Making a Living with Young Living - taking the 'ick' out of it.

Making a Living with Young Living - taking the 'ick' out of it.

Here is another part of my story…

After the cancer diagnosis that devastated our family, a dear friend reached out and invited me to learn about essential oils.  Little did she know that I had been using oils for years and that I would always get my Mum to bring me some from the U.K. every time she came to visit.  After a fascinating and super informative class I left with a Premium Starter Kit and a TONNE of enthusiasm. 

A week after I got my kit, my friend invited me back to her house for a follow up class.   Luckily, I was the only person able to make it that evening so I asked her to tell me how she was earning an income with Young Living.  After hearing her story, I was as excited as I was uncomfortable.  When I realized it was multi-level marketing, I thought – I can’t do that! I don’t want to do that! I didn’t want to feel like ‘that person’, you know the one; the one that people think are just trying to sell you something. 

But I came home and started reading about Multi-Level Marketing, Direct Sales, and Network Marketing (all the same thing, btw).  Months later I have now read many books, listened to countless webinars and purchased many different training programs (this is by no means a necessity to start this business – it was a necessity only for me to convince myself that Network Marketing was a good choice for me). 

Here is one of the first things I realized – what if Instant Pot paid me to tell my friends how much I love their product? I swear – I talk about my IP all the time and I share recipes, and my friends still talk to me!  I also tell my friends about other things that I love; like a favourite book, a new movie, a yummy cocktail, a great restaurant… I do that because I am excited, and I want my friends to experience things that I have enjoyed. Why would oils, or Thieves, or Savvy Minerals, or Ningxia Red be any different? They aren’t! I don’t go around trying to sell stuf to my friends, or to anyone for that matter! I never will.

Once I accepted this and understood the power and potential of this business model, I decided to dive right in!  Most people I know were initially reluctant business builders. They simply loved and used the products. This is one of the extraordinary things about Young Living – its members unequivocally swear by the products and become loyal to the company.   Their loyalty is not only because the toxin-free supplements, oils, and make-up etc are so amazing, but also because the company has a huge heart and supports so many humanitarian causes,  which are managed by the Young Living Foundation (that, however is a topic for another blog).

Many members accidentally start making an income because every time they introduce someone to the company (and that person buys a starter kit or becomes a member) Young Living sends them a thank you check for $50.  If you do that enough times, it suddenly becomes math… and THAT is the magic of NETWORK MARKETING!! It is simple really… you find 4 people who love the products and then each of those 4 tell another 4, and then those 4 tell 4 more…. you get the picture;  4 – 16 – 64 – 256 – 1,024 – 4096 and so on.  John D Rockerfeller said “I would rather earn 1% of a hundred people’s efforts than 100% of my own efforts,” and when you change your focus from making money to serving people by introducing them to products they love and a culture they enjoy, you see that this is a wonderful thing.

Eric Worre said “Network Marketing is not perfect, but it is BETTER’.  All of this is why you will not find me apologizing for being involved in Network Marketing – you will find me embracing it as an opportunity to create a legacy for my children, and both time and financial freedom for myself.  The income potential of this type of business is huge! There are real people out there whose lives have been totally transformed, and I want to be one of them.  I am not there yet, but I will be. It may take 4 years; it may take me longer.   If you read this post and decide to join me, it might even be sooner!  

EDITED (02/15/2020) to add: This business model obviously requires duplication. This post was originally published in Jan of 2018 and, as I mentioned earlier, I have read many, many books and listened to countless webinars; which is good - because now that I found one that actually applies to Young Living and actually WORKS - I can share it with you, and you don't need to do the researching yourself.  Here it is! Martha Krejci and her amazing Go for Gold programme.  She outlines EXACTLY how she got to Gold in 6 months - there is no guess work about what to say or do.  It is all given to you - handed to you on a silver (or gold) platter (see what I did there, ha ha)! If you use Facebook there is a free page called #becauseofgary #goldgetters that I recommend you join.  I would love to answer any questions and then link arms with you and DO THIS!! 

Here is a list of the benefits of starting a Young Living business:

  • No SELLING - not if you do it properly! I promise! 
  • Low-cost investment ($165 is all you need to spend to get started)
  • Be your own boss
  • No employees
  • No inventory
  • No shipping
  • No pressure to make quotas or sales
  • Your business can be a global entity
  • You can operate your business purely online
  • You can specialize in certain product lines
  • Earn a residual income
  • Ideal for stay-at-home parents
  • Great way to get family or friends to do the business with you
  • Ideal for health and wellness professionals who want to expand their customer base
  • You get to qualify for company retreats and travel opportunities
  • Professional development
  • Work at your own pace
  • Set your own hours
  • Tax write-offs

How does that sound? Amazing, right? Who wouldn’t want all of that? And, because I have mentioned income I am obliged to share the Young Living Income Disclosure Document.

Here are my favorite books on this topic:

GAMEPLAN by Sarah Harnish

THE FOUR YEAR CAREER by Richard Bliss Brook

GO PRO by Eric Worre

First published January 10, 2018

What do YOU do for a living?

What do YOU do for a living?

Up until this year I loved answering the question ‘what do you do?’. Shortly after graduating as a microbiologist, I would say; ‘I work for AstraZeneca where I am an Environmental Control Officer responsible for the sterility of a facility that manufactures one of the world’s leading anti-cancer drugs’. In my mid-20’s the answer was; ‘I spend the austral summers volunteering on a nature reserve on one of the most remote inhabited islands in the Falkland archipelago’. That experience completely reshaped my life – it served as a stepping-stone towards the most incredible adventures a girl could ever dream of. For over half a decade the answer became; ‘I am a Zodiac driver and budding natural history guide, working on an expedition ship taking tourists to some of the most remote areas of the world; particularly the polar regions, the Amazon river, and some of the most remote islands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean’.

I hit 30 and it was time to grow up and start leading a normal life. I met my husband in the Falklands and moved across the ‘pond’, where we chose the beautiful city of Charlottesville in Virginia to call home. Up until the birth of my second son, I had a normal job with regular hours. I still needed something to do, so I started my first business and then I was able to say; ‘I am an Independent Certified Instructor for the Baby Signs Program’. When my boys got a little bit older, my friend and I purchased a franchise and my answer became; ‘I am one of the owners of Bricks 4 Kidz, we run after-school classes and camps using LEGO®-bricks to teach S.T.E.M. classes to elementary aged children’.

Up until about an hour ago, when people would ask what I do for a living; I would hesitate not being 100% sure what I should say. Don’t get me wrong! I can talk about Young Living and the success I have had using their products for hours. It was more to do with the worry that I would be perceived as an annoying network marketer and that people would assume (wrongly) that I am only interested in getting a ‘sale’. The truth is actually very different. I don’t want to sell you anything, my job is to offer you information, so that you have the choice; to either learn more, or to decide that you are not interested. It is about GIVING (information) and not about GETTING (a new sale). So, now it is with confidence, that I will respond with ‘I specialize in teaching people how to easily and economically replace dangerous chemicals and toxins in their home with healthy, safe alternatives’.

First published September 15, 2018