Furniture, Movies, Skincare. More Learning.
Yes, you read that correctly. I applied for a few jobs in Bali and one of them was for operations and marketing at a skincare company. Fast Moving Commodities were something I knew very little of at the time. Business is business, the basics are all the same. What I didn’t know, I could learn and the rest is mostly common sense. Weighing one decision or direction to another, taking calculated risks or no risks at all.
I was used to making deals with key opinion leaders, influencers and so on. The marketing end was incredible, much of the same except for a different audience. Not moviegoers but in this case individuals and skincare. Oddly enough the target audience was the same.
The Yearly Plan. To no Plan.
The skincare company was an interesting move. I was lucky enough to be able to work for my previous publishing company and the studio remotely. This made the transition and the risk much more manageable.
I worked in an office where I was the only male. Not that that was an issue. If you read my book John Doe vs Evil, all our supervisors were women at Zsemba. It was a fun working environment where the influencers worked like magic wands.
When their influence worked and paid off our sales climbed. It was almost as if we were in Vegas and rolled the dice. Hit the jackpot and the sales soared.
Now to get that to level out I implemented a yearly plan. With the information and knowledge that came from the team and some carefully calculated moves, we made a yearly plan. Unfortunately, I had a death in the family and in the process had to give up this position. I needed to return to Canada. At the same time, the government of Canada accepted the local Sinovac for travel purposes and it was time to go home. The business plan was in, my personal plan… Well, that was out the window.
The next steps. Who the hell knows.
I landed in Canada and surprisingly everything went well. A month and a half of catching up were much needed and overwhelming in some cases. While I missed my uncle’s funeral, I was able to see my aunt and the rest of the family. Amazingly enough, it was fun to go back and without skipping a beat the family experience is the same as it was before my departure.
Spending time in Canada was great. However, I lost one job already in Bali, the remote position was not enough for me to get by on, long term. Do I toy with the idea of moving back to Canada? I didn’t want to but it did cross my mind.
A Moment of Panic. Apply for Jobs!
It is not a simple task for a foreigner to get a job in Indonesia. Not legally anyway. First no matter what, a company has to be big enough and must have the right credentials to employ a foreigner. They then need to hire you and get you a work permit. This sounds easy but it’s a process that often takes time.
Needless to say, I did apply and no the jobs I applied for didn’t work out. So, I made some calls. Reaching out to friends in the tennis group and others in the industry I knew. But then I had a light go off in my head, and took a chance to call an acquaintance that I had kept in touch on and off with over the years.
Another drastic move. Because, why not?
I searched for the number on my phone and provided it was still the same I was about to take another chance. At the same time, I got the news that my remote gig with the previous company would be coming to an end as well. This was a shock, not expected by any means but what was I to do?
I sent a message to my acquaintance and within 30 seconds I was on the phone talking about a possible new job.
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