Which of These Overseas Incomes Suits You Best?

I used to think that teaching English was the only way to survive financially as an expat, but, boy, was I wrong.

When I first made the move to the fairytale city of Prague, I jumped right into teaching English, like all the other expats in town. Mostly it involved meeting up in eclectic and bohemian cafés and classic Czech pubs for one-on-one conversation practice and free coffees or beers courtesy of my student, in addition to my payment.

But as my time in Prague went on, I met several other expats who had taken up freelance writing, editing, and even proofreading for clients both locally and abroad.

These lucky wordsmiths made their offices anywhere they chose: at home in their apartments, in cozy cafés or beautiful beer gardens, or fun co-working spaces so they could socialize and network with other entrepreneurial-minded expats and locals.

Inspired by this portable line of work that perfectly suited my journalism background, I eventually established myself as a freelance writer and the freedom of my portable career allowed me to move on to the sunny skies and seductive beaches of Portugal.

In Lisbon, I encountered expats running a small café-bar in the neighborhood of Alfama. They mingled with customers over pingado coffees and vinho verde wines on the sidewalk of a quiet cobblestone lane, surrounded by gorgeous tiled buildings, fragrant orange trees, and river breezes.

In Turkey, I met an expat couple running a seaside B&B in a small town just outside of Istanbul. After staying the night there, I tucked into the Turkish breakfast of local olives, feta cheese, freshly baked simit bread with a delicious carob-tahini spread, and of course endless refills of delicious black tea in curvy Turkish tea glasses.

By the way, Turkey is also a great location for crafts…and in the current issue of Incomes Abroad you can read about how craft importer Judy Miranda made a tidy profit on her Turkish adventures by selling her purchases back in the U.S. Judy has also funded travels to Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, and Tanzania by importing crafts.

I skipped out on winter weather by visiting Buenos Aires last December, where summer was in full bloom. Now this was a city exploding with passion and creativity, from its spontaneous and poignant tango performances on the sidewalks to the riveting street art—which one Canadian expat has turned into a lucrative job by leading street art photography tours. Her story is featured in Incomes Abroad.

I discovered the city’s best kept secrets—one of them being a puerta cerrada, or closed-door restaurant. Some of the most tempting and unique places to eat in Buenos Aires are run by expats. I met a Filipina-American woman from New York City who has turned her puerta cerrada into the go-to dining spot for authentic, spicy Southeast Asian cuisine.

Because she only opens for dinner three or four days a week, she has plenty of free time to relax and enjoy the city, play around with new recipes, or work on her cookbooks. You can get the full story on how she, and other expats, make this interesting income stream work for them, in Incomes Abroad.

Turns out, there is no shortage of ways to earn a living overseas…which one would you like to know more about?

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