Top 45 Amway Facts

In today’s post, I want to share some awesome Amway facts.

Before I begin his article, I must tell you that I am not affiliated in any way or form with Amway except for the occasional products I use.

I am simply writing this for your education and enjoyment.

Nothing more.

If you type Amway into your search engine, you will find a variety of material both positive and negative.

Personally, I find Amway to be a great multilevel marketing company. It’s by no means perfect, but it is a multi-BILLION dollar company that has been around almost 60 years now.

As with any business, there are a few bad apples in the barrel.

amway ideaWhile I’m sure you have heard the name Amway before, if you’re like most people you don’t really know all that much about the company itself.

Therefore, I have decided to provide you with some facts about Amway.

If you are considering becoming an independent Amway representative or a customer, these facts may help you make your decision.

These are the top 45 Amway facts.

They are listed in no particular order.

1: Amway Is The Global Leader

Amway leads the way in the direct selling industry.

At the end of 2014, Amway reported sales revenues of $10,800,000,000.

With those astronomical figures, independent Amway representatives surely made excellent paychecks.

As long as you follow a plan of action and work hard, you can have a highly successful Amway independent business and get your piece of these huge revenues.

2: The 8 Amway Primary Global Research And Development Centers

In an effort of finding new products that are environmentally friendly and helpful for humans, Amway has 8 primary research and development centers.

They are located in:

  1. Ada, Michigan

  2. Tokyo, Japan

  3. Buena Park, California

  4. Shanghai, China

  5. Guangzhou, China

  6. Seoul, Korea

  7. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

  8. Lakeview, California

These centers have many scientists employed always searching and testing possible products that Amway business owners can offer their customers.

amway forever3: Founding

Amway was founded in 1959 by Richard DeVos and Jay Van Andel.

These entrepreneurs had originally started Ja-Ri Corporation in 1949 importing goods from South America to resell.

They attended a Nutrilite seminar and changed Ja-Ri to a Nutrilite distributor company and managed to attract many distributors, but the stability of Nutrilite gave them concerns.

So they formed the American Way – Amway to protect their distributors by finding more products than just Nutrilite.

Along with Nutrilite, they also sold Frisk; an organic cleaner that would later become L.O.C. when Amway purchased the rights.

4: European Water

In Europe, Amway sells more of their eSpring Water Purifiers than any other competitors.

These systems are point-of-use water supply systems.

Europeans are extremely satisfied with the Amway eSpring water systems.

5: Females

71% of the Amway Independent Distributor business owners are women.

When women discovered they could own a business and still take care of their family, they jumped at the Amway opportunity.

Many of today’s women still want that same benefit of being home with their children, but still owning and managing a business.

Amway empowers women.

Are you an Amway empowered woman?

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6: Is Amway In Your Home?

In the United States, 22% of households own a least one Amway product.

If you have never tried any Amway products, I highly suggest you at least try some.

While some prices may seem high, you need to understand that many Amway products are concentrated and you do not need to use nearly the amount you would of store brands.

bill britt amway7: Amway Is Completely Global

Amway has independent distributors in over 100 countries worldwide.

Amway has even entered countries where many other United States companies are not welcome.

8: Australia

Amway expanded into Australia in 1971.

Headquarters are in Melbourne and this is the Amway Australia website: https://www.amway.com.au/en/

9: Europe

Amway expanded into Europe in 1973.

They have offices in Ireland, the United Kingdom and more European countries.

You can now find Amway all throughout Europe, and this is the Amway Europe website: https://www.amway-europe.com/default.asp?zone=Home&lan=it&num=1

10: Japan

Amway expanded into Japan in 1979.

Headquarters are in Tokyo and this is the Amway Japan website: http://www.amway.co.jp/

11: Latin America

Amway expanded into Latin America in 1985.

The primary headquarters are in Monterrey, Mexico, but they have spread all throughout South America and the Caribbean.

We have a large Amway outlet here in Puerto Rico.

Amway has become very popular in Latin America.

You can see the Amway Latin America website here: http://www.latinamway.com/

loc cleaner12: Thailand

Amway expanded into Thailand in 1987.

The primary headquarters are in Tak, Thailand.

You can visit the Amway Thailand website here: https://www.amwayshopping.com/amwayshopping-frontend/shopping/contentPage?pageKey=amway.welcomepage

13: China

Amway expanded into China in 1995.

In 1998, direct selling was banned in China, so Amway began operating a retail store.

China did change the laws and in 2006, Amway received a license for direct selling in the country.

Independent distributors in China cannot make commissions from down line sales.

The headquarters are in Guangzhou province and you can see the Amway China website here: http://www.amway.com.cn/default.html

14: Africa

Amway expanded into Africa in 1997.

The headquarters are in Cape Town, South Africa.

You can see the Amway Africa website here: http://www.amway.co.za/Content/Section?PageCode=ZAAmwayHomeBrand

15: India

Amway entered India in 1998.

In 2013, the CEO and Managing Director of Amway India was arrested by Kerala police with charges of running a pyramid scheme.

He was released on bail he next day.

He was again arrested in 2014.

He served 2 months in jail, but Amway was not affected.

They have had their share of legal troubles in India, but it seems they are now well accepted there.

The primary headquarters in India are in West Bengal, and this is the Amway India website: http://www.amway.in/store/

16: Scandinavia

Amway also expanded into Scandinavia in 1998.

The headquarters are in Kiska, Sweden, and the website can be visited here: https://www.amway.se/en/

17: Ukraine

In 2003, Amway made their way into Ukraine.

The headquarters are in Kiev, and the website is: https://www.amway.ua/en/

double x18: Russia

Amway entered Russia in 2005.

The headquarters are in Moscow and you can view the Amway Russia website here: https://www.amway.ru/en

19: Vietnam

Last but not least, Amway entered Vietnam in 2006.

They have been recognized as a top employer in Vietnam.

The Vietnam Amway headquarters are in Ho Chi Minh City, and the website is: http://www.amway2u.com/c1/main.jsp

20: Global Employer

Amway employs over 21,000 people worldwide.

These figures do not count independent Amway business owners, but reflects actual Amway employees.

21: The Best Award

Amway was given the prestigious United Nations Environmental Program Achievement Award.

UNEP recognizes those who are trying to impact the world in a good way environmentally.

22: Global Research

I mentioned earlier the primary Amway Research and Development Centers.

While those are the primary ones, Amway has over 75 research centers around the world.

23: The Purchase Of Nutrilite

Nutrilite supplements was developed by another entity but in 1972, Amway bought control of Nutrilite and in 1994, Amway gained full ownership of this supplement brand.

Nutrilite vitamins and minerals are considered one of the best supplements on the market.

24: Amway Farmers

The Amway Nutrilite brand operates over 6,000 acres of farmland in the United States, Brazil and Mexico.

The produce grown is used in the supplements Nutrilite manufactures.

amway true story25: 1st Supplement

Nutrilite was the 1st multivitamin and mineral supplement sold in North America.

Many other companies have attempted, with little progress, of copying the Nutrilite vitamin and mineral formulas.

26: Organic

The produce grown on the farms in the U.S., Mexico and Brazil are done so using sustainable and chemical free methods.

Amway depends on Mother Nature and not chemicals to produce the Nutrilite supplements.

27: Patents

Amway has been awarded over 1,100 patents.

Research will raise that figure even higher as time passes.

28: 1979 And The FTC

The ruling in the 1979 FTC investigation on Amway has been the basis of determining illegal pyramid operations since.

The FTC ruled that Amway does not fit into the definition of being an illegal pyramid because:

  • Distributors do not get paid to recruit

  • They accept returns of excess inventory

  • Distributors must have retail sales

  • Distributors are not forced to buy large quantities of inventory

Amway was found guilty in 2 areas.

They were ordered to stop retail price fixing.

They were also ordered to stop misrepresenting profits and earnings of independent Amway distributors.

29: Grand Plaza

Amway owns the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan. http://amwaygrand.com/

30: Marriott

Amway owns the JW Marriott Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan. http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/grrjw-jw-marriott-grand-rapids/

31: Peter Island

Amway owns the Peter Island Resort and Spa in the British Virgin Islands. http://peterisland.com/

32: Republican Party

Amway has been one of the largest contributors to the Republican Party in the United States.

And Richard DeVos’ son Dick, served as the Finance Chairman of the Republican National Committee.

33: Laura Mercier

Amway owns the popular Laura Mercier line of cosmetics that are sold at top retail outlets. http://www.lauramercier.com/

amway facts34: Soccer

Amway sponsors the annual Canadian Championship soccer tournament.

The 2016 champions was Toronto FC.

35: Michigan Manufacturing

Amway United States manufacturing is located in Ada, Michigan.

36: Vietnam Manufacturing

Amway Vietnam manufacturing is located in Dongnai Province, Vietnam.

37: Professional Basketball

The DeVos family own the Orlando Magic professional basketball team.

The team plays their home games at the Amway Center in Orlando. http://www.nba.com/magic/

38: eSpring Water

The Amway eSpring Water Purification System is the first to combine UV light technology with carbon filtration so people can have clean water at the point of use.

39: Amway Brands

Amway has or has had a plethora of brands that includes:

  • Artistry

  • XS

  • Atmosphere

  • Satinique

  • Body Blends

  • Ribbon

  • Bodykey

  • Personal Accents

  • Body Works

  • Perfect Empowered Drinking Water

  • Clear Now

  • Nutrilite

  • eSpring

  • Legacy of Clean

  • Glister

  • iCook

Those are the brands I discovered but I believe there may be more.

If you notice any brands I may have missed, please let us know in the comment area.

40: The First Product

The first product offered from Amway in 1959 was L.O.C.

The Legacy Of Clean liquid organic cleaner is still a top selling Amway product.

I have used it and it is great.

41: Professions In China

There are certain people in China that cannot become Independent Representatives of Amway.

If you are a teacher, civil servant or a doctor in China, you cannot have an Amway business.

They can be Amway customers though.

dream that will not die42: Amway Bonuses

Amway has paid its Independent Business Owners more in performance driven bonuses than any other direct selling company in all history.

Here is a slideshow that shows more on the bonus system at Amway: http://www.slideshare.net/CoryFranek/amway-gi-summary-2015

43: Atco

The original manufacturer of L.O.C. was Atco Manufacturing Company in Detroit, Michigan.

In 1960, Amway purchased over 50% of shares in Atco giving Amway control of the company.

They changed the name of Atco Manufacturing to Amway Manufacturing Corporation.

44: Tops In China

Even with a huge amount of competition in China, Amway is the top health and beauty brand in the country.

There are many health and beauty companies vying for that title, but Amway holds strong.

45: Forbes Rating

Amway was ranked 29th in largest private companies in 2015 by Forbes.

Final Thoughts

Amway has its share of haters, but I have discovered that when any person or company has great success, many people are in the frame of mind that they “cheated” to get that success.

Amway didn’t cheat.

They followed the American Way… Free enterprise.

They make great products and have a great business structure.

Amway has survived attack after attack and seems to grow stronger from them.

No, I am not affiliated with Amway, but I will say they have many great products.

If you would like to try any Amway products or start your own Amway business, I suggest you visit their website at: http://www.amway.com/

If you have any comments or questions, you can post them below.

I hope you have enjoyed learning about these Amway facts.

Thank you.

References

  1. http://www.thetruthaboutamway.com/amway-50-facts/

  2. http://www.amwayscientificexcellence.com/facts

  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amway

  4. http://www.amwaytoday.com.au/Business_News/Amway_News/Amway_Key_Facts_2014.html

  5. http://amwaybus.blogspot.com/2012/04/50-facts-about-amway.html

  6. http://www.amwayinsider.com/2014/12/17/fantastic-facts/

About the Author

Greg Boudonck is a freelance writer and the author of over 50 books. He writes on many different topics, but business subjects are one of his primary areas of writing expertise. See Greg’s biography here.

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Top 49 Ways To Declutter Your Home Office

Today, I’m going to share my top 49 ways to declutter your home office.

As I consider writing this blog post, I find myself looking around my environment and questioning whether I am the person who should be writing this.

It does seem that no matter how organized we think we are, clutter can overtake us in the blink of an eye.

It seems the more clients I gain, the more cluttered I become.

Are you on that level too?

Well, we can confess our clutter sin, or we can do something about it.

In many cases people look at the clutter and get depressed.

They throw their arms in the air and do nothing.

That isn’t the answer and neither is procrastination.

If you don’t start now, you probably never will get organized.

So, let’s examine my 49 top ways to declutter your home office, so you can get organized, work smart and be more productive.

They are listed in no particular order.

1: Start Fresh

This may not be as easy as it sounds, but it works!

I will use my home office as an example.

I will just take everything except my laptop, my fan and my lamp and scoop it all into a box.

I will take every piece of decoration off the wall… everything goes into the box.

Starting fresh, I will begin taking the items I need and put them into a proper place.

This method may not work for a whole home, but it does work for a home office.

2: Stop Buying

If you are anything like me, a cool gadget may just get rung up at the cash register.

It ends up being another piece of the clutter.

Did I really need another lamp?

Just because it looks cool, I have enough lighting as it is.

I would also suggest that every time you buy something new, you make a commitment to donate or sell something that is used or old.

3: Divide Your Space Into Zones

Have a zone for books and another zone for software and CDs for your office.

In your home, you can do the same thing.

In the kitchen as an example, that cupboard is zoned only for canned goods.

Work zone-by -zone decluttering, and make it a law that only the items for that zone can enter that zone.

4: Put Tools In Their Proper Place

Every work space and home has tools in one form or another.

No screwdrivers in the silverware drawer, and no Photoshop CDs on the desk.

Have a proper place for all tools and when they are needed, so you will know where they are.

5: Have A Mail Station

This idea works for both the office and the home.

I know mom had a box that hung near the door that was a mail station.

It had incoming and outgoing mail.

The same thing works for your office.

6: Publicize Your Declutter Session

Go ahead!

Post it on Facebook, Twitter, in the newspaper and tell your friends.

Why?

To give you no excuses for procrastinating.

You told everyone, so now you have to clean up the mess.

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7: Use Furniture On Wheels

If you have filing cabinets and other smaller furniture pieces on wheels, you can roll them under the desk or in other out-of-the-way places when not being used.

8: Improve Your Lighting

You may ask how this will help you declutter?

When you have better lighting, you will actually see just how bad the clutter problem is.

Not only that, the better lighting will create a mood of wanting more order.

9: Shred

Here is an area I have an issue with and I know many other people do too – saving every piece of paperwork that comes around.

If you feel you should keep it, either file it or scan it and then start shredding all that paper.

Paper is probably the leading clutter creator.

10: Give Away An Item A Day

Why not give your clutter to someone else?

It may take awhile to get rid of a lot of the junk you have, but you just may bless someone else.

If you don’t want to give it away, sell it on Craiglsit or eBay.

11: Fold And Roll

I discovered I can fit a lot more socks and t-shirts in drawers by using the fold and roll method.

Most people who have served in the military know what I mean.

With t-shirts, just fold in the sleeves and the bottom up approximately 4 inches and then roll them tightly.

With socks, fit one open end over the other and roll the pair tightly.

If you keep any type of clothing, or anything you can roll up in your office, use this method.

12: Make A Plan

Like anything, failing to plan is planning to fail.

Make a plan on how your going to declutter and follow the plan.

13: Use The Starting Zone Method

Just pick a zone anywhere in your home or office and declutter that zone today.

Keep it decluttered and move to the next zone tomorrow.

Follow that method until your entire home office is decluttered.

14: Re-evaluate

Take an hour and evaluate each item in your home office.  Is it a want or a need?

How often do you need it or use it?

If it’s not a necessity item, store it somewhere else or get rid of it.

15: Donate

Go through all that junk and donate it to Goodwill, the Salvation Army or some other good cause that will make sure people who need the items actually get them.

16: Have Only What You Need At Arm’s Reach

This tip is primarily for office decluttering.

Do you really need those books on your desk?

The cup of coffee I understand, but a screwdriver?

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I am looking at my own desk.

I guess I better take a break and put the screwdriver away and get another cup of coffee.

17: Use Vertical Storage

Think of it like a high rise apartment building.

Store things upwards instead of outwards.

18: Have A Printer Station

Instead of cluttering your desk with printing supplies, I suggest a roll cart that holds your printer, paper, ink and other printing supplies.

Roll it under your desk when you are finished for the day.

19: Put Like Items Together

I have somewhat covered this in other tips, but just put the pens with the pencils, the plates with the saucers, the sheets with the pillow cases, etc…

20: Use The Cloud

Sometimes clutter isn’t just the items on your desk.

I know many people who have cluttered computer systems.

Technology has made it possible to keep your computer decluttered too.

Store those files on a USB, an external hard drive or in the cloud.

21: Change Your Routine

You may get the whole thing decluttered but what is stopping you from re-cluttering?

You do need to change your routine.

Put the item away in its proper place after you use it.

At the end of each work day, take ten minutes to declutter your home office.

22: Don’t Try For Perfection

Some people try to find perfection in their decluttering and believe me, it won’t be perfect.

Don’t try to get it perfect… Just get it decluttered.

23: Make All Flat Places Clutter Free

If you ever have noticed, the desks and tables are the places that get cluttered the worst.

It becomes easy to just lay it on the desk, table or counter top.

Make a decision that all flat spaces must stay free of clutter.

24: Consider The Flow

When you are deciding where to store or keep items, consider the flow.

You don’t want to travel 20 steps to retrieve a paperclip, and you shouldn’t have to go to the restroom to get a spatula.

25: Sell

Have you considered a garage sale?

It is a great way to get rid of clutter and make some extra cash.

But do not bring the stuff that doesn’t sell back into the house or office.

26: Set Limits

This goes along with many of the other tips.

Just set limits on everything and it will help you stay clutter free.

27: Label Items

If you store items in boxes or containers, instead of having to open it to see what is inside, just label it.

Label makers are actually quite inexpensive and can be helpful.

28: Hello Something New, Goodbye Something Old

Here is another good way to stay clutter free.

If you buy a new item, get rid of an old item.

29: Organize Your Cables

Cables from your computer, printer, telephone, etc., can give an unsightly look.

Organize your cables and use bread ties or other means to control those cables so they do not give a cluttered impression.

30: Just Trash It

Sometimes it just doesn’t make sense to try and sell or even give some items away.

Will anyone really want that VHS tape of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?

Just put it in the trash can.

31: The Catch-All Drawer

We all have one; a catch-all drawer that has batteries, a broken watch, a deck of cards, etc…

Make it a habit to sort the catch-all drawer and keep it tidy.

32: Organize Your Books

I love books, but books can also become a cluttered mess.

It is time to play librarian.

Quiet everyone!

Now organize those books by subject and store them properly.

33: Be Creative With Your Space

Just use your imagination and make the space you have work for you.

If nothing else, just travel around Pinterest where you can find some great ideas.

34: Determine The Issue Areas

It is always best that you start with the areas that have the biggest issue with clutter.

This goes right along with making a plan.

Determine the issue areas and attack those first.

35: Determine If You Actually Need It

With every item you grab, you will have to make a decision.

Do you really need it?

I suggest having a need, a want and a junk pile as you declutter your home office.

36: Create Emergency Binders

Some of the most difficult stuff to deal with is important paperwork.

I have thrown away important papers thinking they were clutter.

A great way to solve this is to create emergency binders where all the important papers are easily found.

Have a:

  • Family medical binder

  • House binder

  • Pet binder

  • Vehicle binder

  • Manual binder

  • Other binder – for stuff that doesn’t fit in any other category

37: Use Technology

I somewhat hit on this, but it needs to be stressed.

I mentioned all those cables; why not go wireless?

Instead of keeping all those receipts, why not scan them and save them in a file.

So much of the clutter can be erased just using technology; that is why Amazon Kindle is so popular.

38: Enlarge Your Area

Maybe what looks to be clutter is actually all important and is needed.

It just comes down to being able to have a place for everything.

You just may have to enlarge your home office.

Look at the possibilities, could you add on or expand?

Take out a closet or make space in another way?

39: Is It Motivational

Is that fuzzy koala bear sitting on your desk actually motivating you?

How about that depressing picture of the New York skyline before 9/11?

Maybe it is time to get rid of the non-motivational items that are cluttering your area.

40: Add Storage

You might want to find places where you can store items you want to keep, but are cluttering your home office.

Consider the rafters in the garage, under stairwells and other out-of-the-way places to store items.

41: Have A Good Filing System

A file cabinet and files are a great way to store important paperwork, but it is important that you can find the files you need.

Most experts agree that a color coding filing system is best.

Use a certain color for a certain subject.

42: Keep Your email Uncluttered

While we are mainly looking at material clutter items, the cyber world can get cluttered too.

The email box is a prime example.

How long has it been since you purged your email box?

43: Train Your Family And Coworkers

You have made a decision to keep your home office clutter free.

You need to train your family or coworkers to follow your example and put items back where they belong.

44: Invest In A Hook Rack

Outer-garments can give an disorderly impression.

A simple coat rack will keep you and others from hanging them on the back of chairs.

45: Have A Home For Everything

Make sure anything and everything has a home.

When you are done using it, take it to its home.

46: Daily Clean And Straighten

Make sure your schedule has 15 minutes, give or take, daily to clean and straighten.

This way, you can stay on top of keeping your home office decluttered.

47: Have A Short Term Storage Container

Many of us have those items we need near our desk for just a few days.

A short term storage container will help you stay clutter free but still have those items nearby.

48: Disinfect On A Regular Basis

This will help you maintain a clean and safe zone, plus the odor will help you know how much cleaner your area now is.

You will want to keep it this way.

49: Don’t Over-Do It!

I saved this for last, but I do believe it is quite important.

No matter what, you WILL have some clutter.

Don’t turn into a non-clutter jerk.

It is okay!

Just don’t let it get carried away.

Final Thoughts

By following these tips, you will find yourself living and working in more comfortable conditions.

Your work and home environment does have a direct reflection on your moods.

What are your thoughts?

How do you declutter your home office?

You can post all comments and questions below.

Thank you.

References

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  2. http://www.forbes.com/pictures/lmj45iljd/disinfect-regularly/#5924d1613c8b

  3. http://www.step-by-step-declutter.com/declutter-your-home-office.html

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About the Author

Greg Boudonck is a freelance writer and the author of over 50 books. He writes on many different topics, but business subjects are one of his primary areas of writing expertise. See Greg’s biography here.

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Top 42 W. Clement Stone Quotes of All Time

W. Clement Stone was a true rags-to-riches entrepreneur.

Born in the early 1900’s, Stone helped to feed his family since his father had died.

At 6 years old, he was selling newspapers on street corners on the South Side of Chicago.

In true entrepreneur fashion, Stone left the street corners and entered the restaurants where he began to sell more papers.

While the restaurant managers tried to hustle him out, Stone’s charismatic demeanor made them feel an inner guilt and he was allowed to keep selling to diners.

Before long, he opened his own newsstand and in 1918, he moved to Detroit to sell insurance while his mother managed him.

In 1919, he built the Combined Insurance Company of America.

In all of this, Stone soon became a millionaire because his attitude was a winning, non-quitting one.

In 1979, his insurance company had over $1,000,000,000 in assets.

As Stone aged, he felt moved to help other people succeed.

success system that never failsThe well-known Og Mandino was once a gutter alcoholic who Stone took a liking to and showed the way of success.

Stone wrote a timeless book about his success that can help us learn the path to success.

The book is titled, The Success System That Never Fails.

Following are 42 quotes from W. Clement Stone’s book.

I will also give you my take from these quotes.

# 1 You are subject to your environment.  Therefore, select the environment that will best develop you toward your desired objective.

The people you hang out with and the situations you put yourself in can make you or break you.

When setting life goals, always consider your environment.

# 2 Regardless of what you are, it is desirable to learn the techniques of good salesmanship.  For selling is merely persuading another person to accept your service, your product, or your idea.  In a sense, everyone is a salesman.

You have had to sell to gain your spouse.

You had to sell to get a job.

Just about everything we do involves some form of salesmanship, because persuading another human is selling.

# 3 Where there is nothing to lose by trying and a great deal to gain if successful, by all means try!

This only makes good sense, but so many people are lazy and won’t even try even given these circumstances.  Most people are scared to fail and stuck in their comfort zone, even if they are broke and unhappy.

# 4 The purpose of a sales introduction is solely to get a person to listen.

You need a person’s full attention before you start to give a sales presentation.

If you do not have their complete attention, they may miss the most important parts.

# 5 If you want the prospect to buy, ask him to buy.  Just ask him, and give him a chance to say yes.  But make it easy for him to say yes and difficult to say no.

This is the most important part of the close.

First, if you do not ask the person to buy, how will you get a sale?

The second part of this quote means that you have to provide so much value that the person will feel like they are losing out in a huge way if they don’t say yes.

# 6 I found that to become an expert I had to work, and work hard.  Try, try, try and keep trying is the rule that must be followed to become an expert at anything.  But in due course, by employing the right work habits, you do become an expert. Then you experience the joy of work, and the job is no longer work.  It becomes fun.

We become experts by working hard, failing, working harder, failing again, and still working hard until we are considered an expert.

His recipe is the only way to get success.

# 7 I’ll guarantee that you can’t fail … if you call on five persons per day.

I would completely agree with Mr. Stone on this.

If we present the opportunity to 5 people every day, success will surely come.

Selling is a numbers game.

think and grow rich# 8 If a business day is a social success, it has been a business failure.

When I first read this quote, I raised my eyebrows in debate.

But after delving deep into my thoughts, I understand what Mr. Stone meant.

If we are spending all of our hours socializing, when are we selling?

# 9 Debater or salesman, you must think logically and be sensitive to every statement that you can turn to your advantage.  You must be persuasive to win.

Sales isn’t all talk.

You must listen too, because many people will often tell you things that can give you a sales advantage.

# 10 For character is the keystone to true success.

Our character and our morals will determine what and how people think about us.

A great way to understand this is to just consider what people will write on your headstone when you die.

# 11 The true value of a self-help book is not what the writer puts into the book, but what you, the reader, take out of the book and put in your life.

If a banker were to put $1,000 in front of you it will not be any good to you unless you pick it up and use it.

The book may have great information but unless you implement it in your own life, it is worthless.

# 12 Regardless of who you are or what you have been, you can be what you want to be.

Everyone has the ability to change and everyone has the ability to succeed.

The key is not looking back, but looking forward.

# 13 For dissatisfaction is man’s driving force.

If we are even mildly satisfied with where we are, we will not work hard to get better.

It is dissatisfaction that drives us to get better.

# 14 It takes less work to succeed than to fail.

 We work hard and fail, but when success comes, the work has turned into fun and isn’t work anymore.

# 15 When you do something put your heart into it.

No matter what we do whether it is cleaning toilets or managing a multi-million-dollar corporation, if we put our complete heart into it, we will always find success.

# 16 It takes time to succeed-it takes time to fail.  But it takes less time to succeed than to fail.

We will go through struggles and failures, and they will take a lot of our time, but when we find success, it will take much less time.   

# 17 If I have to work, I might as well try to earn in one year what others earn in a lifetime.

 I just love this thought process and it tells us why W. Clement Stone was such a great success.

Following this thought pattern is a wise pattern.

# 18 … the greatest motivator of all is love.

If we really consider what many people have done in the name of love, we realize just how true this statement is.

# 19 A husband or wife is the greatest environmental influence for any man or woman.

This goes hand-in-hand with #18.

We normally spend more time with our spouse than anyone else.  That’s why it’s so important to marry a quality person.

# 20 It takes more energy to overcome inertia in getting started from a standstill than to continue the momentum of a moving body when it is once in motion.

Once we are moving, it is much easier to keep moving.

It can be harder just getting started.

Don’t allow a stoppage; keep the momentum going.

# 21 You must lay the proper foundation for your business before expanding.

Some businesses try to grow and add too quickly.

Make sure what you started with is moving efficiently before trying to add more.

# 22 A good salesman has confidence in himself.

If you don’t believe you can, you won’t.

Confidence is a key to selling success.

# 23 One way to make a fortune is to sell a necessity that is low in cost and repeats.  The fortune is made in the repeat business.

Even if the profit margin is low, if an item is sold repeatedly, you can become rich with it.

I would rather sell bottles of water that people need and make 25 cents a bottle than selling bathing suits in Iceland and making $5 per suit.

# 24 For sales are contingent upon the attitude of the salesman – not the attitude of the prospect.

If the salesperson has a good attitude and is confident, they will sell.

It really doesn’t matter what the attitude is of the potential customers, because their attitude will change when they are around someone with a good attitude.

# 25 With every disadvantage, there is always a greater advantage.

It is one of the laws of nature just like “When one door closes, another door opens.”

# 26 You are the product of your environment.  So choose the environment that will best develop you toward your objective.

If you put yourself around upbeat and positive people, you will be positive and upbeat.

If you spend your time with negative people, you will be negative.

# 27 Always figure growth in percentages.

By doing so, you can determine what needs to be done to raise those percentages.

# 28 In the long run, everything in the universe grows at a slower rate as it gets older.

His is why we should seek growth early in our business.

If we seek growth while the business is young, it will move faster.   

# 29 The more I search to discover the powers of the human mind and how to use them, the more I am convinced that success or failure is primarily the result of the attitude of the individual.

No matter our situation if we have a positive mental attitude, we poise ourselves for success.

Negative attitudes bring negative results.

# 30 Unless man learns to control the sinner, the animal in himself, he can never release his full power for accomplishment.

Everyone has evil thoughts from time-to-time, but we also have the power to control those thoughts and the actions that can result from them.

# 31 The reason that you don’t do the right thing when you should is that you haven’t established the right habits.

Clement Stone believed strongly in the Bible and this is a prime directive in the Bible.

We are all a result of our daily habits.  If you want to change your life, you must change your habits.

# 32 You always do what you want to do.

Herein lies some of life’s problems.

Instead of doing what we want to do, we should do what we need to do.

how I raised myself from failure to success# 33 A woman is often the greatest influencing factor in determining a man’s eventual success or failure.

As men, our nature deems that we go to all means to please the woman, but if she is not satisfied with our actions, we can be thrown into turmoil.  

# 34 I was convinced that to have a healthy mind, one should try to develop a healthy body.

Our bodies and minds are attached as one.

If one is healthy, the other will also be healthy.

# 35 If you lack experience or a particular talent or skill and you don’t want to pay the price to acquire it, then hire someone who has it to do the job for you.

The fact is, we can’t know everything.

We need to utilize other people who are experts in areas we do not understand.

Surround yourself with people smarter than you and never look back.

# 36 To every problem there is a satisfactory solution, but one must try to solve the problem with the right mental attitude.

If we try to problem solve with the wrong attitude, we often create more problems.

Make sure you are in the proper frame of mind before attempting to solve problems.

# 37 You can motivate another person to do what you want when you give him an opportunity to get what he wants.

The key with this is to find out what the other person wants and then negotiate so that both parties win.

If you help people get what they want, you will get what you want.

# 38 Anyone can acquire wealth, if he saves 10 percent of what he earns and invests it wisely.

So many people do not understand this wise saying.

10 percent is not a huge issue but many people have not learned to budget their money.

Just consider, if you make $500 per week.

You take $50 per week, $200 per month out for savings.

That would be $2,400 per year you can invest to make more money.

# 39 Thought must be followed through by action.

Dreams and ideas are great but if not acted on, they are just ideas and dreams.

The world is filled with dreamers.  What we really need is more doers.

# 40 You must have some purpose in life.

Without purpose, we just go through the motions and have no ambition.

Find your purpose and watch how your life changes drastically.

# 41 For what’s going to happen to us tomorrow depends on what we are doing today and planning for tomorrow.

This is another law of nature.

Our actions and ideas today will be reflected tomorrow.

Make a plan and follow it and your tomorrow will be bright.

# 42 Only you have the power to direct your thoughts and control your emotions.

The only person we can change is ourselves.

We can do so by hanging with positive people, reading positive books and just staying in a positive state of mind.

Final Thoughts

Clement Stone played a huge role in influencing the thoughts and attitudes of many entrepreneurs while he was alive, and even now that he is dead.

w. clement stoneHe passed away in 2002 at 100 years old.

He quotes here come from the book W. Clement Stone wrote and published titled The Success System That Never Fails.

Originally published in 1962, the ISBN of the book is 1604599316.

Clement Stone was mentored by Napoleon Hill and together they wrote the book Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude.

And, with Norma Lee Browning, W. Clement Stone wrote The Other Side of the Mind.

I highly recommend that you read all of his books.

After all, who better to learn from than a highly successful businessman like W. Clement Stone.

The foundation he created still supports many worthwhile causes all throughout the United States.

Have you read any of W. Clement Stone’s books?

What was your favorite quote here?

Do you have any questions?

You can post all questions and comments in the area below.

Thank you.

Learn more about his charitable foundation here.

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Top 27 Reasons To Hire A Virtual Assistant

Today, I will share my top reasons to hire a virtual assistant.

As a business owner, whether you have many employees, just 1 or 2 or you are a Lone Ranger, you may want to consider contracting the services of a virtual assistant.

While there are many business owners who balk at the idea, there are many more who have discovered that by hiring a virtual assistant, they have made their job easier and it has helped their business immensely.

If you have hired a virtual assistant at some point in time, I am sure you will agree.

If you never have, and have reservations against doing so, I suggest you read today’s post in its entirety because I believe it will help you understand how a virtual assistant can be a huge benefit to you.

Don’t worry… I am not affiliated with any virtual assistants and I am not here to “pitch” you on hiring one.

But I will direct you to some places you can find good virtual assistants at the end of this article.

hire a virtual assistantThese are the top 27 reasons to hire a virtual assistant, as I see it.

27: You don’t have to pay fringe benefits

The costs of paid vacations, insurance and other fringe benefits for employees can be humongous.

When you hire a virtual assistant, they are normally contract labor and therefore you do not have to pay fringe benefits.

26: Virtual assistants are normally always available

If you ask a regular employee to work some weird hours, you will probably hear every excuse known to humans why they can’t.

If you ask your virtual assistant to man the customer service calls from 2 AM until 4 AM, you will probably get a “No problem.”

If you hire a virtual assistant on the other side of the world, you can have them do all your needed tasks while you sleep (since they are on a different time zone).

25: You don’t have to pay for coffee breaks

I once worked for an employer that measured coffee breaks, bathroom breaks and water cooler chat sessions.

During a company wide meeting he gave us the lowdown.

He broke down the statistics and claimed that each day the company was paying $2,335 for non-work breaks.

When your virtual assistant takes a break, you pay nothing.

24: Virtual assistants are flexible

Plainly speaking, you can have virtual assistants do nearly anything that can be done remotely.

Sorry, but they probably won’t be able to clean and stock the restroom or make a pot of coffee.

23: Virtual assistants will do research

If you need to find how many multilevel marketing companies have women CEOs, your virtual assistant can do it.

If you want to know the closest supermarkets to your business, your virtual assistant can find that too.

No matter the research you need, a virtual assistant can do it.

22: No employee conflicts

Employee disagreements and conflicts can be an issue in the workplace.

This is one issue you will not have with a virtual assistant.

Since each virtual assistant works remotely, you won’t have the typical work drama.

21: Virtual assistants will write blog posts

Many businesses now maintain blogs, but it can sometimes be difficult to stay consistent with blog posts.

You can have your virtual assistant write blog posts for you, or you can have them find someone else who can.

This can guarantee that you have articles posted on a consistent basis.

20: Virtual assistants are normally unbiased

While many employees may be scared to tell you how it is, a virtual assistant is normally unbiased and will be honest even if it hurts your pride.

“How does the website I built look?”

The employee will say “Great boss.”

The virtual assistant will say “It looks too busy and unprofessional. There are too many colors and the banner looks like it was made by my 6 year old; would you like me to do some mending on it boss?”

The question is: do you want a yes person, or someone who will tell the honest truth?

virtual assistant book19: A virtual assistant can manage social media

Just like a blog, your business Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Linkedin pages need to be managed.

When a question is asked, an answer needs to be given.

Posts need to be made regularly.

Your virtual assistant can do these things.

18: Gives you another brain behind the wheel

The fact is, your virtual assistant has his/her own business too.

This means you have a virtual mentor, too.

Your virtual assistant can give you their advice on business decisions.

If nothing else, it can give you a fresh perspective in your business.

17: You won’t have to train a virtual assistant

The cost of training an employee can be astronomical, and it’s also very time consuming.

You will probably not have to pay to train your virtual assistant.

Just tell them what you need done, and it gets completed.

16: To handle customer service

Your virtual assistant can handle the customer service side of your business.

Have them handle the emails, phone calls and live chat.

15: You are overwhelmed

Just knowing you can count on a virtual assistant will take much of that overwhelming feeling away.

14: Will help your online presence

I hit on this subject earlier with blog posts and social media, but having a virtual assistant can greatly help your online presence.

Just consider the fact that they will share the posts they make with all the people they know.

And, most virtual assistants have a large list of followers.

13: Because your business has grown

Business growth means more work.

But that growth may not justify hiring another employee.

By having a virtual assistant, he/she can pick up the slack and keep your business growing.

12: You won’t have to make a closet an office

Adding more employees means adding more space for that employee.

But where would you put another office?

Do you have enough parking?

You don’t need to have more space if you hire a virtual assistant.

11: You only pay for work that gets completed

It can be frustrating when you realize that you have been paying an employee an hourly wage and you see they have been posting on Twitter during work hours.

With a virtual assistant, you pay them for work that is completed.

If they are on social media, they are not getting paid.

10: They have the uncanny ability to multitask

How was it your virtual assistant was able to write a blog post, handle 2 customer service issues, type out a spread sheet and write posts in your social media accounts all in the last 2 1/2 hours?

Don’t ask…

Just know that they can multitask in a Superman kind of way.

9: They can do the tasks you do not know how to do

Maybe your virtual assistant won’t fly in to change the spark plugs in your Lexus, but many of the other business things you just do not know how to do can be covered by your virtual assistant.

8: Gives you the ability to have more leisure time

A key to business success is to automate your business as much as possible.

Do not be afraid to give your virtual assistant more responsibility.

By doing so, you can have more leisure time and spend some quality time with your family.

7: Will work part or full time

You can work a virtual assistant 3 hours per week or 50 hours per week.

Part time or full time, your virtual assistant will work the hours you need.

6: You have access to more talent

When you are searching for employees, you only have the ability of getting talent from your local vicinity.

When you are looking for a virtual assistant, you have worldwide talent a your fingertips.

becoming a va5: You will have less stress

If you were to ask a group of doctors what the top killer is, I believe you would hear the word stress.

Stress creates other problems that lead to bad health.

When you hire a virtual assistant, you are taking a lot of the stress off your back.

4: You will have increased production

This is just a given!

When you add the experience of a virtual assistant, your production will naturally increase.

3: They will do the mundane tasks

Virtual assistants are willing to take on those mundane tasks that no one else is willing to do.

Someone has to do them, so give it to the virtual assistant and watch it get done.

But pay them well!

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2: Allows you to focus on the money making tasks

If you are in the office doing administrative tasks, who is out talking with clients and gaining more contracts?

Give your virtual assistant the administrative tasks and you can put your focus on making more money.

1: Save you money on operational costs

This is the top reason to hire a virtual assistant.

Just consider the other money saving things I listed earlier, not to mention that:

  • A virtual assistant has their own computer, software and other tools.

  • The electricity bill

  • No commuting

  • No overtime pay

  • Etc…

When you look at their charges, you may be seeing rates higher than you would pay an employee, but are you considering the whole picture?

Let’s say you are paying an employee $18 per hour and you figure the virtual assistant would come in at about $32 per hour.

It sounds like a huge difference but you are not paying the various insurance bills, the fringe benefits, the breaks, the space and purchasing all the equipment that person will need.

Plus, you will probably have to train that employee.

When I start adding the figures, it seems to me that $18 per hour employee is costing you approximately $44 per hour.

So it seems the virtual assistant would be a much wiser decision.

The Cons

I gave you a whole list of pros about hiring a virtual assistant; I thought it would be fair to provide some of the cons.

  • No face to face contact. Unless you are willing to fly your virtual assistant to your location. I would suggest Skype to be the next best thing.

  • Communication barriers. Sometimes languages can cause confusion. As a person who lives in Puerto Rico and knows “muy poquíto Español,” I understand how language can cause confusion.

  • Dedication. Keep in mind that your virtual assistant also has other clients. Don’t expect that they will be fully dedicated to you.

  • Time differences. If your virtual assistant is in a different time zone, this can also cause issues in some cases.

  • Security. If your virtual assistant handles some data that is personal in nature, you may be taking a security risk; but keep in mind hat the same holds true with a normal employee.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I believe it just makes good business sense to hire a virtual assistant.

The cost savings alone are more than enough reason, but when you look at all the other reasons I listed here, it only makes good sense.

At the start of this post, I told you I would lead you to some sites where you can get high quality virtual assistants.

Try these:

Here is an excellent video explaining how to hire a virtual assistant:

What are your thoughts?

Have you or do you now use a virtual assistant?

Are there any tips you would give our readers on hiring a virtual assistant?

We appreciate any, and all information you would share.

You can leave all comments and questions below.

Thank you.

References

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  2. https://www.vanetworking.com/top-10-reasons-hire-virtual-assistant/

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The Top 13 Christian Based MLM Companies

The top 13 Christian Based MLM Companies in the world…

While there are those who would say differently, I believe the United States of America was founded on Christian values.

I will not go into a debate as to which Christian religious structure has it right, but I will say that we need to put our faith, our trust and our belief in God Almighty before everything else.

After all, it is He who made us and when we say Christian, we are affirming the presence of God’s Son who was nailed to a cross to be the Holy sacrifice for our sins.

There may be those of you reading this post who do not have the same belief.

That is your choice and I will not scream hellfire and damnation at you.

king james bibleBut I do ask that you allow me to have my beliefs too and please don’t spout unruly comments at me.

There are many other people that have similar beliefs as I do, and that is the subject of today’s post.

We will look at the top 13 Christian based MLM companies.

While I am at it, I know that there are some who claim that multilevel marketing is completely non-Christian.

I will just have to say that if that is your belief, you may as well just say that every business is non-Christian.

There are good and bad people in all business structures.

MLM is simply a business format and it can be handled ethically or not, so do not blame it on the business structure but on the individual who is managing their business improperly.

That is something else that I love about Christian based multilevel marketing companies – they instill Christian values in their distributors so they will use ethical means in their business.

Even the Christian financial advisor Dave Ramsey says: Multilevel marketing companies (also known as MLMs) have a bad rap. Some of it is deserved, and some of it isn’t. MLMs are often labeled as “pyramid schemes,” but that’s not true. The difference is that pyramid schemes are illegal because they offer no product. With MLMs, a product or service is the basis for the business.”

I suggest you read Dave’s article about MLMs: http://www.daveramsey.com/blog/guide-joining-multilevel-marketing-company

So, let’s take a look at the top 13 Christian based MLM companies.

They are in no particular order, and I am not affiliated in any way with these companies except for the occasional use of a product or two.

I am providing this information to help you in your choice of a MLM company to possibly affiliate yourself with.

1: 31 Gifts

Cindy Moore founded 31 Gifts in 2003, and they are headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.

The 31 comes from the working woman in Proverbs 31 in the Holy Bible.

I suggest you open your Bible and read that Proverb.

Not only is 31 Gifts in business to make profits, they also are in it to give back.

They have a charitable program called 31 Gives that is helping women, girls and families to live a fulfilling and purpose driven life.

31 Gifts has a wide variety of products, and many are meant to be gifts for others.

I happen to know a 31 Gifts consultant who just loves the company and the products.

If you would like to know more about the Christian based 31 Gifts, visit their website at: http://www.thirtyonegifts.com/

2: La Bella Baskets And Gifts

Headquartered in Lakeway, Texas, La Bella Baskets and Gifts was founded in 2009 by two women with the names of Janis and Mia.

Just entering their website, I see a “We Are Thankful Sale.”

Looking at the multiple products offered on the La Bella website, you can plainly see the Christian values they have.

And when we read the La Bella mission statement, there is no doubt:

“To bring joy, love and beauty to others, to seek good in life, to appreciate the sweetness of each day while inspiring everyone to believe that anything is possible.”

You may want to see the La Bella Baskets and Gifts website at: http://www.labellabaskets.com/

3: Mary Kay

Mary Kay Ash founded this now monstrous MLM company in 1963.

And, Mary Kay Ash had a strong belief in God and felt a huge desire to empower other women.

Mary Kay also was given wise words to speak, and that is where this quote from that wonderful woman came from:

“God didn’t have time to make a nobody, only a somebody.I believe that each of us has God-given talents within us waiting to be brought to fruition.”

If you have a desire to be a part of the Mary Kay system, I suggest you visit the website here: https://www.marykay.com/

mere christianity4: Just Jewelry

Founded in 2004 and headquartered in Springboro, Ohio, Just Jewelry puts God at the forefront of their business.

The first mention in their beliefs is that God has a purpose for each of us.

Just Jewelry is letting the light shine too.

They have what is called the Plumpy’ Nut Project.

For every Faith, Hope and Love bracelet sold, they donate 2 Plumpy’ Nut Treatments to starving children.

So far, there have been 47,000 meals served.

Our God is an awesome God.

You can see the Just Jewelry website here: http://www.justjewelry.com/

5: F.A.I.T.H. Company

Pam and Mark Hatchard founded this faith based, God driven MLM company in Addison, Texas.

The jewelry is all handmade and many of the artisans are refugees.

I just love the scripture at the bottom of the website.

It is Jeremiah 29:11 – I have a plan for you declares the Lord: one to prosper you, not to harm you and one to give you hope for a brighter tomorrow.

Please visit the website at: http://www.faithco.net/

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6: Initial Outfitters

Jim and Alicia Storbeck had a dream and with prayer and God’s help, they made that dream come true when Initial Outfitters was launched.

Headquartered in Auburn, Alabama, Initial Outfitters supports a great ministry called Charlie’s Lunch Ministry.

Called IO Loves, every dollar made from embroidered lunchboxes and personalized backpacks go to feeding hungry children.

Thank you IO for loving and following God’s path.

See the Initial Outfitters website here: http://www.initialoutfitters.com/

7: Damsel In Defense

The team at this MLM company put a huge trust in God, but they also know that it is important that we give women the means to defend themselves against predators.

Based in Boise, Idaho, the leadership team of Damsel in Defense all give their praise to our Maker.

They sell many items that can keep women feeling safe.

See the Damsel In Defense website here: http://damselindefense.net/

8: First Fitness Nutrition

This well known MLM company is endorsed by some top names in sports, but their biggest endorser is God.

Why?

Because First Fitness Nutrition puts God first above all.

The weight loss program is considered phenomenal.

You can see the First Fitness website here: http://www.firstfitness.com/

9: Mary & Martha

Well, the name of his MLM tells us immediately that it is Christian home decor company.

Mary and Martha were friends of Jesus and were there when he was crucified.

So much about this MLM company is based on Biblical principles.

They even are giving Bibles to children through Compassion International.

If you faith is calling you to, hook up with Mary & Martha at: https://www.maryandmartha.com/

10: Daisy Blue Naturals

Headquartered in Albert Lea, Minnesota, Daisy Blue Naturals are products made of all natural products for your skin.

Just viewing their website, you can tell hat it was hatched with Christian values.

What I love is the help that Daisy Blue Naturals is giving to Kids Inspiring Kids.

Helping to feed kids in Uganda and working at battling the upheaval of kids in cities around the nation and the world.

If you would like to see what Daisy Blue Naturals is all about, visit their website at: https://www.daisybluenaturals.com/index.asp

11: Close To My Heart

This unique MLM company was started in 2002 in Pleasant Grove, Utah.

Just the name alone told me immediately that God is in charge of the company.

The CEO is Jeanette Lynton, but the true Boss is in Heaven.

So what does Close To My Heart sell?

Scrapbooks.

Patterns and how to make scrapbooks to keep your precious memories alive forever.

Plus Close To My Heart supports Operation Smile that has put smiles on the faces of children around the world.

I suggest you “pop in” to the Close To My Heart website at: http://www.closetomyheart.com/default.aspx

christian based mlm companies12: Art & Soul

Since 1970, Gay Zurich has been making personalized cartoons and gifts for any, and everyone.

Just seeing her beautiful works of art tell me that there is a heavenly helper guiding her talents.

And you can have your own business selling Gay’s art and designs.

Art & Soul is headquartered in Waukesha, Wisconsin and I believe you will enjoy visiting he website at: http://www.artandsoulinc.com/

13: Amway

Founded in 1959, Amway, I would say, is the largest MLM in the United States and probably the world.

As I see it, the majority of Amway systems are born on Christian values.

I have been told that at major conferences they have prayer and even have church services.

Now there are some that claim that Amway is similar to a cult, but I would have to disagree.

While I am not involved with Amway, I know several people who are, and they do not seem to be living cultish extremism.

If you think you may be interested in joining Amway or purchasing any of their fantastic products, you can visit their website at: http://www.amway.com/

Final Thoughts

Well, there you have my top 13 Christian based MLM companies.

What are your thoughts?

Do you know of any others that I may have missed?

I will say that there are many other MLM companies that have Christian distributors.

Now I will say that if you are a Christian and considering joining a MLM, be diligent in researching that company to make sure you will stay within your Christian values.

There are several things to consider:

  • It all belongs to God

  • Be responsible with your money; Make a budget

  • It is better to give than receive

Consider this quote by Randy Alcorn, “God prospers me not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving.”

If you trust God and obey His Word, I believe you can do just fine with a MLM business.

Just follow the Godly principles you know, and the path you take will be bright.

And, for those of you that are not Christian, that is okay.

Well not really, but I cannot force you to become one, that is your choice, but I do know that you can still be a non-Christian and follow upstanding principles.

Please do so with your MLM business and together we can change the bad impressions so many have on MLM.

And with that I will say, God Bless You All.

Please leave any comments or questions below.

Thank you.

References

  1. http://www.npros.com

  2. http://theprayingwoman.com/10-companies-you-probably-didnt-know-were-christian-owned/

About the Author

Greg Boudonck is a freelance writer and the author of over 50 books. He writes on many different topics, but business subjects are one of his primary areas of writing expertise. See Greg’s biography here.

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Top 101 Brian Carruthers Quotes from Building an Empire

In this post, I am going to share my top 101 Brian Carruthers quotes from his best-selling book, “Building an Empire.”

Let me begin by telling you that Brian Carruthers is one of the good guys in our industry.  Even though I have never met him in real life, nor am I in the same company that he is, I have tremendous respect for him.

Not only has he achieved monumental success in our industry, but he is also a class act guy.

He tells it like it is and calls a spade a spade.  Not only is he successful, he’s also an ambassador to the industry.  He helps many people from many different companies and he is a great role model for others to follow.

His book “Building an Empire” is incredible.  I give it a 10 of 10.  It has so much great information in it that would benefit any network marketer, whether they are brand new or are a 20-year veteran of the industry.

What I am going to do below is share some of my personal favorite Brian Carruthers quotes from the book.  Each quote is in bold and italics.  After each quote, I will share my own two cents on it.  Enjoy.

# 1 It’s the people we meet and the books we read that make us who we are.

If you want to get better in life, work on yourself.  Read books that inspire you and help you grow as a person.  Also, make sure you hang around people who encourage you and uplift you.  Choose your friends and mentors wisely.

# 2 … we cannot let our reasons to do the business become our excuse not to.

Most people join the business because they want to create financial independence for their family, and then they use their family as an excuse as to why they are too busy or don’t have the time to build the business.

# 3 If you can change your mind you can change your bank account.

Thoughts are things.  For our life to change, we need to change.  If you keep doing what you’ve always done you will keep getting what you’ve always gotten.

# 4 The more value you deliver the more money you earn.

We get paid based upon the value we bring to the marketplace.  For you to make more money you must deliver more value.

# 5 There are many skeptical people who are stuck, close-minded and would rather continue living stressed out, check to check, rather than venturing into something new.

People are funny.  They will bitch and complain about their situation in life, yet they won’t do anything to change it or improve it.  Have you ever known someone like that?

# 6 The best revenge is massive success.

All successful people have haters, and they HAD haters while they were on their journey to become successful.  If you don’t have haters you aren’t doing much with your life.  The best thing you can do is prove people wrong and go for your dreams.  When you make it big, your haters will ask if you are hiring!

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# 7 If your WHY is strong enough, you will stick around long enough and endure all that you must to learn how to succeed.

You need a why that makes you cry.  Otherwise, you will simply quit when things get tough.  Building a successful business of any kind is really hard work, so you need something that motivates you and keeps you inspired during tough times.

# 8 Everyone who is very successful and living at the mountaintop has paid a hefty price to get there.

There are no secrets or shortcuts.  You must put in the work consistently and stay the course until you reach your dreams and goals.  No one will give it to you.  You have to fight to get what you want in life.

# 9 Search upline until you find the right person to follow.

If you reach out to enough people in your upline you will find someone who knows what they are doing and is willing to help you.  Start with your sponsor and look upline until you find the right person.  If you have trouble finding someone, call the company to get the names of people in your upline.

# 10 People love to try to build this business their own way.

I’ve been guilty of doing this myself in the past.  You need a system for your team, something everyone can follow.  Don’t be a lone wolf.  By all means, leverage some of your own natural talents and abilities, but make sure you also follow and promote the system.

# 11 Say less to more people, and take the focus off of you.

I love this quote.  Keep your message short and simple.  Be the messenger, not the message.

# 12 The only person you can control is you.

Focus on your personal production and don’t worry about what others do or don’t do.  You can’t control what others do, so why worry about it?

# 13 And the important fact to note is that this business is way easier and more effective to build fast than slow.

Get excited and get to work right now.  Take massive action and create some momentum.  That’s a lot easier than being slow and steady.

# 14 What you do duplicates.

Make sure you are setting a good example for everyone on your team to follow.  Would you want 100 people on your team to do exactly what you are doing?  If not, make the necessary adjustments.

# 15 Momentum is hard to get, and easy to lose.

I’ve had and lost momentum several times in my own team.  It takes a lot of work to get it going, and it can fall apart instantly.  Ride the wave when you get it.

# 16 The biggest key to success in network marketing is committing 100 percent to the system.

Follow the system and commit to the system.  The system trumps everything else.

# 17 You do not want your team to rely solely on you, as the full weight of that will crush you.

If everyone on your team depends on you for motivation and help, the business sucks.  Ultimately, you want everything to depend on the system, not you.

# 18 People want to follow someone who knows where they are going, and is inspiring to be around.

People want to follow a leader!  Be someone worth following.

# 19 Have a relaxed intensity.

Be serious, hardworking and committed, but be calm, cool and collected.

# 20 Poor people get leveraged.  Rich people use leverage.

You either have leverage yourself, or you are being leveraged by someone else.

# 21 What I have found is that most people fail in their network marketing business because they are not coachable.

Find someone in your upline who has achieved what you are trying to achieve in the business, and humble yourself enough to take their advice and follow their lead.

# 22 What good is it to be recruiting people into your business if they are not inspired, trained and producing?

It makes no sense to recruit losers, deadbeats, and duds.  Focus on quality people!

# 23 Don’t do what works… do what duplicates!

Follow a system that is proven and works.  Teach that system to your team.

# 24 The focus must be taken off the recruiter and placed onto a third-party tool or system.

Remove yourself from the equation and use third party tools whenever possible.  Keep it so simple anyone can do it.  Ideally, you want your prospects to think “if they can do it I will crush this thing!”

# 25 The magic growth happens when you get a large number of people, doing a few simple things consistently over an extended period of time.

Success in our industry boils down to having lots of people consistently do a little bit each month.

# 26 I learned that the top earners in network marketing were all recruiting focused.

Never, ever stop recruiting personally.  Most top earners have recruited minimum 100 to 500 people personally.

# 27 You cannot recruit someone whom you have not approached.

You won’t make the sale if you don’t ask for it, and you won’t sign someone up until you show them the plan and ask them to join.

# 28 I don’t convince, but I do follow up until they sign up – pleasantly and tactfully.

There is no need to beg or convince people, but keep following up until they give you a definite yes or no decision.

building an empire# 29 Only work with those who have the three mandatory ingredients for success – Burning Desire, Coachable, and willing to work.  What you fill find is that 80 percent will join and do absolutely nothing.

Spend your time where it is deserved, not needed.  Don’t get sucked into the trap of wanting success more for people than they want it for themselves.  Work with the willing and set a good example.  Don’t waste your time trying to drag people across the finish line.

# 30 Recruit 100 to find 20 who will do something, and maybe one out of the 20 will strive to become a star in the business.

This is my favorite quote in the book.  This just shows you how few people who get involved are serious about the business.  Although most people are not serious, a few serious people will make you a lot of money.

# 31 People join for the money, but they stay for the relationships.

Create a team culture that people want to be part of, even if they decide to stop doing the business.

# 32 If you choose to treat it as a little home based program that you meddle with, it will not succeed.

Act as if you have one million dollars invested in your business.  Treat it like a business and it will pay you like one.

# 33 Recruiting is a game of numbers.

This always has been and always will be a numbers game.  You have to work the numbers to find people to join your team, and you have to sponsor a lot of people to find a few serious people.

# 34 You don’t recruit to… you recruit through.

Who you sign up doesn’t really matter all that much.  What really matters is who they know and how quickly you can tap into your new recruit’s warm market.

# 35 If they have to be convinced to join, you will have to convince them to work it and, chances are, they will likely not be coachable and follow the system.  So just say NEXT!

You are looking for self-motivated people, not people you have to motivate or babysit.  If you have to convince someone to join the business, you will have to convince them to get on auto-ship, get plugged in, and get to work.

# 36 The name of the game is contacting new prospects and inviting them to presentations.

If you aren’t constantly contacting new prospects every day, your business will not grow.  Never let a day go by where you don’t reach out to at least two to five new prospects.

# 37 Most people do not recruit up… they recruit down.

Recruit people at your level of success and motivation and above.  Look for people who are already successful in life, have a good attitude, and a large sphere of influence.  These are the folks who typically do well in the business.

# 38 Always be working on your self-confidence and posture.

Invest in your business education and personal development.  Get better every single day.

# 39 We build the business from event to event.

Promote events.  Attend all events yourself.

# 40 The point here is that you should work your warm market first, not find excuses to avoid it.

This a warm market business.  Start with your warm market and teach your new recruits to do the same thing.

# 41 After all, who would you rather try to recruit – the sharpest people on your recruit’s top 10 list or 10 complete strangers on the street whose quality you know nothing about?

When you sign someone up in the business, immediately get a list of their best 10 prospects.  This is much wiser than just approaching ten new strangers yourself.

# 42 You are one recruit away from a financial explosion in your business.

One good recruit really can make you a MLM Millionaire.

# 43 If you realize that every recruit represents 100 leads, you simply need to start with your next recruit and properly work with them to share your company’s message. 

Every new person on your team is your best source for new leads.

making my first ten million# 44 If you don’t work their list with them, then recruiting them was basically like you buying a lottery ticket hoping to get lucky… and watch them go make you money on their own.

If you don’t help your new team members get started right, you will have a revolving door in your business.

# 45 Nobody wants to be sponsored by a dud.

People want to work with someone who is serious, committed, and successful.  Be that person and you will attract the right people into your business.

# 46 We are in the people attraction business.

Be someone worth joining.  Work on your skills.  Get better every single day and be a person of value so people want to join you and work with you.

# 47 I believe that social media is a means of connection, not so much for advertising.

Use social media as a way to meet new prospects and then take that relationship offline as quickly as possible.

# 48 People will work for money, but will die for recognition.

Don’t forget to recognize people on your team, even for the little things they do. People crave recognition.

# 49 Do not let yourself get sucked into your phone or computer screen and think that you are building an empire.  Yes, social media is a great tool.  But it will never replace personal conversations in person or by phone.

The only activities that matter are retailing and recruiting.  Everything else is a time suck. Don’t confuse busy work with being productive.

# 50 Would you rather have 20 people on your frontline earning $500 a month, or have 4 people on your frontline making $5,000 each.

Build depth and help your good people get paid!

# 51 The wider you go, the more you will have to worry about people not having momentum and support and quitting on you.

Width might give you immediate profitability, but depth gives you long term security.

# 52 You don’t want to build yourself a job where you are always stressed out trying to keep everyone from quitting because they are barely making any money.  This is why when you build deep under people, ear of loss is employed and it keeps the entire upline in the game.

You can only lead and mentor so many people at a time.  Your job is to build and find other leaders who can manage their own armies without your help.

# 53 A leader is not a solid leader until he has two more leaders under him.

The more leaders you have in a leg the better.  If there is only one leader in a leg, it could crumble at any time.

# 54 The deeper the action, the more people it will motivate.

Light a fire in the basement and watch the heat rise.

# 55 Every dud knows a stud.

Every time you meet someone new ask them the following question: “Who is the sharpest person you know?”

# 56 I do not get excited about that recruit, but rather all of the vast resources of prospects they can lead me to.  One person does not move your business results, but a leader you can sell and recruit large numbers through does.

Everyone knows a winner.  When you recruit followers you add people to your team.  When you recruit leaders you multiply your team.

# 57 The most common reason most people do not succeed in building a large team or business is their lack of urgency.

Get excited about your business and get to work.  It’s easier and smarter to start fast than start slow.

# 58 People are motivated by the potential for gain, and even more so by the fear of loss of possible profits they would miss out on forever.

Give people something to lose and they will move heavens and earth to keep it.  Show them what they have to gain and there is a good chance they will do nothing.

# 59 I prospect people to see if I will let them into my business.  This projects a posture of strength and confidence.

Be confident in what you have to offer people.  If you come across as desperate no one will want to work with you.  Interview people as if you were hiring them for a job.

# 60 If you are not talking to a prospect (yours or your teams) to bring them to a decision, you are not making money.

Always be in production mode.  Talk with new people every day and follow up with people constantly.  Don’t forget to ask people to buy or join.  Most people won’t do it on their own if you don’t ask.

# 61 The last thing you want your recruit to do is have their only association with the company be with you.

Introduce your prospects and new team members to other people in the company. Let them meet a variety of people.  This will benefit your business.  After all, not everyone on your team will resonate with your personality or leadership style.

# 62 Remember that people are less likely to quit on a team than they will on themselves.

People want to belong to something greater than themselves.  Always promote the team and talk about the importance of the team.

# 63 You will quickly kill off any team you build if they sense that your mission is to recruit some people and then sit back and wait for them to start making you money.

Always lead from the front, offer your help to new recruits and never stop your personal recruiting. Your team is always watching you.

# 64 I never let anyone feel like they were outworking me.

Do the things you want your team to do.  Always stay in production mode.

# 65 If my presence with you is required to succeed, that would mean you will never be able to sponsor someone out of state and help them succeed.

You don’t want to sponsor people who are dependent on you.  You want people who are independent.

# 66 A local sponsor can only teach you how to sponsor locally.

This is why I would much rather have a long distance sponsor.

# 67 Sometimes having a great upline, especially locally, causes most people to never need to become great leaders… so they don’t have to.

When you do everything for people on your team for them, they have no reason to step into a leadership role.

# 68 From the moment you recruit someone, the race is on.  Those first seven days are critical!

Most people will mentally quit within 7 days or less if they aren’t making money.

# 69 To build your downline, all you need to do is help your people recruit their contacts.

Work depth.  Always work with the newest, most excited distributor at the deepest level in your organization.

# 70 Mangers see it as their task to get others to do what the company wants them to do.  Leaders get people to want to do (themselves) whatever the company is wanting.

Managers direct, whereas leaders inspire.

# 71 A good leader can get people to want to hit their goals for their own reasons, not for the leader or for the company.

Find out what your team members want and help them achieve it.

# 72 You must focus on building people instead of getting sales.

This is a people business.  Build the people and the people will build the business.

# 73 And the ultimate success is to have many people under you who out earn you, and get more recognition than you.

My dream is to have hundreds of people who make more money than I do and get more recognition than I do.

# 74 Not only do you want to praise the success; you also want to praise progress.

Find as many ways as possible to recognize people.

money mindset# 75 It takes a good recruiter to bring people into the business.  But it takes a great leader to assemble these people into working together as a team.

This is what separates the top recruiters and the top earners in our industry.

# 76 It gets very lonely if you are not on a team.

Take care of the team.  Find a good team or create your own. Surround yourself with other winners and create a strong culture.

# 77 If you make everyone feel special, important and respected, you might just be surprised that some might suddenly become your top producers.

Instill belief into others until they believe in themselves.

# 78 Players on your team will quit after you have poured months or years of time and energy into them.

This can be very frustrating, but it will happen. Make sure you are mentally prepared for it.

# 79 I remind myself daily that there are countless millionaires living their dream lives because they built their network marketing business and didn’t quit.

Do the work and never quit and there is a high likelihood you will eventually make it to the top.

# 80 I do not let losers and quitters suck me into their camp.  I remain a warrior.

Don’t let the negative thumb suckers bring you down!

# 81 All I know is that the studs will show up if I talk to enough people.

You have to turn over a lot of rocks to find a few diamonds, but it is worth it.

# 82 Ninety percent of people are always going to tell you that your business is not for them.  You have to go through the no’s to get the yeses.  There is no other way around it.

Go for No!  Every time you hear a no you are one step closer to a yes!

# 83 If you cannot celebrate and be encouraged by the success of another, how can you expect that your success will be acceptable or motivational to your big future team.

Celebrate everyone’s success.  There is no need to be jealous or envious.

# 84 As leaders we have to cater to the winners, and let the others either fix their broken mindsets or shake themselves out of the business.

Don’t let negative people and losers bring you down to their level.  Remain positive and upbeat and guard your association at all cost.

# 85 People will yelp, howl, and complain non-stop about how miserable their life is, how little money they have, or how stressed out they are.  But yet they choose not to get up and change it!

Most people will not change, even if they are miserable.  It’s a fact.  Most people just like to bitch and moan so they can get a pity party from others.

# 86 You will come across people every day who don’t dream anymore.  One of our jobs is to help people to dream again, and then show them a path to achieve those dreams.

Dream build with your team.  Find out what each person on your team wants from the business and constantly remind them of it.

# 87 The most successful people I have ever met were often multi-taskers who seized opportunities when they arose, not only when it was convenient.

Success is never convenient.  You will have to make sacrifices.  When you are presented with an opportunity, make sure you embrace it.

# 88 You attract what you think about.

Focus on what you want, not what you don’t want.

# 89 Our job is to recruit folks, but the real job starts once they are recruited.

Getting people in is only half the battle.  Keeping them in and moving them along with their business is where the rubber meets the road.

# 90 Most every one of my superstars took weeks or months of coddling, hand holding, coaching and promoting.

Not everyone who is serious and successful in the industry started out that way.  Most people will need intensive hand holding and babysitting, especially their first few months in the business.

# 91 I want to lead my team by example.

Lead from the front.  Do the things you want your team members to do.  Be the captain, not the dictator.

# 92 But working on your business means you are creating team culture, developing leaders, cultivating relationships, solving problems, scaling the expansion, looking for growth opportunities and ensuring the system is running effectively.

Don’t confuse busy work with being productive.

# 93 So the key to becoming a top earner is identifying your Rising Stars, and pouring your time into their development.  You can only handle doing this with one to three people at a time.

Identify the serious people on your team and invest your time, money and energy to help them become successful.  It makes more sense to spend 90% of your team with one serious person than spread all your time amongst non-serious people.

# 94 Be a servant leader… focus on the goals of those you serve, and less on your own goals.

The more people you help and serve the more money you will make.  You can get what you want by helping other people get what they want.

# 95 They quit because they never committed in the first place.

You can’t really quit something you haven’t even started yourself.  Most of the people in this great industry dabble with it.  They never burn their bridges and commit to it 100%.  As a result, they struggle and eventually fail.

# 96 The more I read the better I get.

Read every single day.  It is one of the fastest and easiest ways to learn new skills and improve your life.

# 97 You can speak excitement and belief into existence.  People are attracted to positive people like to uplift the spirit of others.

Most people have confidence and worthiness issues.  As a sponsor, you can, and should speak belief into people on your team, until they eventually believe it themselves.

# 98 I have never witnessed a complainer, gossiper, or negative person make it to the top in network marketing.

You need to be positive.  Positive attracts and negative repels.  Work on your attitude.

# 99 Do not spread poison onto your people.

When you are feeling upset or negative, talk with your sponsor or upline.  Never share your anger, disappointment or frustrations with anyone in your downline team.

# 100 When people believe that you believe – that’s when you will attract others and success can manifest in your life. 

If you aren’t “sold out” yourself, you won’t have the conviction when you talk with others.  You must be all in and believe in yourself, your company, the products and the industry.  You can’t really fake that.

# 101 Stay a student forever.

Focus on life-long learning.  Get better every single day, and make a commitment to do that for the rest of your life.

Connect with Brian Carruthers

  1. Visit his website
  2. Check him out on Facebook
  3. Buy his book on Amazon

Final Thoughts

There you have it folks.  These are my top Brian Carruthers quotes of all time.  If you haven’t read “Building an Empire” yet you should.  It is one of my top 10 favorite MLM Books of all time.

How about you?  What is your favorite Brian Carruthers quote from the book?  Leave a comment below to let me know what you think.  I look forward to hearing from you.

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The Top 37 Advantages and Disadvantages of Working From Home

In today’s post, I am going to share the top 37 advantages and disadvantages of working from home.

As an individual who works from home, I receive lots of questions, comments and looks.

Some people give an air of disdain, and others emit an attitude of jealousy.

I have had people say, “You probably don’t make much money,” and others who exclaim, “Wow, a permanent vacation, huh!”

When I first started working from home these attitudes and comments often affected my sense of being, but I finally realized that they are just being ignorant.  I have since learned to ignore or joke and laugh about them.

After all, why should we allow other people the control over our emotions, morale and income?

Personally, I love working from home, but it does have some disadvantages.  It’s definitely not for everyone.

That being said, I believe the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.

In today’s post, I am going to share the top 37 pros and cons of working from home.

advantages and disadvantages of working from home27 of them are advantages and 10 are disadvantages.

I believe you should evaluate each one of these things to help you decide if working from home would be the right choice for you.

I will be the first to say that working from home is not for everyone. Some people need structure.  Some people need to be around others.  Some people can’t work from home and have no desire to do so.

If that describes you, that’s okay.

I will begin with the 27 advantages starting at #27 and work up to #1, and I will then do the same with the disadvantages.

27 Advantages of Working at Home

#27: You Can Pick and Choose Clients and Jobs

When you are your own boss, you can pick who you want to do business with.  No, you can’t discriminate against people, but you can be selective about which jobs you take and who you work with.

Some vendors and clients are a real pain in the ass and aren’t worth the headaches and frustration, even if the money is good.

You definitely don’t have this option in a job or traditional business.

#26: You Can Take Breaks When You Want

You can take breaks whenever you want to.  If you want to take an extra-long lunch break, or watch a certain television show that comes on during the day, you can do that.

You won’t have a boss standing over your shoulder telling you to report back to your cubicle.

Of course, you can’t take constant breaks.  You still have to complete the work!

best home based businesses#25: The Tax Advantages

When you work from home, the IRS allows you to deduct your home office space, and many of the tools you use to perform your tasks.

The tax savings alone from having a home based business could easily justify HAVING a home based business.

I am not a tax attorney or CPA, so I do suggest you consult with one, or both before tax time.

#24: You Are Helping to Save the Environment

By working at home, you are doing your part to lessen the environmental footprint left by the corporate world: less gas consumption and less pollution from your vehicle.

#23: You Can Take Your Pets to Work with You

Most businesses will not allow employees to bring their dog, ferret, squirrel, cat or monkey to work with them.

When you work at home, you can have Maurice the monkey sitting on your shoulder if you want to.

Pets are great companions.  It’s nice having your dog or cat sit next to you in the office and keep you company while you work.  They’ll be glad you work from home too!

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#22: It Is Quieter

Working at an office or factory can have its share of noise.  The phone is constantly ringing. Your fellow employees will visit your cubicle to strike up a conversation.  Some offices are really loud and annoying.

There are so many distractions and interruptions.

By working from home, you can normally work in a much quieter atmosphere, something that is peaceful and calming, rather than stressful.

#21: You Control Your Income

When you work at home, you can work a lot or a little.

You have complete control over your income when you work at home. You can work a few hours per day or around the clock.

To some people, this is really scary: not having a secure, steady income.

To other people it is very exciting to know there is no cap on their income.

organize your home office#20: Save Money on Childcare

The cost of daycare can be astronomical, especially if you have more than one child.

Some parents have found it cheaper to quit their jobs then to pay for childcare.

Working from home can solve that issue.

Even if you make less money working from home than you did at your job, the money you save from not needing child care can more than make up for it.

#19: Vacation When You Want

You have your heart set on visiting the Bahamas, but your employer says that the only time you can go is in the midst of hurricane season.

When you work at home, you can choose exactly when you take that Bahamas vacation.

Even if you can’t take time off, you can go somewhere nice and work while you are there.

#18: More Motivated

For the majority of us home based business owners, our motivation levels are higher because we are in our natural surroundings.  We control our own scheduled and our own destiny.

We have the ability to not accept negative people into our work zones.

In an office setting, we have negative forces around us that we cannot completely ignore.

#17: Schedule Appointments When It is Convenient for You

When you work at a job, it can be difficult to schedule doctor, dentist and school appointments without upsetting the boss.

Working at home allows you to schedule those appointments when it is convenient for you.

If you need to take time off during the day to go to an appointment, you can work that evening to make up for it.

#16: Set Up Your Office the Way You Want To

No more rules about what you can have in your work-zone.

If you want a picture of Grandma doing a back flip, you can do it!

If you want to play Heavy Metal music at your desk while you work, go for it!

#15: You Can Use Your Own Tools and Equipment

Some may consider this a disadvantage, but I have a different outlook.

I would much rather use my Compaq Presario with Windows 10 than I would an ancient computer with Windows 98.

We have our tools and equipment adapted to fit us.

And, nobody else is using them without our permission.

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#14: The Challenge

I love the challenge I get working at home.

It is a constant challenge and it brings out the best in me.  I must perform if I want to eat!

#13: You Can Wear What You Want

Be it a suit, pajamas, underwear or nothing at all, you have that option.

Try going to an office naked and you will end up in the back seat of a police cruiser.

#12: No Office Politics

Need I say any more?

#11: Less Distractions

I guess this could go either way but overall, I do believe there are less distractions in a home office environment.  If nothing else, there are fewer interruptions from other people.

#10: Meetings Are More Productive

Let’s face it, meetings normally suck!

They are usually full of meaningless stuff, and employees ask stupid questions to drag them out so they do not have to go back to work.

And then you have those people who love meetings because they love to hear themselves talk!

It is much different when a meeting is done via Skype, Go to Meeting or one of the other software programs.

You can keep meetings to a minimum, or not have them at all.  Best of all, you are in control of it!

#9: No Micro-Manager Bosses

This is a huge plus!

The only one looking over your shoulder is Maurice the monkey.

By the way, you got those TPS reports for me?

#8: Work Anywhere in the World

If you want to work on your balcony, roof or even your toilet, you can do it.

Heck, rent a sailboat and work from the middle of a lake.

This is one of the best things about owning your own home based business: flexibility of location.

#7: Better Health

You don’t have to breathe the air of that person who came in to the office with the flu.

You will eat better since you won’t be eating out of the company’s vending machines.

You can take a long lunch break to go for a walk.

It has been shown that home-based workers have better health.

#6: More Family Time

If your child wants to get pushed on the swing for a bit, you can play with them.

If your spouse wants romance, you can make it happen.

If you want to go to a movie at the cinema at three o’clock in the afternoon, you can!

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#5: Save Money on Gas and Vehicle Maintenance

The wear and tear on vehicles can be costly.

Gasoline is expensive.

Just add up all that money you save by ditching your commute!

#4: Less Stress

Some people may claim the opposite but for yours truly, I find that home is much less stressful than a workplace.

If you find the opposite, tell us in the comments at the end.

#3: No Commute

The average person spends several years of their life sitting in traffic, driving to and from work.

Many people commute more than an hour to and from work each day.  How crazy is that?

When you work from home, you can take a few steps from your bedroom to your home office. It’s great.

The time that you save from commuting can be used for extra sleep, meditation, reading, relaxing, or generating more income!

#2: Work When You Want

Not everyone enjoys waking up before the sun comes up.  In fact, some people are night owls.

Also, some people might not want to work 10 hours continuously.  When you work from home you can break up your schedule and work when you want to.

You can work a few hours here, an hour or two there, and a couple of hours before you go to bed.

As long as you get the work done, it doesn’t matter when you do it!

#1: You Are More Productive

As long as you have the right frame of mind, with all these other advantages, you will naturally be more productive.

Again, that is totally up to you though.  You are now in control of your own time and schedule!

If you fail to get things done, you have no one to blame but yourself.

10 Disadvantages of Working from Home

Now, for all you people that have the idea that working from home is a complete bed of roses, I have news for you.  You are right!

Only sometimes it is the rose thorns and not the flowers.

You just read the advantages… now you need to know the disadvantages.

#10: Taxes

While the tax savings can be huge by working from home, as compared to an employee, you now have to pay your own taxes.  ALL OF THEM!

Nothing gets deducted out of your pay.  It’s up to you to set aside enough money to pay your quarterly taxes or once a year taxes.

If you don’t put this money aside throughout the year, you will be screwed at tax time.  Don’t let that happen to you.  Pay your quarterly taxes and put aside at least 20% of your earnings for taxes.

#9: Not Being Part of a Team

When you have a job you work with a bunch of other people.  You might not like all of them, but you are part of a team.

That gives a lot of people a purpose, sense of identity, and belonging.

Once you start working from home, you are now the lone ranger.

#8: Collecting Payments

The union I belong to, Freelancer’s Union, has been working on the non-payment issues many of us have faced.

Sometimes as a home-based worker, you also have to become a collection agency.

Don’t make me send Guido out there to get the money you owe me!

One of the best things you can do is put all of your work into written agreements and contracts so there is no confusion about payments.

#7: Cultural Barriers

The way we work in the United States is not the way people work in Japan or in Europe.

Every country has different customs and courtesies.

As a work from home professional, we often work with clients from other cultures.

It is imperative that you gain an understanding as to what those clients expect and how they communicate.

#6: Communication Issues

This somewhat goes along with #7.

We work with people in other time zones and different languages.

Some translation programs can change the meaning of sentences.

Communication can be an issue.

Emails can be misinterpreted.  Some clients live on the opposite side of the world, so getting them on the phone can be a challenge.

You must learn how to communicate effectively if you want to succeed.

#5: Ergonomics

This is not so much a problem for me, but many home based business owners have not considered their posture and the way they work.

Make sure you have a good chair, and don’t spend the entire day sitting down.  Stand up when you can and make sure you move around.

#4: Procrastination

Okay, it is confession time.

I am a procrastinator!

The key to defeating procrastination is to develop a daily plan and follow it religiously.  Create a work schedule for your business and stay on point!

work at home now#3: Concentration

When Maurice the monkey is doing something cute or your child is acting out, concentrating on the task at hand can be difficult.

This can also be a problem at an office, but usually not as extreme.

It would really help if you had a designated work area where you could close the door and eliminate distractions.

#2: Isolation

Sometimes we need social interaction and Facebook really does not count.

While some folks enjoy isolating themselves, other people NEED to be around others.

This is one of the biggest issues with working at home, so it is smart to get out of the house at least once or twice a day.

Go to the gym, the post office, the library, or for a walk in the park.

You might even want to join some civic organizations to make new friends.

#1: Distractions

While I said there were less distractions in the advantage area, I have to say that depending on your environment, there can be work stoppage distractions.

I am considering the loud-mouthed neighbor we have as I type this.

I feel like yelling SHUT UP, but that would just cause a war.

If need be, you need to find a way to cut out distractions.

Final Thoughts

In review, these are the top 37 advantages and disadvantages of working from home, as I see it.

Personally, I believe the advantages highly outweigh the disadvantages, but you may think differently.

What are your thoughts?

Do you have any advantages or disadvantages you would like to add?

If so, just post them in the comment area below.

Thank you.

References

  1. http://www.forbes.com/sites/kevinkruse/2012/12/18/benefits-working-from-home/#38b7ab416b68

  2. https://www.bayt.com/en/career-article-1601/

  3. https://www.nibusinessinfo.co.uk/content/advantages-and-disadvantages-employees-working-home

  4. https://www.themuse.com/advice/10-reasons-working-remotely-is-even-better-than-you-thought-it-was

  5. http://blog.hubstaff.com/disadvantages-of-working-from-home/

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Greg Boudonck is a freelance writer and the author of over 50 books. He writes on many different topics, but business subjects are one of his primary areas of writing expertise. See Greg’s biography here.

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Top 29 Best Movies for Entrepreneurs to Watch

Today, I want to share my top 29 best movies for entrepreneurs to watch.

Sometimes as entrepreneurs, we just need to take a break from the rat-race.

We have often spoke about reading books, but there are also those moments when we desire to watch the screen.

As I see it, there are many television shows that actually are a negative force in our inspiration and motivational process.

In my opinion, a large part of television is just a time and mind waster.

I seldom watch television, but I do have those moments when I enjoy a good movie.

Having a Netflix subscription makes this possible without having to pay outlandish theater prices, not to mention $1,000 for a box of popcorn.

Okay, maybe that is a slight exaggeration, but it is expensive and it often surprises me that people even go to movie theaters anymore.

best movies for entrepreneurs to watchThere, I said my piece about that, but movie costs is not what this post is about, so I better get back to the point.

In today’s post, I am going to share the top best 29 movies for entrepreneurs to watch.

There are many lessons we can learn within these movies, so I will share some of those lessons and explain just a bit about each movie.

I will start at #29 and work up to #1.

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section at the end of the post.

#29: Beer Wars

This documentary covering the beer industry was released in 2009.

It delves into the laws and regulations that seem to harm the small beer brewers and helps the major firms such as Anheuser-Busch, Miller Brewing and Coors.

I believe that as an entrepreneur, we can learn how to go after any laws that could be harming our business.

There are also advertising lessons that can teach us how to compete with the “Big Guns.”

#28: Blow

First and foremost, I suggest that this is not the type of entrepreneurial business you should take on.

Blow is a 2001 movie starring Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz.

It is about the life of one of the biggest cocaine smugglers in United State’s history, George Jung.

The main point for entrepreneurs in his movie is, be wary of who you trust and do business with.

#27: Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room

This 2005 documentary covers the complete Enron scandal.

So what can you learn?

A lot!

You will learn the proper way to manage your books and finances to stay within the law.

Sure, you could follow the Enron example if you don’t mind spending some years in Federal prison.

#26: Limitless

This movie released in 2011 stars Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro.

I took to this movie because it is about a writer who discovers a drug that can make his life easier supposedly.

Easier is not the truth, and that is the lesson…There are no shortcuts to success.

thank you for not smoking25: Thank You For Smoking

This 2006 comedy is about a spokesman for big tobacco who is also trying to set a good example for his son.

There is the lesson: are you following your principles or the money?

24: Something Ventured

This is a documentary from 2011 about venture capitalism.

Many companies built by entrepreneurs could not have been possible without venture capital.

23: The Corporation

This 2003 documentary delves deep into the role of the corporation in North America.

Should you incorporate?

This film may provide the answer.

22: Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine

This documentary about Steve Jobs dives deep.

There is so much we can learn from the founder of Apple.

It was released in late 2015.

21: How To Get Ahead In Advertising

This movie did not have good results when first released in 1989, but when you really examine all it has to teach us about advertising techniques and the dirtiness behind some advertising, the results change.

If nothing else, you will get some good laughs.

20: Forrest Gump

I know there are going to be some who say, “What can an entrepreneur get from Forrest?”

Let me tell you some.

  • Listen to your gut instincts

  • Follow the Golden Rule

  • Murphy’s Law prevails

  • Leave the past in the past

  • Work hard

  • Find a role model

And last but not least…Run entrepreneur, Run!

19: Moneyball

This 2011 film starring Brad Pitt will give you some insight on how to build a winning team on a limited budget.

the big shortPlus, it’s about baseball, my favorite sport.

18: The Big Short

I love this movie that came out in late 2015.

It stars Christian Bale and Brad Pitt, and is about a hedge fund manager who successfully predicts the collapse of the housing market.

This movie can give us lessons on looking into the future and using your gut to win from those predictions.

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17: Catch Me If You Can

This 2002 movie is about the famous con artist Frank Abagnale.

The movie has some top names like Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio.

There are many lessons in this film, but the biggest is the fact that people will make decisions based on emotion instead of logic.

16: Flash Of Genius

This 2008 movie is about the unfortunate circumstances that Robert Kearns faced after he designed and patented a special windshield wiper, but Ford Motor Company changed a few small things and did not have to give Kearns the credit.

It is a lesson in patent laws and covering your ass.

By the way, Kearns does win in the end.

15: Citizen Kane

The 1941 Orson Welles movie is a look at William Randolph Hearst and other tycoons.

Without their names being mentioned, it was obvious and as such, Hearst would not allow the movie to be mentioned in any of his newspapers.

Just remember that as an entrepreneur, you are being watched.

14: Steve Jobs

This 2015 biographical movie takes the viewer completely through the life of the Apple founder.

It is a great movie that every entrepreneur should see.

13: Startup.com

This is a documentary released in 2001 about the startup funding of govWorks.com which did not survive.

There are a ton of lessons you can learn from this failure.

I highly recommend this movie.

boiler room12: Boiler Room

Here is another criminal film in nature about the wrong way to treat clients.

The stock market can be a cesspool if you trust the wrong people.

11: Joy

This 2015 movie is about Joy Mangano who invented the Miracle Mop and became a millionaire overnight.

There are many lessons you can learn from Joy who is played by Jennifer Lawrence.

I highly recommend this film.

10: The Godfather

If you have never watched the Godfather trilogy, you must!

See how a man from Sicily came to America and built an empire.

Done so using illegal means, you can still learn much from Vito (Don) Corleone about business.

9: The Aviator

This 2004 Leonardo DiCaprio starring film is about the secret life of Howard Hughes.

And what entrepreneur wouldn’t want to be like Howard Hughes?

You may change your mind after watching this movie.

8: The Wolf Of Wall Street

It will have you laughing and crying.

This movie was released in 2013 and stars Leonardo DiCaprio and was directed by Martin Scorsese.

Follow along with Jordan Belfort as a stockbroker who gets in some precarious positions.

7: Jerry Maguire

I just loved this 1996 film starring Tom Cruise.

As a sport’s agent, Jerry decides to shine the light on the dishonesty in the industry.

Sometimes it may seem like honesty doesn’t pay but in reality, it does.

6: Glengarry Glen Ross

From 1992, his film is about the cutthroat means of getting sales in real estate.

There are a number of lessons within this movie, but the most important I believe is to be honest and trustworthy in any sales presentations you give.

If you haven’t watched this movie, I suggest you do.

5: Pirates Of Silicone Valley

This movie delves into the rivalry between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates… Apple and Microsoft.

It was put out in 1999, but is still watched over and over by many.

Learn 2 different styles of entrepreneurship in this movie.

wall street4: Wall Street

This 1987 film directed by Oliver Stone stars Michael Douglas and Charlie Sheen.

Learn about the world of corporate greed and stock manipulation in this great movie.

“The richest one percent of this country owns half our country’s wealth, five trillion dollars. One third of that comes from hard work, two thirds comes from inheritance, interest on interest accumulating to widows and idiot sons and what I do, stock and real estate speculation. It’s bullshit. You got ninety percent of the American public out there with little or no net worth. I create nothing. I own. We make the rules, pal. The news, war, peace, famine, upheaval, the price per paper clip. We pick that rabbit out of the hat while everybody sits out there wondering how the hell we did it. Now you’re not naive enough to think we’re living in a democracy, are you buddy? It’s the free market. And you’re a part of it. You’ve got that killer instinct. Stick around pal, I’ve still got a lot to teach you.” Gordon Gekko from Wall Street

3: Office Space

This 1999 movie will have you laughing while you realize why you don’t want to work for somebody else.

Entrepreneurs rule!  … And get me those TPS Reports!

2: The Pursuit Of Happyness

This is an excellent movie starring Will Smith and his son Jaden.

Will is an entrepreneur that goes through some difficult times as many of us do.

But he stays the course and follows his dreams and eventually makes it big.

My biggest takeaway from the movie is that “tough times never last, but tough people do.”

You DO need to see this movie!

1: The Social Network

This 2010 movie goes through the founding of Facebook by Mark Zuckerberg.

He lost friends but gained followers and money… A lot of money!

Learn entrepreneurship methods that Zuckerberg used to create the biggest social network in the world.

Final Thoughts

Get out the microwave popcorn and let one or more of these movies give you some lessons in entrepreneurship.

Even if you don’t learn anything, enjoy the movie and prepare for tomorrow.

There is money to be made but for now, just enjoy the show.

Let’s hear your thoughts.

Which movie is your favorite?

What do you think are the best movies for entrepreneurs to watch?

You can share your comments below.

Thanks and have a great day!

References

  1. http://www.lifehack.org/articles/work/10-movies-every-entrepreneur-should-watch.html

  2. https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/279835

  3. https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/234538

  4. http://www.inc.com/graham-winfrey/ss/top-10-movies-about-business-in-2015.html

  5. http://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/the-7-most-motivational-movies-for-entrepreneurs.html

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Top 47 Ways To Make Money From Home

For the last 8 years, the income I make is primarily done from within the comfort of my home.

When I was starting out as a freelance writer, I also was examining other methods to bring some cash to the table, as the first year or two was not consistent with available work.

Like many of you reading this post, I fell into the trap of buying someone’s publication telling me ways to make money from home that I could have found on the internet without paying them $20 to tell me I should have a garage sale.

As long as you are willing and you have the ability to work at home without being interrupted, there are plenty of ways to make money from home.

Personally, I make more money working from home than I did in the factories, plus there is no commuting, and I have more flexibility in my schedule.

In today’s post, I am going to share the top 47 ways to make money from home.

I used statistics to see what some of the top work at home jobs are and I have ordered them starting at #47 and working down to #1.

I will also share some links to websites where you can learn more or even sign up to start making money.

So scroll down and find the best jobs to make money from home.

47: Sell Used DVDs And Cds

There is a huge market for used DVDs and Cds.

If you have already watched or listened to them, why just keep them around gathering dust?

Also, you can sell your friends and families used Cds and DVDs and give hem a cut.

Here are 2 sites you can use:

  1. Decluttr

  2. Second Spin

Or, you can read this book on how to do it.

stylist marketing46: Hair Stylist Or Barber

There are many people making a good living fixing people’s hair in their own home.

You will want to see if you need a license, but this can be a lucrative way to make an income.

45: Party Planner

Many people do not want to take the time to plan a party.

It could be a simple birthday party for a child or a major banquet for a large corporation.

All it takes is advertising your party planning home-based business and you will start getting phone calls.

Here is a great article on starting a party planning business: https://www.thebalance.com/how-to-start-a-party-planner-home-business-3954798

44: Calligraphy

Calligraphy is an art form that many have neglected in their thoughts of making money.

Calligraphy experts are needed to do simple postcards up to wedding invitations.

If you know calligraphy, you could make a lot of money.

Here is an article that explains more: http://www.studioarts.net/calligraphy/moneytips.html

43: Create An Online Course

Everyone of us have a talent or skill that other people would like to learn, so why not teach them and make money doing so?

You can create an online course using video, books and whatever else you need to teach he course, and charge for it.

A great program to do this is Teachable where you have complete control.

42: Be An Online Travel Agent

While it does take some classes to gain certification as a travel agent, I may be well worth your time.

Help book people’s vacations, business trips and more, all from the comfort of your home on your personal computer.

Many independent travel agents make upwards of $40,000 per year.

Here is a great course for you to learn how to do it.

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41: Grow And Sell Produce

You don’t have to own acres upon acres of land to make money in agriculture.

Just plant a sizable garden and sell the produce.

No matter where you live, you can grow fruits or vegetables.

I know many people here in Puerto Rico make good money selling avocados, papayas, oranges and more.

Here is an excellent article from the University of Minnesota: http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/fruit-vegetable/simple-successful/marketing-english/index.html

40: Raise Chickens

This falls into the same area as #41.

You do not need a huge area to raise chickens, but it is wise to have a strong chicken coop.

You don’t want dogs, cats or any other animals killing your chickens.

You can make money selling eggs or even frying chickens.

Learn more from the Farmer’s Almanac: http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/fruit-vegetable/simple-successful/marketing-english/index.html

39: Telemarketing

Many sales companies have stopped using telemarketing operations within their offices and have decided to either hire or contract telemarketers to work in their own homes.

This is a great way to make money from home especially if you like talking on the phone.

You can find telecommute telemarketing jobs here: http://www.indeed.com/q-Work-From-Home-Telemarketing-jobs.html

38: Grow And Sell Plants

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Just walk through a plant store and look at the prices.

Why not raise the same plants in your land and sell them?

By the way, if you need a Red Palm Tree, I will sell one for only $150.

37: Consulting

You are surely an expert at something, and many companies would like to have you expertly advising them in that area.

Here is an article that fits the bill: https://www.entrepreneur.com/businessideas/business-consultant

36: Breed And Sell Dogs

If you have the love of dogs that some people have, you may want to consider this high profit home-based business.

There are some breeds of dogs that sell for a lot of money.

Some of the dogs that bring the biggest sales are:

  • Samoyeds

  • English Bulldogs

  • Chow Chows

  • and Lowchens

Learn how to become a dog breeder.

35: Medical Case Manager

If you have a nursing degree but have no desire to work outside your home, here are a great deal of opportunities for medical case managers to work in telecommute positions.

You can see some here: http://www.indeed.com/q-Telephonic-Nurse-Case-Manager-jobs.html

social media manager34: Social Media Consultant

Does your life revolve around Facebook, Twitter or any of the other social sites?

There are many companies that need someone like you to help them manage their social media accounts.

Most of this work you can do at home, but the company may have you come to a meeting every once in awhile.

33: Product Testing

Many companies need products tested before they put them on the store shelves.

Some of these companies will allow you to keep the product and also pay you to test it and submit a review of the item.

While I don’t believe this can make you full time wages, it can be good extra money to help with bills.

Here is an article providing companies that pay for product testers: http://www.freeworkathomeguide.com/product-testing/

32: Answering Service

It is so much more professional having a real person answer the phone and taking a message than having a machine do it.

Many businesses are looking for people at home willing to provide an answering service for them.

I am putting a video below that explains how to start your own home-based answering service business.

31: Translation

If you know other languages, there is a huge need for people to translate material into other languages.

I know this is so because as a person who gains freelance jobs through Upwork, I am often given requests to translate things into Spanish.

These potential clients assume I know Spanish because I live in Puerto Rico. Sure I can count to 60 and I know what the word for bathroom is, but that is about it.

If you have the ability to translate, I suggest you check out Upwork.

30: Online Research

Some clients are looking for people to perform online research.

There are even websites that you can create an account with and take jobs where you simply find answers to people’s questions by searching online.

Here is an article that tells you some websites you can use to land online research gigs: http://www.theworkathomewoman.com/internet-research/

29: App Trackers

There is a way you can make money at home every time you use your mobile device.

Just by installing certain applications that track your mobile usage, you will be paid.

Some you may want to try are:

28: Be An Online Juror

These are a type of focus group that needs individuals to act as the jury in “mock” court cases.

Pay for these can be substantial, plus this can be quite interesting.

If court cases are something you enjoy, I know you will love making money from home being an online juror.

Try these websites out:

27: Virtual Bookkeeper

You do not have to be a CPA, but it does help that you understand numbers.

Many small businesses and individuals operating online stores need the talents of someone who can manage their books.

Sometimes there is just so many tasks in the running of a business that outsourcing the bookkeeping side is a wise move.

Here is a free training series to become an online bookkeeper.

26: Technical Support

Are you that person everyone comes to when they are having issues with their computer?

Do you know your way around fixing issues with a website code?

There is a huge call for good technical support people, and starting your own home-based technical support business could be very lucrative.

It is wise to have certification, and this article can tell you more: https://collegeinfogeek.com/want-to-start-your-own-tech-support-business/

25: Evaluate Search Engines

Sometimes search engines get things wrong.

They run on algorithms and do not actually see what we see.

That is why there is a need for search engine evaluators.

I will tell you up front that you will not get rich doing this kind of work at home, but it can help pay the internet bill and put some extra food on the table.

You can attain this kind of work at home job here: https://www.leapforceathome.com/qrp/public/jobs/list

24: Audio Transcription

There is a huge need for audio transcribers.

Many people want meetings, videos and other audio recordings written, and they are willing to pay top dollar for transcriptions.

If you can listen and type, you can transcribe audio.

This blog article explains how to start a transcription business: http://blog.gmrtranscription.com/starting-a-transcription-company-the-right-way/

23: Sell Used Books

If you are like me, you have many books sitting around that are gathering dust.

Why not sell them?

Maybe your friends and family will give you their books to sell too.

Here are many websites where you can do this, but the best way is to set up an eBay or Amazon seller account and sell them there.

22: Data Entry

There are many businesses and individuals who are seeking independent people to do data entry from the comfort of their home.

All you need is a computer and internet connection and you are on your way making money by entering data into the format the client requires.

You do need to be wary because there are several scams.

The following article will lead you to safe data entry jobs: http://workathomemoms.about.com/od/dataentrytranscription/tp/dataentryjobs.htm

21: Work For Amazon

Amazon has a program where you simply do various tasks online.

The payments may seem low but when you consistently perform, they add up quickly.

The name of this program is Amazon Mechanical Turk.

You can sign up here: https://www.mturk.com/mturk/welcome

20: Medical Transcription

Medical transcription is a huge source of income for many people.

With the many legal firms, doctor offices, insurance companies and others needing medical transcription, you can make great money doing this type of work from home.

One of the best companies hiring medical transcription people is Athreon.

Visit their website here: http://www.athreon.com/transcriptionists.php

19: Fiverr

I have hired freelancers on Fiverr and so have many other people.

You can essentially offer any of your talents to people around the world.

  • Make logos

  • Take pictures

  • Write a blog post

  • Make a cartoon

  • and much more

You can join Fiverr here.

18: Sewing

Is your sewing machine like another part of your body?

If you love to sew, you can make great money sewing at home and own your business.

Mother Earth News explains how you can develop a profitable sewing business a home here: http://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/home-sewing-business-zmaz77ndzgoe

17: Rent A Room

If you have an extra room or an area in your basement or garage, you could rent it out and make money that could help you pay the house payment.

I suggest you check the person’s references carefully.

Be sure and have a written contract and check your local regulations on doing this.

16: Sell On Amazon

Many people have discovered a profitable venture called Fulfilled By Amazon.

Here are two ways you can use Amazon FBA:

  1. You can purchase “on sale” items at stores and resell on Amazon for a profit.

  2. You can make your own brand and find a supplier.

Many people have quit their regular jobs and just sell on Amazon.

Here is a family who did just that and share their secrets: http://thesellingfamily.com/beginners-guide-starting-amazon-fba-business/

15: eBay Seller

Similar to #16, you can create an account as an eBay seller.

You can sell used items and much more on eBay.

I know that the owner of this website, Chuck sells some cool items on eBay.

Here is eBay seller central: http://pages.ebay.com/seller-center/index.html

14: Website Tester

Everyday here are new websites registered.

The webmasters do not have the time to go through and test all the small things in a website.

They need to see how website users will react, and they will pay you to do so.

These sites pay:

13: Baking

Everyone loves cakes, cookies and other baked items.

If you love to bake, starting a business in your home may be just the ticket.

Here is a great article from the Small Business Administration: https://www.sba.gov/blogs/so-youd-start-home-based-baking-business-now-what

12: Sell Photos

You don’t have to be a professional photographer to sell photos.

Many websites want to use your photos, bu they do not want to pay professional photographer prices.

I recently joined a mobile app called Foab where people can buy mobile photos I post.

Just search for the app in the Playstore.

There are other websites where you can sell photos too.

  • Fotolia

  • iStock Photo

  • and more

11: Handmade Crafts

If you are an expert at crafting, you can sell those crafts online.

You could start your own sales website or sell via eBay or Amazon.

There are many ways to sell handmade crafts if you just use your imagination.

10: Dog Sitting

When people go on vacations, they often need someone to watch their pet.

There is good money in dog sitting if you have the patience and you love animals.

Just run an add in your local area and you may even consider having a website.

9: Freelance Photography

I mentioned selling photos earlier, but this entry is for the person who is an expert photographer.

Don’t let that expensive camera and lenses just sit unused, start selling freelance photography from your home.

My mate’s son does this and has an excellent website you may be able to learn from: http://www.artixtica.com/

8: Blogging

You can make a lot of money with your own blog.

Many people ask how.

Simply put, you put affiliate ads from Google, Amazon and others.

You can also use your blog to sell your own products.

The experts over at Pro Blogger explain how here: http://www.problogger.net/make-money-blogging/

7: Virtual Assistant

There are many website and business owners who need someone to be their assistant.

It could be things like posting in Facebook or Twitter, editing content or LOL, making virtual coffee.

I see many of these positions available at Upwork: https://www.upwork.com/o/jobs/browse/c/admin-support/sc/personal-virtual-assistant/

6: Online Surveys

There are a huge amount of survey sites that will pay you for your time.

There are also scams, so be diligent in who you choose to do surveys with.

Some pay cash and others will pay via gift cards.

I regularly participate in the YouGov polling site where I have received several gift cards.

5: Customer Service

Many businesses are contracting home based workers to handle customer service.

Just do what you need to do at home and when the phone rings, you take care of the customer and their problem.

Here is a site where you can get a job like this: http://join.liveops.com/home-business-better-than-work-from-home-customer-service-jobs

4: Babysitting

This is an age old method of making money at home.

Having a daycare business can be profitable, but there are many rules and regulations.

Be sure and check all the regulations in your local area before you take on this business.

3: MLM – Direct Sales

There is no way I could leave out this home based business format.

After all, that is what this website is all about.

I won’t push the MLM I belong to.

I suggest you delve through the website to find what MLM business would be right for you.

2: Online Tutoring

You can help students with various educational studies all from the comfort of your own home.

The pay can be substantial.

Check out this link to learn how to be a tutor.

1: Freelance Writing

This is the top way for making money from home.

It is my business, and it can be yours too.

Write online content, blog posts, press releases and much more.

I own and manage a website that helps people learn the way to succeed at freelance writing.

Come and visit Lancerlife.com.

Here’s a great book about how to become a freelance writer.

Final Thoughts

You really do not have to travel to make money.

You can make good money right at home.

I hope this list provided you with some ideas and helps you.

If you have any questions, or if you have other work at home jobs you know of, please post them in the comment area below.

Thank you.

References

  1. http://www.allyou.com/budget-home/money-shopping/earn-extra-money/product-tester

  2. http://www.allyou.com/budget-home/money-shopping/earn-extra-money/medical-case-manager

  3. http://www.allyou.com/budget-home/money-shopping/online-jobs-work-from-home/online-jobs-social-media

  4. http://www.allyou.com/budget-home/money-shopping/online-jobs-work-from-home/online-jobs-answering-service

  5. http://www.allyou.com/budget-home/money-shopping/online-jobs-work-from-home/online-jobs-document-translator

  6. http://www.allyou.com/budget-home/money-shopping/earn-extra-money/work-for-cha-cha

  7. http://www.kiplinger.com/article/saving/T065-C011-S001-10-ways-stay-at-home-moms-and-dads-can-make-extra.html

  8. http://www.allyou.com/budget-home/money-shopping/online-jobs-work-from-home/online-jobs-tech-support

  9. http://www.allyou.com/budget-home/money-shopping/online-jobs-work-from-home/online-jobs-interview-transcriber

  10. http://www.moneycrashers.com/ways-make-money-from-home/

  11. http://www.allyou.com/budget-home/money-shopping/online-jobs-work-from-home/online-jobs-affiliate-blogger

  12. http://www.forbes.com/sites/gingerdean/2016/07/25/8-quick-ways-to-make-money-from-home/#1308386d618b

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Greg Boudonck is a freelance writer and the author of over 50 books. He writes on many different topics, but business subjects are one of his primary areas of writing expertise. See Greg’s biography here.

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The Top 10 MLM Essential Oil Companies

Today, we will review the top 10 MLM Essential Oil Companies…

In ancient days, people believed that we could remove the spirit from a plant by distilling and evaporating.

What would result is an oil that was believed to have medicinal benefits.

These were called essential oils and would be heated slightly to emit a wonderful fragrance.

Some would use these oils on their body parts claiming healing properties.

There are those in today’s era who will claim that the process of “removing the spirit” from plants is just hocus-pocus, but many other people have found the ancients had it right.

No matter how you debate this subject, you will have to admit that essential oils do leave delightful fragrances, and even if you don’t believe in the healing properties, you will still like the odor they will leave in your abode.

There are many multilevel marketing companies who have found great success in marketing and selling essential oils.

Some of these companies have essential oils as their primary product while other companies have added an essential oil line with their other products.

In today’s post, I have done some heavy research to list the top 10 MLM essential oil companies.

I will tell you about these companies and the essential oils they sell.

I will also provide a link to the company website in case you would like to purchase any of their essential oils or become an independent distributor.

As a quick disclaimer, I am not affiliated with any of these MLM Essential Oil Companies.

This information is provided for educational purposes and is not meant to push any certain MLM company.

Before I share the top 10 MLM essential oil companies, I need to tell you that no one should ever tell you that these oils can treat or cure any diseases or sicknesses.

There has been a rash of individuals claiming such things to gain sales only to get the MLM company in hot water.

But, there are plenty of other great uses for essential oils.

Essential Oil Uses

  • Cleaning and disinfecting – Add 3 drops of lemon oil to warm water and use to clean counter tops.

  • Shoes – Add 2 drops of tea tree oil and 2 drops of lemon oil to give shoes a good odor.

  • Poison ivy – Mix 3 drops of peppermint oil with non-scented oil and rub on poison ivy infected area.

  • Bug bites – Rub lavender oil on them.

  • Help with sleeping – Just put 3 drops of lavender oil on your pillow

These are just a small portion of the many uses of essential oils.

I recommend you take a look at the first reference link to see many more.

Now, let’s look at the top 10 MLM essential oil companies starting at #10 and working up to #1.

essential oils masterclass#10: Zija International

Founded by Ken Brailsford who is considered the Grandfather of MLM, Zija International is based in Lindon, Utah.

Ken was also a co-founder of Nature’s Sunshine, so he has ample experience at managing a MLM company.

Zija International’s primary product line is based around Moringa, but they also carry a essential oil line too.

All of Zija’s essential oils are under the Améo brand name.

They offer diffusers and many different blends.

You may want to try:

  • AGX Cleanse detox blend

  • Améo black pepper oil

  • Améo cypress oil

  • And many more.

You can see them all by visiting the Zija International website at: https://www.zijainternational.com/

#9: Melaleuca

Melaleuca was founded in 1985 by Frank Vandersloot.

The company is headquartered in Idaho Falls, Idaho and is considered one of the top health and wellness MLM companies.

They do offer an extensive line of essential oils and accessories under the Pure brand name.

Some of the oils consist of:

  • Pure Thyme

  • Pure Peace Tranquility Blend

  • Pure Geranium

  • Pure Ylang-Ylang

To see more, I suggest that you visit the Melaleuca website at: http://www.melaleuca.com/

essential oils for animals#8: It Works!

Based in Bradenton, Florida, It Works! was started in 2001 by Mark Pentecost.

It Works! began on the “crazy wrap thing,” helping people shape their bodies.

Mark and the It Works! executives have since added a line of essential oils.

They do not have a huge line, but many of the It Works! essential oil users have stated that they love their fragrances and the prices.

All of these are under the It Works! brand name:

  • Lavender

  • Fractionated Coconut Oil

  • Tea Tree

  • Eucalyptus

  • Lemon

They also offer sets and a diffuser.

If you would like to see more of the It Works! essential oil line or become a distributor, visit their website at: http://www.itworks.com/

Other posts you may enjoy:

  1. Top 20 It Works! Products & Company Review
  2. Top 20 Pink Papaya Products & Company Review
  3. The Billion Dollar MLM Company List
  4. Top 30 Most Popular MLM Companies in Asia
  5. 10 Winning Strategies for MLM

#7: Scentsy

Scentsy was started as a candle warmer MLM company in 2003.

2 women by the names of Colette Gunnell and Kara Egan founded the company, but Orville Thompson saw dollar signs and purchased the company in 2004.

Based in Meridian, Idaho, Scentsy now also offers a huge line of essential oils and diffusers.

They are all under the Scentsy brand name:

  • Bergamot

  • Ease Blend

  • Lavender Orange Blossom

  • Rest Blend

  • And many others

Scentsy is a favorite of many, and you can get these and other products by visiting the Scentsy website at: https://scentsy.com/

essential oils naturl remedies#6: Forever Living Products

Forever Living Products has been around for a long time.

In 1978, Rex Maughan founded the company and they have built the company primarily around bee derived and Aloe Vera based products.

Forever Living Products did realize that their clients also were seeking essential oils, so they added the Forever line of essential oils.

You can get:

  • Lemon

  • Peppermint

  • Soothe

  • Carrier Oil

  • And more

If you would like to try any Forever Living Products essential oils or become a distributor, visit their website at: https://foreverliving.com/

#5: NYR Organic

Are you familiar with NYR Organic?

It all began in 1981 in a location called Neal’s Yard in London, England started by a teacher named Romy Fraser.

This company began with homeopathic remedies which also included essential oils.

Romy sold the company to Peter Kindersley who grew it to substantial proportions.

They have grown worldwide and have a United States direct selling branch in Massachusetts.

Some of their oils are:

  • Mandarin

  • Lemongrass

  • Calming Aromatherapy Blend

  • Women’s Balance Aromatherapy Blend

  • and many more.

The NYR essential oils are loved by many, and you may want to try them.

Just visit the website at: https://us.nyrorganic.com/shop/corp/

essential oils pocket guide#4: Purely

Based in Mobile, Alabama, Purely seems to be making a strong foothold in the area of essential oils and soaps.

I have not tried these oils, but the people who have tell me they will never go with any others now that they have tried Purely.

The company is quite young just starting in 2015, so keep an eye on them to grow huge.

Some of their oils are:

  • Balsam Fir

  • Frankincense

  • Marjoram

  • Wintergreen

  • and more

If you would like to see the Purely products or opportunity, visit their website here: https://bepure.ly/index.aspx

#3: BeYoung

Be Young Total Health is headquartered in Nephi, Utah.

The founder of Be Young is Dr Dana Clay Young who is the brother of Gary Young who started Young Living.

Many of the plants used in the Be Young essential oils were first grown by Dr Young to guarantee the best properties to use in the oils.

Many of the essential oils manufactured by Be Young are blends developed for specific purposes.

They have:

  • Brain Gem blend

  • Chamomile Roman

  • Defense blend

  • Harvest blend

  • and many others.

If you would like to experience the Be Young Total Health essential oils or possibly start your own Be Young home based business, visit their website at: https://www.beyoungth.com/

top 10 mlm essential oil companies#2: DoTerra

DoTerra was started by former representatives of Young Living in 2008.

Headquartered in Pleasant Grove, Utah, DoTerra has built an international presence with their primary product being essential oils.

Still sitting at #2, DoTerra is consistently working at taking the #1 position in the sales of essential oils and accessories.

DoTerra has faced some controversies over marketing claims that their oils could cure diseases.

The company has made many changes to make sure distributors do not make these claims anymore.

Many customers are extremely happy with the DoTerra essential oils.

Some of the fragrances are:

  • Cardamom

  • Douglas Fir

  • Patchouli

  • Wild Orange

  • and a whole lot more.

All their oils are under the DoTerra brand name.

Do you want to try DoTerra essential oils?

Maybe you are interested in distributing DoTerra products; you can visit their website here: https://doterra.com/US/en

#1: Young Living

Founded in 1993 by Donald Gary Young, Young Living is the top essential oil MLM in operation.

Based in Lehi, Utah, Young Living has a huge assortment of essential oils that many people love.

What I find great about Young Living is the education they provide on their website about using essential oils.

They tell about using essential oils

  • In your home

  • For wellness

  • For beauty

  • For balance

Final Thoughts

Essential oils are a wonderful way to take out stress and have fragrances that that create comfort and do seem to help us have better health.

Do know that none of the statements are meant to give you the impression that essential oils can treat or cure any sicknesses or diseases.

What are your thoughts?

What is your favorite essential oil? Fragrance?

You can provide your comments and questions below.

Thank you.

References

  1. https://draxe.com/essential-oil-uses-benefits/

  2. http://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/explore-healing-practices/aromatherapy/how-do-i-choose-and-use-essential-oils

About the Author

Greg Boudonck is a freelance writer and the author of over 50 books. He writes on many different topics, but business subjects are one of his primary areas of writing expertise. See Greg’s biography here.

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