Living in Brazil I am enjoying the culture, commenting on the differences, celebrating local expressions and inviting others to enjoy all Brazil has to offer.
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?
We arrived in Brazil in January, 2008 to start up a new chapter in our life together. Luiz has returned to his hometown and I've jumped into the deep end of the pool ready for anything. Let the fun begin!