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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Quote of the Day

“Most barriers to your success are man-made.

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

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Quote of the Day

"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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Quote of the Day

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

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