Why I Love Shopping From My Friends – Cheers to Network Marketers

Why I Love Shopping From My Friends – Cheers to Network Marketers

Network Marketing sometimes gets a bad rap and I just can’t figure out why.  

For starters, let’s admit, the way we shop has changed over time.  When I was little, you’d go to the mall – or even like a JC Penney’s in a strip mall location.  If your family was on a budget, you’d wait for sales. If you were a military family, like mine, you frequently shopped on base at the PX (similar to a department store). 

Then I remember catalogs being a big thing but you’d actually CALL ON THE TELEPHONE to place orders!  Can you imagine? ha ha

Today you can purchase pretty much anything right off of your cell phone!  I’m gonna venture to say that many of us order, and have delivered, more items than we physically go to a store to purchase.  Shoot, you can even have your groceries delivered!  

Somebody, somewhere, is benefiting when you make a purchase.  Several people actually. It may be a small business owner, it may be a stockholder, it could even be a FRIEND!  I don’t know about you, but if a FRIEND can benefit by a purchase that I am going to make somewhere, from somebody, I’m all the happier. 

I buy many items routinely through friends that are in some sort of network marketing organization.  Let me tell you about them: 

For 14 years I have been buying vitamins, first aid, and non-toxic cleaning products from a sweet friend.  She and her husband are retired and I’m happy to be able to contribute a little towards their living expenses. 

I buy eye shadows and lipstick from another sweet friend who was a young Marine wife when I met her.  Her husband just got out of the Marine Corps and they have transitioned to civilian life. First of all, nobody serving in the military is rich – so you can get that out of your head right now…even the Generals and Admirals (and I’ve seen their LES’s).  When you consider the training and expertise and years dedicated to their careers to get to that level, it’s a joke what they get paid! (rant over) But especially a young, enlisted Marine who is now looking for a job to support his young family. You can bet if I can help out his wife’s business and contribute even a little to their family, I will gladly do so! 

I buy a vitamin from another friend who is also retired.  Again, happy to be contributing to her income. AND – bonus – the company she works with supports children in need of food and nutritional support with their Buy 1, Nourish 2 mode with every purchase.  So not only am I improving my health, helping a friend, I’m also indirectly helping to nourish a child in need of proper nutrition and food. Um, YES PLEASE!  

I’m sure I could go on and on….but those three examples came quickly to mind.  

Yeah, but in Network Marketing, people up the ladder are making profit off of other people.  Common argument, right?

When you purchase gas at a gas station, do you think the owner of the gas station is the only person making a profit? When you buy a new car, just the salesman is getting a profit? NOPE….there are a whole bunch of people “up the chain” that are profiting from EVERY purchase we make.  

So again, if I know somebody I love and care about is one of the people profiting from a purchase I’m going to make regardless, my vote is to shop from the friend, the small business owner, the person doing a craft they love and are passionate about every. single. time. 

Not sure WHY they are doing their business?  Selling the thing? Why not take a minute and ASK THEM!  I’m sure they’d love to tell you what they are working for/towards.  I don’t think the clerk at the retailer or the person behind the counter at the gas station has a CLUE what the person benefiting from your purchase is working for/towards.

For more information on the skincare line I sell, check out the IMPROVE YOUR SKIN link on my site to request information.  You may also visit my product site at becmartin.myrandf.com.

The Power of Skincare and Confidence

The Power of Skincare and Confidence

Confidence is defined as a feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities.  Plastic surgeons have long built successful careers by marketing their ability to improve your confidence by making you feel better about yourself and how you look.  Not quite as drastic as plastic surgery, but would improving your skin help you feel more confident?  Would clearing up your acne make you feel more confident?  Would reducing fine lines, wrinkles, spots from age or accumulated sun damage make you feel more confident?

Whether you are required to stand up in front of a group of colleagues to give presentations, meet with potential or current clients, or interact with other moms at school and sporting events, we all see people in our day-to-day lives…and they see us.  Many of us struggle with self confidence because we are not happy with our appearance.  Truth be told, and I believe we all know this deep down, we are our own toughest critic.  I’m reminded of this almost daily as I talk with my teenage children and try to remember this myself.  Yet, I still find myself worrying over a newly spotted line around my eyes or the occasional blemish on my face.  While others may not even notice, we think they notice, these insecurities often are responsible for decreasing our self-confidence.

In transitioning from the corporate world to building my own skincare business with Rodan + Fields, I have learned three things about myself.  Yes, I am selling skincare which can help to improve our outward appearance, decrease our insecurities, and improve our self-confidence; but, quite unexpectedly, through this transition, I am learning so much more about myself.  Read on.

1. I have found my passion.  “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life” – Confucius.  I have heard that expression for years and can honestly say that I “get it” now.  Years spent working in a field I was not passionate about has given me such an appreciation for loving every minute I dedicate to my new “job”.  I must remind myself, at times, to stop “working” because I am finally and completely passionate about my new career path.

2. I enjoy mentoring others.  In my corporate career I have had some amazing leaders and some that were lacking in their leadership abilities.  I am thankful for the opportunity to be the leader I always wanted for myself!  Being able to coach and assist others in finding their own success and confidence is even more rewarding than achieving my own success.

3. Helping others gain confidence in their lives brings me joy.  It may come from assisting a customer with their skincare needs and celebrating with them when they finally see the results they were hoping for.  Perhaps it’s helping a new business partner launch their business, helping them place their first customer order, or strategizing on how to implement social media into their business plan.  All these successes lead to the same thing…CONFIDENCE.  The happy customer who has improved the appearance of their skin may now have the confidence boost they’ve been looking for to take on something new in their life.  The confidence a new business partner gains after a few initial successes may be the boost they need to propel them to greatness.  As I come into contact and touch the lives of so many people with my new business, not only does this give me joy, but yes, you guessed it…my confidence is increasing as well.

I no longer look at my skincare business as simply selling somebody an eye cream.  I am helping others gain confidence and that is empowering!


Winter Skincare Tips

Winter Skincare Tips

Winter can be harsh on your skin!  

There are the obvious outdoor concerns: cold and wind.  Cold weather can strip the skin of its natural protective barrier, allowing precious moisture to escape which leads to dehydration and allowing irritants in, which can lead to sensitivity.  Dry, cracked skin, lips and hands are common concerns during the winter months.

We also have indoor culprits to battle during the winter: indoor heating can be very drying to our skin and often leads to itchiness, exasperating existing skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis.  Due to shorter days and often unpleasant outdoor temperatures, we tend to be indoors much more during the winter, limiting our exposure to fresh air and sunlight. This lack of fresh air and sunlight often leads to dull looking skin (and dull moods). 

What to do then??  

  • It’s very important to use a gentle cleanser during the winter months.  As your skin is already leaning towards the dry side, I’d recommend a gentle cream or foaming cleanser.  
  • Be sure to exfoliate.  Exfoliation removes those dead skin cells that are making your skin appear dull and flaky.  You will immediately notice younger looking, fresh, glowing skin after exfoliation. Caution: don’t over-exfoliate.  2 times per week should be adequate.    
  • Hydrate your skin.  I’d recommend both a serum and cream to be applied daily.  Tip: always apply the serum first, the thinner product is applied before the thicker product.  I’d recommend a serum which includes hyaluronic acid and glycerin.  
  • Take time to enjoy a relaxing bath with your favorite bath oil.  Tip: do not have your water too hot as this can contribute to dry skin, something we are trying to avoid during the winter months.  
  • Get plenty of rest and apply a good night cream with restorative nutrients and peptides.  Remember your body is recharging and cells are regenerating while you sleep, so be sure to give your body plenty of rest.  
  • Apply sunscreen daily!  Yes, even in the winter.  (No article on skincare is complete without this reminder.) 
  • Don’t lick your lips.  It’s easy to do and you may think you are moisturizing them when you do so, but trust me, this isn’t helping.  Apply a lip conditioning balm or serum often to keep your lips looking lush and avoid the appearance of wrinkles.   

With a little extra TLC, your skin can endure the winter months and even appear healthy and youthful along the way.  Visit my site or message me for product recommendations (a few links are provided throughout this article) to help you obtain your best winter skin ever.  

Meet Military Spouse Entrepreneurs

Meet Military Spouse Entrepreneurs

A little over two years ago I left my corporate job and went into business for myself as an Independent Consultant with Rodan + Fields.  I find my work extremely rewarding for many reasons, but one of the biggest blessings to come from my career change is the sisterhood of amazing, supportive, caring women that I’ve found, who have now become friends!

We come from all walks of life, different backgrounds, careers, etc. Some are working full-time jobs and building their R+F business alongside their other job. Others, like me, have more time to devote to their businesses.  The beauty is that it can be whatever you want or need it to be, and this may change throughout different seasons of life.  That’s ok.

Helping military spouses find a legitimate, portable career they can work from home, around their family’s schedule, deployments, PCS moves, etc. has been a passion of mine for years and I now feel like I have the perfect company to offer other military spouses.  It is portable and can be worked from practically anywhere you’ve got a WiFi signal.  You don’t even need to own a computer.  Your entire business can be run  from a smart phone.

All the amazing women that I’m featuring in this image are military spouses and friends!  I’ve listed our current (if still working a traditional job) or last corporate job before becoming entrepreneurs!

THIS BUSINESS IS LEGIT AND WORKS FOR OUR MILITARY LIFESTYLE. I’d ❤️ to share more information with you. Message me to set up a time to talk.  We can meet virtually for coffee and conversation.

What Will My Friends Think?

What Will My Friends Think?

I am a mom, a wife, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a neighbor, a friend.
I am a military spouse and have followed my husband around the country for 23 years.
I was a marketing major in college but don’t feel l ever had the opportunity to fully utilize my degree.
I have held too many jobs, in too many industries, to even remember.
Today I am a business owner, running a skincare business.

Here’s the thing: If I talk to you about my products, my company, an event I’m hosting, a special I’m running, it is only because I am busy growing my business and was thinking about you.

⦁ I am not doing it to offend you or to be pushy.
⦁ I am not doing it because I think your skin looks bad.

⦁ I am not expecting anything from you.

⦁ Again, I’m an entrepreneur who is busy building a successful business. It’s as simple as that!

The outcome of my success does not depend on any one of my friends becoming my customer or business partner, or none of my friends becoming a customer or business partner.  I will, however, probably think of you and mention my business to you at some point along my journey.

⦁ If you opened a restaurant or a coffee shop, I sure hope you’d invite me.
⦁ If you were starring in a movie, I sure hope you’d tell me about it.

⦁ If you were a fitness trainer, yep, let me know about your training programs, videos, etc.

⦁ If you are raising money for a charity you are passionate about, I’d like to hear about it.

I HAVE AMAZING FRIENDS DOING AMAZING THINGS ALL THE TIME and they share that with me so I can love on them and support them. Do I necessarily sign up for, or buy everything that crosses my path? Nope, but I’d sure like to at least know about it.

That is all, my friends. I had this on my heart today and wanted to throw it out into the universe.

Along my journey, I’ve heard:
“Thanks, can’t wait! I’ll be there.”
“I’m not interested, but good luck to you.”
“I love seeing how passionate you are about your new business.”
“I already have a consultant and love Rodan + Fields!”
“I’m not really into skincare.”
“Yes, I’d love to try your products/join your team!”

I’ve heard it all!  The point is, I just appreciate the response! I am NOT going to be offended, either way, trust me! I’m simply, again, running my own successful and growing social e-commerce business, and I need to be SOCIAL to do it well!

Many people are interested in pursuing a network marketing gig but are afraid of offending their family and friends, so they never pursue it.  In case you haven’t noticed, the way we shop is changing.  Retail stores and chains are closing all the time as consumers are making more of their purchases online.  I’d MUCH rather shop local or with a friend who is running their own business.  However, if the services or products they offer are not something I’m interested in, I feel no pressure to purchase; but you better believe I am here to encourage and support their venture (or adventure!).

Want to try something new, start your own business or company?  Get out of your comfort zone, stop worrying about what others are going to think, and GO FOR IT!  I did and it feels amazing.