I am always thankful for the opportunity that Usborne Books & More has given me and the smiles our books have brought to the thousands of children I encounter. Now your personal goals are different from my and your reasons for join are different as well. You may want to reach a large audience and change curriculum as we know it or you may want to simply build a team and make new friends, or you may want to build your home library and fill it with books, or maybe you just want to give enough books for your family and friends. Whichever path you choose, I hope this advice helps guide you.
- How long will it take to become an overnight success
Hard work has to come first. You will not become an overnight success without working at it and learning from your mistakes. You have to row your boat and find a way to make your own success. And you know what else…? You need to work hard and take risks. And my team is the best team to help you become as close to perfect as possible. They are the very best people to help you go for it! All you need to do is ask.
2. How did I get started?
It all started when my husband decided to move us to Houston for a job. I am like… really… all of the years, you have to do this NOW? I was looking for a direct selling company, I can belong to, meet people, and eventually make friends. I had no clue how to sell anything. As a matter of fact, the only sales experience I had was a door-to-door selling position I got when I was out of high school and all I had going then was my youth, my social persona and a great smile. haha
So to join a direct sales company 20 yrs later with a 3 year old at my side would be a feat. My last sales job instilled confidence, a positive attitude, and an open mind. But it was moving on my own at such a young age that made me realize that good communication skills included soft skills, I did not have. And knew nothing about. Of course, at 20 years of age, I had NO skills. I was reading at a basic level, my math skills sucked, and I had no experience whatever to back me up. I needed to go to college and I needed to keep learning. But how?
Fast forward 20 years and I accomplished getting my bachelors, almost made it law school, and learned how to learn when I went for my paralegal degree after failing to get into law school. Had I not tried law school, I would never have realized the joy of learning. And, I would never have joined Usborne.
To make a long story short very short, I was energized by giving my son the education I didn’t have. Deep down, I had always known I wanted to be a book lady. And help authors, and illustrators bring smiles to children all over. I was a stay-at-home mom. So, why not? I could do this! And what’s the worst thing that can happen to me by joining Usborne Books & More? I start a library for my child.
My son and this company changed my life in ways I could not imagine. My son’s enthusiasm for the books in the early days was contagious; he has learned as well as I have to always be open to new possibilities and go after whatever life has to offer–providing God wants it for you.
I am not an overnight success; however, I am a success and I have accomplished a lot in my life. My goal is to share everything I have learned with you. While many people choose easier paths, I chose a company that allowed me to be my own boss, yet not have the headaches that come with owning your own business and controlling every aspect of the business, I hope that my hints for sales and marketing whatever it is you do will make your success easier for you to accomplish. (It doesn’t matter what you do, selling and marketing is something we all need to learn).
Until next time…