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    Franette
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    Marais
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  1. FranetteM

    DV-2019

    [at]JumpingJasonFlash Thanks for that! Brilliant! 😀
  2. FranetteM

    DV-2019

    Sadly still a week (of stress) to go. So Heidi, how did you decide on which products to try and farm in USA? Is it intended for local use or export? Is any of these trade war rediculousnous influencing your decisions?
  3. FranetteM

    DV-2019

    Ok, so I don't get that one? What are you supposed to say? 🙂
  4. FranetteM

    DV-2019

    Thank you [at]oscar and [at]SJ272 for your valuable input. It gives me a lot to think about. So, regarding benefits - if my husband is employed with benefits, does it mean that I can latch onto that for medical (like in SA)? Yes, Oscar, I get your point regarding the accent. I didn't think of that before, but I can imagine how that may be a problem. I'm actually practicing my American English, also need to be aware of the different words that can make a huge difference, for example we went to Hershey Park with American friends and I was saying how long the "Q's" were and just got blank stares 😂 Only realised later that they talk about a "line" and not a "Q". Can't anticipate everything though, will have to learn as we go along. Regarding the tours - my idea is not to open a travel agency per se. Like SJS272 said - it's more about getting a group of people travelling together that doesn't want to bother with self drive. For example, I used to have clients from Canada that visited SA once a year and they would book my tour bus upfront for about a week. So I'll do all the driving. Airport transfers, daily excursions wherever they wanted to go, Dinner transfers, Tours, etc. Yes, they were wealthy, but what people don't realize, is that if you're a group and you split the costs, it is not so expensive per person and better to hire a bus with a driver than to rent 2 or 3 cars and then they have to drive on the 'wrong' side of the road as well. Also, the way it works is that the clients don't pay me any commission - I negotiate better rates with my network partners. The clients don't pay extra than what they would have if they have booked online. In many cases, I can actually reduce the cost for them and they get the benefit of having a tailor made tour. The 'challenge' here for me was that wealthy clients actually don't really care about the cost (especially if they earn $), and trying to convince people that they can actually save money doing it this way without it being a scam is really tricky to market.
  5. FranetteM

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    Good luck Kallas! I saw some advertisements for jobs where it specifically say you need to apply directly with the company and not go through a recruiter. It seems like it works quite differently in the States (as SJ272 mentioned) than here in SA. I think it probably has to do with the low unemployment rate... Does anyone have advice for me please? My husband is currently the breadwinner, but I'm eager to get back my financial independence (long story, but I basically lost my previous well paid job as a Business Analyst, because of whistleblowing my boss (he was found guilty by forensic auditors, but got away with a final written warning)). I have a lot of experience and qualifications to do with the Financial Services Industry, but would prefer not to work in that environment again. Although I would if I had to. So since then I have started my own business in the Tourism Industry, but at the moment not marketing it, as it is not worthwile from where I'm currently staying. The business is still in operation though. I also took up studying as a Life and Relationship Coach and am waiting for the results of my exam. My ultimate goal is to have a few income streams, generating a decent income in total. So, I have a few options when we move to the States: I can keep my business here in SA and try and market it in the USA - like customised tours for people visiting Cape Town (i.e. Tour Packages including airport transfers, accommodation, Cape Point Tours, Wine Tours, etc.) and/or I can start my own Coaching business in the USA (which I want to do anyway eventually), but how easy/difficult is it to get your own company going over there? It is quite difficult in SA, especially with finance and marketing. It seems like all the big guys are raking in the clients (even when I think they completely overcharge for their services) and it is virtually impossible to get a business loan here. My other option is to try and find 'corporate' employment as a coach - I have seen quite a few positions that I would be interested in on Indeed and some of these are even remote positions and/or contract positions which would probably be ideal. I'm also not adverse to working at the local take-out if it helps to pay the bills.
  6. FranetteM

    DV-2019

    Hi [at]Kallas, how is it going with the job hunting? My husband used resumegenius.com - it says free resume builder, but if you do it online you have to pay a minimal fee to download (as far as I understand).
  7. FranetteM

    DV-2019

    [at]Heidi556 Yes, we're doing the final prep for our medicals, which is on Monday. Yes, thank you - we did confirm our appointment and they knew who we were - yay! So the Consulate is in Sandton, right? We googled the address as per the confirmation sent by KCC and booked in to the hotel right across, so we won't be late - it's called the Capital Empire and close to Sandton City? We have booked our flights to Jhb, but nothing other than that. We'll wait for the approval first and then will probably go over to USA first week of Oct - flight prices are still steady at R7k one way so holding thumbs. Wow, sardine run sounds like fun, but scary also!! So you just dive with no protection from sharks? You a crazy girl! 😄
  8. FranetteM

    DV-2019

    Thanks so much [at]adventurer1 - we booked into the hotel directly accross from the Consulate to make sure we won't be late!! I must admit sometimes I wonder if it's going to be worth it, starting all over again, but then something (or more than one thing) happens in SA that just infuriates me and reminds me that it is a Lottery we won and how many other people are trying every year and here we won it on the second try. Such a priviledge. This week the Army was called in to Cape Flats because of gang violence. The Mount Nelson hotel was invaded by 15 armed robbers. I was told I must pay someone R750 to get the City of Jhb to close my municipal account, as they are not reacting to the documentation I already sent per email (as is the process advised by the lawyer when I sold my place). I phoned twice to follow up and every time an agent picked up after about 10 minutes and then as soon as I start to speak they drop the call or put you on hold again. According to the Estate Agent this is quite normal.... I guess what we worry about most, is whether we will find jobs again at our age (late 40's). It seems like there are a lot of people (as per other forums) that really struggle for months to find a proper job.
  9. FranetteM

    DV-2019

    Ok thanks [at]SJ272 It is probably better if we don't go off doing our own thing and time is running out with so much else to do. Thanks for the reply though.
  10. FranetteM

    DV-2019

    Wow! That is excellent news. Congratulations! What a relief hey?
  11. FranetteM

    DV-2019

    Advice please - we have our medicals scheduled for the 4th week in July. As you know it is quite expensive. Both my husband and myself don't have proof of our vaccinations. Is it possible to have the blood tests done by our local doctor and just get the shots at our local clinic or Clicks so we can submit proof when we go for the medicals and if so, do you think it may save us some money there? Also, what do they test for specifically?
  12. FranetteM

    DV-2019

    [at]Kallas Good luck with your interview! Please let us know how it went.
  13. FranetteM

    DV-2019

    Wow that is a great price for Hawaii [at]Heidi556! We were looking to go last year, but flights were too expensive. I guess it's all about the timing.
  14. FranetteM

    DV-2019

    OK Thanks so much. Realised I made a mistake with airfare rates. Currently Air Kenya and Etihad have R11k return fares for Oct and Turkish Airlines R7k for one-way.
  15. FranetteM

    DV-2019

    [at]Heidi556 Hi there, Yes! We received our appointment date on Friday evening and it is scheduled for the 2nd week in August. So relieved we don't have to anxiously wait for news anymore 😁 I've contacted the Dr for appointment - am waiting for them to phone me back with a date. I tried to phone the Jhb Consular to ask how to confirm our appointments, but just got recorded messages and never the option to speak to an agent...Do we have to confirm the appointment online or telephonically, and if so, how? Did you decide re flights yet? You mentioned a place where they check you through customs before you enter the USA (Can't remember which country now) - are you seriously considering that? We basically decided to go over in Oct if everything goes according to plan and both Air Kenya and Etihad currently have good deals for both one-way and return flights. About R7k for one-way and R12k for return.
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