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How Working for Startups and Network Marketing Prepared Me to Start My Own Business

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Turn the clock back to 2012…

 

At the time, I’d just been laid off after being a Probation Officer for 6 years. My daughter was 17 months old and I had no idea what I was going to do next, or even which direction I was going to take my life.

 

Since I didn’t know what to do yet, I decided to start by purging the things I didn’t need so I could sell them for the cash that I needed to stay afloat. I decided to start a Facebook Group called Treasure Valley Women’s Fashion and Accessories where local ladies could sell nice clothing, jewelry, and accessories to make some cash and get rid of things they no longer wanted. 

 

The group grew quickly and it was great because I was selling things, and even making a little money. It wasn’t long before I started allowing certain representatives to be “approved” to post about their network marketing businesses 1x per week. The process wasn’t terribly long or hard, but it helped ensure my group wasn’t taken over by salespeople looking to make a quick buck, and also help make sure that no one was selling anything that was harmful or trying to scam people.

 

It was here that I met someone that would introduce me to Younique makeup, which is safer than the typical makeup that you can buy at a drug store. It is also set up as a network marketing opportunity so that anyone could buy-in and start their own business as well. 

 

At first, I was hesitant because I’d always been warned about Pyramid Schemes, but after talking to the gal who sold it, I decided to go for it. It was only $99 to start and I figured I could at least use the makeup in the kit if anything. 

 

I spent a year as a Younique presenter and learned a lot about marketing, relationships online, and branding myself. I was known as the go-to lady for Younique within my FB group. Although I did end up stopping the business, it gave me my first little taste of being an “entrepreneur.”

 

I then spent about a year and a half working for a local startup company as the Executive Assistant. I learned a lot about creating company culture, social media, marketing, and the in’s and out’s of running a company. It was exciting to be a part of something new and to work with and help other businesses. 

 

During this time I discovered audiobooks and began listening to books like The Entrepreneur Mind and others out there focused on business and entrepreneurship. 

 

I have to tell you, I caught the entrepreneurial bug. But because I had a good, steady job, and didn’t know what I’d do if I started a business, I just continued working and learning as much as possible. 

 

Then, to my surprise, I was laid off again in June of 2015. I soon found another job working for a social media startup remotely. Again, I was laid off and then never paid for the 5 weeks of work I put in.

 

This to me was the last straw. I was sick of being laid off and undervalued. Although it was a hard time in my life, it gave me the push I needed to start my own business. Because of everything I’d learned over the last few years in regards to business and social media, I decided to start my own social media business to help other small businesses and entrepreneurs with their social media presence. 

My business name Strawberry Social comes from my 5-year-old daughter who LOVES strawberries! 

 

So there ya have it, your past can definitely help you in your future endeavors. Just because one door closes doesn't mean another won't soon open! 

 

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