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What is network marketing! Delve into a world of network marketing!

As parents, so many of us struggle to find a work/life balance that works for us. With the cost of childcare and the stresses and strains of holding down a job whilst running around after our children it is no wonder that so many of us are looking for alternatives to the 9 to 5.

When I first started to hear the term ‘network marketing’ I will be honest with you I thought it was a bit of a scam and I am sure a lot of people still do have these thoughts. However, after delving in a bit deeper into the world of network marketing I can see how wrong I was.

It wasn’t until I joined a lovely group on Facebook called ‘Mums in Business Association’ where I met a large number of network marketers and I began to understand the process and the benefits of running a business this way.

Since then I have found out that the start up cost for network marketing businesses are usually low, different companies vary but they are always in the £100s not £1000s, this means that starting one of these businesses will have minimal risk to you. They also offer flexible working as you can set your own hours (depending on your goals) and work around your children or other commitments. Network marketing businesses usually offer high levels of support and training to guide you to grow and succeed with your business goals.

I am sure that if you look into network marketing you are bound to find someone claiming that you can be earning £1000’s of pounds a month and how “easy” it is. While these claims of people’s earnings are in no doubt true, what they don’t always highlight is that you need to work hard and put in the time and the effort required (like you would if you were self-employed in any other business) to reap the rewards. I know it is claims like these that have put me off in the past, as I am sure it has many other people. We all tend to follow the saying that “if it sounds too good to be true it usually is”.

However, instead of looking at network marketing as a “get rich quick” scheme look at it as an easier and cost effective way into starting your own business where if you work hard you can be very successful and earn limitless income.

For any parents that have decided not to return back to work after having their children and are looking for a business they can run from a smartphone/laptop then a network marketing business may be something to seriously consider. If you are working but looking for more flexibility this is a business that you can start (alongside your current one) and build up until you are at a comfortable point where you can switch over.

Where network marketing stumps a lot of people is that as well as making commission from your product sales you can also make money by building your own team and receiving a small amount of commission based on their product sales. This doesn’t mean that you are taking commission away from your team members (as they will still get their sales commission) you just get a little extra for coaching and supporting them with their business (especially at the start). Many of the network marketing companies also offer additional benefits when you reach certain levels including cash bonuses.

Network marketing is suitable for anyone regardless of their qualifications, education level, age and gender.

However, what you do need in abundance is the drive to be your own boss, to be able to push yourself to achieve, the ability to speak, to network with others and the confidence to be able to promote the products. However, from the network companies I have reviewed they do offer support and guidance to help you work on and achieve what you need to do to fly in your business and they will support you to build your confidence.

There are numerous network marketing companies around. Avon was one of the first to run this type of business model when it was founded back in 1886 but many companies have now followed suit, to name a few you have Arbonne, Scentsy, Scholastic books and Younique. I would advise looking into the company’s products and business model, trying a small number of products first and also locating honest reviews of the company before deciding which one is a fit for you.  

If you want to know more about Network Marketing and how it has helped change people’s lives take a look at the stories below. If you would like any further information on any of these businesses please contact them on their details supplied.


   Lucy Ponton

  Arbonne Consultant

  07745 724575

Hi, I’m Lucy Ponton. I live with my husband Chris and my 19-month-old son William. I have family locally including parents, grandparent and siblings.

I’m a Registered Occupational Therapist by profession and I have a passion for promoting health and wellbeing. My values match with Arbonne as they promote health and wellness both inside and outside of the body.

I have long term health conditions of eczema and IBS and Arbonne’s products have significantly reduced my symptoms. It has allowed me to stop using my prescribed medications which has been very thought-provoking.

I’m an Independent Arbonne Consultant. The products were recommended by a close friend and I trialed the RE9 (anti-ageing) range along with makeup samples. The improved condition of my skin has allowed me to be able to wear CC cream/foundation and also to wash with a shower gel, which smells lovely! I realised that there was a business opportunity behind the products which could allow me to change my life.

I am able to see that my goal of earning a limitless salary whilst working the hours that I want can allow me to be present in my family’s life. I will not need to use childcare and I will be able to watch them grow and develop and be there for them especially during school holidays, sports days, assemblies, sickness etc.

On average work 1-2 hours a day, this is spread out through the day often in pockets of time that I have in between my job and looking after my son.

What advice and support you have received from your network marketing company?

An online platform where I can review and download information about every aspect of the company. Examples are “Meet the product” information sheets, videos, presentations. My colleagues within Arbonne (my upline) have and still coach me to build my confidence and knowledge base.


Steph Lucas

Usborne Books Consultant

I’m Steph, 25, from Somerset. I’m a full time Deputy Nursery Supervisor and as yet have no children of my own.

I am an Independent Usborne Books at Home Organiser and have been for nearly 2 years. I joined after seeing a post on Facebook and thought it seemed like a good idea to try and get myself a bit of extra money. There are no targets with Usborne just incentives and commission.

The hours I work vary week on week but the more I put in the more I get out.

As an organiser a lot of my work is primarily through Facebook and Instagram I have built up a steady customer base through networking on Facebook and through my friends and family. I also go to local events such as school fetes where people can buy from my stock rather than having to wait for an order. Through attending events and parties at peoples homes I have met many new people.

Usborne Books at Home sends out regular emails with help and advice on many different topics and new ideas for pushing my business forward, my end goal is to build my own team and thus earn more money. When you first sign up to be an organiser you are given a mentor-someone who is already an organiser. My mentor is great she has lots of helpful advice and I know I can just drop her a message and she will soon get back to me.

If you would like to know more, or to place an order, or even join my team please do email me or send me a message on Facebook.  


Natasha Cutter

Hi I’m Natasha, wife to Andrew and mum to 4 beautiful children, Dougalisha 13, Alice 12, Arthur 10 and Seth 8.

Up until having my eldest daughter I was a manager at a local betting shop, but I decided to leave due to childcare costs taking over half of my wages and because the long hours meant I wouldn’t see my daughter grow up. I left to start my own business on eBay selling craft items and making my own craft items which I did for several years.

Then 3 years ago I caught one of my boys lighting a candle and blowing it out, then ‘re lighting it,  It terrified me that he was attracted to the fire. My boys were also very bouncy and still are, the pure thought of a house fire scared me, so that was the start of my network marketing journey. We’ve since found out that Arthur has adhd which explains a lot.

I started searching for a safe alternative to candles and found this company no one local to me had heard of it. So I joined Scentsy a home fragrance company at the end of November 2015, not the best time of year to start a business but my hubby gave me the money for the join kit and said to give the business a year, if it didn’t go anywhere I hadn’t lost anything as I still had the kit.

That was coming up for 3 years ago now, my business has gone from strength to strength, within my first year I hit director as I built a team and I love that I can spend all my time with my children when they are on school holidays. I love the fact that if one of them is sick I don’t have to ask for time off work, I can work around my family if something happens and I’m not tied to finding childcare or working set hours.  I try to work an hour a day on social media posts and answering messages, then i also do home parties which I do in an evening when my husband can spend time with the kids. Plus the extra money has helped pay for holidays, birthdays and any treats for the family.

I get to attend conferences twice a year if i wish and I’ve managed to earn 2 incentive trips – rome and more recently a 7 day cruise on the symphony of the seas the largest cruise ship in the world. We have a training centre in our back office which is available for you to access whenever you like plus lots of support from other consultants and home office team, there’s always someone on hand to help. I can honestly say that scentsy is so much more than warmers and wax, I’ve met so many new friends from all over the world and grown in confidence and positivity which us now being instilled in my children.


Why not take a look at my other post with inspirational people –

Interview with award winning glass engraver Steven Lee

Interview with Cat at Cat Creation

Interview with children’s publisher Justin Davis

Lisa Norman shares her story of the premature birth of her son Neil

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