Branching out on your own, especially in alternative health territory, or some other field that is up-and-coming or of which little is known, can certainly be intimidating. Spending just a little time in research and reflection before you begin will allow clarity and confidence to radiate through your business from day one.
I chose to develop my small business through Young Living Essential Oils . I had to discover passion for a product that I love and a company that I trust. I was looking for a place where my personal health needs were being met. I was also interested in financial opportunity.
Following are the steps I took to become an Executive level Independent Distributor with Young Living Essential Oils and Business Owner of Lil Shop of Oils, LLC.
Recognize Your Strengths, Consider Your Weaknesses
Take time to try new things. Research, ask questions, talk with your closest confidants. Secure one or two great mentors, business-minded people with similar goals as yourself. Find what it is that you can share passionately, honestly and with complete integrity to anyone and everyone that you meet. If you are not able to completely immerse yourself in what you are sharing, your business will never work.
Develop Your Business Plan, Write Down Goals
In your business plan, avoid added expenses by using your product, wearing your product and having your friends and family do the same. This could also be a service you offer. Continue to utilize your product or service daily. You are your biggest ally and this means you need to be your own marketing department. Your actions will speak more clearly than anything else you could possibly try!
Write down your goals and create a task list with your mentorship. This allows for accountability and structure.
Know Your Product or Service, Share Your Passion
It is easiest to first share your business goals and services with your close family and friends. This will enable you to build your confidence when speaking and explaining your product or service. Once I was comfortable sharing my business, I reached out to a broader community of like-minded people on social networking sites such as Facebook and Pinterest .
Get out into your local community by signing up for church bazaars, festivals, even farmers markets.
Establish a Solid Mentorship, Engage in Partnerships
It is ridiculous to think you can have a successful business without solid relationships. Be prepared to share, share, share! On the phone, on your social networking sites, lunch meetings, coffee breaks, in-home classes, any or all of the above, you need to be in good communication and building healthy relationships and friendships.