Here is the scenario: You found the perfect Direct Sale Company. You purchased your kit and it has been delivered to your front door. You are very excited about this business so you quickly open it and spread the contents all over the floor. You have now looked through everything and then you start to think "What am I suppose to do with all of this?"
First of all you should sit down and come up with your why. Your why is the reason or reasons that YOU decided to begin your business! Everyone has a different reason for starting their own business. Personally I have several reasons.
#1 I absolutely hated working for someone else. Yes I have had jobs I enjoyed but most of them I did not and I do not see the point in working for a flat rate while you are making someone else rich!
#2 I want to be home with my kids! The hardest thing I ever did was drop my daughter off at daycare for the very first time. I had to go back to work when Madison was 3 weeks old. To begin with she stayed with my mother and then after a few weeks we enrolled her in a daycare. Even though I knew the daycare director because she was my dads "High School Sweetheart" and even though I completely trusted all of the wonderful ladies there, it was still very tough for me.
#3 I like paying myself what I think I'm worth and not what someone else thinks I'm worth! I bet you are wondering what I mean by that. Well, when you go for a job interview and they look over your application and ask you anything and everything they feel as though they need to know about you, they then decide what they think you should be paid. Well now I decide what I think I should be paid. I decide how much I think I am worth and work hard to achieve that goal! If I know I need to make $500 this week or even $1,000 I know what I need to do to make that! That is probably one of the things I hated the most about having a "J.O.B" was the fact that no matter how hard I worked from one week to the next I was still going to make the same "Flat Rate" every week. Now I decide when I want a pay raise!
Have you thought of your why? Okay now lets move on to the next step.
Set up your workspace! This workspace can be anywhere. This is a place you can call your own. A place that you can sit and concentrate 100% on your business!
I am blessed to have a office. A room in my home that is completely set up with everything I need to run my business. If you don't have an extra room in your home where you can do this, that's okay! Simply find a spot in your home that you can make your office space!
Have you thought of where your office space will be? Okay lets move on to the next step.
Become a product of the product! If you sell make-up and skin care then be sure you are using that brand of make-up and skin care. Wouldn't it be a little embarrassing if you began a Arbonne or Mary Kay business and one of your clients said "Oh I LOVE that eye shadow you have on today! Can you order me some of that?" Only to find out that it isn't even made by the company you are a consultant for! Or say you are an Associate with Waktins, you have been trying to convince your best friend to use the wonderful cleaning products Watkins has to offer. She comes over to your home and sees another brand of cleaning products under your kitchen cabinet! Now she is probably thinking "If the products are SO great why isn't SHE using them?" I truly believe that you are more successful trying to sell a product that you have actually experienced yourself! Its easier to sell something you love!!!
Have you decided what products you need from your company? Okay lets move on to the next step.
Write down your goals! This is VERY important! If you don't know what you are working to reach then why are you working? I have several goals.
#1 To be able to send both of my kids to a private school! Right now they are only 2 and 11 months but it is never too soon to start saving!
#2 I want to stay debt free! I no longer have to purchase anything with a credit card and I plan to keep it that way.
#3 I want to bring my husband home! Me and my kids truly miss my husband when he is at work and one day he will be home with us full time!
Everyone's goals will be different and once you reach certain goals then you will have new ones! My goal use to be to work from home. I'm doing that so I needed to add new goals to the list.
A great tool to help you reach those goals is to have a Dream Board. A dream board can be a simple bulletin board that you just post pictures on. If you are trying to earn a company car then post a picture of that particular car model. If you are trying to earn a trip then post a picture of your destination! You would be surprised on how seeing those things daily will help motivate you. You can even post these pictures on your refrigerator and bathroom mirror!
Have you thought of your goals and dreams? GREAT! Okay lets move to the next step.
Make a list of 100 people that you know! Are you thinking "I don't even know 100 people!" Yes you do! Think hard! Go down this list one by one and contact them all! Try to book some kind of activity with each person. This could be a party, business presentation or just a time to drop by a catalog. This will get your business off to a powerful start!
So atleast now you have started! Keep up the great work and you are sure to be a success!
Ciera Mowbray is a happily married Stay at Home Mom in South Alabama. She has two precious babies. Ages 2 and 1. She is a Independent Watkins Associate and also owns SAHMom.com, SAHMom.org and FreePlacestoAdvertise.com.
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