I am an artist and an entrepreneur. It would be much easier if I was still an office manager or a marketing director. It’s so much easier to just go to work and let people pay you for your skills. But I did that. I was good at it. I got bored. I needed to work for myself.
I have 3 “profit centers” – I believe that I don’t need to make all of my income from one source. So I engrave and create art that I sell on ETSY and license through an agent. My third profit center is direct sales – network marketing – people call it different things. Basically, I sell things – and make a commission – and make money when folks join my team and do likewise.
Is this an honorable profession? Google it and the pundits will say no – absolutely not! You can see every kind of rant and rage that is possible if you look up direct sales or network marketing. It’s a scam. It’s illegal, You will never make any money doing it.
Seriously? I was a Heritage Maker’s consultant from 2006 – 2012 and made a lot of money. I went on a company-paid cruise every year and helped a lot of people preserve their photos and memories in beautiful storybooks, canvases, and posters. Really – a scam? I think I did a lot of people a lot of good.
Last year I signed up as a customer for Body by Vi – the “#1 weight loss and fitness challenge in North America!” Then I became a promoter – selling weight loss and fitness. Scamming people out of their hard-earned dollars by selling them a “gimmick” – and dreams of a better life… Seriously?
I am a salesperson. I sell health and fitness. For everyone who is 20, 30, 40, 100, or 200 lbs overweight, I sell a solution. Yes – we all know that to lose weight, you just need to watch your calories and eat sensibly and exercise – but how many of us do it? We know what is right, but the fast food calls our name because we are a busy society – and drive through meals are fast and easy, and actually – very tasty!
I lost 35 lbs. on my first challenge. I maintained through the holidays and the winter in MInnesota where it is a challenge to be active. I am working on my next 30 lbs. Am I doing it fast? – no. Am I doing it in a healthy way – yes? I feel better, I look better, and I am a success! I have a plan and every day I know that I will make a delicious shake for breakfast, eat a couple of healthy snacks (one is a cucumber sandwich that I am obsessed with every day), a sensible supper (whatever I am feeding Warren) and then another shake in the evening – replacing my 2+ glasses of wine and the snacks that are so easy to add on once you have had 2+ glasses of wine!
I am healthy. I exercise. I feel good. Body by Vi is a huge success for me as it is for a lot of my customers!
Warren is a good example. He has lost 50 lbs total (seriously – men lose so much easier than women, right??). He lowered his cholesterol by 25+ points, got off diabetes medication and has his blood pressure under control. No guarantees, but most of my customers see great improvements in their health – no magic – just eating better and losing weight. Isn’t that what we all want to do?
So – I am an artist and an entrepreneur. I sell engraving and prints. I also help people eat healthier, lose weight, gain lean muscle, and I am a warrior against the obesity epidemic. I am in direct sales – it’s what I do.