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5050 Crowdfunding – Shocking Truth – Scam or Legit?

I recently was introduced to new business from a friend of mine called 5050 Crowdfunding.  I was curious what it was all about, not that I wanted to do it myself, but just always curious to what business opportunities are available, so I can either recommend them or review them.  Personally, I don’t get involved in too many businesses as I honestly don’t agree with Richard Branson on saying YES To everything that comes my way.  I generally prosper on finding businesses that are in alignment with my integrity, beliefs, and most importantly I look for a business opportunity that I can feel comfortable putting my mother in as the late Mark Yarnell used to say.

So I watched a few videos on 5050 Crowdfunding and here are my thoughts.  First of all, I know a bit about crowdfunding as I have donated to multiple Go Fund Me Pages and most recently ran my own Kickstarter Campaign to raise money to make a music album.  They are legit and many people use these types of programs to raise money for all sorts of causes from picking up after a disaster, healthcare, writing a script, to even starting a business.  It’s a great concept and many have succeeded by using crowdfunding.  However, when it comes to making money from a business opportunity tied to crowdfunding – typically there must be a product or service.  And 5050 Crowdfunding doesn’t look like a viable business opportunity for me when you examine further.

With that being said, I will say a few years ago that cash gifting was very popular and that it ultimately proved to be illegal and most of those types of companies got shut down.  Some of the owners even went to jail.  Then a few years ago we saw the rise of Bitcoin Affiliate Progams and most of those have gone out of business or been shut down.  Now we are seeing the rise of crowdfunding online money making programs.  They come off like they are very legit, in fact, their message is pretty impressive – Give, Share, and Receive.

Here is where you enter the GREY ZONE.  When you are talking about crowdfunding as a business opportunity it is sold as though you are making a donation like when you give to a charity.   But when you choose a cause and you give, you are not receiving anything in return except for the validation or feeling that you are making the difference in the life of somebody else, or cause.  Or on the flipside you need to raise money for a cause – recovering from unpaid dr. bills, a new business, or something that you just flat out need money for.  And you are asking for donations.  Anyone can legally basically put up a go fund me page today and start raising money for just about anything.  Now with 5050 you have the option to donate and get paid, but you are only donating because in return you will be receiving something back hopefully (SEE BELOW).

50/50 Crowdfunding Compensation Plan

Gifting payments across all five of 50/50 Crowdfunding’s cycler are as follows:

  • $250 matrix – gift $250 in and receive $750 in gifting payments
  • $500 matrix – gift $500 in and receive $1500 in gifting payments
  • $1000 matrix – gift $1000 in and receive $3000 in gifting payments
  • $2000 matrix – gift $2000 in and receive $6000 in gifting payments
  • $4000 matrix – gift $4000 in and receive $12,000 in gifting payments

Now when you look at the above it looks pretty enticing.  With those types of return on Wall Street, you would be a superstar investor.  The problem with this is that it looks very similar to cash gifting – which has been around since the late 90’s and is very illegal.

What I Like about 50/50

It looks like Easy Money.  Who wouldn’t want to make easy money from the comfort of their own home?  I also like the simplicity of their compensation plan, it’s basically a 2×2 Matrix, if you think you can refer 2 or 3 people you will get paid out fast and with a matrix you are certain to get lots of spillover at least early on (most forced matrix comp plans become too wide for you to get any spillover unless you are at the very top of the tree).

With many online marketing programs, you must learn about the product, comp plan, and develop some skill set to make money.  With this, anyone can get started for $250 (minimum).

Their company owner David T Rosen has experience with cash gifting programs.   This is the 2nd one in the past 12 months that he has launched.  Nothing beats experience regardless of the business you choose to join.

What I dislike about 5050

There is no product here.  Without a real product or service, again you are entering the grey zone and this could potentially get shut down pretty quickly by the government if it proves to be a cash gifting scheme.  Even if you were to join and make a lot of money early on chances are it won’t be around for very long and most of the people who get involved too late will end up losing their hard earned money.  If you get in early and make a lot of money and this does shut down and you make money from it, there is a good chance with clawback laws in play that you could have to return some or all of the money you receive from this program.  So even if you get in early and make thousands or millions of dollars you might want to put that money in a safe place and not spend it just in case the government shows up on your doorstep.

The Founder Has A Track Record Of Short-Lived Cash Gifting Programs.

The Company Owner David T Rosen is on his third cash gifting program that I know of.  As mentioned earlier this is his 2nd Cash Gifting Program in 12 Months. His previous programs are Pie 24/7 and Cooperative Crowdfunding. The previous programs all collapsed and it’s very likely in fact that this one will crash too in due time.  They all do as soon as they run out of donors.

Sure you can make some quick cash with 5050, but it is definitely not a long-term program.

My Recommendation

Find a company that has a rock solid owner with experience in the industry with a highly consumable product that has the ability to earn passive residual income.  Look at the leadership of the company and make sure the company has not only a consumable product but a product that gets people results.  Find a company that is affordable to launch that will provide you with free training, free online marketing tools, and look for people in the company who are on the front lines who have experience, integrity, and a good solid track record.  If you want to build an online business and make cash quickly maybe run with 5050 just know that it may only last a few weeks or a few months.  If you want to build something long-term with a leader who has been in the industry for 10 years and unlike so many who have come and gone is still around steadily building passive residual income and helping others succeed financially from home click here to learn more about one of the fastest growing legitimate opportunities around.

If you feel like your business needs help with marketing or you need money making tips — always feel free to reach out to me or another online expert for help on making your business stand out in a noisy overpopulated online world.


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Best Ways To Make Money From Home

If you are like me and would like to make extra income or have multiple streams of income.  I don’t think there has been a better time than today to create that for you and your family.

You don’t need a bunch of money to get started and in many cases can begin earning an extra $500, $1000, or even $5000 or more from home each and every month.  Below I have listed some of the best ways I have found to make money from home.

Affiliate Marketing – affiliate marketing is taking a product that someone else has created either a how to book, a course, or a product and simply either promoting it online.  When you make a sale you make a commission usually 15 to 40%.  The best thing about affiliate marketing is you don’t have to invest thousands or lots of hours in time creating the product.  You simply find a product you believe in and go out and market it to your email list, social media channels, solo ads, blog, or search engines like Google & Bing and when you make a sale you earn a commission.  The downside is if you’re tigh on funds to pay for advertising you will need to have a big email list, a decent social media following, and an established blog to really make money doing this.  I have honestly had the best luck doing this with Twitter and Solo Ads.  The best place to start with affiliate marketing is Clickbank.com they have thousands of products to choose from and they do offer a bit of training on how to do it.

Network Marketing – You can join a company as a distributor for a small fee of anywhere from $20 to $1000.  Network marketing is pretty simple you just sign up with a company like Avon, Amway, or Nuskin and pay a small fee order some products and begin marketing your business to others.  When someone orders products you earn commission anyone that you refer you should earn a percentage off of their sales as well.  The beauty with network marketing versus affiliate marketing is once you build a network you continue to earn commissions without having to go out and sell all the time.  In other words, it should build up over time.  There are many great companies out there to choose from, but try and stay away from the companies that require a big upfront fee unless they have been around for at least 2 years or more.  Most start-up network marketing companies fail within a few years and you basically have a 90% chance if you join a new company that they won’t be around for very long.  You really have to think in terms of a 12 to 18 month period to really make big money in network marketing, so you really want to choose a company that will be around when you build a pretty big network.  You also want to find a company where you would buy their products whether or not a business opportunity was attached to it.  I’ve met very few people in my lifetime that can sell or market a product they don’t believe in.  If you need a great company or product to market – here is one that I recommend http://healthierwealthier.info .

Amazon & eBay Seller

If you don’t want to learn marketing and have a few dollars to invest you might want to look at Amazon or Ebay.  With eBay you can start even if you don’t have much money to invest by selling older items in your home (usually recommended starting out).  eBay is much easier to get started in as you don’t have the fierce competition as you do with Amazon as its more of an online flea market where as with Amazon, you’ll have to get really good at packing or finding some superb drop-shippers as I think the level of service on Amazon is usually a bit higher or expected to be.  Plus it will be tougher to get a good rating on Amazon early on and you will definitely want to have a professional account at all times to be taken seriously on Amazon which will cost you $40 per month + 15% per item, so you’ll want to really get good at estimating your costs after all expenses to see if an item is even worth selling.  Becoming profitable on Amazon and Ebay like anything else does take time and knowing what to buy and sell.  I’ve personally had some big losses in the past and even invested over $10,000 with a single company to sell on Amazon.  If you decide this is the way you want to go, I highly recommend you read some books and articles or take a course so you don’t lose money and make a profit everytime you sell something.  You will also need to get really good at customer service (answering emails, phone calls, etc).  Finally, if you’re willing to learn a bit, this can be one of the easiest ways to make money online.  I’ve personally in my spare time since selling on Ebay since 1999  and Amazon since 2012 made thousands of extra dollars very part-time this way.

Ridesharing

If you have a fairly new or reliable vehicle and don’t mind putting a few miles on it than ridesharing may be for you.  The nice thing about ridesharing is you don’t need any special skills that may be required to be successful in network marketing and affiliate marketing.  You just need to enjoy people and know how to drive a vehicle.  You definitely won’t get rich doing this, but you can certainly make a few extra bucks.  Many people do it very part-time and some do it full-time.  If you don’t have a newer vehicle Uber will allow you to rent a car through their app or lease one with no mile restrictions.  I would only consider the latter if I were going to drive more than 25 hours a week.  If you’re just going to do a few hours per week than using your own vehicle will make a lot more sense and be way less expensive as you won’t have the additional rental fees (which can run a few hundred per week).  There are also sites like hyrecar.com where you can rent a vehicle for pretty cheap if you like.  To get started with Uber or lyft the 2 best rideshare companies and begin earning dollars weekly just click on either of the 2 links below.  The best part about ridesharing is once you sign up and get your vehicle inspected you start earning money immediately and there are no up-front fees or additional expenses beyond gas, insurance, and regular maintenance which if you own a vehicle you already have anyway.

Click Here to Become an Uber Driver 

Click Here to Become a Lyft Driver

Start your own Home Based Business

If you have any special skills like accounting, social media management, graphic design, photography or you know how to play and read music.  You can apply any one of those skills to be of service to others or to teach.  Simply figure out what your good at and create a blog a few social media sites and begin advertising your service on sites like Craigslist or if you have a few bucks saved up you can use paid ads on Facebook, Twitter, Google, or Bing.  Its pretty tough to start a business on word of mouth, so once you figure out what business you want to make money in, you’ll need to get the word out that you have a business and get others to buy into it through marketing.

With the exception of Uber and Amazon & eBay, you will need to get good at marketing to have any reasonable success.  Keep in mind marketing is simply what happens before a sale is made.  Marketing can include telemarketing (phone), cold calling (in person or on phone), advertising (craigslist, google, etc), blogging, creating brand awareness by using Social Media.  You can also use older more tested sources (radio, TV, or Print).

More Resources For You:

Why You Need A Happy Goal

How To Build A Successful Network Marketing Business Online

 

Prevail Max by Valentus Review

I recently came across a health product Prevail Max by Valentus that literally blew my mind.  Not because I actually tried it myself, but because of what I saw visually from a video on YouTube (see below).  I was so impressed with what I actually saw that I ordered the product myself and although I just started using it in the past 24 hours I have already noticed that I feel more energy and have more focus.

Here is more information on the product and why you might want to consider Prevail Max for yourself if you have any health issues or you like myself you simply want better health.

Prevail MAX is a  nutritional breakthrough that delivers a rapid increase of internal blood cell pressure to speed absorption, enabling the body to take maximum advantage of the nutrients in foods and supplements. The nano- sized electrolytes are small enough to penetrate your cell membranes, to bind with your cells, and to be carried wherever they are needed in the body.

When you use Prevail MAX, you will feel more energy and an ability to focus like never before. Take a few sprays today and see just how good you can feel.

Prevail Max (Powerful Testimonial)

A Nutritional Breakthrough for Your Cells

  • PrevailMAX is a supercharged, proprietary blend of nano-sized (trace) electrolytes that charge your cells, reinflate them, and space them apart so they can float freely through your body.
  • Once they are apart and have regained a healthy shape and fluidity, the cells can absorb nutrients and eliminate toxins at a much higher capacity.
  • Both nutrients and oxygen are delivered inside your cells far better than before.
  • Quick to use and tastes great (with a hint of mint for fresh breath!)
  • Takes only seconds to administer orally, four sprays just 2x per day!
  • Will see results show up in your life within only minutes and lasts for hours!
  • Easy to share, based on your excitement about your own life experience!
  • Patent-pending technology unlike any other in the world.
  • Global exclusive network marketing rights secured by Valentus.
  • Today’s average consumer have what doctors call “sticky blood” that comes from everyday occurrences:
  • Eating fatty foods, poor eating habits, increased sugar consumption, certain medications, carbon monoxide, excessive caffeine, alcohol, and stress cause red blood cells to stick together and “stack up” like a roll of coins, preventing nutrients from being properly absorbed.
  • Valentus has a ground-breaking technology so revolutionary that the results are visible under a microscope in just minutes!

Supplement Facts

 

 

Prevail Max Facts (Frequently Asked Questions).

Does this product assist with detoxification? If so, should I stop taking my other products that I am taking to help with bowel movements/constipation?

Detoxification: The increased bio-electric charge that your body will carry while using Prevail Max will assist in the natural peristaltic action of the colon and further assist in a natural and more comfortable bowl movement. You will be giving your body what it was lacking to perform its most basic function. Continue with your previous protocol and then abstain from said protocol after combining the Prevail Max and your bowl regulation products for three days. Continue with Prevail Max there after to further assist this and many other relevant conditions.

Will this increase my athletic performance? If so, has this been approved by the World anti-doping agency? I don’t want to jeopardize my athletic competitions, should I get randomly selected to provide a urine sample!

The Prevail Max formula has been shown to GREATLY enhance athletic performance in a variety of ways. It has yet to be certified by WADA but has been previously cleared by the NSF for Sport in the United States which monitors and controls the regulation for all banned substances in the U.S. for professional athletes.

Is this safe for children? If not, what age or body weight is recommended (at minimum) for safety?

It has become a customary standard in North America via the FDA to suggest that children under the age of 12 years old consult a qualified health care practitioner before using any supplemental product. This being said, we suggest that you consult said practitioner prior to use.

Is this product FDA approved?

PrevailMax is considered a natural supplement and is recognized by the FDA as such.

Are there any medical papers on this product that I can access to show my doctor?

There has been years of supportive and collaborating studies done on the Prevail Max technology that had been conducted by Dr. Mueller and his R&D company. Although, to date there has not been third party studies done that have been published.

Do I take this product with food? Or, can I take this product in the early morning when I take my other medicines? Do I take this product in between meals, when I drink my other Valentus beverages, or only during breakfast, lunch and supper? (Product says to take 3 times per day, when?)

PrevailMax can be taken at any time day or night without complication because it is administered intra-orally and absorbs into the blood stream quickly thus bypassing the gastrointestinal tract and avoiding the time consuming and often times interference of normal digestion.

 

Video Marketing on YouTube

Can you use YouTube to market your business online?  Yes, you can. In fact, I’ve got a few videos running right now that are getting me a steady flow of leads every day for my home based business. The thing I love about YouTube is that you can create a video once, put in a few search terms that people might use to find your video and then get up and walk away and never even touch the video ever again. I’ve done this time and time again and that is why out of all the popular ways there are to promote your business online this has to be my all-time favorite.

Unlike Google AdWords or Social Media you constantly have to stay on top of it and monitor it regularly until you get it right. It can take awhile to get it all on auto drive. Not so with YouTube, in fact if you make a handful of videos in your first few months on Youtube you should have a few that do well right away.

It’s pretty simple to get going, you just need a camera and a mic (most smart phones and computers already have). Make a short video 5 t0 10 minutes in length if possible. I find that videos over 15 minutes don’t get near the hits are engagement as the shorter ones. Don’t ask me why just what I have found the case to be.

Once you record your video and upload it add a good description and make sure to put your website in your description so people can get back to you. I get lots of comments and likes on my video’s but my goal is to get people to get on my email list, so I can build a long term relationship with them, but many will probably just subscribe to your video channel.

Not every video will be a hit, but I can promise you that if you stay consistent with it, you will make money from it.

If you’d like to learn more about how to benefit from using YouTube for your business make sure to pick up a copy of my new book “The Social Media Puzzle & How To Profit From It” on Amazon.com or Barnesandnoble.com

This blog was retrieved from an article I posted on http://medium.com on 3/13/17