From time to time I receive messages from people through the contact form on this blog who, enchanted with Brazil, are looking to move here. Businesses large and small are eyeing this enormous emerging market as well. That's all very nice, but I have the same word of warning for both starry-eyed individuals and profit-seeking companies:
"Brazil is not for beginners." - Tom Jobim, Brazilian Musician
Several years ago I set up a few Google Alerts around keywords involving Brazil. For the first couple of years I only received a trickle of mostly irrelevant links via email. As Brazil's economy heated up and the World Cup and 2016 Olympics have drawn nearer the trickle has become a flood. I received a few long emails per day now from Google Alerts, listing out numerous articles about various aspects of life and business in Brazil. Freelance journalists now located in Brazil are contributing to this increasing torrent of news.
The world is talking about Brazil. Some are criticizing the delays involved in the major infrastructure projects for the World Cup and Olympics, citing the nation's history of failed projects (there were some truly significant projects in the past that should be remembered, such as the building of Brasília to be the nation's capital). While many are turning bearish on the economy, others continue glowingly bullish. As for me, I prefer to avoid the extremes of pessimism and optimism and simply admit that Brazil is a challenging place to live and work, but one that can be incredibly rewarding as well.
I continue to be more than happy to answer questions from those considering a personal move to Brazil. Simply reach out to me through the contact form and I'll assist as best I can.
I am also pleased to provide assistance to businesses looking to enter the Brazilian market. As a PMP certified project manager with extensive experience in the tech industry (see my About page) I know my way around web development. I speak fluent Portuguese and have a fundamental grasp of how to navigate Brazil's red tape. Contact me and let's see how I can help. If I don't have the particular solution you need, I can at the very least point you in the right direction to move ahead.