Spring on our farm. As we adjust to the seasons, we must adjust to changing economies and times.
See how Todd Smith’s note below can be a gift to you as well.
In October 2005, I attended Gary’s “Self-Fulfilled” course on how to become a self-publisher. At the time, I was a successful wedding photographer in Richmond, VA, and while I enjoyed my work, it didn’t completely fulfill my creative desires. There are things you never get to express when you are working for clients.
I wanted to create a photography job that would fulfill me as an artist and give me the potential to scale my income instead of working by the job as a wedding photographer. In the end, there are only 52 weekends a year, which means there was a cap on my wedding income potential.
Gary’s course was packed with knowledge and practical tips of how he has created and run a self-publishing business for decades. I loved his simple description of self-publishing: “to inform.” He encourages his students to pick something that they are passionate about and to make that the basis of their businesses.
I love nature photography, flowers, landscapes, travel etc. I also love spirituality, and I was a monk for a number of years. Combining these two loves I started a free email newsletter two years ago to share new photos and to share my own uplifting observations or experiences every week.
People tell me that they look forward to my email every Thursday… some call it therapy, others pray that it will never stop. Everyone agrees that it is a highlight of the week.
“Beautiful newsletter! Soft and lovely way to start the day.” Jean Byrd Frederick, MD
“You are such an artist Todd, your words paint a picture!” Bernie Koftinoff, Kelowna, BC
This newsletter has become the basis of my business. It accomplishes two things: 1. It gets me out taking new pictures every week and hones my writing skills. 2. It keeps my work in front of people who like seeing it.
When I first published a wall calendar two years ago I sent a message to my list of 120 readers and I sold 150 calendars! If you take care of your readers they will pay you for your efforts. This year I printed 1000 calendars and have already sold 53 in just one week in the middle of August without strongly promoting it.
As I continue to build my business through search engine optimization and promotions to other lists my base of loyal customers is growing. Gary detailed in his course everything I needed to know to make this happen. From time to time I look back at the huge manual he gave us as part of the course material and I discover another creative way to improve my marketing.
Publishing is a very old profession, and it is all about marketing. The biggest piece of advice I learned from Gary’s course was “write the marketing piece before you create the product.” Gems like this have kept my business on target in early growth phase which devours many startups. Thanks to Gary I’m not completely flying by the seat of my pants!
I love the way Gary uses publishing to create a lifestyle that is fulfilling to him. I use it in the exact same way. While there is a lot to do in the startup phase, everything I do is cumulative, allowing me more and more free time to do what I love: take photographs and enjoy a pace of life which is not breakneck. When I was on the course four years ago, I told him I wanted to step out of the rat race. By becoming a self-publisher I have done just that. I can speed up or slow down my business as I like and I can choose what I want to publish. It is a business that allows maximum freedom in life.
If you like working for yourself on your own hours and are considering becoming a self-fulfilled publisher like me, I highly encourage you to take Gary’s course and learn from someone who has been doing this successfully for years. He certainly gave me a boost, and I still use many of things I learned four years ago in my business today. Todd
This is nice to read… a benefit to me. There is a benefit for you as well.
As a special promotion to my readers Todd is offering a 10% discount on his 2010 photography calendar.
You can purchase Todd’s calendars here. Merri and I already have received ours that we ordered for friends on our list.
Just add the calendar to your cart and use the promotion code, “garyscott” to receive a 10% discount when you check out.
Summer on the farm. When opportunity is hot we must seize it!
Knowing how to earn through your own internet business grows in importance as unemployment grows and more importantly as types of employment shifts.
Excerpts from the September 5, 2009 Wall Street Journal article, “Job Losses Weigh on Recovery Layoffs Slow but Unemployment Rate Hits 9.7%, Highest Since 1983” by Sudeep Reddy shows that getting a job is a diminishing option.
Here is the excerpt: Nonfarm payrolls fell by 216,000 jobs in the month, fewer than the 276,000 lost in July, the Labor Department said Friday. The economy has shed 6.9 million jobs since the recession began in December 2007. The data reinforced expectations that employers will begin adding jobs by early next year, though the pace of job creation remains uncertain.
The latest figures are consistent with an economy pulling out of the deepest downturn since the Great Depression. But rising unemployment portends persistent weakness in consumer confidence, income and spending, even as manufacturers start bouncing back and stocks revive. The construction and manufacturing sectors together accounted for more than half of August’s job losses. Losses in retail and business services narrowed. The biggest gains came in health care.
The rise in unemployment, after dipping to 9.4% in July, came as more Americans returned to the work force. Teenage unemployment hit 25.5%, the highest since the government began keeping records in 1948. Most economists expect the rate to top 10% in coming months and stay over 9% through 2010.
Autumn on the farm. When times change, we must embrace change.
Even more important is the fact that when the economy recovers the types of jobs available will have changed. Older workers and graduating students may especially be affected.
Excerpts from a September 8, 2009 article “Job change takes on a new meaning”
in the Chicago Daily Herald show how greater skills will be required. The excerpt says: If this recession has taught us anything it’s the times they are a changin’, especially when it comes to business and the labor market. And, we must coach not only unemployed workers, but also high school and college students to recognize that and look to where the jobs will be in the future when considering a career.
The reason is pretty clear. Some bellwether corporations have gone bankrupt, entire industries are rethinking and reshaping their business plan; several traditional can’t miss careers are no longer sure things.
The American work force was sent reeling by corporate cutbacks. The jobless rate now flirts with 10 percent, and the economy has shed nearly 7 million jobs since the start of the recession.
Those numbers reflect laid off workers, but they also affect graduating students unable to start their career because no jobs are available.
And, that’s why workers – current and future – need to think change.
Energy jobs, especially at companies stepping up environmental initiatives, are expected to be an area of growth.
Do you have an interest in global business? It’s more important now than ever to ask two key questions when investigating a career choice: Where will the jobs be in the future? And what do I have to do to get one?
Winter on our farm. When times are harsh, we must bundle up, hibernate or move to warmer spots… like Ecuador (see below).
Merri and I love seeing people succeed. We can all have success when we embrace change!
Please send your stories of job change success and see below how we can help you succeed.
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 our North Carolina or Ecuador International Business & Investing seminar in October or November all three courses, “Tangled Web… How to Have an Internet Business Course,” “Self Fulfilled- How to be a Self Publisher” and “International Business Made EZ” free.
Join us with Jyske Bank and my webmaster David Cross in West Jefferson North Carolina. Learn more about global investing, & how to have an international business at the seminar.
You’ll see views like this on your way to West Jefferson for the October seminar.
Or head south to Ecuador!
October 16-18 Ecuador Southern coastal tour
Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Tour
Oct. 25-26 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
In Cotacachi the weather is always Spring like. Here is the village plaza near our hotel Meson de las Flores.
Join us with Peter Laub of Jyske Global Asset Management in Ecuador. Learn more about global investing, how to have an international business at the seminar.
Nov. 6-8 IBEZ Ecuador Seminar
Let our friendly staff at Meson de las Flores serve you.
Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour
This shorts weather photo was taken from our beach penthouse in February.
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 the entire articles: “Job Losses Weigh on Recovery
Layoffs Slow but Unemployment Rate Hits 9.7%, Highest Since 1983″