In the rare moments that I find myself with downtime, I often spend that time idly perusing Facebook or Instagram (whilst also exerting the least amount of energy possible). If you are like me in this way, then I am sure you have seen an array of posts from friends selling things.
I was recently offered the opportunity to join one of these teams, but I am not currently in the market to add anything else to my already full plate. However, I thought I could at least be helpful to another mama who is working hard to support her family, and provide her with a platform here.
Her name is Ashley Richelderfer, and she is a consultant for R+F, a skin care company.
She, like me, considers herself to be an introvert. So anyone who thinks that this line of work is only for the most extraverted of characters, Ashley proves this not to be the case.
Below is her experience thus far as a consultant, and why you should become one too!
Why become an R+F Consultant?
I ordered some products from a neighbor in December, and after a couple weeks of use, I noticed such a difference in the texture of my skin that I was hooked.
In passing, my neighbor mentioned the business side of R+F, and the benefits of joining the team. I spent a week or two mulling it over. I saw the opportunity to not only share the products I loved, but to be able to contribute financially to my family as a stay at home mom. I’m not an outgoing person, and I wasn’t sure I would “fit” being in direct marketing. But my reasons for wanting to try it out eventually won over, and I joined up. Luckily for me, the “selling” wasn’t anything like that I expected.
My perception of what R+F would be was based on other direct marketing companies and friends I knew who worked with them. But I quickly found R+F does things differently than a lot of these companies.
We are not a “party company”
Meaning you aren’t required to spend your precious evenings and weekends at other people’s homes instead of with your own family. That is of course, unless you WANT to do parties. That’s totally your prerogative, but it’s not required at all.
Since our customers order off of our personal websites, consultants aren’t required to carry any inventory. We don’t have to place bulk orders for customers either, since everything ships directly to them.
Our products come with a 60-day, empty bottle, guarantee. That is how much the company stands behinds the products it sells. If a customer isn’t satisfied with a product for any reason, they can return within that time frame for a full refund. This INCLUDES the consultant kits. If you decide the business isn’t for you, you are eligible for the same refund.
The minute you join up, you will be part of a team of other consultants who support and help each other. You won’t have to reinvent the wheel, so to speak, because there is a plethora of information at your fingertips. From other consultants, from our team pages, and from R+F corporate. We also have a nurse line we can utilize for assisting our customers, so you don’t need to be a skincare expert to join R+F.
There is no minimum amount that a consultant has to sell to get a paycheck. You CAN increase your paycheck by meeting certain goals, but you are never required to hit any sort of minimum.
What type of person are you looking for?
As far as the type of person I’m looking for, there isn’t really one type of person who is a good fit. I know stay at home moms, full time working women, and women (and men!) everywhere in between who are fitting R+F into the nooks and crannies of their day. If someone is serious about the business and willing to learn, anyone with as little as 5 hours a week can build a business and be successful. And that time can be 5 minutes here, 10 minutes there – at your kid’s soccer practice, over your lunch break or over a cup of coffee in the morning – whatever fits into your life. Since the majority of what we do is online, it’s totally flexible and you can take it anywhere.
With that said, it’s also possible to make it a full time career. I know several ladies personally who have been able to retire from their careers in their 30s and 40s. And plenty more who are well on their way to being able to do so.
The biggest surprise I have had with this business is the friendships I have made, and the people I have reconnected with. I get to work with a group of ladies who want to help others and reach their own goals, whatever those may be. Anything from starting a vacation fund, to paying down debt, to being able work less and spend more time with family.
Thanks for the opportunity to share my business!