It was just supposed to be some time off…
I was born in Liverpool and grew up in a small village called Lowton until I headed off to University.
I went to university in London and France to study European Business. When I graduated, I decided to take time off and work as a travel guide so I headed off to the island of Gran Canaria.
But ten years later,
having worked all over Spain and the Spanish islands, in ski resorts in Andorra and the French Alps, a brief stint in Corsica, the USA and the Dominican Republic, my then “hubby to be” (also from England) and I decided to settle in Fuerteventura.
Then seven years later,
having got married, bought and sold our very first home, set up and sold a successful snorkeling business and had two gorgeous children we decided that we had to move back “home”… to mainland Spain, settling in Malaga, Andalucia.
is now in the beautiful village of Mijas in the Malaga province, southern Spain.
We decided to move to mainland Spain for many reasons:
- It is so much easier to have a great quality of life in Spain.
- Material possessions are not important, or at least they don’t have to be.
- The Spanish people are so welcoming and family life is very important to them.
- Providing you make the effort, it can be easy to become part of your local community.
- Travelling to and from Malaga is very easy and affordable thanks to the frequency of flights and the road and rail alternatives.
Thanks to my European business background, my knowledge of Spanish procedures and also the language, I have created my own work over the years.
I am now in a lucky position to be able to help others move safely to Spain and help them overcome unnecessary obstacles and unwanted headaches. We are known for bursting bubbles… not selling false dreams!
Our business is supported by our websites: www.ccbspain.com, which provides essential information to people moving to and living in Spain and www.movetomalaga.com, which is our relocation website. Our popular family blog is www.familylifeinspain.com
Our first book, ‘Moving to Spain with Children’ is going to be published at the end of this month, on the 27th of October 2014. We also have a few bilingual language learning projects in process too. It is a very exciting time!
Challenges make my business grow
My business has grown due to the difficulties faced by others trying to set up a life or a business in Spain. I’m a bit of a business butterfly and I have a tendency to flit from one idea to another, always looking for new and exciting opportunities. I plant seeds and see which grow. I suppose that being in a different country offers so many more possibilities for me to check out.
The three F’s
The things I love most about being an Entrepreneurial Expat are the 3 F’s: Freedom, Flexibility and Fun!
If I could do it all again…
I sometimes think I should have started earlier. However, if I had started earlier, I may not have had the necessary experience.
I also often think I should have made a business plan, set goals and developed a path to follow. That may have enabled me to grow my business quicker.
However, unlike many others, I do not want to grow. I am happy to be busy enough and still have time for my family and friends.
My goal is to create sources of passive income for the future.
I have always said, I am aiming to work less and earn more! So far, so good.
It’s always a learning process, and never boring
I have even helped resolve a situation when a client who ended up in jail and court – it was a steep learning curve and a real eye opener. They remain forever grateful and loyal customers.
My three top tips to fellow Entrepreneurial Expats are:
- Do what you love. Love what you do.
- Don’t be afraid, if you believe in it, go for it. But make sure you do your research first.
- Consider seeking guidance from people who have been in your shoes before you.
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