Anyone running TWO Direct Sales businesses?

Jenny - posted on 03/24/2009 ( 65 moms have responded )

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Hi, my name is Jenny and I have been a Creative Memories Consultant for 4 years. I also just became a SimplyFun Consultant this month. I love CM and the products but my business has kind of turned into a "feed my habit" kind of thing. I was introduced to SimplyFun over a year ago and fell in love with the games and puzzles. I've toyed with the idea of signing up with them since then and just recently made the decision to jump on in. :)

Just wondering if anyone else out there is running 2 businesses and if you have any advice on how to keep them both going and how you balance them?

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Ashley - posted on 05/02/2012

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I currently work with three companies. The first company I joined was Thirty One gifts. May 5 will be 2 years I have been with them and I love it! The original reason for joining was to support my "bag habit" but since then my "Why" has changed (as did the economy) to needing to help provide extra income for my family. The second company I am working with is Lia Sohpia. The products are amazing, the commission level is great, the hostess benefits are top notch, customer specials are fantastic, and the lifetime replacement guarantee is one of the top reasons for my joining them! I have earned tons of free jewelry with even more to be earned.
The third company I work with is Avon. I think this just about speaks for itself. I joined with this company to get the products I use at a discount, earn money on the sales I make, and grow my team. It was just $10 to join! All of these companies offer my family different products and appeal to different people. Last week I had $1400 in sales between the three companies and I didn't host the first party. One person collected orders for Thirty One and called me with them. She is a past hostess that wanted more free products and without my knowledge decided to make her own party. The second party was with Thirty One as well and it too was a catalog party. The third was a catalog party with Lia Sophia. I also had some stray orders from Avon. It did take some time to put the orders in and make sure everything was ok but it was done while my kids were in school and my husband was working so it didn't take anytime away from my family. The income couldn't be at a better time either. We spent out quite a bit last week for the kids school functions and family outings but thats ok! The commission I earned will cover what was spent AND it allowed us to spend time as a famliy. I utilize Facebook quite a bit as well as my phone (voice to voice and texts) to gather orders. All I have to do is call my contacts up and let them know I am placing an order or I have a special to offer and the rest just happens. I have been with Lia Sophia just 2 months and I've only hosted 2 home parties. The first was my party that I was the hostess for and the second was my open house announcing my business. I've only hosted 3 home parties for Thirty One in the last 2 years. I know that has not been the best thing for my business but its been the best thing for my family and that's what working from home is all about. I've never had any issues with representing 3 companies. I just keep my advertising seperate from each other. I come in contact with people with different preferences so some like the jewelry, some like the bags, some need the items Avon offers, and some like them all. I just casually introduce my businesses as I get the que's from those I'm talking to.

Sandra - posted on 06/01/2014

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I am with it works and younique. I love them both. health and beauty, what more can you ask for!! when running two network marketing companies you have to make sure you stay organized.so far I have found marketing both companies separately to be the best. I qualify my customers by listening to ques before I pitch a product, I provide awesome training tools to my team and I give a free website to each of my team member to get leads. You grow when everyone on your downline is doing well.

Jessie - posted on 01/02/2013

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I just wanted what a great question, because I thought I was crazy doing 2, plus real estate and makeup application. I tell I love my Avon Business and my Celebrating Home. I have been doing Avon full time for about 6 years, and Celebrating Home just for candle orders for friends and family, but in recently my husband was layed off. and have 4 children two in college, money needs to come in. So as of yesterday, im full time real estate, makeup artist, Avon Rep and celebratin home. How organization. I keep everything organized, calendar with everything, from recruiting days, showing day, party days and makeup appointments. and its hard work, but guess what I get to be there everyday for my children, cook, play and even clean. I really think its organization and learning who to partner with in every business..Good Luck to all the brave women like us, we make the world go round!!!! We run the world

Linda - posted on 03/26/2009

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Hey I have 2 business. I work with Tupperware for about 7 years & I also do Tastefully Simple for 3 years & I love it. I do alot of reorder business with the Tastefully Simple. I'd say you have to keep up on the emailing. I have also color coded my planner with different color highlights. Good luck with it.

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Jennifer - posted on 11/23/2014

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I do three - Origami Owl (amazing commissions) Jamberry (great price point, easy sell) and Scentsy(I like the products). It is a lot of organization and if you have passion for what you do then you will be successful!

Kelli - posted on 07/13/2014

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I am a ETL in OO have over 200 girls on my team. I will be more than happy to help you

DiAnne - posted on 07/07/2014

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I was in Mary Kay for 10 years, and got in Origami Owl early on in 2012 and signed up for Thirty One to purchase for myself. I have since dropped Mary Kay and Thirty One and dedicate all my time to Origami Owl. I still love both company's I dropped. For me, it helped me really grow my Origami Owl business. I was too spread out and in Texas we have a saying.....it's hard to ride two horses with one butt! I LOVE Origami Owl...and our growth rate was 870% last year! I am laser focused on Origami Owl, it's not a JOB, it is JOY! www.diannecraig.origamiowl.com

Karen - posted on 05/06/2014

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email me at kareng.beautycounter@gmail.com and I will forward my number. Or send me a contact for you.

Renae - posted on 05/06/2014

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I have Trained a Team. I look at your website, but, you don't have a phone number just an email but, when, I click on it. it wants to do a app. and I don't want to do that. would love to talked to you about this. I have so much knowledge I'm also a facialist State Board in my state. OK.

Karen - posted on 05/05/2014

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I need someone with experience who has trained a team. I am just running out of ways to recruit leaders that can help me train other consultants. The business has been booming and it is hard for me to be everywhere at one time. I am looking to recruit in different States so my team in the States I am not in have someone who can lead them. What company are you working with?

Renae - posted on 05/05/2014

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Karen,
if you need any help in Training people in Beautycounter, I'm your gal for it. I look in to this company and I'm impressed. been in Direct sales for 18yrs. and love it. Skin-care. hope to hear from you. Renae

Karen - posted on 05/03/2014

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I joined a very new direct sales company Beautycounter. Has anyone heard of it? It is an amazing company that focuses on helping the consumer make better choices in products they use on themselves,family and kids. We promote clean toxic free beauty products. We are changing the standards in the beauty industry. Many people don't think about the chemicals in products we use day after day. and how they are being linked to many illnesses we are now seeing. Our products ban toxic chemicals. I was working with 2 direct sales company and added a 3rd - beautycounter. I started beautycounter 1 month ago and now have to give up my other companies as the demand is overwhelming with beautycounter. I am now Director. I find I have been traveling a lot as I am looking for finding and training reps in different States. Beautycounter has no reps in many States. Because the opportunity for growth is huge I am trying to find reps to help me handle the States I do not have reps in. Until I can find reps to help me in other states I have to stick with one company. I love to dabble in many things and hope to do so once I get help.

Celice - posted on 02/26/2014

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I also run 2 businesses. Only one is direct sales (Nerium) and I also teach about 10 yoga classes per week. We have a trainer in our Nerium (David Byrd) who has a personal achievement planning system that has helped me to learn a better balance in life. I'd stay in Nerium for the personal development alone, fortunately the money is awesome also :) please feel free to contact me for more info about David Byrd. He has changed my life.
Celicegoadpacini.nerium.com

Vicki - posted on 02/06/2014

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I have two that I do also Scentsy and Le-Vel and I love both. I am doing really well in them. I love staying at home and knowing that I don't have to worry about asking off work just to go some where with the family.

Tegan - posted on 01/21/2014

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Wow you ladies are ambitious!!! I started in direct sales about 3 and half years ago. It was purely accidentally or I would like to say I was hand chosen (believe everything happens for a reason) I chose to stick with one company because I truly believed that this is the only industry that can drive a woman's income into the six figure and multiple six figures with proper focus, skill, and self development. Therefore finding the RIGHT vehicle for myself was key, and if I was to dive into too many things, my focus on the direction I wanted to go would be swayed into to many directions. Isagenix chose me, I fell completely in love with the products and the impact it had on my body and my health. But what I loved so very much was that I never felt I was in sales, I was merely sharing with others and duplicating to them the same skills instilled apon me. Its important in this industry to look towards the leaders who are having amazing success and make sure what they are doing is DUPLICATABLE and that you are in turn repeating that through out your team.. I am now 3 years later part of a team of 1500 and on track to be making well over six figures this year.. By helping others get healthy, fit and find the right vehicle to drive them to their dreams and goals.. I wish you all the best success in the companies that you have all chosen :)

Shawna - posted on 09/27/2013

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I have not even heard of most of these companies. I am an It Works! executive distributor and think I have found a great one! I have done partylite and mary kay in the past with no success. This product sells its self and completely risk free.
wrappedbyshawna.myitworks.com

Julie Ann - posted on 08/25/2013

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Yes I do only because thirtyone was hard to get in events and sales being its been around so long. I then found a ground floor opportunity with pink zebra that was unique, ground floor and consumable. Well over a year later Im doing awesome. I am executive consultant with a team under me of 15. I do lots of events and hardly any home parties. I get to met people and love it! If you want to look at what I do go to www.pinkzebrahome.com/jewelssprinkles
I get a little extra money with my thirtyone biz with returning customers wanting the specials only. lol
Hope this helps a little. Julie Watkins

Catherine - posted on 06/11/2013

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Great question ... I sell customized frames & signs with Rendi (www.catherine.rendistyle.com, fb page www.facebook.com/makeitpersonalframesandgifts) but wonder if people can give two businesses (and their family!) the attention they deserve!

Marie - posted on 05/15/2013

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I sell jewelry with Senzu (senzustyle.com) and would like to have another direct sales business. Interested in the answers too. Thanks!

Alicia - posted on 04/08/2013

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I am doing jewelry with Tracilynn fashion jewelry and now with Usborne books for the kids. So we will c I just started with the children's book co,

Natalie - posted on 04/08/2013

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Hi I sell Origami Owl... I am a stay at home mom and do this for extra income check me out www.facebook.com/hootnat my webpage is www.nataliea.origamiowl.com #6145 I do online parties too if your not local ask me how. Have a great day!

Chanteasea - posted on 03/24/2013

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I have an Avon rep in my direct line that sell Mary Kay and Avon to offer her customer more products. She does both companies with labels that give all her information and customers do tend to become both types for her.

Chrisy - posted on 01/07/2013

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Hey I have 2 business Soylicious.com and AVON. Right now i am working on gift baskets for Valentines Days with a combo of both products! I think itss good to have 2 business . I manage my time between the 2 and it works great

Connie - posted on 11/25/2012

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I am a Thirty-One consultant and an Independent Artist with South Hill Designs. Thirty-one is 9 years old and the products are well known. South Hill is 3 weeks old and still in pre-launch so I am using my experience and training with Thirty-One and applying it to growing and building my business with South Hill Designs. Both are fun with product that people love but since South Hill is new and exciting I am getting into vendor events and have requests for parties more frequently. Good luck with your two businesses!



Connie Clair

South Hill Designs Independent Artist #2044

www.southhilldesigns.com/connieclair

www.Facebook.com/southhillcharms

Ann - posted on 11/24/2012

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I only do one, Pink Zebra ( www.pinkzebrahome.com/annspz ) I have 2 small children and I do good to just keep up with one! lol please visit my facebook page and hit the like button for a chance to win a free jar of soy wax sprinkles! www.facebook.com/annspz

User - posted on 11/10/2012

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Hi Ashley, I too am a Thirty-one consultant. I love the company and what they do for woman. It's also been a real positive light in my life. I don't know about you, but it's been harder to find new customers because there are consultants popping up all over. I haven't made any money so far. I've been talking to a Pampered Chef consultant. I was considering doing that as well to try to make money. Any thoughts?

Liana - posted on 10/27/2012

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Hi Jenny



I also have two as well. I have been selling AVON for over 7 years and I also sell Usborne Books now for about a year. I find that my AVON clients are interested in my other business because Usborne is directed towards children's literacy and it also it does not compete with AVON.

Pedro - posted on 10/15/2012

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Jen - posted on 05/03/2012

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I would do the catalog parties as well. If you have time to do them independently verses all at the same time, you could also let people know about the other two that are upcoming during the first one. I think that by doing it that way people won't be overwhelmed with having all 3 in front of them and trying to choose between them. This may also actually get them to spend more by spending in each one. (Just my thoughts. Hope it helps!)

Ashley - posted on 05/03/2012

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I would do the catalog parties and set up Facebook events for each. Invite everyone you know to each event. I believe I would also set them up as mystery hostess events and give out the hostess benefits to those who purchase.

Carrie - posted on 05/02/2012

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Thanks for the response :) I'm doing Scentsy, Stella & Dot and am about to join Willow House as well. I was wanting to do a "all in one" fundraiser for a friend trying to raise money for her mission trip to Africa, but from what I can tell, that's a no-no, so I wonder if I should just separate it into different catalog parties for her and hope that helps enough?

Jen - posted on 05/02/2012

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Carrie

I have never had any problems. I just make sure when advertising that I keep my advertisements completely separate. Plus, I sell for two companies that really don't compete with each other so that helps.

Carrie - posted on 05/01/2012

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Do any of you run into problems as far as following the "not representing more than one company at a party" issue?

Jen - posted on 01/26/2012

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I do 2. I started PartyLite in July of last year and sell Avon. I absolutely love both product lines! Since they don't conflict each other it works out beautifully. I simply devote 2 1/2 days to PartyLite and 2 1/2 days to Avon. When I am out and about with brochures, or business cards, I just pass out both at the same time. Since PartyLite does not have a certain day to place your orders it allows the flexibility for staying on track with my scheduled Avon orders.



Of course, my calendar is always readily available to avoid any issues or conflict schedules. I keep my "hot point" for each company clipped in my calendar for the proper month. You can do it, you just have to set your goals, make a plan, and strive to reach it daily. Hope this helps anyone looking at starting to sell for multiple companies.

Marie - posted on 09/27/2011

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I do Paparazzi Accessories and My Cents of Style (both fashion accessories companies. Here is more info on Paparazzi Accessories:

I am a stay-at-home mom of 3 and I sell Paparazzi Accessories. It is jewelry & hair accessories for only $5! I make 45% commission on everything I sell. These items sell so fast. You can check out my website: www.ringsnbling5.com for more information

I have been selling these items since May 2011 and I have had incredible success. Jewelry for only $5? People just go crazy over it. There are just over 2,000 consultants right now (USA only) and there is so much room for growth. Lia Sophia has over 80,000 consultants and their products cost a million times more!

Contact me if you have any questions: paparazzi.marie@gmail.com

Janet - posted on 02/21/2011

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Hey Ladies!!

I am a Passion Parties consultant for 5 years and just started with Dove Chocolate Discoveries!!
I love chocolate and this works really well with Passion Parties. I have seen an explosion with both because I can work them together!!
Double-sided business cards is how I network them.
I also give an incentive when you book a party having my 2 businesses in one party!!

LuCynda - posted on 12/02/2010

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I'm an Uppercase Living consultant (vinyl decor) and I just decided to start up with Signature Homestyles - and Everyday Style. I believe Uppercase Living will compliment either of the latter two companies. The reason I chose to try both instead of just one, is because I personally want everything in all the catalogs. They each offer something the other doesn't have.

I am slightly worried about people seeing it as wishy washy and not committed - but I do believe Uppercase and either of the other two will work together. I don't know if I will try to stick with both Everyday Style and Signature Homestyles - it's kind of an experiment. Get the stuff I want for my own home - and in the process - decide which I have the most passion for and which company I like dealing with better.

Still deciding how to get organized.

I have mixed feelings about spreading myself too thin so none work well - and that if I figure it out - it could all correlate together.

We'll see what happens!

Jennifer - posted on 06/21/2009

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I signed up with three. I chose them based on loving the catalogs, friend recommendations and the companies not yet being well known in my area. My plan is to work on all of them, get them out there to people in the area and see how they pan out. I figure trying out a few at the same time that are new are going to tell me what works and what doesn't, what kind of need there is in my area. If all three take off then yay me, if not I'll drop what isn't working for me and keep what is.

Tammy - posted on 06/11/2009

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Hi, I am new to this community. My name is Tammy. I have tried running two businesses from my home. I am not that organized!!! It was difficult for me. One always seemed to fall by the wayside. It was also hard to keep up with new information from each company. If you can do it, go for it! My opinion is to decide which one you feel will benefit your family the most--financially--afterall, isn't that what the business is for in the first place? It takes a long time to get your name out when you start a business and if you are constantly competing against yourself--both businesses--it could be confusing for people you come in contact with. Yet and still, Good Luck!

Melissa - posted on 06/09/2009

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I do sell two different things. Celebrating home which used to be Home Interiors. Then about a year ago I started with Longaberger which I absolutely love! It is alot easier than you think. You just have to stay organized and keep everything seperate. Let me know how it goes.

Christina - posted on 05/28/2009

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Yes. I started selling Tupperware because I love the products know a ton of people who love the products too. Did a PartyLite party for a friend and like the products and new even more people that would but from them. Problem was Tupperware was running it's selffor me, but got in to PartyLite just as the catalog changed and no one really cares for alot ofthe new products. Now trying to stay afloat in that one. And at the same time getting really busy from Tupperware because I'm now the only consultant in about 30 miles or so. Try to keep your business as a business and your buying to a limit. I limit myself to how much I can spend by how much I make. Like if I make $200 off a party then I can spend $40. I let myself spend about 25% of what I make. Try and work the business at least 3 hours a week besides partys and such. Like making phone calls, emails and sending out info/dropping it off. If one business has more of a sales amount or party amount then the other try and work that one a little harder. Like with Tupperware I have a min. I have to make on a rolling 4 months and I try and keep that up. If I have a free month where I don't have to worry about making that I work Partylite a little harder. I also mention the other buisness to all of my customers from the other business. Hope that helps

Kitt - posted on 05/27/2009

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Hi my name is Kitt and I have been a Mary Kay consultant, now 7 years...I changed gears a little and now have 2 additional businesses that I am focusing on now. I am from the Cleveland, Ohio area and we have been hard hit due to the job crisis and high foreclosures. Therefore, I represent a company called Financial Destination Inc. where we offer VIP Personal Concierge, credit restoration, showing how to clear credit card and school loan debt as well as legal services, and identity theft protection to name a few. I love it- no inventory, just helping to change lives and teaching folks how to live and maintain a debt-free lifestyle. Visit www.fdirep.com/201073 as it a great residual income opportunity (THAT IS KEY!!)

Irene - posted on 05/20/2009

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I am involved with LifeVantage and Fortune Hi Tech Marketing. I'm passionate about both. It's great!! Good Luck!! P.S. If you would like information regarding my choices, contact me via email: imredondo@msn.com.

Thanks!
Irene

Joleen - posted on 05/20/2009

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I am enrolled with Xocai because I LOVE the healthy chocolate and the compensation plan, and am also an advocate for the environment and am extremely passionate about the organic body products of an Australian company called One Group...although I'm not yet currently enrolled in it. I plan on having both opportunities this summer! I will keep you updated on how it all flows!

Erica - posted on 05/20/2009

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I HAVE TWO BUSINESSES MYSELF. MY OWN AND I SELL AVON. I LOVE THEM BOTH AND IT IS EASY TO KEEP UP WITH THEM. I HAVE TWO SEPERATE ACCOUNTS FOR EACH MAKING IT SO EASY TO KEEP MY MONEY BALANCED AND I HAVE ONE FILING CABINET FOR EACH BUSINESS TO STORE ALL OF MY SUPPLIES AND ORDERS. ITS SURPRISINGLY EASY TO DO BOTH!

Taheerah - posted on 05/20/2009

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Quoting Jenny:

Anyone running TWO Direct Sales businesses?

Hi, my name is Jenny and I have been a Creative Memories Consultant for 4 years. I also just became a SimplyFun Consultant this month. I love CM and the products but my business has kind of turned into a "feed my habit" kind of thing. I was introduced to SimplyFun over a year ago and fell in love with the games and puzzles. I've toyed with the idea of signing up with them since then and just recently made the decision to jump on in. :)
Just wondering if anyone else out there is running 2 businesses and if you have any advice on how to keep them both going and how you balance them?



Hi, I want to commend you on your drive and determination.  However, in order to be successful in any NM business that requires you to recruit and lead people, you need to be committed.  If you are recruiting people and they need to follow your example, they need to see that you are committed to one business, so they can do the same...For example if you were a religous leader and you preached one religion one day and another day you preached another, it might kind of make you look ike a hypocrite and your followers would doubt you.  Thats the last thing you want to do if you want to build a business and you want to duplicate yourself.  So I would recommend you choose one business that is in high demand and you can be passionate about and enjoy doing.



Now if you are not recruiting people and you are just doing sales, go for it and let the money come in from all directions! Good Luck!

Dell - posted on 05/05/2009

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Yep, I make diaper cakes and Im also a member of SMC so I sell products via vendor events etc. I used to sell Warm Spirit too but they went out of business. The good thing about all the stuff I do is I can put them all out on the table together at events and get exposure for all of them. That can get crazy especially when it come to hauling all that stuff around town! My suggestion is to go with what is making you money at the given moment and as you build a customer base, expose your other business venture to them then. Free samples,coupons or gift certifs are a good seguay into it too.

Terese - posted on 04/28/2009

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Hi Jenny! You sound like you know what you like and you go for it! That is an awesome quality to have, especially when you are a role model for your children. I have been a Mary Kay Consultant for the past 5 years and I love it. I started it for myself and slowly grew into it. I love the products and I love the connection I make with my customers. I recently started Melaleuca, but I started it to get my products that I love, for my family.
I truly believe you can only be successful if you have the time to focus on one business, but you can also have two if it does not require a lot of your time. You must remember to have a balance for your personal life as well as your business. If you find that balance it will all work out. I wish you luck in all your endeavors...
I wish you great success!
Terese

Kiana - posted on 04/28/2009

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Hi,

I have been an Herbalife Independent Distributor for almost 4 years. I love helping others make healthy lifestyle changes and reach their health and weight goals at the same time. I have a lot of reorder business with Herbalife, they just keep coming back for more:) In December of 2008 I began my very own Tastefully Simple business, which is so much fun doind taste-testing parties for friends and family in a home setting. I have customers who order from both, Enjoy!!!!

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