• Network Marketing

    Why I Chose This Company (Part Two)

    This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Why I Chose This Network Marketing Company

    If you read my previous post in this series, you know that my first experience with network marketing was with a kitchen tools company (that I loved) called, “The Pampered Chef“. However, because I didn’t have the ability to grow my (then, face-to-face) network, and there weren’t any “consumable” products, it was time for me to move on, after a four-year stint.

    Why I Chose This Network Marketing Company (Part Two) | SheWillRise.ca

    My second company was Jamberry Nails (they sell nail wraps in a variety of patterns). This was around 2014/2015, and because I love doing my nails, I thought this company would be a great fit for me.

    However, I ran into a snag when I ended up being allergic to the adhesives, and not being able to continue using the wraps.

    So, since I didn’t feel comfortable with promoting something I couldn’t use myself, I had to let this company go, too.

    In April 2016, an acquaintance of mine started as a coach with Team Beachbody, and she invited me to take a look … which I did. But I wasn’t ready to join, mainly because I’d just signed a one-year contract with the local gym, so I didn’t need Beachbody. Yet, much as this gal never pushed me, she did continue to ask me about it, every now and then, so it stayed on my radar.

    I also watched this gal lose 30+ pounds over the following year, and make enough money to allow her and her family to live more comfortably. And, given that she’d started off in a very similar place to what I was experiencing, I started to think that, if she could do these things, maybe I could, too!

    As such, in April 2017, I signed up as a Team Beachbody coach.

    My favorite things about this company were these:

    1. the amazing company culture (the people) — everyone is so optimistic, friendly, positive, and upbeat!… it’s like one giant (and fun!) family!
    2. their products (shakes and workout programs) are “consumable”, meaning you get regular, repeat customers
    3. there is the ability to grow a team of people who are all working on bettering their lives, and you can become a “leader” (something that’s always appealed to me)
    4. they ask you to commit to doing daily personal development (anyone who knows me, knows that this is my jam … I love to read! …especially books in the personal development genre!)
    5. the compensation plan — the potential income you could earn from this — was better than anything I’d ever seen.

    So, what happened?

    Well, first off, while I loved the shakes, I ended up being allergic to one of the ingredients, so I couldn’t drink them.

    But, there were still the workouts… and, I tried several of them. I tried to find joy in the huge variety I had to choose from, and the convenience of working out at home (just 30 minutes a day, or less!). But, honestly, that previous year I’d spent going to the gym ended up being more my style. I actually prefer going to the gym over working out at home.

    I tried every which way I could think of to justify staying with the company… rationalizing that I could just do things my own way, but teach the original methods to anyone who joined me….I even left Beachbody and, for 3 months, tried Arbonne (too expensive for my crowd)… yet, I missed my Beachbody “family” so much, that I re-joined.

    However, I just couldn’t do it … I couldn’t be hypocritical, and ask others to do what I, myself, could not (or would not) do. So, I quit the company for good.

    … but, only after finding yet another network marketing company that offered all of the same things that I loved about Team Beachbody, yet had products that I could use.

    . . . . . . . .

    Stay tuned, because I’ll share more about this new company next week!

  • Network Marketing

    Why I Chose This Company (Part One)

    This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Why I Chose This Network Marketing Company

    How do you know which network marketing company is right for you? Well, here’s a bit of my history, so that you can see what helped me to learn to make this kind of decision.

    (This is part one of a 3-part series).

    Why I Chose This Network Marketing Company: Part One | SheWillRise.ca

    When I originally got into network marketing, it was in 2001, and it was with The Pampered Chef, Canada. A friend had invited me to her house for a party, and once I saw the products, I felt like I just had to join to get a discount on them — I loved it all!

    These products (kitchen tools) appealed to me, because I hate to cook, and they promised to make my life in the kitchen quicker, more efficient, and easier. Add to that the fact that I could finally “be my own boss”, and have my own business (something I’d always dreamed of doing), and I was sold!

    I ended up staying with The Pampered Chef for 4 years, and absolutely loved it … except for two (2) main issues:

    First, because it was 2001-2004 that I was involved with this company, all of my business was conducted face-to-face, doing home parties. And, that was fine….while I had my warm market (friends, family, and friends-of-friends). However, because I’ve never been a “pushy”, go-getter type, I didn’t feel comfortable in promoting beyond that level. So I hit a wall, and my business couldn’t grow any bigger (side note: back then, I had terribly low self-esteem, too, so that didn’t help me to get myself “out there”, either… I hadn’t yet learned to develop myself in this area).

    My second issue was that, these products are so good that, once people have them, they don’t need to buy any more for many, many years (I’m still using some of the stuff I bought back in 2001… 17 years later!!!). So, with the products not being “consumable” (meaning, they don’t need to be purchased over and over, on a monthly basis), I’d also need to be finding new people to sell to, constantly, or else my business would die.

    And that’s why I moved on, despite my love of the company.

    I did try getting back into The Pampered Chef in around 2015, given I still love the products, and it’d been about 10 years. Plus, everything is mostly online now (I could just send people to my website). And yet, it just wasn’t the same. So, after a month, I quit again…

    . . . . . . . . .

    Next week, I’ll be sharing Part Two of this series, to give you more of the story of my journey to why I chose my current company. Stay tuned!

  • Entrepreneurship,  Network Marketing

    Why Writers Make Great Network Marketers

    What do you think of when you hear the term “network marketing“? Does it make you skeptical? Do you envision pyramid schemes?

    Well, did you know that it’s actually a legitimate business model endorsed by people like Sir Richard BransonRobert KiyosakiWarren Buffett, and even President Donald Trump?

    Why Writers Make Great Network Marketers | She Will Rise

    Today, I’d like to provide you with a little more insight into what this model is about, but also why I believe that writers make great Network Marketers!

    But first, a quick story…

    For the past decade, or so, I have had the feeling that God would like me to become a Writer. I’ve fought against this, though (Jonah, anyone?) because I don’t like to write (or, so I’ve kept telling myself and others … journaling, yes; writing, no).

    When I decided to join a network marketing company in April 2017, I thought I was off the hook, as far as writing goes.

    One reason why I thought this was because it truly feels like everything in my life has led me here, to this point, with this particular company. My new role utilizes so many of my talents, skills, and passions, and over & over again, I keep finding that things I’d come across or researched for my previous business ideas are now fitting perfectly into my new business model! As such, it almost feels like this is what I was born to do.

    As I’ve been studying how to be a better network marketing professional, I keep hearing the same message repeated in various places: “Facts tell, stories sell.” Apparently, to do this job wellrequires that you develop your copywriting skills. If you can weave the story about where you’ve been, where you are currently at, how the company’s products fit into your life and benefit you, as well as where you see yourself, moving forward, then you can be a great network marketer!

    Of course, God’s got to be sitting back, chuckling to Himself, saying, “I’ll make a writer out of her, yet!” (so much for me thinking I’d “escaped”, huh?). God has such a great sense of humor!

    WHAT IS NETWORK MARKETING?

    According to Entrepreneur.com:

    “Network Marketing is a type of business opportunity that is very popular with people looking for part-time, flexible businesses. Some of the best-known companies in America, including AvonMary-Kay Cosmetics, and Tupperware, fall under the Network Marketing umbrella.” {read more…}

    Personally, I think it’s a great fit for anyone who has dreamed of starting their own business, but isn’t necessarily keen on learning about (or acquiring) the usual nitty-gritty bits, like distribution, marketing campaigns, hiring employees, etc. With the Network Marketing model, you are a “recommender” of products for the company you join. And the company itself deals with things like shipments, marketing campaigns, distribution, warehousing, inventory, etc.

    And the awesome thing about the company that I chose to partner with is that there’s zero inventory that you have to purchase and keep on hand. There are products you’ll want to buy so that you can give your honest recommendations of them, sure. But you aren’t forking out a huge amount of money up front, with the hopes that you’ll sell off all of the stuff you bought.

    {Still skeptical? Learn more, HERE.}

    HOW CAN AUTHORS & WRITERS BENEFIT FROM THE NETWORK MARKETING MODEL?

    Here are just a few of the ways…

    (1) WORK FROM HOME, PART- (OR FULL-) TIME

    Writing tends to be a solitary profession, one that a lot of writers do from the comforts of home. So, what better way to add extra income to your work-at-home pursuits than with something else that you can do from home?

    For those who say they need human interaction, that’s okay, too! The beauty of network marketing is that it can be done from anywhere you have access to a Wi-Fi connection. Or, you can hit up people in your local area, and then direct them to your website.

    (2) NO TECHNICAL SKILLS REQUIRED

    Yes, I just mentioned directing people to your website. But another perk of network marketing is that most companies will now give you a website that’s already all set up for you, and you just pay a small fee per month (with my company, it’s $15 USD per month — which is a lot cheaper than you’d normally pay for your own website set-up and hosting, not to mention you’d still have the hassles of having to pay a designer or set it all up yourself!).

    (Note: You will need to use social media, but mainly Facebook and maybe one other. I find most writers are already on social media for their book’s reach, so this isn’t really an issue, in my opinion).

    (3) USE YOUR WRITING SKILLS & EXPAND YOUR REACH

    As I already mentioned, to be good at Network Marketing almost requires you to be a good writer (or, at least, to build up your writing skills). The better you are at using your words to persuade people [not in a sleazy way, but in the sense of helping to educate them on a better method], the bigger reach you’ll have.

    As a side benefit, I really believe that your readership for your books will grow alongside your network marketing business, as those who are being introduced to you via the products you are promoting will also check you out and, in the process, learn more about your writing. Win-win!

    (4) MINIMAL TIME COMMITMENT

    We all wish there were more hours in the day. The great thing about network marketing — at least in the company I’m in — is that all of the “vital tasks” that are required for you to succeed can be completed in just one hour a day!  Many of the most successful network marketers are actually very busy people. They built their businesses either around their young children’s schedules, or around their full-time jobs.

    What other job can you find that lets you set your own schedule, work part-time hours, be with your family more, and yet still have the opportunity to build a company that has the potential for financial freedom, time freedom, and more? Wouldn’t you love to change your family’s legacy?

    (5) RADICAL INCOME OPPORTUNITY WHILE MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN OTHERS’ LIVES

    One of the things I love best about the company I’m partnered with is that I have the chance to help others transform their lives for the better. And the more people that I serve, the greater opportunity I have to become financially secure, myself. My own family benefits from me helping others to become better versions of themselves.

    The caveat I need to add here is that –as with most businesses– your income will be a direct reflection of the work you are putting in. “You reap what you sow“. No income level is guaranteed. This is not some get-rich-quick scheme… it will take time and dedicated effort. However, the possibilities are there. It all depends on what you’re willing to put into it.

    Again though, the beauty of it is that, the more you focus on serving the people you come into contact with through your network marketing business, the more likely it is that your income will also grow, and will far exceed what you may have ever imagined was possible for you.

    So, which of these benefits most appeals to you?

    Do you have any questions? Feel free to message me and ask. I’d be happy to answer. (You can also read some of the common objections, here).

    Hopefully I’ve helped you to see some of the possibilities that are available to you through this business model of network marketing! IMHO, it really is the “best kept secret” in the world of entrepreneurship!