43 minutes | Mar 28, 2018
Limiting Liability for your Global Business with Internet Lawyer Richard Chapo
43 minutes | Mar 21, 2018
Building a Luxury Resort While Maintaining Strong Values with Michael Schubert
Mike Schubert and his friends may have stumbled upon the idea of buying remote islands in Indonesia but the route they took to make it happen was anything but random. The values of intentionality and community prevailed even when there was uncertainty about reaching their bottom line. Protecting these values in the face of difficulty is what has caused the creation of such a unique business. Telunas Resorts has turned employees into leaders, consumers into volunteers, and businessmen into agents of change. This was such an inspiring interview with Michael! I'm so excited to share with you all that we discussed. Since Michael co-founded these luxury resorts over 15 years ago, he draws from a significant amount of history and valuable lessons learned, and we talked about: Why he and his business partners took the slow road to set up their resorts The surprising amount of capital it took despite their best calculations How they struggled to hit the bottom line in order to maintain their their values The process of turning local fishing villagers into five star resort employees The shocking amount of volunteer hours they get from consumers The ways they have expanded, and the opportunities to continue to improve If you'd like to learn more about Michael Schubert and Telunas Resorts, you can visit their website here: https://www.telunasresorts.com If you enjoyed this episode, please take a moment and leave a review on iTunes, Stitcher or Google Play: iTunes: https://www.expatinfluencer.com/itunes Stitcher: https://www.expatinfluencer.com/stitcher Google Play: https://www.expatinfluencer.com/googleplay Have a great week, and I'll see you next Wednesday!
19 minutes | Mar 14, 2018
8 Habits of Highly Successful Expat Entrepreneurs - 009
There are an overabundance of lists on what kinds of habits an entrepreneur needs in order to reach success. I often disagree with those lists because they do not align with my core philosophy. Today I want to share with you the habits I maintain but more importantly, how these push me toward my greater goals. The ones I'll present to you today are what I have developed and worked through according to my own core principles. These encompass not only my role as an expat entrepreneur, but as a father, friend, colleague, and husband. All areas of life intersect, so creating habits that align appropriately is imperative. Thanks to our sponsor this week, TravelingMailbox. Use this link to receive your first two months 2 months free: www.travelingmailbox.com/eepodcast Here are the 8 habits as an expat and an entrepreneur that I'm working to develop in 2018: Reading constantly Being a daily students of the culture Interacting with the culture Surrounding themselves with a support network Being intentional with their time and maintaining strict boundaries with it Expressing continual gratitude Articulating their "why" and review it often Planning for rest Do you have different habits that express your underlying values? I'd love to hear what you do and why your habits work best for you. Leave your comments below! If you enjoyed this episode, please take a moment and leave a review on iTunes, Stitcher or Google Play: iTunes: https://www.expatinfluencer.com/itunes Stitcher: https://www.expatinfluencer.com/stitcher Google Play: https://www.expatinfluencer.com/googleplay Have a great week, and I'll see you next Wednesday!
31 minutes | Mar 7, 2018
YouTube as a Full-Time Expat Career with Trevor James, aka "The Food Ranger" - 009
What does it take to be successful on YouTube? How many subscribers do you need and how many years would it require? Studies show that over 95% of YouTubers never make enough money to rise above the poverty line, but Trevor James, our guest today, has managed to make YouTube a full-time expat business. With over a million subscribers and 184 million views under his belt, he's making a comfortable living being a full-time expat YouTuber. This week, Trevor and I talked about the following aspects of his business: How he chose the YouTube channel as his primary business platform What helped him create a name and a presence and ultimately led to him leaving his career and back-up plan Why he has still never hired any other employees (besides his wife!) How he generates content for the places he's never been and how he finds the best local food The ways he plans to expand and grow over the coming years If you'd like to learn more about Trevor James, you can visit his websites here: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/thefoodranger Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thefoodranger Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thefoodranger/ Thanks also to our sponsor this week, ExpressVPN: https://www.expressvpn.com/eepodcast (get 3 months free with this link) If you enjoyed this episode, please take a moment and leave a review on iTunes, Stitcher or Google Play: iTunes: https://www.expatinfluencer.com/itunes Stitcher: https://www.expatinfluencer.com/stitcher Google Play: https://www.expatinfluencer.com/googleplay Have a great week, and I'll see you next Wednesday!
31 minutes | Feb 28, 2018
Joys & Challenges of a Location Based Expat Business with Jordan Porter of ChengduFoodTours - 007
For Jordan Porter, a passion for a hobby he loved quickly became a full time experience. His business model, centered on “creating experience and personalization,” understands that food tastes even better when you know the story behind it. Jordan says that “without the food, you have nothing, but once you find the food, you’re only halfway there.” Jordan's consumers walk away with a better understanding not only of the Chengdu culture and food, but also of its people. This week, Jordan Porter focuses on these 5 areas to explain his business: What makes his tour unique among others in that region What marketing strategies gave him a name and a presence Turning points in his career Why and how support and mentorship matter as an entrepreneur Why experience design trumps food touring If you'd like to learn more about Jordan Porter, you can visit his website here: Chengdu Food Tours: https://chengdufoodtours.com Jordan's Interview on ChengduLiving: http://www.chengduliving.com/sichuan-food-podcast/ Thanks to our sponsor, TravelingMailbox. Get 2 months free when you use this link: http://www.travelingmailbox.com/eepodcast Thank you so much for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, please take a moment and leave a review on iTunes, Stitcher or Google Play: iTunes: https://www.expatinfluencer.com/itunes Stitcher: https://www.expatinfluencer.com/stitcher Google Play: https://www.expatinfluencer.com/googleplay Have a great week, and I'll see you next Wednesday!
39 minutes | Feb 21, 2018
How to Limit US Taxes for Expat Entrepreneurs with Stewart Patton - 006
It seems unfair that expat entrepreneurs from the US have to pay double taxes. Is it possible to limit our tax liability legally? Today we talk with Stewart Patton, a US tax attorney who shares with me his strategy for saving thousands of dollars on taxes. I ask him questions such as: When it comes to taxes as an expat entrepreneur, there are many "experts" online and theories about what should be done. How do we know who to trust and what should we be looking for? How does the 2017 US tax reform change things for expat entrepreneurs? If we already have a company established in another country, is there still benefit to forming an international business? Does money that flows into my US bank account count as "foreign earned income"? What is the next step that we can take as expat entrepreneurs to figure out our specific tax situation? If you'd like to learn more about Stewart Patton, you can visit his website here: http://www.ustax.bz/ Thanks to our sponsor for this week's episode, ExpressVPN. Get 3 months of free online encryption when you visit this link: https://www.expressvpn.com/eepodcast Thank you so much for listening! I hope you've enjoyed this interview on The Expat Entrepreneur. If you have a moment and you enjoy this podcast, please take a moment to leave a review on iTunes, Stitcher or Google Play: iTunes: https://www.expatinfluencer.com/itunes Stitcher: https://www.expatinfluencer.com/stitcher Google Play: https://www.expatinfluencer.com/googleplay Have a great week and I'll see you next Wednesday!
18 minutes | Feb 7, 2018
8 Unique Challenges Every Expat Entrepreneur Faces - 005
It's a challenge to be an expat. It's a challenge to be an entrepreneur. When you combine the two, though...well, the challenges just continue to mount. The problem is that we often carry these burdens alone, thinking that maybe we're the only ones or that nobody understands what we're facing. That isn't the case, though. In today's episode, we will discuss eight of the most challenging aspects of being an expat entrepreneur. These obstacles include: Visas Government Bureaucracy Language Barriers Dealing with Cultural Differences Caring for our Family Double taxation Moving money into/out of our host country Exit Strategies What do you think about this list? If you have any comments or would like to add a challenge not listed here, head on over to the Expat Influencer website and leave a comment on this show's blog post: http://www.expatinfluencer.com/8-challenges-every-expat-entrepreneur-face/ Likewise, you can tweet me with the hashtag "#eepodcast" with your thoughts and I'll do my best to respond! Thank you for listening. Please take a moment to leave a review of this podcast if you've enjoyed what you've heard so far.
33 minutes | Jan 31, 2018
Expats Serving Mexican Food in China with Igor Vronkin
What does it take to open a restaurant in the middle of China? How do you test to see if Chinese people would even like Mexican food? And even more importantly, how do you train and retain local employees as an expat entrepreneur? These are the kinds of questions I ask Igor Vronkin, an American expat entrepreneur who has established a successful Mexican food restaurant in the middle of Chengdu, China. Links: - Good Good Map: http://www.expatinfluencer.com/goodgood-map - WeChat: goodgoodtacobar Thank you for listening! Don't forget to subscribe to The Expat Entrepreneur and if you enjoy what you're hearing, leave a review to help others find this podcast.
36 minutes | Jan 22, 2018
Sharing Your Story with Expat Journalist Brent Crane - 003
Today we are talking with Brent Crane, an expat journalist who has written for Outside magazine, The New York Times, the New Yorker, Guardian and many other publications. Much of his reporting is done while traveling the world and he shares his struggles and tips on what it takes to pitch and share your story well. A few of the links and articles talked about during the interview: - Follow Brent Crane on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bcamcrane - Brent Crane's Article on "Poop Tea": https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/znw7we/drinking-tea-made-of-poop-with-the-chinese-villagers-who-swear-by-it-038 - Brent Crane's Xinjiang article from 2014: https://thediplomat.com/2014/08/a-tale-of-two-chinese-muslim-minorities/ If you have chance, tweet a message to Brent to let him know what you thought of his interview. I'm sure he'd love it! Also, I would greatly appreciate a minute of your time to leave a review of The Expat Entrepreneur on iTunes, Stitcher or Google Play - wherever you listen to this podcast. Thanks and have a wonderful week!
36 minutes | Jan 21, 2018
Translating Passion to Business in a Different Culture with Jeremiah Jenne - 002
My guest today on The Expat Entrepreneur is Jeremiah Jenne, a writer and historian who is currently living and running a business in the Chinese capital of Beijing. In this episode, Jeremiah talks about what first drew him to China and how he has been able to turn his passion for Chinese history and culture into a business. For those of you who aren't "businessmen", Jeremiah's story will encourage you to continue pursuing your passion and maybe, just maybe, you'll find a business opportunity waiting. You can connect with Jeremiah either on his website or where he writes: Beijing by Foot Website: http://www.beijingbyfoot.com Radii China Website: http://www.radiichina.com Also, don't forget to take a moment to leave a review on iTunes! It makes a huge difference on the reach of this podcast and the work that I do to produce it. Thank you in advance!
14 minutes | Jan 21, 2018
What is an Expat Entrepreneur? - 001
Welcome to the inaugural episode of The Expat Entrepreneur! As part of the launch of this podcast, I'd like to take time to do three things in this episode: Introduce you to who I am (Hi! I'm Josh) Define the term "Expat Entrepreneur" (just so we can start off on the same page) Explain what you should expect out of this podcast. If we've never met before, my name is Josh Summers and I've been living overseas with my wife - and now family - since 2006. I started my own business in 2013 and it's been an amazing journey for me. Take a listen to the podcast to learn more and then check out the following links: - My primary travel website: https://www.FarWestChina.com - My secondary travel website: https://www.TravelChinaCheaper.com - My YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/farwestchina - My Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/farwestchina As mentioned at the end of the podcast, I encourage you to listen to the next two interviews that have been published along with the launch of this podcast and then head on over to ExpatInfluencer.com and click "Contact" to let me know if there are any other topics or people I should interview. Thank you for listening and have a wonderful week!