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SPECIAL REPORT: Staying Home-Cashing In

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How would you like to own your own business and have your office be your couch? A lot of people are doing it these days and they're making pretty good money doing it.

In Gretchen Wirtz's special report: Staying Home, Cashing In, you get to meet two women making a little extra money with their own businesses.

Set your own hours, stay in your pajamas and make as much money as you want.  Sounds like the perfect job, doesn't it/

Well, people are doing it these days with direct sales and multi-level marketing businesses.  

JoElyn Holmes has a full time job with Dist. #150 and she teaches at the YMCA.  She also has a husband and two kids.  But she started her own online business selling weight loss and wellness products.

JoElyn sells Xyngular.  It's a multi-level marketing business.  She says you can do as much or as little as you want.  She devotes about 5-10 hours a week doing it.  She utilizes social media and just likes to meet new people that have a need, like losing weight, feeling better or balancing their hormones.

JoElyn's been selling Xyngular for four and a half years with a team of people working under her. She says she averages anywhere from $500 to $3,200 a month.  She says you get out of it what you put into it.  JoElyn goes on to say that some people put a lot of time into it.  She said there are even some million dollar earners in the Peoria area.

Jaymie Gordon-Townzen started her own business with Paparazzi.

"It's a direct sales company that's about 5 years old.  I started in the last week of November and I now have a team of 14 people and sales of almost $5,000...selling $5.00 jewelry," says Jaymie.

Jaymie does it for the extra cash. She wants to send her husband back to school and they both want to travel.

"I do a few Facebook lives a week, on my VIP page 'Pop Goes the Bling' and those are about an hour to 2 hours, because the more you show, the more you sell."

Jaymie says she also does a couple posts a day to show off new pieces.  She says the company is always releasing new pieces.

Speaking of Facebook, about 20% of my news feed is full of my friends and their online businesses.  So, is there too much competition right now?

JoElyn says Xyngular is all about one team, one dream.  She says everyone promotes each other, across lines, up lines, down lines.  She says it's all about helping each other and changing lives.

JoEyln says Xyngular is only seven years old and that last month, the company made over $10 million in sales.  She says ti did $5 million in its first year. She says the growth has been incredible with this company.

Jaymie got her business started with a $99.00 kit. "The amazing part is, I would have never gotten financing for a business in my whole life.  So, it was nice to be with something, that's not only a passion for me, but something that appreciates me, supports me and on top of that, I make 45% commission."

JoEyln got started after using the products herself.  She says she made her initial investment back the first month. 

Both JoElyn and Jaymie love what they do and thanks to the internet and social media, today's businesses are a lot easier than your mom's Tupperware parties.

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