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Welcome to my blog, where you will find the best marketing information to help you to succeed in your home business.

Hello, my name is Richard Brokenshire and I’m glad you decided to visit my blog. My goal is to provide you with effective information and tools that will help you become a successful internet network marketer.

For many people, sales remain a mystery. Selling is the highest paid profession in the world, but most people never put a few pieces together to make a profit.

Sometimes they read about it for years looking for secrets and ways to breakthrough, but the money is always illusive.

Making a full time income in business is possible and many people are doing it? But how can it happen for you?

I’m absolutely convinced that a lot of people are just giving up too soon. They don’t quite master the skills that are necessary to succeed.

So here comes a really important thing…the warning part of this article:

The Internet is a fantastic tool, but it’s loaded with traps, and many people who will sell you half of the tools that you need to become successful. After all, do they really want you to build a real business? Keep in mind, if you become successful you won’t need them or their products anymore. So I’ll ask you again, do they want you to succeed?

Unfortunately they have a reputation that precedes them. It’s easy to fall for the hype when you are at your wits end and you haven’t made money yet.

On my blog you will find advice and real world action plans to help you move forward as a person and in your business life. You may find the “tough love” approach difficult to face but if you stick with it you will put it all together and finally realize the your dream of a successful business.

My first bit of advice is this:

The three main things you need to concentrate on are as follows:

1. Generate your own quality leads

2. Call your leads the same day as they are generated

3. Have a long term follow-up system in place

4. Have a quality business plan that anyone can duplicate

You can’t control what the industry, your company, your up line or down line does, but you can control the three things above.

So which one do you think network marketers have the most challenge with? You guessed it, #1.  Although, picking up a phone that weighs 100 pounds can be tough! Most people seem to have difficulty in generating leads.

I can tell you from personal experience that your friends and family members are not the kind of leads that your business needs. Your brother-in-law or postman are probably not the best people to try to get involved in your business.

Maybe chasing down your friends worked in the 1960s but this is the 21st century. You need to move your thinking to the computer age! The good prospects are online right now. You just need to find them.

You may read about “attraction marketing.” It’s really nothing but putting a help wanted ad in front of someone who is looking for that kind of “job.” It’s not rocket science. Anyone can do that.


Thank you!

Richard Brokenshire

Instant gratification?


Long time comin’ or instant gratification?


do you need instant gratification


Everyone wants what they want and they usually want it NOW! We’re all looking for that elusive instant gratification.


Back in the old days, people used to work and save up for what they wanted. Then and only then would they buy want they wanted.


When you have a job, you just need to wait a week or two until your next paycheck. Well, the bad news is that when you own a business it doesn’t always work like that. You might get paid today, but you might not get paid for another 6 weeks. Who knows, right?


If this bothers you, then owning a business might not be for you.


Network marketing isn’t any better than any other business, in fact it might be a bit worse.


We’ve all heard the success stories where people start a network marketing business and in year or a year and a half they are making tons of money. They’ve reached the top level of the company’s pay plan. We scratch our heads and wonder how the heck they did that.


Did they know something or do something that we didn’t know or do? Or did they just get lucky?


If being a success in business was easy, then everyone would be doing it!


If you do decide to own your own business, whether it’s a network marketing or some other kind of business, I would suggest that you take a more long term view of it. Success rarely happens overnight. I should say, success rarely happens.


What is a long term view?


That depends on you.


Are you committed to your own success? How much work are you willing to do? Are you willing to give it as much time as it takes?


Did you know that they average network market recruits 3 people … in their entire career? That kind of explains why so many people fail or quit.


recruit enough people


Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that you really are going to be a success, in your business. That you are willing to give it as much time as it will take. Now let’s see how long it might take you to get to the top level of your company’s pay plan.


If you are able to recruit 1 person per month and we’ll say that you need to recruit 50 people to reach the top levels of your pay plan. Obviously, that number will vary for everyone. You may be able to get to the top level with 20 or 25 people or you may need to recruit 200.


In our example, it will take you 50 months to recruit 50 people. That’s a bit more than 4 years.


Now you have to ask yourself one question, are you willing to give yourself 4 years to reach the top level?


Did you answer that question? Are you willing to work at it for 4 years?


I’m sure your knee jerk reaction is to say, “Yes, of course I am!”


I want you to really think about it. Take your time. Think about it over the next few days and really decide if you are really willing to do this. Four years is a long time to invest into a business. It won’t be easy.


If you do decide to go for it, then the next step you need to take is to devise a plan to recruit 1 person per month. Then take action!


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You should be reading Younique reviews before you join?



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younique review



I chose to review Younique because, in it’s short history, they have been one of the most popular and fastest growing network marketing companies. Does this mean it is a good company for you to join or not?


If you are thinking about joining this company, you should read as many company reviews as you can find. Be sure that the reviews you read are not written by current members of the Younique opportunity. They are probably there to try to recruit you into the business and may not give you an unbiased review.


My review of Younique will be an independent one. I am not, nor have I ever been a distributor of Younique products or their business opportunity.


Whether you are thinking of joining this company or any other network marketing company, I would urge you to do your own due diligence. I strive to provide you with useful information that should give you a good start into examining this company. Remember, this is only a start!


People frequently lose money, while trying to build any network marketing business.


Younique reviews – the company and its history


Derek Maxfield and Melanie Huscroft, a brother-and-sister team, founded Younique in September 2012.


Younique is a direct sales company and not a network marketing company. This means that the emphasis is on selling the products and not on recruiting. They o have an MLM component. You can earn overrides on the sales that your downline generates.


The company has been in business for less than 3 years. If a network marketing company is going to fail, they usually fail in the first 5 years. Although, though this company seems to be built on products that are in high demand, the fact that they are so new is a red flag.


Derek Maxfield is the company’s current CEO


Melanie Huscroft is the company’s Chief Product Officer and Chief Sales Officer


operating in 6 countries


Younique is currently operating in 6 countries. These include the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. They have over 256,000 “active” presenters, worldwide.


Younique reviews – their financials


Younique is a privately held company and no financial information is available at this time.


Younique reviews – their Better Business Bureau rating


Younique has been an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau since October 2014. Currently, they have a rating of “A.” I like to see that a company has at least an “A” rating, which they do. This does meet my criteria.


Their corporate offices are located at:


2889 Ashton Blvd, Suite 150
Lehi, UT 84043


The phone number to their headquarters is: (801) 207-9753


Younique’s Better Business Bureau rating


Younique reviews – their products


Currently, Younique has 50 different products in 6 different categories. The categories are as follows:









Younique Products Page


You can also download a product catalog here: Younique’s Product Catalog


I always advise people who might be interested in joining any company to buy some of the products first. You need to find out if the products are good enough for you to sell. There is nothing worse than feeling like a prospective customer could buy better products from someone else.


their products


On their website they are showing prices ranging from $15.00 – $65.00 for their individual products.


Moodstruck Precision Pencil Eye Liner is $15.00



Uplift Eye Serum is $65.00


Some of the Sets and Collections can run as high as $220.00 or more. Some are less, as well.


You are not able to purchase the products directly from the company. You do need to find a Presenter or go to a home party. If you go on their website, you can add items to your shopping cart. It does look like you can purchase products directly from the company. This is not the case. When you get to the checkout phase, you will be asked for your presenter’s name or account number. Don’t let the fear of having to compete with the company scare you away, because you aren’t doing that!


Although, going to a home party is probably the quickest and easiest way to see and use the products, but you do run the risk of having the Presenter chasing you around town to join them.


You could find a Younique demonstration party to buy the products or you could go on Amazon and find products there.


It seems that there haven’t been very many sales of these products on Amazon. The reviews are good, but they are on just a few of the products.


Younique products on Amazon


Younique complaints




Younique does have several complaints listed on the BBB website You can find them here:


BBB complaints


There is a site dedicated to complaints about various businesses. You can find the ones for Younique here:


Pissedconsumer complaints


Younique reviews – if you become a Younique Presenter


If you decide to join Younique, you can expect to pay $99.00 for the Presenter’s Kit. It is said to have a value of $256.50. There is free shipping on the kit, as of July 31, 2015. Ask about this special if you are joining after this date.


The Presenter’s Starter Kit includes all of the following:


3D Fiber Lashes
(3) Moodstruck Mineral Pigments – Sexy, Corrupted, Confident
Eye Brush Set (Liner/Shader, Crease, and Deluxe brushes)
(2) Precision Eye Liner Pencils – Pristine, Perfect
Precision Lip Liner Pencil – Pompous
Lucrative Lip Gloss – Lovesick
Divine Daily Moisturizer
Shade Stick for Minteral Touch Cream and Powder FoundationsBB Flawless Complexion Enhancer
March-August 2015 Product Catalog


Younique reviews – what monthly fees can you expect?


1. Is there a required autoship program?


Technically, there is no autoship requirements. You do have to have sales that total approximately $125.00 (Personal Retail Sales) over the course of a rolling 3 month period. A rolling 3 month period is the total of the 3 previous months. The sales can be sales to the public or you could purchase the products, for yourself. If there is a 3 month period that you don’t meet this requirement your account goes inactive and your replicated websites will not function. Basically, you are out of business until you get sales to reach the $125.00 total.


younique compensation plan


You need to be “active” in order to be commissionable. Active being defined as having the $125.00 of total sales for the previous 3 months.


2. Are there any ongoing, monthly fees?


Younique does not have any on going monthly fees.


3. Are there any other fees?


There are no other fees. They do not have an annual renewal fee.


Younique review – business opportunity and the compensation plan


There are 8 levels in their compensation plan. You will start out on the White level and you can work your way up to the Black level.





The first graphic shows what you need to do in order to qualify for each level. The second graphic shows you what you get in commissions and bonuses, at each level.


They also a car bonus. Only 6 Presenters have qualified to get the car payment allowance, so far.


Younique review – their income disclosure statement



I haven’t been able to locate an income disclosure statement on the internet. I am going to call the company to ask for one, but I’ve found that if the company doesn’t publish that document, they usually won’t give it out when requested.



I did call the company and the rep told me that they do not provide that information.



They did publish one statistic on their website. It says:



The recruitment and sales figures posted here are achieved only by approximately less than the top 0.02 % of Presenters.”



This figure is in line with the typical numbers I have seen in other company’s Income Disclosure Statements.



As of July 31, 2015, there are 102 people who have reached the top level of this company’s compensation plan. That’s out of the total presenters in the world, not just the “active presenters.”



The Rising Stars page of their website.



Younique review – the Presenter agreement and Policies and Procedures manual



I asked for these documents and I was told that I could read the when I signed up with the company. I told them that I needed a copy to let me attorney read before I joined. They were unimpressed.



younique wouldn't give me the documents



I was also told that they have a policies and procedures manual, but I couldn’t look at it until after I joined.



(I don’t understand why some companies won’t provide this information. Is the $99.00 that important to them?)


Younique review – is this the right company for you?


The main thing against joining this company is that it is so new. The products seem to be in demand and their website is highly trafficked. If you decide that you want to be working with a makeup and cosmetics company, then this might be the right place for you.


Obviously, I can’t decide for you. You will need to weigh your options and think about all of the information that this article contains. Please do your own investigation of this and any other company that you are considering.


Is Younique a scam?


Being that Younique is in the cosmetics niche, there may be some that might think that they are a scam. Let me assure that Younique is a good and strong company. In my opinion, they are in no way a scam!


younique scam?


As always, if you are thinking about joining this company, do your own due diligence.


The person who sponsors you is just as critical to your success as the information that is contained in my review of this company.


In the end, you must be willing to sell the products and recruit people into the business. It helps, a lot, if you are enthusiastic about, both, the company and their products!


I am wishing you the best of luck in your network marketing journey!


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Random thoughts for July 30, 2015


Random thoughts of a network marketer


are these my random thoughts


Does reading someone’s book make them your mentor?


I hear lots of people claim that Tony Robbins is their mentor. Maybe they claim that he is their coach. It could be some other famous person. Later, I find out that the person has read one of the books that Tony Robbins wrote and that is how they are claiming him as their mentor. Does reading that book really make him their mentor?




What is success in network marketing?


Not going broke!


How do you make $10,000 in network marketing?


Give a network marketer $20,000 to spend on their business.


Okay, okay, all kidding aside!




What kind of business is network marketing?


so this is network marketing


I’ve written about this topic many times. I’ve read many articles about what other people think about it too. There seems to be a lot of different answers. It’s a relationship business. It’s a business of duplication. It’s a numbers game. It’s sales and marketing.


I think all of those answers are right. Network marketing is all of those things.


I am now of the mind that at its core network marketing is an action business.


If there is a “secret” to success in network marketing, that’s it! Taking action.


I’ve seen so many different kinds of people find success in this business, over the years. They come from all walks of life. The demographics are as diverse as you can imagine.


Some are old and some are young. Some are fat and some are skinny. Some are tall and some are short. Some used Facebook and some used the belly to belly method. Some reach the top level in 6 months and some it took 8 years. It doesn’t seem to matter.


Any kind of scenario you can imagine, there is probably someone out there that would fulfill it and reach the top of their pay plan.


If there is one thing that they all have in common, it would be that they all took effective action. Some took massive action and some took consistent action over a long period of time.


They do have one more thing in common. They never gave up.


The secret to being successful in network marketing is to take effective action and to never give up!




Developing a system


take them through the process


When you get ready to build your network marketing business, you’ll want to develop a system that you can use. A system is just a series of events or steps that move people through the process of buying your products or joining you in your business.


I read a great acronym for the word SYSTEM and what a system can do for you.


S – Save

Y – Your

S – Self

T – Time

E – Energy and

M – Money


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6 reasons owning a business is better than having a job


Owning a business is better!


owning a business


In a lot of ways, having a job is better than owning a business. That guaranteed paycheck is a big incentive. When you own your own business, nothing is guaranteed. That one fact is what scares most people out of ever even trying to own their own business.


Surely, there must be things about owning a business that are great or no one would ever own their business.


Here’s a list of the things that make owning a business better than having a job.


You are your own boss


This may be the most appealing thing about owning a business. You are working for yourself. You can set your own hours and take a pay raise whenever you need one. No more having to ask someone else if you can do something. Being your own boss is the ultimate freedom!


Having job means that you have to answer to someone else, all day long. You just know that they are going to ask you to do more than your fair share of the work and not get paid for it!


You have the opportunity for unlimited income


owning your own business can give you unlimited income


When you own your own business it is possible that you could make as much money as you want to. If you want to make more money, just go out and get more clients or sell more products. The only limit to your income is you. You can create other streams of income. You just add in a new product or service and you have another way to make money. Most people aren’t completely drive by making more and more money. Most people will find an income and stop and try to enjoy what they have, but you’ll always have that option.


In network marketing, you can recruit more people or sell more products to increase your income!


If you have a job, the boss is only going to pay you enough to make sure that you don’t quit. If you try to create another source of income on your job, you’ll find out how much they don’t like that.


If you decide to stop working at your job, you’ll stop getting paid.


You are trading your time and talents for money. Eventually, you run out of time and that’s as much money as you can make, in a job.


Tax write offs


seek tax advice while owning your own business


If you own your own business, you can write off most expenses that you incur while running your business. Virtually anything that you spend money on in your business can be written off. You still enjoy all the same write offs that you have if you have a job.


If you have a job you get all the regular deductions for dependents, but not much more than that.


Time freedom


Being your own boss allows you to be in control of your time. If your child is in the school play, you know you can go and see it. You just don’t schedule any work during that time. You get to decide when you work and when you get to enjoy life!


If you have a job, there is always a chance that the boss might ask you to stay late. Forcing you to miss things that you really want to do!


Leverage yourself


you can leverage yourself to increase profits


Maybe saying that you can duplicate yourself is a better way to look at this. If you own a business, you can either hire people to do the work for you or to increase the amount of work that can be done or in network marketing you can recruit people.


In a job, it’s just you, trading your time for their money.


Job security


Job security is a thing of the past. At any moment you could have your job outsourced, off shored or given to a robot. Don’t laugh at that last one. The rise of the robots is coming.


If you own your own business, you can create your own security. You can create and determine your income in your business. You can diversify for added income and safety.


Having a job gives you a false sense of security. That steady paycheck does it for most people. They know they are worth more money, but they think that they can’t give up the paycheck. There are bills to pay and food to buy. I get it. If you take a chance on a business, you might lose everything.


That’s the beauty of network marketing. You don’t have to give up that paycheck. You’ll always know how you’re going to pay for your next meal. You can have your job and a business too. You just need to set aside a few hours each week to run your business.


That’s my list of the 6 most important reasons that owning a business is better than having a job.


Can you think of any other reasons that owning a business is better than having a job?


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Managing your frustrations


You will have frustrating days!


managing your frustrations

Everyone who has ever owned a business has had their share of disappointments, set backs and heart aches. A business owner will pour their hearts, their sweat, their tears and their very soul into their business. They end up thinking of their business as their baby. It’s not unlike a baby.


You start off with nothing, but an idea and a dream. You hang out your shingle and the business is born. You spend every waking moment nurturing the business. You make sacrifices. You solve its problems. Your business starts to grow. You feed it by investing in it. You have those sleepless nights when you wonder if it will survive. If you’re lucky, the business grows up strong and healthy and it can survive on its own.


Sounds a lot like raising children, doesn’t it?


having a baby is a lot like owning a business

Just like raising children, there are going to be tough times. There will be times that things don’t go your way. Times that things seem like they will never get any better. Times that no matter what you say or do, it’s always the wrong thing. There will be many times that you question yourself. Will you ever find success? Or worse, can you even go on one more day?


I know, for a fact that one of the biggest reason s the top earners become top earners is that they refuse to give up. It doesn’t matter how bad things get, they will not quit on themselves or their dreams.


I don’t usually share things about how well or how bad my traditional business is going, but I will do it today. I haven’t lived that charmed life that everyone seems to think I lead.


I’ve had more than my fair share of bad times. Here are a few examples.


managing your frustrations is key

I’ve had employees lie to my face. They’ve cheated me and some have actually stolen from me. I had one employee sue me. I won! I’ve had business partners lie to me and about me. I’ve had partners that stole from me. I’ve had family members tell me that I’d never amount to much if anything at all. I’ve been told to give up my business and get a “real job.”


To be honest, I think back and wonder why I didn’t quit.


I got hurt a lot. I was disappointed many times. One thing that I refused to do was to quit. I kept believing that I could do it. I knew I could be a success, no matter what.


I have one story for you.


There was a person, who I would’ve trusted with my life. I thought I could always count on them. I knew they had my back, no matter what happened. Or so I thought.


My business was enjoying some very nice growth. The advertising I was using was working very well. I had about a dozen employees and all were working close to full time. I thought there was no stopping me. Little did I know that somehow I made someone mad. It was the person that I trusted, implicitly.


stabbed in the back

They decided to “get me back.” I’d tell you what I did, but I really don’t know what it was.


They were able to contact all of the employees and talk to them, behind my back. The employees were being told that I was about to close down the business without giving them any warning. The employees were advised to get another job before all of this happened. Over the next 12 weeks, all but 2 employees quit. I got all sorts of reasons for why they were leaving, but none of them told me the truth.


It wasn’t until the 11th person was quitting that I learned the truth. I was in shock.


This was someone I trusted. Someone I thought had my back. As it turned out, they had my back, it was just that they had a knife in it. I’ve never felt that betrayed before or since.


Needless to say, the business was in shambles.


I had lunch with a friend and they asked me what I was going to do. I’m sure they expected me to say that I was going to leave the business and get a “real job.” I don’t think anyone would’ve blamed me.


I refused to quit! I never gave up.


never, never, never give up!

Over the next few years, I was able to rebuild the business … even bigger than it was.


The most difficult thing was to keep going. It would’ve so much easier to quit and go back to work for someone else, but that wasn’t what I wanted. Let me repeat that. That wasn’t what I wanted!


If you want to own a successful business, you need to push through life’s little annoyances, no matter how big they are. Some of them can be really, really big!


I’ll leave you with one of my own quotes:


“The best thing about money is that you can always make more.” – Richard Brokenshire


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