Category Archives: My Startup Beginnings

DID I GIVE UP ON THE IDEA?

I haven’t posted here for a looooong time – because I found a JOB. I needed cash rolling in while I was tinkering with my idea of a home business. Did I give up on my dream? Nope. I still have it in my heart – festering like a wound.

I still believe that it’s possible for a parent to stay at home (and have time for the kids). I just haven’t found it yet….

If anyone’s wondering what happened to my Ameriplan venture, I quit that: I was paying $50 a month even while I was just starting and earning nothing. I’m sure that it works and had worked for some ……

In the meantime, I am in an 8-hour job waiting for a big break and an “aha” moment……

 

 

 

Needed: Re-focusing Part 2

My last post was about having clarity and organization to my personal life and my money-making efforts by sitting down, setting a goal and actually writing it down (I printed mine and posted it on the wall – with a picture of a nice-looking house that I saw for sale). Think of the power of motivation!

Now that I’ve finished determining what I want to financially and personally accomplish (i.e. short term: earn at least $1000/mo within the end of the year), the next step is to think of strategies/ideas/businessess to attain those goals:

A. Since I love writing, I may as well do content production- blogging and article writing:

1. Submit blog posts to Bloggerwave and Blogsvertise which pay out for blog posts about products and services.

2. Submit articles to Associated Content, Helium and Constant-Content (see the post about ‘capitalizing on content’).

3. Website Management/Online Marketing – I am right now in the process of building several websites. One is being built through Sitebuildit (SBI), a cool hosting and website creation tool that helped me come up with an idea for a website! It has tools like Brainstormer, Master Keyword List, Niche Choose It, and a traffic, info and download centers (where they have free e-books for work-at-home moms, affiliate marketersservice sellers, the list just keeps getting longer!)

I can also create forms, RSS feeds and blogs, mail out ezines and even establish an e-commerce store. I guess the best selling points aside from the tools are the excellent customer service and testimonials and a forum of current SBI users who share how they’re making money by creating websites full of content.

The only drawback to SBI is that they charge fees upfront (if you read their salescopy, you will know why).  Also, their website creation dashboard is not as robust and flexible as others. The bottom line? Since I didn’t know what topic to build my website around and didn’t have the tools like the Niche Choose It, SBI was best for me.

My SBI site is my main project but I also have 2 websites under creation with Microsoft Live which offers a free basic web hosting (this is great I guess if you already have a clear idea of the niche that your website is going to talk about). My websites are not yet live ‘tho as I’m just working on them part-time. See I told ya! I am working on too many things!

B. And then of course, there’s my Ameriplan business that I just got into 3 days ago. I’m excited about this one because it’s not a get-rich-quick scheme. And because they’re having their 15th year anniversary promo where 65 lucky IBOs may win up to $30,000/mo for 12 months!

C. And finally I have applied as a home-based Customer Service Rep with several call centers. I’m still waiting for call-backs.

So there.  I will focus on just these projects from now on. No distractions. 1 hr in the am for content-writing, 1 hour in the pm for the websites, 1-2 hours for my Ameriplan business and 1-2 hours for the home-based customer service job. Whew!

Needed: Re-focusing

Two things happened today that made me sit down and try to re-focus my efforts. First, I got a phone call from VIPdesk, and was interviewed for their at-home  “Brand Ambassadors” position. After the interview I got the usual,  “We’ll send you an email if you passed…” I  doubt if I’ll get this one 😦

Second, I got a call from Ameriplan, which I saw online and got interested in. The person on the other line was a very nice lady by the name of Shauna Muniz, who coincidentally, is a work-at-home mom like me! We got to talking and ended up with me registering as an Independent Business Owner (IBO).

But let me rewind: Before the call I made my research on the company and found out that they have been in existence for 15 years now. I checked the BBB for complaints and I’m not going to lie and say that they don’t have any. I guess that’s the price of being in business for that long with thousands of IBOs nationwide promoting it. Customers will always complain. Even Walmart, McDonalds and Microsoft have complaints (or even worse, being sued). But does that mean that they are not legitimate or are bad businesses? I would like to try my hands at this business because I believe that it is viable; there is a growing and genuine need for health and dental discount plans as opposed to expensive insurance.

Anyways, as it turned out, I felt so overwhelmed. I’m doing so many things at the same time on top of taking care of my 2 young kids and a kid-minded husband (he he he he love you hon!).

So, I decided to finally sit down and organize my thoughts and efforts:

1. I organized my computer files and internet ‘favorites’; If I had a file for businessideas on ‘My Documents’, I made sure that I also had the same folder name on my ‘favorites’ on Internet Explorer so that they are completely in sync. I categorized and sub-categorized everything: I had documents and favorites folders  for personal, businessideas, businesstools, business_supportagencies, etc.

The second phase was organizing my paper documents. I had to literally scrounge up for a used diaper box (the ones that you get from Sam’s come really big) and  manila folders so that I can throw in the papers in their respective categories.

2. I have been keeping a notebook of all my online activities including the date I purchased a product or registered for anything, the company’s website, the cost-if any, my username and password. Today, I worked on updating the  notebook.

This notebook has been so handy (I don’t need to remember all those passwords!). I also use it to jot down interesting ideas or info that come to mind, or one that I see on TV, hear on the radio or read online.

3. And last but not least, I had to make a blueprint of where I want to be 6 months from now and how to get there. This is what I came up with:

GOALS:

1) make at least $1,000/mo within the end of this year (that’s 6 months from now!)

2) have the flexibility of being able to spend time with my kids whenever

3) have a business/es that I can be passionate about (there’s that buzz word again)

MY INPUTS:

1) Time: 1 hour (am)/2 hrs (pm)/2 hours (evenings) for a total of 5 hrs per day or 35 hrs per week. Looks like a full-time job, huh! But I figured that at this stage, that’s what I need to put in.

2) Costs: (this one I haven’t figured out yet how much I should cap the monthly)

Tomorrow, I will formulate my strategies on how to attain the abovementioned goals…

Should I Just Work…?

My husband has insinuated (again) that I need to take on a job. So I submitted my Resume. I tried banks because I have been interested in banking and finance. But the only position that’s part-time is a for a teller. One of the banks I applied to called and said I needed to take the Tellervision test. I did and passed. Now they have scheduled me for an interview. But why am I reluctant…? I look at my kids and feel bad about leaving them with somebody else and for what…? $9 an hour? (half of which goes to paying the daycare). Working full-time is out of the question, for now anyway. I cannot imagine being away from my kids for most of their waking hours. I don’t have anything against moms who do work – full-time. This is personal. I’ve been raised by a mom who was out of the house practically the whole day, 7 days a week. I love her dearly and I know that she loves us and that her working was necessary for her and for us. But of course, there is always a side-effect, whether wanted or not. That’s just a fact. My siblings and I clamored for the emotional security that only our mom could provide. That may be an unreasonable demand from an adult, but when you’re a child, your world revolves around her.

So what am I to do now? I should try some multilevel marketing…Avon? Tupperware? or Just keep on trying to see if I can succeed online….?

We’ll see….

I’m finally on my way…!

I just turned 33 and as a birthday present to myself, I resolved to finally act on my dream of working for myself and starting a business. I’ve been sidetracked for too long – I guess I spent more time reading about ‘success stories’ online than on starting my own. I was plain scared – no, petrified! What if I fail?

In the end necessity won. I had a choice of staying at home with my kids or work outside of the home and pay somebody else to take care of them (which just didn’t make sense). I wanted the best of both worlds – money to spend and time for my family – is that too much to ask? Thus I launched my online venture….

This blog will document my progress. The steps and missteps (which I hope will be few and far between) and once and for all sift through all that hype. At the very least, I’ll be able to prove to my husband that my efforts for the past year have not been in vain (he was , and still is, skeptical, ah men!)

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Flashback: September 2005

It all started with a seemingly innocent ad on the sunday paper, “Wanted Medical Transcriptionist, work from home. Excellent opportunity for stay-at-home moms!” I grabbed the phone and dialed the 1800 number. I later found out I had to subscribe to a few months of training. And of course, there are fees to be paid.

Then I tried joining contests and sweepstakes online – even submitted my cute son’s picture. On sites like Parents.com, beech-nut.com, gerber.com. Of course, I never won anything except get my inbox jammed with spam.

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