Profitable businesses Filipinos can start between $0-$100

Profitable businesses Filipinos can start with
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There are many profitable businesses anyone can start in Manila, Quezon or anywhere in the Philippines, but capital is often a major challenge as with many other places in the world. Last year the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas raised the benchmark rate by 50 basis points to 4.5%, the highest recorded since 2009.

Even though this is lower than interest rates in many other countries like Nigeria (currently at 13.5%), not every aspiring Filipino entrepreneur is able to access loans to start a business in the Philippines.


Thankfully, there are now several profitable online businesses you can start with as little as $0-$100 and start making money almost immediately. And the best part; they are businesses you can do with your online using your desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone.

In this post, I’ll be highlighting 4 such businesses so you can make your pick and learn some more about the business of your choice, but first…

What is an Online Business?

Online business is simply any business done online over the internet. As long as you have an internet enabled device and internet connection, you can do online business.


Below are…

40 Profitable businesses you might be interested in

They include:

  1. Accounting Specialist
  2. Online Advertising
  3. AI Expert
  4. Affiliate Marketing
  5. App Creation/Development
  6. Authorship
  7. Baking Expert
  8. Big Data Analyst
  9. Binary Trading
  10. Blogging
  11. Chatbots Creation
  12. Coaching
  13. Coding/Programming
  14. Content Creation
  15. Cooking Recipes
  16. Counseling
  17. Customer Service Agent
  18. CV Writing
  19. Dance Instructor
  20. Data Entry
  21. Digital Marketing Consultant
  22. Domain Flipping
  23. Dropshipping
  24. E-commerce Importation
  25. Facebook Marketing Consultant
  26. Facebook Messenger Automation
  27. Flight Booking
  28. Freelancer
  29. Foreign Admissions Consultancy
  30. Forex Trading
  31. Google Ads Specialist
  32. Game Development
  33. Graphics Design
  34. Ghostwriting
  35. Landing Page Design
  36. Instagram Marketing Consultant
  37. Machine Learning Expert
  38. Music Instructor
  39. Personal Fitness Trainer
  40. Photographer, and many more

And here are…

10 Reasons Why You Should Start an Online Business Today

  1. Low entry barrier
  2. Low startup cost
  3. Convenience
  4. Flexibility
  5. Ability to work 24/7
  6. Work from anywhere
  7. Unlimited earning potential
  8. You’re your own boss
  9. Anytime vacation
  10. Plenty of work to choose from

According to TMF group in a recent article about starting a business in the Philippines:

“There are massive 16 procedures to navigate when starting a business in the Philippines, taking an average of 36 days to complete. The long and arduous nature of setting up a corporate entity has placed the country 161st in the World Bank and IFC rankings, which is a good indication of how complex the process is.”

With an online business, you skip majority, if not all of these processes.

Now here are…

5 Online Businesses Filipinos can start between $0-$100.

1. Dropshipping

Dropshipping business runs on a retail fulfilment model. With dropshipping, you sell other people’s products without needing to buy physical stock or keep inventory.

Here’s how dropshipping works:

  • Create a webstore or e-commerce store, e.g Shopify
  • Install certain dropshipping automation apps like Oberlo
  • Obtain product pictures/images from suppliers on AliExpress, for instance, and display in your online store
  • Market and advertise your store e.g with Facebook Ads
  • Customers visit your store and  buy from you at your own price which you decide
  • You keep your profits and forward the cost price and customer details to your suppliers
  • Your suppliers kit, pick, pack and ship products to your customers anywhere in the world.

Isn’t that cool? Everything literally is done for you, all you have to do is market and market. To succeed at it, you have to learn more about how dropshipping works, startup cost and how to make thousands of dollars from dropshipping hot selling products.

You can start this as a side business and keep tabs on your store through your smartphone, to track sales and customer communication.

2. Blogging

Blogging presents another wonderful online business opportunity for Pilipinas. As with dropshipping, blogging can also be very profitable and requires very little to start.

If you have niche knowledge about any thing, you can start a blog writing about such topics and things that interest you. It could be about

  • accounting,
  • baking,
  • cooking,
  • dancing,
  • education,
  • fashion,
  • gaming,
  • home improvement,
  • international relations,
  • journalism,
  • Kung Fu,
  • love,
  • music,
  • nature,
  • outdoors,
  • poetry,
  • quotes,
  • reading,
  • school, technology, etc.

As long as you have expert knowledge or experience, you can make money blogging. Most bloggers didn’t have niche knowledge but they had the interest and set to acquire the knowledge.

All you need to start blogging is a website and a topic/niche. Neil Patel’s blog is a great place to learn about blogging and how to write an effective blog post, plus how to monetize your blog.

3. Forex Trading

Forex is a $5.1tr a day industry that trades foreign exchange as currency pairs. Banks, individuals, businesses and institutions all participate in this large but volatile market.

Unlike dropshipping and blogging, forex trading carries a considerable risk of losing all your funds, and should not be entered into unadvisedly. There are many online resources that teach forex trading basics.

Because it is highly risky, it can also be very profitable. You can either lose or make a lot of money in seconds, minutes, hours or days, depending on your trade duration. There are many reliable brokers like FXPro, Alpari, FXPrimus, etc. Because of the high-risk nature, Forex Brokers are highly regulated. Make sure you only trade with platforms that are regulated.

Most brokers now operate PAMM accounts which allow trusted forex experts trade on your behalf for a small commission. You can start with even $50. Profit/loss is shared among all investors who contribute equity.

4. Online Tutorials

If you are a niche knowledge expert or even retired school teacher, you can earn a good, recurring income by delivering online lectures or tutorials.

With the rapid expansion of the internet, more and more people are seeking for knowledge online. If you have such knowledge, then they’re looking for you.

Platforms like Udemy, Tutera, Eliademy, etc, allow tutors to create and upload tutorials for students and learners across the world. If your courses or tutorials are loaded, well crafted and delivered you can have good ratings which are a good thing in such knowledge marketplaces.

5. Translation Services

In today’s modern technology, almost everything has become digital, and the need for all companies have evolved and improved. They need business translation services that enable them to communicate and reach out to their clients in different languages from any corners of the world. 

How translation services work:

  • translate over 180 languages worldwide
  • communicate with different clients and translating into and from their language
  • generate multilingual jobs all over the world
  • provides  a wide range of specialized contents
  • companies should be able to converse and perform business in the respective language of any country

This type of business is not only beneficial to the companies but also the millions of clients. They could smoothly communicate and understand each other without any language barriers. Freelance translators can earn a good amount of money by translating English to Filipino, Filipino to English, or Cebuano to English, etc.


There are so many online businesses you can start in the Philippines. Do not let paralysis of analysis cripple you. Take action today to learn more and see which works out for you.