Many “Gringoes” (Americans and Europeans, that is, “white people”) that come to Bolivia end up starting their own businesses. As with jobs, if you live in the big city, it is more difficult because though there are more people to patronize your business, however, there are also higher expenses and more regulations than running out of a small village or your home. As with jobs, those expenses and regulations will be much less than for running a business in the U.S. The Government of Bolivia has not learned how to be as oppressive as the U.S. is. During previous takeovers of Bolivia, when the U.S. staged coups, the dictator the U.S. put in as President of Bolivia did know from his training how to do this. He was trained at an elite Military Base
in the U.S. how to torture and subjugate the citizens. However, since the current regime is benign, they have better things to do than conquer their people and have little or no interest in doing so. Currently, such “horror stories” are few, far between and are isolated incidents.
To start a business in a rural area is superior. You will have much freedom, and there is only so much any authorities can do to make you conform in Bolivia. Again, it will be much less regulated in a small village than in the big city, but in the country, it is hardly regulated at all. It will be practically unregulated if you run it out of your home. They do not have means of detecting and tracking this and will not have for a long time, unlike in the U.S., where your every move is watched: every email, web search, transaction by check, credit card, large money orders, your buying habits, exact routes of travel, walks past convenience store security cameras recorded, etc. Food production and sales are much less regulated in Bolivia than in the U.S. In the U.S., small family farms that produce nutrient-dense food are being forcefully closed
by the larger agribusiness interests that push polluted foods on consumers. Likewise, the Medical Profession in the USA is attacking the producers and sellers of herbal and natural products to destroy the competition. Recently, an Amish man faces life in prison for producing a salve made with beeswax and mint.
Here in Bolivia, the majority of farms are very small and less dependent on the contaminants Americans consume daily.
Businesses that do well in Bolivia are agriculture (dairy, fruits, vegetables, meat, herbs), lumber, mechanical repair, teaching, tourism, etc. We can advise you on this more and help you to make the contacts you will need to successfully set up a business in Bolivia.