Monday, August 20, 2018

A Great Job for EAs / Executive Assistants / Admin Assistants / Personal Assistants

If you have experience as any type of assistant - whether you've worked as an Executive Assistant, Admin Assistant, or a Personal Assistant... I can't help thinking you'd really do well in this business, because I know my administrative skills have been a huge asset to me in this field.  The skills you learn in administrative work can go a long way in terms of helping you to build your own business.

In the first 2 weeks of joining this business, Monica (the woman who is now my business partner) said to me, "Man, you are like a workhorse!"  I had been working all day at my day job, and then I'd go home and work constantly on the business. I was using all my free time to come up with new marketing ideas, and was working on a new blog, craigslist ads, postcards, business cards, flyers, you name it.

I really appreciated that she acknowledged my work ethic. I may not have a college degree, but I am used to working my butt off. I've spent the last two years, working 40-60 hours a week, and I often work on the weekends as well. 

Part of the reason I've been working that much is because I've been building systems for people in my group, so they don't have to work as much as I did (and if they do want to put in 40-60 hours a week, they will be able to make way more than I did!). I don't think that is necessary to be successful in this business, but if you want to make over a million dollars... that's the kind of time you need to put in!

A big part of the reason I am a workhorse is because I've had experience working as an Executive Assistant.  That really gave me the BEST training for being able to work for myself. It's true, I feel that every job I've ever had in my life - from waitressing to being an apprentice carpenter to working in real estate - has given me skills that I can apply to my business today. But I'd say the MOST valuable skills I have, that I can apply to my current business, were the ones I learned from working in an office, and especially my jobs as an EA!

When you are an EA, you have to work a LOT, and work FAST. In my opinion, if you are an Executive Assistant, you are the PERFECT candidate to excel in having your own business, because you spend so much of your time helping someone else run their business and life. You HAVE to stay on top of things, and keep things running smoothly.

Think about all that energy you are spending on running not just someone else's life, but your own life, too. It takes superhuman strength to do this... and yet... somehow it just didn't seem right that I wasn't even making 1/10th of what my boss made!

Imagine what you could accomplish, if you just took that energy, and put it all into your own business!

Have you ever thought about that? If you're like me, I'll bet you have. I remember how, when I was working as an EA, I would so often say to myself, if I could just spend the kind of energy, working on my own business, as I'm spending on helping my boss to run his business... I could become a millionaire!

When you work for someone else, there will always be a limit on how much money you can make.  Yeah, I will acknowledge that it was good money to be an EA (though somehow, I was still barely making ends meet)!  But do you feel like you've got the golden handcuffs on you? Staying at a job with great perks, job security, benefits, profit sharing, a 401K, and lots of familiarity and security... but you still feel insecure about your future?  

If you are not the owner of the company, you do not get the last word as to whether you stay or go.  Your situation might seem cushy now, but have you ever wondered what would happen if something happened to the company, or if something happened to your boss? Are you absolutely sure that you would still have a job? In 20 years, will you be working for the same company, or is there a chance you could be back in the work force, trying to find a job in your later years?  

I started to experience "agism" for the first time in my 30s, when I would go for job interviews and realize that the companies I was interviewing at, would be satisfied with someone way younger than me, with less skills and less job experience, who wanted to wear more fashionable clothes and makeup, and were willing to work for much less money.  I realized that things were just going to get worse and worse for me, if I didn't figure out a way to keep other people from dictating my employment status or the amount of money that went into my bank account!

In 2012, it was a really big wake-up call to watch this 60 minutes video about the 401K fallout (scroll down to see it). They showed several people who were once hopeful of retirement, suddenly realizing that because they lost so much money in their 401Ks, they would have to keep working into their 70s, or possibly for the rest of their lives. 

The cameras followed them to their day jobs - at a funeral home, in daycare, behind the counter at Supermarket, and working the cash register at Starbucks. These are jobs that can be fun in your 20s, but they're not so great in your later years when it's hard to stand all day. When 60 Minutes reporter Steve Kroft asked one man, "Do you think you'll ever be able to retire?" His wife immediately responded "No," and he said "I don't see that day.... I can no longer see that day."

If you aren't familiar with how a 401K works, you should know that legal fees, trustee fees, transactional fees, stewardship fees, bookkeeping fees, finders' fees and more can eat up half the income in some 401K plans, in a 30 year span.  If you have never seen this video before... please have a look, especially if you are planning to retire with what's in your 401K.

You can read more about the realities of a 401K in these articles:

Is your 401(k) ripping you off? |

I know it feels comfortable and secure, to work for someone else, and get a regular paycheck coming in. I can definitely say from experience that it can be scary to work for yourself, if you've never done it before. It can be downright frightening to not have a regular paycheck coming in. 

There was a day I swore I would never work for another corporation again... I was trying so hard to make ends meet, working for myself.... but I just couldn't make enough money to pay the rent here in Northern California.  I had a choice: either go back to work for corporate america, or go homeless. So I had to go back to working in an office, with my tail tucked between my legs and kicking myself the whole time. 

But haven't you ever thought to yourself... If I could just put this same amount of energy, into my own business... I'd be making millions. 

I don't know about you, but I always wanted to make at least as much as my boss was making, but I knew that just wouldn't be possible, in the position I was in. The only way I could make that kind of money would be to work for myself.

What's funny is, when I talk about making millions, that sounds like a lot, but it really isn't. When I was 45, I took a good look at what I would really need for retirement, and realized I was drastically falling short! I would need a million dollars to save for retirement, and I wasn't even close. I did this calculation just to see what I'd need if I had $20,000.00 in the bank, but truth be told... I had more like $200 in the bank!

 Please have a look at THIS PAGE to see where you are stacking up, financially, in terms of being able to save enough money to retire. 


I didn't just want to have enough money to retire. I also wanted to know I had enough money for the "What Ifs." What if someone in my family came down with a really serious illness and needed financial support? What if something happened to me? What if something happened to our house, or our savings? Money can be gained and lost in so many ways. I needed to learn how to get secure in our investments. 

Inside every EA, there is a workhorse who is being expertly groomed to excel in her own business. Because you are like SuperWoman. You've learned how to manage and run someone else's life and your own life. And many EAs have their own families they are managing as well! 

If you're interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact me via the form on the right. Thanks!

Laura Ellen

Sunday, March 26, 2017

20% of Americans have zero or negative net worth—and that number is growing

From this page:

More Americans Are Drowning Financially in Underwater Nation

(Photo: Emiel de Lange / Shutterstock)
Are you or a loved one having trouble staying afloat? You’re truly not alone.
While the media reports low unemployment and a rising stock market, the reality is that almost 20 percent of the country lives in “Underwater Nation,” with zero or even negative net worth. And more still have almost no cash reverses to get them through hard times.
This is a source of enormous stress for many low and middle-income families.
Savings and wealth are vital life preservers for people faced with job loss, illness, divorce, or even car trouble. Yet an estimated 15 to 20 percent of families have no savings at all, or owe more than they own.
They’re disproportionately rural, female, renters, and people without a college degree. But the underwater ranks also include a large number of people who appear to be in the stable middle class. Health challenges are a major cause of savings depletion for these people, both in medical bills and lost wages.
Plenty more Americans could be vulnerable.
A financial planner will advise you to put aside three months of living expenses in financial reserves, just in case. So if your living expenses are $2,000 a month, you should try to have $6,000 in “liquidity” — money you can easily get to in an emergency.
But 44 percent of households don’t have enough funds to tide themselves over for three months, even if they lived at the poverty level, according to the Assets and Opportunity Scorecard.
Even having a positive net worth doesn’t mean you can always tap these funds, especially if wealth takes the form of home equity or owning a car.
Bankrate survey found that 63 percent of U.S. households lack the cash or savings to meet a $1,000 emergency expense. They’d have to borrow from a friend or family, or put costs on a credit card.
Seven percent of U.S. homeowners are underwater homeowners, with mortgage debt higher than the value of their homes. And more and more people have taken on credit card debt to pay the bills. Meanwhile, student debt is rising rapidly and is projected to become one of the biggest factors in negative wealth.
Conservative scolds will blame individuals for “living beyond their means” and being financially irresponsible. And individual behavior is important. But the financial stresses facing millions of families are more likely the result of four decades of stagnant incomes.
Half the workers in this country haven’t shared in the economic gains that have mostly gone to the rich. Their real wages have stayed flat while health care, housing, and other expenses continue to rise.
So not everyone is on the edge at this time of dizzying inequality, after all. The 400 wealthiest billionaires in the U.S. have as much wealth together as the bottom 62 percent of the population.
This is only possible because of the expanding ranks of drowning Americans.
Some politicians will scapegoat immigrants or other vulnerable people for this suffering. When this happens, hold on tight to your purse or wallet. They’re trying to distract you from the rich and powerful elites who are rigging the rules to get more wealth and power.
They want to deflect your attention away from the reality that your economic pain is the result of deliberate government rules that give more tax cuts to the super-rich and global corporations, keep wages down, push up tuition costs, and let corporations nickel and dime you for all you’re worth.
Congress and the Trump administration are proposing to cut health care, pass more tax cuts for the rich, and give global corporations even more power over you. They promise benefits will “trickle down.”
Unless we speak up, the only trickle will be the expansion of Underwater Nation.
Chuck Collins is a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Getting Help Getting Started

I am happy and proud to say I have a successful business that enables me to work from home, keep my own schedule, help lots of people, feel a lot of pride in my work, and make good money at the same time. 

There is a way I can help you get started, but only if you are willing to work really hard and show me that you're serious about creating a business and making money. 

Things were very hard in the beginning, because I had no direction and no clear system for marketing online. One of my goals is to make things a lot easier for my team, than it was for me. I worked extremely hard (and it cost me a lot of money) to gain the knowledge that I did, in the last 2 years of building my business. So I only want to work with people who understand that you have to work really hard, in order to become successful. 

In my first 4 months of doing this business, I was working 40-50 hours a week, trying to figure out how to sell the product online, in a way I could duplicate. Because I didn't have a working system, I made only 2 sales in my first 4 months (and I just did it the old fashioned way - by delivering water).
The grand total for all my efforts was $580.

I did the math on that, and $570 divided by 800 hours of work is 71 cents per hour (it's actually even less than that because I used 40 hours a week to do the math, when it was often more like 50 or 60). That's less than I made at my first-ever job as a babysitter when I was 12, and earned a dollar per hour.  

I really shouldn't even count that $570 as income, because my payments for the machine were $225 a month (because our credit didn't qualify for the $44 per month deal).  So it was more like I'd made $-330!  And I haven't even included the cost of my at-home business expenses....  yeah, let's not even go there. 

When you are an entrepreneur and you want to make the kind of money that you know you could NEVER make in an office, you can spend a LOT of time working for free. It's just the nature of the business, and if you cannot ever get used to that idea, then you should really consider getting a day job that pays well. Just be sure to save as much money as possible, so if you get laid off after 20+ years of loyalty to your company (as I've seen happen to too many people), or if your 401K goes bust...  you'll have a backup plan!

I spent a LOT of time in the beginning, working my butt off, without getting paid at all.... but the payoff was worth it.  Now that I know what I'm doing and have a system in place, we are able to sell multiple machines each month, and we are making a lot more commission per sale, than we did when I first started out. But it took a lot of time and energy to build that system.

Giving people money to get started is not really helping them...

... but giving them a way to earn it, is. Giving you a system that works is 100 times more powerful than giving you money up front. 

Awhile back I had an idea to pay people a little money to get started in this business, when they were low on funds (as I have been, too many times in my life). But I soon realized that was a bad idea. By offering to cover someone else's measly $25 fee to enter into the business (plus tax and shipping), with no guarantee of any results, I realized I would be doing that person (and myself) a big disservice. 

I'm supposed to be raising the bar for people in my group, not lowering it.  A $25 one time fee for a Tokurei distributorship is so ridiculously low that if a person thinks that is too high (or doesn't think there is ever a way they could come up with it on their own) then I am enabling them to hang onto a poor person's mentality. How in the world are they supposed to attract people who are going to be willing to commit to buying a $4,000 product, if they can't even commit to a way to come up with 25 bucks?

Believe me, I know what it's like to be broke and need help!

I am "that person" who was always working at side jobs to make money.  I was a musician and artist who wanted to keep a loose and free schedule so that I could continue to pursue my own passions, without being burnt out at the end of a week. Babysitting, dog sitting, cat sitting, house sitting, photography, temp jobs. For much of my 20's and 30s, any little job that made enough money to cover my rent and bills, but didn't involve too much commitment, had my name written all over it.  

I was always broke... but I also know that I was that way by choice, because I wanted to work on my own projects when I got home. I know that some people would look at my lack of money, and assume that I was a slacker. But I knew I was a workaholic by nature... I just hadn't found a day job that I loved enough to want to commit myself to it, completely (but when I did, I went ALL OUT).

When you are in network marketing, and you start recruiting people, you have to separate the people who are willing to work hard, from the people who aren't. You are never going to survive in this business if you aren't tough, or if you expect someone to hand you something. You have to get out of the paycheck mindset if you want to be hugely successful, and you have to take matters into your own hands. 

The way you got into a business is the way you have to expect your own customers to get into the business.  If you got into a business with financial help, you're going to primarily attract people who expect you to help them get into the business, and I don't want you to start off that way, because it would quickly overwhelm you. You want to attract strong people who understand that nothing comes for free, and are willing to work very hard, for themselves, in order to make things happen.  You just have to do a little more digging to find those people. 

Enagic distributors are a lot like people who work in Real Estate

In real estate there are a lot of people who work on their own time, without getting paid an hourly wage. They have NO guarantees that they will make any money at all, and they have to constantly HUSTLE. But when they do get paid.... they get paid very well.

Bird Dogs

I actually worked as a bird dog in real estate for awhile. A bird dog is someone who goes out and finds someone who wants to sell their house, and they bring this buyer to either a wholesaler or a real estate agent or a private investor who will fix it up and put it on the market. The bird dog acts as a middle man.  It is essentially a way for a person to get paid, without any money or commitment.    


Bird dogs are like wholesalers, in that they act as the middle man who works with a homeowner who wants to sell their property.  A wholesaler uses a contract. Like a bird dog, they have to hustle, and they don't know if they're going to get paid or not!  But they do it because they know that when they get paid, they'll get paid well. And doing this allows them to keep a free schedule. 

Real Estate Agents

In my opinion the Agent has the toughest job.  Not only do they have to hustle, and they do NOT get any kind of hourly wage or guarantee that they will be paid one dime, but they are bound by their company to obey a lot of rules. AND they have to pay a lot of fees in order to just maintain their status as an agent. 

I'm pointing out these 3 professions because they're examples of people who get paid well, but they have to work really hard, in order to ensure that they get paid at all.  The only way to ensure you'll have money coming in, when you are self employed, is to work your butt off, and build a system that works!

Some people aren't interested in this kind of job, because they just want to work a few hours, or they just want a set, predictable job with a regular paycheck, that will allow them to kick back and go on cruise control. If that's really what you're looking for, then this job isn't for you (unless you want to do it on the side when you get home from your job, to see how it pans out).  

But if you're willing to work really hard in this business, you can build a huge network that will pay you more than you could have ever made at a day job.

How I can help you get started - if you want help

Even though I don't give people money to get started, I do have a way to help people who want to get into this business with no money.  Like I said, I know what it feels like to be super, super broke. I really wanted to work, but it was hard to find something I could do that I actually wanted to do, from home.

If you are interested in working for yourself (with the intent to become an independent distributor and pay your own fee as soon as you have the money), you can let people know about the business opportunity, on your own time (just like I do). That is exactly what we, as independent distributors, do. We work on our own time, without ever getting paid, until we find a qualified buyer. 

Nobody offered to pay my way in to this business.... that's for damn sure!


The way you can get started is, I can show you what I do, as an independent distributor, and you can do it too, and see if it is something that would work for you. There is a huge advantage in this, in that you don't need to pay any money to get started, and you don't have to make any commitments. It's kind of like how kids will "shadow" at a high school for a day, to see if it would be a good fit for them. 

If you can find a buyer who wants to purchase a machine from you, and you bring the buyer to my group, then we would both get paid. If you do this, it would then give me the money to be able to help you join as a Tokurei (good samaritan) distributor, and you can keep on marketing in the same way (or your own way) to make money.  So I didn't just give you the money - you earned it. 

A Kangen water distributor only gets paid when they've found an interested prospect who is ready to buy the product, and they can bring that sale to Enagic. Just like a bird dog and a wholesaler get paid by a real estate agent when they can find a qualified seller, and bring them to an investor or agent.  And a fisherman gets paid by a seafood market when he brings them fish. And a seller at the farmer's market gets paid when they bring produce to their customers. You are giving someone the ability to pay you, when you have something to offer, that's of value to them!  

If someone is willing to do the work, and do whatever it takes to find a qualified buyer (which is exactly what I have to do, in order to get paid), then I would be more than happy to partner with them, to help them join the business.  If they aren't willing to do the work (which everyone in this business has to do), in order to be successful... well then, there's my answer to what would have happened if I had made the mistake of paying them up front!

Network marketing is a performance based business where you simply do not get paid unless you are producing results. But on the positive side, there is no limit on what you can make, when you do figure out how to produce results!

You have to lose that paycheck mentality in order to be successful. The people who become multi millionaires, and are making WAY more than they did in an office, understand this. If you become an entrepreneur and make LOTS of money, you have to have the polar opposite mindset of the paycheck mentality. With a paycheck mentality you are saying, "If you agree to pay me first, with no guarantees that I'm going to help you produce results or make money, then I will work for you." It's really kind of an "entitled" and "slacker" mentality, if you ask me.  

But with an entrepreneurial mindset, you are saying, "I am willing to work first, and then I will get paid, based on my performance." And to me, this just makes a whole lot more sense... for everyone inolved. 

If you would like to get started in this business, I can show you how. Just fill out this form to get started, and I will get back to you soon!

Laura Ellen

Monday, February 20, 2017

What I learned about Stepping It Up - from my Success Coach Tim Taylor

I will always be grateful to my success coach, Tim, for teaching me how to be tough!  He definitely raised the bar for me, to inspire me to reach new heights, and to try to inspire others to do the same.

Tim had more determination than anyone I'd ever known, and his coaching definitely played a part in my success in Enagic.  He really taught me to have the mindset of, you can make anything happen if you put your mind to it. Tim was like the Textbook Definition of Determination, and he really raised the bar in my thinking. 

I want to share part of Tim's story with you, in the hopes that you will see how I got to be a pretty determined person. I'd already considered myself to be a pretty determined person, but Tim really helped me to take things to a new level. After you read this post, hopefully you will see why, if someone tries to tell me they can't come up with the money to join Enagic (when it's dirt cheap), I have to tell you that you are doing yourself a great disservice by using that as an excuse!

I even have a list of 10 ways you can get a machine, even if you're broke (just ask me for it if you need it). Where there is a will, there is a way. Tim really taught me that you have to just figure out a way to make things happen!  

About Tim's story...

Tim was a guy who, like many of us, had seen many info-mercials on late night TV, saying you could get rich in Real Estate. And he had always wanted to learn about real estate investing, but he just didn't take action. And the people around him were telling him it was a bad idea. So, he just followed in his Dad's footsteps for 10 years, and became a successful plant manager at a manufacturing company. 

But even after 10 years of hard work, he didn't have much to show for it, in terms of his life savings, and he didn't have a backup plan, either.

Tim told us that his life drastically changed, when his father got laid off from the company he'd been loyal to for 33 years.  Tim realized he was like a younger version of his father.  He had been mentored by his father. A lot of people viewed Tim as a successful manager, but Tim knew a big part of the reason he was successful was because he'd been trained, personally, by his Dad.

After his Dad was fired, Tim realized, whoah... that same exact thing could happen to me.  He could see that it had destroyed his father, emotionally, and it aged him considerably.  Tim drew a line in the sand and he vowed to himself, that is NEVER happening to me!

Tim didn't want to just learn real estate investing from books and tapes. He wanted to learn it from a live person, just like he'd learned how to be successful as a plant manager, from his Dad.

Tim wanted to be coached by the most successful real estate investor he could think of, in his area. The guy's name was Ray, he owned tons of real estate around town, and he went around town being driven by a chauffer!  Tim knew, that is the guy I need to learn from.

So he approached Ray, and asked if Ray would mentor him.  Ray said no, and rudely shrugged him off.  Tim approached him again, and Ray shrugged him off again.  Tim couldn't believe he couldn't get through to him, and he talked to a friend who knew Ray, to see if he could get through to him. 

Ray told the mutual friend that he didn't want to mentor Tim because basically, he didn't want to waste his time. Soooo many people say they want something, but they aren't serious, and then they just flake out.

But eventually, one day, Ray needed a favor. He needed to sell 10 houses, and he decided to put Tim to the test. Ray said to the mutual friend, You know that friend of yours who keeps bugging me? Tell him that if he's willing to buy these properties from me, I will mentor him, but if not... forget it.

When Tim got the message he immediately said, I'LL DO IT. Whatever it takes, I'll do it.  Even though he had no idea HOW he was going to do it, he was fiercely determined to figure out a way!

Tim went to bank after bank, and was escorted out by people who were saying that there was no way they would lend him the money. They said he was crazy. He had NO real estate experience, and here he was, saying he wanted to borrow enough money for TEN HOUSES, and he had less than $400 in the bank!  Tim got rejected over, and over and over, by over 100 lenders.... until one day.... someone finally said yes.

How many people would have quit after one or two NOs?  Would you? I know I probably would have... until I got Tim's training. And after hundreds of hours of listening to Tim's coaching tapes, that man has just become a normal part of my psyche!

I told this story about Tim so that you can see where I'm coming from, when I say I only want to work with people who are willing to work hard, and figure out a way to come up with the money to join Enagic. Tim had no tolerance for whiners, and people who come up with lame excuses for why they can't make something happen.  And now, thanks to Tim... neither do I!

Tim pointed out to us that the cost of purchasing a franchise was WAY more than the cost of his coaching program... and his coaching program was $10,000.00 at the time I took it in 2009. Most franchises cost $100,000.00 or more.

It costs just $44 a month (interest free, for the first 12 months) to become a distributor in Enagic, and to me that was a complete no-brainer. That is 0.05 percent of what it costs to open the average franchise, but with a franchise you are only marketing one store. With Enagic, you can market globally. 

We didn't qualify for the option to get a machine for just $44 a month, because we had a mountain of medical and credit card debt that put us into a black hole, and our credit didn't qualify.  But luckily, Enagic had a program where you could get a machine for just $1000 down (which is less than what it costs for Enagic to even make the machine). 

As Tim taught me... when one thing doesn't work, you just keep on going and figure out a way. It wasn't easy to come up with the money, but we really wanted to do this as a business (in addition to the fact that we really wanted a machine), so we just FOUND A WAY to make it happen. 

Tim really raised the bar for me, and I want to raise the bar for all the people who join my group, too.  

Tim also taught me the value of creating systems. He devised a blueprint for his properties. He had systems and checklists that he used regularly (the most successful real estate investors understand the value in this)!  And I learned to do the same. I spent the last 2 years building systems that have helped me with my own business, and now, in the same way that Tim shared his systems with other people, I am ready to share them with YOU!

I plan on investing in real estate again, one day, but I am putting all real estate on hold until after I've given all my energy and focus to Enagic, for the next 2-3 years (at least). I can see the massive potential to create wealth in this business, so I'm going full blast, baby!

If you want to see more of Tim's story, just click on the photo to the left (when you get to his site, click on "Tim's story." If you decide to do Enagic as a business, and then decide to invest in real estate one day, you should have plenty enough money saved, to afford Tim's coaching! As you can see, I highly recommend it!  Tim's success principles aren't valuable just for real estate.  The most valuable thing I learned from Tim is that you have to be TOUGH in order to successful.  I will always be grateful for Tim's influence on me!

If you want me to coach you and teach you what I've learned about how to be successful in Enagic, just fill out the form on the right hand side of the page.  


Friday, February 17, 2017

Women in Network Marketing Event in Las Vegas! Check it out Live or In-Stream!

Check out Eric and Marina Worre's Most Powerful Women in Network Marketing Event!
March 2-4, 2017

You can also purchase a Live-Stream ticket. There will be a link at the bottom of the page. I got to listen to the 2016 event (a re-broadcast) and was blown away by how much content and value there was in those speeches. All businesswomen should hear these women talk. It was truly the most inspirational event I'd ever seen.


Look at all these successful women who will be speaking at the event! (And a few couples will be featured as well).


to learn more and register! 
They're almost completely sold out but you can still get a ticket to the LiveStream Event!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Watch a Video Presentation About The Best Business Ever!

I've had home based, network marketing businesses, in the past, where I have sat with someone at a coffee shop, showed them a presentation on my laptop, and bought them a cup of coffee (the least I could do to thank them for sitting with me for an hour or so, and listening to my business presentation).  

This is not a bad way to go, but... I haven't had that kind of time, lately.  A lot of my time is devoted to working with people who have life-threatening illnesses. Largely for that reason, it's taken me 2 years to really start focusing on recruiting people, and letting more people know about this incredible business opportunity.

It seems like it would be a lot more efficient, for both of us, to let you look at the business opportunity on your own time. So, for the people who are willing to look at the presentation on their own time, fill out a questionnaire, and have a brief chat over the phone, I would be more than happy to treat you to Starbucks!  

If you feel that the business is not for you, you will still get the $5 Starbucks card.  But if you do decide to join our group, you will get a $50 card!

To qualify for the Starbucks card, you just need to do 3 things:

1) Sign up for the webinar on THIS PAGE, and watch it till the end. Please note that there is a "preview video: on that page, which you can look at before the webinar, to see what other people have to say about their experience in working with the company.  Just scroll down to see it. 

2) Fill out the Questionnaire on THIS PAGE, and give me your feedback about what you learned. 

3) Have a brief phone conversation with me, after you've watched the webinar (this will take 10-15 minutes). I want to learn more about you, and make sure I am able to answer any questions you may have. I will not pressure you to join the company (though I probably won't be able to hide the fact that I think it's the best opportunity, ever). I need to see if you'd be a good fit for me to work with, personally. We plan to spend a good amount of time with each person we bring into our organization, so just like with a job interview, I need to make sure it would be a good fit.

When you join our group, I will be sending you TONS of videos, medical research and more. And I will share what I know about being successful in this business. I spent a LOT of money learning from successful people, and now I want to share what I've learned, with my group!  

I want to give you lots of support, and bonuses for working hard. Because I know how hard it was, at times, to stay focused and motivated while working from home, I really want to really encourage you along the way.  I have learned the hard way that it is VERY easy to get distracted and lose your momentum when you work from home. So I want to be that person who can keep you focused, and keep you on track!

When you get started as a distributor with our group, I will be giving you assignments to complete.  There are certain things that really help distributors to do well in this business, and they don't cost a lot of money, either (some of them are even free)!

I will show you:

-Sources for UNLIMITED LEADS and free advertising, that can keep you busy 24/7.

-How to stay motivated and focused while working from home

-What NOT to say to people when you do this business (something I had to learn the HARD way... I lost a lot of sales because I didn't know this in the beginning).

-How to organize and keep track of your follow up leads (it took me a LONG TIME to learn this one)

-How to build a blog just like this one (for FREE), and how to market your own business.  

Thanks for taking the time to read this, and I hope to speak with you soon! 


Laura Ellen

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Why I Started Recruiting People

When I first started Enagic, I really wanted to prove to myself that I could sell these machines, on my own, and I wanted to prove that I didn't need to recruit my friends and family members into this business, in order to be successful.  

For the first few years, I primarily sold these machines to people who were extremely sick, and had been dismissed by their doctors as someone who would most likely die. For the most part, it was very rewarding work.  

But it is also heartbreaking when someone does not live, and I've seen way too many people die in the last 2 years.  In every case, I always think the person could have been saved, if they just knew about the water SOONER. 

Again, I am not saying the water is a cure for anything. But what I am saying is that there are many people who are severely lacking in hydration and they are suffering from an overload of oxidative stress. Their bodies are extremely toxic and this puts them in "the red zone"... and when they're in this zone, anything can happen, and a person really can die.  So in my very strong opinion, hydration and detoxification can greatly help them. And I'm saying this because I've seen it happen, over and over, when a person is able to start soon enough.

I need more people who are willing to share this water!

The #1 reason why I am driving to find new distributors now is because there just are not enough people who can share this water with people who really need it! My goal is to create a larger network of people across the country, who would be willing to share it if you were asked.  You don't have to deliver it (unless you want to... some do). But I would like to build a group of like- minded people who are willing to carry out the vision of the founder, Hironari Oshiro, who has always encouraged people to share the water with others. 

There are a LOT of people in the US who desperately need this water!

I recently had a really sweet girl purchase a machine, and she was desperate to help save her boyfriend, who was very sick.  It took a while for her machine to arrive, and even after it did arrive, she was still waiting for her remineralizer to arrive (because she had a reverse osmosis system, she needed extra minerals in order to make the water able to be ionized).  I tried calling around to see if someone could share water with her, and wasn't having any luck finding someone who was close by, who could share it.

Sadly, her boyfriend went into the hospital before he could get to even try the water.... and he died a few days later.  It is just heartbreaking to get news like this, and I can't help thinking, what if I could have found someone to share this water with her, before he went into the hospital?  True, it may have been too late. She really worked hard to save him and did everything she could think of, but the fact that he passed away only pushes me even harder to make sure there are way more distributors across the US who have these machines.

This has happened to me way too many times in the last year or so, and I am at the point where I feel like I need to do something about it in a big way. I want to see a day where there are a few people with these machines, on every block in the United States. I am confident that this will eventually happen, but I want it to happen sooner than later!

Please know that I do have high expectations for people in my group. You can sell these machines in your own way, but ultimately, I am only interested in recruiting people who have a passion for helping others, and would be willing to share water with people who are sick. I have created a lot of systems and tools, and I am happy to share them with the people in my group who are willing to share water

I have only been asked to share water a handful of times, in the few years I've been doing this business, and I was happy to do it, so it's not like it's a big deal. Even if I got one person a day, asking me for water, I would share it with them. You're not supposed to have to offer to reciprocate, but I always do. If I want someone to share water with me, I will tell them to keep my number, and if they ever need me to share water with a prospect, please don't hesitate to call me.

I want to teach you how to advertise the fact that you are available to share this water, and let people come and get it from you. I am going to show you how to create your own blog (FREE to make and host) that will let the public know you are able to share it with them. I have created a ton of tools and spreadsheets and things I'm able to use, today, to run my business faster than I could in the beginning, and I am happy to share this with people who are sharing water. 

Why I DIDN'T want to recruit people

For a long time, I was not interested in recruiting people, because I can't stand the idea of people trying to make all their money in network marketing by trying to just get a bunch of people "under them" to do the work FOR them!

But after watching some of the videos on Eric Worre's YouTube channel, it became so apparent, these people got to where they are because they genuinely seem to care about others.

I think the biggest misconception with network marketing is that you have to recruit your friends, and that it's all about getting people to "go under you," and pressuring people to buy something. 

Well, that is the exact definition of prejudice... and I was prejudiced, all right.  

Prejudice is what happens when you assume every person or company is the same way, because you have seen or experienced something negative in the past with a few people in the same category, so you assume every one of them, in a similar category, must be the same. It is like racial prejudice. Assuming that you know "how a person must be" just because their skin is a certain color is an assumption!

I worked as a waitress in many different restaurants, and I would sometimes hear other waitresses make the comment that people of a certain race did not tip (I'm not going to say what race it was). This really irritated me, as I suspected that the only reason they weren't getting tipped, was because they weren't giving good service, because they had a pre-conceived notion about the person from the minute they walked into the restaurant!

So whenever any person of that race would come into the restaurant, I always made sure to give them good service - which is what you're supposed to do, with any customer, when you're a waitress. And guess what?  None of them ever stiffed me!

There was way too much of an assumption, that just because we were waitresses, then people automatically should leave us 15 percent, no matter what.  I always thought that was ridiculous. I hate when people have an attitude of entitlement.  I knew that if I was rude to someone or just gave them half-ass service, or if I'd acted as if I was somehow assuming they wouldn't tip me, then I'd have deserved to be stiffed.  

The Network Marketing Stigma

I really held onto a negative stigma about network marketing, because I didn't want other people to think I was being "that person" who's constantly trying to hit up their friends to make lots of money (I have some good news... in this business, you don't have to sell to ANYONE you already know). 

We've all heard the horror stories, about some friend who joins a MLM or network marketing company, and they start hitting up all their friends and family, and then everyone avoids them like the plague. People are just waiting for them to crash and burn, because we've all seen it happen to someone, who put all their time and energy and effort into a business, and then they not only lost all their money, but they lost all most of their friends in the process.

Needless to say, I didn't want to go that route at all. 

My preferred marketing method

I was used to doing eBay.  If I had my druthers, I'd just sell the product all day long on eBay and just let people bid on it! I can be pretty introverted, and don't always feel like being social, and a lot of people who buy from me are the same way. I've never done a "house party" to sell products. I like being able to stay at home and just list something online and not have to go out and talk to a bunch of people about a product. I just want to let them choose to buy it, on their own time, in the same way I'd choose to buy something... at home, in front of a tv or computer screen. No pressure, no hassle.

But to my dismay, I learned that selling the Enagic machines on eBay or Amazon was strictly against the company rules. So I had to find other ways to market the product to end users who really needed it. Luckily, it wasn't too hard, once I figured out what I was doing. 

The company I am with doesn't have many of the usual network marketing characteristics. But if that wasn't the case... what would it matter?  I became a part of the company because I wanted the product (and if you buy a machine, you can automatically become a distributor by just filling out a W9). 

Yeah, the business looked good, but I would have bought the machine even if it cost twice as much, and there was NO business opportunity attached to it, whatsoever.  And knowing what we know now, about the machine, I would be willing to pay 10x more than what it cost us.

I couldn't find any other product out there, that seemed to give people the same results that this one did. So I didn't care if it was sold via a network marketing company or some creepy dude in a dark back alley. The thing looked so awesome, I was going to buy it no matter what the marketing method was. And if it worked as well as I'd hoped it would (which it did), I was going to tell everyone else to do the same. 

If you genuinely do believe in a product...

I've said many times, that I wish someone could have told me about this machine sooner. I found myself being annoyed that no one let me know about this machine, or the business opportunity.  

And yet, I recently realized... I was being such a hypocrite! Because during the first few years of my being involved with this business, I barely did anything to let others know about this job opportunity!  Here I was, expecting other people to have told me about the opportunity, when I barely doing anything to let other people know about it, myself?!  OK, honestly, part of the reason I didn't was largely because I was so busy helping people in a health crisis, I didn't feel like I had time to recruit. But now... I'm making time for it. 

If you truly, really, sincerely do LOVE the product you are selling, and feel that it is something that can genuinely improve peoples' lives and change the world, then you should have NO PROBLEM presenting this opportunity to other salespeople, because you will be helping WAY more people, and making a far greater impact!

If I had done more, to let other salespeople know about the product, and the business opportunity, I would have been able to help 10,000 people to get one of these machines, instead of the 50 it had taken me a year and a half to sell. And that really would have been changing lives. If I'm truly "all about the product"... then shouldn't I have been making a greater effort, to tell other salespeople about it, so I can really make an impact on people and their health?

If everyone in the company had made an effort to tell 100 other salespeople about this company and the product, I would have found out about this machine a long time ago, when me and other people in my family really needed it. 

So I know the "network marketing" stigma is something that I had to get over, if I really wanted to make an impact on the world. When you have a really, really good product, it is actually kind of selfish to keep this knowledge to yourself! 

Finding Balance

In my opinion, it's important to be able to have a good balance, between selling machines directly to consumers (who aren't necessarily looking to do this as a business) and people who are looking for a good business opportunity. 

Don't feel guilty about recruiting people. Just because you market to salespeople also, doesn't mean that you're trying to get a bunch of other people to do the work for you, so you can sit on your butt. 

You will NEVER be successful in this business unless you work extremely hard.  

Systems and Structure

Partly because I was working with so many people in a life-or-death health crisis, I spent a lot of time, over the last year, creating systems and structure, that would make it easier for me to get information across to the people who needed to make a FAST buying decision. It took me over 50 hours of research, to decide if I should get a machine, and some people just do not have that kind of time! So I had to create ways to make the information easier for people to go through, and to process.

I am that kind of person who doesn't just like systems, checklists and structure... I need those things.  That is not to say I will always follow a system to a "T" when it is given to me, but I feel like this stuff is critical in order to have a really successful business, and if you have a successful business, that generally means you are serving a  lot of people. 

The whole time I was building all of this, I knew that I would eventually share it with my team.  I knew there had to be other people out there who would benefit from what I had created. 

It really annoyed me that there was no clearly defined system or structure in place. But I realized it was up to me, to create the systems and structure. Network marketing is a huge opportunity for people to create this structure, and help their downline with it.  

If you study the people who make it to the top, you will see, they are always people who are kind and caring and extremely hard working, and want to help others. I've recently been listening to dozens of speakers who made millions in network marketing, and they ALL WORKED THEIR BUTTS OFF.  But now, they can retire whenever they want!

If you think you might be interested in working with me, please fill out the contact form on the right side of the page, and be SURE to give me the name of the person who referred you here, so you can get your free BONUS GIFT when you join!

I look forward to speaking with you.

Laura Ellen