Last time we talked about expat women it was about the stereotypical expat housewife who had a charmed existence made up of cocktails by the pool and an army of staff to keep her house clean and dinner on the table.
In part two of our Expat Women Series, we will be looking at women who have become entrepreneurs in their new countries.
We came across a great article from Expat Exchange posted on the trailing-spouses blog that listed five common traits in expat spouses who go on to become entrepreneurs:
1. Desire for control
2. Strong self-motivation
3. Problem-solving abilities
4. Flexibility and lateral thinking
5. Willingness to take risk
While the expat who commissions local craft goods to sell to other housewives has become somewhat of a stereotype in itself, Africa Expat Wives Club has some sage words of wisdom based on her own foray into the world of “beaded hairclips and handmade jewellery”.
Books from self styled expat entrepreneurs such as Jo Parfitt’s ‘Career in your suitcase’ with it’s hints and tips on ‘finding your passion’, ‘networking’ and ‘creating your career’, could be a great starting point for women looking to set up a career working for themselves while living abroad.
In an interview for Expat Women Jo offers her top five tips for aspiring expat women entrepreneurs:
1. Be prepared to alter your ideas based on the market
2. First find your passion
3. Learn all you can about networking and DO IT
4. Brand yourself carefully and cleverly
5. Find out what motivates you (money, time off, people, fame) and ensure that you truly want to do what it is you set out do, because if you don't, you won’t get out of bed in the morning with a smile.
The site also has a number of interviews with successful entrepreneurial expat women.
In you’re an expat entrepreneur, we’d like to hear about your experiences. Leave us a comment below!