I have just completed my first year in network marketing and we are building strong and well. Recently I’ve been honored by two requests – to be included in a book for women interested in a home business and to write a series of articles for a new women’s empowerment magazine. Here are the interview questions for the book and my responses. Feel free to reach out to me if you would like to learn more. While these both are aimed toward women, I love working with everyone!
What is your name? What is your background? Tell a little about your family.
My name is Shawn Phillips. I was born in Missouri, grew up in California, lived in New Jersey for over 25 years, lived briefly on an island in Maine and in then in Florida and finally moved to the Charleston area 4 years ago. I think I’ve finally found my forever home but wouldn’t mind having another in Europe. . No matter where we have lived we have delighted in what that community had to offer and made excellent friends.
I’ve worked in healthcare for over almost 45 years, starting as a medical office assistant and working my way up the hospital administration ladder to the point that I was the administrator of two nationally renowned eye institutes in New York City and Charleston, an associate vice president of a hospital network, and a regional vice president of a fertility company for the east coast. I have been in charge of teaching, research and clinical missions with budgets of millions of dollars and with hundreds of people reporting to me. In March 2015 I resigned from my job to follow my passion – running my business. I figured it was time to bet on me. I had been very successful making money for health care practitioners and clinical departments and believed I could do so for myself and teach others the same skill sets.
I did not come from a wealthy family and had to work to put myself through school, achieving a Bachelor’s in Biology from the University of California in Santa Cruz and a Master’s in Public Administration with an emphasis on health care finances, planning and policy from the Wagner Institute of New York University. This taught me to be resilient, resourceful, and the value of education.
I have been married to the love of my life and my best friend for over 30 years and we are going strong. I am the proud mother of three amazing adult sons and of two delightful young grandsons. I taught religious education at my church for almost 10 years. I used to say that I wanted it all, I had it all, and now how was I going to do it all? But you know, it is possible to have the life you imagine. It just takes motivation and action.
What is the name of your business? Business contact info? Describe your business. (If you are a rep for a company, use the type of business but not the name.)
I am an independent unfranchise business owner. As part of this business I have several websites – two are www.shop.com/dreamgreat and www.marketamerica.com/dreamgreat. You can always contact me through email@example.com and 843-471-7315.
We are a product brokerage and internet marketing business specializing in one to one marketing. We aren’t a “one trick pony” company. There are so many ways to make money and to attract people with different passions.
My mission in life is to be happy, healthy, and to help others achieve their dreams. I listen to people’s problems and offer solutions by utilizing my leadership, marketing and business building skills to help others look better, feel better, and gain financial freedom.
While it is not necessary to specialize in any particular division in Market America, I found my niche is in health and wellness, weight loss and anti-aging. As part of this I am a nutraMetrix consultant and work with health practitioners to implement programs that are good for patients, good for the practitioner, and are revenue enhancing for the practice. This way I can help thousands rather than hundreds of people achieve optimal health.
How did you get the idea to start your business?
I was what is referred to as a “product of the product”. Approximately a year ago I taking a super antioxidant, OPC-3 for long-standing pain. I did not want to be dependent on steroidal and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories. It not only cured me of the pain within a couple of weeks but I found that my blood pressure and cholesterol were lowered and I no longer needed to take medication for type II diabetes. I was amazed.
I have long know we have a sick care rather than a health care system. I was excited about the ability to transform people’s health. This led me to further investigate the line of nutraceuticals and then later the business model.
I had always dreamt of being an entrepreneur. I had looked at other home business opportunities in the past and none of them appealed to me for one reason or another. This business was different. It offered a huge variety of excellent products, an internet business, and a promising compensation plan with multiple revenue streams. My husband and I were totally convinced. Our eldest son was already an unfranchise business owner and within a short time the entire family became business owners.
How long did it take from “I have a great idea!” to making your first sale?
I actually sold the product before even joining the business. I could not wait to tell people about something that could help them. One of the great things about this business is that you can make money through retail while building a business that can give you a residual income.
What were your challenges?
I took a few months to get started after I opened up my business. As a healthcare administrator I had long and stressful hours. I didn’t have much time and since I wanted fully understand not only all the products but also this new business paradigm prior to building my business, I probably spent more time than necessary devouring literature, listening to audio files and watching YouTube videos prior to actually embarking on making this a business and not a hobby. What I discovered is that this, like much in life is learned by doing. I needed to get out of my head and take action.
What are some things you are glad you did?
I invested in my training. When people saw me investing in being a leader in the industry, they were more interested in joining me. Not to mention I grew and acquired new skill sets and became more valuable to my team. I invest in myself constantly .I have attended every large conference from the beginning and several small ones. During the past year I invested time and money in being a leader in this business. I have travelled to Greensboro, Charlotte, Raleigh, Atlanta, Manhattan and Miami. I not only gained invaluable knowledge but I met people who have become successful with this company and I learned their secrets. Conferences also build a sense of team comradery and belief in oneself and the company. Training, coaching, and team orientation are integrated in this company and I am always aware that I am in a business for myself but not by myself. TEAM stands for together everyone achieves more.
What would you do differently?
I would not have hesitated to reach out to my peers. I was concerned at first about people’s perceptions of me. This was selfish. I learned that everyone should seriously consider an alternate stream of income regardless of how high up the corporate ladder they have climbed. You need a plan B to fall back on if you or your spouse no longer has a job. I saw many people work hard for years only to become “disposable” and laid off. I realized most of us work 45 years for someone else’s success and not our own. I quit being worried about what others thought because I have a vehicle to help others achieve their hopes and dreams – from helping to pay bills to providing a financial safety net to “firing their boss” to being able to retire earlier.
Do you have the opportunity for women to work with your company? Describe what opportunity you have and how they go about becoming part of your team.
The number one top earner in our company is a woman who came from the projects and yet was able to generate a million dollar ongoing income stream by working hard as an unfranchise owner for five years. She told me she is nothing special and she meant it. She just worked hard to meet her dream of being a millionaire.
Another top earner is a single mother, an immigrant who didn’t even speak English. There is no glass ceiling in my company
With the internet, social media, mobile technology and social shopping, our company is perfect for women. It allows us to have fun, get paid to shop and share, and build a profitable business while simultaneously spending time with our loved ones. There is truly something for every woman regardless of interest or education. The business owner can focus on one or more of the following:
– Health and Wellness (including anti-aging and weight management)
– Motives Cosmetics and Personal Care
– Websites and Internet Marketing
– Financial Services – Entertainment
– Online Shopping/ Shop Consultant – shop.com
It is easy to become a member of my team in that you don’t have to have a formal education or prior success. It takes a small financial commitment and contains little risk. However, I want people who are serious about changing their lives for the better and are willing to put in the effort to do so. I am a success coach and an entrepreneurial expert. I know how to build business and how to become a leader and I will teach you how!
What kind of marketing do you do?
I use free social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn. I am able to capitalize on the marketing resources provided through my mother country and the name recognition. For instance our Motives Cosmetics line has almost 2 million followers on Instagram. I also attend networking meetings in the Charleston area. Mainly I find that one to one contact is my best marketing. We have a saying that if your mouth isn’t open, your business is closed. Luckily I’m a friendly person and I’m always interested in meeting new people and learning more about them. People lead to people. There are many who need and want my products and an opportunity to better their lives.
What advice would you give to someone who is seeking a way to work from home or start a home business?
Start with your “why”. What is your burning desire? Mine was to make a positive difference in people’s health and finances, to be able to retire early, to travel the world, and leave a legacy for my children. Your why may include a college fund for your children, the tax benefits of owning your own business, a new car or home, or no longer living hand to mouth. If you have decided that a way to make this “why” is to create residual income for the rest of your life that can be willed to your loved ones, then seriously consider network marketing. But do keep in mind a few things:
- Remember this is a long-term business relationship so look for a company that is leading with new ways to generate income streams. The world has changed and our methods of marketing and selling products must follow suit.
- Look for how long the company has been in business. Many of these companies fail within the first 5 years. It is a gamble to join a startup.
- Talk to others in the company about their experiences. This will help to build realistic expectations and not just get caught up in the hype.
- Check to see if the company is a member of the Better Business Bureau and what their rating is.
- Analyze the products you would be selling. You must believe in and be committed to these products. You can’t sell what you don’t believe in. I prefer a company with a number of product lines so there is something for everyone.
- Consider the compensation plan and the monthly requirement for products. The best compensation plans are binary (creating two legs) that build deep and offer 100% of the commissions to flow up. This encourages a team approach rather than competition between owners and you get paid for what you produce. There is also an obligation to purchase a certain amount of products each month and this varies by company from $100-500. The company should minimize this expense and there should be products you can use instead of the ones you are currently purchasing elsewhere. You don’t want a garage full of products that you will never use.
- Finally carefully consider the training and support you will be given. I have spoken to too many people who did not have access to training company wide and after they signed up, were on their own. Look for a company with a simple, replicable system and an engaged team of business partners.
Anything else you’d like to add?
You have the tools to take control of your life. The income potential in my company is truly amazing. So if your goal is to make an extra $300 per month, per week, per day then we can work together to get it. It takes effort but it is very possible to create a permanent six figure income while working part-time from home. I am looking for ambitious people who have vision and are willing to roll up their sleeves and work 8-15 hours/week to create their dream life. If not now, when? If not this, what?
Let’s work together to help people and ourselves! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment to discuss your qualifications.