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Trend Alert: Not Made In China

 

“A Buy Local/My Country First backlash will be the first sign of what we forecast will become a massive, circle-the-wagons movement. We forecast a Not Made in China consumer crusade that will spread among developed nations, leading to trade wars and protectionism. 

Craftspeople and small manufacturers that can establish a reputation for quality products will be able to build thriving micro-brands, while marketers who can amalgamate micro-cooperatives into true local commerce organizations will carve a solid niche for themselves……” *

Can you see some ideas for a thriving home business based on this predicted trend?

 

* According to Trends Research Institute.

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Trend Alert: Neo-Survivalism

“In 2010, survivalism will go mainstream.  Unemployed or fearing it, foreclosed or nearing it, pensions lost and savings gone, all sorts of folk who once believed in the system have lost their faith. 

Motivated not by worst-case scenario fears but by do-or-die necessity, the new non-believers, unwilling to go under or live on the streets, will devise ingenious stratagems to beat the system, get off the grid (as much as possible), and stay under the radar……” *

I purchased a 3-month supply of freeze dried food, guaranteed to last for 25 years, through Daily Bread.   May sound a little crazy but hey, I really do have piece of mind knowing that if there is a food shortage—for whatever reason—our family has a back-up plan.  You can learn more by calling Rex Willis at 480.444.6429.

Also, think about ways you might be able to capitalize on this growing trend.  Can you see an idea for a successful home business based on this trend?

 

* That’s according to the Trends Research Institute

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Trend Alert: Americans Going Smaller

Trends Research Institutes predicts Americans will go smaller in everything:

"About two-thirds of Americans are Too Big (TB) for their own good and everyone else’s. We forecast a massed revulsion for TB in all its manifestations – obesity is only the most obvious. 

Everything in America is TB .  Houses, cars, debt loads, deficits, state budgets, the states themselves, foreign aid, military budgets, bureaucracies local, state, federal and “too big to fail” businesses – they’re all Too Big. 

Apart from government action, the “Shape Up” trend will provide a wide array of business opportunities….."

What implications might this trend have for successful home businesses?

 

From Trends Research Institute  www.trendsresearch.com

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Training

 

One of my favorite trainers for home based business entrepreneurs is Dani Johnson. She is a neat Christian lady with a powerful personal testimony who is a success coach specializing in the direct marketing industry. Dani has an amazing story. She went from living out of her car with $2.03 cents to her name to making $1,000,000 by the age of 23 in a home business. Since then she’s helped thousands achieve success by using her simple system. Her trainings have really helped me in my business.

New To A Home Based Business? Get 3 Free Training Cd’s from MLM Trainer, Dani Johnson

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But MLM doesn’t work…does it?

Here are the facts: there are 49.9 million people in direct sales that sell 89.2 billion dollars in products and services. There are 475,000 new distributors joining each week. So clearly, direct sales/multi-level marketing does work. Otherwise, it would not be moving 89.2 billion dollars worth of products.

If you are working with a direct sales or MLM (multi-level marketing) company, and someone insists “It doesn’t work”…how do you respond?

Here’s some advice from MLM expert, Tim Sales:

1. Listen through the objection.

The more you can get them to talk about their M.L.M experience the better. Listen very carefully because they will probably mention THE issue that’s really bugging them. You’ll also probably hear them talk around the subject or task they couldn’t do.

2. Confirm your understanding of what the ACTUAL objection is.

Many times people fail at handling objections because they handle the wrong objection – therefore their prospect is still sitting with the objection. The "pyramid" objection is not the same as the "M.L.M doesn’t work" objection. They are both "M.L.M" objections, but you must make sure you understand that prospect’s exact objection. So if someone tells me how awful M.L.M is (step 1) but I never really hear their actual objection then I would ask, "So what was your bad experience, specifically?" To that he replies, "It doesn’t work!"

3. Make the question or objection valid to the prospect.

"I understand your concern on this. Of course you wouldn’t want to do something that doesn’t work."

4. Handle or facilitate handling.

When someone has the M.L.M objection "it doesn’t work" then what you have to do first is try to find out "what about M.L.M doesn’t work?" (from their view of course). It could be something they’ve read or they’ve tried it and couldn’t make it work. There is a big difference in these two responses – and how you handle it. So you can ask, "Are you speaking from personal experience or is this someone else’s experience?"

If it’s from someone else’s experience: If it’s something they’ve read or someone else’s experience then they are an observer and do not have a working knowledge. Therefore you need to give them facts. The facts are, there are 49.9 million people in direct sales that sell 89.2 billion dollars in sales. There are 475,000 new distributors joining each week. Then gently, not sarcastically ask, "What part of M.L.M do you feel doesn’t work?"

You see, if it’s someone else’s experience or something they’ve read, you can not ask them "Does it as in industry work?" prior to giving them facts because they will just repeat what they’ve read or heard!! So they will say to you, "No it doesn’t work."

If it’s from their own experience: If in helping them with their objection they tell you that they personally had a bad experience – ask them to tell you their bad experience. "What happened?" When they tell you, listen for clues of lack of training. You can even ask, "What were you not able to do?" Or, "what did they fail to train you how to do?" When you can finally get them to reveal this to you – then and only then can you ask them the question "Does M.L.M by itself, as an industry work?" Then, "What do you feel it takes for a person to make it work?" If they give you a "type" of person that M.L.M works for – then ask them, "How is that person different than you?" What they tell you is what YOU WILL HAVE TO TRAIN THEM HOW TO DO!

If they tell you "No it doesn’t work" after you’ve given them the facts, then you conclude the conversation and move on.

Someone who can not see that 89 billion dollars worth of products are moving to consumers… doesn’t want to see it. They don’t want it to be true, although it is. Why don’t they want it to be true? Because they don’t want to fail or fail again. They would prefer to blame it on the industry rather than that there is simply something that they failed to learn how to do.

When the first super microscope was introduced, scientists looked through it at a piece of steel and saw that steel was actually moving! Many scientists could not accept that to be true – even though it was true and they were looking at it. Same thing occurred when a telescope revealed that there were more planets… many more… than scientists had thought before. It’s nothing new for people to not see what’s in front of them.

You just can’t build a business off of people who can’t see what’s in front of them.

Learn more about the direct sales and network marketing companies I personally endorse.

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Succeed a Little Every Day

Every day, you make choices that move you closer or further away from your goals. You are, for the most part, the sum total of the choices you (and the people closest to you) have made over a long period of time. You can’t control other people’s choices. (Wouldn’t it be great if we could?) But you can control your own.

I believe true freedom is the power to do what you ought to do, when and how you ought to do it, whether or not you feel like doing it. That’s freedom, because it means you are not a slave to your impulses, fears or insecurities. Further, I believe it is the grace of God—the supernatural power of God at work within us—that enables us to walk in freedom.

Do you want to succeed in a home business? Then, if you are a Christian, you have complete freedom and supernatural grace to do so. All that remains is for you to roll up your sleeves and get to work. Take some time to customize the following then print out multiple copies to use each day (or purchase a white board, etc.)

Every day, do the following:

Review/prayer over your life mission statement. Remind yourself of the big picture.

Spend time in God’s Word. Feed your spirit.

Pray over the events of the coming day. Ask God for divine appointments

Spend ____ hours of focused energy on your work. No more; no less

Send _____ emails to prospective customers

Make _____ phone calls to prospective customers

Generate ___ Twitter post, ____ Facebook post and ____ blog post

Feed your soul (mind, will and emotions): Read _____ minutes; Spend ______ minutes doing something you absolutely love just for fun; Do 1 thing you’d rather not do

Exercise – care for your body

That’s it. The key to success in a home business is “Little bits with consistency” Use this simple plan for a year and you’ll be amazed at the results. A little goes a long way.

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Succeed a Little Every Day

Every day, you make choices that move you closer or further away from your goals. You are, for the most part, the sum total of the choices you (and the people closest to you) have made over a long period of time. You can’t control other people’s choices. (Wouldn’t it be great if we could?) But you can control you own.

I believe true freedom is the power to do what you ought to do, when and how you ought to do it, whether or not you feel like doing it. That’s freedom, because it means you are not a slave to your impulses, fears or insecurities. Further, I believe it is the grace of God—the supernatural power of God at work within us—that enables us to walk in freedom.

Do you want to succeed in a home business? Then, if you are a Christian, you have complete freedom and supernatural grace to do so. All that remains is for you to roll up your sleeves and get to work. Take some time to customize the following then print out multiple copies to use each day (or purchase a white board, etc.)

Every day, do the following:

Review/prayer over your life mission statement. Remind yourself of the big picture.

Spend time in God’s Word. Feed your spirit.

Pray over the events of the coming day. Ask God for divine appointments

Spend ____ hours of focused energy on your work. No more; no less

Send _____ emails to prospective customers

Make _____ phone calls to prospective customers

Generate ___ Twitter post, ____ Facebook post and ____ blog post
Feel your soul (mind, will and emotions): Read _____ minutes; Spend ______ minutes doing something you absolutely love just for fun; Do 1 thing you’d rather not do
Exercise – care for your body

That’s it. The key to success in a home business is “Little bits with consistency” Use this simple plan for a year and you’ll be amazed at the results. A little goes a long way.

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Making Money From Home gets great review

Here’s what Library Journal says about my latest book, Making Money From Home:

"Former investment banker and current entrepreneur Partow gears her book toward women who are interested in starting a business at home, likely a growing demographic in the continuing recession. She pares down a lot of business advice to its essentials, working with readers to consider the pros and cons of this endeavor, write a business plan, examine ways of marketing the business (including global electronic flea markets), and look at legal and financial issues. Readers get instructions for writing a blog, pricing a product, and giving seminars in straightforward language.

VERDICT Partow successfully offers one-stop shopping for anyone, female or male, considering a home-based business or wanting to improve an existing one.

—Deborah Bigelow, Leonia P.L., NJ

Well, thank you Library Journal and thank you, Deborah Bigelow. What a blessing!!!

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Are all MLMs Pyramid Schemes

 

This video does the best job EVER of answering the common question: Is multi-level marketing a pyramid scheme? 

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