Chiriquí Needs a Handyman and Lawn-Care Service

Chiriquí Needs a Handyman and Lawn-Care Service

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November 1, 2015

One almost sure-fire way to succeed in business is to find a gap that needs filling, or a niche that is unoccupied. And right now there’s a great big gap in the Chiriquí Province of western Panama for home maintenance, lawn care, and handyman services. Of course, there are locals who carry out yard work, but that laidback outlook that expats find so appealing in some ways can leave them waiting to have work done. And when it comes to home repairs, it’s hard to find qualified tradesmen with the right tools. With an expat population of around 20,000, Chiriquí Province has a market.

Exploring the East for Profitable Art and Craft Imports

Exploring the East for Profitable Art and Craft Imports

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November 1, 2015

Importing crafts and folk art is a great way to fund your travels or create an income living overseas. You get to bridge the gap between an artisan producer in an emerging country and a market back home that can afford to pay top prices for unique, high-quality products. In the process, you can mark-up the goods to create an income for yourself.

Performing Your Way to a Paycheck Overseas

Performing Your Way to a Paycheck Overseas

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November 1, 2015

Your voice could be your passport to an income overseas…and we’re not just talking about singing. Sure, if you can carry a tune, you can take that talent with you. Many expats make their money, or at least a supplementary income, from singing. Some even discover that carving out a singing career is easier overseas.

Build Your Own Dream B&B Overseas…Before Leaving Home

Build Your Own Dream B&B Overseas…Before Leaving Home

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October 1, 2015

We knew we wanted to open a B&B, and now we have this beautiful place and a great lifestyle,” says Manzar Lari, 55. In 2013, Manzar and his partner, Terry Richmeier, 48, left jobs in corporate healthcare in Minneapolis to create a new life in the highland town of Boquete, Panama…and a new livelihood in the hospitality business.

Keep Your Paycheck While Starting a New Life Overseas

Keep Your Paycheck While Starting a New Life Overseas

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October 1, 2015

Teleworking, telecommuting, remote working…call it whatever you like, it’s catching on. And the bottom line is, with the technology available today you could move overseas and take your job with you. If most of your daily work is conducted via email and telephone, then you may be in the perfect position to approach your employer about working remotely.

How I Use a Little-Known “Skills Visa” to Live in France as a Writer

How I Use a Little-Known “Skills Visa” to Live in France as a Writer

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October 1, 2015

“ What I love the most about Paris is every day brings an opportunity to see and do something new. It stimulates the brain. Every street you haven’t traveled down before leaves you room for discovery and learning,” says Texas native Leah Walker. Leah funds her life through freelance writing, blogging, and running social media promotions for hotels, restaurants, tour companies, and destinations—as well as beauty and fashion businesses—on her website.

How to Make Money with a Trip to China

How to Make Money with a Trip to China

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August 1, 2015

I am in China. Again. It’s my fourth time in Guangzhou. Friends wonder why I keep coming back to this southern city. But they’ve never been to the Canton Fair Complex... Football-stadium-sized buildings fill city blocks. Each has half-a-dozen floors. And inside, you’ll find furniture, electronics, clothes, food…nearly everything…at factory-direct prices.

Enjoy a Nomadic Lifestyle in the Sun on a Writer’s Income

Enjoy a Nomadic Lifestyle in the Sun on a Writer’s Income

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August 1, 2015

Sitting down to write at the brightly-colored Mexican tile table on my patio, I let my eyes rest on the back garden… giant ferns…red geraniums in glazed green urns…and a stone fountain where goldfish swim and lilies bloom. The front garden is just as luxurious, with sweet-smelling jasmine climbing the wall and a central fountain providing night music.