People who work from home don’t realize this but every small business not just a home based business if they are going to succeed must have an “auto-ship”.  By definition an auto-ship is a requirement of a recurring order of some product or service needed to get paid in business.  Now many home based businesses require that the independent reps keep an auto-ship.  Why is that?

Let me first say I’ve never worked with a company that “required” an auto-ship, but I’ve still ALWAYS HAD ONE.  By the definition alone you should understand that. “A requirement of a recurring order of some product or service needed to get paid in business”.  Most people who hear this term are in a sub-sect of home business called network marketing.  But that term is not only required for network marketing, it’s a term that should be used in all successful business small or big business.

The real reason you should have an auto-ship, is it allows you to get a product at a discount on a regular interval so you can market it and increase your own personal revenue.  See even though I don’t have a required “auto-ship” placed on me, I still have an auto-ship.  For me it’s advertising and leads and it serves the same purpose.  Typically people that have auto-ships have products or services people can sample and that’s a main way they expose their business.  It’s a type of advertisement, like the people handing out samples at a BJ’s, Sams, or Costco.

My exposures are done all over the Internet.  So my auto-ship is a standing order for advertising every single month.  If your main exposure is through trade shows, then that reservation for a different trade show should be a standing order and done monthly.  It works the same way if your main exposure is radio or television media, then you should have a standing order for that every single month. 

An auto-ship is really just a required method of exposing your business to new clients.  If you are in business then that would be a requirement regardless if someone told you to or not.  No successful business advertises for one month, but not the next.  Or exposes their product or service for 3 months and then stops.  Therefore we’ve always had an auto-ship even if it wasn’t called that by name.  What you do with your “auto-ship” determines how successful you are?  Are you getting the largest orders you can so you can maximize your income and lower your expenses?  That’s what a REAL business would do.


To Your Success,
Stacy O’Quinn

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Do You Know Great People?

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How would you know if someone was great?  The answer is simple.  For someone to be “great” what do they do that is great?  Is their main motive just selfishness, greed and placing themselves up on a higher pedestal?

For the sake of today’s article we are going to call someone “great” is someone who does something “great” with what they have.  It doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor.  You still have 24 hours in a day and you still have influence.  It doesn’t matter if you are self employed, own a million dollar corporation, work at a factory or a stay at home mom.  It doesn’t matter if you have a PhD, MD, or an XYZ.  If you can buy a cup off coffee, if you have a place to lay your head at night and if you know other people then you have enough to be “great”. 

How do you know if someone is “great”?  It’s simple, what do they do with what they have?  Who do they help, give, inspire or encourage?  How do they use their time?  If someone is great they spend their time getting themselves in a position to inspire, encourage and help others or they spend their time simply giving back like someone has given to them.  It could be mentoring a youth.  Working at a food bank.  Taking on a protégé to guide and direct knowing you can’t benefit directly.

If you are struggling then you should be looking a hand up, not a hand out.  Once you get that hand up you must make the most of it so you can turn around and help others with a hand up and maybe the extreme poor a hand out. (there is a place for both)

I know a few great people who took a few moments to help and it could be because they need a hand up or it could be they just wanted to help.  But in my mind the following individuals are all GREAT!  If you happen to know one of them then you definitely know someone “great”. Each of these people of the thousands that saw and read about a need, the following people took time to type an encouraging message.  Some of them donated money to a cause, but not all of them.  See being great isn’t about money it’s about what you do with what you have.

Each of you are absolutely special.  Thanks for caring about others!

Sue Hunsicker Stevens
Dianne McGuigan
MerryLynn Shepard
Kimberly Bixby
Amira Olive
Christen Head
Nicole Ostapolic
Mary Smith Mckenzie
Mintra Lewis
Cathy Keir
Joanie Snaith
Christina Moyer
Jenny Copeland
Jackie O’Quinn
Gary Mach
Wes Badshaw
Sheila Gibbons
Diane Bateman
Julie Kingston
Kim Kennedy
Paula Kimbark

Here is the need they commented and help on, read all about it now!

I’m sure I missed someone, please forgive me if I did.  The fact is no matter if you commented on that post.  Or shared it else where, just taking a few seconds to help others is something the majority will not do.  Do you know how many thousands read that message and didn’t even “share” it?

Are those people bad? No they just have so much going on in their life they can’t find  the hand up much less thinking about giving a few seconds as a hand out.  They feel helpless and maybe hopeless.  It’s about us doing our part to always inspire, help, lead and encourage people like that.  You are doing your part you are definitely GREAT!!!


To Your Success,
Stacy O’Quinn

PS We are still matching up to 9,000 dollars dollar for dollar donated at helping support some of the world’s poorest.

PPS Some times just getting the word out is half the battle.

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Actually my wife and I are giving away $9,000 dollars this week (we are matching the next 9,000 donated this week @ and the first  $100,000 we make this year to help the extreme poor in Santa Pancha, Nicaragua. We are talking about moms that don’t have clean drinking water for their baby much less food.  We are talking little boys and girls in some cases as young 6 years old that don’t have a safe place to live.


This week those that help us spread the word about some of the poorest of poor could win $500. Why this week?  Because every dollar donated at up to $9,000 we will match it dollar for dollar.  Every person that likes and shares this post on facebook is automatically entered to win $300 or $200 just for helping us spread the word!

Every person that shares this article on Facebook will automatically be entered to win $300.  I’m going to randomly have one of my kids pick a number each share will have a number attached to it and on Saturday evening we will have a winner (make sure I’m tagged in that share if you don’t share it from my wall). Leave an inspirational and encouraging comment at the bottom of this page with Facebook and or like this post on facebook and you could win an additional $200.


Have you ever wanted to help or give but didn’t feel like you could do enough? That’s ok in the next week each dollar you donate could be doubled.  Have you ever wanted to help the less fortunate but just didn’t have anything to give?  That’s okay just by sharing this article you are helping and you could win up to $500 as well.

Why am I doing this?  Other than the need is great, I believe to us that are given much, much is expected.  I grew up extremely poor by American standards in a single wide trailer with no underpinning and metal steps.  My dad died when I was young and I watched my mom struggle.  As I got older and joined the military and still struggled financially making about $2100 a month well over 6 figures in debt.  Then I got inspired to start an Internet business and while struggling to get that off the ground I learned about Dani Johnson and how she went from homeless to millionaire.  Over the next few months I made 6 figures, left my military career paid off $292,000 in debt in 5 years and this year we are living off of our investments and giving our first $100,000 dollars away to the extreme poor.


Today I work with the most incredible people and have meet some of the greatest on the planet while traveling all over the country and the world.  Many of those people I count as friends and partners on a mission.  We come from all walks of life and we all have a story. It is about where we come from and where we end up that defines us, on earth and eternally.

Thank you for joining with us on this cause, even if it’s just a share or a comment below to spread the word, thank you.  If we haven’t met yet I can’t wait till we do!


To Help Others,
Stacy O’Quinn

P.S. Special Congrats to Lilly Secada and Dianne McGuigan as soon as they caught wind of this match they acted immediately donated and doubled their money.  Nice work ladies and amazing business women at that.

P.P.S. Just remember for commenting below and helping to spread the word you could win your share of 500 dollars!

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Have you ever wanted to make a difference? Have you had a desire help others?  Would you like to make a BIG IMPACT?  How fun would it be just know that you really did have a strategic way to systematically make the world a better place?

The truth is you can but first you have to know why you want to make the world a better place?  Then you have to equip yourself to help.  Personally I have a soft spot for the extreme poor and children.  Children and the extreme poor are voiceless and therefore in many ways helpless.  Alone I can’t make much of an impact but in business as I succeed, and recruit others that have the same passion together we can have a much greater impact.

First things first, you can’t be feeling sorry for yourself and being a victim of life. You can’t offer charity if you are the current charity? Instantly the enemy has silenced you with fear and depression.  Here’s a recent article I wrote on that.

We will all have our struggles, but our struggles are meant to help shape us so we are better equipped to help others.  Our struggles are suppose to help define our success not stop or block our success.  Once you are making forward progress then you must start small.  If you want to multiply your influence and your ability to help others there has to be a starting point.  Maybe you donate to a charity that you are passionate about, maybe to help children or some other need that God has placed on your heart.  Your first step to moving forward is being active and doing something.  Even if it’s just donating $35 or something small.

We want to multiply our efforts, our income, our successes and ability to help others.  You can’t multiply 0.  So you have to start with something.  You must make a decision to make a difference.  Proof of that decision is your actions. With decision there is always direction.


Join me, let’s help those that can’t help themselves.
Stacy O’Quinn


P.S. To team up we don’t “have” to work together.  We can just spread the word together and team up in other ways.  Join us at and learn about a small community we are actively making a difference in.

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James 1:2-3 “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.”

Life is going to knock you down at times.  Bad things happen to really good people all the time.  But you have a choice, you can either get knocked down and have a pity party or you can realize with JOY you were created for much more than your current circumstance.

So maybe you are having a health challenge, relational challenge or maybe you are having a financial struggle?  It’s possible you could have lost your job, or had a major unexpected life event that’s put you in a pickle.  You get to make a decision, you can be identified by your struggle or you can be identified by your ability to overcome. 

You may lay your head down at night and cry due to the frustration, the pain and confusion on why you are going through that thing you have going on right now.  But you better cry temporarily and then get the heck up and do something about what is going on in your life.  You can be identified by your current pain or you can be identified by JOY!

Joy opens your eyes to what is possible.  Joy allows you to desire more and overcome obstacles. Remember when you were 18 and 19 and you enthusiastically looked forward to life, the things that you wanted to do when you grew up?  Where did you want to live?  What kind of house did you want?  What type of car did you want to drive?  Who did you want to help?  What was retirement suppose to look like?  When were you suppose to be able to retire?

No one told you that you couldn’t do those things.  But at some point because of life you most likely settled for less than what you really wanted. It doesn’t matter where you came from, what your race is, or your educational level.  I came from complete poverty, with a single parent home and I remember having to choose between getting a Christmas tree or a Christmas present but not enough money for both.  I chose the tiny Christmas tree. I remember living in an old single wide trailer with the pink installation falling out from under it, because you could see under it as you walked up the metal steps.

But as I became a teenager I desired all kinds of things in my life just like you did.  Then when life started in my early 20’s and having a family and suddenly I felt like there was no way out of my struggle.  So I actually accepted it for a season, I was skeptical of anything that offered more.  I lost my joy and therefore lost my faith! 

There is more for you!  More is possible!  Stop your crying and let’s do something about the lemons life has handed you.  Because life can’t stop you from making lemonade!  Your creator is bigger than your circumstance.


Special thanks to amazing mom, wife and business woman Lindsay Krause for posting this on FACEBOOK and reminding me of where I’ve come from.


Let’s Choose Joy together,
Stacy O’Quinn

P.S. Your life was meant to help others, if the enemy keeps you crying then it’s difficult for the Lord to use you.

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If you’ve made a 6 figure income you may not have put much thought into your ability to help someone else make a 6 figure income, or any income you’ve made for that matter. But since this is the 6 figure income club we will use that as a reference point.  To help someone make the same income you’ve made you have to be able to break down exactly what you’ve done to get to that level of success. Then you have to be able to help someone over come their belief that they can’t do it and finally you have to be the glue between the steps you took to get there and their learning process.

What ever income you’ve made especially if you are in an industry like a small business or home business you should be able to teach someone how to do what you’ve done.  What skill, talent and ability do you have and what can you teach them?  The simpler you can make it the more people you can help have the same success you’ve had.  The biggest mistake with many teacher, authors, life-coaches and so called mentors is they are teaching something that they have very little real world experience in.  Like my college professor attempted to teach business that’s never actually owned one. (hence I’m not using that college education to earn any income today)

The biggest factor that holds someone back from reaching a 6 figure income or any level of success is the fact that they may believe it’s “hard or even impossible”.  The truth is in my own business I talk to clients everyday and it’s all scripted.  The age you learned to read that’s the age you had the basics of how I’ve earned multiple 6 figures annually. But even still many people have a hard time keeping the basics simple because of what someone who wasn’t successful told them at some point in their life.  WE WERE ALL TOLD MONEY DOESN’T GROW ON TREES.  But they didn’t tell us where it grew, either?  Dani Johnson’s training called First Steps to Success has been one of the biggest reasons of my own success today.  Because she teaches practical business principles that anyone can apply. That made it easy to get over my excuses I’ve always used on why I couldn’t succeed.

Finally, you have to be willing to be there and actually help someone.  Over the years I’ve worked with hundreds of people directly and thousands even ten’s of thousands through volunteer trainings, conference calls and workshops.  You have to get pride an seeing someone succeed.  There will always be a missing piece for some people.  There will be that one area they may struggle with along the way.  You have to be willing to be there and really be in the trenches, helping and leading by example.  You can’t be fake, the world is full of fake.  You have to be that glue!  I’ve said for years, I don’t want to be Dani Johnson I just want to master showing others how to apply what she teaches!


Success is a decision away from becoming reality,
Stacy O’Quinn

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We’ve all heard it “birds of a feather flock together”!  Who are you flocking with and why does it matter?  First of all, what do you want to be good at?  What do you want to improve?  Would you like to improve your marriage?  Would you like to improve your income? What do you want to get better at?

I often talk with people I work with in business on a day to day basis about how we learn and get better at certain aspects of talking to clients.  But the biggest factor of all is making sure we are hanging out with a flock that has a similar “feather” to what we want.  When I wanted to excel at working at home I had to find a group I could “flock” with that were succeeding at working from home.  I didn’t need a group that got on the phone and gossiped, or a group that talked about one day and when they got wealthy what they were going to do.  I needed to flock with a group that was doing and succeeding day in and day out. That is if I wanted to get better at business and therefore increasing my income.

To get good at something you have to hang out with people that are good at or focusing on getting good at what you want.  If you want to build a business you need to find out who’s built it and make sure you can hang out with that person.  Think about it, is anyone in your day to day life at home built what you want to build?  Have they succeeded the way you want to succeed?  You must find a “flock of birds” that have a “feather” you want to have!

Below are some of the most amazing home business owners I get to hang out with on a daily basis.  We are currently all working our business incredibly professional, training together and being accountable to one another.  If you happen to work with any of them you have found a true professional in the work from home arena.

Special Thanks and Congrats to!

Jackie O’Quinn
Karen Cormier
Dianne McGuigan
Trish Roberts
Angela Banks
Andrea DeRego
Candice Thompson
MerryLynn Shepard
Kimberly Bixby
Rebecca Neudorf
Brian Burke
Gary Mach
Mintra Lewis
Michael Titus 

This is currently a group of amazing birds!  It’s a complete honor to get to flock with them.  We’ve developed a group accountability and coaching with focus on helping clients and customers as fast as possible.  While setting an example for others .  If you happen to work with one of these incredible leaders, CONGRATS!  They are a cut above the rest!


Can’t choose where you were when you started life but you can choose where you are going today,
Stacy O’Quinn

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Don’t Be Lied to

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So often people are misled when it comes to the idea of working from home.  They picture the mom smiling and working on her computer at the park as the kids are gleefully playing on the playground.  Or the guy on the beach with his feet propped up in his lounge chair and laptop once again smiling and living the life as the waves are crashing near by.

You should be able to spend time with your kids at the park and the beach.  You should be able to live an awesome life.  I completely agree with the concept of lifestyle design. (that is a post for another day)  The fact is while you can work from home, you have to make sure you are not be lied to.  It will take three things to succeed.  The first is money and time then you need solid training and finally a system that you can apply in your home and it’s worked for others that you can learn it from.

Let me start with the money one.  So often people say you don’t need money or you shouldn’t need money to work from home.  If you choose to work for someone else or if you choose to be self employed you will need to make an investment of both time and money if you ever really want to make it to the beach.

I covered this thoroughly in this article, read now.
- You Should Not Pay to Work From Home!

Next let’s talk about the training.  There must be training in place that is solid and effective.  But what type of training is effective?  The type where someone is there one on one to help you and there are on going resources you can gain access to.  Not recordings of trainings from years ago.  But is there on going live, active trainings with people who want to help you succeed because someone has helped them.  Even if they don’t get anything out of it directly?

Here is an example of what solid training should be like, read and ask…
- Who is helping you?

Finally what is your system?  If you are going to work from home in any capacity you must understand even if you are employed what you have is a small business at your home.  There is an office, there are requirements to get an income and you have to interact with others.  Now if you are going to succeed or not largely determines if there is a straight forward system for you to follow.  Is there a recipe that others are using and have used?

Dani Johnson has talked about the need to follow a proven system. Read and see if you have one?
- Is it really simple?

At the end of they day you can definitely have the life that you want.  But don’t buy into the hype.  Don’t be lied to.

To Your Success,
Stacy O’Quinn

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In-Tense New Training?

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Yes I know Intense isn’t spelt correctly, or maybe it is?  I’ll let you guess?

What drives you? Is it paying off your debt and being debt free?  It is it being financially secure and stable?  Is it preparing for retirement? Is it having an impact on others or just living a care free life?

For me it’s all of the above, you shouldn’t have to settle.  But probably the most important factor is having an impact and helping others through my work every day.  This year is a special year.  It is a personal goal of mine to find people who desire more, and help them achieve just that.  I’m about to do some in-depth training that not only is focused on helping people increase their income, but also their impact.

I’m only looking for the few!  Those who are serious.  I’m only starting with the business relationships I have and I’m about to make.  Those people have my first priority.  If you work with me or know someone who has worked with me that’s the only way.  Because I’m going to owe my first efforts to those who are not second guessing themselves but focused and committed.

To build wealth you must first, build skillset, then influence and impact and finally income.  Everyone has the ability to succeed if someone shows you.


Now it’s time to get it done,
Stacy O’Quinn

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Joanie Snaith is an amazing woman.  Talk about a stay at home mom that has learned to succeed BIG.  Watching her growth and results has been nothing less than inspirational. Read Joanie’s story and remember it can be you.  I think that is a good goal this year, find a brand new “Joanie” every month.  She’s just an ordinary woman that believed she could be so much more, and she definitely is!

January Hero of the Month by Heather LeFoll, Angela Lasher and Merry Lynn Shepherd

Joanie Snaith: The Power of Just Doing the Basics

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Congratulations to Joanie Snaith for being chosen as the DFI Hero of the Month!! Is it possible to earn a substantial income, a life-changing income, just quietly going along doing the basics???? YES!!! Recently, Joanie Snaith broke her own income record! After several months of making $3,000-$10,000 a month, she generated over $30,000, “just doing the basics.”

Joanie and her husband, Anthony, were not accustomed to making that kind of money. Before finding Coastal, they really struggled to make ends meet monthly. Anthony worked in the oil fields in pipeline installation. He was often gone for weeks at a time and the income was inconsistent. Joanie operated a small in-home day care, juggling caring for children and paying the bills. In an attempt to make things a little better, they decided to make a move, in which Anthony would take on a new position.

Joanie moved first with their two children. She decided to get a couple jobs to pay the bills, so she took up working as a waitress in a local restaurant and teaching at a preschool. She initially thought she would enjoy working a 9-5 job like everyone else, but soon found it taxing to be away from her children that many hours a day and still did not have enough income to take care of their needs. Anthony’s new job fell through and they were left living off credit cards and feeling dissatisfied and unhappy.

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More and more desperate, Joanie began seeking out what it meant to work from home. After filling out a few forms on the internet and receiving many phone calls, she was called by her director. She knew right off that what he had was different. She was impressed by his integrity, and the simplicity and genuineness of the system that she saw. Making the decision to start her business with Coastal, she attended First Steps to Success with Dani Johnson.

Coming out of that event, Joanie was so excited by all that she had learned that she insisted Anthony should go! She made several thousand dollars right away through Coastal and came home to be with her children again.

Joanie and Anthony have paid off $50,000 in debt in just 23 months, thanks to the increased income from Coastal and the “War on Debt” strategies they learned at First Steps to Success. With only $20,000 more to go, they are planning to be debt-free by the end of this year.

clip image006 thumb January Hero Of the MonthJoanie is looking forward to bringing her husband home. “He always supported me in Coastal. Now we will be able to spend more time together and we’ll be working together – as a team.” They are excited about the possibilities of what they will be able to do with their kids. They are looking forward to showing their kids the steps to be anything they want to be and they are going to have fun doing it! They’ve already been able to do more traveling together as a family and they are looking forward to even more.

Joanie’s vision is so much bigger than herself and her family. She loves “handing someone the keys to a fresh start.” Joanie wants to see her success duplicate itself in others. She knows that “the only limits we have are the limits we put on ourselves.” Her passion and fire are to help people experience the world without limits.

Always learning and applying what she’s learned, Joanie found that the best thing she can do for her business is keep it simple! “Stick to the basics. Stay focused. Stay on track. When you get comfortable, remember where you came from. I made over 5 figures a month just doing the basics: pick up the phone, read scripts, and do it all over again.”

Way to go, Joanie!!! Keep up the great work!!!! Congratulations!!!



Nice job Heather LeFoll, Angela Lasher and Merry Lynn Shepard for doing the hard work of pulling the details together in your spare time.  Clearly you care about other’s success!

If you happen to working Joanie, understand there are only 12 possible “Hero’s”  in 2015.  So based off of that alone you are working with one of the top 12 recongized this year.  HELLO?  Don’t waste such an awesome opportunity follow her lead!

To Your Success,
Stacy O’Quinn

P.S. If you support Joanie, or the idea that being an overcomer when life doesn’t go your way.  Congratulate, Comment, Like and Share this article. 

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