One of the big reasons work at home moms (WAHMs) choose any type of direct sales business – whether it be home parties, social selling, network marketing, or multilevel marketing – is the freedom and flexibility this type of business provides.
But you have to remember that you’re building a business. To succeed – you’ll need to invest time and effort into your business regularly.
So here are five tips for work at home moms in direct sales:
1) Schedule regular times each week to focus on your business.
Whether you have five, ten, fifteen or more hours that you can dedicate to your business each week, it’s easier for your family if you schedule the same time for your business each week.
For example, two hours on Sunday nights for hostess follow-up, booking and prospect calls can be a great start to the week (and depending on your family’s schedule, might be a time when your spouse can keep an eye on the kids).
Choose the times when you’re willing to book parties or prospect connections. Maybe you schedule these on Tuesday evenings, and Saturday mornings, for example.
It doesn’t matter when – what’s important is that you choose the times, commit those times to your business, and communicate your schedule both to your family and your business leads.
2) Use small rewards to keep your family engaged.
For example, one of my off-spring managers took her family out for pizza each time she sponsored a new consultant. It was their way of celebrating, and they continued to encourage her to contact a new prospect. (I think her husband was continually looking for prospects for her at work, too.)
It’s a great way to help your family understand your business.
3) Set a big goal and track it on the frig.
There’s no better way to involve your family in your business than by setting a goal, sharing your goal with your family, and tracking it visibly.
You’ll influence your kids when they see you achieving your goal. They’ll also become your cheerleaders. Plus, if your goal is somehow tied to a family rewards (perhaps a family vacation to Disneyworld, or a new play set for the backyard), they’ll be very engaged.
4) Train your family not to disturb you when you’re focused on business.
Whether you have a separate office in the house, or hang a “please don’t disturb, Mommy is making business calls” sign on your bedroom door, you can teach your children that, strictly, for a specific amount of time, you have to focus your energy on your business.
Which brings me to our last, important point:
5) When you’re working your business – be “in” your business – and when you’re not – stay away from it.
You don’t have to be on your Facebook page 24-7, nothing in the direct sales industry could possibly be an emergency.
So when you’re at your kid’s soccer game – be there 100%. At the same time, when you’re working your business, be in it 100% (OK, with the exception of any true emergency).
Your business will be stronger as a result, and you’ll be happier all the way around.
I hope you enjoyed these five tips for work at home Moms in direct sales. Please be sure to add your own ideas in the comment section below.