New WWDB Diamonds

Wow, what a hot summer it’s been up here in BC. Summer has hit us pretty hard with what feels like half of our province burning down with a lot of wildfires throughout. It looks like its slowly being brought under control though, which is good. Hopefully we’ll be getting a little more rain or damp weather. Now that’s funny. A BC guy looking forward to some rain!

Anyhow, a few posts back I had mentioned Trevor and Lexi Baker were in Diamond Qualification. Well, I just wanted to take a few quick minutes to share that from what I’ve heard a few months ago (yeah I’m not very on point with these “updates”)is that they’ve made it! Another new Diamond couple to get their names on the WWDB trophy. That’s also the 3rd year in a row now that new Diamonds have been celebrated within World Wide.

The cool thing is that they went out and did it themselves. It is very possible for Diamondships to be integrated with the business’ of their children or family members. I’m not a very good source on how that works as I’m not in a position to be doing that but World Wide has a few examples of this where a second generation has built a business to the Ruby or Emerald level and then they integrate as Diamonds with their parents.

Normally these people would need to show they can have the ability to create their own organization before their parents integrate their business’ together so they can then be considered ‘integrated Diamonds’. That’s what I’ve seen anyhow.

Well, in Trevor and Lexi’s situation, Glen and Joya haven’t integrated their Diamondship. At least there’s been no mention of that at all – which means, they went Diamond with their own team of 6 Platinum legs and however many non-platinum legs outside of that.

From some of the Kate’s and audio’s I’ve heard, both the organizations of Glen and Joya as well as Trevor and Lexi have really taken ownership of their version of an education and qualification process to help new people learn about this opportunity properly before they even launch.

That’s why I’ve been excited to be a part of World Wide this second time around. When I was taken through a process before I even was allowed to get started, I was able to really learn about this thing before I jumped in. More importantly, I was able to build that friendship and trust with my coaches so that I knew what their side of the partnership looked like and what mine was. Sure, I was friends with my coach for many years but before I had gotten back in the business, but I had already quit on him once before and it had been a few years since we had chatted last before he showed me his retirement day.

Building a trust ahead of time is so imperative for both parties because it starts a foundation for a partnership. Without any trust or friendship, a partnership can’t be built and without a partnership, you have no way of knowing how your upline will help you or what their commitment to you is. You also, don’t know what you’re committing to, yourself. And without that, you won’t be able to form a work habit to be able to start succeeding.

It all starts with a foundation. And that foundation for many business owners, at least many of those who are mentored through World Wide, come with a 3 – 6 week education process where you can learn about the opportunity. More importantly than that, though, is the opportunity to learn about your potential sponsors. Who are they really? What are they committing to do to help you? What can you expect from them? Do you like them and the people they are mentored by? That’s where the real opportunity lies. In the people and the relationships that are built. The opportunity is not necessarily to join Amway. Anyone can do that any time they want. It’s having a mentor, a coach, and a friend who is committed to you to help you that can help you succeed.

Its the same in any business or venture in life. People who have succeeded in any arena have had people in their corner cheering them on, providing perspective and giving advice and/or coaching to help them move on in their craft. It could be in the sporting world, business fields, performers etc. You hear it all the time from people who have succeeded in any arena. They give thanks to so many people and are the first to say that.

This is why I always end most of my posts stating that it is imperative that if someone is trying to show you a non-traditional business opportunity, be sure to educate yourself on the business by going through a 3 – 6 week process. But more importantly, go through that process to educate yourself on your potential upline. Get to know them and build a trust with them. Your process should take anywhere from 3 – 6 weeks to really learn about this properly. You could get a blitzkrieg course on Amway and learn all the details in one sitting but if you do, you’ll miss out on the most important details of all. Who is helping you? Who is coaching you? Who is giving you advice; and what results do they have to be offering said advice? If they do not have results you can respect yet, who is coaching them and can you get to know them? Are they consistant? Do they follow through on what they say they will do? This takes time to learn. And it is far more important than any details on PV and BV you’ll learn from a business overview.

This is ultimately a people business. Go through the process to learn about the asset (Amway) but make sure you take the time to evaluate the people. Because they will be evaluating you as well. Are you trustworthy? Are you consistant? Are you going to be worth the time they will be committing to you? They want to build a trust and friendship with you as well. It’s a two way street. And a hype up, sign up situation will never offer anything like that. Which is why if you get “prospected” for a non-traditional opportunity and they’re just trying to sign you up and don’t have a process to go through for a few weeks. Walk Away. Run, in fact. You’d end up better for it in that scenario.

Happy Summer!

– C

Another WWDB Diamond Couple Pending

Its exciting to learn about another WWDB couple entering their Diamond Qualification. As of now, they’re probably in month 2 of 6 but wherever they’re at in their qualification run, new potential diamonds are always exciting to learn about. Trevor and Lexi Baker in the California Market are the newest WWDB team to hit the mark after Ty and Vanessa Crandell hit Diamond this past half year.

To hit Diamond, a lot of people need to be making money in that organization or else it wouldn’t grow the way it has. Couple that with solid mentorship and coaching and you get this awesome couple. A big congratulations go out to them as they continue in their qualifying run.

Best Wishes

– C

Free Enterprise Aftermath

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Well, the F.E.D. swings are complete ending in Edmonton, AB this past weekend. It was a historical weekend as over 4,500 people sold out the first ever Free Enterprise Days hosted in a Canadian City. Historically, all F.E.D.’s have been located state side which led to some long road trips for the Canadian business builders. However, with the mentorship, guidance, example and growth set originally by David and Carolyn Payn, Mike and Brandi Wagner, and, of course our good friends and upline – a wave of leadership blew the doors off of the Edmonton Expo Centre this past weekend.

It was clear that the largest room in the whole centre won’t be able to hold the next major function next year and we’re moving onwards and upwards. Jeff Johnson who works for Amway did a talk as a voice for the Amway Corporation in Canada and told us that as little as a few years ago, W.W.D.B. IBO’s amounted to only 12% of the Canadian Amway market. Now that has jumped up to 35% and is climbing. And those numbers are coming directly from the servicing corporation. That’s a huge jump!

For the second year in a row, new Diamonds were celebrated as they walked the long red carpet, received their championship ring and placed their name on the W.W.D.B. Diamond trophy.

Ty and Vanessa Crandell were celebrated for their achievements and after watching and hearing them speak Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, it was no surprise that they were a diamond couple. All heart and fire, their team have in them an awesome example of work ethic and integrity.

As a surprise, long time Amway Diamonds, Leif and Bonnie Johnson were recognized as W.W.D.B. Diamonds – back under the W.W.D.B. banner after a long hiatus. While I am not familiar on the situation or the details, the Johnson’s are one of Ron and Georgia Lee Puyear’s Diamond Legs. So that was a cool surprise to hear of their experiences and story over their long storied IBO-ship.

Looking back on the weekend, there is also a solemnity that hangs over the memory of this function due to the unfortunate murder of one of our Canadian Soldiers in Ottawa. And only just a few days earlier in Edmonton we were celebrating our Armed Forces for their sacrifices in the past, the present and the future for allowing regular joe’s like us, the opportunity to live how we want, choose how we want, pray how we want, work how we want and love how we want. We celebrated them and honored them, as does every Free Enterprise function in the U.S. as well. And only days later, a grim reminder of the cost of our freedoms that we enjoy here in North America played out at the War Memorial in Ottawa.

F.E.D. had not only an excitement but some excellent speakers and teaching. New Rubies, Sapphires and Emeralds continue to grow to bring more people to higher levels of success and Founder’s Rubies, Sapphires and Emeralds continue to share new wisdom learned through their experiences. Lastly the Diamond speakers and above provided wisdom, heart, comedy and education based on their experiences and knowledge.

Aside from the multitude of Platinumships, Rubyships, Sapphireships and Emeraldships the Diamondships represented as speakers were from across World Wide: Integrated Diamonds – Ryder & Nicole Erickson, Integrated Diamonds David and Jaimee Felber, Diamonds – Norm & Pam Kizirian, Diamonds Leif & Bonnie Johnson, Diamonds Ty & Vanessa Crandell, Diamonds – Bob & Shelly Kummer, Founders Diamonds – Glen & Joya Baker, Our upline Diamonds, Founders Diamonds Tracy & Kimberly Eaton, Executive Diamonds Dan & Sandy Yuen, Double Diamond Leslie Wolgamott, Triple Diamonds Greg & Laurie Duncan, Crowns Brad & Julie Duncan, Crown Ambassadors Wonbo & Joyce Shim and Founders Crown Ambassador – Leonard Kim.

And that’s just Diamondships and above. Aside from that were two Emerald couples (one new, the other as Founders Emerald) and six new Double Eagle Ruby couples. Founders Double Eagle Ruby and existing Ruby’s, Sapphire’s and Emeralds didn’t get any stage time which easily could have been packed with many more impactful leaders.

Considering the cost of any other training convention out there – a $125.00 ticket goes a heck of a long way ESPECIALLY when you consider the fact that you can directly apply the teachings to a vehicle that you can access without going into debt to access.

Below are some quotes and lines that I found impacted me. There were many, many more, but everyone is impacted differently from what is said or shared. Ultimately, the opportunity is mentorship. It just happens to come with an asset that can be built on the side to create financial freedom, if a person chooses to work. Like anything in life, however, if you are being shown an opportunity that is Non-Traditional – like this or a Network Marketing opportunity – make sure you are taken through a 4 – 6 week education process.

The process may vary from person to person, or couple to couple – but there should be one. Starting first and foremost with building a bit of a friendship and a trust – on both sides! Over the course of the weeks make sure you ask questions and get answers – that way you will be able to make a solid choice based on information as opposed to making a choice based on emotion and random opinions from people who have no experience or knowledge of what you’re looking at. Anonymous internet blogs and forums are the worst to get information from. Every single one of them have agenda’s and bias! Mine included in case you couldn’t tell (At least I’m open and honest about it, eh?). As such, they are the least reliable source for information as all you’re getting is opinion and rhetoric on an individual’s experience – that does NOT = everyone’s experiences. And if anyone has an opinion on the opportunity but hasn’t met the people you’re working with, that experience is irrelevant unless they’ve worked with the people who are taking you through the process.

Thats why building a friendship first is important. Without that, whats the point in partnering up with those people? That’s why the process is so powerful and helpful to every party in the equation. It helps root out the people who may not fit with this opportunity, it also helps you root out people who may not be good mentors, or coaches. Those typically are the ones who will try to hype you up and sign you up – and that, friends, is a scary thing. Do your homework and make sure you get homework so you can empower yourself, and your decisions properly on a foundation of facts.

Enjoy the crisp autumn days and cozy evenings with friends and family.

~ C

“You won’t move ahead in life until you take your eyes off of yourself and put them on to others.”

“Be remembered for what you did. Not for what you didn’t do.”

“The pain of discipline always is outweighed by the pain of regret.”

“You can do it. I did it. Why not you?”

“In any business there’s room for one dream and if you aren’t the owner of the business, there isn’t going to be any room for your dream!”

“When it comes to this business you can be impressed from a distance, but at a major function, you’re impacted up close.”

“The testament of a good business is not only if the kids want to do what their parents are doing but if the parents want the kids to do what they’re doing.”

“I’ve never seen a positive result come from a negative mouth.”

“You can’t be disappointed with results that didn’t happen because of work you didn’t do.”

“It doesn’t matter whether the glass is half empty or half full. What matters is who is filling the glass.”

“In everyday life I’m judged daily of my shortcomings and failings. In here I’m reminded daily of my future victories.”

“Your team will grow only as big as your ability to lead.”

“You will have the best of the day or the day will have the best of you.”

“When you don’t believe, you compare yourself to others.”

“Work is measured in change. Not time.”

“Imagine if we graduated with a self image and not just a piece of paper.”

“How can we expect other people to trust us if we don’t trust ourselves?”

“There’s a huge difference between being emotional and showing emotion.”

“It’s better to have heart with no words than to have words with no heart.”

“Without empathy for others we become emotionally tone deaf.”

“True compassion demands action.”

“Minimum wage becomes minimum mindset.”

“When everyone else was playing the lottery, we were out building our own.”

“Don’t make permanent decisions based on temporary emotions.”

“It is in serving each other that we become free.”

 

Function Aftermath

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What an amazing function. I just got back from Spokane, WA a few days ago where I enjoyed Leslie Wolgamott’s 2014 Family Reunion Major Function. The weather was absolutely fantastic! It made for a really smooth drive with a lot of great tunes and great views on the road.

More importantly, the speakers were ridiculous. Completely, utterly amazing. Family Reunion’s tend focus’ more on Platinum – Emerald speakers as it allows some of the up and coming leaders a chance to grow and experience more larger audiences to share their experiences, their hardships, their challenges – how they overcame those challenges and their victories.

The caliber of the Platinums and Rubies were simply fantastic and were significantly impressive up from last year.  Each year there are more new IBO’s who are showcased at the platinum level and above. Its awesome to hear their views and their mindsets in how they have grown. The platinums – Emeralds were followed up with some great insight as well as teaching from Diamonds Scott and Cris Harimoto, Tracy and Kimberly Eaton andd, of course, our upline Diamonds. Crowns Brad and Julie Duncan were guest speakers and Leslie Wolgamott finished up and was nothing but heart.

I’ll share some great thoughts I got from some of these amazing speakers to finish the post. However, as always – I’ll remind everyone who is looking at this opportunity not to trust random people on the internet that you have never met – me included! You don’t know anonymous sources and bloggers personally – as such anonymous people shouldn’t get your trust – period unless you meet them personally and they earn that trust. That goes for opinions about WWDB/Amway as it goes for anything on the internet. But most importantly, get educated first and make sure your potential sponsor takes you through a qualification and education process. If they’re trying to hype you up and sign you up, don’t do it! You can find many other potential mentors who will be happy to educate you correctly and put your goals first.

Hopefully everyone is enjoying their summer and not getting too sunburnt out there!

Cheers!
– C

“The basics of the business are easy. Consume your own products? Thats easy. Earning a few customers? After learning and getting coaching, it’s easy. Once you have done this, you can effectively teach it! That’s it! That’s very easy to do. What is hard is that life stuff / financial issues / time management / relationship issues / employment issues / life distractions knock people off track. WWG is in the business of helping people fix that so they can focus on the easy stuff to make their business work. Amway doesn’t help with that! They help with the products, paycheques and warrantees! We help with the life stuff so that people can make the Amway business work. ”

 

“When you make a choice, all other choices need to fall under that original vision. If those subsequent choices do not fall under the original choice / vision, then that’s a character issue. The person is saying one thing but not following through. To be successful in any business, venture or even in life, you must be consistent!”

 

“You don’t choose your future. Your habits choose your future for you.”

 

“We’re here to show you and tell you you can do something versus everyone out there who is telling you that you can’t!”

 

“I’ve seen too many victories on this stage to let defeat have the last word in my life.”

 

“I’d rather have freedom than be let go by my employer for free.”

 

“You are a product of your past but not a prisoner of your future.”

 

“You are not your vocation. Stop setting your self worth and value based on what it is that you do instead of who you are.”

 

“Wouldn’t you want to do more than just live for your days off?”

 

“The program from K – 12 and beyond teaches you to have a full time job and a part time life.”

 

“You’re always fighting in life. There’s no way around it. You’re either fighting for something, or against something. Which is it for you?”

 

“I wanted to be a door opener. Not a doormat.”

 

“God / The Universe doesn’t put adversity in your life to victimize you. They put you in a position to overcome so that you are then equipped and able to help others to overcome.”

 

“You must have something in your life that you would die for. Once you know what that is, live for it every single day.”

 

“Faith is taking the first step when you can’t see the entire staircase.”

 

“We are all ordinary people dedicated to living extraordinary lives.”

 

“Whenever we hear about someone who is handcuffed in life (figuratively) its almost always because of lack of time, lack of money – or both.”

 

“You don’t go Diamond. Nobody “goes” Diamond. You become Diamond.”

 

“One of the biggest challenges for anyone starting up in this business is changes and re-prioritization.”

 

“When you start with ‘why’ you’re doing something, all of your decisions from then on become easy.”

 

“‘Why’ defines a clear decision making filter.”

 

“Material can motivate. A cause can unify.”

 

“‘Stuff happens in everyone’s life. What’s important to remember is that it’s just a setback – not a go back.”

 

“You can’t help everybody. But everybody can help somebody.”

 

“I didn’t want to just increase my standard of living. I wanted to increase my standard of giving!”

 

“Triumph is simply the ‘umph’ before the ‘try’.”

 

“There are two driving forces in everyone’s life. When the driving force is a need – a person will do just enough to meet that need and get by. However, when the driving force is a vision or a passion, that person will do whatever it takes to reach their goal.”

 

“I don’t know one single person who ever woke up in a cold sweat wanting to build the Amway business. I do know that there are tens of thousands of people if not more who wake up in the middle of the night wishing they were free.”

 

Wait, Wha? Not Another Diamond Couple?

Just a random post regarding a current WWDB couple who are in Diamond Qualification – Ty and Vanessa Crandell based out of Jamaica – mon! Connected through the David Shores’ Diamondship up to Brad and Julie Duncan’s Crownship.

Based out of Jamaica – this couple is amazing. I have heard various audio recordings of this couple and I get jacked up every time I hear them.

Within one year of our good friends and upline reaching Founders Diamond in the Amway Buisiness with the support of World Wide Dream Builders – Ty and Vanessa Crandell is tearing it up as the next upcoming Diamonds to qualify. As I have had the privilige to learn, they are – at minimum! – 3 / 6 months of their Diamond Qualification as of this posting. It is only a matter of time as they inspire and encourage many more to grow their own assets through World Wide Dream Builders the right way.

Best wishes to them and all of their team as they grow and become yet another amazing example of how World Wide Dream Builders is providing mentorship in growing people which in turn grows business’ the right way.

– C

Spring Leadership 2013

Just a quick little post here with some pictures from one of eight Spring Leaderships. Its absolutely great to see the growth that’s happening. Calgary (which is where we attended) saw its attendance rise for the third year in a row and the overall amount of Major Function locations also saw an increase.

This year Spring Leadership was held in Calgary, AB – Spokane, WA – Las Vegas, NV – Denver, CO – Minneapolis, MN – Washington DC – Honolulu, HI and lastly Jamaica!
The overall growth is exciting. The only way there are more function sites are if there is growth. More and more people seem to be grabbing hold of this opportunity and making it work which is fantastic to see.

Considering it was May we were blown away to have a freak snowstorm roll through Friday evening – Saturday. It was coming down hard! It was crazy for us because we had come from Vancouver where it was 26+ degrees the whole previous week. We got a good laugh from it.

Below you’ll see a couple of pictures from our experience at the Calgary Spring Leadership. As I finish up I’ll state what I always do – if you’re looking at this opportunity make sure you’re being taken through an education and qualification process. Build a bit of a trust and friendship with the person taking their time to go over everything with you. The basis for any partnership is a trust and this opportunity is no different. If your potential upline is trying to rush you or not go through a process that takes anywhere from 4 – 6 weeks, chances are you won’t be prepared properly at all – which is where you hear a lot of those horror stories from from your Aunt Anna Or Uncle Joe. Hype up / sign up is never a good thing. So, get to know the person showing you this opportunity, get your questions answered and be prepared to answer theirs as well because should you earn an offer, they’ll be putting their time and resources into helping you grow your asset.

Best wishes in the upcoming summer!
– C

 

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Losing In Amway – 2013 $$ Retrospective

Quite the interesting title, yes? Well, I chose it specifically to get the attention of people who are specifically looking for “Negative” on the anonymous interwebs about the Amway business opportunity. Why would I do that? Well, as mentioned in my previous post about a month or so ago, I’m here to share with you how much money / dollars / cash / dinero / moolah someone who does barely anything with their Amway business would lose. Wait….did I say lose? Oh dear…..my mistake. I apologize. You see, I’ve been fortunate to have been mentored and coached by World Wide Dreambuilders. Based on what they have taught me, even though I barely had any increase in my overall organization (ie: I was pathetically lazy, didn’t put any work in and barely increased the size of organization – #sadface) AT THE END OF IT ALL I STILL DID NOT LOSE MONEY!

How that can be when some of the most hardcore negative website posters out there will say EVERYONE loses money in Amway is a total mystery, apparently. Well, unlike those other “sources” I’ll do what I did last year (see: https://transparencyofadreamer.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/wwdb-and-amway-cost-2012/ ). Share with you my operating costs of running my Amway Business, share the costs of utilizing the WWDB (World Wide Dream Builder) training and mentorship system and how over the course of the year I came out IN THE BLACK. And the scary thing is – this is just me doing barely anything in the business. Ask any traditional business owner how much their overhead was and be prepared to wince.

I share these details because I believe it can help provide some perspective when people end up seeing so many multiple “opinions” online from “anonymous” sources. Anyone who goes through an education and information gathering process with a potential sponsor would see and be educated on what I’m sharing with you now in reference to costs of running the business. Maybe not in the first one or two meetings, but definitely before you launch. I also share this because I don’t see any other “sources” who claim to be “ex-Amway distributors” accurately discussing or sharing monthly resource costs to run the business within the past few years to present. That sure adds credibility now, doesn’t it?

But for now, the point is that even for the most low activity business owner, if you do what is taught, stay diligent with your personal finances, you will not go backwards. Please see below for the actual breakdown of expenses. Expenses are for myself as one IBO.

So: with that said – lets get to the numbers, shall we?

Communikate: (Toll Free 1-800 number access / voicemail / voice messaging service / conferencing solutions / Fax services / dedicated email)
Monthly cost $36.95. Yearly Cost = $443.40
– Side note this did not increase in price over the last year.

Digital Delivery: (Unlimited access to WWDB audio library featuring training / teaching / motivation for direct streaming and .mp3 download for use on iPod / Smartphone / mp3 players on the go)
Monthly cost: $25.00. Yearly Cost: $300.00
– Side note – this did not increase in price over the last year. 

Premier Membership: (Hosted and created website, personal web training / prospecting website, free iOS/Android apps, free guest tickets for major functions, training utilities, discounts on personal development / training books, discounts on training tools)
Monthly cost: $49.95. Yearly Cost: $599.40
 – Side Note – this did not increase in price over the last year.

Current Totals: $111.90 /month. $1342.80/year.

Major Functions
Dream Night: $70.00 (includes catered dinner) / (No increase in price over the past year)
Spring Leadership: $125.00 (no increase in price over the past year)
Family Reunion: $250.00 (includes catered dinner / breakfast / hotel room for 1 night) / ($10.00 increase from previous year)
Health & Beauty Product Seminar: $25.00
Free Enterprise Days: $125.00 (no increase from previous year)
Total Cost: $595.00

Major Function Hotel Costs
Varies by location. Average $150.00/night X 5 Nights = $750.00
(Increase of approx $50.00/night over previous year due to industry costs / increases)
(2 Nights for Spring Leadership / 1 Night For Family Reunion / 2 Nights for F.E.D.) 

Business Support Materials (BOV’s / Web Tours / Books / CD’s for prospects etc)
$20.00 / month X 12 months = $240.00

2013 total Cost Run Down:
Communikate: $443.40
Digital Delivery: $300.00
Premier Membership: $599.40
Major Functions: $595.00
Major Function Hotels: $750.00
Business Support Materials: $240.00
Total Business Cost: $2927.80

Lets bring it all together here, folks.

Total Cost To Run Business: $2927.80

Just like I said last year – “Oh No! I’ve been scammed! I’ve lost money! My upline lied to me! I didn’t put in any work to sponsor anyone this last year and its everyone’s fault but mine! The business doesn’t work! What a total scam!!!”

Hold on now Mr. Negative – Due to running my own business in a country that incentivises business owners to run their own business I received tax benefits that entitled me to a refund for the 2013 year. Add profits from retail sales and volume bonus’ and at the end of year, with all incoming funds combined, you wouldn’t lose money.

Don’t get me wrong, if you look at cost to run the business vs barely running a 50/150 business you could run at a loss. And a loss is a loss – there’s no beating around the bush about that. Before a tax return, you may not break even if you do not do what is taught. But one of the benefits of running a business is being eligible for legal tax write offs to run said business. If I only got my standard return of 400.00 – 600.00 from just my regular job (its what I got before I was in business), then I would have to agree with the naysayers that it definitely is possible to lose money while doing what is taught. However, my point is that while a tax return cannot considered income, my overall bottom line from incoming funds from running my business overall and at the end of the day / year did NOT put me in the red. That is my point which runs completely counter to word on the internet street. Any funding to pay for running my business on a monthly basis to give me the tax return that I received was worked into my monthly budget so as not to go backwards in my regular finances. That, and the monthly and weekly income Amway paid me went directly towards covering the costs of running my business. So – bottom line = payments to me from running my business in total from Amway Bonus’ / Amway Retail Payout / Legal Business Tax Refund – I didn’t go backwards ultimately even with a “technical” loss.

I maintain that anyone can lose money in Amway if they are not taught how to budget correctly, how to track their business expenses and ultimately if they do not stick to their budget. Above I’ve shown how the breakdown can work if someone is diligent and on top of their affairs. Period.

After all the numbers came in for 2012 I was in the black. This year, I’m in the black even moreso. Am I happy and excited that I barely grew my business this past year? Absolutely not. As I said above, I’m a bit embarassed. I’m counselling with my upline regularly for coaching to improve myself to grow my organization – but ultimately it was my lack of action this past year that restricted my growth. In spite of that, not only did I NOT lose money. I was further ahead than I was last year.

Oh of course there is a bit more of expenses to be sure.
4 regional seminars/ rallies per year = $80.00.
6 Organizational Opens = $60.00
Total = $140.00.
So now I’m in the black a little bit less. Oh my good lord, no! / sarcasm.

“What about gas to drive to your meetings / plans?”
Excellent point! My gas for business / personal usage is included with my normal paycheque gas budget I set for myself on a bi-weekly basis much like food and bills etc. As such, it’s not a seperate expense. Thank goodness for WWDB and my upline to teach me how to budget properly so as not to go backwards in my finances! I had to follow my budget though.

“What about the coffee and food you buy at your starbucks meetings?”
Very valid question! Yes, there may be some extra costs associated with doing a Meet and Greet at local coffee shops. However, like I said last year – if I had purchased hundreds of more dollars in coffee and snacks for Amway Meet and Greets – I would be in Silver Qualification by now and my Amway payout would be MUCH more. The unfortunate truth (hence my blog title “Transparency”) is that I barely had any meet and greets or sit downs to expose this business to people this past year. As such, my expenses were quite low. But, its good to know that I had A LOT of breathing room based on the overall outcome of the cost of running my business.

So, as I wrap up I hope I made my point very clear – you will not lose money running your own Amway Business powered by World Wide Dreambuilders…. IF you are diligent with your finances, and if you don’t blow your budget your coach sets with you. You WILL lose money running your own Amway Business powered by ANY training system IF you don’t have a budget, if you don’t ask for help to set a budget, if you ignore your budget etc.

It’s never fun to publicly state that you didn’t really do anything with your business and barely grew. Yet, in spite of barely growing (only added one downline in 2012 and they added two downline in 2013 – I have hit 50/150 consecutively for almost two years now) I still came out on top. Better than last year, to boot. I did not go into debt to do this. I DARE you to ask any traditional business owner how much it cost them to run their business. When I tell someone it cost me under $3,000.00/year and they spent anywhere from $15,000/year to $500,000/year they want to throw up in their mouth. I know I would.

I have no employees. No stock. No warehouses. No utilities to pay outside of my home. I barely grew, but came out in the black. The hardest part, but the most financially rewarding is now to duplicate what I have done. As I duplicate, my profits will multiply. Thats the beauty of exponential growth. I can’t do that with my job at Rogers.

Finally – I will say again – if you have someone who is looking to show you this business, they should be taking you through some kind of education process. This process should be, at minimum 3 – 4 weeks. You should be given educational books on the industry, educational audios to listen to as you research as well as have multiple meetings to see the way the business works and to have your questions answered. Usually at the second or third follow up you should be given details on the finances – how much it costs. If your potential sponsor is affiliated with WWDB and is doing what they are taught, you should be educated on some of the numbers I shared above in regards to cost for access to your training and mentorship system.

If you get a weird vibe from your potential coach or if the person is going for a hype up, sign up on you and isn’t looking to get to know you over the course of 3 – 6 weeks – run away. You will find many better sponsors who will have your best interest at heart. A sponsor who has your best interest at heart will be happy to take the time to educate you, answer your questions and go over details over a 3 – 6 week process. Keep in mind – they will be wanting to make sure you are worth their time to help build your own business. And you won’t find any other business that will have people wanting you to succeed more than this one.

Summer is almost here! Enjoy the sun!

Best wishes,

~C