Kelli Calabrese has been a fitness trainer, author, speaker and health & wealth coach for over 3 decades. She is also a home based business superstar who has undergone a life changing transformation and inspired many lives over the years. Her new book, Mom & Dadpreneurs, is hot off the presses and is an inspiration for parents who are seeking the courage to take back their lives! We caught up with her in her Dallas home to get more insight about the book!
Home Based Buzz: Kelli, Mom & Dadpreneurs is obviously directed at parents with kids who wish to start a home business. Why are you so passionate about this?
Kelli: Well, 68% of people hate their current jobs! More than 50% of people don’t work in the fields they studied for. I just hate that people are working day in day out in survival mode, just to get by instead of doing something that they love!
After I discovered network marketing and had success in it, I knew there was a way for families to find a career they love! A way to find something they would be passionate about through a system they can just plug into. And the beauty of it is that they can start part time with minimal risk.
Mom & Dadpreneurs is about a lifestyle. It’s about achieving financial freedom, having the time to put your family first and being able to give back to the community. My goodness! Why wouldn’t we want to share that?
Home Based Buzz: How did you learn about network marketing?
Kelli: I was full on in the fitness industry for 14 years. I owned and operated health clubs and managed corporate fitness centers. I ran a school that helped people get certified as fitness pros. It was my life. My husband and I had been married for seven years and had plans to start having kids.
Therefore, as soon as I got pregnant, I began my search for a day care center. After a long search I finally found one. At the day care center, I was about to lay my son in his little crib when I looked into his big brown eyes and realized I could not do it. I said to myself, ‘There’s no way. There’s no way!’
So I called my husband and said, ‘There is going to be another way’.
My heart and soul was definitely in my health clubs. I went from employing hundreds of employees and thousands of members to running my small home office with my son in a bassinet and my daughter in my belly! I was ripped out of my world as I knew it! It was definitely a 360 shift and a challenge.
I started to figure out things I could do away from work. I started writing, speaking, consulting, editing, became a spokesperson and media worker. Anything that allowed me to stay home with my son. Soon I became pregnant with my daughter. They were only a year apart.
Then, someone who managed one of my health clubs introduced me to network marketing. She was getting amazing results with a nutrition company and it really aligned with my philosophy of helping people. So I got in for the products.
I QUICKLY CAME TO DISCOVER THAT NETWORK MARKETING CANNOT ONLY HELP A PERSON, FAMILY, OR NEIGHBORHOOD BUT CAN ALSO HELP WHOLE NATIONS!
I started to share the company’s products with some of my clients and they started getting amazing results. After the first year of working in my new networking marketing venture, my accountant sent me my income statement for that year. I said to myself, ‘you’re kidding me right?’ I wasn’t paying much attention to it and yet the amount of money I had made was quite impressive. I thought to myself, “Wow! I don’t think I even spent a lot of time on this. Imagine what I can do if I dedicate 10 hours a week!”
I dedicated more time to it and had significant success. Because I had never heard of it, been involved with it, and bought or sold anything through it. It hit me that ‘I should seriously study network marketing a little bit more”. So I started attending events and quickly discovered that network marketing cannot only help a person, family, or neighborhood but can also help whole nations!
This is an international opportunity for people. As a fitness professional, my circle of influence was pretty small. What’s my radius? 10 miles where I can drive? But now with network marketing, from my home in Dallas, I can help a family in New York, a student in Australia, or a family in the United Kingdom. That really excites me!
Home Based Buzz Tell us a little bit about the book
Kelli: We wrote the book to show people that it’s possible to work at home and still be successful. There’re 27 stories of people who did it. These stories are aimed at helping you build your belief about what’s possible. These are real families, not just traditional perfect families with 2.5 kids. These are blended families, adoptive families, and single parents, all who at some point drew a line in the sand. They told themselves, ‘This is not acceptable. I’m not going to do this anymore. I’m not gonna sacrifice my family. I’m gonna find another way.” People will see these stories and say “Wow! If they can do it, so can I!”
There are people from different backgrounds – military workers, entertainers, farmers, technicians, teachers, social workers, doctors, policeman, pastors, just to name a few, who asked themselves, “what am I good at? What do I love? If I could wake up every morning and do something that I’m both excited and passionate about, what would it be?”
YOU DON’T HAVE TO TOTALLY START OVER. WHATEVER EXPERIENCE, EDUCATION, BACKGROUND, OR PASSION YOU HAVE, YOU CAN TAKE IT AND FIND A WAY TO PLUG IN.
And that’s where it starts. These people did it. They did it boldly. They did it afraid. There were unknowns and fears, but they did it anyway. And they achieved amazing results!
Home Based Buzz What are some of the core lessons the book teaches?
Kelli: One core thing is that you can take whatever life experience you have up to that point and direct it towards a home-based business. You don’t have to totally start over. Whatever experiences, education, background, or passion you have, you can take it and find a way to plug in. It’s all done for you. You can do it part time at the beginning. You can do it in the pockets of your life.
Also, another important point is; although there’s a lot of income you can earn from this business, one is also able to build up his/her confidence as well. People experience incredible breakthroughs. They build momentum in their lives which they never could if they were still stuck in their jobs. You get surrounded by a lot of positive energy.
My heart obviously goes out to moms, they are exhausted. They are burdened. Their bodies are tired. They have no energy. They are just surviving. Network marketing enables them to surround themselves with positive people.
I don’t know of a better way to uplift people’s lives other than to encourage them to believe in themselves and to surround themselves with people from network marketing companies who are experiencing the kind of success they want.
Another core lesson is that it doesn’t matter what your situation is. There’s always someone who’s worse off than you, who has story that’s more tragic than yours. They overcame it and you can too. And the beauty of it is that; it is all done for you, you just have to plug in.
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