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Old 11-14-2014, 06:02 AM
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Default How many home businesses have you had that have failed?What keeps you going?

I'm just curious to see how many home businesses you have had throughout the years. I have had several but none have really worked out for me... I feel like a failure.

I started off with a homemade jewelry business but it was my first try at this whole business thing so I had no clue what do it. I didn't market it properly (my marketing was practically non-existent), and didn't feel comfortable telling friends and family about it. I didn't want anybody feeling pressured to purchase from me.
That didn't last long....I gave up within the first few months.

I went into Real Estate soon after and did pretty good with that but I was out showing house more than I was at home with my family. The hours were long and sometimes deals would fall through so paychecks weren't steady. This wasn't really a home business because I was out all the time...I would seriously leave the house at 8am and wouldn't get home until 8 or 9pm. Long hours. I wanted to work from home so that I could spend more time with my family so I quit and started a Real Estate Virtual Assistant business

I was actually making some money with the VA business but a lot of the agents were trying to take advantage of me and try to get free work or they'd say my prices were too high (which they werent...I was actually super cheap now that I think of it. I offered listing packages that started at $30 per month.. the highest I charged was $99 and that was for everything from making cold calls calls on their behalf, creating flyers, marketing, filling out contracts which I could do since I was still licensed, dealing with the title companies...I basically did everything a Real Estate agent did except show homes since I did not want to be driving around). But the people I signed up to work with eventually thought 99 bucks was too much and were trying to bring me down to $30 for full service and that just got frustrating to deal with so I quit that business.

I blogged for money and was making some money on that but it was on a free platform (big mistake) and without notice that was recently shut down.

I started Personal Training at home...I did okay with that but then I got a job at a gym teaching fitness classes something I had always wanted to do so I had to close down the PT business due to me not being able to compete against the gym. I also didn't like having strangers coming into my home all the time so I was okay with closing down. I have been doing PT at the gym too and building that business (I train at the gym then do paperwork at home so it works out since hours aren't so bad). I am pregnant now and won't be able to do that anymore once the baby is due...so I'm looking for another business that I can do exclusively at home.

Maybe I am not cut out to own my own business...I feel frustrated that I have gone through so many ideas and none of them work out. How do you all do it? How do you stay motivated when the going gets tough? What keeps you going?
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Old 11-16-2014, 12:38 PM
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Dugsmom,
Sorry to hear you've had such a struggle with trying to find the right work at home business. There are a lot of good companies out there you just have to find something that you are passionate about and the desire to want to be successful. My first business I started I was not successful because I did not work it like a business. I didn't work it consistently and I didn't have a plan. I now am working with my second business venture and things are going very well. When I decided to start another business I made sure that I chose something that I was passionate about, I also looked for a company that provided support and marketing materials so I didn't have to try to re-invent the wheel so to speak. I treat my business like a business and I trust in my companies system that if you follow their plan it works. Good luck in finding something that will work for you and if you need advice please feel free to contact me.
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Old 11-18-2014, 09:08 AM
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Too many to list. A few that comes to mind right off the top are:

SFI(my very first biz opp)
Excel Communications
Cyberwize
Melaleuca
Goji Juice
EPX Body
Project Pay Day

What keeps me going? The success of other people. I figure, if they can do it,
so can I. The challenge is trying to find a marketing strategy that's a good fit
for me, instead of trying to copy someone else's strategy. That's where I have
fallen short. However, I am an eternal optimist and even though I have walked
away many times, the entrepreneur spirit in me always bring me back to the home
business industry.
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Old 11-21-2014, 08:11 PM
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I tried;
Tupperware, Herbalife, Amway, having one of those Amazon sites,ENJO (party plan environmentally friendly cleaning) and now my current Personal Leadership business (link is in my signature)
I too thought I was a bit of a failure and did not like asking my friends and family, creating those 'lists' to call on. I spent more than I made although I did get some awesomely valuable products and value from each and every experience.
To be completely honest with you, my current business is what has highlighted to me where I 'failed' so to speak. At the end of the day it goes about finding something you are truly passionate with, see the bigger picture for and get the most enjoyment from.
How do you know you are passionate? You have fun working your business and despite the lows (every opportunity has them), you get up every morning ready to keep moving forward with the belief in what it is you are doing.
In hindsight, I didn't fail with my other efforts, I just hadn't found my passion. I knew I wanted to create my own business doing something. I just didn't know what, even thought about franchising and having a doggy wash biz once & spent hours answering surveys online for a $20 iTunes voucher! Then, the universe placed Personal Leadership Development in my email inbox and I haven't looked back!
You have the entrepreneur track record and spirit, you just need to find your passion and stick with it long enough with 150% belief and vision and you will be set!
All the best in your quest Dugsmom!
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Old 11-21-2014, 08:15 PM
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Too many to list. A few that comes to mind right off the top are:

SFI(my very first biz opp)
Excel Communications
Cyberwize
Melaleuca
Goji Juice
EPX Body
Project Pay Day

What keeps me going? The success of other people. I figure, if they can do it,
so can I. The challenge is trying to find a marketing strategy that's a good fit
for me, instead of trying to copy someone else's strategy. That's where I have
fallen short. However, I am an eternal optimist and even though I have walked
away many times, the entrepreneur spirit in me always bring me back to the home
business industry.
Resonate with you too Adrianne. We see others having success too which brings on the challenge to find your own way to success, on your own terms too! Find your passion and never, never give up!
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Old 11-22-2014, 06:40 PM
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Sometimes I think my answer to the question of what keeps me going is - stupidity! (Just kidding!)

Seriously, like Robyn and Adrianne, I truly think there has to be passion involved, which is where I am now with my current business. For a long time I have been interested in health & wellness, and I tried a few companies that didn't work out for various reasons. But I try to see each one of those "failures" as a learning experience though! I loved the saying my husband used to have on a shirt (that is now, sadly, long gone). It said, "Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want!" I LOVED that! Let's just say I have a LOT of experience!

Right now I'm trying to be careful with what I eat, as that has so much bearing on how your body functions (or not). So when I saw my current company, I really wanted to have the product for myself first. I am passionate about getting healthier and getting rid of some health problems I am experiencing. And I see the wisdom of "letting food be my medicine". That's how I ended up where I am now.

As for how to stay motivated, I really do a gut-check when the going gets tough, and I look back at the goals I wrote down when I started my business (you all make those goals lists right?). I see where I'm out of alignment and simply need to get back on track and find out where I've fallen short and then strive to get back on the horse if I've fallen off!

Anyway, I think that if you have a dream, have set your goals and are working toward them, no matter how slowly, you will succeed!

Best wishes to you all!

Lori in NY
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Old 11-26-2014, 11:26 AM
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One of my mentors, who happens to be a multi-millionaire, told me this the other day.

He said "do you want to know the #1 secret to success?", and of course I said "YES!"

then he said " TESTING"

Try Something
Fail
Learn from That
Adjust
Try Again

I have failed at so many business opportunities it's crazy! LoL I couldn't even list them all.
But I have a DIE HARD entrepreneul spirit and I knew that giving up was NOT an option for me.

What keeps me going is my WHY. What is yours? That is what will inspire you

Funny story here about when success finally hit:
I was a distributor for Arbonne, an MLM beauty company, in 2006. It was the first time I tried mineral foundation. I loved the way it looked, but it ITCHED like crazy

So I started looking at each ingredient to try to figure it out. Also, my mom had used Avon eyeshadow and her eyes swelled up. So I looked at the ingredients in that too.

A common ingredient that had a bad reputation was bismuth oxychloride. It was in Arbonnes "natural" makeup, in Avon, Bare Minerals, and most of the other brands!

So I started ordering ingredients from a supplier. Experimenting. Working with chemists of suppliers who provide some guidance. Digging into info online.

I came up with a foundation that covered better, didn't itch, and looked great.
And I found out how much profit was in that little jar of makeup

So about a year later I launched my own makeup company, LA Minerals.
We've been profitable from year one. Sure we have our ups and downs and problems and issues to deal with, but what business doesn't?

E-commerce is a GREAT business. Women love to shop and they also love coupons and cash back. So because I know that from my side of the biz, I also signed up with Dubli as an affiliate. Dubli is a cash back site. They get paid to send customers to walmart, best buy, macys, groupon, etc.... and then they give customers cash back and the business associate a commission for sending the customer to Dubli!
Brilliant...best part is that once the customer is coded to you, you earn commission every time they shop.

Anyways....that's my story...that's what has worked for me. Just gotta keep trying. You have not FAILED until you quit trying.

Throw enough rocks at a stick and you're bound to hit it eventually!

Oh and do you realize how many times Thomas Edison failed at inventing the light bulb?
Over 4,000 times.
I'm sure glad he didn't give up!
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Old 11-26-2014, 07:54 PM
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I haven't started a business yet although I intend to. Like everybody else, I have this fear that the business might not work. However, I have read an article in linked in about one sign that hints whether or not a person gets rich. The answer was only simple. According to the article, you would know it when a person works harder than anyone else. These are the few people that most of us would say should get a life and all those stuffs we say about how boring their lives are and etc. The thing that was said in the article is that when you want to succeed at something, there are sacrifices to make. You spend most of your time working until you get it. It said that being rich is not for everyone. I just hope this share would give some idea to making our business work.
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Old 11-30-2014, 02:45 PM
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Thank You all so much for the advice and positive words! I guess I was feeling down but your posts have definitely boosted my confidence!
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Old 11-30-2014, 09:16 PM
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Default A Lesson from the Bumblebee

Ignore the little voice that says "I'm a failure". You're not! Learn this lesson from the Bumblebee.

According to scientists, the bumblebee's body is too heavy and its wing span too small. Aerodynamically, the bumblebee cannot fly. But the bumblebee doesn't know that and it keeps flying.

When you don't know your limitations, you go out and surprise yourself. In hindsight, you wonder if you had any limitations. The only limitations a person has are those that are self-imposed. Don't let a few small business failures put limitations on you. Use everything you do as a learning experience until you at least discover the success you so richly deserve!
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