A Work at Home Business I did 12 years ago, and did it Successfully for 4 Years on my Own !!

Okay guys most of the stuff I will talk about on this blog has to do with my online endeavors that I have had some Success with. And I try to give you some advice and help in starting your own business online.

But make no mistake about it……….I will also talk a lot about a work at home business that may not be directly associated with the internet. There are a lot of good ones and I have had success with a number of them.

Let me just start from the beginning of how I got started with a pretty good one.

It was the Fall of 1998 and I was working as a inside sales rep for a large waste disposal company. I sold waste disposal services to businesses and some residential. Well, lets make a long story short. They downsized and unfortunately I was one of the employees who got the axe.

When I got let go it really thru me for a loop because I was expecting a raise or a promotion when boss man called me in his office on that fateful day.

When I walked away that day I was not sure what I was going to do. I really didn’t ! I sulked for a few days and then I decided to take some action so I went and bought one of those entrepreneurial magazines. And in it I found something that was very intriguing.

It cost about $100 and it was a work at home business and it seemed good so I gave it a go. Well, after getting the kit I immediately started and within a day I was making $100s of dollars.

You want to know what this brand new part time biz I had found ?? Painting address numbers on the side of people’s curbs. I had a template and some paint and some reflective glitter. People love this service because many times 911 in an emergency cannot see the numbers on their mailbox. So this gives residents a piece of mind to have this.

I did this successfully for about a year. I then decided to switch over to a similar product but much more lucrative.

You know what it was ?? It was ornamental address signs that people bought from me to put in their front yard. It looked very nice and along with that it gave a bright glow of the street address numbers for that home. I did this for 3 more years.

I did all this out of my own home. I made the signs there ,fielded calls and took orders, did my book keeping, and received my supplies there.

It was a nice one man show but I decided to move on after a few years. I had no children and was not married at the time so I was loving the freedom and flexibility of this work at home business

I thought about going back and doing it but just got caught up with doing other things in my Life.

It is really a great work at home business opportunity.

Just remember there are ALWAYS new houses being built and as a result there will be a need for these products for a very, very long time. Heck, just with the curb address painting alone every house that has had this service done will need it done again every 5 years or so when the paint wears off .

I charged $15 per address painted on curb and $50 for the standard Oak Ornamental sign with the thicker pole.

I think back then it was costing me $15 or so to buy from my suppliers for the signs. That is a pretty nice margin 😉

So HERE is my supplier and where you can get a manual/kit and pretty much start right away and it goes to the company’s home page. ( BtW, this is in no way an affiliate Link for me so I do NOT gain anything whatsoever from you joining and getting supplies 🙂

I think as a work at home business it is something you can take very far. At minimum you will at least be able to put some nice change in your pockets.

It is the 21st Century and this is not your Father’s MLM company !

(Here is a original Article I wrote for another Blog. I think you will find it helpful… Rob)
I can remember back in the early 1980s I was playing Atari Pac Man over at a childhood friend of mine’s house in our suburban neighborhood in Tennessee. We were just sitting there chilling out and protecting ourselves
from that humid Summer heat that plagues that area in early August.

A few minutes went by and all of the sudden the door flew open with a ruckus, and it was my friend’s dad. He about scared the bonkers out of us. We didn’t know what he was murmuring about , but in a hurry he made his way over to us to show us something he had just gotten.

It was some kind of Kit and on the outside of it there was one big, bold printed word on it, AMWAY ! Inside were endless brochures and paperwork and other stuff I really did not understand at that age .

Well, my friend’s dad proceeded to tell us this was his answer to financial freedom and the opportunity to make a million dollars.

I wasn’t sure what financial freedom meant at that time , but I sure knew that a million dollars was a lot of money lol

Now fast forward to 10 years later. At this time, I was a recent grad from University of Tennessee Business school. I knew a little bit more than I did years before about most everything including the financial arena.

That Summer after graduation I was sitting downstairs in my parent’s house. And I heard some quick moving steps coming down the stairs towards me . It was my brother, Mike. And guess what he was holding in his hand ? You got it, a Kit with a distinct printing on the outside that read Amway !

Well, to make a long story short my brother and I became distributors for Amway that year. We worked it for a few months and decided it had too expensive products and it was hard to build an Organizational down line with such
pricey items like 7$ tooth paste and $5 under arm deodorant. And this was like 1991 !!

We tried several more Network Marketing Companies including some health and nutrition companies and water filtration but the same thing; expensive prices to become a Associate and expensive products to try to hawk to your down line.

And going out to recruit new distributors was almost impossible as every friend and relative ran the other way when they saw us coming to pitch them again and again with our business ventures.

It was just one big dead end street for us.

My how things have changed in Network Marketing in the past 25 years or so.

With the advent of the World Wide Web there are numerous <a href=”http://bestdarnhomebusiness.com”>Network Marketing Opportunities</a> to take advantage of as communication is so much faster and effective than the old archaic ways of the early nineties and the eighties !

Emails, chat lines, instant messaging, skype, tweeting, Facebook Walls are a few of the numerous mediums people can network and build up a network marketing business.

It has been quite a revolution in the way we communicate and conduct business !

It is just not your so called ‘warm list’ that you have to rely on to build a successful MLM. You know your family, friends, co workers, neighbors, and most anyone with a pulse and trying to get them into Amway like my brother and I did in 1991 lol

These days many people get online and try to find businesses that they can start up immediately and do it from home. One good way to find this kind of valuable traffic is to do some SEO and make a Website or Blog and rank high in the Search Engines at Google and Yahoo !

The search engines will provide your Site with laser targeted visitors and instead of running down after uncle Joe to get him to join your MLM ,you will have John Doe running you down to get in your MLM 😉

That is a nice change of dynamics wouldn’t you say ?? 🙂

Other ways such as running solo ads in a business forum or just socializing with like minded people on Facebook and other online social outlets are really great ways in building your business.

However, there is also some short falls in building your Network Marketing Business online. With the convenience of being online also comes the convenience of anonymity which can lead to scams and other forms of misconduct.

There are countless number of people and businesses that have lost a tremendous amount of money because they
were dealing with con artist and dealing with people who were just no good and looking for prey behind their computers !

The proliferation of MLMs on the Web has probably increased by 10 fold compare to all the MLMs back in the early nineties. This is great is some respects but like I said it can be bad for some who jump in a MLM on the spur of the moment.

If you do decide you want to get into a network marketing company just be sure to check out the founder of the MLM and all the upper executives. See what their track records have been.

Contact other associates who have been there awhile and get their opinion. Ask yourself are the products of quality and value ? Is it something that retail customers would be keen on buying ? Or is it just some high priced product that never reaches the real market but is there to be dumped on every down line member for up line commissions ? Also make sure the upfront cost to start are reasonable.

And one last thing is to just put the MLMs name into Google search and see if there are many articles that question its authenticity.

Because you want to be safe and as I said before and will say again this is not your Dad’s MLM back in the 1980s :>)

ILA is one of the best Multi Level Marketing Companies…but here are 20 Reasons why it may not be a fit for you !

ILA may not be a match for you IF……………….

1. You do not care  or have an open mind in being part of  of the most successful Multi Level Marketing Companies around and having  a thriving and successful small home business.

2.You do not care about the potential of having long term residual income.

3. You do not care about potentially having time freedom to do what you want when you want.

4. You do not care about having the capability to help charitable organizations and help people around you (including family) who need financial help.

5.You do not care , if you are a young parent , about completely getting rid of daycare for your infant.

6. You do not care about managing relationships and having relationships that are healthy and positive.

7. You do not care about inspiring others around you in a very good light or having personal growth and development.

8.You do not care about learning how to manage your time in a efficient and effective manner.

9. You do not care to have the ability to travel and see places and new things you have never seen before.

10. You do not care about working with a  Team in one of the best Multi Level Marketing Companies and all the fulfillment and challenges associated with working with one.

11. You do not care about creating wealth and more importantly how to assist people in creating wealth for themselves.

12. You do not care about getting closer to completing that ‘ bucket list ‘ that you have made and would give anything to accomplish.

13.You do not care about attaining that one car that you just dreamed of having your whole Life.  (for me a Porsche 911 turbo 😉

14. You do not care about sending your child to the college of his/her choice.

15. You do not care about giving your parents the best, most comfortable retirement and nursing facilities possible.

16. You do not care about being a member of the top 10 Multi Level Marketing Companies thus having the resources for buying a  new house for a complete stranger and his distressed family.

17. You do not care about taking two or three week fun filled vacations with your family.

18. You not do care about having the financial resources to back up a family member who is going through treatment for a major medical reason or who may have been in an accident and the insurance will cover only so  much.

19. You do not care about having the resources to take care of the headaches involved with every day expenses of maintaining a house or apartment, an automobile, home owners insurance ,can insurance and license tag fee, water bills, heating and A/C bills, and the occasional breakdowns of all these things. Month to month living is not easy.

20. Finally, You do not care about pursuing those things that really bring you the most self enrichment in your Life. Whether it be having the time to help the elderly or being able to sit with your child and help them with homework every single night. Or do volunteer work at the Church and even missionary work abroad.

I guess for me all these 20 reasons are things I do want to have the opportunity to do. With ILA and it being one of the best long term Multi Level Marketing Companies, I have a 5 year plan to be able to accomplish this.

But if I had to pick one it would be the last one. The reason ? Well, You can make all the money you can in the World. And have the fancy cars, and houses etc….  But in the end you cannot take all that stuff with you…………. but you can truly leave a legacy of helping people who are less fortunate than you and maybe help a person or two have a happier Life !

To me that is what gets me stoked !!


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The Five Factors You Must Look at to Determine if Any MLM Opportunities are Illigal Pyramid Schemes……….

Well, I must say there are a number of MLM Opportunities that are really just plain old Pyramid schemes and are deemed  illegal by the FTC !

Back in 1991 I was involved with a network marketing company . The products centered around home water filters and humidifiers. My brother was excited participating in it.  I was too.

I remember at one of the rally meetings a man stood up to talk about how he made 25k per month with the company , and he was only 19 years old.

Needless to say , this company went under water for a while because the FTC looked upon it as  illegal.

The reason why ?  In this program , you could actually buy a certain amount of product from the git go and  be placed  in a higher commission tier.

In other wards, if you bought say  $500 worth of inventory you were at 25% commission of your referrals’ earnings and if you bought $1,000 worth of inventory (i.e water filters, humidifiers)  you would make 40% commission or there about !

It was indeed a pyramid scheme !

So I will give <b>5 factors</b> you need to look for to determine whether you are dealing with a Pyramid scheme or not.

<b>1. If the company is requiring very large sums of money to become a network associate with them,  then that is a big red flag. Stay away !

2. If any MLM Opportunities require you to buy into a certain amount of inventory  to qualify for payout then this could be a pyramid scheme. This is called upfront loading ,and it is the reason why the one I talked about earlier got slapped big time by the FTC. My brother and I purchased over  $1,000  in inventory to start out as a diamond associate.

3. If the associates within any MLM Opportunities concentrate to a high degree about the income opportunity and push the attributes of the Product itself to the side…….well, then this is a tell tell sign that this company is headed in the wrong direction.  It is probably nothing more than a Ponzi scheme which is illegal.

4. If the whole MLM program is based on a flimsy product that has no intrinsic value ,and  it is  product you can find most anywhere including Walmart  then this is something you should take note of and turn and run the other way. (Especially if there is no retail sales of the product , to speak of.)

5. Finally, look at the top executives at any Network Marketing Company and ask yourself whether they seem credible and sincere about starting the company. Personally, ask questions about their track record. Or if they were in another MLM Opportunity before. If so,  why did they leave that one and start this one. Basically, get a feel for the overall motives of the founder and leaders of the organization. If they are kind of vague about any of these questions or seem uneasy when you ask them , then reconsider joining them. It may just be an overnight scam where the top in charge get their money and leave while the others are left hanging (i.e. Pyramid Scheme)</b>

I hope this helps when you are trying or considering to join a Network Marketing Company. There are plenty of good ones. Ones where the last to join do not have to be the losers.

Remember, if you are at the end of the ‘ totem pole’  in  any MLM Opportunities but really like the actual product and continue to use it , well then no one loses !