I met Autumn in a Professional Organizer bloggers group some years ago. She always strikes me as a woman who is well attuned to herself and the situations that are happening around her. She is willing to take action and improve her life. Here’s how Autumn has made her business a success.
1. Tell us about your business and when you started.
In April of 2018, I became an Independent Consultant for Rodan + Fields (skincare company). Basically, my job is to share my story about why I started my business with others and help customers discover which of our safe and effective skincare regimens is what they are looking for to transform their skin and boost their self-confidence.
2. Why did you start your business?
I was previously doing a more time consuming, a less consistent income producing business which was blogging and entrepreneur coaching. After gaining 30 lbs, I knew my health and fitness was suffering. I also felt a strain on my marriage because that business wasn’t moving forward and letting me contribute to my family the way I wanted. I was always overwhelmed and trying to keep up with the next big things.
Finally, our nine-year-old son has mild Tourette Syndrome. Most of the time you can’t even tell he has it aside from occasional motor and vocal tics. He also has some ADD and OCD symptoms. However, in the spring of 2018, his OCD symptoms started getting much much worse. I was having to devote much more time to working with him and teaching him tools to manage this, as well as weekly therapy. The fact that I wanted to devote as much time as I could to this was when I decided to put my blogging/coaching business on hiatus.
Only a few days later one of my best friends asked me for the second time in two years to join her Rodan + Fields team. I knew I still needed an outlet for myself as well as additional income for our family, but I needed it on my terms. So I finally listened to what she had to say about her company, Rodan + Fields, and the way they did business. It sounded amazing!
To be honest, I was nervous about starting something new at that exact moment when we were struggling with everything else. But sometimes that’s WHY you do it. To lessen the struggle. I started working the business and earning an income right away. It was so much easier having a team and corporate support than being a solopreneur.
3. What do you feel is an area you struggle in your business?
I’ve always struggled with administrative tasks. Keeping track of income and expenses. I’m trying to be better with this business.
A big part of the RF business model is posting on social media. I’m very good at that but I always want my messages to be authentic and not copied and pasted so I have to carve out time to do that.
4. What did you do to combat or overcome this struggle?
I schedule specific times to do administrative tasks and writings tasks. I’m also finally devoting some time again to blogging.
5. Please share some tips on how you made your business a success.
My best advice after being an entrepreneur for five years is to say “NO” as much as possible if you want your business to grow. Say “no” to things that take up your time when you need to be working. Say “no” to people who ask for things but never return the favor. Say “no” to things you know you will resent having to do later. As moms, wives, and entrepreneurs, we constantly take on too many things. If you want your business to thrive you need to work hard now so you can work less later!
Thank you, Autumn, for your wisdom. I agree with her that we have to draw the line in the sand on what we want to do to help us manage our time better. It takes time to figure out what you need to let go of, so be patient in this process. Making procedure checklists which I have mentioned many times in previous posts is just one way to see what tasks that waste your time. I hope her share helps you refocus and streamline your business.
Looking to meet up with Autumn and find out more?
If you are looking for an amazing business opportunity where you are on your own terms, consistent earning and income, and have a wonderful team and corporate support, contact me! I would love to share my story with you. Visit Autumn on Facebook. If you would like more information about the products or business, please click here.