QUOTE (emmafg @ 01/02/2013, 12:35 PM)
We flew out on 9/11 (bad timing!), arrived in London to find the bottom had fallen out of the IT job market. I found a job reasonably quickly, but my salary could hardly support us..
We landed in London about 5 days before 9/11! Thankfully I got my job straight away but my DH took ages to get a job and we had to live off my cr&ppy secretary salary for about 2mo.
About 6mo after arriving in London my DH found a franchise opportunity that he was determined to go for. It is a huge well known franchise that was already massive in Oz but had only just started expansion in the UK. We figured we had nothing to lose so went for it. It took a year to find a retail location but finally got there and ended up opening 3 in London.
The profits and sales of the shops set us up financially to return home to Oz.