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Lack of Jobs: How Do People in Third World Countries Manage to Be Successful?

— October 2, 2019

Since the population in third world countries is constantly on the rise, the demand for well-paying jobs is also becoming more serious than ever before.

In this day and age, a developing country is usually associated with poor infrastructure and education, bad sanitation, limited access to healthcare, and not many job opportunities. Since the population in third world countries is constantly on the rise, the demand for well-paying jobs is also becoming more serious than ever before. Many people are underemployed or stuck with low-paying jobs simply because they cannot find anything better. In such an environment, becoming successful is definitely a huge challenge – but it’s still possible, and here’s now.

How people work

In third world countries, a job with a steady pay that comes every week or month is not a norm but an exception. Moreover, there are many people who are qualified for a good job and would want to have one, but there are not enough good jobs available. Additionally, even those who do have a job are still poor, but not because they don’t work enough, but rather because the wages are extremely low. For example, in the poorer parts of Africa, daily wages are no more than $2. Finally, even that income, as low as it is, is still uncertain. Most of the employment options are informal, so there is no real protection from not being paid, and there are no rules about work hours, safety conditions, health care, or anything that would in most first world countries be expected and guaranteed by law.

How to succeed

One of the ways to succeed is to have a good business idea that fits the environment and has room for growth. Being an entrepreneur is possible anywhere, as long as you know how to present your idea to the community.

For example, most developing countries struggle with waste disposal and pollution, which inevitably leads to health issues – and this can be fatal in countries with bad health care. So, if you could think of an effective way to clean the streets or reduce the pollution, you could actually have a profitable business. Not to mention that you’d also be doing your part in the preservation of our environment, which is extremely important now when the consequences of global warming are already visible.

Aged-care is also not a bad choice. After all, since the population in the developing countries is on the rise, there will always be people who have nobody to take care of them or those who have moved away and can’t take of their parents from afar. Now, of course, this is something that would require some training as well. You can sign up for aged care courses before you choose to embark on this business journey.

Next, many developing countries put a lot of focus on farming, as knowing how to make your own resources is much more valuable in a country that doesn’t pay you enough to buy everything you need. Plus, if you learn how to do it properly, you could not only feed your family healthy and fresh produce but also make a profit from your work. Eventually, you could open up a small store and sell what you don’t need – it’s a hard job to do, but it has a great potential for growth.

Another thing that many developing countries have a problem with is electricity. And, again, since taking care of our environment is more important now than it ever was, it might not be a bad idea to look into solar power and how you can use it in your favor. True, this would require some initial investment, but if you do manage to do that, and if you live in an area that gets more than enough sunshine, it could pay off in more ways than one.

Man in black jeans with legs crossed using laptop; image by Alexandra K, via
Man in black jeans with legs crossed using laptop; image by Alexandra K, via

Last but not least, freelancing is always one of the best options, as it doesn’t depend on where you are in the world. The only things you need are a good computer and a decent Internet connection. Of course, you also need certain skills, and a decent computer is not exactly cheap either. However, having access to the Internet also means that you’d have access to all kinds of different online courses and tutorials – many of which are free. So, whether you’re into writing, making videos, streaming, gaming, or designing, you can do it online.

 To sum up, life in developing countries is definitely not easy, and becoming successful has a whole different definition. However, moving away is not the only way to be successful, and there are ways for people to live a comfortable life in a third world country. As in any other country, all you need is one good idea, some initial investment, the right timing, and the right target audience. If you manage to get all that, you could become successful – and once you do, you’ll have even more options to choose from. 

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