Global economic shifts have altered the way most people can earn.
Recent statistics suggest that unemployment has fallen in the US… but at the cost of enormous added stress. Millions are under employed or working so hard that the process is not fulfilling, healthy and barely worth the effort.
Millions are escaping the rat race… creating their own business or moving abroad.
See below great opportunities in publishing and vineyards.
Small magazine publishing businesses are one great way to earn. Merri and I learned how to earn in Ecuador with publishing. Our friends Dave and Sherry Johnson learned how to earn with publishing small magazines.
Dave and Sherry’s first magazine in Asheboro.
Publishing Benefits. The income from small Positive Community Magazines is wonderful… as much as $17,000 gross a month (with profits over $11,000) but it’s the wonderful fringe benefits that come to publishers which make this business really great.
Dave sent a note about these benefits.
#1: Freedom of setting your own hours. Working when you where and when you want to… not what you are told. This saves time, frustration and stress. Dave says he has no commute unless you count the 8 seconds it takes to walk from the bedroom to his office. You don’t have to ask permission to take time off to attend your children’s sporting events, concerts, plays or any other event.
#2: Freedom of expression. One of Dave’s favorite reasons for having his own publishing business is that he can work at home in his pajamas! One great writer I know used to work in a SuperMan suit! Whatever yanks your chain is okay in this business.
#3: You have complete control over your earnings. If you want to earn more, give yourself a raise by working more and increasing your revenue.
#4: The tax benefits are tremendous. An expanded portion of your lifestyle becomes tax deductible.
#5: When you work hard, you are working hard for your benefit and wealth not someone else’s.
#6: You get PRESS credentials. Dave says that some big venues (like NASCAR) require official credentials which you can get by calling the press office. Publishers can create their own “PRESS” badge and it usually gets them “behind the scenes” access. In addition when there, everyone of course wants to talk to the press so they can end up in the magazine. Being part of the press also (usually) gets you free admission into most events. Worst case scenario, you trade/barter an ad to gain admission.
Recently Dave attended an event called the “Big Sip”. Not only did he get free tickets, he received free VIP tickets which gave him and his wife Sherry access to the show early and gave access benefits that non-VIP ticket holders will not have… separate and earlier session, special demos, a special program, commemorative glass, more participation, a coupon booklet and entry to win free tickets to a national Big Sip Expo.
#7: Prestige (Celebrity Status). Dave & Sherry get invited to everything because people want their magazine at their events. Additionally, they are very well known around town.
#8: Service You Provide to the Community. The Johnsons are told again and again told that the content of the magazine they publish shines a positive light on the community.
#9: You can give a voice to positive organizations that normally wouldn’t have one. They raise the awareness to programs being hosted by the myriad of organizations in their town that most people would normally never hear of.
#10: Philanthropy. The Johnson’s have chosen two non-profit organizations to support. One of the things non-profits need is press coverage and advertising. They give about $10,000 worth of advertising a year to our non-profits and various other groups to help them get the exposure they need.
#11: They even save lives. In one issue of their magazine they told the story of a little boy who was struggling with a rare disease that caused life-threatening seizures. One day, while his mom was out shopping, the little boy had a seizure so she rushed him to the hospital.
She called ahead and the nurse met her at the emergency room. As it happens, the nurse had read the article in the magazine (which someone had brought to the nurse’s lounge) and she recognized the little boy from the article. Since she knew immediately what was wrong with him, no time was wasted and he was treated quickly. They were told that this particular seizure was especially bad and that the article probably saved his life. This doesn’t happen every day but once in a lifetime is good enough!
How’s that compared to being stuck in a cubicle just to make the mortgage?
With these thoughts in mind, Merri and I share with you the report How to Earn With Positive Community News
See another way to create a multi dimensional lifestyle….
Wine and Vineyard Investing
By Steve Rosberg
In the six years Ushay has been involved raising capital and operating the Los Arbolitos Vineyard project, we have come across the most varied investor questions and related situations.
Perhaps one of the oddest happened last year, when an acquaintance – who has been in the investment advisory service business for years – approached to ask wine-wizard Andres Rosberg if he would consider joining him and a group of his customers on a tour to Austria.
His goal was to combine a wonderful luxury pleasure trip with the exploration of investment opportunities, and wouldn’t Andres go to cover the topic of “wine investment”.
“Wine investment? Hmm, what exactly do you have in mind?” he asked him. “Do you mean buying bottles and holding them as they age? Buying a winery? Buying a vineyard and selling grapes to wineries? Or enjoying the life of a house in the vineyard?
He looked – a little lost – and said “I don’t know, I never thought about it!”
So, let us go over a little of what we have learnt these past years.
Starting with aging wine, this goes from the absolutely hedonic notion of buying wine before (or right after) the wineries release it and storing it until it has reached a more advanced level of maturity – but not more, as it goes downhill after that. The dividend? Better wine at home, nothing to be sneered at. And occasionally, the possibility of taking something that through aging has become special (“You can’t get any more of this harvest … etc.”) to share with friends, and making a bit of a social splash. In this scenario, you need to see that what you buy is apt for aging, and you have to store it in the right conditions, or it will be a disappointing exercise.
One step up, although we don’t know how you could tap into it on a small scale, is to note that, f. ex. in Buenos Aires restaurants that have a real wine-list, the general price difference between one vintage and the next of the same wine is seldom under 15% and often over 20%. Pretty steep, considering you have a zero credit-risk asset in storage, no?
Then, playing in the serious leagues is buying top end wines – the kind of stuff we can’t afford.
A good place to learn about this (and, eventually, invest in it) is Liv-ex, the London based fine-wine exchange (www.liv-ex.com). It gives the concept of “liquid financial asset” a new perspective. See below the LVX 100 chart.
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Moving closer to the grapes, the next level of wine investment is the winery. And that too, comes in all colours, sizes and locations – so no two are the same. Broadly, this ranges from garage crushing for home consumption to large-scale concerns producing industrial wines – which too go from bulk to high-end with a focus on quality. And not to be forgotten, the incredibly alluring boutique winery which will carry YOUR character and maybe your name into the mystical realm of a bottle of wine.
The spectrum is so broad …
If you are serious about doing a “real” winery investment, you not only need to have a grip on grape-sourcing, processing, aging and finance skills, and overall understanding of the wine business, but also a powerful distribution arm, unless you plan on increasing inventory every year.
If you are into the more romantic boutique winery concept, consensus is that your best bet is to wait for the next cyclical shakeout (crises happen everywhere from time to time) and buy somebody else’s dream project for a song. It keeps capital costs down, no mean feat in a super-capital intensive project. No matter how romantic it is, believe me, it IS capital intensive.
There is, of course, the variant of the winery with its own vineyard, the type which provides a scenic background for photos of cool-looking people talking and looking at a glass of wine surrounded by lush green vines laden with ripe fruit. This is better than winery alone, as you get to source part or all of your raw material from a vineyard that you control. But it requires that, aside from having the industrial marketing and financial skills mentioned above, you also be a good farmer.
You may find hybrid projects, where there are teams on the ground to farm your land, to run your winery, and to ship your produce. We have seen some spectacular ones in our neck of the woods, in Mendoza, Argentina’s wine capital. These are valid options, provided you know what you are going to do with the wine.
Somewhere in here is a niche for the gifted wine-trader, who can sell a shipment and then go and source it for delivery. Definitely not for amateurs, if you want to keep your shirt. But for the right persons, ROI is infinite as they have no investment. Success as a trader is the best way in to a winery ownership project.
Getting to the grape – to the pure agriculture play – we have the possibility of buying or planting a vineyard, with the aim of being good farmers and selling the produce to the wineries.
This was the path Ushay chose at Los Arbolitos Vineyard, as we have the best land, the dream-team team on the ground to operate it, and the right market environment to sell high quality grapes for recurring profits, plus great capital gains.
But be careful. Before you buy a vineyard or land to create one on, check with the neighbors (not only sellers or their agents …) about the environment. Is it hail city? Frost paradise? What about water? Is there any, surface or well? And salinity? Is the water table too high? And the soil? Is there electricity to run the pumps? Available labor? Are you thinking of the right variety/ies, in the appropriate wine region?
The person flogging the property may not be so concerned about these things as you need to be. And you really don’t want to buy the property and learn the answers to all the questions afterwards.
New, exotic wine regions are often very short of supplies, skilled labor and service providers – let alone customers, so this too is a major consideration.
Finally, there is the possibility of living in a vineyard full or part-time.
This is not such a frequent find, unless you want the whole farming package too.
But it exists, as in La Morada de los Andes (www.lamoradadelosandes.com).
In this case, you have a real-estate investment which allows you a life-style you normally only read about. You are surrounded by vines, you can take a glass of any wine you like and have your photo taken in the vines, with the mountains behind you, and get together with neighbors who are also into embracing nature, pristine air, and year-round breathtaking landscapes. You can hear yourself think. And, like buying wine to age yourself at home, it allows you to enjoy the best in life with family and friends while at the same time creating an enduring legacy.
Yes, investing in wine is worth looking into. That granularity – as opposed to the uniformity of financial assets – makes it fascinating at every step of the way, requiring our attention and intelligence to separate wishful thinking from desirable reality. Which brings the added bonus of stimulating our vitality.
Others are leaving the stress and pressure behind and moving to a country with less stress. Ecuador Ateam member Stephen Milden tells how North Americans are earning in Ecuador.
The world is changing and this is making it harder for the middle class to earn a living without giving up a life. We can shift with the times in many ways with our own small multi dimensional business abroad or in small communities.
Learn Spanish as you learn about South American farming and timber. Meet Steve Rosberg in Argentina or Uruguay. Steve will provide a presentation about vineyard, timber and agricultural investments during the Super Thinking + Spanish courses in Montevideo this February. Join Our Super Spanish teacher, Spiro Michas, and Steve Rosberg as you learn to speak Spanish in three days and find out more about timber and agricultural investments in Argentina and Uruguay.
2014 – 2015 Schedule
2014 – 2015 ScheduleSchedule 2014-2015 Seminars and Courses
Delegates enjoy taking breaks at our winter courses in Mount Dora.
We conduct our summer camps at Jefferson Landing in West Jefferson North Carolina.
Join us in balmy Central Florida in the winter and the Cool Blue Ridge in summer… plus this autumn our Multi Currency Investing Course will be in Montreal, Canada.
Montreal Skyline in autumn.
Join Merri and me for all the courses and seminars that we’ll conduct to help you gain positive solutions to your economic, financial and lifestyle concerns.
Here are the courses we will conduct in 2014 and early 2015.
June 13-14-15 Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, West Jefferson, North Carolina. ($999) See details on the Writer’s Camp here.
July 18-19-20 Super Thinking + Spanish, West Jefferson, North Carolina. Courses are also conducted in Canada, St. Louis and Canada. See schedule and details of the Spanish courses here.
August 30-31-September 1 Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, West Jefferson, North Carolina. ($999)
October 10-11-12 International Investing & Business Seminar, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ($999) See details here.
November 14-15-16 Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Mt. Dora, Fl. ($999)
January 16-17-18, 2015 Super Thinking + Spanish, Mt. Dora, Fl. ($899)
February 13-14-15, 2015 International Investing & Business Seminar, Mt. Dora, Fl. (normally $999 for a couple).
Join us all year in 2013.
Belong to the International Club
Belong to the International Club
We have added new courses for our 2014- 2015 schedule Super Thinking + Spanish July 18, 19, 20 and a Global Investing seminar in Montreal October 10, 11, 12.
International Club members can attend our seminars and course free.
Join Merri and me all year long and share ideas for better natural health… greater wealth…. as you serve the community and enjoy personal fulfillment. Learn how to enhance positive purpose…. enthusiasm… fulfillment… as you gain extra income, profits and fun.
I invite you to join the International Club for 2014.
Join us this summer in the Cool Blue Ridge in summer… plus Montreal and Mount Dora next winter.
West Jefferson Farmers market.
As a club member you save on seminars, courses, online courses plus Spanish lessons and Ecuador tours.
Join Merri and me for all the courses and seminars that we’ll conduct in 2014 and 2015 FREE. Gain positive solutions to your economic, financial and lifestyle concerns..
Here are the courses you can attend at no cost. (New seminars added are in bold).
February 27-28 Quito Ecuador “Get Together” seminar. (Normally $699. Free for club members)
June 13-14-15 Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, West Jefferson, North Carolina. (Normally $999. Free for club members)
July 18-19-20 Super Thinking + Spanish, West Jefferson, North Carolina. (Normally $899. Free for club members)
August 30-31-September 1 Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, West Jefferson, North Carolina. (Normally $999. Free for club members)
October 10-11-12 International Investing & Business Seminar, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Normally $999. Free for club members)
November 14-15-16 Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Mt. Dora, Fl. (Normally $999. Free for club members)
January 16-17-18 Super Thinking + Spanish, Mt. Dora, Fl. (Normally $999. Free for club members)
February 13-14-15 2015 Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Mt. Dora, Fl. (Normally $999. Free for club members)
Save $2,796 plus much more. Even if you attend only two seminars you save.
Members can attend the Super Thinking + Spanish course that Merri and I teach free.
We conduct most of our courses and seminars in the peace and quiet of Smalltown USA.
West Jefferson July Festival. Summer courses are held in West Jefferson North Carolina
February Mount Dora Arts Festival. Lake County (Mount Dora and Eustis Florida) is the site of our 2014-15 winter courses.
There are many benefits of membership.
Most members join us for at least three courses… one investing and business, one writers camp and one Spanish course. That alone creates a $1,198 savings. Some members attend every course plus more.
You (and a guest of your choice) can attend all of the seminars shown above in the year ahead FREE.
Join us for the leaf change and an international investing seminar in Montreal.
After Montreal we’ll ride Canadian Pacific Rail to Quebec City and spend the night at the Chateau Frontenac where we’ll talk about global economics, self publishing, super thinking or whatever.
As a club member you also receive seven online reports, courses and workshops FREE.
The first of these seven online courses is “Tangled Web – How to Have an Internet Business,” normally sold at $299.
The second is our online course “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher”, which has a $299 value. I am sending you this extra course free as I think it will help you have greater success. This is an extra $299 savings.
The third is our online course “International Business Made EZ” sold at $299.
You also receive fourth the 50 minute video by our webmaster David Cross on “How to Get Your Web Business Started”.
Your fifth course is the 50+ lesson course “How to Create your Own Website Using Sitesell” by Michelle Toole. (We are proud that this course was written by a student of our courses showing how well the 43 years of knowledge that Merri and I have accumulated and put into these programs can help you start your own global micro business.)
Sixth, you become a beta member in our newest online course “Event – Full Business – How to have a Seminar and Tour Business” currently offered at $175.
When you enroll, we’ll send you a password that makes the online courses easy to access at the Club website. You can reserve as many seminars as you desire.
Five Positive Steps
Join Merri and me as we look at positive ways to prosper during 2014 and 2014. Here are five ways to gain from the forces of change.
#1: Having your own micro business for extra earnings, freedom, fulfillment and fun.
#2: Living and prospering in lower cost countries or small towns.
#3: Multi currency investing through US brokers and bankers abroad.
#4: Commodities that rise with inflation.
#5: Good value real estate…. especially multi dimensional and agricultural property.
We have specialized for over four decades in helping our readers excel in these five inflation beating opportunities.
The big benefits of belonging to the International Club are the power of repetition, updates and international friendships. As a club member, you become friends with other members as you meet again and again.
Your first saving is on waived seminar fees for the seminars over the next year.
As you will see above and below you can attend Florida & North Carolina seminars. If you attend just two of these seminars, the $1,799 membership fee will have already created a savings for you.
Yet there is more. Much more.
International Club members meeting in West Jefferson for a reception after the North Carolina seminar.
Make the Years Ahead Your Best Years Ever
The International Club brings together experienced, like minded souls, who take a positive view and think outside the box… in constructive, thoughtful, doable ways.
Being in the club surrounds you with successful… positive… like minded souls. This benefit alone is truly powerful stuff!
The courses you can attend free integrate Super Thinking with business and investing ideas and experience that enhance your health and wealth.
Focus on Ecuador & Smalltown USA & Canada
Learn how to create a BIG INCOME by thinking SMALL. At the seminars you meet speakers who are attorneys and real estate experts for both Ecuador and small town USA. You’ll rub shoulders with experts on global investing and pensions who can help you increase and protect your savings and pensions also how to increase the income you earn in positive ways you enjoy as you help your community.
Absorb through Osmosis
Merri and I are in our 45th year of organizing courses, seminars and newsletters about international and Super Thinking lifestyles. The importance of this sharing… by like minded souls… was reinforced when a delegate from a course sent an email that said:
My Dearest Merri and Gary, Thank you for your most gracious hospitality last weekend. I am just thrilled at being a part of your group. You and Gary were exactly as I imagined you to be, warm friendly, kind, considerate, genuine, helpful, fun, sincere, what else can I say……I felt so comfortable in your presence and learned so much in your course. I was sad to leave the farm that Sunday afternoon. You made us all feel so welcome and cared about. You were so kind to make arrangements for a ride with the other delegates from the Charlotte Airport. They were so nice to me and so helpful, by the time the weekend was over I felt like they were my long lost brothers. Monday morning we all had breakfast at the airport together and I was so sad to see them go, I was sad the weekend was over, perhaps sad is not the right word for how I was feeling perhaps Gratitude is a better way to describe it. Grateful for having the opportunity to share the weekend with such wonderful, like minded Human Beings, in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. Thank you Merri and Gary. Thanks to you I now have new hope and a new direction to move forward in my life. I know by attending your classes and conferences that through education and due diligence I will make the right choices.
This delegate’s comments about “belonging and feeling like a brother” to the other delegates is a wonderful refrain we have heard from our readers, year after year.
24 years ago Merri and I created a way that readers can join us to be immersed in a year-long learning program through our International Club.
The ideas behind this program began all those years ago in Vienna, Austria while we were conducting a course there. One of our older delegates, had some sort of attack. The first fear was heart trouble. Several delegates took him to the hospital. Others stayed with him there. I don’t think that delegate was alone for a minute!
What impressed Merri and me was that no one asked the delegates to help this man.
The friendships of delegates sharing many courses had just grown so strong that it was a natural reaction, just as if a family member was ill. Fortunately, it was only travel fatigue and the delegate didn’t miss a session of the course!
When you join our International Club you become part of a special family. The very first member to join the club all those years ago wrote, Thank you for the enjoyable and informative courses. I am pleased to be part of your international family and look forward to continuing my education at the next course.
His feeling struck a familiar chord. It has always been one of my greatest satisfactions to see how much fun delegates have getting together, sharing information and making friendships as we learn how to improve our health and increase our wealth.
The courses draw like-minded souls. For this reason some delegates come back again and again. They come to learn, but also to be with their many friends made at the courses. When like-minded souls get together again and again to discuss a common purpose, magic happens! I can’t explain it in any other way-but it is true.
In a way our meetings are almost like family reunions. Perhaps it is getting together and reflecting on what has been said and what has been happening.
Learning with those who are also interested in the world creates thoughts that multiply the value of what we gain. This is hard to describe but results are most powerful and wonderful! This is to me is as important as the great financial benefit of attending many of our courses.
Another savings: Lifestyle for Two.
We want couples! As a member of the program, you are entitled to bring another person to every single course or tour. The cost for that extra person will be ZERO! You can bring whomever you wish. Bring your spouse, a friend, son or daughter, partner, accountant, adviser. You can bring the same person each time or a different person, whomever you choose to accompany you. (Accommodations and air fares relating to the courses are not included for members, delegates or their guests.)
The International Club fee of $1,799 is less than the price of two seminars.
I invite you to be a member of the International Club which allows you and your guest of your choice to attend all of these courses and tours.
Let’s prosper in these times of change. Won’t you join us in this exciting club and share Merri’s and my lifestyle for the next year? Join us at our farms and visit Ecuador. We look forward to seeing you at as many courses as possible and sharing this wonderful world of abundance and well being with you!
You and a guest can attend all of our seminars, courses online courses plus $1,246 of online value. Club membership is $1,799. If you attend only two courses or seminars the $1,799 is less than the price of two seminars… plus you receive all of the online courses and updates.
ONE MORE BENEFIT. Most years we add another course or seminar or two more than we planned. If we do, you can attend these free as well.
Bluegrass music performed FREE on summer nights in West Jefferson.
Save even if you attend only two seminars you save.
Yes, I want to become an International Club Member.
Mount Dora Florida.