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Team Building Milestone #1….

Well, I never thought I would get this far! My "team" has grown to 15.

Wonderful, I hear you say, but so what?

Well consider this, my team of salesmen are nowhere near me, I never knew them before I started this venture and I have only actually met one of them face to face as they are spread out across the globe. Amongst them, Zu is in China, Matt is in New Zealand, Julia and Kate are in London and I’m in BC, Canada! (Zu has gone on to build his team at a faster rate than me, he has an army of over 40 at the last count….)

We do have occasional conference calls via Skype, (when we can co-ordinate the various time zones!) but we do all stay in touch brainstorming ideas on how we are growing our "affiliate sales forces"

About 18 months ago I started a new business, knowing I was coming to Canada and wanting a little money coming in when I got here.

Enter the wonderful world of the web. I discovered a cunning little opportunity, to become a promoter, or salesman if you like, of a facility for anyone to build a web based business around their hobbies or interests. I didn’t need an interview and I didn’t need any money, I just signed up. I don’t spend a great deal of time doing it, I’m on the internet loads anyway so a couple of hours here and there is easy. But I do work at it, it’s not money for nothing. But it beats having a proper job.

I think it was Churchill who said;

People occasionally stumble over opportunity, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.

If you fancy taking a look at the venture/opportunity for yourself, click here. You need no money. You’ll grow faster, developing your own niche business if you can, but by all means wait until you get some sales going first. That’s what I’ve done.  If you want more info or you are not sure about it, feel free to send me an email or send me your Skype name.

Remember, "Keep doing what you’re doing and you’ll keep getting what you’ve been getting."

M

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Is it cheaper in Canada, really?….

In short, no, it’s roughly the same. But it is does depend on what you are buying and whether you are doing it as a tourist or a resident and I can only speak for British Columbia so far. (If any of our readers from other parts of Canada have an opinion, send me your views.)

You may not have as much money to spend as you think, despite the wad of dollars burning a hole in your pocket! One of the most common things we hear from people visiting Canada on holiday is how cheap they have found things.

Immediately this reminds me of when my Dad first emigrated to Canada. Getting what appears to be roughly 2 times the amount of money when you exchange your British pounds, your only comparison is to the pound and then converting it back. This is the last thing you should do, but invariably we all fall into the trap. Whether it is a house, shopping, furniture or anything else we may need if and when the thought of emigration pops into our head, we all convert back and think Canada is cheap. A common conversation we’ve had is It ís only 50p for petrol! or Crikey £40 for that?!?

But it’s not. It’s CDN$1, or CDN$80.

When you eventually get paid in Canadian dollars, believe me, you will suddenly realise, a dollar is equivalent to a pound. You’d be amazed, a month or two in to emigration, how fast your money disappears. Bear this in mind before you get here.

As always, rising house prices are a contributing factor, where people have so much equity now in their homes, due to their escalation in recent years. On the surface what we see is the potential release a lot of money from a property, allowing a purchase outright here in Canada, and then a better lifestyle, away from the rat race! The problem is too often people fail to really consider the other costs of living.

I’ll try to cover some of them over at our new blog for people wanting to emmigrate (click here to go and read the articles), if you have more, or want to comment, as always, I look forward to hearing from you, get in touch!

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The Exhibition….

And so the day of the exhibition arrived. After months of glorious summer weather, temperatures in the high 30’s, was it too much to expect a great day for an outdoor display of sculptures, paintings and other craftwork….

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Of course it was!

That’s to say it was looking a little dodgy with 2 hours to go, as rain was seen coming up through the valley, with the sun nowhere in sight.

Luckily though, the gods prevailed and the sun came out, coinciding with the first punter!

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But apart from that, the first exhibition was a success. Many items have been sold and the stocks will need to be replenished for the next one in a couple of months. Leigh’s cards have all but sold out, especially the sunflower ones, and she is now getting the bug. “I could sell these next time.” she has been saying pulling all sorts of artwork even  have not seen.

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For more photos of the exhibition, click here or visit our Flick photo album, by clicking on any of the photos on the blog. If you want to buy any of Leigh’s pictures, visit our Gallery page, or send us an email.

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26th Annual Terry Fox Run….

Coming up soon we have the annual Terry Fox Run, all over Canada and some other countries. Everyone from adults to kids take part, running around their school fields, local areas and more. To find out more follow the link at the end of Terry’s letter;
Terry’s Letter Requesting Support For His Run

"The night before my amputation, my former basketball coach brought me a magazine with an article on an amputee who ran in the New York Marathon. It was then I decided to meet this new challenge head on and not only overcome my disability, but conquer it in such a way that I could never look back and say it disabled me.

But I soon realized that that would only be half my quest, for as I went through the 16 months of the physically and emotionally draining ordeal of chemotherapy, I was rudely awakened by the feelings that surrounded and coursed through the cancer clinic. There were faces with the brave smiles, and the ones who had given up smiling. There were feelings of hopeful denial, and the feelings of despair. My quest would not be a selfish one. I could not leave knowing these faces and feelings would still exist, even though I would be set free from mine. Somewhere the hurting must stop… and I was determined to take myself to the limit for this cause.

From the beginning the going was extremely difficult, and I was facing chronic ailments foreign to runners with two legs in addition to the common physical strains felt by all dedicated athletes.

But these problems are now behind me, as I have either out-persisted or learned to deal with them. I feel strong not only physically, but more important, emotionally. Soon I will be adding one full mile a week, and coupled with weight training I have been doing, by next April I will be ready to achieve something that for me was once only a distant dream reserved for the world of miracles – to run across Canada to raise money for the fight against cancer.

The running I can do, even if I have to crawl every last mile.

We need your help. The people in cancer clinics all over the world need people who believe in miracles.
I am not a dreamer, and I am not saying that this will initiate any kind of definitive answer or cure to cancer. But I believe in miracles. I have to."

Terry Fox, October 1979

And this year, you can purchase 26th anniversary Marathon of Hope merchandise online.
Please visit the Terry Fox Run site to learn more about this amazing Canadian.
Click the link or go to http://www.terryfoxrun.org