Are You Killing Your Business Before it Even Starts?

A trend that can kill your business before it even begins. A trend that will set you up for ultimate failure without you even knowing it. A trend that is so discreet and subversive that you may not even know it is happening to you.

As you can probably imagine I deal with a lot of new people coming into the industry.

I come in contact with all kinds and from all backgrounds and so I get to see a larger scope of what is going on in the industry than most. In addition, well here is what I have noticed. Many of the people that come to me for advice will either send me an email or give me a call and they will start out by saying . . .”I don’t have a lot of money or time, but I really want to make my network marketing business work. So I want you to show me exactly how to do this business without having to spend any money or devote a significant amount of time because I don’t have either.”

Now I do not mind helping anyone get their business going, but when I hear or read this from a newbie I silently shake my head in disappointment. I am not disappointed because these people do not have money or time for their business, but rather because of their mindset from the outset.

These people whether they know it or not are disqualifying themselves away from success. They are approaching their business and me as if they “could” have a winning lottery ticket. They bought in and now they are waiting to cash in. Too much hope and not enough confidence.

When you approach your business from the initial standpoint of what you do not have, you are working from the wrong paradigm. In essence what this paradigm say is . . .”I hope this works so tell me exactly what to do and I’ll do it as long as it doesn’t take much money or time and if doesn’t work in X amount of time I’m going to quit because IT obviously doesn’t work.” This is WRONG!

However, I understand why people unknowingly think this way. I get emails just like everyone else and most of them say…”Join this business under me and I’ll build your down line for you.” As if just getting in is going to make you money. Sure for the marketer that sends out these messages they will probably get quite a few people to join their business because they are playing on our inherent laziness, but think about this approach long term.

Say you get in a business with someone with this approach and they do put lots of people under you in your business. Why are those people below you? They are all WAITING for the initial person to put more people under them.

They may stick around for a while, but it is highly unlikely that many of them will ever take any action themselves. Further for the marketer themselves, they are not growing a down line of people wanting to create freedom for themselves, rather they are actually attracting people that are waiting for the marketer to do it all for them.

Take it from me, that is not the type of team you want to attract if you are looking at this business with a long-term perspective. With this message pervading the market I can see why so many unsuspecting people buy into it and think that someone else doing everything for them without them really putting in personal time or money is going to work. It is lazy and it can create some initial excitement, but that is about it.

But back to the point at hand . . .When you approach your business with the above mentioned perspective – what you don’t have or can’t do you – are setting yourself up for failure and you are limiting your chance of success.

I do not care if you do not have a dollar to your name, do not treat your business as if you do not have a dime or any time. If you run your business from a poverty standpoint, it will pay you like bankrupt business.

Can you make money in network marketing with very little time or money? Yes, but you have to think of your business from an abundant standpoint.

Personally, I did not have much money or time when I began marketing my business, but I never thought about it as being a disadvantage. Instead, I thought how could I create the money and time that I will need to create high levels of success. The resources you need for success are out there whether you have them immediately or not. It is your job first to realize this and then to creatively find ways to tap into them.

What we teach on my team is how to take advantage of this and how to make it work for us as individuals! This is the reason we have the success we do! It is not left to chance!

Do not kill your business before it even begins by disqualifying yourself from success.

Top Home Business Opportunities

1. Best Home Business Opportunities for Now and Tomorrow

If you’re searching for home business ideas, then this list of the best home business opportunities — based on current and future trends — may be just what you’re looking for.

I say “may be” because these at home businesses are not suitable for people who are looking for “a money-making machine” or who “want to make money in their sleep” or any of those other phony promises.

Nor are these for people who expect to just make an initial investment and then just watch the money roll in. Successful home businesses are real businesses. To turn a home business opportunity into a success, you need to be prepared to work at it and have the appropriate knowledge and skills that you need to run any business.

But those caveats aside, here are what I think are the best home businesses you can start — best because of their potential right now and because there’s going to be even greater demand for these products and/or services over the next few years.

2. Home Renovation Services

Home renovation services are hot, hot, hot — and there’s no sign of this trend slowing down. Home improvement and repair expenditures in the U.S. topped 297 billion dollars in 2013, according to statista. And as the population ages, even more, people are going to want to make their homes more livable by investing in the renovations they need to stay where there are. Growth in home improvement and repair expenditures will reach 8 percent by the start of 2017, according to a new report from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing.

If you have carpentry, plumbing, electrical, or other home improvement expertise and the requisite tools and equipment home renovation can be an ideal business to operate from home. The best home renovation to focus on for the long-term? Bathroom renovations. My recent bathroom renovation included cabinets that were installed by a local contractor who operates his cabinetry business from his

3. Pet Products and Services

Is there anything that indulgent pet owners won’t buy for their pets? If you can come up with a product for dogs or cats that you can produce in your home, you’ll have a real winner of a business opportunity on your hands. From designer collars to “organic” pet foods, the sky’s the limit.

Pet services are also in high demand. Travellers require pet/house sitting services. And people who enjoy owning dogs but don’t always have time to give them proper exercise need dog walking and even doggy day care services.

4. Catering Services

Think dinner for eight. Not just delivered, but served. Catering services aren’t just for weddings, trade shows, birthday parties, and business lunches anymore. Career couples are having almost every social occasion catered, and busy families who are tired of living on take-out are spending more on having food brought in.

If you have a well-equipped kitchen and a knack for planning and preparing nourishing, appealing food and can deliver it hot, this is the home-based business for you.

5. Cleaning Services

Along the same lines, there’s currently a heavy demand for cleaning services, and the demand for domestic cleaning services will only increase with our aging population. If you’re good at organizing and comfortable with the thought of running a crew, this home business opportunity has the potential of turning into something big.

The cleaning service I use is a man and wife operated home-based business that has multiple cleaning crews and over 150 residential and commercial customers.

6. Fall Prevention Products – Sales and Service

Did you know that falls are the leading cause of fatal injury among elderly American and Canadians? And did you know that the death rates from falls among older men and women have risen sharply over the past decade? (Falls Among Older Adults: An Overview, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

Now, what if you developed or distributed a product related to helping seniors prevent falls? Think of the growing size of the potential market!

One of my business associates distributes a variety of fall prevention products from her home, including a padded hip garment that prevents hip fractures from falls. Another sells and services electric scooters.

7. Wedding Planner Services

People are still getting married. In 2014, 6.9 people per 1,000 married in the United States, meaning there were 2,140,272 marriages (CDC). And these numbers refer only to the traditional kind of marriage; there’s also a growing demand for gay marriages, providing even more opportunities for wedding-related businesses of all kinds.

You need to be good at planning and have a mind for details, but if you are, becoming a wedding planner could be your dream business – and there’s no reason you can’t do it from your home.

8. Ecommerce

In the U.S., ecommerce spending totalled $97.3 billion in the second quarter of 2016 alone, an increase of 4.5 percent from the first quarter of 2016 (U.S. Census Bureau News). Online sales in the United States are expected to reach $523 billion in the next five years, up 56% from $335 billion in 2015, Forrester Research Inc. says. Canadian companies sold more than $136 billion in goods and services online in 2013, up from $122 billion a year earlier, according to Statistics Canada. Obviously more people than ever are shopping online.

And it’s an ideal home business opportunity, especially as ecommerce is so easy to get into now. One of the main barriers to operating a successful e-commerce business is finding the right product or products to sell; the other is providing the kind of online environment that will make people want to buy from you rather than competitors. 8 Rules for a Successful Ecommerce Website provides information on how to do this.

9. In-Home Beauty Services

This home-based business opportunity combines two trends; the insatiable demand for services that make people look and feel younger and better and the growing desire to have those services delivered. And why not? Having someone come to your home and cleanse and tone your skin and do your makeup is the height of luxury.

And caring for and making up the face are only two beauty services you could offer to provide; manicures, pedicures, massages and acupuncture could also be provided to people in their homes — or in yours.

10. Sewing and Alteration Services

Sewing is on the way to becoming a lost art as more and more people find they have less and less time. But as not everyone is the regulation size, the demand for other people to provide these services will only increase.

If you’re really skilled, tailoring and alterations could be another potentially lucrative home-based business.

And what about combining your seamstress skills with the inner fashion designer you’ve always wanted to release? Find and develop your niche, such as custom-designed wedding dresses, medieval clothing or Halloween costumes and loose your talent on the world!

11. Business/Life Coach Services

Coaching has been hot for a while now, but this is still a growth industry. Remember when everyone had or wanted a personal fitness trainer? Now everyone has or wants a personal coach.

In the last ten years the coaching industry has exploded says MarketPlace; membership of the International Coach Federation has more than tripled. A report by the market research firm IBISWorld at the end of 2014 said coaching is a $1 billion industry in the U.S. alone.

If you have the skills and training necessary, this is a great home-based business opportunity because it can be done remotely as well as in person. Here are the pros and cons of being a life coach.

And remember, coaching people to be more successful business people or executives is not your only option; there are many different ways you could specialize. Tzabia Siegel, for instance, is a nutrition coach. Read her tips for startup success.

12. One Last Home Business Opportunity Tip

And a last tip — Most of the home-based business opportunities in this article call for specialized training or skills. If you don’t have the specialized training or skills needed to start a business you want to start, you can still “be a part of it”. Find a person with the appropriate training or skills and invest in his or her business. Being an angel investor can be rewarding in so many ways.