There’s no denying living and working abroad can be a challenge. There’s always paperwork – a lot of paperwork – communication barriers and different business customs to become acquainted with. On top of this, many expats have started families which can ultimately result in one half a couple becoming a stay at home parent and struggling to find their way with their new lives abroad.
Whatever the background, and despite challenges, if you have a dream, dream big. Don’t just talk about what you could and should do with your new life abroad, find a way to make it happen. This section of the blog has interviews with women I have met who have turned their dreams in to reality and forged successful businesses for themselves while living abroad.
Each one of these women I have found inspiring, seeing not only how resourcefully they have been, but taking their ideas to the next level, building something for the community around them, and doing it all with a family. I will try not to call them “Momprenuers” or “Trailing Spouses” as I don’t think either of these titles gives due credit for what they have achieved, but they are truly Expat Entrepreneurs to admire.
Jenny Haddad from Db Babies
A lack of choice in baby goods available in Dubai back in 2007 made Jenny turn to online gift baskets for new parents – the popularity of her products lead to rapid expansion into the retail space, and now a chain or baby stores and an online baby goods business in the GCC.
Lisa Irwin from Music Monkeys
From living room singalongs to children’s entertainment business; find out how Lisa’s desire to entertain her 3rd child turned into a registered business running over 30 music classes a week in the UAE Capital; on top of new babies, bringing in business partners and battling through local registration systems.
Taking fragmented and often hard to find information on kids activities in Abu Dhabi, Yalla was launched in 2015 to become the premier source of information on family events in the capital. Find out how Jane & Tamsin have worked together to create this valuable community resource and their ongoing business aspirations.
Kimberley Sheedy from Starfish Lane Kids
Seeing a shortage of viable childcare options in Doha back in 2006, Kimberley looked to create an environment that would not only provide quality, holistic early years education but give employment and empowerment to expat women in Qatar, and now also Abu Dhabi.
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