Amber Munos Helps Women Feel Beautiful on a Budget

Amber Munos sells Paparazzi $5 Accessories because she loves helping women feel beautiful on a budget.  Her business is aptly named Amber’s Awesome Accessories.

How did you get started in your business?
One of my friends was selling it and I saw how awesome it was and decided to buy my starter kit.

What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome in your business?
Being able to store my inventory and buying new inventory.

How has this hurdle made you better?
It helped me be more organized to be able to store it efficiently.

What does gratitude mean to you?
Being appreciative of any help received.

Who do you appreciate? Why?
My sponsor she is always there when I have a bad day and when I have a good day she hypes it up even more.

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One Bite at a Time | Conversation with Teresa Sisson

Teresa Sisson is the owner of Sisson Kitchen in New Caney, Texas.

Describe your business.
Sisson Kitchen is the culmination of all that I do and everything I do comes from the heart. I am a Tupperware consultant and with my husband, Ronn, I also have a food trailer. These two businesses allow me to combine my love of cooking and helping others.

How did you get started?
I started my Tupperware business because it was a great deal on amazing products, then I realized I could earn money & gifts too! The food trailer actually started as me trying to help fulfill my husbands dream of owning a baked potato business. My love of cooking kicked in and now we do gourmet potatoes and snack foods too.

What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome in your business?
My own procrastination combined with my need to over analyze & micro manage everything. I can get stuck on the small details very easily. That turns into self-doubt and fear.

How has this hurdle made you better?
I am learning to let go of the reins and ask for help when I need it. Recognizing these traits as hurdles has been a major step for me. I’ve always known that no one is successful on their own, but I’m taking steps to collaborate with those around me.

Top 3 books for personal and business growth?

  • The Bible. I know it may seem cliché but it is the foundation I stand on.
  • Fish! (Best business philosophy ever.)
  • Think and Grow Rich is good also.

What does gratitude mean to you?
To me gratitude is the ability to be thankful for all that I have even in the midst of strife. Ronn & I have seen a lot of hard times in the last 10 years, but we never lose sight of how truly blessed we are.

Who do you appreciate? Why?
There are too many people to list and I would probably forget someone so I’ll just list a few:

I appreciate my husband Ronn. He is a good man and he supports me 150% in everything I do. No matter how hair brained my idea is, he is right there to back me up.

My Daddy & Momma are my greatest blessings. They taught me that success was not a title or financial statement; it is knowing that you did your best (with your family, friends, community, and work) and being able to sleep peacefully at night.

Anything else you’d like to add or include?
Never let anyone or anything stop you from pursuing your dreams. They may seem silly to everyone around you. They may seem impossible to accomplish. The journey is the important part, because it will change you.

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How to Personally Sponsor 5 Distributors into Your Network Marketing Business in 4 Days

Growing a network marketing business requires filling empty seats at a presentation.  Until they see a presentation, a person can not decide, yes or no, about an opportunity.  Yes is great.  No is good, too.  We are all taught that it is a funneling process!  The more seats you fill, the more decisions made.

Recently, my business partner Susie Glennan, did a push to earn VIP status at our company’s annual convention this coming September. There were a couple of specific goals she needed to reach to earn VIP, and she worked her tail off.  As a result of her extraordinary effort, Susie was able to sponsor 5 distributors into her organization in just 4 days.

Susie’s Story

Here is Susie’s story in her own words:

Last Thursday one of my customers called and met me at Starbucks to see how to make money with (my opportunity). I showed him the (presentation). He upgraded to preferred customer and was considering signing up as a distributor. He thought his brother would also like (the business). WHILE AT Starbucks, a really friendly woman and her girlfriends started chatting with me, so I showed them the APP. I took a photo of all three of them and sent cards to all three of them.

In the meantime, my customer was at the next table and downloaded the APP. I bounced between tables showing everyone how it works.

Apparently…sending photos on cards and putting photos on bulk cards to sell was just what the ladies were talking about. My customer didn’t sign up, but by Friday, one of the ladies met with me again. Her name is LaVonda. We spent 3 hours chatting and she wanted to sign up!

Saturday we got back together to sign her up and while we were going over final details her church group came into Starbucks, so I showed some of them the APP and told them about LaVonda’s new biz. They LOVED it! LaVonda and I have plans for her first gathering…This woman made it happen! She’s a Preferred Customer and Distributor but hoping to upgrade to a bundle in the next week or so!!! AND her friend who was there the first day said she’s going to be her first customer.

Honestly, I started off last August re-learning how to network and get back in the game. I received good advice from my networking group and followed it. Recently, we had the first VIP contest and I got it in my mind that I had to win. It didn’t happen. When it came around a second time I had many customers on the fence or they kept waiting to raise the funds. So I asked everyone I could if they were ready to sign up or if they could do me a favor, sign up, and see if they like it to help me make VIP.

While I didn’t qualify for VIP or Sr. Mgr. because of volume, it started a flurry in my business and I’ve received several calls to help customers upgrade and/or learn to use the system better in just one day because of my phone calls the day before. Other things that happened because of my flurry of calls to everyone yesterday…Someone I don’t know contacted me to learn about SOC and some of my friends who are customers are now considering signing up.

It’s a numbers game people and the momentum changes how we appear to others because we’re on this forward flowing motion and people feel it.

Nuggets of Wisdom

There are three nuggets to take away from Susie’s story:

  1.  Planting seeds does not reap immediate results.  Seeds need nurturing to germinate and grow. When they bloom, it will be worth it.
  2. Listen to your peers.  Susie asked her networking group for advice, which she followed.
  3. Follow up.  Follow up.  Follow up.  These 5 distributors didn’t sign themselves up, Susie called them and asked if they were ready.

Okay, so really there are more than 3 nuggets.  Here is another:  Stay in forward flowing motion!

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Suzy Snow | 30 Women Who Mean Business Series

Suzy Snow is Jamberry Independent Consultant in the Greater Houston area.

Describe your business (work, passion) in 3 to 5 sentences.
I am a busy mom with two sets of twins who never had time nor the money to get my nails done. When my girls and I tried Jamberry wraps, we fell in love with how long they last, the adorable designs & salon quality nails for a fraction of the cost. Now, I am blessed to get paid by having pretty nails! Yay!

How did you get started in your business?
I originally joined only for the discount because my husband lost his engineering job at the time and I couldn’t afford to pay full price. I wanted the whole kit with the heater and wraps and figured purchasing the consultant kit was a good deal, even if I never sold it but could buy it at a discount. I had a launch party and made my first 3 fast starts and it took off.

What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome in your business?
Finding the time to consistently devote each day to my business.

How has this hurdle made you better?
I learned about the power hour and started implementing it. This has helped.

Top books for personal and business growth?

What does gratitude mean to you?
Gratitude means to be thankful, joyful and content in all circumstances.

Who do you appreciate? Why?
I appreciate my husband for encouraging me to do well with Jamberry. I appreciate my sweet girls a.k.a. my business partners. They love Jamberry as much if not more than I do. I appreciate everyone in my “Jamily” and the support they provide.

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Star Wars Inspired Jamberry Nails

Star Wars Inspired Jamberry Nails

Jan Goulden | 30 Women Who Mean Business Series

Jan Goulden is an Independent Rodan + Fields Consultant.  She was a vendor at the Conroe Women Who Mean Business Expo.  I like her enthusiasm and am looking forward to getting to know her better.

Share a little about your business.

My business is to develop relationships with people so that I may share my Rodan + Fields business opportunity and/or skincare products with others. My mission is to help as many people have financial flexibility and premium skincare as I can reach. My goal is to provide training and support to my business partners and excellent customer service to my clients.

How did you get started in your business?

My husband and I have three sons and we spend tons of time outside. As a result, I had a lot of sun damage from using inadequate sunscreen. (Don’t worry, I always took the time to put plenty on the boys). I was looking for skincare products that would help me repair and prevent further damage. I attended an information session at a friend’s house to learn about the Rodan + Fields products. I was so impressed by the company and its products that I immediately signed up to become a consultant. I haven’t looked back and that was over a year ago.

What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome in your business?

I have always had complete confidence in my business and the products but I doubted myself. My biggest hurdle has been to reach outside of myself to strangers and even to acquaintances about my business. My self-doubt often paralyzed me with fear of sharing my information. I was afraid to bother people or to look too forward or aggressive.

How has this hurdle made you better?

This hurdle of self-doubt has been difficult to overcome but, in my journey to overcome it, I have met many new people. These people have enriched my life; I have learned from them. I am even developing true friendships with some of them.

What are your top three books for business and personal growth?

Gratitude can be hard to express but is often felt very deeply. - @janmgoulden #30WomenWhoMeanBusiness… Click To Tweet

What does gratitude mean to you?

Gratitude is a feeling that you have when someone, or a group of people, help you. Gratitude makes you feel loved and valued and having self-worth.

Many times, people don’t even realize the impact they have had on a person or how grateful that person feels towards them. Gratitude can be hard to express or shown but is often felt very deeply. Words, card or gift may not seem adequate to show how much gratitude you may feel towards another.

jangouldenheadshotWho do you appreciate? 

I appreciate my parents because they have always encouraged me to dream big and then work towards those dreams. I also appreciate people who push and challenge me because this is how I learn and grow. I hope that, in return, I push and challenge those people to grow and learn, too.

I also appreciate Kandas for including me in this series. She is someone who is pushing and challenging me to learn and grow!

Aw shucks!  You made me blush!  Anything else you’d like to add?

I am always looking for new people with whom I can exchange business information. I like to learn about other businesses so that I may make referrals when I am asked. I also appreciate it when other business owners refer me to their clients.

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3 Relationship Marketing Rules

We received a great Christmas gift via Twitter from a client over at ShaKa Studios. Through all the hustle and bustle, the small things we do consistently over time, to create great relationships with our clients, continue to yield positive results.

Today, I am sharing my 3 Relationship Marketing rules.

Relationship Marketing Means More Loyal Clients

Relationship marketing is about creating relationships with your clients.  When you have a relationship, your client is more likely to do business with you again, and even refer business your way. If you are really lucky, they might just talk about you on social media.

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So, how do you create these relationships?

I built my entire 27 year sales career around relationships.  It started at my very first job, as an assistant store manager in a clothing boutique, and continues today.  You just need to remember three rules to create great relationships with your clients:

  1. Be genuine. It helps if you are genuinely nice.
  2. Be transparent. Share a bit of your personal life. Just a bit.
  3. Say “Thank You” often and with enthusiasm.

I send a thank you card and small gift, usually yummy Sea Salt Caramel from SendOutCards, to each of our custom furniture clients over at ShaKa Studios.  Here is a tweet from one client on Christmas eve:

I’d say that was a pretty groovy Christmas gift our client gave us, eh?

Your turn. How do YOU build relationships with your clients?

Customer Retention Strategy: Treat Your Clients to a Halloween Treat

Customer retention is not as hard as you think. If you want to keep them coming back for more, treat your clients to an occasional treat. Halloween is the perfect time to do so!

During the major holidays like Christmas, your clients are inundated with cards and gifts. If you send something when everyone else is sending, your gesture is likely to get lost in the crowd.

When was the last time someone sent YOU a Halloween treat?

Oh really?

Never?

Think about it, if no one is sending YOU a treat this month, then no one is sending your clients a treat! The trick to customer retention isn’t really a trick, it is standing out. Sending Halloween treats makes you stand out.

Grab Their Attention by Sending a Card

If you are on a budget, sending a Halloween card is a cost effective customer retention tool. You can include a note along the lines of “it’s a treat to have you as a client” or “it’s never scary doing business with you.” The note should reflect your personality and be in alignment with your company culture.

Trick or Treat Halloween Greeting Card.   Click the card to send today.  The first card you send is FREE, on me.

Trick or Treat Halloween Greeting Card. Click the card to send today. The first card you send is FREE, on me.

Have a Wonderful Halloween Greeting Card.  Click the image to send the card today.  The first card you send is FREE, on me.

Have a Wonderful Halloween Greeting Card. Click the image to send the card today. The first card you send is FREE, on me.

Vintage Halloween Card with a Victorian Era look.  Send this card by clicking the image.  The first card you send is FREE, on me.

Vintage Halloween Card with a Victorian Era look. Send this card by clicking the image. The first card you send is FREE, on me.

Send a Gift and They Will Never Forget

If you really want to make an impact on your clients and ensure customer retention, send a gift. Here are a few that you can send along with a greeting card through SendOutCards. Contact me privately for more information on these and other ghoulishly amazing Halloween gifts.

Halloween Candy Jars.  Choose from Bite, Beware, or Bone Appetit jars and get the candy to match. BOO!

Halloween Candy Jars. Choose from Bite, Beware, or Bone Appetit jars and get the candy to match. BOO!

Gourmet Caramels in an Orange Halloween Gift Tower.  This beautiful gift tower includes Golden (vanilla), Pumpkin Spice and Sea Salt Caramels. Created in small batches, these scrumptious treats are handcrafted using only the freshest, local ingredients. (1.5 lbs)

Gourmet Caramels in an Orange Halloween Gift Tower. This beautiful gift tower includes Golden (vanilla), Pumpkin Spice and Sea Salt Caramels. Created in small batches, these scrumptious treats are handcrafted using only the freshest, local ingredients. (1.5 lbs)

Pumpkin Patch Candle Perfectly capture the inviting scent of brown sugar sweetened pumpkins, baked in simmering spices of clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

Pumpkin Patch Candle Perfectly capture the inviting scent of brown sugar sweetened pumpkins, baked in simmering spices of clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

Customer retention is easy when you send cards and gifts.

Leave a comment with your tips and takeaways. What do you do to keep your clients coming back time and time again?