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Are there Common Denominators?

16 Jan

MLM or Drop Shipping

I recently heard someone say that MLM and Drop Shipping were in the same category. While there are indeed some similarities they are actually different. I am going to do a short comparison for fun.
While I love MLM and the fact that it is truly one of the easiest ways to start a business from home with the least amount of upfront dollars, it is not that easy to maintain those steady high incomes unless you are a rock star with 100 customers! So, what I am saying is do not enter into MLM lightly. Expect to WORK at it every day. If you can do that, you can succeed.

Drop Shipping is Hugeness on overload since the pandemic with COVID19! So many businesses that were strictly brick and mortar are now finding that to survive they have to go online. This makes your job equally as difficult as starting out in MLM. You will have to WORK at it and make sure your ‘online store’ is attractive, easy to navigate and trustworthy. For many people who do not understand the process, this could be harder than doing a live video presentation of your MLM products.

Before we move on and do the actual comparisons another thing to consider, which applies to both MLM and Drop Shipping, in my opinion, is you have to love your products or your chosen niche! If you don’t absolutely love, love love what you do and what your products can do for others you may not survive the initial work-really-hard part.

I am talking about people who are just like you and me, not those seasoned marketers who know how to set up funnels, lead pages and up-sells ( oh how I hate upsells!) and can sell anything because they know how. NO! I am talking to you. The person who actually gives a damn.

And yes, I have tested some of these sites and boy was I disappointed in the products I got. Total junk but they knew what they were doing and they were selling boat loads of the stuff without a care about their customers or re-orders. They had no intention of sticking around long enough to get any re-orders! Well, not for that product anyway. Have you ever ordered one of those two for one kinda deals especially around Xmas time? Yup!

Let’s Get to that Comparison StuffI am going to bullet list the comparisons for each one to make it easier and a quicker read.


MLM Today
  • low cost to get started
  • no inventory to purchase or stock
  • website and back office at minimal cost
  • company ships direct to your customer
  • support offered to all customers and members
  • one time or ongoing orders…optional in a lot of cases
  • to get paid you will need to meet monthly quotas/personal orders
  • products directly related to the niche… weight loss, beauty etc.
  • you can market on social media sites as well as friends and family


  • low costs to get started
  • no inventory to purchase or stock unless using Amazon
  • company ships direct to your customer
  • support is offered depending on the platform you choose to use
  • monthly costs will vary depending on your chosen platforms $0 to $100 is common.
  • orders can be one time or optional
  • less product and suppliers when you have chosen one niche.
  • perfect for the NFF Club. ( no family no friends left)
  • your marketing will be targeted to your niche


As you can see above, they are indeed similar. The exceptions come at the end of each model and the monthly costs. I think it really comes down to you and how comfortable you are with sharing/selling your wares and what you can comfortably afford to spend as you build your business. A few good questions to ask yourself:

  • Are you comfortable with approaching your friends and family?
  • Are you good with cold calling strangers or messaging strangers about your products? They say if you are 100% IN and you love love love what your products have done for you and your customers then it should be no problem getting yourself in front of hundreds of thousands of people on social media.
  • are you cool with not taking rejection personally?
  • are you cool with building a team? Recruiting others to join you…
  • is this model affordable for a few months ( give yourself 3-6 months as you build?

If you are not, that is okay too. We are just doing the comparison model here. But if the above is really not you and you know it…like you just cannot for any amount of would be profits get in front of your phone and record a live video or do a home party, then perhaps the Drop Shipping Model is the better choice for you. So much comes down to personality and where you are most comfortable.

Here is what you can expect from Drop Shipping:

  • U will work solely on your own
  • you can join some of the Drop Shipping groups on FB for feedback as you begin
  • build out your store ( website ) at your own pace ( or have it done for you at a cost)
  • choose a niche you love to share and chat about ( a blog on your site is helpful )
  • marketing on Social Media platforms using target markets ( Facebook is great for this)
  • no monthly or weekly meetings or home parties to attend.
  • you will have to tend to your store daily…keeping an eye out for sales and products no longer available or sold out. In short, stay on top of things and make sure it is all running smoothly. A couple of hours daily should be good.
  • can I manage the monthly costs without any sales as I begin my marketing efforts with advertising & platform costs such as Shopify & Sprocket? ( at least 3-6 months )

I found that giving myself a time-line to make those sales really helps. You have a target to reach and if you are not reaching it then you have some decisions to make and some hard questions to ask yourself.

  1. Did I really give it my best shot?
  2. Did I do everything I could to make it successful?
  3. What could or should I have done differently?

These kind of questions apply to whatever your choice is. MLM, or Drop Shipping.

Is There More?

Yes, but for today I didn’t do a comparison for Direct Sales here as it is a bit different. Usually and without any pandemics in the picture, Direct Sales involves buying a kit when you sign up and a home party plan is used as the platform for sales rather than individual/one-on-one sales. This is a great way to have a home business as well, just can be a bit more costly with that kit purchase, but you may have more leeway when it comes to monthly quotas and sales. This can prove to be very helpful if you are doing your home business as a hobby or part-time.

Again, it comes down to you and your personal preferances. I hope this gave you some insight or at least a few questions to ask yourself before you begin any new adventures. Listen to your ‘gut’ and those first initial reactions when seeing a potential home business idea for the first time. Follow that lead and you will probably be right in your choice.

Please be sure to leave us a comment or a question below. We love reading your comments and a reply is always promised. Perhaps you have tried one or the other or maybe life got in the way and now you are not sure which way to come back. Did you try MLM and your sponsor ditched you? Do you find it hard to work completely on your own? Let us know. Isn’t MLM one of those Pyramid thingy’s?

And that’s what we call A WRAP for today! I Hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I did making it.

A Scam…Pyramid THINGY!

27 Aug

Have you ever heard that MLM is a Scam, a Pyramid and isn’t/cannot be profitable for anyone in 2020? Well…They lied to you.

Here’s the catch; it just got more competitive and needs a little more smartness. And a whole lot of those MLM networking companies are getting some of that smartness. There is nothing Scammy about Multi-Level Marketing! Only the way it is presented. And the best part is some, very few actually, are starting to get it right. YES! Finally, a few are getting it!

Not having to build a team that is 100 legs wide and 50 deep AND for sure not having to “sign up” just to use the products! Heck NO to that! And what about some decent commissions coming at you? How many times have you tried this MLM kind of stuff only to find yourself on the losing end? I have and the biggest dilemma was the monthly required $$ costs to keep on going and the number of people you needed on your team, working as hard as you to even see a few dollars never mind break even. Yup. AND you start over every pay period or month? Like what the blank is that?

But here’s the thing. Once you get this in your blood, working from home, and especially if you are a social person who loves working with people, interacting, and helping others succeed then it is hard to walk away forever! You might take a break from it like myself and others did, but eventually, if you keep you are open-minded the right company and product will appear.

Before we go any further, I recently read a book that I highly recommend, especially if you have been like me and tried and tried and tried then just said, nope. Quitting on this model now, let’s try a different route. I want to share a short caption about Network Marketing and what it really is all about.

Here is a short excerpt from Jordan Adler’s “Beach Money”: Creating your dream life through network marketing. His book is available on Amazon in the kindle version as well as hard books. It is one of the most compelling and down to earth books I have read and I promise you, you will see yourself as you begin reading. I did so I know you will.

The Excerpt

“I have been around the networking profession for years and I have never seen any ONE person build a large team on his or her own. I have seen many people find a few people and over time turn that group into thousands. When thousands of people each set out to find one or two people each month that can create substantial growth and income!”

“I don’t know when momentum started for me. It might have started when I signed up my first “business builder”, or when I decided to be a leader or the day that ten people joined my team, or when my monthly check exceeded $10,000 for the first time. Or it may have happened when I was recognized for having a monthly pay increase of $3,000, or when my annual income exceeded $1 million.”

And that friends, is from Jordan Adler, who just kept on keeping on! His 12th company!! So if you have doubts or can’t imagine this happening for you, I think you should get his book(s). Personally, I have seen many doing this and I just happen to be on a team that is leading the company and my upline is seeing $30,000 months! For real. So if they can, I CAN and so CAN YOU!! ( And just so you know, because I thought that at first…they brought in a huge team from another company, but I was wrong! It is momentum and consistency!) And now you know the other reason I get so excited about what could be for you and me!

My Eyes Opened Wide

It did for me and I want to prove to you that it still works. Actually, I want to not only prove to you that the system is not totally flawed but that there are products that actually do exactly what they say and they are working not for just a handful, but hundreds of people. I will share a couple of those with you here in another post very soon. Oh, what the heck…let’s see just one awesome change shall we?

What is really important for me is that It works for me! I just can’t in all honesty be promoting something that doesn’t! It is like you need to see it first hand and then you know. That is just who I am and I guess for me it is just more important than the $$’s I could make if I was pretending. And yes, I have tried a few, and pretending wasn’t something I felt good about. Hopefully, you feel the same!

By the way, being skeptical is a good thing too. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! It is always best to err on the side of caution. I have jumped in with both feet thinking the water was deep enough only to find out very quickly that I had made an error.
What I know for a fact, are the products I am standing behind today do work. They are bloody amazing in so many areas of getting your body back into a healthier state. And for me, that is huge as I have had some major health issues to deal with.

While my supplements are not necessarily helping directly with those two major issues there are other things happening that I am over the moon happy about. I seriously cannot make any medical claims but let’s just say I have never felt this good in years! You can check out that part of what happened to me that brought my life as I knew it crashing down around me in my other posts in the Blog Roll.

But Here I Go Again getting all excited and ahead of myself. This post was to be only about MLM and those that think the Pyramid is such a terrible thing and all MLM’s are bad or scams. Speaking of a Pyramid did you know it is one of the longest and strongest standing structures in the world? And here is another way of looking at this so-called-pyramid everyone is afraid of.

How Easy is this M.L.M. Stuff?…It’s NOT

You will need the PPC’S…Patience Persistence & Consistency but it is the most rewarding experience EVER!!
Another way to look at this is through the eyes of the person looking to create an income/ business from home with little to no capital to invest. I covered some of this in an earlier post, you can read it here * Network Marketing, and specifically Multi-Level-Marketing, is the easiest and least expensive of any venture to start from home. So as to having money to start, this is easiest by far.

You don’t have to make your own website or buy a domain name with hosting to do this. You don’t have to create the products you sell or find someone to make them. It has all been done for you. Do you need to take specific training to do this? Nope! It is set up so that anyone can do this and anyone can succeed. The two biggest factors to failing in MLM, in my opinion, are:

  1. Our Govt’s are structured in this fashion
  2. The store that you buy your groceries at is this structure.
  3. Our school system is the same….

And I could go on and on, but here is the thing. In all systems, there is one (usually just one) head person or figure at the top. Let me ask you a question? Does the janitor of the school get paid the same as the Principle? No. Does that same janitor have the same responsibility as the Principle and is the janitor held accountable for what goes on with students and the staff in the school?

No. Right, and that is why the principle gets paid more.

Take a minute and watch this video. It is short and sweet and explains things so much better than I can when it comes to network marketing and scams or pyramids. https://youtu.be/zZiw15VgWoI

1. How the company’s marketing plan is structured and how and how much they pay you.

2. The products. Quality over quantity! They must work for others. They must help someone.

In my humble opinion, the products must work and they must help someone. This is paramount to success along with your mindset and getting the help promised from the person who sponsored you!! Too many complicated things can get in the way and then you can’t figure out for the love of money why you seem to be going in circles. Simplicity in your marketing, sincerity in your voice, and sharing results and honest to goodness leadership is all that is really needed in any network marketing company.

If you can do Simple then you can do this! Can you follow three steps?
  1. Use your products
  2. Share results ( a picture speaks a thousand words)
  3. Follow Up!

Who wants to see another one of those that speaks a thousand words? I thought you might. This is just in a few short months and the only addition was water. And this is actually just the icing on the cake for so many. If you want to see more just shoot me a note via an Email or in the comments.

Who Pays Out 50% Commissions?

What Are You Nuts?

I know of only one so far that is actually paying a commission on the actual real dollar that your customer spends. Not on the Cv or PV or BV or whatever it is called in your back office. But the actual dollar! How does 50% sound? I know, unheard of. And we are talking on the actual dollar spent!!

Here is an example; Let’s say you have a customer and their product purchase is $100.00. You would get paid $50.00 every time your customer purchases! Every time! Not just that first order. Pretty huge I would say.

And another is the Binary pay plan. Now, these can get downright complicated and that is scary for a lot of folks and I get that. I personally prefer simple as learning those pay plans was never my strongest suit. I just love people and finding products that seriously work and can help them with so much more than just health. But this one, the one I chose, has only two legs! One right and one left with a bunch of bonus plans in-between. I am in heaven!!…and it gets better!

Now, how about getting paid every WEEK!! And you don’t have to do a re-start back to day one!! You just keep on keeping on. That is how many companies are structured. I know, I was in one. This is the kind of ‘New structure’ I am talking about when it comes to Network Marketing and MLM.

And last but not least, you can just be just a customer if you choose! You do not, I repeat you do not have to sign up or be on some auto-ship thingy to get and use the products. I have a good friend that didn’t want to do the business building part and when I told her she didn’t have to and that she was in complete control of her orders she said: “That sure doesn’t sound like an MLM!”

Here is where it is happening

And one last little piece of advice if you are in network marketing now or looking to get started is that you make sure you are not relying on others to make it or break it and stop doing everything for them! Instead, teach them some simple steps and then rely on YOU and YOU only.

It is a known fact that people will join you, but the chance that they have the same dreams and goals you have are slim. So, the smartest thing you can do is be the guide and set an example.

Showing how and keeping it as simple

It is a challenge, there is no doubt about that. You will have days that are over-the-moon exciting and you will have days that drag you down. BUT, if you love your products and you know you have something that is going to change lives then you just get yourself back up, dust off what is dragging you down, and keep on keeping on!

Like I said earlier. This is in your blood! You will I’m sure, have a love/hate relationship with it, but my guess is that LOVE comes out on top every time! Not happy with where you are at or perhaps you are not experiencing what you had hoped for with your products or choice of company?…then my friend, CHANGE IT! You are only a failure if you quit altogether and choosing a new path is not quitting…it is taking care of business!

Wishing you the very best in all that you do. Leave me some love in the comments or reach out if you would like to know more about what has me so excited about Network Marketing again.

Now, that’s a wrap for me today…

Merry C

Are You Making Big Mistakes

25 Aug

It is Not Rocket Science

After a few years of frustration and feeling pretty bloody stupid, I came to realize that it doesn’t matter if I am working in my stilettos or my cuddle-me-close house pants!   What matters is You and Me telling it like it really is!  Not what someone else wants us to be or believe to be true because they said so!!

I am hoping to break down the simplicity of doing a home business because as it sits right now too many of us overthink the thunk and end up doing nothing more than being more confused.  Yes, they do want you to believe that it takes a ‘secret’ formula or that you have to pay more than your base pay allows you to learn the ‘right way’ to do it.

I am going to break that myth into small pieces because what you don’t need to be successful online are:

  1. Expensive Guru training
  2. Fancy Websites
  3. A product of your own to sell

What Can You Help People Do?

I think we miss this too often or we get started in the right direction to help, our intentions are good, BUT unfortunately, this can change and quickly if you are following the advice of some of the not so ‘savory’ boys and girls we see online.  I really cannot stress this enough…always keep your third eye open and listen carefully to your instincts. 90% of the time you and your instincts are right!

Now, should you encounter any of these not so savory characters, gracefully get yourself on out of there and do not return!!  It is all part of your online learning experience and I for one wish it was anything but that!  One thing about learning the hard way is you are now more aware and your cautionary red flags will rise much quicker than before.  Pay attention.  It is your journey and yours to be accountable for.

Truth is A Good Thing

I struggled with this, the truth, a lot. I saw so many wonderful stories of rags to riches and other stories that were all dressed up with nothing but fluff and cotton candy to draw you in.  In actual fact not all of that is necessary. But we still see it. Please don’t get me wrong because there are some of the most credible people, amazing leaders who did indeed come from nothing. But they tell their ‘story’ just a bit different and a whole lot more humbly.

We think we don’t know what we know and that is what gets us in trouble in the first place.  Read that again. Now, stop second-guessing yourself and just do it. Listen to your ‘gut’. ( speaking of which, did you know that ‘gut health’ is paramount to losing or shedding a few of those ‘extras’ that show up on the scale? And Yogurt, I do love my yogurt…can be bigger than you know when it comes to that silly scale.) more later

Procrastination can also be huge in anything we do and when it comes to starting your own home business, it is just that for a whole lot of us. At least for me, it was. I also thought I needed to be learning and learning and learning more before moving forward or actually doing it. I thought I had to learn to do it right…you know, more like make it perfect before it could possibly work. What I didn’t know was none of that is necessary to be successful.

Yes, you do need some knowledge but not like I was telling myself, signing up for courses to teach me things I thought I needed before I could even start! The thing about this kind of thinking is it fits right into that procrastination mode so nicely. I had a perfect excuse to not do, what was in my heart. Why? I was afraid. Some Self Sabotage I am sure but mostly I was afraid of what ‘people’ would say or think. I needed to get out of MY OWN WAY and GET OVER MYSELF!

I seriously needed a kick in the ‘booty’! I needed to believe in myself and get over the past mistakes or past experiences that just didn’t pan out. I learned and I grew from my choices so it was time to dust it off, shake it off and get on with making everything possible. Has this ever happened to you?

A Short Story

I heard this little story recently. We will call it The Ant and The Elephant

The Ant is walking to the East while the Elephant is walking to the West. The Elephant is a lazy dude and just strolling along at a snails pace while the Ant is feverishly hustling along and determined to get where he is going as quickly as he can.

But no matter how hard or fast the little Ant walks he is not getting closer to the East and he just can’t understand why. The Elephant meanwhile is getting closer to his destination in the West. The little Ant is so perplexed.

Your conscious mind is the Ant and your Sub-conscious mind is the Elephant. If they are not aligned, no matter what you say or do it won’t ever happen the way you want it to you. You will never ever reach your target.

The Real Story Behind the Story…the Ant is on the Elephant‘s back! (A Simple analogy of what happens in our minds. )

What is your GOAL? What is your #1 DREAM?

Do you have a plan? Do you have a dream of more? If you do, you are further ahead than a lot of people. Too often we are afraid of the unknown or we just plain don’t know what we want. We’ve been so busy doing what everyone else has told us we want we forgot about the most important person in the equation. YOU! ME!

We are all vulnerable to what others have taught us, right or wrong, we still do it. You may decide to become something, anything just to prove you are good enough. Problem is you are proving this to the wrong people/person. The only person that you need to prove anything to is yourself! Not so easy when you have been taught a different story.

Well, today is the day you can change anything you want. The mind is greater than we can imagine and nope, I didn’t believe it entirely either…that is until recently when all my ‘trying’ started to fall into play.

What I do know is, If you have an idea and it doesn’t go away it usually means you should act on it. At least do some digging and find out more and then make a decision. Having more than one source of income is the ‘norm’ today and actually in most cases is much needed. My favs when you are just starting out are:

  • Network Marketing…still one of the easiest and least costly
  • Affiliate Marketing...again easy to set up, no products but there will be costs that you won’t see coming.
  • DropShipping or E-commerce is very popular and many avenues to pursue. My second personal fav. Make sure you can spare a few hundred to get rolling.

Each of the above is relatively low cost to get started and there is a lot of help available as you learn your way. If you love people and love to help others chances are network marketing is going to be for you. It is more hands on, yes even if done only online you will play a role in others success stories.

Make sure you can enjoy and have fun with whatever you do and treat your Business as a Business! Seriously. Too many don’t. Try thinking of it like you are going to your job-job and set boundaries and work hours. Be consistent. Everything counts, big and small.

*****Note Network Marketing is also known as relationship marketing, Direct Sales, attraction marketing, and a whole bunch more. They are all the same and they are 100% legitimate. If you question whether it is one of those “pyramid thingys” then darlin’ you are probably in the wrong place. Sorry. And just to clarify a bit further, the Pyramid is one of the strongest and longest-standing structures in the world! Says a lot doesn’t it?

And just in case you need a bit more ‘truth’ here is an awesome book to read that you may just see yourself in. I know I did! The author is Jordan Adler and his book is “Beach Money” and yes, you can get it in your Kindle or Kindle reader for like $9.99. The best $9.99 you will spend…that is a promise!

If you have something in mind but still are not sure which you are better suited for, please leave me a comment and I will be very happy to help. The key ingredient to anyone’s success is…Never Stop Trying!

Wishing you an Awesome Day and keep moving towards your Goals!

and that’s a wrap…

Merry C.

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Today is the First Day

27 Jun
  • Why I chose this particular path & why I am sharing my Journey with you…
  • What I am passionate about, what makes me so excited people think I am just being sales y or spam-my, and what my true mission is.

There are two parts to every story is what we are so often told. And it usually rings very true. So, as in other stories mine has two parts as well. It has been a long journey just reaching this point. That point where I am ready to share, and in doing so re-write MY STORY. Redefining my future self and stop the cycle of spinning in circles.

Today is the First Day Of the Rest of My Life

It has been a bitter sweet 17 years struggling to find some sort of ‘normal’. I refused to not be that ‘normal’ and I think that may have played a huge role in me finding a way to move forward, perhaps one more, or one last time. So, why would I share my story with you?

Because we so to often judge a book by it’s cover alone without even flipping one page. We look at what we see on the outside and make a decision based on what, an assumption? I don’t want to ever do that again, nor do I want you to do that.

We need to be kinder and gentler with others for we don’t know their story. We don’t know that perhaps something terrible just happened in their life. Instead we assume. If I didn’t share what was and had happened to me you might just assume I was another one of “those network marketers” trying to sell you something or getting you to join my pyramid scheme thingy!! Of course you would. It is in our nature to assume or have doubts. We have grown up with this…media, internet, parents who didn’t know different and it goes on.

Don’t misunderstand. It is healthy to be skeptical, especially when it comes to the internet and joining things. But being skeptical and assuming are two different things.

You could assume that my world was all rosy and bright and that I could or would never be able to understand or have empathy with anyone else who has gone thru any kind of crisis. Yup, a little normal in today’s world. Or you could just be skeptical about the truth behind the words.

What else is normal is hiding what is really happening. Sometimes it’s because it is too painful for you to share and sometimes it’s because you think you are less than other people because you have an illness or disability. Like you are not worthy of having or being or doing more with your life so you settle.

I don’t think you or I are the only ones who ever felt shame and guilt around having your feet knocked out from under with no warning. ( for me, literally) It is easy to point that finger inward and cry out to God asking what did I do that was so so bad? It’s easy to find yourself depressed and lonely and that is why I am for the first time sharing my story…Hell, I am re-writing my story for whatever time I have left. And, if it helps even one person go beyond what is happening in their life then it is so so worth being this vulnerable.

Part One

And the other half of that is I want everyone to know that you have it inside YOU to change anything you want in your life. Will it be easy? Probably not but if you can rise above what you see and feel and paint a new picture of what your life can be then you can achieve it. Others have…I am…and that means so can you.

I felt it and it was REAL. Seriously real.

No it doesn’t matter what your age is…you can be 20 or 30, 50 or even 60 or 70++. Don’t let anyone and for sure don’t let your mind tell you it cannot be done or you cannot have and be more if that is what you want for your life. I am here to tell you, YOU CAN!! Don’t let any underlying beliefs you might have limit you or hold you back from your ‘MORE’! Big things are coming. Because they are… if you say so. You just have to say so.

No matter what has happened to you in the past, or what pain and challenge you’re going through now, you CAN live a life you absolutely LOVE living. It’s not always easy, but it can be that SIMPLE. All you really need is You really, really wanting it and then keeping it simply simpler.

And that’s a wrap…

Mindset The Choice Is Yours

26 Jun

I can remember feeling that many times in my own life. It started as a young woman. A teen actually, only to be told “who do you think you are” so I shelved my dreams deep into my sub-conscious mind. It kept re-appearing over the years and there were those times that success was over the moon incredible. What an amazing feeling.

With that also came a falling out with the company changing ownership and then unfortunately going out of business. It happens. Where the true grit comes in is how you deal with that and move forward. But the truth is those feelings you had, the success and the bright lights…they don’t ever go away entirely. Almost like someone tugging at your sleeve.

Do You or Have You Felt Like You’re Not Good Enough?

I did and it is hard to admit you were playing a role that you didn’t enjoy playing! That is almost a victim role but if you are like I was, you don’t even know you are doing it. Too often we settle and we buy into what someone else has told us about US! How do they know so much about us anyway? Or it could be as in my case, a double whammy hit with not one but two health issues that literally knocked me off my feet.

I have shared the first part of my story, and for the first time in an earlier post, https://healthtowealthlifestyle.com/my-world-changed/ And the second half is up and coming here very shortly. One of the reasons I am sharing is because we have the power within us to change how we think and feel and consequently how we go about living no matter what the situation.

Easy? Hell NO! But so possible and so real. Keep an open mind and follow your own dream. After all it is yours and yours alone! Not too often do you see someone else with the identical dream.

Entrepreneurship can feel like an impossible dream. You can become an expert in a lot of things, but self doubt isn’t one where you want to to become an expert. Why? Because everybody and anybody can become a successful entrepreneur. If you’ve ever doubted yourself, STOP. You can wait your entire life for some magical moment or transformation…or you can take the necessary steps to change it up now.

It is called Mindset or a Mind Shift and I know you have seen or read about this as it seems to be all over social media. But the truth is it really is that simple. You must first CHOOSE to take the first step and re-program your thoughts. You may not have a passion or a purpose, or you may think you need one to be successful but the truth is anyone can be an entrepreneur. If you sell anything to anyone a product or a service or?? then you have that in your blood. You just need to know it, simplify it and believe it. Believe in you!
And here is another **foot note. If you are doing a side hustle or home business in network marketing and you know you have something very special then for heaven’s sake share it because if you don’t someone else is going to!! Just make sure you are doing it for the right reasons. The value you can offer others is far greater than those feelings of self doubt that may be nagging at you from behind.

Think of yourself as being a part of someone’s solution especially if what you have is something you believe in.

The Best Parts of a Home Business

You can then use your weekend or weekday off if you have one of those too, and after hours to start your little business. Then, as you learn more and find ways to monetize, ( sometimes you have to do whatever it takes when you believe in something) you can then slowly wind back your days. Or you could have a normal career and a side business for diversity.

I believe in what I have because of the results I am seeing for myself as well as what others are seeing. That I am doing whatever it takes. I cleaned out some of my gardens as we had so much rain my plants were getting SO big so, I invented my “She Shed” and have been selling beautiful plants to some local people, over-delivering I hope, and making enough money to keep me active as I build my team.

Now that is honesty and probably I should just be telling you what a rock star I am and that I am making money hand over fist, but that is not the way it ever starts out, nor is it my truth. I believe in being upfront and honest. If I can’t be honest then how can I ask anyone to trust me.

Yes, everything takes time…health to wealth is a journey and a new lifestyle that I am loving.
If you would like to know more then it would be my pleasure to share that with you and if not, that is okay too. We should be able to support each other no matter what direction or where our journey’s take us as individuals.

Always, always remember what is right for you is not always going to be right for someone else. Respect that and your friendships will grow.

Getting & Holding onto the Right Mindset

And of course the problem is not everyone is equipped with the right mindset either and I hear it is not your fault. You were never taught the ‘how’ of that part of life. It can actually take years for many and for others, it can be faster. But I can tell you right now, when YOU are ready it happens and it can be in the blink of an eye. Yes, for real. Oh, you will still have work to do but if you had your first encounter you know what it will feel like everyday of the rest of your life if you are persistent.

Results can and do happen in record time when you focus on the inner game. All these experiences you had left an imprint on you… which over the years stacked, and stacked, and stacked, one on top of the other…and could be why you weren’t able to attract whatever it is you needed or are still desiring to attract into your life.
At your core, you are an incredibly powerful energy being that has no limitations and knows no boundaries. But work at it, yes. That is a must do.

Here is what happened when I was finally ready and the “feelings” I experienced were nothing short of mind boggling. It was one of those BOOM! moments…to be continued in another post.

and that’s a wrap for today

Top 3 Marketing Platforms

26 Jun
marketing platforms

Affiliate, E-commerce or Network Marketing

What Works Best for YOU?

What most people don’t realize when they first start searching for that perfect home biz, perhaps marketing online or selling ‘stuff’ is that it really helps if you love what it is you have chosen. What is your passion, what do you love to do?  Do you love being in the kitchen cooking for everyone?  Do you have a fascination with all things tech-related?  Do you have a specialized product or service that people are looking for? Like weight-loss or lifestyle-related. What ‘extra’ knowledge do you have that could help others?

These are just examples to give you some food for thought.  Not everyone has just one ‘something’ they are really passionate about so figuring this out first is a must.  Don’t even begin to think money, honey!  Not quite yet.  Whaaat?? I am serious. Unless you are 100% confident you have found the most awesome, unique product that will sell off the shelves, money is not going to be high on the list as you get underway.

Let’s have a quick look at what each category is so you can make a better informed decision going forward.

Why and What is Affiliate Marketing?

First up, For any newbies out there, what exactly is affiliate marketing?
Keeping with our plan of ‘Real Simple’, affiliate marketing is earning a commission by promoting other people (or company’s) products usually done in a blog or a website you have created.
Perhaps the best part of Affiliate Marketing is:

  • you don’t have to create your own product.
  • you don’t have to purchase any monthly products
  • there is no cost to join

That’s the beauty of affiliate marketing. You can begin making money as an affiliate as soon as you have a platform (website) and Domain Name (like a street address) to sell/ recommend products from. Sounds pretty easy, right?

Why you might want To Do This:

  1. one of the lowest costs of any online business to get started.
  2. no products to purchase
  3. can be done as a side hustle and worked into a full-time gig
  4. the learning curve is Simple.
  5. Age has no barriers
  6. Awesome income potential

BUT…It’s Not All Good News

There is that learning curve we spoke about, and while it can be simple if you know your way around the Internet and setting up a website it still has some unknowns. And there are some costs that are not spoken of upfront either. Like a domain name and hosting for your website. Yes, You can do some free sites, but you still have to pay for that site to be hosted and that my friend gets costly. Being aware before you make a decision can be critical if you don’t have enough money to keep going. Do your homework.

You made your niche choice, you have a domain name that relates well to your niche and you have set up hosting and made the arrangements to pay for that either yearly or monthly. Your host provider will get you going in the right direction.

You take that initial steps to set up your blog, writing articles, sharing pictures, and finding the programs you want to become affiliated with…BUT you are still an ‘UNKNOWN’. It is not derogatory it is just fact. It takes time to have people find your blog and trust you as well as the affiliate programs to accept you.

Don’t let this be discouraging, because it can be. Everything takes time and patience will be your best friend. Like when you get your first ” We are sorry, but you do not have enough traffic to your site. Please come back and apply another time.” yeah, that will sting but it is also happening to a whole lot of everyone else just like you! We all start at the same place.

While there are no costs to become an Affiliate Marketer other than your domain name and hosting which can run into the hundreds of dollars and advertising costs, you are actually on one of the best platforms I have ever used to do just that. They have some awesome plans that are affordable even to those of you just getting started with little to no capital available.

If you are going to do Affiliate Marketing, you must have your site up and running with content BEFORE applying to be an affiliate for your chosen products or service. This is a must do and even then you could see a few rejections if they feel your site is not ready yet. Sorry, but the whole point of sharing here is to tell you the truth so you might want to take off the blinders.

Drop Shipping or E-Commerce

Now, this is certainly a fun way to have a home business. There is no doubt in my mind. I really enjoyed my test runs but There is a learning curve involved here and depending on your knowledge it can be daunting. One of the most popular platforms you can use is ‘Shopify’. While they are not free, you do get a free trial run to test the waters before making a commitment. And your domain name and hosting will be included and that my friend is a big plus. Actually it is a huge plus in the scheme of things.

My thoughts on this are to have at least a minimum of $100.00 a month you can set aside for your business. This can get you off to a running start and you can always upgrade as your income increases.

There are actually many platforms you can use for Drop Shipping and a lot will depend on you and your chosen products as well as your budget. Ali express is another very well known and easy to use platform if you are just starting out. I actually suggest Ali express or Oberlo if you are brand new to Drop Shipping. They are excellent starters and very helpful, especially Oberlo when you need it.

An example of a test I did was with Oberlo and Shopify. I challenged myself to setting up a T-shirt site in less than 2 weeks to see if what they said could be done, actually could be. And I did it in 11 days! So, yes, they may charge you a fee ( they are connected) each month but it can be so worth it if you have a product idea or you are just plain passionate about doing something like this.

You will also have to take into consideration the advertising costs related to getting your products seen. This goes without saying for both Drop Shipping and Affiliate Marketing. Social Media is still one of your best options and if you have a unique product to offer chances are it won’t take long before you are found.

Don’t I need a loan?

And while having a business plan that shows how much money you could make and what your initial costs might be is important, it is not a prerequisite to getting started. Your costs can be minimal to start. You will need money, that is a must, but you can rest assured you do not need that big bank loan or a detailed and concise business plan to get started. How much you need will depend on your chosen path and your knowledge of E-Commerce and Drop Shipping.

As you progress and see positive results then you should consider upping your game plan to include extra costs like advertising and up-grading your store front. If you are planning to produce your own products then that is a definite game changer and you will need to be sure you have finances to cover your costs.

Network marketing

Network Marketing is still one of the easiest ways to have a home business and be successful. Again, what will stand out for most is cost. Your costs are actually usually less than what it would cost you to set up and run an affiliate site or a storefront for Drop shipping. Normally when you choose Network Marketing it is the product that speaks to you first and foremost. This means you will be using the products you are marketing and sharing that experience with others.

While most companies in Network Marketing charge a fee for their back-office and replicated websites, but it is usually a minimal cost. I prefer those that have a one time cost, to those that have a monthly charge. Imagine a one time cost of under $20.00 to get started or perhaps a free trial to see if this is for you before you commit? How awesome would that be?

In short, you have a website that the company provides for you and you have the products which you have fallen head over heels for. A seriously simple compensation plan and you get paid weekly! WAIT! HOLD UP here for a minute. What did you just say? Paid weekly!! Yes, and there is even more IF you are in the right network marketing company. Would you believe me if I said 50% commissions and over 100 countries? I didn’t think so…

You see, things are changing in this world of Network Marketing or often better known as M.L.M or Relationship Marketing or Attraction Marketing. They are in fact all one and the same. It just has a nicer ring since so many still remember those Amway days when everything was a big secret.

When I talk about network marketing here, I am talking online and NO party plan or monthly quotas you and your team must make in order to get paid. I flat out never wanted to go that route again so when I saw what I saw I chose to re-write my story. The one I told myself about this M.L.M. ‘stuff‘ and where my future was going before I saw what I saw. Truth.

What I saw Changed Everything

When I say that I am very sincere. I never in my wildest dreams thought I would attempt any form of Multi Level marketing again. But when I saw 5, yes just 5 products that were doing what they were doing my thinking changed to maybe. Then of course it went to if they can do this for others, can they do it for me too? is it all a marketing ploy? Hmm…

But then I regress as I am getting ahead of myself and my story that is so so exciting I can’t wait for you to read it. It has taken a long time for me to get the courage up to share even a fraction of what I share. I am doing this for one reason…maybe two…because it is the truth, it happened to me and now it is happening for me and if that is the case it can happen for others. Period!

KISS…Keeping it Simply Simpler

Losing is part of winning and that is also how we learn. We make mistakes…we just hopefully don’t repeat the same mistakes too many times. We learn from them and make the necessary changes to be successful. You can only be a failure if you STOP or QUIT altogether. Starting fresh or starting over or even choosing a new path is all part of that winner’s circle. It is all part of the learning process. It is what I chose to do and I know you can too if you are thinking it is time.

And just in case You are looking for an opportunity that is producing results from customers as well as business partners take 3 minutes and look at this video. You will see something you do not see from most network marketing companies. Then scoot on back here so we can connect if you have any questions. We are currently opening new countries which are very exciting and two off the chart new products in Oct. of this year. ( 2020)

No, this is certainly not for everyone. What appeals to one person may not appeal to another. Our paths may cross even when we choose to go a different way, it is the Internet and I wish you sincerely success in what ever that path is. Just please remember one thing as your search perhaps continues.

If it is really as easy they tell you it will be to become ridiculously successful right from day one, then wouldn’t everyone be doing this and be ridiculously successful too?

And that’s a wrap for today…

Merry C.

M.L.M. a Pyramid Thingy?

26 Jun

Network Marketing

«Making It A Good Day to have a Good Day!»

My Intention or my goal today is to help you find the best ways you can do network marketing strictly online if that is your choice and where you can learn how to be successful and so so much more.  Most new marketers only know what they don’t want to do…and this is how you get caught up in the wrong programs.  Some costing more than you can afford. Some more than you need.

Here is the honest truth.  If you do not have enough money set aside or a CC that can handle 6 months of learning costs on any platform, whether it is Affiliate Marketing, Drop Shipping or anything else that is offered, then you shouldn’t even start.  IT IS NOT EASY!  And It Sure the heck is not happening overnight or in a week!  I get so frustrated with these kinds of false promises.

You may be wondering why I would be so passionate about that?  Well, the truth is, I fell hook line and sinker for this and as hard as it is to admit I LET IT HAPPEN more than once!  I am taking responsibility for what I allowed because it was me that said Yes. 

They may have tricked me into believing it was what I needed in order to be successful, but I am still the one who went for it.  Therefore, I can scream and cry ‘SCAM’ and stamp my feet and cry crocodile tears, but they won’t care and it won’t change a thing. And a scam it really wasn’t at all.

The more people I can share the truth with, the fewer people will have lost time and money and yes, self-confidence.  It is my intention to change that for as many people who are willing to trust me and for those who have been there and understand how difficult it is to keep on keeping on!  🙂

The Best Parts of any Home Business

One of the nicest things about any home business is You can use your weekend or day off or after dinner, evening hours to start building your home business. Then, as you learn and start earning some extra cash, you have all kinds of choices. Some choose to keep their chosen career of choice and have a side business for diversity and fun.

If YOU are one of those people then I applaud you and your efforts.  You can only fail if you quit and that my friends, means you already know this can and does work. And guess what else?  It’s not Network Marketing that is hard. It is easy to do with goals and the right help to get you started.  I have to say that not all those big boyz and girlz made it easy for those that followed. Probably because they were more focused on their climb to the top instead of helping you. And sometimes it was the programs which you could learn, and you loved the products but it was hard to duplicate and make enough money to keep on. For a lot of folks, I think those monthly costs were a huge hindrance or deterrent going forward.

“Time To Change it Up”

The fact of the matter is when you see a company that is changing with the way they offer their business to you in network marketing and they are doing their best to make it easier for anyone to see success then you should get excited. Don’t go in with blinders on. Keep an open mind as you look. Sometimes, well probably most times, if we have those blinders on we can miss opportunities that are right in front of us! So, I suggest you stay open to what might be THE ONE!

Epic leaders paving the way and working in the trenches right alongside you showing you exactly what they are doing daily to be successful…YES, and yes it happens, just not often. So when or if you recognize an opportunity that looks different than what you are used to seeing you may have found what could be the way! You and your family, finally may get to experience what you have been dreaming about for a very long time.

What if I told you I found a company, yes Network Marketing, M.L.M. that pays out a 50% commission on the actual dollar amount your customer spends? Would you think that was a little over the top? It is real and is happening.

No I am not just blowing smoke. I was fortunate enough after having said no so many times! All because I had a bad taste in my mouth from a previous encounter…okay there were a few of them…but this time something felt different. I felt different. One thing that seriously stood out was me asking God and the Universe to send me the ‘right opportunity’ just a few days before. I was getting desperate and felt like I couldn’t trust my own judgment and then we were in the middle of a pandemic that no one was prepared for! I needed someone or something to show me!! And it happened! Oh yes.

If you want to know more about Network Marketing, how to get started and what had me saying YES again, who you can trust for all the help you might need and some exciting new changes to how this is being done by one company, then please, turn the page and read my blog posts or visit my site for more information.

I can promise you if you have an open mind and a need for change in your life and in your health, I have something so special you might not believe what you see. So, get in touch and share a bit of where you are at and we can see if we are a good fit or not and I can share some more details with you as well. My email is only a click away ( my about me page) or leave me a comment below and I will get back to you.

The honest truth is not everyone is cut from the same cloth so-to-speak, and I would rather you love knowing this could, just maybe, be something that will help you as much as it has helped me. It is hard to put into words what three little capsules a day, all-natural and a vegan capsule can do for your mind, body, and spirit too! LOVE!

I hope this helps in some little way! Reach out if you have any questions…and maybe just dip your toes in first by reaching out with a comment or questions as to how or if I can help you.

and that’s a wrap…