Can you tell our readers about yourself and your blog and Direct Sales company?
I’m a furmom and a human wife with a million little responsibilities every day. Puns and pizza are my love language. At no point in my life have I ever had just one job, and now is no different. I’m a landlord, and in the middle of a huge home reno, we are diy-ing. I’m also working daily on my Pampered Chef business, and embroiled in the gig economy as an Uber & Lyft driver in my “spare time.” The people you can meet driving rideshares are amazing! My latest passion is pouring my soul into my blog- What’sJamieMakin.com. My vision is for this blog to be *the* resource for busy boss bitches like me who need the best, curated info on how to efficiently run their businesses and while they are there, they can pick up a quick recipe to feed their family that uses real food. Everyone’s lives are so busy, but that’s even more true for the mompreneurs of the world.
How long have you been involved in Direct Sales?
I’ve been involved with Direct Sales for quite a few years. I started waaaaaaay back when I was just out of college. It was a company that I thought I’d use the products and maybe make a buck. Well, not so much. There were a couple of other companies in the middle, too. Nothing plucked that heartstring, ya know? I wasn’t passionate, or even interested in the products, so I never really put in much effort. But then I was invited to a Pampered Chef show. Oh my goodness… I was immediately hooked! The funny thing is, I attended as a guest and even hosted for 13 years before I even considered joining. And it was my Husband’s idea that I join- my Consultant at the time didn’t even invite me to join! 5 1/2 years later, I’m still in it to win it and loving every minute.
Can you tell me some of your strengths that helped you in Direct Sales?
How do you manage your time?
The two dirtiest words in the English language- Time Management. Lol! This has been a long time in development. There are so many theories out there, and I’ve pretty much tried them all. In the end, I’ve landed on what works best for my chaotic lifestyle and my “you can’t tell me what to do” attitude. I make a list of 3 things to get done every day as well as things that need to be done sometime in the week. Then I set myself a timer for 30 minutes and work, without getting distracted, on only the top 3 things for the day. Once that 30 mins is up, if I’m in the zone, I reset it and go again. If I’m not feeling it, I’ll take a 30 min break and do something else. Then I restart that timer and force myself to focus again for 30 mins. If I’m still feeling the flow after I get the day’s three things done, I start to tackle the weekly tasks. Most of the time this works. Sometimes, it all goes to Hell. I guess that’s called balance.
What is one piece of advice you would give to someone just starting?
The one piece of advice I’d give someone starting is to put blinders on. It’s very tempting to follow the other “successful” consultants in your company and emulate everything they do. It’s totally ok to not reinvent the wheel every time, but make sure that you’re doing it in your own way/voice and not comparing your results to theirs! This is extremely difficult to do. It’s human nature to analyze our success or failure, and we need a baseline to do that. But someone else’s benchmark isn’t yours. Compare your results to *your results*. That’s the only true way to know if you’re improving or having successes. Because Gina got 25 preorders and you only got five doesn’t mean anything. You have no idea how hard Gina worked for those 25. Now if you got 5 and last time you only got 2… well, hot damn, girl! You just got a 250% increase! Way to go! Analyze what you did differently and do it again!
What is your biggest motivation? pampered chef
My biggest motivation is that I will not go back to work for someone else. I was a Social Worker for 15 years, and it slowly sucked the life out of me. I was unhappy, and I didn’t even realize it. It’s important to me that I never go back to working in an office 9-5 again. My pajamas and couch are comfier.
In the future where do you hope your blog and direct sales will take you?
I foresee my blog becoming a go-to resource for folks in Direct Sales, specifically Pampered Chef, and being yet another source of passive income for me. My plan with the company is to continue to share the business with everyone I meet and see how Pampered Chef might fit their life and goals! I’ve shared with 35 people so far, and my passion for it only grows deeper. I love teaching and helping everyone get better, so by teaching and sharing with more people; I’m sure I’ll be rising the promotion ladder. I’d love to make it to the tippy top and be a National Executive Director and have influence over the direction of the company. So many wonderful things have been happening with our new CEO, Tracy Britt-Cool, And it’s exciting to see what’s on the horizon and think I will be a part of it.