A Cotacachi business is great…a quiet peaceful place without much crime, noise or pollution. Yet how can someone do as Merri and I have done…have a business that works in Cotacachi, the Blue Ridge of North Carolina or anywhere we choose in the world?
2008 provided many economic lessons that we can use in 2009 to create our own business in Cotacachi or wherever.
The reason we can have this freedom in business is passion. May I explain.
I am one of the luckiest guys in the world because my children are continually doing things that I learn from. This allows me to be a bragging dad and actually share a worthwhile point in the process.
For example Merri and I recently were reminded of the most important secret of business success from our youngest daughter, Eleanor. Here is a shot of Merri and me riding the Virgina Creeper Trail last summer with Ele.
Eleanor is just 27 but has already built a very successful London based business that not only provides her a six figure income, but gives her the freedom to travel the world. This last year, she visited us twice in the US plus spent time in China enjoying the Olympics and made numerous other trips. She has over four months of each year to travel wherever she desires…and earn as she goes.
While she was last with us, we had a great deal of time to talk and she surprised me by sharing a valuable lessons about business.
The first lesson came when she was telling me about her latest efforts at getting some of her students auditions and roles in London West End shows. Ele started as an entrepreneur early. She owns a performing arts school in London that teaches dancing, drama and singing. Here are some of her students in the production of Aladdin they are currently performing.
Ele’s school is a franchised operation…one of about 600. She is one of the youngest owners yet has one of the top ten busiest schools.
One reason for her success is the enormous energy and passion she puts into her business. Another reason for her success is she has a growing reputation for getting her students professional roles in the London theater.
She currently has eight of her students working in London’s West End.
Two are in the Sound of Music at the London Palladium on Argyll Street.
Two are in Rodger and Hammerstein’s Carousel at the Savoy on the Strand.
One is in Disney’s Lion King, at the Lyceum Theatre on Wellington Street.
One is in Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue.
I was a bit surprised at this success and asked her “what is your trick”. She replied:
“This is very simple. I give the children who have extra talent free lessons. I bring them to my home and work with them there.”
When I questioned the wisdom of giving away her services as being part of a good business model, she replied:
“This is not about the money, Dad. The thrill of hearing those kids when they call me and tell they were selected is worth every minute I put into this. I love those calls so much, I am happy to devote my time and effort.”
This is the secret. Do what you love and figure out how to make money in the process.
In Ele’s case, she has profited indirectly…but the profit is not the purpose. This is a matter of fulfillment and of the heart.
This has always been an important idea, but grows in importance now. Recent economic distortions have been so grave they have forced many to continue working… or to work more then expected or… to start working for oneself when an existing job is eliminated.
This problem is so acute and the importance of having more people do what they love is so vital that we have decided to write a new course…on how to develop your own international internet business.
I have now started this course and before I launch it to the public want to make a special offer…that gives you this course free…or more.
Please let me explain why.
Years ago, Merri and I had 23,000 print readers…micro sized in publishing terms….but very, very profitable for us. We made millions from this business.
Merri and I believe that in this rapidly changing world…small is beautiful.
When money stopped mattering as much, our children were grown, finished with university, we sold our print business and took a year off…lived with a shaman high in the Andes.
Then we morphed into an internet only business. Our readership began small, with about 1,600 email readers. We expected to slow down and smell the roses more. We even bought an isolated hacienda high in the Andes called Rosaspamba (Place of roses).
As crazy as it seems, we could actually run a business with this small readership and make a profit because our readers are so wonderfully responsive.
This is what the new course I am creating will teach you….how to have a small, safe, profitable global internet business by creating wonderfully response, fun to be with, like-minded customers.
Today, our business remains micro sized but we have grown from 1,600 readers to four main subscription lists consisting of 25,000 subscribers.
The downturn of 2008 did not slowed us a bit. In fact we are growing faster, in number of subscribers and income, than ever. December 2008 was our busiest month on the internet ever…by about 50%!
This was all at a time when many say the world is economically depressed. Yet our sales are way up and growing almost every month.
Our list and sales are still tiny compared to many of our competitors and associates who make millions a month. We make tens of thousands… sometimes hundreds of thousands .
Yet we have been able to add this extra income with a surprisingly small amount of added overheads. This number works perfectly for Merri and me…a fun sized readership. In our opinion, this should be the key in business… satisfaction… fulfillment and fun…through service along with the profit.
Yet, profits do matter. These internet sales alone have given us the freedom to live in an isolated Blue Ridge farm during summers a house and 16 acre orange grove in Florida and a hotel and numerous house sand apartments in Ecuador… yet still earn many tens of thousands of extra dollars a month.
Now you can learn everything I do to create this extra income and have fun and fulfillment in a micro publishing business.
The syllabus of this course will help you learn how to find something that is fun, fulfilling and profitable for you to do.
Our growing income is one reason I have decided to create this course.
Second, the economic downturn of 2008 meant that more of my readers will need a new way to earn in the years ahead.
Yet the third reason was the straw that made me decide to do this….my webmaster who helped me start this site has agreed to co-write the course with me. Merri and I will explain what Merri and I do in the business. The writing…the marketing…the product planning and such. Our webmaster will outline the technical part. How to chose a server…set up a shopping cart…create pay per click systems…send thousands of emails a day.
Though we like to remain small, this does not mean all of our students will. Our webmaster started with us first but since has grown to be the chief internet consultant for several much larger internet marketing companies that send over a billion emails a year!
I’ll be explaining the course in detail as we develop it over this year…what I will share and what my webmaster will share as well…how the course will help you. Right now I honestly do not know everything what will be in the course.
Previous courses have always evolved as they are written because of the questions that are asked as the lessons are sent.
This is why I want to offer this emailed course (which has not yet be written) now so you can grow with the course as it evolves.
Here is a special offer.
This new course entitled “Tangled Webs We Weave – How to Have Your Own Internet Business” is available at $299.
However if you sign up for our course Self Fulfilled how to be a Self Publisher, I’ll send you The Tangled Web course free.