Thursday, January 12, 2017

Thinking of Starting an Online Organic Beauty Business?

Do you have great business ideas but not sure where to begin? If you love organic beauty products and have been thinking of starting a business, perhaps with 2017 upon us the timing is just right for you.

Over the years I've met many women and stay at home moms doing some type of business from home. When my kids were younger we loved going to the weekly farmers market. That's where I'd be drawn to the crafty booths selling hand made products especially organic beauty products. The idea of creating a product and working for yourself appeals to many. For stay at home moms in particular it's a great opportunity to pursue a passion while caring for your children. 

In my case, I love organic beauty products but creating them on my own not only wouldn't fit with my lifestyle, not to mention I have zero talent for it! If you're like me, there are many established companies that you can partner with without doing it all on your own. 

For some women it's not about the extra income but the unexpected new friendships that come from starting a new business venture. For some it's a creative outlet, a project that isn't related to being a mom. 

For me, I was already a fan of NYR Organic products so when the opportunity came to join for less than $100, it was perfect timing. It was hard to pass up on those wonderful aromatic products and the adorable glass blue bottles, signature of NYR Organic.

Whatever the reasons may be why women join a home-based business, one of the perks is getting the products you already love at a discount. And you have an opportunity to build your business that's entirely based on your personal efforts.

A direct sales type of business offers not only great products but an easy entry for people to start a flexible business on their own terms. In my previous businesses, I had dozens of team members all over the country. That's my favorite part about direct sales, meeting new people! 

Whether you're thinking of starting a crafty business selling at your local farmers market or starting a direct sales business with an established company, I believe having your own business can offer many benefits.

Warm regards,

Janette

P.S. If you're looking for a flexible online business with a successful team and company to partner with, I would love to share what I'm doing with you. Click Organic Online Business and let's connect!

Friday, October 3, 2014

new vs ground floor direct selling companies

When it comes to direct selling/network marketing business opportunities, the term "ground floor" has multiple meanings, depending on whom you ask. Some direct sales directories for advertising purposes does not allow a company to be listed under ground floor if it's older than 2 years old. I've also heard some distributors consider "ground floor" opportunities as a company having less than 100,000 consultants.

Depending on whom you ask, you'll get different responses. Perhaps it's more about saturation. But let's consider new companies (just getting started within a year or less) and ground floor (10,000 reps or less).

Pros and cons of new companies

Do you have any idea how many new direct selling companies that start and close before you even hear about them? Lots! In fact, the stats is down right scary yet it doesn't stop people from joining a brand new company.

If you join a new company, be prepared to go through many ups and downs typical of all new companies. You're signing up to do your part (recruit and sell to build your individual business) but you're also putting your faith in the new company and hoping they do their part to grow the company.

The latter can be tricky as no one really knows what goes behind the scenes with a start up. You have faith they have the capital to grow the business, hopefully well trained staff to handle customer service, shipping, daily operations. And hopefully, the company leaders know what they're doing. It's a risk you take when you partner with a new company.

From my experience watching so many companies launch and close, one of the biggest challenges is attracting leaders that have the contact and experience that could help a new company grow.

The upside of joining a brand new company is being at the forefront, working closely with corporate, having some input, recruiting opportunities, and other perks as one of the early adopters.

The downside is dealing with instability, lack of growth, lack of product choices, slowness in releasing new products, inability to attract new recruits, shipping delays, website issues, and so forth. But perhaps one of the biggest red flags is lack of capital to market and grow the business long term.

Pros and cons of ground floor companies

I believe everyone has a different definition of what ground floor opportunities mean. Because top leaders with thousands of reps on their teams will tell you there's plenty of opportunity even with a company with 100,000+ reps. They'll tell you saturation is a myth.

If I'm assessing a ground floor opportunity, I'll look at the number of leaders in the company and the levels of activity of consultants. Even with 10,000 reps, most aren't building a business. There are shoppers, casual consultants, or people that work the business periodically. This means there's plenty of opportunity for you to join a ground floor company vs a new company.

There's still plenty of opportunity to grow your business minus all the hiccups and instability of a new company. But the key to your success is not your position but your activity. You can join a new company, be the first consultant but if you do nothing, your business is still nothing. Ultimately, it's your activity that determines your success.

Although, I definitely see some perks and potential with new companies depending on key factors such as capital, leadership and product uniqueness. But I'd be more cautious with new companies given my first hand experience with them.

If you're looking to build long term with a company that already has a proven success track record and want to stick around for years to come with a stable company, I'd go with a ground floor.

Best,

Janette

P.S. This is a brief write up on the pros and cons of new companies vs ground floor. If you're considering a long term business, I'd encourage you to do your research and take your time to find the best fit for YOU. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

3 Must-Read Articles on Non-Toxic, Natural Products

Need more reasons to ditch toxins and switch to non-toxic, natural personal care and cleaning products? You'll find the following articles helpful and great tips on how to make your own safer products too.

The Best Non-Toxic Ways to Clean Your Home by WebMD. A must read if you've been considering non toxic product, natural products and whether they're as effective as products laden with toxins.

When it comes to non-toxic, natural products, you only need a few ingredients to effectively clean your kitchen counter tops such as vinegar, warm water, and a few drops of essential oils (lavender, lemon, are two of my favorites) or use fresh lemons. It's that easy and effective without spending money on store bought brands.

Do Green Products Work? by AARP.

Myth: Natural cleaning products don't kill germs and therefore are ineffective.
Facts: Some "green" cleaners, such as the Clorox Green Works line made from a component found in coconuts, do little more than help remove dirt. They don't disinfect — nor do they claim to — so they don't kill germs
(source: http://www.aarp.org/home-garden/home-improvement/info-03-2011/natural-cleaning-products-do-not-work.html)

"Vinegar is almost 100 percent effective at killing germs if you leave it on for at least 60 seconds, and it leaves a nice shine," says Duberg. (source: http://www.aarp.org/home-garden/home-improvement/info-03-2011/natural-cleaning-products-do-not-work.html)

75 DIY Beauty Recipes All Natural Non Toxic by Healthylivinghowto. Another great article on so many ways to make beauty and home cleaning products yourself. 

If you're looking for more ways to ditch and switch to non toxic, natural products, Pinterest has great pins. While you're on Pinterest, follow my pin and let's stay in touch ->Pin with Janette. I'll be posting a lot more tips in the very near future.

Best,

Janette

P.S.  If you'd like to see a wide range of non-toxic products with 0 ratings on the Safe Cosmetics Database, visit my -> Non Toxic/Organic online store and email me if there's something you'd like a sample of before you buy. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Natural Organic Personal Care Products a Good Home-Based Business?

These days, you see aisles of natural and organic skin care, body care, cleaning, in every store- not just health and specialty stores. It's obvious the demand is fueled by consumer desire for healthier choices. But as a home business, is selling natural products a good business?

Organic personal care products market is growing at rapid pace across the world. Rising concerns for health safety, increasing green consciousness and growing consumer’s awareness about the hazards in synthetic chemicals have fueled the demand for organic personal care products. Source: http://www.transparencymarketresearch.com/organic-personal-care-products.html


From my experience as a top sales leader for a natural direct selling company for two years, I can tell you there's great interest in people buying the products as well as people looking to sell them as a home-based business.

#1 Product quality and value

With more natural and organic personal care products on the market, there's more competition. There isn't anything that can't be purchased online or through a retailer.

When I'm shopping for personal care products, I look for truly natural, non-toxic products based on the ingredients because that's important to me. But price is also a strong consideration. Price points matter even to people that can afford to pay more. Who doesn't want quality products at great prices. People that love natural and organic products are still going to buy them but they're looking for good prices. So prices do matter to your selling success.

#2 How to get started

There are multiple ways to sell natural and organic products. You can make them yourself and sell them on Etsy. You can join affiliate programs which are typically free. Or you can sign up with a home-based, direct selling company for a fee which comes with products, a website, and allows you to sell as an independent consultant for the company.

If you're considering a home-based businesshttps://us.nyrorganic.com/shop/jstoll as an independent consultant with a direct sales company, here are important things to consider:

As I mentioned with personal care products, there's a big market with natural and organic products. You're going to have an easier time getting someone to try and hopefully switch over to your products IF the products you're selling is not only high quality but within similar prices to what your prospective customers are already used to spending. It's not easy persuading people to spend $28 on non-toxic sunscreen when they can buy similar organic sunscreen for half the price.

If the prices are affordable, it's a bit easier redirecting a customer's spending to your products. Prices do matter with customers because there are a lot of natural and organic personal care products on the market.

Think of yourself as a potential customer browsing online for products or shopping at your local stores. If I stumble on a website that offers products that I'm interested and the prices are reasonably priced with good shipping fees or free, I'm much more likely to buy. That's why Amazon is so successful!

Although there's great opportunity to sell natural and organic personal care products from home I would caution anyone thinking about joining a direct selling company to consider quality products, price points, and overall compensation/pay plan.

Best,

Janette

P.S.  As a #1 team builder with the largest team in less than 2 years with a former company, I can help you achieve any level of success. My passion is working from home using internet marketing and teaching others to do the same. 

Friday, March 22, 2013

Marketing Your Natural/Organic Business Online with Ease

If you're in a direct selling/party plan business and have not gotten online to market your business, you're missing out on a huge opportunity. I'm a huge fan of marketing my natural/organic direct selling business online because you don't have to rely solely on your friends and family to grow your business.

Marketing your business online, regardless of products or services, gives your business more exposure. You want to reach your potential customers wherever they may be.

In today's business, you need more than word-of-mouth sharing from your friends and family because it seems like everybody's online and being social through various social networks. The internet and social media offer a vast pool of leads if you're willing to invest the time to learn and apply the right marketing content.

More and more, I'm hearing people looking for a direct sales business that they can do online without doing parties. And they're looking for other ways to market their businesses in addition to doing parties.

So, is it possible to achieve success marketing your business online? Absolutely.

First, the higher the monthly sales requirements are, the more difficult it is to get those sales online, especially if you're brand new. You don't want to start spamming your Facebook friends to buy or join your business. Besides, Facebook has a policy against this and you could get your account banned if someone reports you. Same goes for Twitter or any other social networks.

The solution is to create content which can be in various forms such as ...

*Creating content through your blog.
*Sharing your blog articles on another blog related to direct selling or where your potential target market is most likely to see.
*Creating content from your social media participation.
*Every time you update your Facebook status, you're creating content.

You can mix it up because you don't want to talk only about your business. I'm more likely to share tips on organic/natural products and comment on a few updates that I want to connect with. Use these updates to post about your business, indirectly. "Super excited to spend the weekend in Phoenix and hanging out with my team!" or "I'm humbled but excited to be my company's #1 team sponsor". These are just examples so you get the idea. Your content doesn't have to be about your company.

In addition to online methods, remember to share your business offline, everywhere you go. There's a saying "always be networking". But I'd like to think of direct selling as a making friends business so I'm always looking to make new friends. The more people you know the better so it's a win-win.

Your turn. How are you leveraging the internet to build your business? Tip: leaving comments is a great way to get traffic to your website.

Best,

Janette

P.S.  If you love natural/organic personal care products https://us.nyrorganic.com/shop/jstolland want to learn how to build a home-based business online without doing parties or bugging people you know, email me: Janette campopfan@gmail.com

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Do natural/Organic remedies for acne deliver results?

Acne is a four letter bad word in my book. And for anyone who has had to deal with the pesky break outs, it can mess with your psyche, and personal life. I've been fortunate to dodge acne as a teen but as an adult, I've had my fair share due to hormonal changes (yuck), but that is life.

Like many people, I've used over the counter acne products containing benzoyl peroxide (common) and they worked to an extent because my acne was mild. Plus, I tried it because this is a common way to treat acne. However, I started noticing after experimenting with different products that I was only treating the symptom and not the cause of hormonal break outs.

It has taken me years to figure out the right products for me and even today, I'm hesitant to try new products without knowing the ingredients. Rule of thumb for me is to stay away from skin care products with nasty chemicals: parabens, PEGs, sulfates, petrochemicals (see Toxins to Avoid). But do natural, organic remedies for acne deliver results? It was a question for me and I was doubtful until I made some big changes.

Although it's impossible to avoid all chemicals nor would you want to live in a bubble because it's not practical, but by avoiding as many chemicals as possible especially where you can, is good for your health. There are so many healthier skin care and household products these days. Instead of using the mass products laden with chemicals, why not remove the toxins from your life? It doesn't cost any more money.

Not surprisingly, I've noticed my acne has subsided significantly, but I also know my case might be different than someone else's, who might be experiencing severe acne.

So, can you eliminate acne completely from using all natural/organic personal care products?

Not completely because the health of your skin also has to do with the foods you eat, how you take care of yourself, stress levels, how much rest you get, and so forth. But by eliminating or reducing certain foods that you might be allergic to and not even know it, could make a huge difference, along with using toxins-free personal care products that won't aggravate your acne prone skin.

For me, I'm dairy and wheat-free, which can be hard for some people. Eliminating carbs is always hard at first but if you take baby steps, you can do it. My good friend recently lost 15 lbs from ditching dairy and wheat after a few weeks! She didn't think she could do it when I first proposed the idea to her but she's now a size 6. It's wonderful to hear these results.

To your health and skin,

Janette

P.S.  If you'd like a FREE sample of the organic personal care products I'm using, email me: campopfan@gmail.com

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Why Start an Organic Skin Care Business Opportunity?

With technology and the ease of leveraging your mobile device and the internet, starting a home-based business has never been easier or more affordable. And if you love natural/organic products and you're already buying these products elsewhere, have you thought about starting an organic skin care business that is flexible enough to do from home?

That's how I started selling organic products because as my kids joke: "mom, you're obsessed with Wholefoods" which is true. When Wholefoods opened just a few minutes from my house, I was in heaven.

If you're familiar with Wholefoods, it's not exactly cheap to shop there so why has the company been able to do so well, year after year, even during the recession? It's not always the rock bottom prices that people care about although there's a market for bargain shopper but the people that love Wholefoods care about being, living, eating, using, and promoting green products.

So, I figured if I'm already shopping at Wholefoods, spending a big chunk of my money at Wholefoods, Sprouts, Trader Joe's and consuming organic, healthy products, why not do something about this organic passion of mine? I love buying my products at Wholefoods but it's not like I'm getting a 25% discount if I were to buy their skin care products.

With my organic home-based business, you can shop, share, and earn an income from sharing products you can believe in. Products that are good for people, animals, and planet. For people who sign up to sell organic/natural products, they might not be a serious business builder, but you'll find people who start using healthy products and see results from them, can't help but want to share with others.

In fact, co-founder of Wholefoods, John Mackey, has a new book: Conscious Capitalism. Here's a short description from Amazon.com ...

These “Conscious Capitalism” companies include Whole Foods Market, Southwest Airlines, Costco, Google, Patagonia, The Container Store, UPS, and dozens of others. We know them; we buy their products or use their services. Now it’s time to better understand how these organizations use four specific tenets—higher purpose, stakeholder integration, conscious leadership, and conscious culture and management—to build strong businesses and help advance capitalism further toward realizing its highest potential.

Sounds like win-win business philosophies to me. And let me just say my company is not only certified organic but embodies conscious capitalism that John Mackey describes in his book.

In my next post, I'll share my proven success tips on how I'm building an organic business online and how you can replicate what I'm doing with a few hours a day.

Best,

Janette

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