Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Direct Selling: 5 Easy Tips for Staying Motivated

Ok, I'm the first to admit there are many days I wake up lacking motivation to write a new article for my direct selling blog. If you've been there, you know what I mean right? But sometimes we soldier on in spite of the lack of motivation and here are a few tips that work every time I need sprucing up in my direct sales business.

Here are 5 easy tips that I find very helpful, really simple, and they work ...

#1 Start smart  (10-20 mins)


In spring of 2016 I started learning Italian on Duolingo in preparation for our family Mediterrean vacation. If you're familiar with this app, you can start with 10 minutes a day or more, depending on your goals. On the days you don't do your 10 minutes, you'll get an email or pop up reminding you. 

Once you start with 10 minutes, you'll gradually increase to 20, 30, without even realizing it. The idea is these small, daily learning becomes a habit. It's also so much fun to see your progress. I've learned so many words in Italian and can put together simple sentences. Imagine if you applied the same tactics to growing your home-based business? 

#2 Use your smartphone

There are so many things you can do on your smartphone. For me, blogging is one of the most effective lead generation tools for me. I use the Notes to write articles for my blog. It's quite useful waiting in the car line when I'm picking up my kids from school. You can crank out a draft if not an entire article by the time you pick up your kids. Since I don't like lugging my laptop with me using Notes is a handy tool. When I'm done I'll copy and paste directly to my blog (like I'm doing with this article using Notes).

#3 Be flexible with your time

I've tried having "office hours" and quite honestly it doesn't always work for me because my days are busy with other family duties. For example, I may be sitting in my office designated for office hours however I might not have the inspiration to write an article. If you're a blogger sometimes the ideas come during non office hours. I could be talking to a friend who's looking for an additional income online and that perhaps will inspire me to write an article on the challenges of finding a legitimate online business. Or it could be something else. The take away here is that whenever I feel the inspiration I'll try to capture it on my Notes so I can revisit later.

#4 Perfection will kill progress

I know you've heard of this before but waiting for perfection to happen is like waiting for never to happen. If I'm aiming for a perfect article I'll never publish anything. I'm comfortable knowing my articles are never going to be master pieces and that's ok. The key is to work on writing useful articles that could help someone and getting them published. 

#5 Do what you can

I've stopped having unrealistic goals a long time ago. I have to remind myself of my priorities. That doesn't mean I'm any less passionate about blogging if I've committed to doing something else. I have to prioritize my schedule around being a stay at home mom. That's why doing what you can especially in small increments will propel your business forward. It might take longer than others but you choose to do what works best for you. Being flexible and realistic with my goals allows me to be more productive instead of being busy


We all work at different pace and that's why I love a direct selling business because you can work at your own pace.

What tips do you use for staying motivated in your direct sales business? Would love to read your comments below.

Warm regards,

Janette