Network Marketing... whew, where do I begin?!
After 5 years in the industry I saw it all! I saw people make it, fail, quit, jump companies, love it, hate it... I get whiplash listening to my community talk about this industry!
But yet, over 20 MILLION people are involved in network marketing. And many of them striving to GO BIG.
I chose to interview Allison Vercelli because against all odds she has attained massive success in the industry. When she got started she was home with 3 boys under 5, in a load of debt, helping her husband run his construction business, AND she wasn't even on social media.
SO before you say 'it's not working for me', 'I can't', 'whaaaa whaaaa'... or wonder if MLM is right for you...
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How did she turn it all around?
How did she get where she is?
What are her secrets?
Can anyone do it?
And so much more.
Let's dig in.
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Welcome to episode 54. You're in for a treat we're talking with top 0.1% income earner, Allison Vercelli today talking all of her secrets, all of the truths about what it took for her to become such an incredible success story in this industry. You're going to absolutely love it. If you've been considering network marketing, if you are a network marketer, this episode is absolutely for you. Before we get into all that gold. I want to read you the review of the week. This review is left on iTunes and it's titled great inspirational content from entrepreneurs. I wholly healthy you. I subscribe to a lot of podcasts and listen while running on the treadmill, cleaning or driving alone. As someone who is trying to work up the courage to achieve my goals in business, this content is a gift. It gets me motivated to do the thing, take the steps needed and tips to overcome the obstacles that are holding me back.
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What's up mama boss. Welcome back to The Mompreneur Mastermind Show. I'm Stefanie Gass, success strategist and passive income queen creator. If you're ready to step into your God, led potential, create profit from passions and capture the success that is already yours. This podcast was made for you as always. You can find out more and connect with me over at stefaniegass.com. So grab that cup of coffee or fill up that glass of wine. And let's dig in to today's show today.
We are welcoming Allison Vercelli. She is a work from home mama. She had a career in the health club industry for a decade until her job was eliminated after her first son was born. Can you imagine? But she believes that everything happens for a reason and she was able to stay home with her son and went on to have two more boys. After being home for five years, she found that she was missing that social aspect of work and having something that was all her own. She considered heading back into corporate, but found that she was simply going to be working enough to put all these kiddos in daycare. And it just wasn't going to make sense for her. That's when she was introduced to network marketing and she has reached the top 0.1% of her entire company. And she now empowers people to do the exact same thing that she did and helps other network marketers, regardless of their company achieve success.
We are so blessed to have this powerhouse boss on with us. Let's dig in to the show. Oh my gosh. Y'all as you heard in the intro, we have the most amazing guest on my friend, Alison for Sally. Welcome. Thank you, Steph. I'm so happy to be here. Yay. Well, I know everybody is going to learn so much today about being a top. Let me get this straight right. 0.1%, right? Is that right? Yeah. In her network marketing company, as you guys heard all about how amazing she is in the intro, but like, it just blows my mind along with three boys. And so yes, amen. She totally gets my life and all of your lives as well. And we're so excited to have you on the show. So first and foremost, Alison share with us, we got to hear your story. Like, how did you get where you are while raising children and just becoming the powerhouse that you are today?
Share your story with us. You're so kind with your hair kind words. I still just see myself as a mom of three crazy boys, but yeah, I never imagined myself in network marketing. I was the person who would literally run the other way when people would mention it to me, I was like, absolutely not. I didn't know what I was saying no to, but I was a strong now I had had a successful ten-year career in the health club industry. And so when I got pregnant with our first son, I had every intention of continuing to work. I worked my way up the ladder and had a really good job. But when our first son was born, my boss actually eliminated my position. So that was a big wake up call. So I became
A stay at home mom, not necessarily by choice, but I loved it. And like you said, we went on to have three boys and you know, I never missed a milestone for any of them. And that was absolutely priceless to me. But after being home for about five years, I just found myself needing something for me. So I started looking into every possible job opportunity out there and nothing was making sense. The jobs that paid really good money would require crazy long hours away from the boys, which I wasn't willing to do. And the jobs that offered the flexibility didn't pay enough to cover the cost of help we would need. And so you've got the society does not make it easy. And I was feeling stuck and I didn't want to be trading my time for money. And it was right at that time that I was introduced to this particular network marketing opportunity and it intrigued me. And so I figured worst case scenario, I'm going to get products for free and you know, if I could make $200 a month, that would be amazing. That was what I was hoping for when I started.
And so were you still working or were you like you were at home with the boys when, when you were started your network marketing career, is that right?
Correct. They were one, three and five. But I was also, my husband has his own construction business and to offset us, losing my income, I was doing his office work. So rather than pay somebody externally, so I was running his business. I was like the office manager, doing accounts payable, receivable, contracts, all of that good stuff. And I had my three kids.
Oh my gosh. And this is just like an off the cuff question, but what are you on the Enneagram? Just curious. I am a three. Okay. Me too. We're threes. Y'all shocking. Hilarious. Okay. So, and the reason I ask that, because I want to know, and you had never done that with marketing before, is that right? Never first company. Okay. So let's talk about that first six months, like you get started and here's the deal you guys, if you were not in network marketing, this is how it goes down. You get introduced to something, you have an investment to make, to get into this company. You've been in essence, become an affiliate for this network marketing company. And you're going to go and market the products and build a team. If you choose of other people to market the products. And then you make commission based on what you sell, what your team or your downline or your organization sells. And you basically, the second you sign up, you step into, I am now a salesperson, a marketer, a leader, a teacher, a mentor, like all of a sudden you're wearing all these hats. And you're like, what did I sign up for? So Alison, like what were those first six months like for you in this new industry at the time?
Yeah. So I would love to tell you that they were phenomenal that I, I rocketed to success, but pretty much nothing could be further from the truth. So first off I was not even on social media. When I began my network marketing journey, I had network to speak of because I, you know, I was a stay at home mom, but I joked that I was a stay at home, hermit the thought of going out with three little kids. I was like, yeah, we'll just stay home. So I had no network. I was very insecure. I had a lot of fear of failure. I worried what everybody would think, you know? And I looked at it like I had a degree and I had this important job and now, you know, I'm a network marketer. And so I had that mindset and I was really worried what people would think. And so I pretty much did absolutely nothing with my business. So therefore I had no success and I actually lost money for my first entire year because I was spending more on the products than I was making.
And I think this is so typical. You're afraid of what people think because you're totally shifting industries. And it's almost as if this as network marketers have like a stigma in a way, people like, Ooh, you're doing network marketing and you're afraid of that reaction from people. Right. When in reality, it's like, I'm just marketing something that I personally love. Like, is that how you got in, because you fell in love with the product line or how did you, why did you decide, was it money driven or was it product driven?
It was more product driven because at the time I was like, Oh, like I said, if I could make a couple hundred dollars, I use the product once I try to sample and I loved it and it was something that I would be buying anyway. So I rationalized it by saying, well, even if I just get it for free, then technically I've saved money. And that was it. It was more, I truly believed in the company. I knew it was going to be an unbelievable opportunity based on who was behind it. And so that intrigued me and made me say, okay, you know, like I said, worst case scenario, I'll get my products for free. I didn't want to look back in 10 years and say, wow, look at that company. I could have been a part of it. So that's why I was like, I'll just get my products for free. And it was scary when I actually jumped in. It was like, wait, what
Just do you think that now that you have this massive organization and you've gotten over that hump, do you see people that get started with you feeling the same way? Is that standard in the industry to feel that fear and that insecurity?
Absolutely. I think one of the biggest thing that I see people deal with is fear of what everyone's going to think. I think that's probably one of the biggest and what I found is when I, and I'm, you know, we'll talk about how I transitioned from, you know, losing money to success. Talk about that. Yeah. What I found was that when I just embraced it and owned it and said, this is going to change my life. And I just believed in it so much people were, so they were welcoming, they were inspired. They were intrigued and they were supportive, nobody judged and said anything bad. And I also realized like, I wasn't doing this to bother anybody. I was doing this to change my life and my family's life. And I really had to have a mind set change and say, if people don't like me, because I want to better my life and my family's life, are they people you want in your life? And I think you have to ask that if people are judging you, what are they doing?
Yeah. And normally y'all like, and like Allison saying, when people are judging you, it's because of their own fear and the people that judge, you are often people that just care about you quite a bit, like maybe your family, a spouse is I put, are you sure this is the right thing? And I don't think it's even that they are judging or coming from this dark place. Most often, it's, they're just worried that, that they don't want you to fail and feel bad about yourself or, or it's based on their own experience. And everybody's story is different. And I have people that they've gotten into network marketing. You guys have heard my story.
You know, I was super successful in network marketing. And then it just wasn't for me at the end of the day. And then I've had people that have joined and within a month they knew this isn't for me and they've, they've gotten out of it. And so I think that's okay too to say, listen, it's not for everybody. And that's cool. But right now where I'm at, it is for me and I'm going to rock and roll. And so your support would be greatly appreciated, you know, if that's where you find yourself. So, okay. Let's go from here's Alison. She's not on social media. So that is crazy to me. Like obviously you had to get on social media, right. To make this thing really explode.
I did. I actually called my best friend and said, okay, can you sign me up and set up my account? I didn't even know what I was doing. So she, we still laugh about it. She set up my Facebook account.
That's awesome. So when did things change? Because here you are today, what's hop literal 0.1. Don't forget the point. Y'all 0.1% earner in her company. She's so incredible. What happened? Like what changed for you to start acting and marketing and getting behind this, this new business that you had created?
Yeah. So about a year into my business, we found ourselves in a pretty stressful financial situation. You know, we had gone from double income, no kids to one income, three kids pretty quickly. And we thought we were making it work. But then all of a sudden, like it hit us, that it was in fact not working. And we found ourselves in a lot of debt and we needed an answer and we needed it fast. I did not want to go back to a full-time job, you know, especially because I had, I still had a bad taste of how my previous job had eliminated my position and I didn't want somebody else spending more time with my children than me. And that's when I realized, like I had the answer with my network marketing company. I was seeing women all around me having incredible success with the same company.
And these were women that I knew personally. And so I finally just said, like, if they can do this, I can do this. And we needed an answer. And I, I just believed that this was it. And I finally said, that's it. I'm doing it. Why not me? Within six months, I hit the top 2% of my company. A year later I was earning, you know, the trips, the car bonus, the six figures. And then a year after that, I was that's when I hit the top 0.1% of my company and multiple six figure income. Crazy.
That's absolutely incredible because that is not a standard disclaimer.
Okay. This is not standard. And I think the, again, Alison, and you can probably attest to this, your success stories, not someone else's success story, but it is a Testament to the fact that once you've decided on your passion, right? Like you've decided I have something I'm passionate about. I love the way that I'm building this thing. Whether that be, you know, you're a coach or a mentor you're in network marketing, you run a brick and mortar. Like we don't care what it is, but the story here is that house and decided the mental shift happened for her. And then what if her journey had taken, it took two years. You said incredible. But what if it had taken 10 wouldn't that have still been worth it to you, Allison?
Yeah. And I think a really important thing is that I never set out for that goal. Like when I started working, it was, I set one small goal and I worked really, really hard. You know, I knew the numbers, I knew exactly what I needed to do to reach that one goal. And I did the work every single day and all I focused on with the activity, I focused on what I had to do every day. And I hit that first goal. And then you, you realize like, okay, I did that. What else can I do? And so then I set another goal and I just kept doing the work. And I focused on the activity and not the outcomes because that's the only thing I could control. And so I just did the work every day. And I think, you know, I had very little self belief. I doubted myself tremendously, but when you start setting those small goals and you achieve one and you realize, huh, I can do that. And then you said another and you realize you can do that. And then it just starts becoming this snowball of well, what else can I do? And that's pretty much what happened. I just kept chasing my dreams and saying, you know, let me see what else I can do.
That's so much because when you go after these mini goals, they're just so much more attainable. And also, I think it's so much more realistic because you can see the people walking the stage and yes, we all have the yearning to be that, you know, I remember sitting back there when I was new in my very first convention, I'm at the back row. And these people are like walking across and like, gosh, that seems so big and like such an audacious goal. But when you look at, okay, let me ignore that because we all want that. Y'all right. Everybody wants that, whatever that is for you, the big goal have that. But what Allison's saying, her key to success really was, was saying, what is step one? Like I just, I'm going to focus on step one with laser focus and do the action. And like you said, Alison, I think the key was not caring about the outcome because in network marketing, you are going to hear very often, not interested already tried it, not interested or too expensive or whatever the excuse is that people say no to you. You have to stop focusing on that answer, right? Like, it's about how I'm just going to do it. And then I'm going to block off any type of personalization of what comes back at me.
Correct. And it's important to realize, they're not saying no to you. They're saying no to the opportunity or to the product. And an important thing to note is over 90% of my team did say no to me at first, you know, cause people are gonna watch and they're waiting to see, is she going to stick with this? Is this going to work is, you know, is she going to quit in a month? And when they see that you're serious and you're passionate and that you, you mean business. A lot of times they do come back around.
And did you say no? Cause I said no. When I was first approached with network marketing, like seven years ago, I was like hard. No. Right. So take that with a grain of salt. You guys okay. Love that so much. So I want to know, can you give us some success? Some Allison's success secrets right now. Like, let's get into this. How did you actually do this in 24 months? Like, was it just lucky? Did you just stumble upon some crazy, incredible distributors that exploded? Was it all out effort? Was it a combination? Like what are the secrets that you can help us with?
Yeah, no, I, I don't. I think luck is when, what did I say? Preparation meets opportunity. You have to do the work. You're not just going to get lucky in this industry at all. And I think sometimes people look at network marketing and they think it's like a scratch off lottery ticket. And they're expecting like this windfall and it's like any other business or job you have to show up every single day. The beauty is you get to do it when you want, where you want in very part-time hours, but you have to do it. So I think the first thing, and you know, we've heard this before. I'm sure you've heard it from other people, but I think the most important thing is to have a strong why starting out, you know, when I started my business, like I said, my, why was, was just to get my products for free and to make $200 a month.
But how motivated do you think I'm going to be for $200 a month? Right? Because the business is not easy. And so the minute it gets hard, it's easy to say, yeah, you know what? I'll do it out that $200. Right. But when my family had a really big why, when we needed this, nothing was going to get in my way. And you know, your, why is what's going to make you step out of your comfort zone and do the things that can not feel so comfortable. It's going to keep you disciplined. It keeps you focused. It keeps you doing the work when you don't feel like it. It's what's going to make you, you know, stay up later and put in the work instead of watching TV or get up early to get it done. It's going to be that driving force. That's going to keep you focused and on track. And so I think that is so important is to know what is your, why? Why are you doing this? And it has to be enough. That's going to keep you going when it gets hard.
So give us some examples, because I remember, and I want to hear your feedback on it. People will get in your like, so let's talk about this. Why are this reason? Like, why did you get started? And they're like, for my family, I'm like, that is so cotton candy that is never going to make you work. Right? Like how do we get deeper? How do we get to the real drive in our hearts? How do we uncover that when it's just not clear to us initially
Also your why is going to change over time? So when I started my, why was just to get my family out of debt, but then I started to peel back the, like the layers of the onion. Right. Well, why is that important? Nobody wants to be in debt. Right. But I kept peeling back the layers of the onion and asking like, why is that important? Why is that important? Why is that important? And I grew up in a family where there was a lot of stress around money. And so then there was negative implications because of that. And I realized, I don't want that stress. I don't want to have to think about money. I don't want that to be something that I worry about. And so that was a big driving force for me. And as I moved on, I also realized it was years of doubting myself. And so my wife became just honestly, proving to myself, what else can I do? But I didn't uncover that right away. But I think a lot of it is just asking, why is that important? And peeling back the layers of the onion, because it's not always just, I want money. Like why? Correct. And what's that going to give you what is going to change in your life when you have that or what's going to change in you
So like, it would be like, why do you want the money? Okay. Because we've got to get out of this apartment and I got to get my kids in a better school. And then Allison would ask me, but why? Because my kids getting picked on, because this apartment doesn't feel like it's in a great part of town and I'm scared to go out at night. Okay. But why, like, why do you feel like you're ready for that shift? You know? And so you guys see that like you're continuing to dig into, yes, there's a high level. Why, but it's not good enough. Like, it's almost like, and you guys have probably heard this a million times if you're in the industry, but it should make you cry. And I really do stand behind that. Like, it should make you emotional to talk about the reasons you need something to work in your life and whether that's network marketing or anything else. I think this is a great exercise for all of us to do
Well. And so I'm the opposite. I'm, I'm not much of a crier. So I always say your, why has to make you work?
That would be you and I, right.
You're gonna make me cry, but it's going to make me dig my heels in and work. It's gonna make me stop caring what anybody thinks and just get.
So if you're a three on the Enneagram, it's going to make you work. If you're any other number, it'll make you cry. Okay. I love that. So give us some more of your success secrets. That one was great.
So I think the next one is, it's just doing the work. And again, this is, you know, there's no boss telling you, you have to be at the office at a certain time. You don't have set hours. So there's that beauty in the flexibility. But you also, you have to show up. And so you have the biggest why in the world, but if you don't get down to work every day, it's still not happening. So again, you have to find that discipline, you have to bake it a habit and you have to do the work every day. And consistency is one of the biggest keys in this business. And you know, I was nothing should shock me at this point, but I feel I get shocked at how many people will work hard for a week or a month or even a few months. But then they get frustrated and they pull back and then they'll get re motivated and they start again.
And I'll joke with people and say that I get like whiplash because you know, it's back and forth. But every time you pull back or you've stopped working, you're losing momentum and you really need to just scheduled into your calendar every day. Just like anything else. It's like, I bring my kids to school at a certain time. If you have to be at work at a certain time, if you take a class of a gym at a certain time, you set time and you do your work every day. And it's, what is the work that's going to drive your business? Because you have to be careful also when you have any kind of online business that, you know, working doesn't mean getting on social media and scrolling and liking commenting, or watching endless training videos, it's doing the work that actually drives your business every day.
Probably the scary stuff. Cause it's actually sending the outreach. It's actually picking up the phone. And I think this is with anything you're doing. It's that
Exactly right? It's like the things that they need to do every day typically is the stuff that's out of your comfort zone. So it's not what they want to do. So they'd rather watch the video or like, and comment on Facebook posts. But there's so much freedom when you do step out of your comfort zone and realize that you can do it and that you survived. I think the first time I actually reached out to someone about my business, I legitimately throw up. I was like, it was that bad, but I got a very nice response back. And I was like, okay, I can do this. And with each thing you do, you realize you can do it. Totally.
So I have a question and this is in line with one of your success secrets, but I'm looking at, so I've seen people that joined the next hottest company. And I saw this all the time in the company that I was in. They jumped to the hottest thing. We have a new one on the scene and everybody's exploding and dah, dah, dah, dah. And so they're chasing the dream cause they're seeing people have fast success versus choosing a company based on something they are actually passionate about and digging in their heels. Like, what do you think long-term strategy wise? Like what do you see here? And what do you think creates more success in this industry specifically?
Yeah, I think at the end of the day, the work is the work you need, no matter what company you join, you have to do the same hard work. And a lot of people are like, Oh, join this company because there's no selling and know that that's not being truthful. You know, I always tell people, I'll never be the one to tell you, this industry is easy. It's not easy. It's worth it. And if someone's telling you it's so easy, I would probably run the other way because they're not honest. But the bottom line is regardless of what company you're in, you still have to do the same work. So find a company that you believe in a product that you're passionate about because it's not going to be easier with any other company. And I think the other thing to remember is people take me very seriously because they know I'm very serious about my company, my product, this opportunity, I believe in it, 1000%. I think when you start jumping, you have to be very careful that you don't lose credibility because then your entire network is saying, well, what's she going to sell next? What's she going to sell next? And they start feeling like, you know, you're the Jack of all trades master of none. And I think that's something to be really careful of.
I totally agree. And I think there's a difference between, okay, my passions have shifted and maybe I see something that lights me up and it's, it's still network marketing, but it's a different product or company. Great go, do you boo. But there's a difference between I'm just going to chase the masses or I'm going to chase down money. And so you're, you're constantly jumping companies trying to chase success. I think that's where it's going to burn you. And I saw this, lots of my girls ended up going, I'm not gonna name anything, but a clothing company that ended up kind of fizzling out like a lot of different companies that weren't going to have the longevity that the original company that we were with had. And so just be careful, especially if you're an industry, a lifetime network marketer, and like it's your career path. Just make that choice based on your heart and your passions. Not based on the new shiny thing. And this goes with anything it's getting distracted, right?
Absolutely. And again, it's looking for that magic. You know, it's like people chasing diets. My background is nutrition. And at the end of the day, it's the same thing. It's like, you have to do the work. You have to eat healthy and exercise. And it's the same in this industry. You have to do the work. And I think something people have to understand too is 92% of network marketing companies fail in the first two years. So jumping to the next new thing may not be a good idea as well. So I think you definitely have to do your research when you're figuring out which company you want to join.
Those are great. So my next question is, do you think that anyone let's say anyone on the enemy agreement, if you guys don't know what the heck I'm talking about, just Google it, it's a personality test. I'm kind of obsessed with it lately. And any number on there, anyone an introvert, an extrovert, I mean, any type of person, do you really think that anyone can make it in network marketing? That's my first question.
I honestly do. I think that people might tell themselves reasons why they can't. And because I know I did that for the longest time, like, Oh, you know, she can be successful because she's so competent or she has a big network or she's great at sales. But I now believe those are just stories we tell ourselves. And the reality is anyone can do it. Are you willing to do what it takes to succeed? Because you do have to step out of your comfort zone and talk to a lot of people. And I'm not saying it's easy, but I honestly believe anyone can do it. It's just, if they're willing to do what it takes
And that's with any business, you know, it's like, if you've decided network marketing is your thing, and you're going to do that, do that. If you've decided it's, you know, eBooks or courses or coaching or whatever you do it being a teacher, I don't know it's what is your thing? And then just decide, I can actually do this regardless of my personality type I'm Alison didn't even have social media, you guys. So like, if she can do this and curly, like, think about that. That was crazy. So then pairing off of that question, do you agree with me? And it's okay to disagree as well, but do you agree with me or disagree with me that it's smart to pair network marketing slash and affiliate? Because I think for a majority of people, they look at network marketing as an affiliate opportunity and their marketing products. They're not really building teams initially with other passive income streams agree, disagree. Why?
No, I absolutely do agree. I just think it's always good to have your options open. Why not have other streams? I think network marketing is a perfect gateway into entrepreneurialship and I never thought I wanted to be an entrepreneur ever, that I was raised that you graduated high school, you go to college, you get a degree, you get a full-time job, work your way up the ladder and retire. And then you enjoy life. Like that was how it was. I never even entertained being an entrepreneur. And I think network marketing is such a great way to get started in entrepreneurialship because it's a very low, there's so many great benefits, right? You get to market someone else's product, but then it also opens up so many other doors. And I think it's important to keep your eyes and options open to other ways that you can monetize your passions. For sure.
Absolutely. Gosh, I've seen crazy successful network marketers that run a podcast that have eBooks Alison she's pairing on with live video and coaching tools, which she'll talk about. So those of you that are in network marketing, you know, definitely. And it was hard for me. I don't know about you, Alison, but I'm such a loyalist and I get tunnel vision. So the only thing I saw was my network marketing career for the first four years. But if I would have just kind of said, okay, there's lots of other things here that I'm actually missing because I could've started my coaching business years before and grown them in tandem. So anyways, sidebar on that. But thanks for answering that,
It's also look, w I remember when I was pregnant with my second child and I was like, Oh my gosh, you can't love your second as much as your first. Right. And it was like, let's do, and there's enough to go around, right? Like, you're they say your heart grows. It's similar. It doesn't have to take away from one or the other. You can just have multiple passions.
I agree. So last kind of theme here that I want to touch on is how can network marketers automate? This was such a big struggle for me when I was full-time in industry, I was constantly showing up with four live trainings, live webinars, live parties, doing the, I was saying the same things all the time, over and over again. And so I felt like the automation was really lacking. What have you guys discovered since my prime in this industry and how are you automating?
Yeah, so we have a lot of, you know, there's prerecorded calls and videos. There's a lot of online events, but a lot of them have already been done. And so you're just reposting them. One of the things that I, and this isn't necessarily network marketing, but I had to learn to start automating things in my home. I love my network marketing work. It doesn't feel like work to me. Laundry and housework feels like work. And it was something that was driving me crazy. But for the longest time, I would say, well, I can't afford to pay somebody to do my laundry, or I can't afford to pay somebody to clean my house. But what I've learned is that the amount of money I can make, if I actually work my business in that time is far more than what I have to pay out for someone to do it.
So I've had to learn to outsource a lot of things at home because I am still responsible for a house and three children. So you can outsource in your home. It doesn't always have to be your business. Also, you know, I have an accountability partner and we'll share the work. So if she does an online event, she'll share the entire event with me. So then I can share it with my team or with my prospects and vice versa. So it's, you know, twice as much content for half the work. So do you have teammates, sidelines, downlines accountability partners that you can share the work with? You know, if we do an online event, we divide the tasks up among the team. You know, who's great at making invitations and loves doing it because for everything that you don't like doing, there's someone who loves doing it. And it's probably a heck of a lot better at it. So use those skillsets and I've had to really learn to give up control, But it also helps them because it's allowing people on your team to grow in other ways and find their passions as well.
Those are so good. And you know, something else we had implemented that I just thought of was when we would do online parties, we created the party upfront. And then we would go in and schedule all the content. And I know all online parties are different, but we would post it so that it was all automated. So we didn't have to go in and live post a real time. We were just in the party commenting. So the scheduling software was dropping the comments for us or the posts for us, even the videos. And then I would just give all the girls the passwords or we'd link up their group to the scheduling software. And so we were never recreating the wheel when it came to parties. So that was another tip. Maybe that can help someone. Yeah,
All my social media for, you know, group posts, my Instagram and all of our online events. Everything is, is prescheduled. Then this way you can do it. You know, when my kids were in their pajamas Sunday morning, I can get my work done. And then the event can run. I can be at my son's baseball game and an event is running and I don't have to be there. So gold
Just got it. I love technology and I hate it all at the same time. Oh my gosh. So this has been incredible. Like we have learned so much, we've learned all of the secrets of a top 0.1% income earner, and you guys basically Alison wrap it up for us. Like there's a couple tips slash hacks that I think you really identified here. And I just want you to say them one last time.
Yes. So I think, again, just connect with your why, like, why are you doing it, do your work. I think another thing is like, keep your blinders on. Just focus on that activity every day. Just don't listen to the noise around you. Who's having success and who's not just run your race. Like, you know, I always say, put your blinders on. It's like a race horse, just run your race. And I just think, you know, the biggest thing is that consistency. I see a lot of people who give up in network marketing, right? They start and they work hard for a few months or even a year. And they say, Oh, this doesn't work for me. And they want to quit. But you know, think about if you want it to be a teacher or a nurse, right. You would have to go to college for four years and get a degree, which you pay a lot of money for that degree before you can even earn $1 in that profession.
But sometimes people think they're going to start network marketing and just be rolling in the money in a short period of time. And that's not the case. It takes time, it takes consistency and it's not easy. But again, where else do you get to work when you want, where you want in very part-time hours and have unlimited income potential. So I think it's important to, again, focus on that activity, not necessarily the outcome and learn to love the journey and the process I've completely changed as a person in the past five years, I've grown because of this. I've met the most unbelievable women that I never would have met if it wasn't for this business. And now they're literally like a family to me, I get to show my children firsthand. What is possible when you work hard and never give up. And I get to show myself exactly what I'm capable of.
So, you know, I always say, no, it's not easy, but it absolutely is worth it. And I think the biggest thing I always want to leave women with is they can do this, that if I can do this, you know, I always say I was the most insecure person. I knew. I doubted myself. I was afraid of failure. I worried what everyone would think, but I just had that big, why I put my head down, I got to work and I never gave up. And it's possible if I can do this, I promise you, you can do this. You just, you have to work consistently and do it. Never give up
Gold. I hope you guys have your notes out and looking at you now, mama, like just, just Pat on the back, you're rocking it. So my gosh, thank you so much for all those secrets and tips today, Alison, it was so much fun. I think you truly are an amazing gift. An amazing example for all the women out there. And the mom was out there that are just hustling to make it and whatever their call is. And I love that you're authentic and true about everything that you do so good for you. Now, these bosses are going to want to learn about you. You know, you have
This incredibly successful network marketing career. You're also helping other network marketers, even if they're in different companies. Right. So share with us. How does that work? How can people find you? Yes. So I started a Facebook group cause I really am just passionate about showing women, you know, what is possible that they can do this. And I'm so passionate about helping them to achieve success beyond their wildest dreams. So I started a Facebook group it's just called the chief success and you can find it it's a Bitly link achieved success group. And in that group I do trainings. I'll do live trainings. I'll do live Q and a. It's just a lot of it's motivation, inspiration, a lot of support. And I also do monthly challenges. So we've done challenges on, you know, income-producing activity, like what exactly is the work you need to do every day?
And we do it together. We've done challenges on time management. So it's really all of the things you need to do in network marketing, but I'm walking you through giving exact language, exact to-do lists and we're doing it together. So we do a lot of those in the group. I love community is open for any woman. Any female in any network marketing group can join. And I'll put that link below for you guys. And then what's your website, Allison it's Allison for sally.com. So very simple for you guys, for sure. Well, thank you so much, my friend, thank you so much. Your podcast is my absolute favorite podcast. So this is an absolute honor to be a part of it. So thank you so much. Thank you. That made my whole day. Bye mama. Bye. Thank you,
Mamas. How good was this episode with Alison? I loved it. I loved her truth. I love all of her success secrets and I think it can be applied to anything in your business. So I hope you learned as much as I did and had as much fun with Alison as me. She's so great. And now I just want to pray over you, mama, that you find joy today. I pray that you are wrapped in happiness, excitement, and new motivation for your business, that you find that coach, that mentor or that program or that book that just lights you up and you leap out today and just do the thing I am cheering for. You always love and light Steph. Hey mama, real quick. Before you go, if you found value in today's podcast and you learn something new, if you'll head over to iTunes, the mompreneur mastermind show and leave a review and subscribe to the channel, that would be awesome. And I love to connect with you over on social media. My handle is @stefaniegass. I'll see you soon. Praying, light, love and abundance until next time.
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