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Posted by on Apr 19, 2014 in Podcasts | 1 comment

DE 004: From backpacker to media mogul: how a 26 year old with only £3500 started and sold a newspaper in Argentina

DE 004: From backpacker to media mogul: how a 26 year old with only £3500 started and sold a newspaper in Argentina

Kristie Robinson’s story is a must read for anyone who thinks they don’t have enough money or experience to get started on their business and lifestyle overseas. At the tender age of 26, with only £3500 in her pocket, Kristie managed to start a newspaper in Argentina … and have it acquired less than 3 years later by an Argentine media conglomerate.  Her story of successes and challenges in starting and growing her business is a great reminder that persistence and passion are often the only things you need in order to launch your business idea.

An early marketing campaign for the printed version of the newspaper

An early marketing campaign for the newspaper

IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN:

  • The valuable experience and contacts Kristie made while backpacking in Latin America
  • What it takes to start a newspaper in a foreign country
  • How to convince your friends and colleagues to join you in your awesome overseas business idea
  • The value of pro-bono labour, and the way to attract and retain it
  • Ways to stretch your limited amount of money to achieve more than it should
  • The importance of networking, and specifically, the way to make sure you know the right people in the country you are moving to before you even get there
  • Creative ways to raise finance for your dream venture, including crowd-funding and attracting local investors
  • Tips on creating a loyal group of supporters/customers
  • The advantages that people with no experience have in starting businesses
A customer reading the newspaper back when it was called The Argentimes

A customer reading the newspaper back when it was called The Argentimes

RESOURCES AND LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Contact Kristie on  twitter (@kristiejr) or through The Argentina Independent contact page.

Kristie walking through the salt deserts in Jujuy, Argentina

Kristie walking through the salt deserts in Jujuy, Argentina

IF YOU LIKED THIS PODCAST: 

WHEN HAS A LACK OF EXPERIENCE HELPED YOU ACHIEVE SOMETHING?

I can think of a couple of times when I attempted things that people told me I had no chance of doing… and against all the odds, it somehow worked out.  As Kristie says in the podcast; if she had known more, or had been more experienced, or listened to the people who were ‘experts’, she probably would have NEVER thought of starting a newspaper in Argentina.  I mean, it’s totally crazy!!  Yet, it worked out.  In fact, it worked out really great.

When are some times you have tried something crazy, ridiculous or outright outrageous and it turned up trumps?  I’d love to hear your stories below.

TRANSCRIPT:

Click here to download the transcript for Destination Entrepreneurs Episode 4

1 Comment

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