One of the reasons I love doing the expat roundup is the opportunity to support fellow expats. I do this to help them but also because I think what they have to offer is of genuine interest for the rest of the expat community and beyond. Today I’m supporting a travel writer, a network developer, a photographer and an author of a very unique how-to book. Expats are great at networking and building links across the globe and one of the best things that we have to use is the internet–almost as if it were made for us! Click on the links below to build your network of expat entrepreneurs.
Toni Hargis, author of the entertaining Rules, Britannia, has published the extensively researched, sharply written The Stress-Free Guide to Studying in the States, a very useful guide for Americans overseas who want to return to study in the States or foreign nationals who would like to study there. For my review of Toni’s book, click on Studying in the United States. To ‘meet the author’ and see what else she’s up to, click on Expat Mum.
Jen is not only one of the founders of BritMums, and former blogger for the Times, but also a travel writer on her blog, Jenography. As expats, our opportunities for travel are fantastic as we’re usually in a location far from home that we can use as a new base to more easily visit nearby places that would have been difficult from home. But in this piece, Returning to Taos, Jen revisits a place from her childhood, and I couldn’t resist a link because it is also a favourite destination from my childhood. Taos is slightly off the beaten track for most foreign visitors to the States but one I would highly recommend.
Some expats have wisely taken advantage of their unique perspective to build businesses and brands, while others have simply done what they would have done anywhere and recognised a gap in the market then used their skills to fill it. Susanna from A Modern Mother, the other founder of BritMums did just that when she started an online networking group for expat mothers that quickly developed into BritMums. As one of the founders behind BritMums Susanna leads the very influential conversation of parent bloggers in the UK and as a result receives invitations to places like Number 10. You can read about her visit in My Trip to Number 10.
Julia Boggio is an example of an expat who has taken her expertise and her unique position as an expat to inject fresh ideas into a marketplace, creating her own niche and doing so exceptionally well. As a portrait photographer she creates strikingly beautiful images, always following her own rule that “everybody looks great in my photographs!” Julia is an internationally renowned photographer, and a popular speaker at conferences, both within her industry and in the blogging community. She writes her own blog at I Carried a Watermelon. To see her beautiful work and some fun, behind the scenes videos, click on Boggio Studios, but my favourite brand of hers is Home by Midnight, created for women just like me, looking for the magic of high-quality, glamorous portraiture.
Over to you readers–have you published a book, started a business, recognised a gap in the market as a result of being overseas? I’d love to hear from you and would very much enjoy highlighting your work in upcoming round-ups!
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