“Nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity”–H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
My journey began in 2004….I was a mom to a 2 year old that had some health and developmental problems (we would many years later confirm her diagnosis as autism.) – she really needed my full attention. I was working outside of the home and taking her to daycare every day. I would leave work twice a week to take her to therapy sessions. I was always calling in sick and using vacation time to be home with her when she got sick. I then became pregnant with a second child and after having him, I found taking both of my babies to daycare to be even harder.
Starting in 2004, I spent the next 2 years looking for something that would allow me to quit my job as a senior collector with this large corporate, world wide, insurance company so that I could be home with my kids and stop paying out money for childcare. It really hurt me to know that someone else was raising my kids.
This is what I tried as I desperately searched for work at home and the money I spent doing it….
First, I paid $1500.00 for an at home study program to become certified in Early Childhood Development so that I could open up my own daycare from home. Half-way through the course I decided I didn’t want to take care of other people’s kids. I just wanted to give my attention all to my own children.
Then, I paid $1800 for a course in Medical Billing. This one I finished. I then purchased the software to start doing this at home ($350). Along with that I had to get an office set up and start advertising because you don’t just jump in and work for someone at home. You have to start your own business from scratch and that all takes more money. So, I dumped in another $200 – $300 on advertising and got nowhere before I ran out of money. I could not compete with the big billing companies in my town. I could go work for them, but that totally defeated my intentions of working at HOME!!
SO, if you are keeping track, I am now out over $3800.00 and I am still not making any money from home. At that point I was BROKE!! I resorted to the online stuff I was finding that was free. I tried the surveys, I tried reading emails, I tried writing articles, doing research, I tried this company called Cha Cha, I even tried this mock jury thing. Some of those paid out $1.00 or $2 but none of them paid a single bill.
Finally, I found a collection agency out of Texas that hired telecommuters. I was hired by them to be a collector. I put in my 2 week notice at my corporate job so that I could finally work at home. I was told after I started that I needed to purchase special phone equipment, special programs for my computer, even a door for my office because there had to be complete silence while I was working. So, I spent $500 to get the things I needed for this company and none of it was reimbursed to me. I was not allowed to leave my office during my shift unless it was for my 1 hour lunch that they scheduled for me. I was not allowed to leave to take my kids to the doctor and if I absolutely had to, it needed to be pre-approved first and then I had to make up any time that I had missed, on a Saturday night. I still needed to have childcare, because I obviously couldn’t take care of my kids while I was locked in my office. This was absolutely NOT what I had in mind when I envisioned myself working at home.
I put in my two week notice with that company because I was completely miserable. I had nothing else to fall back on. I cut my ties with my old company, I couldn’t get my billing business off the ground, the internet stuff was not working and the bills were piling up!!
I started investigating the home based businesses that I had been hearing so much about. Initially, I thought they were scams because they required start up fees. I spent a lot of time and effort looking and researching, though. I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t passing up something that may be real just because I wasn’t educated on them.
I finally found a business that sounded like a real company to me and one that I could feel professional with. One that I didn’t have to hold parties with or sell from a catalog with. I found one that would give my family benefits and a future. I actually found Ameriplan during a google search for dental insurance one night, because I was in need of a dental plan now that I was not working and my husbands insurance did not have dental. I was looking at becoming a member with this company when I found out that I could sell the plans myself from home.
Now, let me tell you this…. I am not a salesperson. I couldn’t sell a sandwich to a starving man. I am, however a people person. I do love to talk and I love to meet new people. I found that this business was made up of tons of people just like me with no experience at all. I did a ton of research on the company. I spent a long time trying to decide if it was right for me. Finally, my husband told me to just give it a shot. He said, “what do you have to lose at this point?”. Now, I am sure you can guess that I was still very skeptical. After trying everything under the sun and spending over $4,000 I really couldn’t afford to fall on my face again. So, I cautiously enrolled and put my hopes and dreams of finally finding a future for my family on the line.
Well, here I am today and I am still with Ameriplan. I have climbed my way to becoming a top leader and a National Sales Director and I have a business that is paying me for life. I have something that will give my children the future that I always wanted to provide. Yes, this business is awesome! Yes, I will be here in the years to come! Yes, I finally found the right thing to keep me at home!!
If you would like to talk to me about following in my footsteps with Ameriplan, please feel free to call or text me directly: 260-444-3367. You can also email me at: [email protected] and I can give you a call and we can talk about this business and see if it would be a good fit for you and your family.
I’m looking forward to being able to help you work from home as well!
To watch my Success Story video that was taken from a speech I gave at our National Convention, CLICK HERE.