Once upon a time, just under 4 years ago… my friend MC, excitedly told me that she’d just joined a brand new company as an “Ambassador”. She was so excited about it as the company’s ethos and values were directly aligned to her own. She told me that the company concocted fresh, pure, natural, cruelty-free skincare and cosmetic products, from a “beauty” kitchen” in the UK.
My friend was convinced the company was going places. She told me that the business was 50% owned by Lord Alan Sugar, who had invested in the Founder, Susie Ma, because he thought her product was “fantastic” and he was impressed with entrepreneurial spirit and her business plan.
MC gave me a facial and a makeover and I thought the products were stunning. As a woman over 40, I’ve tried many skincare and cosmetic products that promise the miracle of youth, but which have always failed to deliver (hmmmmm… now why do I keep falling for all that marketing hype?!)
The products my friend used were refreshingly different. The cleanser and moisturiser made my skin glow. The mineral make up did what it said on the pot – made my skin look great but not “made up” – AND it protected my skin from the sun, There was no synthetic, chemical crap in it. The mascara made my sparse invisible eyelashes long and luscious. And the ingredients of some of the products were literally good enough to eat. In fact, the bloke tested them by eating the face smooth and the body smooth. Not the entire pots, I hasten to add, just a taste!
The company’s name is Tropic Skincare. 🙂
I joined Tropic so that I could use the products myself. But I only dabbled with the business, because at the time, I really didn’t get it. And I certainly didn’t get how it could work with my established coaching practice. You see, over 14 years as a Coach, I have been approached by many companies set up with a similar social selling/direct selling model. These approaches usually took the form of a Facebook message from a stranger who had noticed I was a well known coach. They would tell me how much I could earn with ‘this business’ and how it would be IDEAL for me as a Coach.
They would never mention the actual company name or the products they sold. Almost as if the product itself was incidental.
It wasn’t just my jaded view of the companies that had approached me over the years that put me off. To be brutally honest, I didn’t see how I could grow another business without taking my eye off the ball with my core profession – coaching – and I was also worried about “what people will think”.
Yes, it’s true. I am fallible. 😉
Sometime in early June of this year, I called MC for a catch-up. I asked her:
“Is now a good time to chat?”
“Yes!” she replied, “I’ve just come out of Champneys. I’ve had a couple of days break there”
As you do.
She told me how her Tropic business was going. Or rather she fizzed – that’s the best way of describing it. MC spoke in a similar tone of voice I have if you were to call me as I’m about to get on a really big rollercoaster, or if you’ve caught me after one of any number of outdoor, adrenaline-fuelled activities. i.e. Full of excitement, giggles and happiness.
The kind of voice that just says; “How does it get any better than this?!”
MC told me that she and her team had just celebrated £4 million in sales in 4 years. She’s been on five star all expenses paid “reward” trips. Her average week seemed to consist of talking to women, coaching and mentoring her team and generally having a jolly good time.
It all sounded too good to be true, but I had to hand it to her, she was certainly not working as hard as I’d been working trying to build up the online coaching side of my business.
Whilst I had grappled with technical problems during an online launch, my friend had been building her business via simple conversations and having a jolly good time!
It occurred to me that whilst we both have very similar goals of achieving financial freedom and a joyful fulfilling life, we were using very different means to get there. And the long and short of it was, I love people, I love connecting and I love having fun. My friend seemed to have hit upon a delightfully simple business recipe that with connection, love and fun as the essential ingredients.
Hmmmmm….. I was beginning to imagine what it would be like to be part of this. So the catch-up phone call led to another phone call, and another. Which led to a meeting which led to a big decision – a decision that I really surprised myself with.
Yes, you guessed it… I decided to go for it and join Tropic . On 24th June 2017, I signed up and paid the princely sum of £125. A few days later, a beautiful, big tissue-paper filled colourful box arrived with gorgeous Tropic goodies, order forms, bags and stickers. This beautiful box signalled the start of my brand new “love” business on the side!
But don’t imagine that I’ve stopped my “day job” – my main coaching business – over the past 5 weeks. On the contrary, I’m the busiest and happiest I’ve been for over a year. Client enquiries are flowing in. Corporate work is blossoming. I’ve even added another string to my bow and have been engaged by a consultancy to train its associates in facilitating virtual learning environments.
However, I HAVE given up on the aspects of my business that were draining me. I have decreased my online activities drastically – creating mental space and time to attract these new and exciting opportunities.
Strange, eh? Law of attraction, anyone? 🙂
Right now, Goethe’s famous quote about the magic of commitment resonates powerfully for me:
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred.
A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
So that’s my Tropic story so far. But how does all this possibly relate to you? Well, maybe it does, maybe it doesn’t. If you’re curious, then read on!…
Earning more money and building a “love” business on the side to support your financial freedom goals
then you might just have found business nirvana! 🙂
Fair Warning: It takes time, resilience and application to create a successful business and this is no magical get rich quick scheme. All businesses have ups and downs and all businesses needs attention and commitment.
But, as I’ve already mentioned, I’m growing this as my “love business on the side” of my established coaching and consultancy business, in pockets of spare time.
I’m having lots of fun doing it. I’m ambitious and excited: My intention is to grow my Tropic business as my “financial freedom” vehicle.
Are you tempted to join me? 🙂
Click here to learn more about Tropic Skincare and the Ambassador opportunity within Amanda’s team
If you want to learn more about my “love business on the side” that has earned itself an entire page on my website; if you’re curious to know why, after 14 years of coaching and as many years of declining dozens of offers to join other social selling businesses, I have thrown myself wholeheartedly into Tropic, please call me for a chat on 07739 692989.
If you’ve read this far, then I trust you’ll feel comfortable enough to call me for a chat, safe in the knowledge that I’m not going to turn into a hideous double glazing salesperson and suck you in! Rest assured, I walk my talk, I live my values and quite frankly, I am not interested in building a non functioning team of women who don’t love the product or the company as much as I do. Quality beats quantity every time for me!
If, after we speak, you decide to join my Tropic team, I will be your mentor for life: In the same way that I insist on a chemistry call for my paying clients to establish if there’s a good match, I am doing exactly the same with my Tropic team members.
p.s. With apologies if you live outside the UK. Tropic is currently a UK only company.