Since starting my new business venture, I am gotten lots of support from friends and family.. and some funny looks and “really??”s. That’s all right because, I get it. Without knowing much about the company, or the products, or how I have been lately, it might not make sense to most people. On the surface, you get the sense that it is a network marketing- thing. You have to get other people to sign up to make money. (Not so) Your defense mechanism kicks in and your brain says “Pyramid Scheme- run!” That’s literally the first thing that I asked when a friend told me about it, so I understand the thought. There are so many ways to get swindled out of your hard earned money these days- it’s sensible to be defensive when you hear about a new company where the leaders are mostly young women, making 6 figures and working from their phones. That sounds pretty silly actually. I’ll be the first to tell you, there’s more to it than laying on the couch surfing Facebook- but there’s more truth to it than you could ever believe.
I actually signed up to be an Itworks distributor about 2 years ago. I tried the wraps, and they worked. Like, really worked. I was getting married, but I was a weird bride. I wasn’t excited about putting on the dress because I wasn’t happy with the way I looked and felt. Even though I was marrying the love of my life, I was very stressed out with work, and was managing 3 other weddings that my venue was hosting… the same week as mine. At that time I just couldn’t find the energy or motivation to pull it all together and take care of myself so that I could feel and look great on my wedding day. I ordered a wedding dress online, it came, and it didn’t quite zip up. A few weeks before my wedding, I tossed it back in the closet, told myself I would “figure it out”. I proceeded to focus on everything else but the fact that my wedding was coming up and my dress didn’t fit. Enter: the wraps. A week and a half out, I decided to try these things- I think I did 3 of them in a week (which is not how you are supposed to use them, but I’ve never been one for following directions) Two days before the wedding, I tried the dress on again and it zipped up without so much as a snag. I did not work out once.
Let me interject something that I think is very, very important right here. What I did before my wedding to slim down was a last ditch effort to fit into my dress- and I should have been working out all along. I think the wraps are amazing but they do not and will not replace a healthy, active lifestyle and diet. If you want to be healthy and maintain a slim physique long term, you have to work out and eat right. End of story. It’s one thing to have an event coming up that you want to quickly slim down for- and it’s another to think that you can just wrap yourself until you go from a size 30 to a 2. That’s just lazy.
I got married, fit into the dress (although was still very dissatisfied with myself physically), and went on about life; work, kids, marriage, etc. I mean really, that’s enough to keep me busy right? I decided I didn’t have time to deal with doing a side business, I didn’t want to post on Facebook about something I was selling and annoy my friends, and money was tight. I was worried that being a distributor would end up somehow costing me more than I could make.
I promptly quit, and didn’t look back.
I made a Facebook friend that I had met in person at work- someone also in the wedding industry. She was (is), happy, energetic, friendly, and enthusiastic about Itworks. We didn’t talk much but I did read her posts, about life and about how ItWorks was changing her life. I saw her quit her full time bartending job to work her business. I saw her travelling all over, it seemed like a few times a month she was getting on a plane to somewhere. Having been a bartender as well in the past, and being a travel-lover, these events stood out to me. But I was still “too busy”. I mean, I have triplets for Pete’s sake. And a job, and a house and a husband , yada yada. When on earth was I supposed to have time to post constantly on Facebook, throw parties, call people about the products, and whatever else it is those people do? It seemed out of reach, but I was still intrigued- especially because I knew the wraps really worked. I ended up ordering the Hair Skin and Nails vitamins as well, because my hair has really thinned quite a bit since having babies. (It’s always been a fear of mine that I will go bald, even when I was younger.) I noticed that my hair grew ridiculously fast on the HSN vitamins. Weirdly fast. (Another product works? WOW- 2 for 2)
Next, I saw this person start to earn bonuses.. for example, a 30,000 bonus. Next, her mom and sister were on her team and earning crazy bonuses as well. That’s a nice thought isn’t it? Making great money, and being able to share that with your closest family? I thought, “I would love to do that!” But it still seemed a little scary.
At the beginning of this year, a switch flipped inside me and I decided it was time to start taking care of myself again. I always felt like there was so much to do- for the kids, for my work, for my husband, that there was no way I should be taking time out of the day to go work out, get my hair done, or learn something new. I always heard people say that you will be a better parent and spouse, when you take care of yourself first, but I didn’t really listen. Now that i have done that, I know its true. I started working out, eating right, and getting up early every morning. I worked out every morning and every night. A couple months in, I decided I needed to speed up the process, and started taking ThermoFit and using wraps again. My weight loss accelerated- even at the end of the weight loss portion of the journey. I was so nervous that the last 20 were going to be impossible to lose and take 6 months. Not so! Within 6 months I had lost a great amount of weight, and felt like a million bucks. Still do, actually! And other than last week when I was on vacation, getting my fill of good NY pizza, I’m still losing weight.
Fast forward again, to this past May/early June. I am still intrigued by the products, and keep finding new thing that I HAVE to try. Every time I tried something, I was shocked by how well it worked.
I signed up to be a distributor, and got rolling right away. I watch youtube training videos from the leaders and top earners of the company every night while I walk on the treadmill after the kids are in bed. I started posting about the products on Facebook, and pretty soon, my inbox was full with people interested in the products. I am glad to share them with people, because I know they do work. I threw a party and had my enroller come and help explain everything to the party-goers which was great for me to see. I love throwing parties so I know this will be one way I succeed with this company.
In order to share these products with more people, we are encouraged to broaden our network, to interact with more people, and to make connections. So far, that’s been such a great thing for me. I have reconnected with old friends, including some that were very, very special to me. Having always been a shy person, I love that this business is bringing out a new side of me. I usually tend to keep to myself… keep my head down and move along. Now I find myself making eye contact with people when they pass me, saying hello, how are you? and meaning it. Not because I am trying to sell something, but because I actually like connecting with people. You never know who you are going to meet!
Has it been a challenge? You bet. I’m still not good at “blitzing” (talking to people you don’t know, in random/public places about the products). I can’t always spend the amount of time that I’d like to. I don’t know all the details about all the products yet. But in less than a month I have quadrupled the monthly income of the average distributor. The people in this company that have heart, desire, and passion for the company and their goals, are the ones that will succeed and change their lives. I already know I am one of them.