Laugh in The Face of Stress

Ever have one of those weeks where just everything that can go wrong, does?!?! ME ME ME!!!! I’m normally a very optimistic person and try and always stay positive, but sometimes it’s just HARD! How do I handle those days?!?! I embrace it and laugh!

 

12011153_10153235054244576_6227596607985022481_nI know you are probably thinking that is crazy, but sometimes laughter truly is the best medicine! The past two weeks have been crazy insane! My daughter had a health care and our closing date on our house changed FIVE time which opened up a whole new load of problems! For example, our paper work was messed up so we have to pay flood insurance for a year even though we aren’t in a flood zone. We also got told last minute our closing date was changing AGAIN so now we are stuck paying for a Uhaul for a whole week. And we have no help with moving since our new date is the middle of the week! On top of that, I got my son a whole week ahead in his homeschooling to be prepared for our move and thanks to the delays, his school supplies are packed and now he is going to be a week behind!

 

When that much stuff happens, you can either get upset, or just laugh!!! To me, that is God saying “I’m in charge, stop planning. I know what I am doing.” Everything possible that could go wrong, DID! But it teaches me to stop being so OCD and try and go with the flow. Try and laugh more and remember what is truly important, my healthy family!!! Sure this situation stinks, but I try and not dwell on it!

 

My key tips for dealing with a bad situation, is talk about, accept you can’t change it, get some exercise, and find the silver lining! For me, I walk daily as it’s exercise but it also is stress relief. I literally feel my stress draining out of me when I’m outside in the beautiful world and moving my body. That’s just me personally, so each person has to find their stress reliever and turn to that in times of trouble.

 

Stress can eat you alive, make you sick, gain weight, not sleep etc so find good ways to relieve it! Laugh, exercise, and spend time with your friends. It truly helps!!

thankful

Dana

Pyramid Schemes, Scams, Direct Sales And More!

“Are Selling Products A Legit Income??”

I have to say this is one of the most popular questions I get emailed. But the truth is, even I wondered this same thing before getting involved in this business. A few years back, I was approached to join a company, and my instant thought was Pyramid Scheme and scam!! It’s sad that I thought that way, but many people do as unless you are in this business or well educated about it, you just know what you hear. Many of these companies we think are scams, are actually backed by the Better Business Bureau and have been around for many years!!! So today I am going to cover a few of these popular questions, along with how to know if something is legit and the truth about Pyramids.

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Is it Legit?!?!
Direct Sales Companies are VERY legit. They are large companies that chose to pay independent contractors to advertise them instead of using TV adds, Billboards, etc. They are actually helping our economy by putting the money in your pockets vs some very large CEO of a TV station. To find out if a company is legit, you can google them or see if they are registered with the Direct Selling Association. You can also read the reviews about the company online, but remember to only take so much away from those. Job’s are like food, each person has a different preference and different experience so expect to see both good and bad reviews.12004772_995077193889412_9133849978607155890_n
How these companies work, is you advertise their products for them and in return they pay you a commission. Each company has a different pay scale, but in my experience the average is between 10-40%. Finding out what they pay is very important before you begin! Direct Sales companies are very smart, they know people are going to share a product they love, and they encourage that sharing by paying you for it. What better advertisement is their than a happy customer?? I would believe my friends love of a product a lot more than I would a celebrity on TV.
The companies usually require a start up fee, and this is what scares most people. They see that fee and instantly think it’s a scam and they are being robbed. But the truth is, MOST jobs have a start up cost such as background check, uniform, training, etc. With direct sales companies, you want to make sure your cost comes with something!!!!! It should include samples for you, catalogs, brochures, products, a website, product discounts, training, etc. The average cost of a start up kit is around $100 and most have ways for you to make that right back by selling the products in your kit. If the cost is very high, with no products for you, think twice before joining and look more into the company!!! Start up costs are also a tax write off!!! It’s a business investment and you get it back at tax time. The IRS knows direct sales companies are a legit way to make an income.

 

Pyramid Schemes
Pyramid schemes are when one person is on top and makes a lot of money and the people on bottom don’t make hardly anything even though they are doing all the work. These are out there and you want to be careful, but most times they don’t sell any products, more work on just recruiting other people to join. Here are a few signs a company is a Pyramid Scheme and you want to run for the hills.
According to the Direct Selling Association, here is what you should watch for in Pyramid Schemes:
1) Promising lots of money for no work
2) Teaching people to recruit and not sell a product
3) Very large start up costs
4) Not having a product that they sell
5) Having a few people who make a lot of money on top, and a lot of people on the bottom making very little money
For more signs on what might be a pyramid scam, visit the Direct Selling Associations Website
http://www.dsa.org/docs/default-source/direct-selling-facts/legitimatecompanies.pdf?sfvrsn=2

 

 

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Now to some people, the direct sales business mirrors a pyramid, but the honest truth is in MOST jobs you do have some people higher up. For example, in the school system you have a Principal on top, then teachers, then par pros, then students. In most direct sales companies, you have someone who has been in the company for awhile on top, then your sponsor, then yourself. The people on the top do usually get paid off your income, but to do so they have to keep themselves active AND they have to help their team members. They get paid for having a team and teaching other people to be successful, just like managers do. Just because some people make more on your team in direct sales, does not mean it’s a Pyramid.

As you can see, direct sales are a great and very real way for people to earn an income. In fact, direct sales companies have been around since the 1920’s! They do get a bad reputation though because of the way some people teach their teams to market. If you do it the right way, you can be very successful, make a great income, and have fun all at the same time!!! My #1 tip to be successful is find a product you love and use, and share it, never sell!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Learn more about Direct Sales Companies at http://www.dsa.org/ and http://www.directselling411.com/
Make sure to also check out our Work From Home Directory for a list of legit Direct Sales Companies

Dana

Virtual Chat Jobs

Let me be honest. Working from home is hard!! For many people, it takes awhile to build a steady income which can be tough when you need money right away! The logical choice is a customer service job as they pay a set income for set hours, but if you are a busy Mom like me, set hours with kids at home does NOT mix!! So what do you do??? Well we all know I’m a big fan of direct sales, but that does take time. Another option while you build your business, chat based customer service jobs!

 

pppppppThese sound like the perfect job for us busy Mom as you chat with the customers while not having to worry about your kids being loud in the background! Some do require set hours, but not all. Here is a list of a few to check out and apply to!! Happy chatting 😉

 

Arise

http://www.arise.com/

Hires work at home chat agents with flexible scheduling and earnings at $9-$19 per hour

Needle

https://register.needle.com/

Hire online chat agents to help customers with online shopping

Talk 2 Rep

http://talk2rep.com/

Handel consultant sales and recommending product features to customers all via chat

24-7 InTouch

https://247intouch.catsone.com/careers/

All different job options including chat based and email based customer support.

Capital Typing

http://www.capitaltyping.com/live-chat-support

Answer questions for customers through a virtual chat room

PostLoop

http://www.postloop.com/

This is not a chat based job, but rather a company that pays you to comment on different online forums. You can get paid via Paypal each day.

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Presto Experts

http://www.prestoexperts.com/lp/Experts-jobs-online

This site allows you to sign up listing your qualifications, education, specialties and type of clients you can help. You can charge per minute to answer questions and help people with their goals.

My Live Pro

http://mylivepro.com/jobs-mylivepro

Hire for online chat based support agents

Venture Loop

http://www.ventureloop.com

Bringing you jobs at venture and seed capital backed companies. Search thousands of jobs at thousands of great startups

Weebly

http://careers.weebly.com/

Offer customer service chat based jobs when they have openings

Site Staff

http://www.sitestaff.com/

Virtual chat based jobs, must have good typing skills, reliable computer and good internet access

Televated

http://www.televated.com/

Work as an online chat representative

Uber

https://www.uber.com/jobs

Work as an email or online chat support agent

 

 

 

 

 

Dana

Monday Musings 8/24

I am not going to lie, the past week has been ROUGH! Will and I started homeschooling which has been a lot tougher than we thought. He has to do 4-6hrs of school each day and since I have a 3 and 1 year old to also keep busy, our days have been hectic! I’m attempting to do his school work when the baby naps as that little goober gets into everything. But that means less breaks for Will as we have to cram it into two or three sessions. The hardest part for him has been phonics. He has math and science down and loves those. But when it comes to letters and their sounds….NOPE! So Mommy and Will have both been a bit frazzled haha!!11219059_10153158365974576_3551802852844356049_n

 

I’m hoping this week will be easier since I know what to expect and also that I need to try and make it a little more fun for him. Currently he hates school and I know its mostly because I’m not too good at making it fun. He is learning the stuff he enjoys quickly, he was showing off his Five Senses and how to use them for his Grandpa today! And which things are on the left, and which are on the right. Smart boy!!!

 

Balancing working at home, watching my kids, and homeschooling has been rough. Its temporary so I know I can manage but I’ve had to drop others things so I don’t go crazy. We also move into our new house in a month which will add to the crazy for a few days haha. But I like crazy! I seriously think I function better when life is crazy. I mean, who likes boring?!?!

 

Lets talk things I’m loving this week!!!!

reviveacademy-300x200One of my best friends started a social media academy called Revive and its AMAZING! She teaches you how to be successful in social media and life! She even helps you pick out business appropriate outfits!!! This is the lady who mentored me when I started working from home 3 years ago so I know for a fact she is good!!

http://traindirtyfitness.com/revive-academy/#.Vdn-f1NViko

 

11870788_10153835955786091_4794192947214219852_n#GoodEnough is a cause special to my heart. When I started in the fitness world, I knew NOTHING! I was promoting a shake with horrible ingredients, needed to lose a lot of weight, ate too few calories, and was just an all around mess LOL. But I found a fitness company that didn’t care I was a mess! They cared that I was trying and no matter where I was in my journey, that I was good enough!! That’s such an important lesson everyone needs to be reminded of, and now you can get it on a shirt!!! These are limited edition and can only be purchased through this group so don’t miss out!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/856552127772373/

 

 

11885169_10153170501819576_123898734864037834_nDeal Of A Lifetime ends August 31st!!! Don’t miss this opportunity if you have wanted to start your own business for HALF the cost. It’s the perfect time too with the launch of at home gel manicures in a week!!!!

 

Plus next week we launch at home gel manicure kits and that is going to be huge!!! Its such a fun and easy job to get paid for your manicures! Go read more about this opportunity and snatch it up before it is gone!

DEAL DEAL DEAL

 

 

 

Want to hear a few funny stories from my week??? I know you do 😉

My sweet little Adalyn locked all of us out of the house, so Super Mom here broke the screen on a window, broke the lock on the window, got it up, and go Adalyn through to open the door back up. Luckily no one had to go to the bathroom as it kinda took me awhile. Note to self, give a friend a spare key!!!!

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Liam learned if he chases after his brother and sister growling, they will run screaming. He thinks it hilarious, and they do too!

 

In homeschooling, Will and I were talking about “Up” and “Down”. I asked him what was on top of his chair. He replied “My tushey”.

 

I asked Will what he saw when he looked down when he is outside. He replied “Pollen, lots of pollen.”

 

Learning about food, I asked Will what gives you energy. He replied “Coffee. That’s why you drink it all day.”

 

Hope everyone has a wonderful and blessed week!!!

 

 

 

Dana

Monday Musings 8/10

This past week was CRAZY! I ended up in the hospital due to some health issues but the good news is they may have figured out what has been causing me problems for over 8 months now!!!

download (1)Today starts homeschooling for Will and I so I’m sure I’ll have lots to share about that in the upcoming weeks!!! We are just doing it temporarily as our new home won’t be ready for another month and its over an hour away. Not gonna lie, I am totally nervous about this!!! I was told it would be about 3-6hrs of work for him and I each day which shall be interesting since I also have a 3 year old and 1 year old to watch after. And my work!!! But I can do it!!!

This past week was pretty boring, as I spent most my time finding low key activities for the kids as I wasn’t up to running all over the place. Our normal morning activity is feeding ducks at the park. Our park has food dispensers for the ducks (fish food is in it) and you put a quarter in and get some food as they don’t want the ducks being fed other stuff. Well I got smart and went and bought a GIANT bag of the food from the store vs spending a $1 each day on a tiny bit. That is fun for the kids and I can sit on the bench and watch. Well, we ran out of food so I raided my piggy bank and found quarters. We get to the park and they had taken down all the food dispensers and the No Feeding signs!!! Of course on the ONE day I’m out of food haha!!

Baby Liam got a haircut this week, that was so hard for me!!! I knew during my pregnancy he would be my last baby, but it still has been hard watching him hit these milestones. I’m such a sap and just want him to stay a baby for as long as I can!!

We discovered that fun of breaking into a house this weekend. Will locked the door to Liams room (luckily he wasn’t in it!) and the house we are renting is super old so the only way in was through the window!!!! That was fun!!!

We are 45 days out from moving in our new house!!! So very excited! Especially since we have had a broken toilet in our rental house for a month and our oven just broke!!!!! I am counting down the days!!!

Hope everyone else had a wonderful weekend, and I’ll have lots of fun to share about our homeschooling adventures soon!!

Dana