Business Guide in the Philippines

This post lists and summarizes all of our published tips, stories and articles for your business guide in the Philippines. It also includes outside links which we consider very helpful in achieving your short-term and long-term business objectives. We understand that success is vital in your business and entrepreneurship starting from conception, registration, to operation and to the accomplishment of its ultimate goal. That is why we strive to write and share every information we think and believe will help you reach all those goals. May the following resources serve as your online business guide in doing business in the Philippines.

Business registration

Business startup should begin from making your business legitimate and obtaining license to operate. The following articles will guide you on your business registration with the different government agencies, such as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the local government units (LGUs).

How to register your business in the Philippines
How to register your business name with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
How to register a stock corporation with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
How to register a non-stock corporation with the SEC
How to register a foundation in the Philippines
How to register a financing company in the Philippines
How to register a lending company in the Philippines
How to register your business with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)
How to get a Mayor’s Business Permit in the Philippines

Philippine Taxation

Taxes are inherent burdens and obligations every businessman should deal with. The Philippine government may impose and require business owners to pay income tax, business taxes and remit withholding taxes with the BIR. Below are our posts which can help you in computing those types of taxes.

How to compute annual income tax in the Philippines (self-employed)
How to prepare annual income tax return for corporations and partnerships
How to file income tax return in the Philippines
How to compute Value Added Tax (VAT) payable
How to compute Percentage Tax in the Philippines
How to compute withholding tax on compensation
How to compute expanded withholding tax

Management and HR

Managing people in your workplace is one of the most important keys to achieving success in your business. The success of your productivity lies within your workers and employees. Thus, we want to share you these articles that aim to make you a good manager and employer:

How to become a good employer in five steps
How to really make your employees happy
How to keep your employees excited about coming to work
How to motivate employees to be more productive
List of top job portals and website in the Philippines


Management is not complete without good leadership. When it comes to motivating, inspiring and bringing your people together to achieve your organization goals, the following posts will guide you on how to become a good to a great leader.

How to be a good leader
Lead yourself: A leadership tip
Quotes and saying about leadership
How to unite people in your organization

Philippine labor laws

When employing people in the Philippines, companies and employers must prudently observe the labor laws in the country. Besides, as an ethical entrepreneur, one should know how to be grateful with his employees for the hard work, time and loyalty they contribute to his enterprise. The following resources will guide you in determining the legitimate amounts of benefits you are mandated to give to your employees.

How to compute 13th Month Pay in the Philippines
How to compute overtime pay
How to compute separation pay
How to compute retirement pay

Marketing tips

These articles deal with the realization of your targeted sales and profits, which focus on taking care of your customers. These include making your customers happy, providing them with quality products, and ensuring long-term harmonious relationship with them.

How to really make your customers happy
How to keep customers coming back to buy your products
Quotes and sayings about marketing
Give time to customers: A marketing tip

Inspiration and motivation

Personal development is an important factor in business development. A successful businessman or entrepreneur is a man of patience, diligence, compassion and love. All good business policies come from good business principles.  Thus, we need to go back to the fundamentals and roots to assure that we bring good fruits in doing business. These articles are good for reflections.

The best business advice I ever got
Quotes and sayings about business
Quotes and sayings about entrepreneurship
Timeless business tips from the Bible
Business tips from the famous entrepreneurs of our time

Goal setting and strategy

To reach our business goals, we need to build a great foundation within our business, and most especially within ourselves. These articles will enlighten and teach you some simple, yet not easy, techniques to reach your business goals (life is simple, but it’s not just that easy, isn’t it?).

How to beat your business competitors
How to secure your business
How to maintain a good business name and reputation
How to become a successful business person
Weekly business tip: Don’t quit
Weekly business tip: Be friendly
What is the best business name?

Government business guide

Finally, the following links and resources are published by the different Philippine government agencies. These are tailored to guide the citizens who want to start, register and sustain their businesses in the Philippines. They will provide you important information on business registration, incorporation, taxation and even on financing your enterprise.

Business registration guide (DTI)
Financing programs for micro, small and medium enterprises (DTI)
Catalog information materials for micro and SMEs (DTI)
Do you want to go into business? (DTI)
Tax guide for professionals (BIR)
Tax guide on Philippine Taxation (BIR)
A citizen’s manual on registration of corporations and partnerships (SEC)
SEC citizen’s charter (SEC)

We hope that this post will serve as your online business guide in doing business in the Philippines. We will continuously update this post for new articles we publish and we think should be added here. Thank you for visiting this page. Be great and always have great results!

Victorino Abrugar is a retired CPA practitioner, a blogger, speaker, and an entrepreneur. He's the President of Optixor, Inc., a digital marketing company based in the Philippines. Follow him on Twitter at @viclogic.

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