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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.

What makes it worth it

In Goals on October 8, 2008 at 8:39 pm

When something is important to you, you go the extra mile. You give it your all. You keep going even when you feel unappreciated. You keep doing what you have been doing even when you feel like you are the only one who cares. You keep doing it even if you feel taken advantage of and kicked when your down. All in the name of helping someone else, promoting a little good, paying it forward.

Helping moms work at home is like that for me. I have my reasons. Most of the time that is enough. However, every now and again its ever so nice to be appreciated.

So, when I logged onto the Cafemom group I own and found this post, I felt a little more satisified.
I helped someone. Ive given someone hope.

I am so grateful for that.

Who gives a crap about mom blogs?

In home business overview, writing on October 6, 2008 at 12:31 am

I’ve heard it before and I know you have too. When people find out you have a blog about being a mom they wait to hear the punch line. “And people read it?” I remember my brother saying to me years ago when I first began to blog.

People do read it. Not just other moms either. Thats the case with this latest Internet sensation “Mommy Blogs”. Believe it or not some real talent is emerging and we arnt the only ones noticing.

Check out this article from Problogger.com. Five Reasons Why Mom Blogs Are the Ones To Watch!

We knew it all along!

Blogs: The Real Deal vs Ego-Fest

In blogging, Getting started wah, home business overview on September 17, 2008 at 2:57 pm

I remember being a newbie in the WAH world and desperate for information. Searching madly for some tid bit of knowledge that would help propel me to where I wanted to be:

A successful WAHM ( hear birds chirping and a chorus of cherubs stringing and striking hand bells while a beam of sunlight shines down upon me as I sit at the keyboard)

When I discovered blogs I thought I had stumbled upon the holy grail of wahm tomes. Why, here were words from actual WAHM’s doing what I want to do. Sharing with me all their trials and tribulations and all I have to do is take in this information and learn from it! Ah, joy!

I quickly learned, however that you cant believe everything you read in these little wonders (WHAT! GASP!)

You’d think that to qualify oneself as an expert in some field you would have to have some practical experience in the industry. But not so! Expert blogs the world over are written by folks with very limited or no experience in the very trade they are trying to brag to you about.

Ever see one of those writers blogs where they rave about their selves and their accomplishments? How many clients they have and how wonderful their writing life is. Do a little digging and you’ll find many of them have only two or three years experience writing for local papers and some web content. Sigh…  

BUT- if you dig deep enough you’ll find the true blue pros somewhere in the slush. They are easy to spot because they will have a lot less bravado and a lot more links to their work in actual magazines and print venues that pay.

Yes, sadly it is true. You have to wade through the b.s. ego -fest blogs to find the truly helpful, real-deal stuff. You’ll find these so called experts in every field, holding conference calls and chats to spew forth their limited knowledge to eager, naive newbs when the year before they were begging for help just like the next guy.

The good news is  you can still pull nuggets of gold out of those crapfest blogs. Chances are those types of bloggers have culled some limited knowledge from their wee bit of time at the trade. If they seem to be honest in their experience and up front about their knowledge learn from what they have to say. If they’ve been in the business 2 years and your just starting then they have at least two years of knowledge to impart. Not the seasoned pro we’d all love to be mentored by, but something.

If your a brand-new newbie (as opposed to a seasoned newbie I guess! LOL!) these blogs are a good starting place. You should first read the “About Me” sections of the blog. Is it full of talk and no links? Look for links to real jobs they have held. If your reading a blog from a wahm daycare owner ask about their licensing requirements and state obligations. If your trying to break into the industry and have been following a blog by a call center operator take a close look at her posts. Do they all point to an affiliate link? Is her blog a paid blog?

Before you take what you read for gospel get to know the person behind the blog.