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 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 do especially in technical support, billing, and collection accounts.
Anyway, for people who enjoy doing so, there is no question for success. Many professionals find their career path in BPO industry. Supervisors and managers in BPO earn much more than people with the same position in other business fields, like in food and housekeeping industry. A call center agent earns higher than McDonalds 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.
Jeepney Barker / Dispatcher 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.
Embalmer / 24,000 to 35,000 a 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.
Mobile Phone Technician / 27,000 to 35,000 a Month
Being a mobile phone technician does not require any diploma or any formal education. Training is needed though and with a 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 to employers are earning more.
Fishball, Kikiam, Kwek-kwek Vendor / 28,000 to 35,000 a 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.