Category: Direct Sales

What does it mean to work from home?

I work from home.  There’s a number of ways you can work this type of business, but for me, I do about 12 vendor shows a year, mostly work my business online, and sometimes do in-home parties.  With the ever-changing “algorithm” to deal with, and rural internet service, online work can be a challenge.  I’ve done a number of online parties, where I intended to do a live video.  Thankfully, I have a pre-recorded video stored on YouTube, I can link to when I’m in a pinch.

Imagine my surprise when my live actually worked last week!

LydiaPartyVidScreenShotAll that to give you an idea of what it means to work from home.  So here’s the scene…

I did my live video outside, on the back porch, because my daughters & husband were watching Hello Dolly (rather loudly) in the house.  I called one of the clips by the wrong size.  Goats were bleating in the background.  Sometime, when I turned around to show my hair, I was out of the screen.  My son walked in on the video, then wiped his mouth on his arm in the background.  At least he wasn’t picking his nose, right?  Then a goose started honking loudly.  All that happened within a 10 minute video.

Obviously, working from home is not always picture perfect!  If you’re waiting for everything to be in order before you start your work from home business, you’re going to be waiting forever!

But if you don’t get started, you’ll never be a business owner!  And you’ll never be growing a real business!  It’s work and it’s real life.  It’s balancing homeschool, customer follow-up, and healthy meals.  It’s things not always going as expected.  It’s stretching out of your comfort zone, but the freedom to do it from your comfort zone, with all the craziness going on around you.  It’s earning the title, “work from home mom.”  It’s teaching children to be entrepreneurs, to be responsible, and how to put labels on materials straight.  It’s having a cheering squad in the back seat when you open an incentive award package at the post office.  It’s teaching them that success is within reach, without giving up bedtime prayers.

“Network marketing isn’t perfect; but it is better!” – Eric Worre

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Ready, Set, Win!

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The Pacific Ocean at Laguna Beach

I just got home from an ahh-maze-ing weekend in Southern California!

Our company national convention was what took me across the country, and boy, was it worth it! If you’re in direct sales, you NEED to attend your company conventions! There is such an energy and excitement that comes from these events, and in my company, it’s like a family reunion for our family of Stylists. Of course, there is valuable training and new products that come along with convention, too!

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My Team Leader’s Brunch

The most exciting announcement at our convention was the introduction of a New Stylist Ready Set Win program! I know many companies already have programs for success in the first three months, but this was new for us and HQ did a bang up job on this program! AND… just wait till you hear what they did for us!!

HQ is giving all, yes ALL, current Stylists the opportunity to go through the program, starting May 1! Who does that?! They love us so much and are so generous with us!!!

I know you’re dying to know, so here’s what can be earned through the Ready Set Win program (and this will be available to all New Stylists at the time of their sign-up, to help get your new business off to a great start):

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  • First Full Month – Bring a friend with you into the business! Studies show that when you start a new business with a friend, you both achieve success together! Enroll 1 new active Stylist in your first full month and earn the Lilla Bag display purse! ($80 value)
  • First Full Month – Reach $350 in Personal Volume (PV) and earn a $75 Inventory Shopping Spree! (Easily achieved with your Grand Opening and 1 additional home party/Style Up!)
  • Second Full Month – Reach $525 in PV and earn a $100 Inventory Shopping Spree! (Easily achieved with 2-3 Style Ups!)
  • Third Full Month – Reach $700 in PV and earn a $150 Inventory Shopping Spree! (Easily achieved with Style Ups, and perhaps a craft/vendor show!)
  • Winning Start – Reach a cumulative $2,000 in the first three months and enroll a cumulative 3 active Stylists to earn a sterling silver Lilla Rose necklace!

And don’t forget, if those New Stylists select the Fast Start kit, that’s a $200 bonus check in your pocket!

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My Team at the Purple Party

Now you see why there was such excitement at Convention? The room went crazy! It’s such a great program to boost sales and grow a team at the same time! And that bag… well, after all, it is purple!

Lilla Rose also provides a training guide to help you achieve each step, weekly training calls, a free website for online sales, a community of helpful and encouraging Stylists, and an upline sponsor (me!) that loves to see others succeed!


Want to hear from other Lilla Rose Stylists as well? I’d love to add you to our no-pressure testimony group on FB! Comment to connect with me so I can invite you to the private group.

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If you’re interested in my own personal story of becoming involved in this direct sales business opportunity, click here.

My journey to earn extra income while being a stay-at-home Mom

Way back before I ever ventured onto Facebook, I was a blog reader.  Specifically, I read mommy blogs, homemaking blogs, things like that.  One product kept popping up in my favorite homemaking blog.  The blogger, whom I’d never met, but had grown to trust, raved about this product and had developed a relationship with the lady that was selling these hair thingies.  She raved about their ease of use and comfort for the long days of mommying and homemaking.  She even shared photos of the lady’s daughters using the same product!

At this time, I had two little girls, and had dabbled in bow-making.  The bows turned out pretty awesome, if I do say so myself, but were time consuming and always had to buy more ribbon (a whole spool!) to match every outfit that I wanted to match!  Perhaps, I though, these clips would work for me and my daughters, too.

So for months, I entered giveaway after giveaway.

Apparently, I’m not that lucky.

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These are some of the beautiful hairstyles I was seeing back then in my giveaway stalking days!

Finally, I got sick of the failure and decided to just buy one.  I’m always looking for a deal, and upon further investigation, I discovered this was a direct sales company, and the kit was really affordable!  Just $50 gave me 5 of these hair thingies!  So I did it.  I became a “kit nabber,” as I discovered later.  😉

Fast forward a few months.  I had been enjoying wearing my fancy new clips!  They looked so much nicer than the old, hairspray crusted clip that I’d been wearing since college.  (Yes, I wore the same clip, in the same hair style, every day for years.)  And while I say “fancy,” listen girls, I’m still a farm girl.  I’m not into fancy.  But these were fancy enough for me to call them fancy, without being too fancy for me.

An opportunity came up for me to do a Memory Walk fundraiser in memory of my Mom, whom I had lost to cancer the year before.  That was the day I changed from “kit nabber” to “Independent Stylist” aka home business owner.

When I saw how other women reacted to these hair thingies, I knew it wasn’t a fluke.  They came into my home skeptical.  I heard, “Nothing ever works in my hair, but you’re welcome to try.  It’s for a good cause.”  “My hair is too thick.” “My hair has gotten too thin.”  Every single woman that came to my home that night was amazed that they had found a product that worked for them!

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This is me in some of my earliest hair selfies!

Since then, I have embraced my home-based business!  I did what I saw, and started contacting all the other blogs I followed about introducing these products.  I grew my online customer base.  I had another baby girl.  My husband stepped up to the plate and gave me days off from mom duty to pursue my business at craft shows a few times a year.  Then I worked to convert those show customers into repeat online business.

Over the years, I’ve done only a handful of in-home parties, mostly for friends and a few repeat customers.  I enjoyed getting out of the house and meeting grown-ups!  If you’re a mom, you can get that!  We decided to do more and bigger shows in order to grow my business when my husband was able to take the Saturday off.  I began learning all I could about Facebook parties (which we call boutiques) and began developing business in that arena.  These were even better, because I could do them from home, even when my husband was working, while the kids were asleep down the hall!

Since joining in 2011, I have promoted from Consultant (now referred to as Stylist) to Supervisor to Manager, with a team of over 200.  I try to average 12 craft shows a year now, and as many online boutiques as I can.

Why do I love this company so much?

To keep reading the rest of the story, click here…