Attn: all customers ' Please ask for an official company receipt with company name and information for what ever you do and "NO" we do not mail you the receipt so for any and all transactions you do Please don't fall for the I will take your information and turn it in with your payment and the company will mail you a receipt scam"
ASK FOR A RECEIPT' PS...ABSOLUTLEY NO DONATIONS ALLOWED!!!
ATTENTION ALL PARTICIPANTS AND THEIR SPONSORS"
We the TOPS and the P.O.W.E.R program DO NOT accept contributions hand outs or donations nor the soliciting of any in the public by any of our participants.
We work to teach and train our participants to be responsible have a sense of pride in themselves and work for what they want out of life by earning what they get , NOT by hand outs which would make them weak while it is also illegal to solicit donations or contributions in the public using our name without our consent so please refrain from do
FOR ANY COMPLAINTS COMMENTS OR CONCERNS PLEASE EMAIL: email@example.com
Mr Corey Gorge became #1 salesman of the week from 03/31/14 to 04/05/14
Mr Corey Gorge came from a hard life and has been through many trails & tribulations , lost in his community following the wrong people and wrong path but Corey always had principles and pride in himself as a human being coupled with his spiritual conscious and he knew he needed to change his ways before it was too late so he heard of and applied for this opportunity with the Tops organizations P.O.W.E.R. program and since his time with the program Mr Corey Gorge has a new outlook towards life with plans to one day run his own business and be his own boss while helping to employ others in his community.
While in the program Mr Corey Gorge leads by example working to train and mentor other participants on the crew, His attitude looks and performance is a positive example of a future entrepreneur and just this past week he had 48 sales meaning he got 48 people in support him in his public speaking point collecting contest via popular periodicals & publications for sales totaling his first $1000.00 week while collecting over 2000 points towards his cash award .
We here with the Tops organization and P.O.W.E.R. program would like to congratulate Mr Corey Gorge on his accomplishments so far and keep up the good work"
TO OUR CUSTOMERS"
We here with the Tops organization and the P.O.W.E.R. program would like to apologize for any problems or delays on the delivery of your order and we are doing all we can to work with the clearinghouse to rectify this situation and get your orders out asap.
According to the company's explanation to this problem some of the young participants writing out orders did not write clear bold or legible on some of these orders so they had to get pulled and redone manually therefore causing a backlog and delays of many orders affecting prompt delivery and others customers did not mail in their balances or were not made aware that they have a balance so we ask that that all potential customers please check your order before signing or paying for your order.
Make sure it is clear bold and legible and that you understand your order and receipt . If you paid the total allow up to 90 to 120 days for delivery or product,If a deposit was made you understand that YOU MUST mail in your balance in 10 days or two weeks before receiving your order, if the total was made make sure your receipt read total paid and zero balance and if you feel uncomfortable with the person then DON'T PARTICIPATE .
If there's a problem with your order or you feel that you don't agree with your order please email us a copy of your receipt with an explanation at firstname.lastname@example.org
We want to continue to assist many of these young participants in the future with their goals and help them change their lives through this second chance work study program but we will not allow screw ups and we have had one or two that sometimes like to try to test the program or push the envelope to lie cheat steal or deceive to earn points and win cash awards and this we DO NOT condone or accept and once caught they are terminated from the program
If you are an elderly a minor teen or child a female alone etc we suggest you do not open your doors.
Our main concern is the safety of the public We do need and appreciate your business and participation but safety comes first so if you do decide to help make sure to check all the info necessary.
Like our disclosure explains' If we feel that the contract we have with the company / clearinghouse is NOT fulfilling their duties & responsibilities to satisfy customers , rectify complaints and assure prompt delivery then we will have to make changes in the future to find a more suitable company to deal with.
Rest assure we here with the P.O.W.E.R. program are doing all we can to resolve any issues problems or complaints on our end so again since we ARE affiliated with the clearinghouse by having them clear our orders then I feel it necessary to once again apologize for any inconvenience on your order
We truly appreciate your order and sincerely thank you for taking the time out to help some of thse young folks but please dot your I's and cross your T's first
.Once again our email is email@example.com
Thank you and God bless"
UNEMPLOYMENT IS WORSE IN MINORITY COMMUNITIES "
Reports from around the country still paint a dismal employment picture even though national unemployment is now around 8 percent. Older workers and younger workers are usually the hardest hit and both have considerably higher unemployment than the national averages. Illinois is not much different from any other state.
Not much different, that is, until you factor in unemployment among black teens. While overall teen unemployment is at least three times the state average, unemployment among black teens is considerably higher currently averaging around 47 percent. Joblessness with white and Hispanic teens goes up and down with the economy. Not so with blacks.
Currently in Illinois slightly less than 12 percent of the black teen population is working. The numbers for white teens is 30 percent and Hispanics around 26 percent. The statistics are daunting and it does not appear that anyone has a clear answer or solution to the problem.
One interesting dynamic is that white and Hispanic teens may be taking lesser jobs than they normally would thereby filling the employment pipeline. Black teens are somehow left out and their unemployment numbers rise dramatically and stay high. Economists are not sure how to analyze this phenomenon, as, by their own admission, they have not seen this before.
One troubling side note to black teen employment is that they have never been expected to enter the job market. Just completing high school has been considered a major accomplishment among black inner city students. In some circles, it was just assumed they lacked the motivation to enter the workforce. Another component among young blacks is lack of skills, even among high school graduates.
"WINNING ISN'T EVERYTHING IT'S THE ONLY THING"
2013 Scholarships Available For Black Students
Every year, more than $50 billion dollars in scholarships are given away to students of all ethnic backgrounds. This number includes many awards that are given only to African American students and other minorities. Such opportunities are needed because African Americans continue to show the greatest need in the area of financial assistance. Even more, the education gap between minority students and their white counterparts is still very wide.
This page was added to help African American students find the latest scholarships and grants that are being given away by non-profit organizations, government agencies and major corporations. Most of these programs aim to assist disadvantaged people who come from poor families and can not afford to pay for college. However, there are also programs that recognize and award students who can demonstrate excellence in education, sports, etc. regardless of their financial status.
Below are the top scholarship awards available this year:
AARP Foundation Women's Scholarship Program
Academic Competitiveness Grant
Actuarial Diversity Scholarship
Akash Kuruvilla Memorial Scholarship Fund
American Copy Editors Society Scholarship
AORN Foundation Scholarship
Automotive Hall of Fame Scholarship
AWG Minority Scholarship For Women
AXA Achievements Scholarship
Beacon Partners Healthcare IT Scholarships
Best Buy Scholarship
Burger King Scholars Program
CIA Undergraduate Scholarship Program
Coca-Cola Scholars Program
Davidson Fellows Scholarship
Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund
Dell Scholars Program
Development Fund For Black Students in Science and Technology
Diversity Abroad Scholarships
Ed Bradley/ Ken Kashiwahara Scholarships
EMPOWER Scholarship Award
ESA Foundation Computer and Video Game Scholarship Program
Fulbright Scholar Program
Future Engineers Scholarship Program
Gates Millenium Scholarship
Go On Girl Book Club Scholarship
Google Anita Borg Scholarship
Hallie Q. Brown Scholarship
HBCU Study Abroad Scholarship
Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship
Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program
Javits-Frasier Teacher Scholarship Fund
Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund
Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship
KFC Colonel's Scholars Program
Lincoln Forum Scholarship Essay Contest
McKesson Pharmacy Scholarship
National Achievement Scholarship
National Black Police Association Scholarships
National Institute of Grants For Women
National Institute of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship
National SMART Grant
PMI Educational Foundation Scholarships
Ron Brown Scholar Program
Ronald Reagan College Leaders Scholarship
Thurgood Marshall College Fund Scholarships
United Negro College Fund Scholarships
U.S. Bank Internet Scholarship
USDA/1890 National Scholars Program
Vanguard Minority Scholarship Program
William B. Ruggles Right To Work Journalism Scholarship
Writer's Digest Annual Short Story Competition
Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship
There are tons of financial assistance programs available to entrepreneurs and business owners in the United States. Eligibility varies, but there are enough opportunities for everyone to pursue. You just have to be diligent, persistent, and consistent in your quest.
Below, you will find 10 great suggestions on how to apply for and obtain funding for your business:
1) Check With Your Local Government Agencies. Many cities, counties, and states give away money to local businesses. Why? Because they want you to create jobs and more tax revenue. Many times they won't highly publicize these opportunities, but it's in your best interest to give them a call and/or search their web sites.
2) Check With Federal Government Agencies. The federal government doesn't give grants directly to businesses, but they do give money to foundations who in turn can give money to small businesses. The federal agency in charge of this is the Grants Program Management Office, and all of their opportunities are listed publicly online.
3) Check With Major Corporations. Nearly every major corporation in this country has a foundation that gives away grants to enhance communities, and many of these are grants to start or expand a business.
4) Search The Internet. Use Google and Yahoo to conduct a search using the term "business grants". You can even throw in the name of your city, county, state, etc. Carefully review the results, and look for web sites that other web sites are linked to. Doing so, will help you to find opportunities that may be casually listed on a blog or some type of directory. You may even come across a recent news article about a new opportunity.
5) Ask Around. When attending professional networking functions and social mixers, never hesitate to ask people that you meet about new opportunities. Many times, small business grants are given away to people who happen to be in the right place at the right time. Never underestimate the importance of creating a relationship with a power player and his/her associates.
6) Visit Your Local Library. Contrary to popular belief, libraries are still an excellent resource and store a lot of information that is not accessible in other places. Go to your library as soon possible; look for grant books and directories and ask specific questions to your librarian. You'll be surprised what you can find.
The P.O.W.E.R program stands for PLAN ORGANIZE WORK EDUCATE & RESPECT and it was formed to help many young inner city youths find better opportunities to help improve their lives by learning to be independent and responsible while learning how to fend for themselves in the job market.
The P.O.W.E.R program helps teach self confidence positive thinking public relations and people communication skills also power closings through presentations while enjoying the benefits of traveling throughout the U.S.A. traveling with a large group of young energetic like minded men & women with barely no financial overhead or bills to worry about while traveling and training on like a work study concept.This program was formed on a trail bases to lend our expertise and support.
The P.O.W.E.R program is not affiliated or directly connected to the company Milleneum sales or the TOPS organization but are working with them together in an effort to improve relations with each sales person the company and customers alike nationwide.
The P.O.W.E.R program works with the company clearinghouse Milleneum sales Inc. as independent contractors to clear all sales and or orders from a large list of popular periodicals and publications .
Working with them it not only gives financial opportunities to people but also help teach & train them the necessary skills to outdoor direct sales marketing to succeed in the industry and to better their lives while enjoying the benefits of traveling nationwide.
Each individuals closing orders should follow the moral standards or code of ethics to honestly legally professionally and properly close or sell their products and the P.O.W.E.R program strives in promoting truth & honesty to the best of our ability but there are a few bad apples always trying to push the envelope and lie cheat steal or scam for their own personal private greedy gain and by doing so they have tarnished the reputation of the industry so when the P.O.W.E.R program become aware of such agents/people in our group we work vigorously to help resolve these situations A.S.A.P by terminating those members updating our credentials and upgrading our web site and creating stricter rules and guide lines to help minimize fraud scams complaints or misrepresentations
and if need be we The P.O.W.E.R program will work to revamp the whole industry or concept by remodeling the organization and our associations with the likes of these participants from the ground up.
We do not like to be associated nor connected with organizations people or companies that can not or will not make every effort to improve relations with their nationwide clients.
The POWER PROGRAM enjoys working side by side with these organization and company clearing house because they help provide all the necessary training tools materials products and funds to help give many inner city youths a fighting financial chance and we will continue to work with them as long a they can do all they can to help stop clean fix minimize or resolve issues problems or complaints from within their organization and or company at every level starting from each individual sales person making sure they are following the proper legal honest guidelines when dealing with the public to making sure everyone in the industry directly affiliated to them like management to drivers trainers and even up to but not limited to making sure the company that clears orders are fulfilling their duties and responsibilities in filling each order and mailing products to customers in a required timely fashion.
We the P.O..W.E.R PROGRAM will do all we can in making improvements even if we have to terminate our involvements or services with these individuals / persons / or companies who does not follow proper protocols or procedures in resolving problems or complaints to satisfy the nationwide population of supporters / clients
We are aware that there are problems within the industry and many come from several other outdoor direct sales marketing or cold calling agencies companies or organizations and or by wanna be slick members not following the proper protocol that may have given the industry a bad name and tarnished it's reputation but we are working vigorously to help make changes and put a stop to these problems while still helping to improve the lives of many of our participants and we thank you for your continues support.
BLESS BE THE MIND THAT PRODUCES THE FRUIT
A commissioned sales person someone who sells a product or service and is paid for every sale that he/she completes.
A commissioned salesperson may work strictly on commission, which means that they are paid only for each product or service they sell. Alternately, a salesperson may receive a salary in addition to being paid on commission. Commissioned sales people may sell many types of products, ranging from clothing to health and beauty supplies household goods and reading materials etc. A commissioned sales person also typically sells services, such as automobile club memberships.
Many commissioned sales people will have experience in retail selling. A commissioned salesperson will typically be well dressed and well spoken, with a proven record in successful selling. Some individuals who are employed in a commissioned selling job will travel in their work.outside sales on commission may involve something known as cold canvassing or cold selling.
Cold selling jobs generally pay on commission, and some offer salaries as well. A commissioned salesperson who does cold selling may rely on various techniques. Most often, the commissioned salesperson will make a telephone call to a perspective client. This is generally done at random or from a list. Cold calling sales done on commission may also be done by selling door-to-door, typically by visiting homes and or place of businesses .
A commissioned salesperson will typically have to meet or exceed goals established by the company they work for. The salesperson who works on commission is generally not limited in the amount of money they can earn. In most cases, commissioned sales people will have the potential to earn unlimited income. they may set goals for himself based upon company requirements and his own required income.
Commissioned sales representatives may do cold calling to establishments and or make personal visits to homes or businesses . They may sell products such as glassware or utensils, or sell a service such as cleaning vacuums silverware reading materials etc. In such a case, the commissioned salesperson will generally assemble a portfolio with available product or service descriptions.They may also be an appointment-setter who works on commission.
Presentation is a crucial aspect in commissioned sales. The sales representative will generally establish an effective method for presenting their product or service. As part of his presentation, They may be required to memorize a speech, which is often referred to as a sales pitch. Closing the sale is probably the most important step the commissioned salesperson has to complete. Additionally, they may be required to write a sales report for their boss after the completion of a sale.
A DOOR TO DOOR SALES PERSON'S SOLICITATION RIGHTS- A CONSTITUTIONAL INTERSTATE COMMERCE MEMORANDOM UPHELD BY THE U.S. SUPREME COURT :CLICK : CONSTITUTIONAL
TOPS CEW LAW
The TOPS ORGANIZATION and the P.O.W.E.R. program is a traveling direct sales marketing crew who works to offer opportunities to young men & women nationwide where up to 60 or more people will live travel and work together....
During a persons training & orientation management will assume all expenses dealing with hotels meals training and transportation therefore since we offer a unique opportunity to young inner city men and woman nationwide and many will be sharing rooms with other participants for the safety & protection of the crew we DO NOT allow any weapons on the crew , guns, knives, clubs, brass knuckles daggers bullets etc
When applying and joining the crew management has the right to search any and all belonging to check for possible weapons. If found we will confiscate them ,bag them , label them and store them until it is sent back to your hired destination .
This organization will offer great opportunities to financially advance your life in many levels but when traveling with such a large group for long lengths of time WE MUST factor in SAFETY"
While on the crew inspections for possible weapons will be conducted by management twice a month every month .
If a person after being notified is found with a weapon that could be grounds for termination.
"I was 18 and being bored of day to day life in Ohio. One day in July of 2000 I had a knock on my door. It was two guys selling magazines around the country. After buying some Rolling Stone subscription, I asked if they were doing this for college. They told me no and this was their job. I asked about traveling with them and was hired shortly after. It was a cool experience, i saw more in seven years of traveling then most people see in a lifetime."
My name is Stephanie Gordon and I I loved going door to door and traveling all over the country. I started in April 2006 because I just lost my apartment and didn't have a place to stay, so my friend and I called and they hooked us up with a bus ticket. As soon as I started training, it was amazing to see how great this experience was I was hooked.all I needed was a sales talk and it took me a couple months to get it down packed . I started in California and so far, I've been everywhere except for Hawaii, Alaska, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota, and everywhere above New York. I'm hoping to go to the rest of those places soon. Before my mom passed away in 1996, she wanted to travel around the world, I'm getting a chance to do that for free and love it. Making great money at it too.
Door to door has gotten a bad rap . All I can say is I am glad I found this avenue when I did. Not only have I been to every destination in the lower 48 you would want to go I also can sell and if you can sell you can make money---- period. I come from NOTHING and from the skills I learned from guys like John Nelson, Denver Price, and David Wimberly I now am over 6 figures in invoicing. Coming from at times homeless and destitute I am contributing and respected in My community. Thanks to Nicole Miller for showing me how to sell and relax at the same time.
The best thing about the job for me were the people you meet and the friendly faces you see all over the U.S.A. I just turned twenty two and was getting out of jail and needed a job. So I went and got a newspaper. I saw an ad about traveling the United States and having fun. I had to go and see how fun it really was. When I arrived I did not know what to expect but i was ready for anything. I met alot of cool people and had alot of fun. They teached me how to sell anything and belive in myself. I just want to thank them for that.
"I have been doing magazine sales for two years now it is the best thing. Before I was in a gang and I've been out for two years now and I will never go back because I have seen the world. "
When I first started on the magazine crew I had been out of work for 2 weeks. I was very shy and couldn't really talk to a lot of people. Being on crew was wonderful. I got to meet thousands of awesome people. It was the best two years of my life. I loved being able to travel and meet all kinds of people. The best part about being on crew is that it helped with my self-esteem and now I can talk to anybody. I have so many amazing stories to tell whenever it comes up and I still get excited thinking about it. The only thing stopping me from going back is my daughter that is now 15 months old. There were times on crew when it just felt like it wasn't worth it, but it always was. Everyday made me a stronger person. I am very thankful that I was able to have such a wonderful experience in my life.
Well in a nutshell, I was pretty much doing nothing before this job, except for various temp. jobs. Let me tell you. Those kind of jobs will take you nowhere. It was like my life was surrounded by dead ends. I was in the U.S. Navy before this and when I got out my life just became stagnant and I did not know where I was going or what my profession was gonna be. Then some situations came about with my significant other and I pretty much had nothing, and no one to turn to. Thank God for the internet!!! I was online and found the ad , and the rest is history. I have learned a trade that is insurmountable among any other. these folks has given me more confidence, experience, knowledge, and character than even my own family. For that alone I love this job and this company. I know that this lifestyle is what I want and that this company will take me all the way to the top.....and that is just the beginning. There’s no telling what I will accomplish, and it is all from the magazine business. That is my story and I am sticking to it.
Well my life wasn't going anywhere. I was working dead-end jobs as a waitress, and then I was a secretary. I joined the mag crew, and that was the best thing that could have happened to me. It was a like a dream come true. I have been in the business for almost five years, I left for awhile, and guess what? I came back, because of the opportunities, they are amazing; you decide how much you make. One quote I'm going to end with: "Success is an accumulation of learned failures, without losing your enthusiasm". Have a great day and get a bunch :)
I spent over 11 years traveling the united states and had a blast. There are many stories to tell both good and bad. The bottom line is it was a great experience and learned alot about success. I now manage a multi million dollar night club in Dallas Tx and am verry happy. I still from time to time visit some of the guys from "the road" and am still very good friends with several. Peiple who talk trash about the door to door business are idiots and do not know what they are talking about!!!!!! Thanks and get a bunch.
"The best thing about selling magazines is that not only do you have Bosses and Managers that believe in you, they also put your future in the goals. The atmosphere around keeps you alert on how to approach a potential costumer, communicate in other languages, and travel to different countries! If you are a young adult that wants a chance to remove yourself from a bad environment,learn a sales trade, or even learn how to make money in a legit and fun manor. Well now I am 22. I started selling magazines in Tucson, AZ when I was 20. The envirnment that I was in was jobless, homeless, druggy and broke. So when the crew made it to my town I was handed a CARD at the laundry mat. I took the job the next day, and I've been away from meth for over 2 1/2 yrs! I've travled with other young adults that were in my situation and bonded into a FAMILY that wants the same as me: success, happiness, and to help another! I thank God that I was able to have this life changeing opportunity. I say give it a try; it could change your life. "
I was raised in group homes and foster homes. People always told me how I would never succeed and now here I am proving them all WRONG!!! And it is all thanks to the magazine business. It has helped me to grow into a mature women.
"A blind leap of faith got me to where I am today. I have a really good family and I had a really stable job and was going to school full time to become a nurse when I met some agents in my home town. Since I was bored of doing the same thing day in and day out and since I was raised in a really small town, I said why not. I never thought I would have the guts to knock on a complete strangers door and actually get them to give me money. I was wrong and I ended up being much better at it than I ever thought. I just recently left the road in April to work in our home office in Colorado and to start a family. For those of you who are looking to join a crew, take a leap of faith. If it works out, you will probably be writing about your experiences on this site too. If it does not work out, you don't really lose anything. Keep and open mind and be adventurous."
"I started door to door thinking it was a hard job. Talking to people I didnt know and not know why I was really at there door. Now I have the best gift for gab. I love my job. Its a great feeling knowing that I can change a person's day around just by knocking on their door!!! "
"I love selling magazines! Don't get me wrong...there are days that I hate it...but that's with any job. the magazine crew is by far the best company that I have ever worked for!! I love the people I work with; and the things you get promised out here...you actually see! It's not just a dream! You actually get what you deserve!!!"
Before I joined crew I was living in a hotel in Illinois. A guy named Jim Cornelison was telling me about the job in a bar attached to the hotel. I started the job only wanting to do it for 2 weeks so I could get the $500 that they start you out with. And when I started talking to people door to door, I enjoyed the knowledge and encouragement that they were giving me to keep me motivated. Well when I first started selling magazines I was on TKO, and a month later I got fired for having a bad attitude and not producing sells. So my greatest mentor Mr. Steve Travis hired me and gave me the greatest opportunity of my life. I went from selling drugs to selling the hell out of magazines. My very first contest (out of about 89 people), I came in 10th place. My goal was to come in 20th. The next contest I came in 2nd place, the 3rd contest I came in 5th, then 5th again. Now i am in 6th, but the biggest success I got out of this job was becoming something I never thought i could be: a role model for others that want to do something better with their life. My goal is to be a manager and bring others up, like Mr. Travis did for me.
I have to first and foremost thank God for me getting this job seventeen years ago. I am now the vice president of the company I started working for back then. I am from a poor part of Pittsburgh, PA, my parents never had enough. My mother passed away when I was ten old, and all the kids I grew up with (as well as my family members and teachers at school) always put me down on a daily basis. When I finally reached California five days later, it was like a different world. All of a sudden, I had friends and leaders that wanted me to succeed. The confidence that gave me is the reason I am still here today!! Please give our jobs a chance!!! You never know until you try!!
"I worked for a magazines crew and it was an awesome experience. I met so many new people and saw things I would have never dreamed. I always wanted to travel and this industry let me travel and see the sights and make money at the same time. The other agents I worked with were really nice and I have made new friends out of this experience. If anyone ever came to me questioning this job I would tell them to jump in with both feet. They always made me feel like i would succeed, and i have!"
"I was hired at age 18. I come from a family of seven; my mom was a single parent working two jobs doing the best she could to raise us, mostly boys, raised in a social economic low income poverty and crime stricken area. Gangs were becoming a popular way for youths. I guess I was lucky to have joined with a company that ran its organization with southern family values. We had a set of rules like: no alcoholic beverages during week nights, and absolutely no drugs of any kind. There was a three-strikes-your-out law for trouble makers and people who fought. We all received our own account books and kept track of our income, sales, production, bad business, etc., which made it easy for us to set weekly and monthly financial goals. The P.M.A. (Positive Mental Attitude) meetings helped us to focus on bettering ourselves in all aspects: the way we dressed, how we talked, who we associate with, and always having money in our pockets. We were called the T.O.P.S. (Team Of Professional Salespeople) on the crew. I was visually impaired but managed to earn and save enough money to pay for the retinal operations to my sight, now I have close to 20/20 vision. I met my wife which gave me a beautiful daughter. My wife passed away of leukemia when my daughter was two years old. I then stopped traveling to raise my daughter. While working part-time in an office still hiring for the company, and private security on the side, I still had enough money to get a nice place in a two family brick home in a private community, $5,000.00 worth of new furniture, and dream child's room. My daughter is now 27, graduated with honors, went to beauty school, and is now a professional hair stylist and has two beautiful daughter's my grand kids'. Since I did my duty as a responsible, devoted, and caring father, I'm back to work with the company, and they welcomed me back with open arms. You see, some crews believe in QUANTITY rather than QUALITY, believing that the more people you have the better for sales and production, hiring people by the masses without doing a proper background check and allowing their crew to run rampid letting them drink, smoke, stay out late, and letting them do what they wanted. This is when you have people or crews that give the industry a bad name. Because of this industry, I've helped my mother with many bills, bought my brother a car to find work, fixed my sight, helped pay my wife's hospital bills, got my new place in a safe, quiet community to protect my daughter from the elements, etc., so I believe strongly in this industry. Remember in anything you do when dealing with large groups of people, you will encounter certain problems, but if you don't have rules, laws, regulations, or principles things will get out of hand. I wrote this poem inspired by Ms. Maya Angelou: "BE MINDFUL, MY PEOPLE, TO WHAT YOU DO OR SAY - FOR A NEW PERSON WAS HIRED ON THIS CREW TODAY, REFRAIN FROM GOSSIP, PREJUDICE AND LIES - FOR SENSITIVE ARE THEIR EARS AND EYES, TOGETHER WE CAN BUILD SUCCESS AND FAME - WITH UNITY WE CAN EARN OUR RESPECT BY NAME- AND IF ONE OF OUR PEOPLE SHOULD HAPPEN TO FALL - DON'T LOOK TO BLAME ONE - BLAME ALL..." To this day, the T.O.P.S. still use this poem."
"I starting the magazine business 6 years ago. I had nothing going for me and I wanted to start something new so I called an ad in the newspaper and I started right away. My mom hated it at first because her baby girl was traveling and not gonna be near her. But now she loves it because she knows that the magazine business has turned her baby girl into a women. It's a great job. Actually it's not a job to me, IT'S MY CAREER"
"Well I was about 19 or 20 I met this girl she said "Hey I really like your personality you're awesome you wanna take a trip and make some cash?" So I was thinking like it was some other stuff but it was the mag crew. Wow how cool it was the best thing ever in the whole world. I loved the whole thing, how it is run, and I really love learning new things from different people. Before I joined the crew I was doing nothing but training and I was playing sports a lot and hanging out at my apartment. But once I got on crew life has be more motivating than ever. It took me a long time to realize that the crew is me and that is where I should be. It has pretty much raised me and I would tell anyone who wants to do sales or be on the crew DO IT. It is the best ever."
"Well, it was my second week after my 18th birthday. My life was about to change forever. Just before that on my 18th birthday I got a card from my uncle saying “Happy Birthday! You don’t have a job, get your stuff out of the house by the time I get home.” Sounds like tough love, you think? Well, it was done out of love, and he is a great uncle, who loves me dearly. For two weeks I spent my time couch surfing (staying with friends) from Hollywood to Ventura, CA. I had no direction in life, nor did I really care. I saw an job ad that said “Travel USA” and I said, "that’s me, a travel job, I can do that!" I was on the job/crew for about two to three months and it all started to make sense, I could be a manager, I could be a leader and teach others everything I have ever learned. I was a pretty rough kid with no future bouncing around Hollywood and Ventura. Now I see kids/agents and I just want to show them that, all those who broke you down and told you that you didn't have a chance. You have a chance, you have a voice. I have a chance, I have a voice. Just think about it, you're reading this. To all you doubters in the world, embrace the New Generation and show them what they can have. They will listen, just give them a chance. We were all young at one time, I chose a travel job, others choose to go to college, and some choose to go to a factory job. Each one of us can make a difference in the world, I chose to lead and it’s very rewarding and I must say “USA ROCKS”."
"I joined crew about 5 months ago. I was working at a car lot and it seemed like my day would just drag on forever and i could never get any time to myself and then my cousin got me to join the crew and I have realized that there is much more to life than a normal routine day and I can have fun while working and I have also opened up a lot and made some new friends and found out that it is alright to trust new people."
Traveling, meeting new people, getting the money I was worth, learning respect and self-discipline, doing things as crew together, going bowling, and going to the movies were the best experiences.
"1986 fresh out of a foster home, with no plan for my life, I got on a crew (selling magazines). I worked hard to become an agent; it did not come easy to me. My trainer and manager worked with me until I had the confidence to become an agent. The rest was up to me and I wanted to become successful. So I learned to control my attitude, train and manage others, then I met a trainee in February of 1991. She wanted to travel and see the country. We became one, then in June 1993 we started our own crew. This business is the best thing that ever happened to me. Because of it and my hard work I have the American dream. A family, 3 kids, wife (that has been with me from the beginning) and a successful business. "
-- James Clair,
"When I first started selling magazines it was with Chaple Sales. I loved it I learned so much about life, and how to talk to people. I loved my job. I started off looking for my brother and joined the crew it ended up being the wrong crew but I still stuck it out for the longest I had learned so much and so much fun. I found out the things and quit for about 1 year. I finally found out which crew my brother was on and joined it. FRS it was the best crew in the world. I fell in love with my boss Steve Travis he is the best boss in the world. He actually teaches you stuff everyday. He takes young people in and gives them a fighting chance. I thank God for putting him in my brothers life and the chance to meet. I wasn't the best saleswomen in the world but my goal was to teach, train, and motivate. When I left FRS I left with hope, and goals. Thank you Steve for that great opportunity and teaching me everything you taught me."
"I am a consultant for magazine subscription agents and magazine publishers and have been in this business for 17 years. I have not knocked on doors but have contact with many who do. I can say that those companies that are in this business for the right reasons have provided young adults with an opportunity that in many cases they would not have had. These companies have provided income, a place to sleep, an adventure to see the beautiful USA and are teaching these young adults a trade: salesmanship. It is the choice of anyone regarding the decisions they make about themselves and their future. Yes, there can be negative publicity about this industry as there is in any industry, but I believe NASA has made some mistakes in their choices and even companies as large and contributing as Wal-Mart has problems with negative press as well. My point being, this can be a very useful program for young adults who are struggling with everyday life and don't have the support of a family to help them make good decisions. I commend those Door to Door Companies who strive to make this a better industry and a better world by teaching young adults the value of a job, earning an income, and self-respect."
It was 1972 and I was fresh out of college and wanting to travel. I saw an exciting job opportunity in the newspaper with a magazine travelings sales crew out of California offering the chance to travel around the country along with the opportunity to make great money, and I thought to myself, this job is for me.
-- Sandra Hall,
President of Alliance Service Company
I came from a crazy environment, so these lovely people moved me from that, and built up my confidence. They also brought faith and wisdom into my life, so now I see clearly, and I know what I want. My goal is to help people, so I'm becoming a pediatric nurse.
Its hard in life to find something that you truly enjoy and get paid well for doing it...
"I have both experiences. Yes good and bad... but the one I remember the most and talk about most often is the success I achieved right out of high school as a door to door magazine with the magazine sales crew ."
"When I first started on crew I didn't know what to expect. And now for being on crew for 4 months I can read people and what they are going to say before they even say it and it has made me a better people person. So if you ever wanna try something new mag crew is for you."
"It took me off the street and out of the life of street crime. It showed me you can make money and still have fun doing it. "
"I use to be a party animal, ditched school, got in A LOT of trouble, had no future, now im on the road to a BRIGHT, POSITIVE FUTURE! I found a fun travel job ad, so decided to give it a shot, went from Idaho to Arizona, then ever since then I have gone from a careless teen to a productive adult!! if anyone wants a job, with a LEGITIMATE company and it was a great experience"
"I had just come home from a stint in the Army, it was Friday, June 24th, 1983. The first question out my old mans mouth was "what are you gonna do" My response was I'll look for a job next week Pop. I forgot to mention my dad was a general,A real live 4 star Marine General. I don't think that was the answer he was looking for. The next morning at breakfast he had my reenlistment papers, a college application, and a newspaper. He said pick one and make up your mind. Monday, June 27th, 1983, the most beautiful red-headed girl I've ever met handed me an application. She said fill this out, wait outside in line. Monday night, June 27th, 1983 I got hired!!! YYeeaahh!! I was in Philadelphia, PA. I was hired on to the magazine crew (the pretty red head turned out to be Mrs. Price.) That's how it started. I've had more ups in this industry than downs. Twenty-four years later I can look back and honestly have no regrets about my choice of a profession and life style; the skills, the determination, the tenacity, the competitive edge I've learned have helped me become a Good father to my children, a better son, The best creative, and inspiring Manager to my own sales crew, "The magazine power crew" And to the managers and crews, that have come up in my organization And to be able to publish my own magazine from scratch and make it in the publishing world. Today I run Home owners choice magazine, And I run U.S. Custom Chemical inc. We sell Pro-Tek chemical products: protekchemical.com. It's been an awesome 24 years. I've formed friendships that have lasted my career, I've lived 3 lifetimes!!! Some times I think I'm the luckiest man alive. I'm looking forward to 24 more great years. 'The Best Times Aren't Even Here Yet...'"
I dropped out of college and saw the travel ad. For three years, my parents encouraged me to leave and come back home. Then after my successful advancements through the years, in 1978 my Father (a successful banker) agreed to run my new company as tight as a bank. He passed away in 1989, and with what he taught me about ethics, hard work and dedication, my present company has thrived and grown to what it is today. I owe so much to him, my mother, and my first manager for teaching me discipline, and to He who makes all of this possible, the Father of us all.
"I went out of high school curious, wondering what is this thing all about? At first it was different but then in like a week or so I got it and was making like $500 a week easily, then it was about 2 months later it was like $800 week. I met my wife on the same crew and she is now in the medical field and I am a manager at Firestone making good money. I would do this line of work if you want a change in life for a while fast pace. I was a quiet person, not outgoing, didn't know how to talk to people. I learned everything I needed to know about sales and speech for work and life from this place. You can make a lot of money- I did. I brought home $10,000 cash and made $55,000 in one year."
Leaving was the hardest thing I did... Then it became the smartest... I learned how to deal with adversity . This has changed me into a new and better person who now has, respect, knowledge, belief, and direction to become the person I know I can be. It's more than a career, it's a lifestyle.
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The contract or receipt and the notice of your right to cancel must be in the same language as that principally used in the sales presentation. For example, if the buyer and the salesperson spoke in Spanish during the sale, the contract must be in Spanish.
Canceling a Door-to-Door Sale
If the salesperson provided you with the right forms, to cancel the sale you may simply sign the one titled "notice of cancellation," date it, and mail it back to the seller. To obtain a full refund, you must do this before midnight of the third business day after the sale. Keep a copy of the form.
If the salesperson did not provide a cancellation form, you may still cancel your contract. Because the seller violated the law by not providing the form, you have extra time. But remember, you must cancel in writing. Be sure to keep a copy of the contract and your letter notifying the seller of the cancellation. Of course, the sooner you do this, the better.
After you cancel, the seller and or company has ten business days to refund your money, return any note you may have signed concerning the sale, and return any trade-in items. The seller of the goods must notify you within ten days whether he or she intends to retrieve the goods or abandon them. He or she may not require you to mail or ship the goods back.
If the seller fails to notify you of his or her intention to repossess the goods within twenty days after cancellation, you may not be forced to return the goods at a later date. You are not obligated to return goods to the seller until you have recovered either your money or your agreement to pay money. The seller or company must restore your property to its original condition if any "improvements" were made to it and you want it restored.
You have three days to cancel a contract for goods or services sold to you in your home, regardless of whether you have received the goods or services. Keep your receipt or contract and a copy of your cancellation notice. You may need them if you seek legal help. You should mail your notice by certified mail to prove you complied with the law.
Social Media is Essential on a Traveling Sales Crew and a great way to stay in touch with family & close firneds back at homeWhen on a traveling sales crew, you visit so many different places such as restaurants, movie theaters, malls, landmarks, etc. Each of these locations either has a place to “check-in” or you can create your own. Every friend you have on Facebook can follow your travels each and every place you visit when you check-in. The newly created post will be right there on your wall and will allow your friends and family to see the progress of your traveling sales crew.
When checking in to a location, you can write a message and make it more personal but there are other ways to enhance the experience. Pictures are a great way for friends and family to actually see you at all the different locations throughout the U.S. Another good idea is to tag other traveling sales crew members in your photos as well.
Keeping in touch with the people we care about is very important. It allows them to know that you are safe but also the fun that can be had while traveling from state to state. Take time each week to keep in touch with those that you care about most. They will appreciate the updates and when updating your Facebook profile on new sights and places, your friends and family can see the adventure, comment on what’s new and exciting, and be a part of the experience.