9/3/12

Misconception

Sometimes it is funny to me how one of the biggest blessings in my life is also something that I feel insecure about and sometimes judged for doing. 

I'm talking about Scentsy and the role that it plays in my life.

Obviously, it is no secret that I am a Scentsy consultant. I have been since 2010 and the way that it has impacted my life has been priceless. I have met some amazing people, I have connected with people I NEVER would have connected with outside that business, I am able to work part time because of my monthly Scentsy pay check and let's not forget I took a FREE vacation thanks to Scentsy.

Yet, I am no fool, I know that for some people any direct sales company comes with a negative stigma. "Pushy sales people" and "pyramid scheme" are some words that come to mind. Believe me before I was in direct sales myself I heard them all.

I know that I am one person and I cannot change every person's point of view, but I wish that people would stop being so negative when it comes to direct sales. I know there are pushy people out there, I know there are people out there who make sure every FB status update is about their business and come across as annoying but why judge an ENTIRE group of people off what these people do?

And yes, as a consultant I make more money the more my team grows, but that does not make it a pyramid scheme. There is a big difference. And if you have a boss don't you think that boss gets paid because of work that you do? Everything is a circle. It all comes back around. I have to work hard every month to ensure that I will get paid that month. It's not a free ride by any means.

I am thankful for every single person who has ever been a customer of mine. Because of my customers I was able to buy maternity clothes when I was pregnant, we were able to purchase all of our Christmas presents last year, we were able to put money into savings when we thought we had none. I'm thankful for good friends who take the time to host a party because they know that it helps me to gain new customers.

I know those things are very "me" centered but I wanted to share my reasons for doing what I do. I do work very hard and put a lot of hours in the week towards my business and my team. And I love every minute of it, I wouldn't be able to put the energy in it and go to parties and be excited about the product if I didn't truly love it. I love encouraging my team mates. I love coming up with creative things to do at parties. I get a thrill out of organizing my business stuff and creating calendars with my events. It just fits me.

I'm really not trying to prove some big point here, I just remember the feeling I had when I first signed up wondering what others would think and how they would judge me and now I'm so glad I didn't care. And there are times that I STILL feel judged by some of my friends for what I do, but I have gotten to a place where I don't care at all. Direct sales is not for everyone and maybe it's not for you, so if you get invited to a party simply RSVP that you won't be going. The end.

I know me saying these things may not change set opinions people have but maybe it is a small glimpse into why I do what I do and why I love it. I first fell in love with the product, and then the company. And I'm a mom and wife who found a way that works for me to bring extra money into our home.

I guess all I really want to say is if you've ever wanted to try something (not just direct sales but anything) but you're afraid of what people will think, stop and think to yourself: WHO CARES.
Go for it. It could be something that changes and enhances your life or it could be something that doesn't work out but you will know that you tried!

And thank you to all my dedicated customers. I truly appreciate every order. 

14 comments:

Leslie Lambert said...

Excellent post! I think a few bad apples can ruin anything - but if it allows you to support your family and you enjoy it, go for it!

Brigitte said...

I have really enjoyed what I've purchased through Scentsy. I think it is a great product and I wouldn't have known about it if it wasn't for your blog. So, thanks :)

Mary De Bastos said...

I love Scentsy!! I like how the Scentsy consultants are much more relaxed than other direct sales companies. They wear what they want, and they don't have rote presentations. The product itself is awesome and I wouldn't have ever known about it if you didn't have a little button on your sidebar. So, thanks!

Erin Ray said...

Thank you for posting this!! I just signed up to sell Thirty One...and already have gotten some negative comments and have been discouraged. I am trying not to care, and reading this post was exactly what I needed!

mindy said...

You are definitely an exception. You are classy & non-intrusive in your business. I appreciate the way you run it, and I think that is why God blesses you. I hope God continues to prosper you. And, by the way, I need a lightbulb. :)

Classy Fab Sarah said...

I work in retail sales... and oh, I SO get this.

Courtney said...

I actually quit ThirtyOne because of other people. Maybe another reason too, but for the most part other people saying negative things and I let it get to me. I am really picky about who I buy from and in the end doing the sign up with you also benefited me in the end. :)

Kim H. said...

Love this post! Thanks for writing it!

Trina said...

I sold Premier Jewelry for 4 years so I can relate. My biggest obstacle to succeeding at direct sales was feeling like I had to pull teeth for people to host a show. I hated that feeling. I almost signed up again bc it was great money and I loved the company but asking people to host shows holds me back.

Mrs. Chip said...

This was great to read! As a new scentsy consultant myself, these are fears i struggle with already and I'm afraid some may hold me back from really succeeding at this. I hope not - I hope I can have your attitude and your drive! Thanks for this post :)

A Wedding Story said...

So true! I sold Stella & Dot and felt judged by friends. Not one of them would even have a party for me...like they wanted to see me go under. I understand what you are saying so much.

Rachel said...

I say more power to ya! :) I've thought about doing something like the Traveling Vineyard or Thirty-One. But I just haven't committed yet.

Laura said...

Great post, true words.

Ashley Shelley - The Christian Wife Life said...

I'm quite glad you introduced me to Scentsy through your blog and are now my awesome sponsor. :) And you are an inspiration, as always! Thank you for posting this - I needed to read it. Yay Scentsy!