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Why Your Home Business Failed

In telecommuting on December 30, 2009 at 8:07 am

Hame based business like AVON, Tupperware, Pampered Chef, etc get a bad rap. The fact is they are not easy to make work. But the other fact is that they most assuredly CAN work and do everyday.

A lot of it has to do with the incredible amount of help these companies provide you to get started. I have sold AtHome America, AVON and MaryKay and you get an incredible amount of stuff to help you get started and keep going. They want you to succeed. You make money they make money.

But what you arent given is some very important information.

That is isnt all that easy, that is is harder, MUCH harder than working for someone else and it takes a LOT of perseverence to make it work. I found this article that I would say is incredibly important to read if your thinking about starting a home business.


Down Time Makes Things Look Up

In telecommuting, tips, Wahm, work at home, work at home basics on December 3, 2009 at 9:49 am

Im a firm believer in down time. I mean it. Im not saying that so I can take five and watch General Hospital either. (Although I occassionally do that).

If your serious about working at home then you have to schedule a little down time in your day. The time you sleep during the night doesnt count, either. If you dont stop and smell the roses every once in a while you will literally stroke out.

Little story for you:

Back in April my husband was working out of town. I was home alone with six children and a new puppy. My car broke down, I had two late pay checks and rent was over due.

My first instinct was to go into work overload. I worked day and night. 16 hours a day for three days straight. On my sons 8th birthday I was up at 5 am to work before jetting to town to pick up his bouncy house and cake. Headed home to set things up and wait for guests. I was about 3 miles from my house, driving with 4 children in the car and thats all I remember.

I passed out. Driving.

I woke up in the hospital about 24 hours later.

I had a nervous breakdown and never saw it coming.

I kept telling myself, you can do this, just keep going, keep going. When in fact I needed to stop.

I spent two days in the hospital.

Now, I make downtime no matter what. I cant afford another two days in the hospital.

My down time usually comes in the form of stopping for about an hour after the kids get off the bus and discussing their day. Ill start working again and then about an hour before bed time Ill stop. Socialize with thr fam and spend at least thirty minutes reading or watching tv.

It works.

Also I make sure to take at least one day off a week. I cant stress the importance of that day off. It helps keep the husband and kids from having a nervous breakdown along with me.

Schedule a little down time. Its the most important time on the daily planner.

The Way Back Machine

In Getting started wah on October 20, 2008 at 9:53 pm

I always get so nostalgic this time of year. Progressively so each year too. I think I must be getting old.

Today it was helpful however.

I was working on an article for a client about the city of Indianapolis. Its where I grew up. That’s one of the things I love about writing. I got to spend the day reading about my old home town; places Id been and loved and enjoyed. Ah…the good old days.

Something reminded me of how my mother used to sell Sarah Coventry jewelry. I had forgotten all about that. I would say that is the reason behind my passion for working at home but that isn’t true. My memories of that period are less than rosy.

I remember she paid about $100 bucks (which was a lot more money in the ’70’s than it is now!) and got a big pink case that tickled the crap out of me. It was full of sparkly jewelry in velvety bags and little mirrors and all kinds of pink and velvety girly stuff.

That whole deal worked out better for me than her. She did a few shows and gave up leaving me with the cool case and the sparklies. Awesome.

  She gave up because she had limited support. Back in the day there were no conference calls, training dvd’s or email support. You got your kit by mail and good luck to ya.

Now there are a million ways to succeed. Al the media venues we have now as well as ump-teen ways to communicate. So we should all succeed in a home business right?!


There are two things we need to succeed in a home business:

Adequate information


If you sign on to a company and there is no support and no training – there is no hope. You have to have enough information to succeed.

Determination is imperative. You have to want to succeed at all costs. You must be voracious in your study of the training. Ask questions get out of your comfort zone until you have expanded it.

Owning a home business is not easy. Its not a license to print money. Its actually harder to work for yourself than anyone else. Be diligent, work hard. It can happen.

Home Business- when you cant pay the set-up fee

In Getting started wah, home business overview, writing on September 1, 2008 at 4:07 pm
If you are just getting acquainted in the Work at Home World 

or if you have been around for a while and still not found exactly what 
you’re looking for make sure that you have considered all your options.


Working at home does not just mean working for a telecommuting company 

that hires home workers. Although this is a great option, it isn’t your only one. 

When I first began writing some 15 odd years ago it was few and far between. 

I started when my first born (now 17!) was a tiny little baby and I had just finished 

my A.S degree. I wrote a few pieces for Outlaw Biker magazine. I was paid. 

I felt special and I went on to have a few more tech pieces published 

but soon enough my second son was born and I suddenly didn’t have the same passion 

for getting published. 

I still wrote but I wanted a job that was more structured. 

I didn’t want the burden that freelance writing puts upon you of coming up 

with the idea, writing it querying it and waiting for your rejection or acceptance. 


So I looked for other work. 

My first wahm job was with Cypher Services. 

They were a document coding service that has since closed its virtual doors. 

I quickly learned that while the job in itself was easy to do it was also dull as dirt. 

I was bored spitless whenever Id sit down to work and it took a toll. 

I would procrastinate like crazy then end up having to rush to hit deadlines. 

Sigh… Back to the drawing board.


I tried the various texting companies for a while and while that is fun and interesting work 

I couldn’t get enough to make ends meet. 

I eventually began writing again but I also took a position with 

helping moms interested in working from home.  

It was then that I really began to see how many alternatives there are to work at home.


You don’t have to baby sit or sell avon to make money at home. 

No need to pay hundreds of dollars for the “start up kit” to that guaranteed home business.

There are literally thousands of home businesses you can start at home with little to no start up.

You only need your imagination, determination, a sharp business sense and the drive to succeed no matter what. 

The down payment/set up fee/investment involved in home businesses is always a pain. Most companies have a deal where the proceeds of your first home party will go to the purchase of your kit. They dont always tell you that tho so ASK!  

Have you ever thought of starting a creative letter business? This is where you write letters from Santa, Easter Bunny or The Tooth Fairy. You market them to the community and schools. Run a discount or fundraiser. The possibilities are endless and this type of business continually makes money year after year. I’ve done this one myself and raised $1700 in a few months for my children’s school.   BizyLetters Career Kit What about tutoring or teaching a special skill? So many moms have special skills they count as hobbies or silly little time wasters. Can you twirl a baton? Instruct? Can you draw sing, paint? Are you great in English or math? Can you speak Italian? Cash in on your skills and teach them!   Tutormonster Career Kit Live by a college? Start editing and proofreading term papers. Start a resume service or desk top publishing company. Are you friendly and outgoing? Consider starting a neighborhood welcome service. Where you a career woman before becoming a stay at home mom? Why not use the skills and background you have from your work and become freelance technical writer?   Bizy Welcome Service Career Kit All of these things can be done without buying a kit. It is harder without a kit. If you are a good researcher and don’t mind asking questions you can do it without the benefit of a kit though. Learn to research home business ideas to the fullest. The internet and your library, heck- even television- are wealth of free information. Take free and low-cost classes and lectures. Research Tips for the Internet) Take your passion and let it inspire your bank account as well and your spirit!

EXPOSED:Best Home Business For Beginners!

In Getting started wah on May 23, 2008 at 3:54 pm



Ive said it before and Ill say it again.

The truth about the truth is all in who is doing the telling.

The home business world is a prime example of that very fact.


This very morning I received a comment from a reader who has been emailing me for help.


“Ive asked you three times. Id just like your opinion on a real home business that will give me a living. How hard is that?”


My answer: Not hard but not so simple either.

Why? Because while a home business may be legit, on the up and up and all that you will still find people that hate it, feel scammed and mislead. Youll find them right along side the ones that feel it is the blessing of their life.


Its much like the competitions on the show Big Brother. They have very specific rules and regulations to complete successfully. Very simple, straight forward instructions and yet everyone cannot complete the task.


That’s just like a home business. While the instructions are simple and to the point not everyone can complete them successfully. Some people have talents that others do not. Some people have qualities of personality and specific tastes and preferences that leads them to have their own unique experience with a home business.


Take AVON and MaryKay. Everywhere you turn youll find one of these gals. Some will love and swear by the opportunity and others feel lighted, somehow scammed.


It’s a part of life to get different results for the same set of instructions- NO TWO EXPERIENCES ARE IDENTICAL.


 So, before I recommend a new business, especially to someone with little or no experience working for themselves I look to the basic business plan of the company. You can find this information by asking any rep of the company and through their website. Is it a business plan that has been PROVEN successful?


Second I ask what this person does most during the day. What are likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses in work and everyday life? Is this a home business that will benefit from those things?


The very best success stories have come from a website that few people know of. BizyMoms. They sell career kits that start from scratch and show every single step by step way to get a particular business running. I often recommend this site to first timers because the instructions are so clear. I have used the Bizyletters career kit myself and have great success with it around the holidays which is why I bought it.


Their banner is below. Check out their free information and look at the career kits. If you’re a beginner it’s a must have and even if you’ve been involved in home businesses youll see these are different.  If you use one please share your experience with me!








Start your Home Business Today!

The Future of Telecommuting- No Office

In Getting started wah on April 27, 2008 at 12:50 pm

Below is a video from ABC News about how the future includes much more telecommuting positions.

It is from an article here– that has many useful links and telecommuting job leads. If you want to work from home- check it out.




What does a virtual workplace look like? « No there there

In Uncategorized on April 25, 2008 at 2:03 pm

What does a virtual workplace look like? « No there there

I thought this was a really interesting article.