Another friend from Old Dominion (Go Monarchs!)! My friend Jackie started out working in the career that she went to college for and ended up in a sales career that she loves. I can see her in sales, she was always easy to talk to and ready with a smile. This is her story….
Q: What is the title of your profession?
A: I am an Executive for a company that sells anti-aging skin care products.
Q: What do you do?
A: I sell anti-aging products and introduce people to our amazing business opportunity, which can earn them a living and possibly set them financially free.
Q: Have you always worked in this field?
A: No, I was a graphic artist for most of my working years.
Q: If no, what was your prior profession and what made you change your profession?
A: My parents and I started a couple of magazines in our area and I worked as the graphic artist on them for 14 years. My parents wanted to retire so they sold the business to a local company. I continued to work for them until the economy started to decline and they had to fold the paper.
Q: Why did you choose this profession?
A: My current profession kind of fell into my lap at just the right time. I had lost the only job I really had most of my life and right at that time someone introduced my mother to these amazing anti-aging products. She showed them to me and we learned that you could make a really good living by selling them. My mother came out of retirement to sell them with me! I’m so happy to be working with her again :)
Q: How would you define your profession?
A: I define my profession as sharing cutting edge, incredible products as well as a tremendous business opportunity. I don’t enjoy sales and never thought I would be in the business, but I have such a passion for these products/business. I love to introduce them to other people so they can benefit both physically and financially (if they chose to join the business).
Q: Did you go to college or a trade school for this profession?
A: No. I never thought I’d be in sales :)
Q: How long did you go to school? Where? What was your degree in?
A: I went to Old Dominion University for 4 years in Norfolk, VA and got a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in graphic design.
Q: Do you use your degree in your job? In what way?
A: I’m sure there are things I’ve learned in college that have helped me in my current field. Educating yourself in any way is always a positive thing.
Q: Can your degree be used as a basis for any other professions? What types?
A: I could use my degree for any number of professions. You can accomplished many things when you put your mind and effort to it. Getting an educational degree can help in many ways as well as experience and determination.
Q: Does your job require continued education? What type? How much?
A: No, but I believe that you are never too old or too smart to continue to learn anything :)
Q: Does your job require a certification or board testing?
A: No. I am an independent consultant. The beauty of my job is that I’m the only one that can fire myself. I set my own hours and make as much as I motivate myself to do.
Q: What is a day in the life of your job? Does it change day-to-day? Do you work with the public?
A: My day-to-day activities are always different! I may do computer work at home one day or go do an expo the next. An expo is an event where I get a booth and talk to the public as they come around and introduce them to my products/business. I even have days where I don’t work at all. It’s a very flexible schedule which allows me to be around for my children as well.
Q: What do you think makes a person successful in this profession?
A: I think in order to be successful in my career you need to be outgoing and motivated.
Q: Does your profession require travel? How much?
A: Yes, occasionally we travel to an expo. Sometimes they can be an hour or two away. I’ve also gone to our parent company in Provo, Utah to take a seminar to learn more about my company and their products. We have conventions we can attend and they may be in other states as well.
Q: What is the typical schedule/hours?
A: I have a very flexible schedule. I may work all weekend and sometimes I may not work at all during the week. It varies according to how I schedule it. I can work as much or as little as I’d like.
Q: What is the most rewarding part of your job?
A: Honestly, the most rewarding part of my job is seeing the joy I bring to people when they use and love these products or when they join my business and make a great living.
Q: What do you dislike about your job?
A: I really don’t enjoy sales. I have to meet a sales goal every month. I just like to share these products and this amazing business opportunity with people and hope they enjoy it all as much as I do.
Q: What advice would you give to a child/student that is considering this profession?
A: It is a great way to make a living. There’s so much opportunity with this business to set yourself financially free. Just be very motivated and never give up. You can achieve whatever you set your mind to do. If you do decide to join a direct sales company, make sure it’s an innovative and proven company like mine.
Q: If you had to do it all over again, would you choose the same profession?
A: Yes, I love the flexibility. I can set my own hours and be home for my children when they need me. Plus, I can make a great living without putting in too many hours.
Q: Are you having fun?
A: Yes! I love working with my mother and we really enjoy these products!
Q: Do you receive a pension?
A: Yes, in a very unique way! Our company is based on residual income, which is repeated regular income earned by a sales person. Our products are bought on a monthly basis so when we build up a client base and get business builders beneath us we can earn a paycheck for the rest of our lives even if we stop working!