Saturday, 3 May 2014

Making money in Ecuador

Making money in Ecuador this can be very very difficult, the language barrier is the first hurdle you may have to cross, if you are thinking about moving to ecuador, but do not speak a word of spanish, then i am afraid you will struggle to find work and also communicate,

A profession of some kind such as a doctor,lawyer,teacher construction will make life easier for you and you will also earn decent money in the process

But for us average joes who are lost for ideas and are desperate to make a living here in Ecuador or face that flight back home, you need to understand the wage structures and the cost of living, and also have an open mind about life, leaving your comfort zone,

Now you can pretty much do what you want over here, set up a business/service etc, providing your visa has been accepted. Most Ecuadorians shall we say the average and under earn 250 dollars per month, yes that is not a lot at all compared to what we are used to back home, but life throws you a bone over here, as the cost of living is remarkably cheap for renting,bills and of course food, Now i am not saying to just take any old job and be grateful for what you have that's crazy, but what i am saying is think, have a plan, what can you do here?

For example to teach English you could complete a Tefl course  and go from there working in the schools, you could teach privately, like many do, i even had a few students who i taught the basics of English at my house, which if i stuck at it maybe would of turned out to be a winner,but i am not a teacher, never was in England so why would i be in Ecuador

If you already have money buying a house to rent out is always an option, while living in your own, it would certainly cover the bills etc,

But i have to admit without a profession,business or money it is very hard to make money over here, which is why you don't make money over here "yes you read correct" you don't earn your money in Ecuador, what you do is make money online in your home country, selling information and products to your people,

Anyone can do this, and what you will find from speaking to most expats is that they do this aswell,
First think are you an expert in any field? do you have an interest in a certain topic that you could talk about?
If the answer is yes then i can help you get started and develop your business,
A blog is a great way to get started, put your thoughts and ideas into an article.

As an internet marketer i help and coach newbies like yourselves, to start making money online and build the foundations you need in order to create a living in any country just buy using your laptop and the internet along with a few hours of your time per day.

If this is something you  like the sound of  i can show you various methods/techniques, which goes past blogging, email marketing,drop shipping,creating a product and affiliates.
This blog of Ecuador that i do really started out for the sole purpose of sharing my experiences to friends family and of course people interested in the country, It has come a long way and from all of your kind messages and questions i have had, this is now a blog that helps others through my experiences,

Any questions about living here i am more than happy to answer them

Guide to Ecuador real estate Manabi

Hi guys i have had many messages about real estate in Ecuador,Guide to Ecuador real estate Manabi
I can't comment on areas other than  Manabi and Quito, Here is my latest post land in Crucita,but recently i spoke to  Domenick, who specialises in the real estate life for expats, he has devised a  Guide to Ecuador real estate manabi,covering most areas/provinces of Ecuador,
So before committing to anything take a look, some valuable information that gives you a clear picture of what the area is like, what to expect when you get there and how to find your dream home at an astonishing low price.
Here is an article he has allowed me to copy and paste, dating back from 2008, giving you an insight to how popular it was becoming then, to how more appealing it is now

I hope you enjoy this little read and  answers some of your questions

How to find a $40,000 beach house in 2008
Guide to Ecuador real estate Manabi

SUMMARY: An intro to the last, great beachfront real estate bargain of Latin America: Ecuador.

Think the phrase cheap beachfront property is a thing of the past?

If you paid $40,000 for your beach house, how long ago did you buy it? In the US it would have had to have been 30 years or so ago, in Puerto Rico, over 15 years ago, in Costa Rica, over ten years ago easy.

But we have another chance. Even now in 2008 there is a place a few hours by plane from Miami, with Hawaii-like weather, friendly locals, outstanding beaches and where foreigners are not only welcome to buy, but encouraged.

The place is Ecuador. How it has slipped through the cracks this long is amazing.

So the first step towards your $40,000 beach house is to understand where you can find one. Not in the US (obviously), nor in Costa Rica or Panama, but in Ecuador.

The second step is to define exactly the type of property you would like (condo, plot of land, house) and your budget.

The third step is to go to and book your flight to Ecuador. From Miami, New York and LA roundtrip flights can be had starting around $400.

The fourth step would be to do some preliminary research on the net. Remember that any listings you may find in English are probably priced for foreigners, sometimes at double or triple the price you could find locally. There are great places online to find listings, but that is covered more thoroughly in the report mentioned at the end of this article.

The fifth step would be to go to Ecuador. Give yourself as much time as possible in Ecuador. A few months are ideal. Make some local friends, get acclimated to the culture and decide if Ecuador is right for you. Easy ways to make local friends would be to go to the local churches, take Spanish lessons, or join local clubs with a similar interest to your own.

Then with a few local allies on your side, ask them to recommend a few trustworthy real estate agents and local lawyers.

The sixth step is to start your house hunt. Go to the coast, decide where you want to live and walk the streets yourself looking for phone numbers spray painted on the sides of buildings indicating they are for sale. Have a local friend help you make contact (so they don't hike the prices up on you when they hear your accent.)

The seventh step would be to have your lawyer check out the papers of the properties that interest you, making sure they are in order. If the papers are in legal order, you make a bid similar to the US, but in Ecuador you will probably be dealing directly with the owner. Locals prefer to sell their houses themselves instead of through agents.

If the bid is accepted, you sign a sales contract similar to those in the US, and the closing of the sale takes only a few weeks in Ecuador. Closing costs and fees are only a fraction of those in the States.

Beachfront land plots in the $20,000 dollar range are still available. Castles on seafront cliffs are available for around $150,000 and attractive little seaside houses can sell for as little as $40,000, but only until the place gets discovered.

For the need-to-know info before you go, like how to find the hottest steals and avoid the common scams, check out the full report on Ecuador Beachfront property at EcuadorRealEstate.
By Domenick Buonamici
Insiders Guide to Beachfront Property in Ecuador