The offers started coming as soon as the manager reached his late 20s. He spoke a few languages and had spent time overseas with a firm to rave reviews. So, although he was happy to be back in his home country, it wasn’t long before large companies wanted to send him away to Ireland or Vietnam or China to work in an executive capacity.
Other people planning to move may end up facing that experience for other reasons. Either the entrepreneurial spirit or an interest in adventure or culture may cause them to want to make a change to see what life is like in another country.
Regardless of the reasons for your journey, here are some steps that you can take to prepare for an international move:
Know Where You Are Going
If you want the best odds on your side in terms of being a success abroad, it is a good idea to spend some time researching the culture, economy, and language of the place that you intend to move to. Oftentimes, those people that are not able to do so end up experiencing a stronger case of “culture shock” after they move than those who do learn about the place in advance of the move.
Another reason to study the culture before you leave is that there are embarrassing times in front of you if you do not know some of the basics.
One executive went to Japan and thought that he had a handle on their culture from some of the books that he had read. He hosted a party with co-workers and the community and used a plastic bowl from his condo to serve potato chips in. When no one tried the variety of potato chips that he was certain would be popular, he began to ask some of his closer acquaintances about the phenomenon. He finally learned that his potato chip bowl was supposed to be used to take a bath with, not for food. It may be clean, but at some point it was used to rinse naked bodies, causing his visitors to want to avoid eating from it.
Another thing that will help you to land on your feet in your new land is knowing how to be a logistics guru. If you can’t pull that off, at least use a very competent set of helpers, like movers in New York that people rely upon. They are fast, courteous, and take care of all the planning you need up front.
Some moving services can even take care of planning your packing and coordinating the shipment without much more overhead than it would take for you to do it yourself. The number one thing to remember is that you should plan to put some things into storage, unless you are planning to leave and not return.
Using a combination of local storage and competent movers can help you to plan what you want to keep or get rid of. The next problem that many people face is finding a way to ensure that the things they want to sell get sold.
In the past, most people would sell these items at seasonal garage sales. Throughout the warmer part of the United States, if you don’t have time for a garage sale, you can often find someone that sells weekly at swap meets to look at your goods.
Another avenue that is popular is to use online sales venues like Craigslist in order to sell or give away goods that still have value. The nice thing about using Craigslist is that the community has years of experience working with each other and the expectation is that the quality of the goods will be as described. On the buyer’s side, they almost always pay cash and accept the goods for what they are. So you can enjoy a hassle-free sale for a very low time commitment.
Don’t Forget To Write
One of the most important things to do if you plan to return in the future is to keep in touch with the community that you are leaving. This is easily done through social media — although it can be a better experience if you create groups and message several people at a time.
Moving to another country is both exciting and challenging at the same time. If you follow the steps that other successful professionals have taken to set your move up, you will save yourself time, money, and headaches.
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