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So You Want to Start a Business?


You dream of the time freedom, calling your own shots, setting your own hours, ending the tedious commute, ditching the office politics, and telling your boss to take this job and…… well you know the rest.

What is keeping you from living out that dream of starting your business? If you are like most people who have thought about starting their own business, but can’t bring yourself to do it, fear is likely the cause holding you back. Fear that you don’t have enough money. Fear that you will not make enough money to keep up your standard of living. Fear of what your friends and family will think. Fear of failure (after all….the media keeps telling us that 4 out of 5 new businesses don’t last five years).

So how can you start a business without giving in to these fears? There is one industry that has created more millionaires than any other, has allowed more “average” people to live their dreams, and has provided an opportunity to more people out of the rat race than any other. That is the Network Marketing Industry.

Now before you roll your eyes and move on to another site, hear me out. Many people have the pre-conceived notion that network marketing is a “pyramid scheme”. That most network marketing opportunities are scams.  After all, many of us know stories of people with garage loads of over-priced inventory. Or people who invested thousands of dollars in programs that they never did anything with. While it is true that there have been some  shady operators in the mlm field, there were certainly no more than in any other field. There are countless stories of franchises gone bad, “business opportunities” that bled bank accounts dry, and “fad” businesses that came and went in a flash. You need to do your due diligence before you get involved in any business.

Why should you consider the network marketing industry as your ticket out of the “rat race”?

Very low startup cost:

Many network marketing companies provide a startup cost of less than $500. Some have startup costs below $50. Compare that to the tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars you will need to start most other businesses.

Start part-time.

Most people start their businesses part-time. Just ten hours per week can help you grow a fantastic business.

Earn a great part-time income.

Face it. It’s tough to make ends-meet. Most part-time jobs do pay little over minimum wage. You need to work  a lot of hours , have little control of the hours you will work, all the while making someone else rich. What would an extra $400-$500 per month mean to you and your family? It could pay for your new car, pay for your kid’s education, allow you to save for retirement, pay down bills, or just take off the pressure of barely ,making the bills at the end of each month. You set your hours and you are growing a business that will pay huge dividends down the road.

Build an amazing full-time business.

There are not many businesses that allow you to start part-time, and in just a few short years, replace and surpass your current income. While most network marketing businesses do not provide high income early on, with “time in the saddle” and consistently working the business, you will succeed.

Tax write-offs.

Would you like to be able to write off part or your car expenses, your home costs, and even your vacation costs? You may be able to cut thousands of dollars a year from your income tax bill by starting your own network marketing business.

It’s fun!

There has never been an industry that is more encouraging, filled with more enthusiasm, and is packed with people who simply have more fun.  Network marketing meetings are not boring and drab. They are typically up-beat and fun. You get to meet new people over coffee and learn all about them ant their dreams. You can work from home, from your favorite coffee shop, or even from the beach (sure beats a cubicle). You only work with people you like and only sell products your passionate about.

Speaking of working with only people you like and selling products your passionate about, how do you go about selecting the right network marketing opportunity for you? That will be the subject of my next article.

Phil Shames is an Independent Distributor with Scent-Sations Natural Wax Candles and Home Scents. He also is the Owner of Ecosuds Carpet & Upholstery Care and Ecosuds Products in Hamilton Ontario. He can be reached at info@greencandlebiz.com . Visit his websites at www.greencandlebiz.com, www.ecosuds.ca, and www.ecosudsproducts.com .