You would think it was easy really in a country of almost 6 million unemployed. You would think so but it isn’t. Simply put if you are looking for someone to fill a job in Spain it should be easy. Out there somewhere there is the ideal candidate, in fact there are probably thousands, but finding them is proving rather difficult.
As you will know if you have been following the blog I am co-writing a book at the moment. Tentatively called “The Bootstrapping Book – How to start up a business from nothing” (Catchy title I know) it comprises ten chapters with various ideas for getting started in your own business without having to buy stock, rent a place to conduct your business or, in essence, put money down.
The Spanish 30DCHome crew had a meeting this weekend. We talked, discussed, brainstormed and more and out of it has come a solid plan which will be presented on Tuesday. Already got a lot of actionable steps to take in the next few days and we feel that the whole could be a lot greater than the sum of its parts.
This morning I spent a lot of time editing four videos. Videos are a great way of getting your message out about something because more and more people are doing their searches in YouTube rather than through Google and because people’s attention span is often longer when the visual stimuli is interesting so not only the original video but also the editing is important.
If you keep doing the same thing you keep getting the same results right? Erm, well not exactly. If that were the case then most companies would continue to get bigger and stronger but sometimes what you have previously done doesn’t work.
Now in property up to 2006 Valencia Property worked well. Then the market fell off a cliff and whatever was done didn’t seem to work. Things now are going very well and have been for a couple of years with clients coming in from all over the world but I feel a need to continue innovating and changing things.
I went down to Andalucia last week for work purposes and met a lot of people some of whom I already knew and others who I only virtually knew. I then asked a question in my group of Writers and Bloggers About Spain about meeting up, “How Many People In The Group Have You Met Up With?” Now considering that there are 137 people in the group I thought my total of 41 was reasonable. My case is slightly different as some of the group are limited by geography, being based on a rock somewhere in the Atlantic known as the Canary Islands means you are a bit out of the way, and also a few are based on the Balearic Islands too.
“Being an entrepreneur in Spain is like being a snowboarder in Jamaica”.
It may be an exaggeration but Spain is a country where more than most people define themselves by what they do and what they want to do rather than who they are. Ambition is measured by wanting to be a civil servant because you cannot be sacked. I am sorry but it doesn’t float my boat.
So who am I and why am I an entrepreneur? From a young age I realised that I didn’t want to work for anyone else. I prefer working for a slave driver; Me. I set my own goals and start up my own businesses because I don’t like being told what to do by people that usually I consider to not have a clue.
“I’m sorry, we’ve just changed all the policies around that, you’ll have to call back in a few weeks” said the person at the Spanish embassy, promptly hanging up.
Great. I should be used to this by now, as it seems every time I get to grips with some aspect of the big move to Spain, someone changes the rules back in Spain!