Starting and growing your business as an expat will test you to the limit but the rewards can more than compensate. Become a business hero for your customers, your family and of course yourself. But first you have to navigate your fears and concerns, adopt the right mindset, learn from others mistakes, build a supportive network and have a smart plan. Join Alex Congdon, a UK expat in Switzerland, as he interviews expat business entrepreneurs and experts from around the world as they share their stories and strategies, successes and failures.
From Engineer To Award Winning Entrepreneur - With Barbara Lax
A brain-storming session at a BBQ with friends inspired Barbara Lax to quit her successful engineering career and create a winning child care concept for modern families and companies in Switzerland. Undaunted by attempts to sabotage her business and the inevitable family struggles, Barbara eventually won Veuve Clicquot's Swiss Business Woman of the Year 2017 and is today ranked among the Financial Times 1000 fastest growing companies in Europe.
Why Purpose Is The Foundation: With James Moffat
James Moffat is a Scottish born entrepreneur living in Switzerland. After 20 years in the corporate world and thinking, ‘Is this it?’ he found himself on the outside, looking for a new adventure. On his journey to gain his own clarity and purpose, he built a business helping entrepreneurs better align to their own purpose whilst boosting their visibility.
Episode notes : https://www.alexcongdon.com/28
How To Build Trust In B2B Sales - With Yuri van der Sluis
Yuri van der Sluis is a Dutch sales expert, speaker and author living in the Valencia region of Spain. His passion is helping B2B sales organisations to lead with trust because without trust in the sales process you’ll never create value. Full of inspiration and enthusiasm, Yuri speaks to Alex about his struggles and difficulties in setting up the business and the things he has learnt along the way, and what he hopes to achieve in the future.
Episode Notes: www.alexcongdon.com/27
Are You Worth What You Charge? - With Janene Liston
One of the hardest things a business owner faces is setting the price for their products, especially if you are the product! Janene Liston moved from California to Switzerland and has taken her career expertise and created a business advising small & medium sized businesses on their pricing and how to charge what you are worth. And that's why she calls herself The Pricing Lady!
Full Episode notes : www.alexcongdon.com/26
Why Entrepreneurs Need Community - With Johan Franzen
Johan Franzen, a Swede living in Switzerland, is proving there is entrepreneurial life after a long and successful corporate career. He's created what he calls a “virtual swiss army knife for your entrepreneurial journey”, a platform for entrepreneurs that want to connect and be part of a trusted community of like minded business owners and specialists, exchanging resources, tips and tools. He’s given it a novel name too, www.entnest.com
01:33 - What prompted the start of your community ?
05:01 - The connection of trusted people for entrepreneurs
07:08 - The bigger and global vision to help entrepreneurs
08:15 - How has your corporate background helped ?
15:54 - The transition from employee to entrepreneur
26:32 - Key learning points when starting a business
32:16 - Future plans and goals
Full Show Notes & Transcript
How Podcasting Can Grow Your Business with Yann Ilunga
Yann Ilunga is a Swiss-Italian entrepreneur based in Helsinki. His passion is podcasting and as well as producing his own successful shows, he coaches those interested in starting and growing a podcast very often to support their business. He also has a successful Facebook community group with over 2,400 member from all over the world and has been featured in Inc.com, Forbes and Entrepreneur Magazine.
Full Show Notes: http://www.alexcongdon.com/24
Episode Highlights 02:14 - How and why did the business get started?
06:49 - Is podcasting an ideal business when split between locations?
09:57 - What is a mastermind group and how does it help your business?
14:04 - When setting up a business why is a podcast a good idea?
17:38 - How can podcasting be integrated into an established business?
24:50 - Things to think about when starting a podcast
28:03 - Does the business and podcast topic need to be exactly aligned?
31:10 - How to get listeners to your podcast show
38:54 - Is there a place to migrate from audio to video?
42:07 - Structuring a location independent business
46:17 - Learnings and success stories from working with clients
50:07 - Future plans and goals