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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The Law of Averages

I'm sure you have heard it many times over... you just have to talk to more people. Keep prospecting more, calling more, putting your ads out more, doing more, just more people...more people...more.

And it is very true. I didn't always believe it myself I suppose. I remember thinking, "how in the heck are you going to tell me that I should continue calling more people, who are obviously just going to say no or hang up on me or simply end in nothingness like all the ones I already have called??"

My views on the subject have changed greatly since those days and I do understand it all too well now. And I suppose that comes both from experience, as well as hearing the same thing so many times over and in so many different ways that it just really began to make so much sense.

You see it's not that anyone is telling you to keep getting rejected just for the fun of it. Nor are they telling you to continue calling people just as you have been, without changing a single thing. It's actually the exact opposite, you continue speaking with people, and changing it up until you perfect (well for the most part? I'm not sure if there is ever true perfection, but we can get close.) But the more calls you make, the better you will get, and ultimately achieve better results.

Another way to look at it is that if people don't know that you have anything to offer, or even that you exist, then obviously they won't be able to find you or even know to begin looking for you in the first place.

It is all about finding ways to get your info, product, service, whatever it is that you do, get it in front of as many people as you can and this is when you will start to see a consistent stream of people buying your products, joining your team or seeking your services when they are in need.

Think about Super Bowl ads- Now why would any company spend so much money on an advertisement, like they do with the half-time ads during the Super Bowl? That is, unless it really does lead to a dramatic result in increase of sales, much more than what was spent in the first place for that ad. You see, when someone chooses a tv commercial as a form of advertising their product, they can't determine an exact number of people who will propped in front of their television at any given time on any given day. But when it's the Super Bowl, and you can guarantee that a whole lot of people are definitely going to be watching, and without a doubt it never fails. You can be sure that your message is getting placed right smack dab in front of a great deal of faces, which of course is bound to lead to an increase in sales as more people are aware of who you are and what you have to offer.

No matter how someone says it, it all really, truly, does lead to the same message. It's all in the Law of Averages. The more people you talk to, the more people you place your information in front of, the more you will see in terms of results, and essentially success. And that is a given!

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WAH Being a Court Researcher

I ran across a site that offers a work from home position doing courthouse research, which I found interesting enough and figured others might as well.

A Court Researcher would actually go into their local courthouses and find or research for specific information that they are directed to do. No experience is required, and there are very few other rules, such as children are not allowed to "tag along" with you to the court house and they do not reimburse for child care expenses. (But that should really be a given. lol)

There are many states that are currently available and need researchers now. You can find the listing of all available states on their site, or by clicking here.

You are also required to have a laptop. You can be paid through Pay Pal or check, and they also offer bonuses based on performance, and paid sick days & vacation after 1 year. You can find all the details, as well as apply online if you are interested in becoming a Court Researcher.

JB Services actually has a number of different employment opportunities available, such as a Mock Juror, Mortgage Loan Officer, Telemarketer, etc. You can find all openings on their site under the careers tab.

Along with their employment opportunities, JB Services also offers many different marketing and business building tools. They generate leads (hence the court researcher that verifies and provides the info...) Direct mailings, and I would like to note they hand-write the individual addresses on each envelope rather than typing it since it's more likely for people to open it this way, along with Web Design, Telemarketing Services & Recruiting.

From what I can tell thus far, this seems to be an honest, legit, family run company who is truly out there to help other small businesses find the tools they need to be successful. They work one-on-one with their clients to find the best possible service, all at an affordable price that many small business owners could not afford otherwise. And best of all, no business is too small for their services.

Find all the info on their site,

I am beginning to think that I too need to contact them to find out what services they provide might be of assistance to my business as well?? I will follow up with any details as to how that goes and what sort of results come from it as well. But in the meantime I have already filled out the application for court researcher and will keep you updated on that as well.

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Scams? Is It? Or, Is It Not?

As I was browsing around on the message boards over at, I happened to run across a posting of yet another frustrated woman who is at the point of trying to decide if finding something to do and earn money from home is even worth it. Here is what she said,

"I am so tired of all these work at home scams. Why are there so many awful people????
And then there are those who come in forums and insist that a particular "company" or "program" is just absolutely wonderful when the truth is that it's not all that great and they are only making money by the referrals they get....and probably just trying to make enough money to cover what they've already lost so they can quit.
It gets so frustrating it's almost not even worth trying anymore."

This is an issue that is somewhat near and dear to my heart considering the fact that I too spent many years lost in the wah world, having no idea what I was doing, or what I needed to be doing. I was young and I suppose a bit naive, okay a whole lot as I believed every word that someone said to me as to how much money I could make, etc..etc... As the woman states above and wonders why there are so many awful people? I assure you, most if not 98% of those that you may consider as awful people really are no different than you and I, and most likely either haven't truly realized what they themselves may be doing. Or it could be because that's how they have been trained to do things?

One company I was with for over 2 years (of which I always, every single month, spent way more money out of pocket just for the basic fees & products we were required to purchase in order to actually be an active rep with the company, then I ever made) Anyhow, we had plenty of training available to us, which is something that is great to have in place in whatever it is that you do, but an actual key part of our training, of which I even took part in leading the call for quite some time considering I was good at it, was to take that 1 script that we had given to us. Yes, everyone was given this script and we were trained on how to make our prospecting calls using the script, verbatim and how & where to fluctuate your voice, etc. so as to make the script work for you. And that was how we enrolled people and even used another to market the products side of things.

It's not that I am a dishonest, awful person. It's just that I didn't see it for what I do now. I was told that that was how it was to be done and that was how the people who were making them big bucks at the top did it, and if I was planning on getting there I would need to do what they told me worked. And yes, I am a little bit embarrassed to admit that I continued with this constant shelling out of money, rather than earning, and leading calls on how to effectively use the script to close out calls, all for over 2 years, but I did eventually open my eyes to the big picture. I realized that it was never anything that I could ever wake up and be excited to do. I hated even the thought of having to set up parties to sell the products that we offered. I just figured I could build up a team of people who liked selling things and I would be okay. Again, no one told me any different so why would I think anything else?

It's not that everything online is a huge set of scams. Most of the offers and things that you may find or frequently see, they do have the potential for someone to make a great living all from the comfort of their home. It just takes a bit more involved decision making and searching to find something that will fit you, as an individual. Just because one person does great with something doesn't mean that the next person will even do anything at all. Even if they are given the exact same training, tools and help as the other. One will run with it and one will fail miserably. Why is this??

Because.... Mr.Successful decided to take the tools and training given to him and put them to use. He put in a constant and consistent effort into doing the things that needed to be done in order to start earning money. While Mr.DoNothing did very little with anything. He put in a full 6 hours his very first day of training, got it completely done, he was just so excited about it all. And day 2 he contemplated what he might like to do, and what he felt comfortable in doing, but never really did anything just yet. Day 3 went about the same as day 2. And Day 4 instead of posting some of the flyers he had made around town, he decided that a nice cool dip in the pool would be much more enjoyable just them. This began his slow but eventually fatal down slide of which is an all too common occurrence amongst new & emerging entrepreneurs. The idea of making a living on your own terms, from your own home, when & how you choose, it's all very enticing. However, if you're trying to decide if a wah opportunity could be in the books for you, just dig a bit deeper before you actually jump in with both feet running.

Some questions to ask yourself are:
  1. Would you like to sell products?
  2. Do you like to set up home parties and do demos for friends, etc?
  3. What interests you personally?
  4. How much time do you have available to put into it?
  5. Are you able to work independently with no boss telling you when to work?

If you look for something that fits you, something that you can honestly enjoy doing and be proud to share it with others, then you will find success. It's not about all the people who live online just searching for their next body of prey to take in and rip off. It's more like a bunch of new recruits who haven't yet learned the lessons of the road and quite honestly may be driving without headlights just yet. This is why it's important for you to ask plenty of questions when speaking with someone about what is all involved with that particular opportunity. I make it a point now to make sure the people who do end up joining my team really have a bit of understanding as to what it takes to be successful not only with what we offer, but any company period. I don't try to scare them off or make them think that it's difficult in any way. It's not that it's hard, all they need to understand is that it takes a consistent effort & work on their part as well. You see, they don't know it at first but they soon realize that I will work just as hard if not harder for them as they are doing, and I'm here every step of the way. Because of this and the great deal of one on one support that we offer our team, I believe it helps me to be a bit more thorough when speaking with someone about my opportunity and whether or not they feel as though it may be for them. I'm not nearly as eager to just instantly sign someone up like we were taught in previous ventures. Man if someone said yes we were stunned and there was nothing we were going to do to allow them to change their mind before we got that enrollment. Obviously we had a very, very low retention rate as new recruits were always dropping like flies.
After 9 years of being involved with the wah industry I can see the many ways my entire thought process has changed since when I first began. Back then everything seemed like that's how it was suppose to be. Now looking back I'm like what in the heck was I thinking? What were they thinking? It is so much better to take the time to make sure people know what you do exactly, no surprises just waiting to rear their ugly heads as soon as that payment cleared, but by doing so it actually saves time, as well as work load in terms of constantly scouting for new recruits because now the one's that you do have tend to stay along for the ride thus increasing your income in the process most definitely.

So rather than say "Run, SCAM!!" for each and every single thing that you venture in and it doesn't work out as planned. Take a minute to really look at the big picture and ask yourself whether or not you truly did much of anything in order to make it work? (I know I didn't... I'm not ashamed to admit that. I really hated selling any products, in fact I still had a great deal of them in the closet until our move in February when they found their way to the dumpster. $100 for a months supply of daily vitamins?? I didn't see how anyone I knew would be benefit from that when Wal-Mart sells a daily vitamin for $5-10 tops.)

As for what a true actual Scam would be considered, you can look for things that are obviously illegal. They may contain fake documents, addresses, etc. And overall it just takes a little bit of common sense to realize when you may be faced with someone really trying to Scam you. Things like.....

  1. The everyday 'Pyramid Scheme' in which the entire basis surrounding how any money is made revolves around you signing up X amount of people, then those people getting X amount, and so on and so forth, and everyone is simply paying money to sign others up to do just that. There is no actual product or service that is in play, hence the reason they decided to deem it illegal.
  2. Envelope Stuffing... I speak from personal experience here. There are a few different things that could be considered here. One of which you are required to purchase all the supplies, paper, envelopes, etc. Make the copies from what the company supposedly sends you. Do your thing and put them all nicely in their envelopes and put them in the mail and the company will pay you X amount for every 100 ones you send out. ~ Now how do they know what you sent and what you didn't??? Point blank, no proof of mailings, no pay.
  3. Chain Letters. When you get a letter that tells you to do exactly as follows...blah....blah....blah... and mail out this letter to ?X? people asking each of them to do the same, as well as send a $1 back to you, as you sent to me (the initial sender) follow my drift here.
  4. And last but not least... If someone is telling you they can guarantee that you make any amount of money, within the next oh...30 days, even 6 months, run away. No one can guarantee something like that. Especially if it's one of those can't refuse offers where they do all the work and you just start collecting all the earnings.

Like I said, common sense can go a long way with this one. I mean how many people do you know personally that will do all the work for someone that they don't know, who may live half way across the country, and yet do it all just so that that particular stranger can start to make some money?? (If you already fell into this one I am truly sorry, but gosh darn it, What were you thinking? )

On a final note I just want to say that I encourage anyone who is interested in working from home but feels like it's too much hassle to search through all the junk to find their diamond, I assure you it will be well worth it. And most likely you will eventually end up right back here, searching yet again for something because you can't get the idea of what a person can do with the freedom, and security that comes along with being your own boss. And by all means do the things that need to be done to make it work. You won't be able to share what you have to offer with others if they don't know that you exist. And by far one of the worst things to find out is that your best friend just joined the same thing that you started over 3 months ago, only you were too afraid to share it with your family & friends just yet, and darn it, you know your friend is going to go places with this and they could have been a part of your team had you just asked.

Like I said... It's sooo worth it once you find your way. If you're frustrated and feel like you have searched and tried everything or you just want to get some ideas of where to begin, by all means either leave a comment here. Or you can send me an email at

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Affordable Marketing Supplies

If you have not yet heard of Vista Print, you definitely need to take a look. They offer many different printing services, such as business cards, sticky notes, flyers, brochures, etc. Anything and everything you could use to market your business and make yourself known.

The key to really making any business grow and flourish is to put your info in front of as many people as possible. With Vista Print they always have free offers and special savings available, all you pay is for shipping and handling.

Check them out at

Good Luck and Happy Marketing!

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You Must Never Stop Learning & Growing

It doesn't matter how long you have been doing what you do. Or how old, or young, you may be. It doesn't even matter whether or not you finished high school or if you have a masters degree from Yale. The great thing about network marketing, mlm, and any of these wah opportunities is they allow anyone, of any race, and background, regardless of what they have been through in life, it allows everyone the chance to own their own business, create their own destiny and achieve greatness in life.

Even though I have personally been involved with the industry for well over 8 years now, I am still learning new things each and every day. We must try new things, some work, some do not, but we simply learn from them and move on. For instance with this blog... I am still trying to find my way in regards to keeping the information here new & exciting, something of value that all of you would like to know. Also, finding ways to fit everything that needs to be done, or that I would like to get done, all within each days time.

There are times when all of us wish we had done something a little bit differently. The key is in whether or not you let those thoughts, and somewhat regrets, hold you back and keep you from achieving your full potential.

I would like to hear your thoughts as to what issues you face being involved in the wah industry and what sort of things have held you back. What is it that you feel is important for any new, or even seasoned, network marketer or self-employed business owner, whomever... what should they understand in order to stay in the game and see why so many of us do what we do everyday?

Thanks in advance! And just remember... "If it's meant to be, it's up to me!"

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"Life Is Like A Box of Chocolates..."

...You never know what you're gonna get."

I think it would be safe to assume that everyone has either seen the movie Forest Gump, or at the very least they have heard this all too common quote. So why would I post it here??

No matter how corny, or simple that quote is, it always tends to bring me back into the real world and back on track. I mean, think about it, when you get those big boxes of chocolates, with all the many different kinds all mixed together. No outside wrapper to tell you what's inside, or warn you before you just dig in & give it a taste. (Sounds a bit like life doesn't it...)

Then, just when you taste that first hint of caramel, or in my case peanut butter filling, whatever it is that you really don't like, and realize that you picked the wrong chocolate, what do you do? Do you throw in the towel and vow to never do that again? Or do you simply move on to the next one in hopes that this time you have found a little something that you like? We move on!

So why is it that we tend to get ourselves so worked up over every little detail in our day to day lives? I see people everyday rushing around trying to do everything just right. And have people say, "oh I don't know if I should do that? What if it doesn't work?" ~ So what if it doesn't work, so what if you have to test out a few duds before you find the tool that works just right, so what if you don't get it right the first time? What is the worst that could happen?

You see it's these simple everyday choices that we make that eventually determine what our life is like over the next 5, 10, 15 years. No one should be afraid of trying something simply because they might not pick the right piece of chocolate, or they might just mess up first time around. Everything that we do in life is going to take some working out. So who cares if it takes you 2 times or if it takes 50, the only thing that will be certain is whether or not you did what you set out to do.

Try something new. Do just a little bit more than usual. Step out of that box that you're in and take a chance. Who knows? That chance could be just what you've been waiting for all along?

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Not Quite Sure...

I'm still trying to get everything situated over at on the new blog. However, I am wondering whether or not I should have moved the blog in the first place? What do you think? I would love to hear from you the readers, do you like the blog here? Or what about the layout and design on wordpress at

You see I am strongly considering just going for my own hosting and domain to service my blogging. I am still relatively new to blogging and thought that wordpress was going to offer much more in terms of customizing and what not, but now I am finding that that in fact is true, but mostly if you use the services and have your own domain host. With the free site you aren't able to add any extra plug-ins and most of the tools I would like to have cannot be used with the free service.

So what do you think? Here or there? Should I go with my own hosting? Any advice or suggestions on who to go with? Or what key things to have?

Feel free to leave a comment here. Or if you prefer sending me an email, do so at cberney25 at msn dot com

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I've Moved...

I have decided to finally test the waters and move my blog over to Wordpress. I just feel like I will have more flexibility and hope to improve upon my site and make things more easily accessible and easy to find. But don't worry, I have moved everything that is here, on to the new site so you don't have to worry about going back and forth between the 2. Simply bookmark the new site or subscribe to the feed and as always share any ideas or thoughts that you have and you feel would be helpful to others here in the work at home world.

See you there!

Oh and let me know what you think about the new site.


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Some things to consider when looking into the work at home industry...

If you are looking into a home based business or any sort of direct sales, mlm, network marketing, there are a couple things that should be of concern.

For example, if you are speaking with a representative of the company and they are telling you that it is easy and anyone can do it...really? Than why are so many not doing it? Now I'm not saying that it is hard, I'm just saying that there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all when it comes to this. It's overall a simple process if done correctly and with the support needed. But it also takes effort and time to truly be successful.

Also, if they tell you that you don't have to sell or use the products yourself in order to be successful...seriously? What do you think will happen if someone asks you whether or not you use it, and you say, "well no...but" do you really think that they are going to purchase anything from you? And any business that is built around recruiting and team building only just isn't going to last long before it crumbles. You can't expect to just build, build, build something without a quality product or service in place to offer.

Now I don't usually focus too much on the compensation plan or pay structure, at least not right away. It's best to find a quality product or service that is affordable and is somewhat unique. However you do want to look out for a company or opportunity that offers a large upfront recruiting bonus. What I mean is, if you get paid $200 for each new person you sign on to the team, just for finding them and taking that application, you might want to dip deeper for more answers. Such as how future promotions work and what it takes to move up within the company and pin levels? Is it simply by the amount of business or sales you have personally added each month? Or do you have to help people on your team in order to reach the next level within the company?

You see this is one of the biggest issues that I see within the industry. When the comp. plan is set up so that the more sales you have the higher you go up and the more money you make, then it leaves the 'little' people to fend for themselves quite often. If someone is new to the industry and doesn't know what is required of them, or they don't know how to prospect and talk to people just yet, they will struggle and the person who signed them up most often is continuing to bring on new people because that is what determines his own success.

However if you find a company and pay structure that offers a smaller initial payout for each new enrollment, and is set up so that future promotions and increased earnings are based upon helping others on your team move up as well, then you should have a solid, more secure base to follow.

Monthly quotas are another reason why so many people don't make it in this industry. On one side, a person will sign up anyone with a pulse to be sure they reach the required quota for the month or else they won't be paid. And on the other side, when it is difficult for someone to reach that quota they often times get discouraged to the point of giving up.

These are just a few things to look at when researching a work at home opportunity. The long term benefits of building your own home based business far outweigh the risk involved. All it takes is some determination, a strong enough reason why you need to work from home, support and training to plug into, and realizing that you must consistently work on improving yourself and your knowledge of the industry and what tools are available. You must become a leader yourself and to do so, it sort of helps if you know what your doing.

Is there anything else you can think of that would set off the red flags in regards to whether or not an opportunity is the right choice?

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The 5 Lessons We Learn from How We Treat People

~I'm not sure where this came from exactly. I received it in an email recently and feel that is something that everyone could use a little reminding of every once in a while. Make it a great day!~

1. First Important Lesson~The Cleaning Lady

During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions until I read the last one:
"What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?"
Surely this was some sort of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50's, but how would I know her name?

I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade?
"Absolutely," said the professor. "In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say hello."

I never forgot that lesson. I also learned that her name was Dorothy.

2. Second Important Lesson~Pickup in the Rain

One night, at 11:30pm an older African American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rain storm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car. A young white man stopped to help her, generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960's. The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxicab.

She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and thanked him. Seven days went by and a knock came on the man's door. To his surprise, a giant console tv was delivered to his home. A special note was attached:

It read:
"Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes but also my spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband's bedside just before he passed away. God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others."
Mrs. Nat King Cole

3. Third Important Lesson~Always remember those who serve.

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.

"How much is an ice cream sundae?" he asked. "Fifty cents," replied the waitress.
The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it.
"Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?" he inquired.
By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient.
"Thirty five cents," she brusquely replied.
The little boy again counted his coins.
"I'll have the plain ice cream," he said.

The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left. When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies.

You see, he couldn't have the sundae, because he had to have enough left to leave her a tip.

4. Fourth Important Lesson~The Obstacle In Our Path

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the King's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.

Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the rodeway. The peasant learned what many of us never understand...

Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.

5. Fifth Important Lesson~Giving when it counts.

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare and serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year-old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister.

I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, "Yes I'll do it if it will save her."
As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheek. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded.
He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, "Will I start to die right away?"

Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor. He thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.

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"Behold the turtle.
He only makes progress when
he sticks his neck out."

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Quote of the Day

"The trouble with being in the rat race is that,
even if you win,

you're still a rat."

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“Most barriers to your success are man-made.

And most often, you’re the man who made them.”

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"Always give without remembering,
and always receive without forgetting."
~Brian Tracy

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If this work at home "stuff" really worked, wouldn't everybody be doing it?

I recently had a woman bring up this very issue. She wasn't the first, and I'm sure she won't be the last either, so I thought it would be best to share my thoughts on it here, and therefore save myself some time later on.

So if the idea of working from home, owning your own business, working around your schedule when and how you want, making as little or as much money as you want or are able to create, retiring at an early age, living the dream life, being able to stay home with your kids, living on your terms rather than someone else's...if this was true, would everyone be doing it?

Nope. If everyone was created equal, they would. I mean who wouldn't like to do what they want when they want, right? But the fact of the matter is, not everyone is the same. Some of us are self-motivated and driven to succeed, willing to do whatever it takes to do so. Yet, some of us need to have someone there to push us along, show us what to do and how to do it.

So many people have tried and failed at any number of work at home opportunities. The flashy cars, the lifestyles portrayed, the fast money, it all is appealing and who wouldn't want that. But behind each success is a trail of hard work, time and effort. Why don't they mention this in the ads, or when you are looking to work from home? Because hard work doesn't sell. Most people tend to shy away from making anything harder, or adding extra work into their schedules. So if you were to say,

"give it all you've got, you must work consistently for at least a year, maybe two, but by then you should be making some decent money. Oh and by the way, you probably won't be getting paid much in terms of the work you are putting out, at least in the beginning, but after a while, you will be able to reap the benefits of all that hard work."

You try and post an ad like that, and it will most likely stop people before they even tried to get started, or more so, before they even thought about taking the time to request some information from you. Most people are looking for an easy, fast way to make money from home, regardless of whether or not we know that there is no such thing as "easy" money. When it doesn't happen fast enough, or when it gets to be more work than what they had bargained for, they quit. Thus leaving yet another victim to claim that working from home does not work.

Working from home is not for everyone, it takes a special kind of person to make it work. Therefore, just because everyone might or might not know about it, not everyone would be doing it. The idea behind the industry is wonderful, but it takes more than wishful thinking, and that is why it isn't for everyone.

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" Even if you are on the right track,
you'll get run over if you just sit there."

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