I noticed that one of my top posts this month is a recap of my first Rodan + Fields business launch, so I thought I’d share a little more about my experience as an R+F Consultant thus far. (I’ve since taken down the other site because who has time to manage a sixth website, two businesses and a family?)
It all started when The Wife’s skin wouldn’t clear up – even with holistic products from a holistic doctor! Silver sprays, magnesium drinks, etc. He kept seeing his friend’s Facebook posts and thought “Why not?” These products were created by the doctors who created Proactiv. At the very least, if the products didn’t work in 60 days, he’d get his money back.
Well, they worked.
Two months later, after a lot of back and forth with The Wife’s friend and doing my own research, I jumped and joined the business side of things. Honestly there were three reasons I initially joined:
- I could get a bigger discount (25% off retail) on the products for The Wife. Who doesn’t like a bigger discount?
- The products work. I’ve been married to The Wife for 11 years and together for another 7-ish. SO I KNOW WHAT DIDN’T WORK ON HIS SKIN FOR 18 YEARS. Rodan + Fields works.
- Residual income. I didn’t have to drive to a physical location and clock in to earn a second paycheck every month. That meant I could do this while Spawn was napping or while I waiting for Mickey and DocMcStuffins on vacation.
Since social media and word of mouth are so strong within friends, it is only natural for direct sales companies to hop on social and use it as a channel for sharing info on the products and business. You’ve seen it with LulaRoe leggings, Avon makeup, Tupperware even. It also helps my R+F business. You already recommend movies to stream on Netflix, a great lipstick you found at Sephora, the best portable hard drive for travel…. There’s no difference in recommending R+F (especially because the products work).
I still have fear. I still have this weird judgey troll on my shoulder. I don’t want to approach certain people in my social and professional communities. I work with some judgey ass MF pros.
But here’s the thing – I can’t help how they react to my email or message about Rodan + Fields. The only thing I can do is control what I do and how I feel. I’m here to share my enthusiasm for the products and the potential of getting away from a traditional 40-hour workweek. I’ve met real people retiring from a job and move to mentoring and others. Real people retire and give so much back to their communities. Real people retire and stay home with their children. Real people retire and travel. Real people retire and do other things they couldn’t do while working a 40-80 hour workweek.
In my immediate team of R+F Consultants, many of them are in the medical profession – medical doctors, nurses, NPs, PAs, and pharmacists. If these science nerds found Rodan + Fields to be compelling enough to join as a Consultant, then I know I’m in the right place. (There are lots of teachers, SAHMs, real estate agents and other “traditional” professionals in the business too.)
In business school, I used to go through these Harvard Business School case studies. We used to run them in groups to understand the business, strategy, marketing and finance. There is an HBS case study on Rodan + Fields. It’s the last section that caught my eye – that they wanted to create a selling environment that was motivational and sustaining with less emphasis on short-term cash bonuses.
This business is real. It pays real bills.
Specifically, R+F pays my bills. Every month that I’ve been working my business, I’ve earned enough money to pay for at least one month’s worth of groceries for a family of three. That’s working 20-25 hours per month, in those nooks and crannies during the day (for me, mostly night) when you could be playing Pokemon Go. Instead, I’m fielding questions, listening to a training call, publishing posts and managing my customers’ orders. In addition, I’m rewarded for working the business.
My ultimate goal is to match my current salary and go part-time with my social media consulting. By doing this, I would be able to spend more time with my kid and maybe pull her out of full-time daycare. She’ll be in regular school soon enough, and I’d like to savor as much time with her every day before we throw her to the wolves (aka other children).
If you’re remotely interested in learning more about the business or the skincare products, message me. I’m happy to share what I’ve learned along the way. Don’t get me wrong. This is hard work. It’s a business. Work it like a business, get paid like a business. Work it like a hobby, get paid like a hobby.
Thanks for reading.