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    Default To move or not to move?

    Today 06:35 PM - permalinkcoops
    Hello, this is my first post on here although I visit most days. I wanted some opinions on my family situation.
    My mother in law lives with her partner who is from Sosua and they are selling up to move to the DR as her partner's family are there. They are hoping to set up a business to bring in an income and my wife and I would consider coming over also but are worried about either their business taking off or finding work elsewhere. We think my wife and I would be better off looking in Puerto PLata or Cabarete for work or persuading them to set up their business there. Do people think we could make a life for ourselves in DR. We don't speak spanish (but my wife is learning) and we are in our 30s. Should we stay in UK and split up my wife's family or go for it? Any advice greatly appreciated. Rob.

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    re: where to set up the business... you don't say what it is, but for now, i'd say Cabarete is pretty saturated with businesses competing for the current level of visitors. in slow season, most businesses are slooooooow as there aren't that many full time residents with money to support them

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    Let your mother in law screw up her live, do not screw up yours.

    You do not have language, you do not know the people, the laws (big joke) or the ins and outs of doing business here. It is failure foretold...

    Stand back and watch what happens. If they can support you for a year, THEN maybe you can come over from England and see what is what.

    You should buy Ginnie Beddgood's book: Quisqueya: Mad dogs and an English Couple.

    Then think..

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    Quote Originally Posted by coops View Post
    My mother in law lives with her partner who is from Sosua and they are selling up to move to the DR as her partner's family are there. They are hoping to set up a business __
    What are your mother-in-law and her partner living off now?
    Whose money is to be used for setting up a business here?

    donP

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    Probably not a great idea although who knows, I decided to move to Sosua about 4 years ago and find a business oportunity and set up a business. I took my time, tried to find something where it was not covered by a well established local, looking for the opening, didn't expect it to jump out at me so I bide my time. I am a very diverse person and have owned several businesses in the UK so I knew it takes time and good self management.
    After 12months I had two failed small trial ventures, established competition can not be overthrown in a place like Sosua. I had spent over three times my expected budget marker, on living alone, not including the trial ventures. I don't give up easily on anything, have business building experience but saw it was time to move on and no sign of oportunity showing its head in the near future for me, so moved on to Pto Plata. Try to move slightly out of the tourist area and see if anything caught my eye or I saw sign of oportunity. Might as well have been on mars, absolutely no chance. Never did try Cabarete as everything is covered and seemed well covered and the last thing it needed was more competition.

    I now live in Santo Domingo after using up pretty much all my savings thinking something must be around the corner. I have my little Dominican family, we live in a little Dominican apartment on a little Dominican budget and prefer to think very little of where my savings went, seems like a million years ago, another life. We are very happy with each other, but we are looking every day to try and find a way to improve our life. Nothing comes easy here and the only real success or even survival stories I encounter are of people who have brought something unique, or are very specialised in what they do, or have found a weekness in the market and get people to part with money. Most Expats I know here are older and living in DR for a hobby and making a living out of money earned elsewhere.

    I spoke good Spanish the day I arrived in the country, I also had vacationed in Sosua and Pto Plata several times over several years before contemplating jumping in. What you see from the outside while on short term visits or living is not how life is once you have made a commitment, tis a very strange and wonderful place, but life is anything but easy.

    Just an offering of a first hand experience, still living it, still happy, but alien life to what I might have predicted several years ago. If I didn't have a Dominican daughter and partner then I would not be in the country, I would be chasing dreams elsewhere. Maybe saving the Republic for those vacations from making a real living elsewhere. I have learned alot about this country and the people and had many experiences, and even if I could turn back time, take back the money I would struggle to make business move in Sosua.

    Good luck in what you decide, think long and hard, and try to advise the mother in law, just do some investigating and you may be enlightened on a few issues or concerns that may come your families way.

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    LISTEN to Hillbilly....................

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hlywud View Post
    LISTEN to Hillbilly....................
    That is the BEST advice anyone can give the OP..... Hillbilly is "the man" who knows all....

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    Anastacio's story is compelling........ not to denegrate HB.... there is a wealth of advice here

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    In my previous life (before I moved here...)... I was a trouble-shooter...

    I was hired by companies to come in, look at the situation, and clear them up... improving profits, or solving losses... and cutting out the dead wood...

    You can guess it... I was the most popular guy to arrive on the workfloor in the morning... lol...

    I have been living here for a year now... mostly just relaxing... but I can tell you this, just from observing... running a business over here is completely different from doing so in the US or Europe...

    On the other hand, I do admire the way they do business over here... more direct, no pussy-footing, yes hand-offs, etc... but hey... and yes, I could improve the performance of a lot of companies over here...

    To move here, and start a business straight away.... oh god... wrong move... unless you have the killer instinct...

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    and you should have prior Experience to Run your own business.
    do you own your own business over there in the UK or do you life from what the Inlaws give?
    great Post from Anastacio, thanks for sharing and good luck with all ventures to Improve with the Family, it sometimes looks very bad, but believe me, at those points there's always the chance to see the shimmering of a light. I've been with my own brought Investments down on Zero, too, but the made relations down here by that Time made me stay and years ago I finally saw the shimmering, grabbed it with both hands, believed in it and Today's I Know as fact that the lil shimmer been the brightest Sunshine to catch. It has all it's Time, and you always have to stay on Your Road, then it works.

    for the OP,
    who did not bother to answer back, yet,
    Hillbilly gave the basics,
    work from there on.
    cheers
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