So I had this little wooden crate with an apple painted on it when I was a kid. My mom bought it from a store called the Crab Apple. It was next to a sandwich store that made the yummiest, cheesiest, greasiest pepperoni sandwich you ever tasted, that was my consolation prize for the clarinet lessons I had to take at the college to help me stay second chair in band (out of two chairs 🙂 Oh. I digress.
That’s when I became a saver. Every dollar ever given to me, even bill that slipped from a birthday card…went into that crate. It HAD to have 100 dollars in it at all times. If I had to spend a $7 on Clinque makeup to get the “FREE GIFT”, I wrote myself an I.O.U. and paid it back with the next babysitting job.
The trend has continued throughout my life. I have to keep a certain minimum in a savings account. And I’ve been been known to save for a big expenditure in a pickle jar. I have never, ever carried debt on a credit card.
So. Starting a business has brought with it many a sleepless night. Business debt is unavoidable. There are lot’s of expenses. It’s scary but if if goes well, there is reward. I have been blessed. Clarabelle & the Hen allowed me to be at home, have some freedom, do what I love and make some money too. But right now I feel like I need to do a little bit more. So hmmmm. WHAT TO DO!?
Well, you may think I am crazy but I am soooo excited about this.
Aside from the painting I told you about yesterday I’ve been consigning stuff—actually I’ve done that for years. I send the kids clothes to a place in Birmingham. Mine too. But I’ve gone through tons and tons of Clarabelle & the Hen samples and really cleaned out. I’ve also been putting stuff on this local Craig’s List-type site—literally going nuts around here, cleaning out, finding stuff to sell. And actually having fun. Well as much fun as you can have being broke 🙂 I’m calling it my “debt diet”. In usual Kathryn-form, I’ve gotten all OCD about it but it sure does feel good when I save a chunk and send it to the credit card company. My goal is to first, cut up my business credit card, and only use a debit card, and then save a big stockpile and never get in this uneasy situation again.
But it occurred to me that seemingly rock-solid business gigs can come and go, and it also occurred to me that I don’t ever want to go back to work for a yucky boss again. Don’t get me started. And so I was sort of wondering what else I could do….that’s where the painting came in….but Lordy…how many paintings would I have to paint?
Anyway. I started going to this bible study and right off the bat clicked with this girl named Angie. We both went to Auburn so that was the initial connection. And as it seems to go with everyone I meet, the convo goes like this:
Other Person “when did you graduate?”
Me: “oh, I’m sure, way before you”
OP: usually….I graduated in 1998 or something equally as hard to hear
But in this case, Angie said it! and as it turned out, FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, she was OLDER than ME. But when she told me her age, I literally almost fell on the floor. Check her out:
This girl is 51 years old. NEVER done botox. No surgery. (Angie, PLEASE don’t be mad at me, you are FLIPPING BEAUTIFUL and don’t look a day over 35, and If I were you I’d be shouting my age from the rooftops). And by the way, I’m very obviously jealous.
Anyway, we ended up going to lunch and she told me she needed a graphic designer to help her with her business. Well, pretty cool, huh? Fancy that. Another way to earn some $. But she started telling me about her business. She had worked in Real Estate, Marketing, been a major career girl. Her husband is an architect. When the economy crashed, they BOTH lost their jobs. A friend told her about the company she was working for. Rodan & Fields. You’ve heard of it. The Proactiv people. Obviously a genius product. I use it. I’ve been using it for years. The friend suggested she go to work for them too. Angie thought her friend was nuts. Doing WHAT?
But when her friend shared her story, Angie started listening. As did I.
In a nutshell, R&F (who are two female dermatologists who still have private practices even though they are KABILLIONAIRES) saw a need for people beyond teenagers with acne. People were saying, why aren’t you treating wrinkles, adult acne, sensitive skin etc? So they started a high end skin care line and sold it through Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom etc. It instantly became a top seller…because it truly works. These are products that dermatologists are using in their practices like Obagi, which I also use…that I have to admit, are PRICEY…that are getting the same results, use the same ingredients, but they are sold at a lower price point. And the best part is, they are formulated to cause less irritation. (When I started using Obagi, my face looked like roadkill–no lie).
But they realized they could do even better if they created a direct-selling model. They also really want to help people improve their skin, and to share the wealth. I know, it sounds like baloney—but lets get real, these chicks don’t need any more money. The key is getting on the horn, calling your friends, telling them about these amazing products (Look at Angie! Look at the success of Proactiv! And if that doesn’t convince you…when you buy the products there is a 60-day MONEY BACK guarantee. For real! Send back the EMPTY JARS if you don’t like what you used, for an exchange or your money back. WHO DOES THAT?)
If you become a product seller, you get all the tools you need…a website, your samples etc (a small start-up investment that you earn back quickly, I promise you)–and at the same time, bring in business partners to sell with you–and you will watch your sales grow exponentially over time.
Long story short…Angie, has been doing this for only three years and she is driving a free Lexus. Bigger wow— she only works about 20-30 hours a week. You can work as much or as little as you like, depending on how much money you want to make. And if you decide you decide it isn’t for you, can you stop at any time. You will have SO much support…an amazing team to help you. Angie is showing me the ropes and you will die when you hear some of the success stories. I kid you not, there is a 27 year old school teacher who is now making over a million bucks a year.
Check out my site:
https://kathryngage.myrandf.com/ and all of the great products. Try the great tool to assess your skins needs.
I’m gonna try it and I’m not a huge risk taker. I just don’t see much risk, but a ton to gain. My biggest concern is that apparently you have to talk on the phone a lot 🙂 lol. I can hear you all now…”welp. Kathryn won’t be driving any Lexus. haha. BUT I’M GONNA GET BETTER ABOUT THAT!!!!!!!! And I’m gonna look like Angie too 🙂 In my new Lexus. All young and pretty. Watch and see!
I’ll keep ya’ll posted! Wish me luck 🙂 Oh, and if you want to try a miracle scrub and night serum send me your address!
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