We have all been there before… you get a random text message or a chat on Facebook from someone you haven’t talked to in a while asking if you’d be interested in blah blah product. You roll your eyes, politely (or perhaps not so politely) say no thank you.
I have said no plenty of times as well, but I want you to know why I think we should stop saying no and start saying yes.
For some reason we get pretty irritated when someone tries to sell us something. We act like it’s the biggest inconvenience ever to have to say no to a product we don’t want or need. But I want you to really think about what they are doing — they’re trying to make a living or change the outcome of their life in some way by hustling and selling something they like.
If you had a friend who was scrounging to start their own business – any business – from the ground up, you would be quick to support them. After all, that is what we should do. We should support or friends and families and anyone trying to make a good life for themselves. But when it involves a multi-level-marketing company we get grumpy about it.
The chances are you are going to buy a candle somewhere, why not get one from your friend who sells Scentsy? I know you are going to buy face cream or a wrinkle mask, why not buy it from someone who sells NuSkin or Arbonne or Rodan+Fields? I know you need a new dress and a pair of leggings, why not come shop LuLaRoe with me?
I’m not saying buy hundreds of dollars worth of pots and pans for the kitchen that are out of your budget and you do not need. I’m saying build up the people around you trying to make some money by spending some of yours with them.
You don’t have to attend party after party, or even host one yourself, but if you can find an inexpensive product you’re going to buy at the store anyway, help a friend and buy directly from them once in a while.
Liz is a just a mom trying to keep it real about how little she sleeps, how often she gets puked on and how much she loves them. You can find her here every day writing about real-mom moments.