Expat Entrepreneur: How to create and maintain your own portable career anywhere in the world Paperback – 27 Feb 2006
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"This terrific book is exactly the support I could have done with on our overseas postings and even on my return to the UK. Jo Parfitt has gathered together her own insights and experience and that of many other entrepreneurial expats to create an indispensable tool for anyone wanting to create something new wherever they land." Bobby Meyer, publisher, serial entrepreneur and three times expatriate, Sage Press
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Why you should read this book
Ours is an increasingly global world. Tens of thousands of people now move
overseas for work or pleasure. If this is you, read on.
International employees of multinational companies are posted, typically,
for anything from a few months to several years and to a range of
countries. It is not unusual for a mobile family to experience more than
ten countries during an international career. If you are the spouse of an
expatriate employee, and want to maintain your professional identity
despite frequent upheaval, then this book is for you.
Yet, every year, thousands of families uproot themselves to move overseas
for a `better life'. Unless they can take their career with them, continue
to commute or telework, these people need to find work in their adopted
country. Sometime one or both partners hopes to work. Yet without locally
recognised qualifications and a good command of a new language, finding
paid work on the economy can be difficult or take a long time. As a result,
many choose to work for themselves. If you are thinking about how to earn
the bread and butter, Brod und Boter or baguette et beurre, in your new
life, and would welcome some inspiration, then this book is for you too.
Even if you do not expect to work abroad, but would still like to explore
some of the options open to entrepreneurs, this book remains relevant.
In short this book is for anyone who is considering working for themselves,
wherever they may be, wherever they may go and whatever they may hope to
Top Customer Reviews
If you are the spouse of an expatriate employee, wanting to maintain your professional identity despite frequent upheaval, or, if you have moved to a foreign land and are thinking of working for yourself, this book is for you. By the time you reach your destination, you will be armed with the tools necessary to choose a business idea that works for you, adopting the right mindset and skills to aid success.
Practical advice on developing a portable career by choosing something you enjoy, rather than just using the skills you have is discussed. Understandably, motivation remains easier if you develop the right mindset.
From the outset, the author challenges whether "you have what it takes" to get started. Thought-provoking sections on "what makes an entrepreneur?" describe the drive and determination needed by finding inspiration for your business, creating a venture, and then developing a portable career through effective marketing. The practicalities of success are explained in a helpful, straightforward manner that makes anyone feel they can achieve something similar. The importance of networking is clear.
International entrepreneurs share their own circumstances and information about building and maintaining successful and rewarding, portable careers in all four corners of the world. Extensive links and tips from 35 countries are listed providing excellent practical resources to get started.
The book really encourages the reader to look for the inner entrepreneur, and focus on the skills and strengths that enable him or her to maintain a flexible and, importantly, portable career. It offers an in-depth section on the traits of entrepreneurs. There are clear steps and questions to allow the reader to examine his own strengths and weaknesses with a view to being self-employed. The book not only inspires, but also provides extensive resources to equip the reader for further investigation on his own.
The first part of the book outlines the criteria for becoming a successful Expat Entrepreneur. The second section profiles over 20 real life examples of all kinds of Expat Entrepreneurs. And finally, the last part of the book is filled with country specific resources from 35 countries.
Get ready to be inspired and discover how to turn your passion into a profitable (and portable) business.
Jo Parfitt is an expert in this field and shares many tips and strategies that give a practical guide to be able to do it yourself.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and would highly recommend it to anyone living an internationally mobile life.
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