Ever been sent a Facebook message from a friend you haven’t spoken to since high school and your first thought upon opening it is, “I hope it’s not another sales pitch for Avon.” Or, have you ever seen a friend go from broke and posting endless images on social media of her and her cat to suddenly posting daily about an amazing new weight loss supplement she’s using? And yes, by the way, she does want you to join her team. If so, let me offer some insight into how Direct Sales opportunities like Young Living and Plexus work (and give you Network Marketing tips on how you can make them work for you too- without seeming salesy or spammy!)
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Network Marketing Tip: Direct Sales People Are People Just Like You
I’ve personally been a part of a total of 5 network marketing opportunities in just as many years. And I’m still with 2 of those companies. I tell you to say that network marketers are just like you. They’re your friends and family. They’re your coworkers and fellow soccer moms. The only difference between you two is that one of you discovered an amazing product that works first. That’s it!
For me, I’m with two network marketing companies that I absolutely love. I’m with a health and happiness company (yes, that’s their slogan) called Plexus which focuses on balancing gut health and getting healthy from the inside out.
And I’m with an essential oils giant by the name of Young Living. Young Living specializes in pure, high quality essential oils and essential oil infused supplements and personal care products.
I joined both of these companies not because I was out to sell anyone anything. In fact, the idea of sales scares me. Pushing products on people who may or may not be able to afford them. Shoving fliers into the hands of people who may or may not need my product. Yeah, sales is scary and spammy. That is definitely not something you want to be a part of. So why did I join Young Living and Plexus? Because they are NONE of those things. Let me share with you how they are different.
Network Marketing Tip: You Never Know Who Needs This
I joined Plexus last summer out of necessity. Desperation. I was literally burnt out and exhausted.
As a busy mom to six children, I was already running my own business (this blog! The Blessed And Busy Family). I was not looking for another work from home opportunity because I’d already found my niche. My sweet spot was blogging, writing. I was already able to make an income from home and to be honest, I was in over my head because blogging is hard!
I was super grateful to be able to work from home as a writer (I also moonlight as a freelance writer which adds value to both my business- as well as an extra source of income). But I was also super tired from the long hours I was putting in trying to keep my blog afloat. And it wasn’t just my blog. Parenting in and of itself is super tiring and as a work from home mom, there was added stress.
Blogging is still a relatively unknown career choice- can you believe it? Despite the plethora of jobs you can do from home thanks to technology, bloggers are still seen as hobbyists for the most part.
When people ask what you do for a job, saying you blog is almost the equivalent of saying you’re unemployed. Blogging is still thought of as an expensive hobby. Like golf. And while that is completely untrue, and blogging is a very real income opportunity to do from home, you may find a lack of support from friends and family initially. That’s where I was this past summer. And it’s added a ton of stress to my already full plate and at times I considered quitting to please the nay sayers.
Network Marketing Tip Number One: Pursue Your Passion
Here’s a network marketing tip that doubles as a work from home mom or busy mom tip. Do NOT die to yourself to please others. If you have a dream of working from home, do it. If you want to start a network marketing business like Plexus or Young Living, do it.
Following someone else’s dream for your life will leave you feeling defeated and unfulfilled. A long as you’re serving God and not neglecting your family, pursue your dreams. Even if you don’t have support from family, your significant other, or friends that have tried to follow their own dreams and failed. You only get one life. Make choices that you can live with.
Which is where Plexus comes in. Cue my Plexus Story.
Plexus Products Are About Health and Wellness (and Happiness)
With no energy, I was desperate. When you’re constantly tired, it’s amazing how you don’t notice how bad you feel until you start feeling better.
I was offered three different brands of products for natural energy. And I tried all of them.
I could offer a review on all of them, and I should, because all delivered as promised. But I ultimately went with Plexus Slim because the change was so amazing. I went from three cups of coffee to ZERO cups of coffee because Plexus Slim was enough.
I went from dragging and being cranky to having energy and being happy! The being happy was a result of finally having the energy to do what needed to get done. And it was a cycle of success. I got more done, I felt better, and I had energy to do more. So I did more, was more productive, and it made me happy. Plus it freed up more time because I was being so productive that I could spend more time with my kids!
Plexus Slim for me was a game changer. A life changer. And after just a couple of weeks on Plexus Slim, I ordered a welcome pack with Plexus with the Tri Plex combo and the results were even better. Plus, it came with a 60 day money back guarantee in the case it hadn’t worked. (But IT DID).
Get Paid to Get Healthy Alongside Friends and Family
I was getting healthier, feeling better, and getting more done. For me, I was sold on the Plexus products. They worked! And I loved that they worked! So I joined Plexus as an ambassador so I could share that love with others. And it has been such a blessing for my family.
I joined Plexus not because I was looking to sell more products or make an extra income. As a blogger, I was already living the dream, working from home. I didn’t need another income opportunity. But if I was going to use the Plexus products and get healthy anyway, I figured I might as well get paid to get healthy alongside friends and family, too. No other company outside of network marketing offers that kind of opportunity. To get rich alongside friends and family. The people that matter most.
Network Marketers Tip: Network Marketers Are Friends and Family
This mama was exhausted. I was already running my own business. I was at home parenting my six children full time. And I was running out of steam.
I had no energy. And it was effecting my kids and my business because there was a lack of balance. I was so tired all the time that even my daily three cups of coffee couldn’t keep me going. And I was desperate for a change.
So I reached out on social media to several friends that I knew worked network marketing opportunities and asked them what kinds of products they had for energy.
Which begs the question, why did I turn to my network marketing buddies for energy suggestions? Why did I not just go to Google and type in all natural energy and go with whatever product had the best reviews? Why go to direct sales friends first?
Because we’re friends and I trust my friends judgement over some stranger.
Network Marketing Tip: Debunk the Network Marketing Myths
My friends were not in network marketing to sell me a product I didn’t need. They joined network marketing because they fell in love with the products.
If you believe in the products, if you believe the products work, then you want to share them with as many friends and family as possible. It’s as if you’ve found the fountain of youth. You want to scream it from the rooftops that you have found something that works! In my case, I was looking for all natural energy. My friends delivered. Which debunks two network marketing myths.
Network Marketing Myth #1
You’ll have to sale your friends products they don’t need.
Network Marketing Myth #2
You’ll have to sale your friends products they can’t afford.
Network Marketing Tip: Everyone Can Afford Health and Wellness
I reached out to my friends looking for a product that would give me energy. Coffee wasn’t cutting it. I was dragging through my day but ironically the three cups of coffee I’d come to depend on left me sleepless at night due to the high caffeine levels during the day. I was needing an alternative, preferably one without the harmful side effects that were common in energy drinks.
My friend with Young Living suggested Ningxia Nitro or Ningxia Zyng. My friend with Plexus suggested Plexus Slim. Another friend with Beachbody suggested a Beachbody supplement.
Here’s the thing. When you’re desperate, you’re willing to spend the money. When you’ve tried everything else and you’re still looking for results, you’re open to trying something different.
Everyone can afford health and wellness- they just may not be in a place where health and wellness are a priority- yet. Which is why I ended up joining and staying with the two network marketing companies I’m currently with. Both deal with health and wellness. And everyone not only needs healthy products, they can afford them.
Plexus Slim and Young Living Essential Oils are Too Expensive
You’ll hear over and over again that Young Living essential oils are too expensive. Or that Plexus Slim and the Plexus line of products are just too pricey. But I’m here to tell you that if you think health is expensive, try illness.
Americans spend MILLIONS of dollars a year on pharmaceuticals. Medicines. Doctors visits.
Many of these visits and medicines could be prevented because a lot of these issues we’re seeing deal with the American Lifestyle. We’re overweight due to diets of too much sugar, too many processed foods, and not enough healthy supplements.
We’re inactive due to desk jobs. Our moods are dropping in part because we’re not getting enough sunlight and we’re not eating the right foods. We’re doing long commutes. We’re stressed.
All of these factors are stealing our health. And so many of us say we can’t afford a healthy lifestyle, we can’t afford to eat well, and we have no time to exercise. Until…
We find ourselves in the doctor’s office with diabetes. Or we land ourselves in the E.R. with dangerously high blood pressure. And then suddenly, we have to make time to exercise and eat right and adjust our diets and lifestyles. Because it’s make a change, or death. It’s eat healthy, or die. Or else a daily routine of not supplements, but medicines, become our new normal.
So yes, everyone can afford health and wellness. We just often opt not to, until there is no other choice.
Get Paid to Get Healthy Now Or Pay for Medicines and Doctor Visits Later
If you’re okay with being on synthetic pharmaceuticals the rest of your life, then bypass the health and wellness supplements now. Eat a diet rich in sugar and fast food until diabetes steals your health. Or. There’s another option.
Start healthy habits now. And it’s possible to earn an income while doing it.
Note, I need to say here that being with a network marketing company like Plexus and Young Living has been such a blessing to my family. Financially and health wise. You have the opportunity to get healthy alongside friends and family and get paid for sharing your love of the products. But network marketing is not a get rich quick scheme and it is not easy.
Much like any other business, you will get out of it what you put into it. You will work for what you earn. You will need to be consistent. And you will need to genuinely care about other people’s well being.
Network Marketing Tip: There is No Promise of Any Income
Also, there is no promise of any income. You may do all the right steps, and no one buys from you. Network marketing is strictly performance based. Commission based.
But if the only reason you’re doing this business is for sales, it won’t be worth it anyway. Network marketing is about people. Network marketing is about making a difference and changing lives. You have to truly care about your customers, because if they aren’t already, they will become your friends and family.
Building a team with network marketing involves follow up. It involves pouring into others. It involves networking. And friendships.
In fact, friendships are one of the biggest perks of network marketing that a lot of people overlook until they’re in the thick of it.
I can’t tell you how many amazing people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, speaking with, and learning from through network marketing with Plexus and Young Living. My teams are full of working moms, young couples, singles, and life changers. They are amazing.
And they are people just like you.
Network Marketing Tip: It’s for You
If you’ve been looking to work from home, and earn and income while staying home with your children, network marketing may be for you.
If you’ve been wanting to get healthier and get paid to do so, network marketing is for you, too!
And if you’ve been looking to change your life and the lives of your friends and family for the better, then yes! Network marketing is for you!
If my post on network marketing has spoken to you, and you’d love to join my team, I’d love to have you! And I can answer any questions you may have before you join, too! Just email me, comment below, or send me a message via social media. TheBlessedAndBusyFamily is on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. And my email is
If you’d be interested in learning more about Plexus, the Health and Happiness Company, click the link!
If you’d be interested in learning more about Young Living Essential Oils, click this link!
Looking forward to helping you become a healthier, better version of you soon!
Blessings, Tara @ TheBlessedAndBusyFamily