I’m very happy to announce today that we are rolling out our new Expat Entrepreneurs in Mexico series with a new article, “Expat Entrepreneurs in Mexico: The Tea Queen of Cancún.”
When we were conducting research several years ago we were surprised when “starting a new business” popped up as a major reason why Americans wanted to move abroad. The research was done for MyInternationalAdventure.com to better understand the reasons why Americans were moving to another country. The two top motivations were “an adventure abroad” and “experience a new culture.” But about 40 percent of those surveyed told us they were interested in becoming entrepreneurs abroad.
We don’t yet have the number of expat entrepreneurs in Mexico quantified, but, based on interviews I have done over the past year for a book I was working on, there are quite a few expats trying their hand at starting businesses in Mexico.
All of our expat bloggers – Harriet Murray, Maria O’Connor and Spencer McMullen – have their own businesses. Harriet has owned her own real estate firm in Puerto Vallarta for almost 20 years. Maria has just recently started her own business handling the legal side of real estate transactions in PV. Spencer has had his own legal firm with offices in Guadalajara and Chapala for a number of years.
Entrepreneurs in Mexico operate many different types of businesses, from restaurants to furniture stores to tour operators and many other diverse business types. When I lived in Puerto Vallarta, I operated a brand marketing business out of my home with clients based in the U.S. There are many solo business operators who live in Mexico but have clients located throughout the world.
And, contrary to many of the articles written about entrepreneurship these days, not all entrepreneurs are young, American or Canadian. Yvette Van Meirhaeghe started a business selling tea to major hotels and restaurants along the Riviera Maya with her expat partner, Christian Horn, when she was 62. After working for Belgium’s Internal Revenue Service in Ghent for over 40 years, Yvette decided to start a business in Cancún shortly after her arrival to live full-time in Mexico in 2013.
In addition to profiling expat entrepreneurs in Mexico every month, we’ll also include helpful articles on how to set-up a business and negotiate your way through the red tape in Mexico.
If you’re an entrepreneur who would like to be featured in our series, let us know. Send us an email at email@example.com.