“The Girls in My Circle”

When I was checking in for my annual mammogram this morning, this wonderful piece was displayed on the counter with copies for patients to take. Find a quiet place and some tissues, as I share it here with you:

“The Girls In My Circle”

When I was little, I used to believe in the concept of one best friend, and then I started to become a woman.

And then I found that if you allow your heart to open up, God would show you the best in many friends.

One friend is needed when you’re going through things with your man. Another friend is needed when you’re going through things with your mom. Another when you want to shop, share, heal, hurt, joke or just be.

One friend will say, “Let’s cry together,” another, “Let’s fight together,” another, “Let’s walk away together.”

One friend will meet your spiritual need, another your shoe fetish, and another your love for movies, another will be with you in your season of confusion, another will be your clarifier, another will be the wind beneath your wings.

But whatever their assignment in your life, on whatever the occasion, on whatever day, wherever you need them to meet you with their gym shoes on and hair pulled back, or to hold you back from making a complete fool of yourself….those are your best friends.

It may all be wrapped up in one woman, but for many, it’s wrapped in several….one from 7th grade, one from high school, several from the college years, a couple from old jobs, on some days your mother, on some days your neighbor, on others your sisters, and on some days your daughters.

So whether they’ve been your friend for 20 minutes or 20 years, God has placed this “girl” in the circle of your life to make a difference.

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I shared it with one woman who had accompanied her friend being worked up for a lump in her breast, who shared it with someone she met in the waiting room who had just completed chemotherapy. It truly touched my heart and I hope it touches you to share it with the “Girls in Your Circle”.

XO Candy

More to Consider Before Changing Network Marketing Companies

After looking at Companies and Products;  Business Opportunity, Compensation and Extras are the next three categories to compare before you make the leap from one Network Marketing company to another. Here are some questions you should answer that will make the finer points stand out:

Business Opportunity

It is common knowledge that only a small percentage of consultants/distributors will make it “to the top” of a compensation plan. Does the company reward heavily for entry level consultants? Do they make it easy to conduct business with tools available? Are consultants required to pay additionally for the corporate website by which to conduct business transactions and provide information to their customers? Are the distributors given freedom to market without pressure or very limiting restrictions? Is the business opportunity sustainable in all economic climates? Can it be shared and duplicated by all? Are you required to make a large financial purchase of a starter kit? Are there samples available to share with prospective clients that are easy to distribute, and easy for samplers to use?

Compensation

Is the commission structure easy to understand, and easy to explain? Are consultants being paid frequently, such as weekly as compared to once a month? Are distributors being paid by paper check or can every one receive an electronic deposit into their accounts? Are their earnings compromised with frequent discount specials on products, or competition between consultants to reduce prices to clients, thereby creating a “wholesale shopping” environment? Can a new consultant make money right away and get paid right away for their work?

Extras

Is the sale more important than the relationship? Is there an emphasis on customer service? Is there emotional hype in meetings, trainings, and conference calls? Are those who are sponsoring supportive and willing to work along side and mentor new consultants? Are the leaders talking more about their vacations and their “stuff”, thinking it will motivate the lower levels to work harder, or are they sharing tips and advice that will help you grow your business in a realistic way? Do the leaders of the company and of the group you are joining within the company  have a reputation for honesty, integrity, humility, intelligence, conducting themselves in such a way as to earn the respect of colleagues and consumers? Do they use fear or scare tactics in their sales presentations, or bring out the benefits of the products to the potential customer? How well do they care about the customer and the consultant? Do they respond to inquiries and requests in a timely manner?  Do they enjoy what they are doing, and are they able to identify and bring out the potential in those around them?

These are all questions that need to be answered, and evaluated when you are looking to change companies.

I hope this helps you make the right decision, the wise decision, for you!

The last thing to ask is:  If you were to start all over in another company, will you be able to do so if you could not bring anyone from your existing company with you, and could you walk away without looking back?

If you answered “Yes”, then you are ready to move. If “no”, then you are not!

I answered “YES” to a new opportunity and as difficult as it was to start completely over, it was a clean slate and I looked at it as a way to make so many more new friends! Only you can answer these questions in make the decision whether to stay or go. If  you do stay, after doing the above comparison, you should be ready to move ahead with a renewed motivation. If you decide to move on to a new company, you should be filled with excitement for your new beginning. Your future should be bright whatever you decide!

Thanks for stopping by and best wishes for success!

 

What to Consider First When Changing Network Marketing Companies

A number of factors can start you thinking about changing Network Marketing Companies. Disenchantment with corporate management, product issues, customer service support problems, unrealistic compensation plan, and more can start the ball of dissatisfaction rolling.

For me, it is the first signs of something that reflects, or could reflect back, on my personal and professional reputation in a negative way. Anything that could jeopardize the trust that people have in me and that has been developed over a lifetime.

When I begin to think about moving, I create a “decision grid” or a multiple column comparison chart that answers the many questions I’ve itemized below, and many more that are specific to the positions I’m looking at.

Let’s look at the first two categories that you should be considering, and the questions you should be asking:

Corporate

Having worked in the corporate world, and in companies that both downsized with layoffs and upsized with tremendous workforce growth, I’ve become sensitized to the little things that are potential red flags that something is not right at the top.

Do the corporate leaders have a cohesive vision for the company? Do they have experience in Network Marketing, not just in your product manufacturing? Has there been high turnover in management? What is their plan for growth? Is it realistic? Does corporate value and promote success of the distributors? Does the company have the financial backing to weather an economic downturn?

Product or Service

Do you use and love the products or services the company sells? Have there been recent reformulations of products and how are the new products comparing to similar ones in the consumer marketplace? Are the products consumable?  Where are the research and development, manufacturers, and distribution centers located? What is the track record of the product developers or research scientists? Are there any customers reacting adversely to any of the products, and if so, how does customer service handle the complaints? When distributors/consultants provide input, does corporate listen and validate concerns, making adjustments or changes?

I’ll continue in a future post with compensation and more!

Thanks for stopping by!

Finding Your Courage to Change Network Marketing Companies

Here’s what I’ve learned since starting my Network Marketing business all over again, from scratch, with a brand new company.

Courage is what it takes to step out of a comfortable situation into the unknown.

Courage is what you will need, to do what you know is right in your heart.

Courage is what you’ll require, day by day as you change the course of your future.

Courage is what you will be thankful for when you’ve followed your heart and are rewarded for it.

“Have Courage” is what you will say to those who were watching you start over, and now want to join you.

Today, if you know things are not right with the company you are with, the products or service you represent, and you know you are not being paid nearly enough for how hard you work, I invite you to “Have Courage” and listen to your heart.

Changing from one network marketing company to another is a very emotionally charged decision. In the corporate world, if you move from one job to another, the clients are there, and your paycheck is sure.

In Network Marketing, you build your own client and consultant base, being encouraged to bring in your friends and family, and many others who you may have lifelong relationships with. When your heart is telling you that things about your company or the products are not going in the direction you are comfortable with, and your personal / professional reputation is being jeopardized, you know it is time for change.  Your decision is made all the more difficult because you must leave your friends and family to start anew. Even though it is a business decision, it is an emotionally charged choice that is very hard to make and act upon.

I summoned all the courage I could find when a new opportunity knocked on my door.

Once I made my decision, I never looked back. I’m so, so, so, so thankful that when my new opportunity knocked 2  1/2 years ago, I opened the door to my bright new future!
“Vitality shows not only in the ability to persist, but in the ability to start over.” 

~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

Thanks for stopping by! XO Candy

 

 

 

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