While many of us dream of living overseas later on in our lives, sometimes retirement can seem an age away.  So, if you don’t want to wait for the council to issue you your pensioners’ bus pass before moving abroad, you need to find some way of paying your way so that you can start living overseas sooner rather than later.

There are lots of tried and tested options for earning a living overseas, and a few methods you probably haven’t even considered yet.  Some methods such as franchising or buying a hotel are not the cheapest of options, but there are other means to enable you to work and earn a living abroad that require very little capital outlay.

So what are some of the most popular ways to earn a living overseas?  Well, in this four part series we’ll take a look at the options you have for getting a job, finding work, starting a business and just generally making a living abroad.

Perhaps the best option for securing paid work overseas is to find work with an international or overseas company before leaving the UK.  Dependant on your skills, experience, qualifications and trade, there may be well-paid work abroad in your field.  For example, if you are a construction manager there is a lot of work for qualified employees in the Middle East at the moment.  Healthcare workers are also usually in short supply in the likes of the UAE, and there are many worldwide jobs for doctors, nurses and medical staff overseas as well.

IT professionals also have a good chance of securing employment abroad.  A browse through internet sites such as Monster Jobs and Job Search give you a good idea of what overseas employers are looking for.  If you are lucky enough to secure employment in the country you want to relocate to before you leave the UK you can travel secure in the knowledge that you’ll be receiving a wage when you get to your destination.  This takes masses of pressure of anyone.  You may also find that your new company gives you assistance with relocating overseas – both fiscal and practical assistance.

If you are not lucky enough to find your job listed on any of the websites you browse, or you are unfortunate enough to be amongst a batch of 300 newly redundant IT specialists all applying for one job in Timbuktu, then one of the next most popular options for securing a living overseas is to teach English as a foreign language.

Whilst it used to be relatively easy to teach English abroad without qualifications, that is not the case nowadays.  You may be lucky enough to pick up a few students with a card in the local supermarket and no qualifications, but you will increase your chances of securing paid work overseas enormously if you enroll on a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) course.  With courses costing from around £1000, and often with placement assistance upon graduation, teaching English abroad is one of the cheapest ways of being able to earn a living overseas.

If you’ve also got degree qualifications, teaching English as a second language can be quite lucrative in countries such as Japan and Dubai for example.  Again, with this method you can secure employment before leaving the UK, which is going to remove an awful lot of stress as you start your new life abroad.