This can be easy and can also be fun.
Saturday Market at West Jefferson brought this truck load of giant pumpkins and this cute boy enjoying the spirit of the season.
Autumn has arrived in the Blue Ridge and the ways of earning extra income here are currently…
Ashe County Farmers Market is…
packed and we enjoy driving in and visiting with our friends, the farming people like…
Ann Rose who has gone totally organic… plus the many other wonderful farmers and friend we meet there who are making extra income from their sales.
Everyone’s economic future is threatened by the prospect of inflation created by massive global government spending.
Now government efforts to avoid a double dip recession are pushing interest rates to all time lows. Investors are avoiding risk. Thus inflation can ruin the purchasing power of pensions, investments and savings…yet low interest rates and high risk in stock markets makes it hard to protect against the loss.
This is why it is good to gain extra income with a micro business. Businesses always adjusts against inflation so business earnings can protect purchasing power.
Buying from all the markets in Ecuador and in Smalltown USA reminds me of how easy it is to come up with business ideas with something like a pumpkin or squash.
For example… once when our son was ill in Ecuador… the shaman cut up a squash and had him sleep with the pieces under his arm. I am not sure why but it sure worked! The business idea? A book of obscure healing ideas from the shamans… or a tour.
The craftsmen of Ecuador make many musical instruments from pumpkins squash and gourds. The business idea? Export them.
Or export these pumpkins with intricate carvings… or create classes so people can come learn how to carve like this.
Wherever you live… in Ecuador…. Smalltown USA…. or anywhere, there are three tips to having extra income with a micro business success that can help you fight inflation and enhance your lifestyle.
Micro Business Tip #1: Get started!
Micro Business Tip #2: Practice by doing.
Micro Business Tip #3: Use the business evolutionary cycle.
We’ll look at ways to get a micro business started in a moment. First let’s talk about the importance practice by doing.
Malcolm Gladwell has written three must read books for anyone who has a business or invests…. “The Tipping Point”, “Blink” and “Outliers: The Story of Success”.
Malcom Gladwell speaking on Ted.
In the Outliers, Gladwell presents a strong argument that if you want to really succeed you have to put in 10,000 hours before your best success will come.
He says that practice makes perfect.
Gladwell acknowledges the importance of ability, work ethic, luck, a strong support base and even being born in the right year as being important parts of success.
Yet he points out that it is “learning through action” that hones one’s abilities and skills… and develops the contacts, insights etc. needed to be a top performer.
Gladwell uses the Beatles’ rise to fame in the 1960s as one example. The Beatles performed live in Hamburg, Germany over 1,200 times from 1960 to 1964, amassing more than 10,000 hours of playing time, shaping their talent, so they were in the right place at the right time sounding like no one else when the rock boom exploded. These hours were their making.
Bill Gates is another example. Outliers shows how Gates gained special access to a high school computer in 1968 at the age of 13, and spent 10,000 hours programming on it placing him in a position to take advantage of the programming boom and of course has become one of the world’s richest men.
“No one – not rock stars, not professional athletes, not software billionaires and not even geniuses – ever makes it alone,” writes Gladwell in Outliers: The Story of Success.
The third secret… The Business Evolutionary Cycle makes it possible for a business to continually adapt to change as it unfolds. See a link to the cycle below.
The first step… getting started seems to be the hardest part of all.
To begin start small with a smart business plan blended with good marketing supported by technology.
This is what Merri and I do and below I have provided some proof that we really do know what we are talking about as technology exists today.
Merri, our webmaster, David Cross, and I have been frontiering a new business concept that is the step beyond broadband. We call it “Narrowband.”
Narrowband is about starting small and then staying focused and remaining small (but more and more profitable). A Narrowband business uses the internet to create and unite a small band of readers with common ideals, needs and interests.
Our goal is to unite our customers with cohesion and authenticity.
Building a small Narrowband business requires three steps:
#1: Attract a steady flow of interested readers.
#2: Use a set pattern of information to weed out readers who really do not have a common need, ideal or interest.
#3: Develop an intimate relationship with the readers that are not weeded out and do have a common need, ideal or interest.
Our system aims to assure that we send our daily message only to the readers most likely to benefit from what we share.
This high rating is attained by continually weeding out readers.
Sending away customers? Am I kidding?
I am not. Bigger is not better and this is no joke. We are selective about who are readers are and have a number of check points they have to pass through to remain readers. New readers who sign on especially have to pass certain litmus tests to remain on our list.
We would love to help you get started in your own micro business with the help of the internet in one (or all) of three ways.
First… we offer an emailed course The Tangled Web – How to Have Your Own Internet Business.
See details of this course here.
Third… Over a third of the sessions in our October 5 -6-7 seminar in North Carolina is on how to create your own global business with the help of the internet. Get course details here.