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No matter how affordable the destinations we talk about are, the simple fact is: You can't live anywhere for free...
But what if you had an income that went with you? An income that could give you the freedom you need to just pick up and go?
You could spend half the year in your own cottage on the beach… work in the mornings and snorkel and relax in the afternoons. Maybe spend the other half of the year up in the mountains where it's cool... and get paid while you're at it...
With this kind of flexibility, it doesn't matter where you're based. That means you can travel whenever you feel like it. You could rent a place in Paris or Buenos Aires for a month or two of vacation, work from home a few days a week and spend the rest of your time enjoying the city...
You could earn an income from back home while you go live someplace where the cost of living is much more affordable. That way you put dollars in your pocket, but you spend in a place where those dollars really stretch.
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You could say Geoff Bailey owes his business success to peanut butter. The 55-year-old from Oregon moved to Colombia with the intention of slowing down and enjoying retirement.
Watching kids play at running imaginary businesses has convinced me that the entrepreneurial spirit is more inherent than we have been led to believe. They are such naturals at trading. They want to buy and sell because that’s one of the first activities they witness their parents doing. It’s engaging and creative. You can set up your stall and then draw in other kids and willing adults to act as your customers.
In March 2012, my wife Lindsay and I decided to quit our jobs, sell our cars, and move to the Philippines for a year. Lindsay would teach at a school for orphans called the Children of Hope School, and I would help the orphanage with their website. I knew that it would be a life-changing experience and a chance to see a beautiful part of the world. I also knew that it would be a time when we’d see a decrease in our income. But we had a solution.
Consumer trends in America have a very good chance of doing well in other countries. And if you can get in early enough, you can make a very successful business selling something that has already proved its worth back home. Food is a case in point. But rather than starting from scratch, how about working with someone who has more success than they can handle.
John and Ellen Lee consider themselves to be the luckiest people in the world running their small hotel and restaurant in the Belizean beach paradise of Placencia. Back in the U.S., John, who’s from Australia, and Ellen, who’s American, believed that because they had invested 20+ years in their careers, they had to stick to them.
Argentina is as famous for its economic and political woes as it is for the tango and its Malbec wine. Nonetheless, its booming wine industry offers countless business opportunities, especially for entrepreneurs who are sensitive to the needs of foreign tourists. I’m not going to recommend you plant a vineyard, build a winery, and export Argentine wine to North America or Europe—although there are people doing that successfully.
Sometimes the most successful ideas for setting up a business overseas are right under your nose. Sometimes they are so simple, you overlook them.The very easiest thing you could produce may well have a hungry market just waiting to snap up your output. And you could be well on your way to profits with the most basic product of all—American-style food.
There was a time when being successful in retail was all about having a bricks-and-mortar business in a good location. Not only would you be paying rent or mortgage on your store; you would also have to keep your stock in a large storeroom or warehouse. Your business was about bulk buying, stock control, and supply-chain management.
Everything that happens on Guatemala’s Rio Dulce happens because of the water. Rio Dulce translates as “Sweet River”…and life here is truly sweet.
There is so much more to you than simply the label of your job. You may have talents you haven’t yet tapped into—and there may be people out there waiting to pay for your services. The world is wide and there are so many opportunities for your abilities overseas.
Sometimes a dying business leads to a new life. It did for Tom Boylan from Denver. “Now I have this incredible sense of freedom that I can do what I want, go where I want and enjoy life how I choose,” he says.
My wife, Linda, and I hadn’t exactly planned on buying a vacation home. It’s not like we’re property moguls—I’m retired and my wife is on a one-year sabbatical.
Moving from New York City to a small town in the U.S. is quite a culture shock on its own. But Rick Macsherry, 60, and Christina Spilsbury, 58, did one better. In 1989, they moved to a small fishing village on Costa Rica’s northern Pacific coast.
Heading to a foreign country to teach English has long been the first taste of life abroad for many a young person fresh out of college, but now it’s a popular route for people of all ages.
It was something my grandfather said that made me decide to buy a vacation rental property overseas. A small-town barber, he said that the smartest/luckiest thing he did was to pay cash for a new car…just one month before the 1929 stock market crash.
Chances are, you were not brought up to think you could explore countless possibilities. Most of us who arrived after World War II were counseled to follow a narrow path in life.
Walking the world and taking other people with me has given me an amazing lifestyle and a good part of my livelihood. When you live—or travel extensively—in a foreign country you get to know the places to go, the people to meet, and you make connections
Over the years, Barry and Claudia Leon lived happily all over the States. They both had full and varied careers in psychology, college teaching, business, and biology.
Expats Kim Macphee and Tony Clark made the dream a reality; they got started after their employer laid them off in 2006. They used their free time and severance pay to map out a strategy for the future, a plan that has blossomed into new enterprises and a new way of life in Popayán, Colombia.
We took the all-day Kiwi Discovery bus to spectacular Milford Sound and yelled excitedly when we saw a large pod of dolphins bursting from the green and blue water…
My “home away from home” is on a small, exotic island in the South Pacific. Most people in my adopted hometown of Asheville, North Carolina, don’t really know where it is. On this side of the country, we tend to go toward the Caribbean or Europe.
After seeing Paris some 25 years ago, New York native Richard Nahem dreamt of making it his home. Although visits to the City of Light kept his dream alive, it wasn’t until 2005 that the chef-caterer packed his bags and crossed the Atlantic to start a new life. “My partner and I sold our apartment in New York for a nice profit, so we were able to live in Paris for about 18 months without working,” says Richard.
It’s been just over a year since I let my lease expire, packed my bags, and took off around the world with my growing business and my small dog.
The Peace Corps advertises itself as the “toughest job you’ll ever love.” It’s true—I loved that experience enough to extend my two-year commitment for a third…but I never imagined just where that experience would lead me when I got off the plane in Quito, way back in August 1982. Fast forward 13 years and you would find me opening my own bagel business.
I don’t have a degree in Education or English or even something like International Studies. What I studied was Forestry. Yep, that’s right, I learned about trees!
I awoke this morning to the sound of birdsong and breakers. Usually I like to begin the day with a brisk walk along Leme beach—only one block from my home in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
When you get to a certain age, the idea of blowing out candles jammed into a cake laden with thick, sickeningly-sweet wallpaper paste-like frosting is no longer appealing.
I happen to be a pretty lucky guy. I get an income doing something I would happily pay money to be allowed to do. It’s true. If I wasn’t paid to do it, I would do it for nothing.
I’ve made a business out of leading groups of people on walking tours and the year ahead is looking good. I am going to visit two wonderful regions of Colombia where English-speaking tourists are almost non-existent. Then there’s a trip to the Ecuadorian Andes that incorporates stunning vistas and a shopping extravaganza at indigenous markets. Following that, I’ll enjoy a magical walk in Peru on Inca trails that aren’t under the spotlight of big tour companies. The plan is to extend that trip to explore the Nazca region, famous for the figures etched in rock only visible from the air. I turned 60 a month ago and will celebrate my 40th wedding anniversary this month.
If you want to set up business overseas, you will most likely consider doing it by yourself. But if you don’t have the language and you’re not familiar with the country itself, this can be a daunting prospect. A solution could be partnering with a local.
Would you love a life on the water? If you spend your weekends fishing, surfing, diving, sailing, or kayaking, have you ever come home wishing it could be like that all the time? Maybe it could. You could wear a wetsuit to work, use your boat as an office, and spend your days showing vacationers your favorite reefs or rapids.
Weddings bloom in magical locations all over the world… sunset on a Caribbean beach…a spectacular hilltop in Spain…in front of the romantic Eiffel Tower in Paris. And you could be there, making money while fluffing the bride’s gown, basking in compliments, and popping open Champagne.
If you dream of becoming a publishing magnate, you should probably marry a Hearst rather than start an English-language newspaper in Colombia. But find the right niche for a publication and you could create a profitable new business, while delivering essential information to news-hungry expats, travelers, and locals.
Our two children, Daniel and Angelina, are having the time of their lives in southern France. They’re riding their bikes along the canal under giant Plane trees, playing in the white sand and surf of the Mediterranean Sea, and enjoying long summers as well as skiing the snow-peaked Pyrenees in the winter. They absorb French culture as they play outdoors.
Latin America is seeing huge growth in the number of senior citizens. Birth rates are falling across the region. According to a study published by the United Nations’ Economic Commission for Latin America, the population of those 65 years and older will increase three times faster than the total population between 2000 and 2025 and six times faster from 2025 to 2050.
In case you don’t know—and some don’t—copywriting means writing ad copy. The headlines. The print ads you see. Billboards. TV ads. And sales letters.
Opening a franchise in Latin America can be a great way to fund your overseas dream. And your options are vast. In Brazil alone, you have more than 1,800 franchise brands to choose from. Mexico has more than 900. The biggest benefit of franchising is that the business plan is already done for you. Franchising allows entrepreneurs to operate from a proven business model that is continuously perfected and adapted.
A career as a freelance copywriter is a pretty cushy “job.” You can work at home or from wherever in the world that you want that to be.
Last week, I had one of those moments when I realized how fortunate I am to have the life and career that I do. I am a freelance copywriter living Paris, which means that not only do I live in one the most beautiful cities in the world, I have the flexibility to actually enjoy it and my life here.
The “bean-to-bar” production of artisan chocolates is a way to make tastier chocolate in a more sustainable manner—and charge a premium to willing customers (three-ounce bars in the U.S. can go for as much as $8).