Housekeeping

I have never been a great housewife and I am extremely glad I married a great guy who doesn’t have a problem with helping to keep everything rolling. He can cook, and he does almost every weekend. He can clean, and he does clean the washroom on regular basis because I forget on regular basis. He gets groceries, just because he comes by the supermarket on his way home. He knows where to find the vacuum cleaner.

Doesn’t mean I don’t do anything in the house. It’s just minimal. I don’t like to do it, I never have and I never will. And I stopped feeling guilty about that a long time ago. But I know how to use the vacuum cleaner, I do the laundry, I take care of diner, I take care of my children and I take care of the animals. It isn’t spotless in our house. You can even say it is a mess. But it is a fairly clean mess.

I love to do work outside though and looking around you can see I have done a lot to improve things. We have 2 brand new shelters. One I build myself, the other my husband did but I finished the roof. Every where you look you see nice white board fence. Three of my horses have a stall with run out for the night. I have a tack room, insulated and heated (the cat loves it). And I am not done yet. Still have a lot of fence to repair/renew. And I want a barn (replacing 3 small sheds) for my hay and tractor and lawnmower.

But most of that kind of work is done during the (part-) spring/summer/(part-) autumn time. Winter is different, especially during cold spells. Nobody in his right mind likes to be outside by then. That’s why I have my business. Only thing now is that it consumes so much time I don’t have much time or energy left for that dreadful household work. That’s also a reason why that business of me should start rolling. I like to do this. More than I would have imagined, but it is a full-time job by now.

Where is the promise of running a (MLM) business part-time, in your pyjama’s??

Getting desperate.

This last week the Young Living essential oil starter kit is on sale (10% off) and I am trying to sell it. I created 2(!) advertisements on Facebook and the reactions are really decent. But after 2.5 days I still haven’t found anybody who would make the next step and sign up and buy the kit. And I need a minimum of 4 people who would buy it to have the costs covered.

Why do they not sell? That is the big question and I have to figure it out. I probably expect to much. I probably should be happy if 1 or maybe 2 people sign up somewhere this week. I probably have to change the next step. Instead of having people go to an “sign up” link of Young Living, I probably should try to send them to a landing page and convince them from there to sign up. I think that I am going to try that. I have still 5 days till the “on sale” is over.

This is the problem with advertisement. You have to try different options to see what works best, and that cost time. Unfortunately, also money which I am a bit short on at the moment. I have fixed my goal for next month to finally earn some money and finally have $2000 on my bank account. I don’t think it is a very unreasonable goal. The only thing I start to believe is that I maybe should create some patience and set that goal for over 3 month. It’s just that I would love to see some results after 2 months of hard work.

Ending on a positive note:  I got 15 people who liked my Facebook page because of my ad’s.

Website: www.whyoils.ca/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/whyoilscanada/Sign up:  https://www.youngliving.com/vo/#/signup/new-start?sponsorid=2013690&enrollerid=2013690&isocountrycode=CA&culture=en-CA&type=member

Market in Canmore

It has been a long day today. I spend the day in Canmore (Alberta) trying to have people sign-up for my newsletter.

Well that didn’t go so well. Nobody signed up. But I will get there. There are other ways to have people added to my list.

The market itself was fun. Lots of people passed by. A part was absolutely not interested, a lot were using essential oils already (not always YL but that’s alright). A surprisingly big amount didn’t know anything about the oils or just a bit. So there is still work to do.

I handed out a lot of brochures which I printed yesterday. I gave somebody a little pot with PanAway to try it out. I had somebody very interested in the starters kit. And I sold a bottle of Lavender. So overall not bad.

Now I only have to find out how I can make people sign up 😁

Feeling good

For weeks I have been so busy with everything that has to do with my work and with setting up and expanding my MLM business (Why Oils Canada).

My website is more than decent by now. I even have a pop-up screen to sign-up for my newsletter. I also can see how many people are visiting my website. And I added the option so that you can read my newsletter. I still have to add some content though. But that will come over time.

I also created and send out my first newsletter. I started with an email marketing platform (Sendlane) which didn’t work out. I had to start over 3 times because their editor just stopped working. First they didn’t know why, then it was because I just used  “strange” characters, then there was something else…. After 2 weeks (I think I have been extremely patient) I decided to change to ChimpMail. So nice. In a couple of days I made my newsletter and send it out, I made my sign-up form for Facebook and for my website. I created my thank-you form (when people sign up) and I deleted my account with Sendlane.

Now I am preparing myself for the market which I will attend saturday in Canmore (Ab). I am working on a pamphlet, sign-up sheet, sample’s, etc. I have attended markets before, but I wasn’t happy with the outcome from it so I just stopped instead of changing the way I was “selling” myself. Because I always had some bottles with Thieves household cleaner I just managed to get my costs covered, but that was basically it.  No customers or just interested people to keep in touch with.

So part of my new “ME”, I will attend a market once a month and get email addresses for my newsletters and certainly some new customers.

And I keep on using my little bottle “Build your dream” essential oil blend. That seems to work too.

 

What is an NHP?

NHP means Natural Health Products.

According to Health Canada’s website “Natural health products (NHPs) are naturally occurring substances that are used to restore or maintain good health. They are often made from plants, but can also be made from animals, microorganisms and marine sources. They come in a wide variety of forms like tablets, capsules, tinctures, solutions, creams, ointments and drops.” (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/prodnatur/index-eng.php)

For certain Young Living essential oils this means that Health Canada determined that sufficient scientific evidence exists to substantiate that these oils can help restore, maintain, or improve health.

Young Living can provide you with essential oils as a natural alternative to relief you for:

  • Headache
  • Acne
  • Cough or cold
  • Eczema and Dermatitis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis, Strains, or Sprains
  • Digestive Discomfort
  • Burns, Cuts, Bruises, and Other Minor Skin Irritations
  • Stressed and Uptight

Young Living’s NHP registered oils will have a Natural Product Number (NPN) that will appear on the label. Which according to Health Canada’s website means, “… that the product has been authorized for sale in Canada and is safe and effective when used according to the instructions on the label.” In addition, NHP registered oils will display an expiration date. Young Living Canada’s NHP oils are currently registered under a three year expiry. Rest assured, there has been no change to the raw materials used to create our essential oils, or the way our oils are distilled, bottled, stored, or shipped. However, the registration of oils as NHPs means the addition of an expiry is required to ensure we meet all Health Canada requirements

https://www.youngliving.com/en_CA/discover/natural-remedies/index

Chinook and headaches

Living in Cochrane, Alberta (Canada) means learning to live with Chinooks.

I love chinooks. It gives us a break on regular basis from the cold and harsh winter. Temperatures drops from -20C to -2C or even above zero. Despite the wind which goes with it, it’s lovely outside now. Even our little chihuahua, who hates the cold (and the coats and shoes which are going with it) enjoys the outside and starts running around the house like crazy.  Normally in the winter she walks 2 meters, does what she needs to do and wants to be picked up. Now we have to run after her to keep an eye on here.

On the other side for me it also means headaches. Just 3 days of really bad headaches. Because of a neck injury (my muscles are tying up on regular basis) I am not uncommon with headaches. I  have them since I was 12 years old after my horse decided not to take the jump but I did.

A long time ago I decided that I refused to walk around with the pain anymore and starting taking pills. Ibuprofen was my friend and I have a bottle available all the time. At home and in my purse and in my car. I noticed that I started to be addicted to it too. Over the years I went from 1 pill a day to 3 pills a couple of times a day. Not good.

Now I use the pills just sporadically. What changed? I started using spearmint oil. My gosh that stuff feels so good. It is almost hard to explain, but it is as if you have a cold and fresh towel in your neck for hours. It feels so good. And together with oils to relax my muscles in my neck and to take away the pain, I barely grab that bottle anymore.

Do you have headache on regular basis? You should start to try spearmint.

Looking for a natural alternative?

Years ago I started an education to become a holistic vet in the Netherlands. Unfortunately something like that is not offered here in Canada and because we were all busy with starting our new life I forgot about it and i didn’t finish it. Which also meanes I forgot about my passion for the alternative of holistic way of living.

A couple of years ago it came back after somebody placed an ad on Facebook that she was looking for distributors for Young Living Essential Oils. Because I had learned during my education that not every company has good and/or pure oils I started to look around and see what I could find about essential oils sold at the Canadian market. Just a couple of companies had their prove of good quality oils but Young Living just gave me the best feeling.

So I decided to sign up and buy their starter kit to see what kind of oils they have and how good they would do their job. And

And I wasn’t disappointed.

“Young Living Essential Oils empowers you to dodge harmful chemicals, enrich your life, and reclaim your natural radiance. Young Living Canada’s Natural Health Products provide natural options to help support everyday ailments. Not only does Young Living provide 100% pure, quality essential oils, but we’re giving you choices.” 

https://www.youngliving.com/en_CA/discover/natural-remedies

 

How to expand your MLM business (2)

A couple of days ago I wrote about the MLM business and how to expand. Today I like to continue on this subject.

At a certain moment I lacked motivation to continue my business, procastenated every action I had to do to find any person who would be interested to sign up with me and was just waiting for anybody to come to me.

Wonder why I didn’t earn a dime? I didn’t. I needed a wake-up call first. And I got it. After putting everything on paper about what I had done, about what I did right now and about what I would going to do in the future I got that wake-up call. Scary almost.

But that wasn’t the only thing I needed to realize. I also realized that I would never find those super-sellers, those 5 people in my first leg. Maybe one or two, but certainly not more. And they would never bring much money in my wallet. That was for sure.

So something needed to change. I needed a different approach. I started with setting up my personal store where people could buy the products of Young Living for retail prices without signing up. Talking with people previously I noticed a lot resistant against signing up and this would be a good solution. As soon as they would start to love the oils and start using more, they would sign up anyway.

And after my first sale I realized what had to change. I need customers. Just people who buy products from me. Didn’t matter if they just bought once a year. If I have enough customers I would earn a decent amount of money. If every customer buy products for $100, then $24 dollar is for me. So if I have 1200 customer I would earn $2400 a month. Not bad. And from that point on I can expand. So I just have to find 1200 customers. 🙂

Does that sound reasonable? Does that sound realistic? 

Create an Email List

An email list is an important part of your on-line business if you want to grow and get customers. I am working on creating one and I have already 3 subscribers. Yahoo!! I have set my goal on minimal 1000 for this year so only 997 to go.

So for the next couple days I am going to finish my newsletter which is also a template for the newsletters which I want to send out every month with new information about Essential Oils, how to use them, which you can use and for what, freebies and more. I am working on it for 3 days in a row now. Not only to find the right content but also because the program I use isn’t cooperating. I think I have to find a different approach, because starting over constantly is extremely frustrating.

I want to use this newsletter to build my list. The idea is that is the newsletter is interesting enough people would sign up for it but they would also be willing to share it with other people so they can sign up. And from that interest in essential oils and how to use them, how to find oils to replace common over-the-counter medicine I will find customers. I will take time to find these people but I will get there.

I have to bring out my name consistently so people know where to find me but more important want to find me.

Curious about my newsletter?? Send me your name and email and it will be on his way.

How to expand your MLM business (1).

When I started my business the first thing I understood I had to do was looking for people who would buy the starters-kit and who would start their own business by finding their own team-members. Because that was how you got the big bugs. Creating legs as they called it.

And of course that would be simple right? I mean, I am not the only one on this earth who would start to love these oils and who had enough money to buy this starters-kit. Right? Just get a few people together and sell the kit. Do it a couple of times a week and in a year you are good to go to earn money while you stay at home the entire day, in your pyjama and just make some phone calls once in a while.

Well, apparently not. After being frustrated for a long time and only finding a couple of people who bought the kit, but didn’t start selling I almost gave up. For a year I have done nothing. Till November last year when I participated in a challenge.

You should look up this lady. Carrie Green. With her 5-days challenge I figured out what I was doing wrong, how I was doing it wrong and foremost that being negative I certainly would never reach any goal because I already gave up even before I started. On regular basis she offers free challenges which can be a great kick in your butt.

More to follow…. but for now:

Stay positive and believe in your goals. Doesn’t matter how small or big your goal is.