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Ecuador Silver Opportunities


Silver Opportunities in Ecuador go beyond silver itself.

Silver is beautiful and offers great opportunity as jewelry and other art.  Ecuador Silver artisans do wonderful work at low prices.

Ecuador silver can surely be sold via the internet.

Here is how Ecuadormall.com sells Ecuador silver.

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Yet silver offers other types of opportunity because silver is more than just metal for jewelry.

Here is one example of how one reader of many years, Steve Barwick, markets information on colloidal silver and wrote about our internet course.

This reader was a professional copywriter for many years. He lives far from anywhere also…deep in California ’s desert. One day his copyrighting business introduced him to the healing power of colloidal silver. He was enthused and wanted to sell this product… but found he could not… too many rules too many regulations and a medical establishment that did not want simple health solutions available to the public.

This highlights the power of publishing. Steve felt he could not manufacture and sell colloidal silver… but he could self publish information about how to make and use it. No matter how much big business wanted to stop him, it could not interfere with the freedom of the press.

So for years he marketed this wonderful product until I began writing about the power of internet self publishing. From here, I’ll let this reader tell the story himself.

Here is the unsolicited note he sent:

“Gary ! I really do enjoy getting your emails each morning before I start my day, and when they stop coming, I miss them immediately.

“Over the last few days I’ve been thinking about why I read your emails so frequently, compared to the literally dozens of other email communications I receive from a variety of business and marketing “gurus,” which I mostly skip. If you don’t mind, I’ll take a moment to tell you what I feel sets you apart from the rest of the herd:

“First, your insights into the “small, slow and steady” way of doing business act as a much needed check on my tendency to take on too much work in the course of my business day and wear myself out. Reading your emails the first thing in the mornings always seems to help keep me focused and well-grounded.

“The other “gurus” are always talking about going “big, big, big” and shooting for the moon. And I must admit, there is a part of me that wants to run a business empire. But every time I fall into that trap I pay a hefty price for it, physically, emotionally and financially. I am a walking testament to the business truths you have taught over and over again; I always do best in my business by staying as lean as possible, and staying focused and relaxed by working on what I love the most.

“Secondly, the always friendly and personal nature of your emails are a very welcome respite from the often manipulative and insincere nature of the email communications I am bombarded with from other “gurus.” I love getting emails that feel like they are coming from a good friend who always has an eye out for opportunities I might be interested in. I can’t stand getting emails from people who come on like sideshow con artists and carney barkers.

“Third, your emails always tend to reflect your positive and uplifting spirit, and serve as reminders for me to keep a cheerful and positive outlook at all times, even during the most challenging of business days. I don’t always succeed at this. But it always gives me something to shoot for. To paraphrase Jack Nicholson in “As Good as it Gets,” your daily emails make me want to be a better person, both in my business and personal life.

“Finally, my wife and I usually sit down at the end of each business day and briefly review the events of the day with each other. We mostly discuss anything new we’ve learned, and better ways of getting important tasks accomplished. And as she will tell you, many have been the times that the conversation has started off with the phrase, “Today, Gary Scott said…” I don’t tell you that to flatter you. It’s just the way it is. I don’t always agree with everything you say. But I do learn from everything you say.

“By the way, I really must tell you one more thing that has me really excited. I want you to know about it, because you played a prominent role in helping me get over a huge hurdle that has, as a direct result, increased our company business by well over $100,000 a year.

“As you know, I’m an old direct mail hand from way back. So I focus the vast majority of my attention on marketing my company’s products through direct mail marketing, much as you used to. And over the years Kathy and I have done really well at it. We’ve made a very good living. Our house and property are paid for. We have nice cars. Some decent investments. Plenty of money in the bank. Etc. But as I’ve read more and more of your emails on internet marketing, it has inspired me to dedicate a little bit more time to our main web site, rather than focusing so exclusively on direct mail.

“Our main web site (the one that features our colloidal silver generators and nutritional supplements) was a real mess and only did about $1,200 worth of sales a month. All my focus was on all of the money we were making through our direct mail sales campaigns. But as I read your emails about how you and Merri made the shift from direct mail marketing to internet marketing, the idea of making the web site work better kept nagging at me.

“So earlier this year I attended a few local (and very expensive) seminars on internet marketing, and made some dramatic changes to the web site based upon what I’d learned. After much work (i.e., new photos, new design, new sales copy, new shopping cart, and some experimentation with Yahoo pay-per-click) that took many months worth of hard work and many thousands of dollars more to complete, I managed to triple the income the web site was generating. Big deal. The end result was that we went from $1,200/month to $3,600/month in sales, which was pretty weenie compared to what I had expected.

“I was disappointed. But I kept coming back to your emails which discussed the importance of telling a story, and developing a relationship with your customers. Something in what you were saying rang true. But you know me: I’m a hardcore salesman from the old days, who believes in going straight for the sale. None of this “storytelling” and “relationship” stuff for me. In short, I was very reluctant to change what has always worked so well for me for the past 27 years of my direct mail marketing career.

“To make a long story short, my disappointment in the results from my web site changes forced me to analyze what went wrong. Your words about this being the “era of the story” kept reverberating in my mind. I finally broke down and wrote what I called a “folksy” story about how Kathy and I first found out about colloidal silver, and how we got into the colloidal silver generator business. I took the advice you so often give in your emails on internet marketing, and tried to write our story specifically from the point of view of helping potential customers learn and benefit from our experiences, rather than trying to sell them anything. In fact, I eliminated from the story all efforts at selling any products whatsoever, and just wrote to educate and inform the reader.

“I have to admit, when the story was finished I just couldn’t bring myself to post it to the web site. It was just too far off course from what has always worked for me in the past, in terms of sales and marketing. I’ve always been a hard-core “wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am” sales writer, as you well know.

“But I kept coming back to your emails on using storytelling to develop an ongoing relationship with your customers. And finally it dawned on me that one of the most delightful things that always keeps me eager to read your emails each day, and visit your web site from time to time, and try your products when they strike my fancy or suit my needs, is the endearing stories you tell about your work, your business history, your personal experiences, and the experiences of the people you have either worked with in the past or have surrounded yourself with in the present.

“So I decided to give it a try. I took our home page – which was a hard-sell, straight-for-the-jugular sales pitch — and made it page number two of the web site, instead. And in its place I put up our “folksy” story as the new home page. Then I held my breath. I really thought web site sales would plummet. After all, making this change meant our entire home page would sell…absolutely nothing. It just told our story. For the life of me, I couldn’t imagine that anyone searching on the internet to buy a colloidal silver generator would want to stop and read our story first.

“Well…it’s now been three months since replacing our “hard-sell” home page with our “folksy story” home page, and here’s the good news: That one simple change has nearly tripled our internet sales. I’m not kidding you, Gary. We are now doing on average $8,000 a month in internet sales alone! In November, we did a whopping $12,163.55 in gross sales through the web site. That’s $145,962.60 in gross product sales, on an annualized basis. Now those are some numbers that really get me excited!

“What’s more, the web site stats show that replacing the former “hard sell” home page with our new “folksy story” home page increased our web site stickiness (i.e., the amount of time people spend on our site) by a factor of ten. People spend far more time on the web site now that our “folksy story” is our home page. And the stats demonstrate that they are actually visiting more of the other pages on our web site than ever before.

“Thanks to you, we have dramatically increased our online sales, with no extra effort other than simply telling our story.

“By the way, in order to keep in touch with our new online customers, we will soon launch a daily email service alerting them to the latest research and information on staying healthy and well with colloidal silver and the various nutritional supplements we carry. We hope we can engender through our emails the same kind of supportive, educational and enlightening atmosphere you’ve been able to engender for your readers, through your daily emails.

“Regards always, Steve Barwick, TheSilverEdge.com”

Reading Steve’s note was gratifying to say the least, but it also stressed three important facts about business today.

Point #1: The internet can dramatically boost your income with minimal investment in time cost and expense.

Plus Steve shared here one really smart way to get exposure for your website. Send a positive note to editors of other publications and when you sign it, be sure to put your web site address at the bottom. Smart move Steve! He has a powerful product that anyone who is interested in health beyond the MD should know.

Point #2: Self publishing is a powerful way to use the internet and can be enormously profitable. Steve is adding income at a rate of an extra $12,000 a month. Yet as he incorporates ideas we give him, he may reach higher and higher sales levels. Our internet sales alone yesterday were $13,240…in one day. Yet we have no full time staff and few overheads as we run this business from a bedroom in our house.

Point #3: A big part of the world has become disgusted with the dishonest hidden agendas of big business. If you have a small business providing a good service that you love giving…and just tell it like it really is…the world will beat a path to your door. Not the whole world perhaps but a world that’s plenty big enough to bring you enormous wealth and self fulfillment!

You can see how Steve sells colloidal silver here.

Learn how to sell Ecuador silver via the internet with our course “Tangled Web – How to Have an Internet Business.”

Gary

December 6-8 Blane Watson’s Beyond Logic & Shamanic Tour

December 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

December 11-13 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

2010

Jan.   8-11     Ecuador Export Tour ($499) Couple $749
Jan. 13-14     Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Jan. 16-17     Coastal Real Estate Tour
Jan. 19-20    Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour
Jan. 22-23    Cuenca Real Estate Tour

See the best Ecuador property for you.  Find the best real estate offers.  Know more of Ecuador. To help you experience a bigger adventure in this wonderful nation, to broaden your horizons, to expand your awareness of all Ecuador offers, we are providing deep discounts in 2010 for those who sign up for multiple tours.

In 2010 you can save  to $359 on 2 seminar courses & tours   $  998 Couple  $1,399
Save up to $698. 3 seminar courses & tours      $1,399 Couple  $1,799
Save up to $1,047. 4 seminar courses & tours   $1,699 Couple  $2,199
Save up to $1,599. 5 seminar courses & tours   $1,999 Couple  $2,599

Early Bird Extra Savings. All delegates who enroll for a December 2009 or January through March 2010 course during this month, November 2009 save up to $200 more.

Save up to $200 more. 2 seminar courses & tours $  949 Couple    $1,199
Save up to $200 more. 3 seminar courses & tours   $1199  Couple   $1,749
Save up to $300 more. 4 seminar courses & tours   $1,399 Couple  $2,149
Save up to $400 more. 5 seminar courses & tours   $1,599 Couple  $2,499

2010 will be a truly exciting year in Ecuador…. more tours in more places. For the first time it is possible to get a feel for all of Ecuador in one continuous tour.

December 6-8 Blaine Watson’s  Beyond Logic & Shamanic Tour

December 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

December 11-13 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Attend all three and save up to $698. 3 seminar courses & tours   $1,199 Couple  $1,749

2010

Jan.   8-11     Ecuador Export Tour ($499) Couple $749
Jan. 13-14     Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Jan. 16-17     Coastal Real Estate Tour
Jan. 19-20    Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour
Jan. 22-23    Cuenca Real Estate Tour

Feb. 11-14   Quantum Wealth Florida -International Investing & Internet Business, Mt. Dora, Florida ($749) Couple $999
Feb. 15-16   Travel to Quito and Andes
Feb  17-18   Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Feb. 20-21  Coastal Real Estate Tour
Feb. 23-24  Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour
Feb. 26-27  Cuenca Real Estate Tour

Mar. 11-14     Super Thinking + Spanish Course, Mt. Dora, Florida ($749) Couple $999
Mar. 15-16    Travel to Quito and Andes
Mar. 17-18     Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Mar. 19-20    Cotacachi Shamanic Tour
Mar. 22-23    Coastal Real Estate Tour
Mar. 25-26    Cuenca Real Estate Tour

Save with our early bird multi tour discounts.

(Be sure to show in the comments section which courses and tours you are attending)

Save up to $359.     2 seminar courses & tours    $949 Couple  $1,399

Save up to $698.     3 seminar courses & tours   $1,199 Couple  $1,749

Save up to $1,047.  4 seminar courses & tours   $1,399 Couple $2,149

Save up to $1,599.  5 seminar courses & tours   $1,599 Couple $2,499


Silver Business in Ecuador


A great way to retire early or fight inflation is with a silver business in Ecuador.

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Yesterday’s message part one of this Silver Update reviewed thoughts on silver investments.

Silver may or may not be the best investment… but a business in silver can be a great idea.

Your silver business does not have to be just in Ecuador… or in Ecuador at all.

Your silver business can be as simple as being a silver collector.   If you like coins, bars, history and collecting you can enjoy a business that is part  hobby. This can create serious investment potential (if you become good and know what and how to buy).   There are many delightful coins to collect and, over time, you are likely to improve your asset holding in silver more than if you are buying bullion.  Few investments have risen as much as good collections whether they be of coins, wines, art or cars.

Manufacturing or importing silver products is another way of investing in silver that can be profitable.   This is one of the Ecuador silver products our Ecuador export delegates see Ecuador silver and gold crafts like this on our Ecuador export tours.

This is a business where your inventory will appreciate when silver prices rise… but prices rarely drop when silver prices fall.

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More Ecuador gold & silver art.

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Many of our Ecuador export tour delegates look at…

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silver products on their tours.

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Yesterday’s message focused on the fact that silver investments do not look like the best inflation hedge. Personally,  I choose gold. 

However for those who feel at any time that silver is under priced… or who just like silver, this is a commodity that has sudden price surges (as well as drops).   With silver, good speculators can do well.

Silver has great beauty and attraction so if your love affair is with silver… turn your passion into profit  and consider a business in silver… collecting, manufacturing or importing of silver.  Then whenever silver prices rise, the value of your stock in trade grows.

Learn how to sell Ecuador silver via the internet with our course “Tangled Web – How to Have an Internet Business.”

Gary

December 6-8 Blane Watson’s Beyond Logic & Shamanic Tour

December 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

December 11-13 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

2010

Jan.   8-11     Ecuador Export Tour ($499) Couple $749
Jan. 13-14     Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Jan. 16-17     Coastal Real Estate Tour
Jan. 19-20    Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour
Jan. 22-23    Cuenca Real Estate Tour

See the best Ecuador property for you.  Find the best real estate offers.  Know more of Ecuador. To help you experience a bigger adventure in this wonderful nation, to broaden your horizons, to expand your awareness of all Ecuador offers, we are providing deep discounts in 2010 for those who sign up for multiple tours.

In 2010 you can save  to $359 on 2 seminar courses & tours   $  998 Couple  $1,399
Save up to $698. 3 seminar courses & tours      $1,399 Couple  $1,799
Save up to $1,047. 4 seminar courses & tours   $1,699 Couple  $2,199
Save up to $1,599. 5 seminar courses & tours   $1,999 Couple  $2,599

Early Bird Extra Savings. All delegates who enroll for a December 2009 or January through March 2010 course during this month, November 2009 save up to $200 more.

Save up to $200 more. 2 seminar courses & tours $  949 Couple    $1,199
Save up to $200 more. 3 seminar courses & tours   $1199  Couple   $1,749
Save up to $300 more. 4 seminar courses & tours   $1,399 Couple  $2,149
Save up to $400 more. 5 seminar courses & tours   $1,599 Couple  $2,499

2010 will be a truly exciting year in Ecuador…. more tours in more places. For the first time it is possible to get a feel for all of Ecuador in one continuous tour.

December 6-8 Blaine Watson’s  Beyond Logic & Shamanic Tour

December 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

December 11-13 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Attend all three and save up to $698. 3 seminar courses & tours   $1,199 Couple  $1,749

2010

Jan.   8-11     Ecuador Export Tour ($499) Couple $749
Jan. 13-14     Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Jan. 16-17     Coastal Real Estate Tour
Jan. 19-20    Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour
Jan. 22-23    Cuenca Real Estate Tour

Feb. 11-14   Quantum Wealth Florida -International Investing & Internet Business, Mt. Dora, Florida ($749) Couple $999
Feb. 15-16   Travel to Quito and Andes
Feb  17-18   Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Feb. 20-21  Coastal Real Estate Tour
Feb. 23-24  Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour
Feb. 26-27  Cuenca Real Estate Tour

Mar. 11-14     Super Thinking + Spanish Course, Mt. Dora, Florida ($749) Couple $999
Mar. 15-16    Travel to Quito and Andes
Mar. 17-18     Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Mar. 19-20    Cotacachi Shamanic Tour
Mar. 22-23    Coastal Real Estate Tour
Mar. 25-26    Cuenca Real Estate Tour

Save with our early bird multi tour discounts.

(Be sure to show in the comments section which courses and tours you are attending)

Save up to $359.     2 seminar courses & tours    $949 Couple  $1,399

Save up to $698.     3 seminar courses & tours   $1,199 Couple  $1,749

Save up to $1,047.  4 seminar courses & tours   $1,399 Couple $2,149

Save up to $1,599.  5 seminar courses & tours   $1,599 Couple $2,499

Ecuador & Internet Businesses


Ecuador is a great place to operate an internet business.

Having an internet business that lets you go anywhere… in places like this… gives great satisfaction.

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Merri and I just completed our June Shamanic Mingo Tour.   This excerpt from the latest shamanic health report I am preparing for our Ecuador Living subscribers outlines part of the tour that included a trek into this valley.

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Our delegates who joined us…

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and old…

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to hike…

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into a deep canyon where…

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there are springs… rivers…

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and a grotto filled with…

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healing waters.  We hiked in to this tiny valley…

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Everyone helped everyone else…

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on the climb down.

Don Julio, a yatchak talked of the keys to good health…

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good nutrition… proper exercise and good sleep.  Then…

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many of the delegates…

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The trek was enjoyed by all… the delegates…

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the young ones…

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even our mascot from the village seemed to enjoy the trek.

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You can read the entire report as an Ecuador Living subscriber.

This was an extremely fulfilling tour for Merri, me and our delegates.

The recent, global economic transformation means that the way we work, live and earn will next be the same.  The new era ahead will destroy the financial security of many,  yet bring great opportunity to a few… who adapt and learn how to earn in the new era.

We are enjoying a quantum shift and the way we work, live, invest and do business will never be as before. Many who had not planned to keep working will have to have a way to enhance their pension.  Many will need new sources of income.

One of the great things about this shift is it gives everyone the opportunity to have a business they love, as Merri and I do with these tours.

With an internet business you can do just about anything… anywhere!

Our internet business makes tours like this shamanic adventure possible… bringing dozens of like minded souls from around the world to share this wisdom of the ancients.

The greatest asset we can have in the new era is an ability to serve… to produce a product or service that adapts to the changing ways.  An internet business lets us do this.

A recent special report in Time magazine entitled “The Way We’ll Work” explained this financial dilemma in this way:

Ten years ago, Facebook didn’t exist. Ten years before that, we didn’t have the Web.  So who knows what jobs will be born a decade from now? Though unemployment is at a 25‑year high, work will eventually return. But it won’t look the same. No one is going to pay you just to show up. We will see a more flexible, more freelance, more collaborative and far less secure work world. It will be run by a generation with new values — and women will increasingly be at the controls.

These words could not be more true.  They mean disaster for many who plan to live in the old ways. These words spell great opportunity for those who adapt and enjoy the new ways to earn and live.

Take Merri’s and my business as an example. We are both past retirement age yet continue to see our business and income grow and evolve… in truly fun and satisfying ways.   We have a business that works in Cotacachi, a small Andean village, in Florida, our home and in the Blue Ridge of North Carolina or summer place. Our business can help us earn anywhere we choose in the world.

Our website began eleven years ago as an adjunct to our print business. Today we don’t sell a single scrap of paper.

This is all possible because we have a web based business and we would like to share how you can have freedom, fulfillment and extra income with your own internet business too.

You can learn how to have your own web business from our eMailed Web Business Course… The Tangled Webs We Weave. Enroll here $299

This problem of being able to earn and enjoy the process in the new era is so acute and the importance of having more people do what they love so vital that we created this course…on how to develop your own international internet business.

Years ago, Merri and I  had 23,000 print readers… micro sized in publishing terms… but very, very profitable for us.  We made millions from this business.

Yet we saw this rapidly changing economy coming… and had learned that small is beautiful.

We decided to become even smaller… but wealthier and happier!

Money had stopped mattering as much, our children were grown, finished with university, we sold our print business and took a year off… lived with a shaman high in the Andes.

Then we morphed into an internet only business.  Our readership began small, with  about 1,600 email readers in 1998.  We expected to slow down and smell the roses more.

We even bought an isolated hacienda high in the Andes called Rosaspamba (Place of Roses).

Here we are playing around building a hut at the Hacienda.

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As crazy as it seems, we could actually run a business with this small readership and make a profit because our readers are so wonderfully responsive.

Why?  How?

This is what the new course I am creating will teach you….how to have a small, safe, profitable global internet business by creating wonderfully response, fun to be with, like-minded customers.

How small?

Today, our business remains micro sized but we have grown from 1,600 readers to four  main subscription lists consisting of 16,234 subscribers.

How safe?

The downturn of 2008 has not slowed us a bit.   In fact we  are growing faster, in number of subscribers and income, than ever.   December 2008 was our busiest month on the internet ever…by about 50%.  Then in the six months of 2009 rose even more!

This is all at  a time when many say the world is economically depressed. Yet our sales are way up and growing almost every month.

How profitable?

Our list and sales are still tiny compared to many of our competitors and associates who make millions a month.   We make tens of thousands of dollars…sometimes hundreds of thousands each month… way more than our cost of living and we earn it in fun ways… traveling, writing… meeting interesting people.

Here I am at a recent seminar in Naples, Florida speaking, with a panel of economic excerpts from around the world, to 115 people mostly who came from our internet business.

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Here are the delegates.

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We enjoyed walking the Florida beach, talking to these wonderful people and basking in the sun.. yet were paid in two days more than most people make in a month.

Yet we have been able to add this extra income with a surprisingly small amount of added overheads.  This works perfectly for Merri and me…a fun sized readership. In our opinion, this should be the key in business… satisfaction… fulfillment and fun…through service along with the profit.

Yet, profits do matter. Almost every month our internet sales have been rising. In 2007, 2008 and into 2009 they have risen every month on month  and created a new record for web based sales for us.

These internet sales alone have given us the freedom to live in an isolated Blue Ridge farm during summers and in Florida and Ecuador the rest of the year…yet still earn many tens of thousands of extra dollars a month.

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Merri and I walk to our Blue Ridge office to speak with a group about how to have an internet business.

Now you can learn everything I do to create this extra income and have fun and fulfillment in a micro publishing business.

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Merri and I work during the winter in the sunny courtyard at the Cotacachi Andean hotel we own and keep profitable due to our internet business.

The syllabus of this course will help you learn how to find something that is fun, fulfilling and profitable for you to do.

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We often take breaks and visit our Ecuador beach condo, where I can still work because my internet business keeps me earning wherever I am in the world.

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In the summer I can even work in the woods with our hound dog, Ma.

Our growing income is one reason I want to share this course with you.

The economic downturn of 2008 means that more of my readers will need a new way to earn in the years ahead so my webmaster who helped me start this site has agreed to co-write the course with me.

In the course Merri and I explain what we do in the business.  The writing…the marketing…the product planning and such.

Our webmaster outlines the technical part. How to chose a server…set up a shopping cart…create pay per click systems…send thousands of emails a day.

The course comes is composed of three studies.

Study one of the course is a course in its own right entitled International Business Made EZ

Study two is the course Self Fulfilled How to be a Self Publisher

Study three is “The Tangled Webs We Weave” and looks at all the technical aspects of developing a web based business including:

* How to set up the website.

* How to use shopping carts.

* How to create pages.

* How to develop reader lists.

* How to create electronic products and income.

* How to get good search engine rankings. (See an excerpt on this here).

* How to gain tax advantages from an International web based business.

* How to stay small and yet create big profits.

Though we like to remain small, this does not mean all of our students will.  Our webmaster started with us first but since has grown to be the chief internet consultant for several much larger internet marketing companies that send over a billion emails a year!

This course entitled “Tangled Webs We Weave – How to Have Your Own Internet Business” is available at $299.

This is a bargain. Merri and I have been traveling and doing international business for 41 years. We have had a web based business for over ten years. You can share everything we have learned for just $299.

Plus we provide our standard full guarantee. Enroll.  Try the course for 30 days. If not satisfied we’ll give you an immediate, full… no fuss refund.

Enroll here $299

To enroll in three courses click here.   I will automatically send you the free Tangled Web course when you enroll.

Micro Exports Sales Idea


A successful Micro export business requires good sales ideas.

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Many woven products are exported from Ecuador.

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Ecuador exports in woven llama wool.

There are so many wonderful products you can export from Ecuador.

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Ecuador exports in paintings on sheepskin.

Exporting products from Ecuador is only half the job. You then have to sell them.

ecuador-exportsEcuador exports in musical instruments.

Many people use an internet sales approach and we offer a course to help our readers start their own web business. This freedom not only makes life more enjoyable but also reduces the cost of living.

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Ecuador exports in miniatures made from bread dough.

This is why we are sharing a free course on how to create your own website without a webmaster written by Michelle Toole.   See the 35th lesson in Michelle’s course below.

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Ecuador exports in crafts.

Build Your “Brand of One”   by Michelle Toole

So you want to build a web site but are a little apprehensive about writing……?

Boy, do I ever understand!  But the key is simple, just be YOU!  There is nobody else out there that has your unique voice, style or expertise.

The goal of good writing is to COMMUNICATE… to build relationships with your audience.

Do you realize that all day long, in your “OFFline life,” you do exactly that?  You PREsell yourself. You build your personal “offline brand of one.” This is the image that people have of you. Building a “brand of one” is just as easy to do ONline, and just as important, through your writing.

Relax. There is no mystery to good writing. No secret society. No smoke and mirrors.

You can write to PREsell! No genetic talent required! It’s just a matter of unlocking what’s already inside YOU.

On the Net, effective PREselling creates a warm, “open-to-buy” mindset in your target group and gets that important click-through to your monetization source, which is just another way of saying you make money! And PREsold visitors are much easier to convert into customers.

Successful PREselling content “works” at several levels…

1) It has that “been there – done that” voice and flair.

2) It has specific knowledge that comes from real experience.

3) It is supported by a depth of useful information — good reference material plays an important part.

4) It is spun or positioned in a way that is uniquely yours. Furthermore, it is consistent, from page to page, from e-zine issue to issue, from week to month to year. And finally, it is for the customer, absolutely.

Keep in mind that when I say “spun” I simply mean “how you present yourself”.

This doesn’t imply that you are manipulating or twisting your words, it is about presentation.  That is why it is so important to “keep it real”, over deliver on your content and give your readers what they want.  They can be manipulated and “sold” a bill of goods anywhere else, instead, surprise them by giving them what they are looking for. You will be quite pleased with the results.

Need a little help? Take some time to read Make Your Content PREsell!(http://mycps.sitesell-sbi.com).

It provides all the guidance and strategies you need to create winning content… relevant, information-packed content pages that make your business stand out from the crowd and open your visitors’ minds to your monetization offerings……oh, yeah, and it’s free!

Always build a web site with your unique voice and expertise.  On the other hand, there may be a point that outsourcing your articles makes sense…..time is usually the reason someone would outsource their articles…. But, keep in mind this is only after you have an established web site that has developed your unique “brand of one.”

I have outsourced some of the more technical, which just means boring articles to a company that Site Build It recommends and I have been very pleased with the results.  But the key is to weave a bit of your voice into every article regardless of outsourcing or not!

Bottom Line… Building a “brand of one” is essential to creating a successful on-line or, for that matter, off-line business! Follow your passion; speak from your experience and keep it real….and you won’t go wrong.

Look for my future articles and tips where we discuss monetization options, search engine optimization, incoming links, additional e-zine techniques, link exchange programs and much more.

You can check out Michelle’s web site at http://healthy-holistic-living.com. To get more great tips, like the ones above and to see how and what tools she used to create a successful on-line business go to http://sitesell-sbi.com

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Ecuador exports in wood crafts.

Gary

How We Can Serve You

How to Have Real Safety

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There are only three reasons why we should invest.  We invest for income.  We invest to resell our investments for more than we had invested.  We invest to make our world a better place.

We should not invest for fun, excitement or to get rich quick, or in a panic due to market corrections.

This is why the core Pi model portfolio (that forms the bulk of my own equity portfolio) consists of 19 shares and this position has not changed in over two years.  During these two years we have been steadily accumulating the same 19 shares and have not traded once.

The portfolio has done well in 2017, up 22.6%, better than the DJI Index.

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However one or even two year’s performance is not enough data to create a safe strategy.

The good value portfolio above is based entirely on good value financial information and mathematically based safety programs developed around models that date back 91 and 24 years.

The Pifolio is a theoretical portfolio of MSCI Country Benchmark Index ETFs that cover all the good value markets developed combining my 50 years of investing experience with study of the mathematical market value analysis of Keppler Asset Management and the mathematical trend analysis of Tradestops.com.

In my opinion, Keppler is one of the best market statisticians in the world.  Numerous very large fund managers, such as State Street Global Advisers, use his analysis to manage over $2.5 billion of funds.

The Pifolio analysis begins with Keppler who continually researches international major stock markets and compares their value based on current book to price, cash flow to price, earnings to price, average dividend yield, return on equity and cash flow return.  He compares each major stock market’s history.

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Michael Kepler CEO Keppler Asset Management.

Michael is a brilliant mathematician.  We have tracked his analysis for over 20 years.   He continually researches international major stock markets and compares their value based on current book to price, cash flow to price, earnings to price, average dividend yield, return on equity and cash flow return.  He compares each stock market’s history.  From this, he develops his Good Value Stock Market Strategy and rates each market as a Buy, Neutral or Sell market.  His analysis is rational, mathematical and does not cause worry about short term ups and downs.  Keppler’s strategy is to diversify into an equally weighted portfolio of the MSCI Indices of each BUY market.

This is an easy, simple and effective approach to zeroing in on value because little time, management and guesswork is required.  You are investing in a diversified portfolio of good value indices.

A BUY rating for an index does NOT imply that any stock in that country is an attractive investment, so you do not have to spend hours of research aimed at picking specific shares.  It is not appropriate or enough to instruct a stockbroker to simply select stocks in the BUY rated countries.  Investing in the index is like investing in all the shares in the index.  You save time because all you have to do is invest in the ETF to gain the profit potential of the entire market.

To achieve this goal of diversification the Pifolio consists of Country Index ETFs.

Country Index ETFs are similar to an index mutual fund but are shares normally traded on a major stock exchange that tracks an index of shares in a specific country.  ETFs do not try to beat the index they represent.  The management is passive and tries to emulate the performance of the index.

A country ETF provides diversification into a basket of equities in the country covered.  The expense ratios for most ETFs are lower than those of the average mutual fund as well so such ETFs provide diversification and cost efficiency.

Here is the Pifolio I personally use.

70% is diversified into Keppler’s good value (BUY rated) developed markets: Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Norway, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

30% of the Pifolio is invested in Keppler’s good value (BUY rated) emerging markets: Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, the Czech Republic, South Korea, Malaysia and Taiwan.

The Pifolio consists of iShares ETFs that invested in each of the MSCI indicies of the good value BUY markets.

For example, the iShares MSCI Australia (symbol EWA) is a Country Index ETF that tracks the investment results the Morgan Stanley Capital Index MSCI Australia Index which is composed mainly of large cap and small cap stocks traded primarily on the Australian Stock Exchange mainly of companies in consumer staples, financials and materials. This ETF is non-diversified outside of Australia.

iShares is owned by Black Rock, Inc. the world’s largest asset manager with over $4 trillion in assets under management.

Pi uses math to reveal the best value markets then protects its positions using more math created by Richard Smith founder and CEO of Tradestops.com to track each share’s trend.

We use Smith’s  algorithms that calculate momentum of the good value markets.

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The Stock State Indicators at Tradestops.com act as a full life-cycle measure that indicates the health of each stock. They are designed to tell you at a glance exactly where any stock stands relative to Dr. Smith’s proprietary algorithms.

Kepppler’s analysis shows the value of markets.  The SSI signal indicates the current trend of each stock (performing well, or in a period of correction, or stopped out).

The SSI tells you one of five things:

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Akey component of the Stock State Indicator (SSI) system is momentum based on the latest 521 days of trading.  A stock changes from red to green in the SSI system only after it has already gone up a healthy amount and has started a solid uptrend.

How SSI Alerts Are Triggered

If the position has already moved more than its Volatility Quotient below a recent high, the SSI Stop Loss will trigger.  This is an indicator that the position has corrected more than what is normal for this stock.  It means to take caution.

Below is an example of how SSIs work.  This example shows the Developed Market Pifolio that we track at Tradestops.com.

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Equal Weight Good Value Developed Market Pifolio.

At the time this example was copied, all the ETFs in the Developed Market Pifolio (above) currently had a green SSI.

We do not know when the US market will fall.  We only do know that it will.  We also do not know if, when the US market corrects, global markets will follow or rise instead.

The fact that the Pifilios are invested in good value markets reduces long term risk.

Additional protection is added by using trailing stops based on the 521 day momentum of each stock in the Pifolio.

Take for example the graph below from our Tradestops account that shows the iShares MSCI United Kingdom ETF.  This ETF had a green SSI and a Volatility Index (VQ) of 13.26%.  This means the share can move 13.26% before there is a trend shift.

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iShares MSCI United Kingdom ETF (Symbol EWU)

Pi purchased the share at$31.26 and in this example the share was $34.43 and rising.  Tradestop’s algorithms suggested that if the price drops to $31.69 its momentum would have stopped and it would have shifted into trading sideways.   The stop loss price is currently $29.86.  If EWU continues to rise, both the yellow warning and the stop loss price will rise as well.

When the US stock market bull ends, know one knows for sure how long or how severe the correction will be.

When the bear arrives, what will happen to global and especially good value markets?

No  one knows the answer to this question.

What we do know is that the equally weighted, good value market Pifolios have the greatest potential long term and that math based trailing stops can be used to protect against a secular global stock market correction when it comes.

My fifty years of global investing experience helps take advantage of numerous long term cycles that are part of the universal math that affects all investments.

What you get when you subscribe to Pi.

You immediately receive a 120 page basic training course that teaches the Pi Strategy.   You learn all the Pi strategies, what they are, how to use them and what each can do for you, your lifestyle and investing.

You also begin receiving regular emailed Pifiolio updates and online access to all the Pifolio updates of the last two years.  Each update examines the current activity in a Pifolio, how it is changing, why and how the changes might help your investing or not.

Included in the basic training is an additional 120 page PDF value analysis of 46 stock markets (23 developed markets and 23 emerging stock markets).  This analysis looks at the price to book, price to earnings, average yield and much more.

You also receive two special reports.

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!

I did well then, but always thought, “I should have invested more!”  Now those circumstances have come together and I am investing in them again.

The circumstances that created fortunes 30 years ago were an overvalued US market (compared to global markets) and an overvalued US dollar.  The two conditions are in place again!

30 years ago, the US 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 have 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 in this special offer, you receive the report, “Three Currency Patterns for 50% Profits or More” FREE when you subscribe to Pi.

Plus get the $39.95 report “The Platinum Dip 2018” free.

With investors watching global stock markets bounce up and down, many missed two really important profit generating events over the last two years.  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, compared to a ratio of 230 only two years before.

In September 2015, I prepared a special report “Silver Dip 2015” about a silver speculation, leveraged with a British pound loan, that could increase the returns in a safe portfolio by as much as eight times.  The tactics described in that report generated 62.48% profit in just nine months.

I have updated this report and added how to use the Dip Strategy with platinum.   The “Platinum Dip 2018” report shares the latest in a series of long term lessons gained through 40 years of speculating and investing in precious metals.  I released the 2015 report, when the gold silver ratio slipped to 80.  The ratio has corrected and that profit has been taken and now a new precious metals dip has emerged.

I have prepared a new special report “Platinum Dip 2018” about a leveraged speculation that can increase the returns in a safe portfolio by as much as eight times.

You also learn from the Value Investing Seminar, our premier course, that we have been conducting for over 30 years.  Tens of thousands of delegates have paid up to $999 to attend.  Now you can join the seminar online FREE in this special offer.

This three day course is available in sessions that are 10 to 20 minutes long for easy, convenient learning.   You can listen to each session any time and as often as you desire.

The sooner you hear what I have to say about current markets, the better you’ll be able to cash in on perhaps the best investing opportunity since 1982.

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Tens of thousands have paid up to $999 to attend.

In 2018 I celebrate my 52nd anniversary in the investing business and 50th year of writing about global investing.  Our reports and seminars have helped readers have better lives, with less stress yet make fortunes during up and down markets for decades.  This information is invaluable to investors large and small because even small amounts can easily be invested in the good value shares we cover in our seminar.

Stock and currency markets are cyclical.  These cycles create extra profit for value investors who invest when everyone else has the markets wrong.  One special seminar session looks at how to spot value from cycles.  Stocks rise from the cycle of war, productivity and demographics.  Cycles create recurring profits.  Economies and stock markets cycle up and down around every 15 to 20 years as shown in this graph.

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The effect of war cycles on the US Stock Market since 1906.

Bull and bear cycles are based on cycles of human interaction, war, technology and productivity.  Economic downturns can create war.

The chart above shows the war – stock market cycle.  Military struggles (like the Civil War, WWI, WWII and the Cold War: WW III) super charge inventiveness that creates new forms of productivity…the steam engine, the internal combustion engine,  production line processes, jet engines, TV, farming techniques, plastics, telephone, computer and lastly during the Cold War, the internet.  The military technology shifts to domestic use.  A boom is created that leads to excess.  Excess leads to correction. Correction creates an economic downturn and again to war.

Details in the online seminar include:

* How to easily buy global currencies, shares and bonds.

* Trading down and the benefits of investing in real estate in Small Town USA.  We will share why this breakout value is special and why we have been recommending good value real estate in this area since 2009.

* What’s up with gold and silver?  One session looks at my current position on gold and silver and asset protection.  We review the state of the precious metal markets and potential problems ahead for US dollars.  Learn how low interest rates eliminate  opportunity costs of diversification in precious metals and foreign currencies.

* How to improve safety and increase profit with leverage and staying power.  The seminar reveals Warren Buffett’s value investing strategy from research published at Yale University’s website.  This research shows that the stocks Buffet chooses are safe (with low beta and low volatility), cheap (value stocks with low price-to-book ratios), and high quality (stocks of companies that are profitable, stable, growing, and with high payout ratios). His big, extra profits come from leverage and staying power.  At times Buffet’s portfolio, as all value portfolios, has fallen, but he has been willing and able to wait long periods for the value to reveal itself and prices to recover.

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This chart based on a 45 year portfolio study shows that holding a diversified good value portfolio (based on a  good value strategy) for 13 month’s time, increases the probability of out performance to 70%.  However those who can hold the portfolio for five years gain a 88% probability of beating the bellwether in the market and after ten years the probability increases to 97.5%.

Time is your friend when you use a good value strategy.  The longer you can hold onto a well balanced good value portfolio, the better the odds of outstanding success.

Learn how much leverage to use.  Leverage is like medicine, the key is dose.  The best ratio is normally 1.6 to 1.  We’ll sum up the strategy; how to leverage cheap, safe, quality stocks and for what period of time based on the times and each individual’s circumstances.

Learn to plan in a way so you never run out of money.  The seminar also has a session on the importance of having and sticking to a plan.  See how success is dependent on conviction, wherewithal, and skill to operate with leverage and significant risk.  Learn a three point strategy based on my 50 years of investing experience combined with wisdom gained from some of the world’s best investment managers and economic mathematical scientists.

The online seminar also reveals  the results of a $80,000 share purchase cost test that found the least expensive way to invest in good value.  The keys to this portfolio are good value, low cost, minimal fuss and bother.  Plus a great savings of time.  Trading is minimal, usually not more than one or two shares are bought or sold in a year.  I wanted to find the very least expensive way to create and hold this portfolio so I performed this test.

I have good news about the cost of the seminar as well.   For almost three decades the seminar fee has been $799 for one or $999 for a couple. Tens of thousands paid this price, but online the seminar is $297.

In this special offer, you can get this online seminar FREE when you subscribe to our Personal investing Course.

Save $468.90 If You Act Now

Subscribe to the first year of The Personal investing Course (Pi).  The annual fee is $299, but to introduce you to this online, course that is based on real time investing, I am knocking $102 off the subscription.  Plus you receive FREE the $29.95 report “Three Currency Patterns for 50% Profits or More”, the $39.95 report “Silver Dip 2017” and our latest $297 online seminar for a total savings of $468.90.

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Triple Guarantee

Enroll in Pi.  Get the basic training, the 46 market value report, access to all the updates of the past two years, the two reports and the Value Investing Seminar right away. 

#1:  I guarantee you’ll learn ideas about investing that are unique and can reduce stress as they help you enhance your profits through slow, worry free, easy diversified investing.

If you are not totally happy, simply let me know.

#2:  I guarantee you can cancel your subscription within 60 days and I’ll refund your subscription fee in full, no questions asked.

#3:  You can keep the two reports and Value Investing Seminar as my thanks for trying.

You have nothing to lose except the fear.   You gain the ultimate form of financial security as you reduce risk and increase profit potential.

Subscribe to Pi now, get the 130 page basic training, the 120 page 46 market value analysis, access to over 100 previous Pifolio updates, the “Platinum Dip 2018” and “Three Currency Patterns For 50% Profits or More” reports, and value investment seminar, plus begin receiving regular Pifolio updates throughout the year.

Subscribe to a Pi annual subscription for $197 and receive all the above.

Gary

Global Investing and Ecuador


My global investing and business began 41 years ago May 2, 1968 and eventually led me to Ecuador.

My background as son of a zoo keeper did not leave me prepared.

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Here is a newspaper clipping of my sister Sandra and me feeding a baby lion we kept at home… one of many lions and tigers we raised.

Let me share 41 years of multi currency investing and a couple of important facts I learned that may help you… including what’s happening with the swine flu in Ecuador.

I arrived in Hong Kong in the night, the tropical air so soft it was a velvet mist.   Thick evening scents in the fragrant harbor and mellow insects purrings in rhythm with the cacophony of the great city!  What a an exotic adventure.

Kai Tak was Hong Kong’s airport then and being American born and bred, I knew nothing about investing aboard.

That was my first airplane trip, first time out of Oregon. Portland to Vancouver, Tokyo to Hong Kong.  I melted in my heavy woolen blazer, was weary and afraid but excited too. An incredible global investing journey had begun… and continues to this day.

Here I was, 21 years old.

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Here is the first stamp in that first passport. That stamp you might say was my first international investment.

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That first stamp makes a point by the way about how to enter and initially work or invest in a country.  That first stamp was issued May 2, 1968 and allowed me to stay in Hong Kong until June 2, 1968.

I worked in Hong Kong for quite some time on tourist stamps… coming in for a month at a time.   I was developing sales teams in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines at the same time so a month was plenty of time before I exited.

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Here is one of my first sales teams… this one in Hong Kong led by John So Kwok Kee (far left – you can guess which one I am).

I built teams from the north in Japan down through Thailand.  One of the salesmen we worked with in Thailand, Brian Tracy, returned later to Canada and has had great success in the sales education field.

Starting a business, investigation or residence with a tourist visa is a pretty good idea. This is usually the easiest, most efficient, practical way to begin so you can be sure what you are doing and how you’ll develop a more permanent stay if you want one.  In many cases… such as mine… a permanent tourist system is simply the easiest and best.

I began my business in Hong Kong this way and for years I also lived and worked in England on tourist stamps before obtaining my permanent residence there.

A reader recently sent me this note about Ecuador tourist visas.

“Gary, When I was staying at the Hotel, someone mentioned that you do not
have a residential visa for Ecuador.  Is this correct?  How do you
spend as much time in the country as you do?”

Here is my rely:

“I spend less than 6 months a year in Ecuador.

“We have heard from others who come stay for 90 days, leave for just a day or two (especially just over the border in Peru or Colombia)  and come right back that there are difficulties.

“Our experience is that every time we come to Ecuador we are given a 90
day visa.  However we do not stress this system. For example we may stay 70 days and then be away for weeks or even a month or so.  Then return for 20 days or so.. then leave for another month etc.   The immigration officers look carefully at the total number of days by the end of the year and to help them, I keep a list of each day we have arrived and departed and the page number in our passport… so they can efficiently see we have not been in more than 180 days the maximum allowed on a T-3 tourist visa).

Be careful not to overstay. One reader reported that having done so he was denied entrance upon his return and were not allowed to return to Ecuador for one year.

We have a full report on Ecuador visas and an immigration attorney who helps our Ecuador Living subscribers.

I am also preparing a report for Ecuador Living subscribers to answer this question from a reader yesterday.

“Hi Gary, Wonderful timing, we had tickets to fly from Guadalajara to Quito yesterday, but were stymied by the fact that Ecuador (and Peru) are refusing passengers from Mexico.  We understand Ecuador’s borders  will be closed for a month to non-residents flying in from Mexico.

We had thought about flying back to the States and then flying to Ecuador, but an electronic scan of our passports would show we’d been in Mexico and we’re not sure what would happen.  Any insights?   Thanks!

You can obtain these reports and answers as an Ecuador Living subscriber. Learn how to subscribe to Ecuador Living here.

Back to Hong Kong.  I began there selling US mutual funds.

When arriving there 41 years ago there is no way I could have known how exciting the next decades would be, how much information, facts, figures, ideas and insights on how to invest globally would be gained. Had I known the mistakes to be made I would probably have run!

Then I moved east again to England and Europe… trying many things.

Thankfully all the trials, tortures and errors were mitigated by much fun and an earnest endeavor to live right and learn.

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Here is a newspaper clipping of me  with a business partner in my London office on Artillery Row selling square inches of Graceland… not really a very good idea.

Later I imported Rolls Royces and Bentleys from England to the US… a better idea.

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One goal at this site is to share basics of global investing and living an international life learned over these 41 years. Global investing has changed so much during this time and is changing even faster now.  I am continually forced to rearrange my thinking strategy and tactics at a faster pace.

We offered health courses at our North Carolina farm. Here I am with our son, Jake, with one tactic we taught… a morning dip in a cold creek after exercise… yes that is snow on the banks and no… this not surprisingly did not sell very well either.

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Our food as medicine courses taught by Merri in her teaching kitchen at the farm had better attendance!

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For almost 15 years now we have been conducting courses in Ecuador. Here I am this year in the meeting room at the Cotacachi museum next to Meson de las Flores on an Ecuador export tour.

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This continual evolution has helped Merri and me, our readers and our income continually grow… through good times and bad.

Yesterday April 2009 for example ended with anoter record month for our internet sales.  Our 2009 sales (April month on month) were up 48.01% over April 2008, which in turn were up 24.04% over April 2007 sales.

Our sales in the first four months of 2009 were up 81.75% over Jan through April 2008 which was up 26.20% over 2007.  Learn how to develop an internet business that can grow like this here.

The reason we have survived and progressed amidst this never ending update is that the little stuff shifts and evolves, but the fundamentals remain immutable.

Investing globally is not a panacea, but expanded horizons are. Life is a trip and we have an entire globe to enjoy the ride.

Two years ago on May 2, 2007, I wrote:

History suggests that this is a time when chances are increased for panic and sudden drops in investment markets. Investors who have proven themselves nervous short term thinkers are highly leveraged, in thin, over purchased markets that are easily sinkable boats treading the dangerous waters of May though October when tradition says the currents will most likely be treacherous and surrounded with lots of storms.

Now, that this risk has proven true, history also suggests that we have a once in a life time opportunity.

The way to cash in on this incredible opportunity is the same way I suggested avoiding the collapse two years ago. I wrote then: “One way to get good international investments is to take a long term, expansive international view.”

My first trip abroad 41 years ago was significant because 1968 was the beginning of a new era for world stock markets. When I arrived in Hong Kong the world of investing was dominated by Wall Street. That was about to end. 1968 was the year when the Hong Kong Stock Market began to explode upwards along with Tokyo’s market. What a ride!

The Heng Seng Index was then 100 and rose to 18,000. Anyone who steadily committed money to this market then made a fortune.

I can sum up my investment basic investing and advice in seven sentences.

#1: 1970s. Invest in real estate, gold, silver Japan, Germany, Switzerland and Hong Kong.

#2: 1980s. Invest in real estate, the Tigers, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore Malaysia and South Korea as well.

#3: 1990s. Invest in real estate South America (which led me to Ecuador).

#4: 2000s. Invest real estate, China, India and emerging markets including Ecuador real estate.

#5: Always have an expansive view.

#6: Use stop losses during peaks.

#7: Have an international investment view. Never overextend. Don’t trade too much, just hang on.

This philosophy has reaped millions for Merri and me. Had we been more expansive, we would have an extra $20 million or so.  However our conservative approach to business and investing also protected us during the recent melt down of 2007 and 2008.

This may be time to begin taking advantage of the recovery. Panic is subsiding but values are still high. The huge excesses of the US and other government’s will at some stage begin to seriously erode the purchasing power of currencies.

I remain highly diversified from a currency point of view.  Here is my current currency breakdown in my liquid portfolio that represents 43% of my total portfolio.

An excerpt from a recent Multicurrencyinvesting.com lesson explains why when I wrote about the currency distribution of investments:

Here is my currency distribution:

Danish kroner    24%
Euro                     24%
British Pound      8%
US Dollar            12%
Canadian Dollar 3%
Norway kroner   4%
NZ Dollar             3%
Sweden kroner    7%
Brazil real             3%
Hungary Forint   6%
Turkey Try            6%

With more than a third of my liquid position in Danish, Swedish and Norwegian kroner, my Scandinavian  position is seriously over weighted in terms of global market size.

One reason is because these are such small countries located on the sea.  This means that their histories are composed of  travel and trade.

A nation’s heritage reflects in the value of its currency strength. This fact helped me answer this question from a reader.

“Gary, Will  future strength in DKK be bad for equities denominated in that currency?”

Here is my reply.

Most of the Danish companies you would buy are global companies.

Because Denmark is such a small market any large Danish company is doing most of its business out of Denmark  so a lot of their success depends on the type of business business and where the company actually manufactures and sells its products.

Plus look at the margins built into the product.

One benefit in Scandinavia is their very highly educated population. A recent Time magazine article shows that Finland (not Scandinavian but Baltic and Finland’s currency is the euro – otherwise I would have Finmark in my portfolio as well) ranked number one for educational performance of 15 year olds in math. Denmark was number 10, Sweden number 15 and Norway number 23… all ahead of the US (number 25).

Finland was number one for reading performance of 15 years olds as well.  Sweden number seven, Norway number 10 and Denmark number 16. The US was number 15.

This means that the products produced in these nations will tend to be high value.

For example, Novo Norsk makes insulin.  I suspect that the margins are substantially high.

Ditto for novozymes that makes enztymes for environmental purification.  These are firms where there is likely to be a great deal of value added into their product.

Vestas, makes wind turbines. and may be more affected by a strong kroner if they do a lot of manufacturing in Denmark but are having and sales in the US and especially if their competitors manufacture in the US or other countries where the currency is weak.

I am updating the value of major and emerging markets now at multicurrencyinvesting.com and will be revaluing our green and Danish portfolios in upcoming lessons.  You can subscribe to our Multi Currency Portfolios Course here.

I have increased my Ecuador real estate to 22% of my total property.  The balance is in US property and I am looking to add more US property now in Florida and or Savannah.

If you have real estate in central Florida or Savannah that you would like to swap for real estate in Ecuador… let me know.

I have held a high cash position for over a year but now agree with Warren Buffet who recently wrote about business and opportunity:

Clinging to cash equivalents or long-term government bonds at present yields is almost certainly a terrible policy if continued for long. Holders of these instruments, of course, have felt increasingly comfortable – in fact, almost smug – in following this policy as financial turmoil has mounted. They regard their judgment confirmed when they hear commentators proclaim “cash is king,” even though that wonderful cash is earning close to nothing and will surely find its purchasing power eroded over time.

Now is the time to convert cash into investments that will appreciate with the loss of cash’s loss of purchasing power… stocks… commodities… real estate or your own business.

This leaves all of us with a lot to do after 41 years of a global life.

I feel healthier and more energetic then 41 years ago.   Maybe I am not wiser… but I am more experienced and seem in a better position then when I took that first trip.

Merri and I look forward to the next 41 years… and we look forward to sharing them with you!

Gary

This is the schedule of Gary our 2009 Ecuador information tours, courses and seminars.

May 16-17 Ecuador Coastal Tour

May 20-21 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

May 22-24. Ecuador Amazon Herbal Tour

June 12-14 Shamanic Mingo Tour

June 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

June 18-21 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

July 4-8  Ecuador Export Tour

July 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

July 10-13 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

July 24-26 IBEZ North Carolina

Sept. 17-21 Ecuador Spanish Course

Sept. 23-24 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Sept. 25-28 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Oct. 9-11 IBEZ North Carolina

Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Expedition

Nov. 6-8 IBEZ Ecuador

Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Attend any two Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$949 for one.  $1,349 for two.

Attend any three Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$1,199 for one.  $1,799 for two.


Cotacachi Spa & Ecuador Web Business


Cotacachi’s (perhaps Ecuador’s)  most famous spa is La Mirage and seeing it could help you own your own Ecuador business.

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In a moment, there is a link to some great shots of La Mirage by Todd Smith.

However it is Todd’s success with his web business after attending our course that I want to share.

The global economy is going though a much needed cleanse.    A recent USA Today article reports that census numbers show that a record one in nine U.S. housing units are vacant, including about 3% of owned homes. The Mortgage Bankers Association says more than 2 million homeowners faced foreclosure last year. The median sales price dropped 12%, according to the National Association of Realtors — far more in parts of Arizona, California, Florida and Michigan.

This inventory is delaying any kind of housing recovery and will dampen the job market for some time.  This is especially true because of the lack of demand.

One in nine means that 14 million housing units are vacant. USA Today says: That number does not include an estimated 4.8 million seasonal or vacation homes, most of which are occupied part of the year. The combined vacancy rate of almost 15% is higher than during previous recessions: 11% in 1991 and 9.4% in 1984.

• About 3% of owned homes are vacant. In normal times, “maybe 1% should be vacant.”

This means we should not expect to see any economic recovery soon.

A recent New York Times article entitled “U.S. Is Pressed to Add Billions to Bailouts”  by Edmund L. Andrews, Andrew Ross Sorkin  and Mary Williams Walsh says:  The government faced mounting pressure on Monday to put billions more in some of the nation’s biggest banks, two of the biggest automakers and the biggest insurance company, despite the billions it has already committed to rescuing them.

The government’s boldest rescue to date, its $150 billion commitment for the insurance giant American International Group, is foundering. A.I.G. indicated on Monday it was now negotiating for tens of billions of dollars in additional assistance as losses have mounted.

Separately, the Obama administration confirmed it was in discussions to aid Citigroup, the recipient of $45 billion so far, that could raise the government’s stake in the banking company to as much as 40 percent.

The Treasury Department named a special adviser to work with General Motors and Chrysler, two of Detroit’s biggest automakers, which are seeking $22 billion on top of the $17 billion already granted to them.

All these companies’ mushrooming needs reflect just how hard it is to stanch the flow of losses as the economy deteriorates. Even though the government’s finances are being stretched — and still more aid might be needed in the future — it is being forced to fill the growing holes in the finances of these companies out of fear that the demise of an important company could set off a chain reaction.

This means the government is creatng more money then it has and we are likely to see inflation.

So what can we do?

One is buy real estate in California, Florida and some of the other hard hit states. There will be real bargains.  Merri are headed to Florida as fast as soon as we wrap up our March tours in Ecuador.

Start our own business. No other time offers such great opportunity. The old boys network is slashed. Big business cannot compete and labor has not been so abundant in decades.

This is why Todd Smith sets such a great example.

Todd attended one of our courses on how to self publish and has developed a growing, thriving internet business.

See Todd’s latest emailed message about La Mirage here.

Here are two important points about Todd’ success.

First he already had a successful wedding photography business. However hat type of business did not have the upside potential nor offer the freedom he desired.

Second he was not enjoying the business. The hours and the types of photography did not fit Todd’s desires.  He had a passion to earn in a different type of  photography.

So he turned his passion into profit!

Due to numerous successes like Todd’s and because of  the ideal business conditions created by the economic correction, I have developed a new course... The Tangled Webs We Weave…A Web Based  Business Course

Enroll here $299

You own web business provides enormous freedom.  You can like anywhere you desire…  a Cotacachi business is great. This is a quiet peaceful place without much crime, noise or pollution.    Merri and I  have have a web business that works in Cotacachi, the Blue Ridge of North Carolina or anywhere we choose in the world?

The reason we can have this freedom in business is passion.

I am one of the luckiest guys in the world because my children are continually doing things that I learn from.  This allows me to be a bragging dad and actually share a worthwhile point in the process.

For example Merri and I recently were reminded of the most important secret of business success from our youngest daughter, Eleanor.   Here is a shot of Merri and me riding the Virgina Creeper Trail last summer with Ele.

Cotacachi-business

Eleanor is just 27 but has already built a very successful London based business that not only provides her a six figure income, but gives her the freedom to travel the world.  This last year, she visited us twice in the US plus spent time in China  enjoying the Olympics and made numerous other trips.  She has over four months of each year to travel wherever she desires…and earn as she goes.

While she was last with us, we had a great deal of time to talk and she surprised me by sharing a valuable lessons about business.

The first lesson came when she was telling me about her latest efforts at getting some of her students auditions and roles in London West End shows.  Ele started as an entrepreneur early. She owns a performing arts school in London that teaches dancing,  drama and singing.  Here are some of her students in the production of Aladdin they are currently performing.

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Ele’s school is a franchised operation…one of about 600.  She is one of the youngest owners yet has one of the top ten busiest schools.

One reason for her success is the enormous energy and passion she puts into her business.  Another reason for  her success is she has a growing reputation for getting her students professional roles in the London theater.

She currently has eight of her students working in London’s West End.

Two are in the Sound of Music at the London Palladium on Argyll Street.

Two are in Rodger and Hammerstein’s Carousel at the Savoy on the Strand.

One is  in Disney’s  Lion King, at the Lyceum Theatre on Wellington Street.

One is in Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue.

I was a bit surprised at this success and asked her “what is your trick”.  She replied:

“This is very simple.  I give the children who have extra talent free lessons. I bring them to my home and work with them there.”

When I questioned the wisdom of giving away her services as being part of a good business model, she replied:

“This is not about the money, Dad. The thrill of hearing those kids when they call me and tell  they were selected is worth every minute I put into this. I love those calls so much,  I am happy to devote my time and effort.”

This is the secret. Do what you love and figure out how to make money in the process.

In Ele’s case, she has profited indirectly…but the profit is not the purpose.  This is a matter of fulfillment and of the heart.

This has always been an important idea, but grows in importance now.  Our message about the upcoming 2011 disaster showed an economic distortion that is so grave it will force many of us to continue working… or  to work more then expected or… to start working for oneself when an existing job is eliminated.

This problem is so acute and the importance of having more people do what they love is so vital that we have decided to write a new course…on how to develop your own international internet business.

I have now started this course and before I launch it to the public want to make a special offer…that gives you this course free…or more.

Years ago, Merri and I  had 23,000 print readers…micro sized in publishing terms….but very, very profitable for us.  We made millions from this business.  We believe that in this rapidly changing world…small is beautiful.

When money stopped mattering as much, our children were grown, finished with university, we sold our print business and took a year off…lived with a shaman high in the Andes.

Then we morphed into an internet only business.  Our readership began small, with  about 1,600 email readers.  We expected to slow down and smell the roses more.  We even bought an isolated hacienda high in the Andes called Rosaspamba (Place of roses).

As crazy as it seems, we could actually run a business with this small readership and make a profit because our readers are so wonderfully responsive.

Why?  How?

This is what the new course I am creating will teach you….how to have a small, safe, profitable global internet business by creating wonderfully response, fun to be with, like-minded customers.

How small?

Today, our business remains micro sized but we have grown from 1,600 readers to four  main subscription lists consisting of 16,782 subscribers.

How safe?

The downturn of 2008 has not slowed us a bit.   In fact we  are growing faster, in number of subscribers and income, than ever.   December 2008 was our busiest month on the internet ever…by about 50%! January and February 2009 were up 226% over January and February of 2008.  This March we have almost surpassed March 2008 sales in the first ten days.

This is all at  a time when many say the world is economically depressed. Yet our sales are way up and growing almost every month.

How profitable?

Our list and sales are still tiny compared to many of our competitors and associates who make millions a month.   We make tens of thousands…sometimes hundreds.

Yet we have been able to add this extra income with a surprisingly small amount of added overheads.  This number works perfectly for Merri and me…a fun sized readership. In our opinion, this should be the key in business… satisfaction… fulfillment and fun…through service along with the profit.

Yet, profits do matter. Almost every month our internet sales have been rising. In 2008 they rose nearly every month and created a new record for web based sales for us.

These internet sales alone have given us the freedom to live in an isolated Blue Ridge farm during summers and in Ecuador the rest of the year…yet still earn many tens of thousands of extra dollars a month.

Now you can learn everything I do to create this extra income and have fun and fulfillment in a micro publishing business.

The syllabus of this course will help you learn how to find something that is fun, fulfilling and profitable for you to do.

Our growing income is one reason I have decided to create this course.

Second, the economic downturn of 2008 means that more of my readers will need a new way to earn in the years ahead.

Yet the third reason was the straw that made me decide to do this….my webmaster who helped me start this site agreed to co-write the course with me. Merri and I explain what we do in the business.  The writing…the marketing…the product planning and such.   Our webmaster outlines the technical part. How to chose a server…set up a shopping cart…create pay per click systems…send thousands of emails a day.

Though we like to remain small, this does not mean all of our students will.  Our webmaster started with us first but since has grown to be the chief internet consultant for several much larger internet marketing companies that send over a billion emails a year!

We are explaining in the course in detail as we develop it over this year…what I will share and what my webmaster will share as well…how the course will help you.  We are at chapter eight now and I honestly do not know everything what will be in the course.

Previous courses have always evolved as they are written because of the questions that are asked as the lessons are sent.

This is why I want to offer this emailed course (which has not yet be written) now so you can grow with the course as it evolves.

Here is a  special offer.

This new course entitled “Tangled Webs We Weave – How to Have Your Own Internet Business” is available at $299.

This is a bargain. Merri and I have been traveling and doing international business for 41 years. We have had a web based business for over ten years. You can share everything we have learned for just $299.

Plus we provide our standard full guarantee. Enroll.  Try the course for 30 days. If not satisfied we’ll give you an immediate, full… no fuss refund.

However if you sign up for any three of our in person courses below, you can have The Tangled Web course free.

Attend any two Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$949 for one.  $1,349 for two.

Attend any three Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$1,199 for one.  $1,799 for two.

Future 2009 courses

May 29-31  JGAM Multi Currency investment Seminar Naples Florida

June 12-14 Shamanic Mingo Tour
June 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
June 18-21 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

July 3-6 Ecuador Import Export Expedition
July 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
July 10-13 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

July 24-26 IBEZ North Carolina

Sept. 17-21 Ecuador Spanish Course
Sept. 23-24 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Sept. 25-28 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Oct. 9-11 IBEZ North Carolina

Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Expedition

Nov. 6-8 IBEZ Ecuador
Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Enroll in Tangled Web here $299

To enroll in three courses click here.   I will automatically send you the free Tangled Web course when you enroll. You save $299 more.

Ecuador Business Passion


Ecuador offers the  opportunity to add the power of passion in a new business that allows you to live anywhere in the world.

A recent message looked at the low cost of Ecuador living and warned about loving in Ecuador because it is so easy to fall in love with the people and the country here in Ecuador.

There is so much here as this shot of Crucita, Ecuador shows …the warm-but-cool enough-to-sleep-under-blankets weather… the wide empty beaches… the clean ocean… the sweet people… the simplicity of life.

Ecuador-passion

This could be a good time to return to this simpler way of living because the economic correction up north is breaking down  the old complex order there.

We see this economic shift every day now.

A New York Times  article last Wednesday entitled  Layoffs Spread to More Sectors of the Economy by Catherine Rampell says:  Companies across the board are resorting to mass job cuts, suggesting that employers expect a long downturn.

Another article said:  Microsoft Plans to Cut 5,000 Jobs  The announced cuts, about 5 percent of Microsoft’s work force, are fallout from a slowdown in sales amid the global recession.

We see economic problems in Ecuador as well.

We were just informed that the rose grower who has been supplying us has gone bankrupt here.  The US bought 30% less roses than the year before.  This is hard for the Ecuadorian workers who will be left without jobs.  The agent who handles our account is looking for another source of roses but we are not processing rose orders at this time until we find a sure source.

This, however, creates Ecuador opportunity in three ways.

First, the global economic problems means you an live in Ecuador for less! I am dong as series of interviews with couples who have moved to Ecuador and the common theme is that they can live well on less than $1,000 a month.

One Canadian couple who have moved to Vistaazul told me yesterday, “Our Canadian retirement pension pays us $2,300 a month. We live on $700 a month and save the rest!”

Living at Vistazul is not a sacrifice either! Here are some shots of the view I enjoy when I run my internet business from our Vistazul apartment.

I usually start at 6 am in the morning on my balcony… enjoying surf sounds and the ocean breeze.

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Our living room enjoys the same view…  as does…

ecuador-passion our bedroom.

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You can learn more about low cost, Ecuador, beach-front living, in brand new condos at Vistazul from Kjetil Haugan at kjetil@haugancruises.com

Second, this economic shift creates new Ecuador business opportunities. The end of one order begins a new way of life served by new businesses.  For example, our business is booming.  Our sales are up 52.89% in 2008 over 2007.  Our January 2009 sales are up 101.63% over January 2008!

Why, when so many businesses are slowing down everywhere, do some thrive?

This new opportunity comes from the third economic benefit…  a growing social-economic  awakening that makes life and business more fulfilling. I see this in the way our readers write to me.  Many more people are asking “How can I do more… help more…  feel better?“… rather than “How can I have more?”

They have more concern about  passion in business rather than just money.

We can see the power of this business passion in another recent message that outlined how our daughter Eleanor has excelled in what others call tough times.

She has built a London performing arts school that she bought into one that specializes in getting students auditions and roles in London West End shows.

Ele started as an entrepreneur early.  She is just 27 years old and her school is a franchised operation…one of about 600.  She is one of the youngest owners yet has one of the top ten busiest schools.

The reason for her success is the enormous energy and passion she puts into her business.  Another reason for  her success is she has a growing reputation for getting her students professional roles in the London theater.

She currently has eight of her students working in London’s West End.

Two are in the Sound of Music at the London Palladium on Argyll Street.

Two are in Rodger and Hammerstein’s Carousel at the Savoy on the Strand.

One is  in Disney’s, Lion King, at the Lyceum Theatre on Wellington Street.

One is in Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue.

This success has come because she has such passion for her work that she gives free extra talent lessons.  She brings students to her home and coaches them for the auditions and works with them personally.

This new business passion attitude is seen in an email that Ele just sent to us.

Hi Dad,  Just to let you know I had another kid get into the new hit musical ‘Oliver’ today.  This boy was in trouble at school and had to leave and was going down hill…I met him while walking my dog Jack (his mum walks with me in park) and noticed he had a great face for the performing arts..so I said would he like to come for some free classes at mine which he did and he had a great voice.

I then worked with him over several months and put him up for Oliver. He then had 3 recalls and finally I got the call to say he got the part today!! Hopefully this will now  give him focus when before he was getting bored and frustrated at school.

Also I have 4 Chinese/Filipino students with a final recall on Wednesday for the King and I at the Royal Albert Hall – fingers crossed!

I’m enjoying this side of my work so much that I’m thinking about starting my own children’s agency but with a difference whereby my students get personal one on one coaching from me in preparation for the auditions. No other agency does this..they simply just tell a child when and where the audition is. Anyway lots to research but exciting anyway!   Hope you’re having a good day.”

So remember the following points during this economic correction.

#1: If the global economic contracts 20%…this is terrible.  More than 20% of businesses fold.  This leaves 80% of the businesses working and in better fundamental form.  Labor is easier to find.  More than 20% of the competition is gone.

#2: Do not be afraid to embrace this  changing perspective…away from materialism.. Do not fear looking for greater meanings in life and business.  This is good. Our world… our environment… our society needs this help from business… to move towards authenticity… integrity… towards true help and service.

Turn your passion into profit.  It may be easier t do in Ecuador but wherever this works for you… do it for the fun the fulfillment and the good of humanity as well as the profit.

Gary

Join us in Cotacachi in February when our courses focus on how you can develop your own business passion.

Merri, our webmaster and I have created a new course on how to build a web business with a webmaster.  Here is a special offer on this new course.

You can enroll in this special course for $299. However if you sign up for all three courses in February or March 2009, I will send it to you free. You save $299.

Sheri Clary will be at our February courses and available for consultations about bio-identical hormones. Our February Cotacachi schedule is:

Join Merri, me and Blaine Watson, plus enjoy a shamanic ceremony in the Cotacachi Shamanic Valley. Feb 9-11 Beyond Logic Keys to More Wealth & Better Health

Join Merri, me and Peter Laub of Jyske Global Asset Management at OUR INTERNATIONAL INVESTING & BUSINESS COURSE IN ECUADOR. We review economic conditions, Ecuador real estate, my entire portfolio plus investing and business ideas for the months ahead. Feb. 13-15 International Business & Investing Made EZ

Feb. 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

March 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

March 10-15 Ecuador Import Export Expedition

March 16-19 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Bob Shane will be at our March courses and will be available to provide health balancing.

Get our web based course FREE if you join us in Ecuador this February or March.

Attend any two Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$949 for one.  $1,349 for two

Attend any three Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$1,199 for one.  $1,799 for two

Future 2009 courses

May 29-31  JGAM Global Asset Strategy Seminar

June 12-14 Shamanic Mingo Tour
June 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
June 18-21 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

July 3-6     Ecuador Import Export Expedition
July 8-9    Imbabura Real Estate Tour
July 10-13 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

July 24-26 IBEZ North Carolina

Sept. 17-21 Ecuador Spanish Course
Sept. 23-24 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Sept. 25-28 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Oct. 9-11     IBEZ North Carolina

Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Expedition

Nov. 6-8    IBEZ Ecuador
Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

New Year Economic Lesson


2008 provided many economic lessons that we can use in the new year.

I am one of the luckiest guys in the world because several of the most important new year economic lessons this year were provided by my children.  This allows me to be a bragging dad and actually share a worthwhile point in the process.

The first lesson, which I share repeatedly in my various websites is “there is always something we do not know.”   This was just proven when i planned this Christmas  to be a quiet one…a leisurely drive to Florida…a wonderful day with our daughter, son-in-law and grandson.

Little did Dad (aka me) know that the children were plotting…traveling from Florida and England to give me a surprise…showing up a couples day’s early so we could cut a Christmas tree on the farm…decorate and essentially Deck the Halls and enjoy Christmas on the farm.

What a surprise… pr0ving the point that the dads are always the last to know. Let’s hope I sniff out the equity markets in 2009 better than I realized what the kids and Merri were plotting.

We had a great time together… cooking… eating… hiking… doing the farm work together and…

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allowing our eldest grandson, Garren, to continue his love affair with our hound dog, Ma.

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It turns out that this huge deception of joy was thought up and organized by our youngest, Eleanor.   Here I am hiking with Ele in the woods.

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While the children were with us, we had a great deal of time to talk and she surprised me by sharing two valuable New Year economic lessons.

The first lesson came when she was telling me about her latest efforts at getting some of her students auditions and roles in London West End shows.  Ele started as an entrepreneur early. She owns a performing arts school in London that teaches dancing,  drama and singing.  Here are some of her students in the production of Aladdin they are currently performing.

New-year-economic-lesson

Ele is just 27 years old and her  school is a franchised operation…one of about 600.  She is one of the youngest owners yet has one of the top ten busiest schools.

One reason for her success is the enormous energy and passion she puts into her business.  Another reason for  her success is she has a growing reputation for getting her students professional roles in the London theater.

She currently has eight of her students working in London’s West End.

Two are in the Sound of Music at the London Palladium on Argyll Street.

Two are in Rodger and Hammerstein’s Carousel at the Savoy on the Strand.

One is  in Disney’s  Lion King, at the Lyceum Theatre on Wellington Street.

One is in Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue.

I was a bit surprised at this success and asked her the tricks.  She replied:

“This is very simple.  I give the children who have extra talent free lessons. I bring them to my home and work with them there.”

When I questioned the wisdom of giving away her services as being part of a good business model, she replied:

“This is not about the money, Dad. The thrill of hearing those kids when they call me and tell  they were selected is worth every minute I put into this. I love those calls so much,  I am happy to devote my time and effort.”

This is the secret. Do what you love and figure out how to make money in the process.

In Ele’s case, she has profited indirectly…but the profit is not the purpose. this is a matter of fulfillment and of the heart.

This has always been an important idea, but grows in importance now.  Our message about the upcoming 2011 disaster showed an economic distortion that is so grave it will force many of us to continue working… or  to work more then expected or… to start working for oneself when an existing job is eliminated.

This problem is so acute and the importance of having more people do what they love is so vital that we have decided to write a new course…on how to develop your own international internet business.

Before I begin this course, I want to make a special offer…that gives you this course free.

Please let me explain why.

Years ago, Merri and I  had 23,000 print readers…micro sized in publishing terms….but very, very profitable for us.  We made millions from this business.

Merri and I believe that in this rapidly changing world…small is beautiful.

When money stopped mattering as much, our children were grown, finished with university, we sold our print business and took a year off…lived with a shaman high in the Andes.

Then we morphed into an internet only business.  Our readership began small, with  about 1,600 email readers.  We expected to slow down and smell the roses more.  We even bought an isolated hacienda high in the Andes called Rosaspamba (Place of roses).

As crazy as it seems, we could actually run a business with this small readership and make a profit because our readers are so wonderfully responsive.

Why?  How?

This is what the new course I am creating will teach you….how to have a small, safe, profitable global internet business by creating wonderfully response, fun to be with, like-minded customers.

How small?

Today, our business remains micro sized but we have grown from 1,600 readers to four  main subscription lists consisting of 15,947 subscribers.

How safe?

The downturn of 2008 has not slowed us a bit.   In fact we  are growing faster, in number of subscribers and income, than ever.   At a time that  many say is economically depressed, our sales are way up and growing almost every month.

How profitable?

Our list and sales are still tiny compared to many of our competitors and associates who make millions a month.   We make tens of thousands.

Yet we have been able to add this extra income with a surprisingly small amount of added overheads.  This number works perfectly for Merri and me…a fun sized readership. In our opinion, this should be the key in business… satisfaction… fulfillment and fun…through service along with the profit.

Yet, profits do matter. Almost every month our internet sales have been rising. In 2008 they rose nearly every month created a new records in sales for us.

These internet sales alone have given us the freedom to live in an isolated Blue Ridge farm during summers and in Ecuador the rest of the year…yet still earn tens of thousands of extra dollars a month.

Now you can learn everything I do to create this extra income and have fun and fulfillment in a micro publishing business.

The syllabus of this course will help you learn how to find something that is fun, fulfilling and profitable for you to do.

Our growing income is one reason I have decided to create this course.

Second, the economic downturn of 2008 means that more of my readers will need a new way to earn in the years ahead.

Yet the third reason was the straw that made me decide to do this….my webmaster who helped me start this site has agreed to co-write the course with me.  Merri and I will explain what Merri and I do in the business.  The writing…the marketing…the product planning and such.   Our webmaster will outline the technical part. How to chose a server…set up a shopping cart…create pay per click systems…send thousands of emails a day.

Let me be frank. I  have an inside track. My webmaster is part of my family…my son-in-law.

The relationship is reversed though. He was my webmaster first… son-in-law second. Our daughter joined us in a visit to London where during the trip, I had a short business meeting with him.   Our daughter stopped in to say “Hi.”

Kablammmm…love at first site.

So, in a way, here is the result of our business…our grand daughters, Sequoia and Teeka!

new-year-economic-lesson

Talk about fringe benefits!

Though we like to remain small, this does not mean all of our students will.  Our webmaster started with us first but since has grown to be the chief internet consultant for several much larger internet marketing companies that send over a billion emails a year!

I’ll be explaining the course in detail in the new year…what I will share and what my webmaster will share as well…how the course will help you.  Right now I honestly do not know everything what will be in the course.

Previous courses have always evolved as they are written because of the questions that are asked as the lessons are sent.

This is why I want to offer this emailed course (which has not yet be written) to you free.

Here is a  special New Year’s offer.

I currently provide two internet courses that can help you have your own small global business.

These two courses are:

International Business Made EZ which normally sells for $199.

Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher which sells at $249.

Tens of thousands have used these courses.

This new course entitled “Tangled Webs We Weave – How to Have Your Own Internet Business” will be offered later at$299.

Three courses…total value $748.

Save $500..right now…today.

If you accept this special offer and enroll in this brand new, as yet unwritten course, I will knock $52 off the courses $299 price…you pay just $247…plus…

Since the two courses above also add value to the new internet course, I’ll send both these completed courses (many thousands have enjoyed these courses) to you now…free.

That is a $448 savings.  Along with the $52 reduction in the Tangled Web price you save $500.

No Risk.

There is even more.  You can study the two courses I will email you right away free…plus the introduction and first three lessons of Tangled Webs (when they are written) on a no risk trial basis.

If at any time during this trial period your are not satisfied…simply let me know and I’ll give you a full refund of $247.

What will be in the course?

I don’t know. We have an outline…but as mentioned…I know that the syllabus will change.

What I do know is that the course will  be good…honest… sharing everything we have learned together building our internet business over the past ten years.  This is our 41st year of doing international business so the syllabus will be rich with real experience.

You can accept this special offer and save $500 here…now.

Gary