#ThrowbackThursday Today, I am sharing about the blessings that come from having your own small business. Yes, that was my enrollment kit in February of 2011. I still have some of those pieces that I personally use today so if that doesn’t say durable, I don’t know what does!
No, this is not a plug for my direct sales company, so please keep reading. Since I began my journey with direct sales, I have had the opportunity to meet and work with many AMAZING women who are in business. They dream of having a successful business that impacts the lives of many. Deep down, many want to be the overnight success. You know, they want the magic wand waved and POOF! “YOU ARE SUCCESSFUL”! Yes, I have been that woman.
If we are really honest with ourselves, we want to work hard, but only for a short period of time before we see BIG results. Some are praying for God to bless their business, with more customers, more sales and ultimately more money. The road to instant success is not paved with gold. It has bumps along the way. And for many who have seen instant success, they were not ready when the struggles came and as a result, some have lost their businesses. My road has been rocky and I was definitely NOT an instant success. I have dealt with personal issues that have effected my business. I have made mistakes. Through it all I have learned so much.
Here are some blessings that I gained from DS business and what I believe is the foundation of any successful business. Some of these same principals can be applied to managing your home as well…
#1: Core Values
Core values are what drives a company (and a home). When everyone is striving to live by these values, amazing things happen. Core values in a family lay the foundation for emotional, physical and spiritual growth of everyone. All decisions should be based on the core values of the family or the business. What values drive your business or your family?
#2: Cherish EVERY Customer
I learned very early in my business that my customers were more than just a number. They are real people who invest their hard earned money to buy my products. My goal is to ensure that each customer knows that they are valued and appreciated for supporting my business. From handwritten thank you cards to calls to pink glove calls. I want to be able to make a difference in their lives whether they buy products, host a party, join my team or simply refer me to a friend. I CELEBRATE ENCOURAGE and REWARD each person that I meet in the hopes that I can make them smile.
#3: Go Above & Beyond to Provide Great Customer Service
Customer service is the key to any successful business. When go above and beyond to provide exceptional customer service, customers will remember you. From birthday greetings to sympathy cards to just a simple “miss you” message. This can be difficult as your business grows so make sure that you have some systems in place. to continue to serve your customers.
#4: Build a Strong Foundation
A strong foundation is essential in growing your business but also in your home. Believe it or not, creating a mission and core values that will keep everyone on the same page. In your family, that strong foundation can be everyone comes together for dinner, family time, date nights or even family meetings. In your business, by having a mission statement, you will be able to make sound business decisions without jumping on every idea or training that comes along. No matter how small your family or your business, be intentional about building a strong foundation.
What blessings do you want to share today?
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!