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

Sharing Pays

“I don’t want to sell a product”

Me either!!! Selling stuff is tough and not many people are big fans of sales people. So that is why I never sell stuff. I have a different job, I SHARE with people my love for a product. That’s right, I get paid to SHARE!476768c59e61b6691dee58482ff33c01

When I go to a new restaurant, I tell all my friends how good it was!! That’s great for the restaurant as I paid for my meal, and just advertised for them with nothing in return for myself.

When I buy new shoes, I tell people how much I love my shoes, where they can get them, and what a great product it is. This is great for the show store as I just paid full price for my shows, plus advertised for them and helped them get more business.

When I have a fabulous experience with an accountant, I recommend them to my friends and family. I paid full price for their service and now Im sending them more business because I thought they did a great job.

This is great for these businesses!!!! But what if I could get paid for sharing my love for these companies. And what if I could get a discount for getting them more business???

That’s what I do!!! I find a product I love, believe in, and will use daily and get paid to share it. I don’t sell. I don’t go door to door. I don’t bug my friends. I don’t beg people to buy.

I use my product, show myself using it. And that’s it!10995816_10153064888544576_7110161646201980006_n

For example, one product I use and LOVE is Jamberry Nail Wraps. I found them a few years ago and bought them because as a busy Mom, I didn’t have time to go to the nail salon. Plus the price was $15 for FOUR applications. You can’t beat that!!! So I used them, posted a few pictures, and made sales! Once I realized what a fun business it was, I started to expand. Here are a few things I’ve done to be successful in SHARING not SELLING

I began carrying sample packs with me that included directions and my business cards. These are popular as my nails are always done and every place I go, they advertise for me! If someone compliments them, I offer them a sample! No one says NO!

I offer my samples online by asking people to do a 7 Day Challenge. They get a free sample and use it on one nail, while putting polish on the others. They post the picture on social media on Day 1 and Day 7 to show the wraps vs the polish. This shows my product to tons more people and shows it WORKS

 

  • I make my own instruction videos and post those. People relate better when they see someone they know.
  • I do online parties which allows my friends to earn FREE products and for me to reach a wider range of people. I usually book a few parties from each party I host.
  • I pass out catalogs In local businesses
  • I do events
  • I do home parties

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I use the product!!! This is the biggest!!! When I go to the park with my kids, when I go to the grocery store, when I go to the doctor….everywhere I go people see my nails. My 3 year old uses them too!!!  We both are walking advertisements for a product we love!! I use them, I share them, and I get paid for doing that!!! Plus I earn free products each month and get paid for sharing them. Its an amazing opportunity, a great and FUN job and you can find pretty much any product out there to get started doing this with! For some ideas, go visit our work from home directory.

Dana

Managing Your Time When Working From Home

I always get asked how I manage to work from home with 3 kids with me all day. The truth is, it takes a lot of flexibility and to do lists!!! I get up before the kids, am up after them, plus answer emails/do work during their nap/quiet times. One way Im able to do this is my having a few different to-do lists. I know that sounds crazy, but its true haha.
I have one list for tasks I need to do each day, one for the monthly goals, and one for random things I wish to accomplish when I have time. For my daily list of things that HAVE to get done that day in related to work, I prioritize them in this order:
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2) Paying Clients
3) Potential Clients
4) Business Building
5) Everything else
I break it up this way because the time I spend away from my kids is for the sole purpose of working and helping with their college funds and being debt free. So I always try and do the money making tasks first, and then everything else comes last and sometimes those other items don’t get accomplished that day, but its ok!

I usually have about 3 hours (if Im lucky) broken up throughout the day to do work, so I make sure to always get to my clients first as they pay for me to help them. I do put my close friends first as those relationships are very important to me!!! I don’t open browsers with facebook, pinterest, etc as those are just distractions. I make my list each morning of things that HAVE to be taken care of that day. The list is important as it helps me stay on track and keeps me from forgetting important things. Plus I prioritize it with numbers as what needs to be done first, second, third, etc.

Another thing that helps me is I have certain days each week I work on the same tasks. For example, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday are the days I post blogs. The 5th and 20th of the months are the days I send out newsletters for my clients and page followers. Doing the same tasks each week/month helps me not to forget them. Plus when I plan my week out, I know those are going to be my busy days.

Different things work for each person, but for me, staying organized and having lots of lists is what helps me the most! Its taken time to find a system, and some days I get behind and other days I have evenings to just read and relax! Part of being a work from home mom is learning to go with the flow, just do your best, and remember your goals! For me, my kids come first, and work comes second.11692566_10153075505454576_1689907928773453451_n

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