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.
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.
Our hacienda was at the tip of this bluff.
This was my front room view.
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.
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.
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.
When on Ecuador’s coast I work on the balcony of our beach front apartment and watch the sunset.
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.
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.
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