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Chile best places for holistic type business. Semi-retiring plan.

Post by indigonature » Fri Dec 02, 2016 3:46 pm

HI

My husband and I are planing on a early retiring business in Chile, there are just the two of us and two cats. I'm a Reiki practitioner and Astrologer and my husband is a Programer Engineer. We really want a slower pace of life with a house and some farm animals. We plan on developing our new idea of home made soaps with scented oils. Also, for me to provide Reiki therapy and astrology services that I been working on here in the U.S.

I was born in Venezuela, so I'm bilingual and I was chatting with some people in Rancagua and Santiago and the nice lady from Rancagua, said that she never heard about Reiki. Besides her, I was in contacted a young chileangirl and she said that Chile is getting into the holistic alternative wave such yoga, meditation and so on. Also, she suggested the North of Chile.

Now, real state properties on the south seems that are more affordable for us based on those two sources. My question to the group would be. How Chile and what areas will be good for the type of business we want to have.

We are also considering on my husband started working on his profession, but that will imply to live in Santiago which is similar to Chicago downtown. He will start learning Spanish. I'm willing to work part time, until we find the right area to buy and kind of semi-retired.

Thank you ahead for your comments.

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Post by Space Cat » Fri Dec 02, 2016 4:23 pm

indigonature wrote:Besides her, I was in contacted a young chileangirl and she said that Chile is getting into the holistic alternative wave such yoga, meditation and so on. Also, she suggested the North of Chile.

Now, real state properties on the south seems that are more affordable for us based on those two sources. My question to the group would be. How Chile and what areas will be good for the type of business we want to have.
Meditation is a scientifically proven practice that was adopted as "mindfulness" by psychotherapy. There's nothing "alternative" in vipassana meditation nowadays. ;)

On the topic: even our 150k pop. city has plenty of yoga classes, reiki, Gurdjieff, taro, herbal medicine stores, and all the New Age you can think about. We literally saw "Reiki for dogs" ad hanging on vet clinic.

Hand-crafted things, including soaps, are also a trend here - we even have art & craft fairs.

So good luck with your ideas but you will not be a pioneer, sorry.

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Post by Donnybrook » Fri Dec 02, 2016 6:07 pm

Nothing much to add to what Space Cat said. They even offer Reiki without cost in hospitals here.

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Post by indigonature » Fri Dec 02, 2016 9:24 pm

Thanks for the feedbacks. Yes, there is Reiki for animals too. I actually provided reiki in shelters for animals under distress with no charge, it is a beautiful work. Thank you

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Post by Britkid » Fri Dec 02, 2016 9:38 pm

You see non-mainstream type food and meditation places from time to time, in malls, stalls, and so on. Someone will have something like this every time there is a little event with small stalls in the centre of our twon. A yoga instructor joined a mountain trek I did some months ago, giving a free class to promote his business. There is a niche but it's not particularly big or small compared to other countries.

I would guess, and I stress this is a wild guess, that the best place would be in a rich upper class barrio of Santiago or maybe Vina del Mar that has bored house wives that don't work (a bit sexist stereotype maybe, but true). However, such places have correspondingly higher costs of living.

Apart from Santiago, most other places in Chile (probably few exceptions), when you combine the low population with the low income levels, my guess (more wild speculation here) is that it would be difficult to make a business that was too specialized. I've never noticed astrology in Chile. Would it be fair to say that's rare here? What do others think?

If you have a business that covered everything vaguely alternative from organic food to yoga and soaps and oils, and really covered all sorts of aspects like that, you might be more successful in a smaller place. You could even advertise as if there were a bunch of separate businesses. I don't know if this is a good idea, I am just throwing it out there.

Whereas in a big city like Santiago you need to specialise. Well, it has been that way in the world since at least about the 17th century so maybe I'm stating the obvious here?
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Post by Donnybrook » Sat Dec 03, 2016 5:20 am

Wow, Britkid, maybe wild speculation isn't the best basis for an opinion.

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Post by admin » Sat Dec 03, 2016 7:55 am

If you want to make a living, you might want to start with is that a good business?

The idea itself is almost irrelevant, if your goal is to make money.

Your biggest problem will likely be over saturation of the market. There are literally thousands of people around Chile doing that or something similar. On the other hand, there seems to be good demand for it.

To make any real money at it, yea your going to want to target the upper middle class to very rich women that really have nothing better to do with their money. I might point out however, even among the relatively poor, various alt-things such as astrology and such is pretty popular. Still, more money on the top end of the economic ladder.

Where? Well Santiago is not the only show in town, it just has the largest concentration. Down south, Puerto Varas is likely your next big location. Full of relocated regional managers wives from Santiago with nothing to do between dropping off the kids at school and picking them up in the afternoon, and money to burn. Puerto Varas is expensive, so do your homework. There are also a lot of expats that live Puerto Varas, so there is that market also.

Pucon perhaps, but that is more of low end economic class that is attracted to it, and it is not really year around.

Your number one problem will be Spanish.
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Post by Gloria » Sat Dec 03, 2016 8:11 am

indigonature wrote:
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Post by indigonature » Sat Dec 03, 2016 10:55 am

Thank you very much for your opinions and suggestions. They are very helpful. Obviously, there's more profits for these activities in places with higher disposable income. We'll check out some of the areas listed!

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