My last article revealed the three worst things about owning a business in Mexico.
Time for the BEST!
three best things about owning a biz in mexico
Do you want to meet interesting people?
Do you want to meet people from all over the world?
We did! And do!
When you own a decadent chocolate and ice cream biz in Puerto Vallarta, you're pretty much the popular kids on the block! Others find us because they saw our House Hunters International episode, and they want to know what it's like to live in Vallarta and own a business - or they just want to see a tv star (haha!).
In fact, we've met more than one person who said they've moved here because they saw us on HGTV and we inspired them - they figured, if we could do it, they could do it! (Not sure if that's a compliment!?)
It's interesting to meet people when you live in a foreign country - you feel more connected, you feel a special bond. It's much easier to bond when you don't live surrounded by familiar family and friends.
II MAKE A DIFFERENCE
It feels good to own a business when you can make a positive impact on the world.
We hire locals, treat them with respect and value their opinions.
We help several groups in the community - usually with donations and gift cards.
We make people happy - seriously, orgasmically happy (did I just say that?!) with incredible decadent natural belgian chocolate and handmade ice cream (and frozen stuffed bananas dipped in our belgian chocolate)!
In Mexico, the little things you do when you have a business can make a huge difference. And we believe/hope we're making a positive footprint. Really, that's what life's all about.
Would you be afraid to leave your country of origin? We were. But more than being afraid, we were ready for an exciting adventure.
In Chicago, we worked 24/7. Most days looked like this:
Get ready for work
Drive to work
Fix Something to eat
Watch TV, relax, work on my hobby biz
Next day, rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat....
The question for me was, 'Why do I feel so DEAD each day?' Should I be feeling this way? Isn't there more?
Todd and I both wanted to meet interesting people and lead an interesting life. We were ready for a BIIIG CHANGE, a new and exciting change. And we wanted to feel the sand beneath our toes and the warmth of the sun on our skin.
Most importantly, we wanted to feel alive.
Was moving to Mexico the smartest financial move? No, definitely not. Was it risky? Hell yes. Was it a little scary? For sure. When we moved we weren't even sure we were going to get the chocolate and ice cream biz's.
Having these businesses in Puerto Vallarta have given us new challenges and a new lifestyle. I no longer feel dead when I wake in the morning. Most mornings we can take our time, have a cup of coffee on the terrace and make breakfast, walk the dogs. Each day is a little different. Todd and I spend 100% more time with each other, more time with the dogs, more time to live. There are times when we still work hard, but that's around three or four months a year.
In our previous life, we looked forward to that one or two weeks of vacation each year - or for the next shopping trip for new clothes and a shiny new gadget. In Mexico we live EACH DAY, are more active, are outside at least 80% more, spend time with each other - our dogs - friends or family, meet lots of people and are learning to be more patient and slow down.
These are the three best things about owning a business in Mexico. Wonder if Larleen agrees?
Larleen surprised even herself with her answer.
Itching to know more nitty gritty details about owning a business in Mexico? Write a comment below, I'd be happy to answer.
In loving memory of Francine.