Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Getting an online income

Gees I remember when I moved to the city and said I was going to start working that I promised not to neglect my blogging. Well guess what happened. Honestly I have been dying to write but some of the stuff I want to write about needs to wait just a few more weeks.

At that point I will have more time for writing and also feel like I can write from a different perspective.


One thing  have managed and can write clearly about is getting a bit of an online income. I have started a profile on ODesk and write articles for a company called. IIU (Internet Income University). This opportunity came thanks to a gringa friend who lives here in the same city as me. I have to say that really this is all thanks to this blog and the friends I have made through it. I met Rhonda through a friend on facebook but who really I originally met here on the blog. So although I have not been a good blog friend I have tried to keep up with people in other ways.

So I wanted to explain a few things about ODesk and getting paid if you live in Mexico. I had to do a lot of reading and figure things out before I found the best way so I want to share and make it a little easier for others. First I must tell you that the incomes on Odesk are all pretty low. But you can make 500usd a month if you work at it and that is a pretty ok sueldo (monthly income) for mexico. With that in mind here is what I found out. Basically the cheapest way to get paid is for Odesk to transfer your money directly to a US bank account (this is free). But if your like me and don't have one nor care to get one there are other options. Transferring to paypal only costs 1usd. BUT and this is a big but... if your paypal account was started in the states or if you put your location as the states when you started it you can not transfer to a bank in Mexico without paying like a 30usd fee (which is a lot of freaking money). So what you have to do is open a paypal account in Mexico and with your address in Mexico. Then you can add your Mexican bank accounts. The only thing you have to remember is that your name on Odesk, Paypal, and bank all should be exactly the same. Also if you transfer less than 1,500pesos you get charged 20p, which really isn't that bad. The other restriction is that if you don't connect a credit card to your pay pal you can only withdraw 5,000p a month. But most likely I will never need to do more than that anyway so this is going to work just fine.

I also want to write more about immigration and obviously what has been going on in our lives over the last months. All that is to come in the coming weeks. Things are going good for us now.


  1. Thank you so much for writing about this. I have been wondering about how odesk works. I've seen you and Rhonda commenting about this and I am thinking about trying it out soon. Thank amiga.

  2. Hi do you know if you can get paid directly to your bank account in mexico without paypal?
    I know that many banks can't be connected with paypal because of some reference number that don´t appear on the data of your transfers.
    Only it can be done with an american bank located in mexico where you have to pay monthly to use it. Thanks

  3. Anon- So sorry that Im just now gettin on here. I have been a horrible blogger lately. What I did with Odest is that I have a Mexican PayPal account. It took me a bit to figure it out but you can start your paypal account here or you can always change your settings in your account if you have one set up already. This will allow you to connect it to almost any bank in Mexico. If I remember right there is a small fee for changing the money over to pesos but its not a lot. There is also a small fee for moving it from Paypal to the bank but again its very small.