As I look around and listen one thing has become distinctly clear. The change in the job market is affecting millions. One recent report would state that the rate in fulltime employment has seen a rugged drop, meanwhile the rate in part time employment made a tremendous climb. As nurse who has been working as an on-call status–yet working fulltime hours over a year now–I get the implications. It really is simple: why buy the cow when you get the milk for free. I rely on my wages to support my household, and nothing short of a fulltime paycheck will do. However, when the employer chooses to cut the fat, or drink low fat milk from their free cow, I feel strangled and run into frenzied panic. I do not get benefits nor do I get accumulated paid time off, so a loss in twelve hours is a complete loss. I won’t get into my political views about the entire thing as I am not a political commentator, more of a satirist when it comes to government. But there is a definite change on the horizon and I realized that relying on some corporation’s budget left me as more of a pawn in a financial game of Risk.
When the world around me is intent on finding their bottom line and peaking the profit scale at the expense of expendable employees, I realized it was time to reevaluate my strategy for survival. Now, I have a fire escape strategy in place at home, I have a burglary strategy, I have a stranger-danger plan, I’m working on becoming on a Ninja for my own safety net, and my zombie apocalypse plan is multi-tiered. What I am lacking is an economic plan for survival. Sure I’ve acquired some savings, but only enough to get me a few loaves of bread. What I needed was something that I would be in control of during these times of economic flux. I needed to be my own boss and take charge of my own destiny, and believe me, this isn’t the first time the thought has hit me. I am definitely not built to be a link on someone else’s chain and thusly decided it was time to make my own chain, but I didn’t know how or where to look and knew that trying to start my own business was a bad idea in the current market and in the small desert communities.
This left one option: home based business! Yikes. I’ve tried that one before and lost more than I made, plus I really needed something I could stand behind. And low and behold, like a beacon of light, my friend asks me to try her body wrap thingy. As a nurse I was skeptical and would say no or just ignore it all together. Then she said she was trying to get a bonus and needed some people to try her wraps, and trying to be a supportive friend, I said I’d try her confounded concoction. Guess what? That little piece of paper that smelled like the spa really did work, and within a month I was now part of one of the fastest growing home based business companies in the states. Why? Because it was a product I believed in. I believed in it so much that I showed everybody my before and after pictures, and I have never been so excited to show my stretchmarks, cellulite, and large belly . . . until I could show after pics with it. Selling something you love is easy and I found that within a month I had already hit several bonuses and was well on my way to being able to put money away for a rainy day (ie, cut backs at the hospital) or to pay for publication of my next book.
In this day and age when people are so starved for income that they will take a part-time position working fulltime hours with no benefits or paid time off, I say this: I know how it feels. I also know this, that many people are now turning to home based businesses, because with the proper motivation even a shy and quiet person can become a home business success. I never though this was true, and being somehwat of a numbers and research nerd, I read a million (or a dozen) articles before committing to this business and I learned oh so much. Too much for one blog, so I’ll write a part two on how to shop around for the business that suits you best, what to look for, and the pyramid scams versus the pyramid to financial independence. The first part of picking a home based business is this: sell for money or sell for love a product? It really helps if you can have both, but if selling for big profit you must research the payouts. If selling to make some pocket cash then make sure this is something you love,because the more you love the product the easier it is to sell. Make a list of popular products you know and do a little research, know your start up budget, but do not invest just yet. There is more to know.
If you’d like to know more about the company I am working for feel free to contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or set up an appointment by phone at 909-896-2494 or visit my website at TightenAndToneTheWorld.MyItWorks.com (my indep. site). And please have a look at my books which is still my biggest passion in life BeStillNovel.com
Tania L Ramos, RN, Author, and on the road to independent wealth in the high desert