One appeal about Ecuador for example is that it offers a lifestyle of simpler times. Life in Ecuador is still like the good old days. Children can walk a deserted lane by themselves and do without fear.
We’ll look at Ecuador’s simplicity in more detail in a moment.
First, let’s look at an international internet business idea that can help you earn wherever you want to be in the world. The idea is that “people want what they perceive they have lost”.
Recognizing what you feel you have lost, there are ways to to earn income wherever you live.
Problems create opportunity.
Having lost something is a problem.
Since each of us represents a unique market… if we can understand what we feel we have lost… we can understand a problem that many others also feel.
Here is a case study about this.
I feel that we have lost simpler times… when we were not so dependent on a system that is so far beyond of our control.
For example, if for any reason the internet does not work… I am out of business.
If for any reason the national food distribution system stops, I cannot eat.
If for any reason, gasoline supplies are cut off, I cannot travel. Etc. Etc.
Access to these supplies are beyond my control.
That is one reason that we moved to an isolated North Carolina farm 11 years ago.. a survival place… where we also love to be even though the system we depend upon is working fine.
I would like this farm to be more independent and sustainable.
The growing risks of a social economic systemic meltdown have created a window where the past and future have come together.
We perceive we have lost a simple, independent life. In the future we may need to be more independent again.
So we can logically ask, “What needs for the future are now here?”
Here are five “the future is now” investing and business trends that have merged. They seem to have a bright future.
#1: Gain value added. This is the era when small and flexible are beautiful. Modern community technology makes it possible for even micro businesses to virtually integrate. I’ll give you a specific in a moment.
#2: Invest in real estate. I know, I know people keep saying that prices are going down. Yet these same people keep having kids without making more land. This looks like an opportunity distortion to me.
#3: Bet on inflation. I do not see how with the massive government bailouts this will not happen everywhere…to a great extent.
#4: Invest in alternative power and sustainability. The same fundamentals as for real estate are at work…more kids…no more fresh water…trees…soil…clean air…etc. Plus one factor more. Each child born expects more.
#5: Invest in natural health. The current social economic lifestyle is flawed. The acquisition of stuff creates too much work…leading to too much stress…with too little time…and poor nutrition…leading to pharmaceutical and surgical intervention. This intervention costs too much and is not a pleasant, effective approach that optimizes maximum human efficiency.
I believe that anyone who invests or has a business in these areas has great potential.
Based on this belief, I am working with a team that is assembling a proposal for what we can do with our land creating a Draftwood Village, micro hydro power supply, etc.
That team has been organized by Ian Snider… the formulator of the Draftwood concept. Draftwod… sustainable harvested, value added timber hauled out by draft horses.
Here is Ian mowing hay near the old farm house they live in on the South Fork of the New River.
Here is Ian’s wife, Tracy, with their draft horse, Frank, discing their sweet sorghum cane field.
With these thoughts in mind we are taking our next step here at the farm which was originally an investment in real estate (#2 above). Plus our move here was also an investment in water. We have dozens of springs. This one for example, called the “Indian’s Trough”, is a historical site and produces many gallons of water a second.
This one spring alone provides all the water in our home and fills a small waterfall in our backyard, and waters all the animals out back.
Plus fills the wood fired, hot tub we have in the deep woods.
Spring water fills the tub.
Fallen wood heats the water which comes from the spring year round at 49 degrees F. We usually soak at 105 to 110 F.
There are dozens of the springs on the property…hundreds of rivulets leading to streams and pretty soon they form our creeks, waterfalls…
Our land rises nearly 1,000 feet. You can see the rise on an aerial photo. The blue lines are roads on the farm. The bald at the top sits at 4,000 feet. Our entrance at 3,000+.
At the bottom of the farm we have a rushing creek pushed by hundreds of feet of drop.
We are combining this fact with a bet on inflation and an investment on sustainability and alternative power (#3 and #4 above) and plan to move our farm off the grid so we can live in a healthier, wealthier, more independent way. Not all alternate energy is cost effective at this time…at current energy rates. I expect the rates to rise so am willing to speculate by investing in energy saving and producing capital now.
Here is the plan we are working on that enhances the value added aspect of our business (#1 above). We have some great home sites on the farm. Some have some great locations for solar, hydro and wind power.
Many of our meadows have southern views and are filled with morning and evening sun.
Our home has a complete southern exposure and was built with 13 inch concrete filled, styrofoam insulated, heat retaining walls.
The 12 large glass windows and doors let the sun pour in all day. Even when it is freezing outside you can nearly heat the house with a candle.
Other sustainability assets include wind potential in places on the land that are high, sunny and exposed.
Our vision for the farm is evolving like this…homes that can support themselves: …energy…food…and water…but connected to the world.
There is more value added potential in…wood. A nearby business specializes in sustainable logging…with horses. See www.mtnworks.org
This allows one to work on an entirely integrated plan…harvesting and milling wood…to build houses and cabins on sites like this…that
are off the grid with solar, wind and water power and with enough land to grow one’s own organic food.
These and other qualities also lead to many natural health opportunities so we have a complete opportunity to create opportunity from all five of the the “future is now” investing and business ideas above.
This plan is filled with value added potential. We can help our forest with sustainable logging.
The wood can be used for the cabins.
We can offer courses that teach people the logging, the milling, how to build the cabins.
We can teach people how to save via off the grid living and even help them obtain off the grid equipment. Plus we gain off the grid homes for our retreat center.
I expect this will make new avenues so our business can change and grow in the next five to ten years…just as Ecuador altered our life and business a previous decade ago.
This process feels right to us and we are proceeding.
As Ian at Mountainworks points out we could offer some great value added benefits that combine the past and future. Here is how he describes what we could do.
“Come stay for a week this winter and ski/snow shoe our horse logging trails, learn how to sustainably select your trees for the perfect bluegrass guitar….take the reins for a turn driving the draft horses as they carefully remove the chosen wood…soak in the wood fired hot tub after a day of custom sawing your lumber….dine on the finest game of the field or our preserved farm veggies with homemade wine…return late next spring to assemble your dream instrument in time for pickin at the summer festivals…stake your claim in our exclusive Draftwood Village of custom built carbon positive cottages….”
Life in Ecuador – Still Like the Good Old Days.
Children can walk a deserted lane by themselves and they do without fear.
Our Land of the Sun Foundation feeds Cotacachi children free lunch at our hotel El Meson de las Flores. Here are a group of them having fun.
This is why I would like to bring Ecuador closer to you. We can help you know Ecuador better in numerous ways.
To assist those with great interest in Cotacachi or all Ecuador I have established a full time full support team to help subscribers in almost any way of travel, investing, living, buying property or doing business here.
Our staff at the hotel awaits to serve you. This is Eduardo and Consuelo.
Until next message, may all your business and investing be inspired.
Combining good international investing with the greatest asset of all, the ability to earn wherever you live, brings everlasting wealth.
This is why we offer our course Tangled Web… How to Have an Internet Business.
A clear mind and healthy body are also a vital assets… plus a second language is a powerful diversification tool.
This is why I am willing to pay you $300 to attend either our Ecuador Super Thinking plus Spanish seminar in September or our North Carolina International Business & Investing seminar in October. Sign up for either seminar and I will email you our Tangled Web… How to Have an Internet Business Course (offered at $299) free plus I’ll knock an extra dollar off your seminar fee…. to round up the $300 savings.
See details of the two seminars below.
Join Merri, Thomas Fischer of JGAM, our webmaster David Cross and me in North Carolina this October and enroll in our emailed course on how to have a web business free. Save $300.
Learn more about global investing, how to have an international business and diversification in Ecuador at the seminar.
Oct. 9-11 IBEZ North Carolina
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Sept. 17-21 Ecuador Super Thinking + Spanish Course
Sept. 23-24 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Sept. 25-28 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour
October 16-18 Ecuador Southern coastal tour (early sign up before Sept. 1, $499 per person).
Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Tour
Oct. 25-26 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Nov. 6-8 IBEZ Ecuador Seminar
Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour
Attend any two Ecuador seminar or tours in a calendar month…$949 for one. $1,349 for two.
Attend any three Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$1,199 for one. $1,799 for two.