Gratitude in a Crisis

Gratitude in a Crisis

Saying things are uncertain at the moment is a bit of an understatement, We have record unemployment, stay-at-home orders, and kids aren’t able to go to school.  Covid-19 has brought an unprecedented situation and it’s distressing on multiple levels.

One of the things I have been grateful for over these bizarre few weeks is that I have a dependable work-from-home income thanks to Mummies on a Mission.  When I began this company, I did it so I could have flexibility, work with my friends, and be there for my kids. I never envisioned that it would make the financial difference for my family in a global pandemic.

But, here we are.  So many people are unsure of how they will pay their bills as bricks and mortar businesses shut their doors around the globe.  The importance of having diversity in your income stream, a side business, or a way to earn money online is now absolutely clear.

There are multitude of ways to have an income through online franchises, companies, and jobs.  I love what I do because Mummies on a Mission is built as a supportive community, and that’s something I really value during times like these. Seeing the love and care our ambassadors are showing each other, and their clients, has been such a ray of sunshine in an otherwise dark time.

And from a financial perspective, the fact we work in the health sphere, building our clients’ immune systems, means we have a real place in the market at the moment. And we’re an essential business with zero face-to-face contact needed. This means what we do is safe for our ambassadors, and for our clients. 

I highly recommend researching an online opportunity that is right for you and your passions.  You can check out this story on how to assess what might be a good fit (and not a scam!). Here at Mummies on a Mission, we’re also happy to answer any of your questions on how becoming part of our family might work for yours.  

From everyone at Mummies on a Mission, we wish you health and peace during this difficult time.  We will get through this, together.

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Do Work-at-home Careers Really Work?

Do Work-at-home Careers Really Work?

There comes a time in many mums’ lives when working from home becomes the answer to a host of problems.  You could be a stay at home mum who needs to contribute to the finances, or a single mum who needs to support her family, a mum with a full time job who wants to spend more time at home, or just someone who needs to make more friends or have real adult conversations.  Whatever your reasons, working from home can provide a regular source of income, the chance to form relationships, and allows you to put your family first.

But how do you sift through the incredible array of choices to find a career that actually works for you? One option to consider is network marketing.  

Why Network Marketing?

This style of business has been around for a while, but now that the world has opened up thanks to social media, it’s really coming into its own.  The ease and flexibility of operation, low start-up costs, and chance to be your own boss has made this industry’s popularity explode in recent years.  

Twenty years ago, these businesses involved giving presentations at the local Holiday Inn, or party planning, or some other annoying in-your-face scheme. Today, with the right business, you can have a successful and lucrative career just by working on your phone in your pj’s.  

Most network marketing opportunities involve the purchase of a franchise for a low fee ($200 or less) and then the new business owner utilises their contacts and/or social media opportunities to share the product or service offered.  These businesses may also involve purchasing products, or inventory, and having others join you in becoming franchisees.

How to tell an awesome career from a serious scam

There have been many business scandals that have hit the news, everything from the fall of global investment firms to fast food chains.  The Network Marketing industry has seen a few shady companies come and go too, so it’s important to avoid getting sucked into something dodgy and find a real career with real opportunities for a regular income. There are lots of dynamic and ethical network marketing companies out there, so use the checklist below to find a career that’s right for you.

A good rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB)

It’s important to get an independent review of any company you choose to work with.  Equally as important is that the review comes from a truly impartial source – not just a random blog or Wikipedia article. The BBB is a non-profit corporation that gives rankings to businesses and essentially keeps and eye on scams and other dodgy behaviour.  Use their search engine to see if the company you’re considering has at least an A rating: https://www.bbb.org/

Franchise Fee Benefits

What do you recieve for your franchise fee?  A competitive business should offer a lot for your money.  Ask the following questions so you don’t end up having to spend hundreds of dollars on a website or on credit card systems:

  • Will I have to handle money/keep it in my account, or is there a system in place so the Head Office deals with transactions for me?
  • Will I receive a company website, or will I have to create my own?
  • Is there a back-end site where I can manage my customers/clients and check on my progress etc.?
  • Are there marketing materials provided, or do I need to create my own?
  • Is there a Head Office in my country that I can contact for any issues I have?

Support and Training

That brings me to the next (and extremely important) point.  One of the reasons network marketing has been very successful is that most companies offer free training so you can succeed in your career.  

Check into what training is provided by the company you’re considering – will they train you in the basics of the product/service and that’s all? Or is there training on every aspect of the business, from products, to marketing, to self-development?  Do you have a one-on-one coach for the life of your business (you should), or are you left to go it alone after your first promotion?

A culture of inclusivity is also very important in a successful company. When you’re chatting to a representative ask questions about how the team functions: do you really form a relationship with your coach, or are you just a number on a spreadsheet?  If you discover there’s a structure in place with lots of support and regular live trainings you should be good to go.

Customer-to-franchisee ratio

One way to spot a classy company from a bad biz opportunity is the focus on customers. Any company that ONLY provides profit based on how many new franchisees you can attract is dodgy.  So, if you see a compensation plan where you can’t make money on just customers, then RUN AWAY! Instead, look for a company that has MORE customers than franchisees (some network marketing companies have customer-to-franchisee ratios as high as 80%).  The best companies will pay you on your customers AND your team.

The quality of the product

If you are looking at a business that sells a product, check to see that there are independent studies/testing done on those products.  That way you’ll know that they are legitimate AND that any potential customer can be reassured by reading the results.

Also ask tough questions about the product you’ll be marketing.  Is this something people actually want or need? Is it something you can just buy in a store? How long do customers stay with the company: do they just try once and abandon it, or are there customers who’ll be with you for life?

Longevity

There’s nothing wrong with getting in on the ground level of a new business, but if you want more security then look for a company with a proven track record.  Ask questions about how long the company has been in business for, if they are in debt, and if their products/services have stood the test of time.

Investment-risk ratio

If you want the lowest risk for your money you also need to consider what ongoing costs are involved in your new career.  Do you need to buy products and then resell them to customers? If so, are there guarantees that you won’t lose money? As the answer to that is usually ‘No’, it’s often safer to avoid businesses where you need to spend money to build up inventory.  Instead look for a company where the only products you buy are the ones you’ll use yourself.

Family-friendly culture

Most mums choose the network marketing industry because it allows them to spend more time with their kids than a traditional job would allow.  So ask questions about how your potential network marketing career will work around your family.

What are the time commitments? Can you do it around your kids and/or another job? Do you need a room in your house to store inventory? Are trainings recorded so you can watch during nap-times etc.?  Also see if you can speak to your potential coach and ask if they understand your situation – do they knows what it’s like to juggle work and kids?

Whatever company you choose, select one where you know the company cares about its franchisees. Where a culture of support, fun, and friendship is fostered.  You should be PROUD of what you do, so ask about why this company is great to represent.

Network marketing is unique in that it allows women to be in charge of their own careers, work in a truly encouraging environment, and make money at the same time. Find one that will provide that all that for you.

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Time to prepare 10 minutes

Cook for 10 minutes.

Makes  6 – 8 cookies

 

Ingredients:

    • 1 cup organic peanut butter
    • 1 cup organic coconut sugar
    • 1 teaspoon 100% maple syrup
    • 1 – 2 organic eggs (depending on how moist you want them to be)
  • Optional add cacao nib or dark chocolate chips or dark chocolate chunks

Directions:

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Old-Fashioned Rice Pudding

Total Time Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1 hour Makes 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 7 cups coconut milk
  • 1 cup uncooked organic long grain rice
  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pink himalayan sea salt
  • 1 cup organic dried fruit of your choice (we love dried cherries, but grandma was a stickler for sultanas)
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional tsp ground cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
  • Optional, ½ cup of dark chocolate chunks or cacao nibs

Method

  • Preheat oven to 325°.
  • Place the first four ingredients in a large saucepan; bring to a boil over a medium heat, stirring constantly.
  • Transfer to a greased 1-1/2-qt. baking dish.
  • Bake, covered, 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
  • Stir in raisins and vanilla; bake, covered, until rice is tender, about 15 minutes. If desired, sprinkle with cinnamon.
  • Serve warm or refrigerate and serve cold.

Tips :

If you want to up the decadence pop in an organic egg yolk or two.  You’ll end up with an even creamier pudding. But scrambling eggs can be an issue, so  remove a small amount of the hot mixture and whisk it into the yolk, then add all of it back into the dish. And to ensure the yolk is completely cooked, make sure the pudding has reached 160 degrees.

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Nanna D’s Old-Fashioned Maple Baked Apples

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Total Time Prep: 10 min. Bake: 35 min. Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

    • 4 medium granny smith or honey crisp apples
    • 1/2 cup dried organic cranberries, dried tart cherries, or sultanas
    • 1 1/3 cups water
    • 1/2 cup packed organic coconut sugar
    • 2 tablespoon 100% maple syrup
  • Optional ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Optional ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • Optional – 2 teaspoons chopped walnuts or pecans
  • Optional – Vanilla nice-cream or coconut cream

Method

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Vanilla nice-cream-

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • Flesh of 2 young coconuts- or use 2 packets of frozen flesh for convenience*
  • 1 tsp coconut oil- this will help emulsify and give a creamy finish
  • 1-2 tbsp maple syrup- to your taste
  • 1 juicy fat plump vanilla pod- scrape out and use the seeds
  • Splash of milk alternative – coco quench has no nasty additives. Use as much as you need for a creamy consistency, start with 1/4 cup.

Blend all ingredients in a high power blender until super smooth and creamy, adding a dash of the milk at a time to reach a thick custard consistency. Pour into moulds and set in freezer. P.S. We got our moulds on eBay.

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