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The Empower Network Business

There’s a new business I’ve been looking at, its called the Empower Network business.

This Empower Network business is quite intriguing in a lot of ways.

The Empower Network business  offers both new and experienced Internet marketers an opportunity to either start or build an Internet home business with very little risk.

The cost to join is only $44.95 per month.  Plus, if offers new marketers a complete Sales Funnel.  Check out that article if you don’t yet know what a Sales Funnel is.  Suffice it to say that its a pre-built business plan and strategy to grow your home business.  You do not need a business plan if its already done for you.  I like that.  It makes things a whole lot easier for new Internet marketers.

The Empower Network business  pays 100 percent commissions on its products.  This is totally unique in the home business niche.

For more information, watch this video by David Sharpe, one of the co-founders of the Empower Network Business.

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My First Market America Business Building Meeting

market-america-businessI attended my first Market America Business Building Meeting this past Monday.  It’s Friday and I’ve been gathering my thoughts.  I’m an Internet marketer.  I don’t traditionally enjoy jumping in my car to attend a meeting.  However, this Market America meeting was only 6-7 miles from my home… so I thought I’d check it out.

I’ve heard the words before… “the future of business,”  “creating a new economy,” etc.  And, while that all may be true, there are several other characteristics of this business that really amaze me.


Market America can help you Create Residual Income to Secure your Financial Future

…and local people are finding Market America the chosen way to secure their financial future.  Let me explain a bit.  There were roughly 25 people at this meeting.  It was held by a very gracious couple in their home.  Both are building their team and business part-time and both have regular jobs.     They have a home that most people would envy.  Yet, they seem to have a  need to take control of their own financial future.  They invited Dani Canubas, the Market America Director in this part of Maryland to be the guest speaker.  He did a stellar job!

But, that wasn’t my major take-away.  There are an awful lot of people in Maryland who are looking to secure their financial future with their own business.  They understand that if they want to take control of their financial future, they need a plan that will generate a residual income.  I am simply amazed by how many people are working in my local area with Market America achieve this goal.

And, this is not an area of the country that is suffering financially like some others.  This is Washington DC and surrounding areas.  This is a relatively secure area financially.  Employment is good and there are plenty of government high tech, and security jobs available in this metropolitan area.

I met and spoke with a lot of people on Monday evening. Some were looking at the business for the first time.  Some had participated in the business, but had not yet achieved their financial goals.  But, there were others who very already extremely successful in Market America, and just there to support others.

The thing that amazed me the most was that there just seems to be so many people in my local area working hard to secure their financial security with Market America.  My first thought was that this area was already saturated with Market America consultants; or perhaps there was too much competition locally.   However, when I consider this business opportunity intellectually, I realize that this is an over simplification and perhaps only an excuse not to participate in this business.

The economy is changing, both in the US and more importantly, internationally!  More and more people are shopping online. Market America provides a “gateway” that enables business minded people to invest very little money, build their business at their own pace… part-time… and benefit from this trend.  Plus, having so many people in a local area participate simply provides a support structure that benefits those that choose to use this business model to achieve their own personal financial security.



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Market America: A Highly Structured Internet Home Business

I want to let my readers know… I think this is great opportunity for certain people!  But, I tried it for 8 months and it is not for me!  There are just too many rules and requirements.  I do not mind rules. Heck, I was in the US Air Force for 20 years.  However, when abiding by rules gets in the way of production, it bothers me.  Market America is a direct selling company.  You have to establish a monthly auto ship of product.  They have some great products, but they just piled up in my office.  I’ll use them, but I’m not about to host home parties or try to sell them to my friends and neighbors.

More importantly, I’m an Internet marketer. That’s just the way I roll.  🙂

Market America is a highly structured Internet home business which relies on people helping people to succeed!

I witnessed something I consider very special this past weekend.  In fact, I witnessed something in direct/one-on-one marketing earlier that I’ve never seen before.

market america certification trainingBy way of background, it was a long day. I attended a 6-7 hour seminar in a leader’s home.  It was Market America’s Executive Coordinator Certification Course.  It was an engaging seminar, but that’s a long time to sit, listen and learn.  Thirty minutes following this seminar I was invited to sit in on a business invitation call.  This leader was doing a call to a prospect for the member who invited me to this seminar.

I thought this leader was a bit pushy at first, but I quickly re-evaluated my opinion.  This leader wanted to do a product presentation in the prospect’s home.  My thought was that the better approach would simply be for this leader to identify and verbally support the prospect’s intention to either learn more about the business or  allow the prospect to join the business.

But, I listened… and I witnessed a remarkable conversation.  This leader explained how she had been in the business for a long time.  She told the prospect that she had a lot of experience in this product presentation, and told the prospect that she could expect to make about $600 that night.  …that essentially, the profit from that evening would go to the prospect.

This profit could then easily fund the prospect’s much smaller investment into the company.  It was a win-win for the prospect!  I was simply amazed!!  The only thing the prospect needed to do was invite people to the product presentation.  And, this leader explained to the prospect that she would help her with these invitations.  Truth be told, myself and the rest of team are helping as well.  She told her she would send her the exact words to use to make the invitations.

Let me make an additional observation here.  This leader does not supervise or profit from any potential residual income that the person who invited me might benefit from if this prospect joins the company.  Let me repeat that!!  She has no financial motivation to help either the person who invited me to this seminar or the prospect.

I also have a bit of  direct evidence that makes me feel this leader will do exactly what she told this prospect she would do. There were approximately 20 people at this seminar.  Just as an aside… the leader expected four people.  But, people just kept showing up!  I attribute this to three things: 1.) the leader’s reputation; 2.) people she already knew wanted to engage with this leader; and 3.) these were serious business minded people who just wanted to learn more.

But, let me get back to the point here…. you know, my direct evidence.  I can recall one example this leader used regarding product presentations.  She picked out a young lady who was brand new to the company.  She asked this young lady how much money she made from her first product presentation.  The young lady responded that she made $750.  The really amazing thing about this is that this young lady knew very little about the business.  She had tons of questions during this training.  And, I’m thoroughly convinced that this was not a “plant.”  In other words, this was not rehearsed or predetermined  that this young lady would provide this answer on her success with the product presentation.  She was brand new to the company.

In conclusion, this is what I witnessed. This is a business all about helping other’s grow their business. The leaders in this company don’t necessarily have a financial incentive to help others.  In some cases, sure… they do; and that’s just good business. However, in the case I witnessed today this was all about helping others.  This attitude supports two components of business that I firmly believe in: Give, Get, Grow (by passing on to, or helping others); and Zig Ziglar’s famous quote:  “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.”

The deeper I ventured into this business, the more I learned that it just wasn’t for me.  It’s a direct selling business, which means you have to take product into your home and sell it locally.   I just wasn’t comfortable with the “auto-ship” feature and expense.  I have a lot of product on the shelves of my home office. It’s a great business for anyone that enjoys this type of business.  But, it’s not for me.  I’m an Internet marketer.  And this business doesn’t lend itself to Internet marketing.


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Get Cash Back When You Shop on the Internet

cash back on shop.comShop.com provides an excellent Internet home business opportunity!  If you shop on the Internet, you can make money on the Internet! Get Cash Back with a Preferred Customer account at Shop.com.

I have never seen anything like this!  Shop.com through its parent company, Market America, has a CashBack program which allows Internet shoppers to  shop for over 35 million products through over 3,000 partner stores and earn cash back on all their purchases.

Market America has a proven track record!  According to Wikipedia:

“The company was founded in 1992 by JR and Loren Ridinger. Market America now serves more than 6 million customers and over 180,000 Shop Consultants worldwide. Headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., the company employs roughly 650 people worldwide in the United States, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Philippines and the United Kingdom. Market America sells household supplies, jewelry, personal care products, auto care, cosmetics,nutritional supplements, custom websites, water purifiers and more. It conducts business through several affiliated companies and was ranked 61st in Internet Retailer’s Top 500 List.”

I have mentioned before that I recommend you not put all your efforts into one Internet home business.  Your Internet home business should include a variety of income producing sources.  Plus, it gets even better if your income producing sources are producing residual income for you and your family.  And, you can take advantage of this opportunity with a company that has a proven track record for success with 2o years of experience.

And, that’s what Market America offers through Shop.com.  Let’s face it, we are all shopping on the Internet.  So, why not get paid to do it?  With over 3,000 partner stores, you are sure to find those that you visit on a regular basis; Walmart, Target, Home Depot… just to mention a few.  All you need to do is establish a Preferred Customer account.

Plus, it’s entirely free to join.  Just sign up as a Preferred Customer under an existing distributor.  I’m a distributor.  Here is my Shop.com link: http://shop.com/rsamara.  So, just click on that link.  At the top of the page you will see a Sign In link.  You simply register your account and you are on your way toward earning cask back on everything you buy on the Internet.

There are two distributor levels that you can join, but that’s not the topic of this article!  I don’t want you to join anything!

I found this Internet home business to fit an ideal I was searching for.  I simply wanted to show people that if the right opportunity was presented to them, they could make money on the Internet without investing any money.

Here is an excellent video by Marc Ashley.  In this video, Marc will explain all the features of the Shop.com Cash Back program.  There’s a lot to digest here.  It’s an amazing program.  Let me give you some more great information before you watch Marc’s video!  If you establish a Preferred Customer account under me, I will invite you to my free webinar series that will go into greater detail on how you can maximize your Preferred Customer account.

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Americans Burying Heads in Sand?

I read an article in the Money Section of USA Today yesterday (13 October 2011) that startled me.  The article, titled “Debtors burying heads in sand” had an even more alarming subtitle: “More people in trouble but fewer seek help.”  Help? How did debtors get into financial problems in the first place?  And, who are they going to seek help from?

The article begins by making the point that even as more Americans are piling on debt fewer are seeking counseling or other kinds of relief to try to put their financial life back in order.  Consumers accumulated an additional $18.4 billion in credit card debt in the second quarter (2011) according to a new study from CardHub.com.  That’s up 66 percent from the same quarter in 2010 and up 368 percent from years ago!  I must admit, those figures are staggering.

So, who should these people seek help from?  The author points to the following sources: 1.) the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, 2.) the Association of Independent Consumer Credit Counseling Agencies, and 3.) the American Bankruptcy Institute.  Give me a break already.

What is happening to us folks?  I mean really!  Don’t we realize that the only one we can rely on to pull ourselves out of this situation is ourselves?  Only we have full control over our lives.  Men and women have given their lives so that we have this freedom.  Are Americans giving up on themselves?
Let’s pull our heads out of the sand and start doing something about it.  There are hundreds of opportunities out there that enable, in fact empower us to move forward and seek our independent financial security.  It does not happen overnight.   It takes a little time, a little investment and a little help.  But, it’s out there; you just need to find it and take action.

I’m essentially talking about finding a little part-time job through network marketing.  I listened to a CD while driving yesterday by Jim Rohn.  On this CD, Mr. Rohn tells the story of how he first got started in network marketing.  His goal was to earn 50 percent of his income from his part-time job while he maintained his full-time job.  Once he hit that goal, he established another; to earn as much in his part-time job as he did in his full-time job.  I think his next goal was to double his income.  Once he did that, he still continued to work his job.  Why?  He didn’t want to lose his story!  He just kept adding to it.

So, what’s your story?  Are still relying on factors you cannot control to impact your life for better or for worse?  Things like the economy, the political environment, your employer’s discretion to lay you off or promote you, or maybe even the stock market.  Or, are you ready to take control of your financial life?  It’s all up to you!



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A Much Needed Post to Explain “What the Hell is Going on out There!”

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As Vince Lombardi once cried, “What the hell is going on out there?” I thought it might be a good time to post some thoughts on the direction of my blog!

How to Build an Internet Home Business was originally started as a review site for affiliate programs, but my bottom line goal was to pass on valuable information to anyone who just wanted to establish a home business presence on the Internet.  And, I wanted to interact with my readers… not to sell, but to assist; to build relationships and to work together.  I think that Vince’s words amplify these thoughts.

I finally realized that my blog wasn’t doing what I originally hoped.  I wasn’t building a team.  I was writing my story and experiences!  I wasn’t working with people.  I was working for them.  That is not team building!  Thanks Vince!

I’ve noticed a dominant trend recently!  And, while I can’t make any firm conclusions about it, I do have some thoughts.  I have a lot of people registering as members.  I’ll get as many as 5-6 per day.  This tells me that there is something of value I offer here, but I’m not exactly sure what registered members are looking for.  I really need to know this.  I want to engage with my readers!

I’ve noticed a secondary trend as well.  Most of my new members seem to be associated with some type of very legitimate online small businesses. They… or you, are looking for something.

I’ll take a wild educated guess and say you are looking for success… in whatever it is you do!  That’s fairly safe.  Hey, I want to help but I need to know how I can help.  As I try to tell my new members, and I do not get to everybody on an individual basis; consider me a resource that you can use anytime!  Ask questions!

And, please offer your experiences, your problems and your solutions.  If we work together,  we can certainly better achieve our individual goals.  But, we need to work as a team.  I’m a firm believer in that.  Don’t be bashfull! Post in the comments!  Let’s engage to the benefit of all of us!  Let’s get Vince off our backs!



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