Category Archives: Startup/Biz Opportunities

Ameriplan Home Business Review

Here’s an excerpt from another blog :

In my continuing quest for a home-based business, I chanced upon Ameriplan, a dental and medical discount company. I tried them for a couple of months but eventually had to quit. It’s not because they are not legit. The company is legit and they do have people who have succeeded and are currently earning a decent income…

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Today’s Inspiration and RSS Links

“It is inevitable that some defeat will enter even the most victorious life. The human spirit is never finished when it is defeated…it is finished when it surrenders.” – Ben Stein – Professor and Writer

To Blog or Not To Blog: Part 2

As an update on my post To Blog or Not To Blog, here’s a review of the site Payperpost, a site that pays you for blogging about the things that you love (or hate).

Although if you’re a newbie blogger, you would have to wait to qualify: your blog must be live for a minimum of 90 days and with at least 20 pre-existing posts prior to joining the PayPerPost Marketplace. The majority of the posts should also be spead out evenly and there can be no gap of more than 30 days between any posts… 

The one thing that I like about this site is the number and variety of opportunities. There is definitely something for everybody. Payment is also very convenient because it is through Paypal which is free to join. I also like the blogger admin interface which is intuitive and very easy to use.

So if you are a word junkie (a.k.a aspiring author) like me, blogging is an excellent way of self-expression while earning money on the side. So pick a niche- anything you are passionate or knowledgeable about. If you’re a mom try home cooking, home schooling, non-violent parenting/disciplining, being a military mom or a single mom, raising twins/triplets, inter-faith marriages, working from home, being a stay-at-home mom, and so much more! Just look inside your heart. What is it that moves you?

– and start writing! Before you know it, you’ll be qualified for Payperpost.

The Difference Between My Powermall and Upromise

I’ve been asked a couple of times about the difference between joining My Powermall (MPM) and Upromise and here’s my take on the issue: 

both are (like) rebates sites, meaning you get back a percentage of whatever you spend on things that you buy everyday. Upromise has been around for a while MPM was just launched this year (but with an equally impressive list of stores). You can get rebates for your grocery shopping at Upromise both online and off while MPM is still working this one out.

With regard to eating out, you can get rebates at Upromise when you dine with affiliated restos while MPM has & others where you can purchase a $25 certificate for just $10 (that’s an outright savings of $15 plus a 10.50% commission on this transaction).

The differences:

1. Amount of Rebate –  Most Mypowermall rebates are much bigger than Upromise’s. For example, I need business cards for my homebusiness. The Vistaprint rebate at Upromise is just 6% while at MPM, it’s a whopping 11.20 %.

2. How You Get The Rebate/Cashback – With Upromise, you get it as a college fund contribution which means that you have to open an account to get a hold of your rebates. With MPM, you get it as cash and spend it any way you want.

3. Incentive for Referring – Upromise does not reward a “referral fee”. MPM on the other hand has a Business Mall option that gives you commissions on the transactions of people you refer up to 9 tiers – that’s what so-called marketing gurus refer to as ‘leveraging other people’s efforts’.

4. Options – MPM has 2 options, a Personal Mall (gives larger rebates on personal shopping but no commission on referral) or a Business Mall (with referral commissions that is residual). Upromise I guess just has a personal mall.

THE BOTTOMLINE: If you just want a rebate site for your child’s college fund, do join Upromise. Upromise is a free service, and by adding your credit, debit or grocery card you can begin saving money for college when you shop at participating retailers.

If you want a rebate site PLUS an opportunity to earn residually, join MPM.

Another Dose of Inspiration for Start-up Moms

Here are inspiring excerpts from the daily update that I receive from the My Powermall staff and My Ameriplan enroller, Shauna:

Daily Secrets For Success 


It’s early in the  morning and I have something I want to share with you.  I’ve thought about this through the week, as well as laying in my bed this morning listening to the birds usher in the day as the sun lightened the horizon. 

Many years ago a movement swept through America.  The call went out to all who had the courage and vision to “Head West”.  What a picture was drawn for them… The West is where you want to be.  There is land for everyone – for the taking!  Beautiful.  Fertile.  Opportunity for everyone.  Don’t miss your opportunity to be one of the first to stake your claim!

The call went out and hordes signed up to join the wagon trains pulling out of Independence, Missouri.  As the pioneers bought supplies and lined up their wagons, their eyes shone with the excitement of what would be waiting at the end of the trail.  I think it fair to say not one of them had a real understanding of what lay between Missouri and the far west they envisioned in their dreams. 

Can’t you hear the conversation….? 

“Why, honey,” one confident husband says to his rather nervous wife, “There isn’t going to be anything to this.  We’ve got a nice, sturdy wagon.  We’re all together, and we have plenty of food.  We’re just going to roll along the trail for a while and soon we’ll have everything we’ve dreamed of.  Just think of it!”

I don’t know how long before the starry looks faded from their eyes – somewhere between broken wagon wheels and Indian attacks.  Maybe it was the weevils in the flour, or the snowstorm that left them stranded in the mountains for months on end.  Perhaps it was losing a child to illness because there were not enough medical supplies, or simply the fatigue that came from fighting dust, heat and long days of the grueling cruelness of the trail. 

Every pioneer who started down the trail, if they didn’t die, had one of three things happen.  Some gave up and turned back.  Others decided they couldn’t take any more and simply built a house where they stopped.   Then there were the others…  the ones who made it all the way to the West.

Yes, somewhere along the way the starry look faded from their eyes…… faded…. to be replaced by determination.  Broken wagon wheels; Indian attacks; weevils; snowstorms; death; fatigue; choking dust and long days.  They all became daily obstacles to be endured and overcome, but at some point each person who made it simply decided nothing was going to stop them.  They had left behind their former lives to go someplace new.  They were going…


So what about you?  Do you have a dream?  Do you have something you’ve started, but then turned back because it seemed so hard?  Or maybe you’re still on the trail, wondering which obstacle will be the one to destroy what you’ve worked so hard for. 

Maybe you’re just looking at the trail, thinking, “No way.  Not me.  That just looks to hard.”  Yet your heart yearns to go where the trail will take you.

You have a choice to make every single day.  You can stay right where you are, or you can go on an adventure to accomplish what you dream of accomplishing.  Not going may seem safer, but the truth is that not going will only assure you stay right where you are in your life. 

What do you want?  Where do you want to go?  The only way to get there is to start your journey – then determine to not let anything stop you. 

You can do it!

Ginny (My Powermall CEO & Co-Founder)


Did you know that you can start a homebusiness and not make a dime with it and still be able to come away with an extra $5000 in your pocket at the end of year?

Owning a homebased business is the  BEST tax shelter ever!  You are NOT going to lose money, you are going to put many of money BACK in your pockets!

 Please educate yourself about  home office deductions!  Learn how to deduct your internet bill, your electricity bill, your phone bill, your cell bill, your computer, your mileage, your square footage of your home and much more….

Inspiring Words for Startup or Work at home Moms

As I work my homebusiness, I get to know a lot of amazing people – moms who are also working from home & who share the same vision of staying home for our kids & family. These people (and the companies that provide this opportunity) inspire me (and a lot of moms out there) to get going even when it gets rough – and NEVER to quit. Don’t let the ‘dream stealers’ take your cherished dream away.

Be inspired by these words-

 This one’s from my Ameriplan Team mentor, Shauna:

11 Ways To Raise Your Perseverance Quotient:

1. Be grown up, which means, be independent, take responsibility for yourself. When you step out, take risks, and succeed, some people may be envious or fearful that they’re “losing” the former you. This can cause them to be critical of your new aspirations and plans. They become “dream stealers.” When you are overly concerned about what your family, friends and acquaintances might say, you might lose your drive to persevere and let your dreams fade away.
This may be a great time to develop new friends who support your goals and gladly celebrate your achievements. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to abandon the old ones. But let them know how you feel. Just give them a little room to catch up with the new you!
2. Intentionally select positive re-enforcement. When you purchase books and tapes, movies and other media for your entertainment, seek those with strong, uplifting themes. Select those which nurture your spirit. Avoid as much negative messaging as possible, including other outside influences that bring you down.  For those times when negativity unavoidably invades your space, find something to learn from it or something humorous about it. When someone hands you the thorns, find the roses!
3. Live healthy. Energy and stamina are musts for perseverance. You need them for focus, resilience, optimism, self-confidence, clarity and intensity. You have seen from the above quiz how much each of these effects your Perseverance Quotient!
4. Ask, “What is true?” not “What do others think is true?” To make effective decisions, you must take the responsibility of perceiving reality as accurately as possible. Decision-making is not a popularity contest and there’s definitely no guarantee that what the majority thinks or believes is compatible with the truth. This includes the people the majority regard as experts.
When you seek the truth, you’re being true to yourself. When you’re true to yourself, you nourish your will to persevere.
5. When getting advice, consider the source.
If you want to shorten the distance from perseverance to achievement, you want to learn from the mistakes of others, rather than repeating them yourself. And you want to use the methods that have brought others the success you seek.
If you’re planning to climb Mt Everest, who will you look to for advice? The best source is someone else who has done it!!
If you want to pilot an airplane, would you listen to advice from Aunt Matilda who has never done anything in her life more demanding than entering a Bridge contest? Would you ask your accountant? Your best friend? Or would you seek advice from someone who is a successful pilot?
If you wanted to start a small business, would you seek advice from someone at work, your minister, a university professor, a corporate person, or from someone who is already successful in the business?
And here’s a fascinating corollary: if you are looking for a way out, an excuse to quit, you need go no farther than Aunt Matilda, your accountant, the folks at work, etc. You’ll get all the negative encouragement necessary to put your dream back on the shelf.
6. Avoid the “no action” alibi. We’ve all been guilty from time to time of using convenient alibis for not persevering.
Eric Hoffer, who had spent much of his life as a “simple” longshoreman, is a great example of someone who didn’t let other people’s stereotypes, which he could have used as no-action alibis, prevent him from becoming a best-selling philosopher-author.
And Eric Hoffer says it well: “There are many who find a good alibi far more attractive than an achievement. For an achievement does not settle anything permanently. We still have to prove that we are as good today as we were yesterday.
“But when we have a valid alibi for not achieving anything, we are fixed, so to speak, for life. Moreover, when we have an alibi for not writing a book and not painting a picture and so on, we have an alibi for not writing the greatest book and not painting the greatest picture. Small wonder that the effort expended and the punishment endured in obtaining a good alibi often exceed the effort and grief requisite for the attainment of a most marked achievement.”
The important thing is to be totally honest with ourselves; recognize the alibi for what it is and not make alibis a way of life.
7. Identify counterproductive habits or thoughts you would like to discontinue. Then dump them!
Being mentally or emotionally rigid means that you hang on to habits that no longer serve you, habits that can make you unproductive, frustrated, unfulfilled.
Examples of counterproductive habits that may reduce your will to persevere:
—Grousing about politics, work or the neighbors with friends
—Blowing small aggravations out of proportion
—Dwelling in the past
—Worrying about stuff that may not even happen, or that you cannot control
—Viewing yourself as a victim
—Worrying about what others are doing or what others have.
“Be true to yourself.”
Focus on what you can do, not what you cannot do. When you focus on what you cannot do, you get more of it!
8. Willingly forgive yourself and others. Do this for your own sake, your own peace of mind. Carrying around the emotions of grudges, disapproval, hatred, or disappointment is toxic to your spirit of perseverance. Whether the subject person is someone else or yourself, you are the one feeling the wound. You don’t hurt others when you hold hatred toward them; you hurt yourself. And you can hurt yourself seriously by allowing hatred to fester in your consciousness. You can’t experience anger and joy at the same time—so leave plenty of room for the joy!
9. Take reasonable risks. Without risk, there’s no reward. Risk avoidance dampens the spirit, undermining the will to persist in the face of obstacles and reversals. The choice not to choose is probably one of the riskiest choices you can ever make, with zero upside potential!
10. Get support. You deserve to be around folks supportive of your aspirations. All good psychologists, counselors, coaches and teachers will tell you that you must have exposure to a positive environment. Napoleon Hill called it a Mastermind Group.
11. Don’t quit.
When you feel yourself slipping, remember Sparky. School was all but impossible for Sparky. He failed every subject in the eighth grade. He flunked physics, Latin, algebra and English in high school. He didn’t do much better in sports. Although he did manage to make the school golf team, he promptly lost the only important match of the year. There was a consolation match and he lost that, too.
Throughout his youth, Sparky was awkward socially. He was not actually disliked by the other students; he wasn’t considered consequential enough for that! He was astonished if a classmate ever said “hello” to him outside school hours. He never found out how he would have fared as a “date.” In high school, Sparky never once asked a girl out. He was too afraid of being rejected.
Sparky was a loser. He, his classmates, and everyone else knew it, so Sparky simply accepted it. But one thing was important to Sparky: drawing. He was proud of his own artwork. Of course, no one else appreciated it. In his senior year in high school, he submitted some cartoons to the editors of his yearbook. They were turned down. Despite this particularly painful rejection, Sparky had found his passion. Upon graduating from high school, he wrote a letter to Walt Disney Studios. He was told to send some samples of his artwork, and the subject matter for a cartoon was suggested. Sparky drew the proposed cartoon. He spent a great deal of time on it and on the other drawings. Finally the reply from the Disney Studios came. He had been rejected once again. Another loss for the loser.
Sparky wrote his own autobiography in cartoons. He described his childhood self, a little-boy loser and chronic under achiever. He was the little cartoon boy whose kite would never fly, who never succeeded in kicking the football, and who became the most famous cartoon character of all, Charlie Brown!
Sparky, the boy who failed every subject in the eighth grade and whose work was rejected again and again, was Charles Schulz.
Charles Schulz persevered. He succeeded beyond his wildest imagination. He earned and deserved that success. He had failed at everything else he had tried. He endured rejection. It took a lot of trial and error to finally find out what it was that he was supposed to do. But he never quit. Because Charles Schulz persevered, the world is richer.
Perseverance is the insurance policy and common denominator for success. So powerful is perseverance that failure cannot exist in its presence. As Edison observed when after thousands of efforts to make the electric light bulb produced no illumination, “I haven’t failed. I’ve identified 10,000 ways this doesn’t work” By accurately viewing it as a learning experience, eventually Edison succeeded, leaving the critics and nay-sayers one of mankind¹s most important inventions.
Charles Schulz, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Colonel Sanders, Thomas Edison, Ayn Rand and the endless list of other persistent great achievers found that success inevitably arrives for every person who perseveres. Learn from the people who did it: Let perseverance keep your goals alive. And your dreams real.
Do what you love to do. Stand up for what you believe in. Make it a part of your life. Work toward it every day. Remember with every “No” you are that much closer to a “Yes” And by learning from each defeat and staying the course, success is inevitable

This one’s a Power Booster from the My Power Mall team-

Consider These… 

How many times have you been discouraged because someone else didn’t see the brilliance of what you created, thought of, or wanted to do? How many times have you walked away from something because you decided it wasn’t a good idea, too?

Consider these…

The movie Star Wars was rejected by every movie studio in Hollywood before 20th Century Fox finally produced it. It went on to be one of the largest-grossing movies in film history.

As a child, Sylvester Stallone was frequently beaten by his father and told he had no brains. He grew up an unhappy loner. He floated in and out of schools. An advisor at Drexel University told him that based on his aptitude tests he should pursue a career as an elevator repair person. It’s not a bad profession but it’s certainly not where “Rocky” ended up!

Einstein was criticized for not wearing socks or cutting his hair. He didn’t speak until he was four, and didn’t read until he was seven. One observer noted, “He could be mentally retarded.”

An expert said of Vince Lombardi: “He possesses minimal football knowledge. Lacks motivation

Beethoven handled the violin awkwardly and preferred playing his own compositions instead of improving his technique. His teacher proclaimed him hopeless as a composer.

Walt Disney was fired from his job as a newspaper editor for lack of ideas. He also went bankrupt several times before he created Disneyland.

Henry Ford failed and went broke 5 times before he finally succeeded.

Louisa May Alcott, the author of Little Women, was encouraged to find work as a servant or seamstress.  She would certainly never be a writer.

In 1944, the director of the Blue Book Modeling Agency, told modeling hopeful Norma Jean Baker (Marilyn Monroe), “You’d better learn secretarial work, or else get married.

So… what are your ideas?  Your thoughts? Your dreams? Who cares if anyone supports what you want to do? 

The important thing is for YOU to believe. For YOU to ignore the people who say you can’t do it – and DO IT ANYWAY! It takes courage. It takes persistence. It takes believing in the “voice inside” when no one else does.

Ideas, dreams and visions are planted within you because you have the ability to make them happen. You’ll learn, grow, scramble, fail, and get back up again! The important thing is to simply never give up.  The people I told you about never did – and they made great things happen!

Here’s to your success!


Indeed, here’s to OUR SUCCESS!

An Update On My Post: Review of My Power Mall

As I’ve said in an earlier post, I’ve joined My Power Mall because I wanted to save on supplies for my Ameriplan homebusiness and shopping for my kids. Here’s an update:

I receive emails from the MPM team almost everyday. Here’s an excerpt from one of them:


100,000 By September 1st Campaign!!

This thing is about to EXPLODE!
For those of you who were not on last Monday’s My Power Mall Chat, you missed a VERY exciting call!   Not to fret, as I will paste a link here for you to listen to at your leisure, and I am also outlining a summary of the highlights of the call in this email.   Please at least read this summary so you will see the vision of exactly how huge this seemingly SIMPLE little FREE program is in the process of becoming.

SUMMARY of where My Power Mall is heading.STARTING THIS WEEK!

1. As of Wednesday July 11th AM there are 17,769 Members!

2. The Company is just 14 weeks old.
3. There are Members participating from over 136 Countries!
4. We are presently averaging close to 300 new members daily and this is about to snowball!  (Keep reading to see how)
5. Ginny’s GOAL and INTENTION. is to have a minimum of 100,000 members by SEPTEMBER 1st, 2007.   (Ginny believes they will surpass this goal)
6. Ginny’s GOAL and INTENTION. is to have ONE MILLION Members by March, 2008. (Folks.That is only 8-9 MONTHS from NOW!)
7. Ginny is challenging us to GIVE AWAY. at least 10 FREE Memberships YOU will reap the rewards of what is about to happen with MyPowerMall.  (Keep reading to see how!)
8. Ginny realizes that MANY people.especially network marketers.are literally BROKE!  Therefore they are not in a financial position to USE their FREE Mall as much as perhaps they would like.  However.she also realizes that no matter how broke we are.we ALL have to shop EVERY WEEK for groceries!  We have to EAT!
9. With this vital point in mind, she has decided to make an aggressive move IMMEDIATELY to begin wooing EVERY MAJOR GROCERY CHAIN in the United States.and once that is established to her satisfaction.she will ALSO make the same move GLOBALLY!
10. Her Goal is to already HAVE the first TEN MAJOR GROCERY CHAINS by August 1st, 2007 (Less than three weeks from NOW!)
11. Her Goal is to have TWENTY FIVE by August 15th.
12. Her Goal is to have FIFTY by September 15th.
13. She will keep plugging till she has EVERY MAJOR and multiple smaller Grocery Stores in the Country as part of MyPowerMall.
14. Ginny is ALREADY in the process of discussion with the first big Food & Grocery Chain .and through the POWER of sheer numbers, she knows that ALL or most other stores will FOLLOW.the dominos will fall.because WHY NOT?   If we can SHOW them that we already have 100,000 Members.and are growing at an astronomical rate.headed for the ONE MILLION MARK.and already have MORE STORES than any other Mall in existence.and their COMPETITORS are participating .WHY NOT?
15. Her plan is to bring them all “IN HOUSE”.to avoid the middle man cost of managing and paying the that each Grocery Store can afford to pay worthwhile rebates.   There will be a one page interface on our Mall, where we can purchase a “GROCERY CARD”.much like purchasing a “PHONE CARD”.  Some stores will give the option of home delivery.others will not, but regardless we can just take the card to the store and when we do so we will earn the MPM Membership Rebates which would be on top of any other specials the store was offering.  We can just go online to RECHARGE our cards when we need to.
16. This will literally EXPLODE our INCOME everyone spends between $150 – $1,000 per EVERY MONTH on groceries, depending on their budget and family size.   If you have even just 100 people in your entire downline GROUP.(10 people giving away 10 Free Malls), this would be an average of approximately 100 x $400 = $4,000 per month being spent JUST on groceries, not counting other purchases, that you would be EARNING REBATES ON!   You should by now be getting the picture….


Here’s the entirety of that email: