Amanda Thomas never considered a career in direct sales.
Working as a Registered Nurse for ten years in operating rooms across the nation, her priorities changed when she became a mother.
“When my husband and I made the decision to have children, I knew I didn’t want to leave them in the care of others. It was my firm desire to be a stay at home mom,” she said. “Fast forward 7 years, 4 children later, and I have tried everything possible to keep my mind busy.”
Although staying home was a firm choice, and not one she regretted, Thomas searched for something to become involved in—just her.
“I tried hobbies, mom groups, I thought being PTO treasurer would help,” she said. “What I realized, was all the stuff I did still revolved around my children.”
Building a Business
From signing on to become a business consultant to going live with products, sales can be high stress. Business building is exactly that—building with your own two hands. It takes time, personal sacrifice, and work.
While social media posts and various methods of marketing may appear a quick and easy method of sales, a lot of work is behind the scenes. Thomas said while learning to get through the initial fear of rejection and worrying about what would others would think, she had a revelation.
“I want to succeed at this and grow my business and I shouldn’t worry about what others think about that,” she said. “I also learned that a no just means I’m closer to a yes!”
Thomas is now researching direct sales, and a hard lesson was her expectation of sales.
“I thought as soon as I posted anything about the product that everybody would just buy and want to be my partner. I was a bit naive to say the least,” she said.
Rodan + Fields
Thomas discovered the skincare brand Rodan + Fields after a fellow mom at her children’s school asked her to check out her website.
“I ended up purchasing the Redefine Regimen and loved it. It made such a giant change in my skin in such a short amount of time,” she said. “I ended up purchasing more products from her. After about a month, I had decided I would become a consultant because I really wanted a discount.”
She took the plunge into direct sales March 2016, and it became a challenge Thomas was ready to accept after she became passionate about the product.
“I am not a person that could do this if I didn’t love the products so much. Also, when I started researching Rodan and Fields I found out they (Dr. Rodan and Dr. Fields) were the doctors that created Proactiv. Once I found out that these two Stanford trained doctors were behind it, I knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.”
Thomas said one of her biggest challenges is to finish a sentence. With four children and a heavy schedule, her home-based business comes second to her family. It perfectly fits between the time-slots of practices, naps, and family life in general.
“There are days that I do put on a happy face for the kids and the world. You know the days where the baby has pooped through his clothes six times, the 3-year old is vomiting, the 6-year-old fell and hurt herself, and the 7-year-old is complaining he is bored all at the same time. You think one more thing is going to put me in the psych ward! But then the baby does something cute and the 7 year makes you laugh and you realize it is all an amazing little journey and you really wouldn’t change a thing.”
How to support Amanda’s business
“If friends and family are not interested in the products or with becoming a business partner the best thing they can do is referrals,” she said. “I love referrals!”
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