I. Introduction

II. The problem of traditional economy

III. The long term solution

IV. A paradigm for wealth creation

V. Evaluating Internet opportunities and wealth creation programs

I. Introduction

This manuscript will show how to understand and then evaluate business opportunities on the Internet. Through honesty, it determines the root problem of the traditional approach to business -- both Internet-based and conventional business.

Applying this knowledge yields a strategy for individuals to evaluate any opportunity for wealth creation, delivering a safe chance for earning real wealth in the long term.

II. The problem of traditional economy

I will start with the clue: today's business does not pay enough attention to providing maximal values. Traditionally, business tries to maximize profit directly, having no direct relation to value. But this perspective is not aligned to the actual situation of a free market.

It's actually a simple concept:
Maximizing value is the pre-requisite for maximizing profits naturally. Business is the creation and exchange of free values. Profit (i.e., money) was indented to be symbolically equal to values.

And here is the problem: we live in a civilization with an economic system that supports ways of getting money without providing the equal value in exchange. This problem is a direct result of the centuries of traditional economies, during which most people have tried to maximize profits, but not by maximizing the value they offer.

You'll understand what I'm talking about after a few concrete examples:

* Todays media and pop stars usually provide much fewer values than they get back. What they primarily sell is not information, art, or other values, but they simply get into a position of authority (that today's society is willing to support), and then "sell" their authority, or their image, but not any objective values, to the masses.
* Most people are also willing to support useless products, and products for the satisfaction of addictions and self-destructive habits (largely because they conform to what peer pressures demand). Therefore, more markets for non-valuable products are flourishing, and more people can profit without providing real values.
* Some (but not all) traditional corporations try to offer minimum value on purpose. They may try to keep prices for a given product as high as possible (even if way above the actual value) for maximum profits. They may even attempt to buy or merge with all smaller companies who try to offer the same product for a lower, more adequate price.
* For many businesses, it's only the idea that counts, the concept. In turn, development and production of that concept into a product, is done with much less care and cost discipline, therefore providing less value. To compensate, they then use excess advertising or artificially high prices.
* Last, but in no way least, government serves as an external force (once again, a socially supported authority) that steps in and takes values by force, mostly in exchange for the illusion of values to obedient citizens (apart from civil defense and protection services). Its taxations artifically inflate prices, and forces businesses to go way up with prices over time. Government also regulates the economy, creating privileges for some businesses while harming other businesses. This is the social foundation for business lobbies, the political corruption of businesses, and so on.

III. The long term solution

If you think that this manuscript goes against capitalism or corporations per se, I'm afraid you've got it wrong. The problem of a broken "value-to-profit ratio" in our economy exists and is very real. As a result, most business practices are limited and much less effective, valuable and profitable, than they normally could be.

As long as we are talking about free, non-force actions of companies or individuals, they do and must have the right to freely chose whatever strategy they want to pursue. The problem is not a lack of regulation, but a lack of education, valid knowledge, freedom, and perhaps honesty, in today's economic systems.

Quite the contrary: regulation, government force and authority are at the core of such problems. Enforcement of any economic policies by the government, for whatever cause, create the foundation for corruption, political lobbies, bureaucracy, control through taxation, mass unemployment.

And government's social laws against employment practices that pretend to be protecting the employees, ironically create conditions that make it much harder for small businesses and self-employed people to survive (because of licensing fees, forced regulation of business practices, minimum wages, mandatory business standards, etc.), but are no big problem for big businesses and corporations.

Without the "social" regulations of the economy, the market would be composed of many more small businesses and self-employed workers, naturally shifting away from the stagnant 9-to-5 job paradigms of big companies.

Government regulation can never be a solution to even the worst economic problems, because it is the very thing that creates such problems in the first place! However, corporate lobbyists and political entrepreneurs, who exploit regimes of political force-backed legislations, must be stopped.

The only way to do that in the long term, is to end the political systems and bureaucracies that make up such regimes in the first place. To accomplish that, one simply has to withdraw all public support from these political regimes.

IV. A paradigm for wealth creation

By now you should have understood the basic idea of value-based vs. other businesses. That simple rule alone lets you evaluate each business and business opportunity you may encounter, perhaps even including your very own business ideas.

To economically succeed in the long run, a business must provide net values (e.g. it must deliver more values than it uses up). What are values, anyway? This term describes anything that genuinely benefits the individual. Commercial values are all products or services that provide something objectively necessary or desirable to individuals.

The values that a business delivers can either benefit individuals directly, or under a wide scope. Here are a few examples:

* Freedom - from personal, legal, financial freedom (direct) to freedom from government and other negative social factors (wide-scope)
* Health - from fitness, nutrition and medical services (direct) to scientific research and biotechnologies (wide-scope)
* Money - from plans for financial independence (direct) to mass employment opportunities and offshore havens (wide-scope)
* Romance - from personal development courses (direct) to building a chain of matchmaker agencies for singles (wide-scope)
* Technology - from electronic and computer sales (direct) to scientific research, new technological innovations, and low-cost production (wide-scope)

Using the simple guideline, is it long-term value-oriented?, you can evaluate any business goal, employer, Internet business opportunity, even stocks!

The stock market example: National banks, government owned companies, alcohol/tobacco companies, and some government backed monopolies (like telecom and electric companies in some countries) are less valuable stocks, while free-market companies, health/biotech companies, independent financial companies, businesses in a new technological branch, etc., often represent the most valuable long-term investments.

V. Evaluating Internet opportunities and wealth creation programs

...And with the individual business happening on the Internet, things are exactly the same. Knowing that, you can easily chose high-yield programs by determining which programs make sense, and which one doesn't.

Before writing this article, I have examined online business opportunities and tried out a few. I saw the many scams out there, in various forms from non-serious MLM to cash flow games. However, I proved my principle: business programs which are not based on value are usually scams, while programs which are used for marketing a real, valuable product or service are often serious, and yield money rewards for the affiliate partners.

A few examples of valuable business approaches:

Dangerous Books Offers in-depth informations on how to withdraw from government controls and regulations, using reseller programs to promote their information world-wide.

SurveySavvy, a service which pays you back money for opting in to fill out surveys via e-mail.

A matchmaker and dating agency which offers serious matchmaking services for singles around the world, promotes his business with an affiliate program.

ROIbot lets their customers invest in efficient, automated marketing and promotion programs starting with an offer as low as $1 for the first month.

A different, interesting kind of business opportunities are the serious medical and nutritional life extension sites, some of which are involved in scientific research, and other wide-scope actions. Ultimately, their goal is a very value-oriented one, the improvement or even saving of lives. Therefore, they take much more serious, honest, value-oriented approaches.

Examples:

EternalFreedom sells anti-aging products in conjunction with a campaign for personal freedom. Products are available for free in exchange for helping to promote them.

The Life Extension Foundation sells high-quality supplements and nutritional products to fund medical research against the aging process, also offering affiliate programs.

I learned that the greatest benefit of internet programs is often gaining new experiences about the e-commerce market. Value-driven trade is a coming paradigm of a future economy. Many traditional businesses still produce minimum value, maximizing their marketing. Some internet businesses already maximize their value, but have minimal marketing in place, compared to real world standards. As they adapt to more public exposition and distribution of their products, this could be the start of a big empowerment for small internet businesses.

Also, self-employed people can usually make the most money out of everything, including affiliate programs. To understand how to become a self-employed person, start with reading Global Wealth Power. Quite possibly, you'll also want to join a TeamNet of Internet bantam companies, such as GlobalThink.

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