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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