Guide to Your Profitable Business Part 3

In this post, I continue my sneak peek of what is to come. Today is Part 3 of what will be a FREE guide to “Finding Your Profitable Business Idea.” If you missed them, here is Part 1 and Part 2. Can I ask you to do me one favor? Would you read through it and take a minute to comment with your feedback or send me any questions you have? Your feedback would be so helpful as I continue to finalize the guide and ensure that it is a tool that truly helps aspiring entrepreneurs identify a profitable business idea. Step 3 – Testing for Profitability So far you have discovered your passion, skills, and the need for your product or service. Then you … Read more

Guide to Your Profitable Business Part 2

Today, I want to continue my sneak peek of what is to come. I’m sharing Part 2 of what will be a FREE guide to “Finding Your Profitable Business Idea.” I plan on sharing the third and final part next week. Can I ask you to do me one favor? Would you read through it and take a minute to comment with your feedback or send me any questions you have? Your feedback would be so helpful as I continue to finalize the guide and ensure that it is a tool that truly helps aspiring entrepreneurs identify a profitable business idea. Testing The Need Once you have discovered your passion, honed in on your skills, and identified a need for your product or service, it … Read more

Guide to Your Profitable Business Part 1

I’ve been hard at work behind the scenes at ExpatStartup, where I’m preparing to launch some exciting changes after the first of the year. First, I’ll be expanding my focus to include any entrepreneur, not just expats. Everything that I write will still be applicable to expat entrepreneurs, I’ll simply be focusing on writing more inclusive content that anyone can apply. I’ll also be including some expat focused content in my coaching program so that I can continue to meet the unique needs of expat entrepreneurs. The second big change coming in 2018 will be a clearer focus on getting your startup off the ground. I’m going to be leveraging my skills and passions to cue in on the key fundamentals that you will need … Read more

Letting Ideas Flourish: Unleashing the Power of Startups

This post is adapted from a guest post I wrote about a month ago that can be found here. As I work with hopeful entrepreneurs and those in the early stages of their startup, I am continually inspired by their unwavering commitment to pursue their dreams. Unfortunately, I’m often discouraged to see their enthusiasm squelched when they find themselves to be outsiders trying to break into a startup community that only caters to a specific type of entrepreneur. We owe it to aspiring entrepreneurs to be diligent in creating more inclusive startup communities. First, let’s make it easier for entrepreneurs to turn ideas into successful startups. Second, creating strong communities of support for startup businesses must become a top priority. Let’s see how we can … Read more

4 Steps That Launched My Expat Startup, and the 1 Thing That Almost Destroyed It

When I started my first business, I had to figure out most things on my own. I made many mistakes along they way, but there were a few wins that tremendously impacted our success. I hope these steps speed up your business growth. And since no success story is quite complete without a failure or two, I also share one key thing I should have done differently. 1. I Went During my senior year in college, my then fiance, Lauren, and I knew that life outside of the US was calling us. We had travelled to a handful of countries and felt very comfortable that we could handle the stresses that come with living in another country and culture. However, we needed to be sure. … Read more

The 3 Mistakes Most Expat Entrepreneurs Make

As I’ve said before, starting a business can be challenging and starting a business in a culture or country different from your own is even more difficult. This is why you want to make sure you are taking the right steps to set your expat startup for success. In this post, I’m going to explore three common mistakes expat entrepreneurs make and how you can avoid them. 1. Not Understanding Your Customer No matter where you start your business, getting out and talking to your customers is vitally important. When your business is not in your home culture, this is even more critical. We have to understand that our businesses ultimately exist to serve our customers. They will be the ones using your product or … Read more

Getting Started is Easier Than You Think

Last weekend I attended a business conference focused on global impact. Many of the speakers focused on entrepreneurship and best startup practices, both in the US and abroad. They shared their experiences and gave all sorts of practical business advice. They discussed how to treat your employees, how to impact the community, what investors look for, and many other topics. There was one topic that they all touched on, no matter what their focus. Every last one of them said that if you want to start something, you have to first take action. You have to take that first step with the information you currently have, even if you don’t yet have a clear picture of where you are going. I Sold a Phone Last … Read more

Why Entrepreneurship Part 3: Social Impact

So far in this series, I have discussed who can be an entrepreneur, what it takes to be successful, and explored the freedom that comes from starting your own business. In this final post, I want to show the ways that entrepreneurship can be used as a tool for social impact. Small Business Worldwide It is hard to find worldwide figures, but in the United States, small businesses employ half of the entire workforce and create about 64% of new jobs. These numbers are likely higher in less developed countries where unemployment rates are high. High unemployment rates in these countries encourage some individuals to be creative and find ways to make money when jobs are scarce, resulting in many unofficial small businesses. While these … Read more

Get Started Growing Series

Last spring, I wrote a series about startup success for a faith-based blog and it was recently chosen for the Editor’s Pick for the first half of 2017. I may be a little biased, but I think the content is really good. No matter what your background, I think you will find some useful tips and information throughout this series. Here are links to all the articles in this series: Get Started Growing: Maximizing Startup Success It Starts With You: Maximizing Startup Success Understanding Your Customer: Maximizing Startup Success Starting Small: Maximizing Startup Success Iterations Through Feedback: Maximizing Startup Success   Sign up for Expat Essentials Click here to sign up for our Expat Essentials newsletter so you don’t miss out on future book reviews … Read more

Why Entrepreneurship Part 2: Freedom

In Part 1 of this series, we learned entrepreneurship is not easy. In fact, it is usually really hard and takes long hours to be successful. When I started my training business, there were many days when I would leave the house at 6am and not get home until 7pm, including weekends. During one particularly busy season, I remember coming home late one evening to see my toddler jumping up and down when I got home. He was so excited because he hadn’t seen me that day. While this sounds terrible, you need to know that it wasn’t everyday. Despite the long hours, in some ways I felt incredibly free. I was free to: Create the job I wanted Be flexible with the hours I … Read more