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Business Ideas to Know Before Moving Abroad

Relocating to a new country comes with its own challenges. One of those, perhaps the most important, is how to make ends meet in the new country. Some are lucky enough to secure a regular job in the destination country. In this case, their employer will apply for sponsorship license on their behalf.

However, many people relocate without a clear view of how to earn a living in the new country. This could pose serious problems for immigrants – and it could be partly responsible for the higher poverty rates recorded among them compared to nationals of the destination country.

Thankfully, with the right information, you can hit the ground running in your new country. Below is a list of 4 high-yield businesses you can start when you relocate abroad.

  1. Import and Export

The presence of a large community of immigrants from your home country could provide a market opportunity for the importation of local food items into your new country of residence.

Many immigrants still have a strong attachment to their local culture such as dressing, food, and so on. However, sourcing the same in the new country could be a real challenge. Many of your compatriots will gladly pay to have these items. You can capitalise on this to launch an importation business, shipping these items from your home country to your new country, becoming the sole plug for your compatriots living in your locality.

Living in a new country also presents exportation opportunities. If you can identify cheap goods that are in high demand in your home country and ship them down, you could get a huge profit margin from it.

Nevertheless, the import and export business is not devoid of challenges. Apart from sorting logistics, which is a herculean task on its own, you must understand the bilateral trade laws of the two countries involved. You must also be aware of regulations about the products that you want to ship. Countries such as the United States have tons of regulations you must follow to import or export goods, especially food items. If you’re unsure, you should get in touch with a US immigration attorney to put you through.

  1. Catering Services

Do you enjoy cooking? Are you a good cook? It’s about time you put your skills and passion to good productive use. And relocating to a new country could just be the perfect catalyst for that. When leaving your home country for another country such as the United States or Canada, your cooking skills may serve you.

Apart from rendering home services, your services will also find usefulness in events such as birthdays, weddings, and anniversaries. More so, corporations and businesses organise events now and then. All these events draw a large number of people and are becoming more common. Hence, demand for catering services is on the rise and the market is seeing impressive growth. You can make a decent living abroad from this business.

  1. Cleaning Business

Cleaning business is lucrative; it fetches a national annual average of $55,589 in the US, for example. This makes it an attractive business idea when relocating because it is a ‘low-skill’ job – you do not require extensive training or any formal qualifications to become a cleaner. In the same vein, you don’t need a license to set up a cleaning services business.

Institutions such as banks, factories, schools, and even corporate offices need their space cleaned regularly. Even the demand for residential cleaning is gaining traction these days. Busy, career-oriented individuals whose schedule affords them little or no time for luxuries such as cooking and cleaning will be willing to outsource these tasks.

Therefore, commercial cleaning will not go out of fashion anytime soon.

  1. Online Freelancing

If you’re planning to move abroad, you should consider freelancing your skills. Freelancing has evolved over the years and today, we have a highly streamlined freelancing ecosystem that gives the people involved unprecedented flexibility.

As a freelancer today, you have the freedom to choose your clients, tasks, working hours, and rates. Most importantly, online freelancing allows you to work from the comfort of your home. Freelancing platforms have made it easy for freelancers to connect with clients. Therefore, you could be in Australia and work for a Canadian client. Most freelancing roles are remote and not bound by location. As long as you’re connected to the internet, you can still work anytime, anywhere, even when on the move. 

Another advantage is that freelancing applies to a wide range of skills and professions including writing, computer programming, web design, graphic design, translating and illustrating, etc.

Start your freelance career with the digital skills you have today, even before you relocate.


You don’t have to go through the unemployment and financial struggles associated with immigrating to another country. The business ideas discussed above will help in this regard.

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