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Seth Godin did a two part post regarding realizing the change and the opportunities that are here now. This is essential information for entrepreneurs.

According the Freelancer.com, India has the world’s largest percentage of freelancers at 33%. No joke. One third of their one billion, one hundred and fifty million people are freelancers.
The US is second with almost 11%. (From my experience, we have more than that!)
Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Philippines follow with under 10%.

The Inventor of the Web,Tim Berners-Lee, has stated at The International World Wide Web Conference that the web is a powerful tool if used rightly. “It was important to progress towards the idea of the Internet as a neutral media that was not controlled by large corporates or governments.”

The International World Wide Web Conference is talking about the Internet and democracy.

The Top Outsourcing Countries according to Freelancer.com are
US. 40%
Great Britain 10%
India 6%
Canada 5%
Australia 4%

Freelancer.com announced that over last weekend, they posted their one millionth posting for freelancers.

Freelancer.com has clients in over 240 countries, regions and territories around the world, providing affordable temporary professional assistance in software, writing, data entry and design.

“Through our website, employers can hire freelancers to do work [in] the sciences, sales & marketing and accounting & legal services. The average job is under US$200, making Freelancer.com extremely cost effective for small businesses, which often need a wide variety of jobs to be done, but cannot justify the expense of hiring full time.”

It is hard to calculate exactly, but I think it is fair to say we have lost millions of decent-paying jobs. During the Bush years alone, some 48,000 factories shut down. We went from 19 million manufacturing jobs to 12 million manufacturing jobs. Every day we are seeing those jobs disappear because corporate America would prefer to do business in China or other low-wage countries.

Many of us have been forced into becoming entrepreneurs. We lost our jobs and maybe our homes and haven’t been able to find new employment. So, now we must become self promoting entrepreneurs. And we need to learn from those that have done it. Now is the time for creating community based businesses, learning about niche markets and saving what is left of the economy. Will you join The Entrepreneur That Could?

Many small business entrepreneurs are formed as legal entities (corporations) to protect their personal and family assets. This is one way of being smart even as it uses a corporate strategy not initially practiced by the Founding Fathers. Back then, corporations were limited in their scope of influence and monopolies were not granted.

Today, monopolies and corporations have come a long way. Monopolies are common and even enjoy the place of being an all-American board game. Corporate strategies are encouraged by business coaches, business schools and business lawyers. After all, once corporations broke loose of their community responsibility, they have an unfair advantage over non-corporatist businesses.

The problem the economy is facing today is NOT because small and medium sized businesses have utilized corporate law. The problem comes from the way large corporations have been seizing, controlling and manipulating resources that we all need to survive. Those resources include the political landscape, the environment, the economy, the banking system, the media, and specific natural resources such as petroleum and mineral deposits.

Dennis Kucinich has described the latest actions of these large RCMCs (Resource Controlling Multinational Corporations) as changing the political landscape so much that we now have “a government by the corporations, of the corporations and for the corporations.” They dictate this country’s national policies, our banking system and media. This is what is hurting us, the middle and poorest classes. Recently, the right of government employees to strike for acceptable wages and improved working conditions is under fire.

Read some of the resources we offer online and in the book, “The Entrepreneur That Could.” The time is now to give all, to serve and solicit our communities and our local economies. If we don’t we will be soon living like those Banana Republics we learned about in school.

When I talk to entrepreneurs, often I hear ideas about getting involved politically. The “Tea Party” is the most recent “solution” I hear mentioned. And I have advocated for a Jeffersonian revolution. Sometimes that gets interpreted as a political statement. So I should clarify. Entrepreneurs get sidetracked when they get sucked into the political debate. Let’s not go there.

Our real opposition is the RCMC’s, not the government. RCMC is my acronym for the Resource Controlling Multinational Corporations. Why I identify them as the opposition is precisely why I refer to them as “resource controlling.” Central to the operations of these multinational giants is the strategy to control common resources: raw materials, labor, production, money and banking, media, technology, distribution, infrastructure (roads, power, waste disposal, communication lines), food, water, transportation, trade regulations, politics and governments.

Regarding the political landscape, the RCMCs see politicians and governments as resources, just like labor and raw materials. And because of their influence, now worldwide, the political arena is the playground of the RCMCs. My counsel is to avoid political involvement…unless the entrepreneur can stay focused on improving the political and economic environment for the local community.

There is plenty of bad news about the failing economy. I mention several indicators in my book. While the wake-up call is important, we need more than bad news. We need a path to pursue. The bad news reminds us that the old methods aren’t working. So, what do we do to feed our families, follow our passions, serve our communities and leave a legacy?

That is what you will find in The Entrepreneur That Could. That is the difference this book offers. I draw from the core principles that serve life cycles, build communities, and developed a land of opportunity for entrepreneurs. The present crisis is real, but it is also an opportunity to rebuild a fair and open economy.

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THE ENTREPRENEUR THAT COULD:

How to Profit and Succeed in the New American Economy

by Casey Jurado

copyright 2010

www.TheEntrepreneurThatCould.com

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Dedicated to all the entrepreneurs that made this country great and can make it great again.

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We can have either democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we cannot have both . -Louis Brandeis, Supreme Court Justice

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I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is now controlled by a system of credit. We are no longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and a vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men.” President Woodrow Wilson six years after signing into law the Federal Reserve Act.

 

 

2010, CSE (Common Sense Era)

 

 

Entrepreneurism in America is sick. Indeed, all of our institutions are at grave risk. Entrepreneurs and employees are overworked, multi-stimulated and out of balance, struggling to make the system work.

 

The reason is simple: business techniques revolve around the methods, capital and environment created by the most powerful corporations NOT common sense or genuine community needs.

 

Corporations dictate and refine our leisure options and our conforming appearances. Forces of division create endless distinctions, separating us from members of our community. Headlines daily declare new realities and our experts prognosticate dire consequences. As our world shifts under our feet, it’s no wonder that we doubt our own self definition. Grasping for something we can believe in, we identify with where we live, what we drive, sports team pride, who our enemies are and which brands we buy… But what do these have to do with what makes life meaningful and lasting in America?

 

The Entrepreneur That Could (ETC) is about regaining our course. It is a business/ life philosophy based on common sense. Common sense is simple, but as life’s complexities exploded in an urban industrial society, we got separated from communal food production and the cycles of Nature. That’s how “common sense” got less common.

 

I believe common sense can revolutionize our business paradigm. What is missing in most business approaches these days is a lack of insight that comes from common sense. Common sense is telling me (and many other American business owners) that the current business paradigm isn’t working and is taking us down. It won’t take just a few tweaks to fix it. Luckily, we have inspiration for this awakening from the Founding Fathers and the Declaration of Independence.

 

ETC will step back around 200 years, to the early days that formed this nation’s principles. Although our country’s founders were imperfect, they lived by common sense and common sense proved their point. They observed that the monarchies and aristocracies were corrupt. They understood that monopolies like the East India Trading Company that supplied their teas and spices were impositions on free trade. They studied nature’s cycles and ways, and experimented to invent new ways of improving the general welfare. They observed how power corrupts and discussed at great lengths how to stop the insanity in this land of new opportunity.

 

The Founding Fathers were more than authors of the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights or the US Constitution. They were business people, farmers, self-educated intellectuals, tradespeople, scientists, diplomats and entrepreneurs.

 

ETC will help readers, as they start to recreate their reality for our new age of opportunity, to think more like the Founding Fathers. This new reality will not be like the old one any more than the Founding Fathers wanted a “New Britain.” Nor will it be what the world’s dominating corporations want. This new reality must be right for us as individuals, our local economies and communities… America and the planet, by extension.

 

Americans that I talk to are ready to throw off the controls of self interested corporations, intolerant institutional religions and compromised governments. We want to take responsibility for our future instead of where the world corporations and their puppet governments are taking us. It is time to take our future back using tools of character and entrepreneurism that we call “ETC, The Entrepreneur That Could.”

 

ETC is

 

defining who we are

 

deciding where we are going

 

common sense

 

smart about money

 

disciplines of physical and mental health

 

commitment to personal and community integrity

 

being connected to Nature and her cycles

 

taking responsibility for our behavior

 

always hopeful and inventive

 

and stopping the insanity, or at least, enjoying it more.

 

I have no intentions of taking sides or making enemies on the road to a better, more community-connected future. Yes, some will take issue with ETC. That’s okay, but let’s agree to promise two things: to tell the truth over being politically correct AND to state our arguments as clearly as possible. From this exchange, it is my hope that you, the reader, are able to think and see what is happening so you can decide where you want to go.

 

I don’t know if you have heard of Louis CK, but he has a comedic sketch about being stuck in traffic. The backup was solid steel for miles. No one was going anywhere anytime soon. You know the situation yourself if you have lived in an urban or suburban setting. Then out of the blue, the driver behind Louis started honking his horn. Louis wondered what this could mean. Couldn’t the man in back see that Louis couldn’t move if his life depended on it? OK, so he is frustrated, so am I, thought Louis. But the honking continued and the noise became more than irritating. Louis just sat there, not able to “go” as he had been told.

 

In the midst of the aggravation, Louis got an idea. Instead of exchanging insults, he decided to have his argument, not the argument the man in back wanted to have. “Hey!” Louis exploded as he approached the car in back, “Where’s my jacket?” “Huh?” “You heard me, you got my jacket! I want it now! Give it me!” The man got scared, quickly rolled up his windows and locked the doors. The honking stopped.

 

There are powerful corporations that now control the majority percentage of television and newspapers, automobiles, real estate, food production and distribution, fashion, cosmetics, publishing, household appliances, telephone and every aspect of infrastructure. We have heard and seen their argument. Now it’s time for ours. We want to know what they have done with our environment, our government, our freedom, our ability to earn a living, our economy, our children’s education, our medical care, our food and water quality…and our future. That’s the argument we are going to have. It’s our future and it’s our health at stake.

 

ETC will tell you what you are not reading in the press but might verify by observation. Why is this important? If you are going to take a different path than the one laid out for you, know what you are dealing with. Read that in Sections One and Two.

 

ETC offers entrepreneurs a foundational philosophy that I have learned from other successful entrepreneurs. Their successes did not come from hard work, but an easy, intuitive approach enhanced with common sense. In many cases, these successful individuals had no college. With or without a business degree, this will expand your awareness of the cycles of business and be successful in the age of niche markets. I want to thank each role model for inspiring me to share the principles of the Entrepreneur That Could. Study Sections Three, Four and Seven.

 

ETC celebrates who we are. We are inventive, community based and integrated with Nature, that is, if we are to survive. Section Five will open your eyes regarding our all-important reliance on Nature.

 

The RCMCs (Resource Controlling Multinational Corporations) will appear throughout the book. They are largely responsible for our modern and post-modern lifestyles. Mostly, I will point out how the food industry has been re-engineered. Just keep in mind that the RCMCs have done this in countless other industries. Read Sections One, Two, Six and Seven.

 

The Entrepreneur That Could recognizes that we are living on a planet with only a few continental land masses. These lands may take a long time for a single human to cross, but we have a lot less than that from which we can draw food and resources for life. This is all we have. There isn’t another Earth in the galaxy supermarket. The way I see it, consumerism is not a winning strategy for this planet. Our future is in responsible entrepreneurism. The healthy, balanced and common sense ETC choice is about to be unfolded before you.

 

Read ETC:

 

because it will help you understand the world and your place in it,

 

to discover principles of entrepreneurial success in the new economy,

 

because it is time for an age of common sense,

 

and because, in your heart, you know it’s true.

 

 

Copyright 2010 Casey Jurado

 

 

Feel free to contact Casey to pre-order your paperback copy, due at Amazon.com in March.

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