Sunday, January 22, 2012

Living your dreams

Lately, there has been an influx of email, Facebook posts and texts from people I know that are wanting and needing to make extra money to help out with their living expenses.  Some have been looking for work for a few weeks, others a few months and yet many others have been laid off for more than a year and can't seem to find a job.

With that being said, I usually give them a few ideas about non-traditional jobs they can do that will bring in some cash immediately, especially for those that are in dire straits and need to pay their rent/mortgage/car payment or they will lose these vital and very basic necessities.

Since I left my job voluntarily over 6 years ago, I've seen, mentored, and trained a slew of people that really wanted to do something about their financial situation.  I don't mean to say that all of those that have asked for guidance/advice don't want to do something; just that they don't do it, for whatever reason.

Just this past Friday, I had a young mother tell me she has got to find a job to help out her young husband with paying their bills.  He's a soldier and was deployed to Afghanistan but had to take an early leave to be with her as she has been ill and in a lot of pain and cannot take care of their 1 yr old son by herself.

She stated she had landed a job last fall at Victoria's Secret but when they saw she could not lift heavy boxes or stand for long periods of time, due to her illness, they told her it would be best for her to find another job.  I mentioned to her that she could write her own paycheck.  How much does a clerk make at one of those stores?  Not very much, I'm sure.  I explained to her that she could make either $8 or even $10/hour at one of those stores or she could write her own paycheck.

When I explained to her that she could do direct sales, the girl asked me what that was!  It just goes to show that there are so many people out there that have not an inkling of the possibilities and the great rewards that can be had when they give direct sales the chance to provide them the freedom of building an empire that is directly in proportion to how smart you work.

How much do you think YOU are worth?  Are you willing to put forth the effort that will give you financial freedom?  Are you going to make the excuse that there are too many people doing Avon already, or Mary Kay, or Pampered Chef or Scentsy or Stampin' Up or whatever else you enjoy doing?  You need to stop that mentality and stop it now!  If you don't stop it, you will always be sitting there looking for the next $8/hr gig.  With inflation being the way it is, that won't get you very far.  Just stating facts here.  You can if you really want it.

On the other hand, there are those like myself that just want to do something that will be fun and rewarding and get them out of the house for a little while and the extra money is just the icing on the cake.  In reality, people like me don't really have the burning desire, I don't believe, like those that really need the money to pay their bills.  Why do I say this?  Simply because I know that whether I do a jewelry party or a skincare party or even a simple basket party with wickless candles, I know that my bills are still paid (thank you God for providing my husband a good job). It is the way to work smarter not harder.

You don't have to know how to sell, nobody is born knowing how to sell.  There is no need to think that you have to be a hard sell, I dislike pushy sales people just as much as the next person.  You do have to love the product/service you provide.  When you get your mindset in the right place, you will succeed.  In direct sales, you - the seller - are providing a service that the public needs, they are not doing you a favor by placing an order for product that they want/need.  Once you get that thought right in your head, you will excel at whatever you wish to do.  It doesn't just apply to direct sales, it applies to any service you wish to provide, eg house cleaning, babysitting, sewing, cooking meals; whatever you desire to do.

People that have a very important WHY are the people that will more than likely be most successful at direct sales.  They will have the drive because they want to put food on the table and pay for their shelter and vehicle.  If they really want to work hard, they have a choice to line the pockets of corporate executives by working for a company or they can instead choose to build their own business and add the results of their hard work to their own personal bank account instead.

So you see, you do have a choice.  Living your dreams is within your reach, if you really want it.  The ball is in your court.  Let me know if I can help.  Blessings to all and may you all be living your dreams real soon!

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