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Carl Willis interviews Laci Friend

Christian Entrepreneur Series – Laci Friend

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I met Laci Friend a few years ago when we began attending the same church as her family.  Little did I know that God would take the dream that had inspired me for a number of years and birth a new dream through Laci.

Laci shares her journey of building a business that she wasn’t even looking for and how God has surrounded her with a team that has allowed her to see her dream become reality.

We also discuss the hangups with money that many Christians struggle with as they find success in their business endeavors.

Finally Laci shares how her 40th birthday created a movement of blessing and benevolence with her audience.

I know you’ll be inspired as you watch this interview.

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Finding the Right Internet Home Business Opportunity

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internet home business opportunityWith every passing day, there is another internet home business opportunity that pops up. There are tons of options out there, but only ONE is really right for you.

I’ve written several blog posts about home businesses and what it takes to get started. I’ve also written posts about how to run and maintain a business from home while staying true to yourself.

There’s a lot to consider when you want to work for yourself, but there’s no doubt lots of questions that need to be answered.

What home business can you start by leveraging the internet? Can you actually use the internet to launch your business and run it full-time from the comfort of your own home?

Today, I’ll share the various considerations that you’ll want to make as you look for the right internet home business opportunity.

Finding the Right Internet Home Business Opportunity

It’s important that you always consider the bigger picture when a business opportunity comes up. If you’re looking for the right internet home business opportunity, you’ll want to dig and research until you find something that you’re passionate about.

When working from home, there is a tendency to slack off when there isn’t someone pushing you to get things done.

This makes it really hard for you to meet deadlines when it’s crunch time, unless you’re in a business that is not deadline sensitive.

If you want to build you lifestyle from your laptop, here are some things to consider.

  1. Are you in love with what you do? It’s a lot easier to complete tasks when you love what you do. If you aren’t in love with what you’re doing it’s time to look elsewhere. If you’re working for someone else right now, give it careful thought and consideration as you look for a business opportunity. Once you come across something you love, make sure that you research how to make that business work. You need to know that it’s a viable business, and you’ll want to do some research ahead of time to ensure that you know how to market your business best.
  2. Don’t fall prey to scams. Research is important with any business, but if you want to work from home you’ll want to make sure that you thoroughly research any opportunity that promises big money or benefits. Working from home can be great, but it isn’t always easy. If you come across a business opportunity that offers easy work and easy pay, think again. Don’t sign anything until you’ve had someone you trust review everything with you.
  3. Startup costs. What type of situation are in right now? You may need to consider a small loan if the business you want to start requires that you buy a lot of office supplies or equipment. When you build a business that is mainly comprised of digital marketing, you’ll save a ton of money. The cost of a laptop is more affordable than it was 10 years ago, and with email you can use less paper and pay less in postage!

There are tons of options for you when working from home, but if you’re looking for an internet home business opportunity, you’ll always come out a winner!

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5 Great Businesses You Can Start from Home

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businesses you can start from homeThere are tons of options for you to consider if you want to work for yourself, and there are many great businesses you can start from home.

There are tons of ways that you can enjoy working from home too, while gaining the freedom that you want to spend more time with your family.

Working from home has been made easier by leveraging the internet, and most of all it’s now cheaper to work from home than it would have been years ago.

Today, I’ll share with you exactly how easy it can be to find the business opportunity that’s staring right you in the face, and how you can get started with little to no cost.

Businesses You Can Start from Home that You Didn’t Think of Before

You’ve heard that opportunity is all around you, but is it true? There are plenty of businesses you can start from home, but I’ve chosen to tell you about the top 5 options when it comes to demand and flexibility.

  1. Consulting and copywriting. If you are looking for markets in which there is a demand, it’s consulting and copywriting. Consulting is needed almost daily, because most companies are struggling to figure out what to do and how to do it. Finding the right consultant could mean the difference between making $1 million and $10 million. Copywriting works hand in hand with consulting, because once you offer your consulting, your copywriting can change the way a company does business forever.
  2. Online retail. What is your passion in life? Despite what you’ve been told, one of the easiest businesses you can start from home is online retail. What products do you love? Whether you love a certain type of clothing or product, there is someone else out there who will want to buy it too. Find your niche and capitalize on it!
  3. Ecommerce/Digital commerce. Shopping is now done mostly online and it’s growing. What happens behind the online shopping experience is important. This means that understanding how users interact with various design types matters. What type of designs attract you to look further? It’s best if you can have a company that is scalable, meaning that as you grow, you can access the help you need. You may want to consider starting with interns that need college credit, so that you can keep your initial investment low.
  4. Organization/Cleaning. Families are always busy, and the need for help is always there. The tough part is finding someone to help that checks out, and someone that you can afford. If you’re good at organizing and cleaning this could be a viable business opportunity for you. The overhead is low because you don’t really need an office. You can find others to work with you, allowing them to get their own clients while you give them the company name, logo, and licensing to use for a small fee.
  5. Membership sites. There are tons of ways to make money online, and a membership site is one of them. There are tons of sites for those who want to get coupons, get valuable tips on fitness, hunting, fishing, and much more. If there is a hobby or a unique interest, there is most likely a membership site out there for it.

The options for working at home are abundant, but it’s important that you do some research upfront to find out what is required for you to start your business.

Once you line up what you love in life with the options for businesses that you can start from home, you’ll be able to experience the freedom and profit you’ve been looking for!

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Business Opportunities from Home You Won’t Believe Exist!

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business opportunities from home you won't believe existIf you’ve been considering working from home, you may have found yourself combing through a very long list of business opportunities from home.

There are tons….to say the least.

They won’t all be right for you, so it’s important that you sit down and make a list beforehand of your skills, interests, and things that maybe you would like to try.

There are tons of opportunities ranging from tax preparer, copywriter, to direct sales, and many more. The one big question is this; what are you most passionate about?

If you want to work from home, the opportunities are truly endless, but it does take some time to identify what will be the best fit for you and your family.

Today, I’ll share some of the best business opportunities from home with you, and I’ll share with you how rewarding it can be.

Choosing from Some of the Best Business Opportunities from Home

While there are many home based business opportunities that exist, you’ll want to choose wisely. Not all opportunities are created equal, and this is true of any area in which you choose to work.

The great thing is, you can eliminate the worry when you take some steps to thoughtfully choose what you want to do.

Here are some things you can do to ensure you choose the best business opportunities from home.

  1. Make a list and check it twice. Make a list of all of your skills, gifts and talents. What is it that you are good at? Furthermore, do you enjoy using those skills? Write it all down, even if that means you have a list of 50 things.
  2. Follow your passion. Now that you know those things, what are you most passionate about? Write this down too, and don’t forget that what you are passionate about matters. What keeps you awake at night? What distracts you from focusing on other things? It’s okay to admit that you really LOVE something. That is what makes the difference between doing what you love and just working at a “JOB”.
  3. Does it work for you and your family? This is a really important question, because if what you want to do doesn’t work for you and your family both, it won’t matter much. Is your spouse supportive of you working from home? Can you find clients? What about income? These are important questions to ask, and if they aren’t supportive of what you are doing, then you’ll want to reconsider. If income is a big issue, then it’s best to wait before any investment would need to be made. It just really depends on what type of business you want to build.

Now that you know what you should be asking before you get started, I’ll share some opportunities I’ve come across that are great opportunities to work from home.

Business Opportunities from Home that Can Reap You Long-Term Profit

There are several business opportunities from home that you can start building into a strong and viable business.

Most individuals don’t make it when they realize it takes a lot of hard work in the beginning. The thing is, it pays off.

If you want to build your own business you have to think long-term, and you’ll want to think about longevity from a personal standpoint. This is why it’s important to look at the niche you want to get into as an investment.

Is there a need for it?

Always look for a need, so that you can solve the problem a customer has. This means that you’ll be most successful by looking at opportunities within the following marketplaces. (These are in no particular order of importance or range of possible income).

  • Health
  • Fitness
  • Weight Loss
  • Make money
  • Real Estate
  • Dating
  • Relationships
  • Automotive
  • Internet Marketing

creating multiple income streams

Creating Multiple Income Streams

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I was at one of our rental properties
earlier today and decided to shoot
this short video.

One of the key differences between
employees and entrepreneurs is the
manner in which their income is derived.

Employees earn wages, while an
entrepreneur makes profits.

Once a person grabs hold of this
concept, the next step is creating
systems and assets that generate
ongoing passive income.

In the case of my own business,
I use software royalties, rental
properties, network marketing,
affiliate marketing, consulting
retainers and subscription
based websites.

Each one designed to passively
create a profitable stream of
income that is not based on
my time, but on the value created
by the asset or system.

Want to learn more about developing
a passive income system for yourself?

Become a student…


There Is No Shortcut To Success – Sorry To Disappoint You!

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there is no shortcut to successThere Is No Shortcut to Success…

Sorry to disappoint you with that news.   One of the common mistakes I see people make in the world of home business is a never ending quest for the “easy button” that will create a magical shortcut to success.   Sadly I also watch most of those individuals crash and burn time and time again.

Today I was on Facebook when I came across this great Q & A post with Sir Richard Branson from Entrepreneur Magazine.  I wanted to share this with you.

Sir Richard Branson

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Richard Branson: ‘There’s No Shortcut or Magic Recipe to Success’

Original article – http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235955

Q: Are there any quick ways to succeed in business without spending a huge amount of money on marketing? — Geraldo Kandonga Fillipus, Geraldo Financial Solutions, Namibia

Unfortunately there’s no shortcut or magic recipe to success — or if there is, I haven’t found it yet. Creating a successful and profitable business takes time, since you build your reputation as customers learn to trust and rely on you, one by one.

Also, there’s no guarantee that spending a huge amount of money on marketing will slingshot your business forward. If you spend your time looking for shortcuts, you will find one — right out of business.

While there are no set rules for succeeding in business, over my 40 years as an entrepreneur I have embraced some rough guidelines that can be very helpful:


Above all else, you should not go into business purely for financial reasons. Running a company involves long hours and hard decisions; if you don’t have a better reason than money to keep going, your business will more than likely fail, as many new businesses do.

So it’s important to create something of use that is going to benefit society as a whole. If you do something you truly care about, you will be in a much better position to find customers, connect with them, and keep them coming back.

Once you have decided on the type of product or service that interests you, focus on how to do things differently from the competition: Do your research, find a gap or an area ripe for innovation, and position your business in a way that sets it apart.


Customers don’t just shop for a brand and its products, but also identify with its core values. Ask yourself, why did I start my business? Be honest — this will help you establish an authentic value and voice. Then distill your message into something simple.

At Virgin, we stand for great customer service, good value and innovative alternatives to our competitors’ offerings. Most importantly, we view business as a force for good. Knowing who we are and what we stand for ensures that we don’t waste time or money on messaging that doesn’t represent us or resonate with our customers.


Marketing is a powerful tool, but it doesn’t have to be expensive. Mymentor, Sir Freddie Laker, a man who had started a company to challenge British Airways on their home turf, gave me some invaluable advice when I was starting up Virgin Atlantic Airways. Knowing that we couldn’t match the more established airlines in terms of marketing budget, he encouraged me to drive the publicity myself: “Use yourself. Make a fool of yourself. Otherwise you won’t survive.”

I took his advice and I’ve been thinking up fun ways to stand out from the crowd and draw the media’s attention to our company ever since, from breaking world records to pulling pranks.

While I’ve always been interested in sports and physical challenges, that might not be the route for you. Find your tone, know your brand, do things your own way, and create waves. The free advertising will follow.


Tools like Twitter and Facebook are wonderful ways to get your message out to a wide audience. Social media is not only more cost-efficient than advertising, but it also offers great opportunities for innovative engagement with your customers. Use it to your advantage.

Remember that there is a difference between selling and marketing. In my experience, selling a product through social media doesn’t work — it’s better to simply communicate with your customers in an authentic way and have fun. As you build an online profile that people can identify with and trust, you’ll find that they will soon become customers.

The feedback you receive on social media can be invaluable, especially when your business is just starting out. Listen to your customers’ comments about your company’s offerings to gain an understanding of what you are doing right and wrong. You can also use this feedback to sharpen your social campaigns and measure the effectiveness of your calls to action.


If you genuinely love and believe in what you do, others will take notice and share your enthusiasm. Geraldo, in your case, this might prompt people to take out a loan with your company instead of another provider, or encourage them to recommend your company to a friend.

If you find your interest flagging, it’s time to make a change — switch from operations to management, move on, expand into new territories, anything that interests you. To find success, you need to be fully committed or your work will show it.

Branson’s advice is spot on.  There are no magic pills or formulas that shortcut the process of solid fundamentals executed consistently over an extended period of time.

A structure is only as good as the foundation it is built upon.  A business is no different.  Without a solid foundation of sound fundamentals the business will not withstand the highs and lows of the process.

Deadly Shortcut Traps To Avoid

As Sir Richard Branson discussed in his Q & A, there are no magic formulas or shortcuts to look for.   By the same token there are shortcut traps that are guaranteed to produce negative outcomes in your life and business.

Marc Chernoff recently detailed 7 shortcuts that always lead to regret on his blog.

The most effective way to handle what must be done is to do it.  Put in the required labor.  Don’t sell yourself short by taking shortcuts like these:

1.  Taking the easiest route possible.

Someday you will look back on your life and realize that everything worthwhile you’ve ever accomplished initially challenged you.  And that is as it should be, because big challenges often prepare ordinary people for extraordinary success.

Every struggle arises for a reason – for experience or a lesson.  A great journey is never easy, and no dose of adversity along the way is ever a waste of time if you learn and grow from it.

Remember, an arrow can only be shot by pulling it backwards, and such is life.  When life is pulling you back with difficulties, it means it’s going to eventually launch you forward in a positive direction.  So keep focusing, and keep aiming!

2.  Settling for the way things are by default.

The decision to settle for mediocrity is a real killer.  If you settle for just anything, you’ll never know what you’re truly worthy of.  There is ample time for you to be who you want to be.  Despite the struggles that you might be facing, never give up on yourself.  Don’t just take the easy way out and settle for less than what you know you are capable of.

Realize that it’s not always about trying to fix something that’s broken either.  Sometimes it’s about starting over and creating something new.  Sometimes you need to distance yourself to see things clearly.  Sometimes growing stronger means growing apart from old habits, relationships, and situations, and finding something different that truly moves you – something that gets you so excited you can’t wait to get out of bed in the morning.  That’s what LIVING is all about.  Don’t settle.  (Angel and I cover this in more detail in the “Self-Love” chapter of1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently.)

3.  Leaving everything to chance.

It’s not what you do every once in a while, but what you dedicate yourself to on a daily basis that makes a difference in the end.  Having a plan, even a flawed one at first, is better than no plan at all.

Don’t trap yourself, endlessly, in a state where you are unable to ask for directions, even though you’re terribly lost, simply because you don’t know your destination.  Figure out what you want.  When you get real about the true feelings you crave, you end up surprising yourself with an abundance of new opportunities and possibilities.

Bottom line:  One day your life will flash before your eyes.  Do your best every day to make sure it’s worth watching.  Work towards something that brings meaning to your moments.

4.  Following the crowd.

Allen Ginsberg once said, “Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.”  In other words, in this crazy world that’s trying to make you like everyone else, find the courage to be your incredible self.

Never let what other people expect from you dictate what you expect from yourself.  Clarity about your true desires is so liberating because you get to stop proving yourself to everyone, including yourself.

We have all been placed on this earth to discover our own way, and we will never be happy if we live someone else’s idea of life.  So stop being ashamed of how you feel.  You have the right to feel any emotion that comes to you, and to follow a path that makes you happy.  Don’t compare yourself to others, or get discouraged by the success of others.  Follow your intuition, never give up on yourself, and stop expecting others to understand your journey, especially if they have not walked your same path.  (Read The Road Less Traveled.)

5.  Putting things off.

Be frank with yourself.  The things you say you will deal with later rarely get done.  It’s time to get up and make an immediate difference in your life.  You know all those things you’ve been meaning to get done for the past month, year, etc.?  Pick one right now and start doing it.  Get your hands dirty, challenge your mind, and get sweaty if you have to.  Break out of your comforting lull and get involved.  If you feel crummy, it’ll make you feel better.  If you already feel good, it will make you feel great.

Ultimately, you will not be judged by what you say; you will be judged by what you do.  Wake up each morning determined, so you can go to bed satisfied.  Have the courage and discipline today to do what is needed instead of simply what is convenient.  Or as Pablo Picasso once said, “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.”

6.  Ignoring people instead of forgiving them.

Forgetting people who hurt you is your gift to them; forgiving people who hurt you is your gift to yourself.  Always forgive others, not because they necessarily deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace of mind.  We are all one, so when we forgive others we forgive ourselves, which is the first step in the healing process.  Without forgiveness, the potential for true happiness in your life is limited.

In addition, we often tell ourselves that we’re better off without some people in our lives, and while this can be true, you should also build forgiveness into your character.  Keep in mind that some relationships will temporarily split, only to come back together twice as strong as before.  Forgiveness alone makes this possible.  (Read The Mastery of Love.)

7.  Cutting too many corners with your important relationships.

It hurts to love someone and not be loved in return, but what hurts even more is to love someone and never find the time to let them know how you feel.  There is no greater sadness than holding on to the loving words and deeds you never delivered to those you love.

The people you take for granted today may turn out to be the only ones you need tomorrow.  So make plenty of time for those who truly matter.  The best gift you can give them is the purity of your full attention.  Just be present with them and pay attention to the little things, because when you really miss someone, you miss the little things the most, like just laughing together.

Original Article:  7 Shortcuts You Will Regret Taking In Life – http://www.marcandangel.com/2013/10/13/7-shortcuts-you-will-regret-taking-in-life/

Your dreams are much too important to trade them off for foolish shortcuts or a wake of damaged relationships.  Make the commitment to push forward day by day for as long as it takes to see your dreams become reality.

One of the greatest keys I have found to staying on course over an extended period of time, is simply to surround myself with other visionary entrepreneurs who are as equally committed to their businesses as you are to yours.

Click the button below to learn more about the entrepreneurial community I have chosen to surround myself with.


Entrepreneurship in India and the Benefits it Offers

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entrepreneurship in IndiaEntrepreneurship in India is thriving presently, thanks to some good government policies and the enabling environment created by technology advancement.  This has given some aspiring entrepreneurs the opportunity to interact with the outside world and build up their ideas to the point of success.

To be a successful entrepreneur in India, you have to be able to think up good business ideas that you can use. Building a business in India is not like in the western world where various opportunities abound to help small business start ups. But every geographical location has its own peculiarity and opportunities which can be harnessed to the benefit of the people and the investors.

Entrepreneurship in India – Generating Business Ideas

1. Think of a particular problem that people are having around you, or in your locality and nobody has been able to provide solution to.  Surely, you will see many of them, but you have to recognize the ones that people would be willing to pay money for and those that you can easily do.

Following this line of thought, you will realize that you have a ready market waiting for your business to come up and success awaits you.

2. Think of your skills and how you can turn them into benefiting people.  How you can use them to provide solutions for specific people that have problems pertaining to the area of your skills?  This will really work since you already have the skills.  You should not need any specialized training to do what you want.

3. Think of a particular product or service to improve upon. No man is an island of knowledge.  There are some things you can do that you find existing products already in the marketplace; however, you also see that there are better ways of making the products to serve the users better.   You may observer that there are some features that are not included in the product which would have made it work better. If you have the knowledge, you can turn this into a business and bring out an improved version of that product.

4. Provide services for people at a lower cost. This is also based upon what you know or what you can do. Look for a particular service that people are getting from providers  and think about how you can make these same people get the same service at a lesser cost. They will readily accept your service above others.

5. Think ahead.  Try to look at what you think people will need in the future which is not available in your locality now,  then think of how you can provide it for them. This will help you to be well ahead of others who may have interests in the same business.  You will have gone ahead of them to capture the major share of the market before they will even make their first move.

Benefits of Entrepreneurship in India

There are about 350 million people in India living below the poverty line according to a World Bank report.  Starting a business in India will go a long way to affect the lives of people positively by providing sustainable jobs for them. You will not be able to employ the all of the people who are unemployed but you can help a few to come out of their pathetic situation.

Your business will help other small businesses to spring up as supporting companies thereby creating more jobs for people, helping in the general development of lives and infrastructures.

If you are able to come up with a good business idea, you can be sure of providing a solution to peoples’ problems.  This depends on the area of business you have chosen and the type of niche you want to focus your business plans upon. Providing real solutions like this is a good way to help the people live a good life.

You do not need to spend huge money to start your entrepreneurship in India.  What you need is the right information that will help you adapt your business to the kind of environment that India has to offer, and make profit.

Many people are finding the internet to be a great opportunity for starting a profitable business in India and beyond.

Discover the online business that is allowing people to experience entrepreneurship in India.


Discovering The Power Of Transparency

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my homeless officeDiscovering The Power Of Transparency

A little over a week ago, one of the young up and comers in the world of online network marketing came out and revealed to the world that he was returning to the workforce.  Not only was he taking a job at a fitness center, but he was also taking a job as a driver for Domino’s pizza.   Now for many this came as a real shocker, because this young man had been celebrated for going from being a full time employee at McDonald’s to creating a 5 figure monthly income online with the creation of his own products and services.   His story had caught the attention of many top leaders in our industry and he had been featured on many training calls.  How could it be that someone so successful was now making these decisions?

What this young man ultimately revealed was that he was irresponsible with his success.   He had built his marketing empire on one strategy alone (search engine optimization), only to see that empire crumble with the Penguin and Panda algorithm changes introduced by Google in early 2012 (those same changes dropped my traffic by nearly half).   This change in the business landscape coupled with uncontrolled spending led to his economic undoing.

As you might expect, responses were varied.  Most people were very supportive, encouraging him to take the lessons of failure and use them for the building blocks of his comeback.   Of course there were a few that were ready to burn him at the stake, labeling him a “sell out” or a “phony.”  Either way, the audience was forced to form an opinion.

Being Transparent Is Never Easy

Let’s be honest, the reason most people are not transparent is because they think others will think less of them.   I understand that fear.  When I started in this business, I was losing everything.  In fact, I spent the majority of the first 2 years homeless with my family and I living in a friend’s spare bedroom (the picture at the top is me in my office/bedroom in 2010).  The last thing in the world I really wanted people to know was just how bad my circumstance really was.

What I soon learned was that these times in our life are really some of the powerful resources available to us.  As I began to study successful people, I learned that Robert Kiyosaki, T. Harv Eker, Donald Trump, Dani Johnson and numerous others had lost everything at one point.  In fact of those I just named, 3 of the 4 were homeless prior to reaching their greatest levels of success.

When I looked at this industry, guess what I found?  A large number of the leaders in this industry shared the same story.   Ray Higdon, David Wood, David Sharpe, Tracey Walker and Nicole Cooper….every single one of them had lost everything when they got started.   More importantly as I studied these people, I realized that none of them hid from those humble beginnings, they were in fact a core component of their story.   A component they told over and over again…reinforcing the truth that anyone can make this business work if they will set their mind to it and commit to taking massive, daily action.

Putting Your Story To Work For You

Once I learned the power of telling your own story, I began freely telling my story.  I quickly came to realize that most people enter our industry, because their backs are against the wall.  They are trying to create a better life for their families.  They are trying to escape a career they detest.  They are trying to pursue a God given dream.  They are trying to live out a call to serve others.

The reality is that most of the people I meet are not striving to become multi-millionaires right off the bat.  They are trying to make sure all of their bills get paid this month.  They are trying to become debt free.  They are trying to take care of aging parents and children at the same time.  What they really want to know is whether or not they can succeed in accomplishing those objectives.

To give you an idea of the power of telling your story, I want to share an actual result from my business this past week.   Last week, I purchased a one owner Infiniti Q45.  It is the first time I have had a vehicle of my own, since 2010.   It is my first luxury car and I was able to pay cash for it.    On my Facebook page I posted a picture of myself with the car and I told the story of why this car was so significant.    Here are the results:

Facebook post

55 people liked this post and 20 commented on it as well.

I also shared this story on my blog and sent that blog post out to my email list.  The end result was 5 new business relationships in 2 businesses….all because I shared my story.

This industry is full of top leaders who really are tremendous examples of the second chances that can come about in our lives if we will simply grab hold of the dream and quit until we have it in hand.

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Jim Rohn, Home School And Other Daily Adventures…

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Jim Rohn, Home School And Other Daily Adventures…

Today I’m listening to the Challenge To Succeed compilation from the late Jim Rohn while I work.  Across the room, my daughter is putting together a science journal and going through her first lessons of the school year.   Sitting behind her is my wife working on bookkeeping for some of her clients.   Welcome to the new normal at the Willis household.

The Freedom Of Being A Home Based Entrepreneur

A few years ago, none of those things would have been possible.  When our oldest son was growing up, Carol and I both worked full time, trading our time for money.   Then it happened…   In the spring of 2001 we decided to take a leap and opened my own financial advisory firm.    That leap was grounded in belief.   We believed we could make the shift to entrepreneurship and so we did what so many are afraid to do.

Over the last 11 years our business has morphed and evolved with our ministry.  For a number of years, church work was my focus and I went back to trading time for money, but still keeping a foot in the entrepreneurial door.   In late 2008, everything shifted as I left the world of being a staff minister and turned my entrepreneurial passion to planting new churches.   Our business also morphed as we took a new look at network marketing and began to learn the fundamentals of being a home based business owner.

So here we are today.   We have established a multi-faceted business that operates from our home.   We are free to come and go as we need.   We even have the ability to work from remote locations…my personal favorite is any local coffee shop with WiFi.

Developing A New Generation of Home Based Entrepreneurs

This past spring our daughter asked us if we would home school her this school year.   This is something we had kicked around for our two youngest children, so they could travel with me on some of my ministry trips.   My son chose to go to public school so he could play football and have more social interaction, but my daughter really wanted to have Carol and I as her teachers.   After some prayer and discussion, we decided that this would be the path we would travel.

The beauty of having our daughter at home with us, is that we get to introduce her to the inner workings of our business on a daily basis.    She has already figured out that Dad is constantly listening to some type of motivational training, whether it is Jim Rohn or the monthly CD from Success Magazine.   She has learned that one of the things I love most about the Empower Network and our ViSalus business is the motivation training that are offered.  She watches us talk with clients, customers and prospective team members.   The training of an entrepreneur is not the sort of thing that is traditionally learned in the school classroom.   Of course Carol and I are relearning the basics of reading, writing and  arithmetic.

I have said many times that it is the freedom with my time that I value more than any amount of money I will ever earn.  My days are free to go where God leads me and to invest in the people around me.   Being a home based business owner is not the life for everyone, but for those  willing to take the journey a daily visit with Jim Rohn and home school are just a few of the infinite number of adventures that await you.

Confessions of a Serial Entrepreneur

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Confessions of a Serial Entrepreneur

Hi my name is Carl and I am a serial entrepreneur.   What can I say?  I love starting businesses.   I love taking businesses and putting my own spin on them.   I love taking businesses that need to go to the next level and formulating a game plan.  It should also come as no surprise that my ministry work looks very similar.  I love to start churches.  I love helping churches get healthy and growing again.  I love to fix broken churches.   Are you seeing the pattern?

How I Became a Serial Entrepreneur

For me the entrepreneurial itch began in high school.   I worked in a Karmelkorn Shoppe in Wichita, Kansas.   The store was owned by the Briscoe family.   The whole family was involved in the operation of two franchise locations in the city of Wichita.   I loved watching these guys pour their heart and soul into their business.   Not only did I begin learning the basics of operating a small business, but this family was top notch in the care and concern they showed for their employees (even though most of us were flighty teenagers).

The itch became a bad case of the “gotta have its” during my senior year in high school.   I was an active participant in the DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) program.   That year I wrote two business plans for a Karmelkorn styled popcorn shop called “Ole King Corn” and an Americana themed restaurant called the “All American Cafe.”  I ended winning the state DECA competition for my business category.  I would later go on to compete in the national competition in Salt Lake City, Utah with these same two business plans.   It was during this period that the serial entrepreneur was born.

A Serial Entrepreneur Loves the Challenge

Serial entrepreneurs thrive on the challenge of starting new things.   They love taking an idea in their mind and turning it into something real.   At the root of entrepreneurship is the drive to solve problems and make a profit solving those problems.   A serial entrepreneur looks for the opportunities presented by every challenge they encounter.

The other driving force is the thrill of taking new risks.  It is the adventure into the unknown that compels the serial entrepreneur to go places where few men dare to tread.   I find that I am always looking for “what else” is out there.   When I see a ship or an airplane I want to climb on board, just to see where it goes.  Over the past 20 years my entrepreneurial exploits have led me into diverse fields of expertise and experience, including such things as police equipment, personnel recruiting, computer repair, accident reconstruction, mechanical lubrication, financial advising, network marketing and e-commerce to name a few.

Harnessing the Serial Entrepreneur

One of the greatest challenges for the serial entrepreneur is sitting still.   It is very easy for a guy like me to want to move onto the next thing.  In reality this is a healthy business model.   A savvy entrepreneur will get turn the business over to a competent manager, once the business is up and running.   The danger is doing this prematurely.   To keep the appropriate level of focus and energy on a business, the entrepreneur needs to make a commitment to that business for a defined period of time or until a measurable level of performance is reached.    Without this commitment, there will be a long line of orphan businesses that never had a chance to develop.

I love working with other serial entrepreneurs.  If this describes you, I would love to talk further.

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