I joined an MLM. Then I left, but now I’m back! Here is my story.
In 2017 my friend posted a selfie and I thought, “wow! her hair looks amazing!”. So I messaged her and she shared she had been using new hair products from Monat. I had never heard of Monat so I asked where I could get some, I wanted long healthy hair too. I had just turned 30 and was noticing my hair wasn’t looking like it used to.
She mailed some samples to me and after one use I liked the way my hair looked and felt, so I made my first order. After that I was hooked on the products. My hair was looking and feeling healthier, and growing a ton. After a few months of using Monat I decided to sign-on as a Market Partner (basically I would sell the products for a commission).
Well that’s when I learned, I had to do WORK to get people to buy this stuff. Like, show up everyday on social media, talk to your mom, your friends, your neighbors, the girl in the check-out line at Target. SHOW. UP. If you know me, I am an introvert to the core. I do not start conversations, I typically avoid them (small talk is theeeeee worst IMO). I couldn’t do it. I was getting compliments left and right on my hair and I just couldn’t bring myself to say, “Have you heard about Monat?”. I just couldn’t. My mom, sister, and best friends were fantastic customers and I was making enough commission to buy products for myself. I was content.
Time went on (about 2 years), and when it came time to renew my partnership with the company I decided not to. I had just had my baby, COVID was new, I had to face the reality of returning to work soon. I didn’t need one more thing on my plate. One thing I didn’t have in Monat was a community. I signed-up under my friend, but I couldn’t tell you who else was on our team or who any other uplines were. With no one to really lean on, I didn’t feel I was going to lose anything by not being a Market Partner (I mean, other than the amazing 30% discount). I had a ton of product to last me at least another 6 months, so with that, I ended my Market Partner role.
Fast forward to a year later and I see women in Monat absolutely killing it! Earning their Cadillac, living in their dream homes, going on trips, making friendships that I completely craved. These were the women who signed-on when I did. I just kept thinking, that could have been me.
I had always told myself, if I could do this over I would want to be on a team that hustles. A team that supports each other, shares knowledge, socializes, and makes that money. It was always in the back of my head and I kept thinking I could totally do what they’re doing. I get on social media everyday and share my favorite products, outfits, parenting wins and loses, what I’m doing daily. That’s social selling.
So, when an Executive Director I’ve been following since the beginning reached out to me, the Monat seed had been re-planted. She told me I was already social selling, I had my LikeToKnow.it account, I had this blog where I recommend products, I was already doing the work. Why not add in the hair products I already love? To work with someone so successful, so excited to be a part of the business, was like a big shining light. I was drawn to it, and I was in.
I am now a born again Monat Market Partner, and I am SO excited to see where I can take it this time around.
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Within my first week back I had four VIP customers, a bonus, and a paycheck on the way. I had been invited to three events (attended one), received daily training & self-development, was added to a very active group chat with other members of our team, Zoom calls….in the FIRST WEEK! I find myself getting up in the morning and looking forward to the self-development and talking about something I love.
I also went full-force with the products and I’m loving my hair and skin. These products work. My leaving was never about the products, it was about the lack of community and I take responsibility for not putting myself out there. It’s time to put in work and make something of this.
Round 2, let’s goooooooo!