Flexible Working

Building Relationships, building a business!

After spending a month in Australia visiting friends and enjoying taking in both the wonderful coast and country alongside the equally stunning cities of Sydney and Melbourne (including the first F1 GP of the season.....a passion we were excited to indulge!) my plan for Spring and early Summer has been to invest the energy I’ve brought back from our exciting adventure into both developing more local retail customers and also adding to the Team.

Following a period of ill health a move to South Wales was very much about recuperation, re-balancing my life and enjoying the fruits of my earlier labours in building my successful network marketing business. But that re-grouping time rolled on longer than I had ever planned  so after a wonderful time ‘down under’ during one of their hottest summers on record followed by a stop-over in Qatar to break up the long journey I definitely felt ready to get my sleeves rolled up!

Since moving to Wales I have kept my hand in with the business, attending local business networks where I have developed a few new customers and added to the team as and when the opportunity arose, but having built a substantial business in the previous years, there hasn’t been the need to push myself.......I had achieved the walk away business with income produced from ongoing sales to long-standing customers and passive income from the team working their own businesses where my past input has helped build independence. Exactly what was promised when I set out with baby steps many years ago but I was starting to feel that there is still more to do!

Coming back from the Antipodean adventure I felt refreshed and ready to get stuck in, and the groundwork I have done in the local area over the recent months and years has been a great foundation to springboard the next period of growth.

What I’ve been doing over the recent times is building relationships and building trust, so coming back refreshed and excited about the business, products and the next years potential I have found that new customers and business partners are presenting themselves in abundance! Sometimes we are unaware of how relationships are building and trust is growing until we have a chance to view the journey from a different angle. I don’t think we are always clear exactly where our actions are taking us, but I certainly know that building strong relationships in a relaxed way gives us a seedbed from which the flowers of our future ambitions will blossom!

I’m so excited for 2019 and 2020, not least because Forever Living have recently announced that Sydney is the big company trip destination  for next year.......so maybe it was all meant to be and relationships I built this spring in Australia were meant as a foundation for my next big business growth spurt!

 

Multiple Income Streams Smooth the Way

One job for life with a valuable pension as part of the package has long been an outdated pipe dream. Traditional self employment has been a great alternative in the recent past, offering control and up to a point flexibility. Network Marketing, a business model that has been around for well over half a century has typically been seen as an industry full of wide boys and the gullible in equal measure. So what can the way forward be in a rapidly changing world with a constantly changing workforce?

Multiple income streams seem to more than ever offer a balanced bank balance, smoothing the almost inevitable peaks and troughs in each of the possible options.

So is it really possible to juggle work to accommodate multiple income streams? In our current world I would say yes, and it’s likely to be the way forward for more working people in the coming years? Why? Part-time flexible working is becoming more prevalent in the traditional work-place. Blurred lines between employed roles and self employment are becoming more and more evident and Zero hours contracts, something that was unheard of just a decade ago are now almost the norm. A sensible move would be to develop those multiple income streams with a view to smoothing those dips in income, wherever they appear!

Someone starting out with this strategy may feel more comfortable with having a traditional but part time employed role with an element of security and potentially covering the base bills. Add to this a traditional self employed role related to an interest or passion.......garden design/maintenance, fashion design/styling, beauty or sports therapy. Something that makes the heart sing and doesn’t feel like work. Related to this self employment or even something in a completely different field can be a Network Marketing Business. Typically this will be part-time, often no more than 10-12 focused hours per week that can slot in with other activities but can develop into a passive income. This industry has been around for well over half a century (Forever Living, the NM business that I work alongside has been around for over 40 years. There are many alternatives in this business model, something to suit everyone! I would of course recommend that people look at Forever Living with me as I know that it has a very stable and profitable marketing plan, but nothing is for everyone and if health and wellness isn’t your thing then research with bring forth several alternative options, in product as well as service sectors. I would only caution  full research is needed and honestly would not recommend joining a brand new NM business as I would say that would be very risky! 

As incomes grow I would also recommend investing outside of business, in property and shares/bullion. Shifting 10% of income across into investments from an early age can make a huge difference in later life. 

The result of a multiple income stream strategy can provide not only income from paid work, but as time goes on a passive income and even multiple pension pots!

I truly believe that this strategy is the way to achieve comfort in the later years without money worries that seem to be almost a given if a single path is taken.

Keeping the momentum going

As February draws to a close the evidence of both business owners in the team and fitness plan customers starting to feel the strain of keeping the momentum of New Years Resolutions and big plans for the year going is coming into sharp focus.

There’s a saying that goes something like this....... commitment is keeping going long after the mood to achieve the goal has left us. How often do we see that mood faulter as things get tough? Here’s another one for you....most people give up just before the corner is about to be turned.

Keeping focus is probably the biggest challenge that I see. Forever Living team members who want it it all but can’t wait to achieve the big bucks they envisioned for themselves just a few short weeks previously. Customers who set out on a fitness regime including our excellent FIT products, but ‘fall off the wagon’ for want of a little patience and long term vision.

Inevitably I look inwards, is there anything more that I could have done, did my support fall short of what was needed? Difficult questions that it’s good to have in mind but bad to be constantly blaming ourselves for others shortcomings. The reality is that nothing is for everyone, business, product, programme. We can only be available for those that seek our help and take note of our advice and ‘bless and release’ the others. Some will return when the time is more right.

So where does this leave me in my advice to those who want to maintain momentum? Well, if I’ve ever been your coach, then you’ve likely heard this all before!

Set clear, manageable goals that are achievable.

Break the major goal down into bite sized chunks (how do you eat an elephant.....a bite at a time!)

Track your success and, a little like sailing, you will often need to tack left and right to get to your goal, success is not often a straight road.

Keep records that you can review and share. (and be honest on activity levels, are you doing enough?)

Work with your mentor, do what you commit to doing, but if things go pear-shaped then enlist their help, be honest and don’t hide away fearing their wrath......they are there to help, not scald, as long as you don’t keep making the same mistakes or continue to do little and expect much it will be their pleasure to work with you.

Remember that Rome was not built in a day, Fortune Favours the Brave and only you can deny you of the success that you wish for!

 

Family Business

Finally my Network Marketing Business has become a family affair! After over 17 years working alongside Forever Living I had all but given up on the notion that a family member would see what I see in this business.......but sometimes things take a little time to sink in!

I have sometimes felt envious of colleagues who have developed a ‘family firm’ with relatives joining them in business. Seeing them travelling the world together on company paid trips whilst my family have been busy with their own things.

Some families instinctively want to work together and Network Marketing is a great platform for developing a family business. Forever Living is certainly built on family values and is ideal for creating that business where families can work together and play together.

My family did not immediately see what I saw in a Network Marketing. Happy to support me by using the products, there was never a glimmer of interest in working alongside me......until now!

In January a family member casually piped up that he would like to support me in my business......promoting products and attending events with me. I was delighted at this as it meant we could spend more time together. In a short space of time this developed into a stand alone business....I’m so excited!

The moral of the story? Expect the unexpected..........and never, ever give up on anyone!

Together Everyone Achieves More

This is a line I heard early on in my Network Marketing career......Together Everyone Achieves More. I was excited by the idea, though not really sure what it meant.

In 2001 I was looking for a change as although I had a successful career and made good money I had created a business that left me quite isolated, working from home and often having little engagement with others throughout the day. I had come to realise that I wanted to be part of a team. By chance I answered an advertisement in the local village magazine and the rest, as they say, is history!

So what has this oft used statement come to mean to me? I have found that having a home based business in the network marketing industry has given me the chance to feel part of a team whilst at the same time running my own business.

Today I will be travelling to the Midlands to spend time with over 100 of the team that I work alongside in my business. I’m looking forward to catching up with those colleagues that I don’t see regularly, enjoying some down-time with a little fizz and some lovely food (I need another good meal this soon after the festivities!) I will also get the chance to share my knowledge and experience with others and more importantly learn great tips that I can put to use in my business.

New Year is a time where we can re-set our sails for success and being part of a team helps me to do that whilst also having the autonomy of being the master of my own ship.....the best of both worlds, I’ve come to feel!

In my 18th year in the Network Matketing Industry I’m still as excited about the future as I was all those years ago when I didn’t know anything about the industry but joined anyway as I had a positive gut feeling that I wanted to follow.

This weekend is going to be both fun and productive and I’m so glad that I took that decision all those years ago to start my business as part of a team of businesses. I love the cameraderie and support that I missed when in traditional business and I can’t wait to help a few ‘mini-me’s’ get started with their own journey......who’d have thought?

How to make a Success of Network Marketing

You’re keen to make a new start next year, not full time as you’re not a risk taker, but you want to get a new business going that can be your full time income in the future. You’re looking for a better lifestyle. This is how I was thinking 18 years ago. I was lucky because I fell upon what I believe to be one of, if not the best global network marketing opportunity, but if I was looking around now, these are the questions I’d be addressing.....

What should you look out for when deciding on your home based business future...

1. Join a well established company, NO start up company. Never join a company in pre-launch. EVER. Most Network Marketing start-ups don’t get past year three......just when you should be reaping the rewards of all your hard work! Join someone like you as your sponsor/introducer. Your relationship with this person is likely going to have a big influence in your success, take the time to match your values with those of the person who will be coaching you.
2. Make sure products are consumable and that you can be confident promoting them. Use your products and promote them with passion, retail is a valuable income stream, especially in the beginning.
3. Focus on a balance of recruiting and sales, neither one or the other should be an entire focus......have balance in your business and coach it in your team.
4. Do more than the minimum required, no-one should be doing ‘just enough’ and remember, your team will do what you do!
5. Attend every event your company has.......absorbing everything you can and being a part of the companies culture will be a fantastic support for your business as it grows.
6. Take your business VERY seriously......it probably hasn’t cost much to get started.......but treat it like you just invested half a million....that way you can expect to see the bigger incomes.....don’t play small!
7. When discouraged, that's the time to get focused......running a home business can sometimes be a solitary experience, when you feel discouraged get out and about and find some upbeat people to mix with and grow your tribe!
8 Get off the phone with the gossips. HUGE waste of time, you’re better than that!
9. Feed your mind, your mind needs food, read Network Marketing and Personal Development books, listen to recordings and attend live events. Network Marketing is a Personal Development journey! The more you learn, the more you earn!                                                                      

And finally.....10. Take your lead from those that have seen success for more than a short period and work with similar ethic and values to your own. Want to find out more about joining my tribe?  email me