Funky Business IV

by | Oct 3, 2009 | Archives, DO NOT USE - IBEZ, ibez

A funky business can help pull us out of a funk.


Yesterday, Merri and I took a walk around the farm. I was concerned and the clear air helped crystalize  my thoughts.

My concern came from the New York Times headline: U.S. Economy Lost 263,000 Jobs in September; Jobless Rate Rises to 9.8%.

This article began: American employers cut 263,000 jobs last month, far more than forecast, and the unemployment rate rose to 9.8 percent from 9.7 percent in August, the Labor Department said.

That walk helped clear my min. Nature always brings back the realities and benefits of never ending change. I knew, as the first leaves of autumn crunched beneath my feet, that the dying days of summer would turn the path underfoot to this… soon.


Then it would still change to this.


By then Merri and I would be with our hound Ma… far south because the sun always shines somewhere… in Ecuador… Florida and other points south.

This reminded me of a fact. The US and global economy may be improving but jobs as we knew them for the last decades will not return… ever.

The September 11, Time article Jobless in America: Is Double-Digit Unemployment Here to Stay? by Joshua Cooper Ramo expands this dilemma. Here are excerpts that quote Lawrence Summers, director of the President’s National Economic Council:  Coping with bills due, dreams deferred and the need to plot a new life. What Summers proceeded to offer was, in fact, an unusually candid insight. And though couched in jargon, it was an insider’s confession of why our present economic moment is fraught with both danger and opportunity. There appears to be a strange bit of physics working itself out in our economy. The problem is related to a hiccup in an economic rule called Okun’s law that says when the economy grows, it produces jobs at a predictable rate, and when it shrinks, it sheds them at a similarly regular pace.

The American economy has been shedding jobs much, much faster than Okun’s law predicts. According to that rough rule, we should be at about 8.5% unemployment today, not slipping toward 10%. Something new and possibly strange seems to be happening in this recession. Will double-digit unemployment persist even after we emerge from this recession?

When compiling the “worst case” for stress-testing American banks last winter, policymakers figured the most chilling scenario for unemployment in 2009 was 8.9% — a figure we breezed past in May. From December 2007 to August 2009, the economy jettisoned nearly 7 million jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s a 5% decrease in the total number of jobs, a drop that hasn’t occurred since the end of World War II. The number of long-term unemployed, people who have been out of work for more than 27 weeks, was the highest since the BLS began recording the number in 1948. Jobless figures released Sept. 4 showed a 9.7% unemployment rate, pushing the U.S. — unthinkably — ahead of Europe, with 9.5%.

America now faces the direst employment landscape since the Depression. It’s troubling not simply for its sheer scale but also because the labor market, shaped by globalization and technology and financial meltdown, may be fundamentally different from anything we’ve seen before. The total number of nonfarm jobs in the U.S. economy is about the same now — roughly 131 million — as it was in 1999. And the Federal Reserve is predicting moderate growth at best. That means more than a decade without real employment expansion.

If you look at the three great job busts of the past 100 years — the 1930s, the early 1980s and today — you find an important difference. The Reagan recession ended with workers returning to jobs that were the same as or similar to the ones they had lost. But 1930s joblessness was structural. The jobs people lost — largely in agriculture — never came back. Workers had to move to the industrial sector, a transition helped by the demands of a war. It was massive national hysteresis. Sound familiar? “A lot of the jobs that have been lost will never come back,” the Peterson Institute’s Kirkegaard says. Which means that hiccup in Okun’s law is a warning: growth alone won’t employ America again.  The painful fact is that the 1930s option, to have the government directly employ millions of people in labor fronts, is not an option today.

Service jobs alone can’t support growth and innovation — which will be essential as we struggle to pay off a historic national debt and fund the retirement of the baby boomers.

There are millions of people who need work.

There you have it… the sad fact…global change dictates that employment and “historic national debt and fund the retirement of the baby boomers” in the US are at risk.

This means we need to create our own income with our own business (hopefully doing what we love).

This is why we have been focusing on our Tangled Web course that outlines how to have your own internet business.

One of the greatest problems we find is that readers have a hard time deciding what kind of business to do.   We have been sharing funky business ideas to stimulate this process.

Our hopes are that seeing crazy ways that others earn wealth doing what they love can bring ideas to you.

Here is Funky business ideas #IV from a reader.

Gary, here are a couple of really funky businesses I’ve heard of. Neither will make you rich, but I love the serendipity of them.

Once I interviewed a man for an article in a local paper. He made his living by blowing bubbles! He put on quite a show, and blew huge bubbles, multiple bubbles, bubbles attached to bubbles, etc. He had traveled all over the world and had a picture of himself with a bubble bigger than the front end of his VW bus. He was a kind of national celebrity in some Eastern European country – maybe Poland before the communists gave up. He was once invited to Japan for some very important celebration. It’s been too many years and I don’t recall the details, but what a character!

The balloon man told me about a time back in the ’70s when he lived in NYC. He sold peace buttons on a corner somewhere in Manhattan. Across the street another man had a different street corner business. He had a chair and a box of typing paper, and a portable typewriter on his lap, or maybe on a little table. He wrote 10-minute novels! He would ask his customer a few questions, get some names, etc., then set to work. In ten minutes he handed the customer his “novel”. What a kick!  Wish I could read one of them.

Sound crazy? Actually these are very stimulating, thought provoking ideas to get us going!

Shouldn’t we do something important… something that would get us invited to the White House instead?  Like this business outlined in an article that says:  Oakland man blows bubbles for Congress.  Sterling Johnson was shuffling through some legal documents at his home office in Fairfax when his phone rang. Someone who claimed to be calling from the White House invited him to go there and asked for his Social Security number and date of birth.

A skeptical Johnson declined to give the requested information, hung up and called information to get the general phone number of the Oval Office. When Johnson called he learned he was invited to blow bubbles at the annual congressional picnic Wednesday evening.

Five years ago he started earning additional income by blowing bubbles. It was something he enjoyed as a hobby since he was a teenager, when he discovered during a school science project that he could do wonders with them, he said. Johnson works part-time performing at variety shows, corporate events and private parties.

Here is Johnson at the White house… blowing bubbles.


Want more funky? How about a business training whales to blow bubbles?

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These whales have delighted thousands of visitors since being taught the impressive trick by scuba divers in a pool. They are given a breath from the diver’s regulator to give them enough air to blow the big bubbles.

Employment may be down but we do not need to be in a funk over this fact. We can earn doing anything and even the strangest, funky business ideas can take us far!


Because the ability to earn wherever you live is vital, we developed our course Tangled Web… How to Have an Internet Business.

I am willing to give you this $299 course free when you attend either our our North Carolina International Business & Investing seminar in October or November in Ecuador.  Sign up for either seminar and I will email you our Tangled Web… How to Have an Internet Business Course (offered at $299) free.

We look at many funky export ideas in these three courses.

For example when decoratng our latest rental unit we created wall art with these Otavalo scarves.


All it took was the scarves, a stick and a bit of wood.

We visit Otavalo on our Ecuador export tours.


There is so much…


style. This is the entrance to the Plazas de los Ponchos in Otavalo.


There is so much wonderful design….




textures and…


uses from ponchos to…


hammocks to…


sweaters to…


art and handicrafts to…


reed furniture… musical instruments and rugs… mats, that the experience stimulates funky business ideas.

Join Merri, me, my webmaster to learn more on developing an internet business and more Feb. 11-14 at our  International Investing & Internet Business seminar, in Mt. Dora.

You can also join our group and travel to Ecuador after the Mt. Dora seminar.

Feb. 15-16   Travel to and visit Quito
Feb  17         Travel to Manta
Feb. 18-19   Coastal Real Estate Tour
Feb. 20        Travel to Cotacachi
Feb. 21-22   Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Feb. 23-24  Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour
Feb. 26-27  Cuenca Real Estate Tour

Cheap Ecuador air fares make it less expensive to get to Ecuador than ever before… plus there is still time to enjoy great Ecuador tour savings at a discount.

Monthly payments can now be made to attend our Ecuador tours. See below.

Join the International Club and start attending our seminars and tours in February.

Along with cheap Ecuador air fares there are really incredible Ecuador tour savings if you plan to attend six seminars or tours any time in all of 2010.

Our 2010 International Club membership allows you and a guest to attend as many of the 51 courses and tours we’ll sponsor and conduct in 2010  (fees would be $38,452 for all these courses individually).

The 2009 club fee was only $2,999. Because we have added four extra south Ecuador beach tours, the 2010, International Club fee rises from our 2009 enrollment to $3,500 on January 25th 2010.

Enroll in the International Club now at the original fee of $2,999. Save $501.

International Club 2010 monthly payments.

Attend our 52 investment, business, Spanish, real estate and export, courses and tours in 2010 with one small enrollment fee of $2,999.

Because holiday expenses often tighten the winter cash flow, you can enroll with three monthly payments… $1,025 in January… $1,025 in February and $1,025 in March 2010.

International Club 2010 Membership $2,999 Enroll here

International Club Three Monthly Payments of $1,025

Here are the 51 courses and tours you can attend free. Plus there is even one more savings you will see below.

Feb. 11-14   Quantum Wealth Florida -International Investing & Internet Business, Mt. Dora, Fl.

Feb. 15-16   Travel to and visit Quito
Feb  17         Travel to Manta
Feb. 18-19   Coastal Real Estate Tour
Feb. 20        Travel to Cotacachi
Feb. 21-22   Imbabura 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, Fl.
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
Mar. 28-29   South Coast Real Estate Tour

Apr. 12-15   Ecuador Export Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Apr. 17-18   Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Apr. 20-21  Coastal Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Apr. 23-24  Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Apr. 26-27  Cuenca Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)

May  13-14     Ecuador Shamanic Minga  ($499 or couple $749)
May  16-17    Imbabura Real Estate Tour  ($499 or couple $749)
May  19-20    Coastal Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
May  22-23    Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour  ($499 or couple $749)
May  25-26    Cuenca Real Estate Tour  ($499 or couple $749)
May  28-29    South Coast real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)

June 24         Quantum Wealth North Carolina
June 25-27    International Investing and Business North Carolina  ( $749 or couple $999)
June 28-29   Travel to Ecuador and Andes
June 30-Jly 1 Imbabura Real Estate Tour  ($499 or couple $749)
July 3-4          Coastal Real Estate Tour   ($499 or couple $749)
July 6-7          Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour    ($499 or couple $749)
July 9-10        Cuenca Real Estate Tour   ($499 or couple $749)

Sept.   3-6      Ecuador Export Tour  ($499 or couple $749)
Sept.   8-9      Imbabura Real Estate Tour  ($499 or couple $749)
Sept. 11-12     Coastal Real Estate Tour   ($499 or couple $749)
Sept. 14-15     Cuenca Real Estate Tour    ($499 or couple $749)
Sept. 17-18     Ecuador Shamanic Minga  ($499 or couple $749)
Sept 20-21      South Coast Real Estate tour ($499 or couple $749)

Oct.    7          Quantum Wealth North Carolina
Oct.   8-10     International Investing & Business North Carolina ($749 or couple $999)
Oct.   11-12    Travel to Quito and Andes
Oct.  13-14     Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Oct.  16-17     Coastal Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Oct.  19-20    Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Oct. 22-23     Cuenca Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)

Nov.    4-7        Super Thinking + Spanish Course Florida ($749 or couple $999)
Nov.    8-9       Travel to Quito and Andes
Nov. 10-11       Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Nov. 13-14      Coastal Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Nov. 16-17      Quito-Mindo Real Estate  ($499 or couple $749)
Nov. 19-20     Cuenca Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Nov  22-23      South Coast Real Estate Tour (($499 or couple $749)

Dec.   3-5       Ecuador Shamanic Mingo  ($499 or couple $749)
Dec.   7-8       Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Dec.  10-11    Coastal Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Dec. 13-14     Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Dec. 16-17      Cuenca Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)

If you join the International Club, the entrance fee for 2010 is $2,999 (until January 2010).  Your attendance fees at all courses will be waived. You and your guest can attend courses worth $40,947.

You can calculate the savings as our schedule of all 2010 courses is shown below.

Arrival dates are always one or two days earlier. Please double check with us before booking flights.

I invite you to be a member of the International Club which allows you and your guest of your choice to attend all of these courses which are valued at $38,452!

International Club 2010 Membership Enroll here

You may well wonder why I would make such an offer and ask why the cost is so low? Let me answer this question frankly and from the heart.

First, it helps us do a better job for you. We feel greatly enriched when we can really help our clients improve their lives. We have learned through years of experience the best way to do this is to meet with you regularly. We can best help you learn how to improve your health and wealth through continual expansion of knowledge.

Second, we gain enormous fulfillment from the many friendships we form through the years. Our friends have enriched our lives tremendously. Let me explain this in more detail.

As a member, you will be part of our international family that meets intensively over the next year to examine ways we can make our lives better. Our goal is beyond just having money. Our goal is to have quantum wealth… good health… wealth and fulfillment through service.

Though I give all course delegates my very best, I cannot help but to do a better job for those who come again and again. As we meet often; your particular wants, needs and desires become clear, and it is easier for me to point you in the right direction.

Another phenomenon is that repeat delegates help each other! They get to know one another, help each other learn, share their insights, make contacts and gain more wealth.

Out associates in Ecuador, are experienced business people who live or work and conduct our real estate and export courses.  They can also act as your local backup for the business.

Lifestyle for Two. There is more! I have learned at my courses that many repeat delegates were couples.

We want couples! As a member of the program, you are entitled to bring another person to every single course or tour. The cost for that extra person will be ZERO!  You can bring whomever you wish. Bring your spouse, a friend, son or daughter, partner, accountant, adviser. You can bring the same person each time or a different person, whomever you choose to accompany you. (Accommodations and air fares relating to the courses are not included for members, delegates or their guests.)

Won’t you join us in this exciting club and share Merri’s and my lifestyle for the next year? We look forward to seeing you at as many courses as possible and sharing this wonderful world of abundance and well being with you!


International Club 2010 Membership $2,999 Enroll here

International Club Three Monthly Payments of $1,025

See more shots of Sterling Johnson blowing bubbles here

Read the entire article U.S. Economy Lost 263,000 Jobs in September; Jobless Rate Rises to 9.8%

Jobless in America: Is Double-Digit Unemployment Here to Stay?

Oakland man blows bubbles for congress