Hat tip to Elon Musk
Inspired by Tesla's Master Plan, I thought it might be interesting to take a look at what is going on with RetireJapan (there is method to the madness, honestly).
RetireJapan was born in late 2013. Since then it has grown into more than a hobby: it has become a something really enjoyable.
There is a real need for something like this site: an impartial source of information and advice about personal finance for residents of Japan in English.
Last month I had a chance to really think about what is going on with the site on a trip to Sweden. It's funny how changing your environment can help you reflect on your life and goals.
Running RetireJapan has been educational, fun, interesting, and rewarding. I love the community here, and feel really privileged to have the support of our readers. A lot of the time I think I am getting more out of it than anyone else is.
I have bigger plans for RetireJapan though, and writing this is a chance to share them with you and invite you to participate.
Step 1: share information on the site/blog (been doing this since 2013)
Step 2: run a forum so people can ask questions and share information (the new forum was set up earlier this year)
Step 3: create in-depth Guides on specific topics (the Guide to iDeCo was published in August)
Step 4: provide personal coaching (TBD)
Step 5: provide assistance with opening accounts, etc. (TBD)
Step 6: provide financial services (TBD)
Each step feeds the subsequent steps. Steps 3-6 are commercial, but steps 1-2 will be free forever and most people will be able to get all the information they need to get started without having to pay for it.
I've had a lot of requests for more involved help than I can provide at the moment, and I like to think we'll be able to provide a better alternative to what is currently available in Japan for foreign residents.
I hope you'll join us as we continue our journey over the next few years.
What do you think? Is there anything you'd like to see on RetireJapan?