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  1. Leslie (Downtown Traveler)
    June 4, 2012

    Sounds like a very bureaucratic system. I’m glad you found your own gatekeeper– but I’m very curious about your business opportunity. What are you up to? :)

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      June 5, 2012

      Selling momo’s on the side of the road :) – joke. I’ll be putting more into upcoming newsletter.

      • yanet
        August 20, 2012

        Hello Dave. i just read ur article and all my hopes went away hehehe. well im married to a Nepali and we are thinking on living there, so i have to find a way to make a business works. But he is into medical area, i have to think and develop my own business since he will be busy too. Do you have any contact number or email? mine one is (edited out email address)
        Thanks , i would appreciate if i can talk to you. Regards Yanet

      • Dave from The Longest Way Home
        August 22, 2012

        Hello Yanet,

        It’s pretty much up to everyone to make their own way Yanet. Everyday I hear and get asked by people “how to make money here”. Certainly if you have an idea and would like to run it by me you are welcome to email via the address you have with this comment reply. But as far as supplying ideas etc I’m of little use to you!

        By the way inserting email addresses into comments here will result in having them edited out due to spamming. So please don’t publish your email address in comments.

  2. Furio
    June 4, 2012

    As your last post, also this one remember me a lot of China, especially this sentence:

    “They provide you with contacts to decision makers, whom they will know through their own gatekeeper contacts.”

    Chinese people even have a special word for these “contacts”, 关系 (guanxi), which I would translate as “relationship”, and believe (with reason) that this is the only thing that matters to do business in China.

    Good luck with your business ; )

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      June 5, 2012

      Again some unique and interesting insight from the world next door (China). I think it’s something relative to the business world as a while. India is similar though. Perhaps Asia just amplifies all this!

  3. Michael
    June 4, 2012

    Bravo for your persistence. In countries like Nepal or any third world country for that matter, it pays if you’ve been there long enough to work out the local mentality/ies and ways of doing things. Not only will your patience grow longer (because you really have no choice) but you’ll also eventually find the short cuts.

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      June 5, 2012

      Nepal is a strange place. The short cuts seem to be the way the locals work. To find a short cut here is like finding the normal way of doing things. I’m not sure the energy is there to hob nob with the real short cut makers!

  4. Jojie Alcantara
    June 4, 2012

    …Or your gatekeeper can image-build you and turn you into a mafia boss. Word gets around fast. (big grin)

    On a serious note, success to your new endeavor.

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      June 5, 2012

      Me? The Mafia? Really :) There’s all sorts of Mafiosa style things going on in Nepal. I’ll have to find out if they have a word or term for it too!

      • Jojie Alcantara
        June 5, 2012

        Then I shall wait for your next article, my dear friend.

        Have several foreigner friends who tried to make it here
        as well, and a few are surviving pretty well, minus the red tape (though slow system frustrates). Establishing genuine friendship and connection helps a lot. Locals can sense when you’re in it just for the profit or genuinely care about the place.

        Should your business thrive there and find you settling finally after the long quest, then who would think Nepal is the ultimate place for a well known travel blogger to call “home” indeed? Nobody would have guessed if you were to run a contest. I even thought my country was one of your finalists. 😀

        Your gatekeeper must really cherish your friendship. Most locals (the good, sincere guys) extend trust that way, and money/income only comes as a bonus. If I were you, I’d adopt him already. :-)

  5. Mark
    June 5, 2012

    In a world of generic travel blogs it’s truly great to read yours.

    I’ve always wondered what it would be like to try and run a business in another country. This little insight reveals a lot that I would never have thought of. Keep it up. This is better than anything I’ve read in a long time.

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      June 5, 2012

      Thanks Mark. It’s a small insight into a realm of differences. Difficult to put across unless one has experienced or wants to experience it.

      • Mark
        June 6, 2012

        I imagine the same is true of many countries you are not native to.

  6. BB Travels
    June 6, 2012

    You are the first person I’ve met that’s enterprising enough to go from writing about their travels to making a business abroad.

    Did you set out to do this? How successful is this business venture? And I guess the million dollar question is what is this business?

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      June 6, 2012

      Wow, that’s a lot of questions. Most of which are answered in my seasonal newsletter which is due out in a few weeks.

      If one hopes to live overseas then I would suggest a job is fairly important.

      As I mentioned, this article is simply about the first steps in doing business in Nepal. It’s not about “my business”. If I were to continue on I might as well lay out the whole business idea in detail and then watch as someone with far greater resources comes along and takes it all away.

      There will however be more articles on this subject matter!!

  7. Laura
    June 7, 2012

    Good luck with your business- looking forward to hearing more about it. I have come across my own set of issues trying to do business in Kenya. But I guess that’s all part of the adventure 😉

  8. Christine | Grrrl Traveler
    June 20, 2012

    This sounds almost exactly like me trying to break back into the film, commercial and tv industry… but starting over in Hawaii. pppbt. Slight differences apply with ‘white elephants’ and gatekeepers, but they’re all there in some facet. The frustrating bs. Good luck on your business!

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      June 20, 2012

      Thanks Christine, looking forward to your recent project updates too!

  9. Wends of Journeys and Travels
    August 19, 2012

    While reading this post, I had in my mind running why on earth you wanted to breakthrough Nepal doing business, rather than just tourism and quick jaunt then come home. As I was towards the end, I am convinced and congratulates you for the perseverance and yes, your gatekeeper will forever link you to more opportunities in the future.

    Be that as it may, I wish you well in your endeavors! I wished I will meet you on the road wherever it may be.

    I am planning to be in India and Nepal for next year and prays hard my feet leads me to your doors and learn for you about how amazing Nepal as a country is.

    Cheers :)

  10. Salman ali
    December 26, 2013

    Hiya mate, I loved this article of yours. Totally agree with everything you’ve written.
    Very true about finding the right guy to make things easy.
    I know how hard it is to make things done and I understand it gets really frustrating when the men behind those desks won’t do their job unless they get extra cash. It is stupid and very selfish of them.
    I’m Nepalese and even we local face this problem everyday, not only to open a business but also to make any legal documents, for example, making a passport is a nightmare.
    But I totally understand that it’s more worse if you are Caucasian or any other tourist cause all those people behind desks are using their power in the wrong way and have sold their soul already. And I fact they are proud of it, I I fact happen to know some of them who tell their story of corruption in pride I front of their children. It is a disgrace.
    I am sorry in behalf of my fellow Nepalese and I agree with your sentence,”no wonder why your country in this stage”.
    Cheers, salman

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