Pleasures that Reduce Tax


One benefit of turning your passions into profit is that personal pleasures, especially travel, can become tax deductions rather than after-tax expenses.

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Painting of the covered bridge at our Blue Ridge Farm.

Here is an example of how to turn passions into profits and gain tax deductions.

An AIRBNB guest who stayed at our farm last year painted the picture above and recently posted this at her website.

This past Fall my husband and I were determined to get back up to NC and see the leaves. I found a lovely Airbnb cabin near West Jefferson, NC, about an hour north of most of our relatives, and we packed up our two teenage boys and expected an adventure.  Both boys are getting older, working on school and jobs, so we knew this may be the last time our schedules work out to take this much time off together for awhile.  I wanted a location that would keep us outdoors and unplugged and this dreamy spot gave us more than we could ask for in nature.

We arrived during the night, and discovered that the destination is 8.5 miles UP a mountain, swerving and winding up the hill.  It was daunting at night but we found the location which is one of five cabins on the 252 acre property.  The next morning as we drove down the mtn to get some groceries, we realized the beauty we had passed, from amazing barns, highland cattle grazing in the creek, fields of wild turkeys and gardens full of flowers, all on the drove up the hill!

Little Horse Creek runs through the property. and my husband caught some beautiful trout there. The property was gorgeous and contained things like over eight miles of 4 different trails to follow.  Apple trees along the creek, a stocked trout pond at the top of the mountain, and welcoming owners who are available anytime if needed.  My husband usually requires about 4-5 days before he can actually unwind and relax from work, so we could have easily added another week up there.  This property, being so high up, is much colder than our family experiences down in Winston-Salem and Mt. Airy and closes up early (by mid Oct) for the winter.  We LOVED our stay there and plan on going back as soon as it opens up again.

So far I have painted three acrylic paintings from the trip. The barn above, the view of the mountain top, which contains the owners’ home and the trout pond below it. They have an illustrious background living internationally, and their home looks very European. As I took the photo of the house, I was standing in the sunflower field, which is where we would usually find Harriet and Lucy.

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Harriet and Lucy.

They are two rescue horses that have lived on the land for over a decade. They roam free, love to be fed apples, and are as friendly as puppies.

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Our Blue Ridge Mountaintop Farmhouse

I painted Lucy the Appaloosa, because she is one of the few original species, and I was in love with her spots.  Harriet is in the background of the painting.

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Lucy the Appaloosa

These three images will be available on my website www.sophiedare.com under Farmhouse Original Art, and I hope will go to a home that loves this area as much as we do!

I have no idea whether this guest will take part of the cost for that visit as a tax deduction or not.  My tax preparer would if I had made a trip of this nature and created something that was income producing.  Part of that trip was a legitimate expense in the process of creating an inventory of salable art.

When we do what we love, we can go anywhere and still earn, plus reduce the taxes we pay as well.

Gary

Turn Talking and Words into Cash

Why words are better than cash.

You can turn talking into cash.  Mix in a little wisdom and deliver benefits.  Honest word’s value never deflate.  A dollar, decades ago, was worth 15 greenbacks today… or more.   Useful, wise words, even hundreds of years aged… are often worth more now.

Take these 153 year old words: “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

Has time diminished the value of these words?

Learn how to earn extra income from an events business.  Create events where you can earn from speaking something good… or if you don’t like to talk… let others talk (and earn) for you.

Do you crave freedom… and perhaps adventure?  At least desire to get out of the rat race?   Do you want to travel…spend time…live…laugh or love in more than just one place?  And want the places to be ones you choose?  Or perhaps you would rather settle down in a low stress, safe, nurturing town, abroad or in Smalltown USA?

You can talk your way into such a lifestyle or let others talk for you.

There are few people more capable of promising this type of life than Merri and me.

For 50 years (from May 1968) we have been paid to travel and live exactly where we have wanted to be… because we have had an events business conducting seminars, workshops, courses and tours.

All we have had to do is gather groups and talk about what we do.  Sometimes we even let other do all the talking!

Our seminar/conference/events/business has allowed us to visit and to live almost anywhere we have chosen… or not.

Sometimes we have incredible adventures.

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Here I am with Merri and an Ecuadorian Yatchak deep in the Llanganatis Jungle creating a shamanic tour.

However, when we want to stay at home we can also do so.  One does not have to travel to have an events business.

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Here I am (in brown shirt) speaking to a delegate at an event that we conducted at our Florida home.

We even built a…

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seminar hall on Little Horse Creek so we can stay in the mountains when we desire… and still conduct events.

Here is one of the small groups at a retreat we conducted in the seminar hall.

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However, you do not have to do this much as an owner of an events business!  Lesson Two of a course we have created called “Event – Full Business” shows how to start small and gradually build a larger events business (if that is your desire) as we have done.

We have conducted events as small as two delegates and some with over 400.

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We know the events business inside and out… large and small.  Here Merri and I are speaking to over 400 + people in Quito, Ecuador.

There are innumerable fringe benefits to an events business.  For example, almost all of our global travel has been tax deductible for all these years.

The pay has certainly not been bad either.  As you’ll see below, one time we earned  $142,260 in three days.  In another instance, we earned over $135,000 in two days.  Once our earnings exceeded $200,000 in just three days.

Yet the income has been a small part of this adventure.  The expanded horizons… the people we have met… the adventures we have shared… the tens of thousands of delegates we have enjoyed and hopefully helped… the poor we have served… the freedom we have felt… to be able to go where we desire and come home, when we desire, with more than when we left.

These facts have dramatically enriched our lives….and we hope others.

Now we would like to help improve your lifestyle as well… if… earning with a seminar, tour events business appeals to you.

We have conducted seminars or events or spoken at them in… (alphabetical order)  Australia, Bahamas, Belgium, Belize, Canada, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, England, Ecuador, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary (before the Iron Curtain came down), Indonesia, Isle of Man, Jamaica, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands,  Panama, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand and at one time or another most of the United States and more.

Now we want to spend more time with my mom, children and grandkids so we arrange events at our home.

There is a possibility that Merri and I know more about conducting events than 99.9% of the people in the world.  Because so many have asked… we created an online correspondence course on how to create your own events business.

We call this correspondence course:  “Event – Full Business”.

See how to benefit from this course development after you have studied this introduction.

“Event- Full Business” – How to Turn Your Experiences into an Events Business

Sometime about 30 years ago…. around 1987:

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Photo from www.thetoptensite.com/Niagara_Falls.html

A white water symphony… harmonized in crushed octaves.  A melody amplified by nature’s power and white water sound conducted in the fresh air amphitheater that is Niagara Falls.

Merri and I walked arm and arm along the Canadian side of the falls…overwhelmed by its strength and its spectacular beauty.  We had driven from our home in North Carolina to conduct an International Investing and Business Conference… one of the largest of our own seminars that we had ever conducted…380 people.

We arrived a day early… took a suite with a large red garden tub… soaked after the long journey and then enjoyed the wonder of this natural phenomenon…Niagara Falls.

This was the day to enjoy because the next three we would be busy, very busy.  Marketing had shot past our expectations and this was a large crowd.  We would work hard yet we would also earn approximately $142,260 for three days work.  Actually more. You’ll see why below.

We have earned in many ways since then… until now… 30 + years later.

Again and again we get notes from readers of our website that go something like this…

He wrote: “Hi Merri. I am looking forward to meeting you both again. Had met in Niagara in the 1980s. Thanks.”

Obviously, something we did for this client 30 years ago brought this extra business to us now.

This fact stimulated me to get on with this course which I have been outlining for some time.  A seminar, conference, tour business not only creates unusual profit opportunity now… but when a seminar business is properly run, it can create income for a lifetime!

This course shows how Merri I and have created riches and a lifestyle beyond our wildest imagination and shares steps you can take to create a profitable and fun business conducting seminars, workshops, conferences and tours wherever and whenever you like.  (Or perhaps you want to conduct seminars online or live or with a video sent through the internet.)

When it comes to conducting events, there are few people with more experience than Merri and me.  Over 49 years we have organized, marketed and conducted thousands of tours for tens of thousands of people in dozens and dozens of countries (even behind the Iron Curtain).

This course shares how we have done this… what we did right… what we did wrong… how you can get started and what you can do much better than we have.

Lessons include:

#1: How to earn millions from seminars, courses and tours. See how we have earned as much as $200,000 for three days’ work. (Once $135,000 in two days.)

#2: How to build a seminar business. See the one day Washington-Atlanta-San Francisco system that helped our courses evolve and how to use this approach to help your teaching grow.

#3: When and when not to use other speakers. Seminars for speakers… a way to get it all out as your bank accounts gets it all in.

#4: How to use other speakers. Gain the key to the room and the people within. Why the golden pen is mightier than a glib tongue, the sword and the overloaded brain.

#5: Dealing with hotels/locations. Why the marketing does not talk to catering who will not communicate with accounting and the mess this could mean for you. How to choose…arrange and survive the hotel. Forget the $11,314 coffee bill… for swill.

#6: Scheduling seminars. Magic dates and times for marketing… how far in advance to market and seminar death dates to avoid.

#7: Creating a back end business. How Merri made $12,936 dollars at a seminar in 37 minutes by just standing still.

#8: Three types of courses…delegate driven…speaker driven…third party driven.

#9: The importance of strategic partnerships for added wealth.

#10: How to market seminars, courses & tours.

#11: List building.

#12: Alternative seminar and course location options.

#13: The benefits of both big seminars and small courses.

#14: How to survive the dreaded problems: What to do when enrollments are low. Handling the heckler, the takeover and the cell phone. When the hotel fails. Surviving speaker no shows and all of those types of things!

#15: How to enhance your other businesses with seminars.

We would like to welcome you to “Event – Full Business”.

We’ll be doing all we can to help you create your riches and a lifestyle beyond your wildest dreams with an events business so your life and income can be filled by events and event full!

The first lesson will look at seminars, workshops conferences, exhibitions,tours, various events, how they differ and their strengths and weaknesses so you can begin to zero in on what would be best for you.

We invite you to become a subscriber to this new online correspondence course, “Event – Full Business”.

The initial fee for the “Event-Full Business” online course is $349, but this investment on your part is without risk.

In this offer, you get the course “Event-Full Business” and all the continuing education we’ll add for a year is free.

We’ll send you the first lessons immediately and each continuing education lesson as it is completed.

The Self Publishing course “Self Fulfilled:  How to Write to Sell” includes how to use the SNAP system.  The “Event-Full” course teaches how to have an events business.

Ordering both these courses normally would cost $649. (Many thousands have paid this price.)

Both of these courses are included FREE in your International Club membership.

Join The International Club for all of 2018 NOW.  Save $418.78.

Club members start by receiving seven workshops and courses on how to earn everywhere with home micro businesses.  We call this our “Live Well and Free Anywhere Program”.   The program contains a series of courses and reports that show ways to earn and be free. These courses and reports are:

  • The course “Self Fulfilled – How to Write to Self Publish & SNAP”
  • The course “Event-Full – How to Earn Conducting Seminars and Tours”
  • The course “International Business Made EZ”
  • Video Workshop by our webmaster David Cross
  • The entire weekend “Writer’s Camp” in MP3
  • The report “How to Raise Money Abroad”
  • Report and MP3 Workshop “How to Gain Added Success With Relaxed Concentration”

Club members also learn ways to be be healthier and have more energy.   I have created three natural health reports about:

#1: Nutrition

#2: Purification

#3: Exercise

Each report is available for $19.95.  However you’ll receive all three FREE as club member and save $59.85.

Next, club members participate in an intensive program called the Purposeful Investing Course (Pi).  The purpose of Pi is finding value investments that increase safety and profit.  Learn Slow, Worry Free, Good Value Investing.

Stress, worry and fear are three of an investor’s worst enemies.  These destroyers of wealth can create a Behavior Gap, that causes investors to underperform in any market good or bad. The behavior gap is created by natural human responses to fear.  Pi helps create profitable strategies that avoid losses from this gap.

Lessons from Pi are based on the creation and management of numerous Model Portfolios, called Pifolio.

We combine the research of several brilliant mathematicians and money managers with my years of investing experience.

There are no secrets about this portfolio except that these mathematicians ignore the stories from economic news (often created by someone with vested interests) and is based mainly on good math that reveals the truth through financial news.

The Pifolio is a theoretical portfolio of MSCI Country Benchmark Index ETFs that cover all the good value markets using my 50 years of global experience and my study of the analysis of four mathematical investing geniuses (and friends).

This is a complete and continual study of what to do about the movement of international major and emerging stock markets.  I want to share this study throughout the next year with you.

This analysis forms the basis of a Good Value Stock Market Strategy.  The analysis is rational, mathematical and does not worry about short term ups and downs.  This strategy is easy for anyone to follow and use.  Pi reveals the best value markets and provides contacts to managers and analysts and Country Index ETFs so almost anyone can create and follow their own strategy.

The costs are low and this type of ETF is one of the hardest for institutions to cheat.  Expense ratios for most ETFs are lower than those of the average mutual fund.  Little knowledge, time, management or guesswork are required.  The investment is simply a diversified portfolio of good value indices.  Investments in an index are like investments in all the shares of a good value market.

Pi opens insights to numerous long term cycles that most investors miss because they have not been investing long enough to see them.

The Pi subscription is normally $299 per annum but as a club member you receive Pi at no charge and save an additional $299.

Club members also receive Pi and the $29.95 report “Three Currency Patterns for 50% Profits or More” and the $39.99 report, “The Silver Dip 2017” FREE.

Save $418.78… when you become a club member.

Join the International Club and receive:

#1: The $299 Purposeful investing Course (Pi).   Free.

#2: The $299 “Live Well and Free Anywhere Program including SNAP”.  Free.

#3: The $29.95 report “Three Currency Patterns For 50% Profits or More”.  Free.

#4: The $39.99 report “Silver Dip 2017”.  Free

#5: The three $19.99 reports “Shamanic Natural Health”.   All three free.

#6: The $39.99 “Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere” report. Free.

#7: Plus updates and other report I release in 2018.

These reports, courses and programs would cost $767.78 so the 2018 membership saves $418.78.

The International Club membership is $499. 

To encourage our first 100 members for 2018 to join quickly so we are currently accepting discounted membership at $349. 

Save $418.78.  Join the International Club for $349 and receive all the above online now, plus all reports, course updates and Pi lessons through 2018 at no additional fee.

Click here to become a member at the discounted rate of $349

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Gary


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