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I know, I know, I go on and on about this: I'm at a transitional period in my life. In fact, I go on about this so much I've kinda realised life is always transitional, but still, here we go. I do feel a little bit like I'm in limbo right now. I know I am moving, I know where to, and in a few weeks I am going to finally see my house. I know my days in Wakefield are numbered, but I don't know how numbered they are. One of my biggest concerns about my move is what I am going to do with my job. Part of me would love to stay with the company I am with now, but parts of me craves the stability of a 9-5 Mon-Fri job with nice regular hours that are similar to that of my boyfriend to maximise our time together. In fact, something perfect in that respect has just come up. Whatever I decide to do, I'm glad that I've already started building my Plan B because I know I've always got that to fall back on. What is my Plan B? My plan B is Arbonne; my network marketing business.
Although having a little look round I've decided that Arbonne is by far the best network marketing company out there, network marketing in general just seems like an absolutely ingenious idea to me and it should do to you too. I assume that most of my readers are bloggers themselves and even if you're not a blogger yourself, you obviously care about my opinion on products and those of other bloggers too. I think part of the reason that blogs have become so very popular in recent years is because they feature real opinions by real people - they are not paid marketing. I don't think anyone really believes Cheryl Cole is a massive L'oreal fan do they? So, when we want to know whether the latest beauty release is worth it or not we turn to bloggers rather than believing the advertising. Do you know what this is? This is network marketing.
I have no doubt in my mind that you've recommended something you've enjoyed to someone else. But I'm also going to guess that you don't get paid for this...if I recommend my favourite restaurant to you and you visit this restaurant because of my recommendation, I receive no commission for this. Yet now, if I recommend my favourite foundation to you, or my current skincare routine and you decide to buy something, I get paid! Is that not the greatest thing?! I can now get paid for doing something that I, as a blogger, have been doing for free since I first started blogging way back in 2009.
Another thing I really like about having my own network marketing business is that it is a part time thing I can do alongside my other commitments. Naturally my job takes up a while of my time especially with the travelling to and from there. My blog is also a rather time consuming hobby yet I can run my Arbonne business alongside these too quite nicely. Granted yeah I haven't been able to read any Kathy Reichs books in a while and I sacrifice my music time on the bus for reading and listening to motivational audios instead but I'm really enjoying my new business education. Even only part time, you income in network marketing can exceed your full time income and I find that so appealing. It is also a passive income - once you've gone out and found your loyal clients and business builders, your income is residual and that is very comforting in an economy where no job is entirely stable.
However, the two best things about this business are not even financial benefits. First of all network marketing as an industry seriously encourages personal growth and development which is something that is so important to me. One of the biggest weapons in my fight against depression has been learning to love myself and building confidence in myself and since discovering Arbonne, I've realised just how important this is to me. I've been recommended some absolutely amazing books, such as Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway which have such important life lesson in them. I'm amazed they don't teach you this stuff in school because I really think we'd be better off as a population if we were all taught how important and wonderful we are from the get go.
The second part to this is, with network marketing you are not really building a business at all. You are building a network. I've always been a little bit rubbish in social situations and making friends has never been my strong point. Not because I'm a nasty person or anything - I've just let shyness get the better of me for too long and it has become a comfortable blanket for me to hide behind now. Joining Arbonne has encouraged me to reach out to other people in ways I never would have done before, I have made new friends and I will make many more. This makes me so excited about what the future holds!