Everlasting wealth is no bull. Stress, doubt and worry are.
No matter how much you have in earnings, investments and savings, you’ll still be worried if you are not in touch with the basics of everlasting wealth.
In the summer to get in touch with the basics, I often work in the woods.
In winter I head for our greenhouse in Florida.
A mantra at this site is “Turn your passion into profit”.
A New York Times article entitled “No. 1 With a Bullet: ‘Nadeshot’ Becomes a Call of Duty Star” by Conor Dougherty (1) provides an example of turning passions in profit when it tells the story of 22 year old Matt Haag. Three years ago Matt was working as a cook at McDonalds. Today Haag is a professional video game player of Call of Duty, a popular series of war games. He makes close to a million dollars a year sitting in a soft chair playing a game he loves to play.
He earns his income from contest winnings, streaming to 1.5 million YouTube subscribers along with lucrative contracts to live-stream his daily game sessions online from sponsors like Red Bull, the energy drink.
That’s a powerful example of turning a passion into profit!
Yet Mr. Haag isn’t having as much fun as he should. The NYT article sums up the problem with a quote from him. “I think about my future probably at least 10 times a day,” he said. “I think about what if this all goes away one day? What if for some reason people just aren’t in your live stream tomorrow? What if people aren’t clicking on your YouTube videos tomorrow? What if your team doesn’t work out and you’re not performing that well and you have to quit competitively? What happens when you can’t compete anymore and you want to retire because you’re going insane?”
His worry is not without reason. His fan base is largely teenagers and those who sell to this audience live with the near-constant fear that their audience will abandon them for something or someone else.
He is trapped in a cycle where worry can actually create the future of his fears. The article again explains in this quote: On another evening, Mr. Haag, bags under his eyes, wanted to take a night off and go back to the house in Venice. He asked his teammates if they wanted to go with him. They declined.
Instead of letting his teammates siphon off fans who could be watching him, Mr. Haag changed his plan and stayed for yet another marathon session of streaming.
“I would love to go home and hang out, but you gotta do what you gotta do,” he said. “Can’t complain too much, playing video games for a living.”
He’s 22. He is making millions. Instead of feeling on top of the world, he is stressed and worried. That worry is likely to make his fear something real.
Haag’s worries reminded me of a question that hopefully can help you avoid stress. Who runs a business… the customer, the owner or the bank?
The answer of course is all three… a successful business must serve all three interests… the business owner should be fulfilled, the customer has to be satisfied and the bank account needs more coming in than going out. When a business attains this balance there is less stress.
Reduce the stress and a lot of the worry goes away.
Having your own business can be stressful. However your own business can be extremely gratifying when you are doing what you love. This is why Merri and I love self publishing. To be really financially successful in publishing you need to work hard… especially to begin. You need good financial management. You need the ability to adapt to change. However self publishing is generally a low stress business.
Choose Your Level of Work
Long ago one of my first jobs was as a bus boy at a steak house in Portland, Oregon (Old Country Kitchen – Home of the 72 Ounce Steak). This was owned and run by two hard working brothers. They had a huge success (the place is still in business over 50 years later though I doubt that their 72 ounce steak is still $11.95!). On weekend nights, diners would wait in the lounge for hours to get a table.
Saturday nights were the worst and one Saturday a customer was too long in the lounge… too hungry… too inebriated. He came out to complain… loudly…. to the owner, Richard, who was on duty.
Richard was a feisty guy about 5 foot 3 inches but with a sharp wit and bustling energy. He looked the drunk in the eye and said… “I am really sorry. Sometimes I run this business. Most of the time… like right now, the business runs me.“
How novel… the truth. I cannot recall the diner’s reaction but that little piece of advice has remained with me over sixty years. “Your business will often run you rather than the other way round.” If you are going to create a master that sometimes directs you… it makes sense to create one you love and one that is managed to remain balanced through thick and thin.
Long term balance starts with the mind and body, with a set of values and a set of beliefs that anchor a deep inner confidence (your could call it faith) that whatever happens, it’s okay, it’s right and that all is in perfect order. Your grounding in this type of attitude will bring you everlasting wealth. That’s no bull!
Merri and I have added a Super Thinking Longevity session into both of the January and February courses that help create long term mental, physical and emotional balance.
Here are some of the subjects covered in these sessions:
* The three fundamentals of longevity. Gain secrets of nutrition, exercise and purpose so you’ll eat, work and sleep better and more peacefully through the elements of water, fire and air.
* How to use the five senses to be long lived and feel good.
* Andean-Indian connection language, exercise and food. How to shift fact from fiction and to apply ancient wisdom to a modern lifestyle.
* Air, fire and water Imbalances. What they are. How they impact your health and thinking.
* Three ways to reduce imbalances to conquer anger, depression and anxiety.
* Andean Food Mixtures. How to lose 43 pounds in eight weeks and expand your energy!
* Incan Cleansing Tactics. Create an internal fountain of youth.
* Three simple fruits, three spices and three internal cleaners that remove plaque, lower blood pressure and clean and lubricate the joints.
* Adding strength through the diet. Six magic foods, how to turn quinoa, corn, beans, eggs, cheese and yogurt into increased muscle mass.
* Natural Growth Hormone Inducers. Three secrets for a youthful body.
* High Mountain Dreams. Seven ways to get deep, revitalizing, good night’s sleep.
* Seven Incan exercises that will add years to your life and life to your years.
* Incan dietary secrets for weight loss, purification and vitality. How to buy, cook, prepare, serve and eat.
* Cleansing herbal showers and drinks you can make and use at home.
* The Secret of the Golden Thread. How to make every day seem like a lifetime.
(You gain these sessions at the courses at no additional cost.)
Learn Super Spanish in Ecuador
Live Anywhere – Earn in Ecuador
Ecuador Export Business IdeaLive anywhere – Earn in Ecuador with an export business in Ecuador.
Create an Ecuador exports business with Roberto Ribadeneira’s Ecuador Export Tour. Merri and I have worked with Roberto for nearly twenty years exporting many products.
You can arrange an individual tour designed especially for you.
Lake Quicocha near Cotacachi.
Visiting another country is great, but it is even better if you can do business while traveling!
Come to Ecuador and learn all about exports to the USA, Canada and Europe while visiting amazing places and earning money.
* You may be able to deduct part or all of this trip from your taxes.
* You can buy products to sell back home.
* You can learn about exporting from Ecuador to anywhere.
* You can even bring ideas to manufacture in Ecuador with great quality and competitive prices.
Coming to Ecuador not only won’t cost money but will make money for you.
Here is a note from Roberto Ribadeneira:
Let me share all the knowledge, contacts and products I have accumulated over decades of exporting. Make your trip to Ecuador the beginning of a great business opportunity.
Otavalo Market. Learn about Tagua…a vegetable, sustainable, renewable ivory.
Let’s see some numbers.
Tagua bracelet. Cost in Ecuador is $2.50 it is sold in the USA for at least $12.
Tagua necklace. Cost in Ecuador is $3, it is sold in the USA for at least $15.
Metal Bracelet. Cost in Ecuador is $1, it is sold in the USA for at least $10.
Shawl. Cost in Ecuador is $2.50, it is sold in the USA for at least $11.
Scarf. Cost in Ecuador is $3.00 it is sold in the USA for at least $12.00.
These are just few examples of products that are inexpensive and have huge margins. But there is also another plus; you can request specific improvements on those products.
But let’s go over some numbers and specific ideas.
1- You want to sell a tagua bracelet to a University in Colorado, but everyone can do that, what they can’t do is sell a tagua bracelet with the University’s color. We can dye the tagua bracelet to match the University’s color, same goes for any other tagua designs and even for shawls and other textiles. If you make just $9 on each tagua bracelet and you sell 100 units, you are making $900 on 1 order. And this is just 1 product, and this is just 1 University. You can apply this idea to any education center in the USA.
2- You see designs of leather products that you think could be made better, or different. There is a niche market where you can sell them. The manufacturers in Ecuador can make any design, on any color with major improvements over the original idea. You can even request to put a logo and special details on the products. We have a major company in the USA that wants our leather iPhone 6 cases, but they want them with their branding and specifications that other cases don’t have. So we are making the leather cases exactly as they want them. Margins on leather products are around 60% retail and 20% wholesale. Orders for medium size companies come in the hundreds, so you can make good money selling leather. Customers and myself have made thousands of dollars selling these products.
3- Selling Roses to final customers is another amazing way of making money. What I am doing right now is reaching to people that want to raise funds for specific projects and teaching them how to use roses for that. On one specific program we are donating $20 to $40 on each box sold to a Water Project in Ecuador. The response has been unbelievable, people enjoy the beauty of Roses from Ecuador but also contribute to a good cause at the same time. Since there is no limit on quantity of flowers that you can sell, there is no limit on the number of people that you can involve in this idea.
Rose Farm Processing Facility.
4- Selling wholesale. This is the main goal for the July course that I want you to take here in Ecuador. If you find a store, a chain, a website or any other vendor that sells unique and cool products, you are in for a great business opportunity. Their orders are in the hundreds and even thousands of units. Margins are lower, but since you are selling more, that compensates. The nice thing about this part of the business is that these big companies are looking for different products, so if they buy 1 from you, there is a big chance that they will buy many, many others. Remember that our manufacturers can make the products with the customer’s specifications, so there is no restriction on design that your buyer may want.
As you can see there are many ways in which you can make money while visiting Ecuador. That is why I have designed an Ecuador Export Course that can be especially customized for you.
We work 3 full days together learning and searching for products that you could buy. You and I will go over ideas, product designs, web design, shopping carts, SEO and other details on how to get as many customers as you can.
Leather Duffel Bags.
The course includes taking you to the manufacturers, sellers and export companies so you will have all the contact information that you need to move forward on your business. There are dozens of manufacturers that make every type of product that you can imagine. Most of them already work with big importers all over the world and have proved that the quality of their products is amazing.
If you would like to sell retail, I will also show you how to design a website, create products, a shopping cart, how to set up the system to charge your customers online and the basics of promoting it.
There are plenty of places to visit and ideas to explore. Among the places that you will visit while on the Export Tour are:
– San Antonio de Pichincha
This is not just another course, this is THE COURSE. I don’t just teach you how to Import Products to the USA, I also work on the import-export business myself, which means that I have the experience and knowledge to give you ideas and solutions.
Jewelry is one of many Ecuador exports.
Ecuador has evolved as an export center and I have expanded my export service to create custom export tours that fit your schedule and particular desires.
I arrange for you to meet the artists, designers, creators, craftsmen, wholesalers of products that suit your business ideals and arrange visits of workshops, homes and markets.
You can learn about exports as diverse as jewelry or wood products.
Ecuador has great art exports.
There are wonderful handmade crafts like the chess set below.
This tour goes to the high Andes.
You’ll see products from Zuleta where they create handmade “green” cotton-one-of-a-kind tableware, shirts, specialty items.
Here you see them in hand sewn embroidery from the village of Zuleta. In this Andean community near us hand embroidery has been an important form of artistic expression and adornment for centuries. Andean cultures have long boasted superior textiles, far surpassing those of Europe. The weavers of the Andes could produce material with as many as five hundred two-ply woolen wefts per inch compared to one hundred in Europe.
The women of Zuleta are renowned for unique hand embroidered designs and colors. Their styles are so unique they have become a form of cultural identification.
Flowers are popular in Otavalan sweaters as well. Plus the ladies of Intag make flowers from plant fiber.
My main exports are flowers, but we send many products and have the Ecuadorshop Logistics Service to help you become an exporter.
Roberto speaking at a seminar about how he can shop, ship and charge for Ecuador export businesses.
Here is a Ecuador export business I arranged for a tour delegate who sold to the Texas Rangers.
Texas Ranger badge.
Almost everyone has heard of the Texas Rangers. They are the oldest law enforcement body on the North American Continent and have helped bring in many famous criminals like John Wesley Hardin and Bonnie and Clyde.
We were really tickled to hear from a delegate of the Ecuador Export tours that he had sold hundreds of embossed Ecuador leather backpacks to the Texas Rangers and that was just the first order.
Here are some of the services we offer to help you export from Ecuador to the USA.
#1: A US company.
#2: A continuous bond, which has to be purchased each year to be eligible to register to import with the US Customs.
#3: A broker who has a power of attorney authorizing them to handle your imports.
#4: A US bank account to pay US customs department when taxes and duties are due.
Plus if you are selling direct to customers and accepting credit cards, you need:
#1: A verifiable credit history and Social Security number.
#2: A gateway company to process the charges.
#3: A credit card merchant account.
#4: A certified, secure shopping cart.
#5: An annual PCI compliance review and certification
#6: An EIN number provided by the IRS
#7: A sales number issued by the state of Florida.
#8: A Physical US address (PO box not allowed).
#9: Monthly accounting system.
#10: IRS annual sales report.
We can help you organize all these steps.
Our Ecuadorshop Logistics Service provides all these services for exporters.
There are two more very special benefits.
First, our logistics service can pay manufactures in Ecuador.
Second, our service can monitor production and quality and assure timely delivery.
Many people try to export and find really great products that they sell really well. However once they return to the US they can’t restock unless they return to Ecuador. If they do reorder but are not present for delivery, they are at the mercy of the manufacturer… which creates a huge quality control problem. These importers get whatever suppliers here send them.
Many don’t even try to reorder. They don’t know how. They don’t want to wire money without seeing the product and being are of delivery.
Many others just have no idea or find that the income is not worth the time, effort and cost of all the red tape.
The good news is that I do not get in-between the importer and buyer either. I set a price for my service and the importer knows his product cost.
Our service is provided for a set fee so the importer knows all costs and can price his product accordingly.
This is a great service that provides every detail for importing products into the USA. We have used this logistics service ourselves for years. One big benefit is that the service can send each product direct to the buyer in the USA. We sell Ecuador roses… charge the customer and deliver the order to our logistics service. Everything else is handled by the service. The tracking notice and the roses are delivered direct to the buyer. The logistics service then charges our credit card and pays the supplier… so no money has to be wired to Ecuador.
The Ecuadorshop Logistics service makes large and medium scale Ecuador exporting possible. Exporting can be fun and fulfilling as well as profitable. Improved technology continually makes having your own global micro business easier if you have support.
Wood Carver in San Antonio de Ibarra.
Come to Ecuador and make extra income while learning about global trade and expanding your possibilities.
Ecuador has amazing products that are unique and very affordable. This makes them more attractive and more lucrative. Additional to this you don’t need to make thousands of items to get a good deal. In Ecuador most products are hand made, which means that specifications and quantities match what the customer needs.
Have a great experience in Ecuador while doing business. You will learn about Ecuador, the products and the people.
In addition to help the success of your export business Gary & Merri Scott are giving each course attendee their online course “Tangled Web How to Have an Internet Business”. This is a $299 online course that I asked the Scotts to provide to you free.
This course focuses on how to use modern technology to start and run or improve a global micro businesses… that can create valuable extra income with minimal investments of time and capital.
You learn how to start small and build with stepping stones and a harmonious focus… how to build a successful at home business via the internet using several profit generating phrases at Google.
You gain the secrets of how you can use words to create your own global income… whether you travel or stay at home.
The course shares how to create a website and utilizes the first four of “Seven Ps” (Person, Problem and Promise, Product) to zero in on key word phrases. Then you learn how to use the Fifth P Promise to develop new customers. The Sixth P is the Prospecting Path and Seventh P is the Presentation to create income.
You can gain all the facts on how to use the seven Ps to create internet sales. The internet can support your Ecuador Export business.
New Super Highway Quito Airport to Cotacachi.
Food, accommodations and travel to and from Quito Ecuador are not included. Travel on the tour is included.
This is a three day customized tour. We fine tune the schedule depending on what you would like to see more as you may have more interest in certain products. We make adjustments based on your business needs so the tour will be most beneficial to you.
Here is a typical three day tour
Day One: Leave from Quito to Cotacachi at 09:00. Start at 12:00 in Cotacachi, visit to leather town to see what products you can make in leather. We visit suppliers and manufacturers for ideas on what you can buy or have made.
Lunch break 14:00 – 15:00.
16:00 – Go to San Antonio de Ibarra to see wood products, meet manufacturers and review designs that can be exported from Ecuador. Visit ends at 18:00.
Day Two: Start at 10:00 after breakfast at the hotel. Visit Otavalo for Tagua and textiles. Visit see manufacturers, review products on what can be purchased or made. See how to develop personal labels. Find volume discounts etc. Meet with supplier for new products to make, high-end tagua items, new products of bamboo, baby blankets, baby products, Christmas products. Products made of Alpaca, specific designs.
Lunch break 13:00
14:00 – Talk to cargo agency, see packing, costs, how to ship, taxes, etc. 15:00 – Visit manufacturer for sweaters, shawls, and other textiles, he can make specific designs for you. 17:00: Create a website, a shopping cart, manage logistic, storage and shipping cost with FedEx or Mail Service.
Day Three. Starts at 10:00 after breakfast at the hotel.
Visit Otavalo Market, fair day. See all the products available, purchase items for business, talk to all the vendors, see different products, low cost textiles, low cost jewelry, ponchos, sweaters, shawls, products for under $2 a piece.
12:00 – Tagua, jewelry, what designs you can make, cost of personalized items. Jewelry store for Tagua products, they create designs for inexpensive tagua jewelry.
13:00 – 14:00 lunch. 15:00, see rugs, alpaca products, honey products, flowers, etc. End at 18:00
“Tangled Web How to Have an Internet Business” will be emailed to you when you enroll.