7 businesses I would put in Canoa, Ecuador right now

Disaster breeds opportunity.

The ying and the yang, there is a positive side to everything if you look for it.

This fact has became particularly clear to me since I started investing in currencies online (more on that soon).

But particularly since the earthquake last April, here are 7 businesses I personally would consider putting in Canoa (if I had the time to do so).

1. Rentals- So I’ve heard from sources on the ground, since the quake acceptable American-quality rentals are few and far between.

2. ATM- Everyone I know who lives in Canoa complains there is no ATM, solve this problem somehow and you will be rewarded.

3. Coffee shop- A good one with inside and outside tables, right on the ocean, with WiFi and good pastries, yea, I’d like to see something like that here (think Sweet and Coffee).

4. Liquor store- with ample selection of both foreign and local liquors and wine plus a whole bunch of other hard-to-find edible goodies like thai curry powder, Heinz ketchup, etc.

5. Late night street food, but something different (like a taco bus)– Right now the late night options are limited to average hamburgers on the street, shwarma (kebab), and pizza (moan).  How about a taco stand or pita pit, that’s what I’d put.  Add hot dogs and you can appeal to the local crowds too!

6. Chinese food (Chifa)- According to sources, no Chinese in town currently, could be a big hit with both locals and foreigners.

7. Bathrooms/showers on the beach- Especially since the quake pretty much non-existent.  Def. a need.

So, what are you waiting for? Give it a go!

Hasta pronto, if you liked this you’d love my Insider’s newsletter on living and investing in Ecuador,

Fill in below to sign up now (you can unsubscribe at any time):

Earthquake rebuild update from Canoa, Ecuador

This week I had the pleasure to chat with a friend that has lived since June of last year in Canoa, Danial Turner (not a property owner there).

He said he’s noticed a lot of changes in the picturesque town of Canoa, Ecuador on the north Ecuadorian coast which happens to be one of the hardest hit towns by last years April quake.

Hard to get an official count, but many agree about 30-40% or more of the town’s buildings came down.

According to Danial, he said Canoa is rebounding nicely, with a lot of vacant lots where buildings/houses used to be.

No more tent cities now as was the case when he arrived in June of last year.

He said the enormous government project which was going to occupy a whole city block on the beach has now been nixed. (Thank God.)

He said basic services are now fine, electric and water outages are rare, and the town even has city sewage treatment, a service most places on the Ecuador coast lack (they use septic tanks).

Carnival last weekend, normally a holiday weekend that produces a packed house for the town, was underwelming but not bad.

Many businesses have re-opened like the Surf Shack, an expat mainstay, where they have gringo nights on Tuesdays and he himself cooks on Thursdays (Danial is a retired world-class chef).

Friday night try the Suki bar where they have a new cook from England who is doing a great job.

He said there is a big new grocery store in town doing well also.

And that many of the condos owned by expats to the south of town have been repaired and are occupied once again.

He said security is not an issue as a big gringo he has not had any incidents and that the waves are still as good as ever!

He said tourists and expats have started to trickle back but still not coming in the numbers they were before the quake.

Big, new construction projects are still generally non-existent. Sounds like the big money is still spooked.

So next time you’re in the area give Canoa (one of my favs) a shot! You’ll be glad you did.

Hasta pronto, if you liked this you’d love my Insider’s newsletter on living and investing in Ecuador,

Fill in below to sign up now (you can unsubscribe at any time):

How to save on your income tax in Ecuador

This week I filed my income tax return in Ecuador due every March (impuesto a la renta).

My accountant charged $30 and was done in 20 minutes.

It was so quick because she already handled my monthly sales tax declarations and already had the paperwork on hand.

Based on the monthly tax declarations for all of 2016 she quickly pumped out the annual return and submitted it.

When you file if you have employees insist that your accountant submits the form declaring how much you pay to employees.  That will lower your tax burden greatly.

If you show less than $11k in profits for the year you pay ZERO income tax in Ecuador.  And it’s a sliding scale on up to the highest tax bracket for folks who make more than $115k profit who must pay 35% tax.

See the 2017 scale and read more here. 

Hasta pronto, if you liked this you’d love my Insider’s newsletter on living and investing in Ecuador,

Fill in below to sign up now (you can unsubscribe at any time):