Starting your own small business is a bumpy road to success no matter how long you’ve lived in the town or city you’re based in.
But what if you want to also start your own business outside of your home country, and be location independent?
How do you figure out all the details, like time zone differences, your local tax rules, and knowing absolutely no one local who works in your industry? That can be especially challenging if you’re facing other challenges as well, like cultural differences and language barriers.
However, this week’s guest found a way to overcome those challenges and start a location independent business ten years ago (and she is still in business)!
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About Jamie (and Studio Aiuto)
Jamie is a brand strategist, graphic designer, world dweller, and mamma. Jaime Di Dio Aoyama grew up knowing she would have a career in art or design and craved living in the world.
Jaime’s exposure to French started as a toddler and continued into her university years. She then began studying Italian and took a semester abroad in Florence where she casually attended classes on interior architecture and Italian language emerging herself in the local scene. Returning to the US, she completed her degree in interior architecture while embarking upon her journey with the Japanese language.
Days after graduation, Jaime moved to Tokyo with her now husband, a native of the metropolis and began teaching English and doing freelance graphic design. Returning to the states 3 years later, the couple founded Studio Aiuto, a brand strategy and graphic design consultancy.
Passionate about using design for the greater good, Jaime works with well-living and heart-centered businesses. When she’s not working, she’s playing with her daughter or finding a few quiet minutes with her husband.
Jaime currently lives with her artist husband and toddler daughter in a coastal village outside Tokyo and is on the cusp of her 4th international move.
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People Behind the Business is a "show for small businesses with small teams and huge ambitions". The point is to bring together small business owners worldwide to tell their stories about how/why they started their business, along with personal issues that impact how they do business. E.G: living with a mental or physical illness, hearing the word "no" a lot, and finding practical solutions to the challenges of establishing a loyal community of colleagues, customers + friends. My goal is to provide a forum where small business owners can learn from each other's mistakes & accomplishments.
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