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Very few people have the luxury of starting a home-based Network Marketing business without having to juggle with finances, primary employment, kids, family, and the list goes on.  Many people have the desire to  create this kind of a business, but they are not sure how to find the time to make it work with all the other tasks and duties that are already their responsibility.  If you are considering such a decision, you might want to consider the following ways that you can find the balance; you can make it happen! There are two secrets I would like to share – one is about time and the other is about selecting the right business.

Blocking the Time

You are not alone!  Virtually everyone who ever decided to shift from employed to self-employed suffered the same anxiety, “How am I going to fit in something else?”  One of the primary keys is truly about blocking out specific time for specific activities and knowing that if you can discipline yourself for this time that you will find yourself more capable than you first thought.  Most home businesses can be managed in roughly four hours per week.   Don’t think you can find that many extra hours?  Simply shift your thinking and your expectations and decide how long you want to work to make this transition happen.

You might want to put your toes into the water, so to speak, with just a couple of hours a week, until you get the hang of blocking out your time.  This way you can get a good feel for which hours actually work best for you – – around your already existing schedule.  You might also have to have a little heart to heart with yourself about your expectations as to how quickly you want to shift from your JOB… maybe  you would prefer getting up an hour earlier each day, or make some other time sacrifice, knowing the ultimate benefit you gain in the time to build your place as an entrepreneur.

Much of what will happen really comes down to your mindset and the amount of personal motivation you have in getting the results you acknowledge you desire.  You must, simply must, look at this venture as one of “creating a business” and not just entertaining some hobby that might or might not work out.  Ask yourself the hard question before you consider such life-altering changes:  “Am I willing to create the necessary time and commitment to succeed – no matter what?”  Your answer will drive your results!   If the answer is yes, if you want something badly enough, you will make it happen.  It takes consistence and persistence to run any business – and you are stepping up the pace just a bit when you decide to put forth the effort and energy to create a different future for yourself and your family.

Making the Right First Choice

Many people run around in the proverbial circle – not sure what the best home-based business would be for them.  They fall prey to every sharp sales person who offers them an “opportunity” to strike it rich.  I just spent the better part of an hour glancing through  a home-based business magazine.   Now, one would think that if someone had the revenue to advertise in such a magazine would a) be doing well financially, and b) be totally on the up and up.   Well, let me tell you… just for fun I did a bit of due diligence on a couple of the expensive full page ads and found that one is a know Ponzi scheme and another one that had 38 scam reports on just one directory!

However, due diligence aside – there are a number of really great Network Marketing companies available for you to use as the foundation of your home-based business, if that is your choice.  The bigger question is more personal in nature – what business would be really attractive to you?  You might be stressed out and just looking for a lifestyle change.   That is a good place to be, provided you look into the many options that are available to you and select one that is interesting, appealing, and matches your core values.

Once you have decided that the opportunity is a good one, that you will get adequate support and training, and that you can actually accomplish what you set out to achieve… your next step toward wrapping up that first best choice about becoming an entrepreneur is to make the shift in your mind from being an employee to that of being a business owner!  Trust yourself that you have made the right decision; trust yourself that you can make it happen; trust yourself to seek out the training or other resources you may require; and trust yourself to have courage and an open mind!

The primary difference in mindset is that this will all be up to you… it can be done and becoming a successful entrepreneur works – provided – you are willing to work at it and make it happen with the attitude of Lisa Nichols, “No Matter What!”  It will always come back to your being personally responsible for the work that does or does not get done.  If you have made the right first choice you will know it… you will never look back and the financial gain you desire will become the by-product of working harder than you ever worked for your employer – doing something that you love!

Jan Vitale… supporting Network Marketing – the business model for a troubled economy.

Vital Enterprises, LLC – – where you can always find great tips, tools and resources about nutrition, vital document storage, disaster preparedness, identity theft, network marketing, networking, and travel…

Note:  I mentioned Lisa Nichols in this article – if you have not read her book, and you are in the mood to be MOTIVATED… you might just want to slip over to Amazon and get a copy… it is a great, and memorable read.   One of those books that – if you read it at just the right time of your life, will give you the most amazing kick in the seat of the pants you could hope to experience! If you are considering making that transition from JOB to self-employed…  NOW would be the perfect time to read it.

No Matter What!: 9 Steps to Living the Life You Love

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What would your immediate response be if I were to ask you to look at the other side of today’s global economic uncertainty – and have you look there for opportunity?  This opportunity becomes a reality through taking advantage of today’s business trends – not fearing them.  One such opportunity to build long-term residual income and personal freedom comes with Network Marketing.

Is it all about labels?

Network Marketing has taken its hits over time – especially when it wore the label “Multi-Level Marketing.”  It obviously is not a new concept, but it is obviously still misunderstood, and it is actually expanding rapidly.  The most simple definition is that Network Marketing is but one of a number of ways to move products from manufacturers to consumers; an alternative that is used by most major corporations today.

An alternative to traditional retail advertising and distribution…

In the retail channel, corporations spend $10 to $20 million dollars per advertising campaign – the whole focus being to convince a buying public to … well, buy.  Those dollars are above and beyond what is paid to distributors, truckers, warehouse staff, clerical and administrative support, etc.

Other alternatives are also available to the consumer, in the form of discount warehouse stores, shopping online, and mail order companies; alternatives that don’t come under the same degree of scrutiny that Network Marketing does.  Amazon and Overstock, L.L. Bean and Buy.com… none of them  have difficulty impressing their loyal customers in their attempt to provide quality, selection, delivery and customer service at a higher level.  The question begs to be asked… why does Network Marketing have to pay such a high price to prove its credibility?  Why does the “taint” follow some markets and not others?

Combining many distribution options…

Network Marketing, as a proven business model seeks to do nothing more than combine the best aspects of all distribution options, the highest quality merchandise, the convenience of home delivery, and the time-saving value of allowing – – yes, allowing, the customer the privilege of participating in the sales and distribution process!

Success Magazine even supports Network Marketing as an actual complement to the world’s developing business models and business trends as manufacturers continue to see a way to keep their advertising dollars as close to the actual point of sale as possible.  The one critical point that is often overlooked in this method of distribution is that the passion of an enthusiastic and committed network marketer is huge compared to that of someone in charge of a marketing campaign designed only for dollars in their pocket.  The proof of the power of this method of distribution is seen in the fact that Colgate -Palmolive, Gillette, Jockey International and the Body Shop all have complete Network Marketing departments in their companies.  Not to mention that MCI requested the assistance of Amway in marketing their long distance services through their network – a joint venture that worked so well that after three million subscribers took advantage of the opportunity for lower priced and better distribution – AT&T was forced to invest huge sums of money in a “traditional” marketing campaign that we all know as “We want you back.”

Baby Boomers participate in distribution success…

Where did the idea of MLM go south; where did the negative feedback begin?  It is known that this alternative distribution process – regardless the name it was given – has been responsible for the success of some of the highest quality, innovative products throughout American history:  sewing machines, vacuum cleaners and smoke detectors are but a few well known items.  It doesn’t matter what the product is – the baby boomers are willing to spend money on anti-aging, skin care, natural food supplements, communication technology, and a plethora of other products… and in the process, they too have seen the empowerment – the freedom of lifestyle choices – that come with participating in the distribution process themselves, building a future without sacrificing themselves or their values in the process.

In the quest to work smarter, not harder; to make better choices in creating something of value and integrity – more and more people are seeking their freedom as the search for opportunity, leadership and balance.  More and more are finding all they seek through Network Marketing.

Jan Vitale… supporting Network Marketing – the business model for a troubled economy.

Vital Enterprises, LLC – – where you can always find great tips, tools and resources about nutrition, vital document storage, disaster preparedness, identity theft, network marketing, networking, and travel…


Understanding Insurance Replacement Values

Over the past several years, the sale prices of homes have changed substantially.  In 2006 and 2007 the price of a home skyrocketed to the point that many homes were sold as part of a bidding processes – sometimes as many as 50 plus buyers per home. However, by mid-2008, home prices began to plummet, leaving homeowners confused about the actual value of their homes and harboring questions about their insurance coverage.Every insurance company has a Home Replacement Cost Estimator built into their rating system.

Your home is broken down into separate components (framing, roofing, etc.) and valued at the cost to reconstruct each component, based on current material costs.  Replacement Cost, then, simply reflects the cost to rebuild your home in the event of a total loss.   With continuing economic shifts and natural disasters, that replacement cost data is updated regularly.

Older homes, generally built before 1950 can cost from 25% to 45% more to replace when compared to a newer home.  Older homes usually have solid wood doors throughout the home.  In addition to lathe and plaster walls and ceilings, old home architectural techniquest, custom millwork, antique carving and extensive hardwood floors contribute to increased replacement costs.

It is of Vital importance that you contact your insurance agent on an annual basis to review your dwelling coverage limit and discuss any changes or additions to your home.

Jan Vitale, your Investment Protector

Vital Enterprises,LLC


Justice for All…

For over 35 years, Pre-Paid Legal has proven to be a strong company with a valuable product. Today, it is a fact that as our economy and our nation experiences tough economic times, the need for “Justice for All” is more prevalent than ever before.

The following 10 Vital reasons support why Pre-Paid Legal is no luxury; it is a fundamental product that all of us need right now.

1. You may want to contact your Provider Attorney about severance packages, whether you’ve experienced a job loss or not. As layoffs abound and businesses are desperate to cut-back, ensure your rights are protected by consulting your PPL Provider Attorney about such issues.

2. In tough times don’t be intimidated by scare tactics. Know your rights, if you are being harassed by debt collectors, or any other business or person. If you get a letter containing legal intimidation, or someone threatens legal action, call your Provider Attorney.

3. Big deals may be big rip-offs in a tough economy. If you buy faulty merchandise you could be the victim of a scam. Do you know what your rights are if you get stuck with a lemon? Did you know there are lemon laws that vary from state to state? Your Provider Attorney can let you know what these laws are, and help you outline a course of action.

4. Many face foreclosure in tough times. Even people in dire financial straights can benefit from a Pre-Paid Legal Membership. When times get tough and people need to know what options are available, the Pre-Paid Legal Provider Attorney is there to carefully and considerately walk a member through all the options.

5. Speeding tickets surge in tough economic times. The weakening economy has affected not just individuals, but entire communities as well. In need of money, these places are cracking down on speeders in an effort to generate revenue. Pre-Paid Legal Members can call their Provider Attorney and get advise on any matter, including traffic-related issues

6. The Pre-Paid Legal Membership is ideal for military families. In tough times more and more Americans are finding job stability in the military. With Provider Law Firms covering all 50 States, as soldiers move from one place to another, the membership moves with them. When soldiers ship out overseas, they take with them the “Peace of Mind” in knowing their family is covered by the membership should any legal issues arise.

7. Tough economic times=scammers paradise. Advanced free loans, debt repair, counterfeit checks, mortgage foreclosure “rescue,” are some of the biggest scams going around. Have your Pre-Paid Legal Attorney review your contracts before you sign your name to them. Legal review is a good way to detect potential scams.

8. Tough economic times have seen a surge in legal issues. It is harder to get an Attorney and harder to afford one. There is no struggling to find an available Attorney with the Pre-Paid Legal Membership. Your monthly fee covers all your listed benefits, and you get a 25% discount on anything not otherwise listed.

9. Can you afford the unexpected? With a Pre-Paid Legal Membership, you have a low monthly fee. When you face an emergency, your membership provides trial time, consultation, contact reviews, and more at no additional charge. If an emergency arises and you don’t have membership, you might find yourself doing without due to the high costs of legal counsel.

10. Coverage includes you, your spouse and your children! Wherever you go, whatever issues you encounter in these tough times, you are covered. So is your spouse, and so are your dependent children. Knowing if your teenager gets a speeding ticket, you have a number to call, and with the Legal Shield, if any member of your family is detained by police or involved in a traffic accident and need assistance, your Attorney is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

For more information regarding the Pre-Paid Legal Membership visit my website

Jan Vitale, your Legal Beagle

Vital Enterprises, LLC


And we can thank... Ben!

Why Ben? 

Because Benjamin Franklin was one of the early proponents of mutual insurance. You can read a little more about him in another article, The History of Insurance.  

Why Ben?  Because he was known for his concern for the common man, for protection against the unforeseeable, and was a flourishing writer (we may talk more about his Silence Dogwood letters).  He also believed that knowledge was power, and it is knowledge about a somewhat complex product that I seek to bring you – – and in writing in a Franklin style of common man’s wisdom, convey information that will remove some of that complexity and help you make better choices about the products you select to protect your most valuable assets.

I trust that you will not only become informed, but that you will enjoy the format of each publication.  You can check back about the third week of each month for a new “read.”

Jan Vitale

Vital Enterprises, LLC


Do our Brains Make us Fat?

According to Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, a Prevention advisor and the author of Body for Life for Women there is a reasonable answer to our frustrated question, “WHY isn’t this working?”  Dr. Peeke notes that when we are in a state of stress, whether it is physical or psycholigoical, our brain acts as though we are actually in some kind of danger and instructs our bodies to release protective hormones.

These hormones give us a huge burst of adrenaline to ensure that we can draw on less than ordinary energy so we can fight or flee.   We also get another burst… of  cortisol that tells our bodies to replenish the energy that just flooded our bodies.  Now, we haven’t actually used the calories while in our stress, sending a false message to our bodies that we are hungry!

Being the vicious cycle that it is, our bodies keep pumping us with cortisol as long as we continue to feel the stress.  Do we wisely reach for good food as we are experiencing all this?   Oh, no!  We grab every sweet, salty and  high-fat food available to us.  This is not entirely a bad habit, or even bad personal disciplines.   We crave these items because  they stimulate our brain – trying frantically to protect us by releasing the kind of  chemicals that will reduce the tension in our bodies.

According to Elissa Epel, PhD, a researcher on stress eating of California, San Francisco, our bodies need to remove the stress actually becomes addicting – causing us to reach for those fat enhancers every time we get stressed out., so every time you’re anxious, you reach for fattening foods.

Why Does  Stress Increase Body Fat?

Testosterone is a muscle-building hormone found in our bodies, but when our adrenal glands start pumping out cortisol – to protect us – the amount of testosterone generated diminishes. The unfortunate thing is that over time, the reduction in testosterone also decreases our muscle mass, causing us to burn fewer calories.  This is actually a natural part of aging, but the process is accelerated significantly when the stress/cortisol issue enters the picture.

According to Shawn Talbott, PhD, author of The Cortisol Connection, we can expect the cotisol to actually “encourage” our body to store fats.  This has many dangerous implications because the visceral fat surrounds our vital organs, releases fatty acids into our blood, and raises our cholesterol and insulin levels.   The result of all this nasty activity is that we then become candidates for heart disease and diabetes.

It is obvious, in the rush and hurry, high-demand life we live that removing all stress from our life is not really an option.  It will be beneficial to know, however, that if we work to reduce stress, we can work to better control the cortisol levels, which will help us better manage our weight and provide far-reaching health benefits.

Take good care of your health!

Jan Vitale – – –

The Nutrition Nanny!

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