“I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.” -Estee Lauder
Here’s the truth about direct selling: if you put in the hard work to lay your foundation early on (ie., leading tastings, networking, building your team), then you won’t have to work hard for an extended period of time.
I am a testament to that. In the last two years, I did a home renovation, I moved, I broke my ankle and I went through a divorce, all while running my business, raising two boys and spending hours upon hours in rehab and therapy. Do you think those things took me away from work? Absolutely. I was by no means spending as much time working as I normally would have. Did my business suffer? Yes. I saw a dip in my commission checks, for sure.
But guess what? The business is still there.
I still made money, even when I didn’t put in the time and energy that I normally like to when life is going more smoothly. I still have the clients and connections that I did before things went crazy. And more importantly, the business is still there, waiting for me to pick up where I left off, which is exactly what I’m doing now that things are calming down.
Shift into a Long-Term Mindset
Newer consultants tend to take a short-term view when they first join WineShop at Home. They think (and say) things like, “This business is too hard. It’s too much work.”
I understand that sentiment. There was a time when I might have played around with thoughts like that (okay… let’s be honest. I have moments of doubt all the time! I admit it!) But the true value of this business really starts to kick in about 6-12 months in, when you suddenly realize that a lot of the work gets done on its own.
Here’s an example. I have a wine consultant on my team, we’ll call her Sharla, who built her business a few years ago. Sharla is very focused on her kids’ competitive dance and is extremely clear that her kids come first and her business comes second. Thanks to the focused hours she put in during the early days (okay, couple of years) of her business, these days she can lead five tastings a month and the commissions she’ll earn will average out to about $2,500. That’s her personal business plus the team she built that’s off and running independently from her.
Can you imagine working five nights a month and bringing in that much money!? It’s all thanks to the legwork she put in early on in her business!
I talk to consultants all the time who tell me they are restless, bored, or they hit a snag in their life that causes them to consider moving on and leaving WineShop at Home behind. I always ask them, “Do you want to quit now and always know that you didn’t put 100% into the business? Won’t you always wonder if you could have been more successful?”
Personally, I don’t want to quit until I know for sure that I’ve put 100% in… especially because the results that come back in this business are so tremendous. Sooooo, back to work for me! Good thing I love it 85% of the time! 😊
Are you ready to create an extra stream of income to support you and your family? If you love wine, WineShop at Home may be the perfect fit. Click HERE to connect with me directly.