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Business ideas in Ecuador are important.  Recently a reader with about half a million dollars asked if this would be enough to live well in Ecuador. I told him that would be way more than he needed.  Then I wrote:  But you need more than money.   For a fulfilled life you need something  beyond the money.   Have something you enjoy that is important to you to do.


Does this look like work?  We rode down to this…


train station and were met by these lively people.  This is a great benefit of the tour business… so much fun… so many things to see.

One can blend business and purpose with tours and natural health to create a better lifestyle.

This is why Jean Marie Butterlin who heads Ateam Ecuador offers agricultural and export tours.

Here is a report on natural health product business potential in Ecuador.

In Ecuador, we live in a country that has some exceptionally good soil, unique weather condition and that is rich in many medicinal plants and herbs.

If you have a passion you will eventually come across some unusual and unique products to sell. There are 2 qualities you need to look for in these potential  winner products :

A)   exclusivity or patent : you do not want competition

B)   give VALUE to your customer.  This makes them repeat customers. Value is a very interesting concept.  You have to market your product and demonstrate that it is 10 times more valuable than its price!

C)   The BIG secret of online business is…….THE E-MAIL LIST.   Create an online list of e mails that share the same passion.  I suggest that you study David Cross’ course on this website, on how to setup a business online and create that list.  He explains the power of a focused e-mail list combined with an auto-responder which becomes the most valuable asset you can create and which will make money over and over for you.

D)   If you cannot find a product, create one by writing an e-book that gives VALUE to your customer.  You need to solve a problem! Others will have the same problem:   See Gary & Merri’s Writers Camp.

As you know, one of my passions is Natural Health. I spend at least a couple of hours every day learning about my passion.  Every now and then, I come across some “jewels”!  Because of my 35 years of  experience, I can see very quickly opportunities by blending products and markets.

Here is one recent example: I travel a lot (another passion that is paid by the natural health/anti-aging passion).  During a dinner with a doctor-friend in Paris, he showed me his latest discovery : a product in a small 10cc bottle (10 bottles per box) that contains both a solid extract in the patented cap and a liquid in the bottle itself.


This patented spirulina product is 7,000 more concentrated than spirulina (contains phycocyanin) and is more efficient than spirulina because you mix at the last minute the dried extract (in the cap) and highly concentrated liquid extract, using a patented cap, which releases the dried extract in the liquid just before drinking it. The combination of the two is what makes it so potent!


In my field everyone knows very well what spirulina does for you….my friend has marketed the product just to naturopaths in Europe for now, just saying “7,000 times more powerful than spirulina”.  The production lab had to increase 6 fold its output within 8 months to fill out orders. (Today they are constantly still back ordered).

The first thing I did, was to try the product myself and then secure the rights to North and South America.  I have already a network in the US and I will setup via the internet a network in South America, with Quito as the main distribution center.

Ecuador also possesses a coast where we can grow the algae that produces the phycocyanin. When the market needs it, we can start producing locally for the whole SA continent.

This product has 3 unique qualities:

–       easy to market because it can be attached to an existing concept, spirulina.  You do not have to make any “claims” as the natural health people already know about what spirulina does!  They just need to translate this 7,000 times more powerful and the work is done!

–       patented and exclusive and super efficient = no competition

–       90% of customer re-orders and they keep taking it.

 I will make a few videos talking about the product (without having to be making any health claims) and create a specific list of prospects and customers in North and South America (in English, Spanish and Portuguese).

The product will only be available at the end of 2012 in the US and SA but you have to start building your list early to draw the interest. You can use a blog to keep the interest going and keep your prospect alive reminding them that they can pre-order and be put on a waiting list. All this makes your product valuable that way also.

Write about your passion and your products on your website or blog.  Tell stories….remember always : “It’s the story that sells!”

Another concept that has been taking over Europe in the last years is the plant/herbal stem cell called “gemmotheray”.  The idea is very simple:

A genius scientist, Dr. Pol Henry, in Belgium found out that the buds of a specific plant had some very interesting properties totally different from the full grown leaves or fruits or roots.

They had incredible qualities.  The part of the plant he used was the stem cells of the plant.  One of my doctor/partner/friends had the chance to work with Pol Henry and he received all his valuable research before he passed. That research has never been published.

One of the big problems in plant stem cells is harvesting, as you get only a very small window every year to harvest the buds. These buds have to be harvested early in the morning to keep the condensed water (the energy/information) and must be put into a solvant immediately.  Every harvester has a 1 gallon container where he immerses the buds just after picking, this keeps all active ingredients “alive”.

The product is therefore never dried and the extraction takes place after a 3 to 8 weeks maceration process in a 3 phase extraction: water-alcohol-glycerine. Each solvant will extract specific ingredients.

One can only imagine the type of actions some of those stem cell plant possess.

We have created a whole line of unique combination of plants for some specific purposes. These products will be available very soon in fall 2012.

These products have also 3 qualities:

–       although not patentable, they are extremely hard to manufacture as you need the knowledge (kept confidential), the land to grow organically the plants and the manufacturing to extract it. So almost no competition.

–       the plants are well known so you just need to tell what is different and better and why.

–       the product gives good value as it sold at roughly the same price as standart plant extract.

Another area where Ecuador has the edge is the production of  organically grown medicinal spices like turmeric, ginger. etc.  There is a French herbalist in Puyo that produces these spices on a small farm and he sells it in Ecuador and a little bit abroad. The production cost in Ecuador is better than in most other areas if you know how to produce it without pesticides and chemical fertilizers. The key word of course “organic”.

During our agri expeditions we only work on farms that are converted into organic.  In fact we have found out that it is cheaper to grow organic than with conventional methods in Ecuador.

For further information, I can be reached at : jean@ateamecuador.com

Jean Marie

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Ecuador Exports Service

Ecuador Living’s Ecuador Export Service has expanded.

The ability to earn extra income may be one of the most important assets you can have when living in Ecuador.  Having an Ecuador export business is one good way to earn.


Jewelry is one of many Ecuador exports.

Ecuador has evolved as an export center and we have expanded our export service to create custom export tours that fit each person’s schedule and particular desires.

Most tours start in Quito as the greatest number of crafts come from villages such as Cotacachi,  Peguche, Otavalo, San Antonia de Ibarra, Atuntaki and throughout the province of Imbabura.

We can 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.

Improve the quality of your life, expand your horizons and reduce the tax you pay as you increase asset protection by having an overseas company and overseas income!

Join other like minded souls in Ecuador.  Learn how to gain freedom and self fulfillment through an Ecuador export business.

In wood products.

In Ecuador’s art.


In jewelry and all types of exports.


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.

Delegates who use this export service are also eligible for The Ecuador Living Club Ecuadorshop Logistics Service offered by Flower exporter Roberto Ribadeneira.


Roberto Ribadeneira speaking at our seminar about how he can shop, ship and charge for Ecuador export businesses.

Here is a business lesson from the Texas Rangers.

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The ultimate form of financial security is to serve in a way you love through your own business.

Improved technology continually makes this easier but increased ability to serve is often hindered by red tape.

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.  However it turned out that there was one thing that even these famous lawmen could not overcome…. red tape.

Almost no one has heard of the 106 rules the current administration has passed in the last three years that collectively will cost taxpayers more than $46 billion annually in compliance and lost productivity.

As you’ll see below the process of shifting from a small to medium or large Ecuador exporter requires a lot and growing amount of red tape… so much so that it overwhelms even the large Ecuador rose farms.

However there are two rays of sunshine that can help with this problem.  The first is the The Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Act (H.R. 4078).

The website of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee wrote a report that says:   July 26, 21012 the House Passed  the “Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act”.   Measure freezes new job-killing regulations and streamlines rulemaking process.

(WASHINGTON)—The House of Representatives today passed a comprehensive regulatory reform bill to cut red tape and make the federal rulemaking process more friendly to job creators.  The measure included several provisions previously passed by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

“The Obama Administration has issued some 106 rules in its first three years that collectively will cost taxpayers more than $46 billion annually in compliance and lost productivity.  This is four times the number of major regulations and five times the cost of rules issued in the prior administration’s first three years,” Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Issa said.

“In more than 30 hearings, examinations and public forums, our Committee has heard loud and clear from job creators across the country who tell us that red tape imposed by the federal government chokes economic expansion and hurts job creation.  Nonpartisan research surveys report that the American public feels the same way—with an overwhelming majority saying federal regulations are a major reason why the economy is struggling.  This bill helps unwind much of this unnecessary red tape and frees entrepreneurs and business owners to do what they do best: create jobs and opportunity,” Issa added.

See a link below to The Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Act (H.R. 4078).

This is why we are pleased to introduce the second bit of good small business news, a new benefit for our Export Service delegates.

First, let’s look at the red tape to 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.

This along with the 106 new regulations adds so much expense and bother that even the large rose plantations in Ecuador cannot keep up.

Fortunately there is a solution and a special benefit for you if you have an Ecuador export business.

Our import logistic provider sent me this note:  Gary, A great new system has developed in Ecuador so that Flower Shops can now order direct from the rose plantations.

The way things have worked is that flower shops received their flowers from a local vendor, who got them from a distributor who got them from an importer, who dealt with a farm.

Or the flower shop purchased them from someone like me who buys them from a farm and ships them by FedEx.

This has expanded our business because in order to sell and import direct into the USA  there is an endless list of things to do. (They are described above).

The Ecuadorshop Logistics service provides all these services for exporters in importers into the USA.

The farms can sell to the flower shops but have no way of charging them nor of getting the flowers through customs.  Our company does everything for them as their logistics provider.

We charge the buyers credit cards, do the FedEx labels, send the tracking number, deal with customs, pay duties when rehired, use our bond and broker coordinate and pay the rose plantation.

The plantations find that complying with all these requirements is too expensive we do the entire logistic service.

The farm only has to grow, harvest and sell the roses.  Our logistics service takes care of everything else.

Every farm I have talked to has signed with me.

I am happy to now provide an even more special exclusive service to your Ecuador Living Club members and export tour delegates.

I can provide our logistics service for Ecuador exports beyond roses.

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.

I have met many of your export tour delegates who have found really greet 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.   Our Ecuador Living Club and the Ecuador export tours make this service possible from smaller businesses.   As you can imagine a service of this nature requires substantial set up and personal attention. Normally this would be available only to larger businesses such as rose plantations.   Due to the size of our readership… the size limitation for acceptance has been removed.  This is an exclusive service available to our Ecuador Living Club members and to the delegates who use our Ecuador export service.

Turning your passion into profit with your own business makes sense in these technological times… if you can outrun growth in red tape.  The Ecuadorshop logistic service can help stop red tape from putting your business in the red.

The ultimate form of financial security is to serve in a way you love through your own business.  Exporting can be fun and fulfilling as well as profitable.  Improved technology continually makes having your own global micro business easier if you can eliminate most of the red tape.

Please contact Gary Scott at for details about private export tours at gary@garyascott.com