Entrepreneurial disease in the fourth quarter.

By Timothy Sanchez
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What is entrepreneurial disease? For some it is a desire to invent and create along with an intense craving for independence that can be so strong that it makes working for other people and doing a “normal job” nearly impossible. Many people with this bug feel confined and restricted working a 9 to 5 clock out in and clock out job.

An entrepreneur is an artist, we are always observing things and thinking of how we can create a business or make money. For example; an entrepreneur will see a guy washing his car and he will think, I can wash a car, ‘I wonder how I can make money washing cars for other people?’ To an artist this type of thinking is an obsession, these thoughts cannot get out of our head unless we try and create our own way to have an independent businesses to create our own self reliant income. One might have a good job but may be thinking;

‘Why should I do all this work and give away my talent and skills so that someone else can get rich while I am earning peanuts?’

This is entrepreneurial disease.

Entrepreneurship in the fourth quarter of life is a new challenge. Entrepreneurial disease does not go away when your older. However with age comes wisdom and fourth quarter entrepreneurs are typically more cautious, less willing to take big risks. Fortunately, many can easily simplify things and learn to live with less and with the internet, services and consulting there are many businesses that have low start up cost. The key is to be able to satisfy the desire for independence while insuring a sustainable retirement income or supplemental income. An endeavor that aligns with what you want retirement to look like. For example; do you want to retire and enjoy where you live? Or are you filled with wander lust and want to travel?

The Fourth Quarter is the time to arrange for working less or not at all while maintaining a fulfilling lifestyle. Business owners may arrange their business so that it can be ran by employees while setting aside a percentage of profits or a salary for the absentee owner as an income.  Some may plan to sell the business and live off the proceeds. Other entrepreneurs might scale down their business or start a new small business that can be operated part time.

There are many ways to create passive or massive income especially with online marketing and / or virtual business. For those who wish to spend their golden years traveling, RV living or who just want the flexibility to work when and where they want to; internet based businesses are the way to go. If you have writing ability and some computer savvy, affiliate marketing is a great way to earn money promoting other people’s products through a variety of avenues like blogging, social media, content marketing or other ways too numerous to list.

Selling on Ebay is a good way to earn some extra cash especially if you have a knack for finding deals so you can buy items at a great discount and sell them for a profit. It is called arbitrage and there are ways to find good deals going to yard sales, auctions or to close out sales at retail outlets. There are some handling challenges with Ebay as you need to be able to pack and ship what you sell, but it is doable even for road warriors living in an RV.

For those who don’t want to fuss with handling merchandise and shipping product, you can sell goods on Amazon. If you are good at finding deals on merchandise by buying in bulk; you can ship loads of product to Amazon and they will do all of the packing and shipping for you. It is called Amazon FBA; or fulfilled by Amazon.

Another way of selling merchandise without handling it is drop shipping. You can build an online store using a variety of platforms that are easy to set up, and you can sell a huge variety of merchandise that will be packaged and shipped by a warehouse directly to your customer. You never have to see or touch the merchandise and you don’t even have to buy inventory in advance. The drop shipping warehouse will charge you for the product after it sells and you keep the profit. There are several companies that do this as a service and represent a large variety of products. These drop shipping services typically charge a monthly fee but if you have marketing skills, you can make good money at it. SaleHoo is the biggest and best drop shipping service provider they have plenty of resources  to help you succeed plus there are other good training and advice from successful dropship entrepreneurs.  It is possible to find a company who makes a product that you can negotiate your own drop shipping agreement with and that is the most profitable way to go. You market their product and they ship it, you both make money.

I will go into more details on each of these avenues of internet based businesses and many more in future articles.

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Cruise America RV Rentals – review

By Tim Sanchez

My wife Laurie and I had never traveled nor stayed in a motor home before we decided to take a long RV vacation. We are nearing retirement age and have been tossing around the idea of buying a motor home and traveling all around the country while working remotely on the road. Our first step in the decision making process for our dream adventure is to determine if we even like being in a Motor Home.

We got two weeks off work and planned to rent a motor home. I checked out the rvshare.com site. That is sort of an air B and B for privately owned RV’s. I looked at a few models and read the descriptions and restrictions and looked at the photos and I saved a few possibilities. Then I saw a link for Cruise America RV Rentals And Sales. I consumed their entire website and I was sold. Everything about their operation was professional and very well thought out and to me prices seemed very reasonable. I booked their largest motor home, 30 feet long powered by a Ford E 450. For a small additional fee we rented kitchen supplies and cookware, linens and towels. It was worth it since everything we bring has to be barged over and back to and from our home on Catalina Island.

When we arrived at Cruise America the day of pick up, we were met with very personable and friendly staff who helped us through the rental process very quickly and efficiently. We loaded up and were on our way in less than 2 hours.

Everything in our RV worked perfectly, we had no problems whatsoever. If we did have a problem we were supplied with all of the information we need to resolve it. They allow us to make minor repairs on our own if needed and they will reimburse us for what we fix.

We drove a route through the national parks of Southern Utah and Northern Arizona. We stayed at 8 different RV Parks in two weeks. Moving the motor home, set up and take town was easy and problem free.

At the end of our trip the check In Process was a little hectic since many people return on Mondays. Although hectic it was well organized and efficient. They were patient while we unloaded our personal belongings of which we brought more than was necessary. I am a chronic over-packer. We thoroughly cleaned the inside of the motor home because that is how we do, we like to show respect for other people’s property. We emptied the grey and black tanks and filled the gas and propane tanks, therefore our full deposit was returned. Their inspection took only a few minutes, I signed the final receipt and we were on our way.

We rented the largest motor home they have, 30 feet. It was roomy for 2 people so we felt right at home. It sleeps 7 but I personally would feel confined if there were more than 4 people unless everyone could spend a lot of time outside. Our trip was in the fall and it was cold outside so if 7 people were huddled in there to stay out of the cold it might be a little cramped. The refrigerator was a really good size and we were able to eat almost all of our meals in the motor home.

In summery our two week rental of the RV from Cruise America was a very good experience. The cost was reasonable, the rental ended up averaging about $100.00 per day. We traveled 1400 miles and spent about $480.00 in gas. We stayed in nice full hookup RV Parks every night at an average of $50 per night. It would be easy to boondock camp, (without hook ups) 2 out of 3 nights or so and save rv space fees as long as you manage your holding tanks and water supply. Many regional parks, state parks and some national parks allow RV’s to camp with no hook ups, and they have restrooms, showers and water available for use. So boondocking is totally doable. You may, however need to use the generator in the RV and that costs $3.50 per hour plus the gas you use from the motor homes gas tank.

I strongly recommend Cruise America and rental motor home vacationing. If you think you would enjoy motor home travel then just do it, you will love it.

Tim and Lauries RV Experiment Wrap up

Tuesday November 6, 2018

Winding down our vacation we hightailed it from freezing at the Grand Canyon to Palm Springs on Friday morning , November 2 for a taste of warmth for a couple of nights. We spent Saturday playing tourist sort of, we rode the famous tram up to the top of Mount San Jacinto and enjoyed the views for a couple hours. Then we went down and caught the new Bohemian Rhapsody movie at an IMAX theatre. I have always loved the music of the band Queen. It was a great movie, the actors did a great job of emulating the band members especially Freddie Mercury and Brian May.

Since we did not have any other transportation except for the motor home, we used Uber to get around Palm Springs. When we buy our motor home we will make sure it has the towing capacity to pull our Toyota 4Runner behind it so we can get around more easily from our camp sights. Either that or we will buy a smaller car to tow, but either way you have to have a tow car if you do the Motor Home thing otherwise you will be stuck at the campground or will need to pay for a lot of taxi and Uber rides.

Sunday morning we moved to Featherly Wilderness Preserve in Anaheim. We stayed at Canyon RV park backed up to the edge of the Santa Ana river. Epic site! Canyon park is a hidden jewel next to Green River Golf course it gets two thumbs up from me. The only drawbacks are it is expensive, $75 per night, you can hear ambient freeway noise even though there is a massive sound wall and they don’t have WiFi. It is still worth the visit.

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We spent some time organizing and cleaning the RV Sunday night because we planned to return it as early as possible Monday morning. We drove it back to Carson and got there around 10:00. We learned that it is pretty hectic on a Monday morning with many people returning at the same time. We were not as ready as we would have liked to have been. They were very kind and patient while we packed up. Next time we will stop somewhere and pack everything up and transfer it to our car before we pull into the Cruise America lot. We returned the motor home clean and full of gas, propane and the holding tanks were empty. Our full deposit plus a little extra was refunded to us because we filled up what should be full and emptied what should be empty, our refund was $578.00. The total cost of a 15 day rental ended up being $1500.00 or $100.00 per day plus our fuel and campground fees. It was totally worth it. Our trip was unforgettable and so enjoyable we would recommend it and we would definitely do it again except I think we will buy our own motor home now.

Our assessment is without a doubt, RV life is for us. This is what we want to do long term someday.

Now we are home and it is time to get back to building my business.

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Day 12 travel day to Palm Springs

Friday November 2 2018

With about a seven hour drive ahead of us, we battened down the hatches once again and tore out of the Grand Canyon like a herd of turtles. We stopped in Williams Arizona and had breakfast in a classic Route 66 diner then drove pretty much solid until we reached our campsite in Palm Springs. Laurie read a book to me the whole way as we like to do. She is reading a great book “ The life and legacy if D. M. Renton.” He was an amazing entrepreneur that built many homes in Pasadena and then built much of the city of Avalon between 1919 and 1936. He was the kind of forward thinking and resilient kind of business man that sets the standard for successful entrepreneurship .

It’s not much of an RV site but at least we finally can enjoy a warm night! We sat outside until 10:00 pm talking and sipping scotch, it so pleasant. Tomorrow is really our last day of real vacationing then we have to start getting ready to return the rental motor home on Monday.

what kind of adventure can we find in Palm Springs? We shall see.

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RV trip day 10 to Grand Canyon

Day 10 Wednesday October 31

Travel day. Powell to Grand Canyon

Staying at Wahweap campground was really nice, I would totally return to this site. I learned a valuable lesson, however; getting phone and internet service is not always possible while traveling. Well if you are just trying to use your phone alone. The phone signal is very weak here and the free WiFi that the campground supplies is even weaker. For someone who is a road warrior, trying to work remotely while traveling, you must invest in some technology that will enable you to get internet anywhere. There are many options for that and the really good ones are expensive. I will soon be writing a review of what I learn after researching internet options for life in an RV.

After we packed up and pulled out of our camp site, we stopped at the main Lake Powell Resort. There is a big lobby with a couple restaurants, a gift shop and a reservations area for lodging, rentals and tours. Their free WiFi is a little bit better, so we sat in a lounge for about 45 minutes and caught up on some of our online pursuits. Then we hit the road heading toward the Grand Canyon.

The trip to Grand Canyon was about 3 ½ hours for us. We stopped at a vista point and had lunch, veggie sandwiches, then went to check out the view of the little Colorado river gorge. The entire way from Powell to the entrance to the national park is on Navajo land. Every view spot is lined with their little trinket stands and they are trying to sell you their tourist trap souvenirs. They try to tell you that they make their jewelry and pottery themselves by hand. Then you go down the line and the next stand has identical items that they also claim to make themselves. Hmmmmm; amazing how they can make such perfect matches with so many different people hand making these items.

We got to the Grand Canyon village around 3:00 pm, pulled into our camp site and there were 3 elk sitting right next to our site. They hung around and foraged near our motor home all afternoon, they are like pets around here. They are huge though, the size of a small horse.

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The south rim village has a free bus service that runs year around and is very convenient. There are also well maintained foot and bike trails everywhere so you can walk to a lot of the attractions. It is about a 5 minute walk to the visitors center and 7 minutes to the rim of the canyon from our campground.
We took the bus into the village to have our first dinner out since we started our trip. It was terrible. I will be going back to making my own food from now on. But on the bright side, we were able to get a quick overview of the area while we rode the bus back and forth so we are ready for our big Grand Canyon adventure to start tomorrow.

RV Experiment day 8, to lake Powell

Day 8,  Monday Oct 29, 2018

After our long hike in Fairyland at Bryce Canyon National Park on Sunday, I got the best night of sleep I have had in a very long time. We packed up and prepped the motor home for travel and set out for Lake Powell.

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It was a windy and cold morning at Bryce, but it was sunny and clear. The views were beautiful as we backtracked toward Zion NP. We passed once again through Glendale and Orderville Utah; old Mormon settlements in a beautiful rich farmland. We noticed while passing through that there hundreds of apple trees. I told Laurie, if I see a roadside produce stand I am stopping. I love apples, I eat at least one apple every day. So just a couple minutes after I said that I saw a roadside apple stand. I pulled over about 100 yards past it because that is how long it took me to stop the motor home. These big vehicles don’t exactly stop on a dime. Laurie and I walked back and met the nicest couple who operate Grandmas apple stand. He is a retired business owner who operated a successful business in Las Vegas for 35 years, he didn’t say what the business was. His wife is from Orderville and they own this large property with apple trees. They sell Jonathan, red delicious and golden delicious apples. They also make dried apples, apple sauce, apple pie, apple this and apple that. We talked for several minutes and we bought a couple bags of apples and a home made apple fruit roll up. They do not use pesticides, they don’t treat the apples, there is no wax on them but there may be a worm hole or two. They said it is easy to cut out a worm hole but you can’t remove the chemicals. I like that attitude. True organic fruit. We each ate an apple as we drove away toward Kanab Utah, it was delicious.

We stopped In Kanab Utah to fuel and to stock up on bottled water. We heard of Kanab from a guest that has stayed at The Avalon Hotel, where we work on Catalina Island. She owns a vacation rental in Kanab and has offered to let us stay there, but it was not available at this time. Kanab is beautiful and it is near the north rim of the Grand Canyon so a lot of people stay there for visiting Grand Canyon. I would love to return and stay here some day.

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We made it to the Wahweap campground and RV park and found our assigned sight. It is perfect with an unobstructed view of the lake right behind us and long range views of mesas, buttes and mountains in the distance. We sat outside for hours and had a spaghetti dinner on the picnic table. Later on, around 10:30 we went outside again to look at the stars. It was super dark and clear; it was a spiritual experience seeing the billions of stars. Who are we in this grand universe?

It was a great travel day, we will stay here two nights. We plan to take a 3 hour boat tour of the lake tomorrow, that should prove to be a lot of fun.

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RV Experiment day 6

Day 6

Saturday October 27, 2018 was move day. Laurie and I both kind of hated to leave Zion, we were having such a great time. We thought about extending our stay but the park was full so we couldn’t. After breakfast we cleaned house and secured everything for travel. On day 2, while traveling a wine glass fell and broke. We learned the lesson that we need to do a good job of securing stuff before moving.

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The trip to Bryce took about 2 ½ hours of some of the most amazing scenery. We drove through the Zion National Park and at the other side is a long tunnel. Our motor home is right at the maximum height allowed for the tunnel. It is an arch shaped tunnel so it is high in the middle and lower on the sides. They have to stop traffic when a larger vehicle goes through because we have to drive down the center, straddling the center line. The tunnel is about one mile, totally cool to go through it. After that we could see the other side of Zion and some different kind of rock formations.

 

Then cool ranch and farm land that looked a bit like we had traveled back in time.

 

 

We could see the red canyon in the distance as we headed north. When we got to that point we were amazed. So interesting. There are scenic pull outs on the road every quarter mile and you want to stop at all of them.

 

We got to the Ruby’s Inn RV park and campground and checked in. The campground is huge and has lots of trees. We are at an elevation over 7500 feet so it is colder here. We found out that the shuttle into the park stopped running for the winter just a few days ago so we will have to drive our rv into the park when we visit it. Not too thrilled about that. This is where having a tow vehicle would be handy. Many motor home travelers have a small car that they tow behind either on a trailer, a dolly or flat on all four wheels with some specialized gear.

 

We had a beautiful sunset while I made dinner. We watched a movie on Netflix and went to bed. Ready to figure out what to do tomorrow.

Cheers!

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