My name is Sheri and I am a married mother of 3 who lives in TN. I currently work part time outside the home while building my business so that I can provide a better life for my family.
I got into Direct Sales about 2 years ago after losing my job when the economy took a turn for the worst. I started with AVON and eventually moved on to other things that work better for me. I am now an Independent Consultant with Scentsy Wickless Candles (http://sensiblearomas.com).
I remember when I first started promoting my business online I made alot of mistakes. It was a trial and error type deal. I took some much needed advice and started working really hard at social networking. I remember thinking that it was going to be really easy to sell AVON because everyone knew about them and those that had been with the company for years made it sound so easy. I soon found out that even though it is a well known company it was still MY business and it took work.
After moving on to another company that was better suited to me and something that I really had a passion for I learned a few more things. Passion is one of the keys to success. You have got to really like what you do and be passionate about the product if you are going to be successful in your business. This comes with any business. If you don't like it chances are you are not going to succeed. No one wants to talk about something they don't like and people can tell (even on the internet) when you are passionate and when you are not.
I learned that no matter what business you are in it takes work. Just like with a regular job where you receive a paycheck, you have to go to work for your business to be successful. I mean think about it you wouldn't get a paycheck from a large employer if you weren't showing up to work right? If you are not willing to work your business then there is another reason you won't be successful.
I have also learned that in order to be successful you need to build relationships. You need to build some sort of relationship with everyone you come in contact with. One mistake I made early on was pushing my sales pitch right off the bat. Well that just doesn't work. Especially when doing business online. People want to get to know the person behind the product and know that they can trust you before they will do business with you. This is where social networking comes in. Get to know people, build relationships, get to know about them and what they do before you start pitching your business to them. Take time out to find out who they are, what they like, and what they are looking for. Don't stop there though, keep that relationship going. Don't think that you have done all you needed to do and the rest of the time you can just send them an ad and all will be well. That is not the case. You need to keep a non business relationship with them so they understand that you are not only concerned with how much money they will spend with you.
I also learned that blogging is a vital part of doing business online. Blogging is your way of interacting with your customers, recruits and potential customers and recruits without having to send out an email everyday. You can blog about monthly or weekly specials and keep everyone up to date. You can blog about the business opportunity and how it works. This is a great way to go into detail about products and things that they will not find on your website.
One important thing to remember is that nothing happens overnight. There is not a business person in this world that became successful in 24 hours. They have all had to work for what they have an where they are. It takes hard work and determination. Don't give up even when you feel like there is no other option. The more you keep at it the better it gets. It may take months or even a year or so of talking to someone before they actually make a purchase from you or join your team. Just keep at it and don't let anyone or anything stand in the way of YOU achieving YOUR goals. Know your why and repeat it to yourself often and you will surely succeed
I have come a long way over the last 2 years due to alot of hard work. I now run 3 blogs, Miracle Momas (http://miraclemomas.net), One Busy Moma (http://onebusymoma.com), and Bailey's Bargain Bin (http://baileysbargainbin.com)
So remember to keep it up and always remember that you are not alone and you don't have to do it alone. Be sure of who you are working with, get to know others and most important don't let anything stop you if you truly want success.
"If I stand alone I will fail, but, if we all stand together we can achieve anything"
One Busy Moma