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Here is an idea that can help your retirement economics.  This shows a way to earn extra if you are retired or a way to develop an enjoyable income that allows you to retire early and easier.

Some of the great advancements of mankind have come from exporters.  Exporting can create income… but does ever so much more…. bringing adventure and sometimes weaving an entirely new fabric in society.

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Marco Polo for example was a Venetian merchant and adventurer and traveled from Europe to Asia from 1271 to 1295.

His quest to find new goods for Europe certainly led him on some adventures and the goods, products and his books changed the world.

His exports were so influential that two centuries after Marco’s passing, another traveler looking for ways to create import export potential, Christopher Columbus, set off across the Atlantic in hopes of finding a new route to the Orient. With him was a copy of Marco Polo’s book!

Below is a note about retirement economics and exports sent by Roberto Ribadeniera head of the Ateam Ecuador in Quito.

Extra Income From Ecuador

Now that you are retired or are planning on doing so, it would be great to have extra income, right?

That is exactly the point. Once you have some steady income in a less expensive place like Ecuador, you can afford to take a little risk to bring in some extra income.

Ecuador offers that advantage since you can live with less money than in the USA and it also has some other benefits to improve your health, lowering the need for medical treatments.

That brings us to the topic on getting extra income.

The thing is that you don’t have to worry that the money that you are receiving each month won’t last. With a little over $1000 a month in rural areas you can manage a nice living, eating well, renting a nice place, having internet, cellphone, clothing, etc.

But you probably want some extra money to do other things. And that is where investing needs more analysis.

There are a number of ways to have extra income. Teaching English to Ecuadorians is one way. There is a need for locals to learn English and expand their horizons. We are putting a program just like the Spanish courses, but for an English course.

You can also apply what you did in your previous job to the Ecuadorian reality. There are a lot of companies that will pay for consultant services.

There must be a lot of things that you miss from the USA and if you do, so will many others. So there is the chance that you can offer food, clothes, appliances, etc… to your friends.


Selling Ecuadorian products from Ecuador is another good way of getting some extra cash. We have been pretty successful at helping people export various items from Ecuador. Like ponchos, sweaters, leather bags, tagua, honey, etc. The rose business has also been good. You may have lots of contacts back home that will be happy to distribute your products, all you have to do is sell since we can ship them for you.


There are many other ideas: a friend of mine from Ohio opened a bike shop in Quito, he built choppers in the USA and when he came to Ecuador he thought that was one thing missing here. So he decided to go for custom made choppers, made for Americans mostly.

There are restaurants and cafes which focus on Americans, with what you want and there could be many more businesses that could work for you also.

Agricultural is also big, mainly with so many products that you can produce and export. Ecuador is known for growing lots of products with extraordinary quality. Our local market is also growing more conscious when it comes to organic food, which is another way where you can expand. There is an agricultural tour where you can learn more about this.

What is more important is that many ideas that I am not mentioning right now are coming to your head as you are reading this. That is the most important thing, ideas that other people are not doing!

Having extra income is always good, not only do you get some extra money for a rainy day, but you also get to do something that you like and you also get to meet new people. Retiring these days is a challenge, not only from a financial issue, but because you will have lots of extra time, that if put to good use will bring lots of really interesting things to your life.

No better place than Ecuador to try new things, since lots of those things were probably already tried in your own country, but not yet here!  Roberto

Export businesses have been one of the great evolutionary businesses since man began crossing borders.


Importing and exporting can create adventure… a mobile lifestyle and an income for retirement… plus they can do a lot of good by bringing producers and consumers together from around the world.

Bupa Conference

We had a full house on our first Bupa conference for expats living in Cotacachi. We had lots of requests of people that wanted to be there and couldn’t because on Tuesdays they have classes in Otavalo, so the Bupa team has decided to come to Cotacachi again.


Delegates at full house for the first BUPA meeting.

It’s a FREE conference with coffee break, which gives people time to talk, ask questions, receive quotes and get to chat to each other.

The main thing is that you get an idea on how important is to have health insurance, more now these days when you are planning on living in Ecuador. Not only does the Bupa team offer a great service, but they also have a list of highly recommended doctors that you can use.

Another big plus is that (depending on the plan) you health insurance gets cover in Latin America and the USA, which means that even if you go back and forth, you still have coverage.

It’s also affordable and with hundreds of affiliated hospitals around the globe.


Delegates at the first BUPA meeting enjoying refreshments that were provided.

But to hear more and get a FREE quote on how much it will save you from your current plan, please visit us:

PLACE: Land of The Sun Hotel (former Meson de las Flores)

DATE: Wednesday, May 01.

TIME: 2pm

The schedule is: Presentation at 2pm till 2:40 pm. After that there is a delicious coffee break and at 3pm private consultations.

Please email & confirm: gabelavladimir@yahoo.com or call (02) 2451-765.

If you were at the previous conference and want more information or would like to see the speakers again, you can attend at 3pm where they will be available to answer you questions.


Importing and exporting can create adventure… a mobile lifestyle and an income for retirement… plus does a lot of good by bringing producers and consumers together from around the world.

Learn how Roberto can help you create an Ecuador export business.


Learn to sell exports by writing to sell.

Writer’s Camps – Recorded on MP3

Learn how to learn how to wrote and self publish from our recorded Writer’s Camp…

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 place I have lived.  Everywhere I have been… too numerous to share here, I have been 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 writing.

Another benefit is income.   Writing has brought me both our farms, 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

Sometimes Hugh and I get together at my  farm and play chess (he beats me badly).

Writers like High 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 “International Business Made EZ (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. 

We provide two emailed courses  “Self Fulfilled – How to Write to Sell and be a Self Publisher” and “International Business Made EZ”.

We include the “Self Fulfilled Writing and Self Publishing Course” because there are two reasons to write, when you have something to say or when you have something to sell.  In this day and age many of us want to do both, make a statement that makes the world a better place and earn something extra in the process. 

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:

  • “International Business Made EZ” course
  • “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”
  • 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 quarter of update lessons $79.   Click Here.

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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