The Right Mindset

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Success is dependent on only one thing. The decision to start. Whatever you have in mind, whether it’s weight loss, fitness, looking for a new job, or starting your own business, you have to make a decision, a commitment that you’re just going to do it. And then you need to cultivate a no-matter-what mindset.

You are going to do this.

No. Matter. What.

It’s all in your mindset. Your mind is your most powerful tool. Any thing that has ever been invented was visualized first. It was created in the mind before it was created in reality.
On the other hand your mind can be your greatest obstacle. Your mind can make you fly, or it can hold you back, keep you on the ground.

As the old saying goes, “if you think you can, you’re right. If you think you can’t, you’re right”.

It’s all in your mind.

Literally.

Whatever is in your heart, make a decision today to go for it. Just think where you could be a year from now!

The Reality Of Home Based Businesses

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When you’re looking at starting a home based business you have to use a lot of common sense.  Do your research.  There are a lot of new companies starting up with flashy offers.  New companies start up all the time.  And just as quickly they disappear.  Wake Up Now was the big thing just a few months ago.  They had highly aggressive business practices.

They’re gone now.

A lot of companies have gimmicks designed to lure you in.  They promise you can make $5000 this month.  Some claim to be free to join.  A few will even claim to pay YOU to join!  I guarantee if it costs nothing you won’t make a lot of money from it.  If you make any at all.  The old adage “if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is” was never more appropriate than in this arena.

Thankfully there are genuine companies out there that you can succeed with.  You just need to use a little common sense.

Stop looking for a free lunch.  Most genuine home based businesses are going to cost something to start up.  Obviously some cost more than others and some provide more value.

The genuine opportunities don’t rely on bells and whistles.  They don’t need to.  They know they are a good bet.  Look for a company that’s been around a while.  Most companies that start up fail within the first year.  Many are designed to be that way.

 

If you’re serious about working from home just make sure you do your research.  There are so many scams out there.  But there are real opportunities out there too.

 

And We’re Off!

Momentum leads to excitement.

Excitement leads to anticipation.

Anticipation leads to expectation.

Expectation leads to action.

Action leads to results!

Those words came to me a week or so ago.  We’re really starting to see the power in those words.

 

Gathering Momentum

Momentum leads to excitement.

Excitement leads to anticipation.

Anticipation leads to action.

Action leads to results.

Those words came to my head last night.  I know where they came from but this isn’t the blog to discuss that topic.

We’re feeling the momentum.  Business is slow at the moment.  Mainly because we seem to have a million other things clamoring for our attention.  When you have a nine to five type job it’s easy to be productive.  You have set hours.  You show up at a set time, do your work for a set number of hours then go home.

When you work from home it’s equally easy to get distracted.  Family get the idea that because you’re not at a desk in an office you’re available to them whenever they want you.  Plus you have a myriad of personal distractions competing for your time.  Self discipline is critical.  We haven’t fully acquired that, yet.  But we’re getting there.

Last night we were busy setting appointments.  The result is tomorrow we’re meeting with three separate people.  A busy day ahead.  We’re in the business of helping people.  Financially and health wise.  It feels good to be moving in that direction again.  Wish us luck for tomorrow!

We’re beginning to see that momentum.  Excitement is building, leading us to take action.

Now to go get those results!

Wild Weather

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So we have another wild week of winter weather on tap.  January had two big snowstorms and a lot of bone chilling cold.  February hasn’t been as cold so far, but the snow just keeps on coming.  Yesterday we had 8 inches on Staten Island, NY.  Tonight we’re expecting snow and ice.  And we potentially have the biggest snowstorm yet.

So, what does this have to do with our business?  Well,  I feel sorry for everyone who has to struggle to work every day through all this inclement weather.  It can’t be any fun at all.

For us, this weather just gives us an excuse to stay home and make phone calls.  That’s the advantage of working from home, you see.  We get to pick and choose when we go out.  And when we don’t go out we can still work.  Making calls, blogging, internet marketing.  It’s all about getting the word out.  We’re not in sales.  We don’t sell at all.  We refer people to our company.  We’re marketers.  It’s fun.  It’s interesting.  Yes, it’s challenging at times.  But I prefer this sort of challenge to slogging to work and back day in, day out.  That’s no fun at all.

 

Keeping Your Integrity In Network Marketing

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Internet Marketing is a huge business these days.  With the wealth of social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, Google + and LinkedIn giving us access to thousands of people, it’s so simple for us to get our message out there.  And then of course there are the blog sites such as WordPress.  This is a double-edged sword.  On the one hand, it’s so easy anyone can do it.  On the other hand, it’s so easy anyone can do it.  Even without knowing the best way to go about it.

When a person decides to go into business with you, whether as a customer or as a business builder, it isn’t just your business that attracts their attention. No matter how good your business is, what’s the first thing your prospective customer is going to see?

You.

You are their first port of call.  You are the person behind the company, the person they are going to talk to.  You aren’t just promoting your business.  You’re promoting yourself.  And as they listen to your sales pitch they are going to be thinking one thing.

Can I trust you?

Trust is the most important element, the glue that holds your business together.  It’s one of those things that can be so hard to gain.  But, so easily lost.  As you tell them what you have to offer, you need to be up front and honest.  Because if you lie to them, if you make it sound so easy when it’s not, they are not going to stay with you once they learn the truth.  So you have to prove to that person you are worthy of their trust.  To do that, you have to be trustworthy.  Internet marketing isn’t just about making money.  Obviously, that’s the biggest reason we do it.  But, it can’t be our only focus.  If you’re looking for customers you have to provide a good level of service.  It’s not just about making a sale.  Especially if you want them to come back for more.  If you are looking to bring someone into your business to partner with you, then you have to make it all about that person.  You need to put their needs first if they are going to stay with you for the long term.

Remember, trust is hard to gain but so easily lost.

We’ve been active on Facebook a lot the last couple of weeks.  We joined a lot of work from home groups.  We’ve seen good practices.  And we’ve seen bad practices.  Some people actually pretend they’re looking for a business to work with and ask you to friend them and send them a message with more information.  When you do, they pretty much ignore you.  But behind your back they’re trolling through your friend list, messaging your friends, trying to prospect them.  I made a post on Facebook about this.  A couple of people tried to make out it wasn’t such a bad tactic.  But we’re not convinced.  Most of us use Facebook to keep in touch with our family and friends.  Most of our family and friends have no interest in networking.  So we don’t feel they should be subjected to messages from people prospecting them. I don’t know, maybe we’re just naive.  We’re in a great business with the intention of helping people both with their finances and with their health.  Yes, we also want to make money.  But not at any cost.  Not at the cost of our integrity.  We want to be able to look prospective business partners in the eye and let them see that yes, they can trust us.  Maybe we won’t make as many contacts this way.  Maybe we won’t make as much money as some of the more bullish networkers.  But we’ll get there.  And we’ll have the satisfaction of knowing we did it the right way and we haven’t hurt anybody.

So what do you think?  Is integrity so important?  Or do you feel anything is justified when it comes to making a buck?

Beware Of Regus!

Ok so I’m in the process of learning one of life’s lessons.  Always do diligent research before jumping into anything.  My wife and I did look into this company but we obviously didn’t dig deep enough.  Now we’re looking harder and the dirt is starting to appear.  So I’m writing this blog in an attempt to stop others making our mistake.

We have a small business and we’re trying to make it grow.  We figured if we had our own office then we would be more focused when we were there.  The idea being that if we had a specific place to work then we’d be more productive.  So we went with Regus.  They’re a nationwide chain.  When you meet the staff, they’re very professional, very courteous.  Of course they are.  They want your money. 

After we signed contracts we were told about the first hidden charge that wasn’t explicitly stated in the contract.  There is a $154 restoration fee that you have to pay when you leave.  This is so the office can be maintained.  This is ON TOP OF a $75 office start-up fee so the office can be provided in good condition.  So in effect you’re paying for the samer thing TWICE!  They don’t tell you that before you sign on the dotted line.  This is despite the fact the office is actually new and regardless of whether you put anything on the walls.  There is also a $50 start-up fee, to get an access card, $30 a month kitchen fee.  

Our contract is up at the end of the month.  We paid each month in advance so we’re all paid up and we were not expecting any more invoices from Regus.  In fact, we’re expecting our two month deposit to be returned.  So imagine our shock this morning when we received an invoice for $950 for a three month “service continuity” fee.  This is for after we’ve left.  What a joke!  Why should we be expected to pay a service continuity fee for a service we no longer require? 

To be honest, the environment Regus provide is very pleasant and very clean.  They could be a great company to deal with if they didn’t employ such bad business practices.  They seem to be very greedy and very grasping, determined to screw every dollar they can out of you.  Despite the quality of their product, I wouldn’t recommend Regus to my worst enemy.  If you’re looking to rent office space, AVOID Regus.  Go with someone who has better customer relations and who will treat you with more respect. 

We’ve Taken A Big Step

So we took a  big step today and rented an office.  It’s only a three month lease, with an option to renew or extend if things work out.  It might not seem a big deal to most people but it’s a huge step for us.  For one thing it’s a serious commitment to building our Melaleuca business.  For another thing it’ll really help focus our minds and make us treat this business as a serious business. 

Working from home is all well and good but part of the problem with it is you are HOME.  You get less opportunity to get out and about.  But most of all, the problem is you are home.  With all your comforts and distractions around you.  I’m sure many people are able to work at home and focus on their business, putting in the hours they need.  But  In our own home we find it hard to commit to putting in the hours we need in order to grow out business properly.  Going out to an office should remove that problem.  It’s like going to a regular job.  You know that you are there to work, so you don’t allow anything to distract you.  You can set your hours and work to them diligently.  What sets it apart from a regular job though is you can set your own hours.  So if a family matter comes up you can attend to it and simply put in more hours another day to make up for it.  Or if the weather is inclement you can simply choose to work from home that day instead.  It sure beats working for Corporate America where your time is never your own.  So we’ll give this our best shot and see what happens. 

It just feels nice to say we have our own office.  We start using it from Monday 1st July.  Our office is based in Piscatway, NJ.  If anyone is curious to see what we do, message me and we’ll arrange for you to meet us at our office, where we can show you what our business is about.  Coming to us is no commitment to joining us and you never know, what you see and hear might make sense to you.