Horses are something I have a healthy respect for, but I know nothing about. I’ve probably ridden on two or three in my lifetime (and they have all scared me rigid!). I’ve felt so high up and totally not in control: they are just not my thing.
But I know that stables and the equine industry would be really good contacts for my Forever Living Aloe business. The problem, is if I approach these types of businesses about the products, it doesn’t matter how wonderful the products are, I am sure that they will smell the fear of horses on me and I will lose all credibility.
What really matters in my business is sticking to my strengths, and building a team of people with the skills I lack, and then growing our businesses together. Network marketing with Forever is about teamwork and helping others, as you can read in my previous post on working as a team.
Forever Living do help us with information we can use to reach out to those with the skills we want to grow our teams, though. The latest company magazine has Mary King on the cover: those who love horses will know she is one of Britain’s most successful equestrians, with a career spanning 30 years and many medals from World Championships and Olympics to her name.
Mary discovered Forever through a mutual friend who approached her and told her all about the benefits of the products. This is where having the right connections comes in, as being introduced by a friend has much more meaning than approaching someone cold and with no knowledge. Ask me to show you a copy of the magazine.
So, do you know anyone who owns a horse or loves horses, or anyone with friends who live at the stables? If you do I would love a short chat with them to share with them what Mary and many other leading equestrians and vets love about Aloe Vera.
Mary King on the Cover of Forever Magazine
I have run my own business now since 2000 and I’ve always been the sort to try to do everything myself. If I can get the task done and I have time, why should I pay someone else to do it?
Since I have been a keen networker, though, over the last four years I have gradually learned that doing everything yourself is not necessarily the most cost-effective and best way to run your own small business. When those jobs that you really don’t enjoy start to pile up, isn’t it better to outsource them to someone who can do them quickly and efficiently and then get on with the jobs you know that you are skilled at? I have now met many other small business owners, and by trading services and assisting each other, we can all help each other to grow.
I joined Forever Living in June 2012 and I am learning even more how great it is to work as a team. My expertise is in IT and Bookkeeping. It’s something I can talk about forever, excuse the pun, and it can be really satisfying to be able to help team members who often have never been in charge of their own accounts before, making sure that they do the right thing and keep the correct records, and helping them to find the right tools for the job.
I also recognise that in building a strong team in my Forever Living business, with people from different backgrounds and with different skills and knowledge, the sum of the parts working together can be stronger than the individuals each working on their own.
Forever Living has an ethos of those who are further on with their journey sharing how they have got there, and what has worked for them. When you go to the company trainings and team events you will always hear inspiring stories and useful practical advice on how you can improve your business. We share resources online as well as in person, too, and it means that team members become great friends as well as colleagues.
So, I am looking for people with particular knowledge and skills to grow my team, as there are sectors which I know our products are perfect for but I know little about. If you know anyone with expertise in any of the following areas, please put me in touch with them, as the other thing you learn when networking is one good referral is more effective than 10 cold calls!
And just think – who would you like to work with to make your business more effective. If you ask for referrals yourself, you might just find that your job gets easier too by spreading the load.
Did you know that animals can take Aloe too? If you have been to one of our business presentations you will know that all of our products are not tested on animals, but our furry friends can drink the gels and you can use the topical creams on their skin and supplements in their food too.
Royal Veterinary College
Using Aloe for horses in particular is very well documented. Peter Green published an article in the Veterinary Times about Aloe vera extracts in equine clinical practice, which we can send to you on request, and if you look at the coat of arms for the Royal Veterinary College you will see that there is an Aloe plant on the bottom right-hand side.
Cats and dogs these days, just like us humans, are now eating more processed and manufactured food, which can increase the release of free radicals, which is not good; but giving your animals the right supplements will hopefully result in lower vet’s bills. Obviously, animals don’t have a placebo effect as humans may have.
Horses and dogs tend to take the aloe drinking gel in their food with no problems at all. With cats you need to be a bit more sneaky and start with a tiny amount and build up slowly. If that doesn’t work and they just turn up their noses, a great trick that I heard at a training session run by David Urch, a vet who acts as an advisor to Forever Living business owners, is to put a tiny amount on the back of their paws for a few days so that they get used to the taste when they lick it off. The cat will often then accept the gel being added to their food once they are used to the taste.
Our cat snuggled up to the Aloe
As I’ve said in previous posts I am looking to build my team of Forever Living business owners by joining forces with people who are looking for a way to supplement their income. I’d love to be introduced to people who have links with pet-related businesses. So if you know a dog sitter or dog trainer, a vet, or someone with stables, please put them in touch with me. They will be able to introduce the products to their animal loving contacts and clients, help the animals, and maybe even save on expensive vet’s bills. It’s a win-win situation.
Waggy Woofs – Dog Walking Services on The Wirral