My Top 5 Reasons For Getting Out Of MLM PLUS: Crochet Drawstring Bag Pattern

The following is just my personal opinion/confession and is in no way shape or form meant to be a judgement of MLM or the wonderful people who are successfully working it.

  1. I had more questions than there were answers – and I’ll leave it at that because I am not writing this post to badmouth MLM. I’m just telling you why it’s not where I want to be.
  2. I got what I came for – not every road is the end of the road, some roads are just taking you to where you really need to be. MLM taught me a lot of things and opened me up spiritually and personally. So I got what I came for and was ready to move on a long time ago.
  3. Sometimes hard work doesn’t pay off because the wrong people are getting paid – and that’s my way of saying that I wanted my hard work to pay me. As things stood I had to share my residual income (which by the by is only residual if the business you brought in is still on the books, nothing from nothing leaves nothing right?) with my sponsor, her sponsor, her sponsor and the company. I knew that if I was going to take time away from my family to make money, then I wanted us to be the major beneficiaries. Not only that but I felt that the only people really benefiting were the ones who were speakers, teachers, or had some product that network marketers could use to “explode” their business in some way. Now those guys are making money for real.
  4. I found it impossible to balance working outside the home with working from home. This was unfair to my team and anyone that I added to my team. So I just stopped trying to recruit a team or bring in any new business
  5. I made more money crocheting and I didn’t have to make any calls – plus, I could watch TV while I did it. Nuff said. Now here’s one of my first  patterns, it is untested, but makes a really cute bag:)

drawstring-bag1

Hook size J

Red Heart super saver

 

2 strands held together chain 5 and join with sl

Color A – White

Color B – Pumpkin

 

 

Round 1- Chain 2 and 10 hdc in ring join to ch 2 with sl

Round 2- Chain 2 , 1 hdc in same stitch and 2 hdc in each hdc around join with sl to ch2

Round 3- repeat round 2

Round 4- Chain 2 , 1 hdc in each hdc around join with sl to ch2

Round 5- Chain 2 , 1 hdc in same stitch, hdc in next st *2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 2 st repeat  from * around join with sl to ch2

Round 6- Chain 2 , 1 hdc in same stitch, hdc in next 2 st *2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 3 st repeat  from * around join with sl to ch2

Round 7- This round you will reverse your work so that the right side will become the outside bottom of the bag. So turn the piece with the right side away from you and the wrong side facing you. Ch 2, working in front loop only for this row, 1 hdc in each hdc around join with sl to ch2

Round 8 -9 – Ch 2, 1 hdc in each hdc around join with sl to ch2

 

Now drop Color B and work the next 6 rows with Color A (1 strand only), work sc into the sc of the previous row

Round 10– Ch 2, 3 dc in next stitch (shell made,might change this),* sk 1 st, sc in next st , sk 1 st, 3dc in next stitch. Repeat from * around join with sl to ch2

Round 11-15 – Repeat round 10

 

At end of Row 15 drop color A, join color B

Round 16 – 21 – repeat round 10

 

At end of Row 21 drop color B, join color A

Round 22 – 27 – repeat round 10

 

Round 28 – Ch 4 (counts as tr + ch1)  2 tr in 2nd dc of next shell , *ch1, 2 tr in 2nd chain of next shell. Repeat from * around. Join with sl to top of ch 4. Fasten off

 

Round 29 – Join color B, ch 1, sc in each stitch around

Round 30 – Ch 1 , sc in each st around

Round 31 – Ch1 reverse sc in each stitch around. Fasten off weave in ends. NOTE: my reverse sc is – insert hook in sc, yo and pull through (two loops on hook). Turn needle 360 degrees, yo and pull through.

 

Handle (make 2 one in color A and one in color B)

Ch 100 or however long you want your handle to be (account for part that has to be sewn into the bag)

Round 1 – 2 dc in 4th chain from hook,* sk 1 chain, sc in next ch, sk 1 ch, 3 dc in next ch. Repeat from * around, fasten off.

 

Hold 2 handles together and sc in ea st around. On bottom of shells work an extra row of sc

 

 

Drawstring –  Chain 70 (or length you want drawstring to be) – dc in 3rd chain from hook and in each chain across (add beads if desired)

 

Sew handles to bag with whipstitch on both sides of the handle (you want it to hold). Run Drawstring through round 28 (triple crochets)

 

Line bag if desired.

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Does Phone Fear Leave You Cowering In a Corner?

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When working your home based business, do your hands tremble, like an alcoholic in delirium tremens, as you reach for the phone to make the first call of the day? Do you sweat in unmentionable places as you run through your prospecting spiel? Does every “No” or “Not Interested” bring you that much closer to just throwing in the towel on network marketing?

There’s a cure for that you know, and it doesn’t involve giving up on yourself  or your dream of earning a full-time income from home. Have you ever heard “You’re too attached to the outcome” and wondered what the heck you should be attached to if not the outcome, or at least wondered what your upline was trying to tell you?  Well thank goodness you found this post, because I am going to explain to you exactly what that means and how to get yourself detached and maybe even recruit some folks into your opportunity or sell some product.

Remove the “tele” from your marketing moniker

You are not a telemarketer, so don’t get on the phone sounding like one. You bring a lot of negative energy when you do that and your prospect is turned off before you can even get warmed up. So, rather than asking for your prospect (“Hello can I speak to George?”), assume that they are the person that answered the phone : “Hi George, it’s Monica how’s it going?”

Do you think that you’re in this business to make money?

If you believe in your heart that the purpose of your business is just to make money, then that right there, is your problem. The outcome that you’re attached to is earning money by marketing this product or enrolling this new business partner.  You are oozing scammer slime and your prospect hears you drooling down that phone line.

Your special purpose ( as Steve Martin said in “The Jerk”) is to help people solve their problems – whether it’s a lack of money problem or a bad skin problem or a need to lose weight problem or a “my son is a teenager now and I want to spend time together before he heads off to college” problem.

Your special purpose is not to be the solution to their problem, or make your solution fit their problem, it’s simply to figure out what that problem is. So lets practice, you’re still talking to George. You’ve already told him that you’re calling him back to give him that information that he requested about starting his own business (or working at home or whatever).  Now George is going to try to get you to launch straight into your pitch, but you need to pace yourself, because first you need to find out what George is all about and what makes him tick (because when you close him on this call or a follow up call, you will need to be able to push those buttons).

The next step in your prospecting call should be an easy give and take – a discovery process if you will, where you move the focus off the “sale” and put it on George and his problem. Is George currently working? What does he do? Does he like it? Why does he want to work from home? How much money does he want to make? What’s he going to do with all of that money? And so on, note that you should follow every answer from George with another question; this means you have to really listen to George and try to understand what he means (use a feedback technique “So George what I’m hearing is…”)

Sometimes you are able to determine fairly early on that you just do not have the solution to George’s problem,  and that’s alright, that’s detachment.

That’s exactly what not being attached to the outcome means; especially in network and affiliate marketing where you have got to be “OK” with not being the solution to everyone’s problem.

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Don’t Try This At Home Kids!

I was speaking with a prospect the other night, great conversation, cool dude. We finally got around to talking about why I had called (hey, I work from home so I get in some human contact when/where I can) and he said “Oh, I think I tried that already, I got my kit and looked inside and just decided that I didn’t want to do it”.

Note bien kiddos: “There is no try, there is only do..or do not” this from the first dog whisperer, Yoda. Either do the thing or don’t do it, you’re in or you’re not – there’s no fence-sitting allowed when it comes to being an entrepreneur. And that applies double if you’re a network marketing entrepreneur you have to make a commitment to do whatever is necessary to be successful.

OK, so what if when you were born your parents said “we’ll try this parenting thing” What does that imply? That if it doesn’t work out they’ll drop you off at the hospital the way some parents dd (with kids as old as 17) in Nebraska recently? That they’ll give it a shot but your grandparents have to promise to take over if they screw up? That they’ll do it only as long as it’s fun, rewarding, and doesn’t take too much time away from what they really want to do? Or maybe just that they need an exit clause on your birth certificate?

You know of 100 people who start in a home based business, only 3 (yes THREE) will actually continue to do the business to the point where they are making a beyond comfortable living at it.

What happens to the other 97? Well, some quit because it’s just not for them (can’t get over the phone fear, their Mom said it was stupid, they didn’t have the time they thought they would have) which translates to “Just way harder than I expected” and others (ignoring the advice from their upline) throw too much money at their business and end up broke and disgusted. Then there are the business straddlers who are in 4 or 5 different businesses and never quite make it to the pinnacle of any one single business – because “trying” isn’t the same as “doing”.

Well I went on that rampage just to say – if you will stop “trying” to be in business for yourself and instead give proper time and effort to the business that you are in… well you just might be successful.