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Bahia is the town readers seem to like most on Ecuador’s coast.   See why and a special opportunity with Bahia B&Bs. Plus learn a unique new income idea in a BB&B.

First, why Bahia?  Jean Marie Butterlin,  head of Ateam Ecuador on Ecuador’s coast sent this note:

Why Move to Bahia, Ecuador by Jean Marie Butterlin


Beach on the Chone at the center of Bahia.

There are lots of reasons why you may want to move to Bahia, Ecuador, but the Number ONE reason is the people. I have found the people in Bahia to be very friendly, gentle and loving and there is a sense of peace and quiet. Bahia is clearly not a party town, but if someone likes to party – Canoa is only 20 minutes away and that is where the action is, especially on the week-ends and during holidays.


Friendly people and easy transportation are in Bahia.

Bahia could well become the next Punta del Este

Bahia could well become the next Punta del Este however it is still rather small – only 6,000 in el centro and about 42,000 if you count the surrounding areas.  As you might expect there is very little traffic (except at Carnival).  Children play in the streets in the evening.   Bahia is what I call a “family” town.


Bahia sits on the Chone Estuary

Bahia is surrounded on 3 sides by the bay and ocean. Unbelievable sunsets.  Dolphins playing in the surf and the malecon.  Beaches are just a few minutes away from el centro. In el centro  you have access to most amenities.


Beaches are near Bahia.

Bahia is still very inexpensive

Bahia is still very inexpensive as compared to other seashore towns in Ecuador or South America. Ocean view second hand apartments run about $70/sq.ft and new condos on the malecon will run anywhere from $100 to $130/sq.ft. You can even find pre-construction prices of $88/sq.ft right on the malecon with incredible views.


This is the new condo where I bought and have my own mini B&B.

For 14 years there was no new construction in Bahia and suddenly four new buildings are being built.  Three of these buildings  were sold pre-construction – all to Ecuadorians, which shows you:

1- prices are right

2- there is demand

3- Bahia is ripe for growth

Bahia is ideally located

Bahia is ideally located as it has a nice size airport in San Vicente right on the other side of the bay.  The runway is currently being redone so Boeing 737s can land.

South of Bahia there is quite a bit of activity also as new developments are taking shape in what were pristine undiscovered areas until now which were only accessible at low tide by driving along the beach.

North of Bahia we have seen the first development happening which is between San Vicente and Briceno. For now it’s just one house but is a beginning.


Development is starting north of Bahia.

Bahia is one of the nicest places on the coast of Ecuador

Because Bahia is one of the nicest places on the coast of Ecuador and still very affordable, it is attracting buyers from Ecuador, North America and Europe.  Bahia combines a unique set of qualities in South America but the time to invest in NOW as more and more people are finding out about the beauty of this place.

Just north of Bahia you can access some unique eco-systems that are lush and green that cannot be found anywhere. … south of Manta for example where the weather is much drier. The beaches north and south of Bahia are pristine and lots of surfers are enjoying the waves. Bahia also offers some unique archeological sites dating as far back as 4,800 BC.


At the archeological museum

Investing in Bahia also is unique. Bahia is the place where people from Quito go on vacations and this creates a unique B&B opportunity.  Residents of Guayaquil tend to go to Salinas for their rest, we now see more and more of them coming to Bahia.

Bahia has 28 days per year of special holidays where the city grows to over 100,000 people.  During those days one can rent their  apartments for four times the usual rent. 

A quick calculation shows that you can make 5% net every year just renting a condo during these 28 days.  You can still occupy it the rest of the year FREE.

Jean Marie

Changes in the global economy increase the value in B&B opportunity everywhere.

A recent New york Times article “Family Net Worth Drops to Level of Early ’90s, Fed Says’ by Binyamin Applebaumoutlines the root of the problem when it says:   The recent economic crisis left the median American family in 2010 with no more wealth than in the early 1990s, erasing almost two decades of accumulated prosperity, the Federal Reserve said Monday.

A hypothetical family richer than half the nation’s families and poorer than the other half had a net worth of $77,300 in 2010, compared with $126,400 in 2007, the Fed said. The crash of housing prices directly accounted for three-quarters of the loss.

Families’ income also continued to decline, a trend that predated the crisis but accelerated over the same period. Median family income fell to $45,800 in 2010 from $49,600 in 2007. All figures were adjusted for inflation.

The Fed found that middle-class families had sustained the largest percentage losses in both wealth and income during the crisis, limiting their ability and willingness to spend.

“It fills in details to a picture that we already knew was quite ugly, and these details very much underscore that,” said Jared Bernstein, an economist at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities who served as an adviser to Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. “It makes clear how devastating this has been for the middle class.”

The survey also found a shift in the reasons that families set aside money, underscoring the lack of confidence that is weighing on the economy. More families said they were saving money as a precautionary measure, to make sure they had enough liquidity to meet short-term needs. Fewer said they were saving for retirement, or for education, or for a down payment on a home.

The global expansion that has boosted the well being of so many for so many years was driven by expanding emerging markets which were driven by overextended consumer spending in the Western world… led by the USA.

The high leverage involved in this spending has come home to roost and left America and most of Western Europe and Japan in an over borrowed, stagflationary (rising prices and slwoing economy) state.

In other words people are becoming much poorer and are trading down.  The concept that “The consumer is king” is losing validity.

Simultaneously the consumer is also looking for something else they can trust.   Look at what has happened to all the institutions we have been taught to rely on, the government, our police, religious centers, industry, educational institutions, science, even our athletic leaders. All have been involved in scandals, defrocked and shown as immoral, using deceit, lies and fraud.

Yet man is a social animal who needs to believe and belong.  Mankind needs to feel it knows truth and consequently is looking for it in secrets. Maybe we believe that truth is being kept from us?

Assuming this theory has some credence, we can ask what kinds of trends will develop in people’s search for truth.  This creates a new niche for B&Bs… “The Thematic B&B… a B&B built around a belief.

There is a growing trend for the purchase of immaterial goods, such as sports, entertainment, health, communication and spirituality.  Togetherness is a key motivator for emotional fulfillment. Many consumers have learned that just acquiring stuff is not enough.  More and more things don’t satisfy much or for long. At some point our material excesses turn into junk, worthless burdens that cost us to store, clean and insure.  Successful companies in the future will learn to attach symbols of love and togetherness to their products and services.

“There will be a growing business in ties that bond people together.

Think about how this can apply to a B&B.   People come to stay because they will meet like minded souls who are also interested in whatever is the theme.

This is a strong trend and it will have an impact on many businesses.  Keep your eyes open to man’s search for the truth because in spotting how this trend works can change the utility of many properties.

We have used this idea to change the utility of our farm from subsistence farming to writing by creating a center for our Writer’s Camps.

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View from our mountain “cafe” at a writing camp.

Learn more about writing camps here.

Black Star Farms is another example.

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Blackstar Farms in Leelanau County Michigan is another example as they have combined an agricultural theme with a blend of small-scale farming and business practices.

Blackstar is small as farms go at 120 acres but has blended a winery, a stable, a cheese factory, and bed and breakfast into its theme.

They use several tactics similar to ones Merri and I have used at our 250 acre farm in the Blue Ridge.

First, they cut out the middle man and sell directly to the user.

Second, they enhance their margins by adding value to their products. For instance, Blackstar helps his neighbors buying pears grown in a bottle for about ten dollars apiece as a first step to producing Blackstar’s high-end brandy.

They use their grapes to produce high end wine instead of selling the grapes.

They rent their old farmhouses at bed and breakfast rates instead of getting low income rents.

Third, they outsource to enhance their wine-cheese connection. They rent space at the farm to a cheese company.   The cheese helps attract consumers to Blackstar and makes it easier for consumers to get great cheese.


Our recent message B B&B  Baording B&Bs looked at why B&Bs have expanded potential due to demographic and economic shifts.

Combine this with these social thematic needs and trading down (a poorer market) and you will see an evolving need for Boarding Bed & Breakfasts.

I have been thinking about this in Ecuador as real estate prices rise and as increasing numbers of North Americans look for a less expensive lifestyle.  They still want to be surrounded by like minded souls but maybe cannot afford a house or condo.  This creates special opportunity for Boarding Bed & Breakfasts (B B&Bs) in Ecuador. Even better thinking about a BB B&B… Bahia Boarding Bed & Breakfast.   This could be a special opportunity idea for you now.


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  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.


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