Part time moms in mlm by Jackie Ulmer

Jackie Ulmer12 powerful ideas to jumpstart the parent building their network marketing business part time – from a six-figure earning Mom who walks the ‘talk’ she so generously shares.  The question that is often asked by new people getting started in an MLM business is “Can I really make money in this? Can I earn $500 per month?” And, this question is especially common from moms, trying to build a business and an income while meeting the demands of a family and small children. I know I asked that question many times in the early days of my business. The answer, of course, is “yes, you can.” And, I’m going to explain how you go about doing that. First, let me share a little of my story so you’ll know that I’ve “been there, done that” and am not talking some MLM theory. I’ve built my business through baby number one, a pregnancy, baby number two, and on up to my current position of one teenager and one pre-teen.  NULL All the while, my kids were at my feet and I was home with them.

Simple? No! Fast growing? Nope! Worth it? Every second!

Perhaps like you, when my husband and I decided to have children, we were adamant that one of us would be home with them. Since he was the major breadwinner, that meant I would be home. And, I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. But, it’s hard to make it on one income, so I began looking for a business. Long story short, MLM kept coming up, and although I was skeptical, I educated myself and jumped in. Today, I am happy to be among the ranks of the six figure MLM income earners, but it didn’t happen overnight; it wasn’t easy; and there were many times along the way that I wanted to quit. Does this sound familiar to you? Here are some ideas that I hope will help you as you move along your MLM journey, especially as a mom building strong kids and a strong business. 1. Get very clear on your reason why. This will sustain you when someone tells you no, or things get slow. Make sure your why is very powerful to you and that it means more to you than what anyone else might say or think. For me, the ability to create a fabulous lifestyle for my family and to never have my kids in day care meant more to me than anyone else’s opinion. This is what moved me past “Oh no, what will they say if they hear I am doing this?” 2. Realize that as a mom with small children, you will have to balance and prioritize in a different way. Communicate with your sponsor and your team about your commitment, your priorities and how you will balance the two.

Never feel the need to compromise your values in building your MLM business.

I didn’t and you don’t have to either. Face the fact that you might not set or break any records in the Network Marketing Hall of Fame. I sure didn’t, but now that I have “made it” it just doesn’t matter. 3. Get organized.And, I mean in every area of your life. Organize your business and your life. Set up one calendar with everything about home and business. Mark out times that are strictly family, and every other non-negotiable time in your life. Then, (and this is important) find times each day that you will work your business. Commit to these times, no matter how small the time frame. Be consistent and don’t procrastinate. 4. Ask for help in anyway that you can. Talk to your spouse about taking the kids for an hour so you can make calls. Talk about splitting up household duties differently. Invest in help as your budget allows. I know hiring a cleaning lady was a priority for me as my business and profits grew. The grocery store can help with this. Buy pre-chopped fresh vegetables; marinated meats; and whatever you can to make things simpler. I am a stickler on healthy meals and nutrition, so I have never resorted to the “fast food” syndrome. Get a crock-pot and use it! Make healthy, delicious meals a snap. 5. Form a babysitting coop with other moms in your area. Then, use it and reciprocate. I used the times I babysat other kids as playtime for my kids, and then used the times when my kids were at a friend’s to work my business. This was an amazing resource for me as my kids never felt like they were at a babysitters. They just saw it as a play date with someone from the play group. And, I did not ever use this time to clean my house or do errands. I committed to using this as business time. 6. Set clear goals and intentions for your business. As Yoda said to Luke in Star Wars II, “There is no try. There is only do, or do not.” The same is true for your business.

Make success non-negotiable. It’s a marathon, and not a sprint.

So what if it takes you seven years to become a top income earner, or hit your income goal. Will it be any less worth it? NO! Make it happen. 7. Work on Self Development. MAKE time for it. If you look for time in your schedule, it will never happen. You must make time for your business and make time for the very important task of developing your mindset and growing your business from the inside out. This is the single MOST important ingredient in your business. 8. Use technology – Today, with the internet and all of the tools out there, keeping in touch: delivering timely information to your prospects; training to your team and even putting yourself out there so that people who are ready and looking for a business NOW can find you through the search engines. Do NOT let technology scare you. I had moderate success in MLM doing it the “old fashion” way. I created a full time income, but not “obscene money.” Today, using the internet exclusively in my business, I’m a VERY HAPPY Six Figure Income Earner working about 30 hours a week. I’m able to work fewer hours than the “typical networker” because I let technology be my sales force and “PR People!” This has created tremendous balance in my family and business life, too. After all, the internet functions 24/7, right? 9. Get your kids involved – From the time kids are two, and maybe even younger, you can find helpful, fun and educational ways to get them involved in your business. In my business, toddlers can place labels on brochures, the bottom of my products, envelopes, etc. They can fold letters, stamp postcards, and have a great time “working” alongside of mom. Relax, and let go of your perfectionism. When was the last time you paid any attention to how straight the stamp is on a letter you received in the mail?

Get them involved in non-business activities, too.

My 13 year old son makes dinner for our family regularly. Now, if you are thinking he pulled out the box of Mac-n-Cheese, think again. He made a full blown, gourmet meal. I’m really not kidding. I LOVE to cook and have always loved having my children cook right alongside of me. Now, he is ready to do his own thing. Imagine what kind of time that offers me! He even helps with the grocery list now because he likes being involved. 10. Compare yourself to no one! This is so important. Who are you competing with? Only yourself. That’s truly it because competing with anyone else is like apples and oranges. Everyone has different strengths, weaknesses, life challenges, ambition and goals. Comparing yourself to anyone else is a waste of energy. Remember that checking one item off of your “to-do” list is better than nothing. Acknowledge yourself for the one thing and don’t beat yourself up for the seven other items you didn’t get to. That is self-defeating! If you must compare, then use yourself and your past accomplishments as the measuring stick.

Track your steps and then strive for more each week. Your business will soar!

11. Reward yourself. Life is meant to be fun and so is business. In the beginning, it’s more difficult to set income goals, because you are building the foundation. This was always frustrating to me, until I discovered that by setting activity goals in the beginning, I could track my progress and feel good about the steps I was taking along the way to make things happen. And, as my action steps pi
cked up, the rewards kept coming, and my business kept growing, producing those earlier elusive income goals. So, look inward and take outward action. Get busy charting your own game plan and focus forward. Along the way, treat yourself for a job well done. And, it doesn’t have to be extravagant. Make it fun, though! 12. Believe in the power of your dream. The subconscious mind is a funny thing. It does not know the difference between what is real and imagined. So, since YOU are the one who controls your thoughts, daydream some powerful thoughts. Let your mind go nuts as you wander through your own field of dreams. And, while you are “there,” BELIEVE it! Believe it and it will come true.

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