Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Do You Have the Tools You Need?

I have started using my iPhone 4 more and more to take pictures and want do videos for my blog, for reviews, and much more!  It is very difficult to hold a phone and do a video review so I have opted not to do them just yet.  I also want to use my phone for the new Facebook live since I am in direct sales, but again, holding the phone and displaying products leads to a very shaky and down right terrible video. I needed something to hold my phone for me.  The answer came in the form of the eShopMind Universal Cell Phone Clip Holder.

When I was given the opportunity to give my honest review of this product in exchange for a discount I couldn’t pass it up.  I placed my order and within 48 hours I had the answer to my prayers!  

I opened the box and there it was! It was wrapped in plastic and under some bubble wrap.  When I removed it from the plastic it was in three pieces.  There were no instructions on how to put it together or how to use it properly, but it as very easy to figure out. 





As you can see from the photos, the cell phone holder can be twisted and coiled to fit your needs.  It arrived coiled up.  I was a little nervous about uncoiling it, but this thing is super sturdy! It is high quality and constructed very well. The quality is so good that it will hold the heavier phones as well as my smaller iPhone 4. The arm seems to be made of a stronger material than the clamps.  I don’t expect it to last forever, but I think it will last a very long time.   

The clamp is very strong and opened up wide enough to fit on my desk. The plastic material it is made out of isn’t the best, but the hold is nice. It has been hanging on to my desk with no slips for 24 hours now.  The holder for the phone is made out of the same plastic, but it is also has a good hold.  It opens up wide to put the phone in and then you can rotate it to suit your needs.  You are hands free to go live on Facebook, record product review videos, or even hold Skype parties!  It is exactly what I needed. 
 
The package also contained a table top cell phone holder.  I believe it can be used for a thin tablet as well.  It is a heavy duty plastic that will adjust to different angles for all of your needs.



I give this product 5 stars.  I love it!  It is going to help me in my direct sales business.  I highly recommend this for anyone that does a lot of online work or constantly has their hands busy and they don’t want to hold their phone.  #cellphoneholderstand

You can get your own cell phone holder here:  https://amzshark.com/r/cellholderstand

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Does your home smell amazing?




What is Pink Zebra?  I know, it has a crazy name, but the products are pretty awesome!  Pink Zebra is a direct sales company that provides warmers, sprinkles (scents), and a lot of other home décor.  They have been in business for around 5 years and I don’t see them going anywhere any time soon.

I have been trying to find a company that provides a warmer and a variety of scents that last a long time and are not too strong, but not too weak either.  I have tried just about everything that I had heard of, such as Scentsy and Party Lite, but now it was time for Pink Zebra!  I really liked a lot of the Scentsy bars, but many of them are too perfume smelling for me.  I only tried a couple of Party Lite scents, but they didn’t seem to be as strong as I like. I have since discovered that you have to use the right warmer with the right bulb to get the right effect from each companies wax melts.

Pink Zebra is strong!  The good thing about the sprinkles is you can decrease or increase the amount you use based on the strength of scent you want.  I had previously used some of the sample that the consultant sent me in my Scentsy warmer and honestly, I was disappointed.  Now I know that the Scentsy warmer is not appropriate for melting the sprinkles provided by Pink Zebra.  My warmer from Pink Zebra came in today and I plugged it in right away.  I poured a cap full of the sprinkles in the dish and WOW!!  The scent started flowing through the air within just a few minutes.  I used too much!! I couldn’t believe it!  I thought I wasn’t going to have enough in there to make a difference, but oh my!  I have been sitting in a room that smells like Patchouli Sandalwood for hours.   Next time, I won’t use as much as I did this time because I will know better!

I love how many scents Pink Zebra has to offer and the fact that you can mix scents to make other scents.  The Shimmering Lights are really pretty and there is a wide variety of shades to go with just about any home décor.  Apparently I am going for a pirate looking décor because I have the Skull shade and the Seahorse Shade.  They are beautiful!

The only problem I have with Pink Zebra is if you want a cool warmer you have to not only purchase the $25 base and “Shimmering Lights”, but you will also want to purchase a shade to put over your warmer.  The shades vary in price from $18 to $80!  My daughter bought me two shades that were on my wish list; that meant I had to buy two “Shimming Lights” (warmers) to put under the shades.  I could have bought just one Shimmering Light, but that would mean I could only use one shade at a time.  I want to be able to use two shades in different rooms in the house.  So, my warmers got kind of expensive. 

 
Shimmering Lights without a Shade

Shimmering Lights with the Seahorse Shade


Overall, I really like Pink Zebra products!  My consultant, Ann Lammers, is a great lady!  She really gave her all in my party.  She was very helpful to my partygoers and to me.  She kept me informed of my party total and helped me reach enough sales to get a ½ price item. I look forward to many years of using Pink Zebra!


If you haven’t tried Pink Zebra you can contact Ann Lammers via her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/scentandsprinklemyworld  or you can just visit her Pink Zebra page at https://www.pinkzebrahome.com/sweetanniepinksprinkles to place an order. 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Are you Overwhelmed?

It seems like every day I add more and more to my plate.  I babysit my grandkids, I run a prison outreach, I am in direct sales, I am trying to blog, I take care of my pets, I have a yard and house to care for, I want to plant a garden, I keep adding more social media platforms to my phone, and the list goes on!! It affects my stress levels, my ability to sleep, and keeps me so busy that I feel like something is always being neglected.  How can I fix this problem?

I have heard of virtual assistants, but I don't know anything about them.  I have tried reaching out to others for help, but they all have their own lives to worry about.  Surely there is something or someone out there that can help me accomplish everything I need to on a daily basis.  Isn't there?

I started using Postcron to post content on Facebook and Twitter. I want to add more social media platforms, but I am taking it slow.  It already takes a little over an hour to set up one days worth of posts so I can't imagine adding more platforms or even more days at this point.  It has helped give back a little bit of time through out the day though and that is wonderful!  It is worth the $9.99 a month to free up time I can put to use on other projects.

I also joined The Work From Home Club and they handle all of my marketing materials. I give them the information and they put it all together for me.  That saves me a LOT of time and only costs $35 a year.  Considering everything they do for me every single month, that is an amazing investment!

What sort of things do you utilize to help you stay organized and to free up some of your time?  What social media platforms do you use? Do you feel like your online presence has been helpful in your business? Comment below with your experiences.  I would love feedback from those who own and run small businesses.  Thank you!

While I am waiting on you, I am going to get back to work!  The boys are sleeping so I have to take advantage of the little time I have where a child is not demanding to be held.  I wouldn't trade my life for the world!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Want Real Support for Your Business?

About a month ago I was introduced to the Work From Home Club on Facebook.  I was skeptical for about 5 minutes.  Haha!  I read over all of the files and looked at the GoFundMe page and decided I needed this.  I joined for $20 (I asked for flyers instead of a t-shirt, but if you want the t-shirt it's $35).  Since that time my flyers have been made for my Tupperware business and they are currently working on my gif and my capture page for Norwex and Purely.  If you need emotional support, advertising support, or just want to get to know a Club full of amazing people on the same direct sales path that you are on, come on over and join me.  Make sure you tell them I sent you (they give you $5 for each person you bring in the Club that signs up for a paid membership)! If you don't want a paid membership, that is fine too!  You can still join the Club and participate in all the free member drawings. There truly is something for everyone.  Join the Club! 

Here is what is posted on the Club page: 

We have formed this club to help the person struggling with making a living from home or with their craft items. We provide each other with support, tips and tools!

Welcome to our Facebook group! Shoot me a friend request and introduce yourself to the group! (an admin will approve it if it is not an advertisement)

The club starts here but does not end in this Facebook group. This is the main meeting place of our CLUB. If you are here you are considered a 'free member'. Please feel free to participate in our activities and drawings where applicable and meet new connections! We only allow ads posted to the wall on Sundays or during a special themed day Thanks for your help in making this CLUB the best thing to ever happen to the 'work from home' person!

The ideal member will meet these qualifications:
*Have a business you work for yourself, or a craft you make and sell 
*A desire to grow their business with networking and real relationships
*A understanding that those that help you NEED YOUR HELP TOO
*Be ready to share club posts and participate in the daily conversation threads
*work together with the other club members and the club itself to help grow the club that helps grow your business
*A desire to learn from and help teach others
*have a desire to gain business building tools for their business WITHOUT a monthly fee for said tools
• Example of above mentioned tools:
• Online Events
• Capture pages
• GIFs
• Business cards
• Business Flyers
• Refrigerator Magnets
• Car Magnets
• 'Featured Member' posts to grow your fan base
• And just about anything else you can think of to help your business grow and spread the word!

We have a free membership as well as our $35 a year membership. With the free membership you are able to participate in business building activities and drawings for free. We just ask that you are active in participating in the Facebook group posts.

As a paid member you are entitled to the same activities as free members but also receive one free promotional tool of their choice each month as well as many other paid member perks like online events and having the club 'feature' your page and business for 7 days! I could go on and on and on!
No one is ever required to purchase from another member or pay to play a game! The only fee is for your yearly membership if you want to receive all the business building materials, events and support.

We also sell these listed items individually without a paid membership.
A personal GIF for your business = $5
125 personalized flyers for your business = $20
A personalized Capture or Landing page for your business = $10 (this is for you to use FOREVER with a onetime fee of only $10, much less than the monthly fee others charge!)
Online events = $5 for a month long event 
(current events are listed here www.facebook.com/theworkfromhomeclub/events)
A personalized T-Shirt for your business = $25 +shipping
To apply to be a member of our Club simply fill out the very short application https://form.jotform.com/60078111796154
or send an email to WFHC@OUTLOOK.COM to get started or order an item without being a member.

You will be contacted via email after that.