I’ve dreamt of living in Colombia ever since the first time I visited in 2012. This country reminds me a lot of my birthplace in Puerto Rico, only with much less American influence. Throughout the past years I’ve visited this beautiful place while continuing to grow in my career. I often thought about how amazing it would be to build a digital startup and move to Colombia. The cost of living, culture, and nature make it perfect.
Cost of living
First and foremost, Colombia is incredibly cheap if you’re making American dollars. I once noted on this blog that for the cost of rent in New York City, you could live 2 years in Tulua, Colombia. Imagine not worrying about money and having the freedom to really focus on your idea. You’re not rushed into bad decisions, and are allowed time to grow in an organic way. Some people will argue that living in a city like New York forces you to ‘hustle.’ There’s definitely something to be said about living in a place like that, but when that hustle doesn’t allow you time to breathe and think, that’s not good. That’s one of the main reasons I left New York for Florida, I wanted a slower paced lifestyle to focus on my new startup. Now what if we took that even further and left to Colombia.
Colombia has been named one of the happiest countries in the world by a few big publications like BBC, Huff Post, & Washington Post. Colombians are some of the most welcoming people in the world, naturally well mannered and incredibly serving. They want you to feel at home, and treat you like family. If you stay in a Colombian’s house, they’ll offer you everything they have including the very bed they sleep on. Colombians are unsurprisingly social. That’s probably why where you see one Colombian in any part of the world, there’s a whole community of Colombians.
Colombia is a beautiful country with a large diversity of animals and agriculture. This is one of the only countries where you can find desert, snowy mountain tops, dense rainforest, and beautiful beaches. This provides vast landscapes perfectly suited for exploration. You can spend years discovering everything Colombia has to offer. These adventurous surroundings give great distraction to the constant online activity of digital work. After a long day of emails, design files, and published web pages, you’re able to disconnect and enjoy nature.
Next startup move
For these reasons, and many more, is what makes Colombia an amazing place to build a digital startup. I just finished my 6 month lease on the first Branded Humans shop in Florida, and I don’t think I’ll be renewing it. Let’s see how things go, but Colombia may just be the next stop in my startup journey. If you have any questions and want to learn more about Colombia, feel free to reach out and leave an email. Wish me luck!