Growing Your Direct Sales Business While Entertaining Your Children This Summer
By Golda Smith
Over here in the Smith-Kwesi household, the countdown has begun towards the last day of school. This Friday it’s over…finished…another school year will go down in history. While the kids are excited, the teachers have reported that many of the kids have been acting up (not mine). Talking out loud, not focused, not doing homework. What’s up with that? Some of the parents are blowing this behavior off as if it doesn’t matter; after all it’s the last week of school. My question is this, “does the learning stop just because summer is here?”
It got me to wondering about my fellow Mompreneurs in their direct sales and home based businesses. Statistics show that activity in this industry dips in the summer only to pick back up in the fall. Interesting, I think. I get it, you have the kids at home and it’s your chance to make a quick get away with the family. However, to many of work at home moms drop business all together. Being a single mom, I can’t do that and don’t want to. It seems much easier to just modify my schedule than put it on the shelf for a few months. So these are my suggestions for working your business and enjoying your family during the summer heat.
Summer schedule anyone?
Just as we have a schedule during the school year, we have one during summer as well. Trust me, I don’t want all the knowledge leaking out because their spending to much time playing on the Wii. None of that here! We may lie in bed a little longer…or not, but we still have breakfast and then depending on the day, get work done. Break out the calendar and block off your work time as well as the activities that you will get done. When you’re working, what activities will the kids work on? Make sure they have their workbooks too. Be sure to ask your kids teacher(s) it they have a summer packet. Also check your library as they usually have a summer reading list and a prize for everyone who keeps track of the books they’ve read.
Have a summer buddy accountability partner
An accountability partner for what exactly? To make sure that you are not using the summer as an excuse for not working your business. One thing that we should always be doing is introducing our business, service, or product to someone new. That doesn’t take much thought does it? Yet it’s just as easy not to do…hence, the accountability partner. Just someone to check in with. Remember, accountability is NEVER about the other person, it’s strictly to keep you focused on your goals.
Have some fun in the sun
Go outside and play, have a grand time. Remember this, always prospect while you are out. Never go out to prospect. Make it a natural part of your daily routine. For example, say you and the kids are spending the afternoon at the museum you could make it a fun educational trip by having them make observations and journal what they notice. You, the savvy entrepreneur that you are, can make casual conversations with some of the other families there as well. Whether you’re at the beach, driving to see family in another state or hanging at the bookstore always keep your eyes and ears open for opportunities to share what you do. My kids love helping to spot people to prospect.
Good grief, get help
That’s right I said get help. Let’s face it, not everyone is traveling for the summer, especially if you’re a single parent working a full or part time job. So my suggestion is to get those kiddies involved with your work. Start grooming them for success in business. No time like the present to have them see firsthand what on earth mommy is doing with her time when they are working diligently in school. Maybe you can have them organize papers or help with labels. Whatever it is let them know how important their help is to you. Perhaps you can even pay them, just be sure to speak with your tax account as that could be a tax write off.
So you see, summer months don’t have to mean a break from business activities (and income). These are just some simple suggestions on how you can continue to grow your direct sales business while enjoying your family this summer. In no time at all, you’ll be getting ready for the first day of school. Until then, cherish each and every day because faster than you ever thought possible, you’re babies will be grown, you’ll be turning the page on a new chapter in life and wonder…where did it all go?
Golda Smith is a single mom who is building her "Business From The Kitchen Table" and enjoys working with other moms to get them into the happy zone and living the lives they were meant to live! She has a FREE report entitled “5 Ways To Talk To People Without Picking Up The Phone”. Don’t listen to another dial tone, get this NOW!