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

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!

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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

Starting A Business

work from homeMany people are scared to work from home because they worry about how to get started, how to be successful, how not to be a failure, and how to know if a start-up cost is normal or a scam. Starting your own business is scary, but it is also empowering as it allows you to take your future into our own hands!!! It’s a very brave act that many people never have the courage to go after! But how do you get started and how do you make sure you are successful? I’ll share some tips as I know quite a lot about this subject!

 

pizap.com14295431785461The number one tip for being successful working from home is find a product you LOVE! Don’t look at the money right away, but instead search high and low until you find something you love, believe in, and would 100% use yourself and encourage your loved ones to use also. Work from home jobs can be tough as you need to set your own hours, push yourself, and get out of your comfort zone. But if you are passionate about your product/company than it shows and it makes your work fun!

You never ever ever want to be a sales person, that is just not fun! The tip to being successful and what I teach my team is to SHARE! Share why you love a product, why you buy it, the benefits of it, etc. Sharing is the way to make money, not selling. Keep that I mind when you pick something. Ask yourself, can I use this everyday and share it with others everywhere I go???? ((if your product advertises itself, HUGE bonus for you as it makes your work easier))

 

Once you find a product you love, check into the company and what it takes to work for them. Most require a small 62c12fbc492dc0c1be227f2645128c69start up fee which should give you a website and tools to get started such as products, catalogs, business cards, samples etc. If it requires a fee with NOTHING in return for you, research more into the company. Make sure to also look into what it takes to stay active with the company. Some require you to buy a certain amount from them each month in order to get paid. So they may require you to buy $200 worth of products but you only sell $50 worth and in the case you would be losing money. Always look into the requirements! Other companies require a website fee, some won’t pay you until you sell a certain amount, and others only pay you once you earn a certain amount of money. These are all things you want to know BEFORE signing up! Never be afraid to ask questions especially when it comes to your business.

 

 

Research the business and products. You are going to find good and bad re10943030_1022567594424071_1797698394091688528_nviews on everything out there, but don’t let that discourage you. If all you find is bad reviews, then take that into account. Remember though that some people just like to trash companies so weight what you find, both the good and bad. If you are selling a product people consume, research, research, research!!! This is VERY important as some products do have ingredients that can hurt people and you need to know what’s truly in those products and the side effects of consuming them. ((example: artificial sweeteners such as Splenda and sucralose are now showing long term effect and are in MANY consumable diet products…but don’t take my word for it, jut google it and research yourself))

 

 

11037143_933118456751953_6989970111978092783_nKnow your market and if the product you are selling can reach your friends and family. If you have a lot of friends interested in health and fitness, then joining a company like that will allow you to have a product they would be interested in. If you are interested in makeup, but most your friends prefer fitness, keep that in mind as you may have to work harder to make sales. Also look at the price of products. Is it something many people can afford? And is it something they will use often? Jewelry/bakeware/clothes are great, but many people don’t buy those items every single month which means you have to go out searching for new clients.

 

 

11008506_10153190080411760_5024804209952106402_nAnother great point when starting a business is to find a supportive and knowledgeable business partner! In most of these companies, you can join someone’s team which means they are there to answer your questions, train you, and help you to be successful. To me, this is one of the most important things as it makes things easier for you when you have someone cheering you on. Not to mention, having someone to go to with questions on how to be successful, how to time manage, and how to get your business rocking. Starting a new business can be scary, but having someone to help and encourage you can make a world of difference!! Trust me, after years in this business I know this to be true!!!

 

 

489a48abdc23f354f6af9fac81e21d9ennThese are just a few things to consider when starting your own business, but remember you should never be afraid to ask questions! Ask other people who have been in that company, or who have left the company. Find out what they liked/disliked about it. Also keep in mind that to work from home, you need to be your own boss which means you need to push yourself. Sure its tough at first, but when you consider the benefits, its totally worth it! I work when I want, as much as I want, and from where I want. I can work at the park, by the pool, or in my office. I’m the boss so I set my own rules!

 

Anyone can be successful working from home, you just need to be dedicated, find a product you love, do your research and never let excuses hold you back!

 

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Have a product you are thinking of promoting but nervous about it??? Feel free to send me a message as I’ve reviewed TONS of companies and products! Keep in mind I will give you my 100% honest opinion.

 

Need a product to fall in love with??? Go check out our Work From Home Directory which has TONS of great products!!!!

 

Looking for a fabulous mentor and product??? Come work with me!!!

Dana

5 Computer Based Jobs

Many people who are looking for jobs from home are most often Mom’s with little kids. They need a computer based job, but the problem they encounter is many of those jobs require phone time. I don’t know about you, but my kids do not understand quiet time when I’m on the phone. So what is a Mom to do???

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I did some research, and found an alternative to customer service jobs! Search engine evaluators!!! Ok, know I’m sure many of you are wondering what that is as its not something you hear of often. The exact job description does vary from company to company, but most the time what it involves is people evaluate search engine to see if the terms used are bringing up the right results. For example, if I’m searching for homemade baby food recipes and instead I’m directed to information on the Paleo diet, then the search engine terms are not right for those companies. As an evaluator, you make sure the terms are matching up to the relevant sites.

These companies all require that you pass an exam to get hired and that you own a computer with good internet access. The amount of hours you need to work varies for each company, but it looks like average is between 10-20hrs. I did notice that a few require you to keep track of your own hours and send it in, so for those with little kids, it might be good to do your work at night. I found five companies that hire for these positions and have listed a few details on each below! Good luck and let me know your experience if you get hired!!

 

Leapforce

https://www.leapforceathome.com/qrp/public/job/1

Offers an opportunity to evaluate and improve search engine results for some of the world’s largest internet search engine companies. Pay is between $14-$18 per hour and paid via paypal. Must work a minimum of 10hrs per week.

Candidates need to have a highly active Google search engine, use Google Play  at least once per week and use Google+ more than once per month and have more than 11 people per circle. A Gmail account with a web history turned on is also required. Candidates must also be self motivated and internet savvy. To be hired, all candidates must pass a three part exam.

 

Appen

http://www.appen.com/company/opportunities/

Work from home as a search engine evaluator or perform tasks for pay.  This company does NOT allow you to work for others that are similar. The work requirements are at least 5hrs a day, Monday through Friday. Average pay is $25 per hour.

Qualifications vary for positions that you are applying for. High speed internet, computer, and antivirus software are required for all positions.

 

ZeroChaso

https://www.zerochaos.com/careers.php

This company hires for many work from home positions, but the most popular is being an at-home Ads Quality Rater. What that is, is a person who reviews ads to help improve their accuracy and performance in Google.

Requirements are between 10-30hrs of work each week with pay averaging about $15 per hour. Must own your own computer and have high-speed internet.

 

Lionbridge

http://www.lionbridge.com/careers/

This company hires for many different at-home positions ranging from sales, finance, HR, technical, and marketing, translators, and more. Pay ranges from $12-$15 per hour and they prefer employees to work 10-20 hours per week. This company does require an extensive exam to pass that can take over 6hrs and average time to hear back from the company is around 60 days.

 

iSoftStone

http://www.isoftstone.com/en/default.aspx

Chinese based company with offices in the US. This is fast growing IT company that hires people to work from home as SEO Analysts. The jobs for at home positions are not posted on their website, but instead on Ineed.com Positions pay approximately $12 an hour and they do allow you to work for multiple companies similar to theirs.

 

If you are looking for a different job option, make sure to check out our Work From Home Directory for ideas!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dana

Teaching Your Kids to Love Books

booksAs a Mom of 3, I am always looking for ways my kids can have fun and learn at the same time. I want them to learn, but at such young ages I also don’t want to force things on them so they end up bored. One ritual at my house is story time. Since my oldest was a baby, every night we have cuddled up and read together. It’s a nice way to wind down and get ready for bed, plus it keeps all the kids sitting down, and they are learning to love books at the same time!!!
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I am always on the hunt for good books for my kids. I grew up being a reader and even as an adult, I love sitting down to just relax and read a book. But I’ve found that so many kid books are just kind of silly. Sure they have great colorful pictures, but they don’t teach the kids anything or help them learn. And some I found cover topics that are not appropriate for all age groups. Even ones I personally think are good, often times my kids have no interest in. So its hard to find lots of books I approve of and the kids enjoy at the same time. We end up not agreeing on what book to read.

 

Luckily I met a wonderful woman named Andrea who introduced me to Usborne Books!! The books are not only GREAT quality, but they are also educational and engaging for children. One of the books we received from Usborne, we have read over and over again the first day as all 3 of my kids loved it so much!! I even found my 4 year old reading it to my 7 month old and helping him “feel” the different textures on the pages. It was great to find a book that both boys could enjoy at the same time. Of course another great quality is the durability in the books as it instantly went in the babies mouth HA!!

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One quality of Usborne that really impressed me was all their different options in books. The catalog had anything and everything from fun books, to education books, to sticker books, to novels for older kids. It truly covers all the basis and has something for every single kid no matter what their age, interest or education level!! My daughter loved the ice skating sticker books, while my 4 year old son loved the book teaching about the body parts.  Its so wonderful to see them sit down with the books and look through them all on their own! Not to mention the catalog is over 100 pages!! That’s right, 100 pages filled with awesome books!!! The prices were very affordable too for such nice quality books!!

 
I know many of my lovely Mom friends are always looking for a great way to not only teach their children, but also provide for their families financially, and this seems like a great opportunity!!! I snooped a little into what it costs/what you earn sharing these books and here is the low down on it.

*You can join for as low as $69 and that includes 7 titles plus your website. ((Now here is my two cents, $69 for 7 books is a good deal AND you are getting a business!! I see outrageous prices for at home businesses all the time but this one is a great deal!!))
*Commission is 25-30% based on your sales

*No Monthly Sales Quotas

*Earn free and discounted products for yourself

*Can work at book fairs and events or do home or online parties

*Have the option to sell to libraries, schools, offices, etc

*You can purchase your kit, then sell the books from it to make your money right back

*You can get a refund on your kit by selling a certain amount in 30 days

*Earn 30-60% off your own purchases or FREEkids couch

Those are just a few tidbits about the business opportunity, but from what I’ve heard it seems like a GREAT business opportunity for any Mom that loves reading and helping children learn. If you would like to learn more about the business opportunity, or the products, my good friend Andrea would be happy to answer any questions! She is also giving us a super awesome deal and all orders placed through this link https://c4370.myubam.com/66452, can be entered to win $50 in FREE books!!! (end Feb 14th) I highly recommend trying out these books and if you like them, look into the business opportunity!! I’m sure you will love them as much as me and my kids did!!

For more information on Usborne Books, contact:

Andrea Blanchette

raisingbookworms@yahoo.com

http://www.raisingourbookworms.com

Dana