“At the end of a long day, Daisy and I love to visit one of our favorite restaurants,” says Jim Silver of his new life on the Caribbean island of Isla Mujeres, just eight miles offshore from Cancún. “Obviously, living on an island means great seafood, but that’s not all you’ll find.”
Vikki Gold from Colorado is delighted with her move to Costa Rica. "I love it here. I'm at peace. There's beautiful scenery, a great climate, and so much wildlife. It's our little paradise," she says. She came here just over a year ago after she and her daughter, Hollee, bought and renovated a boutique hotel in the jungle.
Marilyn and her husband Mike live in the historic city of Granada, in the foothills of Spain's Sierra Nevada mountains. The Arizona couple moved full-time to Granada in 2012, where they enjoy the warm weather, low cost of living, and a busy social life.
"I like quiet, I like privacy, and I have that here," says Tracy Copeman of her home in Ecuador. Tracy and her partner Peter McGoldrick own a home on the grounds of an old hacienda a couple hours north of the capital Quito, near Lago San Pablo. They're a long way from their home of Montreal, Canada, but the couple are loving their new life in the Andes. "The temperature is perfect here in the mountains," Tracy says. "And I have great mountain views. From here I can see Mount Cusin, Imbabura, and if I'm sitting in my chair I can see Cotacachi."
"I guess I was just sick of the corporate stuff. I felt like if I didn't make a move to get something going...it would never happen," says John Dykes. John and his wife, Mimi, were doing pretty well. They had a nice home in Texas where John was running a large automotive supply store and Mimi had her own staffing agency.
Today, starting a business on a shoestring from the kitchen table is much easier than it was 30 years ago (and even as little as five years ago). If you're looking for a way to make a healthy side income or completely replace your current income stream, I can't imagine anything that carries such low risk and such little investment as an online business. And, once you get up and running, you can even manage things from your smartphone without being tied to the office—or kitchen table—at all.
It was thanks to a health scare in 2009 that I finally took the big step to becoming my own boss. For 25 years, I had worked as a magazine publishing executive for companies like Forbes, Times Mirror Magazine, and Crain's New York Business. Even though I loved my career, even though it was fulfilling and I was successful, it was still a job, and I still didn't control my own time.
Six months ago, Lester Herrera, 31, was unemployed in the San Francisco Bay area...a victim of "down-sizing", despite having a business degree from USC. He had been laid off from a non-profit organization where he worked as a career counselor. After several attempts at finding another job, he decided to retire early...to Spain.
People ask me all the time if making money from a kitchen table anywhere in the world is really possible. The answer is yes. The only thing you need to buy and sell online is an Internet connection. Right now, I'm writing to you from a remote island 25 miles off the coast of Maine thanks to an Internet connection. People are making money almost anywhere from a kitchen table! How do they do it?
"One of the best things about living in Spain is the simplicity," says Fiona Lennol. "Less is expected of you. You're not required to have a fancy car or a big house. You can be yourself and just enjoy life. When you wake in the morning to blue skies and sunshine the day is already good.