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Relocate to Costa Rica and Work from Home

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Imagine sitting at your desk in a spacious, luxurious office. You look up from your computer to admire the amazing ocean view. The green, tropical mountains out the side window ease the tension of the deadline you have to meet. You decide to finish your project before taking a dip in the refreshing pool that beckons you from a few steps away. Does that sound like your work environment? If not, it can be if you relocate to Costa Rica and work from home. The recent Covid-19 pandemic has led many to realize that they don't have to go to the office every day in order to perform their work. They can accomplish just as much from home, and that home can be anywhere in the world that has Internet service. Even before the worldwide health crisis, many workers had traded in their corporate office for a home office to reduce commuting time and fatigue and enjoy greater flexibility in their schedule. So if you're going to work from home anyway, why not relocate to Costa Rica? It has ideal conditions to successfully work from home. Consider how Costa Rica meets all the requirements.

A Home Office

The most obvious requirement to work from home is having a home with a suitable workspace. Experts recommend a dedicated work area to keep your computer and other work-related materials in one place. Having a set workspace is much better than having to interrupt your work and clear off the dining table at mealtime. A home office that is spacious and has natural light is even better because the pleasant environment contributes to productivity and positivity. And that's what you'll find in the Guanacaste Province of Costa Rica. Many homes and condominiums have plenty of space for an office, and the sun shines almost every day of the year. Some even afford beautiful views of the ocean or mountains, but don't let the scenery distract you from your work!

Internet

The modern work environment is heavily dependent on Internet service, and that is true to a greater degree when you work from home. According to recent studies, 85.5% of Costa Rica's population has Internet access which is more than in any other country in Central America. The speed and coverage area expanded rapidly when the Central American Free Trade Agreement went into effect in 2010. International companies began to challenge the state-owned Institute of Costarican Electricity (ICE) which had previously enjoyed a telecommunications monopoly. Since then, hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested in fiber optics networks, towers, and other infrastructures. As a result, you can stay connected in almost every region of Costa Rica. Cabletica, Tigo, and Telecable are among the primary Internet service providers. They offer bundles that include high-speed Internet, cable television channels, and a fixed VoIP phone. 

The aforementioned ICE remains one of the top providers as well, and its Internet service is marketed under the brand name Kolbi. Current monthly rates are less than $60 for a 100 megabytes Internet-only connection. Claro and Movistar offer wireless residential Internet packages that utilize their cell phone towers. They are a great option if your home is off the beaten path. Is the Internet reliable in Costa Rica?  Most users report that their Internet is stable, and some even say it's better than it was in their home country. One provider even offers a 99.5% uptime guarantee. 

Work-from-homeOffice Space and Business Centers

If you find that working from home isn't the right fit for you, if you want additional space, or if you need a place to meet clients, office space is available to rent. The traditional arrangement is to rent an office and outfit it to suit your needs. Another option is to pay a monthly fee to share space in a business center. The shared offices are furnished and fully equipped with high-speed Internet, printers, etc. Your membership allows you use the facilities as much as you wish. Costa Rica is in the same time zone as central North America, so that's convenient when you make phone calls during business hours. 

Services

Another advantage to relocating to Costa Rica is that services are readily available and inexpensive. You can hire a happy, hard-working Tico to clean your house, iron your clothes, or maintain your yard for around $5 per hour. Daycare and babysitting services are also reasonably priced. And if you have school-aged children, there are great bilingual education centers in all the regions where foreigners reside. This support system has two benefits. First of all, when you are working, you can concentrate on the task at hand with fewer distractions. Secondly, when you finish your work for the day, you are really finished. You can relax because you don't have to clean the house or mow the lawn. 

Other Benefits

Forbes magazine (August 16, 2012) recommends that at-home workers occasionally take breaks and get out of the house. A change of scenery and a little exercise refresh you mentally and physically thus increasing your productivity when you go back to work. There is no better place to apply this advice than Costa Rica. Many homes have outdoor living spaces--a yard, patio, balcony, or pool--that are ideal for a break. A few minutes of stretching or walking around can be just the reset you need to finish a challenging task. And Costa Rica's great weather makes getting outside a year-round option. If you'd like to get a little farther away from your home office, there are coffee shops, smoothie stands, and the beach. 

Working from home has many advantages, and the great living conditions in Costa Rica make it the ideal place to enjoy those advantages. Beautiful homes with outdoor living areas, reliable Internet, great weather, and affordable services are just some of the perks.