Yesterday, I posted about an article from the Startup Journal about how a growing trend is people moving to different countries, and starting up businesses that will earn them a living, and earn them the ability to stay in the country of their choice. I hear every day through e-mail from people who want to move to the Philippines, but most of them ask me how they will be able to make money. Well, let your entrepreneurial juices flow, think outside the box, and let your personal passions point you in the direction that can earn you some money and also make you happy in doing so.
In looking around the Internet, I found one such person. Of course, I know it’s possible, because I am an Expat Entrepreneur myself, and it’s been working for me for over 7 years now. But, of course I know there are many others like me. One person that I found doing this had some very similar ideas to mine, and the story intrigued me.
The story starts out with a lady named Luanna Bicknell. Luanna is a 30 year old British lady who lives in Hungary. Her husband’s job brought the family there about a year ago. When they moved to Hungary, the Bicknell family brought along their trampoline. It’s funny, because we have a large trampoline that we brought from the States with us. To Luanna’s surprise, lots of people from the neighborhood found the trampoline fascinating, they had never used one before! Soon Luanna started inviting the “onlookers” to come in and try the trampoline for themselves! They loved it. Soon, Luanna opened an online store selling things for kids! She focused in on things that she knew that kids loved from back home in England, but were not available in Hungary, her new home. She opened a website, Hoppi, which sold trampolines and other items that she knew kids would love to have! Apparently, she is doing well in the endeavor!
I have had the same experience with my trampoline (or should I say with my kids’ trampoline). When people come over to our house, they see the big trampoline in the back yard, and art literally drawn to it. They want to know about it, and they want to try it out. Trampolines are not readily available here, and some people don’t even know what it is when they see it. The kids get on, though, jump and have a great time. They don’t want to get off! So, I know exactly where Luanna is with her trampoline. I also perfectly understand what she is doing with her online store, because it mirrors my personal experiences too.
When you move to another country, like I did when I moved to the Philippines, you instantly have a unique perspective that can help your entrepreneurial juices flow, and help you succeed in whatever you try. The unique perspective is that you know what works in your previous home. For instance, Luanna knew without a doubt that kids loved the trampoline. If they didn’t, Luanna and her husband wouldn’t have purchased one! So, she can look at what worked back home, and see that certain things are not available in her new home, and boom! Instantly she can enter a business that has already been tried, tested and proven, but it just has not moved into her new home yet! It works the other way too. For me, living here in the Philippines, I can see things that they have here, or activities that they do, which are not in the USA. As an American, I have a feel for what other Americans might like, or might purchase. When I put these two bits of knowledge together, it presents opportunities to me that I can bring from here to the USA. So, there are money making opportunities on both sides of the ocean.
So, for all of you who are beating your heads trying to figure out how to make a living here, so that you can make the move here, my best advice comes in two different points:
- Think outside the box. Don’t be boxed in and limited in your thinking. Let all of your barriers aside and think in unconventional ways. You’ll be surprised what you come up with.
- Let your passion guide you. We all have things that we are passionate about, things we love to do. I’m talking about things like hobbies, or values in our lives. Figure out what it is that you are really passionate about, and do it. You will figure out a way to use that passion to make money. And, you will always enjoy doing it, because it’s your passion after all.