Today I want you to meet this incredible woman that had a fantastic journey becoming an entrepreneur online. I am happy she wants to share her story to inspire others that don´t know if they are capable to start a business of their own. Enough said from me, read for yourself and get ready to be inspired...
So, who am I?
I’m 34 years old and I live in Helsingborg, in the south of Sweden. I’m married to my high school sweet heart and we have four wonderful sons- two sets of twins, aged 5 and 7. For as long as I can remember, my dream has been to become a mother! It really is my greatest passion! However, it didn’t exactly work out the way I planned.
Having four babies in a period of two years is hard enough, but unfortunately, they were also born prematurely with severe complications and illnesses. Luckily, I suppose, I have my professional background in healthcare; I am a registered nurse, so I have been able to take care of their medical needs mostly from home.
However, after a few really rough years, I had a complete emotional and physical breakdown. Although this was a horrible time, it taught me a valuable lesson that I needed to change my priorities and my lifestyle. I knew that I needed to make a change in my career to be able to work from home and care for my family, but I had no idea what I wanted to do instead of nursing.
I suppose you could say that I stumbled across the network marketing industry by accident. I was intrigued, but skeptical. With two one year old’s and two three year old’s (with special needs), I didn’t have the time or energy to start anything new, but I decided to start building a business very ”low key” in accordance with my very limited preconditions.
I did a lot of research before I chose which company I wanted to work with, and it was an easy choice: Forever Living Products. I absolutely liked the aloe vera products, but I’m definitely no sales person… however, I fell in love with the marketing plan and the opportunities of building a homebased business with a substantial passive income. Forever had the best marketing plan in the industry, and had a stable background and 40 years of successful growth. I also liked the fact that I was able to work in all of Forevers 160 countries across the globe!
I started my business out during my maternity leave, with only about 20 minutes a day, for example when the kids were napping or after their bedtime. After a few months, I went back to my job as a nurse at the hospital, and worked there 32 hours a week, along with a few hours a week of ”Forever-time”.
After a total of 10 months, I quit my job and went full-time with my Forever business. I started working about 15 hours a week with Forever, from home, using social media, skype and webinars as my main platforms. I grew my team steadily and my income increased every month.
Now, four years later, I still only work around 10-15 hours a week, but have a steady, passive income. My job today consists mainly of leading and coaching my large global team, but also headhunting and recruiting new leaders to the company and helping them get started in the business.
So, I guess you could say that I’m not quite an entrepreneur, but an INTRApreneur. I have build my own business but with an established company. It’s like franchise, but without the pressure or the financial risks.
My best advice to others who are in the start of their businesses or who are thinking of starting their own business is to JUST DO IT! There is no such thing as perfect timing, you just have to take the first step. Work on your ”WHY”- find out what your drive is and decide if you’re truly willing to do what it takes.
Without a strong why, you’ll give in to your excuses and give up. You’ll need to work on your mindset and be patient- great things take time! Also, find a mentor- someone who has already accomplished what you want to accomplish, and take their advice!
If you find my story inspiring and/or have any questions for me- don’t hesitate to contact me on Facebook!
You can also listen to a webinar with Malin HERE (in swedish)
Lucia Svoboda Publisher
Myzenmarket Digital Marketing Expert Online