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Meet Joey, the jobless Filipino from Pasig who made more than P200,000 ($5,000) by maximizing his time on Facebook. He is among the 66% of Filipino Internet users with a smartphone. Joey, who requested his surname not to be mentioned, shared his story to TN to somehow inspire others.
With the current status of Joey, he spends a lot of time in Facebook. Being single at the age of 29 and has no direct responsibilities, he spends long hours on Facebook hoping to meet girls and new friends. He did not finish college and he is finding it hard to find a new job after his last work contract ended.
His elder brother, Norman is a seaman and earns good money. But because of his work, he has less time in Facebook. During their conversation via Skype, he tried to convince Joey to work as an OFW but the latter refused. Joey said he believes there’s still an opportunity for him here in the Philippines.
One day, Norman told Joey that his Filipino friend wanted to sell his 2014 Toyota VIOS for P575,000. At first, Joey didn’t care but Norman said his friend badly needed the money because his wife saw a house and lot and he wants to use it as down payment before it will be sold to others.
Joey started posting the details of the car on his Facebook page. But because only a few of his friends inquired about it, he decided to post it on Facebook groups where he has been a member six months ago, since he became unemployed. Some of these groups are exclusively for Buy and Sell.
To his surprise, a lot of group members contacted him and wanted to see the Toyota VIOS. Joey immediately agreed to meet some of the potential buyers and expected to close a deal soon. And he was right. Although all of them were very meticulous, a guy from Rizal ended up buying the car.
Joey was so happy, and was even happier because his brother’s friend sent him some money. He initially refused to accept it but the car owner was persistent. Since then, he began posting other more items on Facebook groups. In less than two months, Joey earned a total of P212,450 as commission.
“Dati, akala ko puro kwentuhan at walang katapusang debate sa politika lang ang pwdeng gawin sa Facebook. Ok lang naman yun, kung stable ang finances mo at kung may libreng oras ka. Pero kung hirap ka sa buhay, dapat maging smart ka at gamitin ng maayos ang oras mo. D naman masama ang Facebook. Ang masama, yung nag-aaksaya ka ng oras.” Joey told TN.
(Before, I thought that sharing stories and endless debating about politics are the only things you can do on Facebook. Well, that’s fine if you’re financially stable and if you have spare time. But if you’re poor, you have to be smart and be able to maximize your time. Being on Facebook is not bad. It becomes bad if you’re wasting your time.)
“Sa totoo lang, tingin ko may iba dyan na mas malaki ang kikinita kesa sakin. Pati yung mga nagne-networking tyak marami din nakukumbinsi sumali sa kanila dahil sa Facebook. Sa akin naman, lahat ng negosyo na pasukin mo, may risk. Basta mag-ingat ka lang paras hindi ka moloko.” Joey added.
(The truth is, I think there are other Facebook users who make more money than I do. I’m sure that even the MLM networkers have convinced a lot of new members because of Facebook. In my opinion, all businesses have risks. Just be very careful so you won’t be fooled.)
As a final note, Joey suggests not to point fingers when the economy is bad. Instead, this is what he suggests – “Opportunities are endless. Learn new things and act on it.”
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