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Julli Murphy is an Arbonne Independent Consultant, and has been for well over a year (since May, 2014). According to her website (referenced below), Julli enjoys being able “to provide clients with Health, Beauty & Wellness products that are pure, safe and beneficial.” She is also keen to dispel some of the myths out there about network marketing.
Here is how Julli answered our Sooke PocketNews Feature Entrepreneur questionnaire.
When did you first know that you wanted to be self employed?
I decided to be self-employed, at first, out of necessity. I was coming off maternity leave and I couldn’t find employment as a teacher or substitute at the time. Now, I’m doing both, teaching and sharing Arbonne; I love being able to have flexible hours with my business.[sam id=”15″ codes=”true”]What support systems did you have in place when you started?
My husband, family, neighbours and friends have been big supporters. I have also met many local/home-based business owners and we support one another. In addition, the Sooke Chamber of Commerce has helped increase my personal and professional network.
What advice would you offer other present or future entrepreneurs?
- Be passionate about your products/services and treat your business like a business, not a hobby.
- Keep learning and set goals! The work you put in will give you the results you achieve.
- If you want your business to grow, you need to push yourself out of your comfort zone (most people would be surprised to know that I am a bit of an introvert).
- Keep a family functional calendar to keep both work & family events organized.
- Offer the best customer service. Relationships are key to success; a happy customer will remain a loyal customer and they will refer others!
- Most, importantly, have fun! You chose to be self-employed for a reason. You will have ups and downs, but do not let obstacles slow you or get you down.
What keeps you motivated?
My family is my biggest motivator. I have many dreams for my family and myself. This includes travelling and hobbies. The biggest reward is that my business allows me to spend more time with my daughter while she is young. My Arbonne team also keeps me motivated by providing me with the tools I need to better my business, including coaching calls, webinars, and incentives. Arbonne also has big incentives, including jewelry, trips and, of course, Mercedes Benz’s! I am always busy, but the work is fun and I love being able to utilize my background in nutrition/science, education and experience in retail sales to assist my clients in finding “pure, safe and beneficial” products to suit their individual needs! I can’t say that I have a worst challenge… challenges, to me, are opportunities (it’s all in your mindset)!
Looking back, knowing what you now know, what would you have done differently? Would you do it again?
I wish I had started sooner! I’ve been an Independent Consultant for a year and a year and a half and I’ve already seen what this business has given others on my team in a short time frame, including time freedom and financial stability.
At what point should an entrepreneur take the “leap of faith” and start up their business?
People in all aspects of life can start their own business (including stay-at-home parents, people who work part-time and fulltime jobs, gen-Y, retired). Find a business that you can be passionate about and find the right people to coach/mentor you and join your team, do some research on companies, and set aside money to invest in start up and marketing costs.
Any financial management advice or tips you’d like to offer?
Invest in the right tools to help you promote your business. For me, this is investing in the products because as Arbonne consultants we try to let consumers try before they buy. The products speak for themselves.
Anything else you would like to add?
Some people are misconstrued about network marketing, however, there is a lot of opportunity in it (especially in the health and beauty industry). It is the largest industry in the world and poised to be a trillion dollar industry in the next year. On-line shopping has now surpassed in-store shopping. Masters courses on network marketing are even being offered at Ivy league schools such as, Harvard and Yale. If you’re looking for an opportunity to be your own boss, this business can make ordinary people live extraordinary lives!
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