• amyk

Shopping Through Friends

Updated: Aug 28, 2019

It seems everyone has a part time something these days. A lot of my own friends have products they sell, things they make to sell, they sell real estate or offer their professional services like accounting, art, marketing and other in addition to holding down a full time job. It takes a lot of time and effort to work part time in additional to putting 40+ hours a week in at the office.

So are we just a bunch of workaholics?

My own reason for starting a small business was to find a way out of corporate work because it no longer feeds my soul the same as my small business does. I am burned out and have been burned more than once with situations that have left my family’s financial future at risk because of the fussiness and unreliability of a corporate job that could be gone tomorrow. My current dream is the day my small business earns more than my full time job. Many of my friends are pursuing that same dream and share similar stories about their frustration, lack of fulfillment and burnout from working in corporate work. It’s amazing how many of us don’t like our day jobs and see them as just an ends to a means.

Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do. – Oprah Winfrey

The aspiration to create something on your own that gives you that financial security and freedom is a commendable pursuit. It can seem very few make it to that level, or so we are told, but it doesn’t stop many of us from trying.

Why Not?

When we see our friends start something outside of their day job we may fear they’re going to push their new pursuits onto us. They’re eager to make sales, see momentum and share this new adventure. They have found something that gives them hope and they’re over zealous at times in that pursuit to see it happen. I remember someone responding to me with a sarcastic “seriously?” when I told them I had signed on with a direct marketing company. My response was, “Yes, seriously, why not?”

If so many of us are frustrated with our day jobs why are we not more supportive of our friends who are working really hard to change their circumstances? I understand that in most cases the eagerness of our friend’s new pursuit leaves us exhausted with pressure to buy, share in their excitement and what for but why are we resistant in supporting those aspirations? It does not mean we need to sell what they are selling, simply say no thank you and move on.

What the Difference Really Is

When you get right down to it the products we buy whether from a grocer, retailer or direct marketer all have a add-on built into the price for the person or company selling it to you. So saying products sold by direct marketing cost more because the money goes to many layers of people is really no different from any other product we purchase. The money instead of going to individuals goes to companies, stockholders and royalties of the brand. In very rare situations can you actually buy something that hasn’t had other people or companies involved in it getting to you. If you think a store isn’t making a profit off what you buy, think again. So which in all honesty who would you rather support? Why not give the money to someone you know and help their family out while getting what you need or want?

The real question to ask yourself is when it comes down to it, who is going to care for you more if you have a problem with what you purchased? Are you going to count on a store to check on you to see if you liked it? Do you feel a retailer loves you enough to follow up or take care of an issue or are you just a complainer to them? Would you rather work with a minimum wage cashier who is just there punching a clock processing your return or someone you know and that you can count on do to all they can to make it right for you because they also know and love you? If you really want convenience and service, buy from your friends who have small businesses.

Interested in more?

Having been both a consumer and now business owner with direct marketing products, there really is something to the service and quality you can expect from purchasing items through this method. Additionally, you are directly helping people you know, their families and their communities. That alone deserves giving your friends a second look when they tell you they have started a small business.

If you don’t have any friends that offer doTERRA natural products and essential oils and you are curious to learn more please reach out. I am happy to answer questions and help you get the service, convenience and value you deserve.

amyk@dragonspitapothecary.com

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