Welcome to Expat Influencer! If we’ve never met, my name is Josh Summers and I’ve been living as an expat for over a decade. Currently, my family and I call the remote western region of Xinjiang our home.
An Expat Entrepreneur?
What exactly does it mean to be an expat entrepreneur? Generally speaking, it means creating my own income while living overseas, as opposed to relying on another company to provide me a salary.
Of course, I think there’s more to it than that.
I believe that if I’m going to be living overseas in another culture, it is my responsibility not only to adapt to that culture (i.e. be influenced by it) but also to be a positive influence in the community where God has placed me.
Hence, Expat Influencer.
I run an online company based in my home state of Texas called Go West Ventures LLC that deals mostly with travel. It’s what I’ve become good at and I love providing travelers with the information that they need exactly when they need it. I earn money through affiliate sales, book sales, advertisements and sponsorships.
I also co-own a travel consulting company here in Xinjiang that connects travelers with the right travel agencies and provides me with a business visa for me and my family to live.
Josh Summers the “Creator”
As much as I enjoy doing business, what I really love is creating.
I went to Belmont University in Nashville Tennessee in order to study music, but I quickly realized that there are people much more talented than I am.
I switched to a business major but never stopped creating music.
And as I moved overseas, my creative drive pushed me to try photography, writing and eventually filmmaking. I don’t consider myself anything more than an amateur in any of these endeavors, but I do strive to create high quality.
For an example of my filmmaking, check out the FarWestChina YouTube Channel.
The Expat Entrepreneur Podcast
The next step in my life story has been the combining of these two parts of me (business and creative) into one project: a podcast.
That’s where The Expat Entrepreneur comes in.
This podcast is a creative outlet for me that also engages my business mind as I interview professionals all across the globe. It’s a privilege for me and as much as I hope it helps the listener, frankly it’s a selfish endeavor to learn more myself.
So that’s where I am. I’m learning as I create and blessed to be an entrepreneur who can provide for his family.
Thanks for reading and taking an interest in my life!