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Any wage here is easily less than half what I could have made in a larger area, and the cost of living is also much lower. The taxes are higher here, but you do get your money's worth (healthcare, etc...). Obviously, being self-employed in this situation is ideal.
In a couple years, as soon as business stabilizes, I'll be wanting to travel, likely around the world :)
I'm currently Looking at Dubai. The tax situation (none) is a dream, and it's REALLY trying hard to attrackt high-tech business.
If you don't mind some sand in the air and somewhat pricey living (well by malta standards, prolly cheap by US standards) it sounds pretty damn good.
I have a friend who lives in Jersey - No tax, and plenty of small rich businesses to design for :) - she says it's a haven for small design firms.
IMO you're best avoid England, hard life to lead with the job market so crammed with competition. I have to work 2 jobs to keep me in the manner I have become accustomed. An aquaintance advertised a webmaster/developer position in a local paper and recived over 300 CV's for 1 vacancy. That's an awful lot of out of work people/people hunting better jobs.
East Africa is relatively buoyant and is most definitely 'online' although the infrastructure for e-commerce is unstable – but from a web developers point of view it has lots of potential.
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Looks like the caymans are very expensive then ;)
I'm not too worried about lack of jobs, low wages, etc, as I run some websites of my own and earn my money through advertising revenue.
I like the idea of the Cayman's as it sounds like a nice place to live. Also like the sound of Canada, as although the tax is higher, housing is cheaper.
There are also many courses around related to computers on a "Zero Fee Scheme" bases, which also offer "Student Loan".
You could easily setup a living here, without worrying about how its gonna workout.
East Africa .... is not a "tax-heaven"
I was referring to Jersey ;)
Taxes are high in east africa but the cost of living is incredibly in-expensive in comparison to the UK. I spent a number of months there in 2001 and was amazed by the changes that have been made in Uganda since Amin.
The infrastructure for the buying and selling of goods via ecommerce is a way off - the postal service is lackadaisical and some might say a little corrupt, but the IT skills that the people possess would amaze you. From a development point of view Kampala, Kisumu, Jinja or Mombasa would be excellent places to live. While travelling I also found an enormous number of places to use the internet. AOL (Africa's On Line!)
Also is there any tax breaks for individuals wishing to set up business in NZ?
What kind of broadband access do you have in NZ? Would it be possible to get this in a rural location?
Thanks for your help everyone.
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>>What kind of broadband access do you have in NZ? Would it be possible to get this in a rural location?
Does this mean you can get broadband in rural areas as well? I was in NZ a few years ago and there was a problem with people getting fast access and having to use expense satellite services.
I am from india and i know i can save hundreds of thousands in taxes if i live there but rather i choose America to live
While it is true we pay more taxes here, it's actually below the G7 average, and if you add the percentage of GDP we spend on taxes, it is lower than the percentage the US spends on taxes + healthcare. We're not getting such a bad deal.
Cities like Montreal are vibrant with low rent, Atlantic Canada is very laid-back, BC is great for outdoors adventures (hiking, skiing...). While our material standard of living is not quite as high as the US, we also have less crime and other perks.
That's not to say there aren't great places in the US- Oregon certainly has some appeal for me, as do the Rocky Mountains. In fact, I likely will keep Atlantic Canada as my home base, but will go travel in several countries. Kerala sounds like one of India's jewels, and Sri Lanka, New Zealand as well as Australia all seem interesting.
Maybe an interesting variation on the original question would be: "Can you recommend a place where a webmaster can visit for 1-3 months?" It would have to be a place where there is good connectivity and facilities for people working remotely, affordable and fun.
I guess that opens up the discussion a bit: if you don't have to live where you pay taxes (at least not all of them, VAT is hard to avoid in some places), "Which country is best for webmasters?" can be answered differently.