Category Archives: business and entrepreneurship

The Secret of Advancing to Gold in Your Usana Business

Sometimes it is important to pat yourself on the back and acknowledge that you have achieved something worthwhile.  This is one of those occasions for me, as I have recently achieved the prestigious rank of Gold Director in my Usana business! I now have a regular, passive income stream from Usana, which has enabled me to quit my employed position as an Engineering teacher and begin building my own Engineering education business, alongside my Usana business. Continue reading

Usana Enrolment 2016: New Associates and PCs

Usana Associate and Preferred Customer Enrollment

usana enrolment2016 has been an important year in my personal journey with Usana Health Sciences. I have continued to actively promote Usana’s products and the Usana business opportunity using the Online Marketing strategies that I have been developing and refining over a number of years.

The compounding effects of my ongoing efforts have, once again, brought noteworthy results in 2016. I have just been acknowledged as the number 1 Usana Associate Sponsor, as well as the number 1 for Preferred Customer enrollment in our UK based team! Continue reading

My Usana Business and The Silver Director Run!

usana-silver-directorWhat a whirlwind week it has been in my Usana business, with some real highlights that I wanted to share today!

Despite being in Croatia on holiday until Thursday, I have still been able to enroll two new Business Associates, secure repeat customer orders and Rank Advance to Silver Director!

I am not writing this post to “pat myself on the back”, or “toot my own horn” though (well, perhaps just a little bit)! I am writing this post primarily as validation that the online marketing methods that I use really work. I know that I have learned some powerful Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) methods that could translate into a marketing strategy for any business I choose to build now, or in the future. Continue reading

Why Small Businesses Fail – Concluding Remarks

business successIn this article series, I have reflected on the 7 reasons why small businesses fail, according to ‘’.  In summary, the reasons cited for small business failures are as follows:

  1. Starting a small business for the wrong reasons
  2. Poor management of the business
  3. Lack of funds to finance the business
  4. Location (for a traditional business)
  5. Poor business planning and speculation
  6. Over-expansion of the business
  7. Lack of website to promote the business

Today I intent draw conclusions in the context of a Home Based Network Marketing business, such as my own, as well as offering further suggestions on how each of these barriers can be overcome. Continue reading

Why Small Businesses Fail #7

no-websiteWe have already analysed and reflected on 6 key reasons why a significant number of small businesses fail in the first 18 months.  Most of these reasons have focused on factors which can inhibit growth, but we have also considered the impact of unmanageable, rapid growth.

According to the article on, the final reason why small businesses fail is because they have ’No Website’.

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Why Small Businesses Fail #6

We have already reflected on 5 of the 7 reasons why small businesses fail (according to an article on’).  It should be apparent that all of these factors have something in common.  They all represent obstacles which may prevent a business from growing fast enough to be sustainable.  As expected, lack of growth accounts for the majority of small businesses failures in the first 18 months of operation.

Today’s discussion may seem a little counter-intuitive on first inspection, as the sixth reason why small businesses fail is: “Overexpansion”.

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Why Small Businesses Fail #5

Having reviewed 4 of the 7 fundamental reasons why small businesses fail (according to an interesting article on’), it is evident that many home-based Network Marketing businesses have a better than average chance of success.  They offer high potential returns for low investments and are not subjected to the geographical constraints of some traditional businesses.  What’s more, they cultivate a culture of peer support and mentoring, which can help to fast-track a new associates business to success.

Today we are going to explore the fifth reason why small businesses fail: “Lack of Planning”.

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Why Small Businesses Fail Reason #4

If you have been following my blog over the last few weeks, then you will know that I have been discussing an interesting article that I read on’, which outlines the 7 reasons why small businesses fail.  I have been reflecting on each these ‘reasons’ in the context of my own home-based Network Marketing business to better understand how to help fellow locationhome business and small business owners to succeed.

Reason number 4 is a little harder to contextualise as a home business owner, but I believe that I have some valuable insight to share nonetheless.  So let’s consider reason number 4: “Location, Location, Location”. Continue reading

Why Small Businesses Fail Reason #3

In my previous blog posts I discussed the first 2 reasons why small businesses fail, according to an interesting article on  I reflected on each of these reasons in thesmall business capital context of my own home business, highlighting some of the benefits of Network Marketing instead of a traditional business ventures.

In this post we will be looking at one of the fundamental barriers which prevents many people from running, or even starting a small business in the first place.  We will delve into reason number 3: ‘Insufficient capital’. Continue reading

Why Small Businesses Fail Reason #2

In my last post I discussed an article that I read recently on’, which outlined the 7 key reasons why small businesses fail.  I provided my personal reflections on reason number 1: ‘starting a business for the wrong reasons’ and offered some possible solutions for getting your business back on track if you have lost sight of the importance of offering real value to your customers.

In this post I will discuss reason number 2, which sites poor management as one of the primary reasons why small businesses fail. Continue reading