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It seems that mums these days are being bombarded on a daily basis with offers to join multi-level-marketing businesses. I am not here to talk them down or to warn anyone away from signing up with one. In fact, I have looked closely at a few of them myself. But they are not for everybody, and I’ve decided that that model is most definitely not for me.
Honestly, I think I would fail dismally at it. For two main reasons.
Because I’m a control freak. And because I’m an introvert.
I want control over my brand and it’s messaging.
I can operate my business in a way that feels authentic to me. I’m not dictated to, or tied to any particular terms with any large company. If I work for an MLM then I wouldn’t have control over how I brand myself and my products. I have full creative licence and I can take my business in any direction I want to. Say if I was to spend the months and months building up an MLM business, recruiting my little butt of and building a team, convincing my friends to buy my products and hope for repeat business. Then imagine if that company suddenly started having their products made overseas, or in a way that didn’t align with my values, then I wouldn’t have any control over that. I would have to give up that business and start from scratch again.
I want control over what I sell.
There is no one else offering exactly what I offer. No one in the world has exactly the same service or product as me. In an MLM business there are most likely many others offering literally the exact same product. For me, my satisfaction comes from developing really unique products and services that I feel so passionately proud of because I’ve created it. Everything I’ve created has been like another one of my children. That can be challenging in itself, but if I was in a MLM business there could be certain products that the company has that I don’t completely love. Selling them would feel really disingenuous to me.
When it’s your own ‘thing’ that you’re sharing with the world then you can hand-on-heart tell people exactly where it comes from and how it’s made. Say if there was some dodgy media around a particular MLM product, I would hate finding myself having to answer to people about it when I actually have no control over how the company operates. I remember when the new model Thermomix came out. The consultants had recent customers feeling very upset, when in fact those consultants had been given zero notice of the new model coming out. I am WAY to much of a control freak to be able to operate like that. I had a dear friend who was doing really well with a party-plan style business, but then suddenly they went belly-up! She was left out of pocket and with unfilled customer orders. Luckily for her she didn’t lose as much as so many others did.
I want control over how much I sell it for.
I would hate being told how much to sell my stuff for. Having a quiet week? I can have a snap sale whenever I want. I can advertise wherever I like. I can even give away my services whenever I like because I know someone who needs my help and can’t afford it. I can do that because it’s mine, and my choice.
I want the profits!
It would bother me way too much that so much of the profits are going straight to multi-national corporations. My clients pay me directly. They dont pay a big company who then passes along my little slice. Every single cent of my profit goes into my pocket and to my family. My products aren’t overpriced because there are not layers and layers of commissions and people who need to get their percentage. There’s just me. I can discount my products or increase my pricing whenever I like, and the only person who’s profit margin is affected is mine.
All the people.
I’m a natural introvert, which means I would struggle with the community based aspect of MLM. Networking is challenging for me. Reaching out, recruiting downlines and attending big, loud expos is not my thing. Being in big groups of people and doing small-talk drains my energy. Extroverts thrive in that environment, but for many who have tried MLM and not succeeded, I think it’s often because they found that part of it too overwhelming.
I choose who I work with.
I can bring on staff when I need to, that I can teach and develop them to do things the way I need. I can have a tiny little team and still make great money. One of my biggest fears in doing MLM was that I’d alienate my friends. It doesn’t happen for everybody, but I know that for some people it has. Their own friends have dropped off and they’ve formed new friendships within the MLM business. For me it’d feel strange, like they’re my friend but also they’re making money from having recruited me into this thing. Say if I were to decide it’s not for me and pull out I wonder what that then means for the friendship. I prefer to keep my friendships as quite seperate to my business. (That being said, my best friend is my VA – but she has her own business and I have mine. I pay for a service. No one is making money from each other.)
My growth is not limited.
At any point I could sell my business, or even franchise it if I want to. I’m working to grow MY brand, not someone else’s. In an MLM business you learn sales and marketing and recruitment tactics for that particular product. You might be a ’sole trader’ but I don’t believe you really get an opportunity to learn about business. To be able to say in your resume that you built a bonafide business from scratch, is incredibly valuable. It takes work, dedication and a heap of self-belief, but it’s not as hard as so many think.
Women are starting amazing businesses based on incredible concepts, left right and centre. It’s an exciting time. Joining an MLM is absolutely a valid option, but it’s not the only option. If you have admin skills and a desire to help people, you could very easily do what I do and build a thriving business creating gorgeous resumes for people. (Resume School opens on 1st October. Find out more here.)
If you’re a fellow control freak, a fellow introvert, or just want some help getting your home-based business idea off the ground, I’d love to work with you in Biz Mum Bootcamp. If you just want a traditional J.O.B, then Back to Work Bootcamp is the place to be.
Please know that this is purely my own account and my own thought processes around a business structure that works for me. Opinions are a very personal thing, and I’m purely sharing the spirit of sharing. Good vibes only as always!
Much love, Carlie xx
THREE WAYS TO GET MORE ENERGY.
(Hint: None of them are coffee!)
Do you feel like you never have enough time to do the things you want to do? Or is it really about energy?
In the three part live online workshop we will go deep on three major factors that naturally have a huge effect on your energy and your ability to get things done.
People… Does time with groups of people drain you or energise you? Do certain people lift you up, while others subtley pull you down? We’ll explore how, why and what to do about it.
Places… Your environment has a huge effect on your energy. Is clutter keeping you stuck? How can you clear the energy around you to shed what’s pulling you down?
Oh yeah… and your Period. What???
Bear with me… My life changed when I became aware of my cycle and how it effects your energy. My to-do list is always built with my cycle in mind. Some weeks are best for brainstorming, some for positive action, some for communicating and some for clearing the clutter – physically AND mentally!
This is life changing stuff. If you’re feeling stuck and know you’re capable of more in this life, then tune in.
Thanks for watching!
A caring nature
Great resume writers are genuinely in it to help people. They need to be able to draw information out of a person in a really natural way. Are you the person people want to come and talk to about things? Great! When people come to you for a resume they are often at a pivotal point in their life. You have the honour of being with them on part of that journey. If you can be patient, nurturing and a good listener, you’ll find it easy to really draw out the information that is important.
People generally aren’t good at writing about themselves. Do you always look for the good in people? That’s what a resume writer needs to do. You look for what’s great about each person and you put it into their resume. It’s actually a really beautiful thing to be able to do for someone. There is nothing I love more than getting an email back from a client saying ‘Wow, you make me sound so awesome! I’m feeling so much more confident now, thank you!’
As a resume writer you work 100% for yourself and your clients. There is no boss saying you need to do certain things at a certain time. You may have many clients on the go at once. You’ll need to be well organised and set goals for yourself to get your resumes to your clients. You’ll also need to keep track of where each of your clients are at. Some might be still gathering info, some might be reviewing their first draft – they may need prompts from you or help to work through it.
If you have a system where you regularly check in with each client, then you can provide a great service that ensures you guide them through the process easily and efficiently. Enabling you to help more people in the week, and of course ensure those sales keep coming in!
Attention to detail
Do not confuse attention to detail with perfectionism. Perfectionism is not a virtue. Perfectionism is paralysing. As a resume writer you need to get things done. You need to have a knack for spotting something that doesn’t look right. You need to enjoy creating something beautiful and new. You have to feel a sense of pride in your work. Do you have to be a grammar nazi? No. So often, I am searching online to check the correct way of writing a particular word or phrase. That’s totally ok! A willingness to learn and a desire to continually be better is what’s important.
In Resume School you get step-by-step tutorials for every process involved in running a thriving resume writing business. Templates, checklists, live support – all delivered online so you can study in a way that suits you. Within two weeks you’ll be writing resumes and within four weeks you’ll be well on your way towards growing a business that fulfils you. We launch on October 1st. Get in now to secure the best price!
Career is not a dirty word.
Career doesn’t have to mean 9-5, or 6 til 6.
Career doesn’t have to mean trading your time for money.
Career doesn’t have to mean selling ANYTHING.
Career doesn’t have to mean never seeing your kids.
Career does NOT equal crap mum.
Career shouldn’t mean a job that you hate.
It should mean MORE fun with your kids.
It can even mean being at home with your kids.
IT CAN LOOK HOWEVER YOU WANT IT TO LOOK.
It is perfectly ok to want more.
It is perfectly normal to want SOMETHING.
You are not a crap mum for wanting out sometimes.
You can adore your kids AND your job.
You are entitled to want to use your brain and your creativity.
You are entitled to want to wear something nice. Or not.
You are also entitled to be terrified and exhilarated all at once.
You are entitled to have ideas. You are even entitled to ask for help in making them real.
It is ok to have big dreams. Or little ones. Or none at all but wish you did.
You deserve to feel fulfilled.
It is ok to invest in YOU.
It is ok to want some help to get to where you want to be.
You have value to give.
The world needs what you have to give.
You don’t have to dull your shine to be a good mother, wife, daughter, person.
You can be all of those things and MORE.
It’s time to step up and find the thing that makes your heart race.
And when you’re ready, I’m here.
Let’d do this.
Heading back to work? Let’s chat.
Want to be your own boss? I’d love to help you get there.
Always busy? Never have enough time?
I’m very lovingly calling bullshit on the busy mentality.
Let’s get real about time in the video below…
Isn’t it amazing how things just happen as they are supposed to, despite your best efforts?
Over the last three weeks I have been doing a summer intensive and one of the subjects I was doing was Writing for Performance. I learned about speechwriting, radio, screenwriting, poetry and more. It was great.
Until I was asked to ‘perform’ something I had written. Eek.
Now, I’d had a really challenging week at this point. Some massive family stuff was happening and I was feeling a bit anxious about a number of things. So, I decided to choose something easy. I read out a letter I’d written a week or so earlier, A Letter to Fear.
I walked into the room feeling really tense, but I got in the zone and read out my piece as if I was performing it on a stage. It took maybe a few minutes, but I was amazed at how different I felt afterwards.
Writing those words, those promises to myself, was one thing. But standing up and saying them out aloud was a whole other experience. I felt the shift, both emotionally and physically, within myself. I felt positive and powerful.
It reminded me why affirmations are so, well… affirming. Internet memes can get a pretty bad wrap, and I agree that they can get a bit overdone. But there is truly something powerful about great words, when used as an emotional anchor.
In the lead up to the birth of my second child, I am beginning to collect the positive affirmations that I will be focussing on to get me though the very intense process of bringing my baby out into the world. I remember how overwhelming the sensations can be, and I know that my mindset will be such an important factor in achieving my the experience I hope for.
I can’t help but wonder if the universe gave me the week that it did, to remind me that I am one resilient little chickadee, and that inside there somewhere I have everything that I need.
Much love, Carlie.
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Three weeks of uni, 8 hours a day, an hour from home, in the middle of January, at 35 weeks pregnant.
What was I thinking? Ha!
Well, I suppose I was thinking ‘this will be a challenge but it’s a great opportunity and surely I can manage it.’
And I did… just.
The hardest part was being away from my girl. To the full time working parents, hats off to you. No one should have to be away from their babies that much, all the time. (I also share my baby with her dad on weekends). I missed her like crazy.
Then there was the exhaustion. I’d come home from a 10 hour day, waddle around the backyard with my girl, playing pet shops and trying to soak up every minute of quality time with her. Then after I’d tuck her into bed, I’d pack customer orders, do the pays etc for my partner’s business, then log on and work on my assignments – all while growing a tiny human in my belly.
Crazy? Maybe. Challenging? Certainly.
Was there anything I loved about it? Absolutely. I got to write, heaps. I wrote some things I’m really proud of. I had an intense learning experience and I’m now closer to achieving my degree, something I never thought I’d be doing as a mother of one (and a bit).
So, besides how to write a killer short story, what did I learn?
1. I’m not superwoman. I’m capable of a shit tonne of things, but there is a limit and I found it. At times I’ve felt mentally, emotionally and physically exhausted all at once. Thank god for mums cooking and Darren’s massages.
2. My kid is a legend. She came with me a few of the days and was pretty amazing. Having her beside me did not hold me back in the slightest. And she totally got a kick out of going to uni with mum.
3. I’ve got some sensational people in my life who are happy to step up and help out. Aria had some amazing adventures with people who love her. Thanks legends.
4. It’s now time for some self imposed maternity leave. Me and my girl, hitting the beach and prepping for our new little family member’s arrival. Bliss.
Much love, Carlie.
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