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What Do You Do When Your Direct Sales Company Closes its Doors?

What Do You Do When Your Direct Sales Company Closes its Doors? By Holly Reisem Hanna

This month the popular direct sales company, Lia Sophia shut its doors after 28 years of being in business. It’s estimated that Lia Sophia employed more than 27,000 independent direct sales consultants who collectively sold more than $100 million worth of jewelry this past year.

This isn’t the first time that a direct sales company has abruptly closed its doors; but sadly, Lia Sophia’s consultants are now left with picking up the pieces during the busiest time of year.

If this scenario should happen to you or if you’re one of the 27,000+ Lia Sophia consultants, here are some steps to take to alleviate some of the stress and financial burden you’ve been thrown into.

Give Yourself Time to Grieve:

You’ve just lost your business and your income — it’s okay to give yourself some time to absorb the shock and reality of the situation. While it’s good to take a break, acknowledge your feelings, and prioritize self care during this time, don’t let the circumstances define you. When you fixate on the negative you perpetuate a cycle of destructive emotions that will only dig you deeper into a hole. If you feel like your sadness is becoming overwhelming, try surrounding yourself with positive people or talk to a healthcare professional to get you back on track. Also remember the basics, getting 8 hours of sleep, eating right, and exercising — these go along way in reducing stress! (more…)

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From Employee to Freelancer: How to Cautiously Make the Leap

From Employee to Freelancer: How to Cautiously Make the LeapBy Holly Reisem Hanna

Hi Holly,

At the beginning of the year I will be making a huge switch from my full time position to freelance in order to get rid of my long commute and be closer to home and my two year old. To say I am nervous for the transition is an understatement. Do you or your readers have any tips? Freelance is a new venture for me and brings tons of anxieties around benefits, 401K, how to withhold for taxes, ahhh!

Thank you in advance for any suggestions, Rebecca

Hi Rebecca,

I know what you mean about anxiety and fear! It took me many months to get all my ducks in a row, before I felt confident launching my business. Even then I still made mistakes along the way. But with a little pre-planning and the right tools you’ll prepared to handle whatever comes your way.

Health Insurance:

Before you give up your existing coverage, you’ll need to have a plan for getting coverage, whether it’s through your spouse’s plan, COBRA, or another provider. This is one area where I was lucky, because I was able to get on my husband’s insurance plan without any wait or issues. (more…)

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20 Work at Home Companies with an A+ Rating on the BBB Website

20 Work at Home Companies with an A+ Rating on the BBB Website By Holly Reisem Hanna

When you’re searching for a work at home job you’re bombarded with information, that often it’s difficult to decipher what’s legit and what’s not. While I can offer advice on scam prevention and where to find  legitimate work at home jobs postings, there is still an element of uncertainty.

To help take some of this uncertainty out of your job search, I’ve put together a list of 20 work at home companies that have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

1. Appen Butler Hill

Hires search engine evaluators to provide feedback on Internet search results. This part-time telecommuting opportunity is open to both US and International residents. Average pay is $14 an hour.

2. Atena

Hires nurses to work from home (telework) in case management, pre-certification, and as nurse consultants. Candidates must have their RN license.

3. Computer Assistant

Hires remote technicians to provide tech support for a variety of companies. (more…)

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7 Ways to Earn FREE Starbucks Coffee and Gift Cards

7 Ways to Earn FREE Starbucks Coffee and Gift CardsBy Holly Reisem Hanna

It’s no secret. I have a small Starbuck’s addiction, especially since it’s my office away from home.

From the pumpkin spice and gingerbread lattes in the fall, to the delicious iced coffee and green tea in the summer — I’m a fan of it all. And while their drinks and goodies are delectable, this habit can really put a dent in your weekly budget.

Well, there’s good news!

If you love to work at Starbucks, but don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for your weekly coffee habit, you can earn free Starbucks gift cards and coffee by using these smartphone apps and online platforms.

Not only do I use these apps and sites, but I tend to get the majority of my Starbucks coffee for free, all year round!

Bing Rewards

Earn credits by using the Bing search engine on your PC and smartphone. Earn 1 credit for every 2 Bing searches up to 30 credits a day. You can also earn credits by referring friends and viewing offers. Credits can be traded in for Amazon, Groupon, Red Envelope, Sephora, and Starbucks gift cards. Currently it takes 475 credits to earn a $5 Starbucks gift card. (more…)

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50 Best Blogs by Women – 2014

50 Best Blogs by Women - 2014By Holly Reisem Hanna

Each year I compile a list of the 50 best blogs by women. Now, you may be asking yourself … “How does this pertain to me, a woman who wants to work from home?” and that’s a great question!

You see, there are around 18.9 million women (According to Pew Research Center) worldwide who write blogs. Not only have these women chosen to create their own work at home career paths, but they’re doing it their own way.

Some are making money through ad sales, affiliate products, and ad networks. Others are creating their own e-books, webinars, and online courses. And others are selling their services, whether it be consulting, coaching, or speaking.

This is what I find so amazing about blogging — there are so many fabulous women, in a ton of different niches, that are making money on their own terms – and that is very powerful!

To show my support and recognition for all of these amazing women who are creating their own way in the world and to show you some of the different niches and ways you can make money with your blog  — I give to you, the 6th Annual 50 Best Blogs by Women. (more…)

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