Helping locals in Bali

Whatever happened to honesty?  

Helping local small businesses in Bali Indonesia. This is going to be my headline, I thought to myself.  

But before that, I need to elaborate. I have come across some interesting characters as of late. People in business ask for help, assistance, proposals and the like. However, the reality is that most information gets so murky that the client is lost.  

After an hour of consulting a Chinese base business, last week confirmed my gut feeling. A large Chinese company was seeking consultation on the local Indonesian entertainment market. Most of the information they were after is available online. Yet they needed an in-person consultation to verify the answers to their questions. Where can some of these businesses and individuals get real answers?  

The truth is out there.  

But in the end, it’s all a load of crap and a waste of time. I have seen businesses struggle and seek help. Yet when you give real solutions the business shies away from the main idea of change. Part of this is the confusion that is being thrown back and forth by the millions of new “experts” online. From healthcare, weight loss, social media and marketing “experts are at the tip of your finger on TikTok for example. Making money online with no investment in the world of Crypto and NFT causes major headaches for everyone.  

Businesses and individuals do not know whom and what to rely on and to pay attention to. This mass confusion will not only slowly cause a leaky ship to sink but cause procrastination.  

Following examples? 

Where can you get legit information from? How are young people supposed to learn? Where does the average person look to for honesty? How can we be honest with each other and to each other when the world is filled with lies?  

From lying politicians to the Tinder Swindler right down to the fake photo filters on phone apps… We are bombarded with lies, propaganda and loads of fake news? 

How can we lead our children down a path of honesty and integrity when there are no role models to look to? Everyone and every site/post you scroll through is pitching something. How can we both young and old make sense of it all? 

The little guys in Bali.

I have also chatted with and consulted a few local business owners in Kintamani Bali on the weekend. They had websites made and hoped that the website will bring them business. But a website alone is useless. Someone took their money and made a website and the poor guy received nothing in return.  

For one, haste makes waste. Two, you don’t know what you don’t know. How can a poor guy from the middle of a volcano learn and be knowledgeable about full-on social media marketing? These poor individuals have grade 8 education at best. They rarely leave their village and venture off the mountain.  

Once again, they need to trust someone and trust is hard to come by these days. So, here we are proceeding to help local businesses in Bali Indonesia. Everyone caters to the foreigners opening up businesses and companies. Property sales and visa extensions are all pointed at the foreign market. Who is helping the locals? Well, we are trying. 

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Published by Zsolt Zsemba

Zsolt Zsemba has worn many different hats. He has been an entrepreneur, and businessman for over 30 years. Living abroad has given him many amazing experiences in life and also sparked his imagination for writing. After moving to Canada from Hungary at the age of 10 and working in a family business for a large part of his life. The switch from manufacturing to writing came surprisingly easily for him. His passion for writing began at age 12, mostly writing poetry and short stories. In 1999, the chance came to write scripts. Zsolt took some time off from his family business to write in Jakarta Indonesia for MD Entertainment. Having written dozens of soap operas and made for TV movies, in 2003 Zsolt returned to the family business once more. In 2018, he had the chance to head back to Asia once again. He took on the challenge to be the COO for MD Pictures and get back into the entertainment business. The entertainment business opened up the desire to write once more and the words began to flow onto the pages again. He decided to rewrite a book he began years ago. Organ House was reborn and is a fiction suspense novel while Scars is a young adult drama focused on life’s challenges. After the first two books, his desire to write not only became more challenging but enjoyable as well. After having several books completed he was convinced to publish them for your enjoyment. Zsolt does not tend to stay in one specific genre but tends to lean towards strong female leads and horror. Though he also has a few human interest books, he tends to write about whatever brews in his brain for a while.

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