Suzi Beech and Family

This blog is about my family and my trials and tribulations as a work-from-home mom of twins.

I missed working over the weekend! June 1, 2009

View over the pond

View over the pond

I went camping with my daughter’s Girl Scout troop last weekend. It was a ton of fun, but exhausting. Imagine wrangling 12, 2nd grade girls into doing anything, let alone doing things like cleaning a campsite, and you’ll have a good idea of what I’m talking about. I think it was a great experience, not just for the girls, but for myself, my troop co-leader and the mom that came with us. I felt that I was able to bond with the adults and the girls more than I have in the past.

We worked on several great projects including creating bird feeders out of pine cones and solar ovens out of pizza boxes.

Solar Ovens cooking s'mores

Solar Ovens cooking s'mores

I learned to make something called “gimp” (aka lanyard, aka boondoggle) which are neat woven things made out of plastic lace. My co-leader is a master. I only aspire to become as good at it as she is, but I’m a beginner and am pleased that I was able to figure it out at all! (Anyone needing a 3″ long gimp key chain, you just let me know! I’ve made quite a few already!!)

Gimp keychains

Gimp keychains & link to instructions

Ruby practicing gimp

Ruby practicing gimp

The cell phone reception at camp was spotty, at best. Every once in a while, I would walk into an area with good reception and my phone would start downloading all my various messages. Bleep, bleep, bleep! The girls all thought it was very funny that my phone would randomly start chirping. The other two adults probably thought it was annoying! To me, it was an awesome reminder that work was being done, even though I was off camping. I don’t think I have ever had a job that continued to produce for me even when I wasn’t actively working on it. It is a very liberating feeling, let me tell you! I have gone from slaving away at a restaurant management job to working from home at a job that’s fun AND truly does continue working even when I’m not!
I know there are a lot of people who are skeptical about network marketing, but I am a believer. I know that what I am involved in is legitimate and rewarding, both personally (I meet great, supportive people and become friends with them!), and financially. Even though I was having a terrific time camping, I missed work! That’s a first for me! I hope the rest of you out there are as satisfied with what you’re doing as I am. I am truly lucky!

 

How to Find the Right Business Opportunity for You May 18, 2009

A bit of information for you!

A bit of information for you!

Times are tough for many right now.  You may have been laid off or fired from your current job.  Your company may have closed or cut your hours.  Your friends and relatives might be out of work or struggling.  You may be trying to save for retirement or college for your kids.  There are as many reasons for wanting to work for yourself and be your own boss as there are opportunities out there.  I’m going to outline a few steps for you to help you get started in finding a business opportunity that will suit you best.

Start with your interests.  Make a list of businesses you think you would like to own.  Face it, if it’s not a business you could see yourself enjoying, then you probably won’t stick with it once your initial enthusiasm wears off.  Do you like to work on your own or with people?  Do you want to work online from home or do you want to go to an office or other location?  Would you like to learn something new or utilize a skill-set you already posses?

Define your goals.  Do you want to work part-time or do you plan on dedicating yourself to your new business full-time.  Do you intend to earn a six-figure income or are you interested in making a little extra cash.  Do you have money to invest or will you be working on a shoestring budget?  Will you have large chunks of time you can dedicate to your new business or do you plan on working in small snippets of time, when you can?

Research, research, research.  Look for potential opportunities and ideas by utilizing search engines such as Google and Yahoo.  Talk to friends and neighbors, relatives and coworkers.  Network!  Make sure everyone within earshot of you knows you are open to listening to opportunities and are actively looking for a new venture to involve yourself in.  You never know who might have the inside scoop on something or have an idea that you haven’t thought of.  Talk to other business owners, especially those in fields you are considering.  Make sure to ask them about any hidden pitfalls, expenses or obstacles they’d with they’d known about when they were making their ownership decisions.

Be savvy.  Working for yourself is still working.  Owning a business is very fulfilling, but also a lot of pressure.  As someone once told me, “If you treat your business like a hobby, you will pay for it like a hobby.  If you treat it like a business, it will pay you like a business owner.”