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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Coffee… you either love it or hate it!  I know of friends who were not allowed to drink coffee as a kid – because her parents believed it stunted growth.  Is this fact or fallacy?  What you can pretty much count on is that from time to time – new studies and new technology will invalidate previous beliefs – and create new ones.  How about a few…

Coffee Consumption Statistics

The National Coffee Association and The Specialty Coffee Association of America conduct annual surveys regarding coffee consumption each year. The gathered data below can be extremely beneficial to anyone wishing to start a business or just have an insight on coffee consumption.

Results of Gathered Data:

  • Nearly 52% of Americans over 18 years of age drink coffee every day.
  • This represents over 100 million daily drinkers.
  • 30 million American adults drink specialty coffee beverages daily; which include a mocha, latte, espresso, café mocha, cappuccino, frozen/iced coffee beverages, etc.

Average Beverage Price:

  • The average price for an espresso based drink is $2.45
  • The average price for brewed coffee is $1.38.

Coffee Cup Consumption per Day:

  • Men drink as much coffee as women; each consuming an average of 1.6 cups per day.
  • Women seem to be more concerned about the price than men.
  • Among coffee drinkers, the average consumption in the United States is 3.2 cups of coffee per day.

Average Cup Size:

  • The average coffee cup size is 9 ounces.
  • 30% of the population drinks coffee occasionally.

Time of day:

  • 65% of all coffee is consumed during breakfast hours
  • 30% between meals
  • 5% with other meals

Preferences:

  • 35% of coffee drinkers prefer black coffee
  • 60% prefer to add sugar and/or cream

Motivations:

  • Women indicated that drinking coffee is a good way to relax.
  • Men indicated that coffee helps them get the job done.

Miscellaneous:

  • The United States imports in excess of $4 Billion worth of coffee per year.
  • Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee per day making the United States the leading consumer of coffee in the world.
  • On an average, 250 Cups of espresso and coffee drinks are sold per day at almost any espresso drive-thru business with a great visible location. (500 cups per day is extraordinary.)
  • Independent coffee shops manage to sell 31% of espresso-based drinks, while the rest is brewed coffee.

There you have it – as a nation we consume more coffee than probably anyone could possibly imagine!  Is coffee your “thing?”  If so, you will want to check out a great gourmet coffee that has been combined with an amazing natural ingredient to create a great-tasting beverage that offers a cleaner, more sustained energy, as well as revitalization for your entire body.
We fittingly call it — Café 2.0!

Jan Vitale,

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…



If you are new to travel, this handy Glossary will become your best friend!  The best consumer is the informed one.  If your online search reflects terms that you are not familiar with, return to the Glossary and clarify what you may be dealing with.

Add-on – A selection, typically at an increased price, added to a travel reservation.

Adjoining rooms– Bordering hotel rooms that do not share a common door.

Advance purchase requirement – Ticket must be purchased a minimum number of days before the flight departs.

ARC – The Airlines Reporting Corporation – is responsible for supervising payments from travel agencies to airlines along with the manner in which tickets are issued to consumers.

Airport access fee – A fee paid to the airport authority by car rental companies for the use of shuttle vehicles.  This often appears in customer’s car rental bills.

Availability – The total number of seats allowed to be sold at a particular rate.


Base fare – The cost of an airfare prior to addition of fees, taxes or surcharges.

Blackout dates – Specific dates in which special fares or promotions do not apply.  Typically exist around holidays or special events.

Blocked space – Seats reserved to be sold to third party companies at a discounted group rate.

Boarding pass – A ticket issued at airport check-in that authorizes airplane boarding.

Bulk contract – An agreement whereby an airline sells large blocks of seats at a discount for resale by a third party.

Bulk fare – A reduced fare for purchases of a large number of tickets.

Business class– While amenities vary based on the airline, business class generally falls between first class and coach.


Cancellation penalty – A fee to charged to customers that cancel flights after booking reservations.  Fees typically vary based on the agency or carrier.

Commission– A small fee that a travel agency or services adds to the total fee in order to make money.

Consolidator – A business that has contracts with airlines to sell tickets in bulk, generally at a discounted rate.

Corporate agency – A travel agency that usually caters to medium-large sized businesses.


Domestic fare – An additional fare added to national flights.


Electronic ticket – A paperless ticket that allows travelers to fly with only a photo ID.  Commonly referred to as “E-ticket’s”, they cannot be lost or stolen because it is an electronic reservation.

Exclusive fare– Discounted airfares offered by travel consolidators.


Fare basis (code) – The code that determines the price of an airline ticket.

First class – The class which offers the most premium service.  Enhanced seating, meal selection, and drink offerings staples of this services.


Global distribution system (GDS) – An international computer reservation system that accesses many databases of suppliers, airlines, etc. in different countries, such as Sabre.


Hub – A city in which an airline has a major presence.  Often, it is the city in which the airline was formed.


IATAN – International Airlines Travel Agent Network – Administers the IATAN card, the only widely accepted form of legitimate travel agent identification.

Interline connection – A trip with a connection flight from a different airline.


Land arrangements – All non-flying reservations upon arrival such as car rental, hotel, and tourist reservations.

Layover – The period of time spent between connecting flights.

LDW – loss damage waiver – Supplementary car rental insurance that covers theft, vandalism, and accident damage.

Leisure travel – Usually signifies traveling for relaxation, vacation, or to visit friends/family.

Limited service hotel – A hotel without a restaurant on the premises.

Lowest available fare – The most inexpensive flight currently available


Maximum stay – The longest period of time a traveler can stay at a particular destination and still qualify for the promotion or discounted fare.

Minimum connect time – The shortest time required in order to successfully transfer to a connecting flight.  It is recommended to select a connecting flight that exceeds the minimum connection time.

Modified American plan (MAP) – Meal plan that includes two daily meals, usually breakfast and dinner


Net fare, net rate– Implies the commission has already been added to the price of the fare.

No show – A traveler that doesn’t appear for their flight, hotel, or car rental reservation.

Non-refundable– A ticket in which no money will be returned if the customer no longer intends to use the ticket.

Non-transferable – A ticket that can only be used by the person who was originally scheduled to fly at the time of purchase.

Nonstop – A flight that travels directly to its destination without connections or layovers


Occupancy rate – The proportion of reservations expected during any given period.

Offline connection – A connection that requires switching to both a new aircraft and carrier.

Off-peak – A less expensive time to travel as result of lower consumer volume during these periods.

Operator – Any company that provides any transportation service.  Not just limited to flights, it also includes trains, buses, and cruise ships.

Overbooking – When a carrier books more reservations than available seats


Passenger facility charge (PFC) – an additional fee for the use of the airport.

Passenger name record (PNR) – The official name of one’s reservation in a computer reservation system (CRS).

Personal effects coverage – Additional car rental insurance covering loss of personal property from the rented vehicle.

Point-to-point – Refers to the fares between two cities.

Published fare – A fare immediately offered for purchase by the airline.  This does not include heavily discounted flights usually offered to consolidaters.


Rack rate – The price of a hotel prior to discount.

Reconfirm – to double-check a reservation.

Record locator – The number assigned to a reservation in the airlines number.  This number is unique, as it will never be assigned again.

Red-eye flight – A flight in which the travel takes place between the hours of 9pm and 7am.

Reissue – When a new ticket is issued as a result of a change of plans.  This can often require fees or penalties from the airport.

Round trip – Two flights: the destination flight and its return trip


Sabre ® – The world’s largest travel reservation system.

Saturday night stay – In order to receive a specialty fare, a Saturday stay over is sometimes required.

Scheduled carrier – An airline that offers regularly scheduled flights between destinations.

Special fare – Any fare that deviates from normal pricing (typically discounted).

Shoulder season – The period of time between busy and quiet seasons in which prices are typically at a midpoint.

Suite – A hotel room that usually offers a living room and kitchenette in addition to the bedroom.

Supplier – A company that offer travel services to the general public


Through passenger – A passenger who remains on the plane at a connecting stop on the way to his/her final destination.

Ticket stock – Blank airline tickets.

Travel agent-. An individual or company that sell travel services on a commission basis.

Travel agency– Usually used in the travel industry to refer to an ARC-appointed storefront retailer.


Unlimited mileage – Signifies there are no mileage restrictions for renters.

Unrestricted fare – An airfare with no limitations.  It is typically refundable and has no blackout days


Waiver – A written acknowledgment that a passenger has declined something

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