Think about this scenario: if you’re looking for a certain solution to problem – whether that’s to lose weight, help with a skincare problem, hair problem, etc – are you more likely to listen to a paid actor on a TV commercial, or a friend who’s personally tried a product(s) + recommends it to you (and someone who genuinely cares about your concerns and want to help you find a good solution)?
The idea behind network marketing is that in this day of technology + constant communication, the word of mouth method between friends, and then their friends, and then their friends, and so on and so forth is the most effective way to market. Plus, a lot of people would probably prefer to financially support their friends by purchasing products through them instead of funneling money solely into a corporate company.
I’ll be the first to admit that when acquaintances or even complete strangers reach out to me on Facebook or Instagram, I was guilty of rolling my eyes and curving their offers. Every time I thought, “they just want more money for themselves, they don’t honestly care about me,” and “I’m not an entrepreneur, I wouldn’t succeed in these types of businesses.”
But when close friends started getting involved with network marketing structured companies and explained the process to me, I realized that maybe there was more to it than I realized. You usually pay a fee in order to “start your business,” and after that, the process can be as active or as passive as you want. However, be prepared that if you yourself are going to be very passive with the business, you can expect your income to mirror that. But if you’re passionate about the products and what the company has to offer, I promise, the distribution aspect of the job will come naturally (but the bulk of your success truly depends on how well you build your team).
I myself am signed up with both Arbonne – and while I would love to rave about this company to anyone who has questions + wants in, but instead of using a post to try and explain the process, I would rather tell you all WHY I made the decision to join and what I want it to mean for my future.
- I want to have overall financial freedom. I’m going to go into what I mean by that a little more, but I want to clarify that to me, “financial freedom” and “I just want more money” is not synonymous; I mean, sure – having more money will lead to financial freedom, but it’s the emotional + mental relief of getting rid of the financial burden that I’m after. It is so easy to feel enslaved to money, and I don’t know about you, but that’s just not a way that I want to live.
- I want to pay off my student loans. And I want to do it sooner rather than later. I am fortunate to not have graduated with tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt. My monthly payments are certainly manageable, but that doesn’t mean I like having them. The faster I can get them paid off, the better off I know I’ll be.
- I want to be able to afford fun. I believe that life is a lot of working hard, but also playing hard. I don’t really want to live a life where I work to barely afford bills and don’t get to just have fun. Maybe not everything “fun” thing costs money, but if we’re being honest, a lot of it does.
- I want to be able to afford retirement. At 23, I just opened my retirement account. Better late than never, but I don’t have much flexibility in my paychecks to contribute much. My representative calculated how much I would have come retirement, and let me tell you – it was a highly disappointing number.
- I want to be able to give more. Giving looks a lot of different ways – whether it’s giving an offering at church, donating to a cause, random acts of kindness for strangers or for friends, helping out those in need… and while I do have a giving budget right now, I would love to be financially able to give more to others and contribute to my community + others.
- I want to give back to my parents. Y’all, I love my parents. They sacrificed so much of their time, money, and resources to raise me and my sisters, provide for us, make sure we were receiving the best, that we got to attend the colleges we wanted… and while they don’t necessarily expect anything in return, I would love to have the ability to give to them the way they gave to me.
- I want to travel. One, traveling is fun. But two – guys – God made this entire world for us to explore, and the majority of what I’ve gotten to see of it is Texas + Oklahoma. I want to stand in awe of Him . But there are so many amazing places I haven’t gotten a chance to see, and might not get the chance to see if I settle for + rely on one source of income.
- I don’t want to spend my life behind a desk. Time is one of those things you don’t get back. I’d imagine we all have ways we’d rather spend that time than behind a desk. I can think of so many things I’d do with my time if I had the freedom to spend it how I please – I’d love to be able to cook, bake, exercise, play around with my dog, meet with friends, meditate… I think a lot of us can agree that we’d do a better job of taking care of ourselves physically +mentally if we had both the time and means to.
- I want to be a stay-at-home mom. I’m a loooooong ways off from having kids, but whenever that day comes, I want the ability to spend valuable time with my kids without feeling stressed about finances.
- I want to afford to pay for my children’s college. College has always been a large expense, but tuition rates are increasing at astronomical rates. I want to be able to afford for my kids to go to college without them having to worry about the stress of student loans.
- I want to be able to eat healthier. This might seem like a weird point, but I can’t be the only one that’s noticed that healthier foods = more expensive. THAT SUCKS. I so want to be able to take the best care of my body by making sure I’m giving it nothing but the best, but on as tight of a budget as I have, that’s hard.
- I want to invest in the blog more. I don’t know if y’all know this, but running a blog is expensive. Between purchasing the domain, hosting programs, themes, products for reviews (not that I’ve gotten to do many of those yet, but… it’s because I don’t always have the finances to do so). I love working for the University, I love that I’m a part of Arbonne, but when it comes down to it, this blog is what I love doing for so many reasons. So, if these other opportunities allow me to expand my blog as a business, I’m all for it.
- I want to be able to afford haircuts again. This sounds literally so stupid, but haircuts feel so expensive now. Your hair is the crown you can never take off, so I miss being able to get haircuts when I need them.
- I want a more reliable car. I have a love-hate relationship with my car. It’s the car my parents so graciously bought me when I got my license, but man it’s got some issues. The check engine light’s been on for I don’t even know how long, it never stops leaking, the air conditioner only works half the time, it’s got so many quirks… I can’t blame it, it is a 17-year-old car. And while it gets me from point A to point B, good ole Ron’s only got so much time left (or I’m just going to be dumping a bunch of money into repairs).
- I want to help others be their most well self. Whether it’s helping them with their inner or outer health (or both!) or simply helping them discover products without the harmful ingredients + chemicals. After all, I did go to school to help others create healthier lifestyles!
- I want to invest into my physical fitness. I get much more effective workouts when I attend fitness classes or studios (my personal favorite so far has been Orangetheory – those classes are absolute gold). But, as you are probably well aware, those types of studios cost a bit of money. Are they necessary? No. I could easily workout at home or use the campus gym, but having the money to be able to invest in my physical health by getting to take classes that I know motivate me would certainly be nice.
- I like supporting companies that are aligned with my passions. I never realized environmental wellness would be such a passion of mine, but to me, it’s become mind blowing how so many of our daily hygiene products that we pick up at convenience stores are loaded with harmful chemicals + preservatives – and then we put them on or in our bodies everyday! Yes, a lot of us go for cheap because that’s what we can afford, but it’s something that I’ve become very passionate about fighting against.
- I want to pamper myself. This is certainly one of my least noble points lol but I’m an avid nail biter. I love being able to get my nails done – it keeps me from biting, plus it boosts my confidence to have better nails. And I’m sorry, but we deserve to pamper/treat ourselves!
- I want to be able to help others establish their financial wellness. I’m new to both businesses, so I can’t attest to my personal success just yet, however I have seen other success stories and would love to help people get started with their business so they can create their own financial peace.
- I want to be able to take classes/continuing education. I really do love learning. I miss my time as a student and there are times I wish I had the time + money to be able to take classes to have a hands-on learning experience to learn new skills or simply for expanding my knowledge.
- I feel hopeful. Arbonne’s allowed me to become hopeful about all of these things I have mentioned. I don’t have to be dependent on a future spouse to be financially stable or feel more at peace with my finances. I have the ability to build up my own business and earn amazing incentives, bonuses, and even vacations. Yes, I certainly have to work hard in order to achieve those goals, but I feel more optimistic about my ability to get there now that I am joined with these companies.
I see a lot of great opportunity with Arbonne. I truly believe that with time and training it have the ability to grant me the freedom I want/need financially. God never intends for us to be enslaved by the things of this world – and it’s so easy to feel trapped and burdened by money. Ultimately, I know that He is my peace regardless of my financial situation, but I also believe He brought me to these opportunities to be able to provide a solution. You can find my replicated Arbonne website at samanthamilburn.arbonne.com!