Micro Business Compassion

by | Mar 7, 2011 | Archives

Micro business compassion is one great reason for having your own micro business.

This photo is from the Economist article “The Surge. Wads of cash and boots on the ground are keeping a critical district safe. But for how long?” More on the importance of this article and micro business compassion in a moment.

The recent  Micro Business Evolution article at this site said:

About 35 years ago I wrote my first book “Passport to International Profit” and in that book wrote the statement, “The sun is always shining somewhere”.   I was wrong and would like to restate that phrase… “The sun is always shining everywhere!”

Positive evolution and compassion are vital in business. As Winston Churchill once said:

If the human race wishes to have a prolonged and indefinite period of material prosperity, they have only got to behave in a peaceful and helpful way toward one another.

Doing more in your micro business than just seeking a dollar profit is increasingly important. Technology has diminished the dimensions of time and space.  This reduces the gap in knowledge and increasingly lets those who “have not” know how much those who “have” do have. The same technology lets the “have nots” express their frustration at the status quo (as many Middle Eastern dictators have recently discovered) so just having is not what it used to be.

True wealth includes happy neighbors.  Travel and communications technology means that almost everyone  is our neighbor!

Equalization becomes increasingly important and the way to spread wealth around is not to take from the rich and give to the poor but to use compassion in business that helps everyone raise the standard of living through service.

Technology allows micro businesses and compassion to increasingly become the steady horses that pull more of humanity out of the muck into higher lifestyles.

There is opportunity, even in war torn areas, like like Afghanistan.  A recent article at the Department of Defense blog entitled “Kentucky soldier finds visionary Afghans, helps their businesses succeed”  gives a clue how business opportunity that can bring positive evolution and compassion into a community is everywhere.

Here is an excerpt: Lt. Col. Jeffrey Casada is the Kentucky Agribusiness Development Team II leader helps the Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan.

Army Lt. Col. Jeffrey Casada, the Kentucky National Guard Agribusiness  Development Team leader with, helps a Paryan district fish farmer, Abdul  Aziz, fill out an application for a micro grant. The grant allows private business owners to apply for up to $10,000 in funding.

The Kentucky National Guard ADT and Panjshir PRT are teaming up with the local entrepreneur to educate him on modern techniques and expand his business.

Across Afghanistan, the U.S. military is providing micro grants to Afghans to help them excel in private enterprise. Here in Panjshir Province, our Agribusiness Development Team (ADT) looks for Afghans who have a vision for agricultural projects.

We’ve had some success.

One fish farmer, Abdul Aziz, in the Paryan District wanted to expand his trout fishery operation. I asked Abdul Aziz, who is also a mullah and teacher, where he got the idea for building the fishery. He told me the plan had always been in his head.

Abdul Aziz and his sons had already built a wall to protect the fishery from the river, a small hatchery, and raceways to grow out the fish. They were already buying eggs from Pakistan that were hatching in their hatchery. They already had 3,000 fish.

I was very impressed by the family’s initiative. So, the ADT provided a micro grant of $4,800, helping them expand to facilities that can accommodate 40,000 fish. They bought cement for the construction and a higher quality fish food.

The blog goes on to tell how Casada helped chicken grower, Shanawaz Khan, with his vision, energy and enthusiasm. He already has over 800 hens but wanted to expand to 8,000 hens.  The business was not profitable and the system does not allow U.S. government money for a micro grant if a business is not making money.  Casada gave the chicken grower a list of things to accomplish that would make his operation profitable so  in the future a micro grant might be available to expand the chicken farm.

The idea behind these grants is to help people who are willing to work and who have a vision… to make their operations more sustainable and more profitable so they can help the village economy grow.

Using prosperity as a weapon against war… against totalitarianism…. against ignorance…. against poverty and sickness and crime has proven to be the most sustainable local term socio-economic model in the history of humanity.

The Economist picked up on this story of US spending and published an article last week entitled the Surge;  An excerpt says: Had Patrick Lavoie strolled down the main bazaar in Marja a year ago, locals would have greeted him with sniper fire and roadside bombs. Today the American marine captain only has to step out of his base to be overwhelmed by turbaned men anxious to be his best friend.

All along the main road they try to catch his eye and beg him for money to spruce up their shops. As part of his campaign to smarten up the market, which is not especially shabby, Mr Lavoie is happy to oblige. But they must follow his rules, including putting up signs above their shop. Many are in dodgy English, in a town where few can even read Pushtu. One ten-minute conversation with some vegetable-sellers ends with Mr Lavoie agreeing to give them over $8,000 to fix up their stalls. “I’m like Santa Claus!” he says.

With their programme of small grants, goodies such as a surfaced road and street lighting, and a policy of putting many of the district’s “fighting-age” males on the payroll of a rash of new defence militias, the marines are spending $500,000 every ten days in a poor rural community of 250,000. The people have known only predatory government or Taliban rule.

This is a lot of spending and I am sure this is bringing some good.  However in all things, “Medicine is dose.”  With too little water… a person dies of dehydration.  Too much is called drowning!

The Economist article goes on to say:  It is the sort of splurge that horrifies development experts. They say it distorts the local economy and undermines longstanding if less lavish efforts to create a workable local government. Meanwhile, cynics who have seen this kind of thing before repeat the old saw that you can rent an Afghan, but you can’t buy him.

The question is how sustainable all this is, and how stabilising.

This leaves private business as the best initiator or social improvement through business. Government grants… welfare…. handouts… and government investments, by their nature… must be policy and regulation driven.  Government employees cannot be very flexible… cannot break or bend the rules.  Those policy and rules rarely factor in common sense.   

We as micro business owners can do more. We can see… judge… have faith… use our intuition. We can build it hoping that they (the customer) will come.

This gives us as micro business owners considerable latitude in doing the world and society as a whole quite a bit of good.

Such efforts do not always work perfectly.

One time Merri and I created a tour micro business in the Ecuador Andes so a village could generate enough money to buy a spring (their only water source). The project tapped into a spring two miles away.  Previously the villagers had walked downhill to the spring to collect water. It was quite common to see women bent over while walking, carrying heavy loads of water up from the spring to their homes. The owner of the spring was eventually forced to sell the land around the spring which meant the village’s only supply of water was no longer accessible to community members.

We provided the money so the village could purchase the spring for the village cooperative. Next, we took on the the challenge of putting fresh water in every single home in the village. This meant pumping sufficient water up 1,000 feet for much more than a mile.

We funded the installation of a power line, pole and transformer for the area as well as pipe to pump the water from the spring. The water needed to be pumped up the 1,000 feet to a 120,000 gallon water tank, the construction of which was we also funded.

Villagers assisted in the construction process so all villagers throughout the area had running water.  The villagers were so happy with this that they gave us a small beautiful home. Here we are.


Then came the crunch. The water in the spring previously carried up the hill was free. Now electricity and maintenance were required.   One of the village elders had all the water directed to a containment area at his house and charged each owner.  I do not know if his charge was fair or not… but wow did the fur fly!

We ran into a different type of difficulty in the Amazon.

A small Amazonian community of 43 population who lived near the Colombian border wanted a source of income other than selling oil rights.  We funded a small tourist center at the village so they could offer Amazon shamanic lifestyle tours.

We took our first group.


Here I am with the village shaman on that first tour.

Shortly after the Colombian FARC Guerillas moved into that area… and kidnapped a couple of US oil workers.  The US State Department put this area on a no-go list. Bye Bye business.

The village was able to continue offering tours to Ecuadorians as they were not kidnap targets… but our business opportunity was through.  However, the community had the lodge, the rooms/baths/kitchen/dining and they as Amazonians had the wonder of the Amazon to offer…just not to US citizens!

I point out the potential for failure as well as profit because the risk is worth it!

Merri and I have not regretted the losses and difficulties we sustained in these two ventures for one moment.  In business we sometimes win and we sometimes lose… but in caring… giving and taking positive steps in good faith… we never lose.  And in both of these cases, the community progressed, improved and had hope.

Our business is not just our humanitarian goals. We have humanitarian issues and profit motives as well as our personal desires for fun and fulfillment.  When we integrate all the motives our micro business is better… the world a little bit more positive too.

To expand on this integration we have been working with Jean Marie Butterlin, who conducts Ecuador real estate, shamanic and import export tours,  to add Ecuador micro business tours.

Jean Marie just wrote:  Gary, I feel we can bring people to Ecuador  for the business opportunity and who want to get out of the “rat race” up north.  Increasing numbers of our guests are freedom seekers. We are also seeing more younger delegates lately who are looking more at “quality of life” and having a plan to come down to South America not to retire but to have a better standard of living.

The  new tour that he is offering will cater to the people who want a “micro business” here.

Ecuador micro business opportunity  in the mountains and on the sea is featured.  First, covering Urcuqui and Cotacachi. There is an open ended opportunity here for restaurants, hotels, shops, services and a look at hot springs for spa development and also farming opportunities.

On the coast Jean Marie outlines:

*  Biofuel production with two bio fuel plants (one needs only 1 mm/year of water , the other 10mm) that produce a net yield in the area of $2000 per hectare (2.5 acres) and the price of the land is only  $8,000- not to bad a return

* Aquaculture i.e. shrimp farms that are totally organic: there is new demand for organic shrimp.

* High yield farming of tropical fruits.

* Investing  in teak production. (need 25 years but nice yield also even considering the 25 years needed)

* Tourism with hosterias on the beach and B&B’s in Bahia as the city badly needs more hotel capacity.

In Cuenca there are the possibilities of B&B’s and farms.

We are excited about this new development that Jean Marie is creating…hopefully good combinations between non Ecuadorians and Ecuadorians!  This rapidly changing world makes it easier, and at the same time almost forces us, to have our own micro business. When we integrate solutions to social and environmental ills with our own financial and spiritual needs… better… even great things can happen.

We look forward to sharing ideas about how to do this with you. 
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Learn how to create your own micro business that can bring compassion and hope for the poor.

Seven P Secrets of Self Publishing

When you write, you can work anywhere. 


Here I am working poolside in the winter, at our Florida farm.

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Here I am with our hound Ma, working during the summer at our North Carolina farm.

Learn how to earn everywhere, while living anywhere you choose.  I have been able to earn by writing in Hong Kong, England, the Isle of Man, Dominican Republic and Ecuador to name a few of the places I have lived.   Anywhere I am,  I am  able to work.

All I need is my laptop.

That’s all you need too… a laptop to be free!

Before computers, a pencil and pad did the job.

Freedom is just one benefit you can gain from a laptop business.

Another benefit is income.   Writing has brought me both our farms in Florida and North carolina, free and clear… plus a lot more.

Another good example of earning potential is my friend Hugh Howey.   He was working for $10 an hour in a book store when he self published his novel Wool, typing in a storage room during his lunch breaks.

Soon he was earning over $100,000 a month on Amazon.com.  This helped secure a six-figure book deal from Simon & Schuster, and an option for film by Ridley Scott, director of Blade Runner and Alien.

That’s what he’s doing now.

Hugh Howey

Hugh and I playing chess (he beats me badly).

Writers like Hugh are great inspirations.

A couple of years ago Hugh  left Florida, and moved to South Africa.  He had a sailing catamaran built for him and now can sail the world while he continues to write.

Hugh explained it like this: And that’s the miracle of working as a writer: I can do it from anywhere and everywhere. The past few years, I’ve done a lot of writing from airplanes and airports while on business trips abroad.  SAND was entirely written overseas while traveling through seven different countries; I think it’s a better story because of those inspirations.  In upcoming years, I may be writing near your home port.

Hugh’s a super star writer and his success could not happen to a more deserving and talented person.  He pours enormous energy into being worthy of his readership.  But you do not have to be a million dollar a year earner or a traveler to benefit from writing.

The good news is… you do not need a huge success to have a rich and fulfilled lifestyle.  Self Publishing can bring you a life that most people only dream of, as a journeyman writer, instead of a super star.

May I hastily add that the path to stardom begins as a journeyman… so the journeyman’s path brings success without stardom… but can also lead to stardom.

What most success stories like Hugh’s rarely explain is the many hours of writing that was devoted before their self published book sales soared.   Hugh, like most writers were journeymen first.  Stardom came later.

Here are sevens secrets that can help you become a journeyman writer. 

The secrets are a writer’s armory of tools that allows almost anyone to create successful publications for income, freedom and fulfillment.

Take Merri’s and my publishing business as an example.  

Merri and I are not writing stars.  We are journeymen who have for more than 40 years, year in and year out, earned solid income writing and self publishing dozens of publications about multiple subjects.

Some years that income has been more than solid… over a million dollars.  Yet in terms of stardom, we are hardly known.

In a moment you’ll see why that’s fine for us and probably will be for you too.

First some history.

Merri became involved in self publishing over 40 years ago… first helping a veterinarian publish a book on a very specific market… animal acupuncture. Then she showed a needle point artist how to sell more books to an even more specific audience… “needle point enthusiasts”  about her needle point work to an audience larger than the population of the city she lived in.  This led Merri to eventually become Executive Editor of an award winning magazine in Florida.

My story allowed Merri and me to work and live from Hong Kong to London to Europe to Eastern Europe, then the Caribbean and then Ecuador… making millions in the process of following our adventures… having fun… while helping a large readership adapt to a rapidly changing world.

That’s what self publishing can bring, profit, adventure and fulfillment, a great feeling of worth and wonder.

Self Publishing has created exactly the lifestyle we desire allowing us to span the world and work with meaning and purpose.

Self Publishing has become a new business art form. 

The seven secrets can help you start your own self publishing business now.

Everything in publishing is new and exciting and changing.  Publishing is being recreated by the wonderful power of destructive technology.

Everything is new… except the seven secrets. 

Change in the publishing industry is disturbing many.   We love this evolution due to these seven secrets we call the 7Ps.  The 7 Ps are so fundamental to writing and publishing that new technology enhances rather than reduces their power.

The First P is Passion.

Whatever your passion, you can immerse yourself in it AND create income with self publishing.  This can be your direct ticket to the kind of fulfillment you’ve always wanted.

Whether you want to travel the world or live as a recluse, work 12 hours a day or not work much at all,  you can set your schedule to succeed, if you’re willing to learn these seven secrets.

You can start part-time with any dream, passion, and budget.  Once you’ve created a product, you’ll enjoy the “multiple effect” of producing profits over and over again.

So the question is… What do you love to do?

What’s Your Passion:  An example is that thirty years ago, a client of Merri’s had a passion to help people who were in pain?  He published a series of pamphlets explaining various chiropractic disorders in very simple terms.  For example: “What Is Whiplash?”

The pamphlets contained solid information, but were simple 5″ x 7″ brochures with drawings and explanations. He sold them with a rack to chiropractors, who put them in their offices for patients to read.  These little self-published items sold year in and year out for decades.

There are thousands of ideas of this sort that can lead to big business.  It’s just a matter of defining and then acting on your passion.

Although I can work when I please and go where I wish, for me the most important reason for being a publisher is the satisfaction it brings. 

I love the projects I take on, so work doesn’t feel like, well… work.

What do you love?  If you love golf, then you can write and sell publications about golf.  Love travel, fishing, dogs, dolls, or art?  Write and sell publications in these fields.

Are you concerned about crime, war, poverty or environmental issues?  You can publish information products that help reduce these concerns.

Would you like to help the world be a more spiritual place?  Publish a newsletter, write a book (or hire someone to write it for you), record a tape… publish something that enlightens people.

Whatever your passion, you can immerse yourself in it and earn income by publishing for ereaders, print on demand, CDs, lists, bound books, or any format you choose.

Be immersed in your passion and get paid well for it. 

This is why stardom is not the main goal for most writers and self publishers.  Extra income, more freedom and fulfillment are usually more than enough enough.

The seven Ps are:

#1: Passion

#2: Problem

#3: Person

#4: Profitably Priced Product

#5: Prospecting Pathway

#6: Promise

#7: Presentation

The first time I exposed others to the secrets in Self Publishing was in a weekend “Writer’s Camp” seminar.  We offered the camp for $1,500. 80 delegates enrolled.  People from all walks of life attended—chiropractors, businessmen, investors, doctors, realtors, inventors, airline pilots, engineers, and housewives.

Merri and I were so overwhelmed by the response, we decided to make it available to a larger audience.  We created a written course based on our current self publishing activity called “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher.”  Then we recorded the weekend “Writer’s Camp” seminar.

Thousands have used the course as it has evolved over the decades.

You can receive both the written course and the recorded weekend seminar, in an MP3 file, in a special “Live Well and Free Anywhere” program I am making available to you.  The normal fee is $299 for the written course and $299 for the recorded workshop.   I’ll send you both the course and the recorded workshop and my course on how to expand the profits of what you write called “Eventful Business” (also $299) all for $299.  You save $598.

We are so confident that you’ll gain from this offer that if you are not fully satisfied, simply email us within 60 days for a full refund .

These courses are not theoretical.  They describe, step-by-step, how Merri and I built a million-dollar international business and how we are running this self publishing business right now.   We use the 7Ps today just as we did four decades ago to create a strong annual income.

This correspondence course is for those who would like their own international self publishing micro business for fun and profit. If you want fun, freedom, extra income and fulfillment with your own full or part time writing or want to build your existing business, by writing to sell you can profit from this course.  The course can help who want their own business or who want to have a business together or a family business.  This is the perfect course for those who can no longer find employment, who are looking for ways to earn abroad and who wish to retire and supplement their income.

Whether you are retired, an investor, chiropractor, doctor, dentist, professional or already own your own business, this offers another way to make money, to turn your passion into profit. We guarantee that we have shared all we know to help you start and run your own international business.  Enjoy and live a life of following your Passion to Profit… through writing.

Here is a special offer. 

Whatever your passion, however you do business, chances are you’ll be writing either to create a product or to sell a product. 

You save more than $598 because you also receive a recorded webinar conducted by our webmaster David Cross (at no extra cost).

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David Cross

David has been our webmaster since our website began in the 1990s.  He is Merri’s and my business partner. We could not run our business as we do without him.

Learn the tactics we use in our web business that condenses 27 years of practical experience about search engine optimization, and writing for search engines.

For the last 27 years David has worked with companies large and small – IBM, Agora Publishing, AstraZeneca and many small business owners.  He has worked in 22 countries, and lived in six of them.

David’s clients span the globe and represent companies and charities both large and small.  From corporate giants to small, one-woman businesses and everything from finance, healthcare, publishing, technology, real estate, veterinarians, alternative health centers and everything in between.

David is an essential part of our web based business.

Myles Norin, CEO of Agora, Inc.  wrote:  “I have found David’s knowledge and experience unmatched in the industry.  Without David’s expertise and guidance for the past 7 years, we would not be nearly as successful as we are.”

As Senior Internet Consultant to Agora Inc. in Baltimore, MD, he worked closely with Agora’s publishers and marketers and – over a 7-year period – helped to propel Agora’s online revenues from around $20 million to well over $300 million.

David’s webinar will help you gain benefits in your micro business that large internet marketing companies use.  In this practical recorded workshop you will learn valuable skills to help your micro business.

There has never been a time when the opportunity for small businesses abroad has been so outstanding.  Expand your borders now!  Increase your economic security freedom, independence and success.

If you are not fully satisfied that this offers you enormous value simply email us for a full refund within 60 days.  You can keep all three courses as our thanks for giving our courses a try.

You also receive a report  “How to use Relaxed Concentration to Brainstorm Business Ideas” and a recorded workshop “How to Become and Remain Rich With Relaxed Concentration” at no additional cost.

Plus you get more in the program.

You receive regular writing and self publishing updates for a year.  Businesses usually need to evolve.  Merri and I continue to publish and have our independent businesses.  Some basics have remained for decades, but new strategies occur all the time throughout the year.  We’ll be sending along updates that share our most recent experiences as we learn and continue to grow our international micro business from Smalltown USA.

My special offer to you in this “Live Well and Free Anywhere Program”, is that you receive:

  • “Self Fulfilled – How to Write to Sell” course
  • Video Workshop by our webmaster David Cross,
  • The entire weekend “Writer’s Camp” in MP3,
  • MP3 Workshop “How to Gain Added Success With Relaxed Concentration”
  • The business course “Eventful Business”
  • Any updates to any of the courses, workshops, reports or recordings for a year

We are so confident that you’ll gain from this offer that if you are not fully satisfied, simply email us within the first three months for a full refund. 

Order “Self Fulfilled – How to Publish to Sell” and a full year of update lessons $299.  Click Here.      

See success stories from Self Publishers and a few who have attended the “Writer’s Camp” that you will receive on MP3.


Read the Economist article The Surge. Wads of cash and boots on the ground are keeping a critical district safe. But for how long?