Can You Really Make a Full-Time Living Online?

Still stuck working in a job you’re not really inspired by? Still wanting to find a way to do your own thing and get paid well enough to quit and be free?

You’re not alone. There are millions out there wanting a better life and feeling super jealous as they watch more and more people having success with self-publishing, blogging, internet business, and other inspiring and liberating ways to earn a living.

In the latter part of 2015, I never thought I will make the best decision ever in my life: work full time at home.

After 5 years of working overseas and earning that good fixed monthly income, I decided that this should not be happening in another 5 years. I have to make the decision to come back home and be with my family and loved ones. But that would not have been easier if I did not find ways to earn online while preparing for our homecoming.

And here I am now, working at home and getting invitations to give talks, coach people, and teach other people to become entrepreneurs and investors.

But how do you make it happen? It can all seem so nebulous and impossible.

Now, to give you fair warning, this guy Buck Flogging has a crude sense of humor and is a riot to put it lightly, but his program to “quit your job in 6 months” is the best of its kind. If you’re looking for a way to earn a full-time living online, and you don’t feel like putting in 5 years of hard work to MAYBE make it, this is something you need to check out.

To find out more, just watch this short video…

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P.S. 1. Are you an OFW who’s been looking for a investment placement where your money could grow higher than your time deposit accounts? Are you outside of Metro Manila and would like to start investing in mutual funds but have no personal advisors to help you out? Click here so I can help you open a mutual fund account NOW! .

P.S. 2. Bro. Bo Sanchez has appointed me as a coach for our young and new investors at the TrulyRichClub social site. It’s a fun, learning family with the purpose of “helping good people become rich”. I’m inviting you to join the TrulyRichClub too and email me at burngutierrezblog@gmail.com if you have any questions. Click here to join!

P.S. 3. My co-author/illustrator Des Feliciano and I have just launched our “The Adventures of Pepot Kuripot and Dora Gastadora” comic book! It’s arguably the first and only personal finance-influenced comic book in the Philippines. You may grab your copy at your favorite National Bookstore and Powerbooks outlets. Or you can grab your copy yourself at ilovemilktea in Las Pinas City. Now available also in Australia, Saudi Arabia, and the USA! Email des_feliciano@yahoo.com for more details.
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P.S. 4. Yes, our Cyberpreneur Philippines book is now out in bookstores! Check out the chapters from my fellow authors Ray Calbay, Fitz Villafuerte, Ginger Arboleda, Kristel Silang, Marv de Leon, Paolo Lising, Anne Quintos, and other great online entrepreneurs and experts! Score your copy here now!

P.S. 5. Send healthcare and grocery products online to your loved ones in the Philippines via BeamandGo!

How Much House Can You Afford?

As part of the launch of TrulyRichClub 2.0, members get to learn more on how to plan their finances wisely through online tools and friendly reminders.

One of the tools that TRC members will enjoy and benefit from are the TRC finance and investment calculators. In this particular post, you will be able to determine if the property you are looking at right now is affordable or may be beyond your financial capacity.

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The newly-constructed house in a 200-sqm property located in the cool city of Lipa. If you want to see and purchase this house and lot, you may send an email to rurugut369@gmail.com and get a very special discount.

So before you sign that agreement and turn over the postdated checks to your real estate broker/agent, check out this calculator first.

So are you really ready to buy a house? Check out my advise here first before hurting your pocket.

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P.S. 1. Are you an OFW who’s been looking for a investment placement where your money could grow higher than your time deposit accounts? Are you outside of Metro Manila and would like to start investing in mutual funds but have no personal advisors to help you out? Click here so I can help you open a mutual fund account NOW! .

P.S. 2. Bro. Bo Sanchez has appointed me as a coach for our young and new investors at the TrulyRichClub social site. It’s a fun, learning family with the purpose of “helping good people become rich”. I’m inviting you to join the TrulyRichClub too and email me at burngutierrezblog@gmail.com if you have any questions. Click here to join!

P.S. 3. My co-author/illustrator Des Feliciano and I have just launched our “The Adventures of Pepot Kuripot and Dora Gastadora” comic book! It’s arguably the first and only personal finance-influenced comic book in the Philippines. You may grab your copy at your favorite National Bookstore and Powerbooks outlets. Or you can grab your copy yourself at ilovemilktea in Las Pinas City. Now available also in Australia, Saudi Arabia, and the USA! Email des_feliciano@yahoo.com for more details.
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P.S. 4. Yes, our Cyberpreneur Philippines book is now out in bookstores! Check out the chapters from my fellow authors Ray Calbay, Fitz Villafuerte, Ginger Arboleda, Kristel Silang, Marv de Leon, Paolo Lising, Anne Quintos, and other great online entrepreneurs and experts! Score your copy here now!

P.S. 5. Send healthcare and grocery products online to your loved ones in the Philippines via BeamandGo!

True Change is Coming…

I have been very busy for the past several weeks as I am currently working on our second house project in Lipa City which we hope will be done within this month. Watch out for it as we will be selling it at a premium price. The location is very cool and close to nature! That’s the reason I have fewer speaking engagements and coming out with even fewer articles in this blog.

Here’s a preview of our house project which will be available for bidding/selling soon! Our decision to dabble in real estate business is a welcome change. :)

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Our house project in the cool city of Lipa in Batangas

Meanwhile, there is another true change that is coming to town. And this viral video of Bo Sanchez will give a preview of that!

This video has reached Filipinos from all over the Philippines and even our kababayans in the Middle East, the U.S., Australia, Europe, and the rest of the world are raving about it!

The video has created so much excitement, people were raving about it!

Allow yourself to be inspiredl! Watch this video now and feel the real change that’s coming soon! :)

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P.S. 1. Are you an OFW who’s been looking for a investment placement where your money could grow higher than your time deposit accounts? Are you outside of Metro Manila and would like to start investing in mutual funds but have no personal advisors to help you out? Click here so I can help you open a mutual fund account NOW! .

P.S. 2. Bro. Bo Sanchez has appointed me as a coach for our young and new investors at the TrulyRichClub social site. It’s a fun, learning family with the purpose of “helping good people become rich”. I’m inviting you to join the TrulyRichClub too and email me at burngutierrezblog@gmail.com if you have any questions. Click here to join!

P.S. 3. My co-author/illustrator Des Feliciano and I have just launched our “The Adventures of Pepot Kuripot and Dora Gastadora” comic book! It’s arguably the first and only personal finance-influenced comic book in the Philippines. You may grab your copy at your favorite National Bookstore and Powerbooks outlets. Or you can grab your copy yourself at ilovemilktea in Las Pinas City. Now available also in Australia, Saudi Arabia, and the USA! Email des_feliciano@yahoo.com for more details.
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P.S. 4. Yes, our Cyberpreneur Philippines book is now out in bookstores! Check out the chapters from my fellow authors Ray Calbay, Fitz Villafuerte, Ginger Arboleda, Kristel Silang, Marv de Leon, Paolo Lising, Anne Quintos, and other great online entrepreneurs and experts! Score your copy here now!

P.S. 5. Send healthcare and grocery products online to your loved ones in the Philippines via BeamandGo!

Four Simple Tests To Do Before Investing Your Hard-Earned Money

Are you familiar with litmus tests? A litmus test is the use of a litmus paper to test the acidity or alkalinity of a solution.

In investing or business, you should also apply a few simple tests before deciding to pull out that hard-earned money from your pocket.

Here are our four simple investment “litmus” tests:

1. The investment offer must be clear and easy to understand.

No hanky-panky’s. No gimmicks. No tricks. No flowery words.

When selecting an investment vehicle or any business opportunity for that matter, make sure that the broker or dealer clearly explains their investment product or services. Investment categories such as stocks, bonds, and pooled funds are some of the most popular paper assets being offered to the public these days. “Hard assets” like gold or real estate may also appeal to you.

Before parting with your money to invest in these assets, make sure that you have attended seminars or trainings provided by the appropriate government financial institutions and have researched about them yourself.

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2. There should be a good “chance”, but not a guarantee, to make money.

While you should be investing in assets that will make you money, an investment should not offer a guarantee to make big profit in a short period of time.

There are investment vehicles such as government or corporate bonds that offer fixed returns after a specific number of years. But don’t expect your money to double within that period since earnings from this instrument is relatively small, just a tad bit higher than “cash” investments like money market and time deposits.

If someone offers you a guaranteed return in the stock market, stay away from it right away.

3. There must be a ready market if you should need to liquidate or sell your investment.

There have been stories of overseas Filipinos investing in real estate and gold bars but were not able to liquidate them at a profit. Some could not sell their properties or condo units because the location is simply not profitable.

When investing in an asset, make sure that there is someone who is willing to buy your investment at a price that you desire and at a profit that matches your personal financial goal.

4. The investment should not be relatively expensive to buy and sell.

Have you heard about people being duped because they believed that they will get big profit if they invested a bigger amount of cash?

A good investment should always be affordable to buy and sell. It should also offer you a reasonable amount of time for you to decide before investing in them.

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P.S. 1. Are you an OFW who’s been looking for a investment placement where your money could grow higher than your time deposit accounts? Are you outside of Metro Manila and would like to start investing in mutual funds but have no personal advisors to help you out? Click here so I can help you open a mutual fund account NOW! .

P.S. 2. Bro. Bo Sanchez has appointed me as a coach for our young and new investors at the TrulyRichClub social site. It’s a fun, learning family with the purpose of “helping good people become rich”. I’m inviting you to join the TrulyRichClub too and email me at burngutierrezblog@gmail.com if you have any questions. Click here to join!

P.S. 3. My co-author/illustrator Des Feliciano and I have just launched our “The Adventures of Pepot Kuripot and Dora Gastadora” comic book! It’s arguably the first and only personal finance-influenced comic book in the Philippines. You may grab your copy at your favorite National Bookstore and Powerbooks outlets. Or you can grab your copy yourself at ilovemilktea in Las Pinas City. Now available also in Australia, Saudi Arabia, and the USA! Email des_feliciano@yahoo.com for more details.
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P.S. 4. Yes, our Cyberpreneur Philippines book is now out in bookstores! Check out the chapters from my fellow authors Ray Calbay, Fitz Villafuerte, Ginger Arboleda, Kristel Silang, Marv de Leon, Paolo Lising, Anne Quintos, and other great online entrepreneurs and experts! Score your copy here now!

P.S. 5. Send healthcare and grocery products online to your loved ones in the Philippines via BeamandGo!

Save Money By Planting These Vegetables

Many will say that gardening and farming is not for everyone. But I beg to disagree.

We are now in the internet and information age and there’s no more excuse not to plant vegetables and fruit-bearing trees. Living in the city and in a condominium unit? Many people have done it and I know you could too!

For those with small garden lots and porches, there’s more reason for you to plant vegetables that you commonly use in your kitchen. Not only you will be healthy, you will also save money.

To make the most of your money, time, and space, these are the vegetables that we recommend to Filipino households to plant in their pots and backyards.

The Sinigang/Nilaga Combo

Pechay. This leafy buddy is one of the most favorite vegetables in the Philippines. In the local markets, one bundle may cost around P10 to P15. A pack of pechay seeds (containing hundreds if not thousands seeds) will only cost you around P25 to P40.

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Our pechay forest

Tomatoes. Tomatoes can save you a lot of money. It is one of the most common veggie used in Filipino cuisines and household kitchens. A significant ingredient of many local dishes, tomatoes can be grown easily. You can even get the seeds from the tomatoes you bought from the market and plant them on your pot with wet soil. 

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Tomatoes growing along our fences

Sitaw (Pole beans). Another veggie that is always part of the cast whether it’s sinigang or ginisa, is the sitaw. You can plant some sitaw seeds in a relatively big can of soil and let them crawl up a 4 to 5-foot bamboo stick or wood. You can also use other materials such as strings and old wires as “balag” or trellis.

Gabi (Taro root). This root crop grows not only in the provinces as this can be seen even around Metro Manila where there are vacant lots and open soil. A great pampalapot for your sinigang!

Kangkong (water spinach) or talbos ng kamoteng baging (sweet potato tops). Study shows that these leafy vegetables are rich in ‘antioxidants’ like ‘chlorogenic acid,’ ‘isoclorogenic acid,’ at ‘caffeic acid’. I just love the sweet potato tops (talbos)

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Herbs. Yes, you can easily grab them from the shelves of your favorite supermarket. But did you know that you can grow a lot of herbs indoors? Try to plant a few pots of rosemary, basil, and even chilis and let them grow near the windows in your kitchen.

The Ginisang Gulay/Pinakbet Gang

Okra. This slimy friend of yours is definitely very good for your body, and your dishes. I remember my parents putting a couple or more okra on top of our nearly-cooked hot steamed rice and then crushing them with tomato and the locally-made bagoong isda. Yummy!

Ampalaya (Bitter Gourd). It may be bitter for your tongue but very sweet for your body. Another easy-to-grow ingredient for your pinakbet or ginisa with egg.

Calabasa (Squash). The ginataang kalabasa (with sitao) is one of my favorite Filipino dishes. Imagine the savings you will have if you have this in your garden instead of buying them from the market.

Luya or luyang dilaw (ginger or turmeric) Not only it is a great ingredient for your dishes. Luya has also medicinal benefits. Have you tried drinking salabat or ginger tea? Make it a part of your breakfast and see how your health improve along the way.

What Are The Benefits of Growing Your Own Vegetables?

1. You have control over what ends up on your table. You can even decide what fertilizer and pest control to use. You can also choose whether to grow organic. In short, you know that you are eating vegetables that are safe from chemicals you may not like and are bad for you and your family.

2. Your food are surely fresh. There’s nothing better that fruits and vegetables picked from your garden. Did you knwo that once vegetables and fruits are picked these begin to lose moisture and nutrients? But if you are the one who made them grow, you are sure when it was been picked and how fresh it is.

3. A garden is good for your visual and mental health. A garden with vegetabls and fruits can bring color, beauty, and life to your garden. Plus the sight and smell of them can be refreshing for you and your family.

4. You save money. Did you know that the price of a pack of vegetable seeds is almost equivalent to what you would pay for a single vegetable or fruit at the supermarket? You even have to consider the fare or the gas you have to spend on getting to the store and back home.

5. It is a great family activity. Let your and your kids hands get dirty. Let them plant seedlings and harvest the fruits with them. You want them to get off the TV screen and their gadgets? This is the answer! It should be a lot of fun for the whole family!

6. Acquire some Vitamin D. Remember your parents letting you dry like clothes under the morning sun when you were a kid? Yes, it’s true. The sun’s rays promote Vitamin D production which really very good for our health. A 20- to 30-minute a day gardening can promote good sleep and positive energy. So go out now and have fun under the morning sun!

7. You can make money! If you have a garden big enough to plant 20 to 100 vegetable seedlings, then you can make money by selling your produce to your neighborhood or have them picked up by a vendor. The soil is a gift from nature and God so why not use them to bless other people?

Regardless of what you want to plant and grow in your pot or garden, make sure that you only choose those that you and your family will eat and those that will really give you what you want and need.

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P.S. 1. Are you an OFW who’s been looking for a investment placement where your money could grow higher than your time deposit accounts? Are you outside of Metro Manila and would like to start investing in mutual funds but have no personal advisors to help you out? Click here so I can help you open a mutual fund account NOW! .

P.S. 2. Did you miss the Internet Business Master Class (IBMC) enrolment deadline last Monday? Worry not anymore because tomorrow, April 21, we will reopen the enrollment for just 48 hours. You’ll be sorry if you miss it again. Allow Jon to take you by the hand and teach you step-by-step on how to make serious money online. Click here to enrol

P.S. 3. Bro. Bo Sanchez has appointed me as a coach for our young and new investors at the TrulyRichClub social site. It’s a fun, learning family with the purpose of “helping good people become rich”. I’m inviting you to join the TrulyRichClub too and email me at burngutierrezblog@gmail.com if you have any questions. Click here to join!

P.S. 4. My co-author/illustrator Des Feliciano and I have just launched our “The Adventures of Pepot Kuripot and Dora Gastadora” comic book! It’s arguably the first and only personal finance-influenced comic book in the Philippines. You may grab your copy at your favorite National Bookstore and Powerbooks outlets. Or you can grab your copy yourself at ilovemilktea in Las Pinas City. Now available also in Australia, Saudi Arabia, and the USA! Email des_feliciano@yahoo.com for more details.
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P.S. 5. Yes, our Cyberpreneur Philippines book is now out in bookstores! Check out the chapters from my fellow authors Ray Calbay, Fitz Villafuerte, Ginger Arboleda, Kristel Silang, Marv de Leon, Paolo Lising, Anne Quintos, and other great online entrepreneurs and experts! Score your copy here now!

P.S. 6. Send healthcare and grocery products online to your loved ones in the Philippines via BeamandGo!

5 Former OFW’s Who Believed That Life is Bigger (and Better) Back Home

For many Filipinos, having the opportunity to work abroad is a big blessing. However, just as with any form of financial blessing, failure to take care of these jobs abroad may lead to losing them in the process.

Furthermore, forgetting the reasons for desiring to work overseas can slow down the quest to achieving financial freedom.

If you are a Filipino working overseas, the stories of these former OFWs may inspire you to work harder and be prepared for your homecoming soon.

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SHINE SAN JOAQUIN

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When I had the opportunity to work abroad and left Philippines I was only 23.

At first I had this first 10-year overseas work plan. I set my mind that I will only stay there until I reached the age of 33 because I wanted to have a family of my own by the age of 35.

Initially, my basic salary goes to my mom, my insurance, and my regular savings in the bank. Then after 4 years, I thought I had enough savings and ready to come home. But investment opportunities came one after another and these required me to have more cash to fund them so I had to work and stay abroad a little longer.

Another 4 years went and the decision of coming home was really unplanned. I was having a lot of pressure at work and the environment of the country I was working in wasn’t really helpful in coping up with the obstacles.

The company offered me to have a long break. I’m glad I started saving earlier and regularly, even though sometimes what I really had left for myself then was just enough to sustain my daily expenses. And the investment I started also gave me income.

And while I was still abroad, when I had all the pressures going on at work, I diverted my attention to working on things that made me happy. I enrolled in a class about online business which is giving me passive income currently.

During my last few months of working abroad, I thought of running a travel agency. This is now one of my business ventures.

So my own self prophecy of 10 years stay abroad did not actually come into fulfillment. But I am thankful I took the steps that helped me take new paths to success now that I am home.

Coming home unplanned without good preparation can be really tough. But I always have this reminder “failing to prepare is preparing to fail” as a guide.

Always have a goal. There is no such thing as too early or too late. The only fact I know is you need to have the initiative, determination, and willingness to achieve anything you want.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” – Matthew 7:7-8

 

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JANETTE ESTEBAN

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Umalis ako ng Pinas na baon sa utang kaya nag decide àko mag-Hongkong, at naalala ko nga na ni singko wala akong pera.

Sa unang employer ko di rin ako sinuwerte at naranasan ko po doon yung literal na salitang gutom. Kaya lang kailangan ko mag-trabaho. Nang makilala ko ang pangalawang employer ko sabi ko di pwede lagi na lang ganito na kawawa ang pamilya ko. Wala ako naiisip kundi makabayad ng utang at nakasanla ang property namin.

Ok ang pangalawang employer ko na Australian pero Pinay ang asawa niya. Siguro doon ako mas namulat na mahirap maging katulong lalo na kung Pilipina ang amo. 

Pero dahil siguro likas na mahilig ako magnegosyo, kahit ano tinitinda ko sa mga kapwa ko Pilipina. Inipon ko lahat ng kinita ko sa mga tinitinda ko na yun.

After 1 year ng contract ko may kaibigan ako dito sa atin na tinanong ako kung gusto ko magpadala ng mga items mula Hongkong at ititinda nya sa mga call centers dito sa Pilipinas. Doon kinausap ko family ko na tulungan nila ako na mag-deliver at maningil.

After 4 months nang buy and sell business ko, maganda ang kinalabasan. Pero dahil kinukulang na ako sa capital noon, nag-loan ako sa bank. Lahat ng sahod ko ibinabayad ko sa loan ko. Hindi ko na naman kailangan magpadala noon dahil kumikita na business ko.

Two months before matapos ang contract ko nag-isip na ko kung uuwi na ba ako o pipirma ako ulit. Natatakot ako umuwi kasi baka sa umpisa lang ang lakas ng negosyo ko. Nag-alala ako paano kung biglà magka-problema? Ano ang gagawin ko? Di pa tapos lahat ng obligasyon ko gaya ng pagbabayad ng utang at pag-aaral ng anak ko.

Iniisip ko lagi kung ilang buwan itatagal ng iuuwi kong ipon? Check ko ang kinikita ñg negosyo at tinitignan ko lagi kung sapat na ba pamalit ito ng sahod ko sa Hongkong? Ano pa pwede ko gawin pag uwi ko aside sa existing business ko para maging fallback ko.

Hindi madali mag-decide lalo na nagnenegosyo din ako ako sa Hongkong na maganda din naman kinikita ko. Pero bukod sa PERA mas nag-focus ako sa desisyon ko na umuwi kaysa ipagpalit ang pagiging nanay ko at asawa sa kikitain ko sa abroad.

Almost one year na ako dito sa atin, mas lumaki ang network ko kasi nandito na ako. Ako na mismo ang nagma-manage ng negosyo ko. Kung may problema sa negosyo mas mabilis masolusyunan, mas malaya ako nakakakilos. Dahil din sa pag-uwi ko naging mas close kami ng family ko kasi involved din sila sa inumpisahan kong negosyo.

 

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NOLAN RAY LAZARO

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I worked in Saudi Arabia for more than a year as an IT guy. I went back home thinking that I have lots of savings already. I then worked for 3 months in Pinas and as I see my savings deplete I was forced to go to Singapore and looked for a job. I worked for more than 4 years in Singapore, and this became the turning point. I studied and learned personal finance and investments.

The journey is not easy at all. I knew no one when I started my journey. I read books like Rich Dad Poor Dad by Kiyosaki and that sparked my curiosity to learn about achieving financial freedom.

From then on, I bought and read a lot of books; I attended a lot of seminars, webinars, and attended countless trainings. I prepared my mind (and my pocket) before going back home for good. How? I built my base:

    • Emergency funds
    • Insurance

 

  • Savings
          • Strategized on which investment vehicles to ride on. Financial vehicles like the Stock Market, UITF, MF, Real Estate etc.

 

I also engaged in online and traditional business. Knowledge in personal finance opened me to a lot of opportunities. I realized that it is really not how much a person earns but it is how much a person saves and invests that matters. It is also very important to have the right mindset. Financial literacy plus having the right mindset is the reason why I finally got able to go back to Pinas for good.

Now, I have already proven that life is really bigger and better back home. In Singapore I learned that only less that 1% of the Filipino population invests. Knowing the importance of financial literacy, I decided that I wanted to be a financial literacy advocate. I want to share what I know and help OFWs.

Being a former OFW, I know their sacrifices, hardships and pains to be far away from their families in order to reach their dreams and give a better life for their loved ones. That is one of the reasons why I decided to return to Pinas for good. Nagwork din kasi ako as an OFW for many years sa Saudi at sa Singapore, kaya I decided to help OFWs.

Whenever I do talks to OFWs, I always ask “Do you want to waste your youth or your life working abroad, away from your family?” We can never bring back the lost time with our loved ones. My advise to OFWs: Manage your finances well and invest in yourself. High income is never enough, most of the time kapag tumataas ang salary, tumataas din ang gastusin. Lasly, have the right mindset and learn financial literacy.    

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In the 1970s our family had fallen on hard times; so hard we barely had enough money to buy food.  So in 1981, I left to work in Saudi Arabia with one important mission: to gain freedom from want. My job was not secure as it could be terminated in a month notice. To build a safety net in case I was sent home prematurely, I saved much of my salary even as I sent money to support my parents and siblings back home every month. I avoided spending money. 

Someone called me Mr. Look See because every night we went on shopping trip, he thought I was always window-shopping while others were buying televisions, stereos, cameras, watches, jewelries, gold, etc. which were quite cheap in the early 80s. No one knew that while they were shopping, I was doing part-time accounting job in a nearby office of one construction company.  My extra income enabled me to save almost 100% of my regular salary.

I refrained from buying stuff or pasalubong, or allowing our family to raise our standard of living.  It was enough that they didn’t go hungry and all my seven sisters continued their schooling through college. All I wanted was to save as much money as I could, realizing that in my mid-30s, I would no longer be able to secure a suitable professional job when I return home. I resisted the idea of joining friends migrating to Northern America. 

I always thought of coming home to our family in the Philippines.  Despite its poor economic condition at that time, Philippines always looked beautiful and promising.  We only lacked money.

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One day I realized I had saved enough money for our family to have freedom from want.  Then I figured that if I saved more money, it would be possible for me to live without having to work in the future.

I got so obsessed in saving money that finally when I was retired from work in 2011, not only did my family gained freedom from want, more significantly I achieved financial freedom.

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BURN GUTIERREZ

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Some of you may not believe that I was an OFW in the Middle East. But I really was.

For the past 5 years, I worked as an auditor and a consultant in a group of companies based mainly in Saudi Arabia. I was one of the few lucky OFW’s who were able to bring their families with them abroad.

During those 5 years, my wife and I supported each other in making sure that we are prepared to go back home anytime. It was never easy and a lot of life challenges and financial struggles came across our paths. We had to sacrifice many of our wants and focused on building our financial foundation back home. We saved money. We looked for other opportunities to earn more. We invested for our future. And most importantly, we made sure we were giving back to God and paying forward to our personal ministries and charities.

Some of our friends and fellow community members criticized us for being “too attached to money” and neglected our responsibility to our spiritual community. For them we were like serving two masters at the same time. But for me and my wife, we only serve one Master and money is just a tool to serve Him and His people.

It was a frustrating episode for me and my wife during those days as the people we were expecting to support us were not there for us. But we held on to our faith in God and focused on our goal of preparing for our possible homecoming soon.

And just as we were preparing for that possibility, my company decided to terminate many of its expat employees in late 2015. I was one of those “unfortunate” ones to be either sent home or offered a contract with a much lower salary package.

When my wife and I heard this news, we both got anxious and happy at the same time. Anxious because going back home for good was like learning to ride the bicycle all over again. Happy because we knew that better opportunities were on our way and we started welcoming those opportunities even while we were still earning abroad.

Now that we’re in the Philippines for good, nothing could be happier seeing my wife and daughter enjoying their time with our parents, siblings, and friends. We can now do things we couldn’t do back then.

Nothing can make one more feel secure and happier than enjoying life with your family back home.

Prepare Yourself To Come Home For Good

Fellow Filipinos abroad, we encourage you to prepare for your happy homecoming. It will be tough and challenging but it will be worth the sacrifice.

We hope you are able to get some inspiration from these OFWs and learn a thing or two from them. We leave you with this:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11

Be guided on how to prepare yourself to coming back home for good by subscribing to Rock To Riches for FREE. Rock your way to abundance!

Join the OFW UsapangPiso Facebook Group to learn how to plan your finances the right way and how to grow your money in various financial instruments and investment vehicles such as stocks, mutual funds, UITF’s, bonds, money market, real estate, and others.

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P.S. 1. Are you an OFW who’s been looking for a investment placement where your money could grow higher than your time deposit accounts? Are you outside of Metro Manila and would like to start investing in mutual funds but have no personal advisors to help you out? Click here so I can help you open a mutual fund account NOW! .

P.S. 2. Due to popular demand, my good friend and business partner Jon Orana will be releasing again his online program called the Internet Business Master Class. This exciting online learning program is about creating and selling e-books in the internet. Here’s a FREE 23-page step-by-step guide on how to make money selling e-books including which topics to write. Download this FREE video series to learn more! Click here!

P.S. 3. Bro. Bo Sanchez has appointed me as a coach for our young and new investors at the TrulyRichClub social site. It’s a fun, learning family with the purpose of “helping good people become rich”. I’m inviting you to join the TrulyRichClub too and email me at burngutierrezblog@gmail.com if you have any questions. Click here to join!

P.S. 4. My co-author/illustrator Des Feliciano and I have just launched our “The Adventures of Pepot Kuripot and Dora Gastadora” comic book! It’s arguably the first and only personal finance-influenced comic book in the Philippines. You may grab your copy before Christmas at your favorite National Bookstore and Powerbooks outlets. Or you can grab your copy yourself at ilovemilktea in Las Pinas City. Now available also in Australia, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Singapore, and the USA! Email des_feliciano@yahoo.com for more details.
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P.S. 5. Yes, our Cyberpreneur Philippines book is now out in bookstores! Check out the chapters from my fellow authors Ray Calbay, Fitz Villafuerte, Ginger Arboleda, Kristel Silang, Marv de Leon, Paolo Lising, Anne Quintos, and other great online entrepreneurs and experts! Score your copy here now!

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Will You Establish a Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, or Corporation?

Deciding whether to register and run a business as a sole prorietorship, a partnership or a corporation is one of the most important things to consider. This is because failure to recognize and decide which form of organization to establish can cause problems to a business in the long run. But even if this is a fact that any entrepreneur knows, still a lot of people are confused which type of business is best for their company.

In many cases, business owners will just tap a “smart” friend or an accountant colleague in making this kind of decision. However, getting the right information from the right people is crucial to this decision.

On our next Enter Entrepreneurship webinar, our friend Atty. Energyte Baldonado will help you understand how these three types of business are being operated, its legal and tax implications, how profits are divided and distributed, the expenses and cost of registering, among many other helpful topics.

You may click the banner below or click here to sign up for this online seminar happening on February 27, 2016 at 2PM. The online seminar fee is only PHP500!

 

 

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Rock To Riches on Marv de Leon’s FreelanceBlend Blab Podcast

After a back to back interview with the press at eCompareMo.com’s first event at Kamuning Bakery’s #PandesalForum and ANC On The Money last February 10, I was invited by my fellow freelancer and author Marv de Leon to be interviewed also on his Blab Podcast.

BlabWe discussed about how my financial literacy advocacy started and why I decided to become an online entrepreneur. Enjoy watching the interview! :) Learn more about cyberentrepreneurship by subscribing to Rock To Riches for FREE. Rock your way to abundance! #moneyliferocknroll Like-us-on-Facebookfollow-us-on-twitter

P.S. 1. Are you an OFW who’s been looking for a investment placement where your money could grow higher than your time deposit accounts? Are you outside of Metro Manila and would like to start investing in mutual funds but have no personal advisors to help you out? Click here so I can help you open a mutual fund account NOW! .

P.S. 2. Bro. Bo Sanchez has appointed me as a coach for our young and new investors at the TrulyRichClub social site. It’s a fun, learning family with the purpose of “helping good people become rich”. I’m inviting you to join the TrulyRichClub too and email me at burngutierrezblog@gmail.com if you have any questions. Click here to join!

P.S. 3. My co-author/illustrator Des Feliciano and I have just launched our “The Adventures of Pepot Kuripot and Dora Gastadora” comic book! It’s arguably the first and only personal finance-influenced comic book in the Philippines. You may grab your copy at your favorite National Bookstore and Powerbooks outlets. Or you can grab your copy yourself at ilovemilktea in Las Pinas City. Now available also in Australia, Saudi Arabia, and the USA! Email des_feliciano@yahoo.com for more details.

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P.S. 4. Yes, our Cyberpreneur Philippines book is now out in bookstores! Check out the chapters from my fellow authors Ray Calbay, Fitz Villafuerte, Ginger Arboleda, Kristel Silang, Marv de Leon, Paolo Lising, Anne Quintos, and other great online entrepreneurs and experts! Score your copy here now!

P.S. 5. Send healthcare and grocery products online to your loved ones in the Philippines via BeamandGo!

How To Keep Your Debts Low

Are you worried about your current debt, or unsure whether you can make your payments on time? Don’t panic! Just like any other money problem there is, find out how you can make the situation less heavy on  your wallet by first looking for the root cause of where all your money is being shelled out on. We’ve rounded up the top helpful tips to help you get back on track and keep your money health in good shape.

1. Ask Yourself: Why Are You In Debt In The First Place?

Did you get a loan with a really high interest because you needed the money so badly? Or did you borrow money from a personal friend and now avoiding him because you feel ashamed?

Generally, you should only muster the confidence to get a loan if your total monthly debt payments does not exceed at least 30% of your income on your annual salary. So if you’re earning P20,000 net per month, you can only have a maximum of P6,000 to allocate if you plan on getting a loan.

This helps you provide a buffer so you can handle your expenses and when you’re paying back your loan.

2. Know The Difference Between Good Debts and Bad Debts

It’s considered a good debt if you start investing so you can increase your earning potential. For instance, education is a really good investment. Getting a house loan as compared to shelling out money for rent is also a good investment.

Bad Debts on the other hand include impulse purchases that you buy through your credit card. It’s probably a good idea to skip buying that designer bag even if it’s 50% off. You want to make wise spending choices from now on that you have existing debt to pay off.

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3. Make a Spending Plan

Many of us include in our New Year’s Resolutions a goal to be more mindful of our spending habits. A good way to start is to create a simple budget plan where we include our income, our expenses, the bills we have to pay, and our debts. This provides a better overview of how we handle our finances and make us more conscious to our spending habits.

Having a spending plan can also serve as our roadmap so we can ultimately get rid of debts and make realistic payments to the debts we’ve previously incurred.

4. Cut The Plastic

Many of us think of the credit card as a lifesaver especially when we’re running low on cash. We should think of credit cards as the extension of our hard-earned money that even earns finance charge when we are unable to pay it in full when the statement arrives. If you have credit cards, try opting for promos under the “0% Interest” program and just resort to using it for emergencies.

Remember: It’s often a better idea to pay in cash as it automatically does not tie you to any loans or interests from past purchases which may cause a dent in your wallet.

5. Get Rid of Unused or Unwanted Items

Turn your closet filler into instant money that you could add to your savings. Do spring cleaning and even sell the stuff you don’t want to make extra cash or to solve short-term money needs.

If you feel stuck in a rut, have a valuable item you’re not ready to get rid of just yet, you can choose to try pawning your items at PawnHero, the first online pawnshop in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia. PawnHero offers only 2.99% monthly interest rate as compared to traditional pawnshops today and only requires you to have a camera-enabled gadget and the Internet to find out how much you could initially get for the item you want to pawn.

So keep in mind these tips to help get your debt low and radically transform your life to make better and smarter spending decisions!

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P.S. 1. Are you an OFW who’s been looking for a investment placement where your money could grow higher than your time deposit accounts? Are you outside of Metro Manila and would like to start investing in mutual funds but have no personal advisors to help you out? Click here so I can help you open a mutual fund account NOW! .

P.S. 2. Bro. Bo Sanchez has appointed me as a coach for our young and new investors at the TrulyRichClub social site. It’s a fun, learning family with the purpose of “helping good people become rich”. I’m inviting you to join the TrulyRichClub too and email me at burngutierrezblog@gmail.com if you have any questions. Click here to join!

P.S. 3. My co-author/illustrator Des Feliciano and I have just launched our “The Adventures of Pepot Kuripot and Dora Gastadora” comic book! It’s arguably the first and only personal finance-influenced comic book in the Philippines. You may grab your copy at your favorite National Bookstore and Powerbooks outlets. Or you can grab your copy yourself at ilovemilktea in Las Pinas City. Now available also in Australia, Saudi Arabia, and the USA! Email des_feliciano@yahoo.com for more details.

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P.S. 4. Yes, our Cyberpreneur Philippines book is now out in bookstores! Check out the chapters from my fellow authors Ray Calbay, Fitz Villafuerte, Ginger Arboleda, Kristel Silang, Marv de Leon, Paolo Lising, Anne Quintos, and other great online entrepreneurs and experts! Score your copy here now! P.S. 5. Send healthcare and grocery products online to your loved ones in the Philippines via BeamandGo!