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10 MLM Home Business Success Tips

Navigating an MLM Business Can Be Tough — Follow These MLM Success TIps
Many people are scared away from network marketing, also known as multi-level marketing (MLM), because of all the myths and misunderstanding about this business type. Part of negativity comes from low MLM success rates. However, a multi-level marketing business isn't destined to any more unsuccessful than any other business. No matter what business you start, you need to build it to be successful.

To enhance your multi-level marketing (MLM) and recruiting efforts within the world of direct selling, consider using these MLM Success tips:

1) Brush Up on the Realities of MLMs
To stay safe from pyramid schemes and MLM scams, arm yourself with knowledge. Learn about the industry as a whole, research MLM companies carefully, and determine if you're a good match with your sponsor. The truth is, while you can get rich in MLM, statistics show that less than one out of 100 MLM representatives actually see MLM success or make any money. However, that's not necessarily the business or MLM industry's fault. Most athletes never make it to the Olympics, but that's not sports or the Olympics' fault. Any great feat requires knowledge and action. 

2) Find a Company With A Product You Love
You can’t sell something or share your business if you don’t genuinely have pride in what you are representing. Do your MLM research and partner with a company that has a product you can get excited about.

Don't forget to look into the company's compensation plan before you join and make sure it is favorable to you.

3) Be Genuine and Ethical
One reason that direct selling gets a bad rap is that many representatives use hype and sometimes deception to lure in new recruits. This leads many to believe that the MLM companies themselves condone this behavior, but in truth, they don't.

Legitimate MLM companies encourage you to be honest in your dealings with customers and potential recruits. If you love your product, your enthusiasm is enough to promote it. Just make sure you're not over-the-top or making exaggerated or false claims. Good business conduct will ensure that your customers and recruits don't feel duped, and as a result, will stick with you. 

4) Don’t Barrage Your Friends and Family
Nothing will annoy your family and cost you friends more than constantly pestering them about your business. There's nothing wrong with letting them know what you're doing and seeing if they have an interest, but if the answer is "no," let it go. Many companies suggest making a list of 100 people you know, and while that's not wrong, you should consider that most successful MLMers have very few people from their original list of 100 people in their business. In most cases, friends and family who are in the business often come AFTER seeing the MLMer's success. Success in MLM comes from treating it like any other business, in which you focus on the people who want what you have to offer.

5) Identify Your Target Market
One of the biggest mistakes new MLMers make is looking at everyone (including friends and family #4) as a potential customer or recruit.

This is one area where the MLM industry gets it wrong. Like any other business, you're going to have greater success and efficiency if you identify your target market and focus your marketing efforts at them. Someone who doesn't care about vitamins or health and wellness isn't a good person to pester about your business. 

6) Make an Effort to Share Your Product//Business Plan Everyday
Many MLM sponsors will have you focus on recruiting new business builders; however, your income, in legitimate MLM, comes from the sales of products or services. Further, customers who love the products or services can be more easily converted into new business builders. Just like any other business (home-based or otherwise), getting the word out about your product or service can benefit your target market is the key to generating new customers and recruits.

Some ideas include sharing a product sample, inviting a neighbor to host a product party, or starting a website or social media account.

7) Sponsor, Don’t Recruit
One of the benefits of MLM is the ability to bring in new business builders and profit from the sales they make in their business. While some see this as "using" others, the reality is that you're being rewarded for helping others succeed. But for them to succeed, you need to see your role not as racking up as many recruits as possible, but in being a leader and trainer. The focus then is on the success of those you help in the business, not on you. That means you need to take time to train them, answer questions, celebrate their successes, and be a support when things are tough. 

8) Set a Goal for Parties or Presentations
MLM is a person-to-person to business. While many people don't like that aspect, especially in the digital age, the reality is that it's the personal touch that sells the products and business, and retains customers and business builders. Based on your compensation plan and goals, determine how many people you need to show your products or business to reach your goals in the time you want. Doing so will ensure you grow your business rather than just sustain it.

7) Listen and Sell the Solution
Many companies provide scripts to help you sell the product or service. While these can be helpful in teaching you about your product and dealing with objections, sales is all about being a solution to what a customer needs. By qualifying your contact first, and then listening to their needs, you can tailor your pitch so that you're the solution to their problem. 

8) Learn How to Market
MLMers often stick to the three-foot rule (everyone within 3-feet of you is a prospect) and other traditional marketing tactics. But direct sales is like any other business. It can and should be marketed in a variety of ways that takes into consideration your target market, what it needs, how you can help it, and where it can be found. To that end, you can use a variety of marketing tools including a website (check your companies policies about websites), email,​ and social media to increase product sales and interest in your business. 

9) Stand Out from Other Distributors
One of the challenges of MLM is convincing prospects to buy or join with you as opposed to the other reps that live in the neighborhood or they know online. You're selling the same stuff as thousands of others, meaning consumers have a choice. So you need to do something that makes you unique compared to everyone else. Give people a reason to choose you over other reps.

While you don't want to pester and annoy people, in many cases, with good follow up, you can make the sale or recruit at a future time. Sales is often about timing, and 'no' in sales doesn't always mean 'never.' If someone tells you no, but there was something in the dialogue that suggested they might be interested in the future, ask if you can put them on your mailing or email list, or if you can call in six months to follow up. Many will give you their email or phone number just because they want to be nice. Even so, use your calendar or contact system to remind you when to call. 

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Eight Egyptian mummies discovered in tomb near Luxor

Ten coffins and eight mummies were found

Eight mummies, colourful coffins and more than 1,000 funerary statues have been found at a tomb near the Valley of the Kings in Luxor in Egypt.
The statues were traditionally placed alongside the dead to help them in the afterlife.
The artefacts are thought to be at least 3,000 years old.
The Valley of the Kings was the main place of burial for pharoahs and noblemen for nearly 500 years, until the 11th Century BC.
The tomb was in the Draa Abul Nagaa necropolis nearby. It belonged to a nobleman who worked as a judge.
BBC History: Mummification
Mummies found floating in sewage
"It was a surprise how much was being displayed inside" the tomb, Egypt's antiquities minister Khaled el-Enany told reporters.
Spokeswoman Nevine el-Aref said there was "evidence and traces that new mummies could be discovered in the future".
The coffins were well-preserved, painted in red, blue, black, green, and yellow.
A statement released by the ministry said the tomb was T-shaped, with "an open court leading into a rectangular hall, a corridor and an inner chamber".
The statues were found inside a nine-metre (30ft) shaft. Another room that was found has not been excavated yet.

Archaeologists displayed the many funeral statues found inside the tomb

The sides of the coffins were intricately decorated

Other ancient artefacts found in the tomb near Luxor included pottery jugs

 

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Man Films Alligator Crossing Path. When He Reviews Footage At Home, He Realizes He Wasn’t Alone

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Put yourself in the following scenario for a moment. Imagine you are on a walk at a nature preserve, and you come across a massive alligator crossing your path. Everyone, including a wildlife photographer, pulls out their camera to document the scene. You’d expect those photos to be once-in-a-lifetime memories, right?

Well, what if there was another stunning memory, waiting to be documented, happening right behind you?

And you had no idea!

Such was the case this past Sunday, April 16, in Lakeland, Florida.

Wildlife photographer Alex Figueroa was on the scene when, at a nature preserve, a gigantic alligator was filmed crossing a path meant for visitors to the park.

Giving the alligator a wide berth, the visitors quickly pulled out their phones to capture the amazing sight.

And save for a few people behind Alex, no one noticed that, just a few feet away, directly behind a couple who was busy filming the original gator, was another big boy passing by!

This has to be a Florida thing!

Alex didn’t even realize what had happened until he was at home later on in the day, reviewing his footage.

While Alex was zoomed in on the original gator, he saw the other one nonchalantly passing by.

The couple had no idea of the massive reptile behind them.

And maybe it’s better that they did, as both gators passed into the water on the other side of the path without incident.

Check out the footage in the video below

https://www.littlethings.com/gator-creeping-up/?utm_source=spring&utm_medium=notifications

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Want to Work From Home? Amazon Is Hiring 5,000 People to Work From Their Kitchens and Living Rooms

Jeff Bezos. CREDIT: Getty Images

These jobs are all about the flexibility and the benefits–including, of course, the ability to work from home.
  
  By Bill Murphy Jr. 
There's nothing like working from home–that is, if you can make it work for you. Prerequisites: an efficient space, a healthy respect for your own time–and, of course, a job.

If it all sounds appealing to you, and you haven't already found your work-from-home nirvana, perhaps Amazon might be the answer. The company recently announced it's planning to hire 5,000 home-based workers to join its customer service teams.

Many of the new jobs will come with benefits, including health insurance, sick and vacation time, and tuition.

Jobs "with benefits"
We'll get to the hourly pay in a minute, but the real value in these jobs is probably in the flexibility and those two little words: "with benefits." Because if you work more than 20 hours a week at Amazon, the company says, you get:

"… life and disability insurance, dental and vision insurance with premiums paid in full by Amazon, and funding toward medical insurance," along with the company's Career Choice program, which "prepays 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a future career at Amazon."

"There are lots of people who want or need a flexible job–whether they're a military spouse, a college student, or a parent–and we're happy to empower these talented people no matter where they happen to live," Tom Weiland, Amazon vice president for worldwide customer service, said in a press release.

In addition to these positions, Amazon says it's hiring another 25,000 part-timers to work onsite this year, and another 100,000 full-timers over the next 18 months.

There's no word on what the home-based jobs pay in the press release, but a separate job listing says the "pay rate nationwide is $10.00 per hour."

And, at least for now, it looks like the part-time hours are limited to nighttime and weekend work, which could make it tough for parents who were hoping to work while their kids are at school, for example.

Also–again at least for now–Amazon is limiting hiring to people who live in 26 of the 50 states. (Sorry Californians and Texans.) You can find the details and the application process here.  http://www.amazondelivers.jobs/about/our-opportunities/#hourly-fulfillment-associates

Nobody is going to get rich working from home for Amazon for $10 an hour, of course, but even though we're technically at full employment in America, that's an economic term–of course there are still people who would like to be working but can't find jobs.

Among them: lots of stay-at-home moms, military spouses, and others who need income but might not have the flexibility to work outside their homes. Here's hoping other companies follow suit, and that these unemployed and underemployed workers might now have a steady, new, workable option.

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Buying a Home This Spring Will Be Hardest in Years

With tight inventory and rising prices and mortgage rates, this season will be the toughest for buyers in a decade
Minneapolis is one metro area seeing a scarce supply of homes for sale and rising prices. Above a Minneapolis agent at a showing with a potential buyer.
Minneapolis is one metro area seeing a scarce supply of homes for sale and rising prices. Above a Minneapolis agent at a showing with a potential buyer. PHOTO: JEFF WHEELER/MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE/ZUMA PRESS
Robin Manthie and her husband have been looking for their first home in Minneapolis since last May. They thought this spring would bring a flood of inventory, making their search easier. But by most measures it is getting tougher.

The inventory of homes for sale in Minneapolis dropped by about 25% in February compared with a year earlier, while the median sale price rose by 7.6% to $223,000, according to the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors. That’s on par with the national median home price of $228,400. The average number of days homes in the area are spending on the market is at a 10-year low of 81 days so far this year.

Ms. Manthie, a 33-year-old consultant, is 41 weeks pregnant, but she and her husband are still trudging to open houses most weekends in search of a four-bedroom home in the $700,000 range—up from $400,000 when they started.

“It’s shocking. The house [two doors down from] my mother-in-law went in three hours,” she said.

This year’s spring selling season promises to be the toughest for buyers in a decade, economists said, as rising prices and mortgage rates combine with inventory near 20-year lows.

“We think that 2017 will be the fastest market” since the peak of the last housing boom in 2006, said Nela Richardson, chief economist at Redfin. So far this year, homes are selling an average of eight days faster than last year.

It isn’t just hot spots like Seattle and Denver that are seeing scarce supplies of homes for sale but also sleepier locales like Minneapolis, Cleveland, Nashville, Tenn., Tampa, Fla., and Louisville, Ky.

These markets typically are enjoying strong job growth with young first-time buyers out looking for homes, but also declining inventories, according to Svenja Gudell, chief economist at Zillow.

Economists had predicted the inventory crunch would ease this year, as several years of solid price gains induced more sellers to put homes on the market and spurred home builders to break ground on more new homes.

Instead, inventory has gotten tighter as demand has increased rapidly and the pickup in construction has lagged behind. Sellers also have become hesitant to put their homes on the market because rising prices and mortgage rates have made it more expensive to trade up.

In December, the number of homes for sale hit the lowest level since the National Association of Realtors began tracking such data in 1999. It has ticked up slightly since, but inventory in February remained 6.4% below a year earlier and about 30% below the long-term average.

What’s more, there is a growing mismatch between an abundance of high-price inventory on the market and increasing demand for starter homes. In Minneapolis, 32% of online searches are for starter homes but 21% of the inventory is in the appropriate price range, according to real-estate tracker Trulia. There is a relative glut of luxury homes, which account for 40% of searches but 58% of the inventory.

Single-family housing starts rose to a 10-year high in February but remain about a third below the 50-year average.

The lack of inventory is pushing up home prices, which grew at the fastest rate since mid-2014 in January, climbing 5.9% compared with a year earlier, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices.

Adding to affordability challenges for buyers, mortgage rates have risen to 4.14% from about 3.5% in November, according to mortgage-company Freddie Mac.

Economists expect strong price growth and soft sales this year because there isn’t enough supply to meet demand. Freddie Mac predicts home sales will decline slightly this year to 5.9 million from 6 million from last year.

“Looking at 2017, we feel pretty good about housing but we don’t think we’re going to match [last year’s] volume,” said Len Kiefer, deputy chief economist at Freddie Mac. “The main reason for that is this tight inventory and that, when many buyers come to the market in the spring, affordability is going to be a real challenge.”

Unlike boom-bust markets such as Las Vegas, Miami and parts of coastal California, Minneapolis has typically been a fairly stable housing market. Investors are fairly rare and the area has long been an affordable place for young families to buy homes.

Home prices have risen 55% since the market bottom in 2012 and hit a new high in 2016, according to the local Realtors association.

Chris Prescott, an agent at Redfin, said he has seen examples of sellers receiving 25 offers, including cash buyers bidding significantly over the listing price.

“I don’t know where these cash buyers are coming from,” he said. “We have not seen a market like this in the Twin Cities in a very long time.”

Katey Bean, a Realtor for Keller Williams Realty in Minneapolis, recently held an open house for a three-bedroom bungalow priced at $265,000 and counted at least 80 attendees.

“You can see in their face, they just look distraught,” she said of the would-be buyers. “You just almost want to hug them.”

Corrections & Amplifications 
Buying a home this spring will be the hardest in years. The headline on an earlier version of this article incorrectly stated it would be the hardest ever. (April 2)

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He Pours Vinegar And Baking Soda Down the Kitchen Sink. Why? I Can’t Believe This Actually Works!

You don’t always need expensive chemicals to clean your home. Especially because harsh chemicals can be damaging to your health and affect the lifespan of your appliances. If you like to save money you should run to the store right now and buy some vinegar.

You can use it for so many different things that you’ll never have to buy cleaning supplies with harsh chemicals ever again! When it comes to cleaning and other tasks around the house, there are not a lot of products that work just as good as vinegar. Most people think that you can only use it in the kitchen while cooking but you can also use it for cleaning. In the video below, we will show you the 10 handiest, easiest and most fun ways to use vinegar in your daily life.

For example – if your drain is clogged you can pour some vinegar mixed with baking soda down your sink and you’ll clog will disappear in an instant! It really works perfectly if you don’t feel like buying all those expensive cleaning supplies! This and 9 other handy tips and tricks will be explained in the video below. Just think about how much money you will save if you switch from cleaning supplies to vinegar instead?! In the beginning we didn’t really know what to think after we saw this video. But after trying them, everyone here will never buy those expensive cleaning supplies every again!

 This way we can make each other’s lives easier and most importantly, cheaper.

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CHICKEN CACCIATORE

Easy to make and loved by the entire family…..cacciatore aromas fill your kitchen — no — your whole house…..with comfort and warmth as it looks after itself on the stove or in the oven! 

Cacciatore means hunter in Italian, and alla cacciatora translates to a  ‘hunter-style’ meal with chicken (or rabbit), onions, tomatoes, herbs, vegetables, and usually wine or vinegar. This is one of those recipes I found years ago in an old, tattered Italian cookbook, and every time I’d remake it through the years, I’d change something or adjust the cooking, which eventually brought me to this recipe. One I love and make time and time again.

Keep it low carb and serve over cauliflower rice or vegetables. OR carb load it with pasta or rice! If there are any leftovers, the flavours are even better the next day! Or you can freeze it for another night.

CHICKEN CACCIATORE

Slow cooked Chicken Cacciatore, with chicken falling off the bone in a rich and rustic sauce is simple Italian comfort food at its best.
Author: Karina – Cafe Delites
Serves: 6
INGREDIENTS
6 skinless chicken thighs, bone-in
Salt and pepper to season
2 tablespoons olive oil (more if needed )
2 tablespoons minced garlic (or 8 cloves)
1 medium onion, diced
1 small yellow pepper (capsicum), diced
1 small red pepper (capsicum), diced medium
1 large carrot, peeled and sliced
10 oz | 300g mushrooms, sliced
½ cup pitted black olives
8 sprigs of thyme
2 tablespoons each freshly chopped parsley and basil, plus more to garnish
1 teaspoon dried oregano
150 ml red wine
2x 14 oz | 410g cans crushed tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
7 oz | 200g mini Roma tomatoes, halved
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
INSTRUCTIONS

Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a heavy cast iron skillet, drizzled with olive oil.
Add the garlic and fry until fragrant (about 30 seconds). Add the onion, peppers, carrot, mushrooms and the herbs; sauté for 5 minutes until the onion is transparent and the vegetables are beginning to soften.
Add the chicken and sear on both sides until deep golden brown on both sides. (Occasionally mix the vegetables around the chicken in the pan so they don't stick).
Pour in the wine and allow it to simmer and reduce down (about 5-6 minutes).
Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, Roma tomatoes and chill flakes. Season with salt and pepper to your tastes. Continue to cook over stove top OR in the oven following the instructions below.
FOR STOVE TOP:
Mix all of the ingredients together; cover with lid, reduce heat and allow to simmer (while stirring occasionally) for 30-40 minutes or until the meat is falling off the bone. Add in the olives, allow to simmer for a further 10 minutes. Garnish with parsley and serve immediately.
FOR THE OVEN:
Transfer the covered skillet to a preheated oven at 375°F | 190°C and cook for 50 minutes. Remove the lid and cook for an additional 20 minutes until the chicken is tender and falling off the bone, and the sauce has reduced down.
FOR THE SLOW COOKER, USE THIS RECIPE: http://cafedelites.com/2016/11/08/slow-cooker-chicken-cacciatore/
NOTES
If the sauce is too thin for your liking, add 2 tablespoons of tomato paste while it's simmering to thicken.
TO MAKE AHEAD:
This chicken cacciatore can be made up to 1 day ahead, cooled, covered and refrigerated. Rewarm over low-medium heat. 
TO FREEZE:
Transfer the cooled cacciatore into an air tight container and transfer to the freezer. The day of serving, thaw it out in the morning and bring to room temperature. Transfer to a skillet / pan and reheat over low-medium heat until warmed through.

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NAIL HOUSE PHENOMENON

Nail house is a building whose owner refuses to accept compensation from a property developer for its demolition, either for the love of the home, or because they want to 'hold out' for increased compensation.
Below is the famous nail house in China where the road was built around the house, leaving it as an island in a river of new asphalt. The house was finally demolished after its elderly owners agreed to accept compensation. 

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