If you can’t afford to live in your home country, can’t find a job that pays a living wage and recognize it takes time to launch your own small business, what’s a girl to do? Increasingly, the answer is to live and work Abroad.

The new minimum wage of $15 an hour that’s being bandied about in Canada, would go a long way in a place like Thailand, Laos or Mexico. Many millennials and baby boomers have already figured this out. Google the term “Digital Nomad” if you’d like confirmation.

Of course, having an online business is not for everyone. Many take contracts as ESL teachers. This gives them a good wage, much shorter work weeks than at home and lots of holiday time to go exploring. There are many opportunities in other fields also available, if you open your eyes to them.

I’m seeing this as a new Entrepreneur Travel Checklist

  • Pack a toothbrush, underwear, layered clothing and whatever technology is currently allowed on a plane. Buy everything else as needed at your new destination.
  • Get your eyes checked and buy new glasses in the country you’re visiting.
  • Find a qualified dentist and doctor for affordable healthcare in your new location.
  • Get an app for local Meetup groups and Co-working spaces.
  • Travel with an entrepreneurial mindset and the anticipation of finding new friends and opportunities.

An example of an Entrepreneurial Tourist Mindset is the creator of Starbucks. After a trip to Europe, where Howard Schultz experienced the espresso bars in Italy, he came home with an idea. He says he spoke to 242 people and 217 of them said it was a bad idea. I think you know how this story ends.

What does an Entrepreneurial Mindset look like?

Entrepreneurs see opportunities everywhere they go. They create work for themselves and for others. The Six Thinking Hats of Edward de Bono can help you change your way of thinking and to look at the world through a different perspective. (Travel provides a more adventurous path to do this.)

I suggest you try on another hat, the Entrepreneurial Mindset Hat, if you don’t want others pulling your strings and telling you what to do. Research shows these are seven entrepreneurial themes to consider. (Future of Work, Janine L. Moore, 1999)

1. The Road Less Travelled

Entrepreneurs create their own work opportunities rather than work for someone else.

2. Emotional Intelligence and Authenticity

Good self-knowledge, self-reflection and paying attention to intuition guides decisions. The phrase “to thine own self be true” focuses authenticity.

3. Passion

A passion for life and work drives many to design their own form of work/life balance.

4. Meaningful Work

Work is a form of self-expression, contribution to the world and fulfillment of personal potential.

5. Attitude - Choosing Hope and Optimism

Our success with the future of work will depend on our attitude toward the changes taking place.

6. Lifestyle Choices

Changes in the workplace are encouraging us to make lifestyle choices that are more in keeping with who we are and what we value.

7. Leadership From Within

Entrepreneurs have a tendency to lead themselves based on internal motivation rather than following rules set down by others. You also need to believe in yourself.

If you are contemplating a life of self-employment, nurture these seven themes in yourself, and don’t let anyone else squash your dreams. Gather together with kindred spirits to bounce ideas off and to collaborate alongside. Consider launching your new work path Abroad. You’ll likely find it more affordable. I’d love for you to explore this delightful journey. If not, let me know if you’d like me to send you a Postcard.

Au revoir mes amis!