You could start a business for $50. This is not a joke. Granted, you probably won't produce thousands of dollars in profit instantly. But you will be able to start buying and selling products from anywhere in the world. You'll also get a feel for how this business works in the real world. Today I'll show you how entrepreneurs around the world are making money in this market right now.
China exports more than $1 trillion in goods each year. And that opens the door to an incredible opportunity for people who want to make money online. But it's important to understand how the game is played. There is a website that has become one of the largest and most successful online marketplaces in the world.
I live an idyllic life on a Spanish island, named Fuerteventura, one of the Canary Islands, off the coast of Africa. Here, the temperatures are between 70 F and 85 F all year round, with 350 days of sun. I am surrounded by beautiful, white-sand beaches and I get to surf the waves every day. This is the ideal base for me. And in just four hours I can be back in Central Europe, where I do a lot of my "work." As a travel videographer being on the road is just like being a tourist with a list of attractions to visit, the only difference being that I am getting paid for it. In fact, I can get paid up to $4,000 or more per trip by making short videos for tourist boards, hotels, tour companies, spas, and anyone looking to promote a tourist attraction on a website.
"While I loved the U.S., I find day-to-day life here is less complicated," says Barbara Rabkin, who teaches art from her home in Boquete. "Boquete is a small town. I can live more simply here. I spend much less time in a car, and most things I need are within a few miles' radius."
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.
About a year ago, I woke up one morning in Chicago and realized that another endless day stretched ahead of me. Another day of the same routine, the same monotony, running in the rat race, racing as fast as I could to get...nowhere. Cliche, I know, but I woke up knowing that unless I made a substantial change, I would lose my zest for life.
Going abroad sometimes comes as a response to a personal shakeup: the end of a relationship, a financial loss, or the passing of a loved one. Getting out of Dodge, at least for a while, can provide the opportunity to gain a fresh perspective and explore your options.
"Wait, what? Don't move to Argentina, you can't speak any Spanish!" Everyone reacted the same way when I announced I was moving. My Spanish education consisted of one class I took for a few months when I was 11 years old.
I've been a real estate investor for a little over 15 years now. So I've seen firsthand how the internet has made the vacation rental business more hands-off and profitable than it's ever been...if you know what you're doing.
"My life here is as close to ideal as I could ever imagine...it's amazing," says Salem Orion, who lives in the beach city of Mazatlan on Mexico's Pacific coast. "Every morning I wake up with anticipation, not resignation."