Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Take the Job

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Raise your hand if you always thought direct sales looked like a cute little hobby, but didn't believe that there was actually money to be made. *raises hand and types one handed* Seriously, my hand is totally up here! In fact, I had proof in not one, but three tries at it. No matter how much I loved the products, how many trainings I went to, I just never felt driven to go into peoples homes with a bunch of stuff and pitch it. (Now, with two of those businesses, I was lucky enough to break even, but one was a major loss...)

So when I heard about Beautycounter, I was super interested, but my past experience made me say "thank you, but no thank you" when Jen, now my managing director, told me she thought I'd be great at Beautycounter and asked me if I would be interested in learning more. She accepted my answer and seven months later, I decided, on my own, without ever being asked again, that it was worth a shot.

But what she should have said is "take the job, Liz, you have nothing to lose."

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Why Beautycounter? Why did I think it would be different?

Well, over those seven months I kept thinking about what I had learned during that very first social. How the US hadn't passed a law governing the industry since 1938. I kept thinking about how, when I ran out of everything, I wanted to buy Beautycounter. And here's the biggest one: I kept telling people about Beautycounter. I wasn't even using the products and I would chime into normal conversations about product recommendations with information about Beautycounter.

I made my first purchase as a birthday present to myself - 4 products: Nourishing Cream Cleanser, Nourishing Day Cream, Hydrating Face Oil, and Nourishing Eye Cream. And actually the day that I placed my order, I contacted my friend who I was ordering under and told her that I thought I wanted to sign up. She dropped off her set, so I actually got to start using the products that night!

The skincare blew me away. It was amazing and luxurious to use. But I felt good using it too. Knowing that it was safer for me.

And that was when it hit me.

  • I wasn't drawn to Beautycounter because I'm passionate about skincare. Honestly, I'm not. I like it, but sometimes I go to bed with my makeup still on.
  • I wasn't hooked by the business opportunity. Yes, I loved the idea of direct sales and working for myself. But I had tried and failed at that.
  • It was the mission. It was the fact that the company was focused on doing good as means to do well as a business.

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It's still work, but it's worth it

Some people pitch direct sales as a way to make extra money without adding in that it does take some effort. It is work. But, you know how they say when you love what you do, you never work a day in your life? Well, that's mostly true with Beautycounter.
  • If you love building and maintaining your current friendships, making new friends, and being a trusted resource in an important conversation about product safety, then you should Take the Job.
  • If you're looking for a flexible way to make some extra money while sharing an important mission, then you should Take the Job.
  • If you love skincare and makeup, then this is the perfect high end brand for you and you should Take the Job.
  • If you're unsure you'd be good at the job, but are curious, and think a discount would be nice, you should Take the Job.
  • If the only thing that is holding you back is that you don't think you have the time, then Take the Job and you'll make the time.
There really isn't anything to lose with Beautycounter. It's $85 for a full year, no hidden fees like website or back end system. You get a 44% savings(up to 53% savings right now with our current team specials) when you start with the products you need anyway. You're supported so that you start off strong and can build and grow a successful business, or just work enough to pay for your own products. And if you decide it's not for you, well, then you'll be turned into a member and get all the amazing perks of that program! 15% back in product credit on purchases, special sales, and free shipping on orders over $100! So... is it time for you to Take the Job?
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