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Internet Business & Freedom


An internet business can set us free.

Technology and a global economy allows us to enjoy our business where the sun shines for us.

Broadband has really allowed me to be free with my internet business.

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I do have a very nice office… with a wonderful desk given to me by a friend when he moved from NC to Ecuador!  Honestly I rarely use it.

I like to move around while I work and technology means… I can!

At one stage Merri and I lived in a really remote part of Ecuador… 45 minutes off the highway down this road.

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Our hacienda was at the tip of this bluff.

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This was my front room view.

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We lived with a Taita Yatchak and his apprentices and had no electricity  and no cell phone coverage. I charged my laptop from our old Land Rover. Once a week we drove into town, downloaded messages, sent and picked up email.

Seem strange?  Technology allows our internet businesses to give us even more freedom than this as is explained in a recent USA Today article entitled “Your office: At home, in a tent, or something more formal” by Laura Petrecca.

The article first tells about Katy Leakey who operates jewelry business from a tent in Kenya.  She uses VOIP phone calls, e-mail and Skype to run a global business.  She lives with the Maasai in the Kenyan bush yet sells her jewelry online and in U.S. retail stores.  She turns her passion into profit and also helps the world since she reinvests a portion of her business income in local projects, roads or schools to help the people of Africa.

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At times a table in the sunny courtyard of our hotel Meson de las Flores is my office.

The USA Today article reviews other mobile internet businesses. Here is an excerpt:  Kathy Levinson’s office environment is vastly different (from Katy Leaky).  The real estate agent works in a 10-foot-by-12-foot refurbished storage closet in the basement of her Port Washington, N.Y., home. She made the windowless office cozy by adding carpet, fresh paint and soft lighting. Leakey and Levinson are part of a surging group: business owners who work from home or in remote or mobile offices. Nearly 9% of all North American adults operate a business out of a home, according to Forrester Research. And the number of people who work remotely will continue to increase worldwide, according to research firm IDC.

Many factors will contribute to the continued growth of remote working. They include technological advances, the desire for more life/work balance and the desire of retiring Baby Boomers and older adults to keep working for personal and financial reasons.

“Folks in their 60s, 70s and 80s have 35 or more years (of life) to enjoy and pay for, but not everyone wants to be a greeter at Walmart,” says Joanne Pratt, a futurist and researcher who has studied the effect that technology has on home-based businesses. She expects many in these age groups to operate businesses from home. “That gives them the luxury of enjoying so-called retirement while keeping a hand in and earning income.”

Laptops, broadband make it possible!

Levinson and Leakey have disparate careers, work styles and offices. Yet they credit the same necessity with enabling them to run businesses on their own terms: technology.

Souped-up laptops, speedy broadband Internet connections and low-priced global phone plans have helped empower millions of people to ditch traditional office settings and run businesses from their homes, cars, vans or even a tent.

Small-business owners now have access to “more powerful tools that used to be available only to large enterprises,” says IDC mobile enterprise research analyst Sean Ryan.

Lower costs, no commute.

There are many lifestyle benefits to running a home-based business: no commute, working in sweatpants and the array of readily available food in the kitchen refrigerator.

There are also some financial benefits. Home-based businesses take in less revenue than businesses that lease space, but they keep more money because there is no rent or other expenses that go with leasing, according to Pratt’s research for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy.

I love our bubbling creek so sometimes stroll to our deep woods office on Little Horse Creek and work there.

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7 Fundamental Laws of Your Own Internet Business

Knowing this ancient wisdom gives seven steps to calling on a vast pool of inner intelligence that we can combine with the wonders of modern technology. This combination leads us easily and stresslessly to a healthier and more enjoyable way of creating income and wealth.

#1: All Investments are Controlled by just a Few Natural Laws

Step to take: Look for fundamental economic laws which serve society rather than just for hot investments.

“The ideals which have lighted my way to face life cheerfully have been Kindness, Beauty and Truth. The trite subjects of human effort-outward possessions, outward success, luxury have always seem to me contemptible.” Albert Einstein

#2: All Natural Laws of Economics are Dynamic

Step to take: Look beneath the balance sheet.

“What have you in your houses? And what is it you guard behind fastened doors? Have you peace, the quiet urge that reveals your power? Have you remembrance, the glimmering arches that span the summits of your mind? Have you beauty, that leads the heart from things fashioned of wood and stone to the holy mountain?  Tell me are these things in your houses? Or have you only comfort, and the lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house as a guest, and then becomes the host and then a master?  Ay and it becomes a tamer and with hook and scourge makes puppets of your larger desires. Though its hands are silken, its heart is of iron. It lulls you to sleep only to stand by your bed and jeer at the dignity of the flesh. Verily the lust for comfort murders the passion of the soul and then walks grinning in the funeral.” Kahil Gibran

In Western society, we are fooled by triple illusions of material wealth. These illusions are net worth, balance sheets and money. These are measures that never show true wealth and can change quickly.

Such undependable measures of wealth lead to never-ending restlessness. They are like looking at a picture of a picture of a picture and treating this picture as if it were real.

We look at how all business are ideas and how dynamic nature is so too must our business be.

#3: All Wealth is Within

Step to take: Listen to your inner intelligence.

“The course of human history is determined not by what happens in the skies but by what takes place in our hearts.” Sir Arthur Keith

#4: All Economic Laws are Ruled by Cause and Effect

Step to take: Learn to give.

“It is truly one of the most beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

#5: The World’s Economy has Infinite Abundance

Step to take: See the infinite possibilities.

“Water is everywhere around you but you see only barriers that keep you from the water.” Rumi
#6: All Economic Laws are Simply Energy and Desire

Step to take: Give attention to intention.

“Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.” Swami Sivanada

#7: The Only Certainty is Change

Step to take: Embrace change.

“Do everything with a mind that lets go.” Achaan Chah.

When in Cotacachi, I work from our studio and watch the sunrise over this view.

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When on Ecuador’s coast I work on the balcony of our beach front apartment and watch the sunset.

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We live in miraculous times.  The current economic downturn moves us along… to where we really want to be.  Ancient wisdom and modern technology take us from there.

Merri and I hope that every step of your journey is blessed.

Gary

The greatest asset of all is the ability to labor at what you love wherever you live. This brings everlasting wealth.

This is why we are providing a special three for one offer with our  course Tangled Web… How to Have an Internet Business

This course can help you create your own internet business.

Our emailed course “Tangled Webs We Weave – How to Have Your Own Web Based Business” is a continuing educational program.  You receive the first 28 lessons when you enroll and a new lesson every week or two.

This course teaches how to create a web based business and is developed from the ongoing experiences that we have from our successful and profitable internet business.

This course is well worth the enrollment fee of $299… but currently you also receive two additional courses FREE.

The other two courses are #1: International Business Made EZ, and #2: Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher.

These two courses have sold for $398 and thousands have paid this price. We add them to your course, at no added cost, as I believe they will help you develop a better business in these crucial times..

Even Better Get All three Courses Free

To make this offer even more compelling,  I am giving everyone who enrolls in all our seminars or tours for any one month, October, November or December, “Tangled Web… How to Have an Internet Business Course,”  “Self Fulfilled- How to be a Self Publisher” and “International Business Made EZ” free.

Head south to Ecuador!

Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Tour

Oct. 25-26 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

December 6-8 Beyond Logic Shamanic Tour

December 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

December 11-13 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Join us in the mountains and at the sea.  Attend more than one seminar and tour and save even more plus get the three emailed courses free.

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

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

Read  Your office: At home, in a tent, or something more formal

Cotacachi Hotel Suite


You can live for a month in our Cotacachi hotel suite and save.

We offer a Hometel at our Cotacachi hotel Meson de las Flores so you can enjoy Cotacachi room rates… at a ridiculously low $32 a night… including a full served breakfast, free broadband and free calls to the US, Canada and Europe.

Now there is a Homesuite opportunity at our Cotacachi hotel as well.

Here is Meson.

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We have one suite in the hotel which starts with an outdoor dining area on a covered balcony.

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The views are fantastic.

Mt. Cotacachi in one direction

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The cathedral is straight ahead, across the street and at eye level to the suite.

These are all shots I have taken from the balcony.

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I love to sit in the dawn, work to the glow of my computer…(we have great wireless broadband for hotel guests)…and free phone calls to the US, Canada and Europe and watch the sun rise.

First, the dawn makes the Cathedral glow.

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Then Mt. Imbabua comes alive.

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This all happens around 5:30 am so many miss it…but for late sleepers, the views at dusk are a treat as well. Here is the moon just starting to rise.

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Up and away!

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You can also watch all the activity in the courtyard two floors down.

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So we enter the suite into the living area.

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There are two sofas and a desk for working if you choose.

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All the floors throughout are hardwood.

The next room is for sleeping. The bed, on the “World’s Most Comfortable Top Ten” list, is king size.  Merri and I have rented this suite for the last two years and made this so…pillowtop mattress…with 300 thread count Italian sheets we hand carried to Ecuador.

The four poster bed frame was given to us by friends who shipped it from the Seychelles (after their plantation there was burned down). The bed posts are made from a rare coconut called “Coco del Mar”.  Once only Royalty in the Seychelles was allowed to have “Coco del Mar”…under penalty of death we were told.  Whatever…be sure…this is not your normal, run-of-the-mill, hotel bed.

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Neither by the way is the ceiling. We are told by the previous owners that the name Meson de as Flores (Meson is not a Spanish word).  It came to be because the Ambassador to France used to almost live here.  This was his “Maison of the Flowers” which became corrupted into translation.  That Ambassador donated a special antique (this all happened a long time ago) pressed a tin ceiling…quite beautiful…and rare.

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Finally we reach the third room..a more than king size bathroom and closet.

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Merri and I designed it, because  she loves baths. I’m a shower sort of guy…so…this is why we have great marriage and a Vichy Spa Shower.

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The closets and cabinets, like the floors are all hardwood…

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..the real stuff.no veneer or engineered flooring here.

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Our normal Hometel program lets guests stay for 31 nights at a low rate of $32 a night.  Merri and I have rented the suite for the last years so it was not available.  Now that we have finished a loft studio nearby where we are moving we have added this suite of rooms to our hometel program and at only $19 a night more.  You can read about our hometel program below and sign up for $999 for a month (31 nights).  You can choose the suite instead at $1,588 for the month or $1,688 for a couple.

To reserve the suite, first check availability with Merri at merriscott@live.com

Hometels including the suite were fully booked through March 2009, so please contact us with your dates.

Once you have cleared availability, simply sign up for the hometel and put your choice of the suite in the comments section. We will charge the $1,588 instead of $999 (or couples price).

See the hometel details below.

Order the regular hometel here $999 Single, $1099 couple order here.

Meson de las Flores is offering a Hometel program in Cotacachi Ecuador where you can enjoy Ecuador at very low costs for a month (or longer) at a time

Here are some snapshots of the Meson de las Flores Inn. Our Land of the Sun Foundation took control March 1, 2006 and created the Hometel program so readers can stay here at a monthly rate of $999. (This low fee helps humanitarian and charitable causes).

The monthly price includes a wonderful served breakfast of just squeezed juice, bacon or ham and eggs, bread, ripe fruit and cereal. Lunch and dinner are extra at $5 for a two course meal if you choose to dine at the hotel.

We have free wireless broadband for your laptop or a computer you can use, plus a VOIP phone system so you can call the US, Canada or Europe at no charge.

We have also installed a far infrared sauna for your health and enjoyment.

The entrance of our home (and we hope yours) in Cotacachi is a bit more than 60 steps to a magnificent cathedral and park.

Here’s the park!

Cotacachi is quiet and peaceful and once inside Meson you feel the flavor of its colonial past. The foundations of this building were started here over 180 years.

The inner courtyard is open and this (plus an inside dining area) is where we serve meals. We have an excellent chef trained in Andean nutritional skills. Meals are delicious and those who stay rave about the food.

We have a full professional kitchen where we produce delicious, nutritious and energizing meals drawn from the Andes’ volcanic soil.

Everywhere you turn you see stunning views from the hotel. The hotel is nestled between three mountains. This is Mount Imbabura.

Five minutes away is La Mirage a Relais and Chateuax Spa.

20 minutes away is a national park and crater lake for picnics and in pure air and nature take you along nearby along Cuicocha Crater Lake. Cuicocha was formed by a massive volcanic explosion 3,000 years ago. You picnic on a carpet of grass by pure, azure, 600 foot deep waters amidst breathtaking scenery. There are numerous trails for hiking and horseback riding.

Here’s Merri, our hound dog Ma and me at the lake.

Less than an hour away is Chachimbiro Thermal Springs (picture below) you soak in the wilds of its mineral waters.

Locals knew of pools of healing waters since pre hispanic times, but the majority of these medicinal thermal waters began to flow after an earthquake in 1868. They come from a volcanic complex that has existed 10,000 years and flow at temperatures ranging from 92 F to 132 F.

The chemical composition makes them among the best healing waters in the Americas as they contain chlorides, sulfides of iron, copper, fluorine, bromine and iodine. They act as a digestive, purgative regulator, stimulant of the cardiovascular system, diuretic and a central nervous system stimulant.

This is one of the most famous craft areas in Ecuador and there are numerous markets all within a few minutes ride (taxis by the way are very inexpensive) from Meson. Shopping markets include: Otavalo, world-renowned for its large, varied indigenous market. Throughout the week, there is an abundance of traditional weavings and handicrafts to be found.

Cotacachi is famous as the leather village and specializes in all types of leather wear. The main street is lined with shops selling belts, jackets, bags, vests, suitcases, saddles and more. There is an abundance of products allowing you to find what you are looking for – all at amazingly cheap prices.

San Antonio de Ibarra, is famous for wood carvings and furniture. The tradition of craftsmanship developed by the population of San Antonio dates to the 16th century and includes sought after wooden religious art and altar pieces that are shipped worldwide.

One of the best weaving villages in Ecuador is Peguche. This village is far less known than Otavalo but the better tapestries are woven here. They have weaving demonstrations including how all natural dyes are made.

Traditional Masapan art made from hardened bread dough craft making is a cultural expression of the rural zone of Calderon, which has been passed down for generations. Now we have one of the descendants of this ancient craft who is offering it in a nearby village to us…just 7 miles away. The masapan crafts are original products, multicolored and perfect for decoration. All products are hand made with quality prime material that is non-toxic, to protect health and the environment.

We have a Spanish teacher who lives near the hotel and offers both group and individual Spanish lessons at very low prices.

You also enjoy very comfortable king size beds (with 380+ thread count sheets), balcony and daily maid service. Every room has a large balcony. Laundry is extremely inexpensive.

Medical services are excellent. Some residents more than pay for their stay just having dental work completed.

In addition the weather is wonderful! Ecuador is a land of intense sun, but the Andes climate varies according to altitude. Cotacachi sits at 7,800 feet, so the temperatures range between mid 40s (at night) and mid 70s during the day. Because there is no industry for many miles the air is clear and the stars at night spectacular!

This is a small community (10,000 people).  The people are warm, sweet and friendly, no traffic jams, no pollution…to us an almost perfect place to live.

Finally your contribution by living here helps support the programs of the Land of the Sun Foundation (See www.landofthesun.org ). The hotel was purchased with charitable contributions and all proceeds from the hotel goes to charitable causes. To date we are offering free English lessons in the community, a soup kitchen for the homeless, a children’s lending library, medical missions, medical help, higher learning for the indigenous, and computer gifts. Being a part of these wonderful programs adds one more fulfilling dimension to living here with us at Meson de las Flores.

We love our home here and hope you will share Ecuador with us.

To make your reservation, simply choose the order form below.

Remember that time is money and in this case, timing your visit to Ecuador is money and convenience!

Details of the $32 a night hometel program are here.

Gary

Join us in 2009.

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 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

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 three courses in any one month.