You don’t have to be stuck at that desk all summer. Here’s how Bianca Forzano left her office and ended up with a thriving company that she operates from the beach.
We all do it, and we know we do it. The big, life changing decisions are the ones you often leave until the absolute last minute… after you have done the dishes, cleaned up the house, done your taxes and paired all those uneven socks. It’s important to remind yourself occasionally why they are a load to cr*p.
Find out how this 26-year-old started a newspaper in a foreign country.
Feel there is no hope in the job market? Starting a business in a developing country may be the perfect answer for you.
Moving to a developing country can seem a little scary. You’ve all seen the movies, and heard the anecdotes from friends. So what should you believe, and how do you mitigate the risk of something bad happening?
The safe path can be tempting. School, university and parents all tell you to take it. The thing is, the safe path is not really all that safe anymore… and it will never get you to awesome.
It’s obvious right? Build, make and sell stuff to people who are willing to pay for it, and profits will be so plentiful they will clog your mattresses, bank accounts and wherever else you hide your money. But how do you find the killer idea?
I have seen some pretty crazy stuff in my travels around Africa. I have seen 2 people beaten to death by angry mobs, had a close friend pistol whipped and robbed at gunpoint…
The process of incorporating in a foreign country can be a little daunting, especially if you have just landed and done no homework. So, let’s make sure you know what you are getting into.
If you set your sights on being a destination entrepreneur, one thing is virtually guaranteed. You will eventually be asked for a bribe… and probably lots of them. Bribes come in all shapes and sizes, but the way you handle them could be the difference between success and failure.
Everyone wants to be a billionaire, but Zimbabwe took it a little far. By 2009, every single resident was a multi-trillionaire. In fact, by the summer of 2008 there was a single bank note worth 100,000,000,000,000 Zimbabwean dollars (100 trillion). It was initially equivalent to about $300 USD, but quickly became worthless. Thankfully, the kind of currency destruction that Zimbabwe experienced isn’t a common event. Still, currency matters, and you need to care about it if you intend to be a success …
Ever wondered what it takes to get started? Or questioned why some people seem to make it work effortlessly while others wallow in a big pool of failure? After interviewing dozens of destination entrepreneurs, some key themes for those that are successful keep popping up. They are all simple, straightforward and all are very achievable.
Many countries have incredibly bizarre laws that can be ignored. Other laws are so irrelevant that they are most likely never enforced. However, there are some laws you definitely need to be aware of – and this is where a little bit of research goes a long way.
So far, I have been lucky to speak with a diverse range of excellent destination entrepreneurs from many different countries. However, I could always use more introductions!! So, I have decided to ask for your help.
I will be the first to admit that I have (more than occasionally) dreamed of spending a few years living on the beach in a laid-back part of the world, serving up drinks at a beach bar I have set up, watching the sun set over swaying palm trees. Come on, admit it. You have too. The thing is, over the last few years I have come across a lot of people who live exactly this life.
The Destination Entrepreneurs podcast (coming soon!) covers the amazing stories of everyday people starting cool businesses around the world. FInd out how to set up a beach bar in Costa Rica, how to manage a fashion label from a seaside town in the Caribbean, how to use your passion to get paid to travel around the world, how to $10,000s in free money for your business and more…