Do You Want to Fall in Love with Your Business?

I know you are thinking…. “why be in business, especially direct sales, if you don’t love your products and your company, right?”  Most of us get into direct sales because we fell in love with the product, not because it was “easy money”.

Several years ago, I wrote a blog post about “Parent Your Business” where I shared what I learned in a seminar with Caryn Chow.  She talked about the need to parent our business with the acronym meaning:

P = Patience

A = A lot of Love

R = Resilience

E = Endurance

N = Nurture

T = Time Out

During the month of February our theme is LOVE, in all areas of our life.

 

Today we are going to talk about how your business is much like a marriage or a relationship (if you aren’t married, there are still some good tips so keep reading). Not only do we need to PARENT our business but we sometimes we need to fall in love all over again.

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On a leadership call this past week, I was taken back to a time when I had a vision of my goals.  An emotional link to them.  As the story of my journey to leadership was shared, I remember the passion and the emotions tied with reaching the desired goal.

So, here is how your relationship with your direct selling business mirrors a marriage. You have a passion for the products and the company. You are committed for the long haul. You are emotionally attached to the vision and the people. BUT just like a marriage, it’s easy to take your eyes off what you fell in love – maybe the company changes their compensation plan, discontinues your best selling product or your team stops producing which effects YOUR paycheck.  Life happens and the road gets bumpy….

Some will jump ship to another company thinking the “grass is greener” on the other side. Others will continue a downward spiral until their sales are gone, their team is lost and they just quit.  Then there are those who desire to find the spark.  Those who want to ignite the passion in their business.  Those who want to cast their vision into the world and see what happens. Those who want to fight for their business, no holds barred.

Staying in love with your business requires the awareness and determination. How often take stock of how you ‘feel’ about your business?  Negative Nellie is a sneaky devil and she usually shows up when you least expect it.  When the shine begins to dim in your love affair with your business, it’s time to take intentional action.

Here are five things you can do to fall in love again:

  • Create a list of 100 reasons to be grateful for your company. I know it sounds like ALOT.  It is BUT if you push all the way to 100 – you will see something happen.  Believe it or not, the final 25 will be the ones which truly touch your heart.
  • Make a list of all the people who have come into your life through your business. No matter what your reason for joining a direct sales in the beginning, the “sisterhood” is what is a big part of why people remain with their company.  It is a blessing many of us never expected or thought of.  Take time to ponder what “the sisterhood” has added to your life.
  • Review the income you have earned.  Remember, you are in this to make money.  So make a list of all the things it has provided for your family or you were able to pay as a result of the income you earned.  Kids activities, credit card debt, school loans, household bills… get the picture?

  • Look around your home and notice all the places you find your products. Consider how they make your life and your family’s life better.  Remember you are a walking billboard of your business.

  • Make one more list, “How I have grown and changed through my business.”  This one is HUGE for me.

Take time, preferably an entire day, to appreciate your business. When you do, you will remember WHY you fell in love.  Then you will be able to count the many reasons to renew the love affair. You will be refreshed with a renewed passion and ready to get back to work!

My love affair with my business may waiver when Negative Nelly stops to visit.  BUT I am cashing my eyes on my vision and ready to put a plan in place.  What about you?

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Spring has Sprung at Thirty One

I know the weather forecast doesn’t show it but believe me, it is SPRING at Thirty One Gifts.  The NEW catalog officially launches today.  Yes, we had a week of shopping from both catalogs but did you really see all of the NEWNESS the Spring catalog has to offer.

My favorite bag is the Studio Thirty One!!!!

Then you have the additions to the Close to Home Collection to help you get organized…

Want to get your hands on a NEW Spring catalog?  Simply click the link below and fill out the form…

SEND ME A NEW CATALOG, PLEASE

The February Customer Special is:

Aren’t those bunny mini storage bins adorable????  The Deluxe Organizing Utility Tote is great for an overnight trip or a diaper bag…..Are you wondering what the hostess special  is???

With just a $200 party (6 orders), you can get the Studio Thirty One purse for half price!  Have a texting party, a 31-minute Facebook party or a 3-day party, which one will fit your lifestyle?

Maybe, you want it all but would rather NOT have a party.  How about a monthly club?  Advance notice on sales, monthly happy mail and we will work out a budget plan which fits your needs.  Click the link below and fill out the form…

TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE MONTHLY CLUB

Have you ever thought “I can do what she does”?  Of course you can!  Whether you are just looking for the discounts for you, your friends and your family or a part-time job or maybe you need a break for some girl time; Thirty One may be the answer for you.  There are TWO ways to join until the end of February:

First is the traditional enrollment kit with over $400 in products for just $99

OR, if you are strapped for cash, why not try this

Whichever way you pick, I will do your launch party via Facebook (or a home party, if you are local).  Start making money as soon as you enroll.  Base commission is 25% but you could make up to 40% with the NEW Thirty One marketplace.  Lots of options to help you design a business which works for you.

Which option will you pick – joining my team, hosting a party, the monthly club/ budget plan or just shopping?

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Pillow Fight Anyone?

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Do you remember those AWESOME pillows that I showcased a while ago as part of Promising Picks?  Guess what, they are NOW available in our NEW Spring/Summer catalog.

I am so in love with them!  They are fun and the options are endless!! They are great to give as a gift for just about anyone or to decorate your home.  I love that you can personalize them to tell your own story.

Thirty One’s new Signature Canvas Pillows come in 2 amazing sizes!  We have an 18″x18″ and a 24″x24″!

Snip20160123_24The Just the __ of Us Option is a fun way to tell a family’s story.  It makes a great housewarming gift What would you put on this pillow?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snip20160123_17Our I Option is cute for everyone!!  What does your daughter love?  Or your son? The heart can be any of the seven color options for pillows!

 

 

 

 

 

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Full Circle makes a great wedding gift! You can use the bride and grooms initials in the center and a saying about their love around the circle.

 

 

 

 

Snip20160124_42The Initials option is another great gift idea! Great for the new baby, match the print to the nursery! You can do large initials and the bottom lines can have up to 20 characters!

 

 

 

 

 

Snip20160126_40 The Established design is great for the new home buyer! Add their address to make it extra special! Also could be great as a wedding gift with their wedding date and family name.

 

 

 

 

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The final option is the Together Pillow. This is great for anyone, families, new home owners, newlyweds, and anniversary gifts. It’s so timely and beautiful! Just add the family name along the bottom!  This is one of the gifts that we gave my daughter for her new home.

 

 

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There are 2 sizes, 6 pillow options, and 7 print colors!

The 18″ pillow cover is $35, with insert is $50.

The 24″ pillow cover is $45, with insert $70

 

 

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Did I mention that when you design and purchase a pillow, you will qualify for February’s customer special!  A new Tall Organizing Tote can by your’s for $10 when you spend $35!

 

 

 

Which if YOUR favorite pillow?  How about hosting a Thirty One “pillow party”?  In addition to having fun, designing pillows, YOU, as the hostess, will earn LOTS of FREE and discounted products.

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So who is ready to party?  Hope a ThirtyOne-derful day!