Friday, April 28, 2017

Why I Hated (and now I LOVE) Rainy Days

April 28, 2017

Why I Hated Rainy Days - A Story of Business Success


As a child, I loved those rainy days. Sometimes they kept you inside and you would pop some popcorn and watch a movie, or perhaps you would go through some old photos or play dress-up. Then there were the days were you went outside, splashed in puddles, ran around, picked up worms and totally energized your soul with the fresh scent of the rain.

My dislike for rain didn't come in my childhood years. Or even my teen years. As a young adult however, rainy days held a much different meaning for me and while you may be reading this wondering how this could possibly relate to business - read on and you shall see!


Why I Hated Rainy Days


I had my first child in my early 20's. I didn't choose to go to University or College after High School, mainly because I didn't know what I wanted to do. So rather than waste money on an education in some area I'd likely not stay with, I choose to travel a bit. I met many people from across the world and have memories that will last me a lifetime. I gained confidence in myself as a person and from the skills I did learn at the various jobs I held during this time.

However, shortly after having my first child I became a single mother. Being a parent in general is not easy and being a single one is even harder. Finding daycare, working the right hours, trying to work but not being able to when your child (inevitably) gets sick - it is a challenge.

Without having a professional education, I mostly worked in the hospitality industry which I often worked late day/evening shifts. I am very thankful for my parents who helped me out during those couple of hours where daycare was closed and I needed care for my son. I wasn't rich, but I wasn't poor either.

My son was always well dressed and had the proper clothing for the seasons. We always ate healthy foods and I made sure he grew up having the same opportunities his friends had (playing sports, going to birthday parties, having sleep-overs, going to the movies once in awhile). He and I played outside often, enjoying the simple things in life like a picnic in the park or a swim at the public pool or beach. He grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba where there was almost always some sort of free arts/music/food festival going on and we got out there and enjoyed life.

Sounds good doesn't it? So where is the dark side of this story?

My bank account was most often showing red numbers with negative signs in front of the numbers...even AFTER payday. I made sure my bills were paid, I made sure my son was taken care of and I made sure we ate healthy, but it came at a cost. I didn't buy clothes or things for myself and so, eventually, my shoes got holes in them. Which brings me to why I hated rainy days, because I have hated having wet feet ever since grade school and (kids being kids) got into deep puddles that left me sitting there with cold wet socks all day.

I would walk to the car with my son (he is his rain boots, me in my shoes with holes which were also my work shoes) and I would try so hard to avoid the big puddles (He of course would charge right through them as he had rubber boots on! Ah, the joys of rain when you are a child!) I'd use the car heater to try to dry my feet/shoes as best as I could as we drove to his daycare where I had to get out and get my feet wet again. By the time I got to work, my feet were still wet but if it was a good day, they were only damp. Nonetheless, being in wet shoes for 9-11 hours is no fun!

How Many Rainy Days Passed


I really can't remember how long I was in this situation but I do remember the day it began to change. I knew I needed to change my life and no one was going to do that but me. I knew I could make that change, I just had to be open to it. This is not some inspirational story saying that if you start your own home business you are going to be successful...uh-uh...you have to work for it, like I did.

I decided to go back to school. 25 years old with a 2 year old son I first applied to the field of Radiology and the wait list was 2 years. Since I needed to get my Physics (although I graduated with a Science major in High School Physics was the only Science course I hadn't taken!) I went on the list and started doing my Physics correspondence at night, after my work, and after my son was in bed for the night. I was rocking the courses, finished Grade 11 quickly and was working on Grade 12 when I got the news there was an admin mix-up and someone forgot to put my name on the list!

Was I mad? Oh yeah. But, that wasn't going to change anything so I checked out the other course they had because I couldn't wait another 2 years to get my education. I got into Business Administration and really, I couldn't have known just how much I'd come to use that course in my future!

Keep in mind, I'm still a single mom of a now 3 year old, now paying for tuition and books and living on my own. School full-time and mom full-time means no working to make money which means...you guessed it...even more debt. Fine, you only live once and I have the rest of my life to pay off debt, but I knew I had to make this change to go forward.

The Day I Noticed the Rain...and Smiled


I worked hard. This 2 year course was tough, brutal and demanding. I was exhausted and spent all my free time doing my homework and keeping time aside to keep being a mom to my son. I was already in debt but I knew I was on the right path....so you know what I did? I bought some shoes!

No more holes in my shoes, no sir/ma'am, not for me! It was the moment I realized I was worth it and positive attracts positive. If you always think you will be broke - you will be. It was time to reward myself for my hard work, my positive outlook and of all, bravery for taking the chance to better my education for a better future for my son and I!

I remember a Friday evening shortly after this, my son and I dressed up and we went out for dinner to our local Pizza Hut. A rare event to go out but we deserved this. He deserved this! He was so patient with me and understanding. I told him how much I appreciated him and how things were going to get better once I graduated.

As we left dinner that night, hand in hand, we stepped outside and I noticed it had rained....and I smiled!

Why I LOVE Rainy Days


As I said in the beginning, as a child I loved rainy days. The calm, the bringing of new life, the smell of the rain cleaning away the dust. It is a life-giver. So of course, I still love rainy days and rain itself but now, it holds a different meaning again. Rainy days, for me, serve as a reminder.

They remind me where I WAS. A time where I thought there was no way out. A time where I had no money (quite the opposite) and couldn't even come up with a dollar for a slurpee for  my son on a hot summer day. A time in my life where I never, ever, would have imagined myself doing what I do now.

So what is it that I do now? I work from home. Have for 10 years now. After graduating I worked in Sales and then moved from Manitoba to Calgary where I worked in various office positions. Then, after becoming pregnant with my second child, I looked for a stay at home job to do while on maternity leave. I found Watkins and have been with them ever since. Working from home allowed me the work/life balance I was looking for. It has taken time to build the business up, it always does. But I've been rewarded not just with the freedom to set my own schedule and be here for my kids, and not just financially, but with perks like free vacations paid for by the company and meeting people from all over, building relationships that are super rewarding as well!

When I think about where I am now and where I was, I never would have thought it could happen. Recently I came back from a trip paid for by the company in Cabo San Lucas and I met someone who reminded me of myself those years ago. Never say never, because back then, I never would have imagined traveling to these destinations, let alone having a company pay for it!

I didn't think the plan out and outline what I wanted and how it would look, I just acknowledged the fact that I needed change and I would do what it took to make that change. The rest fell into place over time.

I will never look at a rainy day the same again but I am thankful for the experience. I wouldn't change a thing if I could because I have learned so much and the most important lesson: To never give up. Your success is within your grasp,  you just have to believe and be willing to work for it. Remember, I didn't have much time and I didn't have much money, but I had drive and desire to make that change so I took the risk. I had  many reasons, my son and a better life for both of us was my main motivation. To be successful, you need to find your motivation and keep reminding yourself. You only live once so make the most of it!


About Tamara:

Tamara lives with her family in Airdire, Alberta and has been self-employed since 2007. She is a J.R Watkins Indep Consultant and National Team Bronze Manager. You can learn more about the business and see Tamara's vacation stories and photos at http://www.WhyNotNorthAmerica.comhttp://www.WhyNotNorthAmerica.com

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

November 2016 Monthly Specials - USA

J.R Watkins November 2016 Monthly Specials - USA


Wondering what's on sale this month? We have some great items on sale in USA plus stay tuned for some new items coming soon! They are limited in quantity and will sell out fast! You can download a full copy of the catalogue here and feel free to visit the online Watkins store to shop for your favorite items and get fast delivery! Remember, orders of $100 or more ship for FREE!

Want to get a discount on your products? Consider joining as a Watkins consultant where you not only get a discount on your products and can earn income on your sales, but you also get access to new items first plus consultant only offers! No auto-shipments or quotas and the low price of $19.95 for the annual membership! Learn more here...


November Specials 2016 Canada

J.R Watkins November 2016 Monthly Specials - Canada


Wondering what's on sale this month? We have some great items on sale in Canada plus stay tuned for some new items coming soon! They are limited in quantity and will sell out fast! You can download a full copy of the catalogue here and feel free to visit the online Watkins store to shop for your favorite items and get fast delivery! Remember, orders of $100 or more ship for FREE!

Want to get a discount on your products? Consider joining as a Watkins consultant where you not only get a discount on your products and can earn income on your sales, but you also get access to new items first plus consultant only offers! No auto-shipments or quotas and the low price of $19.95 for the annual membership! Learn more here...


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

October Sales, Specials and Promotions

October 11, 2016

Watkins October Sales, Specials & Promotions


We are now entering our busy season! Holidays, baking, cooing, gift-giving, trade shows and markets. It's a great time for customers and consultants alike! Below are some quick snapshots of the specials for Canadian and USA customers but you can find the entire selection on the J R Watkins website here under Monthly Specials....

Once you get to our site, choose the country you are in and then create an account in the top right corner (this allows you to track your orders and lookup order history.) Then begin shopping. Remember, orders of $100 more have free S&H. USA orders ship from USA, CAD orders ship from Canada. See if your family or friends wish to put in an order with you.

We also have a great special on right now for NEW Watkins Consultants...all new consultants who join in October 2016 under me (that is, join with me, Tamara Laschinsky ID# 378193 as your Watkins sponsor) and you will get a $20 Gift Certificate!) For details on this offer, go to my website here...

No auto-shipments or strange hidden quotas or surprise fees. Watkins is transparent and flexible. Such an easy home business to start and designed to work with your schedule!

October Watkins Canada Specials

To see these and more, visit JR Watkins main website here:
http://www.JRWatkins.com/consultant/tamara.laschinsky

 

October USA Watkins Specials

To see these and more, visit JR Watkins main website here:
http://www.JRWatkins.com/consultant/tamara.laschinsky

NEW Watkins Consultants


Join my Watkins team and get a $20 Gift Certificate! Must join before the end of October 2016 and must join as me, Tamara Laschinsky, ID# 378193 as your sponsor. Your gift certificate will be emailed to you within 2 weeks after you joining! Join Now!
http://www.RespectedHomeBusiness.com/378193

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Why A Home Business Isn't Right For You

September 28, 2016

Why a Home Business Isn't Right For You


Here you are, looking for a home business to start up and you are taking the first correct step: Research! There are tons of opportunities out there but they vary in what they offer. Some have commitments, others have auto-shipments. Some reach a world-wide audience while others are more local. Before you even begin to look at the different types of home businesses though, you need to ask: Is a Home Business Even Right For Me? (A very important question indeed because if you find it isn't a good fit for you, then it doesn't matter what company you choose in the end!)

Home Business Requirement #1: Self-Starter and Motivator




Yes or no? Can you get this business started yourself and motivate yourself to keep going? No matter what the company sends you for 'tools' and support, it all falls on you to get this business up and running. So you are going to wake up in the morning, make your tea or coffee and then what? Will you sit down at the desk and begin your action plan on what your goals are and what methods you will take to reach them? With so many options to conduct and start your business (online, offline) you will need to have a plan and process of getting started. Or will you take your time getting started, play around on social media for awhile, chat with friends, sleep in a bit and start and stop your day at will? (If you agree with just taking your time and starting and stopping your day at will  without making any action plans, while staying in pyjamas all day, you can stop reading here...a home business is not right for you.)

A business is a business, regardless if it's one you start from scratch or one that is what is now called 'turn-key'. You still have to get a customer base and grow your business awareness in your community and target market. Just like any business, things will get tough once in awhile. They will go up and down and it can take awhile for your business to grow. Can you support yourself and drive yourself to keep going with the business, instead of giving up and blaming the business for being weak?

Home Business Requirement #2: Time and Money


When I speak with others who wish to start up their own business and their reasons for wanting to do so, it almost always comes down to either a.) Wanting more flexibility with their work schedule and/or b.) Wanting more money.

However, you also need to have the adequate time and money to put into the business in order for it to succeed. If you think you can just sign up for a home business and then everything will fall into place, you will be very disappointed.  Even if you work full-time, you can still put in some part-time hours in the evening or weekends to begin growing your business. From there, as the business grows, you should eventually find yourself able to rely on your home business for your full-time income.

You will also need to have enough money to get this business started. Depending on what methods you wish to do (online, offline, big trade shows or direct customer sales) your requirements will vary. You will at least need to have some catalogues from the company and business cards made up. Likely you will need to invest some money into getting some inventory.

Be honest with yourself - if you do not have the time to invest or the money to invest, your business will not work. It will peak here and there and eventually flop. You will be discouraged and once again, blame the business for failing. It is not the business though, it is lack of planning which is one of the main reasons most businesses fail. Planning now and being honest with yourself will help you ensure success!

Home Business Requirement #3: Interest

Ok, so you have made it through points 1 and 2. You have the self-starter attitude and motivation to get this business launched and to keep it going. You have the time to invest and the money to get it started and keep it growing. Now, ask yourself: "Do I like this product or service?  Can I stand behind it and support it 100%?"

Whoever heard of someone running a doggie daycare business who doesn't like dogs? Or a hairstylist who doesn't really care about hair? If you wanted to start your own bakery but really didn't like to bake or serve customers, how successful do you think you'd be? Sure you can hire someone to do the work but you are not going to have that kind of money right off the bat and even if you did, you are the brains behind the operation. You still need to have the plans for your future and be the one to motivate your staff. You can't do that if you don't believe in what you are representing.

So while you are looking for that home business to start, look for something that you believe in. Products or services that you would use and would be happy to tell others about.  I often hear people say they are willing to tell strangers about their business and the products but they don't want to harass their family and friends. How silly. If you believe in your products and think they are really good and beneficial, why wouldn't you want your family and friends to know? The products I sell are very good and useful. For example, a salve we sell (the Petro Carbo) is used for a variety of skin problems and even recommended by plastic surgeons to help speed up the healing process. If I had friends or family members who had dry cracked feet or a cut that could scar, why wouldn't I recommend they try this product? So be sure you are happy to represent this company and what they are offering.

About the Author:

Tamara Laschinsky has her degree in Business Administration Marketing and E-Commerce.
She has opened many home businesses over the last decade and published 4 books at the time of this writing. Tamara is currently an Indep. J.R Watkins Consultant and National Team Manager with over 400 people on her team across Canada and the USA. She is also a Reiki practitioner and runs both businesses out of her home in Airdrie, Alberta, Canada.

You can learn more about Tamara's J.R Watkins business here or email her at Info@NaturalProductsOnline.ca

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

August Sales and Special Offers 2016 Canada & USA

J.R Watkins August Sales and Special Offers - Canada

August 2016

To see all the J.R Watkins Canada specials, go to www.JRWatkins.com/consultant/tamara.laschinsky and look under Monthly Specials!







Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Free All Inclusive Vacations with Business

June 21, 2016

Free Vacations With J.R Watkins Business




What? Free Vacations with Watkins? What is that all about?

Well, Watkins has a program called the Performance Rewards Program and as the name suggests, each year, consultants are rewarded for their productivity through this program by receiving a free, all inclusive vacation!

This program looks at your overall volume from the current year to last year and you earn your points by having month over month increases from the current year to the last year. In addition, you need to advance some consultants under you to new levels and once you've met those requirements, you are set for a Trip for 1 or Trip for 2.

The upcoming trip, for example, to Cabos San Lucas, Mexico is 5 nights, 6 days at the all inclusive RIU resort. Airfare is paid for. Once you've earned the trip, you get your itinerary shortly before the trip, go to the airport and put those feet up...pretty awesome deal!


So how hard is it to earn the trip? I mean, Watkins can't make it to easy right? Well, not as hard as you may think!


Trip for 1 is 26,000 points, Trip for 2 is 38,000 points. You must have a volume increase over last year and have 8 advancement levels under you. So what does all that mean?

Let's discuss points. A point is roughly a dollar when it comes to volume. So if you did $2000 in sales this month (and you are new to the program), then you would have 2,000 points. Since last year this time you had 0 points. The points are given in increments of 500. So if you had 1700 points,  there are 3 increments of 500 in there, totaling 1500. So 1500 points is what you would be awarded.

Now, if you sponsor a couple of people, they will reach new levels based on their volume. Bronze is 500 points, Silver is 1000, Gold is 1500 and Manager is 2000. So if you had 8 people who all made Bronze consultant you'd have your 8 advancement. But...you could also have 2 people who join, doing awesome work and make Manager (it happens a  lot, believe me!) If those 2 people reach Manager, which they could do in 2 months...that's 4 advancements each...boom! You have your 8 advancements from 2 consultants!

This is the busy time for Watkins. Summer with the markets and fairs, then into fall with the holidays and baking, and fall harvest and then into the winter with holidays and baking, gifts and alas...cold & flu season which sees a huge increase in demand for medicinal products.


It is entirely possible for you to have this scenerio:

You join Watkins today. Start selling to customers, doing some markets or parties and do $2000 in sales. Repeat for next month. Boom - you are a Manager and earning much bigger percentages than consultants. You sponsor some others who also want to do the markets and sales, they make Manager in 2 months. Boom - you have your 8 advancements.

For month 1 and 2, you totalled 4,000 points from yourself alone. After that, your two Managers to be, who are also doing 2,000 in sales each month are giving you 4,000 points a month combined. Plus your own 2,000 each month. That's 6,000 points a month.

July: 2,000

August: 2,000

September: 6,000

October: 6,000

November: 6,000

December: 6,000


You are at 28,000 points right there. Trip for 1 earned! Now, I didn't include June as you noticed but of course, if you join today and were to order and start doing markets right away, that would be an additional 2,000 points (putting you at 30,000 at year end.)

And, it's likely  you will keep sponsoring others who will only add to your total points and it's likely your consultants will also sponsor, adding to overall sales. So it's quite likely you will have even more points that your whole downline generates for you, thus earning trip for two. You also have the option, once you have earned the Trip for 1...to 'buy up' for the trip for 2, in case you don't have all the necessary points. I myself did this one year and after upgrading our flights to first class and extending our trip by 2 days my total cost was $500. Totally worth it to extend the trip and upgrade our seats plus buy the extra points for the Trip for 2.  That trip was only a 3 day, 2 night trip...Watkins has since then, extended the duration of the holiday so now it's a week (6 days, 5 nights). The other trips I've earned I've not had to pay for extra points as I earned them through sales and everything was paid for...even the hotel where we would need to stay if we choose the flight that had a stop over in another city (you get presented with flight options and can choose which ones you want.)

As you start to build a team and customer base, especially as you reach and maintain Manager, it is much easier to rely on consistent sales. So next year, you can expect stronger sales, and the year after that and so on. Plus, if you take this scenario...starting in June, then next January-May you are earning top points since they year previous you hadn't joined yet and your points were 0.

I have earned a few trips with Watkins in recent years and I can say that it is totally achievable. I know many companies talk about free trips/cruises etc but they are so hard to achieve and often, not everything is included. With Watkins, the trip is totally achievable..year after year and is totally paid for...one really big perk that goes with this business! So get started today. You will earn some income of course which is great for helping out with your bills and holidays but also great for  your retirement and at the same time, you will start earning points to take a free vacation. Most people work hard to save up money for holidays and pay thousands of dollars for the vacation...you still need to work hard, but you don't have to pay anything out of your pocket! Learn more and sign up at Http://www.RespectedHomeBusiness.com/378193