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It seems Home Based Biz Ops are a dime a dozen and quite frankly many of them suck. There has bee a lot of trial and error for me as a home based business entrepreneur.

As I start to write this I realize it has been quite some time since I last posted on this site and much has changed so allow me to bring you up to date.

First of all when I started with FlareCopter I was located in New York City. I and my partner now reside in Florida. We came here for the winter and it was just so beautiful we decided to stay. In the process of this geographical change much has changed with our business model. While much has changed one thing has remained constant and that is the cash flow provided by FlareCopter.

Cash Flow Is Necessary For Your Home Based Business

Many people start their home based business with a few misconceptions. Maybe the biggest is buying into the lie that is told by almost every marketer on the planet which is “This won’t cost you a thing or much”.

That is a flat out lie. I am not sure where people got the idea and began to believe the idea that there is a free lunch but it is not true. Perhaps it is from years of watching our government do exactly that, putting in no effort and getting rewarded for it, but we don’t own our own printing press and the political side of that is for another day. Suffice it to say that mere mortals actually must put forth effort and their own money to get results.

If you are not willing to engage your time, effort and money in this then don’t even get started or you will lose much of each.

Having said that there are ways to maximize all of the above and FlareCopter is one of those ways. I am not saying it is the only way but it is the way that is working for me. Allow me to explain and give a few examples.

Things You Need To Possess To Start Home Based Biz Ops

The first thing you need is desire and it must be unquenchable. If you think you are going to give half an effort and get a full result then you are kidding yourself and yet I see this all the time.

It comes in the form of believing the mopes selling the systems that tell you all you have to do is push this “Magic Button” and riches will be yours. You must get this idea out of your head. If it were that simple then everyone would work for themselves.

So assuming you have the desire the next thing you need is time. This may be the most crucial element. Given enough time you will succeed no matter how many mistakes you make.Ever heard the saying “Even a blind squirrel finds a few nuts every now and then?” Given time your efforts will pay off. Period!

The problem is that most of us have a shortage of time already. What with working to just do life and pay the bills that takes at least 40 hours not including travel time. So you are left with putting in a 12-15 hour day and sometimes more or finding a way to make more money in less time which is why most of us want to try home based biz ops in the first place.

This is where FlareCopter comes in to the picture for me. It allows me to work 2-3 hours per day, 5 or 6 days a week and replace the income I used to make working 60-70 hours a week. In fact it has not only replaced that income but exceeded it.

While the income is awesome the real reward is the time it frees up for me to pursue my longer term goals. To recap those goals are as follows:

  • Build a list of like minded people to network with
  • Rank my websites to build passive income
  • Partner with like minded people in various business opportunities
  • Do all of this with the goal of decreasing my time spent working as time goes on

Imagine if you could take your 40 hour work week and compress it into a 10-15 hour week and make the same money you were making before? This takes the pressure off you when starting a home based business which brings me to the  next thing you must possess and that is effort.

Realistically how much effort can you bring to home based biz ops if you are already working a 40+ hour work week?

Maybe you can put another 20 hours in a week to build your opportunity but for how long before you explode or your family does? This is the main reason most people fail. It is not for lack of desire. It is because you just do not have the time. Time is not something we are going to get more of so we have to be smarter about how we use our time. We must maximize the amount of time we have. This is where ROI (Return On Investment) comes in.

If I can go sell FlareCopters and work 3 hours a day and make $300.00, and I do regularly, then that leaves me another 5 hours to focus my desire on home based biz ops. But if I am already working an 8 hour day I need to work a 13 hour day to get the same results.

How long can you work 13 hours a day before you explode?

This truly is the reason most people fail. But something that also contributes to the failure is the by-product of this which is fear. See it is a catch 22. Let’s say you cut back your hours at your current J.O.B. (Just Over Broke)…well…you are gonna make less money and that leaves you less money to put at risk. Fear of failing will cause you to not try the things you need to because you are just not sure and you can not afford to be wrong or the bills don’t get paid. This is a very real fear, a valid fear and quite simply reality.

It is actually an advantage when you are starting and have nothing to lose but most of us are not in that position. Most of us do have something to lose and other people counting on us and our ability to provide.

This is the thing most leader’s in the Home Based Business market fail to acknowledge. To them it is some sort of weakness to deal with the reality of having to pay your mortgage. Their attitude is just don’t let anything stop you. For some that may work but for most it is just not an option.

This brings me to the third thing you need and that is quite simply money. This idea that you can start a business for $50.00 and never spend a dime to grow it is absolute rubbish and this idea needs to be abolished. It is not fair to the Home Based Biz Ops reputation and not fair to people trying to start their own home based business. So I will say it out loud and if you want to click off this website to find someone that will blow sunshine up your ass then so be it.

It is going to take an investment of real cash to grow your business!

The Truth About Home Based Biz Ops

Here is an example of dishonest marketing:

Empower Network tells you that for $25.00 you can start your own home based business. Maybe you can to get their up front initial fee paid. What they forget to tell you is that to completely follow their plan will cost you thousands of dollars in upgrades and their whole program is based on paid advertising. Obviously paid advertising is not free.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying this is a bad program. I am saying it does not cost only $25.00 and in fact costs much more if you want to be successful.

So as not to single out Empower Network I will give you another example. There is another company out there advertising a 21-Step System and supposedly you can start for Free. Of course only after you pay the $49.00 application fee. They guarantee that if you do not make a profit with-in 30 days they will pay you $500.00. Sounds pretty good right? Problem is that Step-6 in their 21-Step System calls for you to invest another $1000.00+ for additional material and without it you can not complete the rest of the steps. In my opinion this is one of the most scandalous frauds I have see but apparently none of this is illegal because it happens all the time.

The main point is that it takes money to make money and if you believe otherwise you will fall victim to many of these “Businesses”. Another point is that these marketer’s would not sell their wares in that fashion if they did not know that people believed it. So take off the blind fold and deal with reality. If you want to make money you are going to have to spend some.

FlareCopter has solved the 3 main problems I was faced with Time, Effort and Money. I am not saying it is the only way to go but I am saying it has worked for me. If you want to learn more you can email me at and I will be happy to speak with you.

To Your Success,

Curtis Group Inc / Home Based Biz Ops


Ad Media Profit Review – Alert

Ad Media Profit Review – Update

Ad Media Profit Review

Sorry Folks, I may have laid an egg on this one. I am recommending to my team to hold off on any more funding of this program until they get a few things ironed out. Please understand I am not saying this won’t work out, I am only saying for now let’s use some caution. Sometimes these short-term programs blow up out of the gate but when they go good they go very good indeed.

As an example, about 18 months ago I pulled 18K out of a program I had a little over 2K in placements. That is not the only time. I also in the last year pulled almost 9K out of a program I put a little over 500 dollars into. Collectively I have earned way more than I have lost.

The thing to remember with companies like Ad Media Profit and for that matter Ad Click Express, another revenue share program we like, is that they can be very volatile and you have to spread yourself out if you are going to play this game. A few of them will work and work big but several are going to blow up in your face. That is why you buy a few of these and spread your risk.

Having said all that, I am not walking away from Ad Media Profit, I am just suggesting caution. Back to my story of how I pulled 18K out of one opportunity. Since then this opportunity looked like it was going to die an ugly death and yet now it looks like it may be coming back for another run and yes I am building a new position so if it pays off again it will add to my profits.

So for now just hang tight with this and in the meantime continue to spread your risk. That is the key to having success with the short term stuff. Hope this update helps.


Why a Home Based Business

Web HostingSo Why would I want to own a home based business? Well how about this…Freedom! I realized as I was faced with a conflict in my business that the real reason I work for myself is not even the money…it is more about the freedom to work when I want, where I want and how I want. I realized that no one has the right to tell me when I can, can not, should or should not make money. I actually realized this when I made a recent decision to take on a partner. This was not the smartest move I have ever made. Thing is I have made this same mistake before. For some this may work but if you are like me the reason you want to work for yourself is so no one can tell you what you have to do that day. You are the Boss!

Why Do You Want A Home Based Business?

Are you like me or do you just need more freedom with your time. Do you have family things that you have to miss because of work that you wish you did not have to? Is it a nice family vacation? A summer home? The internet lifestyle looks a little different to all of us but the one thing I think we all have in common is this drive for independence. We don’t like other people telling us what to do. Nor should we. Frankly most people can not even manage their own lives and I certainly don’t want them to have any control over the management of my life. Make no mistake, when someone else controls the purse strings they control you.

Personally I think the thing that separates the entrepreneur from others is their need to work outside of the box and the corporate scene just does not allow this to happen. If you are like me you can’t work for other people…oh you can fake it for awhile when necessary but never for long and never with any great success. This is not because their is something wrong with you it is exactly the opposite. Problem is you have been told your whole life to conform. But to what? Mediocrity?

You will become what you think about most

For better or worse that is the truth. The entrepreneur understands this completely through either an innate understanding or through learning the hard way. Either way you learn. If you head is full of negative thinking do not expect good things to happen. You will ultimately manifest what you think about most. If it is negative then so will be the outcomes. That is not to say that if you have a positive attitude that nothing bad will ever happen but when it does you will respond with an attitude that enables you to learn. If you are negative all you do is blame others for why things are not working in your life.

Why a Home Based Business?

Well for me it is a truth serum. At the end of the day whether I succeed or fail has nothing to do with any one else but me. That is good news and bad. The good news is I have all the power and the bad news is I have all the power. I can not blame any one for my success or failure but myself. That is a tremendous responsibility. To tell you the truth sometimes it scares the shit out of me. But this is what I do.

I have tried working for other people and I can even hold a job if I need to but to be honest I would rather walk on glass on my lips for a mile up hill than have a J.O.B.

A friend of mine has as his moniker “Profits are better than wages” I like that. It embodies the American Dream and everything the home based business person stands for.

To me that means producing a product that has value in the marketplace and then allowing the market to determine that value. If you have brought quality to the table then hopefully that will be rewarded. For the entrepreneur though the reward already came with the effort. If the money comes it is just further satisfaction.

That is the thing I believe most do not understand about the small business owner. While I am in it to make money that is actually the last reason I do what I do. The first reason is to honor myself, the second is to honor my family, the third reason is to honor my time and the last reason is the money.

Time and Money – Home Based Business Tips

Again you may have an entirely different list of reasons for why you want to own a home based business but I would guess that the last thing you are actually thinking about is how much money you will make and more time is spent thinking about what you can do with your new found time.

I encourage you to take some of that time and reward yourself for your efforts, even if they do not pay off as you had hoped. Do not diminish the value of the effort just because you did not get the result you hoped for. There is value in your effort and sooner or later it will pay off.

Just don’t give up…you know sooner or later you will get what you want if you just don’t give up!

To your success and to be continued…


The Entrepreneurial Way – Home Based Business

Cash Flow So as we mentioned in the last article cash flow is critical to your success while building your home based business. The thing is sometimes the thing you think is going to just generate “cash flow” turns out to be something much bigger.

This brings me to the topic of discussion I want to have today and that is about one of the greatest skills the entrepreneur possesses and that is the ability to think quick, move on your feet and make things happen. The most vital skill of the entrepreneur is to be able to think on their feet and turn on a dime when necessary. Sometimes opportunities come up at the worst moment, or so it seems, but as it will often turn out this was the thing that became the Cornerstone of your success. I have recently come right up against this and it has caused me to have to move quickly, be creative and make some personal sacrifices and take more than a few chances but the payoff will be huge. My partner and I have already made way more than we invested.

Go Big or Go Home – Home Based Business

As you are all aware my main goal is to build my online presence and generate residual income by building a team of like minded people and a strong subscriber base that would all push towards the same goal at the same time. This remains my main focus but for a minute I have to move in another direction to, in the longer term, facilitate the growth of my long term projects.

So the other day I was talking about the importance of being able to generate cash flow to build your business without taking so much time to do it that you have no time left to build your actual business. Some would call it luck that I have found a simple solution to this challenge. I do not call it luck. A specific series of events occurred but they only occurred because I allowed myself the chance to make the connections necessary for this “lucky” thing to happen.

To recap, in my last post, I was talking about this idea that a good friend of mine gave me to make some cash to develop my business. He told me it would not take a ton of time and he was right. He also told me that it would replace the income I was making with half the work and he was right about that too. To tell you the truth he way understated the income potential of what he showed me. Honestly though this is not the point of this post. If you want to read that post you can find it Here

Having The Entrepreneurial Mindset

So this great opportunity comes up but I literally have to put the brakes on everything else to get it all organized set up so it can grow and grow it will. This thing that was just going to generate some quick cash flow made me a few thousand dollars already and I am only three weeks into it. I think that kind of result deserves some extra attention for a minute while I build it and then I can refocus back on the longer term projects.

The beauty of this is that these longer term projects are exactly that…longer term! I love MCA (Motor Club of America) and Get Weekly Paychecks and I will continue to grow these businesses on a consistent basis. In addition there are also a couple of other opportunities we recently have started to get involved with that I will be posting on our Biz Ops Page. None of that changes the fact that at this exact moment in time to reap the full benefit of this opportunity full energy will be required for a couple of months.

The beauty of it is that full attention in this instance means somewhere in the neighborhood of 25-30 hours a week. That leaves me a significant portion of time left to devote to my longer term goals. The thing is though is that you have to be quick on your feet.

You have got to be able to recognize the opportunity when it arises and when it does you must take action…even if you can not afford too. You must because that is what the entrepreneur does. Essentially if you are an entrepreneur then you know no other way to be.

To your continued success…