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10 underrated jobs that pays higher than your average call center agent

Many of us today are aiming to work in BPO because we believe that call center jobs pay higher than the minimum wage set by the government. Yes, it’s true. A level one call center agent can earn from 12K to 20K a month depending on the company and the location of the BPO.

In Metro Manila, most call centers offer at least 18,000 pesos per month. In the CALABARZON region, a level 1 agent can earn from 14,000 to 18,000, while in Cebu, Bacolod, and Iloilo, a call center agent can earn at least 12,000 a month.

Working in a call center is truly rewarding, but the physical and mental stress associated with it is also exhausting. You go to work at 12 midnight and listen to irate customers for the next 8 hours – this is what most call center agents must face daily especially in technical support, billing, and collection accounts.

Anyway, for people who enjoy doing so, there is no question of success. Many professionals find their career paths in the BPO industry. Supervisors and managers in BPO earn much more than people with the same position in other business fields, like in the food and housekeeping industry. A call center agent earns higher than McDonald’s and Jollibee managers.

What if you don’t have the ability to speak English but want to earn more than the call agents are earning? Is there any way? Yes, there is. These partially odd and underrated jobs do not need anything but special skills – and of course a little harder face.

Although most of these are small businesses, still these are jobs.

10. Jeepney barkers/dispatchers earn 24,000 to 30,000 per month

If you think those noisy and annoying people at Jeepney stops are just kidding, you are wrong. They may be earning more than your monthly salary. For 5 pesos every jeep every five minutes, Tomy Caguimbal of Tanauan City is earning at least 100 pesos per hour. Working from 8 in the morning until 9 in the evening, he takes home at least 800 pesos a day of coins. He earns more on weekends while regular employees are taking their leave at home.

9. Embalmers earn 24,000 to 35,000 per month

Some funeral parlors need licensed embalmers while other does not care. An embalmer earns at least 800 pesos per corpse and can prepare two to three bodies in one day. A neighbor who has been working as an embalmer for 25 years (now manager of funeral parlor), was able to send all of his six children to college and became professionals.

8. Mobile phone technicians earn 27,000 to 35,000 per month

Being a mobile phone technician does not require any diploma or any formal education. Training is needed though and with continuous experience, one can repair a basic defect in 30 minutes or lesser. Jerry Descalsota of Bacolod City is earning at least 900 pesos a day in 8 hours of work-by-commission in a cell phone repair shop. Freelance technicians who do not share their earnings with employers are earning more.

7. Street food vendors (fishball, kikiam, kwek-kwek) earn 28,000 to 35,000 per month

A fishball vendor along Padre Faura St. said she earns at least P1,200 net from 8 in the morning until 5 in the afternoon. If her husband extends until 8 PM, he can earn another P500. Although the earnings depend on the location, selling these fast-street foods is really rewarding.

6. Passenger Jeepney Driver / 30,000 to 35,000 a month

These people are silent earners. Metro Manila Jeepney drivers are earning at least 1,000 pesos a day. “Mahina ang katawan ko pag uwi ko na isang libo lang kinita ko, pero di maiwasan minsan talagang mahina. Pinakamahina na ang isang libo”, Lito Vergara of Makati said. Lito has been driving Jeepneys for 12 years and already owns 3 jeepneys – all from his own sweat as a driver.

5. Shoe and umbrella repairman could earn 30,000 to 45,000 a month

“Payong repair sapatos”, is what they call someone who does this. Further explanation for this can be found here.

4. Handyman earns 30,000 to 45,000 a month

A handyman is someone who does everything from carpentry, plumbing, electrical, masonry, etc. In a middle-to first-class subdivision, a handyman is always needed. A single call to a handyman that will fix your faucet, electrical outlet, or tiles would cost you at least 400 pesos in a couple of hours of work.

3. Autodenter (latero)  earns 30,000 to 45,000 a month

An auto denter or “latero” is someone who repairs the body of the vehicle. In the US and other Western countries, it is called a “panel beater”. A couple of hours of autodenter’s work fixing your car’s fender can cost you at least 500 pesos. A skilled autodenter can assemble the Isuzu Elf’s whole body in 3 weeks for 35,000 pesos.

2. Home service massage therapist  earns 30,000 to 45,000 a month

Most massage parlors ask at least 300 pesos for one hour massage. Home service massage therapists are earning more and receiving bigger tips. Elena Gigantoni of Mandalagan, Bacolod City has been earning a decent amount for five years in servicing first-class subdivisions like Villa Valderrama, Santa Clara Subdivision, and Ayala North Point. She takes home at least 1,200 a day for less than 8 hours of home service job.

1. Walking Ukay vendor  earns 36,000 to 45,000 Per Month

It might be your first time hearing this but this person earns at least 1,200 a day. Although this is actually a business and not a job that pays you to work for others, selling Ukay while walking with “kariton”is really rewarding.

Bonifacio Medina of Calamba City has been doing this for seven years and he doesn’t want to do any other things at all. According to him, selling at least 15 pairs of pants and 20 pairs of shorts a day is easy. The markup for each men’s pants is 45 pesos and 32 pesos for each short. Earning at least 1,315 pesos a day while walking at least 10 kilometers is a cool job for Medina.

There are also other jobs that can be included in the list like a freelance electrical technician, vulcanizer, and taho vendor.

The above lists of jobs are not for everyone, but if you are doing nothing and want to earn a pretty amount of money, the above lists of jobs are worth trying.

Although these jobs pay better than most office works, the reason why most of these people do not succeed is due to a lack of financial education. Anyhow, these people are far better than KADAMAY and other militant groups’ members.

Side Note: The purpose of this article is to tell the readers about other money-making opportunities around. Whether the people mentioned here became successful or not in their chosen career depends on an individual’s education and financial management system. There are some who succeeded and there are some who failed. The facts from this article are not from the Internet but rather from personal and neighbor’s experiences. /Ricky Medina – Calamba City/

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