Should Christians be in Home Business?

I’m Jennifer Wideman, and yes–I love Jesus and owe that I am and will be to His amazing grace.

John 10:10 says 

  • “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”

Home business is not always easy, but nothing worth having in life comes easily.  However, with the right skills, the right system, the right people guiding & teaching you … and ultimately having God as our primary business partner …

Success in the form of financial reward is absolutely possible.

I once heard one of my mentor’s say,

“To earn more, you must become more.”

That’s the beautiful part.  Becoming the person others want to do business with means becoming a leader and someone who emulates the love and character of Jesus.  This is something dedicated Christian believers aspire to anyway.  Now we have an opportunity to mentor others and earn a living at the same time.

Should Christians even be in Home Business?

I’ve been asked by many Christians from all over the world if it is somehow wrong to be in business for yourself.  

We are all required to “work to eat” as it says in Proverbs.  The way work is done and the reward received varies from person to person.  If you are an employee, the owner of that business is certainly not in the wrong for providing people with the opportunity to work, selling products and services, and reaping the financial benefit from a job well done.

Owning a successful home business allows people to have more freedom.  These freedoms allow us to have income for a comfortable lifestyle, but also the money available to give to one’s local church, missions, and on and on.

Anyone with desire and a willingness to learn can absolutely do well in home business

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Email Jennifer at jenninhomebusiness@gmail.com

Phone:  480-295-9955  (Pacific time)

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Moving Forward … Empowered by God

CONFESSION … of a burned-out Christian Network Marketer.

Today, I made time to come back to this blog as I had not been here in a while.  As I re-read many of my posts, my own belief was reignited.

I had taken a break from network marketing for a while.  The company I was doing so well in changed their pay plan, I lost my paycheck, my team, and my belief.  No one to blame but myself for my inactivity, but God has not let me give up the dreams I had and still have to help others reach their own goals and dreams through the wonderful Industry of Multi-Level-Marketing.

I first heard Israel Houghton’s rendition of “Movin’ Forward” about a year ago. It been out for a while by that time.

Everyone walks through tough times. Mine are no different than most people.

Childlessness and infertility were replaced with 4 beautiful children that came just as God had planned all along.

Financial struggles.

Relationship changes

On and on ….

I love the 4th chapter of Philippians and almost have it memorized. Paul was in prison when he wrote this letter. These are my favorite verses I cling to often: (verses 12-13)

 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry,whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

As mentioned above, one area of my life in recent years that I have allowed to cause me significant distress is my inability to be successful in my home business.

They say 97% of ALL businesses do not last the first 2 years. My first two years were moderately successful–in Industry standards. Then things changed. Rather than fighting my way through the process of change, I allowed myself to become disollusioned and discouraged. Finally, I just gave up, and did all I knew to do to be content with my busy life taking care of my kids–my highest calling as a servant of Christ.

Recently, hope has sprung forth like I never thought it would again.

Finally … something that doesn’t require selling in the uncomfortable state it has been in the past.

Curious? Then watch this video.

Whatever your MLM product or service is, I hope to be of help in some way to get your story out there.

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Every great leader first became a great follower

I was at a leadership event this past weekend and I heard some of the basics of building strong teams in our network marketing companies.

MLM Basics inspired by Tom Big Al Schreiter:

1. Learn how to talk to people.
2. Find people to talk to.
3. Take the volunteers.

The second impactful simple truth was this:

We all understand that in order to become a great leader, you must become a great follower. One of the leaders at the meeting pointed out that she really makes no conscious effort in being a leader, but in following and doing what other leaders do. Simple, I realize, but that is the point. Another leader shared that as one concentrates their effort in following other successful people, pretty soon, one can look behind them and “Lo and behold there are people following you!”

My local church’ mantra is Folloow-Lead-Serve. The more I see that on the wall, the more I ponder it, the more I realize it applies to every area of my life, and of course to my business. Jesus’ disciples followed Him and learned and observed. After His return to Heaven, they were the leaders that others began to follow. That has continued to this day.

And of course, leadership without servanthood in life and specifically in network marketing, is really not leadership at all.

Hope these simple reminders inspire you to keep following those in your circle or outside that are where you want to be in your business.

To your success,

Jennifer Wideman
“A Place for Christians in MLM”

Connect with a group of leaders who freely share what works today. How can we serve you in your journey of building your business?
http://jenniferwideman.com/

I was at a leadership event this past weekend and I heard some of the basics of building strong teams in our network marketing companies.

MLM Basics inspired by Tom Big Al Schreiter:

1. Learn how to talk to people.
2. Find people to talk to.
3. Take the volunteers.

The second impactful simple truth was this:

We all understand that in order to become a great leader, you must become a great follower. One of the leaders at the meeting pointed out that she really makes no conscious effort in being a leader, but in following and doing what other leaders do. Simple, I realize, but that is the point. Another leader shared that as one concentrates their effort in following other successful people, pretty soon, one can look behind them and “Lo and behold there are people following you!”

My local church’ mantra is Folloow-Lead-Serve. The more I see that on the wall, the more I ponder it, the more I realize it applies to every area of my life, and of course to my business. Jesus’ disciples followed Him and learned and observed. After His return to Heaven, they were the leaders that others began to follow. That has continued to this day.

And of course, leadership without servanthood in life and specifically in network marketing, is really not leadership at all.

Hope these simple reminders inspire you to keep following those in your circle or outside that are where you want to be in your business.

To your success,

Jennifer Wideman
“A Place for Christians in MLM”

Connect with a group of leaders who freely share what works today. How can we serve you in your journey of building your business?
http://jenniferwideman.com/

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“The Greatest Secret” by Ron McIntosh

Hello Fellow Christians in MLM,

I wanted to share a valuable and inspirational resource with you this week that is changing the mindset and life of myself and many of my own team.

Ron McIntosh has written a book entitled “The Greatest Secret“. It is a Biblical prospective on the Law of Attraction and so much more.  He also has an audio series entitled “Barrier Busters” which are Biblically-based meditation audios on various topics.

Jesus said clearly “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life and no one can come to the Father but by me.” John 14:6

You will find the truth setting you free as you study any of Ron’s materials. You’ll especially appreciate his take on “set points” that keep us from moving forward past where we have always been comfortable.

What does this have to do with MLM? “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7

Check out Ron’s materials at http://www.rmmimpact.com/index.html

God’s richest blessings … mind, body and spirit,

Jennifer Wideman
“A Place for Christians in MLM”

P.S. I also wanted to make available the free ebook that changed everything for me in my path toward success in my own MLM business at http://jenniferwideman.com/

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“D”isappointment to “His” appointment in building your MLM

Agenda, how to get rid of it forever when building your MLM organization

Several weeks ago I sent all of you a link to Gregory Dickow’s wonderful free resource “Fast from Wrong Thinking”

Today, I received Day-19 and the thought  we were to fast from was “After all I’ve done, this is all I get?”

As leaders in network marketing, we are helping  people.  People do what people do.  People do things that will disappoint us.  So, I have copied the message and inserted it below.  When we help and give, the agenda is that we will be able to help those that want help, either through our product or the opportunity or both.  As Tom Schreiter says, “We can only take the volunteers.”

Enjoy:

“Day 19 >


Today we’re fasting from the thought that says, “After all I’ve done, this is all there is!”

We’ve all had this thought. “After all I’ve done for that person, for God, for that company, that client, etc. And look at what I get (or don’t get) in return…”

Let’s CHANGE IT TODAY:

1. Re-shift your reason for what you do. Make love the reason. And love is IN YOU. (Romans 5:5)

2. View people through eyes of mercy. Go easy on them for their shortcomings, as God goes easy on you. James 2:13 says mercy triumphs over judgment.

3. Change your view of disappointment. Replace the ‘d’ with an ‘H’. Your disappointment toward someone can become His-appointment to something better. People disappoint. God never does. (Psalm 43:5-6)

4. BELIEVE that the good you do, God will reward. (Ephesians 6:8)

5. Lower your horizontal expectations (of people) and RAISE your vertical expectations (of God).

6. God NEVER forgets the good you’ve done. (Hebrews 6:10)

THINK IT & SAY IT:
Love never fails and I will receive a harvest for the good I’ve done. Disappointment is going to turn into His-appointment in my life. I refuse to look to people to pay me back for what I’ve done.  He never forgets and I look completely to Him for supernatural payback for good I’ve done, in Jesus’ Name.

Again, access this resource and sign up for the daily emails if you wish by visiting to Fast from Wrong THinking.

Grow in God,

Jennifer Wideman

480-544-2915  any time

“A Place for Christians in MLM”

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The WHY Factor for Christians in Network Marketing

In Mentoring for Free, we are strongly encouraged to discover and write out our why.  Here is a quote from Chapter 2 of Success in 10 Steps where the author, Michael Dlouhy, brings clarity as to why this is so imperative.

“Ninety percent of new businesses fail the first year.  And 90% of the rest fail in the next 4 years.  THAT is tough.  You’re excited. You start. A thousand things go wrong. You want to quit a thousand times.

Most people just quit.

You need a strong enough reason to do it. Then if WHAT you’re doing doesn’t work, you’ll figure out some other way. But if you’re at all wishy-washy, you’re a goner.”

When I came across the beautifully written thoughts by Mother Theresa below, it brought me back to the “WHY” again and how it relates to building a successful home business.

My WHY has grown and changed in my own personal growth.  My reason for doing this has kept me from quitting a number of times when I hit those inevitable walls of frustration and doubt that are just part of the process.

And, of course, in this journey of growing a team and helping others, I have seen a handful start and quit because things don’t happen fast enough or as they feel they should.  I guess Michael does know what he is talking about after being in network marketing for 30 years and seeing people come and go.

These facts-and they are facts well known to almost everyone who knew Mr. Carnegie—give you a fair idea of what the reading of this book may bring to you, provided you KNOW WHAT IT IS THAT YOU WANT.” -Napoleon Hill, Introduction of Think and Grow Rich

Skills training, the right system to tie it all together can be right there for someone to take a hold of.  However, if one does not know what they want or why they want it, failure and quitting is a possibility.

“People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered…  Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives…  Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends

and some true enemies… Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you…Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight… Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous… Be happy and serene anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow… Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may Never have  been enough… Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it’s between you and God… It was never between you and them anyway!”

-Mother Theresa

Finally, find your reason and put it in writing where you can see it often.

Ultimately, for christians in MLM, all of our WHY’s come back to what God has called each of us individually to do in our life and how the income generated from a thriving network marketing business can help us fulfill that calling.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” -Colossians 3:23-24

All of God’s best,

Jennifer Wideman

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LaDonna Loehrke, a Celebration of Success

LadonnaToday I would like to introduce you to my friend and fellow Christian network marketer, LaDonna Loehrke.  LaDonna and I met on Facebook in the past year.  She has inspired and touched my heart more times than I can count.  She has also shared some marvelous recipes that I have enjoyed.

There are many things about LaDonna that have caused her to stand out from the crowd of friends I have on Facebook.  If you take notice of her, I am certain your experience will be the same.

First, she is always positive.  I recall a statement she posted recently that was just what I needed to hear… “Be yourself, you are uniquely qualified”.  And that, in a simple statement, is who LaDonna is.  What you see, is what you get.  She stated that another of her favorites is by CS Lewis: “ You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

Secondly, she carries herself in a very professional, yet very personable manner.  She caught my attention  when she was talking about making one of her grandmother’s recipes.  I begged her for it, because it was one of my favorites (rhubarb pie).  However, it is obvious that she does not have to boast about her success to attract prospects and friends.  Tom Big Al Schreiter says “Don’t just look for the right people to join your business, become that person and you will attract them.” (My paraphrase).

LaDonna is a fellow Christ follower.  She shared with me that she had gone to church when she was young, but in late elementary school, her family moved and with that move came the discontinuation of the habit of attending church.  Looking back, she states it was the time she needed God the most in her life, but did not have the guidance she needed because of her family situation.  There was, however, her grandmother.  You can hear the smile and love in LaDonna’s voice as she speaks of this wonderful lady.  She knew that her grandmother was always praying for her.  She was the person God used to nurture LaDonna and point her to Jesus.

It was not until about 12 years ago that LaDonna gave her life completely to the Lord.  God has given her such peace and abundance.  She and her husband have two grown children who are doing really well.  LaDonna’s favorite Scripture has and continues to be Jeremiah 29:11.

“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”

LaDonna made two attempts in the past to build the same home business.  Both attempts did not create the desired results.  Then in 2007, she was working outside the home.  She and her husband felt it would be a good time to look at a home business again.  So where did LaDonna turn to?

To God for guidance, …. But as anyone who is reading this has … She turned to the internet.

She diligently researched home business opportunities to find the right fit.  LaDonna made a point to avoid situations where there were high sales quotas or party requirements.  If she was going to do that, she might as well just keep her job.  She found one that she was seriously considering.  However, she just did not have peace about it and hesitated in making the commitment.  After telling the person she had been communicating with about the opportunity that she had decided not to go this particular direction, she was told that the company had recently made some changes.  These changes would have made it very difficult for LaDonna to feel confident in her ability to build a business with them.  Again, God at work by letting her know subtly that this was not the right one.

So her search began again.  She chose a company called Scent-Sations.  They are a gourmet candle company who has recently added mineral cosmetics to their product line.  She decided on the opportunity, then went in search of a sponsor.  She told me that her sponsor later stepped back from the company, but that the upline who is now her immediate sponsor is just the right person for her to be business partners with.

How does LaDonna build her business?  You know, the more I talk to successful people in the MLM Industry, the more I hear the same exact thing as LaDonna shared with me.

LaDonna has and continues to build strong relationships with people.  She understands completely that God is not a silent partner in her business.  Scent-Sations allows her to earn income in several ways that are profitable and comfortable for LaDonna’s style.

She does home parties and vendor shows.  And she offers catalog parties … the point being to enable others to “avoid the mall scene” if they so desire.  Fundraisers for charities are another way for her to generate sales.  She also has a decal on her vehicle, and has sold candles right from her car when she has been out and about.  And of course, this is retail profits that she is able to put in her pocket.

LaDonna is also building a team.  This, too, is just as profitable and important in earning residual income in any network marketing opportunity.  She has used Facebook as a valuable means of connecting with people.  In this process, she has met and attracted several team members from around the country.  Like many of us, we find that social media is a place where true connections happen with people every day.  It all starts with “hello” and can become a lifelong partnership and friendship from there.

The beauty of Scent-Sations, in her experience, is that you get paid well to do any or all of the above.

When she first started with Scentsations, she was introduced to a book entitled Your First Year in Network Marketing by Mark Yarnell.  This book really helped her understand the foundation of building her business and the process that is involved.   Another author she enjoys is Andy Andrews.  I recently discovered Mr. Andrews’ writings and have found them very inspirational.

LaDonna said, “You keep sharing your products and opportunity with people and they will decide if what you are doing is a good fit for them or not.  A new team member came to me recently through a contact I made a year ago.  You keep planting the seeds and wait for the fruit.  It can take apple trees several years to bear fruit.”

LaDonna’s “WHY” is similar to that of my own, to bring her husband home from his 20-year career so that they can spend more quality time together as a family, do the things they love to do.  He has been and continues to be a great support to her and hands out her business cards wherever he goes.  This, too, is something that I have taken note of in the lives of successful network marketers.

Final thoughts from LaDonna about her success and yours were,

“Do not focus on the negative.  Have a heart of gratitude.  It’s a work in progress.”

If you would like to get to know LaDonna, I suggest you connect with her on Facebook at http://facebook.com/ladonnaloehrke.

If you would like more information about the products and opportunity at Scentsations, you can learn more by clicking here. http://www.DakotaHeartScents.com

I asked LaDonna to share one of her cherished recipes with us as well.  She’s quite the accomplished cook, as well as Child of God, wife, mother, grandma, business partner, leader in a network marketing company, and someone I am proud to call friend.

Rhubarb Pie

2 eggs, lightly beaten

6 ounces, “lite” evaporated milk

2 Tablespoons quick Tapioca

1 cup sugar

2 cups chopped rhubarb

Mix the first four ingredients thoroughly; add rhubarb and pour into a 9-inch pie crust

Bake 40 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool on counter 20 minutes, then refrigerate. Serve chilled.

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The Favor of God Part-I

This is Part-I of a two-part series I am doing on the favor of God and how it impacts your life and your network marketing business.

I have been pondering the favor of God recently.  This is because I keep seeing it in action in my life every day.  He has blessed my life in every area and watched over me with loving care all my life, even before I came to know Him as my Savior and best friend.

gcTonight I was fixing Sarah a grilled cheese sandwich, being sure to carefully cut off the crusts as I always do for her.  I started thinking about why I do little things like that for my family, as well as for people in my life I care about.

It’s because they are my favorites!  Let’s face it, there are always people who stand out from the crowd whom you would do anything for at any time.

I went on a search in http://biblegateway.com for verses with “favor” in them.  All through the Old Testament there is mention of God’s favor being upon people, or n-o-t being there.  Obedience to God is often referenced as the reason for God bestowing His favor.  Think of Joshua, Daniel, the little boy Samuel, King David, Solomon.  The angel who appeared to Mary, the mother of Jesus, said right out that she, Mary, had found favor in God’s eyes and been chosen for her special mission as a result.

Matthew 7:7-12 (New International Version)

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

“Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

I realize not everyone reading this is a parent, but at some point all people have some kind of interaction with children.  It may be just me, but I am so ready to give good things to my kids when they are obedient.  I often have to catch myself from going overboard.  I’m not necessarily talking about a material thing, but I just want to grant their wish.  “Can I have some time alone with you tonight Mom?”  “Mom can we have macaroni and cheese for dinner?”  “Can Bryce come over and play tomorrow?”

“Yes” is the answer most often when they are being the little angels.  I’m certain they have figured that out.  Likely, my kids are just above average?   I have told my children often “When we obey God, we can expect His best blessings.”

The point here is this.  Many self-development books I have read talk about simply asking for what you want, seek to find what you desire, and knock on the door until it opens.  God said that and put that law into motion at the beginning of time.

In relationship to our business, I ask, seek and knock  …. And what I ask for comes my way, what I seek for generally falls into my lap, and the doors I knock on open.

I ask God to bring me entrepreneurial-minded people I can help with my business.  I have a list of qualifications that I desire in those people.  They seem to keep appearing.

I seek wisdom from continued training with my system and the associations I have within my organization.  I seek God’s heart beat and direction every day.  And, again, I know what to do and what to say to keep things moving forward for Terry and I’s 2-year plan.

I knock on the doors of people’s lives and request friendship.  I continue to find common ground and connections with the most amazing people ever, primarily through Facebook.

Having God’s unmerited favor (Grace) in your life is a reminder of how simple this all is:

You are God’s favorites and He is always ready to pour out His blessings upon your life.

Ask, Seek and Knock.  Then come and share the blessings God has given to you on our group wall.

Jennifer Wideman

“God is not a silent partner in your business, just as He is not a silent partner in your life”.

To come:  Part II–How to earn the favor of Others.  Giving first ushers you into the court of kings.

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