Networkers Should Read Westerns

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Most entrepreneurs recognize the value of learning and practicing the skills required for success.    There are many good books about network marketing and MLM.  Some of the authors are shown here.  These books are typically written by successful leaders and some focus on marketing skills and techniques while others, applicable to any field, concentrate […]

I Escaped the Ratrace and Gave My Briefcase to the Cat

Cat sleeping in my briefcaseWhen I got my first management job, my wife gave me a briefcase.  It was the biggest one Samsonite made at the time, and I liked it because I could bring work home from the office every day.  That briefcase went along with me on business trips overseas, to corporate headquarters and other regional offices in the U.S. and to meetings with clients.  It was handy for popping into the overhead on the airplane, and I could retrieve it during the flight so I could work.

I was a workaholic, leaving for work early and returning late.  I even enjoyed going to the office on some weekends because I could get more done.  Not being paid for the extra work wasn’t an issue with me.  I was never a 9:00 – 5:00 guy.

The promotions kept coming, and I had less and less family time.  My unused paid vacation time began to mount up.

Gradually I came to to realize how my job had taken over my life.  I had money, but no time to enjoy it or to spend with my growing family.  The companies I worked for controlled my time and my income.  Sometimes I was knocking myself out while others in similar positions were paid exactly the same while putting in minimal effort.  Frequently, I wondered if my superiors even knew what I did, and I felt more like a number than an individual.  I began to be dissatisfied and my briefcase got heavier and heavier.

It seemed to me that I had stepped onto a conveyor belt when I graduated from high school, carrying me through college and into the rat race while the years flew by.  Worst of all, despite all of the heroic mission statements of the companies I worked for as Operations Manager, General Manager, Regional Manager, and Managing Director, I didn’t feel like my efforts had added any true value to others’ lives.  At heart, we had been profit-driven, not purpose-driven.  Continue reading I Escaped the Ratrace and Gave My Briefcase to the Cat

Convert Before It’s Too Late!

Sign says The End is Near.I’m not talking about a religious conversion here, but about converting ordinary, everyday expenses to business expenses for savings on your income taxes.

The surest way to reduce your taxes is to convert personal expenditures into allowable deductions.

A network marketing or other type of home-based business allows you to convert a portion of your everyday expenses to legitimate business deductions.  Network marketing is a great home based business that takes little investment to get going.

Another tax year has come and gone.  With the specter of rising taxes and food prices don’t let another year slip by without taking advantage of the benefits of having your own home business.

Inflation is expected to hit food hard this year, particularly meat, many fruits, veggies, cereal, and dairy products.

Gasoline, heating oil, natural gas, and electricity costs are soaring.

Operating a home-based business is a useful and lawful way to reduce the income taxes you pay and retain more of your hard-earned income.   Keeping more of your money is critically important to meet the rising cost of everyday living expenses. 

This is no time to be paying more income tax than is required by law.  Even if you can only save a few thousand dollars, it is foolish to ignore it.

(I am not an accountant nor am I giving you tax advice)

As a self-employed individual or business owner, you are allowed a laundry list of tax deductions.  These are expenses that are necessary and relevant to your business.   Here is a list of tax deductions to consider.

Computers, Software, and Supplies, Research Materials, Phone, Cell Phone, Mileage and Travel Expenses, Utilities, Home Office Expenses, Equipment, Supplies, Health Insurance Costs, Insurance, Internet Service, Printer, Copier, Maintenance and Repairs,  Upkeep, Advertising and Marketing, Office Furniture, Dues, Memberships, and Subscriptions, Business Licenses, Search Engine Optimization, Tradeshows, Booths, Business Cards, Flyers, Education & Training, Workshops and Seminars, Printing, Postage, Letterhead, Office Supplies, and Wages Paid.  Continue reading Convert Before It’s Too Late!

Adding Value For Success In Business

A lot of people have grown up to think that they have to compete with others to grab their share of a limited stockpile of resources and success. 

 This has become  the central principle by which they govern their relationships with others.  They live their lives according to the belief that meaning is found in a better job title, more “stuff”, or a higher salary.

Many successful people follow a different belief, that true meaning in life is found by serving others.  They serve others by adding value to their lives.

This movie illustrates value, or rather lack of value.

Adding value to others is not just a admirable mission but can also be very rewarding in terms of the success the success it brings your business.  In fact it is a critical factor in the success of any business.   Continue reading Adding Value For Success In Business

Clint Eastwood Spits On A Network Marketer

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I recently watched one of my favorite movies again, “The Outlaw Josey Wales”, starring Clint Eastwood. 

At one point in the movie Josey confronts a pushy patent medicine salesman.  He responds in a manner which leaves no doubt about his low opinion of the man’s profession and his product.

Seeing this reminded me of people […]

My Personal Development Included a Circus Act

GH climbs upNothing stays static. You (and your business) are either growing or decaying.

When I first joined my wife in our networking company in 2003 our business growth was explosive. Fueled by  passion for the products and a desire to help others, within 13 months our downline exceeded 4,500. Our income soon exceeded the six-figure income I had earned in my last J.O.B.  Other associates in our downline were energized with the same passion and we all expected that our businesses would continue to grow. 

We didn’t know that we were in Network Marketing.   Neither our upline nor our Company mentioned much if anything about prospecting, duplication, follow-up (as in “the fortune is in the follow-up”) or any other networking skills.  Continue reading My Personal Development Included a Circus Act