I moved to the Philippine Islands in January of 2011. I’m loving the lifestyle here, and have no plans to move back to the United States any time soon.
The biggest challenge I’ve faced is being able to earn enough money to live here, without completely depleting my savings. When I first decided to move here, I promised myself I would not waste what savings I had. That means I needed to find a way to earn income while living in the Philippines.
I have a very strong background in building and operating web sites, and I already had a good number of web sites making money every month. There wasn’t a ton of cash pouring in, so I knew I’d have to keep working and building more web sites to increase my earnings.
I’ve worked out sort of a formula for building web sites that earn a relatively small amount of money every month. For example, one site makes about $60 US per month. While that’s a small amount of money, the web site only took me about two days to build, and I haven’t touched it since. That means that two days of work will bring in $60 a month for the next few years – that’s $720 a year for only two days work.
Now, since I found something that works, I simply duplicate it. Over and over.
I currently have 16 web sites making between $20 and $100 a month. That works out to about $10,000 a year, and I spent roughly a month (in working days) building the sites.
In addition, I still have web site clients in the United States that bring me on from time to time to help manage their web sites.
When I add the new web site income to my existing revenue, plus add in the consulting and contracting work, I’m doing just fine. My savings are actually increasing a little every month, and I’m only working about 3 days a week. I get to spend the rest of my time however I want. It’s a great life here in the Philippines!