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How to Earn from Most Read Books


Merri and I are among the luckiest people in the world.  

Here’s how you can be too.

For over 30 years we have been paid to live a free, global adventure doing what we love.  All we have had to do is write and talk about what we love.

One reason for this lifelong gift can be described in a word.

Focus

When you focus on your passions, you are doing the most important marketing job there is… knowing thyself!   Knowing thyself helps identify a group of like-minded souls, who they are… where to reach them… what to say… is one of the most important parts of any business.

Attract like-minded souls.

This is the first step in any good business.  Benjamin Franklin’s “Poor Richard’s Almanac” is said to have contained this wisdom:  “He that lieth down with dogs shall rise up with fleas”.

Fleas are good when they are positive like-minded souls.

Here is a simple way to start understanding yourself…. and who the like-minded souls in your business might be.

Let’s look at the Top Ten Best Selling Books.

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Ask which of these books mean the most to you?

  • The Bible
  • Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung
  • Harry Potter
  • The Lord of the Rings
  • The Alchemist
  • The Da Vinci Code
  • The Twilight Saga
  • Think and Grow Rich
  • Gone With the Wind
  • The Dairy of Anne Frank

Once you zero in on your interest… ask what attracts you to them.

Here’s an example: how to start to think about these books.

The Bible, Lord of Rings,  Da Vinci Code all reach into our deepest questions and rules of creation.  The Bible is self evident.  The Lord of the Rings, though a fantasy is also fundamentally religious, a Catholic work, unconsciously so according to Tolkien.  The Da Vinci Code, also fiction is about revealing religious symbols and secrets.

The Alchemist, published in 1987, one of the best selling books in history, has the overriding message that people must follow their dreams.  Think and Grow Rich in a way has the same theme… a practical “How to follow dreams”.

Gone With the Wind and the Diary of Anne Frank examine the highs and lows of humanity.

Twilight and Harry Potter, popular young adult series, that took off with adults.  Why?

Each of us will have different thoughts!

That’s good because the process of asking the why’s-how’s and where’s of these, or any other, books,  helps us understand our passions, wants and desires better.  This personal internal understanding is the gateway to knowing who we can serve in a small business that creates a lifetime of income, freedom and fulfillment.

Gary

Seven P Secrets of Self Publishing

When you write, you can work anywhere. 

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Here I am working poolside in the winter, at our Florida farm.

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Here I am with our hound Ma, working during the summer at our North Carolina farm.

Learn how to earn everywhere, while living anywhere you choose.  I have been able to earn by writing in Hong Kong, England, the Isle of Man, Dominican Republic and Ecuador to name a few of the place I have lived.  Everywhere I have been… too numerous to share here, I have been able to work.

All I need is my laptop.

That’s all you need too… a laptop to be free!

Before computers, a pencil and pad did the job.

Freedom is just one benefit you can gain from writing.

Another benefit is income.   Writing has brought me both our farms, free and clear… plus a lot more.

Another good example of earning potential is my friend Hugh Howey.   He was working for $10 an hour in a book store when he self published his novel Wool, typing in a storage room during his lunch breaks.

Soon he was earning over $100,000 a month on Amazon.com.  This helped secure a six-figure book deal from Simon & Schuster, and an option for film by Ridley Scott, director of Blade Runner and Alien.

That’s what he’s doing now.

Hugh Howey

Sometimes Hugh and I get together at my  farm and play chess (he beats me badly).

Writers like High are great inspirations.

A couple of years ago Hugh  left Florida, and moved to South Africa.  He had a sailing catamaran built for him and now can sail the world while he continues to write.

Hugh explained it like this: And that’s the miracle of working as a writer: I can do it from anywhere and everywhere. The past few years, I’ve done a lot of writing from airplanes and airports while on business trips abroad.  SAND was entirely written overseas while traveling through seven different countries; I think it’s a better story because of those inspirations.  In upcoming years, I may be writing near your home port.

Hugh’s a super star writer and his success could not happen to a more deserving and talented person.  He pours enormous energy into being worthy of his readership.  But you do not have to be a million dollar a year earner or a traveler to benefit from writing.

The good news is… you do not need a huge success to have a rich and fulfilled lifestyle.  Self Publishing can bring you a life that most people only dream of, as a journeyman writer, instead of a super star.

May I hastily add that the path to stardom begins as a journeyman… so the journeyman’s path brings success without stardom… but can also lead to stardom.

What most success stories like Hugh’s rarely explain is the many hours of writing that was devoted before their self published book sales soared.   Hugh, like most writers were journeymen first.  Stardom came later.

Here are sevens secrets that can help you become a journeyman writer. 

The secrets are a writer’s armory of tools that allows almost anyone to create successful publications for income, freedom and fulfillment.

Take Merri’s and my publishing business as an example.  

Merri and I are not writing stars.  We are journeymen who have for more than 40 years, year in and year out, earned solid income writing and self publishing dozens of publications about multiple subjects.

Some years that income has been more than solid… over a million dollars.  Yet in terms of stardom, we are hardly known.

In a moment you’ll see why that’s fine for us and probably will be for you too.

First some history.

Merri became involved in self publishing over 40 years ago… first helping a veterinarian publish a book on a very specific market… animal acupuncture. Then she showed a needle point artist how to sell more books to an even more specific audience… “needle point enthusiasts”  about her needle point work to an audience larger than the population of the city she lived in.  This led Merri to eventually become Executive Editor of an award winning magazine in Florida.

My story allowed Merri and me to work and live from Hong Kong to London to Europe to Eastern Europe, then the Caribbean and then Ecuador… making millions in the process of following our adventures… having fun… while helping a large readership adapt to a rapidly changing world.

That’s what self publishing can bring, profit, adventure and fulfillment, a great feeling of worth and wonder.

Self Publishing has created exactly the lifestyle we desire allowing us to span the world and work with meaning and purpose.

Self Publishing has become a new business art form. 

The seven secrets can help you start your own self publishing business now.

Everything in publishing is new and exciting and changing.  Publishing is being recreated by the wonderful power of destructive technology.

Everything is new… except the seven secrets. 

Change in the publishing industry is disturbing many.   We love this evolution due to these seven secrets we call the 7Ps.  The 7 Ps are so fundamental to writing and publishing that new technology enhances rather than reduces their power.

The First P is Passion.

Whatever your passion, you can immerse yourself in it AND create income with self publishing.  This can be your direct ticket to the kind of fulfillment you’ve always wanted.

Whether you want to travel the world or live as a recluse, work 12 hours a day or not work much at all,  you can set your schedule to succeed, if you’re willing to learn these seven secrets.

You can start part-time with any dream, passion, and budget.  Once you’ve created a product, you’ll enjoy the “multiple effect” of producing profits over and over again.

So the question is… What do you love to do?

What’s Your Passion:  An example is that thirty years ago, a client of Merri’s had a passion to help people who were in pain?  He published a series of pamphlets explaining various chiropractic disorders in very simple terms.  For example: “What Is Whiplash?”

The pamphlets contained solid information, but were simple 5″ x 7″ brochures with drawings and explanations. He sold them with a rack to chiropractors, who put them in their offices for patients to read.  These little self-published items sold year in and year out for decades.

There are thousands of ideas of this sort that can lead to big business.  It’s just a matter of defining and then acting on your passion.

Although I can work when I please and go where I wish, for me the most important reason for being a publisher is the satisfaction it brings. 

I love the projects I take on, so work doesn’t feel like, well… work.

What do you love?  If you love golf, then you can write and sell publications about golf.  Love travel, fishing, dogs, dolls, or art?  Write and sell publications in these fields.

Are you concerned about crime, war, poverty or environmental issues?  You can publish information products that help reduce these concerns.

Would you like to help the world be a more spiritual place?  Publish a newsletter, write a book (or hire someone to write it for you), record a tape… publish something that enlightens people.

Whatever your passion, you can immerse yourself in it and earn income by publishing for ereaders, print on demand, CDs, lists, bound books, or any format you choose.

Be immersed in your passion and get paid well for it. 

This is why stardom is not the main goal for most writers and self publishers.  Extra income, more freedom and fulfillment are usually more than enough enough.

The seven Ps are:

#1: Passion

#2: Problem

#3: Person

#4: Profitably Priced Product

#5: Prospecting Pathway

#6: Promise

#7: Presentation

The first time I exposed others to the secrets in Self Publishing was in a weekend “Writer’s Camp” seminar.  We offered the camp for $1,500. 80 delegates enrolled.  People from all walks of life attended—chiropractors, businessmen, investors, doctors, realtors, inventors, airline pilots, engineers, and housewives.

Merri and I were so overwhelmed by the response, we decided to make it available to a larger audience.  We created a written course based on our current self publishing activity called “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher.”  Then we recorded the weekend “Writer’s Camp” seminar.

Thousands have used the course as it has evolved over the decades.

You can receive both the written course and the recorded weekend seminar, in an MP3 file, in a special “Live Well and Free Anywhere” program I am making available to you.  The normal fee is $299 for the written course and $299 for the recorded workshop.   I’ll send you both the course and the recorded workshop and my course “International Business Made EZ (also $299) all for $299.  You save $598.

We are so confident that you’ll gain from this offer that if you are not fully satisfied, simply email us within 60 days for a full refund .

These courses are not theoretical.  They describe, step-by-step, how Merri and I built a million-dollar international business and how we are running this self publishing business right now.   We use the 7Ps today just as we did four decades ago to create a strong annual income.

This correspondence course is for those who would like their own international self publishing micro business for fun and profit. If you want fun, freedom, extra income and fulfillment with your own full or part time writing or want to build your existing business, by writing to sell you can profit from this course.  The course can help who want their own business or who want to have a business together or a family business.  This is the perfect course for those who can no longer find employment, who are looking for ways to earn abroad and who wish to retire and supplement their income.

Whether you are retired, an investor, chiropractor, doctor, dentist, professional or already own your own business, this offers another way to make money, to turn your passion into profit. We guarantee that we have shared all we know to help you start and run your own international business.  Enjoy and live a life of following your Passion to Profit… through writing.

Here is a special offer. 

We provide two emailed courses  “Self Fulfilled – How to Write to Sell and be a Self Publisher” and “International Business Made EZ”.

We include the “Self Fulfilled Writing and Self Publishing Course” because there are two reasons to write, when you have something to say or when you have something to sell.  In this day and age many of us want to do both, make a statement that makes the world a better place and earn something extra in the process. 

Whatever your passion, however you do business, chances are you’ll be writing either to create a product or to sell a product. 

You save more than $598 because you also receive a recorded webinar conducted by our webmaster David Cross (at no extra cost).

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David Cross

David has been our webmaster since our website began in the 1990s.  He is Merri’s and my business partner. We could not run our business as we do without him.

Learn the tactics we use in our web business that condenses 27 years of practical experience about search engine optimization, and writing for search engines.

For the last 27 years David has worked with companies large and small – IBM, Agora Publishing, AstraZeneca and many small business owners.  He has worked in 22 countries, and lived in six of them.

David’s clients span the globe and represent companies and charities both large and small.  From corporate giants to small, one-woman businesses and everything from finance, healthcare, publishing, technology, real estate, veterinarians, alternative health centers and everything in between.

David is an essential part of our web based business.

Myles Norin, CEO of Agora, Inc.  wrote:  “I have found David’s knowledge and experience unmatched in the industry.  Without David’s expertise and guidance for the past 7 years, we would not be nearly as successful as we are.”

As Senior Internet Consultant to Agora Inc. in Baltimore, MD, he worked closely with Agora’s publishers and marketers and – over a 7-year period – helped to propel Agora’s online revenues from around $20 million to well over $300 million.

David’s webinar will help you gain benefits in your micro business that large internet marketing companies use.  In this practical recorded workshop you will learn valuable skills to help your micro business.

There has never been a time when the opportunity for small businesses abroad has been so outstanding.  Expand your borders now!  Increase your economic security freedom, independence and success.

If you are not fully satisfied that this offers you enormous value simply email us for a full refund within 60 days.  You can keep all three courses as our thanks for giving our courses a try.

You also receive a report  “How to use Relaxed Concentration to Brainstorm Business Ideas” and a recorded workshop “How to Become and Remain Rich With Relaxed Concentration” at no additional cost.

Plus you get more in the program.

 

You receive regular writing and self publishing updates for a year.  Businesses usually need to evolve.  Merri and I continue to publish and have our independent businesses.  Some basics have remained for decades, but new strategies occur all the time throughout the year.  We’ll be sending along updates that share our most recent experiences as we learn and continue to grow our international micro business from Smalltown USA.

My special offer to you in this “Live Well and Free Anywhere Program”, is that you receive:

  • “International Business Made EZ” course
  • “Self Fulfilled – How to Write to Sell” course
  • Video Workshop by our webmaster David Cross,
  • The entire weekend “Writer’s Camp” in MP3,
  • MP3 Workshop “How to Gain Added Success With Relaxed Concentration”
  • Any updates to any of the courses, workshops, reports or recordings for a year.

We are so confident that you’ll gain from this offer that if you are not fully satisfied, simply email us within the first three months for a full refund . 

Order “Self Fulfilled – How to Publish to Sell” and a quarter of update lessons $79.   Click Here.

Order “Self Fulfilled – How to Publish to Sell” and a full year of update lessons $299.  Click Here.      

See success stories from Self Publishers and a few who have attended the “Writer’s Camp” that you will receive on MP3.

 

(1) hubpages.com/literature/mostreadbooks

Simply Profitable


Simple thinking can make everything you do simply profitable.

Take a box, for example.  What can be simpler than that?

Make a box a certain size and of a certain metal and it changes everything!

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Stack up simple ideas for success.

Spotting value is simple when we look for it in the ordinary things that we understand.  We can use shipping containers as an example of how to use simplicity to find value.  They are just boxes.  Yet a few who understood boxes and shipping, came up with an idea that has turned global commerce upside down.

We can see the simplicity (and the huge profit) after reading: “The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger” written by Marc Levinson.  This book tells how the simple idea of a metal box changed the world.

In April 1956, a refitted oil tanker carried fifty-eight shipping containers from Newark to Houston.  That was the beginning of a simpler way of shipping.  This evolution in shipping required huge sums of money, both from private investors and from ports and created opportunity for more than shippers.

Here are just a few ways that this simple boxy idea has created value.

I saw the idea of containers create profits nearly half a century ago when I was selling investments in Hong Kong.

Originally the idea of my Hong Kong business was to sell US mutual funds.  The US market crashed and everyone who sold this type of investment had to find other investments to offer.

I began offering real estate in Fiji.  We even had some small private Fijian islands, like the one shown below, for sale.

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That was the beginning of my real estate tour business.

Another investment salesman started offering containers.  

He created a program where investors purchased containers which were turned over to management companies who leased them to shippers.  The investment purported to generate an attractive guaranteed income.   From what I have seen, they may not be a safe investment.  I hate that word “guaranteed” when it comes to investments.  All investments have risk!

However, this is not the point.  The fact is that investment salesmen saw an opportunity created by boxes.

Other people created other businesses.  Right now some businesses buy shipping containers and resell them, on a rent-to-own basis, to people for all sorts of uses.

Some people have figured how to use containers as bridges.

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Others build inexpensive, but very strong, houses and buildings from them.

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Some container houses are very simple.

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Some container houses are quite complex.

Here is the lesson learned… “There is great opportunity in simple ideas”.

What can be more simple than a box?  Yet we can see that shipping containers have created all types of opportunity.

This message is not about the value of shipping containers.

The point is that we all know something well, and that knowledge has inherent value.

A box is a box but the unique understanding by some is what made the box special and valuable in shipping, in investing and in construction.

If we watch for evolution in areas and things that we know, we’ll can see new ideas… really simple things that are not yet common knowledge.  Watch for small changes about what you know that can create business opportunities that make a big difference to your freedom and wealth.  You’ll find special opportunity, just for you.

Gary

Be Richer Than a Billionaire… with Small Steps

Use Small Steps to Create Your Success

Consider this.

During the last recession, a German billionaire quietly put on his coat, told his wife “I have to go to the office for a while”, and drove to a railway embankment near his home, where he lay on the frozen tracks and waited patiently for a train to crush him to death.

This man was ranked as one of the 100 richest men in the world. His personal fortune had passed $10 billion.  But even though he was worth billions, the global recession left him feeling out of control.

A Telegraph article on why he committed suicide (1) said:   He did not need the money.  He lived so modestly that he cycled to work on a 15-year-old bike for most of the year, and in bad weather he drove a four-year-old VW Golf.  He had no bodyguards or servants, lived in an unimposing chalet-style house in the small town of Blaubeuren, his home for the past 60 years, without so much as a CCTV camera for protection, and stopped off at his local pub on his way home each night to share a drink with the regulars.

The blame for his demise was placed on loss of control. “His companies were his life.  He was going to lose control of them and felt he would lose control of his life” a friend said.

His  family said the “powerlessness of not being able to do anything” had been the key to his suicide.

Most of us can’t imagine becoming billionaires, but we can imagine losing control.  

The world is changing at an increasingly frightening pace.  How can we keep up? 

We don’t have the background to build huge businesses.  We don’t have enough capital to start a business.  We don’t have enough time to begin again either.  Yet the relentless transformation of just about everything can make us feel powerless.

Well here’s some good news…

We all have the power to be free, have purpose and have a sense of control.  In fact that power is more than a sense of control.  We have the actual power to take control of our lives.

We can start taking that power right now…

All we need is one small win.  The power of a small win is that it makes it easier to have the next small win.  Successes do not have to be big deals.  The smallest of  wins help us feel better and to lead us to greater success!

This is why I want to introduce you to our special course “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher”.

You have something of value.  You might not even know it.

I want to help you find and sell it…

That sale will be your first small win and believe me your first small win can lead to something big… really huge…. again and again.

I know because I have used the technique I want to share with you for almost 50 years…

My wife Merri and I are entering our fifth decade of writing and self publishing.  Though we are financially secure without a penny of debt, we keep working because we love what we do.

You regain and retain control of your life when you learn to write to sell  for profit and passion.

This is why we have recorded our “Self Publishing Writer’s Camp” to help you get started in a micro self publishing business that starts small and maybe like our business stays small, tightly focused, but highly profitable, in fun and highly fulfilling ways.

We love writing and self publishing so much that years ago we offered to conduct a weekend “Writer’s Camp” seminar.  We offered the camp for $1,500.  80 delegates enrolled.  People from all walks of life attended—chiropractors, businessmen, investors, doctors, realtors, inventors, airline pilots, engineers, and housewives.

Now you can enjoy that same $1,500 course online for only $79.

Merri and I were so overwhelmed by the response, we decided to make it available to a larger audience.  We created a written course based on our current self publishing activity called “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher.”   Then we recorded the weekend “Writer’s Camp” seminar.

Thousands have used the course as it has evolved over the decades.

Here are  few stories of how those who attended our Writer’s Camps have used what they learned to take small steps that led to greater control, increased success and incredible fulfillment in their lives.

Barry Weinhold sent this note: We were successful authors before attending the Writer’s Camp, with our first book published in 1989 selling over 200,000 print copies. With the tips from your course last fall, we have published six new ebooks in Kindle format that are now available  at Amazon.com.

Thanks for helping us get the word out about Barry’s 2-part Breaking Family Patterns series. Janae has also released her 3-part Con Job series.

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We’ve co-authored “How To Break Free of the Drama Triangle and Victim Consciousness.”

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Our monthly royalty checks are now coming in and we are very pleased with the response to our new books (656 books sold and 1295 free downloads in seven months). We have six more new ebooks in the pipeline for publication.  Our goal is to publish twelve new ebooks by our one-year course anniversary. We couldn’t have published this quickly without the great support we received from your Writer’s Camp. We highly recommend it to anybody seeking the fast track to becoming independent self-publisher.

Self Publishers can also write in more than one niches.

Nickolette Goff writes non fiction in two niches.  After attending a Writer’s Camp Nicki used what she had learned to help promote her first book… a Quinoa recipe cookbook with 13 recipes.  She had 10,000 downloads of the book in five days and obtained dozens of good reviews!

You can get 13 more great quinoa recipes in Nicki Goff’s book at the links below.

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You can order Nicki’s first book at Amazon.com.

She wrote:  Hi, Gary,  Book sales are actually going well, and I’m having a lot of fun with this. I’m so grateful to you and Merri  for pushing me to get some action going!

The free promos really get things going, and seem to reignite sales.

Two more in the works – both on gardening topics.  Best wishes for 2013 to you and Merri.   Love, Nicki

What a joy seeing how helping and connecting people helps self publishers create their own special success.  How beautiful to see friends turn their passions into profit!

Nicki learned at the camp that getting these downloads is step three in a seven step process. We (and others) have been helping Nicki and our delegates walk through these steps so they can earn income through writing and publishing again and again.

Nicki is now well on her way to wonderful self publishing success.   She just completed her fourth book in a totally different genre gardening. This book is “Under Cover Gardening”.

She used the three day free Kindle marketing program again. Read about Nicki’s new book here.

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Nicki wrote:  Gary: My book was downloaded exactly 6000 times during the 3 days, and is selling around 5 per day right now.  I’m very pleased with the results – three 5* reviews so far.  Nicki

Chances are that most books you write will not be a best seller.  However Nicki’s books show the process that you use to create a steady income as you build inventory.   She is publishing numerous books in each of the genres she loves.  This creates extra income and added inventory if one of your books becomes a big success.

Let’s look at Nicki’s example again to see these benefits. Imagine this. Nicki writes a half dozen books, three on organic gardening and three on quinoa.

Then imagine that Oprah is interested in quinoa, reads Nicki’s book and has her on the show.  Nicki’s quinoa book sales will go bananas.  So too will all her other quinoa books.   Add further to this example and say that the national psyche just happens to be focused on better nutrition when this all happens.  If so, Nicki’s organic gardening book sales will skyrocket as well.

To sum this up… at the camp you’ll learn the importance of writing a lot for your niche.   The increased number of publications will allow you to keep your price low, but generate income that keeps you writing as you build inventory so any bigger success can grow in exponential bonds.

You can also self publish at any age.  A number of our friends who have used our writers course to self publish are in their 70s and 80s.  Yet college students have self published as well.

The father of the family of four wrote:  Hi Gary and Merri:  Just thought y’all would like to know that today Doss published his first book.  It is called College Confidential and it is currently listed at number 42 on amazon. com.  He would not have done it but for our experience this summer at your Writer’s Camp.

So, here is thanking you both very much.

Bill Winter

This book is written by a student, for students, College Confidential: An Insider’s Guide to Success written by Doss Winter is filled with practical tips and insider information addressing everything from Academics to getting your Zzzzs.

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Dos Winter

Order College Confidential at Amazon.com here.

Here are a few more examples of how others used the information from our workshop?

A long time friend, who had just retired from a 30 year career in the oil industry joined our program.  His passion was to learn more about health and looking at the deep, more spiritual aspects of life since he had ended a financially successful career. He has gone on to publishing the leading healthy living magazine where he lives.

Not only was he able to publish 20,000 copies of a 48-64 page magazine on healthy living every month, he was able to meet and work with leading health and spiritual leaders like Deepak Chopra, Dr. Wayne Dwyer and even the Dali Lama. What a thrill.

Michelle Toole, an at home mother, made a fateful decision… to attend our self publishing course.

Michelle was disabled when she took the “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher” camp.

She took what she learned from our publishing courses and created her own successful global micro website.

Michelle wrote:  “I have some great news, my web site  http://healthy-holistic-living.com is now getting on average 2,000 visitors a day! Yup my little one man show web site now gets close to 60,000 visitors each month!  The power of the internet is amazing as well as the opportunities.  We have said it before but it deserves saying again the internet is truly the great equalizer.

“My web site is at a point now that it is growing without much effort and produces a nice passive income allowing me to continue working on my second site http://home-remedies-and-natural-cures.com and to get my third site up and running.  I am also working on various joint ventures with other web sites focusing on helping others start their own web business. I am doing monthly webinars helping disabled individuals start their own business on the Internet and will be starting a coaching club in the new year.  The opportunities are only limited by one’s imagination.

“Again I can not thank you and Merri enough, I look forward to many great adventures and new experiences in the coming years!”

Another successful self publisher who attended our workshop wrote :

“MY HEAD IS STILL SPINNING from all of the valuable input I received. Out in the boonies, 2 + hours from the airport in Charlotte , North Carolina it was not your typical setting for a business seminar.

“It was presented by a fascinating guy with an interesting career history. Gary Scott and his wife, Merri, split their time between their idyllic farm in North Carolina and their property in the mountains of Ecuador . I first heard about Gary through my interest in Ecuador .

“By his own admission, Gary is often ‘a bit ahead of the curve’ which is part of what makes his material interesting. You sense the authenticity of what he is saying but it has not caught on in the mainstream media or pop-culture.

“The input is that is already affecting my life was not just from the instructor, but from other participants. The small group, less than twenty, seemed to be intimately bonded as soon as the seminar started. People from all walks of life and all parts of the country gained insights from the information that was geared to create a ‘life of your choosing more so than just a successful business. A very simple but powerful concept. Why do we want the money in the first place?

“The lifestyle aspect of the course was taught by example. We, as a group, were temporarily inserted directly into the lifestyle led by Gary and Merri. No better way to learn than by doing.

“The course content suited my needs very nicely. It addressed issues pertinent to FilmTrips and my marketing company, MJ Media. New life has been injected into several FilmTrips projects that had been languishing on a back burner for quite some time. Gary talks about being open to ‘connect the dots’ and take advantage of distortions or discrepancies between economies and countries. I am in a very good position to do that. Telephone and Internet technology has certainly arrived to help make it happen. I will keep you posted!”

Delegates from our last camp wrote:

My daughter and I had a fantastic time at the Writer’s Camp this past weekend.  We both felt we gained a tremendous amount of knowledge on “how to make money with our writing skills”!  Thank you.
 
Yours and Merri’s expertise on transmitting knowledge to others is phenomenal.  The warm, personal feel of being with you both along with the great people in the class was great!
 
Thank you again for all the added information gained in all areas of life and what I consider gourmet meals served to us all.
 
Donna/Jeanna

Another wrote: Have just returned from the writing seminar conducted at your farm in Ashe County, North Carolina, I thought I’d give you my take on what I experienced. To suggest that the location, hosts, seminar content, and accommodations were adequate would be an understatement.

The seminar itself opened a whole new world that I hope to explore in the coming months. I drove away from your farm with a well inflated right rear tire and a wealth of information that could catapult me into a whole new profession should I opt to go that route. I still have a number of professional business ideas that I intend to pursue, however, the concepts and ideas conveyed in your seminar will serve to enhance whatever I undertake going forward.

But if there was one underlying common denominator that I recognized, it was the fact that you are both so well qualified to present in this field of communication. Probably my most prolific observation was how well read and knowledgeable you are. The breadth and depth of knowledge on so many diverse yet associated subjects kept my unswerving attention. It also opened my mind to a variety of fields that, heretofore, I would not have considered relevant to my interests. And as a presenter, Gary is prolific. I drove away knowing that not only did the seminar give me my money’s worth but I was introduced to some very valuable contacts.

The bottom line is your seminar was both eye opening and entertaining. I came, I saw, I learned, and I even ate healthy. Thanks for everything. John

The son of a father son team sent this note:

Hi Merri!  I just attended your writers camp with my dad this past weekend.  I didn’t get to express how much I appreciated all that you and Gary did for us this weekend because we were in a hurry to get to the airport.  Letting us stay in your cottage and having us for your writers camp was an experience that I will remember for the rest of my life! Gary and Merri’s stories of adventure, success, your lessons, and advice are truly priceless!!

This camp has inspired me. Writing has always come naturally for me but I never was able to view it as a business opportunity.

This camp has shown me not only that writing can be profitable, but HOW to make it profitable! Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom with me. In my lifetime, I could only hope to see the success that you and Gary have achieved.

I not have only signed up for your newsletter, but I can’t stop spreading the word to my friends about my experience. Thanks again for your amazing hospitality,  Mitchell

If you accept our invitation, the workshop hammers, even bombards you with the absolute, vital importance of starting small.  We live in the era of epublishing that makes small “big”.  This plays perfectly into the hands of small businesses and copywriters as we just happened to have a perfect advantage right now in the marketplace.

Now let’s get to the important stuff.  Our life is less stressed because Self Publishing can be a low stress business… no commuting… choose your own hours… immersed in your passions with like minded souls. Work at home. How refreshing!

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Here I am at our Florida home… at work?

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Here I am at work in the Blue Ridge.  Better than a cubicle for sure!

You can have fun every day doing what you love as you accomplish goals that are important… to you… and are a service to your community.

Merri and I, for example, love helping people get jobs.  So we used self publishing to create a foundation (Land of the Sun Foundation) to help the indigenous learn how to get work.  The foundation has donated nearly a million dollars in Ecuador to create jobs.

What do you love? Why not make the kinds of money I’ve just mentioned publishing your passion and do something good for the world at the same time?

Your passion and self publishing create…magic, wealth, happiness.

Three other things you gain.

#1: Respect. If you are not a recluse like Merri and me, you’ll find yourself the center of attention at social events and with your friends and in business because publishing is highly respected.

#2: Power. Everyone wants publishers to distribute good information about them. And everyone fears publishers a bit. The pen IS mightier than the sword!

#3: Protection. Writers are protected by the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. You do not need a license to publish. There is no government watchdog nor do you have bureaucratic red tape involved in publishing. Publishers enjoy almost more freedom than any other occupation because of the Freedom of the Press. This is so powerful because the first amendment is actually a part of the Bill of Rights. Just in case you missed this in school (as most students did including me) here are the exact words of this amendment:  “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

You become the press and you are set free. You cannot get more protection than that.

The recorded workshops shows how self publishing can fulfill your material needs.

You can enjoy this wonderful lifestyle whether you are married or single, rich or poor, in good or bad health, educated or not. Self publishing works for travelers and those who want to just stay at home.

This workshop helps anyone who wants to write or publish or both.   See how published products can include compilations, catalogues, CDS, interviews. Plus look at how to develop treks, tours, visits, products and services.

You’ll see how one delegate who attended the workshop used her publication to sell real estate.

This course is for individuals and couples.  We include those who want their own publishing system together as a family business.

This workshop is not theory.  Merri and I share our real time experiences.  We start at the beginning over 40 years ago but mainly look at how we earn hundreds of thousands and even millions a year in our exciting lifestyle… right now.

Whether you are self employed, retired,  a professional or are employed, this course is for you if you want to add extra income or who want to change their life entirely.  Previous course delegates have included investors, chiropractors, doctors, dentists, lawyers, architects, other professionals and those who already own their own business and of course retirees.

Self publishing is now easier to start than ever before because of online publishing.

Which would you rather have… 6% of $10 or 70% of $3?

The math to this question brings an obvious answer and creates opportunity for those who want a writer’s life.

Starting with online books allows you to lower price…  increase volume and cut out a publisher, distributor and book store who normally absorb up to 88% of the income created by a book.

You can start self publishing using Amazon.com with no printing costs, no shelf space, no inventory, no postal delivery.  Most of the publishing expenses are eliminated.

The writer keeps 70%.

Amazon keeps 30%.

A typical writer earning 12% of the wholesale book sales makes about $.60 per $9.99 book sale.  An Amazon.com writer makes $2.10 on a $3 sale.

Buyers of books fall into niches.  Choosing the correct niche is a first step in the elusive process of capturing the national psyche.  When you tap into this phenomenon, you can earn millions just from online sales.   I know. This process has netted an extra $2,072,614.89 for my business in the past several years.

Technology especially favors small publishers today. Portable computers, the internet, wireless access, on demand printing smart phones and electronic readers all create enormous new potential for small publishers.

You can receive both the written course and the recorded weekend seminar, in an MP3 file, in a special “Live Well and Free Anywhere” program I am making available to you.  The normal fee is $299 for the written course and $299 for the recorded workshop.   I’ll send you both the course and the recorded workshop and my course “International Business Made EZ (also $299) all for $299.  You save $598.

We are so confident that you’ll gain from this offer that if you are not fully satisfied, simply email us within 60 days for a full refund .

You save more than $598 because you also receive a recorded webinar conducted by our webmaster David Cross (at no extra cost).

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David Cross

David has been our webmaster since our website began in the 1990s.  He is Merri’s and my business partner.  We could not run our business as we do without him.

You can learn the tactics we use in our web business that condenses 27 years of practical experience about search engine optimization, and writing for search engines.

For the last 27 years David has worked with companies large and small – IBM, Agora Publishing, AstraZeneca and many small business owners.  He has worked in 22 countries, and lived in six of them.

David’s clients span the globe and represent companies and charities both large and small.  From corporate giants to small, one-woman businesses and everything from finance, healthcare, publishing, technology, real estate, veterinarians, alternative health centers and everything in between.

David is an essential part of our web based business and Myles Norin, CEO of Agora, Inc.  wrote:  “I have found David’s knowledge and experience unmatched in the industry.  Without David’s expertise and guidance for the past 7 years, we would not be nearly as successful as we are.”

As Senior Internet Consultant to Agora Inc. in Baltimore, MD, he worked closely with Agora’s publishers and marketers and – over a 7-year period – helped to propel Agora’s online revenues from around $20 million to well over $300 million.

David’s webinar will help you gain benefits in your micro business that large internet marketing companies use.  In this practical recorded workshop you will learn valuable skills to help your micro business.

There has never been a time when the opportunity for small businesses abroad has been so outstanding.  Expand your borders now!  Increase your economic security freedom, independence and success.

We are so confident that you’ll be satisfied that if you are not fully satisfied that this offers you enormous value simply email us for a full refund within 60 days.  You can keep all three courses as our thanks for giving our courses a try.

You also receive a report  “How to use Relaxed Concentration to Brainstorm Business Ideas” and a recorded workshop “How to Become and Remain Rich With Relaxed Concentration” at no additional cost.

Plus you get more in the program.

You receive the Report, “How to Finance a Micro Business” at no extra fee.

Merri and I have always preferred to start our micro businesses  through cash flow.  However in the early the days of our business I found myself raising extra capital several times.  I have also helped numerous businesses raise money to get started.  This report shares several experiences to give a thumbnail sketch of how to raise to get a micro business off the ground.

One of the biggest reasons readers do not get started being their own boss, gaining a second income and taking a first step towards greater freedom, is they can’t find the funds to get of the ground.  This is so important and I am so dedicated to gaining  more independence  that I’ll send this report to you free even if you do not order our Self Fulfilled course at this time.   See the link below for the free report  “How to Raise Start Up Money” free and without obligation.

My special offer to you is that you receive:

  • “International Business Made EZ” course
  • “Self Fulfilled – How to Write to Sell” course
  • Video Workshop by our webmaster David Cross,
  • The entire weekend “Writer’s Camp” in MP3,
  • The report “How to Raise Start-up Money”
  • Report and MP3 Workshop “How to Gain Added Success With Relaxed Concentration”
  • Any updates to any of the courses, workshops, reports or recordings for a year.

Whether you are retired, an investor, chiropractor, doctor, dentist, professional or already own your own business, self publishing offers another way to make money, to turn your passion into profit. We guarantee to share all we know to help you start and run your own self publishing business.

Don’t miss this opportunity.  Sign up with this special offer.   We’ll send the full original of the course “Self Fulfilled – How to Publish to Sell” (101) and additional updated lessons for $299.

Our Guarantee

If you are not fully satisfied, you can cancel the course any time in the first 60 days for a full refund of all unfilled lessons, and there will be no additional fee.  No quarterly renewal fee will be charged if you cancel.

Why the Update Lessons?

What all professional publishers know is that the world of publishing changes continually and that the key to continual success is to test, test, test and keep the business evolving with the market place.   The course you receive is up to date, but it will fall out of date soon.  To keep you in touch with the latest trends, techniques and ideas, we add regular update lessons to your course.

We have decades of experience and are active in the publishing world every day.  We work with several of the largest internet publishers in the world and gain a continual flow of new experiences, ideas, tactics and strategies.  Your update lessons bring you the latest innovations that are being used in the publishing world right now.  This is a key to maintaining a continual flow of ever lasting residual income from you publications.

We are so confident that you’ll gain from this offer that if you are not fully satisfied, simply email us any time during the first 60 days for a full refund. 

Our Guarantee

If you are not fully satisfied, you can cancel the course any time in the first 60 days for a full refund of all unfilled lessons and there will be no additional fee.

Take control of your life now with this first small step

Order “Self Fulfilled – How to Publish to Sell” and a full year of update lessons $299.  Click Here.

Gary

 

Better Than a Thousand Words


It is said “a picture is better than a thousand words”.

We are updating our course Event-full Business – How to Profit  from Events”.   The updated pdf version will have a cover page and I was asked to provide some pictures that helped show why I like the events business.

Here the equivalent of  20,000 words on why Merri and I have been blessed by events in our publishing business.

You can use events to work with those you love.

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Merri and me heading to their mountain seminar hall.

You can use events to reach large crowds.

 

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Or small groups.

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In fancy hotels.

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Here I am speaking at Oro Verde Hotel in Quito Ecuador.

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Speaking at West Jefferson Country Club.

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Writer’s Camp at our North Carolina Blue Ridge seminar cabin.

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Ecuador tour at our Land of the Sun hotel.

You can use events to find hidden places.

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Taking group into hidden shamanic valley in Ecuador.

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Ecuador shamanic tour.

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Ecuador shamanic tour.

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Ecuador shamanic tour.

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Ecuador shamanic tour.

You can use events to learn exciting ways to earn.

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Ecuador export tour.

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Ecuador export tour.

You can use events to travel the world in many ways.

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Busing to a Super Spanish course.

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Boating to a shamanic event.

You can use events to make the world a better place.

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Group visiting organic test gardens.

You can use events to find property and homes.

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Group inspecting property for sale on real estate tour.

Whatever you like doing, others do as well.  When like minded souls get together… doing what they love… something special happens… wonderful pictures emerge and life gets better.  Life becomes eventful!

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.  The value of honest word’s 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 created by travel or staying at home.  Create events where you can earn from speaking something good… or if you don’t like to talk… letting others talk (and earn) for you.

Do you crave freedom… and perhaps adventure?

Do you 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?  Do you the places you go to be ones you choose?

Or would you rather settle down in a low stress, safe, nurturing town, abroad or in Smalltown USA?

You can talk your way into the 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 let others 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 can get the course “Event-Full Business” free when you join the International Club.

Join The International Club.  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 2018” 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 all updates and other reports I release over the next year.

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

The International Club membership is $349. 

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

Click here to become a member $349

Gary

Can Targeted AI Attack Us Now?


A serious and sinister problem has been growing for 70 years. 

The backlash can destroy the finances, even the lives, of those who are not aware.

During the past seven decades, big business has gained increasing shares of the global wealth.  Yet they want more so a few multinational giants have used part of this money to hijack our political world.

The world has ignored the warnings.   Now due to the growing use of algorithms and artificial intelligence, the problem is worse.  Big business and big government can target messages to individuals.  America saw the impact of targeted social media during the last Presidential election.  The British have revealed that similar targeting problems had an impact on the Brexit referendum.

How far can targeting go?

Targeting information at specific individuals is the problem for now.

The link to a seven minute video, that will fill you with dread… shows that targeting can get worse… much worse.  The video shows how far targeting technology has come and can go… allowing machines to even  kill humans who are targeted.

Professor Stewart Russell, a computer scientist with impressive contributions to artificial intelligence, helped create this youtube stream.  He is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley.

The textbook on artificial intelligence that Russell co-authored is used by over 1300 universities in 116 countries.[

He is on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Future of Life Institute and the Advisory Board of the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk.

He was co-winner of the IJCAI Computers and Thought Award in 1995.

He was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery in 2003.

He was awarded the ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award in 2005

He was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2011

He was appointed to the Blaise Pascal Chair in Paris, awarded to “internationally acclaimed foreign scientists in all disciplines,” in 2012.

In 2016, he co-founded the Center for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence at UC Berkeley.

He also helped create this video that shows existing AI technology and how it can replace nuclear weapons with swarms of autonomous tiny drones.

The video shows how a $25 million order of these drones can now buy a swarm of such tiny “slaughterbots” that they could kill half a city.

Even worse the film shows how each bot can be targeted to a specific person!

See this video Slaughterbots at youtube.com

The video will disturb you.  These seven minutes will change your life.  Watching it made me slightly sick… and very angry… plus resolved. 

The risk it shows is not a theoretical problem for the future.  This is not something that our children and grandchildren will have to deal with.  This is a problem each of us needs to deal with in our lives now.

The timing of this video is important because the global economy is speeding toward a crucial economic junction created by US government debt.

Only very low interest rates have stopped the problem from becoming a crisis.   These same low rates have also helped US stocks reach all time high prices.  This has keep investors in the US market.

As soon as investors become nervous enough, the US government will have to raise interest rates.  If  the low interest rate that US Treasury bills and bonds earn now doubles, the government has to pay double on it’s debt.  Doubling interest costs is the same as doubling the US debt!

The government will resist raising rates because it will ruin their budget, cause a collapse of the stock markets and destroy the US dollar.  

The government and its supporters have this targeting technology and we must all protect ourselves against its increasing use.

Learn how to have more freedom and time, less stress, better health care, extra income, greater safety and profit despite America’s deficits, debt, currency risk and the dangers of targeting.

Fortunately there are secrets that allow us to live better lives, free of debt and worry despite these risks.

My wife, Merri and I, have traveled, lived, worked and invested around the world for nearly 50 years to gain this information.

Let me share the basics of this data and how we can be of help through 2018.

The first secret is that things really are mostly good in the western world.  Despite many problems, we are surrounded by more abundance and greater opportunity than almost anyone has enjoyed, anywhere, ever.

We just need to know how to tap into it…  this abundance and avoid those who want to take it away.

To enjoy a fair share of this wealth we need to learn how to live in the new economy.

We need to learn how to change with technology and become new, and different, again and again.

Merri and I have made seven huge transitions in the 50 years.  Each has allowed us to stay ahead of losses that the majority of Americans suffer.  We want to spend the year ahead sharing ideas that help you live a richer, independent life through 2018 and beyond.

What can we do?

Gain a better, freer life.  Combine better health, higher income and greater savings for a happier, more resilient lifestyle. 

I invite you to get off this treadmill and join a new movement.  Join us to become a Pruppie like my wife Merri and me.

I am sure you are asking, “what’s a Pruppie?”

Pruppies are those who use changes in technology to integrate the best features of Preppers and Uppies.  We all know about Preppers.  They believe that the world, as we know it, is about to end.  And we also know about Uppies, upward professionals as in Yuppies, young upward professionals.  Uppies expect their world to get better.

The reality is that the world might get better or it might get worse. 

Chances are it will get better in some places.

Other spots will get worse.

Pruppies are those who will gain either way! 

I invite you to join Merri and me as Pruppies, because we expect the world to get better.   We live and earn based on that expectation but we also prepare for bad times as well as good.

Just in case… the world goes sideways… we Pruppies will still survive and prosper anyway.

We do not give up anything by being prepared either.  We can enjoy the good parts of the new economy, as we protect ourselves from what can be bad.

We pursue our passions in an incredible new economy that’s opening up for those who learn how to start multi dimensional micro businesses, tiny businesses that offer multiple streams of income in good times but can work well in disaster scenarios too.

Here’s an example… a small ginseng business.

Ginseng is a great health root.  Demand for ginseng is growing especially in China.  At times good dried ginseng sells for $1,000 a pound!  This is an easy crop to grow.   The less care you give it, the more valuable it becomes.  Yet if everything goes south and you cannot sell it, the health qualities are good to have and make it an excellent barter item.  Once you know what to do with ginseng, it’s easy to grow in your back yard.

Pruppies look for ways to make life better in non establishment ways.  New technology creates many new ways to earn multiple small streams of income that have been forgotten or were previously unknown.

One of the best kept secrets is that ginseng and 125 other medicinal crops that are currently unsustainable, can be grown on land that is wonderful for low stress living and is extraordinarily cheap to own.

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Ginseng and Goldenseal growing in our back yard.  (I know about growing ginseng and want to show you how).   But enough about ginseng.  The earning potential of this medicinal root is just one small example of how to create large earnings in many small ways.

Any Passion Can Make You Rich

Let me hasten to add, I am writer, publisher and investor, not a farmer.

Yet I love agriculture and low stress rural living, so I earn multiple small streams of income in agriculture, plus enjoy the benefits of growing and raising some of my own medicine and my own food.

The small agriculture ventures that Merri and I do are fun and each activity earns a little, plus helps us have better health.  Gardening is good exercise.  Eating the fresh food we grow is better than any food we’ll find in big business super markets.

If times turn tight our small agriculture enterprises could become big… in lifestyle terms.

There are almost infinite ways to have never ending prosperity so it makes sense to earn doing what you love.

Is travel your passion?  Do you want to travel…spend time…live…laugh or love in more than just one place?  Do you 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 live either lifestyle…or both

For almost 50 years (from May 1968) Merri and I we have been paid to travel and live exactly where we have wanted to be… because we have had small businesses that prospered from seminars, workshops, courses and tours.

Our seminar/conference/events/business has allowed us to visit and to live almost anywhere we chose.

There are many other examples.   Though writing is my ultimate passion, several of my favorite hobbies include history, fishing, art, music  and gardening.

I pursue my passions in ways that create income.

Along with ginseng, here are sun flowers I grow.

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These sunflowers can be made into bouquets and floral designs that stimulate my artistic bent and sell well at the local farmers market.

Anyone can make good money in small time agriculture and its a growing trend.  Take Mike McGroarty’s gardening newsletter.  McGroarty has done just as the reader above desires, learned how to earn extra income from gardening.

His website begins:  “You Can Grow Small Plants in Your Backyard and Earn Thousands of Dollars! I sold $3,421 worth of small plants from my backyard in one day! We sold $26,000 worth of Plants from Home in 4 weeks!

You Can Earn up to $45.00 per Hour at Home, Growing Small Plants in Your Backyard! I’ll show you how I do it.  It’s a blast!

McGroarty has learned how to create a small ways so the trickles amount to a sizable flow.

Pruppies earn in numerous ways. 

We have our self publishing business.

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Writing is a great way to earn.  Writers can work where they want, (here I am on our Blue Ridge farm front porch).

We have other mirco businesses businesses as well.

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For example, we have an orange grove.  Not a good earner right now with citrus greening but with huge fringe (AKA known as tax breaks) benefits.

We have a real estate rental business with annual leases and also use airbnb.

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One of our airbnb listings.

We raise trout which we sell locally in North Carolina.

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These are all fun ways to earn extra… for me.    Let me share tricks of the trade so you can find fun ways to earn extra too.

This is why I would like to send you the $39.99  report “Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere” FREE in this special offer.

“Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere”  contains seven steps we can take to gain benefits and protection from this cartel.

The report  “Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere”  reveals specific places that reduce your living expenses, easily increase your income, make you smarter, healthier and provide tax benefits as well. 

Learn about these specific places.

More important learn what makes places special and seven freedom producing steps that you can use to find similar spots of opportunity.

Here are some of the experiences this report shares:

The report includes a tax and career plan broken into four age groups, before you finish school, from age 25 to 50 – age 50-to 65 and what to do when you reach the age where tradition wants you to re-tire.  (Another clue-you do not need to retire and probably should not).

The report is very specific because it is about what Merri and I, our children and even my sister and thousands of our readers have done and are doing.

Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere focuses on a system that takes advantage of living in Smalltown USA, but earning globally.

  • Learn about the magic of the north facing slope.   This is where Merri and I live almost half of our time.  North facing mountain land is some of the least expensive in the world but has hidden values that the report reveals.  There is a lot of this land and a lot of hidden value that you can tap.   When we bought our Blue Ridge farm (252 acres) I mentioned this to my Swiss banking friend.  “That’s bigger than the entire village where I live!” was his response.  Smalltown USA offers a last chance at having a lot of space.  By living in two Smalltown places there are enormous tax advantages as well.  One step in the system saves Merri and me over $28,345 in taxes a year.

The report shows how to buy cheap north facing slopes and create an income producing tiny home for $29,000 or less.

If you lack the $29,000 to invest, a start up using tents is even less.  These are tipis we put up at our farm before we built our first tiny home.  Learn how they can create tens of thousands of dollars in income for you.

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  • See ways that small businesses like Tipi rentals can create BIG tax savings as well as extra income.  For more than 30 years Merri and I have enjoyed a strong six figure income, some years more, in the millions.  Yet there have been very few years when we had to pay federal income tax.  The report lays out a three structure program and how it is used when you are in school (up to age 30), then from 25 to 50, 50 to 70  and beyond 70.   Learn why Chapter C corporations and pensions can be better than the normally recommended Chapter S.  See how new mileage log rules gives you a possible opportunity to increase your tax deductions using IRS Form 4562.  Using a two-vehicle strategy you can gain $12,976 in new deductions even if you do not have to drive one mile further or spend one additional penny on your car.
  • See how a greenhouse can help you eat better and be healthier, plus provide income and a tax deduction and be funded by a government grant.

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Our North Carolina greenhouse.

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Our Florida greenhouse.

  • There are similar benefits from having a second home office defined in IRS publication 463 and IRS publication 587, even if your desk is a dining room table.  The report also shows how your dining room table can become an actual income producer as its creates a huge tax deduction at the same time, not to mention a great place to eat, work and lay out plans for a brighter, safer more lucrative and enjoyable future.
  • How changes in cell phone and internet technology eliminated the need to be in one place.   An old law that creates new opportunity for small business in small towns is available to everyone.
  • Use the specific search and purchase guide.  Construction plans are included that show how to generate first tier income that leads to five, second tier avenues of earnings.
  • How to pay off old debt and avoid new debt by avoiding spurts and embracing value. 
  • Learn seven skills that will always have value.  See how to turn First Aid, medicinal plants, hospitality, food, trees, alternate energy and writing to sell into everlasting, low stress wealth.

Merri and I will celebrate our 50th year of global living, working, investing and researching to find and share ideas on how to have simpler, low stress, healthier, more affluent lifestyles.  Our courses, reports and email messages look at ways to gain:

#1:  Global micro business income.

#2:  Low cost, natural health.

#3:  Safer, more profitable, investments that take little time or cost to buy and hold… so you can focus on earning more instead

Many readers use our services for just one of these three benefits.  They focus only on health or on earning more or on better, easier investing.

27 years ago Merri and I created the International Club as a way for readers to join us and be immersed in all three of these benefits.   The International Club is a year long learning program aimed at helping members earn worry free income, have better affordable good health and gain extra safety and profits with value investments.

Join The International Club for all of 2018 NOW.

The three disciplines, earning, health and investing, work best when coordinated together.  Regretfully the attacks on our freedom are realities of life.  There is little we can do to change this big picture.  However we can change how we care for our health, how we earn and how we save so that we are among the few who live better despite the dollar’s fall.

Club members start by receiving seven workshops and courses on how earn everywhere with at 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:

  • “International Business Made EZ”
  • “Self Fulfilled – How to Write to Sell”
  • 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”
  • The course “Event-Full – How to Earn Conducting Seminars and Tours”

“Event-full”  shows how you can gain income and innumerable fringe benefits by staying at home or treveling.   For example, almost all of our global travel has been tax deductible for all these years.

The pay has certainly not been bad either.  You’ll see in “Event-Full, how 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.  You’ll learn how to gradually build income potential like this.

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 will help yours as well.

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 states in the United States.

This program is offered at $299, but is available to you as a club member free.  You save $299 more.

Club members learn ways to be free of the “Secret Hospital Charge Master”.   Just as governments hide truth behind “National Security”, big health care businesses hide medical truths behind “Charge masters”.  Most hospital charge masters are secret because big business does not want us to know how much hospital costs have risen.  Motivations beyond our good health, like corporate greed, want to keep us in the dark about health care cost.

Despite rising health care costs, a report from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention shows that hospitals are the last place we want to be for good health.  One report shows that hospital-acquired infections alone kills 57% more Americans every year than all car accidents and falls put together.

Often, what patients catch in the hospital can be worse than what sent them there.  Governments and health care agencies agree  – antibiotic resistance is a “nightmare.”  An antibiotic-resistant bacteria may be spreading in more hospitals than patients know.  About one in every 25 hospitalized patients gets an infection and a 2013 report from the Journal of Patient Safety showed that medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in the country.

Along with the risk of hospital acquired illness and medical errors, the second huge threat to our well being… is health care costs, especially at hospitals.  This is why charge masters are so often secret.  There are few risks to our wealth that are greater than a hospital stay.

I have created three natural health reports are about:

#1: Nutrition

#2: Purification

#3: Exercise

Each report is available for $19.95.  However you’ll receive this 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.

Profit from the US dollar’s fall.

In the 1980s, a remarkable set of two economic circumstances helped anyone who spotted them become remarkably rich.  Some of my readers made enough to retire.  Others picked up 50% currency gains.  Then the cycle ended.  Warren Buffett explained the importance of this ending in a 1999 Fortune magazine interview.  He said:  Let me summarize what I’ve been saying about the stock market: I think it’s very hard to come up with a persuasive case that equities will over the next 17 years perform anything like—anything like—they’ve performed in the past 17!

Club members receive a report about opportunity in the  current strength of the US dollar is a second remarkable similarity to 30 years ago.   The dollar rose along with Wall Street.  Profits came quickly over three years.  Then the dollar dropped like a stone, by 51%  in just two years.  A repeat of this pattern is growing and could create up to 50% extra profit if we start using strong dollars to accumulate good value stock market ETFs in other currencies.

This is the most exciting opportunity I have seen since we started sending our reports on international investing ideas more than three decades ago.  The trends are so clear that I created a short, but powerful report “Three Currency Patterns for 50% Profits or More.”   This report shows how to earn an extra 50% from currency shifts with even small investments.  I kept the report short and simple, but included links to 153 pages of  Good Value Stock Market research and Asset Allocation Analysis.

The report shows 20 good value investments and a really powerful tactic that shows the most effective and least expensive way to accumulate these bargains in large or even very small amounts (less than $5,000).  There is extra profit potential of at least 50% so the report is worth a lot.

This report sells for $29.95 but when you become a club member you receive the report, “Three Currency Patterns For 50% Profits or More” FREE.

Plus get the $39.99 report, “The Silver Dip 2017” free.  Plus any update if required in 2018.

With investors watching global stock markets bounce up and down, many missed two really important profit generating events.  The price of silver dipped below $14 an ounce as did shares of the iShares Silver ETF (SLV).   The second event is that the silver gold ratio hit 80 and has remained near this level, compared to a range of the 230s only two years ago.

These two events are a strong sign to invest in precious metals.

I prepared a special report “Silver Dip 2015” and updated this in 2017.   The report explains the exact conditions you need to make leveraged silver & gold speculations that can increase the returns in a safe portfolio by as much as eight times.  The purpose of the report is to share long term lessons about speculating in precious metals gained through 30 years of speculating and investing in gold and silver.

The low price of silver offers special value now so I want to send you this report because the “Silver Dip 2017” offers enormous profit potential in 2017.

The report “Silver Dip 2017” sells for $39.95 but club members receive it free as well.

The $39.95 new “Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere Report” is also free.

There is an incredible new economy that’s opening for those who know what to do.  There are great new opportunities and many of them offer enormous income potential but also work well in disaster scenarios.

There are are specific places where you can reduce your living expenses and easily increase your income.  Scientific research has shown that being in such places actually make you smarter and healthier.  Top this off with the fact that they provide tax benefits as well and you have to ask, “Where are these places?”.

Learn about these specific places.  More important learn what makes them special.  Discover seven freedom producing steps that you can use to find other similar places of opportunity.

The report includes a tax and career plan broken into four age groups, before you finish school, from age 25 to 50 – age 50-to 65 and what to do when you reach the age where tradition wants you to re-tire.  (Another clue-you do not need to retire and probably should not!)

The report is very specific because it describes what Merri and I, our children and even my sister and thousands of our readers have done and are doing, right now.

Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere focuses on a system that takes advantage of living in Smalltown USA, but earning locally and globally.

This report is available online for $39.99 but International Club members receive it free.

Save $418.78… “plus more” when you become a club member.

Join the International Club and receive:

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

#2: The $299 “Live Well and Free Anywhere Program”.  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: A subscription to the Purposeful investing course… Plus more.

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

What’s the “plus more”?

Join the International Club for $349 and receive all the above online now, plus any online reports, online course updates or online programs we create throughout 2017 all at no additional fee. The club membership entitled you to everything.

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 the rest of 2017 and all of 2018 at no additional fee.

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

Click here to become a member at $89 per quarter charge automatically to your credit card

Gary 

Tips on Starting a Micro Business


There are many benefits to having numerous micro businesses. 

Last week I was giving one of our AIRBNB guests a tour of our farm.  As we rode around, I pointed out the ginseng patch and our trout raising pond, mentioned how we focus on Florida oranges in the winter.  We also discussed our real estate investing and how my real business was writing.  He stopped and asked, “Just how many businesses do you have?”

I had to stop and think about the answer.  Because our micro businesses are so seamless, so interconnected, I rarely think of them as numerous businesses.  Actually each is a business on its own and I have to say, this makes life interesting as well as provides an income with staying power.

Diversification into multiple micro businesses increases the odds of always having enough income from one activity or the other.  The years bring ups and downs in any business, but when there is no pressure for immediate income, the ability to work through slow times increases… a lot.   When you have numerous businesses, odds are there will always be one of them that is doing well.

Here are seven tips on how to find micro business ideas that make sense for you. 

Tip #1:  Look for businesses where the activity is enjoyable and fulfilling… for you.  What can be more important than enjoying a fulfilled, satisfied life?   Having multiple businesses stops us from becoming bored or burned out if each is varied and fun.  A passion or interest, not the money, is always the starting point we use to find new ways to serve and earn.

Don’t get me wrong, businesses have to be profitable, but a lot of fun and a little profit is better than being miserable just for the sake of more profit.  Plus the way life works when you enjoy what you do, the chances of profit are best.

Tip #2:  Look for businesses that are compatible and support one another.  For example, we have our self publishing business.  This has always been our main source of income.  Writing is a great way to earn and I love writing.  Writers can work where they want, when they desire and keep the process casual.  Because I like to be out of doors a lot, in the summer I often work out in the forest.

garyascott self publishing

During the winter, while we are in Florida, I can still work outside at our home.

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The writing business has always meshed well with our real estate business.  When we find good real estate markets, we are able to invest ourselves plus conduct plus write reports about real estate opportunity and  conduct real estate tours.  So over the years we have invested in Swiss, London, Isle of Man, Dominican Republic and Ecuador real estate, written reports about each and conducted real estate tours in each of these countries.

Tip #3: Look for businesses that create tax benefits.  Merri and I have loved to travel all over the world.  Almost of that travel has been tax deductible.

We have an orange grove in Florida.  This is not a good earner right now with citrus greening but one benefit that remains is reduced property tax.   The property tax on the acreage we have in orange groves is hundreds of dollars instead of many thousands.

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Tip #4:  Look for businesses in things you know.   Since I have been investing in real estate for 50 years, Merri and I are always looking at property.  We have a real estate rental business with annual leases and also use Airbnb to rent cabins at our farm.

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One of our airbnb listings at our North Carolina farm.

We raise trout which we sell locally in North Carolina.   Those cabin rentals are reinforced by our trout business (guests can fish).

Since I love to fish, this is really fun and even the fishing equipment I buy (used in the trout business) can be tax deductible.

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Tip #5:  Look for businesses that are easy.

Our trout micro business is a natural.  We only started it because we already had a perfect creek and had already added a pond.

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There is a trout hatchery near our farm where we can buy the trout small. We bring them back in large, aerated tanks

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We dip them into the pond.

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The trout weigh about a pound each when we get them.

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All we have to do is feed them a bit and they grow quickly which creates the profit.

trout

We gain similar benefits with our ginseng business which is also a natural on the farm.

The environment at our North Carolina farm is perfect for ginseng and goldenseal to grow.

We began in our back yard, a north facing slope with many hardwood trees.

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Starting with a few seeds, the ginseng (and goldenseal) have grown naturally.

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Each plant then provides a number of seeds.

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We have ginseng all around the house and because this is the natural environment it grows without fertilizer, cultivation or any real effort.  Non fertilized ginseng is the most valuable type of ginseng so we get the highest price product by putting in less effort.

When we create businesses with multiple streams of income, we put ourselves in a position that whatever happens, whenever, wherever, we have improved our odds of always having enough, purpose, fulfillment and income .

Tip #6: Start small and let everything grow naturally.

The world is in an era of global structural change… in economics… in politics and the way we work.  Technology brings us low cost administration, low cost access to data, low cost communication, and low cost travel.   Plus the opening of markets beyond material logic means we can create products and services for markets based on passion and purpose rather than just cost.

No matter your age, your health or your education, you can find something you love to do that can create an income.   Even if it is small it, go try it.  Learn as you fulfill your purpose.

Gary

Tips on Starting a Micro Business


There are many benefits to having numerous micro businesses.  Diversification in multiple micro businesses increases the odds of always having enough income.  The years bring ups and downs in any business, but when there is no pressure for immediate income, the ability to work through slow times increases… a lot.  If you have numerous businesses, odds are there will always be something doing well.

Here are seven tips on how to spot micro businesses that make sense for you. 

Tip #1:  Look for businesses where the activity is enjoyable and fulfilling… for you.  What can be more important than enjoying a fulfilled, satisfied life?   Having multiple businesses stops us from becoming bored or burned out if each is varied and fun.  A passion or interest, not the money, is always the starting point we use to find new ways to serve and earn.

Don’t get me wrong, businesses have to be profitable, but a lot of fun and a little profit is better than being miserable just for the sake of more profit.  Plus the way life works when you enjoy what you do, the chances of profit are best.

Tip #2:  Look for businesses that are compatible and support one another.  For example, we have our self publishing business.  This has always been our main source of income.  Writing is a great way to earn and I love writing.  Writers can work where they want, when they desire and keep the process casual.  Because I like to be out of doors a lot, in the summer I often work out in the forest.

garyascott self publishing

During the winter, while we are in Florida, I can still work outside at our home.

gary-scott

The writing business has always meshed well with our real estate business.  When we find good real estate markets, we are able to invest ourselves plus conduct plus write reports and  conduct real estate tours.  So over the years we have invested in Swiss, London, Isle of Man, Dominican and Ecuador real estate, written reports about each and conducted real estate tours in each of these countries.

Tip #3: Look for businesses that create tax benefits.  Merri and I have loved to travel all over the world.  Almost of that travel has been tax deductible.

We have an orange grove in Florida.  This is not a good earner right now with citrus greening but one benefit that remains is reduced property tax.   The property tax on the acres we have in orange groves is hundreds of dollars instead of many thousands.

gary-scott-orange-grove

Tip #4:  Look for businesses in things you know.    Since I have been investing in real estate for 50 years, Merri and I are always looking at property.  We have a real estate rental business with annual leases and also use airbnb to rent cabins at our farm.

airbnb

One of our airbnb listings at our North Carolina farm.

We raise trout which we sell locally in North Carolina.   Those cabin rentals are reinforced by our trout business (guests can fish).

Since I love to fish this is really fun and even fishing equipment I buy can be (used in the trout business) tax deductible.

trout

Tip #6:  Look for businesses that are easy.

However this micro business is also a natural.  We already had a perfect creek and had added a pond.

pond

There is a hatchery nearby where we can buy the trout small and bring them back in large aerated tanks

trout

We dip them into the pond.

trout

The trout weigh about a pound each when we get them.

trout

All we have to do is feed them a bit and they grow quickly which creates the profit.

trout

We gain similar benefits with our ginseng business which is also a natural on the farm.

The environment at our North Carolina is perfect for ginseng and goldenseal to grow.

We began in our back yard, a north facing slope with many hardwood trees.

goldenseal ginseng

Starting with a few seeds, the ginseng (and goldenseal) have grown naturally.

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Each plant then provides a number of seeds.

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Now we have ginseng all around the house and because this is the natural environment it grows without fertilizer or any real effort.  Non fertilized ginseng is the most valuable type of ginseng so we get the highest price product by putting in less effort.

When we create businesses with multiple streams of income, we don’t make our luck, but put ourselves in a position that whatever happens, whenever, we have improved our odds of always having enough.

Tip #7: Start small and let everything grow naturally.

We live in an era of global structural change… in economics… in politics and society and in the way we work because technology brings us low cost administration, low cost access to data, low cost communication, and low cost travel, plus the opening of markets beyond logic that rely more on passion and experience than on efficiency and cost.

No matter your age, your health, your education, you can find something you love to do that can create an income.   Even if it is small it, go try it. Learn, let the idea evolve and grow.

Gary

Earn in Smalltown USA


Here is a chance to have a small business in Smalltown USA.   Our latest report “Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere” looks at ways to find great places to live in Smalltown USA.  One recommendation of a wonderful place to live is Ashe County, North Carolina, where we have our farm.

In March I wrote about a business opportunity in West Jefferson.  A deal was made and has now fallen through.  Here it is again:

The main shopping town is West Jefferson, a gem of a small town with good old fashioned values, a quaint shopping area with art galleries and such.  There are wonderful festivals and during the summer regular free Bluegrass concerts in a small park  on Backstreet in the center of town.

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Blue grass concert in the Backstreet Park.

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The Christmas in July festival on the West Jefferson Backstreet.

There is a business opportunity on the West Jefferson Backstreet now.  Our friend and owner of the West Jefferson Coffee House, Julie McGunegle, has decided to sell her business. We are sorry to see Julie go, but hope we can help a friend replace her.

This is the place to hang in West Jefferson, North Carolina.

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West Jefferson Coffee House.

We have had our wine and cheese  receptions at the coffee house when we conduct our courses in West Jefferson.  Here is one of our groups…

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having a good time socializing and talking about what they learned during the day.

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Julie’s sales price seems very reasonable to me, just to cover the full compliment of equipment. The great good will is a bonus.

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Here is Julie when the shop was named the best in the county.   It is in an excellent location, shown by the red arrow.

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Julie hosts many parties as well as the regulars and tourists who come in regularly.

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Here are some of our friends enjoying a “cuppa” and the news.

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All the equipment is included in the sale.

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Julie’s success has come with hard work and determination.  Buying this shop is really buying a job.  No one will ever get really rich from it but there is no faster way to enjoy this wonderful community and get to know those of West Jefferson.

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You can contact the owner of the cafe, Julie McGunegle,  for details at 336-846-3873.

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Gary

More on Multi Dimensional Income


Yesterday’s message, the Value of Multi Dimensional Income  reviewed seven reasons why multi dimensional income can make your life better.  Learn another lesson here that can help you gain extra income created by generational gaps.

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Expanding the Trout Cabin helps us enjoy multi-dimensional income through the generation gap.

One of the seven points made in yesterday’s message was that businesses come naturally.  We do not try to push water uphill. 

Merri and I have always written about what we are doing.  In the 1980s we were in London and the Isle of Man.  Real estate values were incredible and we had real estate tours in both places.  Then we added Naples, Florida and the Dominican Republic.  Then later we conducted Ecuador real estate tours for over a decade.  This worked because our own interests kept leading us to business ideas that evolved easily.

In each instance, we loved the place and lived, worked and invested in real estate ourselves.  We wrote from experience and most of our readers and tour guests were Boomers just like us.  What a great market, boomers.  How lucky we are to have been on the leading edge of the biggest, richest demographic wave in recorded history.

That has changed.  The largest demographic group are Millennials.   Seeing how our business has evolved, due to life, economic and demographic shifts can help you enjoy multi-dimensional income and a better, more fulfilled life.

Merri and I used to do eight to twelve seminars or tours a year.  For a couple of years in Ecuador we did over 30 each year.   As our family grew and spread, we had a choice, keep it up or spend more time traveling to the children and grand kids.   The choice was natural and easy, less tours and seminars.

This created a potential dilemma.  We had built a series of small (12′ by 24′) cabins for delegates when we conducted seminars at our farm.  The Trout Cabin shown above is one of several we built.

The nature of  this shift led us in an easy natural direction.

When we stopped having seminars at the farm, we started offering our complete cabins as rentals on AIRBNB.

We found that offering rentals in North Carolina attracted a lot of Millennials.

We have plenty of Boomers stay with us as well, but Millennials make up our largest number of guests.  For example, over the Memorial Day weekend we had a full house, all Millennials.

We can see why this shift in our business is taking place easily in a USA Today article  “Millennials are fueling new growth in recreational vehicle sales”.

The article says: The 35-year-old newcomer from Bristol, Va., is among the first-time recreational vehicle buyers expected to drive sales to a new record this year, the highest since the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association started tracking sales in 1979.

Manufacturers expect to ship 446,000 RVs in 2017, up 3.6% from last year’s 430,691, which was also a record.

But even more encouraging for the industry is the age of the buyers.  Sales are being largely driven by younger enthusiasts seeking cheap, versatile vacation travel, not just retirees looking to tour the country in motor homes.

“RVs tap into Americans’ values and desires to get out there, experience nature and see their families in a way that doesn’t break the bank.”

This is what we offer at the farm, a good value way to “get out there”.

Our first rentals (we began three years ago) and now full most of the time, but we try to keep things small, easy, enjoyable, so we have expanded slowly.  Year before last, we expanded the Blackberry (See the Blackberry at AIRBNB).

That cabin rented well, so this year we are expanding the Trout from a 240 sq. ft. bedroom-bathroom only to full cabin (but under 500 sq.ft.).

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The article about Millennials buying RV trailers has me thinking about adding a couple of trailer sites.

I am also looking at a big expansion of offering some tiny homes for sale.

A Wall Street Journal article “Millennials are buying homes, steering builders toward lower price points” (2)  shows why this may make sense.

The article says:  First-time buyers are rushing to buy homes after a decade on the sidelines, promising to kick a housing market already flush with luxury sales into higher gear.

Now, the return of first-time buyers is allaying fears that millennials might eschew home ownership permanently. But it also provides an infusion of new demand while housing supply is tight and home price growth is significantly outstripping wage gains.

The article points out that new home design specifically targeted to millennial buyers, featuring indoor-outdoor patios and deck spaces, as well as a separate downstairs bedroom-and-bathroom suite that could be rented out to a housemate and lower prices have been selling best.  Homes, geared toward first-time buyers, have been selling more rapidly than pricier homes.  Even Toll Brothers, Inc., which typically builds homes for the top end of the market, is venturing into lower price points.

Based in this, I am looking at the idea of offering tiny homes (appx. 500 sq. ft.) away from the madding crowd but with up to a gigabyte of fiber optics broadband.  Space to grow a bit of organic food.  Fresh spring fed water, a full time home or a summer place with a co-op that shares tractor, equipment, etc..

I am watching and researching the idea for now, but am currently sticking with rentals.  The point here is that change continues, always has and always will.  If we do what we love and watch what is happening, we can let an evolution help us recreate our lives and business again and again in profitable, easy, enjoyable ways.

Gary

How hard is it to span the generation gap?  Here are  the reviews from the three young groups who stayed at our farm over the Memorial Day Holiday.

“Gary had everything ready when we arrived two hours early. The farmhouse is as described and along with the Wildflower Cabin we had plenty of space for 7 adults. We really enjoyed wandering the 250 acres, feeding the two horses, and using it as a home base for the Virginia Creeper. There is a creek right next to the cabin that provides amazing background noise when going to bed. My father even caught a nice size trout in the stream. I would recommend this place to my friends and family. ”

“Merrily Farms is an absolutely breathtaking and enchanting place. The Virginia Creeper Trail Cabin is so very quiet and peaceful, and has everything you could ever need or want for a trip away from your regular day-to-day grind. Gary and Merri Scott are the most wonderfully generous, congenial, and friendly people I think I have ever met! They were so fantastic, and my wife and I have already discussed making another trip out here just to see them.  Any of their cabins will be a fantastic getaway. Rest assured, Gary and Merri will make your stay one to remember! We LOVE Merrily Farms, and loved the Scott family!”

(1) www.USAtoday: Millennials are fueling new growth in recreational vehicle sales

(2) www.wsj.com:  The Next Hot Housing Market Starter Homes

The Value of Multi Dimensional Income


One of our micro businesses is raising trout.  What fun1 Last week we stocked the pond for the season.

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One of the golden trout rising on our pond.

Our farm manager and his son drove to Rural Retreat Virgina and the Cedar Creek Fish Hatchery.  They brought back the fish in a large aerated tank.  We dipped them out and eased them into the pond.

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We raise rainbow and brook trout for the market, but add in a few golden trout for decoration.   Normally it takes a day or two for the fish to become active and fed, but the golden trout began jumping and eating right away.  That’s a good sign that these trout will do well.

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I do not expect that this to ever be a big business.  The reasons for having this small business have big implications that might help us all live better.  That’s why I would like to share these ideas with you.

First, this business is fun.  Merri and I like feeding the fish, watching them jump in the pond.  Once in awhile I drag our my fly rod, get the smoker ready or Merri gets the Dutch oven warmed up and we have a trout feast.

The business helps us meet like-minded souls.   We sell our trout at a local butcher shop that’s like a cooperative and  supports about 40 local farms.  Most of the farmers selling through the shop are interested in non-gmo, organic, sustainably raised, humanely harvested food.   We have that common interest so we find that many people we meet really interesting.

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Home page of Rose Mountain Butcher Shop.

This is a Pruppie type business.  Pruppies like businesses that take advantage of modern technology and profit under existing circumstances, but would also be useful if society and the economy, as we know it, falls apart.  In this case I have several hundred pounds of fresh, healthy protein swimming around in our front yard.

Little streams of income lead to a lot.  Having a number of small businesses, that are all fun, can create an income stream that helps improve our lifestyle.  At the least , it turns the activities we choose to have in life from after tax events to tax deductible pleasures.

The sum of the parts can outweigh the whole.  Our small businesses enhance one another.  Writing about life on the farm can attract readers who stay at the cabins we offer on AIRBNB.  The trout pond helps guests enjoy their stay more (and they sometimes buy a big trout).  The trout business introduces me to people who may be interested in our organic oranges or ginseng.  Those who are interested in organic clean food are likely to buy organic BioWash and Purely Green to improve their nutrition.  Each small business we have helps make our other small businesses better.  All of these micro businesses give us good experiences so we have something realistic to write about.

This connection between our small businesses uses a formula I call focus refinement, where the sale and successful delivery  of one product leads to the sale of another, totally different, but somehow related product or service.

There is always something we do not know.  Merri and I try many things.  We have trout in the pond and ginseng growing in numerous patches around. We do not expect these businesses to become substantial, but keep our eyes open and our senses glued to what’s going on.  Our goal in business is to always be spending our greatest effort on the areas of business that are currently trending.

The businesses come naturally.  We do not try to push water uphill.  Both the ginseng and trout thrive at our farm because natural conditions support them here.  We don’t have to do much to support these businesses.  They sprang naturally from our desires and flow easily because trout and ginseng grow well here naturally.  We have no plans to expand these micro businesses, but do watch for circumstances that would  suggest it would be easy, natural and enjoyable to expand anyone of these businesses we have.

This is what happened with our publishing and seminar business in Ecuador.  In the 1980s and early 1990s our publishing seminar business was all about printed matter and international business.  When we decided (for lifestyle reasons) to move to a farm where there was no close printer nor mailing center that met our needs, we shifted to Internet only business and took a holiday in Ecuador.

We saw opportunity in tremendous Ecuador real estate values.  We tried just a little tour.  That worked well and we expanded.  Within a couple of years we had the largest Ecuador real estate tour business going.  When increased competition changed what we had to do in business and more grandchildren (in America and England) changed what we do in life, we moved on.  A micro business, we already had in Florida, started to expand on its own accord so so it was an easy shift.

Over nearly 50 years, our business has changed again and again, but the change has been positive because we follow the directions of our purpose and are continually trying new things.  All research ultimately is based on trial and error.  When we try many things, a lot of them won’t work well.  This is why we like to start small.

When we were in Ecuador our advice was always, visit first, rent second and buy third only after you have a feeling for what’s going on.  This is good advice in all business and in all of life.  Keep doing new interesting things.  Don’t worry if they don’t work out.  Enjoy the process and watch for the activities that seem to unfold easily, enjoyable and naturally.  The easy expansions will be the ones that bring the greatest fulfillment and profit.

Gary

How to Start Anew


Here’s how to begin a new beginning.  Spring is the time when nature brings the world back to life, a time of new beginnings.  Light overtakes darkness.  It is time to plant seeds for growth… like this…

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Spring apron featured at Zazzle.com

If we want a new beginning, a change in direction towards a better life, a rebirth, here’s three steps to kick start the process.

These three tips can make a new beginning possible and are exemplified by a Forbes article “From line cook to CEO of a multi-million dollar opportunity” (1) . This is the story of a start up apron business run by Ellen Bennett.

Ms. Bennett started Hedley & Bennett, an apron company whose designs have been adopted by (some of the best) restaurants in the world.   Here are three steps she used to move this company from an at home business in 2012 that sold its products at a flea market, to a 14,000-square-foot factory in Los Angeles that employs over 40 people.

The article says: “Four years ago, Bennett went from a line cook to the founder and designer of Hedley & Bennett, a custom apron and culinary work wear company based in Los Angeles. Today she has her aprons in Whole Foods and in more than 4,000 restaurants worldwide including celebrity chefs-Martha Stewart, Mario Batali and Alton Brown. Because aprons aren’t just for the kitchen, she has collaborated with SpaceX, Google, Lexus, Delta, Four Seasons and Food & Wine to craft functional aprons for their needs.”

Her first secret is to keep things simple.  Hedley & Bennett uses simple designs, nothing fancy.

Second,  she maintains high quality and keeps the product personal.  The firm uses carefully chosen hardware, customized detailing, reinforced bar tacked pockets and durable fabrics.

Third, she started small and then let the business grow at a natural pace.  Ellen Bennett did not let the need for financing stop her from recreating her life.  She started in her house.  She worked as a cook to pay her bills and sold aprons on the side.  She never got investors.  Hers was a bootstrap operation starting in her living room.  Then she moved into a small 400-square-foot office.  Each year as the business grew and could afford it,  she got a bigger space.

The article quoted Bennett: “I sold at the Hollywood Farmers Market and told people about them everywhere I went.  Since 2012, we’ve grown from a tiny office to a 14,000 sq. ft. apron factory.  We outfit 4,000+ restaurants around the world, including some of my favorite chefs and heroes like Martha Stewart, Nancy Silverton, April Bloomfield, Mario Batali and Alton Brown, to name a few.”

There you have it, a pretty simple formula, start a small, simple, high quality business and let it grow organically.

Here are three last words of wisdom.  These are mantras we repeat continually at our website.  “Do what you love”.  “Go try things”. “Be resilient and embrace change”.   As Ellen Bennett puts it,  “The path in front of you is rarely a straight line.  It’s full of bumps.  Embrace the bumps in the road”.

Gary

(1) www.forbes.com: From line cook to ceo of a multi million dollar opportunity