Why Destination Entrepreneurs
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. They may not be bar owners, but they are expats running everything from safari companies in the Serengeti to fashion companies in the Caribbean to punk rock record labels in China –and all are having a lot of fun living in cool countries building cool businesses.
I have become particularly interested in this type of entrepreneur. The idea that you would leave your country to go and start a business in an exotic location seems a little crazy at first glance, right? But most of the Destination Entrepreneurs I talk to started with little or no business experience, and with very little money to their name – sometimes they started with large debts back home they needed to pay off).. They have simply followed their passion and have made it work.
I see a lot of advice these days that is focused on helping people set up profitable internet businesses that can be ‘automated’ which then allows the owner to live a luxurious lifestyle traveling to exotic locations and doing cool things.
Instead of setting up a business that creates income which then allows you to follow your passion, Destination Entrepreneurs follow their passion to create businesses in ‘destination’ locations. The thing I really like about the concept of Destination Entrepreneurship is that it combines a little bit of adventure, a little bit of profit, and a little bit of life changing experience into one neat little package.
I am most interested in, and will focus on, entrepreneurs working in developing countries. They have a unique set of challenges and rewards and there is little information out there to help them make the right choices, avoid painful lessons, and the form a community with others like them.
It is my belief there is a little bit of Destination Entrepreneur in everyone.