Wednesday, 29 August 2012

How Can I Work From Home?

 I wanted to share with you some of the many questions that I get from people that are working a regular 9-5 (or longer) shift, and are curious about what the benefits are for my kind of business (which is MLM=MultiLevel Marketing, Direct Sales).  I'd be more than happy to share.  Some of the questions/comments I often hear are as follows...
1) I wouldn't know where to start!
2) The whole book keeping, CPP, Income tax... makes me nervous.
3) It works for you, but it couldn't work for me.
4) It must be nice to have your own schedule... I need to have someone tell me what to do.
5) How do you organize your day?
6) I don't know where I would find the time.
7) Do you have to have a big overhead?
8) Do you travel alot?
9) Are there benefit's (dental, medical, etc)
10) I don't like to sell.
11) I wouldn't want my friends and family to feel obligated.
12) How do you make $ at this?
13) What made you decide to do this?
The first statement: I wouldn't Know where to start.
When we all start down the path of self employment, it's all new for most of us.  Having someone that can lead you through those first steps is imperative.  Find a mentor, whether it's an upline in the sense of an MLM network (hint: be coached by the one that's making the $ you want to make).  Listen to them, but don't forget to listen to your own instincts as well.  This is your business, and It's a ticket to live the life you are now designing for yourself.  But be careful not to reinvent the what works, and keep your eyes on your monthly/weekly/daily goals and to do list's.
The 2nd Statement: The whole bookkeeping....
The good news on this, is that there are so many tools and resources to help. If you are creating a business from scratch... it's a bit more complicated, but very much worth it.  In my business, it's significantly more straight forward as we have very little/no inventory on hand (with the exception of our demo line), and it just comes down to keeping all of your receipts and ensuring your maximising on what you can right off come your Personal Income Tax reporting time.  Your upline. will help to show you which forms you use, and how to organise your receipts at tax time.  Remember to keep ALL of your receipts.  Having an idea where your annual cost's are, will help you to increase your income and focus on the areas that make you the most return year after year.
The 3rd Statement: It works for you, but it would NEVER work for me!
I've learned over the years that someone has to be really, really, really excited, focused, and be willing to do whatever it takes to get any kind of new business off of the ground.  People often say this sentence wanting me to explain to them how it will work for them.  But I've learned, that if they are starting with this as they're first thought... the second things get difficult (and they will), they will default to "I told you so", instead of powering their business through to the next level of success.  So I usually just smile and say.  You're probably right.  :-) And in time, if they get excited then I'll be right there, cheering them on.
The 4th Statement: It must be nice to have your own schedule... I need to have someone tell me what to do.
This is similar to the statement above, in the sense that an entrepreneurial individual has a hard time being constantly told what to do, and longs to be in control of their destiny.  Some personality types are more comfortable with having a supervisor, and that's OK. There are many of those individuals that do MLM as well, they learn to self motivate, and create structure around their work day.  Every person out there brings something forward that's valuable to a business.  The main thing is to surround yourself with those that are better where you are weak to create a successful business.
The 5th Question:  How do you organise your day?
This is varied for each person, but I would love to share with you what my workweek day's typically look like:  8-10, house/kids/exercise, etc
10-12: Logistics (email, event prep, etc)
12-1: Connecting with friends (fb/phone, etc)
1-3: Coaching calls with team
I am then done when the kids get off the bus, unless I have an event that evening (on average 2 nights/week), and then I'll be leaving at approx. 5:30, back??? Depending on where it is. 
Often, if I have a new Business Team member, we often do coaching calls in the evening after the kids are in bed.
My commute is short, just down the stairs, and around the corner, My overhead is simply my home (which factors into your write off's), and your network is available all online through SKYPE/Social Media... you can have an international business from your own home.
Stay tuned for my thoughts on the other 8 comments/questions I often hear!

Monday, 6 August 2012

The unsupportive Husband / Partner in your Home Based Business

I want to start this off with saying one thing.  My husband is an amazing, hardworking, father and partner.  And is one of my biggest supporters.  NOW.

How did we get where we are now from where we were... stubbornness, scheduling, hard work, technique, strategy, and give and take. 

My husband was supportive at the onset of my business, but when things didn't happen as fast as he thought they should... he started getting frustrated and withheld his support.  I know now that I didn't deal well with that, and my stubbornness kicked in.  He would now say that he wasn't supportive to make me push that much harder (and he's got a point)... but it didn't make my first two years in my business easy.  But I truly wouldn't change a thing, as I've been able to help others find more harmony with their significant other while building their business.

Some learned tips that worked for us.... (I will elaborate on all these points at a later date... but wanted you some tips to start you on what was our right path)

  1. Have a updated family/work schedule on the fridge.
  2. If he's unsure if he'll be home so you can leave for an appointment... have a plan 'b', 'c', 'd', 'e' and 'f'.
  3. Have a separate Credit Card/Bank Account for your business... keeps it simple for taxes, etc.
  4. Create a budget with your partner, and then implement it.
  5. When you have a party postpone... dress up and go anyway, park around the corner... do your calls... book another party, MAKE it happen.  Don't ever consider it a night off. 
  6. Keep your business to yourself.  If your excited about something, share it with your team, If your down, share it with your upline/sponsor.  Share your $ with your partner to help you towards your goals.  (note: this works for us... I'm not suggesting that for everyone)
  7. They don't see what you see... bring them to an event.  It's not fair for them to not see what you see and then have you expect them to just "get it".  Fill in the blanks by having them attend a car presentation, and event, etc.  It will help relieve some of the pressure, trust me!
  8. Schedule non negotiable family time, and honour it.
  9. Expect push back.  So remember to share your vision, and if your working hard (and he sees that...) he'll be cheering you the loudest at the finish line!
  10. Have him talk to your upline Manager if he's got questions on compensation, bonus's, etc... typically it's important for them to understatnd how the $ flow's. Especially if you yourself don't quite understand it yet.
I'll be elaborating on these points and more on this topic at a later date...stay tuned! 


Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Life without Coffee

I have just in the last month and a half let go of not only coffee but essentially all caffeine.  It's interesting to see the difference in my energy, my eating habits, my work habits, and mostly my clarity.  I'll share with you a few of my findings...

My Energy: Has been great, mostly because as a rule, i've been going to bed closer to 10 than 1am.  Also, I've not found that I've been crashing like I was in the early afternoon.

My Eating Habits: I'm an emotional eater, so when i'm vibrating on the caffeine, it's often snack time, and then when I come down it's the same.  So I've cut out a significant amount of "blind eating" out of my day.  And I've also found myself making better food choices when I do eat. 

My Work Habits: Mornings are starting a little later (partially because kids are home for the summer), but everything seems to be getting done. 

My Clarity:  The days seem longer and sweeter.  There seems to be time for everything, and if there isn't.. there is always tomorrow.  Significantly more ZEN in my world for sure.  Now my next focus is improving the quality of the nutrition in our household.  Stay tuned. :-)   xo di

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Finding AMAZING people for your business..


Often I'm asked what to look for in a prospect. I love trends, and watching how such a wide variety of personalities have such a wide variety of success in our business.

When I was in my first 2 years, I had a couch conversation with our Retired President in one of our Top Income Leaders  room. She mentioned something that I'll always remember... she said, "I've never been able to track or figure out who's going to be successful, and who's going to be challenged, but I have found that the sooner someone has started working one or more jobs (14 or sooner), the better chance of success."
I have found this to be very much true! Some other factors that I have found that I keep an eye out for are, and these people are at the TOP of my prospect list:
1) Balanced Life, Balanced Business
2) Entrepreneur Family (Parents had own Business, etc.), they already understand what it takes to be successful in business.
3) Already had success in their life. (career, sports, personal)
4) already have their own business is always an added bonus!
5) ALSO: if they are a woman, it helps if they have worked in a Male dominated career, and if they are a man... a woman dominated career. 

These people are SOOO worth the wait.  Drip, invite, be excited and be sure to not overly push... you push (aka BARFING) on them... they will run for the hills.  Love them where they are, create success, mingle with people who you want in your world, your business, and people will watch you.  Know that these people also do not always jump in IMMEDIATELY... they may take years to  bring into your business.  But if your working with, and inspiring many people, your calendar will be full, your momentum strong... and you will become that more attractive to those that you want in your business.

To your success!

Friday, 20 January 2012

Snow Day, No Way! Working "FROM" the home.

Well, let's just say, I've got nearly nothing accomplished this week.  And by that, I mean... yes I did my daily checklist, team coaching calls, etc... however, somethings changed for me, something huge.  I'm not sure if I can share this with you, but here it goes..... I can't work with my kids home anymore.  I'm as inefficient as a short tailed hunting dog chasing it's tail.  It's really quite ridiculous actually. 

Even 6 months ago, I had a routine... the kids were home, i was efficient.  I've built my kids, and my business side by side.  It's not that I'm getting anything done with them either.  We've just had our 4th snowday + a PRO-D day.  So it's fair to say that we're pretty much ready to leave the house.  We currently have nearly 3 feet of snow in some areas, and it's still blowing around.  And with our long "farm" driveway, it's pretty much constantly blown in. 

Our days have been looking like this... wake up early, check the website, lay down for a MINUTE, hear screaming downstairs, yell (it's a big house) at them to feed the dog and cat, feed the kids, find them entertainment, entertain our house guests, find more projects for the kids... etc.  Oh, did I mention on day One of the SNOW WEEK, that my darling husband GROUNDED my daughter from all electronics/tv.  That funny enough was our best day.

So right now, they are zoned out in a video game, yesterday they had a friend over, the day before their cousin.  So they are entertained for a moment.  But we're just about coming up to that 10:00 part of the day where they decide that they would like to start fighting, so maybe I should find a project for one...

Maybe it's like riding a bike, you just need to take a lap or two around the block to get the hang of it again.  OK productivity, let's ramp you up!!!  I've got a Nation to build. 

To your distractions on this January Day!



Friday, 13 January 2012

Today is our "retreat"... it's really bootcamp, SHHH

Did you ever go to an event, conference, training that changed your life and/or business forever.  That is what this training that I'm at this weekend at Harrison Hot Springs, in British Columbia Canada does for so many every year.  Myself included.

It brings the nuts and bolts, the how, the why all together in one nice, tight, sleep deprived, little package.  And I'm SOOO blessed to have so many of my leaders and team coming to the event this year. 

We're going to go over things that allow each and everyone of them see what the next step is in thier business, in their personal grown etc.  The reason I share this with you, is what can you go to, participate in that will help you to grow your business to the next level.

I really believe in finding a network and connecting with as many like minded people as possible.  Have a look in your local community listings to see if there is a Networking Group that you can connect with, is there a group that needs volunteers that has training that you can connect with. Also remember this sometimes you have to drive 2+ hours to find a network that you'll really connect with.  And if your not finding what your looking for heres the idea of the day... "CREATE IT".  I've done this several times in my business, if I was looking for a solution, I created it. 

I remember one year, there was not a tradeshow venue in my area for Working from Home mom's to share their products, etc.  So a couple of amazing other moms and myself created one... and called it "Mom's gone Wild"... let's just say I should have researched that name a "bit" more.  But we got great turnout.  That particular event allowed me to connect more with amazing ladies in my community.  I found a way to create some great win:wins. 

When you help people get more of the things that they want, your things will always work themselves out.  Always have the other person's best interest in mind, and the rest will all fall into place.

Have an amazing Friday the 13th!  And know, you make your own superstitions, make them all good!

"Everyone who's ever taken a shower has an idea. It's the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it who makes a difference."
— Nolan BushnellFounder of Atari

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

I'm officially a BUSYness woman

This is just an example of my general awe of how working out of the home mom's do it?   By it, I mean balance all those things that need doing.

Today is kinda a crazy day for me.   Here's the list that i have so far...
  1. Kenton dr. for eye ball zit... i know gross right. 1 hour
  2. Tucker (the dog) getting shots- 1 hour
  3. Lunch Duty at the kids school -11/2 hours
  4. I'm going to SPIN class (this is a new priority, and had to really juggle to get it in) 1 hr
  5. About 20 work emails to send out. 1 hr
  6. A brand new Business Builder Strategy session- 1 hr
  7. A Business Builder Training SKYPE-1 hr
  8. Dinner
  9. House cleaned
  10. Laundry
  11. Prep for Harrision Hot Springs Team Retreat this weekend.
  12. Do my blog 2 minutes (sorry ;-)
So that is my day as of now, I'm pumped.  Now I didn't mention, that this little day has 3 wardrobe changes and at least one shower.  No wonder we're always tired.

Have the best day!  And here's hoping that you find a moment or three of balance in there somewhere!  See you at SPIN!! 


Saturday, 7 January 2012

Night Owl 101

My Darling, "WAKE UP"

Being a Night Owl... was I always this way? I don't really remember.

I know I've always detested getting up early. I can remember college launching out of bed at 7:58am to make an 8:00 class. When I was in grade school, i also remember being really good at bribing my sister in the morning to do the chores, so I could sleep later, but I don't really remember staying up late...

Oh wait, it's coming back now. Sneaking downstairs and watching Arsenio Hall until the wee hours. Using up all the "emergency flashlights" to read in my room (we lived on a farm, so they were often needed, it was truly as mystery as to why they didn't work). And I was not even slightly sleepy until well past 1 am.

Well as an adult, it adjusted a bit when I was working full time pre-kids. Once the kid's came, I seemed to fall into old habits once again. And with my business now, I can get allot done in the peace and quiet of the peace and quiet. (yep, I meant to do that).

I find I get the "me" time I crave. I also enjoy spending the majority of it working with my team (as I seem to have attracted other owls to my business as well).

But when I look at my mornings, I start to wonder if it's the only way?  I'm tired, I’m grumpy, forgetful, puffy, snappy... and not at all on top of my "mommy" game. I make an effort, as this often is their last exposure of mommy until they are home from school in the afternoon.  I try to not be too horrible... but I’m not always successful. 

So my "new" New Year’s Resolution is to go to bed earlier... so night! (It’s only 12:22am, so not so bad).


Filling your cup.

This is a training I've done for my amazing team a time or two. I'll condense for ease of read, I hope you find some piece of it that you can relate to, and find ways to "fill your cups".

I'm a visual learner, and when I started my Network Marketing Business 5 and a half years ago, there was a lot of talk about "your cup", and keeping it full. I have no idea where this idea first came from, or from what amazing series of books or recordings... so if one of you knows, please feel free to let me know, I’d love to give a proper reference to it. I just know that it resonated deeply with me, and that's how I managed my "Emotional Business" from that time forward.

When it comes to your business I believe we have 4 "belief cups" that we need to keep full. They are your belief in your Products, your Company, Yourself and your Industry. When one of those important cups begins to run low, your overall belief in your business endeavour wavers. It's important to early on recognize which of these cups are running low, and find a way to fill them.

Early on in my business, my cups looked like this:

Products: My belief was rock solid, my cup was overflowing here... it had changed my son's skin and his future... so this cup overflowed often to some of the other cups that were a bit less full.

Company: I had no history or knowledge of the company that I represent when I started, so I had to learn. So I read, attended conferences, and immersed myself in (CD trainings) until I knew more about the people that were leading corporately. But my Product cup overflowed into this one early on, as I believed that a company that could make such an amazing product was worth following!

My Self: My husband was unsupportive of my business, but not unsupportive of me (I’ll give details in the future). I found I had to constantly refill my belief cup in myself, so on my journey I leaned heavily on my up line and my mom (I know, I'm very lucky) to fill that cup. I went to the monthly meetings (every month) so I could see different people having success, and worked hard at becoming the best I could be at what it was I had started. Whether it was follow up, or follow through... I was going to do my best at it.

My Industry: I filled my cup by reading industry information through the Canadian DSA (Direct Sellers Association), as well as industry magazines, etc. I didn't go online much, because I found what was mostly there (and pooped up to the top)...yes I said poop, was people who had not had success. And if their attitude was any indication, it was never a mystery to me as of why.

I learned how to listen to myself, and when I started to have some doubt creep in, I would dig deep and see which cup was running low. And then fill it.

Find a way to fill your cup, and never look back. Your future is yours.

Enjoy your coffee!


Thursday, 5 January 2012

Your Business is FOR your Family.

When you have a passion for your business, it's really important to bring your children along for the ride. (I know cute huh, my little girl and my old mare.)

Share with your children and your partner what it is your doing, and share with them your "why". Why it is your working this hard and what you’re doing it for. Also take any opportunity you can to have them participate. Putting stickers on catalogues, loading the car, wrapping raffle prizes are all things that children love to do and they will love feeling helpful. Let them participate. Let them know that you’re doing this for them. Also let them know of a goal, one that you can reach together. It may be the ice cream parlour after a successful month end, or a tropical holiday with points earned due to success activity.

Every relationship is different. I’ll share with you some of my experience as It may help you with your home front situation. Always share with your partner all of the positives. Also, remember your partner is not getting their cup filled with the monthly meeting, conferences, recordings, etc. They just know things have changed at home, and they may not yet get the bigger picture. In my relationship I believe in NOT sharing every bump in the road with my partner. He used to want to protect me from what was hard, and didn’t always see what I saw. If you do share the bump’s, I have found It often adds to your stress, so keep it light, truthful and positive. My husband came to several meetings, usually about once a quarter. It allowed him to see the bigger picture, and it helped to take some of the pressure off of me. Once the income started coming in consistently, his belief cup was full, and he no longer attended. ;-)

Whichever it is, they will feel that sense of pride in you and in their part of it when you all succeed as a family.

To your family's success!

Baby Laughing Hysterically at Ripping Job Rejection Letter

That baby has the right idea!

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

My thoughts on YOUR MLM budget

I'm going to share something with you that I strongly believe in. It's the "B" word.

I hear people talking about either their current or past experience with a Home Based Business, whether MLM or not and how they are not making any money. They often say they spent more than they earned, and they didn't see the result's they were "waiting" for.

I'm getting my soap box... hold on a minute. (Just finished SPIN Class... so it was a bit of a step)

OK.... Here we go.

Work your business like you've invested $250,000 of your child's diaper Money. Always keep your eye on the bottom line. If you want your business to pay you in six figures, you've got to watch your bottom line, and treat it like the corporation you’re creating. Companies don't grow when they don't create Budgets. They have a business plan and they follow it. Do you have a business plan? Do you know what you’re spending on promotion gifts, advertising, fuel, office supplies? Do you know what you should be? Your budget numbers have to be your own. Find a percentage breakdown that your comfortable with, and run with that. Every business is different, but every successful business has a budget.

My Expense Monthly GOAL:
Biz Expense/Life Expense/Asset Development/Play
(note: I said GOAL)

Asset Development: The creation of diversification in your financial portfolio, Real Estate/Stocks/Etc.

In my MLM Success line, we do a DEMO line. It provides a new consultant with all that they will need in the starting up months of their business (essentially get's them tools to share). I believe the key is to leverage that purchase to get it working for you ASAP. It needs to earn its keep. Look at it as an employee. If it's napping in the trunk of your car, you need to give it a kick into gear (and by "it" I mean you), and share it with someone. Get something in front of someone. Don't wait for clients to start knocking on your door, the phone to ring, your online traffic to start flooding in. It's not going to happen unless you’re working it like it's your only plan.

The work you do today you will not see the FULL momentum from it for 3 months. You have to stay focused through that time, and work all your "employee's" (and by employees I mean the resources you've acquired to build your business , not your downline) like they've got to feed your family. When you do that, your business will work.

Get to know your companies success plan as soon as possible, know the bonuses, the incentives, your success lines challenges. There is always money left on the table for the earning. Love your team where they are, cherish your clients and be excited. This will help to create a sustainable business that will duplicate.

By the way the "B" word was Budget, or Business Plan... let's go with them both. ;-)

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Create Capacity... AKA: GETTING HELP!!!!

This is going to be a quick note on asking for what YOU need. I'm going to give you super quick background on me.

I'm not a details person. I don't do well with dates, times, and punctuation (sorry). I also don't see clutter, and like most people work poorly in it. My husband is on the opposite end and is an extreme details person. He cannot stand clutter, and his mood is reflected by the state of our home.

Solution: Have an organized life.
Problem: No time, two kids, two business, farm, dog, cat, life, aversion to cleaning.

Now I've mentioned this before somewhere, I’m a problem solver. And I met my dear friend Mrs. B. at one of my local Home Parties I was working as a consultant. I asked the group of people there if they knew of anyone that could help me get closer to my solution. She offered to help get me organized, as her attention to detail was close to that of my husbands.

Poof, problem solved. She assists me a couple of hours a couple days a week to get on top of those things that I don't see. I work 10 times more efficiently at my work, and my household runs way more efficiently as her children are in the same school, so we have similar schedules and can essentially be in two places at once and make each of our lives more efficient. She also has a whole different circle of friends which extends our circle of influence twice as wide. This allows us to get any kind of project done more efficiently. Oh, and the very best part is she's become one of my very closest friends.

What is holding you back? How can you create capacity in your life?

Find an issue that is holding you back? And don't be afraid to ask for help from peers with a brainstorming session. It could be babysitting sharing, house sitting, dog sitting, skill set swapping or hiring an assistant. There a million solutions to any one problem. You've just got to find the very best one for you and your family.

This just may be the flash of inspiration and FREEDOM that allows you to run with your business, and take it to its next level.

To Your Success!


Your 2012 VISION Board

A vision board is an exercise that I utilize constantly. Below is my very first one. I kept it in my Business product cabinet where I would see it several times a day. I'm currently working on my second one, using my desk protector and it currently sits under my computer. This is a great way to keep your online energy focused in the direction that you want it to go.

The board above drove my vision of time with family, relationships with friends, reacquiring an acreage, an amazing team, a great pay check, a dog, my Mercedes, and a few other little things thrown in to make it all balance. I'm blown away of how it all came true in 5 years.

Be aware of what you put down on the board will manifest itself in amazing and often totally unexpected ways. Put things on your board that motivate, inspire and drive you. 

What is the Universe yelling at you?


Monday, 2 January 2012

Entrepreneurs can change the world - Grasshopper

So many people start a home based business looking for balance. But what i've learned is that everyone has a different definition. We must always remember the balance will come after a period of imbalance. The same is true for any entrepreneur. When your building a new business, especially from home be prepared for some dish and laundrey piles. It's so worth it.



Sunday, 1 January 2012

Happy New Year!

I really should be bringing in the New Year cleaning my kitchen after sticky pancakes with the monkeys. But, dishes can wait a bit right???

I'm so excited about the new year! And i'm not usually one that makes New Years Resolutions, however. I figured if i made a decalaration of them. They would have an 80% better chance of transpiring. (this has worked in all other aspects of my life, let's give it a kick here).

1) I'm going to go to the gym and/or exercise 3-4 times per week.
2) I'm going to eat more healthy, and make Organic and Greens my favourite food words.
3) I'm going to capture more of my family moments on film, and on camera... and i'm going to do something with them.
4) I'm going to move my horse home to my field. (ps. thanks mom for all the babying he's recieved these last years)
5) I'm going to take my vitamins EVERY day.
6) I'm going to work harder at communicating with my hubby in his love language (Book: Five Love Languages... best relationship book EVER!)

Now i'm a planner... and i've got a plan already in my mind about how those things above are going to play out! A Resolution is just a wish unless you have a plan.

Happy New Years!!!