Busy busy me!
I’m a super busy person. I work full time at my day job as an SLP and Clinical Director. I’m married with two children, I co-chair my county’s Relay for Life, I teach at church and I’m 1/4 of the music team. People who know me and know that I do all that will ask me – why run direct sales businesses when you’re so busy anyway?
It’s fun! I like having a “store, placing orders for people, and helping people find things that make their lives a little better. Going to events is so much fun! I get to people watch and meet lots of great new folks. And I’m not at the house doing housework!
My DS history
I first got involved in direct sales when I was in college. My sister-in-law’s sister was a Mary Kay lady and I joined her team. I was going to help people feel beautiful and make millions in the process. (I was 18 at the time.) It didn’t go so well. I’ve never worn much makeup and I was too shy to even try to approach anybody but my friends and if they told me no, I very quickly said, “ok!” and left it at that.
After I had Conner I wanted to stay home with him. I found Discovery Toys and tried that. Nobody really wanted to buy Discovery Toys. They thought the toys looked neat, but they all said they could get similar toys at the store down the road for less. So then I tried Baby Signs. Getting people to sign up for baby sign language classes is a lot harder than it seems. If I knew then what I know know things might have gone differently, but such is life. After that I gave up for a while. After grad school a teacher I worked with pulled me back into Mary Kay (and I failed at that, again). Then I tried Scentsy – that went a little better. Origami Owl next – I sold mostly to myself. Nothing seemed to work until I found Posh. And that’s probably because nothing fit right for me until Posh. A few months ago I found Steeped Tea and joined that mostly to get the discount on teas that are good for Conner’s health issues, but I’ve discovered it’s a good fit for my “store” and for me.
Find a good direct sales fit
If you are going to start a direct sales business, you have to find something that’s the right fit for you. Know why Mary Kay didn’t work for me? I wear very little makeup and I don’t like spending a lot of money on skin care. Know why Scentsy didn’t work for me? I got bored with it and didn’t want to keep buying new warmers that I wasn’t going to use except for to show people at parties. I don’t have time (or storage space) to swap out warmers in my house with every change of season! Posh makes my skin feel great and helps me not need much makeup because it also makes my skin look great – and it’s not expensive! Steeped Tea has a catalog full of teas we can and do use at home for a variety of health reasons.
And a good mentor and team
Be sure you find a team that is a good fit and is helpful! This is very important! With Scentsy and Origami Owl I basically had no interaction with my upline, which was not helpful at all. With Mary Kay the second time around I had an active upline and director, but they wanted me to go to meetings an hour away all the time and as much fun as the meetings were I didn’t have time for that. My Posh uplines are in different states, but we talk all the time via text and Facebook. We have an excellent support system from me all the way up to the founders of the company. Information is always readily available and easy to get whenever I have a question. I have never seen a group of people more willing to help each other. I love it!
Feel free to contact me if you’re pondering getting involved in a direct sales business and you have any questions about any aspect of it. I started off as just me and now my team has grown to about 100, so I have insight from newbie on up. You can contact me directly or come join my OpalTurtle Elevation group for fun, games, and discussion!