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Having it All to Giving it All - and Back Again

Aug 17, 2007
I know you're busy, but indulge me for a minute and think back to your past. Think about the journey to where you are now. If you are like most professional women you entered your career with promises of professional fulfillment that would be rivaled only by your eventual success as a wife and mother. You were seduced by promises of "having it all." You were filled with hope, enthusiasm, and positive energy.

Flash forward to where you are today.

If you are like more than half of all Americans, you are unsatisfied with your job. And not only are you unsatisfied with your job, you find that your career is more often than not, interfering with the rest of your life. You find yourself more often than not trying to play catch-up as opposed to being in control of your future. You don't feel like you have it all. You feel like you're giving it all.

Giving it all to a business that doesn't deserve your constant efforts. Giving it all to an employer that doesn't appreciate or reward you. At the same time, you and your family's financial security is largely dependent upon you staying with your current career. And the need for job security means that your options for change are limited, at best.

In the end, your life today is not about your choices, but about what you "have" to do or "must do." Essentially, you're stuck in a rut in which "having it all" isn't all that it was promised.

Pretty depressing, huh? But there are options.

One of the best options available is starting a network marketing business from home.

I know. This sounds like a ridiculous idea. Starting a business takes money and time and even if you have money, time is a luxury you don't have. I thought that also when I started my network marketing business. But when I did my research, I learned that there were several advantages to starting my own home-based network marketing business.

Before we discuss the advantages, let's talk about what network marketing is and what it is not.

Network marketing is based upon distributing legitimate products directly to a network of people (as opposed to the traditional retail system of marketing). Network marketing is not a pyramid scheme. In a pyramid scheme, people invest money based upon the promise that they will make money when other people put money into the "business". Often, no product is distributed or is even involved. Network marketing is different because unless product is sold, no money is earned by anyone.

Why is network marketing through a home-based business an option for professional women who want to take back the control in their lives? Here are some advantages:

1. Minimal investment. As compared to starting most businesses, starting your own home-based network marketing business requires little initial financial investment. However despite the small initial investment, the potential for high returns is great.
2. Part-Time. Starting and running a home-based network marketing business can be done in as little as 10 hours per week. Thus, you can build this business while remaining in your full time career until such time as your network marketing income exceeds that of your full time career.
3. Tax Benefits. Not terribly exciting, but the potential tax deductions (check with your accountant) associated with a home-based business can make a real difference in your yearly tax bill.
4. Social Interaction. In a network marketing business, you can decide who you work with. And in doing so, you can build new relationships and more fully enjoy those you already have.
5. Freedom, flexibility & control. The freedom to choose what you do, when you work, and how you do it. The flexibility to develop a work schedule to fit your lifestyle. The control over your future.

Without question, the last advantage is probably the biggest. Running your own business provides you with a level of control that you simply cannot find when you work for someone else or a large corporation. The control of running your won business prevents you from being dependent on a third-party and allows you to be dependent on the only person that you can truly count on: yourself.

Control over your own life equates to having it all. It's what I wanted in the first place when I bought into the promise of "having it all."

Of course, having your own business doesn't automatically equal success. There will be hard work, long hours, and problems along the way. And if you start your own business part time, you will also be running this business while maintaining your full time position and meeting all of your home and family commitments. You will be busier than you ever have been. But the rewards, not just the reward that come with success, are worth it. The reward of control over your own life and the potential to "have it all" are the greatest rewards you will gain from starting your own business.

A real-world story illustrates my point.

I have a close friend who has recently left her full-time job to run her own business with a partner. When I checked in to see how they were doing, she told me candidly that although she was busier than she ever had been and at times was not sure where her next paycheck would be coming from, she found that she was more at peace than she ever had been in the corporate world. The ability to control her future and driver her own success is worth more to her than the job security she had in the corporate world.

Don't you deserve the kind of peace that comes from controlling your own life? Isn't it time that you went from "giving it all" to "having it all"?
About the Author
Suzanne Don de'Ville is a successful professional, wife, and mother. She also runs her own home-based network marketing business part-time. To learn how you can become successful in your own business, click here.
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