WHY? WHY? WHY?

Feb 20, 2017 | 30daytraining, UBAM | 82 comments

So, why did you sign up? Do tell! Of course, there’s the books. Duh! They’re amazing, right?! It’s too hard to resist the value of the Usborne Books & More Starter Kit. Let’s dive a little deeper. You may have signed up with a clear idea of how this business opportunity can be a game-changer for your family. Or, you could have been like me: just mesmerized by the books and wanting ALL the books for your family. It was a few short months later when I realized WHY this opportunity presented itself to me and WHY I was going to do everything in my power to use this biz to change the course of my family’s life.

What’s your “why” or your motivation? For many of us,  as mamas, our “why” is our family. We want to create an income that is going to cover dance classes and family trips. We want to create the best future for our kids and financially be in a position to do that with ease. Your “why” might be to have something for yourself because every ounce of your energy is focused on taking care of your family. Hey, having a hobby that gets you a paycheck is pretty awesome.

Watch this short video to learn:

  • Why you need to think about your WHY
  • How to leverage your WHY to elevate your business
  • How to keep your WHY front-and-center when the going gets tough

Becky’s Bonus Tip: Create a visual dream board and put your WHY in the middle. Keep this on your desk, the backdrop of your phone or laptop. Let it serve as a constant reminder of WHY you are here.

Your To-Do List:

  • Watch this short, 3-minute video all about WHY.
  • Take a few minutes and jot down your WHY somewhere– even on a post-it!
  • Leave a comment below and share your WHY.
  • Download the 30 Day Launch Workbook.

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82 Comments

  1. JordinCarson

    My why is I want to be able to do things without feeling guilty. My husband does all the work and pays all our bills and I keep the house a float but I wanna be able to go on vacation, or buy the fun toys for my daughter without feeling bad or in debt.

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    • Jenna

      YES!! I totally understand wanting to have guilt free fun and purchases!!

      Reply
  2. Jeanelle

    My why is easy for me. Other than of course the flexibility of having my own business, I have always dreamed of having my own bookstore. When I was a child my dad had a used bookstore, and I got to help in it. So, my why is to in a sense have my own bookstore, have fun, and the flexibility to take my job anywhere and not necessarily be tied down to a desk.

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  3. Jennifer Albertson-Rope

    I joined because I am passionate about literacy! I also want to use the income to pay for our annual family vacation.

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    • Becky

      YAY!! Making money for the vacay fund. So great!

      Reply
  4. Katie

    My why? this is difficult because I really just want to spread my love to these books and earn money while I do it:) I would love to go back to working part-time as a nurse, my only fear is that I will be spending a lot of time on my phone or computer at home. I promised myself and my husband that I wouldn’t;t let it take over my life but I am an all-in kind of person and I want to be successful.

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    • Becky

      I totally get that! I love the flexibility of being able to work from home and work on-the-go, but you do have to remember why you got started. You don’t want it to take over and creating boundaries is so important. Try to set some “office hours” of when you’re on (and off) so you can keep family #1. 🙂

      Reply
  5. Trisha Doyle

    I have lots of “Whys”! I had thought about joining Usborne for many months but the “timing” just never seemed right. We recently moved away from a city we loved with people we loved and where we fell in love with Usborne. I am having a hard time with the move and needed something to feel that void of missing my friends and in hopes that this new venture would help me make new ones here. I also needed something of “my own”.

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  6. Kim Gregory

    Why ? So crazy, I seen the June special…it said to me… Now is your chance…chance for what ? And why ?
    This is my chance to show my grandchildren how important it is to read and the journey/ exploring and adventures it takes you on. And why ? More family time, extra funds for family outings, and a little added for retirement and because it brings everyone together when someone shares a great book they love, so why not share.

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    • Becky

      LOVE your “why”!

      Reply
  7. Karla Woodson-Cardenas

    My WHY is my family, of course! Time is always limited for us and we (My husband and I) always feel that we can’t miss a day of work because it will affect other things. I would like to be able to make a little extra income to be able to have more flexibility and wiggle room in other areas. Besides this, I love books and so does my son so I am hoping to be able to build his library and promote literacy to everyone I can possible.

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    • Becky

      Love this!!!

      Reply
  8. Danielle Holt

    My Why: To help pay off some debt, save for family vacations, and because my kids love these books! I want to be able to buy them whenever and not worry about our budget.

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  9. Bailey Hallett

    I want to stay home with my children
    Earn some extra to put into savings
    I like the flexability
    I love the books

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    • Becky

      Yes, yes, yes!

      Reply
  10. Nicole Burkhart

    My why-I joined so we could have some extra money and flexibility with our finances, making ends meet, not living paycheck to paycheck. I have a lot of mommy friends and UBAM isn’t as common in my area. Now as I am learning more about this business I am defiantly wanting to spread the UBAM love!!!!

    Reply
    • Becky

      Yay! There’s SO MUCH to love about Usborne, both the books and the biz side!

      Reply
  11. Michelle Arriaga

    My why: my daughter loves books, and I want to be able to feed that amazing interest. I also would love to be able to afford this interest, getting books at a discount is huge for me. Then being able to make income off of selling these incredible books, only provides us with more funds for more books.

    Reply
  12. Kimberley

    My why- I want to spend more quality time with my kids. <3

    Reply
  13. Kelly Fellhoelter

    My why is that I decided to join Ubam to help pay off some debt and start building up a savings account so we can do some fun things as a family that we maybe can’t do right now on our budget and so that we don’t have to work as hard and my husband can be home more.

    Reply
  14. Selica

    Adding to our home library and hoping to help other children get books while having possibly of earning money to help pay off debt.

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    • Becky

      Growing your library, spreading the love of reading AND paying off debt – THIS is the book life! You’re going to love it! 🙂

      Reply
  15. Kelly Moorefield

    I joined because I love to see my kid learn new things and reading is a big impact on every kids out there. Another “why,” for me is to gain some experience and feel like I’m working something important and have some extra income to help my little family out.

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  16. Dashaina Gibbs

    I joined because it sounded like an interesting opportunity to fill my NEW house with my NEW library up with books for my kids! After seeing that I could really succeed, I realised that having a “hobby” that I loved and has the potential to let me be creative (making graphics), socialize (I live in a very remote location with limited interaction to anyone but my family), and have something that was MINE!! I love my kids and such, but this is all MINE!! …and let’s me do something for THEM at the same time:) Thanks for the fantastic videos.

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    • Becky

      A well stocked home library is the perfect perk of this biz!!

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    • Bonnie Bumbarger

      ‘To have awesome books for my grand children and money to spoil them 🙂

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      • Becky

        YES!!! Love it and so will they!

        Reply
  17. brittany

    I am super excited to be doing this business for many reasons, i LOVE books and Usborne books NEVER disappoint, Just too excited to share with everyone these amazing books so I may as well earn a little and get discounts on something I collect. Another “Why” for me is to have some goals and feel like im working towards something with a business venture as well as financially. I see a lot of growing in my future!

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  18. Corie

    I joined because I love these books and want my daughters to love to read! Since my husband and I are school counselors, the extra income will be fantastic and hopefully help in the summer.

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  19. Cindy

    Why? It’s a little personal for a public post, but suffice it to say I love books and the idea of earning income – and potentially significant income, at that, from doing something I love and believe in is my WHY.

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    • Becky

      Wonderful!

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      • Kelly knox

        April 7 at my baby shower

        Reply
  20. Grace Haag

    My Why: I love these books. We are expecting our first child this year and also have tons of nieces, nephews, friends’ kids and our extended family is involved with Foster Care. I want to build a library for not just my family but as many kids as possible. I want to be able to give books (at no cost to myself) to kids in the foster care system. So that’s my big reason…

    And flexibility. Babies are expensive and since I’m already working from home part-time this is a great way to add some extra income for all those added expenses. I’d love to be able to pay off some debt and then add to a college fund for our kids.

    And books…Give me ALL the books.

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    • Becky

      Yes to ALL THE BOOKS!!

      Reply
  21. Laura Pascoe

    I wanted to join because books are life! I always loved to read and I want to pass that love on to my kids. I also would like to have extra “fun money”.

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    • Becky

      Definitely a “win win”!!

      Reply
  22. Mary Lew Renninger

    Thankfully you have provided material to help me refocus and remember what I first thought about Usborne Books and becoming a part of this. The WHY for me is that my primary goal in life is to promote more opportunities for children to have to improve their lives in a positive way. I have always had children in my life and their importance becomes my drive to help provide educational enrichment activities through books! As Grandmother one of my major purchases over the years has been Books! I consider them Treasures which can bring joy, information, fun and relaxation throughout their years. Money is not the primary objective but if doing this brings me rewards which can make my life with my husband more fun at our old age, then that is a bonus.

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    • Becky

      Sounds like a “win-win”!!

      Reply
  23. Jen Wilkosz

    I wanted to join because I love the books! And because my son, who never seems to stop moving, will sit and read these with me. Also, I liked the flexibility of this second job as opposed to working in a store where I punch a time clock. As a teacher I definitely needed a second job.

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  24. Jen Wilkosz

    As a teacher, I wanted to get a second job that I could do in the summers or over break but that would be difficult with specific times I’d have to be there and couldn’t be with my son. This allows me much more flexibility and an opportunity to make more money for my family.

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  25. Lucia

    I joined for one main reason. I was fascinated with the books this company offered! I want to grow my library not just at home, but in my classroom also. I want to instill a love for reading in my own children as well as my students. Yes, I would love to earn extra cash. That would be my bonus

    Reply
    • Becky

      Yes, the extra cash is definitely a great bonus! 🙂

      Reply
  26. Veronica Huerta

    My why is to relieve financial stress with the flexibility to work around my schedule and at the same time be a part of something that has purpose.

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  27. Melissa Rackliff

    My why is my family. With a full time job, bringing in extra income is not easy, as I don’t have a ton of free time. I could have started my own business with any company out there, but I chose usborne because of my kiddo. He is such a book worm, and I want to build his library while at the same time, alleviating some financial burden for my family.

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  28. Malia

    I joined Usborne Books and More for personal growth outside from just being a wife and mom. Being able to build that home library every child deserves. I also, want to share my love for these books and to become a force of literacy within my community. I’d like to be a big part of paying my oldest sons way through college and possibly funding a few good family vacations and just maybe have the Honeymoon we never had.

    Reply
  29. Tess

    To spread literacy awareness, for free books, and extra income!

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  30. Jennifer Borem

    My why is pretty similar to everyone else’s. A little extra income is ALWAYS nice! But also joined for the awesome books (surprise, surprise). And hey if I can expose more people to these I think it would really help out with their family life!

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    • Becky

      100% agree! That’s fantastic, Jennifer! 🙂

      Reply
  31. Erika Hall

    For the BOOKS! I stumbled onto Usborne and I got to watch it light up my sons love for books. He had previously been uninterested in learning or reading. It has had a huge impact on our family! The new releases came out and I decided I needed to find a way to pay for all these books!

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    • Becky

      Ha!! Right, that’s book lady life! Using our paycheck to buy more books!

      Reply
  32. Annie

    My why to have the opportunity to have better financial futures for my kiddos! And the books of course! But the future for my 3 boys and maybe a little splurging here and there:)

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    • Becky

      Yay for splurging!! And, yes – books & $! Awesome, Annie! You’re launch party did amazing, too!

      Reply
  33. Marita

    I too have several reasons for wanting to join this company. It started when I saw Usborne booths and could not take my eyes off the books. I wanted to pick up every single book, look through them all, and take half of the table home with me! I recognized the books since we already own a few of the “That’s Not My…” collection. I have always loved children’s books and more so now that I too have little ones at home. I also need to find a way to contribute financially, but really still deeply desire the flexibility of not having to work 8-5 with no summers off, and do not yet want to put my toddler daughter into full-time preschool at a high cost.
    i will be thrilled to find books that work for us, for others and to add a little money to our bank account.

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    • Becky

      That’s wonderful, Marita!! So excited to have you on the team! You can definitely grow your bank account with this biz. 🙂

      Reply
  34. Sylvie

    My why has always been to have a little independence, feel like i’m contributing to my family and helping to pay off debt as well as showing my kids that Mommy can work too! My kids love talking about ‘mommy’s business’. Books and reading has always been my passion since I was a little girl so having the ability to fill my kids bookshelves with awesome books is a bonus!

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    • Becky

      I love it, Sylvie! And, yes — your kids are going to have some amazing bookshelves! 😉

      Reply
  35. Laura Pitney

    A big reason why I joined is for the extra income! Also for the potential for this to replace my current job sometime in the future.

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    • Becky

      That’s so rad, Laura! I did it. I know you can, too! 🙂

      Reply
  36. Kristina Pollock

    I joined for the books! Both for my daughter and for my school.

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    • Becky

      You’re going to earn SO many books, Kristina! 🙂 It might be my favorite perk of the job!

      Reply
  37. Meagan

    I definitely joined for all the books! We just love reading in our house and are so excited to put more titles on our shelves. I’m also excited about having a little extra money on the side so that it isn’t financially difficult for me to stay at home.

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    • Becky

      The best of both worlds! 🙂

      Reply
  38. Andrea

    I joined for 1 reason: to fill my homeschool shelves. My second reason is to fund my sons allergy alert dog. It would be great if this business could do a lot of the work for me!

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    • Becky

      You can make it happen!

      Reply
  39. Heather Roethlisberger

    I have been a SAHM for the last 7 years so the thought of still getting to be a SAHM and make money is great. My youngest starts Pre-K August of 2018 so I am looking for something the gives me some financial independence but still allows me to help out at my boys schools and be there for them at drop off and after school.

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    • Becky

      It’s going to be a perfect fit for what you have going on, Heather. So excited that you were in my party on Sunday and this opportunity found YOU!

      Reply
  40. Aimee Santiago

    I’m a SAHM, but my youngest will be attending preschool 5 half days a week (eek!!) and I thought this might be a good way to spend some of that new found free time. We would love some extra income to play with, who doesn’t, so I’m hoping I’ll get some amazing books for my little men and some spending cash to boot. I love that this opportunity is totally flexible, so I’ll still be able to enjoy my kiddos while they are home 🙂

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    • Becky

      That’s amazing, Aimee! My kiddos are in preschool three days a week and it’s so nice to be able to build my book biz while they’re at school!

      Reply
  41. Megynn Jaynes

    I joined to help contribute to the household income with a job that was completely flexible with our lifestyle.

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    • Becky

      Sounds like a perfect fit! 🙂

      Reply
  42. Molly

    My “why” is travel! My husband and I love to travel but it’s tougher now with my new SAHM status. I’d really love to share the world with our little man!

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  43. Penny Vitone

    My biggest WHY is the newest, smallest member of our family. My 10 month old grnadson, Jamison. I would love to be able to spend more time with him everyday!! Sharing these books with him and others is going to be so much fun. Excited to see where this journey leads!

    Reply
  44. Lisa

    My why is kinda two fold. I fell in love with the books and I wanted more for our grandson and future grandkids to enjoy when they would come over. My husband and I work our tushies off full time and still live paycheck to paycheck so we thought this would be an awesome opportunity to create an extra income to help us be able to do renovations and repairs to our house and vehicles, catch up on some bills, and maybe even be able to plan vacations and little weekend getaways.

    Reply
    • Becky

      That’s amazing, Lisa! I can’t wait for your side hustle to get so big that living paycheck to paycheck is history! 🙂

      Reply
  45. Genasa

    My “why” is my son, I want to share my love for books with him plus reading books together is a great bonding time activity and I also want to contribute extra income for our family.

    Reply
  46. Audette Teanio

    My WHY is my little 32 weeker premie girl, Bree. I want to build a home library for our family. To name a few benefits of reading: its family bonding time, she will be able enjoy reading on her own, and it boosts brain power. Also, I want to get children and young at heart of all ages wanting and enjoying to read. Reading leads to so many things – imagination, knowledge, and just pain FUN.

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  47. Kendra Greeney

    I love the outdoors and apparently I’m passing that on to my daughter, who turns 1 April 1st! She loves to pull the dirt out of the plants and put it all over the floor. My dog also brings the outdoors in, he loves to roll in the grass! This being said, my why is to afford a house cleaner once a month and if my income is bigger, I want to provide money for more house projects; decor, new furniture, updates and landscaping.

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    • Becky

      OMG, yes!!!! I’ve come to realize that I just suck at cleaning my house. I’m good at picking up but deep cleaning is the WORST. It takes me a long time and I’m not good at out. Outsourcing that part of my life has been AMAZING. I can focus on things that I’m good at and I enjoy during that time. So worth it!

      Reply
  48. Jen Helm

    Hi I joined for several reason. First my daughter LOVES books so I definitely like the free books. I also want to earn a little extra $ and also have a flexible schedule. I like to spoil my little girl and hoping to have a little extra money to do that. Last reason is I need something to do to keep me busy and sort of a hobby and books are right up our alley.

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    • Becky

      That’s a great WHY. And, free books are the best books… obviously! 😉

      Reply

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