Answered by Kristin Wilson, relocation consultant
It was an organic process and aha moment that presented itself because of my particular skillset. Sort of how everyone has a path or purpose in life, especially if you act on hunches or clues. I was always interested in traveling as a teenager, then traveled more in my early 20's to study abroad and surf competitively. I also learned fluent Spanish, then started my career in real estate in Costa Rica. Throughout all these experiences, I realized how much time and money I spent every time I moved to a new place. Basically, I recognized a problem and realized I had a solution. So I started helping my real estate clients relocate when they bought properties.
After 7 years of experience in Central American real estate and development, something called â€œBlack Fridayâ€ happened, where the US Dept of Justice banned all offshore poker sites in the US. So I saw an opportunity to help those poker players leave the US and continue their careers abroad, and I had the skill set to make it very fast, painless, and easy for them.
I spent 3 months (during after-work hours) putting together my own relocation process and launched with a partner who owned a large poker forum. This gave me credibility and visibility. The company has been profitable since month one. Over the years I added more services, destinations, and also affiliate income streams. Currently, I'm transitioning into more coaching, teaching, writing, speaking, and informational products versus hourly and project-based consulting.
It's good to keep lean operating expenses until you're profitable. That way you can be agile and change things quickly without needed more investment or laying off employees.
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