Expats are known to be strong, determined people with lots of ideas and faith in the future. We could even say that they have innate entrepreneurial skills. And since most people prefer to be their own bosses, it’s not surprising that many expats try their hand at running a business at least once in their lives.
Whether you intend to move abroad with the purpose of starting your own venture or you decided to do this after living in a new country for a while, here are the best business ideas found by KeepCalling that could help you make your dream come true.
1. Freelance work
There are so many kinds of freelance jobs, that you can definitely find something that you’re good at and that you’d love to do. Think of your talents and of the things you used to do in the past. Do you like to write, are you good with computers, do you know two foreign languages? You could become a freelance writer/blogger, a web designer/programmer, or a translator. As far as freelancing is concerned, the sky’s the limit. All you need is a bit of talent and a lot of perseverance.
When moving abroad, many people discover their photographic hobby/talent. Whether we’re talking about the former or the latter, chances are your photos will bring you some money. There are many websites that will sell your photographs on your behalf. You can also start photography workshops and classes, since many people all over the world are constantly interested in learning this art.
3. Online commerce
Online commerce is one of the fastest and easiest ways to start a business. You could simply buy merchandise for a good price and then sell it for a profit or you could even create your own handmade products. Handmade & homemade are two very popular concepts nowadays and they can almost guarantee a product will be successful. From food to clothes to decorations, everything you can make can be sold online.
4. Personal tutoring/training
Training and life coaching are also fashionable these days, so why not start a business in this direction? The subjects you can approach range from nutrition and fitness to life goals and even expatriation. You certainly have the necessary expertise in this field! If you’re more into teaching or personal tutoring, you can always look for students or schools that you can join. You can start by teaching your native language. You’re an expert at that, too. 😉
Do what you know best and you can’t not succeed. You can cook your own traditional food, can’t you? Then why not start a catering business, that will allow you to work from the comfort of your home? Of course, opening a restaurant is always a great idea, but just to know how you stand and to earn some investment money, it’s a good idea to get into the catering business. Prepare your best food, preferably find a niche such as the traditional cuisine in your home country, and do your best to promote yourself. The orders will keep on coming!
If you live in a touristic area, the possibilities are endless! You can become a tour guide for foreigners and you can even host them in your own home, since services like Airbnb.com were invented. You can organize all sorts of tours, including museums, sightseeing walks, hikes, biking trips, food & drink demos, nightlife experiences… Getting into the tourism business will not only be profitable, but also extremely fun and you’ll make lots of new friends.
These are just some of the most widespread venture ideas that KeepCalling gathered for you and the list is not over here. Any smart, well conducted business could prove to be successful. It’s all up to your passion and hard work. Good luck! 😉