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…
allowing our eldest grandson, Garren, to continue his love affair with our hound dog, Ma.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Today, our business remains micro sized but we have grown from 1,600 readers to four main subscription lists consisting of 15,947 subscribers.
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.
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!
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.
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.