Phone Diversions & Children

It never fails. You're on the phone, and that's when your kids come running, demanding your attention. It's an all too common issue faced by many parents who are trying their best to make a living from home. Here are a few telephone tactics to help you get through at least one call (Two, if we're lucky, and can talk fast):

  • Keep a box of toys hidden somewhere near the telephone, or your "work" zone. When the little one's tries getting your attention as you talk, pull out the phone-only toys. Change the toys often to keep them new & interesting for your little ones.
  • A small table or desk near yours is also a great tool. Fill it with colors & coloring books, or writing paper and let them work right along side with you. Kids love to do things they feel are important and what could be better than working just like Mommy or Daddy?
  • Set a kitchen timer for the amount of time you need to be on the phone, and then hand the timer to your youngster. Tell them to come and get you when the timer goes off.
  • Let your little one clip coupons for you while you make phone calls. Keep the store circulars & advertisements from the Sunday paper in a box, along with a pair of safety scissors, and if you have one, a coupon holder. If you have older children, they can file coupons by product & weed out any expired coupons.
  • Another, similar option, which my kids love doing, is to have them create their own "dream boards." A dream board is simply a collage of things that they would like to have. This is a great tool for you as well, to create your own dream board, and place pictures or even just words of things you are shooting for. Maybe it's a new home, or dream vacation, new car...etc. Having a little reminder of why you need to make those calls & what they will do for you & your family. My kids understand that their part of helping out & being able to get the many things we dream of is as simple as respecting my phone time.
And one last thing regarding phone time... If you have little one's, it's best not to try and schedule huge chunks of time all at once to do your calls. Rather than scheduling 2-3 hours all at once to do calls, break it up into 30-45 minute increments. And be sure to also schedule time just to spend with the kiddos. When you "pencil" them into the daily schedule, your kids will know that they too will have their own special time to have you all to themselves. But don't cancel those scheduled times to do work or household chores, even if you have laundry piling up & a sink full of dishes. It's one appointment that needs to be kept always. I mean, most of us are working from our homes so that we can be here for our kids & raise them ourselves & not the daycare lady.

Is there anything that seems to work well for you in regards to being able to make phone calls with your little ones at home?

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My worthless sponsor always gives 100%.

Unfortunately; its:

12% on Monday

23% on Tuesday

37% on Wednesday

22% on Thursday

6% on Friday

How many of you can relate to this, if not right now, at least at some point during your network marketing career I'm sure?

I can't take credit for this one though. It was actually in my newsletter today from Big Al. If you don't know who he is, you may want to take a look. Here is a link to his Blog.

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Am I an Average Person?

As I was browsing around a message board this morning, I ran across a question from someone in regards to Ameriplan. They wanted to hear what others had to say & any personal experiences from those who have done it.

One of the responses to that questions has been bugging me ever since. He stated, "I tried it about 4 months ago, and it appeared to be a great company that offers something that most of us need in regards to health care. I actually continued to stay a member in the plan with the dental because my family does need it. But I found that it just wasn't something that any average person could do and earn much money at, if any at all." He continues on for quite a while but essentially he ends up saying that it took work, you had to be someone willing to talk to people, and learn ways of marketing, and attend training calls that were every night almost, and unless you possessed any special skills it just wasn't possible for the average, everyday person, like himself, to be able to earn any money.

Okay, so I suppose it's a great thing that he still in many ways supports Ameriplan and what is offered, I mean he did continue on with the benefits plan. But really what is it that determines who is or isn't average?

I don't consider myself super extraordinary in any way. (Okay, maybe there's a couple things about me that make me But really, I feel as though I am no different than anyone else. Yes, we all have our own separate issues that we have had to deal with and we were all raised with different beliefs, in different households, and we do have our own unique beings. But how would you determine who is average?

And just because a person is born into poverty & one into a life of privilege & wealth, that has no bearings on whether or not that person will ever be magnificent in life.

I believe that we all possess the tools needed to become successful in life no matter what that may be. It's just whether or not a person is willing to open up & learn the skills needed to do so.

I'm just like the next single mother of 3 who has had moments in life that she still can't believe she lived through, someone who has had her fair share of ups and downs. I'm the typical boy scout mom/soccer mom/child servant-maid and all the above. I am no different than so many others who are just trying to enjoy what life has to offer, raise her kids and do all that she can so that they can have every opportunity available in life. I put my pants on one leg at a time. (okay, maybe there are some of you who attempt to do it both at the same time, especially now since it's always fun to go against the norm...)

What I'm saying is don't assume that just because someone is successful at something, or is where you wish you were right now, don't think that it's because they have some special powers. It's not magic. And I'm sure if you were able to rewind the years and look back at their lives, you just might realize that they aren't much different than you are.

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How do I know what is real & what isn't?

This is a common concern that nearly each & every person who is scouring the internet in search of a legitimate way to make money from home has running through their minds. So how do we know what is real & what is not?

Now the only answer I really have is that you must do your research! As you will see, if you haven't already, that no matter what the opportunity is whether it be data entry, wah jobs, or even any number of the home based business opportunities that are advertised online, they all have people who praise them and others who run them into the ground.

Your best bet is to simply do the research of the company yourself, and do so from many different resources. Talk to people who are doing it, or have done it. Visit message boards & forums and read what others may have had to say about that particular company.

A couple good places I frequently visit online are and

Before you make a decision make sure you get all the facts and see it from every angle. I'm not one to put a whole lot of trust into whether or not a company is a member of the BBB. Yes, I often check to see if they are or not, but all in all, since the BBB is an organization that is a for profit based company that requires each company to pay a fee to them in order to participate, it just doesn't hold a great deal of weight in my decision.

Another site is a good place to get some opinions and idea of what you'd like to know. But again, don't base your decision solely on it since it is a site where consumers share their opinions & personal experiences with any given company. It doesn't mean that any of it is indeed fact, but more so personal feelings. It still is another way to get an idea of what you are wanting to know. If a company has constant complaints, and few or no positive things being said about them, then it's a bit obvious thus far what people think of them.

So to sum things up here... Don't take just one person's word or experience and use it to make a decision as to whether or not something is legit. Search multiple resources. And last but not least, follow your own instincts. If you get a gut feeling about something, and you've done your research, I'd follow your gut.

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How Not to Go About Choosing a WAH Opportunity

There are things that people say, and whether or not they realize it or not, you can already begin to see how it all will end. Something like this for example...

"Well gosh, it looks like a wonderful product. It's not really something I would be interested in personally, it's just not me, but I'm sure there are tons of people who would love this sort of stuff??"

Someone who could say this and not end up quitting sometime in the near future and moving on to the next new and interesting venture that is suppose to be a sure fire money maker, well if they actually found a way to make it work and become successful, then well I suppose you know where just might freeze over.

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