It is no secret that there are less jobs in America. On top of that, a lot of the jobs that are available are not as sweet as they used to be. The jobs do not pay as well and they do not have as great benefits. There are many Americans who are hurting in this post-Great Recession economy. Many of us feel over-worked and under-paid. We used to be able to rely on our education or work experience to provide us with certain opportunities, but that is no longer the case. Many people feel cheated and know that they deserve more!
Are you unemployed or under-employed? Are you hungry to make more money? Are you looking for an escape from your current financial limitations? This is still the land of opportunity, it's just that there are less areas of opportunity. However, you can still improve your situation! You just need a fitting opportunity to do so. You need the right industry. You need the right product that pays well. You need to join a growing sector of our economy which is where a great area of opportunity lies. The financial services industry offers this great opportunity!
What if I told you that you could become part of the financial industry on a part-time basis? A lot of the financial products pay so well that you don't need to make a lot of sales and you can be successful on a part-time basis and then transition to full-time if you desire to do so. Do you have a clean record? Are you a social person? Can you learn material and apply it when you have an incentive to greatly help others and make a lot of money in the process? Do you believe in helping to improve the financial education and financial security of people you come in contact with, if they have a need? Would that add purpose to your life, to enlighten families about finances and connect them with a fitting product to solve their problem and reduce their financial risk?
Let's say that you just have other interests than becoming part of the financial industry. That is fine and I understand that there are many people that are simply interested in other things and do not necessarily see themselves in the financial industry. But, do you find it important to stay educated about money and financial topics so that you can steadily improve your own financial situation? Our government and employers failed to provide many Americans with the financial security that they desire and many people learned a lot from the last couple years and are searching for a new opportunity. It is time that you look more into ways to achieve your dreams!
Do you have an opportunity that you can grow and develop into a rewarding and lucrative business? If you do, is it the best one? Who says that you have to give up on your dreams of being rich and highly successful?
You just have to adapt to the current conditions. Isn't that what survival is about? I'm not just here to survive though, I want to thrive and flourish and I know that I am connected with the proper opportunity to do so. You can start it off as a side business. You may know very little about finance and insurance, but don't you think it would be a good thing to learn more about? You can look at it as a semester in college in Money 101 that actually provides you with the training, tools, and confidence you need to make more money and learn what to do with it at the same time! You can just start off going to the free financial education classes on weekends. There is no requirement to register right away and it is very reasonable should you choose to take a chance at your true potential!
Join me in building a side business that has a mission to empower middle-America with the knowledge and tools they need to be more financially secure! Just imagine how good it feels to be really really helping people and being paid very well for your results! And you can start with just "putting your toe in the water". You can take your time to research and feel it out before committing any money or too much time. It is a great movement and our economy has shifted in such a way that I believe this is the wave to be a part of, that will make you a lot of money for years to come.
This is not a one-size fits all business and I would hate for you to feel that you were set up for failure. So, I would like to talk to you, especially if you are in the Greater Chicago Area and go into more detail about the company and how this opportunity may fit very nicely with your strengths or potential.
You deserve MORE! You just need the right opportunity that will be the vehicle to get you more and this may be it or may not be. You won't really know unless you look into it more.
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I had an interesting discussion with one of my friends recently. The topic was discovering the right business for him. Ever since I have known 'Sean' he has always come with a different business idea about every 6-9 months. From real estate rehabs, to owning hotdog stands, to a cleaning business, to trading commodities, it has always been something very different from the previous suggestion. I used to be very humored by the randomness of the business opportunities, which were simply the beginning of a short-lived plan, but I've always respected his desire to be an entrepreneur.
I can't really make fun of him because I've had several very different business ideas myself and I've learned a lot from them so they are the basis for this article.
1. Reflect on Your Past Business Experiences to Know What You Like and Don't Like
My first business was with one of my other friends, Joaquin. It was a very simple enterprise - mowing for neighbors in summer, raking for neighbors in fall, and shoveling for neighbors in winter. I don't even think we had a name to our company. Despite the simplicity of my first business endeavor, I learned a lot. I learned that I do not like braving the elements and earning money based off of long hours of manual labor. I also learned that the bigger houses did not necessarily pay more for our services than the smaller houses, even though the bigger houses had more property. Soon enough, I learned how to set prices for our services that were justifiable (i.e. "A small lawn costs $10 and a large one is $15! Take it or leave it!"). Another important lesson I learned from my first business was that the amount of money I made was limited by the amount of lawns myself and Joaquin could mow ourselves. There had to be a better way.
2. Decide What Your Passion is and Commit to Building a Business Centered Around It
My second phase of business experience came from network marketing. I will never forget being approached by a random man (turned out to be a good guy) my freshman year in college and being lured by the infamous, yet irresistible hook "Are you interested in making extra income?" Working in the cafeteria 12 hours a week was not my passion and I was too naive to say "it depends". So, being the ambitious, eager kid that I was, I replied "Definitely! How?"
Later that day I found myself in a nice conference room with a pumped up speaker and many skeptical people around him. He spoke about many basic, yet profound money and business principles. Right before my eyes, he became a business guru destined for great wealth! He went over how a franchise works and how I, yes ME!, could be an arm of the franchise! The next thing was the income POTENTIAL I could earn. Once I saw the numbers I was in! All I had to do was convince 18 year-olds with no responsible care in the world and little money to invest about $125, buy the products regularly, and become disciplined "evangelists" of this amazing business opportunity!
I became that MLM evangelist and rounded up about 8 people for this presentation (my excitement was key!) Only 1 person ended up registering about a month after and I was only in for 4 months. I actually ended up making a small profit, but at what cost? TIME, a lot of time, trainings, calls, prospecting, trying to motivate people, trying to get people to listen to the CDs and read the literature, following-up, taking an out-of-state trip for "the big picture" convention, arguing with naysayers, defending the company name after someone googles it and see "SCAM" after it, and realizing that the promises to follow the system and the one-size-fits-all almost cult-like pressure "not to reinvent the wheel" did not work for everybody and was not the best fit for me.
I did not have a passion for the business or the products so it was no longer for me. Too much work. That whole experience taught me one of the most valuable business lessons I learned. Trying to build a successful business requires a lot of time, energy, sacrifice, and dedication, if you are not in love with the value of the products/services and do not have a passion for the industry then you will feel overworked and underpaid just like how you felt at the job you were trying to escape (Remember me, the cafeteria-worker-no-more! Yes more. I was back in that uniform the following semester, haha).
So, at this point I know that I do not like manual labor, my income being restricted solely by my efforts, and that I do not have a passion for becoming an evangelist of some shadowy company with over-priced health and beauty products.
3. You Can Lose a Lot of Money If Things Don't Work Out As Planned. Limit Your Financial Risk As Much As Reasonable (You have to take some level of risk, just make sure it is well-calculated after A LOT of research)
From An Infomercial To A Short-Lived Enterprise
I was on summer break from U of I before my senior year and I did not have an internship. Financial struggles and my eager pursuit to attain financial independence as an undergrad came at a cost. My grades were just "ok" after 3 years. B's were perfectly fine with me. I actually thought "Do I really need to get an A in this class, I mean, I'm gonna be a self-employed young billionaire anyway? I just need the right business." Needless to say, I did not join the ranks of Mark Zuckerburg or Bill Gates, despite actually getting an idea patented and an offer to produce it, for a fee that I did not invest after doing some research about the offering party (glad I didn't, the "Wisdom Guru", would have become obsolete very soon due to the explosion of smart phone applications right around the corner, this is another story).
So, I was not in a good position and decided to do something about it. I worked as a valet to earn the income I needed that summer, but I knew that I needed something better on my resume than that! One day I saw an infomercial about selling all different kinds of home decor and gift items and making money from the margin, you didn't have to hold the products nor ship them, you just had to own the website that people bought the items from. After seeing the potential and writing an informal business plan, I applied for a credit card and invested in the website and start-up materials. I used the knowledge and experience I gained from being "an evangelist" of that MLM to recruit other people as "affiliate marketers" and designed a whole business model to have these people sell these items for me, to earn a commission.
I still remember the headline I used in my ad on the online job boards "ArtisticHomeGifts.com pays people $400* a week as Affiliate Marketers". After about 3 weeks and conducting 20 phone interviews (great learning experience), I had 15 affiliate marketers. I had invested in business cards, catalogs, and made a simple webpage for each affiliate that served as a "gateway" page. So when their referrals went to their page and clicked through the link, the website registered a unique link and any purchase from there on out was recorded to the affiliate marketer who was registered to that link. I had everything planned out great, but only 4 people ever made sales and the financial crisis hit on September 2008 and (my site officially launched in early August 2008) killed the demand for random home gift items. After beating a dead horse for 3 more months, trying to motivate my affiliate marketers to sell to people who were scared they were going lose their jobs or had a spouse that lost theirs, I decided to fold the operation, focus on academics (I had just started my senior year) and officially closed ArtisticHomeGifts.com about $2,500 in the hole!
4. Networking Regularly is a Must-Do For Any Future Entrepreneur
So, where am I now? What did I make of this business experience? I have a solid 9-5 to build financial security and professional experience to fall back on, but I also actively work to build a business that is my passion (financial advising) and regularly network to learn about the opportunities out there and make connections with the right people.
Even if you are not an entrepreneur yet, it is extremely important to network and work toward building your future brand in order to give yourself the best chance as possible, for when you decide to go out on a limb. And you learn about many up and coming businesses and opportunities, as well as receive tips and inspiration from entrepreneurs at various stages. Focus on the relationship and getting to know who they are and what the passion is behind their business. You can really make some great connections and possibly meet a future business partner. Also, by networking effectively, you expand your future market (who you can sell to).
5. Stay Educated About Your Passion/Future Industry and Gradually Increase Your Steps Toward Being In Your Business Full-time. Only You Will Know When You're Ready!
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