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5 - Costa Rica in Brief
6 - Map of Costa Rica
8 - Symbols of Costa Rica
9 - Introduction
12 - Getting a Bird's Eye View
14 - Why Choose Costa Rica?
18 - Costa Rica Has Many Firsts to its Name
22 - A Place That Accepts All Races
30 - The Friendliness of the Costa Ricans
33 - Ticos are Individualistic
35 - Ticos Are Different and Procrastinators
38 - Why Others Have Gone Abroad
42 - Specific Reasons for Leaving Home
45 - Culture Shock
48 - Enjoy Your Retirement by Adjusting
49 - Ways to Adjust to Your New Life
56 - Making Your Stay More Satifying
58 - Cost of Living
67 - Addresses and Directions
69 - Your Car and Driving
71 - How Not to Be Obnoxious to Locals
74 - Adjusting to the Weather and Climate
76 - Choosing the Right Climate for You
77 - City Living versus Country Living
79 - Where to Live in Costa Rica
82 - Living in Your American Style
84 - Top Quality Health Services
87 - Medical Centers in San José
89 - Dying in Costa Rica
91 - Security and Safety in Costa Rica
94 - Personal Experiences of Petty Thievery
98 - Sex and Romance
101 - Going into Business Yourself
105 - Expatriates Production Enterprises
110 - Expatriates Service Businesses
114 - The Business Environment
120 - Helpful Tips for the Newcomer
125 - National Holidays and Festivities
128 - Religion, Churches & Support Groups
131 - The Optimism and Health Link
133 - The 8 Point Formula for Anti-Aging
134 - Obtaining Insurance
136 - Early Colonial History in Brief
139 - English Language & Tico Expressions
144 - Misdemeanors That Are Now Felonies
146 - Closing Words
148 - Bibliography
149 - For More Information and Contacts
151 - Appendix
155 - Index

What are the things I do well and feel well when doing them?

This is important if you are to super-charge yourself and keep your enthusiasm at high pitch. Unless you're enthusiastic about what you do, in all probability you won't succeed. But doing something expertly well is not enough sometimes. It's won't guarantee success. Other ingredients are necessary.

For example, take into consideration that someone who has been a supervisor or middle manager in a company for many years may not have the capability to become an effective entrepreneur. A chef at a prosperous restaurant may be an excellent cook but a bad manager when he establishes his own restaurant. Despite these negative thoughts, the reality is that many youthful and older retirees are running their own part or full-time businesses and doing it well. Many have proved to have a natural knack at business management.

Operating Permits Are Necessary

If you've decided to go ahead and start your own business in Costa Rica, be sure you apply for a Patente (permit to do business) from the Municipality of the town where you plan to establish it. Along with the permit is also needed authorization from the Ministry of Health. These requisites are not difficult to comply with if your business is legal, will not contaminate the environment (trash, smoke, noise, discharge waters, etc.), and you pay the minimum wages as specified by the Ministry of Labor.

Your business employees, including domestic help, must be signed up in the Social Security System for them to be eligible to receive government free or very low-cost health services and medicines. A permit, of course, is not necessary when you run an advisory service business such as consulting by using a computer from your home with no employees but yourself.

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