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I’ve been recruited to join many a network marketing business over the years.
My response? No, no, hell no.
Well, I didn’t say that out loud, but I was definitely thinking it.
But then something changed.
And that something was our financial situation.
When my first child was born almost seven years ago, I made the decision to become a stay-at-home mom. My husband, Ryan, had a well-paying job, so it wasn’t a stretch for us financially.
Then almost a year later, things soured at work and he left the company. We moved from Northern Virginia to his hometown in California, where he knew a lot of people and would have the support of family and friends.
In the midst of many changes, emotions, and stress, we kept saying to each other, “I bet in one year we’ll say, ‘Why didn’t we do this sooner?’”
One year passed, then another. We had a second child, then several more years went by.
Ryan worked hard, but things didn’t work out.
And we hit some hard times.
We struggled as a couple, and I struggled as a mom, daughter, sister, and friend.
I knew there was a better life out there for us.
“There’s gotta be something more”
I’ve been listening to a song by Sugarland on repeat recently because it pretty much sums up why I finally joined a network marketing company.
“There’s gotta be something more
Gotta be more than this
I need a little less hard time
I need a little more bliss
I’m gonna take my chances
Taking a chance I might
Find what I’m looking for
There’s gotta be something more.”
There’s gotta be something more than…
- struggling to pay the bills.
- not being able to do more activities with my kids.
- not going on trips.
- living in a constant state of anxiety.
- being afraid of the future.
Do I know there’s a risk that I won’t succeed with my network marketing business? Yup, I sure do.
But what’s my alternative?
I find a 9-5 job that requires my kids to be in childcare when they aren’t in school. I somehow figure out how to clean the house, run errands, make meals, spend time with my kids, date my husband, hang out with my friends, and get some alone time to recharge… all in the hours outside of work.
There’s gotta be something more.
My network marketing business
Last year, I started checking out various multi-level marketing companies. I was very hesitant because of the reputation of MLMs, but I knew there had to be one out doing it differently.
I looked at a jewelry company, but I rarely wear any jewelry. (I usually don’t wear my wedding rings, either! Not because my husband and I have split, but because I don’t want to damage them with all the kid things I do.)
Then I looked at a clean, nontoxic makeup company. I’m actually still intrigued by this company and want to try its products, but I can’t even apply my own makeup very well. I might need some lessons first. 😉
Finally, my husband learned about a clean skincare company that was changing its business model from e-commerce to network marketing.
He knows the founder, her story, and her products, and he told me, “This is the one for you.”
In fact, he’s been telling me for years that I should blog about nontoxic skin care and clean beauty. I always responded by telling him to stop trying to monetize my hobbies.
But clean living has become so much more than a hobby; it’s a lifestyle. I love to learn and share it with others anyway, so why not try to monetize it?
There are plenty of other skincare and beauty MLM out there, but this is one of only two that I can support. Its products and ingredients are high quality and work really well, plus it has the culture and values that are important to me.
It’s the one.
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What does the future hold?
In one year, I plan on saying to my husband, “Why didn’t we do this sooner?”
I’m ready to build a network marketing business.
I’m ready for something more.
Do you want to learn more about my company? Send me an email at email@example.com so we can set up a time to chat.