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Be Your Own Boss & Find Limitless Potential

Be Your Own Boss & Find Limitless Potential

Have you ever had a job that felt like it was sucking the life out of you? After college, I was given a great job offer to work for a Fortune 100 company. I took the job as a business analyst and got a great signing bonus, salary and benefits. I loved it…for about 3 weeks.

Amy Jackson Martin

I quickly realized that sitting in a cube for 40-50 hours a week was not the lifestyle I was after. I felt a little hopeless, but I also knew that there had to be a way for me to better design my life. I grew up with two stay-at-home parents, making it hard to get away with anything! My dad came from a broken family on government assistance, but he overcame obstacles and was empowered by the platform of network marketing. Thanks to his desire to give his family a better life than he had, I, too, became aware that I didn’t have to work the typical 9-5 routine and sacrifice my true dreams of being a free person.

With this experience in mind, I decided to pursue a part time home-based business while I worked my day job…and things took off! I had a great team, great products that I personally enjoyed using, and I was making enough money so that at 22, I fired my boss.

Fast forward to today: I still love the industry of network marketing because it’s truly the only level playing field that exists. I’ve seen so many people emerge from their circumstances to become high-functioning, successful, and inspiring. I’ve seen so many traditionally successful people free themselves from a career path that took them away from their families and get back to putting quality time with their family first.

I’ll admit: the first time I was exposed to the concept of building a team, I was very intimidated. Who would follow me? Why would anyone listen to me? Even though it was out of my comfort zone, I started dreaming about what it would be like to actually help play a part in making someone’s life better. I was so moved just thinking about it that I decided to go for it. I’ve gotten obsessed with this philosophy of adding value to people. I love that my team has become my extended family. We care about each other and celebrate each other’s success. We are all on this mission to equip people to be the best versions of themselves possible.

I believe in this industry and I know that when you get lucky enough to find a company like Vollara, you should take the time to really explore and get your questions answered. I felt safe joining this company because I knew I would have a team to support me. I knew that there were real products that solve real problems, and I saw that the profit margins would allow me to find just a few customers a week and be able to make more than any job I had ever worked before. I love connecting people to simple yet innovative solutions for their health and well-being. It’s fun and there’s unlimited potential with this young company.

As a mother, I feel that I owe it to my son to show him that he can pursue his dreams without the constraints of a traditional job. I love that I can create my own schedule and work when it’s convenient for me. I never wanted to have work that got in the way of my life. I’m so glad I found a career that adds meaning to my life and actually complements my values.

 

To learn more about Amy, visit her website at www.TheHealthyHomeGirls.com

The Perks of Being Your Own Boss

The Perks of Being Your Own Boss

 

The speed of life is changing…and so is the way people view their career. Growing numbers of men and women are less content with bringing someone else’s vision to fruition, and more interested in setting their own standards and blazing new trails. More and more people are finding themselves trapped in a monotonous routine at their present jobs: unhappy, unhealthy, unchallenged and unfulfilled.

The idea of self-employment can be at once the logical answer for a next step, and a terrifying prospect. But for the right-minded people, entrepreneurship and business ownership is great step in the right direction. Being in control of things like job security, hours, goals and creative strategies is an attractive lure to transitioning from being the employee to the employer.

Many people think about what it would be like to be their own boss at some point in their career, but few see it as a realistic, attainable goal – mostly because they think it’s too hard or they have no idea where to start. Truly, the hardest part is building up the courage and determination to step out on your own. Imagine making your own schedule so you didn’t have to miss out on the most important times of your life. Being your own boss means taking control of your life’s purpose, direction, growth, and success.

The best entrepreneurs go for what they want in life while successfully tackling challenges that arise, and they do it in record time. Being your own boss still involves work, but you determine when and how it happens with the freedom to operate your business how you see fit, applying what you know and learn to improve and produce the best results at your own pace. It also means not having to wait for someone else’s approval or a promotion that may never come. As your own boss, you can make an ideal income and a robust social life a reality.

What if you experienced something so wonderful that you wanted to share it with others? What if that experience was a lifestyle that helped people live healthier, longer lives? You could become an advocate for this lifestyle, a conscious movement among forward-thinkers, to better care for each other, our communities, and the world? At Vollara, we’re dedicated to developing products that support and help people obtain optimal levels of health and well-being. Our products are eco-friendly, technologically advanced, university tested, and proven effective.

At Vollara, you have the potential to be your own boss while improving the quality of life for yourself and people everywhere in dire need of our exclusive, life-changing technologies. Being part of the solution has never been more rewarding. Learn more at www.vollara.com

Reduce Clutter & Boost Your Productivity: Smart Tips for the New Year

Reduce Clutter & Boost Your Productivity: Smart Tips for the New Year

With 2015 firmly upon us, now is a great time to tackle clutter. Who doesn’t want a fresh, clean start to the new year? For many, getting rid of clutter is a kind of physical act that can help figuratively clear their mind. In fact, Princeton University published the results of a study they conducted called Interactions of Top-Down and Bottom-Up Mechanisms in Human Visual Cortex. The website Unclutterer.com summed up the study’s conclusion this way: “When your environment is cluttered, the chaos restricts your ability to focus. The clutter also limits your brain’s ability to process information. Clutter makes you distracted and unable to process information as well as you do in an uncluttered, organized, and serene environment.”[1]

When you’re organized and can navigate throughout your house and workspace easily, you’re more likely to be more productive and less stressed. Here are some of the best tips we rounded up about how to sort through a mess and come out organized on the other side!

 

At home:

 

Go room by room. First thing: start by picking up everything that’s on the floor. Keep two bags handy – one for trash, and the other for donation. Once your floors are clear, move onto the surfaces: desks, side tables and dressers.

 

Designate a space. Everything should have a place. This may mean you need clear storage boxes or a piece of multi-functional furniture. But in the end you’ll be better organized, and instantly know where to go when you’re looking for something specific.

 

Empty every drawer. You won’t know what you’ve got until you pull everything out for inspection. For the items you decide to keep, make sure they’re clean and folded. If you love an item and wear it often, keep it. If you can’t remember the last time you wore or used something, donate it.

 

Brave your closet. Again, review each item – if you haven’t worn it in six months, consider donating it. Many cities have non-profit programs that provide professional attire to those who are looking for gainful employment. Crisis centers are another place to consider donating both adult and child’s clothing.

 

Grab that label maker. You know you want to use it! Label makers are great if you’re using (upcycling!) old shoe or cardboard boxes for storage. Being able to glance at the outside of a box and know its contents can save you a lot of time in the future.

 

Allow yourself 15 or so minutes a day for maintenance. Set aside a manageable chunk of time that you can spend every day maintaining your newfound sense of order. Just a few minutes set aside every day can keep you from spending a whole day at the end of every month.

 

 

At work:

 

Tackle your desk. With a few empty boxes sitting by, clear out each drawer and the surface of your desk. Wipe out the inside of each drawer with a damp cloth. Recycle (or shred) old files and notes, and consider setting up a simple file folder for each project. Make an inbox for all incoming work, and commit to sort through it daily. That way you can prioritize easier and deal with paper clutter before it starts!

 

Clean off your computer. Outdated files on your desktop, clogged junk email folders, your web browser’s bookmarks…all of these can probably use a thorough examination and purge. Also consider combining (or refining) the items on your desktop so they’re more streamlined and easily accessible.

 

Reduce it down to 1. Got three pairs of scissors in your drawer? 67 ink pens? At least 13 half-full legal pads? Not that having only a single pen is the best idea (in fact, that could be a bad idea!) but having an amount that is practical and requires less space is probably a smart way to go.

 

 

In life:

 

Get off mailing lists. If there’s a magazine you’re getting that you routinely don’t read, or you are bombarded with junk mail offers every day, search the internet for ways to unsubscribe from these lists. You’ll save a few trees and your sanity in the process!

 

Reexamine your habits and routines. Is there a way you’re doing something that is costing you time? If you’re the type to tackle a challenge or problem as it arises, you might often find yourself overwhelmed at the prospect. Planning for contingencies and thinking ahead can save you time and worry. For example, do you find yourself spending 30 minutes ironing an outfit the night before work? Instead, designate one set time a week to get all of your ironing done. This might mean having to organize your laundry schedule, as well. But grouping several small, spread-out tasks into one big one can save you time and a headache in the end!

 

Just say no. Take a close look at your commitments. (It helps to grab a pen & paper and jot them down so you can physically see a list.) What are your biggest time sucks, and are they costing you somewhere else? If you’re over-committed and stretched too thin, you won’t have time for the daily maintenance required to keep your life simplified and clutter-free. It’s okay not to agree to every activity or project someone wants you to do. If you don’t truly love a group or activity you’re involved in, it might be time to disengage.

 

Get rid of the “mights”: If you had every intention of using an item, but a year has gone by and you’ve never touched it, it might be a good idea to get rid of it. It’s tempting to take things that are offered for free, or that are deeply discounted, but most people don’t have enough storage for all the “I might use this one day” items.

 

 

 

 

[1] unclutterer.com/2011/03/29/scientists-find-physical-clutter-negatively-affects-your-ability-to-focus-process-information/

6 Smart Business Resolutions for 2015

6 Smart Business Resolutions for 2015

A new year is finally here, so why not channel some of that natural-occurring enthusiasm toward building a better business? Some business goals are all centered around numbers and profits, but most entrepreneurs know that delving deeper – and taking care of oneself – is just as important in compounding future success.

  1. Stay healthy. Yes, you!

Think about it: when you feel well, you’re more productive. When you’re operating at peak level, both mentally and physically, everything else seems to fall in place a little easier. And when you perform better in a business capacity, you create a healthier company and a more satisfied customer. The results of taking care of yourself really are ten-fold.

There are a lot of health gifts you can give yourself. Maybe it’s vowing to get 8 hours of sleep every night. Maybe it’s 20 minutes of yoga at the end of your day. It can be trying out a Meatless Monday, or taking that morning walk with your spouse. There are countless things we can do to increase our feeling of wellness, so be creative. What small, doable change would benefit you the most this year?

  1. Harness the power of networking.

We all know it: the way to reach new customers, expand your brand, create awareness and bring about new relationships isn’t by sitting on your duff, waiting for it to happen. Good things come to those who go and get them! You never know what the story of the guy next to you can teach you. There are external ways to network – Rotary Clubs, becoming involved in charity organizations, and your local Chamber of Commerce are all great resources. In addition, if you see someone whose work ethic or ideas you admire, introduce yourself. See if you can’t learn from them and incorporate some of their best practices in your own business.

  1. Diagram your goals.

Sure, everyone knows to plan their goals. But it’s easy to get stuck there: staring at a sheet of paper, with a list of seemingly unattainable goals, and no idea how to start making them happen. So use a trick your old English teacher taught you – diagram your goals. Start with writing down your goal. Underneath that, detail exactly what time, resources and investment it’ll take to make that goal happen. Be detailed! Getting it in a written, checkbox-style form will make it seem less overwhelming and more manageable.

  1. Keep learning.

You can think of several professions that almost require continued education: teachers, doctors, engineers…and that’s because they’re in fields in which things are ever-changing. Even if your industry is more static, you can still make every effort to educate yourself further. Reading an autobiography of someone successful whom you admire, taking a class in an unknown computer program, attending seminars and conventions, and hosting a Q&A with some of your best clients are all great ways to learn something you didn’t know the day before. You can never know everything, so use every day as an opportunity to grow into a better business leader.

  1. Invest in yourself.

We all know what happened to poor Jack, who was all work and no play: he became dull. And while working hard and diligently absolutely can have a positive impact on your business, it’s also important to make sure you give yourself some quality down time to refocus, reenergize and reassess. If this means taking your spouse on an unexpected 3-day getaway, signing up for a Pilates class you’ve always wanted to take, upgrading your old flip phone to a smart phone, or purchasing new business attire, then do it. Don’t think of it as indulgence; consider it an investment in yourself. When you’re at your best, you put your best forward to everyone else.

  1. Plan your day.

“Oh,” you say, “but I already do.”

No – we mean, really plan it. Write it out, and break it down in an hour-by-hour detail.

For example, if you account that 20 minutes of your morning will be strictly for reading and responding to emails, then you’re less likely to waste an hour by checking them sporadically. Be practical, and build into your day things that are likely to occur. If you’re in charge of carpool that day, budget for it, time-wise. Gotta have a 20 minute power nap? Put it on your schedule. Know a particular client is probably going to want to chat after your consultation? Build it into your day, and you’re a lot less likely to get stressed out. This kind of planning also gives you an honest, reasonable assessment of what you can accomplish on a daily basis. It will also let you be able to quickly look and see where some of your time-sucks are occurring and how you can fix them going forward.

So take a well-rounded approach to your business this year! It’s not always about the bottom line – because when you deliver a healthy, knowledgeable, curious persona to those around you, you can bet you’ll be surprised by the results.

 

 

Work from Home Opportunities and Company Culture

Work from Home Opportunities and Company Culture

work from home opportunitiesCompany culture is often a big reason that people quit their jobs and choose to look for work-from-home opportunities. The idea of being your own boss and setting your own schedule is incredibly appealing to many people, but especially to those who have worked under supervisors who are particularly oppressive and unsupportive.  What many people don’t realize is that even when you work from home, company culture is still something that needs to be taken into consideration as you look for the types of opportunities that are right for you.

In many work-from-home situations, you still work for another company in one way or another – sometimes you’re providing a service to that company either as a full-time employee or as a contracted freelancer, while other times you are selling products or services that you have purchased from the company.  In either case, the culture of the company that you’re working with is a factor to your success.

It’s important to find a company that’s supportive of the people it employs or works with; that is easy to communicate with (answers your questions or concerns in a timely manner); is reliable (they provide what they say they will provide); and encouraging (they want to help you be as successful as possible).  Even though you are not sharing an office or sitting in a cubicle next to someone, the culture that is created by these traits will help ensure your success in your work-from-home endeavors.

Vollara takes pride in helping its Independent Business Owners succeed by providing the encouragement and support that makes any company great – whether working together in one central location, or from their own homes with their own hours.

 

MLM Leads: How to Make Customers Your Evangelists

MLM Leads: How to Make Customers Your Evangelists

MLM LeadsGenerating MLM leads can sometimes seem like a tedious part of building your own MLM business, but it doesn’t have to be.  The secret is making sure that you don’t have to do all of the work yourself – let your customers help you out.  Word of mouth can be a very powerful marketing tool, and there’s no one better to help spread the news about your company and products than your customers.

The most important thing that you can do to help turn your customers into your own personal marketing team is to offer high quality products.  You have to completely believe in the products that you are offering.  If you don’t love what you’re selling, then odds are high that your customers won’t really love them either.  Enthusiasm is contagious.  If your customers see that you aren’t just selling them a product, but that the products are things that you use in your own home and truly believe in, first they will be more likely to buy the products, and then they will also be more likely to spread the word among their friends and family about how wonderful the products are, and finally, there’s a good chance that they will also want to sell the products.  Turning a customer into an MLM lead can be as simple as that.

When you have customers that are as excited as you are about your products and enthusiastic about wanting to also sell them, it is important for you to act as a mentor and help them get things started.  Be supportive and encouraging every step of the way because the more successful they are in their efforts, the more work they will be doing for you to help spread the word and generate new leads for both of you.  Cooperation is essential.

So, the next time you are talking to some of your loyal customers, go ahead and suggest that they share their love of your products with their friends and families, and if they are interested, encourage them to not only use the products, but sell them as well because it ends up being a win-win situation.

 

Tips to be a Successful Work from Home Mom

Tips to be a Successful Work from Home Mom

Being a successful work from home mom is the dream of many moms out there because the benefits are many – more time with your children, money saved on daycare, flexible scheduling, etc.  In some ways it sounds easy to be able to sit and work from home on your own terms, with your own schedule, but the reality is that there are several challenges that need to be overcome in order to ensure success.

The first step to success is to take your job seriously.  Figure out what sort of work you want to do from home – what kind of business you want to run – and create a clear business plan.  Outline your financial goals, the number of hours you are willing to put in, marketing strategies, etc.  Regardless of what you do from home, you are essentially starting your own business, and it needs to be treated as such.  Periodically check to see if you are meeting your goals, and if you are not, create an action plan to help you meet them.

Even though flexible scheduling is one of the major benefits of working from home, it can also be a drawback at times.  It can be easy to procrastinate and put work off when the kids want your attention, the laundry is piling up, the dishes need to be washed, and dinner needs to get on the table.  It is essential to clearly set aside a certain amount of time each day for work.  During your work time, that is all that you should be focusing on.  This means that someone else is watching the kids (or they are asleep), housework can wait until later, meal preparation has been taken care of, etc.  It helps to have a certain space in your home set aside for your work as well, such as a home office with a door that can be closed and locked.  Make it clear to your entire family that your work time at home is to be treated the same as your work time would be treated if you worked outside the home – you are not available during that time.

If you can take your at home job as seriously as a job that you would have outside of the home, you are well on your road to success as a work from home mom.