Why I work Direct Sales Full Time
So what do you do? Do you just stay home with the kids?
Welcome to Adulthood…where introductions automatically revert to our career choice! How many times have you met someone or someone has met you and you naturally jump right to asking what they do for a living? This happens to me all the time. Honestly I still hesitate to explain, what exactly it is that I do on a daily basis.
I hate to simply state, Direct Sales. Because we all know what kind of reputation proceeds “owning your own direct sales business” or working as one of THOSE consultants for one of THOSE companies. However, in the end, I have decided that I should be DAMN proud of what I do.
Six years ago, we were a middle-class family living on a very tight, paycheck to paycheck, lower class income.
We never expected or planned to have twins just 13 months after our 2nd child and suddenly my gig as a part-time dance teacher and full-time mama to 4 under 4 was not working out so well financially. My husband is military and God Bless the Army but it certainly isn’t paying all the bills for a family of 6 in an upscale suburb.
I needed a way to make a greater income from home. What would work for our family? We couldn’t afford to put 4 babies in daycare! That’s why I had drastically rearranged our life a few years before…our daycare bill for JUST our son was $1400 a month! It was greater than our mortgage! Despite having done it right, went to college, got my cute marketing degree and graduating on time, there was no way I was finding a marketing job making enough money to make it worth covering childcare.
We felt stuck. And worried. And stressed out.
There just didn’t seem to be a lot of viable options. And then I found Posh. I wish it was that simple because that’s how so many leaders paint the picture of successful businesses. No, it was hard. Really hard. I took a chance, spent the money earmarked for the electric bill on a “kit” and jumped with some degree of blind faith that I could at least afford the groceries from this pink business in a box I received in the mail.
I had actually done direct sales before. I knew what I was doing. And I knew that I could make enough to stretch the grocery budget. I was tired of having $50 in my checking account and a calculator, trying to determine how far I could stretch the grocery money week after week.
We were on WIC when our twins were babies and I will never forget the flush of shame on my cheeks as I used those “checks” to purchase basics like milk, cheese, and formula. We live in a very harsh and judgemental world and no one looks kindly on those who need a hand up.
My direct sales business with Perfectly Posh changed all of that.
In that first month, I could pay for all the groceries with my commissions of $600 and I was hooked line and sinker. I knew that if I put my mind to it, I could make something out of this business.
But first, back to the hard. Direct Sales is not easy.
I worked my ass off for months, building a foundation for my business that would sustain me for years. Those first few months of rapid and wide growth were absolutely critical to what our business would become. Today, we are humbled to know that we built a business that profits over $100,000 a year, well over that actually, on the back of a mama determined to make life better for her babies and a husband who chose to be ALL IN and fully supportive.
But why do you do this?? It’s still the look in people’s eyes when I explain I lead and mentor a group of thousands of women that sell pampering products, like soaps and lotions and bath bombs.
They never quite understand that no, I don’t just sell soap. No, I don’t just sit back and get paid by a giant team I lucked into. No, I don’t push people to host parties or beg all my friends and family to buy lip balm to fund my family vacations.
I work hard and I do it for these little people that are watching me.
I work hard providing excellent customer service to people who LOVE my products. I work hard helping other women see past their current circumstances and hold onto HOPE that they too can change their lives. I work hard to change the financial trajectory of my family. I will continue to work hard until we are debt free, so we can stop throwing our money backward and start investing more into others, living radically generous lives that give more than we consume.
We work hard to make a difference in peoples lives because they deserve it. Everyone deserves to have Christmas or be celebrated or splurge on Starbucks now and then. My kids desire a mama who is HOME. They want to spend time with ME. And nothing else out there will afford me the flexibility to make this kind of money and impact those around me like my direct sales business.
Direct Sales gives us that.
That is why I do Direct Sales full time.
There are many days it would be easier and looked upon with more approval from society to just submit to the status quo and get a job. I see the looks in your eyes and the articles you share about how tired you are of your friends selling stuff when I mention what I do. But the blessings this business provides to my family, my teams families and those who we are able to bless and support are far more important to me than what you think about what I do for a living.
Often times I don’t understand why God chose me to lead and shine through Direct Sales. I certainly never expected to grow up and be one of THOSE ladies. But I am so grateful He did.
If you are one of THOSE ladies…stay the course. God can and will use your journey to change you, your family and impact those around you. If you aren’t yet…let’s chat..I happen to know someone who would love to help you get started. 😉