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Turn your passion into profit.  We all can gain from putting our fulfillment and service ahead of the cash.   Bold lifestyles of adventure and satisfaction that create income are in our personal as well as social best interests.

This series is looking at the great cost of an error in the outdated socio-economic mindset that is based around a trimodal concept of learning… earning… retiring.  This progression is flawed in numerous ways… and outdated from times when physical strength was required to contribute to society.   This error is pushing the global financial system into bankruptcy and ruin.   High costs of pensions and social security do not work in an the global economies aging demographic model.

Take for example last week’s New York Times article (linked below)  “A City Borrows So Its Schools Open on Time”.  Here is an excerpt: PHILADELPHIA — Just a month after Detroit became the largest American city to file for bankruptcy, and with major cities like Chicago and Los Angeles struggling, this former manufacturing behemoth is also edging toward a financial precipice.

For a number of years, Mayor Michael A. Nutter and the City Council have been working, with some success and a fair amount of taxpayer pain, to shore up the city’s finances, which have been troubled by mounting debt, a shrinking tax base and unfunded pension and health care obligations to retirees. But the school district, supported by the same weary municipal taxpayers, though under the control of a state reform commission for more than a decade, had been largely ignored. 

In this instance of Philadelphia… the retiring is screwing up the learning.  The actuarial lunacy of excessive pensions can be seen creating a triple negative whammy.  First, the city’s pension is underfunded so pensioners are not likely to get what they expect.  Second, the city’s need to appear to fund those pensions will create higher taxes that instead of attracting business and revenues will drive them away.   Third,  the population who remain will be poorly educated (due to the fiscal crunch) and less likely to be productive.

This learn… earn…. retire mindset creates a really terrible negative downward spiral.  The real irony is that the retirement promised would not bring the retirees the fulfillment they expected.  The supposed golden years are more often the tarnished and rusty years.   Retirement suggests not having to plan, work. serve and grow. This sounds like a rut.  Ray Kroc summarized the value of that in his book “Grinding it out The Making of McDonalds” (See link below) when he wrote:  “A rut is nothing but a grave with the ends kicked out“.

This series is looking at many ways to have fun earning… from growing ginseng to writing to shopping.  This note from kind reader Cindy Martin caught my attention.

Gary & Merri –  I just returned from a 5-week stay in Ecuador.  I was in the Galapagos for three weeks and it was an amazing trip.  I then stayed around Quito for the remaining 2 weeks.  Per your advice, I did a tour with Roberto Ribadeneira.  I had a 2-day shopping/exporting tour.  He is simply amazing.  This is my second time in Quito/Otavalo/Cotacochi. 

The difference going on the tour with Roberto and shopping by myself was night and day.  He knows where to go, what to see and is amazing dealing with the artesians.  He is knowledgeable and so willing to share his experiences.  His exporting services are great!  I will definitely be using his services in the future.  I just wanted to thank you for recommending Roberto.  He made my trip much more enjoyable and I learned so much.  What I learned from him more than paid for the cost of the tour.  Not only that, I feel like I have gained a very good friend and for that I am very grateful!!  Thanks again for all you both do.   Cindy

Thank you, Cindy, for letting us know.   With such an endorsement, I asked Roberto, who is the leader of the Ateam Ecuador in Quito to share with us details about that tour. Here is his report.

Shoppers Adventure and Savings Tour

By Roberto Ribadeneira

We have many people signing for our tours. One thing that helps is that the tours are private, which means that we customize our itinerary to make it work for our clients.

Cindy was one of the first people that signed for the tour, she was at the Galapagos Islands and thought it would be a great idea to do business in Ecuador and take some products to the USA.

The adventure began once Cindy signed for the tour and we coordinated how many days and what specifics she wanted.

I picked up Cindy at her hotel in Quito. We drove to the valley and then took a route that goes from outside the city to Calderon, which is north of the city. This same route will be open to access the new airport sometime in 2014.

The nice thing about traveling from Quito to Cotacachi is that you can see the mountains, lakes and enjoy the view. We got to talk and define what was her plan for her business. While traveling I can give some advice, talk about our exporting experience and also about what you need to get your business going.

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Lago San Pablo – Ecuador

It is nice because while we enjoy some informal conversation we can also know what is the business perspective and what our client is looking to get. So this maximizes the time that we have in Otavalo and Cotacachi for our shopping and uses the time on the road to get some basic information.

After less than two hours we checked in at Land of the Sun Hotel in Cotacachi. We priced the tour to include the hotel, meals and breakfast so you don’t have to worry about a single thing when you tour with us.

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Land of the Sun Hotel

We headed to Otavalo to the Poncho Market to look for Alpaca products. There is this really nice old man who has this place and sells many Alpaca items, Cindy already talked to him before and knew some of the prices. Gladly we were able to get him to give us a little more discounts and also to have some products ready for us the next day.

Having someone around is good when unexpected things happen. We couldn’t get money our of the ATM machines so we had to go from one bank to another, until finally we were able to get some money out. Otherwise how we were going to pay for the products? So I asked at one bank, then at another bank, talked to the security guard until they finally recommended a place that always works.

Keep in mind that people don’t take checks or credits cards.  The place is cash only as most of them are informal and don’t have bank accounts. That is also why it is handy to have the tour paid in full, so all the cash that you need will go to the products that you want to buy, not the hotel or the food or transportation.

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Poncho Market at Otavalo

We went back from Otavalo to Cotacachi, having reserved the products that Cindy needed. We had a great meal at the hotel, took a short break and went back to work.

I explained to Cindy about having products shipped from Ecuador, the common mistakes that we all have made when calculating the cost and also how to set up a website while not spending too much money.

There are things that we need to know when setting up an online business, the main one is to realize that it takes time to bring traffic and also to set it up. While you do that I always recommend getting your business going as sales should not be based solely on what the internet traffic can bring, until you get to that point it is always wise to build your sales through regular sales while traffic grows to your website.

We went over having a shopping cart, having a merchant and processor accounts and charging customers for the products. All this will add to the expenses but are fundamental in the electronic age when people prefer to pay with credit cards, but you have to make sure that you provide a secure website with a PCI compliance platform to reduce the risk of online fraud.

By the end of the day our shopping was done. We knew how to deal with the ATM withdraw, as for most of the ATM machines the daily cap is USD $500. We also checked with a supplier for some purses and had the Alpaca products reserved. We also talked about some ideas for selling the products and tips of getting more customers to buy.

The day was over, we met with some friends who were at the hotel to have a nice dinner conversation about economics and the future of Ecuador, while sharing other business ideas that may work in the future.

On the next day we had pretty much everything ready to make it really smooth. Cindy knew that she had enough money to buy everything since we already figured out how to deal with the ATM machines. We went to the bank and then headed to Otavalo. We picked the best products available, made a list and loaded everything into the car. I told Cindy that is was really important to get the freight right, that could make or break the profit, so I took a scale to weigh every single product and made sure that we can calculate the price correctly.

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Weighing the Products at the Market

With all the products in, I made an inventory, detailed the pricing and weight and we were ready to head back to Cotacachi.

We had lunch and reviewed more business ideas and information. Since things went so well we even have time to go to Cuicocha, a beautiful lake 15 minutes from Cotacachi. The view is mesmerizing with the lake in the middle of the mountains.

Back at the hotel for the last day before we returned to Quito, Cindy had a great idea, how about a nice last treat before she goes back to the USA? Turns out that the hotel offers an incredible massage given by a lady who has over 15 years of experience. In Cindy’s words, “one of the best massages that she has ever had.”
It was so good that we are going to include in our future tours the massages as part of the deal.

We reviewed the last remaining things to do and we were ready to get things packed and head back to Quito. I had an order to pick up in Otavalo so after that last stop we were ready to call it for the day.

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Cuicocha Lake

While traveling back we have more time to talk and go over some other ideas, and also to get to know each other. I took a route to her hotel surrounding the city, turns out that the traffic was incredible bad. It took as about an hour and a half to get to Quito, but about one hour to enter the city from that route. Well, we made most out of it sharing some fun stories.

A very famous soccer player died that week and the government planned this huge funeral service at Ruminaui Coliseum. Of course touring and working I didn’t read the papers those days, so I didn’t know that almost every road was going to be closed due to that.

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Traffic jam at Quito (on a Friday Night)

We took the products out of the car and I gave some traveling tips to Cindy, since the new airport is an hour from the city’s downtown, it is always wise to make preparations so you don’t miss your flight, and always ask the front desk at the hotel to call a taxi the day before, just to be sure.

We all learned something new and the more we toured, the more experience that we get, so every time that I go on a tour I am very happy that I always get to experience new things. Also when something goes wrong or we have problems that we have to solve, that helps the next time that we have to deal with a similar issue.
If you are looking for a personalized tour, which includes business ideas, deals in hotels and restaurants (an all included service) and our help getting the products that you need, we have the best service out there, plus I really like doing this, so hopefully you will have lots of fun with me!  Thanks to Cindy’s recommendations we are including in our tour a complementary massage, so you can relax after a long day of work with me.

Please call or email so we can give you the Best Deal in the market. 1-888-482-3850 or email to roberto_ribadeneira@me.com

What do you want to do with the rest of your life?  Is shopping your thing?  Turn your passion into profit with Shopping in Ecuador.


Meet Roberto Ribadeneira at our October 4-5 International Investing and Business Seminar.  See details here.

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Learn How to Write to Say or to Sell

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.





New York Times article: A City Borrows So Its Schools Open on Time

Ray Kroc’s book Grinding it out The Making of McDonalds