Working from home/ online whilst living in Taiwan

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Working from home/ online whilst living in Taiwan

Postby headhonchoII » 02 Jul 2012, 12:21

Teleworking allows one to escape the tyranny of working for local employers, and the pay is often better too!

Ultimately teleworking will benefit many decent teachers and other professionals here who can figure it out, you can then pick and choose and not be forced to take the measly crumbs from Taiwan, you just have to figure out how to live here legally. But you probably have to put a fair amount of time at a regular gig to build up some experience. A mix of both teleworking and real world is the ideal in my opinion.
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Re: Working from home/ online whilst living in Taiwan

Postby Omniloquacious » 02 Jul 2012, 12:56

I've been working from home for 6 or 7 years. I worked in a government office for 14 years before I quit and then continued to do exactly the same work (mostly translation) under an outsourcing contract. It suits me very well, and I think it is quite advantageous for the people I work for.
If I prioritized the acquisition of wealth above other purposes in life, I might still have come to Taiwan to study Chinese, but I doubt I would have remained here.
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Re: Working from home/ online whilst living in Taiwan

Postby tommy525 » 02 Jul 2012, 14:51

steelersman wrote:I work online and am in Taiwan for the month. Back to the US in July.


wait, is this the same steerman who couldnt wait to get going off the rock, and went to cuba or dom rep or something or some other central American place and then to the usa?

What u doing back on the rock man? Just askin :)
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Re: Working from home/ online whilst living in Taiwan

Postby steelersman » 02 Jul 2012, 14:54

tommy525 wrote:
steelersman wrote:I work online and am in Taiwan for the month. Back to the US in July.


wait, is this the same steerman who couldnt wait to get going off the rock, and went to cuba or dom rep or something or some other central American place and then to the usa?

What u doing back on the rock man? Just askin :)


Enjoying my life. All I can say is that Taiwan is a lot better place when you don't work for a Taiwanese employer.
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Re: Working from home/ online whilst living in Taiwan

Postby steelersman » 02 Jul 2012, 15:02

tommy525 wrote:
steelersman wrote:I work online and am in Taiwan for the month. Back to the US in July.


wait, is this the same steerman who couldnt wait to get going off the rock, and went to cuba or dom rep or something or some other central American place and then to the usa?

What u doing back on the rock man? Just askin :)


My real problem with living in Taiwan is teaching English as opposed to Taiwan itself.
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Re: Working from home/ online whilst living in Taiwan

Postby tommy525 » 02 Jul 2012, 15:08

steelersman wrote:
tommy525 wrote:
steelersman wrote:I work online and am in Taiwan for the month. Back to the US in July.


wait, is this the same steerman who couldnt wait to get going off the rock, and went to cuba or dom rep or something or some other central American place and then to the usa?

What u doing back on the rock man? Just askin :)


My real problem with living in Taiwan is teaching English as opposed to Taiwan itself.


:) yes on both counts. Even Taiwanese absolutely HATE working for other Taiwanese. They are very tyranical. With some exceptions.

And yes engrish teaching can wear down the soul.

and TAiwan is a whole new world when you are not working for Taiwanese or as an engrish teacher.


while there i only worked for a taiwanese company once. And once was enough.
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Re: Working from home/ online whilst living in Taiwan

Postby steelersman » 02 Jul 2012, 15:14

Actually, I am trying to become a coordinator for foreign exchange students in the US. Hopefully I will get hired!
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Re: Working from home/ online whilst living in Taiwan

Postby tommy525 » 02 Jul 2012, 15:16

IN Taiwan? Well thats nice. If u get a good job your outlook on the rock will be vastly different.
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Re: Working from home/ online whilst living in Taiwan

Postby steelersman » 02 Jul 2012, 15:22

tommy525 wrote:IN Taiwan? Well thats nice. If u get a good job your outlook on the rock will be vastly different.


No, in the US. I do search engine optimization right now and work online.
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Re: Working from home/ online whilst living in Taiwan

Postby brewnix » 02 Jul 2012, 17:09

I do web development work from home (receive contracts from my company in Australia). I'm one of the lucky ones to stumble upon such work. I was leaving my company in Australia to come to Taiwan as a personal decision to pursue my Chinese studies, when a client of my company at that time heard of this and offered me contract work that I could do while studying here. Contacts and experience were therefore crucial; and something you'll need to consider. The hourly rate is good, but the contracts can be few and far between.

I could pick up more work through other agencies I suppose, but instead I teach English part-time on the side to ensure stability of income during the down times. Unlike many other people on the forum here, I have grown to actually enjoy teaching, and enjoy the dual occupation lifestyle.

I'm also married and have a JFRV, which takes care of legal residency and working rights; but you might need to look into how you'd live here legally if you go down the working from home path.
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