7 Emotions You Will Encounter in the First Year of a Home Business

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feelingsYour first year in a home business will be filled with a roller coaster of emotions. Here are seven emotions you will most likely encounter so you can be ready and know how to deal with them:

1. Excitement - You just started a business that is going to change your life!  You’re gung ho ready and excited to start building a successful business and residual income!  Then you start going through the training process and now you feel…
2. Overwhelmed - There is a lot to take in, a lot of websites, training calls, reading material, etc. Of course there is though, you’re starting a brand new business.  When you feel this way, talk to your mentor. They will remind you to be grateful that there is a lot of training versus not enough and they will assure you that the feeling of being overwhelmed will fade in the next week or two or three.  Then you will get excited again and start generating leads to talk to.  The leads start coming in and then a new feeling arrives…
3. Fear - You may start to think “Oh my goodness, I need to talk to this person, give them the details, answer their questions. Oh no, what if they ask a question that I don’t know the answer to?”  If this occurs, make the decision to make your reason WHY you’re doing your business BIGGER than your fear and DO IT AFRAID!  When you do that,  you will get to the point where you feel…
4. Happy - Because, YES, you just got your first enrollment, then your second enrollment and you may end up enrolling ten that month.  But then you may experience feeling…
5. Discouraged - If one of those ten quits!  You begin to understand that you shouldn’t focus on the quitter but you should focus on the nine that stayed and continue to press forward enrolling new people.  But then, you may start to feel…
6. Impatient - You may have enrolled 20 people by now but you still don’t see the big, full time income yet. You need it, I get that, I needed it too!  Remind yourself that this is a building process and it takes time to reach a six figure income, it doesn’t happen overnight.  However, you start seeing other people reach big income levels and you start…
7. Comparing yourself to others - You cannot compare your journey to anyone else’s.  It will destroy your focus.  Everyone’s journey is unique. That person you’re comparing yourself to may have been in business for four years and you’re brand new. You cannot compare your day three to someone’s year four. That person may have done many home businesses in the past, and this is your first. That person may work the business full time, and you’re working your business part time.  Everyone’s journey is unique. Your success will come when you stop focusing on others’ success and start focusing on your own!

Now, if these feelings sound familiar to you, you are not alone.  We all go through these feelings in the beginning!  Some of the feelings are fun, some are not so fun.  No matter which one they are, they are all a part of the process and they will make you better in the long run.  I believe we have to go through these feelings ourselves so that when we have new team members that go through them, we can empathize and help them through it!

I’ll leave you with this… anything worth having, will not come easy. It may not be easy. But it WILL BE WORTH IT!!!

GAME ON!!


They Think I Became an Overnight Success

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untitled1I’m currently reading “The Carpenter” written by Jon Gordon.  I’m only on page 31 and already feeling so inspired. I’m taking a quick break to share with you an excerpt from the book that really spoke to me:

When I meet young carpenters they ask me how and why I am in such demand. They think I became an overnight success. But I tell them, there is no such thing as an overnight success. The way to success is to work really hard for years. You show up every day. You do the work. You see yourself as an artist dedicated to your craft with a desire to get better every day. You put your heart and soul into your work as you strive for excellence.  You desire to create perfection, knowing you’ll never truly achieve it but hoping to get close to it. You try new things. You fail. You improve. You grow. You face countless challenges and tons of rejection that make you doubt yourself and cause you to want to quit. But you don’t. You keep working hard, stay positive, and persevere through it all with resilience, determination, and a lot of hope and faith. Then you make it!  Everyone wants to work with you and the world says ‘Where have you been?’ And you say ‘I’ve been here all along, and hopefully getting better day by day.’ To the world, you are an overnight success.  To you, the journey continues.  You’re a craftsman who wants to make your next work of art your best work no matter what you have accomplished in the past.

Beautifully written and so very true!  Hope this made a difference in your day… and YOUR journey to success at home!


Thanks for the laugh Rodney!

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imagesCAUYFCYIFunny story… Just had a gentleman named Rodney come over to give me a quote to screen in my lanai.  After signing the contract to have the process started, he started asking questions about what I do for a living. I shared with him very briefly that I have a home business with AmeriPlan and he said “Wow, and that’s not a hoax?” Funny to me how the average person is so pre-programmed to think that ALL work at home is a scam. I responded respectfully “I wouldn’t have been doing this for over eight years if it was.” He then continued to ask me more questions (clearly I peaked his interest with my “hoax”) and he asked me how often I work.  I said “Oh, whenever I want really.” He asked if I will be working today and I immediately thought “Umm yeah, I will be writing a blog post about this conversation with you as soon as you walk out the door!” but instead I said “Yeah, I might work for a little bit.” and he said “Maybe you can make a little extra Christmas money with your little home business this year.”  LOL… DUDE, if you only knew!!! Thanks for the laugh Rodney! :)

Those are the types of conversations you can expect to have through the years of building your home business.  I can laugh at them and respond to them with confidence because I have seen the big success. If you’re newer in your business and you haven’t seen that big success yet, still respond to those people with confidence. Your success is coming! Don’t let words like hoax, scam, pyramid scheme, etc. scare you.  Those words are coming from people who are uneducated on what we do.  Don’t listen to the noise!! You ARE in the right place!

Build BIG… and make that “little extra Christmas money” and so much more! You deserve it!


Are you Afraid of Change?

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changeSome people are so afraid of change.  It’s human nature to feel that way, but I think those people need a mindset shift about change. I welcome change and get excited about it!  I haven’t always felt that way, but I have learned through experience that during times of change and discomfort, I have become better… and things I stressed out about always work out!  Change is a time where you can get out of your comfort zone and GROW!  Without change, you become stagnant and plateau with growth, goals and dreams. Change makes you, your business, the people around you and the world a better place.  Embrace change!! Progress is impossible without change!!

MAKE today GREAT!!


To our AMAZING Freedom at Home Team!!

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thank youI want to take a moment today to thank you all for sharing my AmeriPlan vision and for being on this journey with me! I feel so grateful every day that you were brought into my life and that we have the opportunity to work on something amazing together.

As you may already know, I recently reached AmeriPlan’s top level of National Vice President.  I am very much aware that I am here at this title because of YOU guys!!  Thank you all so very much!! I know I wouldn’t be here without you:)

Here is the video of our fabulous leaders presenting me with the NVP award at AmeriPlan’s National convention and me accepting it with our beautiful team leaders:



As mentioned on the video, I had never done a home business before. I had no experience or skills, but I had the desire to learn and make a positive change in my life.  And here I am today… home full time with my kids, enjoying a six figure residual income, driving a beautiful Cadillac CTS that AmeriPlan gave to me and not struggling to pay my electric bill anymore.  Life is GOOD!!

Please know that it is my MISSION to help you each reach this success at home with AmeriPlan as well.  I TRULY believe in all of you and I am here if you need anything!!!

Love to you all! 


AmeriPlan is HAPPY to Serve Us!!

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I LOVE my home business, AmeriPlan, with all my heart! This company has changed my life on SO many levels. We have SO much fun… not only those of us in the field but our INCREDIBLE corporate staff as well which is very apparent in the video below…LOL Well worth a few minutes of your time!!

To watch video, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUv300mQhtgor click below:

Have a “Happy” day!!!


21 Quick Tips to Help You Build a Successful Home Business

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business-success-quotes-224x300People ask me all the time “What is your secret? What is it that you are doing to reach success, can you give me some tips? I want to be a successful work at home mom too!!” These 21 tips are my “Secret” and if you follow them everyday consistently, you too will be a six figure earner in the work at home industry!  I TRULY believe that!

1. Better listening means more enrollments.  Focus on your prospects needs rather than yours. How can you help THEM?  Listen for their why.  Engage with them. You will create a connection with your prospect if they can hear that you care.  This is how you will become a master recruiter.

2. Smile on your prospecting calls.  They will hear the kindness and excitement in your voice.  Take the saying “Smile and Dial” to heart… it works!!

3. Focus on how many people you can talk to versus how many people you can enroll. When you’re focused on results, it can stress you out.  Instead, focus on talking to as many people as you can.  Think of each conversation whether they enroll or not as a success.  When you do this, the enrollments WILL follow!

4. If an advertising method isn’t working, try something else. Don’t dwell on what is not working, go out and find something that DOES work!

5. Do something today completely out of your comfort zone.  Like TODAY, when you’re done reading this!  Whatever makes you uncomfortable but you know in the back of your mind that not doing it is holding you back from success… DO IT!!!!

6. Instead of focusing on the negative, find something positive to focus on. Don’t let negativity overpower your day. You have a choice. Is this going to be a good day or a bad day?  Also, your team is watching you, your prospects are listening to you, Attitudes are contagious, what you feel, they will feel.

7. Be grateful for what you already have.  When you’re focusing on the good things in your life (and you have them, even if you think you don’t), it’s hard to be negative or feel down.  Living with an attitude of gratitude makes all the difference.

8. Make someone smile today.  Spread happiness.  Be Kind. Not only will you make someone’s day, they will turn around and bless someone else with their happiness.  And this in turn will put a smile on your face!

9. Readers are leaders… what are you currently reading? Grab a good book, read a chapter a day and watch your life and your business transform into greatness!

10. Have you listened to a training call this week?  Your team’s training calls are part of your lifeline. No matter what level you are with your business, don’t ever feel as if you’ve arrived. You must always focus on growing!

11. Stay in contact with your enroller! This is the other half of your lifeline. Don’t wait for them to contact you.  They are waiting and excited to hear from you!  That’s when they know you’re serious about your business.

12. Make your team members feel as special as they are.  Be a cheerleader for your team.  Recognize them for every victory, big or small.  It will make their day and push them to work harder!

13. Cheer for yourself!!!  Believe in YOU!  YOU CAN DO THIS!!!!  Your business will be as successful as you think you can make it!

14. Laugh off your mistakes and keep pressing forward. Take each mistake and learn from it.  Embrace them, they will make you better!

15. Take one day off per week to enjoy your family. After all, aren’t they what you are working for?

16. Make a to-do list every morning.  Sounds simple, right?  This one tip will help you to stay organized and on task.  Try it and enjoy the feeling at the end of the day when you know you’ve had a productive day.

17. Treat your business like a business, not a hobby.  You have to be THE HARDEST BOSS YOU’VE EVER HAD! Respect your business, show up for work, be consistent, and you will earn business income instead of hobby income.

18. Don’t spend too much time on Facebook, pick up the phone!  Facebook is an amazing marketing tool for us in this industry, use it.  But don’t get sucked in to just sitting there all day scrolling through the news feed.

19. Lead by example. Don’t just talk about it, get out there and DO IT!  I never ask my team to do anything I’m not willing to get out there and do myself.  If you want your team to be top producers, BE a top producer yourself!

20. Small action steps compounded over time turn into something great. CONSISTENCY is the secret to building a successful home business!!!  Touch your business every single day.

21. Don’t quit before the blessing. The first year in network marketing is the hardest. It’s new, your learning the ropes, finding your niche, programming yourself to have a business mindset. All the successful people that you see in this industry that have the success that you want, they ALL went through their first year, they all had bumps and obstacles. YOU are not the only one that is hitting obstacles. Obstacles are a part of life. They are a test to see what you’re made of. So if you want success, know that you have to go through all of that first before you reach the blessing. And the blessing guys… is so worth it!

GO for greatness!!  You deserve it!!

Which one tip is your favorite?  Leave me a comment below:) I would love to hear from you!

Cheering you on,


100K in Residual Income with AmeriPlan… Done!!

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cadillac2100K in residual income… wow!!!  WHAT a year it has been!! A new Cadillac, I got married, hit RVP and 75K, just bought a new house and now 100K! I’m so very grateful for this life that AmeriPlan has given me the opportunity to design. I always KNEW this day would come, it was never a matter of IF for me, just a matter of when. That belief system along with a never ending level of consistency, a good attitude and THE BEST TEAM ON THE PLANET is why I am sitting here writing this! And I have to admit, this feels good. It feels really good:)

When I first started this business in 2006, I was a stay at home mom of a two and five year old. I was in a very bad marriage and needed to find a way out, but living the typical single parent lifestyle and letting my kids be raised in daycare centers did not appeal to me at all. We deserved better! So I started looking for a better way, a Plan B. I had been looking for work at home for about two years when I found AmeriPlan. I wouldn’t give anything a try, I was a huge skeptic. When I found AmeriPlan, I got excited! I had finally found a company with elite credentials that operated with integrity. I had found my Ameri “Plan B”!! I came into this business with absolutely NO experience, a HUGE phone fear, no internet marketing skills, no knowledge of the industry, to say I was green is an understatement. But what I did have was a phenomenal attitude and a willingness to learn and GET GOOD at this!! I knew that if someone else was out there doing this successfully, that I could too. I never doubted that for a second. So I got busy, didn’t make excuses and never looked back!!

My journey with AmeriPlan has been amazing, but it hasn’t always been easy. I hit many obstacles and made a lot of mistakes. But I jumped right over the obstacles and decided to turn my mistakes into opportunities to learn and get better. A few months into my business, I went through a divorce, had to give up our home, my kids had to change schools and I had to get a full time job outside of the home about an hour and a half across town. My days were very hectic, I was truly a part of the single mom, rat race. I would sit in my car on my lunch breaks and make my calls. I enrolled a lot of people in that parking lot in the hot, Florida sun! There is no doubt that it was challenging. BUT, I KNEW that it was only temporary! I KNEW that making the sacrifices would be worth it! I set a goal to replace that income in twelve months and come back home to my kids. I didn’t reach that goal in 12 months but I did in 14 months!! The next few months were incredible… home with my kids, building a business that I love, life was good:)

But a couple months later, my family faced a huge tragedy. My little sister, who was only 28 years old, was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Because of AmeriPlan, I was able to spend just about everyday of her last 10 months of her life with her. I would pack up my laptop and phone and just go be with her. We laughed, we cried, we reminisced, that time was priceless to me. It was time that I was not going to get back. If I had still been working at a job, I wouldn’t have been able to do that. During that time, I kept working my AmeriPlan business, even if it was just a little everyday. Having the blessing of residual income during that time was HUGE for me. My check still came, my check still grew. THAT is the power of what we are working for here! And during that time, my AmeriPlan family showered me with so much love! I had already known that AmeriPlan was my home but that was just another confirmation that I was exactly where I needed to be!! This is SO much more than a business!!

Of course there are so many that have helped me reach this goal:

A HUGE thank you to my AmeriPlan mom and dad, Janie and Michael:) WHAT would I do without you!! You have been my inspiration from day one! You’ve helped me in so many ways and I’m just so incredibly grateful for both of you. Thank you for always believing in me. You have changed my life and I love you both!

Dennis and Daniel, thank you for this opportunity!!! I hope you realize how many lives your vision has changed and will continue to change. Thank you for giving us all the tools this year to take our businesses to a whole new level… the best compensation plan EVER, the Cadillac Club, all the bonuses and the promotions. I appreciate you both!!

The corporate staff, thank you for all that you do for us behind the scenes everyday!

To my husband Jason, thank you for believing in me and AmeriPlan and for putting up with my “I’m not going to stop working until it’s done” attitude:)

To my babies, Brittani and Landon, you are my everything and the whole reason why I work this so hard everyday! Thank you so much for being so patient and for cheering me on while mommy built our business!! We did it!!!

To my AmeriPlan sisters, Kelly O’Donnell, Maria Rappa, Patti Triplett, Jayme Boyles, Terri Medine-Dunlap, Michelle Stefferson, Winnie Woody, Kathleen Strooband, Amy Jacobs, Kim Blessing, Rotonya Jackson, Theresa Swendra, Michelle Everett, Ildi Veres, Brittany Winfree, Debbie Hanson, Lisa Simpson, Laurie Krawczyk and my AmeriPlan brother, David Mayo – Thank you all for being by my side and making this business SO much fun!! I can’t wait for convention!! :)

To my incredible, unstoppable team, which I wish I could list EVERY single one of your names here, thank YOU from the bottom of my heart for sharing this vision with me and for being a part of my life!! I would NOT be here without you!!! You are all so very special to me and I am TRULY looking forward to seeing you all reach new levels in 2013!!

For everyone working on their AmeriPlan dream, you can do this too! I am not anything extraordinary, I’ve just been here a little longer than you. Get to work, make sacrifices, don’t make excuses and don’t let people steal your dreams! They are YOUR dreams and YOU are in control of them!! Be the leader, stay laser focused and keep pressing forward!! It is ALL SO VERY WORTH IT!!! If you want this, GO GET IT!! There is so much opportunity in AmeriPlan right now! We can’t wait to see ALL of you earning 100K and beyond!!
GAME is ON!!!

Lots of love,

Kristie DeGraw
Regional Vice President

100K Founders Club (This is the first time I’ve typed that!!! WOOOHOOOO!!!!!!!!)


What Residual Income Can Do For YOU!

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Having a source of passive/residual income in today’s economy is essential. Back in the day, people flocked to real estate to create their passive income. And they did very well with it for quite some time. However, we all know where that market has gone…into the dirt. In these tough economic times of layoffs and people’s retirement accounts and dreams disappearing, the brilliant financial minds out there like Donald Trump, Robert Kiyosaki and Warren Buffett now recommend network marketing to people to create their passive/residual income. And before turning your nose up at the thought of network marketing, know that it’s SO much more than the “old school chasing friends and family down” days that have been embedded in people’s minds. There is no more having to approach your friends and family to buy products/services and join your home business. It’s SO much more than that. I’ve been in this industry for almost six years and have never one time approached a friend or family member and don’t ever plan to. LOVE them dearly, they are so important to me and I treasure them but it’s just not my thing. There is a WHOLE world out there on the internet that are looking for a network marketing business from home that don’t need to be “sold” on the concept. When the big dogs, Robert Kiyosaki, Donald Trump and Warren Buffett put their seal of approval all over network marketing, people started to get their noses out of the air and started paying attention.  The AWESOME thing about creating a residual income with Network Marketing is it doesn’t require a lot of capital upfront, like real estate does, for example. Anyone with a good attitude, persistence and a lot of self motivation can do it. And while those three qualities may weed out many, it still leaves a door open for average people…like me.

So, what’s the big deal about having a residual income?  Residual income is a beautiful thing, you do the work one time and that income continues to follow you month after month, year after year. I am still receiving residual income every month for business I put on the books in 2006! You can’t beat that! This type of passive income not only keeps you set financially but it allows you to focus on things in your life that are most important, your family, your relationships, enjoying life, all those things we cherish but so many don’t have themselves setup to put first. Bottom line, it gives you freedom!!

My sister and I.

My residual income has not only allowed me to be home with my kids for the past few years but it’s touched me on an even deeper level. In October 2008, my family faced a horrible tragedy. My little sister who was only 28 years old was diagnosed with terminal cancer (Melanoma) and given less than a year to live. She fought hard for ten months but we lost her on 8/21/09. During those ten months, I was able to spend time with her for hours just about everyday. We laughed, we cried, we spent quality time together, time that I could never replace. If I wouldn’t have had a strong residual income, I wouldn’t have been able to do that. So I’m truly grateful for my home business and my residual income for giving me the freedom to spend time on what was truly important to me. I worked around my sister, my checks still came, my checks still grew! What a blessing that I didn’t have to worry about finances during a time where money should be the least of anyone’s worries.

We all have things come up in our lives, divorces, sick family members, injuries, child birth, spouses getting laid off, etc. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a residual income already coming to you every month when those things come up?  A guaranteed check in the mail every month certainly makes things a lot easier, I know from personal experience. If you are already working on building a residual income for yourself and your family, good for you! Keep on working hard to grow it, it will come in handy through the years. If you haven’t started to build your residual income, what are you waiting for? Find your opportunity and get to work on it, it is SO worth it!

So grateful for my residual income,