With my husband driving in the seat beside me, my daughter napping in the backseat listening to the Veggie Tales CD for the 96th time this weekend, and our little bambino doing calisthenics in my tummy, I sneak in some work time using the data on my cell phone.
As I set my phone down, I can’t help but reflect on how much I have grown to appreciate network marketing and residual income over the last year. I can work from the road, a hotel, my comfy couch, while visiting family - anywhere!
Even better, I can choose not to work on holidays or vacations - and I don’t ask permission from anyone.
I don’t have to forfeit family time in the evenings when my husband gets home from his job. I can be sick on the couch for weeks on end with morning sickness, and still see an email every Monday telling me I got paid.
From someone who has worked in fast food, retail, food service, babysitting, coaching. as a receptionist, and as a substitute teacher, this is by far the most freedom I have found in a part time job. I remember the knot in my stomach waiting for the waitressing schedule to come out, scared to see if I got the requested time off I needed or not. I remember the stress of calling 7 different coworkers to see if they could cover for me. I remember the frustration of figuring out what to do with our daughter when both my husband and I were coaching in tournaments on the same weekend.
I have definitely found a better way. Here are a few questions and concerns I had before I got started, and my answer now:
So what is it you actually do? How do you earn an extra stream of income?
The simple answer is:
Take the products and get incredible results.
Share those results with others.
Help people who want to drop a few pounds, have more energy, have better mental clarity, or earn an extra stream of income find a solution.
The longer answer is that each day looks different.
Sometimes I have people coming to me in search of those solutions as a result of me sharing my story or my friends’ and family’s story.
Sometimes I see people who could benefit from one of our solutions and reach out to them. (I educate, you decide, I support you!)
Sometimes I am helping people on my team get started with their products, or showing them how to earn extra income.
Sometimes I am listening to podcasts as I take a walk, or listening to a team call while I plan out my next day.
Sometimes I go to events to learn more about our company.
Sometimes I am doing personal development - Bible reading, devotions, personal growth books, etc.
Do I have to be one of those annoying people no one wants to talk to because I’m always trying to sell them something?
Answer: No, you don’t. You are more than your job. Be a real person. Connect with others. Learn what is going on in other people’s lives. If you see a way you can be of service, offer a solution humbly and respectfully. And then support them whether or not they choose to join you. You’re not selling anything. You’re sharing a solution that worked for you. You are serving others.
Do I have to spam everyone’s Facebook feed with my products?
Answer: No. You can connect with others however you choose. Social media is a wonderful tool to reach many people at once. Again, though, be a real person. Be yourself. Share bits and pieces of your life, what you find funny, things you love to do, and if you want, occasionally - occasionally - share how these products or this company is changing your life for the better, just as you would a great book, movie, or restaurant.
How often do I have to work? Will I be doing parties all the time?
Answer: Work as much or as little as you want. I put in a solid hour as Pippa naps each day, and often a bit more after she goes to bed. Just remember that you will get out of this what you put into it. If you work efficiently and consistently, you will see results. If you do nothing for a month, don’t expect people to be knocking at your door asking to join your team.As far as parties, do it if it works for you to do it. I have done 2 (well...2.5) since I started a year ago. As a stay-at-home-mom, though, it doesn’t always work for me to do. So I find other ways to connect.
Do I have to handle money? Ship things?
Answer: no. You are literally sharing the product, and you help others set up their accounts online. The website (free, by the way, when you enroll) takes care of payment, and the product is shipped right to their house.
Do I know enough people who will join me?
Answer: yes. And if you don’t, you will meet people. Do you know 2 people who eat? Want to look better and feel more energetic? Help them find their 2 people and your products are paid for. Do that for 10 people, and you’ve made it to the highest level of the company. And it’s not always about who you know, it’s about who you’ll meet.
Will I have to step outside my comfort zone?
Answer: Um, yes. But with big payoff. Time freedom, financial freedom, and health await on the other side. I can’t tell you how much I have grown spiritually and emotionally in the past year. Totally worth temporary discomfort.
Whether you are a college student or recent grad looking to avoid or pay off students loans, a stay-at-home-parent looking to contribute to the family’s income, or you love your job, but are looking for a way to afford travel, more giving, or a better professional wardrobe, you can do it. Find those spare moments in your day. Take the product, share your results, help others do the same.