Monday, January 8, 2018

Where Will Your Direct Sales Business Be?

Kaibo Beach, North Side of Grand Cayman

As we're kicking off 2018, imagine where your direct sales business could be if you commit to building your business today. I'm planning on building my direct selling business with renewed and focused energy. I feel refreshed and energized from an eight day family vacation in Grand Cayman which I'm very grateful for the opportunity to visit. There's nothing like a Caribbean vacay to remind me why we all work so hard so we can go on dream vacations. 

What would happen if we commit the entire year to building our direct selling business in 2018? That's my challenge to my team. What would committing an entire year to your business mean a year from now?

As I was closing out 2017 in the Cayman, I reflected on the year that passed, and what I'd do differently for 2018. 

Where would your business be in one year if you dedicate couple hours each day working in your business right now. By doing small, attainable tasks, you're more likely to reach your desired goals.

Now that we are in 2018, the new year is a great time to start over. What are your plans for building success in your business? Whatever you didn't do last year you can hit the reset button and start over.  Maybe you have urgent goals this year. If so, what would you do differently to get where you want to be at the end of 2018?

List some challenges and what you're willing to do to meet those challenges. For me, time management is my biggest weakness. As a busy parent there's always something I have to do. 

If your ultimate goal is to have a business that offers flexibility and the financial means to travel or do whatever you want, what do you need to do?

Let's start with time management and how to get the most done on a daily basis.

"I don't have time" is what we tell ourselves when we don't want to do something. We have to decide to choose to do a task when we'd rather be doing something else. It's especially hard for direct sellers because there's no one telling you what to do. You'll be have to be the manager of your business and that requires a lot of self discipline. List one or two things that is business related commit to getting it done. 

Small, attainable goals are more realistic and you're more likely to feel accomplished.

Getting it done. It's not easy to sit down and draft a blog post or making that extra phone call but it's necessary if you want to build a successful business. Decide to do it and commit to it. Instead of a long to do list, I'm more productive if I focus on one or two things. 

Small successes accumulate to bigger ones. 

Train your brain to think long term. Direct sales success is a long game and being patient isn't always easy. It's especially hard for people getting into direct sales thinking they'll make money right away. Few people make good money right away. 

Direct sales is easy to get started and can be rewarding for the right person but it's best to think of it as any other independent business. If you're selling hand made items online, you'll have to build your client base, marketing, and continue to do so as long as you're in the business. 

Be patient with your direct sales business. It'll take time sometimes longer than you might think to build up your customer base. 

Think ahead to 2018 or even 2019. Where would your business be if you commit to building your business today and every day until 2018? 

Here's to your best year yet!

Until next time, keep on.

Janette

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