear about it and will never screw with you again. Also put this in your contracts that they consent to be on video and what will happen if they try some nonsense! It is then clear and in writing. No lawyer is going to screw with something like this. I had learned this decades ago when someone tried this crap saying we did something to her and we had the video to show we were not even there! I have also caught empoyees stealing and buglars breaking in and even fist fights between employees which were grounds for immediate termination of both of them who engage in this type of activity. You have to use a little common sense if you want to be successful. Your video has a lot of good information for people who have not done any research on business there! Everyone just needs to research a little more so I hope some of the above will also help! Take care and God bless you all!

​@Reekay's LifeBeyondTheSea Yes of course that is a given. Common sense will tell us if you fail in one place, moving to another will not always make a difference, but in some cases it can. For a business the first three rules are the same as real estate, 1. location, 2. location, 3. location if you are a retail business, as in a store, or restaurant, or bar, or even a laundromat, etc. which you were talking about in this video. So it could be a benefit to someone to be there because overhead is much lower than here in Los Angeles California and most of the USA. I understand your point too. Someone with no experience needs to do their homework before just tossing money into something they know nothing about, but again common sense needs to be used, if they do something this stupid, there are good chances they have done the same in many other factors or their lives on top of this. Thank you for the reply! Have a good day!

as you mentioned in your comment, some of those who 'failed' had already succeeded in business for decades prior. these are not the people i'm speaking of. i'm speaking of the novice expat who has either never run a business, ever, or ran a business and failed in his own country. as you should be well aware, there are a variety of reasons why a business fails. change in economy is only 1 reason. far more reasons rest with the owner's lack of business skills to handle standard business challenges. the problem isn't the economy for them, it's their lack of business sense and execution. these are the ones who will face all the same challenges they couldn't deal with successfully, in a country of their own language and culture.. who are pretty much guaranteed to fail attempting to do the same in a foreign land.

@harsep there are ways to get filipino citizenship or Philippine id card. If you are a foreignee and the age is not upto 50years old, you can put 20,000usd savings in tge bank thatbis accredited by Philippine government or you can buy a condo under your name and you are eligible to get an Id card. If you are retiree, the amount is less to 10,000usd. These are ways to get Philippine residency if you don't want to marry a Filipina. You can ask help from PRA. They have office in Makati and in Pampanga

It would be so much easier just going to school to be a brain surgeon than a business owner of a restaurant, or cut it down to 1/20 of the drama, a dentist!!

I started my business here in Quezon city 2 months ago. I am local but I was out of the country for 12 years. When I went back home last July , I started a boutique shop inside tge shopping mall. I am doing break and even. I dis my research before I started this. Busiess here kicks in after 3.months, so better to have funds for the first 3 months of operations. And do marketing as well. I sold a lot online and everyday, couruer will pick 2 to 3 packages in my shop. For the permits, I did by myself. One idea that I can share, if you want to open a business here, dont open a business that us easy to copy by others or you might loose your business because many competitors pop up as soon as they find out your business is doing good

Note to self, don't open a restaurant or large business in the Philippines... maybe kitchen & bath remodels....

i think an all plastic recycle product would be good there for roof shingles and tile for floors . turning plastic into a new product is cheap and fast and the import equipment is cheap from china . and the machine itself is simple . a slowing rising temp so all plastic can be used. i have had a partner from there and you are right they have a lot to learn. he thought his gross amount was the profit. he bought me out and we are still friends. it was a car lot. he still has it going in the central valley of cal. the hardest thing is getting people to keep good records . and keeping that making a bit every day is the goal. still if i was to return to the philippines again . i think i would just want a loyal girlfriend . and a place near the beach. thanks to my ex here im paying off the i r s still but soon thats done . i dont make much even though i worked for 50 years . but having lived overseas . know i have all i need. all an expat has to do is know their budget and stick to that. ihave to say you vids are great . you get it across that there is no free ride and from being there before i wish more expats kept that in mind. they go with out the funds to live run out of funds and have nothing. plus they are drunks . i hate getting around western people when i travel. as far as the natives i have never been scammed . i have had people try and rob me. but i carry a fake wallet with some change in it and paper and both times they ran away with like a dollar woth of change and a cheap plastic wallet. so no big. i think my job there will be eating chicken and watching the sea and the people. its a great job and well i deserve it .

people just dont get every business is work . hard work . harder then working for some one else .

my job for years was putting other peoples failing business into the black for a one time fee. most times i would say just sell it all and start fresh. most fail the first year. food and drinks are he worst . i would not even take them on for the save. people think business is easy and its not its hard 12 hour a work day slave job. but you can win if you keep a close eye on every cost .

the tax rate there is just 32% on profit 500,000 p,s and above. after costs .

also 40 /60 is the flat rate in many shops here . so same same . also trust no one . ever all cash is the best way .settle up every day and have one bank account with one name on it.

food and drink are the biggest failure rates here why would it be better there ? something like a service like scooter repair with flat rate techs is safer .

good advice

About the restaurant solution is to install multiple cameras and make sure that they are aware that l and who ever one is managing that business is watching everything that is going on if one is not present.

Get a dual citizenship and own that business yourself ..

Your ideas work for retirees or people who have pension

@lamberko So if I get my 13a spouse visa I can start a small business?

A hairdressing salon I have owned 2 salons but of course you have to be a hairdresser to do that I have 30 years experience.good video thanks for sharing.

one of the requirements for full citizenship in the PH is to live there for 10 years. so, if you have the patience, that's one route.

Great comment!

Phillipine partners. RULE 1 in the phillipines. TRUST NOBODY !!!!!

In the provinces, its usually happen because everybody knows everybody and clans and family live in one community so when you mess with one, the whole clan is your enemy. But doing business here in Manila is different because Filipinos here are also not local of Manila. But its sometimes dangerous if the filipino you dealt with is a member of a gang but if not, you don't need to worry as long as you file your concern legally

Kinda like being a truck driver, driving for a company and having to pay for the fuel .

Excellent video , hope to see more business video concerning doing business there in the phillippines......

we have a drink everytime you mention expat. good times

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