To get a job in Cozumel, you will need a work visa (not a tourist visa). A tourist visa is good for a finite amount of days, depending on what the customs agent puts down. From the day you arrive on your tourist visa, you will have between 7 to 180 days to vacate the country. However, even with this tourist visa, you may not work for a Cozumel company. Mexico grants work visas to companies that need a specific person, but cannot find them amongst Cozumel’s population. You may not work unless you have a business that will hire you and go through the lengthy process. Very few foreigners can get jobs in Cozumel. Please do not think you can just pick up a job under the table in Cozumel. Immigration often checks businesses that often employ people that might be foreigners. Cozumel Mexico is much more regulated, and it is not worth getting deported.
Working online takes a lot of sorting through the options. The best thing about working online is that you do not have to deal with the long immigration process, or dealing with the many types of jobs. You just pick what you want to do and you do it. It is like playing the lottery, but instead of picking a number, you pick a job. There are plenty of jobs to choose from, but it takes a lot of work to find the best ones. There are many websites that you can use to find jobs. People searching can use sites like Upwork, Fiverr, and Freelancer. You can also check local sites that have jobs listed on them. You just have to search around a bit. Search for things like SEO, Social Media Marketing, Content Writing, Virtual Assistant, Blogging, and so on. Once you find a job that you are interested in, you will need to send them a message. They will ask you a lot of questions, and if you are qualified, they will hire you.
Opening a business in Cozumel
Many people have dreams of moving abroad to start a new phase of life. You may have saved up a little stockpile of money and want to work some in retirement years or move to work while still young.
We’re not going to talk about the legal paperwork and governmental requirements for any business. This is best discussed with a lawyer and the appropriate office at city hall.
Drawbacks of opening a business in Cozumel
Can we help you with factors to avoid? Here are a few tips that will help you stay ahead of the game.
1. Most businesses don’t generate profits in their first year. Inventory costs and a lot of paperwork can cause a business to lose money in the first year, but that doesn’t mean it can’t succeed. Think long-term instead of short-term if you want to succeed.
2. Don’t open a business just to cater to just ex-pats and tourists. It is a small and finite market (20 percent) compared to the overall population. So you have already eliminated 80% of the market.
3. Understanding the low and high seasons of any business, like a restaurant, that depends on tourism is vital to keep the business afloat during the off-season. If locals stop coming, then the restaurant will die. Many people will tell you it is the locals that carry you through the low seasons.
4. You need to have extra capital. You’ll blaze through your money and without a cushion, you may lose your investment money. It’s a shame when we see a new business open and then close within a year.
5. Buying and selling a business is not necessarily a simple process. You’ll need to carefully examine the financial situation of the business, make sure that all of the necessary paperwork is in place, and that the purchase agreement has been negotiated to your satisfaction.
Each owner prefers to custom design their company. But if the owner wants to keep the business running smoothly, they may need to work with the existing business model and adapt it to fit their own style and needs.
Written by Stingray Villa – the newest Airbnb in Cozumel Mexico.