Redundancy

It’s all too common experience during a recession.

Redundancy.

Being made redundant can be overwhelming, the worries about money, finding another job before your redundancy pay runs out can take its toll on you emotionally, spiritually and even physically in terms of stress and anxiety.

Unsurprisingly, given how competitive the job market still is even as the country drags its way out of recession, many who have been made redundant choose to take a chance and jump into self-employment and set up a business.

Redundancy can be a chance to change careers, to do something entirely different without any of the hassles of deciding to leave your day job.

The question is, with so many businesses that fail in the first year (and failure never kills anyone) how do you make a low-risk start into setting up your own business: one that doesn’t involve spending ALL your redundancy pay?

Well, there are the classic options such as:

Volunteering in the field you’d like to work: taking a chance to see if it will be the right fit for you.

Create a portfolio: if you want to set yourself up as a service provider, do ten projects for free and track the results your work brings, following up thereafter.

You can pursue a new field of study

Or, you can choose a Mary Kay career, where you can start off your own business with a £99 kit (with over £280 worth of full-size products). Full training and support is provided as you grow into your role as Independent Beauty Consultant.

Have you been made redundant and are deciding on a total career change? What do you want to do? If your own Mary Kay business sounds like it might be a good fit for you, go to my website –  http://www.marykay.co.uk/ewallace

Turning Black Friday Pink

Heard of Black Friday?

Do you love a bargain?

Well, here is a fantastic offer to all you Entrepreneurs who wish to start your own business in the Direct Selling Industry/Beauty Industry. But you only have until end of business on Friday 28th November, so do not delay!

Start your Mary Kay Business today for the unmissable price of only £49. Contact me for the opportunity of a lifetime http://www.marykay.co.uk/ewallace or erica.wallace@hotmail.co.uk

Mission of Erica’s Angels Sales Teams

At Erica’s Angels (Mary Kay Cosmetics UK) we aim for the development of top-tier Independent National Sales Directors in our chosen markets, using our broad geographical footprint and customer commitment to support our clients’ needs nationally.

Our mission:

To provide world-class customer service, outstanding entrepreneurial opportunities and financial security & independence for our sales force. Each transaction and customer experience should result in an outstanding image building experience.   Financial opportunities are developed from customer service excellence, integrity and loyalty of Erica’s Angels to the Mary Kay Ash Leadership Principals.   Giving women and men an unlimited opportunity to succeed is key to our success. Encompassing the Go Give Spirit, the Golden Rule, Balancing Priorities and making each customer, associate and sales team member the most important person when they are engaged with the Mary Kay Cosmetics business or services.

How we do business

Our vision is to be recognized as a leader in Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland for independent entrepreneurial success of women and men within the cosmetics and skin care direct sales markets. We want to be the preferred option for motivated, dynamic, charismatic and customer service focused entrepreneurs within Great Britain.

We start by building sustainable partnerships with our clients so we are fully attuned to their ambitions and needs. Only then can we combine our local knowledge with our technical expertise to meet their cosmetic and skin care needs.

Helping our clients achieve their goals takes huge creative thinking, which is why we value ideas and encourage diversity. Our people know that by working together and drawing on each other’s strengths they can really make a difference.

That difference extends to our wider impact on society and we seek to spread the benefits of our success more widely. Understanding the spirit of our founder Mary Kay Ash, we understand that “People will support that which they help create.” The Mary Kay Consultant understands that each customer has a sign around their neck that reads “Make Me Feel Important” and this is what we strive to do 7 days per week and 365 days per year.

Erica believes that when she puts her clients’ interests first, Mary Kay Customers, Erica’s Angels Sales teams, and our broader communities share in the rewards.

“What the mind can conceive and the heart can believe, that you can achieve.”


Can you handle the risk factor?

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It’s a risk trying anything new.

Starting anything new involves risk.
A new relationship.
A new job.
A new course of study.
A new brand of coffee (come on, we’ve all been disappointed when we switch from our favourite coffee and try something new.)

Taking the leap, accepting the risk inherent in setting up your own business for the first time can be exhilarating and incredibly stressful, once the novelty has worn off.
The risk factor exists in all businesses, in all industries.

It doesn’t matter if you provide products or services, there is a risk involved if you are in business and if anyone tells you something is ‘risk’ free, run a mile. Nothing is.

What to consider is how you minimise the risk involved.

For example, setting up a service based business on the side of your full-time job: i.e. nail technician or Mary Kay Independent Consultant.
Or only renting a premises on a short lease for your business, rather than committing to buying a place.

The risk is minimised, managed.
That’s why, in my own career, I found Mary Kay to be the perfect stepping stone to self-employment: the risk is minimal.

There is training.
There is support.
You set the goal posts on your earnings, your rewards and in turn the hours that you work.

It is the perfect business to start alongside your existing job.
Thus, the risk factor is drastically minimised.(And it is SO much fun.)
How do you plan on reducing the risk factor as you set up your own business?

Do you have the confidence to sell?

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I am always talking about how having your own business is a way to freedom and success.
How your efforts always benefit you.
If you’ve been considering going into business, you might be worrying yourself about how to sell with confidence.

You don’t want to be pushy, but friendly warm and above all confident.

Often in my industry, direct marketing (in any sphere) many people will complain that their friend’s new direct marketing business is ruining their friendship, that their friend is now regularly selling to them.

This always smacks of a total lack of confidence to me.

Your friends are a safe market to sell to, you already know them and feel comfortable talking to them. If you only plan on selling to your friends, your business will fail.
It doesn’t matter if you are in direct marketing, a graphic designer or a personal trainer you will not make enough money selling to your friends.

If selling makes you nervous, if talking to strangers makes you start to sweat I strongly recommend you volunteer in the shop for your favourite charity so that you get comfortable talking to strangers: as your success hinges upon that skill.

Tips on selling:
1. Listen. Give the client what they want.
2. Use your friends as ‘word of mouth’.
3. Go to events where people are looking for your services: not events about your industry alone.
4. Ask questions so you can serve them better.
5. Be friendly.
6. Approach new people. For example, in my career with Mary Kay I took part in the 100 faces, 100 days Challenge and it changed my business forever.

Confidence is what separates your dream from reality, and it can be learned.
Are you tempted to start your own Mary Kay business? Contact me here for more advice!

Retired? Bored

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Retirement can be such an exciting time.
Finally, you have the time and the freedom to do exactly what you want.
Spend the quality time you want with your family, your children and your grandchildren.
Go on a long, long holiday to Cornwall for the entire summer (or anywhere else you fancy!)
At last your time is all yours to do with what you want.
What if you miss working though? Maybe not the long hours, or the tedious paperwork or your boss but do you miss the camaraderie of your colleagues? That feeling you have when you leave work, and you know you’ve made a difference, however small, you achieved something.

It’s normal to miss that, or to feel slightly lost without your career.
Who says you need to end your career, only because you’re retired?
Retirees have an abundance of skills needed on the job market today,

But personally why should you work for someone else when you have the experience and capabilities to set up your own business? I like to think of retirement as a chance to stop working for someone else and start working for you. If your only reason is financial, you will make more money working for yourself rather than anyone else, and you can maintain all the perks of retirement like freedom and flexibility with your own business.

http://www.theguardian.com/small-business-network/2013/aug/02/starting-a-business-after-retirement

If you aren’t ready to go it alone entirely, a Mary Kay business might the right option for you as full training and support is given (and with incredibly low start up cost of £100 for the full size kit there isn’t an easier way to set up your own business.)
Other resources to check out are:
Business Gateway
And Mature Entreprises

Turn redundancy into a chance to change your career

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It can be like this. (image source unknown)

Redundancy

It’s all too common experience during this recession. Redundancy.

Being made redundant can be overwhelming, the worries about money, finding another job before your redundancy pay runs out can take its toll on you emotionally, spiritually and even physically in terms of stress and anxiety.

Unsurprisingly, given how competitive the job market still is even as the country drags its way out of recession, many who have been made redundant choose to take a chance and jump into self-employment and set up a business.

Redundancy can be a chance to change careers, to do something entirely different without any of the hassles of deciding to leave your day job.

The question is, with so many businesses that fail in the first year (and failure never kills anyone) how do you make a low-risk start into setting up your own business: one that doesn’t involve spending ALL your redundancy pay?

Well, there are the classic options such as:

Volunteering in the field you’d like to work: taking a chance to see if it will be the right fit for you.

Create a portfolio: if you want to set yourself up as a service provider, do ten projects for free and track the results your work brings, following up thereafter.

You can pursue a new field of study

Or, you can choose a Mary Kay career, where you can start off your own business from as little as £29 (for the sample size case) or commit completely with the £100 kit (with £200 worth of full-size products). Full training and support is provided as you grow into your role as Independent Beauty Consultant.

Have you been made redundant and are deciding on a total career change? What do you want to do? If your own Mary Kay business sounds like it might be a good fit for you check out my posts here:

 

https://ericawallaceuk.wordpress.com/2014/05/23/crusade-for-beauty-a-stand-against-mary-kay-critics/

https://ericawallaceuk.wordpress.com/2014/07/25/calling-all-mature-students-studying-and-working/

https://ericawallaceuk.wordpress.com/2014/05/16/how-i-got-started-with-mary-kay/

Trying to get your first job?

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The vicious cycle of trying to break into your first job. (image source unknown)

I don’t think it has ever been more difficult to get a job right now as a young person , between April-June 2014 767, 000 where unemployed (source http://www.ons.gov.uk).

It can turn into a vicious cycle, can’t get a job as you have no experience, but you can’t get experience until you have a job.
You have options: either wait it out and take whatever job you are offered because you’re desperate or set up your own business.

Unsurprisingly more young people than ever before are setting up businesses according to the Princes Trust , and it looks set to rise.
You’ll get further ahead in your career, if you find ways to make your opportunities like SuperJam founder Fraser Doherty who set up his jam making business while still in high school!
You can visit the Princes Trust for more information on how they can help you setup a business and Business Gateway are there to help you make your first business success.

If you don’t feel ready to make the big leap into your own business, or want to learn about running your own business while learning about beauty a Mary Kay business might be the right choice for you. It provides you with support, training, rewards and a lot of fun as you learn and grow into your new role as business owner.

You aren’t too young at 18 to be setting up your own business (and earning real money into the bargain.)
Do you have a burning business idea you’re keen to get off the ground? What is stopping you from taking the first step to setting up a business?

What are you saving for?

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Truth.

Dreams
The good things in life never come free or easy, so people say.
So many of us struggle to scrimp and save to fund our dreams.
A brand new car. A pair of ridiculously expensive shoes that make you feel like you’re in a Fellini film. A one of a kind holiday to somewhere you’ve ALWAYS wanted to go – those dreams, hopes and desires that get pushed back year, after year, after year because real life gets in the way.

Real life with it’s tedious demands destroy dreams: got to fix a broken boiler, there £1000 gone from your dream fund (that took you seven years to save) to keep you and your family warm. Which is fine you think, I’ll start again, but real life keeps on happening and digging into your dream fund.

So many of us think that this is just how it is, that your dreams aren’t that necessary.

You’ll scrimp and save off your usual salary and maybe you manage the super expensive shoes, but the new car and that dream holiday never appear.

What if this isn’t how it’s supposed to be?

What if you could change something, one small thing to achieve EVERYTHING you want.

You need to look beyond your usual job to achieve your dreams.
You need to have direct control over how much you earn. Where your hard work and ingenuity are pay off, where you don’t need to bow and scrape to get a promotion, where you can earn extra income.

Setting up your own small flexible business lets you achieve your dreams.
You can set it up on the side of your main job in anything that helps others that people will pay for.

Setting up my own business with Mary Kay changed my life in every way imaginable- and more people should experience the joy of watching their dreams come true.
If you want to make your dreams a reality and want to know more about how ridiculously easy it to set up a thriving business with Mary Kay contact me here.

Pay your debt off quicker by setting up a small business

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Being in debt can be one of the most unpleasant and terrifying experiences for anyone, of any age.
Worrying about how you’ll make the payments on your cards AND make your mortgage payments and pay the bills can cause untold mental anguish.
If you are in debt, you must speak to someone about your finances and take back control.

https://www.gov.uk/options-for-paying-off-your-debts/overview
http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/loans/debt-help-plan
http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/index/your_money/money_management_index_ew/help_with_debt_index_ew.htm

You must speak to a financial expert to get out of debt.

Once you have spoken to a financial expert, set up a realistic payment plan and taken control of your budget so that you are not going to over spend again, what else can you do to get out of debt quicker?

You can go hell for the leather for that promotion at work, take on a second job if that helps you pay off your debt sooner.

Setting up a small flexible business would be more financially rewarding and easier to fit around your existing commitments and help you pay off your debt quicker.
However, you must be diligent at keeping the money earned from your business separate from the rest of your income to direct entirely towards the debt and, you have to pay tax on your earnings.

Business Ideas

An easy way to choose to set a small business is to work with your strengths and try to help people.
If you are a neat freak, you can offer to organise people’s home or set up a cleaning business, if you love dogs you could set up a dog walking service (but you will need insurance).
Having set up my own Mary Kay business, I found it the best, most enjoyable way of earning extra income because there is SO much support and training, something that isn’t common when you are setting up your own business. If you think a Mary Kay business would be right for you, contact me, and I can share with you all that is involved in setting up your own Mary Kay business.
What are your experiences?
Did you take on extra work or did you set up a small business to help you get out of debt?
What worked for you?

What are you going to do once you STOP being a housewife?

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Truer words never spoken

What happens after you’ve taken say a five-year break from your original career to raise your children, and you want to try something COMPLETELY different?

So many women wrongly feel that their professional skills have atrophied since they chose to stay at home looking after their children. That at best you’ll be stuck doing what they did before, perhaps at a slightly less senior position, because now you must have the option of flexibility.
That could not be further from the truth.
You’ve SO many options.
There’s the Open University- so flexible with such a vast range of courses; perhaps this is the perfect way to retrain around your responsibilities? http://www.open.ac.uk/

There is always the option of volunteering in your preferred area to gain insight or understanding of what it would actually be like to work in a new field, just by dipping your toe in so that you have little risk and commitment . Check out http://www.volunteerscotland.net/

Setting up a Mary Kay business is an excellent way of learning new skills. There are so much training and support for you! Plus the sheer fun that comes with meeting new people and teaching women how to look after their skin and earn great money into the bargain. A Mary Kay business is a fantastic low-risk way to start your journey into self-employment.

What are you considering for your career post-house wife?

Are you ready for a career change? Are you curious about starting a Mary Kay business?

Get in touch with me, I can help advise you if a Mary Kay business is right for you.