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Posted By: VeritasAmo

Questions about self-employment... - 05/15/12 03:29 AM

Hi Everyone,

I'm going to display a lot of ignorance here, so please bear with me. eek

Here's the deal: I have a partner and we'd like to purchase and run a small "bed & breakfast" type business on San Pedro. We'd also like to have a diving business and/or a fishing charter business.

However, I was reading on here that Belizean nationals need to be hired for most jobs. So we'd be required to hire a Belizean dive master it seems...

If that's the case, then I doubt we'll invest in Belize. However, if it is possible to operate the dive business ourselves (self-employment) until such a time as we can afford to hire more staff, then we could do it.

Does anyone know if that is possible under self-employment?

Belize is an awesome country and we'd like to live and work there, but it seems really difficult to work with in some things. I may be misunderstanding what I've seen posted.

At this point I'm gathering information, so anything you can explain will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for considering our questions.


John
Posted By: elbert

Re: Questions about self-employment... - 05/15/12 12:20 PM

John,
Its a law that people working as divemasters have a tourguide license and to get the tour guide license you have to be a citizen. A few people like myself have made themselves citizens and qualified.
I promise you none of that is easy, one of the few laws that gets enforced around here.
Posted By: VeritasAmo

Re: Questions about self-employment... - 05/15/12 06:23 PM

I believe I read that you mentioned that previously in another post.

I haven't looked into it yet myself, which is why I was asking. However, my question was more about whether self-employment would make a difference in that regard.

There's always a way. Of course we could go the citizenship route--which we probably would at some point--but that seems excessive just to run a business.


John
Posted By: dabunk

Re: Questions about self-employment... - 05/15/12 07:06 PM

Self employment does not make any difference. To do the job you need to be a citizen, no way around it. Either wait or hire a Belizean to do the job.
Posted By: JdeVerteuil

Re: Questions about self-employment... - 05/16/12 05:12 AM

John,
You HAVE to hire a local as a tour guide, that is the law. To be a tour guide the locals have to be certified as well thru the Govt. Belize does this so foriegners, such as us, do not come in here and self employee the locals out of jobs.
You can ask anyone who has been here, they love the local flavor when diving. Why come all this way to talk to another Canadian or American dive master, they want a local person with a fun attitude.
The B&B might be a different story not sure.
Posted By: JdeVerteuil

Re: Questions about self-employment... - 05/16/12 05:13 AM

Man I just proof read my comment, I sound stupid. smile
Posted By: seashell

Re: Questions about self-employment... - 05/16/12 07:09 AM

Not only that, but you sound like you are talking to yourself. wink
Posted By: VeritasAmo

Re: Questions about self-employment... - 05/16/12 08:49 AM

Thanks for the info JdeVerteuil...

It's moot now anyway. We found a much better Caribbean country to settle in that doesn't have such insane restrictions and hoops to jump through. I'm sure we'll visit Belize though!
Posted By: seashell

Re: Questions about self-employment... - 05/16/12 02:12 PM

LOL, and where is this magical Caribbean country? Please do share.
Posted By: Judyann H.

Re: Questions about self-employment... - 05/16/12 02:37 PM

Originally Posted by seashell
LOL, and where is this magical Caribbean country? Please do share.
SeaShell...You are too funny; between this post and the one about John talking to himself....Great sense of humor....thanks for a nice start to my morning......
Posted By: seashell

Re: Questions about self-employment... - 05/16/12 03:02 PM

Thanks Judyann, you just made my day too! It seems a few people on this message board don't get my sense of humor, so I'm always very appreciative of those that do.
Posted By: Cara

Re: Questions about self-employment... - 05/16/12 04:20 PM

Isn't that just a small island country called Amerigo?
Posted By: Judyann H.

Re: Questions about self-employment... - 05/16/12 08:22 PM

Cara, great job on the Amerigo reference.....
Posted By: Lan Sluder/Belize First

Re: Questions about self-employment... - 05/16/12 11:21 PM

I don't get it! Guess I don't have a sense of humour.

Amerigo? Amerigo Vespucci? What's the joke?
Posted By: seashell

Re: Questions about self-employment... - 05/17/12 12:46 AM

Lan, Lan, Lan . . . how about if she'd said "Kinja" instead of "Amerigo"? Or perhaps referenced the name "Norman Paperman". Would you get it then?
Posted By: JdeVerteuil

Re: Questions about self-employment... - 05/17/12 07:00 AM

Originally Posted by seashell
Not only that, but you sound like you are talking to yourself. wink


Its not the talking to myself that disturbs me it is when I am in full blown conversations and arguements with myself.

PS. the other me loves your sense of humor.
Posted By: Cara

Re: Questions about self-employment... - 05/17/12 01:31 PM

Good Job Seashell. smile
Posted By: Cara

Re: Questions about self-employment... - 05/17/12 01:32 PM

Thanks JudyAnn....wondered who would remember. smile
Posted By: seashell

Re: Questions about self-employment... - 05/17/12 07:22 PM

Thanks to all of you too!!

To John: "I'm not schizophrenic and neither am I" wink
Posted By: Lan Sluder/Belize First

Re: Questions about self-employment... - 05/18/12 12:14 AM

Now I get it.

You guys are so much cooler and hipper than I am!
Posted By: seashell

Re: Questions about self-employment... - 05/18/12 01:11 AM

'Hip'? That's an oldie but goldie.

Anyway, maybe we are and maybe we aren't. Maybe we just read that old book and remember it.

wink
Posted By: Cara

Re: Questions about self-employment... - 05/18/12 01:45 AM

Yep, took it to heart. wink
Posted By: seashell

Re: Questions about self-employment... - 05/18/12 06:44 AM

Cara, you hip young thing you!
Posted By: Cara

Re: Questions about self-employment... - 05/20/12 03:07 AM

smile
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