From Bakers to Bakery Franchisors

From Bakers to Bakery Franchisors

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June 1, 2014

Like many expat business people, Eric and Stephanie Slater spotted an opening in the market and came up with a business idea to fill it. In their case, it was a need for good bread. It’s an issue across Central America but particularly in San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua where the couple decided they wanted to settle down. San Juan is a beach town with a ready market of hungry surfers, backpackers, and other travelers.

Belize Makes Expat Business Easy

Belize Makes Expat Business Easy

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June 1, 2014

Belize is a small country, with only 330,000+ residents. Ninety percent of businesses here are small or microbusinesses, making it a good place for an overseas venture. I’ve lived here full-time for six years now, and I know expats running all types of businesses. It’s surprisingly easy. For example, Frik De Meyere, owner of Belize Wind Energy and a real estate agent with Mannsfeld and Associates, says he spent 80% of his time on paperwork back in Europe. But in Belize, paperwork only takes 10% of his time.

Why Food Enthusiasts Are Drawn to the Yucatán Peninsula

Why Food Enthusiasts Are Drawn to the Yucatán Peninsula

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May 1, 2014

Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula is a place set off from the rest of the country, as peninsulas often are. That helped it keep its distinct Maya culture… and a culinary culture that is now making waves. As cooks and food enthusiasts seek out the origins of various ethnic cuisines, they are looking to Yucatán for answers.

Own a Sustainable Business That Pays its Way in Ecuador

Own a Sustainable Business That Pays its Way in Ecuador

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April 1, 2014

The rising popularity of ecotourism means you can now combine a way of life which respects nature with a comfortable livelihood. Setting up an ecotourism business overseas is no longer an off-beat, hardship posting. True it requires effort, but these days you are more likely to see a good return on your efforts and investment.

Microbrewing Yields Lifestyle Dividends

Microbrewing Yields Lifestyle Dividends

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April 1, 2014

People are brewing small quantities of beer in garages all across America….but some of them have taken that passion for “home brewing” overseas and turned it into a livelihood. It seems the whole world is waking up to the higher quality of craft beers, and the market for them is growing. If you’ve been in a bar recently you know about the thirst for craft beers

“How I Became a Successful Online Publisher Overnight”

“How I Became a Successful Online Publisher Overnight”

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April 1, 2014

I live on the island of Malta in the Mediterranean. The weather is great, the income tax is low, and the Internet is fast. There are daily flights to hubs like Rome, Frankfurt, London, and Dubai. So it’s convenient for dipping into the art and culture of Europe…or taking more adventurous trips to the Middle East and Africa.

A Taste of Home on Ecuador’s Pacific Coast

A Taste of Home on Ecuador’s Pacific Coast

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March 1, 2014

When Gary and Kathryn Kelly, both in their 50s, moved to Ecuador from Sargent, Texas, in 2011, they expected this would be where they spent their retirement years. In Texas, Gary had owned a property tax management company and Kathryn worked as his executive assistant. In Ecuador, they hoped to laze away the days on the beach in front of their home…