Goals, Aspirations, and Dreams vs. Truth, Reality, and Fact
MY OPINION: First in a Series
The difference between aspiring to move to Nicaragua and the actuality of moving to Nicaragua.
In this post, I will attempt to differentiate between the hope and wish to move to Nicaragua and the reality of moving here and trying to make a living.
First off, if you are planning to move to Nicaragua and have either substantial assets, a regular monthly income from investments such as dividends, rental property, etc. Or perhaps you have some sort of pension or Social Security coming in. If so, then this post, while it may be of interest and have some valid points that resonate with you, ultimately may not be on point as your situation will be a bit different.
That is not to say that moving here with income and/or assets makes your future life in Nicaragua stress- and worry-free! Far from it actually. The point is that you should at least have the opportunity to enjoy a life here based on those assets and incomes. Sure, you might lose it all in a bad investment, buy a property without doing your due diligence that turns out to have a bad title, start a business that will fail, etc. But at least you have the green light to go for it, whatever your dream might be.
But what about if you aspire to move here, but don’t have much in the way of assets and income and want to shoestring your way to a brighter future in Nicaragua? Ah, that is the much more difficult path, a critical path one might say, fraught with a high potential for failure.
That’s not to say that it hasn’t been done. There are examples where someone comes down to Nicaragua, makes the right connections, gets their foot in the door, and works their butt off to make a successful livelihood here in Nicaragua. But those few examples are by far the exception. The rule is, whatever meager assets you have you will probably lose as you attempt to fill that niche, outsmart the local competition, and use your superior skills to gain market share, build customer awareness and loyalty, and ultimately to be a success in your endeavor.
What I’m saying is that even filling that need, addressing that customer base, providing a unique service or product, etc. may not be enough to make it here. Its just really tough. You are going up against local competition, or introducing something that has never been tried here before, or you may have an incorrect assumption that the local Nicaraguans are not as bright as you are. Let me tell you, that is not so.
What is so is that there are market niches, there are untapped markets, there are underserved demographics, and ultimately there are opportunities in this country. But once you identify those things and begin to implement your ideas, technology and work ethic to be a success, then the real work starts.