Help/reality check on Moving to Cozumel
Posted 11 January 2011 - 07:26 PM
Posted 11 January 2011 - 07:44 PM
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Posted 11 January 2011 - 11:37 PM
Posted 12 January 2011 - 08:13 AM
I can't stress enough how difficult it will be for you and your boyfriend to find work here. The Mexicans are having trouble finding jobs and they are vastly favored over any ex-pat who might come along. You have to have a skill that can't be bought locally from a Mexican which pretty well gets it down to English as your first language -- hence the grueling ops in time share or jewelry sales.
Forget getting an engineering job. Forget getting a job as a musician -- although maybe over many years here you might be able to find a band and get some late night gigs or work at hotels provided you had the papers that allowed you to do that. Forget even working wait staff. Illegal.
Unless you want to sell to other Americans, the only way to make a living here is to set up your own business. And even then foreigners are subject to a lot of restrictions not imposed on Mexican owners such as much higher taxes, far more inspections, typically, and special requirements like having to employ a certain number of Mexican nationals for every foreigner working in the company.
We are very sorry to pop your bubble. For certain we can tell you that you must come here with money to survive on for minimum 3 months if not longer and just see how it is for yourself. Prove us wrong. We'd love to hear about a success story. But I gotta tell you, the odds are seriously stacked agin it unless you have an outside source of income to keep you afloat for a couple of years here while you try and figure things out.
Posted 12 January 2011 - 09:26 AM
rent a small place and connect with the locals and expats on the island. Do ask lots of questions and
get real and up to date answers from professional and legal areas. Have all the facts before jumping in down here and making sure its the right move for your family.
We have a small tour company here that we bought 4 years ago on a dive trip...at times, especially low season and the slow economy from the USA, its doesn;t pay all the bills, but it gives us a focus and something to do while living here in paradise. We are fortunate that we have an outside income
from my husband's business in Canada, which fills in the gaps.
Don't give up on your dream, but you have to be realistic especially with a 9 year old girl to consider. Good Luck!!
Posted 12 January 2011 - 09:49 AM
Well said Sailsgal!!
Posted 12 January 2011 - 05:25 PM
Posted 25 January 2011 - 02:12 AM
Musicians? a Zillion of them there already .. Certified Scuba Tech? Tons..of them already.. same goes for Dive Instructors both National and Expat.. Schooling? So I hear? Tough $$ Is it Up to USA Standards? Might be, depends on where your coming from..
I know there are good private schools in Merida, but I have gotten mixed reports about "some " on Cozumel..
How about this? Drive down in June. Rent a place small 2/2 see what its like. Put yourselves on a budget.. Money in a jar every month. Jar gets empty you stop spending for the rest of the month... See how that goes..How much ? NOT what you make at home each month.. maybe $1000 tops.. Rent utilities food gas car insurance everything.. see how far $1000 a month goes.. Come the end of August ? You decide? I might question the 3 month kitty ? Only as much as to add . You really should figure on leaving/having in a separate account, enough to get back home on. Enough to live on there until you have new jobs..( 6 months living expenses in the USA?) and then start this all over again..We may go back to Cozumel. We were never full time. I am retired and we live outside Chicago, just fine and dandy on what I get from my pension.. We know our real estate taxes will drop $8,000USD a year hahaha thats got to help : ) Wishing you only the best..
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