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Thursday
Oct232014

The Relationship Business

What a lot of people don't know about the Direct Sales Industry is how deep the relationships run within the organizations.

From early on in my career the meetings and conferences provided a much needed break from my daily routine as a young mother. I looked forward to the annual conference and the fun we would have!!

Now as a Senior Director I host bi-monthly meetings and I love watching people come together to share ideas, celebrate each other and motivate each other.

A common phrase with my company is 'it's more than a bag'! This is so true. Last night after our regular meeting a few of my team members remained for a brainstorm session and a few things happened!

•    One of the girls shared something very personal happening in her life and we all supported and listened!
•    We all discussed our lack of time to devote to EVERYTHING we want including exercise and opted to make a plan so we can motivate each other

I left the meeting feeling fulfilled and blessed!

I also decided we all have seasons in our lives.......The young, newly married and engaged girls are in the SPRING! An exciting time for them! Creating their home environment, starting a family, just being a couple and starting their career paths! A beautiful season!

SUMMER falls with those having children in elementary school and in the busy season! Some days are perfect others are hot and some stormy!

Myself, well I decided I fall into the FALL of the year as I am in my 40's (eek) but with that comes beauty, wisdom and an inner peace I didn’t' have during the other seasons of my life! I love the fall, the harvest and the changing of colors all around me! I am liking this season of my life best too!!! I have come to realize how short life is and making decisions about what I really want and hope to accomplish! I am learning not to stress over little things and appreciating every moment I have on earth with those close to me.

I dislike WINTER very much and as it approaches on the calendar I believe I will dislike the winter season of my life as well! Although, I hope to be blessed with grandchildren and lots of time with my husband........Only God knows what my future holds and throughout all my seasons I will value every relationship I have!!!

More than the money I make, the discounts on products, the recognition or the free stuff........what I value most on this journey in Direct Sales are definitely the relationships. There is definitely a sisterhood among the women!!! I love it!

Old friends who I shared hotel rooms with while I grind my teeth during sleep, New friends who call me Mom, my pacing partner in VA who I know works for the CIA but won't admit it! She keeps me grounded, focused and listens to whatever problems I am having!!! Plus all those other ladies I have admired, learned from and know all over this country because of my career in Direct Sales!

Looking for a group that will understand you? Support you? Love and encourage you? Find yourself a DS company and go for it!!!!

Whatever season your in......keep your relationships in check!
Amber J
www.latticeandivy.com/amberjdavis
www.mythirtyone.com/amberjdavis

Amber Davis is a 17 year direct sales associate and currently director for at Thirty One Gifts.  Holding a degree in business administration and marketing, she previously worked in the business industry. After the birth of her second child; family took priority over work and she left her full time position. Now a mother of four, she believes firmly in direct Sales and the endless opportunity it provides! "I can't imagine ever returning to a traditional 9-5 job," she said. She firmly believes in doing what works for your family. She often helps her husband on the family farm. Her Facebook page can be found here. In her free time she loves to travel and enjoys volunteering.

Thursday
Oct232014

How can your Home Office Benefit from Easy to Grow Houseplants?

A home office is first and foremost somewhere that has to be designed to provide the best working environment for you. This environment has to be one that will make you most productive which means you have to feel comfortable and happy in the area. Plants are a great way of achieving this vibe.

House plants have been proven to improve a person’s state of mind and to make them feel more relaxed and happy. It follows that they make a home office a far more pleasant place to work in. It makes sense to invest in a few plants if this is the case, so what do you need to think about before you buy?

The practicalities of having a house plant in a home office

If the office is your domain, and no-one else who lives in the house goes in there, any plants that you get are your responsibility. You have to make sure that they are a reasonability you are willing to take on. This is more likely to be the case if the plants you choose are easy to care for. Of course you also need to think about the size of a plant, and that’s not just the size when you buy it but the size that it’s likely to grow to. Home offices are very rarely huge spaces that could easily house a very large plant.

What plants should you choose?

If you’re decorating your home office that’s a very good time to decide what type of plant you want. Is the plant you choose going to be a feature of the office? If this is the case then you may want to consider a peace lily. They are attractive and elegant plants and their ornate white blooms should serve to create a calm atmosphere conducive to a good working environment. Peace lilies are also very easy to maintain as long as you remember to keep their soil evenly moist.

They exist quite happily in normal room temperature and without an excessive amount of light. From a practical point of view they are very good at cleansing the air in a room, you can click here for plant hire.

If you want a few plants to place around the room to provide a splash of color then why not opt for various colored African violets. They are available in a variety of shades including pink, blue and variegated. These compact plants will provide a good amount of blooms and they don’t require excessive heat or light.

If you do choose to have African violets in your home office the one thing you need to remember is that you should never water them from the top; water causes damage when it comes into contact with the leaves of an African violet. You should always place the plant in a saucer of water and leave it there for no longer than half an hour.

Whatever plant you choose for your home office you are going to benefit from its beauty and its ability to induce a good mood.

Tuesday
Oct212014

Mommy Monday:: Tracy Czech

Hello! Happy Monday! Welcome to our Mommy Monday feature for this week! Each week, we interview a mom business owner and get to know her a little better! We like to find out how she balances life with children and a business! We also like to hear about the marketing strategies that are working for her! Hopefully, this provides a little bit of inspiration to all of the other hard working moms out there! If you’d like to be considered for this feature, send us an e-mail! We’d love to learn about your business, too!

Today’s mom entrepreneur is Tracy Czech.

What is your business?
Sourcing Handmade, LLC

When did you start your business?
2012

What services/products do you offer?
We offer an online wholesale ordering platform strictly for handmade products from small and micro businesses.  We bring together handmade artisans, indie designers, & professional crafters with wholesale boutique buyers.  Our aim is to help turn the focus to handmade and buying local, and away from mass manufactured products from overseas.

How do you balance family and business?
My youngest just started full day Kindergarten, so this has given me the time I need to focus on our e-commerce upgrade to a new online wholesale ordering platform.  I get the core of my work done while the kids are in school, but am always reasonably available after hours as needed.

What advice do you have for other mom entrepreneurs?
You can do it! Don't be afraid of failure, because learning from mistakes is part of the path to success.  Stay focused, reach out to like-minded people, get out of your comfort zone.  Keep learning.   Share your entrepreneurial endeavors with others, don't hide them.  Balance work and family the best you can.  At the end of the day, family comes first so make sure they know it and can feel it.

How do your market your business?
Social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest), some print ad campaigns, some online blogs.

Where can we find you?

facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/SourcingHandmade

twitter: https://twitter.com/SourcingHandmad

pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/sourcinghandmad/

Tuesday
Oct142014

Are you Ready to Take your Business International?

Does the thought of trading internationally scare you? Or, are you already there? If not, it could be a very viable option for expanding your business. It can mean almost endless opportunity for your small business.

Selling globally can do a couple key things for your business. First of all, it can dramatically increase the sales life of your existing products and services because you’re finding new markets to sell them in. It can also decrease your dependence on the current markets you sell in, this is especially important if you see a lot of fluctuation in sales due to season changes or something similar.

Are you ready to take on the world’s markets? Here are some things you should consider before you do.

First, have you done your research? Will your products or services sell in a different culture? Are you, yourself comfortable in that culture? Does this new audience already have some knowledge of your product, or will you have to undergo a large education component to introduce it? Can the info structure of the country physically support the needs of your business and products?

Going into the unknown can be detrimental to your business and its success. Research and educate yourself on as many potential scenarios as you can. Preparation is key.

As the old adage goes, don’t assume. Don’t assume that what is popular here in the U.S. will be popular in a foreign country. Don’t assume that everyone will speak English. You must be willing to familiarize yourself with a country’s needs and their language and customs.

Next, how will you logistically get your product there? What are your shipping options and what are the costs involved? Are you familiar with their currency, postage, etc.? Will you use agents and distributers? Also, be sure that your packaging will meet international requirements.

There really are a multitude of things you need to consider before taking the steps to grow your business internationally. We suggest finding a consultant with experience in the area and go from there. It can mean unforeseen growth for your business, but you certainly do not want to set yourself up for failure.

Monday
Oct132014

Mommy Monday:: Karen Shamey

Hello! Happy Monday! Welcome to our Mommy Monday feature for this week! Each week, we interview a mom business owner and get to know her a little better! We like to find out how she balances life with children and a business! We also like to hear about the marketing strategies that are working for her! Hopefully, this provides a little bit of inspiration to all of the other hard working moms out there! If you’d like to be considered for this feature, send us an e-mail! We’d love to learn about your business, too!

Today’s mom entrepreneur is Karen Shamey.

What is your business?
Fashions For Your Little Ones

When did you start your business?
I left my full-time job 10 years ago when I became a mom but I wanted to do something from home to help support my family. I adore baby clothing and I have always dabbled in photography. An online children's clothing store was a perfect fit for me. I am able to work around my children's schedule which is very important to me.

What services/products do you offer?
My online store carries special occasion clothing and accessories for babies and children including smocked dresses, Christening attire and delicate knit sets.

What advice do you have for other mom entrepreneurs?
I would tell other mom entrepreneurs that networking is a must. Get your company's name out there. Pass out business cards, start a Facebook Page. Maybe look into joining a small business group. There are organizations and clubs for every field of interest out there.

It's important also to know who your customer is. If you are trying to reach other moms then put yourself in front of them. An example: In my community there's a week-long semi-annual kids consignment sale. They offer table space to mom owned businesses for a reasonable price.

For someone looking to start a business I recommend trying to find a good match for yourself. I do believe people can do anything they put their minds to but it's not always fun trying to put a square peg in a round hole. I love baby clothing but I am not good at sewing and crafting. Making baby clothes was never a good option for me. I have a friend who is a homeschooling mom. She loves to crochet. She and her oldest daughter started a small business together, selling the things they make on Etsy.

 

How do your market your business?
Since my business is online, I promote my business via Facebook networking and advertising. I also, periodically, do a little niche magazine advertising. You will also find me on Pinterest.

Where can we find you?

facebook: www.facebook/fashionsforyourlittleones.co

pinterest:http://www.pinterest.com/4URlittleones/