I have lived in Costa Rica for nearly thirty years and have been in business here almost as long. My first venture was as a self-publisher in the 1980s. I wrote a Spanish language book with an accompanying cassette entitled, “The Costa Rican Spanish Survival Course.” Next, I published the future bestseller, “New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica.” Fifteen editions later I am still selling this guidebook. Since that time I have written, published and marketed eight other books on similar subjects. I have done all of this while living full-time in Costa Rica. I sell my popular guidebooks through Amazon.com and in U.S. and Canadian bookstores.
How is it possible to run this type a business from Costa Rica? Actually, it is very easy. At first it proved to be difficult until I worked out all of the logistics. My main market has always been the U.S. and Canada but I have always lived here. What I did was end up having my books printed, stored and sold in the U.S. without having to live there. Finding a printer was easy. The biggest obstacle was locating a place where I could store my products and from where I could have them shipped. Fortunately, a friend of a friend was looking for a part time job and offered to help me. She even had a large garage where I could store all of the books.
With the advent of the Internet to facilitate communication and the opening of private mail companies here in Costa Rica it became even easier to operate my business from here. I receive book orders over the Internet and then have my people in the U.S. fill and ship the the product.
About 12 years ago I started a Relocation/Retirement Tour web-based business which I run successfully from here using all of the methods and services which I mention above.
I know other entrepreneurs of all ages who operate their businesses from Costa Rica. One person runs a mail order medical supply company. Another is involved in stocks. I have one acquaintance who has a successfully built a website optimizing empire.