Growing up my parents were small business owners, and when they sold their business my Mom started a career in Direct Sales. As you work at growing your Direct Sales business, while also raising children, you may worry what affect that may have on them? Let me share a few things that made the biggest impact on me, growing up in Direct Sales:
- If possible, host a party or event in your home, seeing my Mom at “work” was a very cool thing! (that is a picture of my Mom I took when she was working at our home) I got to see my Mom doing something not only that she loved, but something that she was great at and had fun doing. It made me so proud to see what my Mom did at “work”.
- Have your children help with the business, I have fond memories of sitting on the living room floor stamping catalogs with my Mom’s name and phone number on them and spreading them out to dry so they wouldn’t smudge. Let your children label your catalogs, it’s OK if they are not straight, the sense of pride your child will have in being a helper will be worth it. Plus, you can point out to any prospects that your “helpers” labeled them increasing benefits of working your business as a Mom.
- Share your successes with them, I would miss my Mom when she attended conferences or even at night when she was at a party, but she kept me involved in her successes. Letting me know she was 2 parties away from a goal or promotion, or how she got to walk across the stage to receive an award. That made Direct Sales so glamorous to me! That’s one of the amazing benefits of Direct Sales, the recognition and celebration!
- Let them know they are important too, when my Mom would go out at night to do a party, I would leave her notes on the kitchen table for when she came home, hoping she has a good party, telling her I loved her and things like that…she would respond when she got home and leave them in my room for when I woke up. Create your own special way of letting your children know that they are still on the top of your list.
There are so many things I learned as a result of my Mom exposing me to her Direct Sales business. Her dedication to her business showed me that if you set goals, took action and worked consistently towards them, you can make your dreams come true!
Now that I am a Mom myself and a business owner, I can share that one of my proudest moments was when I was able to tell my children I achieved my goal of working from home, my son beamed with pride and said “now you’ll have more time to spend with us“. That’s the greatest reward, and the biggest take-away, while you are home working your business making your dreams come true, you really are making your children’s dreams come true too!