It’s been a little over three years since I joined Rodan + Fields as a Consultant. If you want to read the why, here is the original post.
I wanted to give an update because I know that some folks are curious about my being a Consultant, why I did it, why I’m still doing it, and how this all works out.
First, why are you still doing this? Don’t you make enough in your dayjob?
I continue to work in this side business because it brings in extra income for our family. There were (are) unforeseen expenses and stuff that came up these past couple years, and I’m relieved I had a second paycheck (albeit smaller than my dayjob income) that helped with those extra bills.
Second, how do I work this business?
I used to work this side business here and there but realized quickly that to be effective and efficient, I block out time for myself. I need blocks of time so that my mind is focused on whatever the task is. This goes for my dayjob too. Multitasking is a myth. I spend about an hour a day, but it’s a concentrated hour. I am posting on social media, commenting on team members’ social posts, checking on customer orders, making sure my customers don’t order more product than they need (though some of them go rogue anyway), and take in a training or look through newsletters or product info. I don’t always spend every day on the business, sometimes I’ll bank the time for the weekend or beginning of the month.
My business partner (and I like to call her my leader; she eschews it) Panda is an anesthesiologist by trade. A medical doctor. She says, “There are no R+F emergencies.” Things can wait for family. Family first and always – and boy, I love her for pointing it out. You may not know Panda, but she used to work 80+ hour weeks. Last year, she was so excited to go part-time as a doctor. Do you know what her part-time hours are? 40 hours a week. I KNOW, RIGHT?!
Isn’t it embarrassing to be in direct sales? People don’t judge you?
First off, the products work.* They’ve been clinically tested and proven to be effective on most skin. The products sell themselves.
Lash Boost? Killer product. My favorite REVERSE products? Yup. Sensitive skin treatment? I use it because waxing, yo. Active Hydration Body Replenish? Better than your usual body lotion. The new products? I’ve already ordered them!
Second, people will judge you no matter what. I can’t help how other people feel about me or my business. I love my Birkenstocks. See, you just judged me. I’m going to keep on wearing them anyway. So I’m going to keep posting about R+F anyway.
You can see below the types of people who have signed up as Consultants. Yes, we do have stay-at-home moms (hardest job in the universe) and we also have professionals like medical doctors, attorneys, dentists, teachers, makeup artists, estheticians, and me. (But wait, there’s more. That’s just a sample.)
At first, I was hesitant to post on my social media. Then I got over myself. The people who see your social posts are either going to keep scrolling or stop and ask. Life will go on. When I’m 100 years old, I will not be stopping to think about that one guy who sh*t on my Facebook post about Rodan + Fields. Or the friend who said something passive-aggressive about it. I cannot help how they think, and that is ok. I just keep chugging along.
I’m going to keep with this business for as long as the brand innovates and the products continue to work. I’m also going to keep on keeping on because it makes me money. I can’t imagine not seeing an email every month saying “YOU GOT PAID” now.
This year’s Rodan + Fields Convention was held in New Orleans, celebrating their 10th anniversary as a direct sales business. (You can google their trajectory yourself, from products at Nordstrom to switching to the direct sales model.) There were three new product launches – and there was news about another country to go into. <MBA hat on> I expect them to go into Asia – it’s the perfect market – consumers are connected via mobile/internet, there’s an affinity for skincare that works (hi, Korea!), and it’s a huge market. </MBA hat off>
No inventory to carry – I do not have to store tons of stuff in my smurf home. Everything is shipped directly to the customer. No long drives to drop off product – yay! The customer can pick and choose what they want online. I do have my business kit filled with all the products so I can showcase them at home or wherever.
For those of you who know me in real life, you know I’m pretty much an open book about this business. You can ping me anytime and ask questions or we can chat *gasp* on the phone. I’d love for more folks to join my team of consultants or as customers.
If you want to check out all the incentives and perks, you can check out the business site: https://barenakedskin.myrandf.biz/Pages/ProgramsIncentives.
If you want to check out the products and play with the Solution Tool to find your official recommendation: https://barenakedskin.myrandf.com/.
Thanks for reading. I hope my updates will help someone decide whether a Rodan + Fields business is for them. There are different direct sales companies, and I recommend reaching out to as many people as you can to find out more and how they work their business(es).
*Of course there are people whose skin is just not going to handle the ingredients well. Just think of the bell curve and that the R+F products will work for 95% of that bell curve. You know there is no magic pill. If there was, I’d be skinny.