Could Times be Any Worse?
Right now, things might be looking really bad to you. Every day, the economic news gets worse. Unemployment has been creeping up. The service sector is shrinking for the first time in half a decade. Consumer confidence is declining. Jobs are still migrating overseas. They are laying off at your company and you were the lucky one who was able to keep their job and do the job of two. The price of gas continues to go up. How am I going to make it? And to top it off, your house isn’t worth what it used to be worth just a few months ago – by a huge amount. Seems like you don’t want to open a newspaper, watch TV or listen to the radio just to make it go away.
Things look so bad that you might think that the crisis has just begun. Then we hear the problem is really us and the values we have decided to take on. But how bad could it get? If there is a recession, Goldman Sachs, a large investment house thinks prices could fall by 30%. That’s a heck of a lot more than the current 8.4% decline. So as a consumer, head of household, mother, father, neighbor or friend – what should you do?
I don’t think you should panic, but at times like these, you should be very aware of what is going on and the current trends. Instead of focusing on what’s not working let’s look at what is working and growing like crazy – Personal Franchises. Did you know that business, and more specifically home businesses, are one of the fastest growing industries?
Why? Well for one all the reasons that were mentioned above. Corporations no longer can afford to care for their employees the way they used to and still provide the returns that shareholders demand. The general public has been so bombarded with marketing campaigns that they don’t trust or believe many of them and after a while these messages just become noise. So what are the smart corporations now looking at – peer-to-peer (word-of-mouth) marketing. The old trusted network of integrity based information shared from one person to the next. Great concept that has been rediscovered in a world of MySpace and Facebook communities, but nothing really new since the concept started in the late 1950’s. Sometimes what is new is old, but that does not make it any less exciting than it was when it first was developed, in fact the concept has had some time to run the course and perfect itself.
Most people see “Home Business” as “Get Rich Quick” and stop right there. The industry began migrating from “a hosted business concept” to a business which was sold with bling and pictures of mansions and rented lifestyles. While those sales tactics were being employed by people who thought “empty calorie” marketing would build their business, the successful people in the industry were building their operations on business substance which turned them into true millionaires. The industry has changed a great deal since those days of instant gratification promises and get-rich- quick schemes. But still beware! If a program promises wealth without work or education, in every case we have reviewed, it is a scam. There is currently no program on the web that we have seen where you can just set up a website and earn money. As the old adage says, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is! These programs are all over the place, often sold in spam email next to other empty promises of body enhancement. Unfortunately, most people run into these and other scams before they find the sites where they can safely learn how to operate a work at personal franchise or home business.
Truth be told, the peer-to-peer marketing business model is very similar to the corporate business structure. The main difference is that main corporation focuses on what they do best, develop and distribute products and they simply outsource the sales and marketing functions as a choice of how to most effectively market their products to loyal channels. This is where you have a great opportunity! You have the real opportunity to make $500 – $1,000 a month pretty easily under the right conditions. What are these conditions?
Simple – follow your passion! If you were to purchase a hot dog stand on the street corner, would you do so if you hated hot dogs? You might for the money but history has shown that your chance of success is very limited at best. Eventually the next mustard stain or smell of hot dog steam would drive you screaming from the cart! If hot dogs were your passion – what would you do next? If you were a business-minded individual you would evaluate the business, find information on the leadership of the company and find a mentor who knows the hot dog business to help you have a better chance of success. The same is true for a personal franchise. The legit personal franchise is usually built around a great product and program that has proven success.
Deep in the back of your mind you distrust the industry because of the empty promises and shysters that presented it to you in the past. Or you heard that guy or gal you know ramble on about how “how they got into one of those businesses and they don’t work”. Funny thing is that if you opened up a new burger restaurant or clothing store they probably would not react the same way, but yet restaurant and clothing store have one of the highest failure rates in the country. Who is to say what industry is really good or bad – maybe it has something to do with your research, marketing, the concept, timing, location or your personal drive, passion and desire to be successful. What we do know is that highly successful business leaders like Donald Trump, Oprah Winfrey, Warren Buffet and Sir Richard Branson all have had something to do with the industry in the past few months. Do these successful people go after “one of those businesses” or does it look like a trend that is being rapidly adopted by people who see a good investment opportunity? I would probably put my money on them instead of that guy still driving a duct taped car and bad attitude about “how that thing didn’t work”.
So what is a person to do who is rapidly becoming a victim of a bad economy, souring job outlook, higher prices, foreclosures and increased concerns about financial viability? Take control and refocus your negative energy into the possibility that you can leverage your skills and personality and build a financial and personally satisfying business that will give you access to other people who have turned in their worry and refocused on meeting energized and successful people who have decided to leverage their passion into a business they could thrive in.
Get up, get out and use your passion to find extra cash in a personal franchise.
About the Author
He’s been called “Mr. Solutions” and a “Visionary” by many of his friends and peers. A person who believes you can’t teach what you haven’t done, Andrew Van Valer combines solid business skills with novel insights that often shake up the conventional way of thinking. He has the ability to take the complex and somehow make it simple to understand.
At a very young age, Andrew started his own business – based on a solid work ethic acquired from his parents. He was on the startup team of four disruptive technology companies purchased by Motorola, VeriSign or have gone public. . He held a number of positions in operations, strategic planning, finance and marketing. He has set up and managed businesses in five countries, and has been learning continuously about trends, real estate, investing, business models and, more importantly, patterns of success.
His latest ventures are all focused on the fastest growing Industry, Personal Franchising, showing people how to use a great tool to their benefit.
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He gets enjoyment from coaching others on life skills – money management, debt elimination, the creation of multiple pipelines of income and, most importantly, discovering someone’s passion and purpose in life.
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