WHY I WORK FROM HOME

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Did you know that approx 70% of people quit their job as a result of their boss?  Now that is not entirely what happened to me, but I wanted to take a moment to share with you a little about my story and how I ended up on the path of working from home.

So my journey actually began just over 2 years ago, I had just returned to work after having my daughter.  She went to childcare 3 days a week, while I worked my job.  It all seemed good in theory, but theories are just that and not always what happens in real life.  My daughter got sick all the time and for the first 7 months I was having every second week off work.  I felt like I was stuck between a rock and a hard place.  My daughter was always going to be top of my priority list, but I had a job that had sales targets and expectations that I was expected to achieve whether I was there or not.  I starting thinking to myself “there had to be more to life, there had to be a better way”.  This sent me searching on what I had thought would be another job, as I had 0 ambition to have my own business as I bought into everything people had told me about business, well traditional business.

While searching for another job, the universe had other ideas and led me to a webpage offering a business opportunity.  I was extremely reluctant to say the least, but thought I would just find out.  I received a phone call, listened to what the person had to say on the phone and was sent through some more information.  As soon as I got off the phone I instantly searched the internet to see if it was a scam.  I went through the information and there was just something about it that was pulling me in, I was looking for more in my life and this is what it was offering.  During this process the saying, “the definition of insanity-doing the same thing and expecting a different result” kept popping up.  I knew if I wanted different results I had to make different decisions, so I got started.

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Has it been easy? No, but nothing that is easy is every rewarding in life.  Although working from home can have it’s own set of challenges, it is certainly a whole lot less than my job did.  Now I get to have the flexibility I want, I get to take my daughter to dance lessons and both kids do swimming lessons and if one of the kids is sick I don’t have to explain myself to anyone.  I really do love working from home and I have gone from being an unhappy stressed out Mum to being happy and setting an example for my kids I can be proud of.


If you or someone you know has been considering working from home I would love to be able to help.  Go to www.liveanddreamtoday.com for more information

FOCUS ON WHAT YOU CAN CHANGE

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Learn to focus on what you can change and not focus on what you can’t change.  In a time when you think that you have no control over a situation then simply look at it for another perspective.

STOP!!! Australian Tour is Coming

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2015 is a new year to make things happen, to decide that you are finally going to live the life you want.  This will look different for each and every single person.  However, one thing is clear, the day of having a secure job is in the past and the age of entrepreneurism is booming.

There are many different reasons that people decide to work for themselves:

  • You no longer like their job
  • You don’t like being told what to do by a boss
  • You feel like your skills are not being utilised
  • You are looking for more flexibility
  • You are tired of hitting the glass ceiling
  • You want to get out of the rat race
  • You feel like there is something missing
  • and the list goes on………

If you fall into any of those categories then pay close attention because it is your time to shine.  If you are interested in exploring the option of a home based business we are going to be starting our Australian Tour in the next couple of weeks.  If you live in Australia we are going to be conducting Business Presentations in your local area.  The founders of the company I partner with are coming all the way from the United States to do a National Tour of Australia During Jan/Feb 2015.  At these FREE business presentations you will learn more about our Income Opportunity & Award Winning product line.  You will have the opportunity to meet fellow Associates in the area who are creating up to a multiple six figure incomes working from home & find out how you can too.

If it is not for you than that is perfectly fine.  However, If you do know of anyone can you do them a huge favour and pass on this link to them http://www.liveanddreamtoday.com to enter their details for more information.

NOTE: Spots are limited and the tour kicks off in 7 days

5 Tips to Get The Most Out of Networking

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In business, personal connections are everything. People prefer to do business with those who are recommended by people they know. In a recent Nielsen report a staggering 77% of consumers are more likely to buy a new product when learning about it from friends and family and 92% of people trust recommendations from friends and family more than all other forms of marketing.

As trust in advertising declines, word of mouth marketing via social networks has become the most effective means of building a loyal base of brand ambassadors. That means…more engagement and more revenue for your brand.

The ability to network, and network well, is one of the biggest factors in business and personal success. Peta Di Palma, who founded Tribe Side Networking offers her top 5 tips on making sure networking events give you a good return on the time invested:

  • PLAN AHEAD: Before you attend a networking event, think about the true reason you’re there. The overall point of a business-networking event is to establish and develop business connections. Target your connections and set a goal to identify who you need to know and who needs to know you. Who are the decision makers and key influencers? Where can I meet them? How do I get into their circles? What is it I want from this networking event?
  • MINDSET: It only takes a moment’s conscious decision to become a networker. All it requires is a slight shift in attitude, and adopting one simple trifurcated rule:
  • Great each new acquaintance with an openness to learn more about that person.
  • Have a willingness to help, and
  • Offer to stay in touch

Your ultimate goal of networking should be to help other people.  Networking is a two way street and your side of the street is all about helping others, not asking them to help you! When you approach others with a willingness to learn more about the person and add some value to them, the favour is returned in spades.

  • PREPARE QUESTIONS: Have a few targeted, engaging questions prepared ahead of time and stay informed with current events. Before the event have some “back pocket” or “handbag” conversation topics handy. Pick 3-5 items to use as emergency re-starter in case the conversation starts to drag. You need to move past the “where are you from?” and “So, what brings you here today?” quickly. Some of the questions you can ask to  keep conversations going are:
  • Just out of curiosity, Why do you attend networking events? When you start a conversation with “Just out of curiosity” most people will move towards you.
  • What do you like best about what you do? This is two questions in one – this also asks the question, “So what do you do?” This question, unlike the same old, What do you do, gets people in conversation mode rather than just giving you a short answer.
  • When did you get started in that direction? This gives your new contact a chance to tell a story and people love telling stories about themselves.
  • Who can I help you meet? Now that you have made a connection, this is the time to show you care. People don’t care what you know until they know that you care. Listen for the types of people they want to meet that you can introduce them to later or at the same event.
  • ALLOW TIME: Unless it’s a speed-networking event, don’t hop from one conversation to another in a matter of minutes. The first five minutes of a conversation at a networking event usually involve introductions and polite chitchat.  When you take the time to truly connect with someone, you begin to form the foundation of a professional relationship. The strength and longevity of your business relationships will depend more on the quality of your connections than the quantity. When you find the right connections, stay and chat for a while. You might find your effortsmore effective if you choose to speak to a handful of individuals than 20 If they are not the right connections, observe the five-minute rule and move on politely!
  • LISTEN: Not only is effective listening one of the most important things you can learn to do, it is also one of the most important elements of networking. Be present and take it in.

I want to give a big thanks to Peta for providing some great tips.  I will certainly be using them at my next event, how about you?

5 Lessons From Yoga To Apply To Being An Entrepreneur

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There is warm light radiating through the window, I can feel the softness of my mat under my feet, the soft sound of the instructor guiding us through our practice and I am feeling calm and centred.  It is at this time when I have a realisation, there is so much that you learn in yoga that can be applied to being an entrepreneur.  Today I want to share with you 5 lessons that I came to realise that day that I apply to being an Entrepreneur.

  1. Focus – There are a number of balance moves in yoga that at times can be a little challenging, but with moves such as the bird pose the trick is to place your focus forward.  Being an Entrepreneur forward is where your focus needs to be if you are going to create success.  Although you need to be present in the now, it is placing your focus forward towards the bigger picture that will keep your drive and motivation strong.
  2. The Good and Bad – I have noticed when I go to yoga I have some days where I really rock the moves and I feel strong and then I have days where I feel a little off balance, fall out of a pose or I can’t stretch as far as the week before.  It is perfectly normal to have your good and not so good days and this is going to happen being an Entrepreneur.  The important thing is that you keep trying the next day, next week, next month until….
  3. Calm and Centred – When you are going through your yoga practise and you learn to be calm and centred you will always get more out of your poses, you will achieve more.  Yes, it also applies to being an Entrepreneur.  If you can learn to find your calm and feel centred you will find that you will be much more efficient in your business.
  4. You Don’t Know Until You Know – You might look at a move in yoga and label it hard or easy, but until you have tried it you don’t truly know.  I had this when the instructor showed us the side angle crow pose.  I automatically thought it was too hard, but once I actually tried I discovered I found it quite easy.  This is the same as being an Entrepreneur, there are things that may look or seem hard, but until you actually try you don’t really know.
  5. Take Time For Yourself – Yoga is about taking time-out to work on yourself.  As an Entrepreneur you need to apply the same principle.  The most successful Entrepreneurs spend more time on themselves than they do their business.  This concept may seem strange or foreign to some, but if you want things to change than you need to start with you.

I hope that these 5 lessons have proved to be helpful, I would love to hear your thoughts or even lessons that you have learned that can be applied.

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Are You Looking For A New Opportunity?

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Are you tired of working the same old job? Maybe you have just decided that there has to be more to life. I know because that is where I was.