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"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."
-Thomas Edison

Monday, June 6, 2011

WANTED: Streamlining the Home-Based Business Opportunity

I just wanted to take a few moments to share with you my thoughts on locating a legitimate home-based business (H.B.B.) opportunity. In particular, how extremely difficult it can be to uncover truthful claims of earning hundreds to thousands of dollars in additional income in a fairly short period of time. Unfortunately, not all claims are true. You may have heard, "If it sounds too good to be probably is."

In the past, I've researched many home-based business opportunities prior to buying into the hype. It was important for me to uncover any published claims on its pros and cons. Not only from BBB (Better Business Bureau), but from those who served in the business or researched the company's reputation. To find the testimonies, I simply typed in the company's name in Google's search engine- or keywords related to the company's niche, such as, "home-based envelope stuffing, typing, transcribing, etc." More often than not, this method of checking the company's reputation, saved me a lot of time, money, and energy. 

I believe the interest in home-based business opportunities are increasing. People are seeking ways to supplement their income to combat unemployment, while others are tired of working 9-5 jobs for someone else who offers minimal pay, no raises, lousy benefits, and unpleasant work conditions. The ideal of a home-based business offers flexibility, supplemental income at a pace conducive to the time someone wants to put into it, and more favorable work conditions.

With a little luck and due diligence, someone might uncover a home-based business (maybe more) that does as claimed. However, more often then not, it might take a few bad experiences to find a reputable H.B.B. that matches your needs. Keeping in mind that people search for H.B.B opportunities for varying circumstances, reasons, conditions, and/or desires.

There are many things to consider when choosing a H.B.B.

Note: My recommendations are from my consumer perspective- not as an expert. My personal trials and experiences searching for legitimate home-based business opportunities influences my dialogue on the subject.
Some that come to mind are:
  • Read/Watch testimonies about the company's reputation- Google/ YouTube the Pros and Cons
  • If joining a "system": Identify the product offered. ("No product" signifies a "Pyramid Scheme")
  • Determine any upfront costs associated with the business opportunity- Identify re-occurring fees
  • Verify access to effective training, support, best practices, guides- The objective is to be successful 
  • Identify your availability: Hours, output (effort), dedication, equipment, skill sets, mindset, personality match
  • Partner with friends, family members: Each take a part in the research, labor, profit, business development. 
  • Set goals: Be willing to dedicate 90 days or more to learn, earn, and grow in the business
  • Talk, Listen, and Learn: Utilize personal knowledge, experience, & research from those around you- **Be careful**- Keep it based on your needs, extract news you can use, dispel others' opinions
The truth is...after applying the above list, and other due diligence, try searching within your soul to identify your talents, personal interests, and passions that could convert into a home-based business.

I'd like to revisit home-based business possibilities in the near future. In the meantime, think of your talents, interests, and passions. I'd like to uncover avenues of your self-expression to service others and make you some money all at the same time!

Until we meet blessed,


Saturday, May 21, 2011

Why here...Why now?

I was recently challenged by a good friend of mine to create this blog. He felt it time I stepped into the good of blogging. Knowing my challenger's character and his interest in my success, I understood why he challenged me. See, last year while working full-time I acquired my undergrad degree in Professional Communications. Like many others, though, I'm currently coasting my way through a stagnant job market.

I believe the nature of my friend's challenge was for me to explore other outlets of self discovery and avoid waiting for a job offer to validate my academic achievements, talent, and worth. He's encouraging me to utilize my training, niche, and experience to explore new ways of showcasing who I am.

Special Friend, if you're reading this. I get it. Thank you for believing in me and challenging me to be better. Let's Go!

Facing the Blog Challenge: My Truth

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Meeting Misery Exposed

9:50 a.m.

I'm sitting in a team meeting at work.  
Our agenda is to discuss our agency’s presence at an upcoming city career fair-held on a Friday I might add. I work for an agency that brings community-wide programming such as workforce development initiatives, adult education, and youth services.

Have you ever been in a meeting and you feel like the street view you see out the window with the passing cars is more interesting then the meeting you’re in? This morning, I sit in a meeting I'll describe as “nails on a chalkboard.” I’m daydreaming. Looking out the window wondering where the people in the passing cars are going. Are they going to their jobs? If so, are they happy there? Do they feel fulfilled?

I’m jealous. It’s not fair. The passing drivers have the freedom of the road right now while I’m being tortured in this meeting. Wait a minute…what just happened? At this very moment, I’m asked to come up with suggestions to an event I was just forced to attend. Hold on. Can I think about Your decision for a moment? Where is the justice? Personally, I was looking forward to having a Friday of peace and quiet in the office.
Initially, all but three of the staff was scheduled to attend. I wasn't one of them. Now, because my colleague just announced she’ll be heading out of town the morning of the event and can't go- I have to take her place.

To make matters worse. Our boss is talking to us as though we’re all children. But looking around the table, there’s no one younger than 39 years old. I think the oldest is 72 years old. Yes, 72. Every other question she asks our blank faced group is, “Are you all following me?” Then, a few thoughts more, she asks, “Do you understand?”