Turning Problems Into Opportunities
"In the middle
of difficulty," observed Albert Einstein, "lies opportunity." Some of the best
opportunities often originate from problems either yours or someone else's.
Like a lot of parents, Debra Cohen's problem was that after her first child was
born she wanted to find a way to be a stay-at-home Mom.
same time, Debra became aware of a real problem for most homeowners namely
finding someone reputable to do home repairs or improvements. By putting these
two problems together, she came up with the perfect solution for both her
problem and that of her neighbors.
Debra has been owner of a highly successful company called Home Remedies of NY,
Inc., an organized referral company that matches homeowners with skilled,
pre-screened independent home-repair workers.
offers homeowners referrals to reputable home improvement contractors free of
charge and the contractors represented in the network pay a commission to HRN
for any work secured. If you've seen any of NBC's Dateline segments on
unscrupulous home repair men (I would say home repair "people" but I've never
seen a segment that featured a woman) then you can imagine what a relief it
would be to homeowners to be able to easily find trustworthy and competent
In fact, a few
years back I remember picking up a brochure at my local hardware store about a
service that sounded a lot like this one. I only wish I'd looked into it before
I hired the fly by night guy who replaced my roof last summer. What a NIGHTMARE!
I first learned
about Debra when the Work from Home channel at iVillage.com featured her as
their May "Mompreneur of the Month." I was very pleasantly surprised to learn
that Debra's business has become so successful that she has expanded to offer
others the chance to launch a Homeowner Referral Network (HRN) in their
community. As someone who sees a LOT of work-from-home business opportunity
scams, I felt instantly reassured when I read that to date, there are more than
200 Homeowner Referral Networks operating in the U.S., Canada and abroad and
that HRN was Rated The #1 Business Opportunity for 1999 by Small Business
too, is that aspiring entrepreneurs can choose from a range of business start-up
kits at different price points. The kits offer step-by-step procedures on how to
start a network in your area including how to locate, screen and represent a
comprehensive network of home improvement contractors, contractor commission
structures, liability information, a complete direct mail and advertising
campaign and more.
include The Complete Guide to Owning and Operating a Successful Homeowner
Referral Network and unlimited leads from the HRN website. Kits range in cost
from $1,795 $3,590 with the higher priced kits including options ranging from
business forms to individual phone consultations with Debra to a turnkey
This also seems
like a good opportunity for someone who wants to start their own home
repair/improvement business because HRN takes care of all of the marketing and
you are instantly affiliated with a company that is known for referring only
quality professionals. If you've had a good experience with a home repair
person, HRN is actively seeking referrals from satisfied homeowners.
If you've been
searching for a legitimate work from home business, and this one sounds
appealing, I think it is well worth a look. Learn
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About the Author
"Profiting From Your Passions®" expert Valerie Young abandoned her corporate cubicle to become the Dreamer in Residence at ChangingCourse.com offering resources to help you discover your life mission and live it. Her career change tips have been cited in Kiplinger's, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today Weekend, Woman's Day, and elsewhere and on-line at MSN, CareerBuilder, and iVillage.com. An expert on the Impostor Syndrome, Valerie has spoken on the topic of How to Feel as Bright and Capable as Everyone Seems to Think You Are to such diverse organizations as Daimler Chrysler, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Harvard, and American Women in Radio and Television.
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