Mother, grandmother and farmer. After a disastrous freeze Margarete needed to establish a more reliable income source than farming offered. A first stab at multi level marketing ended quickly as neither the products nor the support were inspiring. She discovered Young Living Essential Oils as a business by “accident” when she dabbed a drop of an oil called "Abundance" behind her ears and the fragrance attracted several people asking what she was wearing and actually ordered products. Two of the original four are still today, 9 years later, part of her dynamic business.
Q: What attracted you to Network Marketing:
A: Of all the possible businesses I could have chosen
the concept of network marketing greatly appealed to me.
After I educated myself about the tremendous benefits
of the leverage this business model offers and what that
meant to me in the long run, it seemed a shoo in. It also
offered me the freedom to adjust my business hours
around farming, home schooling teens and raising a
Q: Why did you choose Young Living?
A: Network Marketing is a PEOPLE business. I love
people and to interact with them. However, I do not like
selling and that was the problem with my first stab at this.
Since I did not like the products much, I had to sell. Once
I found my PASSION in the oils sharing was easy. People
responded to my passion and they in turn found their own
passion using these amazing products. There just is
nothing out there even close to what we have in
If you love what you do, success is not far behind.
Q: What do you like best about your business?
A: Oh, there is so much. Probably in looking back the best
thing about it is the potential of personal growth.
Becoming extremely successful in anything rarely happens
over night and I see that as a good thing. It takes time,
experience and adjustment to handle success. Then, there
are the rewarding relationships that develop and the
satisfaction of being told about the impact I have had in
some of my associates’ lives.
Q: What were your major challenges?
A: My major challenges were in
1) finding and taking the time to build my business.
Finding excuses not to do it after a long, hard
day farming and looking after the family was very
2) Not to quit when the going got tough.
3) To go it alone without much support from my upline.
Q: What advice do you have for others facing similar challenges?
A: 1) Establish the WHY you want to become successful
in your business. What is your driving reason?
2) Realize that this is YOUR marketing business.
You are the CEO and what you give to it, is what
you will get out of it. Look at Young Living as a
“supplier” of the products and some of the back
office work such a handling, shipping, billing, as
well as keeping track of who is in your downline
and the commissions you earn from their efforts
and yours. In order to earn your commissions
you are expected to sell products as well as help
train downline members to do the same.
3) Once you found the company right for you –
NEVER QUIT. Rather work at your personal
development while sharing about your business.
If you keep at it, you will succeed.
4) Speed up your success by finding the support
you deserve. If your upline does not or can not
give it to you, go up till you find support. If you
still can’t find it, create your own. That is what
I have done. I am determined to be the best
upline anyone can possibly find in any network
marketing business. That is why I have
established the ScentPro Team
so anyone in my team has access to the tools,
education and support they need and deserve
in growing an awesome business and lifestyle
ScentPro Member Profile: Melodie Kantner, OH
Melodie is a watercolor artist and enamelist. Young Living is a family affair for Melodie, husband Mark and son Brandon. Melodie is involved with Young Living since January 1997. Brandon also is a Young Living distributor, musician and an award winning artist. He and his mother created an award winning website and newsletter called "AromaNotes.com" that has been educating readers about essential oils since 1997.
(Brandon also helped to develop the ScentPro.com site.)
Melodie's responses to our questions:
Q: What attracted you to Network Marketing:
I liked the idea of working out of my home and having the freedom to do whatever I like to do. We live in a rural area 12 miles from a small town. We live in the poorest county in the state of Ohio. The idea of working full time in a low paying job that I hate was just not for me. I love being my own boss.
Q: Why did you choose Young Living? I was already sold on the concept of network marketing when I came across Young Living. I was seriously depressed and experiencing severe financial problems. My sponsor, Bonnie Muhn, shared the Abundance oil blend with me. In minutes I went from severe depression to feeling absolutely wonderful. It was an amazing transformation. I realized what a powerful product I had in these oils if they could make that kind of change within minutes. What a wonderful product line to build a business with.
Q: What do you like best about your business? I love several things about this business. One thing is that I don't have to have a stock of inventory. Another I like is that, after building my business, I now have a solid income that comes in whether I am sleeping, playing, sitting on the beach or whatever I am doing. This business gives me freedom to do whatever I want to do. What I love the most is that, I am able to help others build a business that will provide the same freedom that I have been able to build for myself and my family. I have been especially blessed to see my son Brandon reach Silver Master Star and my sister Melissa reach Master Star. (Melissa is almost to Silver.) It is a joy to see them experience this kind of freedom. I look forward to helping many more reach their goals.
Q: What were your major challenges? In the beginning I didn't have much money and I had to use a lot of free and low cost advertising ideas. Because of this, the business was a slow build in the beginning. It was definitely worth sticking with it. It's like a snowball rolling. It starts out small but eventually it gets bigger and grows faster.
Q: What advice do you have for others facing similar challenges? The biggest piece of advice is that you should stick with it. Do a little every day to build your business. Listen to success and motivation audios to keep you in the right mind set. KNOW you will be a success and VISUALIZE yourself as a success. USE the products. I have seen people get involved with the business but never buy anything. How can you promote a product you never use?
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