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.

 

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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!

Spring Into Action

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According to the calendar, Spring starts on Thursday.  Although having just been outside it’s hard to believe we haven’t slipped back in time to the middle of January.  The average high right now is supposed to be around 50.  According to my Weatherbug it’s currently 29 degrees.  Only 21 degrees below normal.  In the middle of March.  This has been a long harsh winter.  It’s time for Old Man Winter to get his grumpy butt out of here.  It’s time for some warmth.  At least we’ve missed out on several snow chances this month.  There have been a few snowstorms around, but they’ve all been shunted to the south courtesy of the media flavor of the month, the good old Polar Vortex.  How many times have we heard about the PV this winter.  Way too many times if you ask me.  The PV can bugger off back to its polar home where it belongs.  Bring on the 60’s and 70’s. 

When it gets as cold as this, we tend to hibernate.  I have to admit, I don’t like extreme cold and I don’t like extreme heat.  Am I too fussy?  Just give me 60’s and 70’s, and if we want to head to the beach, some 80’s would be good.  Yes, I admit it, I’m a wimp.  I’m from Britain, where it rarely gets too hot or too cold.  More often than not, the temperature is just right.  Why do I suddenly feel like a character from the Goldilocks fairytale?

Anyway, I have to admit, I could stand to lose a few pounds.  As I’ve already indicated, I hibernate during the winter. And working from home makes it all to easy to hide yourself away.  Thankfully I’ll be able to take advantage of our Vitality range with our company.  We have products that help us have a good workout, that gives us plenty of fiber and products that help us lose weight.  Once we get some decent mild weather we’re going to go walking.  We have an amazing snack bar that is scientifically designed to allow our body to burn excess fat.  And it tastes great!  Bonus! 

So bring on the warm sunny days, when the girls wear fewer clothes and I can get my legs out again.  I’m ready to walk!

Taking Time For What Matters

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Our lives are crazy these days. I’m sure many of you can identify with this. An elderly relative broke his hip last July and spent seven weeks in a rehab center.   We had to sort out his place, as well as visit him.  He went home, but as he was only able to get care for three hours a day for just three weeks, we had to go to his home every other day to help him out with laundry, shopping, cleaning etc.

A few months ago, he had a relapse and is now in a nursing home.  We have to prepare his place to sell it, as well as visit him as often as we can.  As well as prepare our place as we might be moving soon.  That’s a whole other story.

So, why am I telling you this?  I’ve been thinking the past few days, thank God we have this work from home business.  If we had regular jobs, either we wouldn’t be able to take the time off to give our relative the proper care he needed, or we’d have lost our jobs by now.  Let’s face it, what company in America is going to let you take so much time off to care for someone who needs you?  But as we work for ourselves, we can take all the time we need to give our relative the proper care and attention.  Family is so important, right?  They have to come first.  As it is, we both lost our jobs within three months of each other before any of this with our relative even happened.

Time.  We can never have enough of it.  Especially when we work long hours every day.  Our lives are fleeting enough as it is without spending so much time behind a desk, or wherever it is you work. Your job puts money in your bank, pays the bills, puts food on the table and keeps a roof over your head.  But it takes so much in return.  It steals so much of our time.  Time we could better spend with our family.  I work with my wife.  So we live together and we work together.  And believe it or not, it really works for us!  We get on so well.  We’re an amazing team.  As we have been so busy we haven’t been able to devote as much time as we’d like to our business.  But the check we get every month for the work we have already done keeps holding us over.

 

In Hibernation

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There’s a car under there, somewhere…

We’re in hibernation.  Until spring.  I’ve blogged a couple of times now about how great working from home is, how nice it is not having to face a rough commute to work and back in the cold and snow.  And it IS great!  However, there is a flip side.  Since the storm on Monday I haven’t been outside, other than to get the mail and, of course, shovel all this delightful snow. 

I love snow.  I really do.  But enough already!  I had to shovel eight inches of slop on Monday.  Today I had to shovel another inch or so of snow that seemed to be eighty per cent water.  And we are meant to have another snowstorm this weekend.  This one could be the biggest storm of the season.  Oh well, if nothing else, at least it gives me exercise.  I just wish I could remember to eat an Access bar before going out to shovel.  At least it would give me more energy.  But roll on spring now when at least we can get out and mingle more.  But all things considered, it still beats facing those treacherous messy commutes!

So, to all of you who work from home, how do you cope with the winter hibernation  blues?

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.

 

Regus: An Update

Ok, I’d like to post an update regarding Regus.  Following on from my previous blog, my wife and I had a discussion with the manager of the Knightsbridge Road branch of Regus, in Piscataway, New Jersey. 

In fairness to Regus, we had no problem with the company before two extra charges showed up.  Their service was excellent, the office we rented was very clean and everything else was perfect.  The issue we had was just the two extra charges we were hit with when we thought we’d paid everything up.  One charge is basically for when they continue to receive phone calls and / or mail after you have vacated your office.  You get charged for three months of this service after you vacate.  As we didn’t use either of these services in the first place, we naturally had an issue with that.  Anyway, as I said we had a discussion with the branch manager, Melissa, and she promised to speak to her directors and sort something out.  She really went to bat for us, after we’d given her a pretty hard time.  We’ve had a lot of stress in our lives due to several issues, none of them related to Regus and I’m afraid she got the brunt of some of that.  Nevertheless, she handled herself in a very professional manner, and we found a few days later that the Business Continuation charge has been withdrawn altogether.  It’s nice to know a corporate company can be so reasonable.  So thank you Melissa, and thank you Regus for your handling of this situation.  We still have to pay a “restoration fee” which was only disclosed after we’d signed the contract, but it’s much less than the “continuation fee” we were originally going to be charged for.  You still have to beware of hidden extra charges but that’s probably true with any company you’re dealing with.  It’s nice to know though that Regus can be reasonable and are willing to work with you.    

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.