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The Simplicity of Networking – Nine Steps to MLM Success

Why are some people successful while others aren’t? I mean we all know people who have made an amazing living out of network marketing. Take a walk around your local shopping mall during any weekday and you will see crowds of men and women who are not at work! They can’t all be shift workers? No, these people have worked out a way of having their cake and eating it too. They have balanced lifestyle with income. If you wander around our local malls you might just see me. I don’t look wealthy, but I am looking at my third luxury trip this year, and am no longer interested in a day job – because I don’t have to!

I have been in the MLM game for 10 years. I will qualify that in saying I made an attempt or two many years ago, but failed miserably. I swore I would never again chance my arm. Then I met this guy who wouldn’t quit. He kept at me and at me, trying everything he could to get me to a presentation. I purchased some products and they worked. My car had a 20% improvement in fuel economy and I thought everyone would want this product. So I took the plunge.

First month I made $15. Pretty pathetic, isn’t it. Many people I know never got past that, but I was no quitter. After all, I never made anything before! I started with market stalls and home meetings and after three months, I received a $400 cheque. I have never received less than that since.

Now, some 10 years later, the first company I joined earns me from $1,800 to $2,500 each an every month.

I added a second network, again starting from scratch. It took a long time to get going and now brings in $1,300 to $2,500 a month in regular income.

Last year, I was persuaded to join yet another company, with a product I see huge potential for, and this is already providing $3,000 to $6,000 a month regular income.

Now if you add this all up, you will see that I already earn more than most ever will in networking and I have done it three times. I actually achieved this with another company but the company failed!

If you are earning more than 6 figures in passive income, you can probably teach me a thing or two, but the rest of you may just learn something from my wisdom.

Here are some lessons learned.

1. You need a very special product. Everyone loves a story. Products that give real results for real people provide great stories to back up scientific evidence, etc. Each company I am involved with has a wonderful exclusive product. For most people, this is vital for success.

2. You need to believe in your product with a passion. What I know is that if you take one of the products I recommend over a period of time, you will feel younger, fitter, and have many of your health challenges disappear. What more can you wish for – something that really works! I am passionate about the product or I won’t promote it.

3. You need a way to find lots of interested people. I started with market stalls talking to hundreds of people to find one or two product users. Out of those who achieved results, one or two were interested in sharing their good fortune with others. Most talk to a few people in their inner circle and run out of steam. Remember, the first cheque was $15! What if I had stopped there and expected everything to roll on? So many quit because they can’t see beyond their nose!

4. You need vision. If you can build an organisation of 1, you can build it to 1,000, 10,000 or 100,000! It happens a layer at a time. It will only happen if your vision is big enough. That means every time someone says “yes” it is one more step to a $10,000 monthly income or whatever your goal is. Those who fail focus on product cost, not receiving more than their monthly spend, losing money on promotions, etc. If you have this attitude, change it or get out of the industry. It is pure poison! Focus on every successful step and train your mind.

5. Every now and then you will find someone who truly wants to change their circumstances. These are people who are willing to go out in the world and do what it takes. They have enough vision not to quit. They have enough desire to ignore the present and build a future. Clue – I am one of those people!

6. You bring in as many product users as you can find and enroll them in your business if possible. When someone puts up their hand for help in contacting others, you work with them until their business really gets going. Just three people helped this way are enough to build your fortune.

7. You invest money, time and resources in your leaders. You encourage them to get Personal Development and business training. You get them to company meetings. The right person will get to a point where they see the big picture and will then operate independently of yourself.

8. You help each of your leaders teach and train 3 of their own. This is leadership development.

9. Do this for one more level and then support your independent team and watch your growth soar!

I did this, and each time it has worked for me, even after 10 years or more.

If you are looking for a new business, are not satisfied with your current gig, or just want to work with someone who is extremely successful in this industry, contact me, and we can see if it can work for both of us. Yes, I am particular who I work with, but I appreciate determination, and if you are, I will work with you.

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Can You Build a House Out of Plastic Lumber?

Recycled plastic lumber is quickly becoming a common building material for decking and other outdoor buildings. This environmentally friendly product is helping people to build more green during the construction process. With this being said, is it possible to build a house out of plastic wood/lumber? The answer is yes. It is possible to build a home out of plastic lumber.

The great thing about recycled lumber is that it gives homebuilders and contractors a chance to use an environmentally friendly product. With many more people becoming environmentally conscious, it makes sense that using recycled plastic lumber can help to build a greener home. Now more then ever, consumers are requesting this recycled building material.

There are many wonderful selling points in using plastic wood/lumber. It is made out of recycled material that would otherwise end up in our landfills and begins a new life as a building. Another great thing about using recycled plastic boards is that, there are no special tools that are needed to assemble a building or structure out of this green material. Traditional tools that are used on wood structures can also be used on recycled plastic. This helps to keep the cost down during the construction process without buying special tools or hours of specialized training of construction workers on how to work with the recycled plastic lumber.

Many times wood structures are subject to many different types of wear that over time can destroy a building. Termites for instance are not attracted to recycled plastic lumber and is one bug that has no interest eating it. The elements can also become another factor that can deteriorate a wooden structure. Plastic recycled lumber does not warp due to extreme weather such as sun and rain. This had made plastic lumber become more popular knowing that a building will last longer since it is somewhat resistant to these factors.

When deciding weather or not to use recycled lumber when building a home, there are many important factors to consider. Make sure that the homebuilder or contractor is familiar with building a structure out of recycled boards. Take into account the local and state building codes that must be followed in order to build a home. There are also permits that must be obtained in order to start the construction process of a building a new home or an addition to a building. By following these laws will help avoid any pitfalls that might occur during the building process.

With many individuals becoming more environmentally aware and wanting to use greener products in the home building process, recycled plastic lumber is a popular choice. This product is much more than another recycled materials it helps to save the homebuilder money over the years in energy costs and maintenance. Recycled plastic lumber is becoming the smarter choice when building a new home.

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How Hollywood Stars Build Abdominal Muscles

The trick to build abdominal muscles like the stars is you need to know what they do and emulate it to a certain extent. One thing that many stars do is starve themselves and spend countless hours in a special gym, but since most of us have jobs or do something other than get paid to stay in shape that is not a choice for us.

The secret that most Hollywood stars use is either a form of Yoga or Pilates. The great thing about both of these is that they not only strengthen your abdominal muscles but they also lengthen your muscles which will give your body a longer leaner look as opposed to just big bulky muscles. Also the great thing about Pilates is that it makes your body and especially your core move in ways that are not normal and doing this will exercise muscles that never get used which will give your body that near perfect look.

Another secret that many Hollywood stars use to build abdominal muscles is a proper detox. The great thing about doing a detox is that you can lose a good amount of weight quickly just by clearing out the bad toxins and food in your body. The one thing I caution people about before doing this is that if you have never done a detox do not do the typical 2 week long detox and stick to a shorter 5 day detox. Doing this for only 5 days will not be a big deal to start because you can always do it again a month or so later to get the full effect.

Remember that these 2 secrets of how the stars build abdominal muscles are to be used along with cardio and proper nutrition.

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The Benefit Of Using A Custom Home Builder

Owning a home is the dream a huge number of people share. There is nothing as relieving as finally saying goodbye to your landland or landlady. This is something that you can achieve if you put your mind to it. The options that you have when it comes to owning the home is to buy or to build. Buying seems to be a common option for most people because it has the advantage of time. This is considering that you will not have to wait through the building process to enjoy your home as it is the case when you choose to build.

Building a custom home on the other hand also comes with its advantages even though it may take longer before you can enjoy your home. On deciding to build, you will find it most beneficial to hire the services of a custom home builder. Luckily, there are many construction companies that will make the process easy for you. There are a number of things you stand to enjoy from a custom home builder.

1. The home builder has the experience and knowledge surrounding home construction. He therefore knows high quality materials for a valuable construction. Through this knowledge, you can rely on advice that you get from the builder depending on what your expectations are. He will be in a position to lay down all your options so you can make an informed decision that still fetches you valuable results.

2. When using the builder, you will have full control of the features that you want your house to have including the design. You are working on a personal project and your builder will be in a position to get you exactly what you are looking for. Even when offering his professional advice, he will still have to stick to your choices in the end.

3. A good custom home builder will offer you a variety of services. They include hunting for building space in your preferred area, selecting the right architect services as well as offering you financing if you are very lucky. This means that apart from enjoying a home that is built to match your preferences, you might not have to worry about extra expenses such as those of hiring an architect or looking for a financier. This is considering that financial institutions are not always comfortable offering loans to build custom homes.

4. The builder pays attention to detail and will there before fetch you the functional home you have always dreamt of. The builders are never in a rush to finish the project as it is usually the case with constructions. They take their time with the project to ensure that in the end you are a happy and satisfied customer.

5. You can work out project payment plans with your custom home builder. This is considering that hiring the builders can be expensive but then they are open to plans that will be fair enough for both parties. Worrying about money and payments will be the least of your concerns.

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Prefabricated Building Materials

Prefabricated building materials are used for buildings that are manufactured off site and shipped later to assemble at the final location. Some of the commonly used prefabricated building materials are aluminum, steel, wood, fiberglass and concrete.

Prefabricated metal buildings use galvanized steel and galvalume as the chief materials for building. Galvalume is a form of steel coated with aluminum-zinc. This is to protect the building against corrosion, rust and fire. It also provides a sturdy and protective covering to the prefabricated building. Almost all the components of a metal building such as beams, frames, columns, walls and roofs, are made of steel. Most prefabricated military buildings use steel or aluminum frames. Synthetic materials are used for the walls and roofs. To provide enhanced security, a combination of both metal and cloth materials are used. Plastic flooring materials can be quickly assembled and are very durable.

Prefabricated building materials used for small prefabricated buildings are steel, wood, fiberglass, plastic or aluminum materials. These materials are cheaper than regular brick and concrete buildings. Materials like steel, fiberglass, wood and aluminum are used as prefabricated building materials for sports buildings. These materials provide flexibility and are preferred for making structures and accessories like stands and seats for stadium and gyms.

For making low cost houses, prefabricated materials like straw bale, Ferro cement, Calcium silicate products, composites and other cheap wood based materials are currently being used. Calcium silicate bricks are strong and durable. Ferro cement consists of a cement matrix reinforced with a mesh of closely-spaced iron rods or wires. In this type of construction, the techniques used are simple and quick.

Using prefabricated materials one can make durable, water and fire resistant and cheap prefabricated buildings. Most of the prefabricated building materials are eco-friendly and affordable.

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The Greatest MLM Lead Generation Blunder

Traditional multi level marketing recruiting – in every occasion I have ever seen – touts the warm market as being that list of 100 individuals you know and it becomes your MLM lead generation source. Friends and relatives are to be your MLM prospects and you are encouraged to call them with your new MLM program offer.

Anyone who has ever tried an MLM opportunity has found out for themselves that this really is not your warm marketplace. These are not the MLM prospects you were having they would be. All you gain from pursuing this so called "warm market" is alienating friends and family. If you do manage to sign up a few people from this list of 100 – most likely they are friends who did it out of pity for you and they will not be strong downline recruiters.

In actuality, they may do nothing and expect you to do all of the work recruiting their downline for them. You also take the risk of losing friendships over this approach to building a business. It simply is not worth it and is fundamentally wrong. Your reputation may become tarnished in your community as being the "nut case" who goes around flogging this MLM and that network marketing scheme.

Here is another MLM recruiting challenge you will encounter with this list of 100. A great majority of the people on your list will have been exposed to a multi level marketing opportunity at some point in their life and it was unsuccessful. Quite a few people I know will not even listen to a business opportunity as soon as they "smell" MLM or network marketing. Has your company properly trained you to handle this unfortunate situation? What a shame!

The Internet has changed the way MLM lead generation is done. And although its highly competitive, it creates unlimited possibilities for recruiting people into your business. People not in your circle of influence (list of 100) that can be superstar recruiters.

And for those of you who are non-believers in network marketing opportunities, see if you recognize the names on these quotes ……

"I think network marketing has come of age. It's become undeniable that it's a viable way to entrepreneurship and independence for millions of people." – Dr. Stephen Covey from an interview in Network Marketing Lifestyle.

"If I lost everything and had to start again, I would find myself a great network marketing company and get to work!"
– Donald Trump, Globally renamed property mogul

Believe it or not – your list of 100 people can in fact grow to be your super "HOT" market. But, you need to approach it in the correct way. That means laying off talking to somebody on this list of 100 friends and family until you experience some personal success in your MLM opportunity.

If you contact these people before success you will only add insult to injury. As soon as they ask you how much money you are making? You are a Dead Duck! If you persist with this MLM strategy, you should consider a different career choice. That may be harsh advice, but remember this statistic (95% of inexperienced MLMers fail in their attempt to build a profitable MLM business.) Are you starting to see why?

So what is the answer to MLM lead generation and building a highly successful MLM downline?

There are a few options depending on your situation:

1. If you are in no hurry to generate income, you have a very small or no marketing budget and you have lots of spare time, you can tackle the learning curve on your own.

There are loads of free ebooks on the subject of list building and getting web traffic to your web-site. At some point you will need some ad copy skills, so you can start reading up on that topic as well. You will also need a lead capture or a squeeze page, an auto responder and a web-site set-up properly for search engine optimization. Once you have these tools in place and configured properly you can begin learning about how to promote your squeeze page. The names of the people who opt-in (sign-up) on your squeeze page will become your MLM lead generation source.

Forget about the so-called virtual back office your MLM company has given you! It will be 90% ineffective. You will need to start from scratch and build a proper system.

2. Hire Experts! This will take some significant start-up money as they do not come cheap. You can hire an expert for pretty much everything you need. It will take some time to research and find an expert for each aspect of your lead generation system. Take your time and make sure each of the Internet marketing professionals you hire is really an expert.

3. Find a Company that has a complete turnkey Internet business with a staff of experts in each of the areas you need to develop an autopilot, mlm lead generation system. I'll tell you right now, there are a lot of online companies claiming such a system. Beware! Very few can fulfill the sales copy promises. Complete your due diligence before handing over your hard, earned cash.

Remember, the Internet is no different from real life. "You get what you pay for" still rings true in the land of the web. Whiche path you decide to take, try not to get talked up in the hype, emotion and compelling sales copy. Step back, think, ask the company questions and do your home work. If you are serious about making money online, you need to treat your purchase like you would buy a house or an expensive car.

Please take my advice – stay away from business opportunities under $ 100. They do not include built-in traffic, they do not have well-rounded, step by step processes, and they usually require sponsoring 1,000's of people to make any real money. Lastly, make sure you try to contact your sponsor before you join anything! Ask him or her to call you. If you email, type in a question that an auto-responder could not answer. See how they are to help you. Doing this simple, usually over looked step will give you the ultimate answer to join this company or not. To Your Success!

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Online Time Management: 5 Tips to Help You Get Over Time Management Procrastination

One of the largest challenges to being self-employed or working for yourself, is your online time management. As a self-employed marketer / advertiser online, I find I suffer frequently from what I call Time Management Procrastination. It's just so easy when you're the boss to let things slide until it's an emergency and you must absolutely get the task done. Here are 5 tips to help you get out of this habit and start being productive today, not tomorrow.

1) Create A Challenge For Yourself

Play a game with yourself that causes you to complete an achievable but challenging project. Sometimes we procrastinate because the task looks too large to manage. For example, you have an information product to create and just do not know where to start. Rather than putting "create information product" on your task list, break the project up into several smaller steps. The first one could be, "Outline information product" or "Choose title for information product." These smaller, more attainable goals are easier to accomplish and will not make you feel as if you have to do it all at once.

2) Utilize A Personal Rewards System

This is so important for self-employed people. You need to make sure to reward yourself. Work hard, play hard is the cliche, right? Well take advantage of it. Make a to-do list at the beginning of the week and promise yourself a day off, where you do something fun, when the list is complete.

It's easier to commit to this reward if you involve other people. For example, if you make an appointment for a massage on Friday, well you had better have your task list done by Thursday night or you're going to have to cancel on your masseuse and she'll never book you an appointment again for cancelling At the last minute. You're making yourself accountable.

3) Discover and Identify Your Personal Distractions

Find out what you personally use to procrastinate online! We all do it, but what we use is different for each person. Do you watch television? Run errands? Surf the net? Determine what distracts you. Spend a day or two working, or procrastinating, like you usually do, and simply take note of your online time management. For example, when I did this I found my 2 main online distractions were reading up on the news of the day, or visiting my favorite advertising / marketing blog, and checking my email too much. Once you find out what your personal distractions are (and we all have them) you can move on to the next step below …

4) Distraction Elimination Campaign

Once you understand your personal online time management scenario, then it's time to get tough. Eliminate the distractions. For example, if you find that you often let household chores deter you from being productive, schedule a time for household chores. Give yourself thirty minutes at lunchtime to get a chore list completed and then go back to work.

5) Tools Are Your Friends

Use tools to help you. Time-tracking tools, both online and off, are great for developing better online time management. You can, for example, use something as simple as an egg timer. Set it for thirty-five minutes. Work for thirty-five minutes and when the timer dings, give yourself ten minutes or so to stretch, walk around the block, put away the clean dishes, or something other than work. Then go back and set the timer again.

Get creative with these tools and ideas and use them to help you stay on task and stop procrastinating. By developing better online time management you will become more efficient. Greater efficiency means your business will be able to provide more value and then, earn you more money!

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Best Books For Quick And Easy Cooking

Hungry Girl 300 under 300 by Lisa Lillien

This book delivers 300 great breakfast lunch and dinner meals that are all less than 300 calories. It also includes starters and appetizers. The many food items bring original food items and spring to life with new ingredients into the mix like the Buffalo Chicken Wing Macaroni & Cheese or PB & J Oatmeal Heaven. If you are interested in losing weight and keeping your calorie intake lower, this is the book for you.

Top 100 Baby Purees by Annabel Karmel

Babies grow the most in their first year of growth, so they need the most nutritious diet as they are doing so. Making your own baby food not only saves money, it also ensures your baby that it will have the freshest and purest food with veggies, meat, and all it has to have to grow up. This book sports 100 easy baby foods from the moment your baby is born to six months of age. If your child needs the regular nutrients that a baby will need, it is highly recommended that you should pick up this book.

Fresh & Fast Vegetarian by Marie Simmons

If you are a vegetarian who wants the vitals of veggies, than this book is great for you. There are many soups and vegan delights in the mix of meals in this book, and it will let the many vegetarians searching for a good cookbook speechless. Many of these meals are very easy to make and very fast too. The meals are not only tasty, but they are visually appealing also.

How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman

This cookbook has a whole 2000 recipes for great food. It really has everything to cook, like vegetables from peppers to eggplants, meats, fish, and pasta, almost everything you can imagine in just one book. You can throw away your old cook books because probably Mark Bittman's probably has all of those recipes in just that book. This is the best kitchen companion if you want a good variety of foods. This cookbook has been acclaimed and has caused buzz around the cooking society. It has replaced many books in the past, and looks to the most needed book for cooking.

Primal Blueprint Quick and Easy Meals by Mark Sisson and Jennifer Meier

These are meal that you can make in just less than 30 minutes that are low carbs and are proven to be the most effective difference in health and weight management. These are quick, non-intimidating meals, and will leave you mouthwatering. There is a lot of variety, it has color photos and does not require strange ingredients and they are healthy as ever. All of these are made in just 30 minutes or lower.

These great books are the best cook books out there on the shelves today, and any good cook need at least one of these in his or her kitchen.

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Is Forever Living Products A Great Opportunity Or A Bad Joke?

Forever Living Products is a direct selling company from Scottsdale, Arizona. It has been around for a long time – since 1978 – and so you would think it must be a legit company that offers a good opportunity. But surprisingly not everyone agrees, so what is the truth? Is the company a big scam?

Forever Living – The Good

Forever Living Products sell a wide range of health and wellness products including nutritional supplements, weight-management solutions, cosmetics, skin care, and drinks. This is a very crowded market place with the likes of Herbalife, Amway, MonaVie, Wowgreen, and Oriflame all competing for space, but Forever Living Products is older than all of these companies except Amway, so it must be doing something right

Forever Living – The Ugly Truth

So why is it that people criticize the company? In truth it is more to do with the marketing systems deployed by their Distributors than their products. It is a sad but true fact that most network marketers fail to make a profit because they use an outdated marketing system. Pitching to your friends and family members on your product, service, and opportunity might have worked in the 1950s and 1960s, but it doesn’t work any more.

These days, it takes real marketing knowledge to be successful with Forever Living, and asking your friends and family to “do you a favor” is no longer effective. You need business acumen and the ability to sell your product, service, and opportunity.

So if you don’t know the art and science of marketing in the 21st century then I highly recommend that you learn it before you enrol with Forever Living Products. The company can be a great opportunity, but only if you have enough skills to make the most of it.

To learn more about how network marketers are doing business in the 21st century, see the Modern Guide To MLM

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4 Vital Self-Care Tips for Caregivers

At some point in your life you may need to, or already have, taken on the role of caregiver to a loved one. The following statistic gives you an idea of the magnitude of caregivers in the United States – 65.7 million caregivers make up 29% of the U.S. adult population providing care to someone who is ill, disabled or aged. ~The National Alliance for Caregiving (2009).

The caregiver role includes a range of responsibilities based on the level of care your loved one requires. Whether it’s short term or long term care, it typically creates unbalance in our lives. Caring for a loved one has its challenges and can become overwhelming, which takes its toll on the relationship as well as our health.

The main concern is stress which leads to burnout. When it gets to that point, you are of little help to yourself, let alone anyone else. Understanding the symptoms of stress will help you manage the effects to avoid succumbing to burnout. The list below shows some symptoms of stress but is not all-inclusive.

· Anxiety

· Depression

· Irritability

· Difficulty sleeping

· Difficulty concentrating

· Feeling tired or rundown

Knowledge is power, so understanding more about stress and how to deal with it is the first step. Understanding your triggers for stress will also provide the information you need, to combat the situation before it rises to an unmanageable level. Use the tips below to provide the self-care required to maintain your well being in your role as caregiver.

1. Your needs

Determine what is it that you do now or have done in the past to eliminate your stress. There are many ways to reduce, or eliminate stress. Some common activities include – deep breathing, physical & mental exercises, meditation, comedy clubs or movies, 7-9 hours of sleep per night, petting your dog or cat, and massage. Think about what you usually do to tone it down when faced with a stressful situation.

2. Schedule ‘me time’ regularly

The definition of ‘me time’, and the regularity will be different for everyone. For some it could mean something as small as a 15 minute warm, bubble bath. For others it could mean a two hour lunch with the girls. It actually means whatever it takes for you to unwind, and recharge.

3. Let your emotions come out

Realize that caregiving is a tough job, and most care recipients understand that as well. When you provide care for someone else, you WILL feel frustrated, angry, sad, overwhelmed, and many more negative feelings, and also some positive feelings. We have a tendency to try to keep these negative feelings inside, so we don’t upset our care recipients. It’s true we don’t want to upset them, but even though you try not to let it show, it will. When you realize a negative feeling is coming on, I recommend that you go someplace out of earshot to let out your feelings. I even apologized in advance to one of my care recipients, because I knew that I may, let’s say, be less than amiable at some point. You need to get it out of your system in some way. Sometimes just talking with another family member or a friend helps. There are also support groups for caregivers that really understand what you’re going through.

4. Get help

No one can, or should take on the role of caregiver alone. We all have full lives, and this role will add to a potentially already full schedule of activities for ourselves. Because of this fact, we need help to fulfill our role of caregiver, not only for us but also for the care recipient. The type of help you need will depend on the level of care required by the care recipient. Determine the times in the day or night when you need the most help. If you have other family members that can help, that’s great, if not, there are respite care services available.

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