Three Reasons Why I Like MLM

 

This is the second in a 5 part series. See part 1 and part 3 here.

One of my favorite features about MLM, also know as Network Marketing, is that it does not care who you are.

College educated?            High school dropout?

Full time employee?                    Stay at home parent?

Anyone who wants to build a business of any size for any reason is welcome to participate.

My second favorite feature about MLM is that, unlike in a traditional job or business, your compensation is a direct correlation of your activity. Salaried work is always fraught with competition, and deserving people often do not get paid what they are worth. Only so many people in the normal work environment can make the “big bucks”.

In MLM, if you want more money you have the opportunity to earn it.

Finally, I really like the flexibility MLM offers.

You can live anywhere you want.

Can choose the people whom you work with.

Can build a business on your own schedule, giving it as much or as little time as you see fit.

What about you?

Are you interested in an equal opportunity business that pays you what you are worth and allows you to live the lifestyle of your dreams?

What do you think?

To start a conversation, leave a comment in the comments section?

Menu Plan-5

Investing less than 30 minutes per week to plan out our meals has made life easier for me. This way I only have to think once about dinner for the week. Each night as I close the kitchen, I look at my plan to see if I should take anything out of the freezer. When it comes time to cook I just walk into the kitchen and start cooking.

Here is what’s for dinner this week:

Grilled pork chops, corn on the cob, new potatoes with butter and parsley, sliced tomatoes

Cannellini bean flautas, spicy roasted potatoes and zucchini (made from plain potatoes held back from the first day)

Grilled chicken salad, French bread (from freezer)

Sausage peppers and onions over pasta, French bread (from freezer)

Sausage pizza, salad

Savory bread pudding, sliced tomatoes.

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MLM v Pyramid Schemes

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To the untrained eye, MLM or Multilevel Marketing companies and pyramid schemes look very similar. A close look however reveals significant differences.

The first difference between MLM companies and pyramid schemes is whether the company is in the business of selling products. Think soap, vitamins, food etc. Something that real people would buy on a regular basis. All legitimate MLM companies have a catalog of products. In a pyramid scheme, generally speaking, the “product” is distributorships. No one buys any soap or shampoo, just positions on a matrix.

The second difference between MLM companies and pyramids schemes is how distributors get paid. In a legitimate MLM company distributors get paid a commission on product sold. When a distributor sells his company’s product to someone at the retail price, he keeps as profit, the difference between wholesale and retail. Also when someone joins an MLM organization at the invitation of a distributor, and purchases product at wholesale pricing, the distributor receives a commission often called an override on those purchases. All income earned is based on product volume.

Conversely, in a pyramid scheme, profits are generated from sign up fees or purchased distributorships. Your income is based solely on people signing up and paying large fees of which you are promised a portion. Eventually these plans fall apart because at some point people realize that there are not enough new people willing to buy distributorships.

The final and most important difference is legality. MLM is legal and pyramid schemes are not. I cannot say it more clearly than that. As I close I will leave you with a quote from http://www.consumerfraudreporting.org/MLM_listofnames.php

Plans that promise profits mainly for recruiting new members are illegal pyramid schemes. In legitimate multilevel marketing plans, profits come primarily from selling goods and services to consumers.

What are your thoughts about MLM?

 

 

Menu Plan-4

 

Investing less than 30 minutes per week to plan out our meals has made life easier for me. This way I only have to think once about dinner for the week. Each night as I close the kitchen, I look at my plan to see if I should take anything out of the freezer. When it comes time to cook I just walk into the kitchen and start cooking.

Here is what’s for dinner this week:

Grilled rosemary, lemon,garlic chicken, new potatoes with butter and parsley, green beans

Quesadillas with black beans, green salad with radishes

Chopped salad with black beans and chicken, French bread

Hamburgers, potato salad (made from plain potatoes held back from the first day)

Lentil soup and spicy, cheesy biscuits (both from freezer)

Oven pancake, sliced peaches, sausage

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Queen of the Lost Scraps of Paper

“Queen of the Lost Scraps of Paper ” should be my legal name.

I am very good at writing all sorts of things on scraps of paper and then promptly losing them. Frankly, it never dawned on me that there could be a better way until a couple of weekends ago.

When I was sitting on the sofa with scraps of paper scattered all over the coffee table,  a thought suddenly floated into my head.

It said…

“Why don’t you use one spiral bound notebook for each topic?”

It was so clear that I immediately found a marker and labeled 3 notebooks.

Now I have one each for Shopping,  Blogging and Menus.

After only a couple of weeks in to this system,  I find it is working beautifully. Everything I have written is in one spot.

No more missing scraps of paper!

Menu Plan-3

Investing less than 30 minutes per week to plan out our meals has made life easier for me. This way I only have to think once about dinner for the week. Each night as I close the kitchen, I look at my plan to see if I should take anything out of the freezer. When it comes time to cook I just walk into the kitchen and start cooking.

Last weeks “no cook” experiment was a success. Two good things came out of it. One, I finished the project on which I had been working. Two, I learned that after a while, all frozen dinners taste like the cardboard in which they are packaged. Since I do not want my dinners to taste like cardboard this week I will go back to normal meal planning.

Here is what’s for dinner this week:

Grilled teriyaki chicken and pork chops, asparagus, corn on the cob, French bread (from freezer)

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Fried rice (using leftover chicken), sesame noodles

Italian sausage on hot dog buns topped with sautéed onions and sweet peppers and fresh basil (from container garden), French fries

White chili (beans and chicken broth in freezer) with spicy, cheesy biscuits (from freezer)

Omelets, fruit and toast.

I also post these in the Menu Plan Monday section of Org Junkie, where you can find more people who believe in the value of a weekly menu plan.

When Life Gives You An Apartment With a Small Balcony…

When Life Gives You An Apartment With a Small Balcony…

Make A Salad.

A few months ago, on my small balcony, I started a container garden. I have approximately 12 square feet of growing space. By anyone’s standards that is small, but it is big enough to cultivate salad greens, a couple of tomato plants and a couple of herb plants.

Last weekend was my first salad harvest.container-salad-garden

I picked spinach, Swiss chard, parsley, and 4 varieties of lettuce.

8 cups full!

For dinner that day we had “frozen dinner” manicotti that I simply had to pop in the oven. Of course, we also enjoyed large servings of our beautiful and delicious salad.

 

 

Menu Plan-2

mpm-chalkboardInvesting less than 30 minutes per week to plan out our meals has make life easier for me. This way I have to think once about dinner for the week. Each night as I close the kitchen, I look at my plan to see if I should take anything out of the freezer. When it comes time to cook I just walk into the kitchen and start cooking.

We are doing something this week I have never done before.

I am not cooking.

Because of my diagnoses, I am under strict lifting and standing restrictions.

I have a project I would like to finish and cannot both work on it and cook for and clean up after dinner.

Here is what’s for dinner this week:

Frozen lasagna x 2, I bought a big one

Individual frozen dinners x 2

Drive through/take out x 2

For day 7 we will make it up as we go along. If we do not have enough leftovers we might make pancakes or sandwiches or have pizza delivered.

I also post these in the Menu Plan Monday section of Org Junkie, where you can find more people who believe in the value of a weekly menu plan.

 

 

A Freight Train Ran Over My Health

A few weeks ago a freight train ran over my health.

I went to a Gynecologist for an exam. I knew I had been having some “female problems” but I was still shocked at what she told me. She gave me a diagnoses of hysterocele and level 3 cystocele. I had previously heard of those under the general term of prolapsed organs. She recommended a double surgery. One , bladder repair surgery and two, a hysterectomy, both to be done at the same time.

After talking for a few minutes, she tentatively asked if I would like to try physical therapy.

Would I?

“Yes please !”

She really does not think therapy will fix the problems but maybe I should try anyway. I met with a wonderful physical therapist a few days later and have been exercising like crazy ever since. The intent  is to either eliminate the need for surgery or to get me stronger allowing for a better surgery and recovery experience.

What do you think?

To start a conversation, leave a comment in the comments section.

If you or someone you know has a similar story to share I would really like to hear it. Especially whether they needed surgery or not and how it all worked out in the end.

I would also like to hear from those who are still in the middle of this journey as well.

Thanks in advance for being willing to talk about something so personal.

 

This is the first post in this series.

See Part two here.

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