One of the most important things to your life in Bali, will be how you are going to make a living here. Finding a job in Bali is not easy, as the Indonesian government would rather give jobs to locals whenever possible. For the jobs that they will allow foreigners to do, it can be hard to find an open position as so many people want to be here. Don’t get discouraged though because it is possible, even more so if you are willing to think outside of the box.
Since the government really only likes to grant working visas (KITAS) for jobs that Indonesians are not capable of performing, you have a few options at your disposal. Do not ever work without a visa in Bali, it is dangerous and you leave yourself open to deportation every day. Here are some of your options.
Manager or higher at a 5 star hotel or similar – This is one area where they will hire foreigners to work in Bali, although you will definitely need some experience at managing such a large scale operation and many companies will hire from within. Unless this is your current field of work, it is not the best route to take.
Teaching English – If you are from a native English speaking country then it could be easy to find yourself a job in Bali. Pay scales vary from school to school, with international schools paying the most, national plus schools being the runner up and English institutes like English First coming in last. The pay comes along with your experience and credentials, meaning you will need a much higher degree to teach at an international school and less so with places like English First and English Town. The latter places should handle your visa although their pay is barely enough for a newcomer to Bali to survive on.
Special Skilled Work – If you have special skills, such as interior design or in real estate marketing, you might be able to find a place that will hire you in Bali. Try submitting an ad in the Bali Advertiser and seeing what you get back in return. Some restaurants and bars will hire foreigners for guest relations and such but these are often very long hours for not much money in return.
Make your own living online – This is easily the best way to be making money in Bali (or anywhere else in Asia, and possibly the world) which is why it is the most extensive section here. The benefits include being your own boss, setting your own hours and work schedule, freedom to work from anywhere in the world and a salary that is uncapped by an employer.
Most people have absolutely no idea how they can make money from the internet, which is understandable. It can be a daunting task to think about but in reality is really not that hard, and for a majority of the work you won’t need super computer skills or even a fast internet connection. For most things an average understanding of computers and the internet as well an average Bali internet connection should be more than sufficient.
I am going to include some resources below to get you started at creating your own new life of freedom by creating a successful online business. The people who have created these resources spent a lot of time on them to share their secrets with you and are naturally not giving the information away for free. I can guarantee the validity of all of them as I have either personally used them, or close friends and BaliManual readers have vouched for their success VERY highly.
Location Rebel - This is the latest and greatest collection of tools to help you learn to run an online business from anywhere in the world, using only your laptop. The creator enjoys his totally location independent lifestyle, although all of it can be done strictly in Bali. In fact, two months ago when he launched the product he was in Bali. This is one of the highest rated products of its kind and includes detailed guides of several different ways at approaching an online business, whether you are a writer, SEO guru, website designer or completely clueless to online business altogether. There isn't a single thing on the market right now offering these sorts of opportunities, definitely take a look.
Check out Location Rebel.
Unconventional Guides – This is a comprehensive collection of materials that focus on creating a great product or business and dominating your industry. They have different programs to match different needs, although the best is probably their Empire Building Kit. This is a step by step guide at how to create a successful business that is suitable to your lifestyle by doing one small thing every day. Other good resources include a working for yourself guide and a freelancers guide.
Check out Unconventional Guides.
Source Control – This one is really only for if you already have your own business, but would like to successfully outsource a portion or all of the work, so that you have more time to yourself. Outsourcing is becoming increasingly popular although if not implemented correctly it can end up costing you money and wasting your time, instead of making life easier for you. This guide will teach you everything that you need to know about outsourcing your business free up time and reduce stress from your life.
Check out Source Control.
If anyone else has any good resources for creating an income for yourself from anywhere in the world, then please, share them! The ones that are listed here all come with money back guarantees (terms are different for each program so please check for yourself), meaning that if the program is not a good fit, or is not working for you then you have no risk, just ask for your money back. While I hope that this will be a good resource at showing people what sort of work is available in Bali, I have even bigger hopes that it will help to lead people to a much more successful and free lifestyle.
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