OMG! What have I done?
I’ve been asking myself this question constantly for the past two weeks and I guess only time will give me the answer.
So what have I done?
I always talk to young artists about the importance of doing something besides music. Especially when you’re up and coming and don’t have a stable income from your music. But having a side hustle is also good because it gives your mind fresh impulses and you can use the inspiration for your music.
I was in the situation where I needed to find that side hustle. I write. But like music, it takes time and establishing to make an income from writing. Many other artists I know work in shops or cafes to finance their music career. But because there’s a lack of these opportunities for blind people, I have never seen this as something I can do.
Then, I came across a company called Forever Living. I was initially extremely skeptical, because I’ve known people who sell products from home before to usually give up on these things because the initial investments and the constant need to recruit people for them to make any profit have exhausted them. But after some extensive research, I found that Forever Living is slightly different in this regard.
First of all, let me tell you what Forever Living actually is. It is a company founded in 1978 in Scottsdale Arizona by Rex Maughan. It sells health, wellness and beauty products based on Aloe Vera and it has a presence in over 155 countries on five continents and it’s growing.
Apart from really liking the products, I liked the fact that it was free to join, that there was no pressure to recruit people and that I can do this in any country in the world. So if I move to the UK or Nigeria full time, I can still sell these products just like I do in Norway.
The ethics of Forever Living is also one I support. For example it helps disabled people through the charity Forever Giving. And on both a local and global level, there is great network support and I am already making new friends.
Since Forever Living buys your products back for 90% of the retail price should you regret your decision to join, I figured that I really had nothing to lose from trying. And when I see people have success with it, it encourages me to want to work hard.
I have already had 2 customers in my first week and I’m having a business launch in two weeks. I really hope people will show up! I soon even qualify to have my own online retail shop.
I have had some really crass negative response to my new venture, but mostly people are positive. And I hope and feel Forever Living can empower and enrich my life.