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Seeking to create my dream office...
Posted August 21st, 2012 - 8:04 pm by from Laval, Canada (Permalink)
Dear fellow Entrepreneurs CSers,

I felt inspired to share my situation with you & welcome your ideas/suggestions/personal anecdotes!!!

I am a new entrepreneur, an Intuitive Life Coach more precisely, & I seek to create my dream office -which would be by the ocean-.

At the moment, I am living in Canada (which is relatively a cold climate).

Ideally, I would live in a place like Hawaii (with its beautiful sceneries & warm climate). As immigration is quite the ordeal in the USA, I was wondering if any of you had suggestions as to where I could find a beautiful space (nature + warm climate)? And where it would be easy to be legal to start my new business?

Maybe some of you have left their countries & created your businesses elsewhere?

I would love to hear from you!
Thank YOU.

Success, abundance & love!
Lynne :)

Posted August 22nd, 2012 - 7:20 am by from Mumbai, India (Permalink)
Hey,



If you looking for warm and sunny days you can opt for Goa in India, Bali in Indo, Anywhere in Thailand, Srilanka, so many warm places...


Cheers
Sagar

Posted August 22nd, 2012 - 9:20 pm by from Laval, Canada (Permalink)
Thank you Sagar!

I was actually thinking of moving to South East Asia...
I was wondering if it was easy to have a business there?

I would love to speak with someone who has done that.

Cheers!
Lynne

Posted August 24th, 2012 - 1:55 am by from Stevens Point, United States (Permalink)
What are you looking to start? What if you had worked with something already established and proven and allowed to "build" your office wherever you wanted it?

Posted August 27th, 2012 - 12:47 pm by from Hanau, Germany (Permalink)
Hi Lynne!

Your post sounds very nice to me. My dream-office would also be by the ocean, and the places I visited include San Francisco, which I like very much because there is everyfrom from Ocean-coast to Woods, little places, beach and the like, but same challenge as you: Green Card / Immigration.
Other places I visited include Fiji, which is totally like paradise. Only drawback for this is that it is quite far away from everything else.
I know of a guy who went to Thailand and is very happy there, looks like this is quite friendy in terms of business and cost for foreigners. His name is Craig Richards, he's one of Tony's Trainers.

Cheers,
Yoda

Posted August 29th, 2012 - 2:36 am by from Laval, Canada (Permalink)
Thank you Yoda, Sagar & Kevin for your comments + suggestions!

Ideally, I would also love to hear from someone who has actually left North America to pursue their business/practice in SE Asia...
The logistics/legal aspects interest me.

Are there any life coaches or similar types of entrepreneurs that have realized such professional projects?

Many blessings,
Lynne :)


Posted August 30th, 2012 - 6:52 am by from Mumbai, India (Permalink)
Hey Lynne,

Well it totally depends in what kind of Business you venturing in....In India...i have seen lot of foreign folks have their business running very smoothly but i see most of them either have partners who are Indian or may be running from back...

In Goa....there are loads of folks from Russia, UK, US and Germany who have tourism businesses...but i see them partnering with Indian folks...but yeah once you get into something you get the whole picture of it...


Cheers
Sagar

Posted August 29th, 2012 - 2:47 am from Bandung, Indonesia
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Posted September 1st, 2012 - 7:20 pm by from Chennai, India (Permalink)
hi lynne,

Explore Brunei in South East Asia. Good climate & Nature.

Regards.
Rajan

Posted September 3rd, 2012 - 1:11 pm by from Laval, Canada (Permalink)
Thank you Rajan, Reza & Sagar!
I appreciate your suggestions.

In response to your question, my business is in Life Coaching. I am an Intuitive Life Coach. I offer Life Coaching Sessions as well as Akashic Records Readings.

Here is my website if you would like more details on my business: http://www.lynnemarion.com/

I would be interested in finding Holistic Centers or Yoga Centers or Meditation Centers or any other type of similar Centers, in which I could join the team & offer my services.

Your suggestions & ideas are welcome!

Abundance, inspiration & creativity!
Lynne




Posted September 4th, 2012 - 9:42 pm by from Victoria, Canada (Permalink)
Lynne, you gotta go with the online model. Then you can be wherever you want, when you want. I travel the world while running my business. I don't have to register my business anywhere and move around on travel visas. Easy as!

As for utilizing your life coaching, who said life coaching has to be in person. Be creative, think differently. One thing I learned from building my business is being like everyone else isn't going to get you anywhere. Good luck!

Kean

Posted September 5th, 2012 - 5:16 pm by from Laval, Canada (Permalink)
Thank you Kean!

Your are right, creating your business off of beaten paths is wonderful & powerful!

Note that I already offer my services at a distance.
It is aboslutely great! I have clients around the globe :)

Nonetheless, I wish to create a home-base & zen office space to develop my business (while continuing to also offer my services at a distance).

I am happy that you like your 'nomadic' business lifestyle.
What is your business BTW?

Success, abundance & creativity!
Lynne

Posted September 10th, 2012 - 7:39 pm by from Pensacola, United States (Permalink)
Love the question Lynne.

I being from Chicago/NW Indiana area moved to better weather and more comfortable surroundings by the sea about 7 years ago. I moved to the Gulf Coast of NW Florida...

No more snow, yes the scenery is much better, and the people are indeed friendlier but it's still the USA and it's seems to be getting worse by the day. Rules and regulations, taxes and fees are eating away at the potential for small businesses to operate.

I'll be following your learning experience. I may just follow you!

Good Luck and Best Wishes

Michael

Posted September 10th, 2012 - 10:11 pm by from Raleigh, United States (Permalink)
Hey Lynne,

We returned not long ago from a trip to Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. It's not the beach (although the lake does have a few small "beaches" and the real beach is within a reasonable drive distance), but beautiful lake area surrounded by 3 volcanoes. Google image search "Lake Atitlan".

I don't know the immigration rules, but there were quite a number of expats from US and Canada living down there who made it at least sound like it was pretty straight forward to live/work there.

Costs of living are reasonable there, the climate around the lake is pretty moderate year round due to it's altitude. Not too hot, not too cold. Lot's of temps in the 70s and 80s.

One small village on the lake - San Marcos - is considered the holistic 'center' of the lake, where many expats have setup shop or mini retreats focused on meditation, yoga, etc. Additional info there:
http://wikitravel.org/en/San_Marcos_La_Laguna

While tourism in Guatemala is still growing, there's a decent number of tourists who visit the lake each year (most of the places in San Marcos, cater to tourists). You could get by w/o it initially, but eventually you'd want to pick up some spanish.

If you're doing a good bit of virtual coaching 'real time' (meaning on the phone or real time chatting, etc), another advantage of staying in the western hemisphere is that you're still in similar time zones to any of your clients that are located in US/Canada (versus having to be available at odd hours to have a call with your clients).

If you need to return to Canada for anything, Guatemala is a short direct flight from Atlanta or Miami and other US cities (perhaps Canada as well), so easy and relatively cheap to get home.

Anyway, just another bit of input there. Someplace, given your profession, you might find interesting to visit some day regardless.

Good luck with your venture and potential move! If I can answer any additional questions, just let me know.

Cheers,

Eric


Posted September 17th, 2012 - 3:36 pm by from Laval, Canada (Permalink)
Thank you Micheal & Eric. I appreciate your sharings!

Eric, guess what? I have been to Lago Atitlan :) I actually lived & worked there as a volunteer during the summer of 2004!
I know San Marcos and consider it a good place to live a spiritual entrepreneurial journey. You are right, the climate is moderate & it is a mountainous region.

My heart is sincerely set on the ocean lifestyle...

Micheal, I will keep you posted on my journey. I would be honoured if my journey can inspire others someday!

To Your Infinite Creativity & Abundance!
Lynne :)





Posted September 20th, 2012 - 7:30 am by from New Delhi, India (Permalink)
Lynne
Some of the options that come to my mind when you say S E Asia are the coastal parts of Thailand, Cambodia, Sri Lanka & Vietnam etc. Wouldnt recommend India since setting up a business still requires multiple clearances & some patience (if you are game, Goa is a paradise)

I have been to all 3, personally I have met people who run their small businesses in these places.
Specific cities if you talk of, then Sihanoukville in Cambodia, Nha Trang in Vietnam & Bentota in Sri Lanka. All these are not big commercial beaches (although Nha Trang comes close) but smaller cities with crowded as well as solitude offering beaches (giving you time for clients as well as ideation..:)
Rest you will only get to know how it all is when you set sail..!
Cheers

Posted October 12th, 2012 - 3:52 pm by from Laval, Canada (Permalink)
Thank you Vivek!

I appreciate your advice for India & your specific reccommended cities :)

Many blessings,
Lynne ;)