A Coffee House and Juice Bar
When I was 24 I made a dream come true and opened a coffee house and organic juice bar. I was my own boss and worked hard everyday to create a place that people loved. I was “ignorance on fire” back then! Full of energy and excitement, I did it all….and I mean all. I made the drinks, ordered products, prepped food, cleaned, hired, trained and fired staff, ran the books, paid the taxes and the bills, networked, created advertising and marketing, and scrubbed the floors. At the end of 4 years of hard work, I broke even.
That was tough. I loved a lot of what I did, but the profit margins on food service are small, you’re open 7 days a week, good employees are hard to find, and it’s hard to go on vacation. I didn’t have the money for a manager, so even leaving for a long weekend would cause a lot of stress.
I decided to sell the business and move on. I worked in the corporate world for a couple of years.
A Pilates Studio
When I moved to Cincinnati, I became a Pilates instructor. I opened my own studio, which I loved! I got help people overcome injuries, get stronger, have more energy, and move better. I taught all the classes and private lessons, operated the website and scheduling system, cleaned the floors, and did all the advertising and marketing. I wanted to business to grow, but my studio was small and hiring instructors meant less money for me. It’s a business I loved, but it’s hard to scale, you need enough space to fill classes, equipment is expensive, good instructors are expensive, and you trade time for money. Like all brick and mortar businesses, it’s hard to leave for a week or even a long weekend.
I few months in, I tore the tendons in my ankle and had major reconstructive surgery. I kept teaching because I needed to pay the bills, but I was looking for a way to help others live a healthier life without the stress of knowing my business was dependent upon by physical presence.
I wanted to do work that would help people to feel better. I loved that about my juice bar and my Pilates studio! Supporting people to live a healthier lifestyle drove me to find a health and wellness business that didn’t require rent, employees, lots of overhead, or my constant presence.
A Network Marketing Business
With a network marketing business I have no overhead. I don’t have to maintain the website or deliver products. I can work from anywhere! I have no employees, just great business partners I get to choose. I don’t have to “do it all”, I am supported by my company and my organization. I can go on vacation and my business grows!
I love helping others live a healthier lifestyle and I get to give women the opportunity to grow their own businesses.
If you are ready to be an entrepreneur, but don’t want the hassles that come with brick and mortar operations, then network marketing might be the perfect fit for you! Not sure what company to represent?
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