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Youngevity

Find An Opportunity Tips Turning a hobby into a business

Opportunity Spotlight MyFunLIFE

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Get Paid On Services People Use

Learn from Shane Douglas, a top income earner and trainer, how you can get paid when people pay their monthly bills.

The Pursuit Of The American Dream Chris Medina: From struggling immigrant to a multiple six figure success story!

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Life Changing Results

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7 Figure Start Up

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Is it more time? More money? More freedom? Whatever it be, it IS possible. Home Business Connection magazine is a living testament to that. From a bedroom in his parents’ farmhouse, the late Phil Longenecker grew his business and this magazine. He had a zest for life, saw a need for connecting people, made it a reality and became an industry icon. No it didn’t happen overnight but then again nothing rewarding ever does. As you page through this magazine you will read success stories of average people just like you and I; people who come from all walks of life. These individuals have had the courage to make a change and are now reaping the rewards – whether it be of time, money, freedom – or all 3. Each ad has a story behind it and exploring the opportunities out there will only get you one step closer to possibly finding the one that might be perfect for you. We’ve been connecting people since the early 1990’s, let us help you! The possibilities are endless - your path begins here… HOME BUSINESS CONNECTION magazine (“HBC”) is an informational source only, and should not be considered an endorsement or testimonial of the publisher Cutting Edge Media, Inc. (the “Publisher”), or its shareholders, officers, directors, employees, agents or representatives, of any of the products, services or advertisements contained herein. The Publisher does not verify all of the information published in HBC, and as such, does not assume any responsibility for such information. To the extent any reader of HBC relies on the information contained herein, the reader does so at his or her own risk. The reader of HBC assumes all responsibility for investigating the reliability and suitability of the products and services contained herein. The Publisher does not assume any responsibility for any action or representation of any entity or individual represented in HBC and the Publisher does not guarantee the outcome or results of any correspondence, arrangements or subsequent transactions the reader makes with any such entity or individual. Furthermore, the Publisher assumes no responsibility for the delivery or merchandise, starter kits, supplies or other products and services offered in HBC. By using HBC, the reader understands and agrees that the Publisher makes no representation that information contained in HBC is medical, legal, financial, accounting, tax or other professional advice. In the event the reader requires medical, legal or other professional services or assistance, the reader should seek the services of a qualified professional. The Publisher assumes no responsibility for any changes to the offers contained in HBC, or for any entity represented herein that goes out of business. In the event a reader has questions or concerns regarding any program, products or service contained in HBC, the reader should direct all correspondence to the entity or individual, not the Publisher. Articles appearing in this publication express opinions, experience and research of the respective author and not necessarily the opinion of HOME BUSINESS CONNECTION magazine or the Publisher.

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hen you stop and think about it, there are a lot of JOBS out there. Many people get up and go to work every day, and they work at all kinds of things. But almost all of them involve in the same kind of schedule: get up, work for eight, nine or ten hours, come home to see family or friends...and then get up the next day and do it all over again. But shouldn’t there be a different way of doing it? Youngevity thinks so. With Youngevity, it’s not about the same old rat race. It’s about more than a job; it’s about a business and a lifestyle. You can be your own boss, operating in your own way. If you want a vacation, take one. If you want to take time for yourself, or spend time with your family, you are free to do that without answering to a boss or a schedule. Youngevity provides you a way to make money in multiple ways with over 400 products. If you’re buying vitamins, cleansers, shampoo, makeup or other personal skin care items, you can buy them straight from Youngevity and make money instead of paying it to a big-name retailer. Since you’re going to buy them anyway, why not get paid for it? You also can make money through building a team, sharing the products with others, and earning bonuses. Additionally, you can earn a Mercedes bonus or the dream car bonus and drive the luxury car you’ve always wanted. Youngevity is unique because it allows you to jump in at whatever level you wish. If you want to start quickly and achieve Senior Executive Marketing Director status your first month in the business, it’s entirely up to you! You’ll be paid at that level from day one! Even if you don’t qualify as a Director until the very last business day of the month, Youngevity will retroactively pay you as a SEMD for the entire month. If you want to start slowly and earn a little extra money on the side, you can do that, too. You can build your business at the level you want, without pressure. Youngevity provides you with a support system and the tools you need to develop whatever kind of business you want! Youngevity is about more than just making money, though. Even though creating your own business is part of the dream, every business needs products that people want and need. Youngevity provides the best in nutrition and personal care. You’ll see your wellness, energy and fitness levels improve while you create a long-term income that will help you live the life you want. Imagine a life that’s built around health, wealth, and your personal freedom. That’s what Youngevity wants to help you achieve! n If you have the desire, the persistence and the enthusiasm you can create a business with Youngevity that will help your health and pay you for years! To find out how, visit www.ReadyToProfit.net or call 866-971-5032

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ews Flash! You do not have to spend the rest of your life working in a cubicle from nine to five every day. Neither do you have to settle for working in a miserable profession that barely pays the bills. Have you ever thought about turning your passions into a business? Is there something you enjoy doing so much you currently do it for free? Have you ever thought about how much income you could earn from your hobbies? Passion is one of the key ingredients to becoming a successful entrepreneur! When we are passionate about something , we find enjoyment in sharing our talents with others. So, why should we stop there when we can start making money doing what we enjoy? Let’s explore what it will take to turn your hobby into a business. With the appropriate planning and an entrepreneurial mindset, you can be on your way to starting a successful business with passion as your foundation.

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SAVE! SAVE! AND SAVE! Before you decide to leave a corporate career or any job to start your own business, be sure to save at least 12 to 18 months of salary. As an entrepreneur, the checks will stop coming every two weeks and there may be times when the checks wont show up as planned. If you have sufficient savings, you will be prepared for those “Rainy days” which are almost guaranteed to happen. In addition, most of the capital that will be used to start your business will come from your own pockets. You want to make sure you can appropriately fund your business with the start up funds needed to get your business off the ground.


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A business plan is a snapshot that potential investors and banks look at in order to predict where your business is headed and what it will look like in the future. “If you Fail to plan, you Plan to fail”. Most businesses are unsuccessful because their business plans were incomplete or ineffective. In addition, Your business plan sets the strategic plan and direction for your business to help you make appropriate decisions with the end goals in mind.

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From day one, you need to make sure that you are recording all financial information pertaining to your business. Exceptional book and record keeping skills is essential. An accountant can help you with tax planning, business plan review, bookkeeping, payroll and other functions that relate to the disbursement of money. As mentioned earlier, the financial plan is important because it is a blue print of your business, therefore having an accountant allows you to maintain order not only in your business but it also gives you a piece of mind that your finances are in good hands.

THE MAIN COMPONENTS OF A BUSINESS PLAN ARE: • The Mission Statement / Vision Statement • The Organizational Plan • The Competition

• Market Analysis / Market Plan • The Financial Plan • Executive Summary

The Mission Statement— articulate the purpose of the company’s existence, their target audience as well as the products and services. The Vision Statement— is the guiding force behind the mission statement that focuses on the values, aims and the future direction of the company. The Organizational Plan— is a description of your business, products and services and the goals of the company. In this section, the long term objectives for the company are recorded along with the formulation of the company’s strategies, tasks and functions. The Competition— refers to researching other businesses that offer similar services and products within market. This is comparing prices and other marketing techniques. The Market Analysis— is the study of the market in its entirety that relates to the strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats that may arise when launching your business. The Market Plan— is an essential part because this is where you develop strategies on how to solicit consumers and business. THIS IS WHERE YOU ADVERTISE!!!!! Use all public relation resources and social media to market your brand. Social media has become the voice to the general public to connect with current and prospective clients. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube allow you to create a presence in the google domain, which will help customers find you on the web. Incorporate social media in your strategy and invest in a good publicist to let the media know about your business. The Financial Plan— is the spine of the business plan because it is a blue print of your business’ current and future financial state. It is based upon the business’ balance sheet, income statement and cash flows. In other words, the financial plan captures how much money is needed to start the business including all start up expenses. In addition, the financial plan will forecast proposed revenue for years to come to assess growth potential. The Executive Summary— is the final piece of the puzzle, and the most important part because it summarizes all the sections of your business plan by extracting the main points. Prospective investors determine whether your business is profitable based upon this section of the document. Make sure that your main points are clear, concise and creative!

LIVE YOUR DREAM! Now it’s time to live your dreams. Take all the tips that you have been given above and make your dreams come alive. Businesses are built based on creative and innovative ideas that were given wings to fly. Let your passion, ideas, skills and hobbies allow you to spend your life doing things you love to do as an entrepreneur. Your hobby may be the stepping-stone needed to start a successful career as your own boss!

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About Akilah C. Thompson: Akilah C. Thompson is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of North Carolina A & T State University where she earned Bachelor of

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Speaker. She is the Founder & CEO of her trademark company ACT Inspires Inc and nonprofit, Generations Inspired Inc. Akilah is also a model, actor, and author. Her life goal is to inspire and empower others to be Ambitious , Courageous & Talented. For more information, please visit Act Inspires.

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t’s a fact that everyone has utility and monthly bills: Electric, gas, cell phone, TV, Internet, and the list goes on. And no matter how financially challenged or wealthy someone may be, these essential services are needed and can never be paid off; everyone will have to pay for these services for the rest of their lives out of necessity. So when a global company is open in 23 countries worldwide (launching into Latin America in 2013) and endorsed by one of the wealthiest people in the world, who features this company on his hit primetime reality TV show not once but twice, says you should find out more, would you want to hear more about it? What if this same company said they’d pay you generously for helping others get paid when they pay their monthly essential bills, would you want to know even more? Shane Douglas did, and it’s paid off in an incredible way for him. It’s been eight years since this Idaho native living in a town of just 1,500 people started his home-based business helping people achieve their financial goals and showing them how they too can get paid every time they pay their own monthly bills. “I was tired of all the promises from other companies that say you can become wealthy over night only to find out you have to sell and teach others how to sell products that are either overpriced or only appeal to a small percentage of the population,” says Shane. “Our company is different: We only offer services that people pay on monthly basis like gas, electricity, TV, internet, cell phones, home security and more. And I don’t sell anything; I just simply show others how to get paid every month for services they were going to use anyway and teach others to do the same.” Shane explains that recent deregulation of Energy providers around the country has opened up a significant opportunity for more people to choose who they get their service with, people like to know they have a choice, Shane says. This, in turn, creates more opportunity for entrepreneurs to grow their business with our company. “In this declining economy, home-based businesses are on the rise. People want to supplement their income and possibly replace their incomes while working from home. So the opportunity to get paid every single month when someone turns on their lights, heats their home, uses their cellphone watches TV, logs onto the Internet or arms their security system is a no-brainer,” he says.

The way Shane has grown to be one of the top income earners and trainers in this business is by following the system the company offers all of its independent business owners (IBOs). He says that he tells people they can get the same services from the same major service providers, but get paid. Then, according to Shane, all he does is direct them to his online store, which is included in the companies start up business package. “Our system can be 100% automated for you,” he explains. “Simply direct potential customers to your online store that the company provides for you, and they can sign up for any of these services with many of the major companies that are available in their area. When they sign up on your online store, you receive a residual commission every month when they pay their bills. It’s that simple.” The key to his success, he says, is that he doesn’t complicate his business; he just goes out and shares the company’s program and his personal story. ”Before you join some other company that makes pie in the sky promises, ask yourself one simple question. Would people I know buy this product/ service even if I wasn’t involved with this company and making money? If the answer is NO then you should be prepared to be in sales and the team your going to build better be prepared to be sales people. Because no matter how much money they say you can make it won’t matter if you or your team of business partners can’t sell. This is where we are different, as I said before we only provide essential services that people need, want and can’t be paid off. This is an incredible business model with the right services behind it,” says Shane “It might not be sexy—it’s utilities after all—but it is simple to just share the story. Everyone can relate, because everyone pays these bills, because they have to,” he says. “I’ve been fortunate to have had major success with this company by taking action and so has my team. We’ve expanded all over the world by sharing this simple concept with others. Shane is looking to mentor the right motivated individual in 2013 to the same level of success that he has accomplished, would you like it to be you? n To see more information about this company go to www.BThe1.com. Their proven leadership, who started out just like you, are here to answer your questions and help you get started.

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OPPORTUNITY SPOTLIGHT: MyFunLIFE

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hen you think “business,” do you think fun? Most people don’t. For most people, business means hard work, hours at the office or on the job site, and doing things your boss demands of you. It’s not relaxing, it’s not exciting...and it’s certainly not FUN. Now one opportunity aims to change all that. MyFunLIFE actually put the

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If you want to take it even further, you can choose to share the MyFunLIFE membership with others, and then earn more when they sign up, too. Sharing the fun will help you earn the most money (up to 10 levels deep!) and qualify you for matching and bonuses that will add even more to your income. MyFunLIFE is really about relaxation—and it’s fun because you are in control. You are your own boss, running your business the way you want to run it. You have time for vacations. You can work from your living room, from your bed or even from a condo on the beach! MyFunLIFE could change the way you look at business forever. So whether you are just looking to save money on travel, generate a small part time supplemental income through travel commissions, or if you want to generate a full time, serious income, MyFunLIFE can help you do it! n

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SUCCESS STORY

MELANIE HESS

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finding HIS FEET

Chris Medina is living the American dream thanks to a home business with Yoli

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hris Medina has had his share of hardships. Born and raised in the Philippines, he experienced poverty during childhood and then systemic infections as a teenager. As a result of his illness, he had to have several surgeries that left him in a coma for 2 months, and sick and vulnerable to bullying from classmates.

And a few days later, Chris’s brother was murdered. Shocked and devastated, Chris borrowed a friend’s credit card to buy himself and his mom plane tickets back to the Philippines for the funeral. He had to borrow money to pay for his brother’s burial, which only compounded his debts. Upon returning to the U.S., Chris knew something had to change.

Years later, when Chris and his wife had a chance to make a new life for themselves in the United States, they jumped at the opportunity. Together with their five-yearold son, they immigrated to America, each with a nursing background. But they had no credit, Chris was working two jobs until he could pass his nursing boards. After a few years they were on their feet again, and Chris and his wife decided they needed to invest their money to continue to create wealth for themselves. What they weren’t expecting was the economic crash of 2008 that decimated their property investments and left them in a financial mess. “I lost my house, my credit cards were maxed out, and we were living paycheck to paycheck,” Chris says. “It was a nightmare instead of a dream.” When his brother, a former police officer called him in late 2010 to ask for money, Chris had to tell him “I can’t.” Even though his brother was living in a dangerous situation back in the Philippines and needed to get out, Chris didn’t have the funds to help. “He asked to borrow some money that could help him get away, and I was so broke I couldn’t send him anything,” Chris says. “I was so swamped with debt.”

He needed to be able to support his family, pay off debt, and save his ailing marriage. Chris, while mourning the loss of his brother, came back to the United States with a newfound motivation and conviction. Fortunately he’d been reintroduced to Yoli. This business proved to be a lifeline for Chris and his family. He chose Yoli because he knew the founders and respected their integrity. For the first six months, he worked only part-time, creating a decent income on the side. Finally Chris and his family were starting to feel secure. After 6 months, they went full-time with Yoli. Chris says it was the best decision he ever made. He was able to “fire” his boss and walk away from his traditional job, which meant he was finally free to live the life he wanted. Chris is currently the #3 top income earner in Yoli and leads one of the fastest grouping groups in the company. Chris is one of just 3 other Blue Diamond Executives in the company and has definitely cemented his place among the top leaders in this company. The Medina’s have been traveling all over the world, enjoying numerous vacations, and even driving around town in style in his brand new 2012 Mercedes ML350. While

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FINDING HIS FEET CONT. many may admire and envy Chris Medina’s lifestyle and time freedom, most will never realize that this wasn’t even close to his reality just less than 2 years ago. Chris has grown tremendously, in personal development and leadership the past 2 years, and quickly has become one of the most influential trainers and motivators in Yoli. He’s a highly sought out keynote speaker at many of Yoli’s regional events and conventions. Chris’s story has helped inspire thousands of others to take decisive action to change the direction of their lives. Chris is one of the key ambassador’s to Yoli’s mission statement, “We transform lives.” He helps people, who are looking to transform their own lives. Chris, who embodies the traits of a servant leader, believes that “if you help transform the lives of the many, your own life will inevitably be transformed! Chris and his wife Rose have now truly realized the “American Dream.” But their goal now is to help others find their way to realizing their own dreams. “In one year, my wife and I have created a multiple 6 figure-income with Yoli,” Chris says. “We are able to be stay-at-home parents and enjoy freedom like we never had before and I’m so thankful to God for everything.” Chris says that Yoli’s systems and products are a huge part of what makes success possible. “I had done some network marketing before,” Chris says, “but I never really went anywhere. With Yoli, the systems make it possible for people who’ve never had success to actually be successful.” Yoli provides products that aren’t available anywhere else, combined with a clear system to follow, and helps new business owners get started immediately.

Chris Medina & team at a Yoli conference. Join a team that can help guide you to a lifestyle you’ve dreamed about.

From there you can decide if you want to spend a few hours a week on the business or transition to doing Yoli full time. Part of his decision to join Yoli, Chris says, was the leadership. The integrity of Yoli’s five founders led him to believe that this business was the right decision, and that it was around for the long haul. So far, it seems he’s been proven right. “I joined this company because of the business model and the leadership,” says Chris. “After almost four years, we’re still picking up momentum. I think the best is yet to come.” n

To learn how you can take advantage of Yoli’s momentum and start making money, call 1-800-558-0178 or visit www.ToSuccessAndBeyond.com.

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SUCCESS STORY Nerium International

MELANIE HESS

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Sound crazy? That’s exactly what Mark and Tammy Smith

chose to do. The Smiths were making good money in another company, but after taking a look at Nerium, Mark and Tammy actually decided to leave their multiple six-figure income to start fresh with this explosive new venture. “We walked away from an already established income because we had that much confidence in Nerium,” Mark says. Fortunately their confidence paid off. Mark and Tammy are now the top earners in Nerium, bringing in $2.3 million a year, and just qualified for a $1 million dollar Live Better Bonus. What gave them their confidence and their success? First of all, says Mark, it was the product. “Anti-aging skincare is the right space to be in,” Mark says. “And our product is the absolute best. People see quick results, and that means our customers keep coming back for more.” Additionally, Nerium’s management team, led by CEO Jeff Olson, consists of some of the top relationship marketers in the world, and they know how to run a business. Olson, who wrote the popular marketing book The Slight Edge is one of the nation’s top businessmen, and together with company President Dennis Windsor and the rest of the team, they have over 150 years of experience. But, most importantly, they care about their brand partners and want to make it easy to share the product and build an income. “You can run your business entirely from your phone with Nerium’s app,” Mark explains. “The company also has Madison Avenue branding, and a compensation package that pays you 13 different ways.” Additionally, he explained, there are iPad, Lexus, and exotic trip bonuses. “Over 200 people have earned bonuses from $25,000 to $1,000,000” Mark says. “And 4500 people have qualified for our car bonus. All that in less than 2 years!” Nerium’s growth is the stuff of record books. With only one product and in only one country, the company has managed to grow 3600% from 2011 to 2012 and was recently awarded the Bravo Growth award from Direct Selling News. “Nerium did over $100 million in sales in our first full year,” Mark says. “I’m pretty sure no one has ever done that. And we were the fastest company to make the Global Top 100 network marketing companies.” But things aren’t slowing down. At their convention, attended

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by 10,000 brand partners, Nerium rolled out the next big thing: an anti-aging day cream that promises to be just as effective as Nerium’s original product.


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SEVEN-FIGURE START UP...CONT. “We’re just at the beginning of our growth,” Mark explains. “If we did this much with just one product in one country, imagine what can happen with additional products and international expansion.” The Smiths are committed to

That shows in the company’s commitment to charity. Big Brothers Big Sisters gave Nerium

helping others take advantage of

the Community Impact Award at its 2013 National Conference in Denver. This honor

Nerium’s growth. They have helped

recognizes a Big Brothers Big Sisters partner whose energy and unparalleled generosity has

create over 90 six-and seven-figure

impacted the Big Brothers Big Sisters community. Nerium brand partners are known for

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committing time and money to an organization that “pays it forward.”

months. “We have tons of people making $10,000 to over $100,000 a month,” Mark adds.

Family and children are important to Mark and Tammy, who started in the home business industry because they saw not only the potential for financial success, but also the freedom that the industry offered. “We have a vacation home in Hawaii where we go often,” says Mark, “and we homeschool

While the money, the bonuses,

our kids. That was the most important thing to us: that we get to spend 7 days a week with

and the leadership are important,

them. They’ve been able to travel with us and see places that most children don’t have the

Mark and Tammy are also thrilled

opportunity to experience.”

with the company culture. “Nerium is a family-run business

And there’s money for the fun things, too. Even though they aren’t big spenders, on a recent wedding anniversary Tammy treated Mark to his dream car: a Ferrari Scuderia 16M.

with a classy culture,” Mark says. “We

“I’d always wanted a supercar,” Mark says. “It’s been a dream of mine. And really, that’s

are attracting top-notch people who

what this business gives you: the freedom to do what you want and to fulfill your dreams.” n

are looking to get ahead. We bring our kids to conventions. It’s just very positive—Nerium is about making people better.”

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e’ve all had weekday mornings when we open our eyes before sunrise and want nothing more than to stay under the warm covers to continue that wonderful dream that was so rudely interrupted by the blare of the alarm clock. Thing is, we can’t. Most of us crawl out of bed and begin the agonizing process of getting ready for another day at the office. As much as we wish we could, we can’t just roll over and drift back to sleep. Aaron and Sophia Rashkin can—and do. After starting an online home business, the couple’s lifestyle was transformed into one of those fantasies most people only dream about while they sleep. Aaron and Sophia have hundreds of thousands of dollars tucked away in the bank, a thriving business that continues to soar, and two boys who get their parents’ undivided attention every single day. “Our new business is completely life-changing,” Aaron says. “How many people can say they wake up every morning without the financial pressure of today’s economy?” Things weren’t always so nice for the Rashkins. Aaron and Sophia were top leaders in a traditional network-marketing company where they worked tirelessly to achieve a lifestyle of total independence. Unfortunately, the hard work wasn’t paying off. Though the couple was

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among the top earners in the company, they quickly found out the phrase “top earner” is relative. “We worked our tails off but weren’t making the kind of money we wanted,” Aaron says. “Our monthly checks were just enough to cover the mortgage, and we were among the more successful people in the company.” It wasn’t just the money that had Aaron and Sophia frustrated. There was something far more valuable at stake— time with their children. The Rashkins put in countless hours every week building their network-marketing business, and it came at a price. They desperately wanted more time with their eight-year-old son and had another baby boy on the way. Aaron and Sophia knew they needed a change. “Our business ate up all of our time and caused a lot of stress,” Aaron says. “We weren’t able to bond with our boys because we were always doing business. For the amount of money we made, it wasn’t worth it.” But today, life is very different—no cold calls, no hitting up family and friends, and no home parties. “It’s a real business, and it earns real income,” Aaron says. Aaron and Sophia’s new business has given them the lifestyle they’ve always wanted. There are five digits on their monthly paycheck, and with a business that’s growing every day, it’s easy for the Rashkins to take a few weeks off here and there to relax at home or go on vacation. In the past year, they’ve visited the Dominican Republic, Lake Tahoe, Austin, Las Vegas, San Diego, New York, and Florida, and so far, they have trips to Asia, the Greek Islands, and Hawaii scheduled for next year. More importantly, though, their family never takes a backseat to work. The couple has breakfast with their two boys every morning, and because they can afford a full-time nanny to take care of their youngest son, Aaron and Sophia are able to attend every event at their older son’s school—something few other parents can do. Aaron and Sophia stress that their situation isn’t unique to them. “Anyone with a sincere desire to be successful, who is willing to put forth the effort, can achieve their dreams through this business. We have countless members on our team who are experiencing life-changing results in a timeframe that’s worth getting excited about,” Sophia explains. “There are so many people making big-time money here right out of the gate,” Aaron adds. “What took us five years to make in our previous company we made in less than a year here. There are team members six and seven months into the business who are earning more than they thought possible. This business is the real deal.” n Go to www.WealthWithoutMLM.com or call 888.879.4441 to learn more about the home business that allows Aaron and Sophia Rashkin plenty of time with their family and has eliminated their financial worries for good.


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