Thursday, November 11, 2010

Moving to Brazil? Let's talk

Planning on moving to Brazil? Cool.

Now let’s get real. Or more specifically, let’s consider your job prospects.

Yeah, yeah, you can teach English. Sure. That works if you like poverty wages. But let’s look at what might be good entrepreneurial ideas.

Open a Ben and Jerry’s ice cream shop. OMG! What a great idea! Ice cream here is so whack. A rich and creamy ice cream like Ben and Jerry’s would be an instant hit! Plus it’s a fun job. People come to your shop happy – they leave happy – everyone is happy.

Be a hospitality industry consultant. Trust me, waiters, bell personnel, front counter staff, room service staff, etc., very few of them know what the hell they are doing. This is not a knock against them – it is a management problem. Management is not providing adequate TRAINING for these eager workers. That’s where you come in. Bring your consulting team to provide training. We would all be grateful! This goes DOUBLE for restaurants.

Open a children’s items store with discount pricing. Clothes, toys, safety items, medical stuff, etc. Provide the usual stock, but don’t price it to burn your clients on every purchase. Knock it down a bit and encourage your clients to come back for their future needs (duh!).

Operate a cooking school. Residents like to mix it up a bit, feel chic, and impress their mother in law. Provide a place to gossip, nibble on light foods and learn a trick or two in the kitchen. Teach about Italian, Greek, Spanish, French and traditional Portuguese foods.

Be the first on your block to open a Good Vibrations franchise. Providing all things yes in the area of sex toys and erotic enhancements in a space much like the public library is a sure hit. Add a full line of lingerie in a comfortable environment – bam!

I’m no expert, but these seem to be gaps in the local business environment.


Other residents - what do you think might be a success?

12 comments:

Rachel said...

What are you talking about poverty wages? I'm rolling in dough! Of course it may be carefully laid out 2 real bills and those 1 real coins but I'm doing it baby!

I think a Jamba Juice would do smashingly, if only because Brazilians love eat foreign fast foods.

Shelley said...

Good and REAL Mexican food. I've talked to my hubby about other ideas, but I can't remember them now, because I'm nursing my Expat Down month (see the Salty Cod's recent post) with a Caiparinha, and I'm having a hard time focusing :-)

Fat Fat said...

how about a thai restaurant? been to brazil several times, but never found thai food.

Jim said...

Rachel - I'm in the middle of ANOTHER fight with a student who wants to pay me less than their maid (love maids - we pay ours well...)

Shelly - PLEASE open your Mexican restaurant near my house! Only thing is - you have to convince Brazilian folks to eat something besides Brazilian food. (I think this is a good idea - imagine making huge, meal-sized burritos for the oil workers in Macae. Huge hit!)

Fat Fat - you can share the building with Shelly, just down the street from me. We went to what is supposed to be THE Thai restaurant in Rio and as soon as we entered the room (and smelled the air) we knew it was not gonna be good. But they tried. In all fairness, we lived in San Francisco for more than 20 years (and have visited Thailand) so the local joint didn't have a chance!

The Reader said...

Well, we dream of IHOP. But I'm thinking it might not catch on as well as we'd like.

We have no shortage of sex shops near us, Jim. Are they lacking in Niteroi? Surely Rio has some?? (seriously, I know of 3 just off the top of my head, and it's not like I frequent those places.....)

We do have a good Mexican joint (well, fast food Mexican) It's kind of like a Chipotle, choose your own toppings, etc. Macae could use one for sure. Although, they have KFC so I don't feel too sorry for them. They also have the BEST pizza in all Brazil. Man, I need a Macae fix.......

Mallory Elise said...

ahaha, a cooking school. i've actually thought about that because EVERY friend or whoever that invites US over for dinner always drops the "can mallory bring her stuff and cook the dinner here?" i've become that australian take home chef guy. I would love to be an in-home caterer, hired for small events, show up to someone's house to cook/bake a special romantic dinner, that type of thing. i cant do gigantic brazilian family partieis, but i've been thinking that this is something i kinda want to do. im sure there is some stupid bureaucratic license for cooking in your own home though...no one has to know. heh. have been making homemade tortillas so :P

Jim said...

Reader - It's the clean and normal nature of Good Vibrations that makes it appealing. Here the sex shops (the few I have been to) are more nasty and weird. I don't want to buy personal lubricant from a smelly joint with creepy men watching videos in the back. Ugh!

Mallory - go for it! It sounds perfect for you. With the right clientele you could really find your grove.

Also - what's up with your making tortillas and not sharing the recipe? Put it on Danielle's cooking blog if you don't see it on your own. Inquiring cooks want to know. Plus - if you are talking about corn tortillas (gluton free)you MUST reveal where you find the corn flour with lime!

Mallory Elise said...

the recipe will be up before the end of november ;)

and the lime; you are talking about masa harina, which, sadly does not exist. anywhere. i've looked. i even asked the owner of some "mexican" place here, but no bueno. so the recipe took an evolution of experiments that slowly evolved from the first cardboard batch to fried chips. mmmm. been meaning to get it up there, but only now i've gotten my groove back, for a while i was doing only one post a month...

Jim said...

I can't wait!!! Tortilla chips. The good kind. They're on their way!

Shelley said...

bring on the homemade tortillas!!! I think that an American breakfast kind of restaurant (yes, maybe IHOP-ish) would be good: waffles, pancakes, omelets, biscuits and gravy...

Brynn said...

Southern BBQ. I know Brazilians are all about their beef and rock salt (which is delicious) but I think there is a market for pulled pork and a baby back ribs with your choice of mustard, vinegar, or tomato based sauce. Sweet, medium and hot options also available. Heck, I'll make the coleslaw and potato salad.

Jim said...

Brynn - we have a Brazilian friend who spent many years in the states who often brings southern-style ribs to BBQ events. They are always a hit, but few if any people go the next step to learn how to make them.

I'd go to that restaurant - but not for R$65 for a plate of ribs! LOL! Know what I mean?