The move to Ghana was hectic. I had a lot of personal belongings to eliminate. I was mortgaging a home in Palmdale, California and had a household of possessions. I had placed my house on the market only a month before so I gave a lot away to goodwill sold some, and threw aged and unused articles in the disposal. when I was ready to fly I was hardly traveling light I brought all of my photographs, and brought seven suitcases. It was my intention to write for a living to make my income as so many do these days, and what I’d always wanted to do.
1.) Before you move study the market and find your niche. This may be easier said then done because knowing the market of a whole other country is difficult. Here in Ghana expats are doing a lot of useful things.
- Import and Export of goods
- Teaching English as a Second Language online
- Social Media Marketing
- Real Estate
- Farming and Agriculture
Whatever you choose to do try to have a jump on the market before you come. Read the rules, because there are certain occupations that a non-citizen isn’t allowed to do in Ghana such as retail. Study everything you can about it, so that you won’t be spinning your wheels once you get here. I had several ideas of ventures in mind, which is not a bad idea, but being focused on one solid thing being diligent and patient you can’t go wrong.
2) When you visit look for reputable real estate agents. Finding a place to live in Ghana is relatively easy. I suggest coming for a month’s visit and staying at a Bed and Breakfast that will give you enough time to contact local reputable agents to find affordable housing. Here in Ghana there are very nice estates, with roaming security. I suggest renting first before buying but many expats come here to purchase land. I found an affordable three bedroom house that I rent in Oyarifa, while I wait to purchase arable land. It’s quiet and the security is great, but there are additional fees that were added to pay for maintenance of the property, trash pick-up, and keeping the grounds clean. It had been my intention to purchase a plot in Oyibi but after having a lawyer read the contract with me I decided against it.
3) Consider purchasing a car. Renting a car daily can be annoying, dealing with local taxis and car services can become expensive but also respecting the rules of the road in another country that is foreign to you may also be challenging. I have watched Ghanaian drivers closely and though many are skilled on the roads they travel daily, the drivers are very aggressive as they maneuver these streets, and not all are very safe. So if you come from a country where respect and courtesy is granted to other drivers you may not be able to maneuver the roads here successfully. Many traffic accidents have occurred from hesitancy, and traffic stalls cause more aggressive drivers much frustration. However, purchasing a car can be a good source of income since many Expats here in Ghana purchase a car and then rent it out to local Ghanaians to use as a service car through one of the ride sharing companies.