The Gift of time
Personalised research, advice, information and support for your first, or next steps, towards living your successful life in a new country
Lighten your mental load with your expat 'virtual assistant'
Moving to a new country is exciting, adventurous, and also overwhelming, stressful, exhausting, and confusing.
There is SO much to consider, and you don’t always know what you need to know. As well as the new, you're also dealing with your current daily life: work, kids, family... when do you have time or the mental space for all this extra work and planning?
"Thank you so much for the help. The service you provide is invaluable. It has been so helpful to see things clearly and prioritize concerns. Also, I appreciate how you have gifted me more ‘time’ by researching all the things I needed info on.
Also, thank you for tolerating my random barrage of emails. I now feel more prepared to tackle things, whatever may come."
L. M Kickstarter and 1-1 client
That’s where I come in!
Let me take some of the load from your shoulders. I'm an efficient, unbiased, independent expat expert who loves research! I do know what you need to know, and I know how to find it quickly.
What may take you weeks to research takes me just a few hours because I'm a step away from your life. I can take lots of the research off you by using my natural efficiency to work on your behalf.
If you feel you're buckling under the pressure of it all, let me give you back your valuable time and headspace so you can concentrate on what you really need to do to take the next positive step in your expatting journey.
What do you get from me, your Expat VA?
I have a knack for finding specific information relevant to you. Regardless of where you're moving, what your particular family situation is, I can help you.
You want me to find an area to live between work and school? Check!
You need to know which school would suit your children's needs? Check!
You'd like advice on activities and places you can find your new tribe? Check!
Working for YOU
Personalised research and advice for you. Just let me know what you want to know, and I’ll get onto it for you.
Whatever you need to know about, just tell me and I'll get onto it.
Free stuff! I have a collection of many useful eBooks, documents and resources that may suit your needs. If relevant, I will send them to you.
I'll also make sure to send you sources and links to everything I learn.
Personal strategy roadmap
I will create a fully personalised action plan and resource file for you. This document will comprise all the relevant research results I’ve found on your behalf. I’ll outline resources, activities, further reading etc that you may need to do so that you can implement your next steps.
I have two options for this research service, plus an ongoing 1-1 support option to help you more fully - both practically and with your mindset and emptions.
ONE DAY: Working for you intensively for 1 day.
Personalised research, information and advice based on your requests.
It’s probably better to give me too much to research than not enough, as this time cannot be carried over to another booking. I’ll use my expertise to work out what is the top priority and work on that first.
AFTER THIS IS COMPLETED:
I'll send you a fully personalised resource file and action plan for you. This document will comprise all the relevant research results I’ve found on your behalf. I’ll outline resources, activities, further reading etc that you may need to do so that you can implement your next steps.
ONE MONTH: More time, more advice! Personalised research, information and advice based on your requirements. With regular contact you can send me more details when you have them. Flexibility is key!
By choosing this one month option (which can be a rolling contract if you wish), you have the opportunity to direct my work, depending on what we discover. I’ll send you updates on what I’ve found. You can then ask me to redirect my work, look deeper into an aspect, or ignore another. The choice is yours.
I’ll give you the information, you choose what to do with it and what you want me to do next for you.
AFTER THIS IS COMPLETED: You'll receive a more detailed resource file and action plan mentioned in the Fast Track Kickstarter column.
Expat Life Mentoring
THREE MONTHS +:
This longer term, retainer-type option allows me to hold your hand through all the steps, to guide you as you make this amazing, life-changing journey.
As well as helping you with the practicalities. I can also help with your emotional well-being.
I've taken those same steps myself. I know how it feels and how I can support you.
I’m here for you. Because expatriation doesn’t end the moment you land in your new country.
Is this service for you?
I can only take on this work once you actually have a move planned. So, you need to know where and when; have all your visas sorted out and probably a job to land in.
move is planned
You know which country you're moving to, and you know which city or town you will call home.
potential date is known
You know when you're moving. Well, you have an idea, this may change, but you know it IS happening,
paperwork is sorted
You (or your company) are sorting out all visas and working permits as I do not work in this area at all.
This service is not suitable for you if you only have vague ideas, or need help to make a decision: you can talk over these with me on a 1-1 call instead.
What my clients say
1-1 Programme Client
“Thank you so much for the help. The service you provide is invaluable. It has been so helpful to see things clearly and prioritize concerns. I appreciate how you have gifted me more ‘time’ by researching all the things I needed info on.
I now feel more prepared to tackle things, whatever may come."
I learned so much from our ‘almost moving’ experience,
I’m so glad you offer the service you do. It was a lifeline!"
Wow!!! Thank you so much!!
This relieves a lot of pressure.
I love that you’ve set up such an inviting and helpful place for navigating this expat life."
See the most asked questions.
Please contact me if you have other questions
When added together the time generally works out to be 6 hours. Depending on what I have going on at the time, I may block out a whole day just for you. This isn’t always possible though and may mean I work over a couple of days. And if there’s a significant time difference between us, please take this into account when evaluating a ‘day’ – your day may be my night and vice versa!
This is a question a bit like, ‘How long is a piece of string?’ It’s impossible to quantify. I will do as much as I can for you in the time available. And I am super-efficient! I’ll use my expertise to work out what is the top priority and work on that first. Then, if there’s time, I’ll go through the others. It’s probably better to give me too much to research than not enough, as this time cannot be carried over to another booking.
That’s only natural. This day of research will give you a suggested set of starting points and you may discover you have more questions as you continue your journey.
If you still have topics to research, or wish to discuss matters further, you’re more than welcome to request another Kickstarter Day (for research purposes) or book a further chat with me for clarification and advice. Just let me know and that can be easily organised.
As a previous client, I offer a 10% discount when another Kickstarter Day or Month if scheduled within 2 months.
You tell me what you need me to find out for you. You can ask me anything, but there are things I cannot advise on, eg visas, finances and other legal matters. If something is not possible, I will simply let you know.
Because we will have lots of contact during this month, the work I do for you can be completely flexible. Sometimes I will have a heap of information for you that I think you'll need that day, while some other results can wait until the end of a week.
I will send you a regular round-up of my findings via email. Naturally, I’ll make these as easy to digest as possible which will take a huge amount of pressure away from you – sometimes having too much information is, well, too much!
Sometimes I may need to ask you for clarification on a topic, and you do need to respond to these emails in a timely manner so I don't need to stop my work. If you don’t respond, I won’t know if I’m on the right track and may spend valuable time researching something you’re no longer interested in. Also, you may learn something from my findings that you’d like further information on. So, do keep in regular contact so I can use my time to do my best work for you.
And please remember the time difference between us, as your day may be my night, and vice versa!
At the end of our month I’ll send you a full Roadmap document containing all the information I’ve discovered in one place, so you can use it to move forward.
No. There are simply too many variables at play here, including potential legal issues.
I can supply the information you need and then it’s up to you to get in touch with them as required.
I help you build your plan of action by finding the details; it’s up to you to implement the next steps.
With the Fast-Track Kickstarter Day, sometimes the time difference works well, eg my day is your night, so you may have the results when you wake up! Alternatively, I may split it over two days, depending on my own life circumstances.
For the One Month Kickstarter, it's more flexible, so as long as we both respond to emails as promptly as we can, we can get the work done.
FAST TRACK KICKSTARTER
Your day needs to be planned in advance to take into account my availability
Due to the intensive nature of this work, I only take on a small number of clients. Please contact me first to check my availability
EXPAT LIFE SUPPORT
Please contact me first to check my availability for this work