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The best innovations are sometimes both simple to grasp, elegant in the solution they create, and almost always obvious in retrospect.

PayPal’s “Paypal.me” idea ticks all 3 checkboxes, providing individuals, startups and solopreneurs alike with a quick and easy way to invoice for services, creating payment links “on the fly” like this:

https://www.paypal.me/magneticmarketing/199

for example.

Simple to grasp, elegant and super-quick to set up.

There are so many ways this can be used; here’s some quick ideas:

  • You’re a business growth consultant who charges £120/hour, offering some freemium content on a Google Hangout or Periscope to a targeted group. At timely moments during the valuable free group session, explain that for one on one sessions, viewers can take advantage of a 30 minute “special” where you’re offering to help them move forward, at a 50% discount: http://paypal.me/yourname/30. Or perhaps instead, if they want to take the next step, you could send them to http://paypal.me/yourname/1 for a £1/$1 trial for a 15 minute session.
  • You’re out with some business friends & the group decides to go for an impromptu Italian meal – but you’ve accidentally left your credit cards at home. Since there’s no charge to receive money if it’s from friends, most of the group have already grabbed their own personalised Paypal.me link, and the leader sends you his Paypal.me link for your share of the meal via text.
  • You’ve just introduced a new B2B service and you’re with a prospective client who really seems to want to trial the system today, but you’re not entirely sure they’re being serious. You could create a Paypal.me link “on the fly” as you’re talking with them as way of checking where they’re at: “Tell you what, let me text you a trial link where you can run with our full system for 30 days, and then you’ll be in a much better place to see if this is really a good fit for your business”.

…this is obviously just the tip of a very large iceberg in terms of how Paypal.me could be used.

But you can already see that with a bit of preparation on your part, you can leverage Paypal.me in all sorts of creative ways to help with better cashflow, give new clients a low risk way to get on-board, and a whole bunch more.

How about a tip jar for Bloggers, with a WordPress plugin that gives the reader an Ajax-based dropdown where they select the amount they want to tip and then pay via Paypal.me in just a few clicks)?

Or maybe something similar to the above for a yard sale, or even you’re own Etsy-style “pay what you reckon” e-commerce page, where visitors can choose from a range of prices?

What ideas can you come up with that will help your business using Paypal.me?

Just saw this today:

Instead of investing money in the government's bankrupt pension scheme, why not invest some of your own time to build something much, much better? Click here to find out how

Build your own pension with time instead of money – click here to find out how

This quote takes things a step further:

The report’s author, Michael Johnson, has suggested that the end of the fund will mean that the government needs to take radical steps. He suggests that it should bring an end to the National Insurance system – and that the Chancellor ought to announce this in the Autumn Statement. He suggests that the current approach of adding it to the income tax bands should make way for a single tax matching the total tax we currently pay on income – namely 32%, 42% and 47%.

But perhaps most shocking is the effect he is predicting for future generations. Johnson suggests that: “Given that exhaustion is inevitable, the next generation should be advised that their State Pension will be, at best, derisory. Indeed, it would be prudent to plan around not receiving anything at all.” He warns that for people aged 45 and under there’s every chance that the pension will be more modest, and retirement dates much later. For those under the age of 35 he says that there may be no state pension at all.

So Instead of investing money in the government’s bankrupt pension scheme, why not invest some of your own time to build something much, much better? Click here to find out how.

Robert Kiyosaki “Rich Dad” Advisor Michael Maloney has many years’ experience in understanding how the economies of the world have historically flocked to silver & gold in times of great economic uncertainty, and the current global meltdown is unarguably the most uncertain economic cycle humanity has ever been in, for the simple reason that, as never before, we are so interdependently connect, through technology (read: the internet).

So when Mike Maloney starts offering to throw silver around just because he wants to drive traffic to his website you know that times are getting pretty rough. Or about to.

The next massive shift, according to Robert Kiyosaki (and he’s been right so far), is in 2012, when lots of US-based new retirees cash-in on their non-existent 401k’s subsequent to some major government policy change. I can’t remember the exact details, but just Googling "Robert Kiyosaki 2012" might return some interesting results 🙂

Anyway, I’d like some of Mike’s silver – it would prove useful to some charities I’m wanting to expand my support to, so I’ll be pumping out  Mike’s videos over the next few weeks.

And if you really want to know what’s happening with the economies of the world right now, you should listen to this former Wall St investor who knows what’s happening on the inside: Visit The Wealth Transfer Conspiracy website for more details. (Full disclosure: That’s an affiliate link by the way, so I will get renumeration of you buy anything from there – the 20 minute video he talks about is free, however, and is an eye-opener).

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 Mike Maloney’s visit to the Annual International Banking Forum proved to be a real eye-opener. 

His informal meeting with Moscow-based gold dealer Ivan Zhiznevskiy shows thst something is a-miss with one of the Russian mints that produce gold coins. 

The video above shows the presence of flaws and blemishes on the surface of several gold coins produced by the St Petersburg mint, and even more striking is the bank’s response (where the dealer bought the coins):

"You must keep the coins in a protective atmosphere, otherwise they will corrode".

Now, since when did gold start to corrode?

And more than that, since when did gold coins start to change colour.

Unless of course, they’re not pure gold.

But that sort of thing only happens in times of great economic stress, so, no problem, right?

Obviously you get my point.

Whilst other banks might not be so blatant about the fraud that is endemic in the world economies, you will no doubt be aware that we are living in a time of unprecedented wealth transfer.

It’s time to get educated and act: before long, the average middle-income earner will no longer exist. Pure gold or not pure gold. 

If you’re a regular reader of this Blog, you’ll know that I regularly comment on topics such as marketing, the world economy, finance – anything which affects offline & online business.

What I haven’t told you much about is the business I’m involved with.

Mostly because I want to share the wider picture, not just what I’m doing.

But let me be straight for a second: I’m online to make money.

“And what” you might ask, “are you selling?”.

Well, it’s simple: I’m selling information. Specifically, two types of information.

One will help any offline business gain the effective marketing skills to get new clients, so it can grow despite the recession.

The other is information which will help any business to gain the skills it needs to manage its own financial investments. Think: “how to be your own fund manager, investment advisor, and wealth creation expert”.

Why did I choose these niches and not others?

Well, it was unintentional. Originally I was just looking for a way to earn money online. And I found the community that I’m now part of, which has enabled me to gain a whole gamut of skills apart from “just” online marketing.

As it turns out, there are a lot – and I mean a huge number – of people out there who are wanting to learn these skills. These are the sorts of people who are self-motivated, focused individuals who  for whatever reason, aren’t satisfied with the way things are.

Let me throw a number at you for a second. I recently heard Eban Pagan teaching (online, of course!) about just how big the information industry has now become.

Here are some staggering statistics he gave:

  • E-Book growth grew by 71% last year (Ipad & Kindle country!)
  • Self-help is an over $13 billion/year industry
  • The world-wide information market is an estimated $400 billion/year growth industry
  • The personal & corporate coaching industry alone is estimated at over $100billion/year

…so you can see, there is a thriving, exploding market mushrooming right under your nose.

Whilst traditional business models are floundering with narrow profit margins, high overheads, and no time leverage, much of the above operates 24/7 (yes, even whilst you’re asleep)  in hundreds of countries, simultaneously.

So if you are looking for a way out of the rat-race, or just looking for a way to leverage your time (so you can do  the things that you really want to do, when you want to do them), there is simply no better time to learn the skills required to become a master of online business, in one, or more niches.

Now I’m not saying you can become rich overnight (it certainly hasn’t happened that way for me, at least) – what I can say for certain is that once you have these skills, you can really begin to leverage them, and get paid, even when you sleep.

If that’s not an attractive business model, I don’t know what is.

To find out more about the training I’m involved with, fill in your details here.


New York Stock Exchange – City fears of ‘Great Depression Mark II’ Photo: REUTERS

Edmund Conway, the Times Newspaper Economics Editor, reported recently that leading City experts have started raising the prospect of “Great Depression II” amid worries that the European economic crisis could trigger a deeper bout of chaos.

Show Me How I Can Learn Essential Financial Skills In This Economic Meltdown

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Let me ask you this: do you really believe that the so-called experts have a clue what will happen next? I believe they would be quick to say a resounding “no”. In fact, all they, and anyone else, can really say is that the economies of the world are going through an incredible and unstable shift.

No longer can we make the assumptions that once under-girded economic theory and national fiscal policy.

Today, the non-linear nature of this turbulent financial period is becoming more the norm, as markets reel at the latest financial scandal, regulatory blunder or other apocalyptic economic earthquake (example: Google “2012 pension america” and you’ll see what I mean).

So, what to do? Well, if you didn’t yet know this, during the last Great Depression, more millionaires were made (rather, they made themselves) than at any other time in the western world.

Why is this? Simply put: there were some people who understood that the old ways of doing things clearly no longer worked, and they found new ways of achieving the results they wanted.

Spin the clock forward to today, and we have a much larger version of the same basic idea: things have changed in the economic atmosphere. (Let’s push the analogy further, and say that the atmosphere is a new gas).

The biggest single shift that has been occurring over the last 30 years or so is the advent of technology.

For example, did you know, now anyone can learn how to do Forex trading? All you need is some time to learn the skill, some software, and some cash to get started.

And that’s just a tiny, tiny example: think of the number of daily online transactions that occur, if you can. The numbers are simply staggering.

So where does that leave you? Will you have a job in 6 months, or not?

Will you be able to maintain your current standard of living in the face of ever-increasing taxation that is the fallout of the government bailouts?

Do you want to do anything about it or not?

Should you learn how to get to grips with the skills that are needed now, before your job disappears?

Only you can evaluate your answers. But one thing is clear: you can’t afford to ignore what is happening, and hope that it will all go back to how it used to be, because it won’t.

The economic paradigm shift is just revving its engines, and isn’t even off the runway yet.

So make sure you take action, and get educated sooner, rather than later.

So What Does Google Do Now??

 

 

Google is in a tricky place at the moment – some would say a rock & hard place, perhaps. China, on the other hand, has all aces on the table, making it clear that it reckons it has the superior hand.

Maybe Google forgot some incredibly important things about the Tiger: it has a long memory,and it has a proud cultural identity that won’t back down when cornered, especially if it perceives a pressure to humbly bow before a force claiming moral superiority.

This may seem like strong langauge, but if history shows us anything obvious about China, it’s that it won’t back down when it’s cultural and national identity seem threatened.

As you may know, China already has its own popular search engine – Baidu. Google won’t ever be able to stake its claim in exactly the way it would want, so rightly or wrongly, they’re going to have to put up, or shut up.

In this case, perhaps shut up shop.

Google does face perhaps the most significantly difficult business AND ethical decision in the light of China’s diffidence.

It’s not clear how they can best behave from now on. They’re in troubled water with the western democratic conscience if they stay, and economically they’re in trickier waters if they pull out.

The latter option would certainly appease those of us in the west who can afford to take the moral high ground, but Google knows that China is perhaps the biggest single player to help them maintain and stablize their existing market dominance for some time to come.

“Do no evil?” Not so easy now that they are so big.

Where Has All The Money Gone?

Back in October 2008, I remember listening in to a call with guest speaker Robert Kiyosaki, who as early as 2002 had seen the writing on the economic wall.

He warned of a global economic downturn so substantial – a new Global Depression, that traditional economies would not recover for many years to come.

Just as in an earthquake, where there are many aftershocks, so it is with the economic equivalent. So where has all the money gone?

Andew Cass strongly indicates that there is an unprecendented economic shift away from traditional ways of doing business: the online market place is continuing to grow at an unprecendented rate.

Is this then a contradiction: are the economies of the world suffering in an unprecended way, not seen since the 1930’s?

Or is there another story to tell?

There is an idea bouncing around the internet that:

More millionaires were created in the 1930’s Depression than at any other time in history.

Now I’m the first to admit that I haven’t check this statement, but probing a bit deeper might help explain how this could be the case.

The last global economic depression didn’t result in there being less money, but it did result in there being less money available.

That’s one view, in any case. What if it were true?

If it is true, then perhaps it might explain why more millionaires were created like never before.

Those who espouse the "Free-market" philosophy of economics would point perhaps to the idea that in tough economic times, only the fittest survive. Others might explain it slightly different language: only those businesses which continued to deliver real value to their clients survived and flourished.

The rest went to the wall, as they were either not good enough, or, more likely they were not flexible enough to adapt in the face of the massive change being thrust upon them.

Doesn’t this sound all so depressing, as we think of the unforseen knock-on effects of the last global depression?

In my opinion, it’s only depressing if we choose to see the game in the same old way. If we choose to re-align ourselves with the demands of the current reality, we will find solutions.

I’m not saying that there is a magic economic pill that can be swallowed to make things better, but I am saying that challenging problems require creative solutions.

It doesn’t take an economic expert (and I’m not one) to see this.

If that’s true, then, why is it that so many organizations don’t adapt in the face of adversity??

Why do they carry on as if it’s business as usual?

Here’s my ‘gut’ answer (and no evidence here – sorry!):

We don’t change because there is comfort in our present habits and routines and reliance on past successes to lull us into a disastrous false sense of security, summed up by beliefs such as:

"this is the way it has always been"

or, another powerful maxim that hacks and mortally wounds creativity like a unleashed samurai sword:

"if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it".

These, and many other well-meaning beliefs blind us to the solutions to the possible dangers that lie ahead.

Think about this for a moment: when was the last time you asked yourself the questions:

"Is what I am doing the best thing I could do?"

or:

"Is this solution the only realistic way to overcome the problem?"

What if Andrew Cass is correct in believing that there is no recession on the world wide web? What if there really are ways to survive this current economic chaos?

One way we can gain some clues as to possible solutions is to study what others are doing.

Here’s a name that you might have heard of:

AMAZON

And here’s another:

GOOGLE

You get my point, I hope.

I’m not trying to say things are rosey in the online garden. They’re patrolled by scorpions and black-widow spiders just like anywhere else.

But what I am saying is this: if you are in business (whether it’s as a home-based sole trader, or traditional offline brick and mortar business) and you don’t equip yourself with the latest online marketing training that works now, you will get left behind by someone else who does adapt, who is willing to change.

If that sounds unsettling, then maybe you need to re-evaluate how and what your business is doing.

It only takes an innovative entrepreneur to come along with a new way of doing things to wipe the floor clean before his or her competitors have had time to draw a sharp intake of breath.

I believe Andrew Cass is right: there is no recession on the worldwide web. But only for those who know how to use it.

Dez.

 

 

 

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What should you do to avoid the slide into poverty through forced redundancy?

How will you manage your debt when your income looks set to become uncertain?

These and many other questions are undoubtedly being asked by many people today across the United Kingdom, as the official figures released by the government  show how fragile and unstable our current economic model has become in the face of the global economic metropolis that we are now all part of.

The biggest question each one of us needs to answer is: what will I do to avoid the increasing likelihood of long term poverty, the likes of which we haven’t known since the 1940’s and 1950’s?

The only viable answer, as I’ve previously blogged, is to become financially independent through entrepreneurship. The illusion of a guaranteed job for life was shattered a long time ago, but now we are faced with the distinct possibility of there being no real jobs of any economic value for many of us.

What are you doing about this dilemma?

If you don’t have a plan B yet, get one now.

 

Back in October of last year I posted an article about Robert Kiyosaki, and his recommendations for surviving the global economic recession:

“He believes that this is actually a time more serious than just a recession: a global depression is on its way, and we’re all going to have to face some very stark choices. I know what I’m going to do. How about you?”

Well, here we all are, and this is only the beginning. Things are going to get tough. VERY tough. If you’re in paid employment at the moment and you haven’t thought of a Plan B, GET ONE. Your town, village, city, region, will be unrecognizable in five years or less. OK, that’s a shocker what I’ve just written I know.

But we can’t bury our heads any longer. The roller coaster ride has only just begun.

Watch Robert Kiyosaki & John Seiferth talk about what’s happening. It’s blunt and a harsh wake-up call. But we need to hear it.

If you’re not sure what they mean when they talk about the ‘right hand side’ of the graph, buy Robert Kiyosaki’s book, Rich Dad2: The CashFlow Quadrant.

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