I used to work in retail, from the age of 15. After I had children, the desire to stay home with them grew more and more everyday, so I started looking for other ways to make money that would allow me to stay home, work it around my kids, Emmah, Tyler, and Graham and husband, Jeremy, make me enough money to put food on the table and make the car payment, and actually enjoy doing it. This was my 'Dream Job'.
I started my jewelry business, Handcrafted by Heather, in 2010 as way to supplement our income and I had hopes that one day I'd do well enough with it to bring me home with the kids. I left my retail job to pursue this new endeavour. I found out very quickly that it takes a lot of money down and takes a lot of time to own a jewelry business. It's not just making jewelry; it's taking pictures for my website, applying to craft shows and then doing the shows, marketing, budgeting, shipping, keeping supplies stocked, customer service, and then some. I am in charge of ALL of it. Only me.
After a couple years of this, and having lots more month at the end of the money, Jeremy and I decided something had to give. I had to either go back to work or find something that would bring in a better income, as he was already working 50 - 60 hours a week but getting paid for 40 as a salaried managerial employee.
The thought of going back to work crushed me. It broke my heart and I cried at the thought of working to make someone else's dream come true, and having to ask another adult if I was allowed to stay home with my sick child. I put my foot down and decided I couldn't emotionally or spiritually do that and I will not go back to being miserable for money.
So, google search and I became good friends. I researched ways to make money from home and when network marketing popped up I cringed. I am NOT a salesman, or even very good at talking with people, and what people? I didn't know hardly anyone!
After another year or so of struggling financially I looked again at Network Marketing. I wanted to make sure that I picked the right company, though. I wasn't just going to pick whatever looked like the most fun. It HAD to meet my criteria: low startup cost, even lower risk, it had to have an opportunity for growth, high income potential, I didn't want something brand new, and I had to actually like the products. I compared several NWM and direct sales companies and Arbonne came out on top.
I am the girl that had no idea what a face cleanser was. I was "washing" my face with whatever shampoo fell down from my head in the shower. Seriously. So my first initial reaction to Arbonne wasn't a lightbulb moment. There was no jumping up and down yelling "This is IT!!!" But I loved that they had a variety of products- makeup being one them. I loved makeup. Makeup is something I could sell.
I spoke with my now sponsor, Margie LaTourette, and she was so helpful and loving. She helped me so much on my journey and was so giving, selfless and warm. I knew if the company was full of people like her there's no way I could say no.
I jumped in on July 3rd, 2012 and man has it been a beautiful journey so far. The joy and hope it's brought to my entire family is indescribable. The people in Arbonne are nothing short of amazing and I have some of the best friends a gal could ask for. We aren't just friends in Arbonne, we're friends in life, too.
My husband, our children and myself have changed so much for the better. It is an answered prayer and continues to be. I cannot WAIT to see what is in store for us!