My First Year in Social Selling
December 15th, 2018 marks my one year anniversary, or SeneVersary if you’re a senesister!
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term “social selling”, you may be more familiar with direct sales or network marketing. Network marketing in the USA is a $34.9 Billion dollar industry, with over 18.6 million Americans participating. Out of that 18.6 million, about half (9 million) became inactive, 4.1 million are discount buyers, 0.9 million are full time business builders, and 4.7 are part time business builders. I fall into the 4.7 million people who utilize direct sales as an extra source of income.
I cannot believe everything that has happened during my very first year “on the job”. In an effort not to type for the next 6 hours, I’ve broken it down in to a few things that have completely changed since I started social selling.
Most of us start social selling to earn income. 75% of direct sales business owners in the US are women. A lot of those women are SAHM’s or Stay At Home Moms who want to earn extra income for their families.
I earned more in 2018 between my full time income and my social selling income than I’ve ever brought in before. We aren’t legally allowed to make income claims, because that makes complete sense, but I can break down what I’ve done so far.
In 2018, I have sold around $20,000 in makeup, skincare and hair products. SeneGence distributors earn up to 50% commission, so you can do the math on my personal sales.
I have a relatively small team, as I’m just getting started. We have done over $100,000 in sales collectively over the last year. Out of the girls on my team, about 70% are “personal discount” customers. 30% are selling to the end consumer and earning income.
Next year, my goal is to sell $50,000 in retail product. Now that I have a better idea of how to run my business, I’ll be able to expect higher numbers and better output from myself and my team.
Making New Friends
Over the last 12 months I’ve made hundreds of friends. I’m not talking about acquaintances. I mean actual friends. I am on a “texting” basis with a huge group of women that I’m able to share goals, successes, frustrations and ideas with. The tribe that we’re all building is incredible. We help each other, we support each other, we love each other. Having these girls in my life has made the biggest difference for me this year. I didn’t realize how much I needed them.
My Comfort Zone
If you read my recent blog post about getting out of your comfort zone you’ve already got an idea about how huge this is for me. I had the opportunity to do a SeneGence-wide corporate training on your comfort zone, and that itself was a huge stretch for me. I’ve done things this year that would have made me terrified any year before it. I pushed myself and my team, and we’re all doing things that we never thought possible.
My Personal Health
Obviously a transformation like that one isn’t just “body”. My personal health over the last year has gotten SO much better. I’m nowhere near perfect, in fact- I’ve gained about 7-10 lbs back since that picture on the right (thank you, holiday cookies!) but the point is, I LOVE MYSELF. I realize that regardless of my pant size, if I’m taking care of myself, loving myself, being positive and making good choices, I’m okay. Maybe someday I’ll get to my “goal weight” but honestly, I’m okay where I’m at. My body has been through SO FREAKING MUCH over the last 2 years, and the fact that I’m alive and well is enough. My body transformation is teeny tiny compared to my mental transformation. And my Mindset Transformation is up next!
There are so many little things that have added up to me having a healthier mindset, but the biggest impact with regards to my mindset is my career and ability to take on new projects.
I am currently working a VERY full time job at a contract manufacturer doing New Product Development, Project Management and Account Management for an 8 figure portfolio in business. I’m 29 years old. I don’t have a degree. I don’t have job history in contract manufacturing, but I’m straight KILLING this career path because of my mindset. I’ve been able to save accounts, bring in 7 figures in new business and new PO’s and I’m still working my SeneGence business, helping my team, being a mother and a wife, taking care of my house AND starting a new business that I can’t WAIT to show all of you. 2016 Ashley wouldn’t have been able to do all of this. 2018 Ashley is kicking ass. I wouldn’t have even contemplated taking all of this on had I not gotten my mindset right.
A happy wife= a happy life, right? Well, I believe that saying should be changed. A fulfilled wife= a happy life. When I asked J what he thought about my one year with SeneGence he said he was happy I had something that was “just for me”. And it’s true. Helping women feel beautiful, training, getting together with friends, personal development- it’s all something that’s just for me. The income is a great bonus, but this journey has made me a happier human. Naturally, that happiness permeates my surroundings which happens to be my home and family. Happiness and positivity are contagious. Pass that shit on.
Funny thing about network marketing and social selling. Your relationships are all you have. Thankfully, I caught on fast. Not only do relationships benefit you on a personal and business level when you run your own business, but they benefit you in many other ways. Learning how to build rapport, cultivate good working relationships and being taught to reach out to people I want to do business with has helped me in all areas of my life. I can’t talk about relationships without mentioning FEF. It stands for FourEverFriends. Those girls up there in the picture with me? Ride or Dies. Except we rarely put each other in that “die” situation. Mostly, we help each other be the best we can be.
I have gotten to go on SO MANY fun girls trips over the last year. Staycations, trips to Vegas, Seminar and Leaders in Oklahoma, trips to the CEO’s house in Cali. I have the opportunity to earn paid trips with the company as well, I was more than halfway to hitting a trip, which for my first year is pretty crazy! I missed out on that one, but I’m working toward the future trips and opportunities that I'll have to travel with my best friends.
I am working on my SeneGence Certified MUA. That means I have to pass off 68 different faces with different makeup looks. I’ve done more than half at this point, and doing makeup on that many people (and yourself) is bound to make you better at what you’re doing. I have learned so much about angles and how to emphasize or conceal different parts of the face, but the biggest impact from the increased makeup skills is the glow up I’ve had over the last 365 days.
The biggest change over the last year has been my self confidence. Of course I’m not perfect when it comes to believing in myself. I still have doubts, I still get anxiety and I’m still trying to figure out this whole damn thing called life. However, I’m a lot happier with who I see in the mirror. I’ve overcome so much in the last year. I’ve grown in ways I didn’t think possible. I have taken care of myself, I’ve accepted faults that I have and worked to turn them into strengths. More than anything else, I am grateful that I stepped outside my comfort zone and took on this business because it changed what I thought of myself. I remember when I was in the thick of the depression and PTSD after losing our daughter. I was literally writing a pros and cons list about whether or not I should keep living. I thought to myself “If I died today, no one would even show up to my funeral.” Obviously that wouldn’t have been entirely true, but I thought so little of myself that I assumed no one would care if I died. Now, that isn’t the case at all. Not only am I pretty sure I’d have funeral attendees, I am secure enough in myself that I don’t really care about that anymore. I know I’m living the kind of life that positively impacts others, and that I won’t die alone. Weird how personal development does stuff like that, huh.
So that’s it. One year. 365 days of running a home based business with the best products in the world. Iti isn’t for everybody. You have to work at it. You have to be consistent and actually put effort in if you want to see success. It’s not a “get rich quick” scheme or a scam. I stand behind my products and my business plan 100%. I’m so proud of myself for sticking with it for a year. I have no doubts that I’ll be doing this for many years to come, and I can’t wait to have you all along on this journey with me.