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Your earnings with any business are dependent on the amount of focussed effort you put into your business. What is great about the Direct Marketing business model  is that as you grow a team, and work with them to develop their own successful businesses, your business, and hence your income, will also grow as you start to get residual income. Get in touch if you would like to find out more about the opportunity and the support and coaching that is available to you.

The other benefit of a Direct Marketing business is that you can develop it to the level you are comfortable with, or the level you can achieve with the amount of time you have available. It is truly  flexible. With Forever Living you don’t have to pay a joining fee, or an annual charge you only have to buy products to join.
As well as earning 30% retail profit on any items you sell you get the products for your own use at the wholesale price. If, like me, you are an aloe holic and use Aloe Vera to was your hair, wash your clothes, clean your house, keep your skin soft, drink it as a tonic, clean you teeth and treat aching muscles and burns this is really helpful.

Silicon Bullet Forever

The good news with Forever Living is that your earnings are uncapped, and no one will ever tell you to stop as you have reached your glass ceiling with the company. Also once you reach a certain level your business is willable so you are building a business to pass on to your loved ones.  The bad news is it is not a get rich quick scheme, anyone can earn large amounts of money with Forever Living, but it takes hard work, determination and time to get there.

There are 3 ways you can earn with Forever Living – and you tend to get out what you put in, so if you want to earn more, you do more.  If you have limited time to spend on your new Forever Business though you can start with a few hours and build up.

Option 1 – Retailing

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It means that you are doing regular, steady work on your business and regularly using and selling products, and talking to people about the business. It is the base of an excellent business, and a great habit to teach to people as they join the business.
So what is a CC?
A CC is the virtual currency that is used for Forever Living so that we can all compare what we are doing across all 155 countries where we trade. If I said to someone in France that I had done £200 of retail business they would not be able to equate that to the business that they do. However if I say I have done 1CC they will know what that means.
When Forever starts in each country the company sets the value of a CC in the currency of that country.
Why is 4CC’s important?
Getting 4CC’s a month is the first business building target that Forever Living encourages us to achieve.  It is an excellent habit to get into, and is a great example to set to new team members when they join you. If you have a team who are all doing at least 4CC’s a month you will be building a solid business.

Doing 4CC’s earns you c£200p.m. from the profit from sales (30%) and the bonus you will receive (5-18%).

When you are building a team you need to achieve 4CC’s each month in order to receive your team leading or networking bonuses once you reach Supervisor or above. You will always receive the bonus on your retail sales whether or not you get your 4CC’s.

It is also the minimum required to get all of the Manager incentives:

  • Earned incentive (a monthly payment of £263-525 a month for 3 years.
  • International travel
  • Chairman’s bonus

The reason Forever Living have set this as a requirement to earn these team building bonuses and incentive is that it means that you are showing great business practice to the people you recruit. If they can see you doing, you are encouraging them to do the same as you are- setting a good example. If you encourage each new recruit in your team to aim for 4CC’s then you will be building a team that are earning an income, building their businesses and you will be building up the CC’s you need to go up the marketing plan and earn larger bonuses (and get the products for less too for your personal use).
How does it help you build your business?
For example:
To move from Assistant Supervisor to Supervisor level and an increase of 3% to your bonus you, and your team combined! need to do 25CC’s of business over 2 months.
If you recruit 2 team members who each do 4CC’s in a month that, with your 4CC’s is 12Cc’s just under half what you need to get to Supervisor level of 25CC’s to move up to 8% bonus. The next month if you all do the same, and even if you didn’t recruit, you only need 1 more CC’s to move up.

I have now been 4CC active for more than 12 months and have 3 month, 6 month and 12 month pins and certificates from the company to celebrate our progress.  It feels great to get the recognition – and we get to stand and be celebrated at the Success Express too.

How do you do 4cc’s?

By not focussing on 4cc’s  but focussing on:

1. Redirecting your own spending and use the products yourself . If there is a Forever equivalent to a product you already use then use it – I personally have an Aloe house where every product I use is from Forever Living if they make it.

2. Present the business opportunity to as many people as you can and wherever you go

3. Follow up with the products when you talk to people and aim to build a retail base of 20-30 regular customers.

If you think that this is something you could do, and you want to find out more get In touch with me to see if we can work together to build you an effective business.

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It is interesting that Direct Marketing is still often compared to illegal pyramid schemes. It is helpful to have a post like this explaining what a pyramid scheme is, and how the Forever Living Direct Marketing system differs from it.
Every role I have been in has had a staffing structure that looks like a pyramid when drawn on paper.
What I particularly like about the Direct Marketing system is that the structure of the organisation is in that shape, but that the amount you earn at each position in the structure is reliant on the amount of work you put in to developing your business, not to your position in the structure. This means that I know of many occasions where a team member is earning more than the team leader who recruited them. You won’t get that in a traditional company.
Another reason why I am so pleased to be working in Direct Marketing where the only way to improve your business is to help others develop their own successful businesses, with the side effect of helping people with their health and well being with such wonderful products.
Get in touch with me if you would like to find out more about whether this would work for you.

Silicon Bullet Forever

When I first tell people I am involved with a network marketing or multi level marketing company, one of the most common questions I get asked is ‘is it a pyramid scheme?’   I then ask what do you think a pyramid scheme is, and  the questioner is usually left stumped as they don’t actually know.  it is just a phrase commonly associated with this sort of business, and they vaguely think of it as something that is illegal and not very positive.

What is a Pyramid Scheme?

Well, in order to understand and answer the question, first you need to understand what a pyramid scheme is.

According to The Free Dictionary the definition of a Pyramid Scheme is “A fraudulent moneymaking scheme in which people are recruited to make payments to others above them in a hierarchy while expecting to receive payments from people recruited below them. Eventually the number of…

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The truism is always ask a busy person if you want something done. When you are looking at starting your own business the real question you should ask yourself is ‘why am I doing this?’ Use this to establish clear goals that you feel really passionately about achieving.
Once you have clear goals then you will find the time to do what needs to be done. It is amazing how many things you do that aren’t so important if you need to use the time to build a new life and an income.
Get in touch with me for a chat about your new future and how I can support you in achieving it.

Silicon Bullet Forever

I often meet people who are really keen to join Forever Living, but just don’t consider that they have enough time to start a new business.  You might be unemployed and looking for a job, you might be in a job already which demands long hours and doesn’t give much respite, or maybe you have lots of hobbies which take up your time. Whatever it is, you are a busy person and you don’t have any ‘free’ time.  Whatever you are doing you will be filling all of the time available with something (there is no such thing as free time)  – the trick is in deciding if there is anything you are currently doing that you could reduce or replace with your new business.

My story is that I already run a successful IT business with my husband, which has been our primary source of household income since 2000…

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When talking to people about the opportunity of joining the Forever Living business we are often asked about the cost. This post by my sister is an excellent reprise of why the New Distributor Pack (or business in a box) is such good value.
I think the more significant question is what is the cost of not buying it – to your potential to achieve your goals in the future and to make a positive change to your life. I used to own a pet shop with my husband and it cost considerably more than £200 to start off the business and we never did really break even.
Get in touch with me if you want to talk about the potential that investing this £200 could have on your future.

Silicon Bullet Forever

So, you have looked at Forever Living, and you like the products, and you think that you could work with the person telling you all about them (hopefully me!), and you are interested in starting your own business. Your next question is always, “how much does it cost?”

This is quite often a stumbling block for prospective new team members, as they may be looking at the business because they need more money, and can’t find the funds in order to join the company in the first place.  It’s a Catch-22 situation.  So how can you get over this barrier?  You know the phrase ‘you have to speculate to accumulate’, or ‘you can’t make money without spending money’.  How many new businesses can you start with no investment at all?  I know of very few.

No Joining Fee

Firstly, there is no joining fee to join Forever Living, but you…

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One of the interesting things about most professions is the profusion of different ways in which they are described. This can lead to a lot of confusion about whether you are hearing about a completely different job or if they are all describing the same thing. My new profession is no different, which has what has inspired me to write this post with my own ‘musings’ about what is in a name.

The World Federation of Direct Selling Associations says that:

Multilevel marketing, also known as 

“network marketing,” relationship marketing” and “multilevel direct selling,” is an important component of the Direct Selling industry. It has proven over many years to be a highly successful and effective method of compensation of the direct selling firms for distributing products and services directly to consumers, which compensates independent salespersons or distributors.

The go on to define it further:

Direct selling can best be described as the marketing of products and services directly to consumers in a face to face manner, generally in their homes or the homes of others, at their workplace and other places away from permanent retail locations, usually through explanation or personal demonstration by an independent direct salesperson.

Multilevel marketing” is not truly marketing at all, instead it is simply one of a variety of methods of organizing and compensating salespeople in a direct selling business for their management, training, motivating and recruiting persons who will sell their companies’ products. Therefore, it may best be described as a direct selling compensation plan 

in which salespeople may receive compensation in two fundamental ways. First salespeople may earn compensation from their personal sales of goods and services to consumers. Second, they may earn compensation from the sales of those persons they have personally recruited or sponsored into the plan; and they may also earn compensation from the sales of the group or network recruited or sponsored into the plan by those they have personally recruited. Thus, multilevel marketing offers a direct seller the opportunity to build one’s own independent business selling goods and services to consumers and developing and training an organization or network of direct sellers to do the same.

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So there you have it – I am not sure that I can add much to these descriptions.

One thing you do need to be aware of if you are thinking of joining a company that operates in this way. The range of companies, the ways they work and the products they proved is very wide-ranging. Unless you are really blown away by the products or ethics of a company (and I was with Forever Living) then it might be worth having a look around and seeing which one fits you, your lifestyle and values best. Happy  hunting.

Any comments or questions are gratefully received – and could inform future posts.

The best and worst thing about running a home based business is the fact that you are your own boss. This means that you need to make sure that you are doing what is needed to get your business to grow – no one else is going to do it for you, or take you to task if things are not going as planned.

There are, however, a number of things you can do to help you, especially in the early days when you will most likely be doing a lot of work without a lot of income coming in.

Vision and Goals

If you are going to make a success of the business you need to be very clear why you are doing it. Is it to achieve a certain level of income a month, pay for a holiday, clear your debts, buy a car or house that you have always wanted. Time spent creating a clear vision of what you want to achieve will make your business stronger.

It is important to create a really big vision that excites you and make you want to bounce out of bed in the morning – and then put smaller goals, or milestones, into your vision so you have a way of checking how you are progressing.

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For me my goal is to get my income up to and past the level it was when I was working as an Assistant Director, but rather than picturing money I am picturing the things it will give me – a canal barge, a new car, holidays, visiting my daughter in whichever country she is working in at least twice a year, able to pay for lovely presents for my extended family.

The key word here is picture the clearer you can see, smell, hear, taste and touch your vision when you think about it the stronger it will be. You must also think about the vision in the present tense – as something that has already happened and is already here, not as something that is in the future or you will never get there. This is not an easy thing to do, and it is easy to get weighed down by doubts, but do it every day and your ‘vision muscle’ will get stronger and so will your belief. Then whenever things don’t go exactly to plan – and they won’t sometimes – you are able to get through it by remembering the end you have planned.

Goals, or milestones, are the stages along the way. It is important to always celebrate achieving them and take time to enjoy this as building a business takes time and you need to enjoy yourself on the way or you won’t have the energy to continue.

Touch your business every day

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Lao-tzuThe Way of Lao-tzuChinese philosopher (604 BC – 531 BC)

You should do something to move your business on every day – as the only sure thing is that a business that is not worked on will not grow but die. The actions should be ones that actively develop the business, not just the administration jobs that can make you feel busy but not move the business on. For direct marketing this means contact with a prospective team member or customer as anything else is not developing the business.

This is not to say that you should never stop working the business – as it is also important to look after yourself and take time out, but, especially in the early days, you need to keep the momentum and excitement going.

Plan 

The final point I want to make in this post is that you need to plan and map out your actions and write them down – yearly, monthly and weekly. This is so that you can check back to see how you have done, and review which things have worked and which ones have not. This is why I am posting now at the end of 2013 as this is the ideal time to spend some time thinking about your business and how you want it to grow in 2014.

BUT you must be flexible and respond to feedback or opportunities as being too inflexible will limit the opportunities to grow and develop your business.  Talk to any business  owner who has been in business for more than a year and, while they may have achieved the goals they set themselves, the way they got there is likely to have been different to how they planned it at the beginning of the year. Be open to new ideas and ways of working – but don’t go after every new idea, only the ones that fit in with the vision you have set yourself. You may change the goals, as they may become less relevant to the way your business is developing.

This is a question I kept asking myself when I was working in an office job which meant that I had very little flexibility about what I could do and when. As my office was a sun trap with no air conditioning, the question became even bigger on the hot summer days when I felt like I was being cooked!

Since I left school I have always worked in local authorities, first as a librarian and then as a manager rising to the heady heights of Assistant Director managing Libraries, Archives and Adult Learning – all areas that I have a passion about. However, it had taken me away from the things that I really valued when I first started work, and I wanted to find a way to go back to these principles and still earn a good living. So what did I do?

When I started working I went into a job that:

  1. had a lot of variety – no 2 days were the same
  2. included regular contact with people every day helping them answer their questions and find what they needed
  3. made a difference to people’s lives
  4. taught me something new every day
  5. was not Monday to Friday  9-5 – I enjoyed working evenings and weekends as it meant I had time off in the week to do other things I enjoyed.

What happened to me, as with a lot of people I know, is that as I was promoted I ended up in a job which took me away from many of these values. I was still making a difference to people’s lives but from a distance not directly face to face.

I decided in 2011 that I wanted to find a role that gave me a more flexible lifestyle and which took me back to the principles I valued when I first started my working life.

It took me a bit of time to find the solution that suited me – and it has taken me into a whole new world of Direct or Multi level Marketing. It can also be called Network Marketing.

What I particularly liked about this way of earning a living is:

  • the fact that it can be done around an existing job and commitments
  • it lets you build your business in a steady way while still earning from another source which takes away some of the risk in starting your own business
  • the start up costs are really low compared with running a shop which was something I had done before with my ex husband
  • the excellent training and support I get from my team
  • the fact that I can use my considerable mentoring and coaching experience to help my team develop their own businesses

What am I doing now?

  1. building my own new business with a lot of support as I am an Independent Distributogarden May 2010 001r for Forever Living
  2. meeting lots of lovely new people every day
  3. helping people to improve their lives by supporting them to earn an extra income flexibly around their current commitments
  4. helping people to improve their health and wellbeing with wonderful products
  5. feeling much healthier having lost 3 stone and having the time to exercise every day and eat a better diet
  6. enjoying being able to spend time with my family and friends without having to ask permission for time off
  7. working from an office in my home

This post is the first in a series I will be doing on this alternative way of earning a living and the difference it has made to my life and that of others.

If you are interested in starting your own business working with me in my team do not hesitate to get in touch and we can see if we can do business together.

This post is a little late as I celebrated the first birthday of KMC Forever on the 5th September and I am so busy with the business and spending time with my daughter before she flies out to Sevastopol in Ukraine that I did not have a post ready for the day.

So what has my first year been like?

It has been a roller coaster of highs and lows as it is with every new business, but when you make such major changes in your life as I have done that is only to be expected.

At the time that I was first inspired by Forever Living and wanted to become a part of it I was working as an Assistant Director in Dudley Council responsible for the libraries, archives and adult learning services in the borough. I was passionate about the services and liked working for my boss Andrea and with my team, especially Jayne, Jen, Ros and Viv. However the job was not suiting me as my health was not good and I had developed Microscopic Colitis during 2012. I knew that if I wanted to ensure that I had a good quality of life and a better work/life balance I would have to do something about what I was doing. I was looking around and developing ideas, but until in August 2012 I went to my first Forever Living Business Presentation in Milton Keynes with my sister, and now sponsor, Alison Mead I didn’t know what I wanted to do.

I was absolutely blown away by Forever Living and the ethical way the company is run. The founder Rex is really generous creating a range of incentives for distributors. The company has Investors In People Gold award in the UK. This is an award given for excellent support and training for people working with or in an organisation. When I worked for the Council I didn’t even know there was more than one level, and we struggled to get the basic level. I already knew I loved the products as I had been buying them from my sister. They had helped me improve my hair, nails and skin; recover more quickly when I had problems linked to my coeliac disease or microscopic colitis and helped me to better maintain my internal health.

I went straight into work and applied for redundancy as part of the budget saving process the council was going through.

What happened next?

I paid my £199. 75 for my business in a box starter pack which meant I joined the business at Assistant Supervisor level with a 35% return on any products I sold. I started reading up on the products, attending trainings, the Success Express and replacing all items in my house where Forever did an equivalent including:

  • Toothpaste
  • Avocado Soap
  • Shower gel
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Hand and face soap
  • Multi purpose detergent – washing up liquid, clothes washing and cleaning the house
  • Antiperspirant
  • Cleanser
  • Propolis creme as a hand cream and for cuts
  • Aloe Lips and Aloe Gelly for cuts, grazes and burns
  • Sonya Serum as a moisturiser and a base for my makeup
  • MSM cream to help my broken wrist to heal and to ease the aching in it.

I started to sell the products to friends and colleagues during the long 6 month wait until I finally left Dudley. I quickly got to the basic level of retailing/ using a minimum £800 worth of products (at retail value) and have done this every month since.

What I didn’t manage to do until July was the other element of developing my business which is recruiting team members and helping them to develop their own small businesses. For me I found that my health was not good enough to take that final step. I have now got my first 2 team members though a great way to celebrate my first birthday and my business is beginning to take off.

And what about my health?

I have never felt better. Kate Before and After Nutri LeanThis photo is before and after shots showing how well I look now after losing 2.5 stone (15.8 kg) slowly and healthily since Christmas using the Clean 9 and Nutri-lean programmes. I am exercising regularly and eating more balanced and healthy meals as a result of the improved habits developed through following the programme.

I am really excited about my future and looking forward to developing my KMCForever business helping others to improve their health and incomes too. Roll on my 2nd business birthday.

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