FOR ALL EXPATS WHO HAVE DREAMT TO MOVE TO ANOTHER COUNTRY. FİRST DO NOT MIX UP THE TWO WEEKS HOLIDAY MOOD WITH 6 MONTHS LIVING MOOD, BECAUSE THEY ARE VERY DIFFERENT. Generally the mentality and burocracy and the ways of dealing wıth most things is very different and often difficult to understand, additionally there is usually extra problems such as a language barrier. İf you are thınking of doing business there is a slim chance it will be successful and highly likely that you will be cheated and lose a lot if not all your money (an honest business partner is as rare as rocking horse poo!) Think about staying for 6 months to try and get to know the culture, traditions and the the ways local people work/operate, it is never the same as back home, whatever people may try and tell you. Initially keep well away from property dealers, DO NOT PURCHASE OR GET INTO ANY CONTRACTS WITH ANYONE. Rent a house (pay and stay), look around and notice the difference of being a foriegner in a new country. Speaking the language helps, try language lessons and socialising wıth both locals and ex pats (there are lots of tales to be told, and there is a lot to be learned from these if you can spare the time, as we have all made mistakes and some are great whoppers!) After 6 months, think about whether the change in lifestyle is really for you, this could save you a lot of time, money and heartache in the long run.
İ think that turkey is not so different from any other large city,,,most people are friendly ,helpful and polite ,, but there are the usual percentage of rougues ,,who when hearıing foriegners ,think its a cue to screw you for what they can get. Even my wife who is turkish recommends i either wait outside or refrain from speaking in shops as the giveaway accent ındeed adds to the cost of your purchase But like elsewhere you get to know and get a feel for these bad guys,and do what you do even ın your homeland ,,just give wide birth. For me Turkey is a great country ,and Istanbul where live is a fantastic cıty,,if you can see past the horrific traffic İ agrre that i wii never have or work in a business here , there is no way you will ever be accepted in your own right , no matter how hard you work, hence i remaın an overseas worker. You know youve made it here when you get your own business stamp ,,as im sure every expat has experienced when going any where with the requıred paperwork ,,from the doorman to the big boss , it seems everyone needs to stamp your papers ,,something i now find amusing
This is by no means an advert , but if anyone needs to learn basic turkish quickly ,,then ı recommend a course i have just completed at Concept Languages ,,,from almost zero ,i could have conversation within fırst week. Yes you may say my wife should help ,,but she has perfect english and to be honest it was lazyness on my part
Learning different languages sounds interesting. I even wished I could do it to myself. Anyway, thank you for such wonderful posts..it would be quite an advantage to people whose interests are relevant to this post
hi thank you for this detailed sketch, we i have been cheated on my 1st visit but as a tourist. Now dont know Y but i want to start business here in antalya something which i know good - food business. need your guidelines & hel pif possible on how to go about or whether or not to go for it at all. I am in Asian living in Dubai.
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