My name is Richard Brokenshire. I live in Maryland and am married with 4 kids and 2 dogs. My wife, Suzanne and I have been married for 21 years. I have been self employed for 32 years. I have owned one company that was started, in 1985. The name of it is Maid For You Home Cleaning Service.
It wasn’t always easy
I had a business partner that I worked with in the beginning. We delivered newspapers twice per day, cleaned houses with a company that we learned the business from, we were both licensed real estate agents and we sold Herbalife. Well, tried to sell Herbalife anyway. We worked 18 hour days back then. We woke up at 2 AM to deliver the morning newspapers. We had 600 clients and it took hours to get the papers out. Then we would go to work for the cleaning company and work until it was time to deliver the afternoon newspapers. Yes, more hours of driving around to get the papers out. Then in the evening we would either work on selling real estate or selling Herbalife. We were extremely busy!
The partnership lasted about 5 months. I think we were both way too tired to work together anymore. It was for the best. The downside was that I had a bunch of money stolen from me and I never got any of the money from some of the deals that were in the pipeline. I was dead broke. I couldn’t pay my bills. My credit was shot very quickly. I stayed with the newspaper company and by that time we had started our own home cleaning business. We had divided up the clients, so I had some income. Not enough. Just enough to keep gas in the car to deliver the newspapers. I got my own paper route. I had 400 clients, 2 stores and 4 paper boxes. I had enough money to buy to locks for the 2 of the machines. The good news was that I had 2 morning newspaper boxes and 2 afternoon boxes. I would put the 2 locks on the morning boxes and in the afternoon I would switch them over to the afternoon boxes and took all of the quarters out of the morning boxes. I was 3 weeks into working on my own and I was flat broke. I was a week away from being able to bill for the month’s papers and I was living off of the quarters from the paper boxes. Paying for gas with 40 quarters was fun… well not fun exactly … it was a little embarrassing. Then the manager at stores asked me why I hadn’t billed them yet. I told them that I thought I had to wait for the month to be over. That’s when I found out that they wanted to be billed weekly. Wow! They caught up for the 3 weeks all at once. It was a real Godsend! I paid for gas that night with a $10 bill. Livin’ large for sure!!
I kept advertising the cleaning company. I walked around and put flyers on people’s front doors. It worked. I was able to give up the paper route within a year. Another Godsend! I hated getting up in the middle of the night like that. I was putting 4,000 miles a month on my car. It paid well, but I don’t think it was worth it.
My time in network marketing
I have been involved in network marketing for 30 years … off and on. I started with Amway and tried any number of businesses over the years with little to no success. My last network marketing company was called FX Trainer. It was a Forex education company. They charged $1,000 for the education course they sold and an ongoing $100 per month to stay active. I conducted this business 100% online. I was able to reach the top level in a little less than 1 year. That was the good news. The bad news is that about 6 weeks after I reached the top level, one of the partners embezzled most of the money and stole the client list. Needless to say, they went out of business right after that. That was disappointing to say the least. I thought I had reach the Promised Land and the residual checks would start rolling in. Oh well. That’s the way it goes.
I have stayed on the sidelines for many years. I never found anything that I really believed in and would want to be part of. Sure there are tons of business to get involved with, but I need to feel like I can really help people with the products or service and to feel good about helping people get involved with the business or I won’t do it. Looking for a quick buck never works. You never get really committed to doing the business or sharing it. It’s hard enough to do all the things that need to be done in a business and it’s nearly impossible to do them if you are not 100% committed to making it all happen. If you are having problems making things happen in your business, you might want to check on your belief in your business.
I have to admit that I have been very blessed in my business. It wasn’t always easy. It never is. But I stuck with it long enough to make it work for me.
I started this blog to help everyone with their businesses. I’m here to help you! If you have questions along the way, please feel free to ask. I have 32 years of experience in marketing and advertising, and yes there is a difference between the two. I have reached the top level of a network marketing company. I can help you too!