Top 10 Reasons for Starting a home-based business

Top 10 Reasons for Starting a home-based business

Starting a business of your own might seem like a daunting task. But it doesn’t have to be! Most home-based business entrepreneurs start with something they have a passion for, something they love, or at least have an interest in.

There are literally hundreds of home-based business ideas available on the internet:

  • From Dog Walking to Coaching
  • From Jewelry-making to Fitness Training
  • From Writing to Cooking


Thousands of people are already doing what you are considering. If they can do it, you can do it!

Plus, it can all be done from home and be both fun and profitable!

Sometimes it grows into a substantial business, but for most people, it remains a passion, a hobby, a fun and enjoyable way of doing something they love that makes a profit.

One reason for this is that most people don’t have the drive, ambition, or desire to become a millionaire.

What most people want is a peaceful life, no stress, and some money left over at the end of the month after all the bills are paid.

Consider that if your business just brought in an extra $250/£250/€250 each month, after one year you would have an extra $3,000 GBP or Euro. Would that pay for a holiday? Upgrade your car? Re-decorate a few rooms maybe? Or give you a savings account for some peace of mind?

When you have a business of your own, doing something you love, it can become a fun and profitable driver in your life and give you a very compelling reason to make good use of your spare time.


Consider these top 10 reasons for starting your own home-based business:


  1. Freedom and independence.

You’re no longer tied to your boss or your job. As long as you take care of your customers, you can do what you want when you want! Plus, having a business of your own that gives you even a modest second income can be a lifeline.


  1. Pride and satisfaction.

Even a small, part-time venture, especially if it is something you have a passion for, will make you feel good about yourself. After all, you did this!


  1. Expand your social & business circles.

As a business owner, you’ll move toward cooperation and collaboration with others as you create and grow a profitable venture.

  • You’ll meet customers, suppliers, service providers and advisors, all of whom have a vested interest in helping you succeed.
  • Plus, there are scores of business clubs you can join for free who meet regularly to help promote each other’s business.
  • Starting your own business will open so many doors of interest and opportunity, you’ll be wondering why you didn’t do this earlier!



  1. Tax breaks.

Check with your own tax office or accountant for the latest accurate advice, but there are many ways you can use your business to reduce your tax liabilities.

  • For example, not only can you claim the things you buy for your business, like computers and office furniture, but you may also be able to claim the office space you use at home, phone and internet service costs, and even some utilities. And these are just a start!


  1. Financial freedom.

What if your home business really took off and you started making more money working from your hobby than you did at your regular job? Is that possible? Yes, thousands of people have already done that. Why not you?

  1. Financial stability.

Knowing that you can pay your bills brings peace of mind.

  • For most of us, our mortgage or house payment is the biggest regular expense we have, right? If you could use your business profits to pay your mortgage or pay it off early, that would be a huge weight off your shoulders, wouldn’t it?
  • What if you rent your home? How much pressure would it take off if you had enough money in the bank to pay your rent for a whole year in advance? Even 3 months ahead would be a great help, wouldn’t it?


  1. Confidence

The biggest asset you can ever possess in life is self-confidence, and having even a small business of your own, doing something you love, will bring out the very best in you and grow your confidence as a result. As your profits grow, so will your confidence!


  1. Timing

This is a perfect time to start your own business! Recent events have led to huge increases of people buying things online. Many of these people could be your customers.

  • There is never a better time to start your own business other than NOW. No amount of delay or procrastination is going to make it quicker, safer, easier, or more profitable.
  • It’s important to get going. You can make any changes or adjustments as you go. What’s important is that you START.


  1. More options and greater control over your life.

There’s no doubt about it. When you have money in the bank you do have more choices and all of them are under your direct control.

  1. What’s your “Why?”

Determine your strongest personal reason for starting a home business.

  • For example, maybe you want to show everyone what a success you are. Maybe your strongest desire is to travel, and a home business can enable that to happen. Maybe you want to run a wildlife preserve.
  • Whatever your reason, hold onto that feeling. This is the most important reason of all and will give you the motivation to overcome challenges, persist in your business, and drive you to succeed.


Life is short. Make the decision and do something today that will move you closer to having your own business tomorrow. Soon, you’ll be reaping the rewards!


I’d love to hear your home business ideas and success stories!  Feel free to email and let me know how you get on!

20 Places to Find Remote Jobs

20 Places to Find Remote Jobs

Here is a list of 20 places where you can find and apply for remote jobs. If you’re trying to start a freelance career of any sort or hoping to nail down a remote job, these websites are a great place to start looking.

  1. Upwork
  2. Indeed.com
  3. Remote.co
  4. FlexJobs
  5. LinkedIn
  6. ZipRecruiter
  7. Problogger Jobs
  8. We Work Remotely
  9. Solid Gigs
  10. Remotive
  11. Angel List
  12. Skip The Drive
  13. Working Nomads
  14. Jobspresso
  15. Remoteok
  16. Virtual Vocations
  17. The Muse
  18. Outsourcely
  19. Workew
  20. Contena

Some of these sites are free, while others are paid membership sites.  Please get in touch via email or comment below if you found any of them useful in your quest to work online.  I publish weekly blog posts about working online so feel free to subscribe to hear more like this… thanks for reading!


I recently read an article on the benefits of decluttering and who wouldn’t appreciate a clutter free home!
I know it’s not something you were maybe expecting to read about in here but a ‘healthy journey’ includes a little declutter now and again So I thought it might be valuable to mention it!
One way to be more productive and think with more clarity is to clear the clutter that bogs you down in your everyday surroundings!
Rather than bogging you down with detail, I’m keeping this blog quite short and including a little challenge aswell!   (Simply declutter the space in your home where you spend the most time!)
If you work from home; clear your desk!
If you are an avid gardener, declutter your greenhouse.
If you’re an equestrian enthusiast, declutter your tackroom!
If you have kids – I don’t want you to lose a weekend decluttering – just do a quick declutter job on the car!!!
If you’re so exhausted you collapse in front of the tv at night, declutter your living room!
That’s it! I’m not asking for photos, just let me know if you felt better after it was done!
Having moved house in May, we still have three rooms that I’ll diplomatically name ‘storage rooms’. so I feel like a recovering hoarder as I take on this challenge too!! Wishing you all the very best of luck!

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.

Earn from home regardless of the chaos outside your front door

Earn from home regardless of the chaos outside your front door

With everything that’s going on in the world we live in, it’s made me incredibly grateful to have a business I can work from home (and behind a laptop if I choose to.) Some of my friends have no choice but to continue working in customer facing environments where they fear they may bring the virus home to their families every night. While others have businesses of their own but their income has been cut because of people scared to go out, meanwhile the costs of running their premises remain unchanged.

It has also helped me realise I want to focus much more time and effort helping other people have the following choices:
* To work from home (or wherever you wish) if you need to.
* To work to your own schedule / choosing more or less hours depending on what you need and want to earn and achieve.
* To work when you need to around family life, (Jack’s currently having his afternoon nap upstairs).
* To build a business for your family’s future that’s willable so your children can receive your income in the future.
* To be able to keep your children at home for a few weeks without worrying about childcare/and your income.
* To not feel obligated to put your family’s health at risk by simply having to work where and when you’re told to.
* To not be dependent on one line of income / to have a backup.

If you know anyone wanting to make a change in their working situation, or wanting to create a “side-hustle” or part-time business as a plan B or backup plan regardless of what’s happening outside your front door, then get in touch, or send this to that friend so they can get in touch for info.

I’ll send across a quick 5 min video with some info and if it’s for you great, and if not no worries!

Feel free to contact me from any country, I’ll be happy to hear from you.

When to quit

When to quit
I have watched my little boy stand and fall down, take a step and fall down, use a walker and fall down.  Yet still, he keeps on standing and trying to walk.  He gets frustrated sometimes and resorts to crawling to get where he wants to go faster, yet he keeps on trying.  He has no idea what experiences are waiting on him, like how much fun it will be to run around and play football with his mates, or run and play with our dog, but he still keeps on trying.  He sees us walking so he knows it can be done and if we can do it then he will too.  Naturally, sometimes he has a big tumble, has a cry and needs a cuddle, but it doesn’t take long until he’s pushing me off, sliding back down to the ground and giving it another go. In life, how many of us have lost this drive.  We really want to do something, whether it’s setting up a new business, taking up a new hobby, or trying to get better at something.  However after one or two failed attempts, we decide we aren’t any good at it and we quit.  We’ve all done it, yet how many grown ups do you see that are able bodied yet haven’t learned to walk yet? When we were babies, how far removed would it have been to think (if we could have at that time) that in a few short years, we’d be learning a new language and how to communicate, draw, play, manipulate our parents, walking, running etc.  That’s a pretty tall order, yet once again – how many adults do you know who didn’t accomplish this? So why do we think that learning a new skill, a new language, starting up a new business etc is something we can’t do?  I watched my son take his first unaided steps today, he overbalanced soon after, but I know it won’t be long until he puts one foot in front of the other and makes it look easy.  I see it too often in my work, someone is outgoing, fun and has a great work ethic; I know they’d be amazing at what we do but life has just beat them down one too many times and they’re scared to take the plunge to even start.  So they don’t and nothing changes for them. I would love for someone reading this to think about something they’ve wanted to do for a long time, then dig deep, take that leap of faith and do even just one thing today that moves them closer to achieving it.  If you don’t manage it perfectly first time around, just remember how many failed attempts a child usually takes at learning to walk.  If they gave up after the first few, you know how much of life they’d miss out on, who knows what amazing experiences are waiting for you to open the door to them! Go for it!

How is your outlook affecting your life?

How is your outlook affecting your life?

I understand this may be too airy fairy for some but I only heard of the ‘water experiment with Dr Masaru Emoto a couple of weeks ago and I couldn’t believe I’d never heard of it!

To give you a brief explanation, he spoke and wrote words on different classes of water.  He froze the water before and after the experiment and took photos of the crystalised water partices.  There’s a video below with screenshots of the crystalised frozen water particles after the experiment and the differences in them are astonishing.

Have a watch at the video to see the differences those words made and then think about the words you say to yourself and how that could be affecting you.

Keeping in mind that we are made up of approximately 60% water, if you’re a worrier or are negative to yourself all the time, then you really need to watch this video!

So, I challenge you to take note of the thing you tell yourself throughout the course of just one day, what kind of words do you use.  If you forget to do something are you condescending to yourself?  If you miss the traffic lights on the way home because you were deep in thought about something, do you criticise yourself for the sake of delaying your journey by just 2 minutes.  Then if you do find you are very negative, my second challenge is to replace those criticisms for the opposite, ie if you are saying ‘that was really stupid of me, then turn it on its head and say, there must have been another reason for that happening, I’m usually pretty smart.’  Yes it’s corny, yes it’s a little awkward at first but I promise you’ll start noticing a difference in how you think about yourself and even inner confidence in just a few days.

Drop me an email and let me know how you got on!

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!

Exciting Life Changes and My Baby Realisations

Exciting Life Changes and My Baby Realisations

I’ve just hung out a wash of baby clothes bought to pack in my hospital bag in a few weeks and our little back yard area has taken on a new look I’ve never seen before!  Being a first timer at all of this, I’ve not been sure what to buy, when to stop work, how to prepare, or how much of anything is normal when you’re pregnant but I’m getting used to the idea of just doing my best and enjoying the ride.  I’ve written a list of my most recent realisations sparked by the imminent arrival of this little person into our lives:

#1: You need to be there to make memories.  Shopping days and coffee time with my mum has been one of the things I’ve enjoyed most this past few months.  With past marketing work and multiple jobs I’ve spent most of my life running from pillar to post never having time to slow down and focus on just being where I am; so having these months to really enjoy the experience with family has been amazing!

#2: Nesting is an actual thing!  I’ve heard people talk about and hoped that one day I’d turn into a cleaning demon too!  It seems to have started this morning as I found myself cleaning out the cutlery drawers with disinfectant before breakfast?!  I’m hoping it stretches to every other room shortly, but I’m trying to pace myself inbetween bursts of fatigue!

#3: I don’t need as many clothes!  Who would have thought, but apparently I can get by on one box of clothes as all my normal clothes are now vacu-packed out of the way for the day when I can figure out how to fit into them again.  I have to admit I’ve already bought my Clean9 ready for the day I can start working towards fitting into all my favourites again!

#4: I love my business!! I have never been more appreciative of my work from home than now, as I have been able to arrange meetings and coffees around appointment times etc and enjoy the benefits of an income and more time off.  One of the earliest reasons I started my work from home business as a self-employed person was so that I could be at home enjoying time with our family and I pinch myself to think that that day is almost here!

#5: I’m really grateful that we’ve been spurred on to make time to spend with our dog establishing a better routine and a little more discipline.  She now eats breakfast and dinner at the same time as us without leaving nuts in the bowl for a toddler to munch on (and a few other better traits and handy treat motivated commands to make life less complicated in a few months time).  Not knowing how any animal will take to the addition of a new ‘pack member’ however well I know our little dog inside out, she now knows where the boundaries are,i.e. no climbing on the sofa anymore and it’s not ok to jump up on anyone unless outside playing.

#6: I can’t believe how much ‘stuff’ you need for a baby!! I know we haven’t scratched the surface and we even ‘think’ we have the bare essentials covered but I can’t believe how many things they need and trying to figure out how much is marketing and how much we really need has been quite a time consuming task over the last few months!

#7: We’re never going to be prepared.  No matter how much thinking, planning and preparing – I don’t think we’ll ever be prepared for what lies in store for us.  So, I’m just hoping and praying that everyone will be healthy and everything will be OK.

#8:  Life is never going to be the same again!  I know this is obvious but it does take a while to really settle in that everything from just nipping to the shop for 2 mins to get something for dinner, to planning each days activities around a little person won’t be as simple as just ‘doing’.

9#: I am in the right business to create the life I want for my family, from the trips and experiences to having the time in everyday moments.  While any new business takes time to build momentum and pace, if I had it all to do over again, I’d know it would be worth it and I’d choose the same business, the same company to work with and the same people to support me and my team.

Please check out my other blogs on life and working from home within this website, and if you want to get in touch please email me.



How to work from home in Northern Ireland

How to work from home in Northern Ireland

working from home in northern irelandSo, you’ve decided enough is enough and you’re tired of being told when you can holiday, when you have to work, how much you can earn and how many hours you have to work to get it.  Hopefully with my help, you’ve also just realised that there actually IS another way of earning a stable, reliable income, with a reputable company from anywhere in the world but for now – you live in Northern Ireland.

Let me tell you about it… You can work when you want, earn as much or as little as you want, create a work schedule that fits around your family and not the other way around, work with a company who have high quality tangible goods that they will stock, deliver and offer a 60 day money back guarantee for, and work with products that are good for your health and help you to look better and feel better!! When I first stumbled across it, I thought it was too good to be true, but a lot of hours spent researching proved to me that it really is true!  Then lots of hours spent working the blueprint you follow in this business has also proven I can help other people do it too!

The company I work with is called Forever Living, I provide a number of tools to people who start their businesses with the company through me.  Those tools include; access to Facebook groups for product and business support, access to regular training events in Belfast and a number of other locations in Northern Ireland to provide face to face support, one to one coaching with me each month to help plan activities based on goals identified by you and access to websites to help you monitor your business from a back office, receive all the help and resources you need to know everything about the products and best tools for your business.

Each Monday night, we host a work from home webinar, it starts at 9pm and lasts for about 45 minutes.  It provides an overview on the business and a great background so you know what questions you might want to ask me afterwards.  Every second Wednesday we also have a presentation in the Crowne Plaza, located on Shaws Bridge in Belfast, where you can reserve your seat by simply getting in contact with me. The information on how to get started and everything involved is once again relayed for you and any friends you might want to bring with you.  There is no obligation to choose to get involved or start a business using our business model at any of our presentations, we simply ask that you attend or tune in with an open mind to hear something out of the ordinary.

If you’d like to register for either of these free presentations, please email me on gracecarlisle@outlook.com or send me a message on my facebook page if you’d prefer.

5 reasons why you should start earning from home this month

5 reasons why you should start earning from home this month

more time freedomI am helping a few people get their home businesses started internationally this month and would like to extend this invitation to anyone reading my blog if you would like to get your business up and running soon too?
To help you decide, I’ve outlined my top 5 reasons why you should let me help you start earning from home this month:

1) Spend summer with your kids and save on childcare – with a work from home business, you set your schedule, so you can work around the time you want to spend with your family or on other hobbies or commitments.  It’s your life, you should be able to set your own rules, not live by someone else’s holiday limits, when the sun shines, you should be able to enjoy it!

2) A healthier you!  The business I work with is in the health and nutrition industry, so for any natural wellness products, vitamins, weight management, fitness, personal care or animal products you buy anyway, you could now buy them at cost price through your very own home business!  Why pay high street prices and give that profit margin to someone else, when it could be going towards your own goals and dreams!
2a) Look younger, feel better!  We have literally just announced a new clinically proven skincare system to give you great anti-ageing results using natural ingredients and the latest scientific breakthroughs!  Not only could you now benefit from the monetary side of being able to offer this to people you know and those you , you could enjoy the benefits of it yourself too!!

3) The industry we are in is growing every day, so the sooner you start, the sooner you can begin making money and have that same decision I had when I realised I couldn’t afford to work for anyone else anymore because it wasn’t financially viable!  Can you imagine what it would feel like to call your boss and say “I’m afraid I just can’t afford you anymore, I’m going to have to let you go…”

4) It gives you spending money in time for Summer holidays and if you want it could help you pay that last instalment for the actual holiday too!!  Would you like to eat out more when you’re away, or maybe you haven’t booked anything yet, but having a bit of extra money in the bank would make it a decision that is completely in your control and not something decided for you by your bank balance.

5) When you start your business you receive:

  • Free personal coaching from me to help you build your business based on your skills so you really can have life on your terms
  • Access to an exclusive members only Facebook group to support you in your business
  • Access to exclusive membership websites to make sure you have everything you need
  • A licence to trade in 160 countries worldwide
  • A company website allowing you to make sales anywhere and receive commissions paid directly to you
  • Online back office management so you receive detailed reports of any orders placed and your commissions
  • Local training and head office support by the company in many different countries, so you can build your business locally too
  • Inclusion in any company incentives, global trips, prizes you choose to enter
  • Uncapped income supported by a business with a 39 year old track record
  • Use of a recession proof business model and blueprint

Please contact me asap to receive information helping you get started…You can reach me on gracecarlisle@outlook.com

Kindest Regards,

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.



I’m expecting!

I’m expecting!

I have been keeping this piece of news off social media for the last few months for a couple of reasons. Firstly because I felt it was a precious part of our lives and I just wanted to make sure everything would be ok before I made it ‘public.’ I actually only realised this week why else I had been holding back, which will seem silly to some but obvious to others – I think I was keeping my wonderful news private because of traditional corporate thinking, in that I would lose work and income once people knew so it would be harder to prepare for family life! Isn’t that horrendous! Why does that kind of thought even enter our minds, however I’m realising that lots of emotions come up when you deal with something new and this is definitely something new as it will be our first child.

If you read my last blog, you’ll know I finished my marketing consultancy work last week to work from home full time and help others do the same.  Now that I’ve identified why I was keeping it to myself, I have another reason to be grateful for having my home business to help me prepare for this next chapter in my life and I am determined to make it a great read!

This blog is about more than just my business, it’s about my life, so here I am! I’m 34 years old, I’m married, 5 months pregnant with my first child, a little bit terrified and massively excited about our future family life together!!  If my story doesn’t interest you – don’t read it!   But thanks to my business I will be able to be at home and schedule my working hours around family commitments, which is something I don’t think money can buy!  Perhaps this is my own ‘old baggage’ but I feel I should point out (as not everyone reading this knows me yet) that I intend to continue to take my business more seriously than ever as it forms the means by which I will create the best possible life for our little family.

In contrast to employment, I am looking forward to a growing income during maternity months, as I feel in the corporate world especially, that we have to choose between a larger salary and family time, or put off having children until later in life so as to afford the pay cut and salary drop through those important maternity months, then hope our jobs are still there when we go back which in a lot of cases I’ve personally witnessed – they weren’t!!  It’s no wonder I had that deep rooted belief, however thanks to how things have changed over the last couple of years, I was able to uncover it and say goodbye!

I wish more people knew about what we do, because there IS another way, and you don’t have to choose between work and family or work and life for that matter; you CAN HAVE BOTH!!!  Many of the people I work with are young mums, who either don’t want to return to work full time after maternity leave, or are looking for a way to spend time with their kids instead of paying large childcare fees and missing all the important moments while they’re stuck in work.

I have an amazing support network within my business, which makes this the ideal scenario of being in business for yourself but not by yourself. We have an incredible group of leaders who help us train, learn, develop and support growing businesses every step of the way so you always feel supported.  I would just like to invite anyone else who is in a similar situation or just wants to spend more time at home with their families to contact me, get some info on my business and find out how you can benefit from it too. Email me on grace@gracecarlisle.co.uk, if you are on my Facebook page, send me a direct message and I would be delighted to show you some information.

Sacking the boss to work from home

Sacking the boss to work from home
Sacking your boss doesn’t have to be a daydream!

As you may already know from my website and watching others, working from home gives you choices.  Those choices can be to have more time to spend however you wish, to spend the extra money you make on bigger or more frequent holidays, a car upgrade, or simply to choose to be your own boss and not take orders anymore!  Last week I made that choice and I have to admit it feels good!  I’m sure I’m not alone in daydreaming over the years about sacking a boss and retiring to a life of carefree sunshine and paid bills, however in the end when my daydreams turned into reality it was a very amicable wishing you all the very best in future business!

There is a movie called ‘In Time’ staring Justin Timberlake; it’s story line focuses on how everyone has a countdown timer on their wrists, wealth is simply time/life.  They trade the time they have for the things they need or want.  If someone has a lot of time, they are considered wealthy and when they are robbed, their time is taken as it is their wealth.  There is something about this movie that captures the ridiculous idea that most of us work the majority of our adult lives for just enough money to get by.  We trade the time we have for money we receive from employers and hope to have paid off somewhere to live by the time we retire.  If it feels entirely normal to spend your whole life working for someone else to be paid the value they attribute to you, take the time they allow you to have for holidays and trust that they will navigate the economic up and downturns in your best interests, then you wouldn’t be on this website.  If you are starting to wonder if there is another way of living that involves having both time and money, then I’d recommend watching this film as I feel it will resonate with you.

How a recession proof business looks!

A few years ago I made the leap from being employed to self-employed because I was hit by recession-led wage cuts and decided to take control of my own financial situation instead of trusting that the person paying my wages would make the best decisions for me.  I am not afraid of hard work and began working 6 days a week on two business I was extremely passionate about, however they didn’t generate the income I was working for and both relied on me doing all the work!  I was also still vulnerable to recession with both businesses revolving around marketing and advertising even in different industries, so I was still going to be the first cut when looking at costs.  However,I had control of my own diary, a wide ranging portfolio of clients and earned more per hour than when in employment, so it was a step in the right direction.

When I started with this company, I saw a business model that was not reliant on recession, it actually grew in times of recession!  I saw activities that I could generate residual income from that did not rely on me spending all my time working to generate.  I also recognised income streams that could grow without my direct involvement.  I saw a business that could create a maternity pay for me as a self-employed professional, an income that could grow when I needed to increase my earnings to pay for the new house build and a system that could self-sustain when family life was flourishing.

Over the past year, I have been reducing my marketing consultancy work down to a couple of clients and choosing to focus on my work from home business which gave me all the choices above.  However last week, I was able to make a further choice and I reduced my marketing work a stage further to cancel my weekly commitments to a client I had been working with for a considerable length of time and therefore jump full-time into the home business that started in the nooks and crannies of everyday life simply because there was no other time to fit it in.  When I began, I would send emails and messages when the kettle was boiling in the morning, grab 15 mins at lunch and half an hour before bed etc.  To know I now have a full working week to choose to spend how I wish is really exciting and certainly wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for the home business I have built.

The beauty of this business is that you can spend the same amount of time each month, but increase your income because you are building a system.  The more people you help to create their systems, the more your income grows and so on, so you don’t need to work full-time in this business to receive a full-time wage and that was the scenario I craved.

Some people hate their work, thankfully I wasn’t in that situation, but I didn’t want to live to work, I wanted to work to live and I am so thrilled to have found a way to do that in time for family life starting.  If you get sunday night blues that make you crave another way of living, arrive to work and home in the dark and wish there was another option, or have more going out than you have coming in but find there aren’t any extra working hours in the week, then maybe now it’s time for you to make a change too.

If any of this resonates with you, please click here to drop me a direct email and get in touch.  You can follow my progress on Facebook or join my mailing list by entering your details in the relevant section on this page if you aren’t in the position to do anything yet but want to watch from the sidelines for a little while longer.



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.


How to work from home this summer

How to work from home this summer

If you are anything like me, sitting in an office on a sunny day watching the clock tick by isn’t your idea of fun, I’d much rather have the flexibility to be outside when the sun is shining, and likewise be there for my family when they need me then do the work when it suits me.

I also like that my income increases every month, meanwhile my workload stays the same! Is that something that would appeal to you too?  If so, then here are a few reasons why you should take a look at working with me:

  1. You can work online, offline or both!  Whether you are afraid of technology or love it, there are activities I can show you to boost your income and create a sustainable business.
  2. You set your own timetable – whether you want to work when the kids are sleeping or grab 15 mins here and 15 there, between a hectic lifestyle to save for a holiday or pay off some credit cards, this business allows for that.
  3. The company I work with has a recorded trading history spanning 39 years so you can be assured they are not here today gone tomorrow.  If you put time and effort into a business, you want to know you’re building a residual income.
  4. They are privately owned, cash rich and debt free so they don’t rely on banks or lenders to operate and therefore are extremely stable.
  5. You can receive cheques from different countries!  With a local headquarters in most of the 158 countries they operate in, you can not only trade and create an income stream, your business will be supported by local staff paid for by this company.
  6. They are an extremely reputable company, working with the governments in each of these 158 countries so you have no barriers to entry wherever you want to set up your business.
  7. You don’t have overheads like rent, rates or staff either – they pay for the staff in each country to support the business owners there, you simply follow a blueprint which I provide.
  8. You have peace of mind that this isn’t a pyramid scheme or unlawful activity because they have won excellence awards from the direct selling association in UK & Ireland, (and others worldwide), they work with governments in each of those countries they operate in and they win an annual Investors in People award because of the level of training and rewards they give back to the people involved in their business.
  9. You don’t have to carry stock or invest thousands in products to sell – the company distribute orders in just a few days either direct to you or your customer.  You get all the benefits of a franchise without the headaches or costs!
  10. You would be operating in the trillion dollar health and wellness industry – this marketplace is continuing to expand globally, (google it for more info.)
  11. Like the idea of an uncapped income? – that’s what’s on offer here!  You can create a business that will pay you your worth as decided by you, not by someone else.
  12. You can create a willable income so your family can receive monthly payments long after you’ve gone.  I love how responsible that is!
  13. You receive online training and support wherever you are based in the world, backed up with local company organised events and training to ensure you receive the best support available.
  14. You don’t need experience of the market or need to have worked in a business environment before because training is provided.
  15. Lastly, you can get started today by simply opening an account.

Want more information?  

Get in touch by sending me an email, I can register you on an online webinar with information on how to get started in your country, or share a presentation online at a time that suits you.

This isn’t a get rich quick scheme, it’s a viable business that offers you the ability to choose more money, more time, more freedom… and to choose what you want out of life.

If now isn’t the right time, why not follow me on Facebook and get in touch when you’re ready to take action…

Open for International Business

Open for International Business

It’s been a busy time creating and preparing new resources and thanks to a number of developments taking place in the background over the last couple of months, I can now help any new business start ups to create an international growing business from the moment they start.

Network marketing has created millionaires for decades using local launch parties as their main business tool, and more lately through Facebook, however so many other options have opened up that don’t require you to speak infront of people, ask family and friends to host parties for you, be a Facebook expert to promote it online or spam your profile with promotional messages either!

I often meet people who don’t have their own business already because they don’t know how else they would promote it without having to do these things!  That is why my recent developments are a game changer for you and your future!

So what does this mean for you?

Online training and resources to show you in a friendly, easy to understand way how you can grow your business from your kitchen table.  Therefore if there isn’t local training in your country, that won’t stop or hinder your success.

Online resources to give you the tools you need when you need access to them.

Weekly online presentations so you can develop your business in any of the 158 countries where the company have local headquarters, product centres and staff on the ground to support your team and customers there.

Would you like to receive multiple cheques from different countries?

If imagining a life where you have a part-time business from home that creates cheques from a number of different countries that are sent directly to you brings a smile to your face, then I’d urge you to get in touch with me to see how it could really happen.  Please feel free to contact me by emailing gracecarlisle @outlook.com (without the space) so I can show you how it all works and answer any questions.



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!


The benefits of an international business

The benefits of an international business

international businessOne of the benefits of an international business that I enjoy is the ability to generate international payments! I can receive a payment not just from the country where I live, but because I’m creating a system, it is working 24/7 so I don’t have to.
Like any new business, the majority of the work is done in the beginning, setting it up and getting the momentum going. However once that’s done and you’ve learnt how to do it, it can be a ‘rinse and repeat’ anywhere in the world.

Because of the nature of the business I enjoy the most, (network marketing) if anyone I’ve helped to set up has international contacts, my income increases from that country too. I may have never set foot in it, however as their business grows and develops, mine does too!  If you use Facebook, you can see how easy it is to connect with people in different countries.  Show them a way to generate an extra few hundred pounds/dollars/euros a month and they will create another system in the country where they live too!!

If you read my blog regularly, you’ll probably know that I work alongside a company called Forever Living, who have been going for almost 40 years and are in 158 countries around the world. In the early years, people had to drive all over the country to meet new people and get them started in their business. However now we have online presentations, which is handy for people living 100 miles from me and essential for people living 1,000 miles away. Skype can be handy if the connection on both sides is good, however I tend to use a mix of webinars whatsapp calls and messenger services too.

We are all well versed in the traditional 9-5 working week, you get paid for 40 hours a week and trade those hours for enough money to exist in the remaining hours of the week.  There’s a statistic that in most developed countries, we could all be homeless if we didn’t work for 3 months.  This scared me when I heard it first, mostly because I was in that category too!  I didn’t have enough saved to cover my overheads for more than 3 months but so many people every week get caught in that exact trap and then what happens?! It’s even harder to get a job, to be respected and everything could slip away very fast!

This is another benefit to an international business – you see, the hours you can work at the moment are the hours when you can generate an income, but what if those hours extended beyond 9-5 but didn’t involve you working longer hours?  What if people could purchase things from you online, from over 158 countries?  That would make you commissions around the clock!  So your working week just grew from 40 hours to 168 hours a week!

The countries in the opposite hemisphere could be your new favourite in this scenario, because when you’re sleeping, they’re generating income for you!

The beauty of consumable products – available globally

You may have heard that the next trillion dollar industry is health and wellness.  If so, then you’ll know this is a growing global industry ~(and a good place to have a business).  What if you were to have access to over 200 products that were consumable so they ran out and people would order them again to keep enjoying the benefits of feeling healthier, having more energy, achieving their goal weight, enjoying a healthier lifestyle.

Now, combine that with your online shop and you have a global business that is in the right place at the right time!!

Not sure how you’d promote it?  That’s the easy bit, if you can use Facebook, I can show you how to promote your business with Forever Living online for free.

So, you have two sides to this scenario from the perspective of working alongside Forever Living’s blueprint.  You can show people in different countries how to do what you’re doing locally and they do the same thing, generating an extra income for you from that country too.  Or, you can generate residual sales by selling the products direct to people in any of the countries where this company operate.  Because they are in 158 countries, they work with the governments in each country and keep stock locally, so if someone in that country orders it, it’s delivered to their door within a few days, while the commission is allocated to my account.  I love that I don’t need to worry about logistics, export duties, laws or regulations because they have already created products compliant with the regulations of the area they are being sent to.

If you are in another line of business, you wouldn’t receive the same blueprint, or websites provided by the company but the principles are the same.  If your products are downloadable like info products, it saves you on delivery and logistics, so if you have tangible products, you would need to research postage options, and items mentioned above for the countries you are interested in targeting.

If you want to find out how to start your very own international business today, just contact me and I can share the information with you that is relevant in your country to get you started right away.


What do you REALLY want to accomplish in 2017?

What do you REALLY want to accomplish in 2017?

more time freedomNow that New Years Resolutions feel like a distant memory, it’s the perfect time to decide what you really want to accomplish this year.  The number one thing I hear most often is something that Santa can’t fit down the chimney – time!  We all spend it but we can’t get it back.

Before I started this business, I agonized over the decision of time versus money regularly.  As a self-employed marketer, I could work every hour and have money but no time, and when I did get more time to spend on holiday etc, it cost me twice because I wasn’t working!  The last recession made me nervous of creating a system within my marketing business as I didn’t want a team of people relying on me in time for the next recession to hit as marketing is often the first cost to cut when times are hard.  So I continued to feel like I was always working and missing all the important things in life.  My dad would regularly say “Gracie, you’re so busy rushing through life, you’re missing everything, please slow down pet!”  I would always reply with “It’s ok dad, things will change, I’ll soon not need to work as hard and get to visit more often.”  But I eventually realised that if I didn’t change, nothing else would either, So I started searching for a system that would let me be time smart and recession proof!  If you’re reading this, you might be in a similar position of wanting to create more time and money to enjoy life’s journey.

The way I see it you have three options.

  1. Keep doing what you are currently doing and stay where you are.

If you’re happy with where your life is right now and are comfortable so you don’t need/want to have, be, or do more then this isn’t a bad option.  You go to work, you receive a certain amount of money every month and you budget where that will be spent.  You have the same amount of time every month, you spend it however you do now and nothing ever changes.  If that makes you feel uncomfortable or (for me I felt sick to my stomach at the thought of it), then read on…

2. Ask your boss for a pay increase, or look for another job with higher earning potential/or less hours.

This might involve going back to night school and getting more qualifications so you can apply for a new job a year or two down the line, missing 2 nights a week with family, friends or hobby time.  Or, look around for other jobs that you can do with your current qualifications, so get the papers, look online, apply for jobs, go for interviews, and try to increase your salary that way.  If you want more time, try to make sure your larger salary doesn’t come with more demanding hours and a longer commute.  Or, you could look for work that’s nearer to home to save commuting time, although in this case, make sure you’re not reducing your salary as you’ll probably end up working more hours to make up for the shortfall!

3.  Start your home business in part-time hours alongside your current work and family life.  Everything else stays the same until your business grows enough to decide if you still want to work full-time.  We support you each step of the way and you follow a blueprint that has been working for 39 years so far.  (You get free holidays and a car plan with this option aswell)

How is this possible?  Let me explain, you spend as little as 3 hours a week (or as much as you want if you need faster results) growing your new income, meeting new people and changing your work life balance for the better.   The blueprint is designed to allow you to make money from the start, there’s no waiting time of 3 to 5 years to break-even like there is in traditional business.  You instantly make a commission on the products they manufacture and deliver to on your behalf as soon as your account is open!

If you are used to the theory of working one hour and getting paid for that one hour?  try this – You get paid over and over on the same activity because these products are consumable!  So, finding a customer once can generate an income again and again.  You can even help them order online from any of the 158 countries we are in!

Used to the theory of you doing all the work to just get paid on your own work, not work generated by people on your team, even if you trained them and showed them what to do?  try this – You receive an increasing income when you show other people what you do, without you having to spend more and more time doing all the work yourself.  So, you spend the same amount of time each month, but your income grows because you spend some of that time showing other people what you do.  Can you imagine replacing your 40 hour a week job with a 10 hour working week business because you worked smart and followed a blueprint?

If you chose option 3, please get in touch and I can help you with more information or to get started.  You can see from the third scenario above that it’s in my interests to help you get your business off to the best start.  I have a number of tools to help you get started wherever you are based in the world.  Click here to email me now.

My favourite FREE work from home tools for international business

My favourite FREE work from home tools for international business
My favourite tools for international business from home
work from home tools for international business

We live in an online era, we hear about the benefits and downsides every day, but do you know what resources you can use for free to earn money from home?  After using online tools and staring square eyed into various laptops over the years before making my switch to home business life, I thought I’d share my favourite free tools to build an international business from home.

There are so many ways to work from home including selling your services, freelancing your skills, creating products, being a virtual assistant, creating info products, writing a book, creating courses, consulting etc.  If you read my blog you’ll know my preferred method is network marketing with a company called Forever Living.  One of my reasons for this is because they operate in a growing market sector (health and nutrition) across 158 countries and can deliver their tangible products to anyone in those countries while I get the commission in my bank account. Regardless of your chosen business model, hopefully these resources will be able to help you too.

Skype is perhaps the most obvious choice and it can be very handy, however in my experience if you’re talking to a new user, it can take 40 mins to talk them through how to connect to you, checking web cams are installed or connected and then have the conversation cut short in the first few minutes due to not enough wifi in their area. This is even after they’ve installed it and think it’s all working so it’s not always as seamless as it first appears. They can also have an old version installed on their machine or be working either off the internet version or the app on their laptop, all of which have buttons in different places which makes it harder to talk them through. This can be disheartening when trying to communicate to someone who isn’t tech savvy so there are alternatives!

Whatsapp calls, this free app is used mainly as a messenger programme for friends, however when faced with needing to speak to someone on the other side of the world for business, it rarely disappoints and doubles up quite nicely to speak to them for free! Because it’s only audio being up and downloaded, most wifi networks are able to handle it.
I combine this with an online presentation offered through one of the websites offered by Forever Living when I’m speaking to someone about my network marketing business. It lets me click through the images on my laptop from home, while talking to them at the same time. It also avoids the embarrassing video calls if they aren’t comfortable or used to that. The downside of it is that you need their direct telephone number and this isn’t always easy to get if you don’t know the person and haven’t built a trust yet having only connected in business over the internet.

Facebook calls
Facebook calls, If you don’t have someones number, but you’re connected to them online through Facebook, there’s the call option there! This is also good to talk them through one of our online presentations as it can be done through their phone, while I click through my presentation on their computer or laptop.

Freelancing websites
If you sell your skills, there are lots of different websites where you can showcase your talents and look for people with interesting projects that fall within your remit. Odesk, People per hour or fiverr are all quite good. They’re also great if you’re wanting work done and don’t know where to go to find someone with the right skills to complete it. You can decide what your total budget is and choose between the freelancers bidding for your project. I would mention however that you get what you pay for so don’t always go for the lowest bidder. Look at their portfolios of work to see who you want to work with, check their responses to make sure they’ve read your description properly and are really capable of delivering the quality of work you are looking for.

What are your favourites?
That’s it, these are my favourite online tools that I’ve used to build my business from home. The best bit is that they’re all location independent, you can use them from anywhere as long as you have a phone or laptop which is what it’s all about for me!  Please feel free to email me and share your favourites so I can add them in too!