A Business Plan for Your Life Abroad
Dealing with Red Tape
Lars (35) experienced the difficulties mentioned above when he applied for a visa to open a diving school in Thailand. To get the appropriate visa-plus-work permit, Lars needed invest at least 2 million THB (or 50,000 EUR) into his new business venture. A quarter of this sum needed to be paid within 90 days of registering the company. Moreover, he needed to cover his living costs until his business would start yielding a profit.
For Lars, the difficulties did not end there. “Before I could even register my company, I needed to have an address in Thailand. So I had to know in advance where my diving school was supposed to be – but I didn’t even know all the places on Ko Samui yet!”
Drawing Up a Business Plan
The very foundation of a successful business is a solid business plan. Without a well-prepared business plan, you are at risk of seeing your dream go up in smoke sooner or later.
Ernesto (44) did not only include financial calculations in his business plan. When he came up with the idea to open an office for international finance and tax law in Jerez de la Frontera, he decided to take it a step further. He researched information on the economy in Spain and specifically on the province of Cádiz.
"I figured, if I wanted to be successful with my business, I needed to know all about the local economy and about similar businesses in the area. Thus, I could make sure that I had found a niche on the local market and that my business was not just one among many."
So, when Ernesto finally moved from Arequipa in Peru to Spain, he was fully prepared. His well thought-out business plan had convinced an international bank to grant him a loan. Today, his business is thriving.