Everything you always wanted to know about Network Marketing, but were too Afraid to Ask!

April 8, 2009

“The trouble with the world is not that people know too little, but that they know so many things that ain’t so.” Mark Twain

Now that I got your attention, let me clearly state, I am a landscaper and not a Certified Public Accountant, nor do I claim to be, please check with your local government as well as with your bookkeeper to acquire the exact rules and regulations that apply to where you live and pay your taxes. Here is yet another huge advantage about network marketing. Everyone knows that being self employed or owning assets can reduce incredible amounts of taxes one must pay. Big Business has known this for years, and has managed to keep this little secret for them selves.

Well as Bob Dylan once said, “The times they are a changin’” As an employee in a traditional JOB, one invests time in exchange for a salary, which then in turn is taxed. Sure there are a few tax write offs, but for the most part, the average worker works the first 4 months of the year just to pay these taxes. And while they are full time employees, working a full time job already, the time required is in it self taxing. The majority have a minimum of 40 hours a week and then those who dare to work even longer, receiving so called overtime, in an effort to get ahead of one’s expenses, are taxed even more on the hard earned overtime hours. Well there is a way to keep your job and at the same time, as an option to overtime, set up a home based business, better known as network marketing. By investing as little as 10 hours per week you can claim tax deductions that until now were only allowed to those with huge companies in the corporate world. You must look at your new home business as a serious business and not just a hobby, many newbies say “we will give it a try and see if it makes any money”. This is fun, but very unprofessional. When one conducts their new home business as a professional, then with that responsibility, one qualifies for enormous tax breaks.

It takes time to create success in any network marketing company, and the visible rewards one receives in the beginning, from commissions on sales or the compensation plan, are actually way down the list in comparison to the benefits one is eligible for, right from the get go with just the step of making this decision to create a home based business. Here are just a few of the tax write offs Network Marketers become eligible for as a home based business owner, many of the things you are paying for now, become legitimate tax deductions. In the corporate world these are known as business expenses. The costs one occurs in running a business.

Things like:

• Your computer, printer, scanner, fax, telephones (Office Infrastructure)

• Your internet connection costs • Your long distance and cell phone service

• All of your office supplies • All advertising materials purchased

• All advertising in internet, newspaper, magazines, etc…

• A percentage of your rent or mortgage (Business is operated from your Home Office)

• The initial investment or the start-up costs you pay to become associated with your network marketing opportunity, sometimes including products you use for promotions

• Your vacations when combined with the appropriate amount of business activities • Your Clothing, Business attire required for your business meetings and trainings

• Dinner meetings / Entertainment Costs with potential clients or team partners

And the list goes on, mileage for travel expense incurred with your vehicle; here one must document exact mileage for these positions. Very simple to accomplish with a small notepad in the glove box! Isn’t it time that the average hardworking Joe, who now has the chance to benefit like the corporate giants, can finally choose to join a network marketing business, or start any home-based business. As a home based business owner, many of the things you are paying for now, become legitimate tax deductions. This is commonly known as redirecting your expenses. With just these few facts stated, and I am not the first to point these out, one can find endless information to support these facts. One my best mentors often says “after the facts the only thing that follows is the truth.” So my question to each and every one of you is when these facts as they are, are true, and publicly available to all who desire to know the truth, then why doesn’t everybody have their own little home based business?

“All truth passes through three stages. First it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” Arthur Schopenhauer

I believe we were not taught to do so. I love, honour, and respect my parents, grandparents, and all my teachers for what they provided, they were only doing what they thought was best for us at the time. But we were raised and taught to get good grades in school, graduate from a good college, and get a good secure job. We then worked very hard and sometimes, when you were among the very fortunate you just might have been rewarded by our employers.

Do you all know what networkers call a J.O.B.? Just over Broke, how long can you exist if you lost your job today? Exist, not flourish and grow, but only survive, pay your rent, feed your family, put gas in your car, just be able to meet these primary costs of living? Most people have luck when the answer is 3 months, and even the managers, bankers and CEO’s who receive the Golden Parachute usually can only survive a year or two at the most before it is necessary to find another JOB or alternate form of income. I don’t know about you but I surely want more from life, more for my family, more time for doing the things I want to do, when I choose to do them and the freedom to work wherever I want, when I want, with who I want.

I found this on the internet and find it quite amazing. According to Sandy Botkin, the author of ‘Lower Your Taxes Big Time’ and a former IRS Attorney, “You would be brain dead not to start a home-based business.” I agree to a point. Lots of people with perfectly healthy brains just don’t know what they don’t know. Like our friend Mark Twain stated before. And I am in good company when I also say, one must either, love to suffer and struggle, or really is brain dead if you know the potential tax benefits and then still decide not to start a home-based business.

Botkin also has explained the following:

• You will never get rich until you learn to get your taxes down to the legal minimum

• There are 2 tax systems in this country – one for salaried employees, and one for small/home business owners

• A home business will make you better off than a second income

• Traditional job security has declined over the years and will continue to do so, making home businesses more attractive

• You will probably save $2000 to $10,000 per year by starting your own part-time home business

So what are you going to do? This may not be the answer for everybody, but I will tell you what I have done and I do not regret one minute my decision. Just Do It, like Michael Jordan said. Do not wait and see what your friends or associates have for experiences. Do not listen to all those trapped in their 9 to 5, misery loves company. And no one wants to be left behind.

So let’s be the ones to set the example for others, take the first step, there will be literally hundreds when not thousands who will choose to follow you. And isn’t that what we all came here for in the first place, just to be ourselves, love what we do and give the gift of financial freedom to anyone willing to invest in themselves and really become the leader that each and everyone of us has deep within our hearts and souls.

Leaders are not born overnight, they make a choice and begin to take baby steps, one step at a time.They choose to grow, make sacrifices, like turning off the TV, and reading a book, or helping a new associate learn the ropes of the trade. The path takes patience and resilience, determination and discipline, and no it is not a get rich quick scam, but rather a life long commitment you make to yourself, your loved ones and all the fortunate souls that cross your path in life. I may not have an answer for everyone, but I have a solution that will be right for many.

Start a home based network marketing business this year. Starting your own home based network marketing business may be the very best asset that you’ll buy in this lifetime. My highest recommendation to you is start a network marketing business today! Due to the unbelievibly low start-up costs, some as low as 40 USD, not to mention the enriching personalized training you will, should, receive from the person and team that sponsors you.

Naturally like all new adventures we undertake, one will have a learning curve to go through before they start making money. In the old days people believed network marketing was better suited to those outgoing, super people-person types who loved nothing better than to approach every person they encountered around town and tell them about their business. Or someone who was already well connected, and could build a large organization almost over night based on their established relationships. Nowadays you can still be outgoing and connected and succeed, that hasn’t changed.

What has changed is, if you’re shy, like to stay at home, or just too busy living your life to attend meetings and host home parties, you can still build a thriving business. With the use of today’s modern technology,the Internet, websites, discussion groups, blogs, the telephone and daily consistent action, you can work part-time on building your dynasty from the comfort of your home.

So if you followed any thing I have written and you are ready to start your home based business, or even if you once thought you weren’t cut out for network marketing, please consider taking another look. You may not have changed, but succeeding in this particular industry has. We all do not think twice about telling someone about a good book, or an excellent restaurant, not to mention a great film we just saw, and have we ever received a free meal at those restaraunts, or free tickets for the next film? No, as far as I now no one ever has, we do network marketing voluntarily, all the time, and do not get paid one dime for it! Isn’t it really time for a change.

I hate to be corny here, we have all heard this way too much lately, but it really fits. Can anyone succeed in network marketing, and my answer is Yes We Can! Wouldn’t it be something new to love filing our tax reports each year? One of my personal goals is to make April the 15th a national holiday, where every hard working tax payer can celebrate the day they decided to join the most incredible form of business in the 21 Century!


Who is Supporting Network Marketing? And Who really Cares?

April 5, 2009

A little foot note about me. I have been living in Switzerland for nearly 20 years now. I am a landscaper and interiorscaper from profession. I have always enjoyed reading, but, excuse the phrase, I never had time to read, always busy, always had other priorities in my life. In the past 20 years, I have read an average of 20 books, that is one per year! I just read an article that said that 58% of all high school graduates never read a book again after finishing high school, I was utterly shocked when I read this. The author went on to explain that there are roughly 6 billion people in the world today, and that 1 billion are illiterate. That means they can not read,  and include those who choose not to read, the 58%, this increases the number of people who only live on the information there personal experience brings, through numerous negative promotion devices, such as television news or radio, and nowadays videos on the computer. That means that at least one out of every six people in the world are limited in their growth potential!

Since my fascination with the branch of network marketing, in less than 2 years, I have devoured over 40 books. Just yesterday I looked at the list of books I plan to read next, and that list has grown to about 60! It seems the more information I read and learn from, the desire to read and learn, and grow has also increased. It is almost like an addiction, with each book I read, I learn about even more books that have been written and literally cannot get enough! The more you learn, the more you realize you have to learn. When the student is ready the teacher appears! Add to that the internet and all the incredible trainings one has available, almost half of my time is invested in personal growth! The other half is in manifesting and practicing the new tools I have read about.

I highly recommend reading! Regardless of the topic or field of interest, one must acquire the vocabulary in order to begin to process this information. Medicine, science, sports, business, finances, you name it each and every one of these topics has its own inherent vocabulary. And when starting off in a new field, one may feel bombarded with the new words and technology one is confronted with. But through determination and discipline, one quickly increases their own vocabulary, as well as intelligence. It is similar to anything that takes us out of our comfort zone, at first you feel awkward and lost, and suddenly with time and experience you begin to master the words and then, first then, the message begins to sink in.  And your so called comfort zone expands over time. With each expansion of your comfort zone your personal growth and development increases. God has gifted us with this intelligence and I am sure he would be happy when we exercise it, other wise we probably wouldn’t have this capacity, unless it was meant to be cultivated! It is a plunge into the unknown, not like in school, where we were told what to read, when to read, and how much, but rather the freedom to read that which you have a personal interest in, something you would like to know more about.

Before I get started with all the nuts and bolts of Network Marketing, I would like to post a few facts that are very relevant to the attention network marketing is getting these days. Several years ago, 2006 to be exact, Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki wrote a book called, “Why we want You to be Rich”. In this book they both point out that a financial education is crucial in achieving financial independence. In Robert Kiyosaki’s book “Rich Dad Poor Dad” there is also a predominant message that the more one learns, the more one earns. So if these two highly successful gentlemen have taken the time to share their experiences and wisdom, don’t you think it is worth taking the time to read them? And here’s the catch, even if you have no desire to be involved with network marketing, there are incredible amounts of money making tips, as well as down right common sense to be learned from these two, when it comes to your financial security.

Warren Buffet, one of the world’s richest men, as well as a fascinating and successful investor, has also created a book in 2005, titled, “The Warren Buffet Way”. In this book he not only points out some of his best techniques he has used, but the guidelines one should follow in achieving financial nirvana. Warren Buffet has also been quoted as saying, “Some of the best investments I have made have been in network marketing companies”. Ok, are you all following me on this? Warren Buffet, Donald Trump, Robert Kiyosaki, these guys are serious, high rollers, in the game of making money, and helping mankind, as well as making our world a better place to live. If they, just these handful mentioned have created such a track record in their lives and are publicly announcing this, don’t you think it is worth at least taking a look at? This information can be applied to almost every facet of one’s life, if only one would invest the time to read it, it just might change your life!

And now the best for last, Donald Trump has enough money, properties and companies, he really doesn’t have to work anymore, does he? Well his latest accomplishment is just amazing, and one more feather in the cap for network marketing. Are you ready for this? He has created his own network marketing company. If this is not evidence that the reputation of network marketing has changed over the years, then what is? Why would someone like Trump bother with anything if it wasn’t going to be a grand slam? Why? Because he knows it will skyrocket like many in the branch and become a fantastic opportunity for people to change their lives, not to mention getting healthier in the process. Isn’t that what everyone would like? Improved health, an additional income, and the chance to help others create the same for themselves?

There are many advantages this branch offers in comparison to the tradional business world.One of the largest advantages allowed through network marketing is the time one ventures to gain. Time is the only commodity that is limited in a world full of abundance. It used to be man measured wealth in the form of money, nowadays it has become common knowledge, that all the money in the world will not buy you better health, or love, and the list goes on. Today wealth is measured in the amount of time one has or gains. Time for your partner, time for your children, time for your parents, brothers, sisters, and extended family. Time for your recreations. This is very important, Re-Create, yourself anew. Here is where many outstanding ideas or dreams just pop into one’s mind or heart, when you are least expecting it! Bam, I just had an Idea! Why do you think when you are having fun, playing, suddenly something really good pops into your mind out of now where? Because in this relaxed state one is open to the universal truths and not under pressure, or in stress, or even stressed out! I have heard so many people say, ” I just don’t have enough time”, or “there is not enough time in the day”, it has even been shortened to the phrase, due to the lack of time and concentration to, “No time”. If that isn’t a sad sign of the times, bordering on serious psychological and mental illness, not to mention what this does to other vital organs in the human body. What did we all come here for if suddenly one has no time? This is ridiculous and it has to stop! We all have the same 24 hours each and every day. How we choose to invest them is up to each and every individual, it is a critical choiceone has the freedom to make daily!

Ask people the question, how did you spend your time today, notice the key word here, spend. Everyone is spending their time being busy, but the question is with what, a job? Is your job more important than your partner, family and friends, or even your fun and entertainment, hobbies, vacations and all the things that make you laugh and feel good about yourselves and the ones you love? And instead of spending our time, would it not be wiser to invest our time? And to look at each and every action we do as an investment in ourselves as well as time invested in others, not just our family but in mankind in general. This one shift in our perspective will make all the difference in the world, believe me, I have seen it with my own eyes.


April 4, 2009

In the good ole day’s, as my grandfather used to say, BYOB, stood for a party, where everyone was required to bring your own bottle. This blog is also a sort of party, where one can educate themselves and finally have an oppurtunity to elude the rat race and establish  themselves as an Independent Business Owner, or as we call it, Be Your Own Boss! This is a new section of Rocky Bradley’s Blog. Here, I will be informing you all about an old form of business, that these days has been gaining steam, as well as acceptability among rich and poor alike, the network marketing industry. There are many false labels this business form has aquired over the years, and now suddenly as the entire economic world crumbles before our eyes, people are starting to realize, a safe and secure job, is far from that what it used to be. Be prepared for some startling information, that I imagine, few if any have ever taken the time to inform themselves about. And while the Goliath is suffering, David prepares his next step. And this time, there is no stopping the natural course that has been taking place for over 100 years. Wether you like it or not, Network Marketing is a stable and expanding form of business, that unlike almost all other forms of business, is literally recession and depression resistant. And either you jump on the bandwagon now or forever hold your peace! No whiners, complainers, or eternal pessimists allowed. Either you get your education, find the oppurtunity that fits your requirements and come aboard, or you will be watching as the next generation’s ship comes in and you are still punching the 9 to 5 clock, hoping for a raise, waiting for your vacation, and praying you will not be the next to get canned!

Coming Soon!

April 4, 2009

Howdy Folks!
Well, the weather is finally starting to improve and it won’t be much longer and we will be able to be out on the road and in the gardens, taking more outstanding pictures of the Palms of Switzerland! As usually Mother Nature is taking her own sweet time. It is already official spring but until the 15th of May there is always of chance of freezing temperature. And the April in Switzerland is known to have a mind all it’s own. Between freezing, ocassional snow storms and even scorching warm, sunny weather, one rarely knows what to expect here in the land of Mountains and Chocolate:)

If we have a little luck tomorrow might provide a nice day, that we may again continue our palm hunting expedition! Thanks for following and please feel free to drop us a line when you have any special wishes.

Signing off for now.

I wish you all,
Another Day in Paradise!

Palms of Switzerland Männedorf

March 16, 2009

Palms of Switzerland Männedorf/ZH


On our second day of Palm Hunting, we encountered probably one of the most spectacular palms ranging between 9 and 10 meters in height. Unfortunately, the owners were not available. So our story will follow as soon as we can reach the proud parents of these babies!

The first stop is in Männedorf, although the location is close to 400 meters above water level, the palms have been planted in a very protected location. With a southern exposure they receive the warmth of the sun’s rays from morning till evening, and through the earlier years when they were first installed, the wall behind them protected them from the fierce winter winds.


We spoke with the owner, and it seems to be the trend, these palms were also brought back from Tecine, barely two years old, seedlings, dug up from a customer’s garden down in the south of Switzerland. They lost a few specimens over the years to the winter. In the early stages, first 5 years or so, they would wrap them up for winter, to protect the young growth from the snow. These palms are commonly known to withstand up to minus 15 degrees Celsius. But the snow, when it piles up on the leaves, can cause breakage, not to mention the heart of the palm is very tender and too much snow, over a long periond of time can cause severe damage to the new leaves soon to sprout. These palms were originally planted back in 1979, approximately 30 years ago.


Aside the palm cluster, directly facing the street, is a beautiful Ficus, or Fig tree. As the garden is raised behind both the palms and the Ficus, they are nestled into a very warm and cultivating location. I imagine these palms will live a very long happy life.


Within a few steps we took a turn down a smaller street and found garden after garden just peppered full of palms. Just incredible!!!

The Veiw of Palm Garden Drive:)

The Veiw of Palm Garden Drive:)

On this stop, only walking distance from the first location, we came upon the tallest specimen we have seen to date. This miraculous beast is definitely 9 when not 10 meters tall. Also planted directly next to the house, a two story at that, that has protected this baby for many, many years. We were unable to speak with the owners, but as soon as we get the story we will let you all know! In the same garden there were 3 other palm plantings. Directly across from the largest, some what exposed is a compact 4 to 5 meter specimen. And close to the entrance, also directly on the wall, a nice multiple stem specimen, much shorter than the other two, but nonetheless breath taking.

There was a garden directly before this one which was also covered with palms of every imaginable size, from 3 to 5 years old to probably 20 when not 30 year old palms. The tallest here were also between 4 and 5 meters. And in the same garden, we found two lovely specimens surrounding the entrance to the patio. Easily measuring 5 meters in height.


This entire street is also sunken down off the main road, thus providing the entire area another form of protection from winds, as well as creating a warm spot, or microclimate being so close to the lake. In the last few pics you see the view from the Lake of Zürich, which these palms enjoy the whole day long 🙂

To Date the Tallest Trachycarpus fortuneii

To Date the Tallest Trachycarpus fortuneii

* Palms and a Fig

* Palms and a Fig


A few gardens right down the Street, notice the enclave where the house are Located; totally protected!

A few gardens right down the Street, notice the enclave where the houses are Located; totally protected!


The Veiw the Palms have of the Lake!

The Veiw the Palms have of the Lake!

The Palms of Switzerland

March 14, 2009


Hi, we just got back from our first journey photographing the palms of Switzerland. We started in the town of Herrliberg. Here right across from the lake of Zürich, we found a small palm farm! We had the oppurtunity to speak with the owner of this garden and ask him a few questions.

After saying hello, I explained that I come from Miami and that I am fascinated with the palms he has grown in his garden, and if would answer a few of my questions for this report. He was very proud of his palms and proceeded to tell me their story.

I asked him if he personally planted all these palms, the latin name for them is Trachycarpus fortuneii, they call them here in native lanquage, the Tessiner Palms, why, because they typically are found in the south of Switzerland, an area that is known as Tecine, pronounced Tessin. He told me that he had planted these together with a relative, his brother in law. That for over twenty-five years ago, he and his brother brought them back to Herrliberg from the south of Switzerland and planted each and every one of them. He also explained that because of their protected location, there was no need to use any type of winter protection, as in most cases, the palms are wrapped up and protected from the cold winter winds and freezing temperatures. This occurs whenever they are planted in an open unprotected location, which is rare, but it does happen.

He also went on to explain that the palms were barely a foot high, a little over 30cm., when they installed them in the garden. They now range between 3 to 5 or even 6 meters tall. Incredible!!!

The owner was very proud about the triple trunked palm you will see in the pictures. He explained how after the first few years the originally palm they planted froze during a very cold winter, they just left the palm there and watched to see what would happen. Well, to his surprise, the palm sprouted new babies, and not just one but three, sprouting out from the original trunk of the frozen palm and now they are even producing seeds! Around the base of this triple you will alos notice seedlings, there are anywhere between 2 to 4 years old and are just part of the decoration for now.

Of course this is a residential garden, located directly next to a restaurant parking lot. But thoughts kept flying in my head as to what an excellent location this would be to raise and cutivate palms that are already aclimitized to this colder northern climate! Well enjoy the pics and I will be on the road again tomorrow search for the tallest palms north of the Swiss Alps! Have an excellent Weekend and look forward to showing some more incredible Palm Stories as they develop!


What a Veiw they have of the Lake!!!


And the few spectacular examples that are surrounding the entrance to this residence!

Ok Here We Go!

March 13, 2009

Well after a small time spent in preparation I am getting this Blog Up and Running!

My name is Rocky Bradley, I was born and raised in Miami, Florida. And for the last twenty years living in Switzerland!

Landscaping and Interiorscaping are my passions and I have spent my whole life being surrounded by plants, nurseries and people! As of January last year I have become the proud owner of my second discus hernia, occupational hazard as a Landscaper, thus I have had to stop working in my field and begin creating alternatives for income.
Well as a native Floridian, living not far from the Lake of Zürich, one of my favorite hobbies is locating Palms planted in the landscapes and gardens here in the area where we live. Behind each and every single palm, there is a story. These stories tend to be quite interesting as well as informing to anyone who is interested in cultivating palms in cold climates, such as Switzerland.

For the next few days and weeks, we will be scouting the area, and reporting back to you with every new palm planting we have located, as well as the story behing the original planting! In some cases, the palms have been inherited by their present owners and then the reasearch and story behind the palm and reasons for planting, tend to be challenging to trace back to their origins. But we will keep you all informed and also provide pictures and descriptions that you all can follow this amazing trend that has been growing in Europe over the past few decades!

I wish you all Another Day in Paradise! And look forward to keeping you informed about the Palms of Switzerland!

Have a Fantastic Afternoon and Look Forward to Seeing You Soon!
Rocky Bradley