Do you know that saying that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover?
A friend of mine is thinking of starting a business in a foreign country in order to get a business visa so she can stay there. She’s currently staying on a 3-month tourist visa. She told me that getting a business visa was the easiest way to gain a more permanent residence and that “all” they required afterwards was to see some kind of money coming into the business, which she thought would be easy. A piece of cake…?
Let me tell you something. It’s not.
Starting your own business, making it work and making it a success it by no means easy – or a piece of cake. In fact, I think it’s the hardest thing to do in the world. I think that it’s 100 times easier to be an employee, show up to work every day and do your job as you’re told by your boss.
I think that it’s 100 times harder to wake up every morning and figure out how you’re going to make money today, because if you don’t …you don’t. And nobody is going to just give you money unless you have the world’s greatest product or service and unless people believe in it and in you…unless they trust you. If you don’t already have a name or someone who can vouch for you (e.g. via reviews or testimonials), then it’s really hard to get your business off the ground.
It takes the right mindset, people skills, organizational skills, work ethic…and it’s a constant “job”. It’s working odd hours. It’s thinking out of the box. It’s doing the small, stupid things that nobody wants to do (at least in the beginning)…it’s going to the print shop and waiting 30 minutes to print 110 pages, because your office printer decided not to cooperate and someone needs those pages to do their job.
It’s by no means easy.
And success doesn’t come overnight either. Money don’t start pouring in overnight either.
But that’s the mistake that I’ve seen many people make when they come e.g to Punta Cana with a dream of starting their own business and living “the dream” of being their own boss in paradise. I’ve seen two different couples who came here because they looked at what we were doing, though it looked easy, decided it was their dream too and wanted to copy what we were doing..and they failed. They fell flat on their faces and they failed, because they just didn’t get it and they just didn’t have what it takes.
So, what I want to tell my friend and anyone who thinks having their own business is easy – it’s not.