Philippines 2014
Philippines 2014
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Philippines 2014

Last updated on 2014-01-01

About the Book

The Philippines is developing rapidly. The citizens are talented, particularly with the English language, and many foreign entrepreneurs have been utilizing this effectively.

If you’ve been thinking about starting a business in Philippines, the Wood Egg Philippines startup guide will be your go-to reference manual.

Each year we hire 3 researchers (at least one local and one foreigner who live in Philippines), a native English-speaking in-country writer, and an editor, to bring you insights from multiple perspectives.

Our researchers spend over 200 hours interviewing local business people, politicians, and citizens who regular foreigners would never have access to. This is 200+ hours you will save to hit the ground running. (Bonus: When you register your eBook at WoodEgg.com you get access to all of our raw research and interviews.)

In the 2014 Wood Egg Philippines startup guide you will learn:

  • What the anti-corruption efforts mean for the people and for your business. (Page 7)

  • Why the slow change from a conservative society is good for foreign investors. (Page 45)

  • Why it’s best not to attract attention to yourself (and how to blend in). (Page 91)

  • Save time and headaches by choosing one of our 14 recommended apartment buildings when visiting for short or long terms. (Page 125)

  • How to know when a “yes” means “no” and why this is important in your business dealings. (Page 180)

  • The distinct advantage foreigners have when doing business in the Philippines. (Page 215)

  • The best way to set up your company in the increasingly foreigner-friendly system. (Page 246)

  • These four accountancy firms are well suited to working with foreigners. (Page 298)

  • How to deal with the enormous labor-related challenges currently affecting the area. (Page 318)

  • You must have this to open a bank account in the Philippines. (Page 348)

  • How to know when (or if) you should use English in your marketing efforts. (Don’t ignore this.) (Page 382)

All of this along with hundreds of other insights. All told you’ll get the painstakingly researched answers to over 200 questions (over 400 pages!) about country, culture, life, and business in Philippines.

If you’re looking to do business in Philippines you won’t find a more complete, up-to-date, guide.

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About the Author

Derek Sivers
Derek Sivers and Ralph Hoffarber

Originally a professional musician and circus clown, Derek Sivers created CD Baby in 1998.

It became the largest seller of independent music online, with $100M in sales for 150,000 musicians.

In 2008, Derek sold CD Baby for $22M, giving the proceeds to a charitable trust for music education.

He is a frequent speaker at the TED Conference, with over 5 million views of his talks.

Since 2011 he has published 34 books, including “Anything You Want” which shot to #1 on all of its Amazon categories.

Table of Contents

  • Now
  • Zeitgeist
  • Near-future outlook
  • Country
  • Current stats
  • Quick history as it affects current business environment
  • Relationship with other countries
  • Culture
  • Mindset
  • Religion and Race
  • Asia 101
  • Individualism
  • Local differences
  • Personal attitudes towards foreigners
  • What to wear
  • Attitude towards time and promises
  • Common conversational references
  • How to blend in
  • When not to blend in
  • Recommended reading/watching
  • Life
  • Quality of life
  • Cost of living
  • Western standards vs local standards
  • Language / English proficiency
  • Safety
  • Immigration / Visa
  • Where to live (short-term and long-term)
  • Typical living arrangements
  • Transportation
  • Internet / Phone
  • Food
  • Credit card? Cash? Check?
  • Availability of products/services
  • What’s not online
  • Differences in service standards
  • Expat community
  • Recommended resources
  • Business Culture
  • Mindset
  • Understanding “face”
  • Direct vs indirect communication
  • How to tell “yes” from “no”
  • Hierarchy
  • Who to speak with in organizations
  • Business attitudes towards foreigners
  • Signals of respect
  • How to build trust
  • Introductions
  • Business cards
  • Negotiation
  • Signaling success
  • Innovation vs status quo
  • Passing-through vs Full-time
  • Advantages to foreigners
  • Advantages to locals
  • Risks
  • Corruption
  • Government
  • General role of government
  • Who’s who: departments you need to know
  • What the government is emphasizing now
  • Incentives
  • Grants
  • Business Setup
  • Ease of doing business
  • Local partners?
  • Business structure choice
  • Business name choice
  • Timeline
  • Cost
  • Incorporating
  • Where to locate
  • Real estate
  • Big city vs outlying areas
  • What your location says about your business
  • Utilities
  • Permits
  • Contracts
  • Lawyers
  • Accountants
  • Paying taxes
  • Ongoing requirements
  • Recommended resources
  • Hiring
  • Local talent strengths
  • Hiring local people
  • How much to pay?
  • How to find good people?
  • Online vs offline
  • Hiring foreign people
  • Step-by-step process
  • Labor laws
  • Payroll
  • Unions
  • Firing
  • Recommended resources
  • Money
  • Banking overview
  • Bank comparison
  • How to open an account
  • Online banking
  • Paying employees
  • Paying vendors
  • Getting a bank loan
  • Getting investors
  • What if they don’t pay?
  • Industry sectors
  • Industries
  • What’s missing?
  • What’s unique?
  • Growing the Business
  • Marketing
  • Expanding outside the country
  • CREDITS

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