POEA Online Services You Should Know About

Let’s face the truth: applying for a job overseas is not easy. Then, there are also tons of documents you need to comply with to make sure that you are properly documented and be able to enjoy the status of OFW.

Thankfully, the government, particularly the POEA, is taking steps to improve and promote efficiency in their services.

Did you know that POEA now has online services facility? This means booking appointments, registering, getting clearances, and requesting for documents among others can be done online. This also means you don’t have to line up and wait for hours waiting for a single document to be released, thereby making everything more convenient.

Here are the services you can avail of through POEA’s online facility:

OFW Record Online Appointment

This service is available in case you want to request for OFW Information Sheet or Record. Instead of going early to the POEA Office to get a number, you can simply log-in to their OFW Records System and schedule an appointment.

When scheduling for an appointment, make sure you have a previous Appointment Reference Number (ARN) to log-in. If you don’t have ARN yet, you may register and set an appointment through this link.

Manpower Registry (e-Registration)

Aside from licensed recruitment agencies, POEA, from time to time, releases job openings for Filipinos aspiring to work overseas. You can set up your profile through POEA’s e-Registration facility. The said facility also allows OFWs to get access to online services such as applying for OEC and paying processing fees.

Take note that this service is also particularly important for direct hires. This is also necessary for all seafarers.

In case you don’t have an account yet, you may register through this link.

Balik Manggagawa Online Processing System

One of the most important requirements you need to secure as an OFW is the Overseas Employment Certificate or OEC. This will serve as proof that you are a properly documented OFW and exempted from travel taxes and airport fees among others.

You can set up an appointment through this link.

Online Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar

This is another important requirement you need to comply with as OFW. The Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar or PEOS is a service of POEA that provides you with necessary information you need to know about overseas application, the fees involves, and safeguards against illegal recruitment among others.

Don’t worry because this service is free. You simply need to log-in and make an account, take the learning modules, and print your PEOS certificate. Take note that the PEOS Certificate is an important requirement when applying for a job overseas, so make sure you take this seriously.

Verification of Status of Recruitment Agencies

This is important. Illegal recruitment is something the government is seriously working on to avoid compromising the lives of Filipinos. Before you apply, make sure you check this facility because it lists the names of legitimate recruitment agencies as well as those whose licenses were suspended.

If the name of the agency you applied for is not on the list of agencies with valid license, then don’t push through and look for a new one to avoid being a victim of illegal recruitment.

Verification of Agency’s Job Orders

It’s easy to say that a particular job is needed overseas, but how sure are you?

This is why POEA launched this online service to check that the agency has approved job order/s as submitted by licensed recruitment agencies.

SRA / LOA Online Application System

This is the Online Recruitment Authority Application System. As of this writing, there is limited information as to how this system works.

Adjudication Cases Monitor

Unfortunately, not all is well for OFWs. In case you filed a case against your foreign employer due to employment issues, then this system will give you an update as to the status of your case.

As of this writing, this site is still under maintenance.

The POEA Online System is still a working progress, but it is a good step to provide thousands of OFWs a convenient access to various services. Take advantage of it.

5 Tips on How to Choose the Best Name for Your Business

Starting a business is not a walk in the park. You need to make sure that your business is profitable in order to survive. Then, there are marketing strategies you have to think about to make the people know your product exist. You also have to deal with customers who may or may not like your product. Then, you also need to think about adding new products on your line or possible expansion to make your business grow.

Before everything, you need to think about this important factor: your business name. 

Don’t underestimate a business name. The name of your business reflects not just what you’re offering but also who are the people behind that business and what are the values you represent. This is why it is important to make it right because this is how people will remember you. In other words, your business name is a reflection of your business’ identity.

That being said, here are tips and things to remember when choosing a business name:

Tip No. 1: Make it unique and unforgettable. 

There are a LOT of entrepreneurs in the market offering the same products. In this digital world, you need to make sure that yours is something that stands out and something that people will remember.

Therefore, go for something catchy and could easily stick to the people’s mind. Avoid nonsense mix-up of names or something that is hard to spell or pronounce. Otherwise, you won’t be able to maximize the power of name recall, which could help you a lot in this business.

Tip No. 2: It should reflect your business. 

Let’s say you want to sell sausages. Your business name should tell people that you are selling sausages. Avoid using terms like “technology” or “solutions” because it does not reflect what you’re actually selling.

In choosing a business name, make sure it is a reflection of the product or service that you are actually selling. Do not deceive people by adding popular terms just for the sake of being remembered.

Going back to sausages, you should include the term “sausage” or “food” so people will know that you are selling something of that sort. This will make it easier for people to remember you as well.

Tip No. 3: Simplicity is key. 

Do not create long business names. Believe it or not, your potential customers won’t care that much. Stick to one or two business names and you’re good to go.

Since we’re talking about simplicity, avoid adding special characters to your name, except for ‘s. Remember that name recall is important, so keep it simple as much as possible.

Tip No. 4: Ensure that the name is available. 

This is important. Even if you finally came up with the most brilliant and eye-catching names, you need to check that nobody owns it yet. Trademark infringement is a serious issue, so choose something that nobody has thought of yet.

If you came up with a name that is owned by no one, then register it as soon as you can. This way, you got the first dibs and you are the rightful owner of that particular name.

Tip No. 5: Don’t rush. 

We understand how important it is for you to start your business. Without a name, you won’t be able to start because your social media pages will depend on it.

Still, relax and give it some time. A business name is important in ensuring the success of your business. If you can’t think of a name now, then perhaps tomorrow or two days from now could help in squeezing your brain for the perfect business name. Ask help from family and friends by having a brainstorming session. There are also name generators available online so take advantage of those as well.

9 Business Ideas Worth Trying this 2019

Brand new year means brand new opportunities. At this point, you know that OFW life is not forever and applying for a new job overseas may take time. This is why you vowed to do something to ensure continuity of funds in the family.

How will you do that? You consider opening a new business.

The truth is there are tons of opportunities available to help you jumpstart your entrepreneurial career. If you’re unsure as to what type of business you should start, then let this list help you.

Here are business ideas you can try this 2019:

1. Online Business – The online market is flourishing. Many Filipinos spend a lot of time glued on their mobile phones and, yes, shopping or at least browsing for items. Take advantage of that by putting up an online store. You could sell anything you like but to set you apart from the rest, offer the people something that is not readily available in the market. It could be one-of-a-kind products from the country where you’re working or a product that you make.

2. Cleaning Services –  Most households are unable or have difficulty finding a reliable house help. If you worked in a hotel or as a household service worker overseas, then put those skills to use and start your own general cleaning services company. All you need are cleaning tools and equipment and eye for perfection, and you’re good to go. Just make sure you get equally reliable and trustworthy cleaning ladies because reputation is key in this type of business.

3. Food Delivery – Does anyone in the family love to cook? If yes, then try offering those to die for meals to people. Instead of renting a space or putting up your own restaurant, try food delivery services first. You can start cooking at your own kitchen first and commission a third-party to deliver the food to your customers. Keep in mind that the appearance of your food matters a lot, so take good, enticing pictures. Who knows, this could be a start of something bigger, say your own restaurant in the future?

4. Food Cart – If cooking is not your family’s thing but you still would love to get into the food business, then consider franchising a food cart. The good thing about food carts is that there is already an existing business model that you can adapt. Plus, the franchised food cart already made a name in the market, thereby making marketing easier for you. You can check this post for affordable food carts you can franchise.

5. Laundry Service – Apart from general cleaning, laundry is something Filipinos are willing to pay for. You can open your own laundromat and give people some convenience. Self-service laundry centers are also in demand these days, so you might want to invest your hard-earned money on that.

6. Gift Boxes – This type of business is in demand these days. Take advantage of that by putting up your own subscription service. Every month, subscribers will receive specially designed gift boxes that contains items based on a particular monthly theme. You can have monthly themes like “Toys and Games,” “Goodies from Overseas,” or “For the Coffee Lovers.” Items can be easily sourced so this won’t be a big issue for you.

7. Party Supplies –  The party industry is booming these days. People are willing to spend money to make their parties Instagram-worthy. You can take advantage of that by putting up your party supplies store. The good thing about this business is that items are available on wholesale, which means you can get items at cheaper prices.

8. Tutorial Services – Are you good at a particular subject, preferably English or Math? Put those knowledge into good use and offer tutorial services. Many working parents these days are willing to pay for tutors since they could have a hard time squeezing study time as soon as they get home. If you can’t offer tutorial services, then at least anyone in the family can do for extra income.

9. Personal Grooming Home Service – Did you work as a barber, hair stylist, makeup artist, or spa personnel abroad? Use those skills by offering home service facilities. Compare the prices of said services in the malls and offer a competitive rate. Don’t worry. People are more willing to pay for convenience.

6 Tips to Make Sure You Stick to Your New Year’s Resolution

It’s a brand new year. Surely, before 2018 ended, you made a list of things to accomplish as well as plans and resolutions for 2019. You are also proud of yourself for aiming for those goals and promised to do whatever it takes to make sure these resolutions will come to life. After all, at the end of the day, all you want is a better future for you and your family that is why you outlined those goals.

The first week has been great and so far, you’re on the right track. The question now is whether or not you can sustain this until December 31, 2019.

Of course you can! Here are tips that will ensure that you can stick to your 2019 goals and resolutions before 2020:

Write your 2019 resolutions. 

Yes, it is old school, but it still an effective ways to make sure that you’ll make it before the clock strikes at 12 midnight on December 31. As odd as it sounds, writing your resolutions for the year has higher effectiveness rate than just relying on your mind.

Keep those resolutions simple and attainable.

One of the reasons why New Year’s resolutions are not sustained is because you set unrealistic and impossible to attain goals. Forget that.

What you need to do is to keep your resolutions simple and attainable. Instead of aiming for a complete overhaul of your lifestyle, target one to two habits first and then move on to the next. Instead of aiming to reach one million by the end of the year when you don’t have savings yet, keep it realistic and target at least P100K.

The point is the simpler and more attainable your goals are, the easier for you to make these happen.

Daily action is key. 

You can’t attain something without putting 100 percent effort to it. This means you need to outline steps you need to take everyday to make sure that by the end of the year, you will stick to those goals and resolutions.

What you can do is schedule your activities for the week to help you attain those resolutions. For instance, you promised to save P100K by the end of the year. Before the week starts, finalize your raket/s (apart from your main job, of course) and the amount you are expecting that could help add up to your savings.

Breakdown your one big goal to smaller goals. 

Let’s go back to P100k savings for 2019. It’s easy to say you want to save that much but how do you plan on achieving that goal?

This is why it is important to make manageable action chunks from that one big goal. It is easier to make those resolutions happen because you are more focused and at the same time, there is a higher chance that you will achieve it.

So how do you plan on achieving the P100k savings? You could start by looking for sidelines. To get a sideline, you set aside one day to look for part-time jobs or ask friends around if they know someone who could find your skills useful.

The bottom line is start small to help you supplement that one big goal.

Track your progress. 

This is important. You’ll never know whether or not you are making progress if you don’t track it, right?

Establish a system that will help you record the progress you’re making or check whether or not you’re done with this particular daily action. This way, you can easily see what areas you need to work on and whether you could make those resolutions happen.

Always focus on the positive.

We understand. There are days when you won’t be able to stick to your daily goals and it will make you feel bad. That’s fine.

Instead of worrying about those missed days, focus on the positive side, say the fact that you are making progress with your savings or the sideline you just booked this coming weekend. If you look at the negative side, your perception towards your 2019 goals could change and may compromise the things you want to achieve.

At the end of the day, it’s also about discipline, mindset, and your willingness to make your 2019 resolutions happen. When you establish that, then you are set for the rest of the year – and beyond.