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For 18 Years I Threw $20 Out The Window Every Day

      slash taxes  I’m not a financial planner, an accountant, nor am I an expert on economics. So why should you listen to me? You don’t have to, but chances are you and I have a lot in common. Are you being strangled by taxes? Are you getting tired of more than half of your wages being pulled from your paycheck in one form or another?

I’m just a farm girl born and raised in Northern Maine. After I graduated from High School, I continued my education at The University of Maine and received my Bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology. For 18 years, I worked at the local Medical Center, punching a clock, trading dollars for hours. I had a Job. It paid the bills and things were pretty good.

One day in 2006 I had what Oprah likes to call an “Aha moment.” A moment of clarity and wisdom that hits you from out of nowhere. A defining moment that causes you to change the way you look at things, and the way you are living your life.

My “Aha moment” came in through the back door, so to speak. A close friend of mine was working from home and she said one thing to me that to this day I will never forget. I had asked her why she chose to work from home instead of getting a “real job” like I had. This was her answer…

“When you have a job, you pay the government First, and if there is anything leftover, you get to pay your bills. When you own a home based business, you pay your bills First, if there is anything left…you pay the government.”

Let that sink in.

Suddenly things became very clear. Every single day for 18 years, I had basically been throwing $20 out the window, by not taking advantage of tax breaks provided by the government, by owning my own business. My aha moment hit me like a ton of bricks…and I made the changes necessary to stop feeding Uncle Sam the hard earned money that would eventually become rightfully mine.

According to Dr. Ron Mueller (America’s leading expert on home business tax law), home based business owners actually qualify for more tax deductions than any other category of taxpayer in America. Whether you are a full time home based business owner, or you chose to build a home based business on a part time basis, your taxes will be slashed…compliments of Uncle Sam. You can write off amenities such as utilities, cell phone charges, tools, training materials, fuel, internet, part of your mortgage and property tax, air travel and vacations and even food.

It’s your right and it’s the law.

Now I’m not trying to convince anyone to quit their job because a lot of folks really love their jobs and they are good at it. I’m only trying to educate you and perhaps give you that “aha moment” my friend gave me back in 2006 that literally changed my life…personally, professionally and financially.

If you’re looking to begin saving money and are ready to stop lining Uncle Sam’s pockets, you may want to consider all the tax advantages of building a business from home. This could involve creating your own products, trading, or any other type of business you do working from home.

Many folks start on a very part time basis and continue with their regular job. Home based businesses have a very low start up cost. For the price of an iPad or an iPhone…you can own your own business and start hitting Uncle Sam where he’s been hitting you all these years…

Right in the wallet.

Blessings & Abundance,

Anne Theriault

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Successful Online Business Advice ~ “Stay In Your Own Lane!”

Anne Theriault    This morning I received an inbox message from someone on Facebook that got my blood boiling. It takes a lot to distract me and make me react to negative energy. This morning I was NOT IN THE MOOD. I feel this issue needs to be addressed sooner rather than later.

This short video explains what got me fired up.

To become successful online, you cannot be judgmental and splash your negative energy towards others. I believe if folks celebrated one another instead of finding fault with them…their businesses, as well as their personal life would THRIVE!

Blessings & Abundance,

Anne Theriault


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The Key Elements of Building a Successful Business


If you are like most new entrepreneurs, you will most certainly make many mistakes in the process of building a successful business. You are human…and you will falter. Be ready to humble yourself, accept that you will fumble and fall, learn from your failures, pick yourself up, brush the dirt off your back, and continue to look in the only direction that will bring you success…Forward.

“Failure is the tuition you pay for success” ~ Walter Brunell

In the last 8 years since leaving my job for entrepreneurship, I have surrounded myself with many successful small business owners. I have taken notes, asked questions, investigated their tactics, picked their brain, silently watched and have done everything humanly possible to follow in their footsteps. In the process I have discovered the key ingredients of creating a business that can, and will survive in any economy…online or offline.

Putting People First

Putting your needs aside and putting people first is the foundation of any successful business. Building concrete relationships with your customers and associates will create trust. Once your customer trusts you, they will refer you to others, buy your products and continue using your services. Without trust and customer loyalty..businesses don’t have a fighting chance.

In the Online Marketing arena, thanking people may be as simple as re-tweeting an article, commenting on a comrades blog, or sharing their post on Facebook.

Zig Ziglar said it best when he said:

“You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.”

Market Yourself, Not Your Business

Spamming and slamming everyone you encounter with a sales pitch about your new product or business is not only unattractive…it’s completely ineffective. People can smell the desperation all over you. Cold calling strangers, neighbors or old friends, and pitching your network marketing business opportunity to them in the first few sentences of a conversation, is not only self serving…it’s downright annoying. You may not realize this…not only are you wasting your time, you are also wasting their valuable time too.

The great leaders of the most successful businesses today didn’t get where they are by jamming the phone lines and filling people’s in-boxes with useless and self serving sales pitches.

Remember what we all learned from our parents as a small child?

“You only get one chance to make a first impression” ~ Mom and Dad.

Learn the simple principles of Attraction Marketing. Not only will you see positive results in your business, but you will begin to see a difference in yourself as well.

Do Business With A Conscience

Your reputation as a person will become the fuel and driving force behind your business’s success. Be honest and forthright. If you lose the trust of one associate or customer, it can only take a few minutes, a few phone calls, or a few quick conversations…to lose them all.

One of my community’s most prominent and successful business owners has this sign in all of his stores.

“It can take weeks and months to gain a customer…but only seconds to lose them”

Self Education

Self education is in-arguably one of the most effective tools in creating a successful business. Becoming a business owner puts you in the driver’s seat. You no longer have anyone leading the way. It’s up to you to seek out all of the quality information you can get your hands on to implement your business plan. Invest in yourself. It will prove to be the best investment you will ever make.

“Formal education will make you a living, self-education will make you a fortune” ~ Jim Rohn

In A Nutshell

The holy grail of running a successful business doesn’t lie in the product you are Marketing or the service you offer. Implementing these key elements and tweaking them as you go along, is what most successful business owners focus on.

Surround yourself with leaders, listen to leaders…and learn from leaders.

And at the end of the day, after you’ve mastered how to implement the key elements of building a successful business, chances are…

You will be able to sell pet rocks to the President…or ice to an Eskimo. 🙂

To Your Abundance,

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