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

More Than a Book Review: A Thousand Hills to Heaven

I’ll be featuring regular book reviews on ExpatStartup with the goal of recommending books that inspire and equip you with the skills to create and grow your own expat startup. I will share stories that speak into the expat experience and/or provide the technical and soft skills needed to effectively launch a startup. Also, there are affiliate links in this post. If you click through and make a purchase, I may receive a tiny commission at no additional cost to you. Enjoy! A Thousand Hills to Heaven: Love, Hope, and a Restaurant in Rwanda By Josh Ruxin Ruxin’s book is a wonderful tale that not only explores the wonders and hardships of expat living, but also the challenges he and his wife face in starting … Read more