Friday, April 5, 2013

Surprising way to find an upswing in midst of plunging job creation

Could Social Selling provide your own personal upswing?

After selling my most recent temporary staffing agency where we were dependent on job rates and the economy, I started my own Social Selling company that is based on entrepreneurship and women’s empowerment. Why did I do this? Because the unlimited opportunities available in Direct Sales are based on an individual’s potential more so than on the world economy.

Right place at the right time: When I co-founded Title Temps in my living room in 1996, there were no other agencies staffing title insurance professionals. Southern California title insurance companies used expensive bi-monthly lay-offs to manage work fluctuations and there were many job seekers who had been displaced after the 1993 Northridge earthquake. Three years later, companies were ramping up and we had employees ready to fill their needs. In 2001, having placed thousands of temporary professionals, we sold the company for $28 million. That was good timing.

Reflecting on the March 2013 job report this morning, I can’t help but know this is the right place and the right time for Direct Sales. The quintessential model of the American Dream, Social Selling allows you to work when you want and how you want, to get what you want. Our country is built upon entrepreneurship. Having the good fortune of being born in America, I feel patriotic to provide opportunities to individuals who want to take charge of their lives. If you are ready to change the way that you work, is it possible that Direct Selling might be right for you?

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

How I turned debt & crisis into opportunity & inspiration

3 years after facing the most difficult time in my life, I'm presenting awards to Winnie & Kat Independent Stylists 

I have learned that sometimes you need to get creative. 

When I rewind to five years ago it is truly a different life. I went from being a Malibu housewife with money in the bank to waking up realizing that there was nothing left. After having retired from selling a business in our early 30's, I rose from my "6 year nap" realizing that we were in perilous personal debt. Additionally, our family business was deeply in trouble. 
Borrowing money to turn this situation around, I took control of the company, went to work and eventually made myself CEO: commuting three hours daily on Los Angeles freeways and traveling the country. I sometimes questioned myself, asked for help when I needed it, and I worked through my seemingly desperate situation step-by-step.

Within two years, I made important changes to the company and I sold it. Employees were able to keep their jobs and I became debt free. I was now a single mom of my three daughters.

By creating a social selling company that provides opportunity for all women, I decided to tell my story with action. I want to set an example that no matter what life gives you and even whenyou’ve made mistakes, you can find the courage and strength to not only survive hardships but to create a wonderful life. 

Over and over I hear women ask what they could possibly do after being out of the workforce for many years. I feel that our potential is our greatest asset, and I see Winnie & Kat as a way for me to help guide women to jump out of their comfort zones, gain personal control of their finances and build confidence, because it is never too late. 

Email or comment for more information on building the company with me.