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Quotes: 1/16/08

Here are some more great quotes:

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
~Chinese Proverb

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”
~Walt Disney

“All our dreams can come true…if we have the courage to pursue them.”
~Walt Disney

All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”
~Walt Disney

“I will persist until I succeed.”
~Og Mandino

” I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something.”
~Helen Keller

“Inch by inch, anything is a cinch”
~Robert Schuller

“Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.”
~Henry Ford

“If you want to be a millionaire, the most important piece of advice I can give you is to develop an attitude of gratitude.”
~Tony Robbins

“Faith is to believe what you do not see and the reward of this faith is to see what you believe”.
~St.Augustine

“Rowing harder doesn’t help if the boat is headed in the wrong direction.”
~Kenichi Ohmae

“No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sail to an uncharted land.”
~Helen Keller

“Love is an action word”
~Pastor Joy

“He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.”
~The Bible (Proverbs 10:4)

“The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.”
~The Bible (Proverbs 22:7)

“Organizations exist only for one purpose: to help people reach ends together that they couldn’t achieve individually.”
~Robert H. Waterman~

“The future is not some place we are going, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made. And the activity of making them changes both the maker and their destination.”
~John Schaar, a sociologist and professor emeritus at the University of California Santa Cruz

“Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.”
~Oprah Winfrey~

“There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.”
~Mother Teresa

“The first thing I do in the morning is to make my bed and while I am making up my bed I am making up my mind as to what kind of a day I am going to have.”
~Robert Frost

“When you see it right and when you feel it right in the wholeness of your being, you then have created the condition that makes the result inevitable.”
~Stretton Smith

“Either you run the day or the day runs you.”
~Jim Rohn

“The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.”
~Robert Green Ingersoll~

“Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.” ~Betty Smith~ 1896-1972, Novelist

“What this power is I cannot say; all I know is that it exists and it becomes available only when a man is in that state of mind in which he knows exactly what he wants and is fully determined not to quit until he finds it.”
~Alexander Graham Bell

“”Forget about the consequences of failure. Failure is only a temporary change in direction to set you straight for your next success.”
~Denis Waitley Author and Speaker

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
~Norman MacEwan

“Wherever you go, whomever you meet, look for an opportunity to help, to inspire, to lend support.”
~Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson

“The charity that is a trifle to us can be precious to others.”
~Homer

“Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others.”
~Brian Tracy

“One of the greatest gifts you can give to anyone is the gift of attention.”
~Jim Rohn

“You can’t be too kind or too generous.”
~Patricia Fripp

“LUCK = Laboring Under Correct Knowledge”
~Denis Waitley

“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”
~Abraham Lincoln

“In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins- not through strength but by perseverance.” ~H. Jackson Brown~

“Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn.”
~John Wesley~

“The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.”
~Walter Bagehot

As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, THINK BIG.
~Donald Trump

Realize in your thinking that you are not bound to the wheel of work, day in and day out. You are not a servant to the god of Mammon, but a radiant son of the God of universal abundance!
~Catherine Ponder (The Dynamic Laws Of Prosperity)

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”
~William Wadsworth

“They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”
~Carl. W. Buechner

“To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, our personal life, we must first set our hearts right.”
~Confucius

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”
~Albert Einstein

Failure is a stepping-stone to greatness.
~Oprah Winfrey

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.”
~Abraham Lincoln

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”
~Mother Teresa

“To reach a port we must sail, sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it. But we must not drift or lie at anchor.”
~Oliver Wendell Holmes~

What a person believes is not as important as how a person believes.
~Timothy Virkkala

“Whoever renders service to many puts himself in line for greatness — great wealth, great return, great satisfaction, great reputation, and great joy.”
~Jim Rohn

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.”
~H. Jackson Brown

“I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.”
~Woodrow Wilson

There is only one small letter between the words CAN and CAN’T… and that one letter will T-OTALLY change your destiny.” ~Doug Firebaugh

“Every man dies. Not every man truly lives.”
~Braveheart

“Everybody can be great… because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
~Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.”
~Arthur Clarke

We come to love not by finding a perfect person,but > by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly”

Life without a friend is like death without a witness…

In between goals is a thing called life… that has to be lived and enjoyed…
When life throws you curveballs, you read ajust your bat and hit as hard as you can.

“People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.”
~Joseph Fort Newton~

“Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe and enthusiastically act upon must inevitably come to pass.”
~Paul J. Meyer

“The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them. Even the most tedious chore will become endurable as you parade through each day convinced that every task, no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to fulfilling your dreams.”
~Og Mandino

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
~Mother Teresa

“The path to success is to take massive, determined action.”
~Anthony Robbins

“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s the determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”
~Mario Andretti

“Now is the only time there is. Make your now wow, your minutes miracles, and your days pay. Your life will have been magnificently lived and invested, and when you die you will have made a difference.”
~Mark Victor Hansen

“You will recognize your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need.”
~Jerry Gillies~

“Do or do not…there is no try”
~Yoda Star Wars

There is no passion to be found in playing small – in settling for a life that is less than what you are capable of living.
~Nelson Mandela

“You are what you repeatedly do. Excellence is not an event – it is a habit.”
~Aristotle 384-322 BC. Philosopher and Scientist

“The only opinion about your dream that really counts is yours. The negative comments of others merely reflect their limitations – not yours.”
~Cynthia Kersey, Author of Unstoppable

” Dance like no one’s watching, sing like no one’s listening, love like you’ll never get hurt, and live like it’s heaven on Earth!”

“We’re so busy watching out for what’s just ahead of us that we don’t take time to enjoy where we are.”
~Calvin & Hobbes~

“A little faith will bring your soul to heaven; a great faith will bring heaven to your soul.” ~Charles Spurgeon

“Material success may result in the accumulation of possessions; but only spiritual success will enable you to enjoy them.” — ~Nido Qubein

“Our plans miscarry if they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.”
~Seneca

In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities. ~Janos Arany

“It is always wise to stop wishing for things long enough to enjoy the fragrance of those now flowering.”
~Patrice Gifford~

“A dream is a vision, a goal is a promise. You can keep your promises to yourself by remaining flexible, focused, and committed.” -~Denis Waitley

“Goals are incredible important…or impotent. You decide.”
~Doug Firebaugh

“Setting goals is one of the most important things you can do to guarantee your personal, professional and financial success. Goals are like a road map to your target destination. Each goal accomplished is another mile behind you on the way to where you want to be.”
~Mark Victor Hansen

“Whenever you set a goal of any kind, you will have to grow and develop to the point where you are ready to achieve it.” — ~Brian Tracy

‘Now’ is the operative word. Everything you put in your way is just a method of putting off the hour when you could actually be doing your dream. You don’t need endless time and perfect conditions. Do it now. Do it today. Do it for twenty minutes and watch your heart start beating.
~Barbara Sher~

Combine your mental images with the emotion of desire to accelerate their realization.
~Brian Tracy

The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic than to love others
~Vincent Van Gogh

In the beginning, especially, the price of giving great love, Dexter, is risking that it won’t be returned. Until you understand, of course, that great love is always returned. With interest, The Universe

When one find’s oneself in a hole of one’s own making, it is a good time to examine the quality of the workmanship.
~John Renmerde

“Kind words can be short, but their echoes are endless.”
~Mother Teresa 1910-1997, Nun

“Make your life a masterpiece; imagine no limitations on what you can be, have or do.”
~Brian Tracy

“We should seize every opportunity to give encouragement. Encouragement is oxygen to the soul. The days are always dark enough. There is no need for us to emphasize the fact by spreading further gloom.”
~George M. Adams~

“There is only one success- To be able to spend your life in your own way.”
~Christopher Morley

“Bitterness and an unforgiving spirit can be likened to you taking poison and expecting that someone else would die from the effect. Forgiveness is about setting the prisoner in your heart free only to discover that all along, you had been the real prisoner.”
~Tope Popoola~

No pressure, no diamonds.
~Mary Case

Worry is a misuse of the imagination.
~Dan Zadra

“I’ve missed over 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot…and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
~Michael Jordan

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
~William James

“Your profession is not what brings home your paycheck. Your profession is what you were put on earth to do with such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling.”
~Vincent Van Gogh

“If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it; every arrow that flies feels the attraction of earth.”
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.”
~Napoleon Hill 1883-1970, Author of Think and Grow Rich

“Get excited and enthusiastic about your own dream. This excitement is like a forest fire — you can smell it, taste it, and see it from a mile away.”
~Denis Waitley

“When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way,You command the attention of the world”

“It is by loving and by being loved that one can come nearest to the soul of another.”
~George Mcdonald~

Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
~ Frank Outlaw

“The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.”
~John Ruskin~

“Everyone wants to be appreciated, so if you appreciate someone, don’t keep it a secret.”
~Mary Kay Ash 1915-2001, Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics

He that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.
~Proverbs 15:15

“Don’t wait for your ship to come in. Row out to meet it.”
~Anonymous

“One of the great lessons I’ve learned in athletics is that you’ve got to discipline your life. No matter how good you may be, you’ve got to be willing to cut out of your life those things that keep you from going to the top.”
~ Bob Richards

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
~ Howard Thurman

“To grow, you must be willing to let your present and future be totally unlike your past. Your history is not your destiny.”
~ Alan Cohen

Sometimes I do wake up in the mornings and feel like I’ve just had the most incredible dream. I’ve just dreamt my life.
~ Richard Branson

Human beings are creatures of habit. We get into a routine that we are comfortable with and we stick to it unless something big comes along and shocks us out of it. Our daily habits often force us to put up with all kind of degrading and destructive events, all in the name of keeping things comfortable or familiar. We would rather put up with the habits we know because we can put up with them, rather than create new habits that we have never experienced before.
~ Michael Dylan

We all find time to do what we really want to do.
~ William Feather

“The key that unlocks energy is desire. It’s also the key to a long and interesting life. If we expect to create any drive, any real force within ourselves, we have to get excited.” Earl Nightingale 1921-1989, Radio Announcer and Author

Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised.

“Victory belongs to the most persevering.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

2 comments January 16, 2008

January 1/16/08 – Shoot Out of the Starting Block

by Gayle Driscoll

Ms. Driscoll points out that “As a leader it is essential that you give each new team member the opportunity to start on the fast track to success.  Create and implement a fast-start system so that every newcomer can show what she’s made of.  At the end of 90 days, you’re likely to have a productive team member who is ready to ease off her initial sprint and continue with the endureance of someone who is comfortable moving into leadership.  Your system will bring you increased retention, higher salesl volume, and a growing and happy team.  It will also ensure that you focus your efforts where they have the most leverage: working with strong members.”

Step 1: Establish your new team member’s level of commitment- “agreement or pledge to do something in the future no matter what . . . a commitment causes you to act, regardless of any circumstance that may get in the way.”

Step 2: Sign a Partnership Agreement.  “Communicate your willingness to champion her every step of the way, and make sure she understands her commitment to herself.”

Step 3: Conduct a Thorough Training.  Provide your teammate with the tools she will need to succeed.  “Creating rich possibilities for your new teammate will inspire her to go to work . . . help her develop daily or weekly intentions  . . . give her a glimpse of the finish line.”

Here are some suggestions for things to do in the first training, and to encourage your new teammate to do after:

  • Show her how to order product.  Set up autoship if that is part of your program.
  • Review the company’s training material.
  • Go over the Corporate website and setup your own, if applicable.
  • Create a names list.
  • Order business cards and supplies
  • Listen to motivational CDs and company provided trainings.
  • Read appropriate books.

Step 4.  Establish a follow-up date or time for the next training.

Step 5.  Celebrate her successes!! 

NOTE: If she has not completed the commitments she made to herself take her back to original commitment and goals and help you re-establish her ‘Why.’

Step 6:  Match your time to her efforts.  “Your new team member must understand that you commitment level is based on her commitment level.  She takes a step, you take a step; she takes another step, you take two; she takes one, you take three.”

Note:  “If she doesn’t follow through, you need to react in kind.  If she stops moving forward, you stop, too.  She must realize that you are working with others who are committed, and that if she remains committed, you will be there for her as well.  If she fails to commit, then you need to move on and work with the willing . . .”

When your new team member is doing the following you will know that she’s on the road to success– “She

  • has a clear vision of what she intends to accomplish,
  • has created a plan for the attainment of her goal;
  • is motivated by her vision;
  • maintains her enthusiasm, her persistence, and her good attitude, and
  • accomplishes all of her assignments on time and is accountable for her actions.”

Add a comment January 15, 2008

January 1/15/08 – The Myth About Being in Business for Yourself

by David Bach

“Whether you’re considering going into business for yourself or you’re working to build a team, you understand teh allure of making your own schedule, being your own boss, working from home, and having independence.  Unfortunately, a fear of the unknown or an unwillingness to take risks often keeps people from acting on their desire to own their own business . . . dispel the myths of entrepreneureship and, as a result, create an atmosphere for an informed decision-making process about business ownership.”

Let’s take a minute to consider some of the myths.  Dispelling the myths and focusing on the facts can help you develop the right attitude and help you move your business to new levels.

Myth #1: You Need a Lot of Money to Start.

Truth:  “The average start-up cost of the companies on Inc. magazine’s 2004 list of America’s fastest-growing small businesses was $25,000, and many of them were started with $5,000 or less.”  Many of you reading this blog will know of many businesses that can be started for less than $100! 

Myth #2:  You Need to Have Experience

Truth:  “While experience definitely helps, action beats inaction any day of the week.”   There are many businesses that provide mentoring and assistance so you can be in business FOR yourself, but not BY yourself.  Also, there are government agencies that now offer assistance, volunteer organizations staffed with experienced entrepreneurs to share their knowledge, and even businesses tailored to assist you in succeeding.

Myth #3: You Need a Lot of Time

Truth:  You can start a business on the side in 1-2 hours a day.  Don’t let anyone else steal your dream by convincing you that you’re too busy, you have a job, kids, running the house, etc.  If you spend just 2 hours a day that is 14 hours per week , 60 hours per month and 720 hours a year.  That is plenty of time to run a side business.  There are also some businesses that can be done in the course of your day.

Myth #4:  Nine out of Ten New Businesses Fail

Truth: “According to the Small Business Administration, two-thirds of all new businesses survive at least two years, and about half survive four.”

Myth #5: You Need a Lot of Stuff to Get Started

Truth: “The only things you absolutely need to start a business are passion, commitment, desire and a willingness to take action.”    If you have these things, the rest will fall into place as you follow your passion.

Myth #6: You Have to Be Passionate About the Particular Business You Choose

Truth:  Okay— I am a strong believer in choosing a business that you love, so this one I’m going to go straight with Mr. Bach’s words and you can decide: “I’m a big believer in the idea if you do what you love, the money will follow.  But I also recognize this cliche has held many people back from starting their own business.  Why? Because they don’t know ‘what they love’ or because they believe ‘what they love’ dan’t make money.  If your goal is to earn an extra $500 a month, that in and of itself can be enough reason to start a business.  People become successful in business all the time even though they aren’t really turned on to the product or service they happen to produce or sell.  What they are passionate about is being an entrepreneur and being their own boss.  If you really want to be your own boss and are dedicated and willing to work hard, then you have what it takes to start your own business.” 

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Daily Quotes: 1/14/08

Your attitude is either the lock on or key to your door of success.

It’s not what you are that holds you back, it’s what you think you’re not.

A smile is the light in your window that lets others know there is a caring person inside.

The most important three words you can say to yourself: “Yes, I can!”

If you believe you can… you probably can.
If you believe you won’t… you most assuredly won’t.

Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad.

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Change, Choice and Decision

by Jim Rohn 

Change/Choice/Decision

One of the best places to start to turn your life around is by doing whatever appears on your mental “I should” list.

Indecision is the thief of opportunity.

Every life form seems to strive to its maximum except human beings. How tall will a tree grow? As tall as it possibly can.  Human beings, on the other hand, have been given the dignity of choice. You can choose to be all or you can choose to be less.  Why not stretch up to the full measure of the challenge and see what all you can do?

You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.

Decision making can sometimes seem like inner civil war.

I used to say, “I sure hope things will change.” Then I learned that the only way things are going to change for me is when I change.

Don’t say, “If I could, I would.” Say, “If I can, I will.”

It doesn’t matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes.  What matters most is getting off!  You cannot make progress without making decisions.

We generally change ourselves for one of two reasons: inspiration or desperation.

If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree.

Add a comment January 12, 2008

Quick and Easy Recipes for those Busy Days!

One of the suggestions from a direct-selling expert is to use the crock-pot on those days that you will be gone or have a heavy workload.  Here are some of my suggestions and favorites that we use for days when I want/need to spend less than 5-10 minutes preparing the meal– 

Chili Soup –  Combine 2 cans of chili, 3 cans of pork and beans, and 2 cans of corn in a pot.  Heat and serve.  This is my all-time FAVORITE . . . and we could eat it several times a week and not get tired of it if we needed to, although we don’t.  Buy cases of chili, pork and beans and corn during the case lot sales and you’re set!

Taco Soup – This one involves more cans, but is still easy and delicious.  Combine 3 cans vegetable soup, 2 cans tomato soup, 2 cans kidney beans, 1 lg can tomatoes, 1 can of garbanzo beans, 1 bottle salsa, 4 cups water, 1 T chili powder and 1 pkg (3 T.) taco seasoning.  Again- throw the ingredients together and heat.  To serve you can line the bowl with crushed tortilla chips, add soup and put grated cheese on top.  My kids prefer the tortilla chips on the side.

Salmon Rice – Simply cook the rice in one pot and heat a can (or two) of salmon in a frying pan.  When the rice is done put the salmon over the rice.  I usually heat up some frozen vegetables in another pot and you have a quick, easy and balanced meal.  

Spaghetti – my kids love plain old spaghetti, even when done the easy way– boil the spaghetti in one pan, open a can of spaghetti sauce and serve it with olives and parmesan cheese (and I personally like peas on the side).

These are also easy enough that older kids can do them without much help!

Of course- the big cans of Bear Creek soup (purchased during the case lot sale) are also delicious and require nothing more than putting the mix in water and simmering. 

There are also some ready made meals that the kids love and I try to keep on hand:

*frozen, family size lasagnas – just be sure to plan in advance since they need to cook for 2 hours.

*frozen burritos.  One of my kids’ favorites, that usually are eaten as snacks almost as soon as I bring them home.  However, on occasion they last long enough for me to put them in a casserole dish and sprinkle shredded cheese over them, bake and then serve with salsa and olives.

*homemade pizza made by taking the large french bread loaves, covering with spaghetti sauce, and then put on whatever toppings- a couple of easy toppings are mushrooms and olives- and then LOTS of cheese.

Please take a minute to share your fast, easy ideas for meals-on-the-go in the comment section.

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Action Steps: 1/14/08

Are you treating your business like a business or like a hobby?  Ask yourself the following questions:

1.  Am I ‘open for business’ every day?

2.  Do I take my business seriously and set aside time to ‘work’ on a regular and consistent basis?

3.  Am I keeping neccessary records and engaging in business activities like I would if I were an employee?

To gain the support and assistance of family members and maximize your efforts, be sure to –

*Express your appreciation for your spouse and childrens’ support by planning special outings, organizing a box of special toys, or some other form of reward for when they are assisting you.

*Make a plan for keeping everyone in the loop and notifying them of what is happening and what expectations you have.

*Determine which services you will take advantage of to  increase your productive hours by using free and inexpensive services such as delivery, babysitting, cleaning services, etc.  If you would like to take advantage of cleaning services but do not feel that your business is generating enough income at this point to do so, make a goal for yourself and determine at what point you will do so.  Then, when you reach your goal, be sure to reward yourself by carrying through and hiring a cleaning service.  This will keep you motivated to work towards that goal, knowing the reward that will come at the end.

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1/14/08: Treat Your Business Like a Business

by Shan Eisler

Ms. Eisler points out that “One of the truly remarkable benefits of direct selling is that it can bind your family together.  For that to happen, the first sale you must make is to your family members.”  Such a good point!!  Your business is also your family members’ business and will impact their lives.  You will enjoy far more success if they are working ‘with’ you and not against you, and family members can be a tremendous help to your business if you will let them.

Ms. Eisler share her personal story and some of the things that worked for her.  As a mother of small children, she used a smiley face and frowny face to create a visual for her children to know when she could be interupted and when she could not be (particularly when she was on phone calls).  She also kept two sets of toys- the regular toys for when the smiley face was up and the special, favorite toys for when the frowny face was up and she was not available to her children.  A specific toy she mentions is an art easel that came up when she was unavailable.  She then displayed the childrens’ art prominently in the kitchen to recognize the contribution they were making to the family by helping to build Mommy’s business.

These are some creative ways to help kids be a part of the business for those of you with preschool and younger children.  For those with older children you can think of age-appropriate ways to get them involved.  It may be by helping to watch younger, or even more directly involved by letting them help with packaging, sorting inventory, putting labels on invitations, etc.  You can even pay our children for their work, giving you tax benefits and them extra cash.  For a report on how to legally hire and pay family members, email me at Sharilee@AmericaTakingAction.com.

Ms. Eisler also emphasized the importance of enlisting the help of her husband early on.  Spouses and older children can help a great deal by assisting with the work required to run a household.  Sit down with them and come to an agreement on what specific tasks each person will do to help create the time and environment for you to work and grow your business successfuly.

Here are some of Ms. Eisler’s specific suggestions:

1.  Open your business every day.  Pointing out that part of direct selling is getting to choose “whether you are employed or unemployed ever day.”  She emphasizes that you are “only employed if you are open for business- doing the things required to conduct business.”  Having the flexibility and total control of your calendar is definitely one of the blessings of running a home-based, direct selling business.  However, it can become a detriment to your business if you are not self-motivated and exert discipline and self-control.  You DO have to work your business on a regular, consistent, preferably daily basis.   Be sure you are open for business every day and doing those things that will move you closer to your goal.

2.  Have a detailed schedule for integrating family activities with work.  This will help you stay centered and prioritize the needs of family with the demands of your business.

3.  Figure out if you are a morning person or night person and then structure your business activities around that.  Do your detail work when you are most fresh and alert.  Schedule activities that require working with the public between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.  Do the less detailed paperwork either before 9:00 a.m. (morning peopel) or after 9:00 p.m. (nightowls).  Make sure that you are maximizing your personal strengths and timeclock with your schedule and available work time.

4.  Do the math– if you can earn $35/hour by working your business, delegate some of the mundane daily chores and pay someone else $10/hour to do cleaning, grocery shopping; even cooking, organizing, general paperwork, etc.

5.  Plan menus by the month.  Ms. Eisler points out that she used the crockpot on nights that she would be out or had a heavy load.  Personally, especially since cooking is not on my list of favorite things to do, I have found the crock pot and my foreman grill to be invaluable tools in making cooking and meal time less time-consuming.  I also try to keep the ingredients to some of the kids favorite easy meals on hand for days when I forget to put something in the crockpot.  Here are a couple of my all-time favorites for fast, easy, and delicious:  https://builditbig.wordpress.com/2008/01/11/quick-and-easy-recipes-for-those-busy-days/

These recipes are also easy enough that older children can fix them without much help as well.

6.  Ms. Eisler says she never shops for office supplies but orders them on-line and has them delivered to her house.  Great idea, unless you look forward to a chance to take a break and get out.  You can order just about anything you need from on-line if that is your preference.  Do what works best for you-

7.   Think before making a commitment!  It is not impolite to say, “Let me get back to you.”  This will then allow you time to check your calendar, consider the time and costs involved and how it will impact your business, including all aspects, and then determine what will serve  you best and help you to reach your goals.

Ms. Eisler points out that “My children are now 18 and 19.  Far from feeling neglected, they have both thanked me for working in my direct-selling business from home and teaching them a srong work ethic.  As a result of my working from home, we have always been there for each other.”

What a wonderful benefit of having a home-based business, and probably an important part of the ‘Why’ that many of you identified in the last segment.  Remember– Treat Your Business Like a Business, and the benefits will flow.

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Action Steps: 1/11-12/08:

1.  Hold a scheduling meeting with your family to review the calendar and make sure that everyone knows what blocks of time you have set aside to work your business.

2.  Set a regular date and time for a family scheduling meeting.  Make sure that everyone knows it is important for them to attend this meeting every week.

3.  Set a date for a Business Kick-Off event.  Set goals for the number of guests, total sales, new bookings and new recruits.

4.  Begin your FRANK list and commit to add at least 3 new names every day.

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1/11-12/08: Start Your Business Off Right

by Rachel Kerr Snyder

Ms. Snyder points out that “Now that you’ve made the decision to begin your own home-based business, it is important that you get started immediately and experience early success.  Setting and attaining goals within your first 90 days of business will keep you motivated and start making money for you.”

Ms. Snyder has several suggestions for doing this:

1.  Take control of your calendar.  Ms. Snyder points out that it is “critical to form this habit early so that you manage your business rather than letting your business manage you.”  She recommends meeting with family members to determine when you will and will not be available to work on your business and set a schedule for appointments, phone time, computer time and training.  She emphasizes that “You and your family will find it much easier to operate when everyone knows the schedule.  Family scheduling should become a weekly, scheduled meeting.”

2.  Host a Business Kickoff event at your home.  Inviting those close to you into your home to introduce your new business and sample the products will give them an opportunity to see what you are doing and offer their opinion and ideas.

3.  Don’t Spend a lot of time organizing an office.  Ms. Snyder points out that “A phone, calendar, and your enthusiasm are your most critical components of success . . . your personal connection is the key that will unlock the door to your success.”

 4.  Talk to as many people as possible.  We hear it all the time- direct selling is a numbers game.  Increase your odds by talking to as many people as possible and getting the word out there about your opportunity and product.  You never know who will see the value and vision and be your next golden contact.

5.  Be consistent.  Ms. Snyder points out that, while direct selling is not difficult, it does require consistency, and “If you are consistent you can generate a steady and growing income while keeping your life manageable.”  Isn’t that what we all want? 

6.  Make “FRANK” a friend in your business development.  This is a new one I hadn’t heard before.  Frank, apparently, is an acronym for Friends, Relatives, Associates, Neighbors and Kids.  This is the group you will begin with getting the word out about your new business.

7.  Order business cards and give them out at every opportunity.  I’m sure you’ve heard it a million times, but have you DONE IT yet?  Again- direct selling is a numbers game, and handing out business cards (or bookmarks if you happen to be in the book business) is a great way to “publicize your business without being intrusive.”  Let me add another suggestion to this that is equally as important and effective- Add a link to your website in your signature.  This way you publicize your business with every email that goes out and again, increase the odds in a very unobtrusive manner.

8.  Use the resources available to you and attend trainings regularly.  Ms. Snyder points out that “Your sponsor and leaders are available to mentor and model successful business practices for you.”  Take advantage of opportunities to watch them in action, listen in on calls, accompany them to their appointments and watch how they make the presentation and attend training meetings with them.  You would go through a ‘training’ period at a regular job- your direct selling opportunity deserves no less.  Incorporate training activities as a regular and ongoing part of your business.  If you feel you need additional training suggestions, please email me at Sharilee@americatakingaction.com.  I have several resources available that I would be happy to share.

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