Why do expatriates or those in an international situation need special attention?
You've heard the expression "It takes one to know one". I think until you've walked a mile in an expatriate's shoes it's hard to understand the incredible difficulties we face and appreciate the amazing opportunities we have. Whether you're an expat yourself or are married to one, each has its quirks.
This Is Just The Tip Of The Iceberg When It Comes To The Challenges:
- Communication - in a foreign language or through a foreign culture. Even the simplest everyday tasks are complicated if you struggle with the language of your host country or when the system is unexpectedly different.
- You may also experience frustration communicating with your spouse when it comes to explaining why you want to start your own business, your vision for it and what support you expect or desire from him.
- Financial - the costs of being a global family are great when you consider the extra costs you face for children's education, trips home, staying in touch with family, importing food or clothing. That makes starting your own business and being a success at it even more important!
- It's often incredibly difficult or even impossible to access financial resources or information for business such as grants, business banking accounts, facilities for accepting credit cards, business loans and accurate tax information.
- Lack of a support network. No friends or family nearby, no girl's nights out, no downtime, no date nights if you have a hard time finding childcare or a babysitter.
- Less professional networking opportunities.
- Isolation and a feeling of becoming introverted because of the lack of genuine social interactions.
- Having to accept dead-end jobs or jobs in an unrelated field to your career path, just to make ends meet. The feeling of being stuck in these jobs.
There Are Also Many Advantages To Being In An International Situation.
- Intimate knowledge of two (or more) cultures and a great deal of empathy for those who struggle with culture shock.
- Inspiration from host country. Unique outlook and influence on work, especially artistic pursuits.
- Career opportunities that arise from knowledge of language and culture. Location opportunities, such as access to resources, materials, craftsmen and artisans, different skills. Opportunities to learn these skills yourself.
- Less demands on time without family and friends nearby. There's nothing like going to work on Christmas Day as we do in Japan.
- Even the time difference can be an advantage - you can work in the evenings after the kids are asleep, but when the rest of the world wakes up.
- Being viewed as somewhat exotic because you live in a foreign country or travel a lot, have bilingual kids, a foreign spouse - it's always a great conversation starter and affords plenty of opportunities to meet people for whom your service or product might be perfect.
Your situation is unique. I'm excited by the challenge of helping you overcome the difficulties and eager to coax a little mindset change. You have so many opportunities.
From Idea To Business Plan.
I'm on a mission to get expats out of jobs they hate (in particular - teaching jobs).
Soul-enriching, brain-stretching, no-boss pursuits are preferred.
Work in your pjs if you want.