As I write this, on July 1st, 2016, it is one year exactly since I started working with Younique and I have to say, these last few months have been frustrating. After one year, I haven’t really moved forward. The statuses within the company go up in colours like this:
I’m still at Yellow.
It’s disheartening to see that one year in, especially when I got there so fast in the first place. It took me about 5 weeks and then I’ve sat there for pretty much a year. The thing is, that to get to Pink and above, you need to have a team. To get past Pink into Blue and up, you need to have a team that actually works. So far I have 2 other women working with me and I use the term working loosely. Last month, I was the only one of the three of us to make a sale.
There is lots of training out there on sponsoring, some of it is even practical training like how to message people and what to say when you think they’d be good at the business or that it would benefit them. Some of it is not so helpful, like “just post positive things on your Facebook wall and people will want to join you!” This is partly good advice. You want to be positive on your Facebook wall (and generally in life, really) as no-one wants to work with someone who just moans all the time or sees problems everywhere, but this is not enough to make people actually join up. My issue with it is that I’m not comfortable messaging people that I don’t really know that well as it feels quite inauthentic. I don’t want people to think I’m just messaging them to recruit them into my business so that I can do well. I mean, I kind of am, but also I honestly believe that this is such an amazing opportunity that it can benefit the people I’m talking to. I’ve finally worked out now, that you have to take the time to make friends first, then it comes up organically. This is a long process though and one that I should really have started long ago in order to have moved forward now, but hey, I’m on the right path at last. It’s taking longer than I liked, but I’m moving forwards and that’s important. This method also has its difficulties as you have to find things to talk to people about and there’s a fine line between checking their Facebook to look for conversation starters and being that creepy Facebook stalker.
That being said, I have managed to make a few friends, and I say that with the actual meaning of friends in mind, not just people added to my Facebook “friends” list. This is one of the massive perks of the job. Just a day ago, I posted a message in a Facebook group offering free make-overs if I can use the pictures in my portfolio and from that I’ve now got a cinema buddy and an invite to a BBQ at the weekend and was up till 1:00am chatting with new people about life in general. My diary is completely full for the next week with meeting new people and spending time with them. I’ve also made several friendships with other Younique presenters. Some of them I know I’m not gonna be BFFs with and some I like very much, but we have different lives that won’t fit together in the right way, but there are some that I see regularly just to hang out with. I’ve realised recently just how important this is as most of the friends I made here at university have all moved away and it was getting a bit lonely. So I’m out there in the cyber world on the hunt for friends, something no-one tells you how to do as an adult, but it’s going pretty well.
In general though, I’m enjoying what I do. My make-up skills have significantly improved and I’m even teaching other people what I’ve learned and am doing make-up for other people. I’m planning to add Make-Up Artist into my list of skills. It’s something that I’m still finding fun even a year later. I’m coming up with new ideas like Disney themed make-up events and 30 day make-up challenges. I’m still learning and improving. It doesn’t feel like work and I’m literally getting paid to make friends and play with make-up.
On top of the direct benefits of Younique, it’s also opened the whole world of internet business to me. I’d never heard of these things before, but now I have an online business, a blog, I’m writing articles and have an Amazon affiliate account. There is a whole other way of life that doesn’t involve working for someone else for most of the waking hours of the best years of my life. This year, one of my friends moved to Aruba, another is in Dubai, some other friends and I have finally organised our plan to go to Rhode Island and cycle round the state, we had planned to visit my fiancé’s family in South Africa and have Christmas in New York. Then I looked at the amount of days I’m allowed to not be at work for and realised that I couldn’t do all of that. I had to chose which friends I would get to see this year. That’s not good enough for me. Especially now that I know it doesn’t have to be like that. Other people are able to have their lives how they want them. There’s no reason I can’t have that too then. All the training is out there for anyone to find. As long as you do something, follow the guidelines, take action, the possibilities are all there and I’m so excited about where it’s going to take me and my life. I’m seeing all my dreams come true. And maybe it’s not going to be Younique that will make my millions and set me free, but I would never have gotten there without it opening the doors for me.
If you want to have a look at the opportunity (and it is a fantastic opportunity!) you can check it out on my website or, of course, get in touch with me and I’ll be happy to talk you through more details of my journey and see how it can fit into your life.
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