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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.

My sister and me - feeling great using our Forever Living products

My sister and me – feeling great using our Forever Living products

This post is in response to the regular questions I have had from colleagues and friends about whether Forever Living caters for the gluten free diet, and which products are suitable. I will include lists at the end of the post which were on the UK Forever Knowledge site in November 2013.  A Forever Living independent distributor, like me, can access the list from the UK website – I am not sure if similar lists are available in the other 154 countries where you can currently purchase Forever Living products. If they are, please add a comment to this post to let us all know.

A little bit about me

I was diagnosed with Coeliac disease in 2004 after developing a bad back which meant I could hardly walk, and with shooting pains that went all the way down one leg in December 2013.  The tests done on me to find out what caused the problem found that I was chronically anaemic as well and at one point, very briefly leukaemia was mentioned. Luckily for me it was identified that I had a trapped nerve and was a coeliac.  I am the third person in my immediate family to develop an auto immune disease as one of my brother’s has Crohn’s disease and my sister has Rheumatoid Arthritis. I had never had the classic symptom of being under weight, just the anaemia and regularly diarrhoea which always happened when I was stressed as well as being prone to stomach bugs. I had had gastroenteritis in 2000 and my specialist thinks this is what triggered the Coeliac disease to start.  I also had a Dexa scan to check my bone density, as I was in my late 40’s and it was found that I had osteopaenia, and I started the menopause early.

I rapidly put on 1 stone then another after going on the gluten free diet. I have always been reasonably careful with my diet and do not knowingly eat gluten as if this is what I need to be healthy and have a long life then I will stick to the diet. I also knew that even if I was not losing weight when eating gluten it was having a detrimental effect on my health in ways that I couldn’t see straight away. I found out the first time I had gluten by accident that I now reacted very strongly with  diarrhoea and vomiting, and also losing the ability to string sentences together (although some say that is normally for me).

Food and Forever Living

I did not like the fact that I had put on a lot of weight, but I found the thought of calorie or points counting too much while also having to check everything for gluten. What I liked about Forever Living when I first found out about the company is that they have very clear information about which of their products I can use which makes choosing and using them really easy. I am heating a healthy balanced diet (now I have started running my own business) but still feel the need to take additional supplements to make certain that my body is getting all of the nutrition it needs.

I particularly like the fact that most of the Forever products start with a large amount of organic, good quality aloe vera and then add other natural products to it.  I did some research into studies that have found that aloe vera has the potential to help people with other Irritable Bowel Disease live with the condition better. I have since developed another IBD – Microscopic Colitis – due to the stressful job I used to do, and I have found that drinking aloe vera has helped me to feel better, and the condition of my skin, nails and hair has also improved.

So, if you are a coeliac, or intolerant to wheat gluten have a look at the list below and see if there are products there that tempt you. Forever has a 60 day money back guarantee when you buy from an approved distributor so you can try the products at no financial risk to yourself.

This is a list of the products that are shown as gluten free in the United Kingdom as of November 2013 is:

Aloe Berry Nectar
Aloe Blossom Herbal Tea
Aloe Vera Gel
Forever A-Beta-CarE
Forever Active HA
Forever Active Probiotic
Forever Aloe Bits N’ Peaches
Forever Aloe2Go
Forever Arctic-Sea
Forever B-12 Plus
Forever Bee Honey
Forever Bee Pollen
Forever Bee Propolis
Forever Calcium
Forever Echinacea Supreme
Forever Fast Break
Forever Fast Break Ultra
Forever Freedom
Forever Freedom2Go
Forever Garcinia Plus
Forever Garlic-Thyme
Forever Ginkgo Plus
Forever Kids
Forever Lean
Forever Lite Ultra-Chocolate
Forever Lite Ultra-Vanilla
Forever Lite-Chocolate
Forever Lite-Vanilla
Forever Lycium Plus
Forever Multi-Maca
Forever Nature’s 18
Forever Nature-Min
Forever Pomesteen Power
Forever Royal Jelly
Forever Vision

The following cosmetic products are also certified as gluten free – taken from the site in November 2013:

25TH Edition Cologne Spray for Men
25TH Edition Perfume Spray for Women
Aloe Activator
Aloe Bath Gelee
Aloe Body Conditioning Creme
Aloe Body Toner
Aloe Cleanser
Aloe Ever-Shield
Aloe First
Aloe Heat Lotion
Aloe Jojoba Shampoo
Aloe Lips with Jojoba
Aloe Liquid Soap
Aloe Lotion
Aloe Moisturizing Lotion
Aloe MSM Gel
Aloe Propolis Creme
Aloe Sunless Tanning Lotion
Aloe Sunscreen
Aloe Sunscreen Spray
Aloe Vera Gelly
Aloe Veterinary Formula
Avocado Face & Body Soap
Firming Day Lotion

This post has been written by my daughter about he experience with the medical systems in England and Ukraine. I have to say that Ukraine wins hands down- 10 days to get a diagnosis of ulcerative colitis after the National Health System in England had taken 8 months to get nowhere.
The moral of the story is to listen to your body and keep going to the doctors until you get a resolution to a medical issue.
I am extremely proud of her as she has kept working throughout this experience, including changing jobs and moving to a new country. She would not have coped so well in Ukraine without an absolutely fantastic new boss who, with her husband, have given her a lot of support – especially as Sandra has not learnt enough Russian yet to navigate the medical system.
What makes this worse is that our family have a history of auto immune gut problems – I am a coeliac and also have microscopic colitis, one of my brother’s has Crohn’s. My sister has another auto immune disease – rheumatoid arthritis. In light of this the lack of a referal to a gastroenterologist in England is amazing to me. At least in Ukraine you can to straight to the specialist without having to go through a general doctor.
I hope that her experiences help you to have a better result from the NHS even if you have to be persistent.

Sandy Millin

This post is going to pretty personal, won’t mince words, and doesn’t really have anything to do with teaching, but I wanted to share it to get it out of my system. Feel free to skip it, or to scroll down to ‘The moral of the story’.

(Bear with me – there is a point to this, and a reason I’m telling you in such detail…)

What happened?

In December 2012 I was off work for a month with diarrhoea, which I believed was brought on by exhaustion (a lack of holidays during the year – my own fault because I filled it with London 2012 and Delta) and stress (Delta again). I went to the doctor a few times and they gave me various tests, including a blood test for coeliac, which my mum has, and another for iron – low iron is also a family problem. The coeliac…

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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.

Just a quick post today with a Coeliac theme as I really wanted to share my good experience with this cafe. They understood my needs and had a range of food so that I had a good choice. Add to that a lovely location in the harbour with views of Shotley, Felixstowe and the ferries going to Parkeston. What more could a water loving Coeliac need.