I Escaped the Ratrace and Gave My Briefcase to the Cat

Cat sleeping in my briefcaseWhen I got my first management job, my wife gave me a briefcase.  It was the biggest one Samsonite made at the time, and I liked it because I could bring work home from the office every day.  That briefcase went along with me on business trips overseas, to corporate headquarters and other regional offices in the U.S. and to meetings with clients.  It was handy for popping into the overhead on the airplane, and I could retrieve it during the flight so I could work.

I was a workaholic, leaving for work early and returning late.  I even enjoyed going to the office on some weekends because I could get more done.  Not being paid for the extra work wasn’t an issue with me.  I was never a 9:00 – 5:00 guy.

The promotions kept coming, and I had less and less family time.  My unused paid vacation time began to mount up.

Gradually I came to to realize how my job had taken over my life.  I had money, but no time to enjoy it or to spend with my growing family.  The companies I worked for controlled my time and my income.  Sometimes I was knocking myself out while others in similar positions were paid exactly the same while putting in minimal effort.  Frequently, I wondered if my superiors even knew what I did, and I felt more like a number than an individual.  I began to be dissatisfied and my briefcase got heavier and heavier.

It seemed to me that I had stepped onto a conveyor belt when I graduated from high school, carrying me through college and into the rat race while the years flew by.  Worst of all, despite all of the heroic mission statements of the companies I worked for as Operations Manager, General Manager, Regional Manager, and Managing Director, I didn’t feel like my efforts had added any true value to others’ lives.  At heart, we had been profit-driven, not purpose-driven.  Continue reading I Escaped the Ratrace and Gave My Briefcase to the Cat

No Shoes No Shirt No Customers

One of the biggest reasons network marketing and home businesses are so popular is that we have the freedom to set our own schedule and to run the business as we see fit.  Gone are the restrictions of a 9 – 5 job.  We get up when we want, work when we want, and we can even dress like we want. 

Be careful though.  That relaxed business atmosphere and the freedom to conduct our business the way we want doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t set some personal standards, especially in the way we dress.

We are our own marketing department.  It is important to present ourselves and our opportunity in a positive light.  One of the primary things prospects look at when considering whether to join us is us.  There’s a saying “People buy you, not the business or the product”.  They’re buying our ability to help get them what they want, either through our MLM business or product.

We’ve all seen the signs on business establishments, “No Shoes No Shirt No Service”.  In our case we could paraphrase that as “No Shoes No Shirt No Customers”.  Poor dress won’t recruit new prospects.

Our dress code should always be appropriate for the situation and the people present.  Dress can vary depending upon whether we’re making a presentation, attending a meeting, prospecting, or meeting a customer at the door.  A coat and tie may be appropriate when our audience is a group of business professionals.  Out and about prospecting, more casual dress is appropriate.  A polo shirt and nice shorts might get the best results at a gymn.   Continue reading No Shoes No Shirt No Customers