Immigrants seeking a better life help create a wonderful culture of diversity. But along with the benefits of earning a living as an immigrant, there are also challenges. Cultural differences can be confusing or mysterious at first, and there is also the consideration of how you’ll help your family back home with their financial needs. Here are a few tips for immigrants who want to engage their new communities while also supporting their families.
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Consider Starting a Business
Many immigrants choose to work for an employer. There is nothing wrong with this choice, but if you want to maximize your earning potential, you may want to consider opening your own business. Many immigrants are highly successful as entrepreneurs.
When starting a business, consider forming a limited liability company. While there are other business structures available, an LLC offers tax advantages and flexibility that other business types don’t offer. The tax advantages of an LLC may help you save more money so you can send more back to your family.
Selecting the right business tools to help your operation run smoothly is also important. Look for as much automation as possible, such as software that can assist in inventory management, time tracking, payroll, sales, and reporting. Look for software with apps that allow for remote use so you can make the best financial decisions in a timely manner.
Send Money and Packages Back Home Periodically
If you know your family back home is struggling, send them money and care packages periodically. Transferring money back home can be done in a variety of ways. Many immigrants choose to send money transfers through their banks, but you can save by using a low-fee money transfer service like Remitly. For example, if you need to send money to Brazil, you can use their $5.99 express option which will transfer your money in just a few minutes. If you’re sending care packages to a country like India, Parcel Monkey offers affordable rates and home pickup.
Learn About Resources Available to You
There are a variety of resources available for immigrants, so it’s important to take advantage of them. In addition to organizations that provide legal assistance, there are also educational services, study abroad opportunities and more available. You’re never alone as an immigrant, so take the time to research organizations and resources near you. Check with your local government leaders if you aren’t sure what resources are available for immigrants in your area. They should help point you in the direction of organizations that can help you acclimate to your new environment.
Become Involved in Your Community
Though it may seem intimidating at first, it’s important to get involved in your new community. Become an active part of local events so you can enrich the lives of those around you. As an immigrant, you bring a unique perspective to the table and can help improve the atmosphere for others like you. You can get more involved by building relationships with government leaders and organizations near you. You can also help bring attention to issues that directly concern immigrants. Attend local meetings when possible, and as Psych Central suggests, do what you can to volunteer to improve the new community you now call home.
Every immigrant has the potential to become a valued and involved member of his or her new community. Consider what that will look like for you; there are opportunities to plug in through volunteering, a new job, or even a business of your own. Connect with the resources available, and reap the many benefits your new home offers.
Author: Cheryl Conklin