Saturday, March 9, 2013

Make money at home!

     Origami Owl, Do Terra essential oils, Scentsy, Pampered Chef. So many choices, so many ways to make money at home. (Sound of screeching brakes) But can you really make money with these at home businesses? Lets look at a few common traits these companies have and help you come up with your own answer.
     First of all, most of these companies require you to buy their start up kit which ranges in price between $100. and $200. They have 3 goals here. #1, they want you  to value their product, #2 they do not want to invest in you at all, and #3 they want to get you hooked like crack cocaine on their product.
     Secondly, they want you to have "Parties." Again, YOU pay for everything from food to advertisement to samples. You also have to call all of your friends and family who owe you. For instance, let's say you went to your neighbor Shirley's house last week and bought a stoneware pizza wheel for $30. Shirley now is required to come to your party and buy $30. worth of worthless crap she will probably never use. Then you are even.
     Thirdly, the more people you can convince to buy into this company and become a "Representative" AKA Sales person, the higher percentage of sales you will make. For instance, the beginning percentage of sales you make may be 5% and you will be allowed to purchase more of the product at a 10% discount. But, if you get three people to join your "Team", you will then get 10% of your sales and the sales of everyone under you and your discount goes up to 15%.  Enticing right? Especially if you are convinced that you can't live without this product.
     By this point, you have invested over $100. from your grocery budget and countless hours advertising, begging your Friends to come to a party, and are in the throws of addiction. You cannot admit all this to your loved ones. You are disgraced, shamed, humiliated. You have no option but to continue on and hope against hope that you will see a profit in the near future.  What can you possibly do?
     My advice? And I know you want it... "You gotta know when to hold 'em. Know when to fold 'em. Know when to walk away. And know when to run. You never count your money, when you're sittin' at the table, they'll be time enough for countin' when the dealin's done." OK the last sentence was not as appropriate, but c'mon! That song is AWESOME!!!So in other words, get out while you can.  Don't get deeper in the business hole. Walk away my friend. Find another way to make some cash from home.
     Need a business idea? I'll share with you one that I have been thinking about for a while now: Moonshine. That's right, Mountain-dew, Juice, White-Lightning, Moonshizzle, Corn-shuckin's,  or  Creek-water.Yep. Just think about it. Low overhead, high profits. Minimal supplies. Really, what would you need? Some corn mash (around $15.), fresh creek water, 200lbs of sugar, some Mason jars, a couple of handsome, strong, young corn fed hill billy boys to help with the heavy work, and a still. I've looked around and have yet to find a still, but I'm going to keep on trying. Let me know if you find one will you?
     Of course, you would have to take up some nick names. Something that has Billy, Bob, Joe, Junior, or Paw in it to give you some credibility. And a quiet location somewhere out in the woods, far far away from  Po Po.
     There would be no need to get people to join in under you. Right away you get 100% of the profits. NO need to share. A great family business if you ask me.So there you have it. The in's and outs of a home based business. The spirit of entrepreneurialism is still alive and well in America.  Best of luck to you.
     Till next time,
     Miss Billy Bob