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19 positive thoughts on Covid-19

19 positive thoughts on Covid-19

Yes, we are in the throes of a global pandemic, but we’ve got to take precautions, do our best to stay safe and try to focus on the positives as panic isn’t helping anyone! So, instead of lying awake again last night worrying about loved ones it might have a negative effect on; I decided to try to think of a silver lining – and strangely I thought of more than one!

I thought others might benefit from thinking in this way too, so to contribute to a more positive outlook on this horrible situation, I’ve listed below 19 good things I’ve noticed that may otherwise not have happened. We are all in this together!

  1. In this time of war against an invisible enemy, to play our part as the general public, we aren’t being asked to go to war, sending every able bodied man to a different country to fight for us, separating immediate families for months or indefinitely, we are just being asked to stay at home and I am thankful for that!
  2. On a lighter note (pardon the pun) we are all being encouraged to take one daily form of exercise everyday. With all these people out and about exercising and walking off the stress of being inside all day, I have to wonder if we (as a generation) will be lighter as result of all the extra miles walked each evening?!
  3. Perhaps it’s just me, but I’m hearing more about people taking better care of their health in relation to eating better food. The clear advice from medical experts includes eating more nutritious food (in order to better equip your body to ward off the virus, should you come into contact with it.) As a result, people seem to be making different dinner and snack time choices! They’ve also more time to make dinner with everyone confined to their homes and sporting and community groups being cancelled for the time being!
  4. This virus didn’t stop at a country border, or the edge of a continent. It laughed at manmade barriers and passed through unseen to attack our most vulnerable. It has however, united people from across the world in their response and coping mechanisms to it. Sharing tips to get by in quarantine times, recipes, games, education, exercises. Locally in the UK, we’ve thankfully seen a positive response from people wanting to look after the vulnerable among us to provide food and necessities for them. This is heart warming and a relief to see! How many new friendships and bonds will be created because of this, how many people will see that they are no longer on their own and there is a support network there to help them in their time of need.
  5. Wildlife benefits must include the awareness created about the wet markets in China and new laws to forbid its trade. Albeit there seem to be loopholes but at least it is moving forward. Globally, there are lots of videos of wildlife enjoying the less congested urban areas including dolphins moving back into Venice now the waters aren’t muddied with hundreds of boats and water taxi’s etc.
  6. Thousands of family dogs are getting to enjoy walks through their neighbourhoods each night instead of their owners going to the gym! They’re also not being left in crates through the day while their owners are at work because of the thousands of people working from home.
  7. People are being forced to spend more time at home with their immediate families. I’ve never witnessed so many families walking with prams or dogs on leads. Women on their own with a pram is a regular sight, but a full family walk becoming a new reality is a pretty nice thought. It’s well documented that for some time, the art of conversation has been in decline and suicide rates increasing. I hope those families are talking to each other and reopening those lines of communications that drew them together in the first place. It’s important to acknowledge that not everyone has a positive home environment so for those in need I hope they know there is support and help available. If in Northern Ireland you can call, Nexus 0808 802 1414  or Womens Aid website have online chat, email or phone help available here:
    https://www.womensaid.org.uk/ . or the Samaritans
    https://www.samaritans.org/ For those learning more about their loved ones and getting to spend valuable time that would otherwise have been spent in their workplace or travelling home from it – please make best use of this time!! Create good memories, spend time with them, talk to them enjoy this silver lining.
  8. Home learning – while it’s not easy to incorporate home schooling with working from home, I am loving the Facebook shares of parents connecting with their kids and improving their own understanding so they can explain lessons on a one to one level with their little and not so little ones. I am heartbroken for the kids who were due to sit important exams later this year having already invested many years in preparation. However, to stay positive about it; they’re now getting to learn in new ways and I hope resources continue to be made available to help them all learn.
  9. People are being actively encouraged to work from home – for years, many have wanted to spend more time at home and less time travelling to a place of work many miles away when they could have done the same work from the comfort of their own home. I know it’s working out better for some businesses than others, but either way it has forced our generation to change the way we look at where we work. Hopefully it will pave the way for a more accommodating working life for those who in employment.
  10. Some people are getting a glimpse of the life they’ve been missing out on while they took their daily spot in the rat race. Leaving for work in the dark and returning in the dark again. For anyone wanting to build a new way of life that they can do flexibly from home with only their own goals as a boss, click here to email me for info on how I could help you make that a reality.
  11. Environmental benefits of working from home mean that thousands of people worldwide aren’t adding to pollutive congestion twice a day as they travel to and from work, not to mention the travel bans on many flights!
  12. Mother nature is sick, and this forced pause is offering a chance to let her heal and let us see the damage we’ve been doing. I hope this time to review and reflect lets those who can make a difference, make the decisions they need to, to improve the world we live in for the better.
  13. The forced equality this virus has pushed onto us is a reminder that we are all equal. It doesn’t care who you are, how many followers you have on social media, how famous you are, where you live, the car you drive, what country you are from or who you know! What an example to our children! The important members of our society are those who provide essential items, and healthcare.
  14. We’ve received a wakeup call that we’ve become too dependent on material things and taken essentials for granted. This humbling experience has given us the opportunity to personally review and make a change for the better
  15. We have to hope that governments provide packages to supporting high street retailers classed as non-essential, but online sales and shops are booming. Sales on amazon have rocketed in the past couple of weeks. The people who have been working from home to create a backup plan or an extra income for their families are experiencing growth. Those who listened to the market trends, took that knowledge and acted on it moving their high street shops online are being rewarded for it.
  16. We’ve been given an opportunity to take time out and learn new skills to improve our way of life. Please make the most of this opportunity, learn the things you’ve been craving, do the things (if you safely can within the confines of government guidelines) that you’ve been wanting to try, do it – up level and make lemonade with these lemons!
  17. We’ve never been given a better opportunity to re-prioritize! We are realising that we are not our jobs, they are just something we do! It can be so easy to be sucked into our jobs because of the percentage of our lifetime we spend doing it but this time has taken it away for this brief period and forced us home to the important things in life, our health, family and loved ones.
  18. We are appreciating the true heroes in our generation – those in the health and essential services. Our NHS workers had to strike for weeks last year for the government to recognise they needed help. Where would we be today if our health workers couldn’t have afforded to stay in that line of work or have the resources to do their jobs. Those same nurses and doctors who faced criticism for standing on the picket lines are now being publicly recognised for forming our front line. We appreciate you!
  19. We are currently in 3 weeks of lockdown to stay at home and slow the spread of the virus, but it also takes 21 days to form a new habit. In 3 weeks’ time, regardless of what steps we must take next, will the new bonds within immediate family, the increase in daily exercise, the improved diet, concentration on mindfulness, the increased caring within our community lead us to a better place? I hope so! I hope you all stay safe and well.

Dig your well before you’re thirsty

Dig your well before you’re thirsty
How many times in life do we wish we had saved more for the rainy day that arrived before we were ready, or put aside a small amount each month to pay for that big purchase we knew we would have to make. Why do we choose to play small, or sacrifice the achievements we know we’re capable of and choose instant gratification/sabotage in the present moment? You see an opportunity to create the circumstances / life that you’ve craved, you know you might need to make some small daily changes and you finally know what you need to do.  But you don’t get started because you don’t need it yet… and before you know it, it’s too late! I recently had a reality check, I’ve spent almost a year talking ‘baby’ and very very little time talking business!  But it’s ok, I’d never get a second chance to enjoy that year with my son, however I can easily get back on track with my business.  So here is your reality check , if you haven’t already bought your first home, the chances are you will need as much extra income as you can get when you do. If you haven’t already started a family, the chances are you will need as much extra income (and time) as you can get when you do. If you have already started a family, you’ll know they cost more the older they get, so start planning now as the chances are you’ll need as much extra income as possible down the line… if you don’t have a pension, when you do retire… the chances are…. you see where I’m going with this. Don’t wait until you need it before you start doing something about it. This blog is about sharing my work from home business and what it can do, but if that’s not your thing, find something that is but that also gives you time freedom, because life is too precious to spend all of it working while the memories were made without you, or to spend all of it wishing for different circumstances while time passed anyway. Dig your well before you need it, because whatever happens, you’ll need it for something!

My little motivator

My little motivator

Over the past number of months, my main motivator and driving force has also been my reason to prioritise and therefore take things a little bit easier aswell.  As you may know from my previous blogs, we are happily expecting our first baby next month so being at home full-time and able to schedule work around childcare is one of the many advantages I’m looking forward to being able to capitalise on; however after talking to lots of other women in my pregnancy classes, there are very few others able to enjoy this benefit.  I had to write something about this because more people should know that you don’t have to save for years to have children or cut maternity leave short for monetary reasons and there is another way around these common concerns.  I find myself seething with anger that this is something we STILL accept as a way of life and that you just have to ‘get on with it’.
I’m aware that this simply where I am in life right now and it’s probably not your reason for wanting to work from home but if you know someone in this situation, please feel free to forward this email to them incase I can help.

We all know it’s not uncommon or unknown to expect your job to have changed while you’re away or to not “technically” be there when you get back which makes that time before going on maternity leave all the more stressful.  I can now personally vouch for there being quite enough things to be concerned with in the delicate process of nurturing a baby from inception through to healthy birth alone without adding external employers agendas into the mix.

While some ladies in my classes were working extra hours (when they were already exhausted growing a human) training their replacements, writing detailed debriefs and hoping their role would continue to be there on their return, others were comparing the cost of childcare for their return back to work with their monthly take home pay to see that there was little difference between their new bills and existing level of income.

Worries of being seen as a weaker member of the team if having to take additional days off for child related sick days and occasions and passing up on promotions they had worked towards for years because of this change in circumstances further impacted their concerns.

While some had saved for some time to be in a position to take their full maternity leave and subsidise the drop in pay after so many weeks, others simply couldn’t afford it and had to return to work after just a few weeks.  The ladies in this situation were usually the main breadwinners in their households, however this scenario is even harder to bear as it means because they have worked hard for the majority of their working lives, they simply had to continue working just as hard and miss out on such an important time in their child’s life.

Being your own boss may have it’s own challenges of having to motivate yourself to actually work when you need to, however this is a minimal concern when I compare it with the worries and stresses of my new pregnant acquaintances.

5 reasons pregnant women should be aware of this business:
1) This entirely flexible way of working can take as little as 2 hours a week and fit around crazy sleeping patterns to give you money in your bank account and invaluable peace of mind.
2) You can spend as much or as little time on it as you wish to make as much or little extra income as you wish, so when you are sleep deprived – sleep, and when  you feel ok – earn!
3) You could use it as a way to top up your income and give you valuable extra time at home before returning to work
4) You could spend a little more time on it and give yourself the choice of whether you would actually like to return to work at all
5) Being able to choose your own hours means you can schedule work for times when someone else can be there so you can avoid childcare costs saving yourself a considerable amount of money in these precious early years!

If anyone would like further information on what I do, please get in touch with me.  Email me on gracecarlisle@outlook.com and mention where you’re from so I can suggest a way of reaching out with information you can view and look at.

Thanks for reading!
Best,
Grace

Why working from home isn’t for everyone

Why working from home isn’t for everyone

I’m sure you’ve read the rosy pictures and inspirational quotes about creating a life you’ve always dreamt of having, however they don’t show you the reasons why it might NOT be for you.  I’ve written my top five characteristics to avoid work from home businesses, so you can either be better equipped for the journey to financial freedom, or take a different route.

  1. No self-discipline or lazy outlook.  If you are someone who isn’t easily motivated and relies on a boss with a temper to hassle you into producing good results, then it probably isn’t for you.  Watching an hour less of TV every night and working on a home business instead produces compounded results which could equate to a luxury holiday or new car in a years time.  However, you need to turn off the tv tonight and you don’t get the new car for a year, which is why you need discipline to keep going and achieve the things you’re making a short-term sacrifice for.  Most businesses in general need more work at the start to create momentum, this is something we accept in traditional business, however when it comes to home businesses, I see people all the time with different companies who give up because they didn’t see instant results even when their activity on social media and online platforms were flawless.  It’s such a shame because I know the things they would have achieved if they’d just had the discipline and passion to keep going a little while longer.  I know of a number of work from home millionaires who almost gave up in the early days of their business and looking at the choices (homes, cars and holidays) they have now reminds me that the only way to fail is to quit.  I would like to mention that discipline can however be instilled if you have a desire or dream big enough to overcome it.  I also know women who turned small scale part-time businesses that regularly took a back seat in the priority list, into large scale global incomes by realising what it could do for their families and discipline was introduced to their businesses overnight.
  2. Warning *Work is still involved*  Flicking through Facebook and picking pretty images for your vision board aren’t activities that will produce an income for you.  So if you already work from home and realise you spend a considerable length of time doing this – it may be why you aren’t making money.  If you’re considering working from home, you need to choose the right company and the right person to help you plan your activities so you’re creating and building an income producing business from the beginning.  When I introduce a new person to my business, I have a ‘get started’ meeting, where I show them what they can do to earn money from the start and how they can create momentum so they aren’t wasting time on the wrong activities.  I want them to be more successful than me because inevitably I get paid more, so it makes sense that I pass on the things I’ve learnt so each new person doesn’t have to waste time and effort making the mistakes I did in the beginning.
  3. People who search for get rich quick schemes that sound too good to be true, (they usually are).  If you are looking for a viable business, you need to look at companies that have been going for 10, 20 years, that are accredited with the DSA (direct selling association) that have quality CONSUMABLE products, and a responsibility to the people who work with and for them.  The most expensive part of any sale is finding a new customer, whether you’re selling downloadable info products or health and beauty products, so one with a quality consumable product is going to keep coming back and give you a residual recurring income.  So, do your homework before deciding on which business to go with, I’ve written a blog about this here
  4. People who do not want to sell or trade anything – To make money, you have to trade something.  If your time and skills are involved, they often create an intangible product and in my experience while this might seem easier to provide, it doesn’t create the same level of revenue and while work is consistent, getting paid isn’t.  Otherwise, sale of products may be involved and this seems to put some people off.  You’ve recommended a film to a friend before though, and maybe a moisturiser, restaurant or washing powder.  Why not get paid while you do it?  This is why you would simply look for a company that manufactures products you’d like to recommend to people.  If you look for something you’re interested in or believe in, this doesn’t feel like work!
  5. People who don’t want to do anything.  Most people want more money, to look and feel better, but to get the things most people want, you have to do what most people wont.  So if you want to lose weight, you need to look at your health and fitness and change something, either your eating habits or your exercise patterns.  If you want to lose weight, but only want to think about it and not do anything differently, then nothing will change.  Starting a home business requires the same thought process, you are swapping time spent doing something else i.e. watching TV for time working to build your income for the future.  However if you consistently put off doing anything and instead sit around and don’t change anything then you have to expect that nothing will change.  Your business only fails if you quit!  Sometimes, circumstances in life change and create that motivation to change something resulting in

Now you’ve now read the characteristics less suited to home business success, if you are interested in earning more, starting a small scale home business or a global organisation, you would need the following:  A desire to achieve things you want, a friendly personality to work with other like minded people and a willingness to learn from other people, so I can help you avoid pitfalls I made in the beginning to save you time.  If you would like more information on the work from home business I use, please Email me to get in touch, or feel free to follow me on Facebook.

Thanks for reading!

My first 2 weeks of full-time home business

My first 2 weeks of full-time home business

I’ve received a few messages asking me how I’ve been getting on with the big move to to 100% salary from my home business after finishing work on 30th March, so I thought I’d write a blog to cover a few of the things that have happened in the last fortnight.

The most notable difference is how much brighter and awake I feel in the mornings!  I seem to wake up before my alarm clock and think it might be something to do with less stress in my life now.  There’s something satisfying about not having constant project deadlines and because I’d been reducing my work as my home business had been growing I don’t think I’d realised how stressed I was trying to keep all the balls in the air!

I’ve been able to share what I do with a few new people who are beginning their own journeys with my support.  Seeing their enthusiasm now they know there is another way to make ends meet / or to achieve the things they’ve always wanted to do but not had the time or money to do them is VERY rewarding already!  I can’t wait to continue supporting them through the next months when they get to reap the rewards of their work.

It’s been a really positive time within our smaller team locally aswell, as a few girls returned home from the annual global company event where they had been treated like royalty!  They were given 5 star travel, holidays and accommodation in Dubai, then were presented with a cheque as a percentage of the turnover last year so I’m looking forward to joining them next year at the global trip in Texas and I’m equally keen on seeing some of the people I’ve helped grow their businesses to qualify for the free trip to come with me too!

New products have just been released that have been scientifically proven to help joint mobility in 7 days and help in the anti-ageing process within 7 days!! Who doesn’t want to look younger??  Who doesn’t want to increase their mobility?  Both will be of interest to many of my friends alone so I know it’s going to be a very exciting time ahead. What a ground breaking time to increase your income too!

Between pregnancy appointments and doctor appointments with hubby’s leg break, it’s been a breath of fresh air to be able to schedule work around these rather than having to take time off, work late, or ask anyone for permission!  I’ve just returned home from the docs this am, kettle on, laptop on and dog curled up at my feet to get a few hours done and some progress made without office politics, sneers or cheeky comments about a late start today – sometimes it’s the smallest things that provide greatest relief!

My working office is now between my home, looking out across green fields with horses for the perfect view and various coffee houses with perfectly brewed beverages and a good mix of nutritional lunches with sweet treats depending on meeting times!!  It’s been a welcome change from stuffy offices and florescent lights and I love it!  I’ve even combined it with meeting up with friends I haven’t seen in ages and some sneaky baby clothes shopping! (why not!)  I’ve been able to call in to my parents a few extra times this week too, having lunch with mum yesterday while the sun shone was lovely!  It’s just nice getting to catch up face to face instead of over the phone.  These are times you can’t get back, what a blessing and I’m really excited about a summer filled with more of them.

 

 

How to make your work from home business work!

How to make your work from home business work!
When belief met action… we did it!

The decision to start a home business can be many things to many different people.  Exciting, terrifying, a big leap, or not so big step depending on your character.  I feel this divides us into two types of people – those who focus on the things they will have to do and feel weighed down by doubt if they could do it or ‘fit it in’ to an already busy schedule, meanwhile, there are those who focus on the things that they could achieve if they just got on with it.  You can guess which type make it happen.

However once you’ve started, there are some pitfalls that seem to drag people down after they’ve made that important decision.  I’ve noted a few of them below so you can avoid them on your business journey.

People watching – Comparing your real life to other people’s Facebook highlights

If you are stalking someone in your industry who makes it all look super easy and wondering why your life isn’t the same, you know who I mean, that six figure earner who doesn’t share what he or she does only their lifestyle shots!  Then you have to do 2 things.  1) Unfollow them, you can’t lead your own tribe while you’re following someone elses!  2) Get on with your own income producing activities that will grow your business and make you money.  Why not focus on your own business, switch all that time thinking about something that won’t grow you or your business into productive time that will drive you forward.  Working from home is amazing, finding your flow, building momentum and creating a rewarding environment are all amazing attributes, however if you aren’t working at it, you aren’t getting there.

Spend your time on income producing activities

You may only have 5 hours a week to build your business, that’s fine and you can increase your income month on month by doing that, but not if that 5 hours consists of 2 hours watching other people on Facebook, 2 hours watching training videos and 1 hour thinking about what you should have done that week.  Your work from home business is a business, I find it helps to ask myself at the end of a day or week, would I pay myself well for the work I did in that time?  If the answer is no, you need to be more productive.  Income producing activities are as the name suggests – activities that bring in income.  Changing your Facebook cover photo, shopping for notebooks, watching Youtube videos etc aren’t going to make you any money.  Doing attraction marketing on Facebook, speaking to people, leaving flyers into your local shops, sharing news of your favourite product to a friend – that all makes you money!

Get off the rusty nail

There’s an old story about a dog that groans on the deck of it’s owners house, a visitor asks the owner why the dog is groaning and she replies he’s sitting on a rusty nail, it’s enough to annoy him, but not enough to do anything about it.  If you find yourself moaning that the money isn’t flooding in because you’ve decided it should but aren’t doing anything about it, give yourself a break, look at what your activities are, make them income producing ones and start earning what you deserve.

Full-time, part-time but not spare-time

You can spend as much or little time as you want on your business, it’s your business and you get out what you put in, but one mistake I see people make over and over is that they work their business like a hobby to fit in when they have free or spare time.  Something else happens this week or next week and they get to the end of the month to realise they didn’t fit in any work this month and their income reflects this.  My advice would be to decide what you want, work out how much you need to earn to get it, work out how much you need to do to achieve it, then create a timeline that allows you to achieve it based on a certain number of hours each week or month.  Get your diary out and create a schedule for when you are going to work towards that goal and stick to it.  (Scheduling is key to success here) Consistent effort always wins over exaggerated efforts with no follow through.

You are worth more than how other people value you

80% of the people in this industry start because they just need an extra couple of hundred pounds a month.  That kind of money is not hard to make in very part-time hours, but just a little more effort could add a zero to that figure.  I see people aim for small goals because they don’t think they deserve the bigger things and doubt they could have them.  I find that people believe in other people more readily than they believe in themselves but if they just did that then their lives could be so different!

If you’re reading this and thinking of working from home, or have already started, I would urge you to decide what you want to achieve, work out a plan on what work you need to do to get it over a certain period of time, then apply consistent action and small steps every day towards making it happen.  If I can help in any way, or if you’d like to know what blueprint I follow to work from home, please feel free to email me at gracecarlisle @outlook.com

 

Getting paid to travel or paying to travel

Getting paid to travel or paying to travel
Work from anywhere – get paid to travel!

I thought I’d make today’s blog on the beauty of travelling and getting paid to do it instead of paying to travel!

It’s almost April and perhaps time to start day dreaming of what to pack for your summer holidays, but are you going on your dream holiday to your ultimate destination?

Just imagine a life where you could choose anywhere in the world you’d love to visit, you could expand your work from home company there too by introducing people from that country or location to your business.  Then plan your holiday with some meet ups to see your team expanding in that ultimate location.  Firstly, you’d be receiving a cheque from that country each month, secondly, you’d be on a business trip so your expenses to get there, while there and coming back again would be tax deductible, thirdly – is a fortnight enough??  Why not stay for a month or maybe 3!

Some people travel and stay in Australia during summer holidays while their kids are off, European destinations for half term holidays and home for term time!  They have incomes from each of their destinations, their kids learn to explore and experience different cultures not to mention learn multiple languages, and they have the most incredible life.

Another couple in the business are retired so they take different family members away on dream family locations a few times each year and have a greater income now they are retired and travel the world than when they worked full-time jobs and couldn’t afford holidays.

The beauty is really having the choice to do what you want to do, having the money to choose how you want to spend your time and income.

If anyone would like to know more about creating an international business, please feel free to contact me.  Click here to send me an email.

 

Rush hour traffic dread

Rush hour traffic dread

For the first time in as long as I can remember, I need to drive in rush hour traffic tomorrow morning.  I’m taking a family member into the city for an appointment, then going to a meeting with my final marketing client, but as the appointment is first thing it means getting up when I’d usually be sleeping to sit in traffic for an hour and I’m dreading it!

I forgot what it was like to dread rush hour and now I realise I’ve been taking my new work from home benefits for granted!  It reminded me what it was like to groan at the thought of the following morning, having to get as many things organised as possible the night before.  I love an early morning at home, when all is quiet and the sun comes up over the hills where we live, I enjoy the feeling of getting a head start and planning my day ahead, however early mornings to leave the house should be saved for holidays and days out competing horses in the sunshine!

So, I’m looking for other people like me who don’t want to spend hours each day sitting in traffic, who crave flexibility and want more out of life.  I firmly believe that creating a system is the key to being smart with your time, rather than getting caught in the trap of trading your time for an hourly wage Monday to Friday and the joys of rush hour traffic.  If you’re reading this and want to know more about what I do to see if it might be something you’d be interested in, please get in touch.  Click here to email me an include your location and contact details so I can share some information with you.

Why I love working from home especially in January

Why I love working from home especially in January

rainy januaryIt’s a cold, rainy Friday in January here and I’m enjoying a cosy afternoon working on my laptop with our dogs basking in the heat from the lit fire in front of me.  It wasn’t that long ago when I would have been counting the minutes to 5 O’clock so I could then drive for an hour and half in heavy traffic just to get home to a cold house and wish that one day, I could work from wherever I wanted!

I see people all the time offering work from home opportunities that wrongly promise big pay days with little to no work.  Videos from beach hammocks, tours of garages filled with super cars and claims of overnight successes (with large buy-in fees).  I have to burst the bubble and speak out to say that whether you work from home, from your favourite cafe, or from the laptop in your backpack while you travel the world, the work still has to be done!  However having the flexibility to choose when and where, puts you in control of your income and your diary, while having a system allows you to leverage your time.

If you want big pay days, you have to put in some elbow grease, but please make sure you’ve got the right company or product behind you to give you the reliability and support you deserve for taking that step out of your comfort zone to creating a system for you and your family to enjoy the life or lifestyle you want.  Although this is slightly off-topic, being able to build your business in an hour a day or few hours a week will also be important if you’re fitting it around full-time work at the start.

I heard the phrase that ‘summer bodies are made in the winter’, and thought how similar network marketing can be where summer businesses can be made in the winter too.  Which leads me onto the point that if you have to put in the work somewhere, why not do it on a cold wintry January, with your dogs at your feet and the fire lit in front of you!

I hope that whatever home business you choose to invest your time and effort in, that you get to enjoy the sun while it shines, building your business around the important things in life, whether that’s your family, your passion, hobbies or holidays!

Happy January everyone – thanks for reading!

 

Why November is a great month to start your home business

Why November is a great month to start your home business

I’ve outlined my 5 favourite reasons why November is a brilliant month to get your home business up and running.  If you have any questions, or would like to know more, please feel free to contact me about it.

  1. It gives you spending money in time for Christmas!  Starting in November gives you a few weeks to learn how everything works, talk to people and with my help get set up before people are shopping for Christmas presents.  This then means that when people are buying your products for Christmas, you are making the commissions, not the high street shops.  This in turn, gives you more money to spend on your own Christmas presents. (Score!)
  2. You get to buy at cost price!  Aside from the consumable high quality health and nutrition product ranges, there are also sports products, an amazing aloe based skincare range, makeup and cosmetics range and products for animal care.  This means that instead of paying full retail for your Christmas presents, because you have an account directly with the manufacturer, you’re buying them at cost price!  Your family and friends get the same high quality products, but they cost you a lot less than full retail value.
  3. January holiday shopping is more fun!  With the first 2 months of business under your belt, you now have an extra income.  Because it’s so flexible it could be on top of your current full time salary, however when you start browsing expedia, Jet2 and Thomas Cook, you may not have to dip into the savings you’ve been holding onto.
  4. No January Blues.  Without having to buy on credit card, you won’t have the same craving for payday that you may have had the year before!  Using your new income to pay for presents at the time instead of relying on credit means it doesn’t have to be paid back, and with ‘Forever’ there are no limits so you can make as much as you like without your boss saying ‘ that’s enough overtime’ or ‘we’re capping your bonus this year’.
  5. This last point is my favourite!  For everyone starting this month (November 2016) I have an extra special offer, so email me for details or send me a message through my facebook page.  We can have a chat to see if it’s a good fit for you and go from there.

 

Increasing productivity when you work from home

Increasing productivity when you work from home

I’mMorning routine going to share one of the precious methods I use to help me increase my productivity and results in my home business…

Simply – Start your day with you first.

This consists of three activities that set my mindset for the whole day ahead and make sure that I get something accomplished when working from home for myself.  I know it’s a little morbid but my favourite quote on this is “Only dead fish go with the flow”  I don’t know who said it but I think it explains how things go when I don’t have a mission to accomplish.

The first thing I do each morning is focus on gratitude for 5 minutes.  This can be saying ‘thank’ when the first foot touches the floor, and ‘you’ when the second one touches the floor.  (I got this particular idea from Rhonda Byrne’s ‘The Secret’) While I make my way to the fridge to take my aloe and supplements, I simply think of everything I’m grateful for including my health, the health of my family, the loved ones in my life, having the ability to run my own business from home that can take me anywhere in the world, living in the country and thank God for the privileges I have in my life… Yours may well be different, and while I get more from it if I actually write these things down in a notepad at the side of my bed, sometimes I like to double up on activities to make the most of the time I have so simply using that time in the shower or while getting dressed to think of all the things in my life that are good still gets me the desired outcome, which is a positive state of mind for the second part.

The second thing I do is to sit on the edge of the bed, breathe for 5 minutes and listen to or watch something that inspires me.  For me, it’s a morning meditation to focus my mind on doing things that create a good outcome for the day to pro-actively set my intention.  For you it could be something on youtube, part of an audio book etc, or even a great music track that makes you feel inspired.

The third thing I do is to go for a 10 min walk to get my blood pumping and energy flowing.  While I’m walking, I think of 3 things I could do that day to move my business forward.  Being outside whether it’s cold, rainy or sunny always helps me to think outside the box and the creativity is always greater in nature than when I’m sitting in the office staring at my laptop.  When I get back, I turn on my laptop, flick on the kettle and write those three things down at the top of my diary page for the day and that’s where I start!

That’s it!  It takes me half an hour at the most, if you don’t have time in the mornings, get up half an hour earlier and start with a positive morning audio that makes you feel like getting up by putting your ear phones in when your alarm goes off and letting it wake you up, then do your gratitude, then quick exercise to get your blood pumping and get going.

I started this routine after reading ‘The Miracle Morning’ by Hal Elrod, then adapted it to what I needed from my day.  I find if I don’t fill myself up first, and instead start the day by scrolling through Facebook I just take on the junk of everyone else’s day.  Then I stumble through my morning routine without any sense of urgency and seldom accomplish something that could drive my business forward.

If you have any comments or questions on today’s blog, please feel free to email me on gracecarlisle@ outlook.com

 

Five things that any work from home business must have before you should get involved

Five things that any work from home business must have before you should get involved

In this video, I explain the five main criteria that any work from home business or network marketing company needs to have before you should get involved with them.
they are:

1) You have residual bills, you need a residual income, therefore make sure they have consumable products
2) Recession resistant – research their growth chart and make sure they’ve got a recorded track record showing their product sales during times of recession
3) Increasing or expanding market, I operate in the health and nutrition market which is dubbed the next ‘trillion dollar industry’
4) Reputable company – make sure it’s not a pyramid scheme, ensure they are audited and above board. The DSA is the direct selling association which is a governing body who independently audit and ensure that companies are who they say they are and do what they say they’ll do. Forever Living products have an excellence award with the DSA so that gives me peace of mind.
5) Easily replicated – make sure if you need to build a team, that what you need to teach them to do is easy for them to show other people. The easier this is, the bigger your team can grow, and therefore your income increases.
This is what I spend my time doing now, teaching other people to do what I do, so if you’d like to know more about the company I work with, Forever Living, please click here to email me

or click here to check out my facebook page  or visit my youtube channel by clicking here!

 

The Forever Compensation Plan Explained

The Forever Living marketing plan is another term for their compensation plan explaining how much you get paid from your activity.

The easiest way to understand it is by watching this video, however if you prefer to read it, then I’ve written an explanation below:

 

 

As a new person within the plan, you can begin at ‘novus’ level on 15% discount, then acquire two CC’s (points) worth of orders to achieve the next commission level of assistant supervisor, or you can purchase a discounted box of products also called the ‘business in a box’ to arrive at the same place.  This gives you a selection of heavily discounted products to try yourself and use to launch in your own home, or share with family and friends so they are aware of the benefits and quality encouraging more sales through your business.

The next level in the forever living marketing plan is called supervisor and at this level, your commission increases to 38%.  To reach this level, you and anyone you introduced to the opportunity will have accumulated a total 25CC’s (in your whole team) over 2 consecutive months.  Once at this level, you make the difference on your commission, and the commission of anyone you introduce to the opportunity, so you are already earning 3% of your team members overall retail business.  Now, you will be encouraging the people you introduced to the business to find 2-5 key people for their teams, and your collective total will once again propel you to another pay rise.

The next commission rate of 43% is referred to as assistant manager.  You simply continue to do the same activities of using facebook / phone / internet or face to face if that is your preferred method to introduce the company to more people who may wish to sell the products until you achieve 120CC’s over 2 consecutive months meaning you have reached manager level and 48% commission on anything you sell personally.  You also earn 18% commission on products sold by new people to the opportunity at assistant supervisor level, 13% commission on products sold by people at Supervisor level on your team and 8% on products sold by people at assistant manager within your team.

Once at manager stage, you show others how to do what you have done and when they achieve it too, you receive 6% of their overall business.  (This is known as being a first generation manager to your business).  When they do the same and help their team members through to manager level, you also receive 4% of their overall business.  They are known as second generation managers.  As they show their team members how to reach manager level and they achieve it aswell, you receive 3% of their overall business and they are known as third generation managers.

There are further pay rises when people achieve certain numbers of managers in their business.

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I hope this explains a little more about the company but if you’d like to hear more and are interested in joining our team, please get in touch and email me.  My email is gracecarlisle @ outlook.com (without the spaces) alternatively click here to get in touch and include your location and best details to contact you on.

How to get more time in your day

How to get more time in your day
juggling life
juggling life

Busy? Too much to do and not enough time to do it?  Simple answer is that you need a system.

If you have a fixed salary, your days will likely be spent working a 40 hour week, so for around 5 months of the year you leave home in the dark to go to work, and arrive home in the dark after work, weekends are spent getting everything washed, re-stocked and ready to start the next week.

It’s not a lifestyle that agreed with me but for the first 10 years of my working life, I thought it was all there was.  We were brought up to study hard, work hard and try to get a good job so we’d have job security and a nice lifestyle, however life didn’t work out like that.  Recessions and tough economic conditions meant that many of my friends found it hard to get jobs even with great qualifications.  Once we got jobs and were working our way up the corporate ladders, recession hit, forcing me and many others to look around for a more reliable way to earn a living.

You can always make more money, but you can’t make more time, you can only make better use of your time which is a skill in itself.  I’ve found that time is your most valuable asset in life, therefore if you want to enjoy more of it, you need to work less.  To work less, you need a system that keeps working while you’re sleeping and leverages greater value for the amount of time you put into it.

In the corporate world, climbing the promotion ladder allows you to earn more while you spend the same time, however take on greater responsibility, some additional stress, a 40+ hour working week and hopefully your boss sees your potential and wants to reward it with pay increases and promotions.

If this isn’t your current situation, or it is but you aren’t sure you want to work a 40 hour week, for 40 years in a race to retirement to get some time off, then please read on…

The system you are looking for needs to have a few characteristics

  1. If it is associated with a company;
  • it needs to have a stable, solid and positive reputation
  • it also needs to have a recorded history that demonstrates market share and responsible management and or owners

If you choose to work alongside a company, your reputation is only as good as the company you work with.  If it has a history of poor customer care, poor products, or is associated with bad business practice, that can have a reflection on you, therefore you need to do your research.  For your own peace of mind, you also need to know that if you are putting time, effort and money into a business with a company, that the rug isn’t going to be pulled out from under your feet when you’ve done all that hard work, so one with a good history is essential.  This is especially true in the mlm market or multi level marketing companies where most only last a few years.

2. The products or services sold by you or the company need to have a history of low price sensitivity and / or be consumable

You don’t want to replace 9-5 work with the constant need to create new material, courses, products etc because if you slow down or stop for a while, what you’ve created runs out and people stop buying.  I have found greatest success in working with a company that sells tangible products and creating a system that keeps them selling when they run out and re-order those same products.

3. The market you are selling to needs to be growing

You want to avoid a saturated market and a stagnant market so that the audience and demand for your products is always increasing.

4. It needs to be able to run on autopilot or be replicable

If you have to keep on doing the same tasks over and over, you aren’t leveraging your time.  The Forever Living multi level marketing system works well because it focuses on simple tasks that anyone can do, therefore they are easily replicated.  Each new person has their business launched by the person who introduced them showing the products to a new audience and instant customer base, they then introduce people they feel would be well suited to the work from home lifestyle, and go to trainings to learn how to do these two things.  This process is replicated, and a percentage is paid on products sold directly, with another percentage paid on the products sold by the new person who after ‘learning their trade’ continue to benefit in the same way.