Tens of thousands of people now move overseas for work or pleasure. If this is you, read on… Going to live in a new country can be the catalyst for a sea-change in your career. Opportunities that existed in one country may dry up in another. Sometimes it makes sense not to pursue one single career path but to adopt a shifting, growing, portfolio of portable careers. Section 1 arms you with practical advice on how to choose a business idea that works for you and how to develop the right mindset. Section 2 shares the remarkable stories of more than 23 international entrepreneurs as they share how they've maintained and built rewarding, portable careers in all four corners of the world. Section 3 provides extensive links, resources and tips for expatriate entrepreneurs living in 35 countries If you are considering working for yourself in a foreign land then this inspirational guide belongs in your suitcase, wherever you may be, wherever you may go and whatever you may hope to become.
After having my first idea for a book accepted by the first publisher I approached when I was 22, I decided a career as a full time writer was for me. French Tarts (Octopus) was published in 1985 and I then went on to write 13 word processing handbooks for giants such as Macmillan and McGraw-Hill. Then along came WYSIWYG and Word and I changed direction. First a second cookbook (Dates, Zodiac Publishing) and then I published Forced to Fly and Career in Your Suitcase through my own imprint, Summertime Publishing. I've been abroad for 25 years now. I am one of those people who has inadvertently been presented with the label of Trailing Spouse and so, after years in Dubai (hot), Oman (beautiful), Norway (rainy), a few years back in England (weird after all that time) I have now been in Holland (not half bad) for eight years. I have come to specialise in expat issues and have had the 3rd edition of Career in Your Suitcase, Expat Entrepreneurs, Find Your Passion and Release the Book Within published by Lean Marketing Press. I have also published my memoir, A Moving Landscape, and two training programs - How to Write Your Life Stories and Definite Articles. But it does not stop there, for Summertime Publishing is now publishing other authors - Tina Quick, Niamh Ni Bhroin, Simone Costa Eriksson, Natalie Tollenaere, Jeanne Heinzer and Siv Harestad. There are 65 books in the stable now and I plan to publish about 12 books a year. Books by expats for expats...
In my life outside work and books, I am married to Ian (my oil and gas man) who plays guitar in a rock band when he is not being oily, and have two recently-adult boys, Sam and Josh, of whom I am inordinately proud. Both are at uni and both appear to enjoy writing as much as I do. Ian, meanwhile, can't wait to retire and jump on the family bandwagon.
I grew up in the 'most perfect stone town in England', Stamford, Lincs. The place they recorded Middlemarch. I went to an all girls' school and was still blushing by the time I went to study French at Hull university (and no, I did not go there through clearing, I wanted to go). My father, Peter Gosling, is still writing books at 83 and I am slightly miffed that he has written 31 to my paltry 30. His book, How to Be a Global Grandparent is available on Amazon. My mother claims she 'can't do anything' but frequently comes first in the village horticultural society painting competition and has been promoted to doing the alter flowers in church. It seems we are a creative lot, for my brother, Patrick Gosling, is a pretty darn good photographer http://www.patrickgosling.com