I’ve found that retirement is a time to do more than you possibly did while you were working!
One day I overheard someone mention that they wondered how they ever had time to work a “real job”. I just laughed it off… until now!
I love selling Avon. Mostly, I love helping people solve their most current issue with their skin and sometimes assist as they choose gift items or daily care products for family and friends. Since I love helping people, it stands to reason that the best part of my side gig is the face to face conversations and relationship building.
Through Avon, I’ve met women who want so badly to become their own person, so to speak. What I love to show them is that THEY ALREADY ARE! It’s their perception of what they would look like, if they “were their own person”. I think what they mean is if they were energetic enough to work to become the person they see in their dreams.
When I decided to go back into direct sales, my friend asked…”Are you going to do whatever it takes to achieve (the incentive)?
WHATEVER is a big word, folks! I know, better than some, that it takes fortitude to build a direct selling business to the scale from which we would love to earn. Replacing a salary takes work… and if you want to “retire” at the same time… one would be fooling oneself!
At the same time (within days) of our notice of downsizing, three tragedies struck my personal world. ‘Overwhelmed’ is not even a big enough word to describe my life. Poor hubs. He’s so loving and loyal and knows when to get out of the way. So, I did not do the WHATEVER. I couldn’t hardly move. Or eat. Or make a phone call. It was like life had ended during those days and weeks.
Then, a former customer called.
We had no relationship outside of Avon. But, she remembered, that I knew the product she needed. She remembered that I could find it for her, even if I couldn’t sell it to her. We were both excited to visit and renew our talk about our children, her skin care need, my return to direct selling and her own plans for future retirement.
She was the reason I moved passed the disaster. My relationship with her was one of helping. I helped her meet the needs she was experiencing at that moment.
I felt great helping someone else, rather than feeling sad and overwhelmed by the responsibility and loss in my own life. She became my impetus. Our relationship made me move.
Now, we have a team. We are working a local county fair this week. We are meeting new people again and doing the WHATEVER. My calendar is full and my floors need sweeping. The landscaping team I hired need answers and the dogs need baths. I have an Eastern Star meeting to attend tonight and my wonderful up line has stepped in at the fair. I need to print more tickets to my workshop (for fair follow-up) and I have a 2:30 appointment with a young woman preparing to be a stay at home mom. I’ll be starting two new team members this week, just like I did last week. We will be counting the money together in 3 weeks!
How would I ever have time to work a full time “regular job”? Or for that matter, retire!
Being the business owner is about serving others!
I love being the owner… how about you?