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The Philippines Is One Of The *Worst* Countries For Freelancers

Hong Kong takes the spot for ~*best country*~ to be your own boss!
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There's an increasing number of freelancers in the Philippines. People either need to take up a side hustle to make ends meet, or they want to quit following someone else's rules and be their own boss. But according to a survey published by Expert Market, the Philippines is actually one of the top 10 worst countries for freelancers. 

Expert Market evaluated 57 countries based on eight different factors: cost of living, income taxes, access to credit, average internet speed, cost of a cup of coffee, public transpo, free Wi-Fi availability, and the ease of starting your own business.

Expert Market used all the data they gathered to come up with a "weighted average" used to give each country a total score. 

Here are the best countries for freelancers:

  1. Hong Kong
  2. United States
  3. South Korea
  4. United Arab Emirates
  5. United Kingdom
  6. Spain
  7. New Zealand
  8. Estonia
  9. Bulgaria
  10. Czech Republic

And the worst:

  1. Uruguay
  2. Argentina
  3. Israel
  4. Philippines
  5. Ecuador
  6. Slovenia
  7. Costa Rica
  8. Ireland
  9. Belgium
  10. Peru
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Source: Travel + Leisure, Expert Market

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