Suzanne Teuben wanted five things: to be her own boss, create her own schedule, work alongside her friends, create a lifestyle of financial freedom and not have to live paycheck to paycheck – so she started her own health and wellness business. Read our interview with the lovely Suzanne below…
What motivated and inspired you to start your own business?
After seeing the success of my friends in their own businesses, I decided it was something I was capable of and a line of products I could easily get behind and support. My friends, and so many others whom I do not personally know, have created a life of financial freedom for both themselves and their families and I want that for myself! They get to be their own boss, create their own schedule, work alongside their friends, don’t have to live paycheck to paycheck, and all from sharing this amazing gift with everyone they know!
Tell us about your business.
I am a professional network marketer for a health and wellness company committed to helping people achieve optimal health and financial freedom. With a small investment, I created a business that has the potential to grow exponentially.
Are you currently running any promos/contests/giveaways that you would like our readers to know about?
This week (November 7-13), anyone interested in starting their health or business journey will receive a FREE 1-year membership! Our great company offers a ton of promos to encourage new customers to sign up. Reach out to me and we’ll see what deals we can find!
Where is your business based?
My business can be run from anywhere at any time as long as I have internet access, but I currently reside in Orange, CA.
What were the first few steps you took to get your business up and running?
In order to start a business, I had to purchase a 1-year membership and buy my first box of superfood groceries. And then I started telling friends and family about the products and the physical transformation I was experiencing, not only in my appearance, but in my confidence. People really started to see these changes in me and wanted to know what I was doing differently, so I shared with them what I am sharing with all of you.
What has been the most effective way of raising awareness of your business and getting new customers?
Building relationships is the most effective way to grow any network marketing business. That is the basis of this type of business, building and growing a network. I strive to build relationships with people and see how this company can meet their needs.
What have been your biggest challenges so far?
I would generally describe myself as an introvert. I like to stick to what I know and who I know, which means I would rather hang out at home with my friends or by myself. But in order to be successful in this business, I have to get out and meet new people. Meeting new people is the only way my business will grow and thrive and in the process, I am seeing incredible growth within myself and I step out of my comfort zone.
How did you overcome these challenges?
By literally going out and challenging myself to meet new people. At times, I even create a goal to meet 5 new people each week, just to work on being more outgoing and overcome my fear of talking to people I don’t know (yet). I am a firm believer in the expression, “Fake it till you make it.” You won’t know if you’re good at something until you try and then if you suck at it, you won’t improve unless you practice. And in the meantime, go about your business with the utmost confidence like you know exactly what you’re doing. Chances are, people will not question you and they will be so impressed by your confidence. Fumble through it enough or fail multiple times until you get better, but you have to keep trying.
How do you keep motivated through difficult times?
Network Marketing businesses take time. While there are some people who shoot to the top quickly, more often than not, people build slowly over time. According to the author of Your First Year in Network Marketing, “95% of those who survive ten years in network marketing become wealthy beyond their wildest dreams.” Here is what I know. That can’t be said of a vast majority of careers. You could work your butt off in a 9-5 job for 10 years and only make a fraction more than your starting salary. When it gets hard or I am feeling discouraged, I remember consistency is key. I’m one year into my journey, which means I am 1/10th of the way towards achieving wealth beyond my wildest dreams! In essence, when this job gets tough, I think of the bigger picture. Over the course of 10 years, I can’t imagine the number of lives I am going to impact and change for the better or the opportunities that will be available to me, and that greatly excites me and keeps me motivated!
How do you distinguish yourself from your competitors?
I care more about the person than the dollar, and I think that’s true of the company I partnered with as well. “We are committed to having the best compensation plan, affordable and effective products, systems that keep our customers coming back, and the best culture of any company. When you join this company, you get much more than our amazing products. You’ll experience our culture of fun, family, success, growth, passion, and integrity that will bring out the best in you and inspire you to help bring out the best in others.”
What is the best advice you have received recently?
I listened to a podcast recently with an interview featuring Ben Kelly, a leader in my company, and it really left an impression. Allow me to share the paraphrased version. You never get on a plane not expecting to arrive at your destination. And when you hit turbulence you’re either the person who thinks the plane is going down or this is just a natural part of flying. Hopefully at this point in your business, you’ve picked a destination. And you should be fully expecting to arrive at your destination, simply seeing turbulence as part of the journey. Don’t expect to not hit turbulence (i.e. hearing no, being laughed at, being ridiculed, facing your fears), but take it on head on and grow.
What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs?
Fail consistently. Failure is inevitable in order to success. If you’re not failing often, you’re playing it too safe. Be willing to take risks and learn from your failures.
What is your favorite business tool or resource?
I love reading and listening to podcasts. Some of the best books I have read; “Go Giver”, “Go Pro”, “Lead for God’s Sake”, and “Every Good Endeavor”. I also really enjoy the School of Greatness Podcast by Lewis Howes.
What social media outlets do you use? List them below.
Facebook Group: Young Wild and Healthy http://www.facebook.com/groups/239209292948770/
What is a good article or book you have read recently?
“Lead for God’s Sake” by Todd Gungwer. It’s an excellent book on how we, as leaders, can either motivate people with fear or love. Members of a team are more likely to perform if they have a bond with their teammates and are being driven by their love and respect for one another opposed to a leader threatening to punish them if they don’t perform. I want to create a team motivated by their love for one another and I want to be a leader who encourages and inspires.
What are you currently learning about for your business or looking for help with?
I am constantly learning that it is not about me. It is not about me when someone decides they are not ready to welcome the products or the business into their life, just as much as it is not about me when they do or when they don’t like them. There is a lot of freedom in that. I started this journey for myself and then I quickly realized that it is a journey everyone needs to take for themselves, in their own timing and in their own way. 14 months ago was my time and these products happened to be the perfect start for me.
What are your goals for the next few months and how are you striving to achieve them?
I have been meeting a lot of new people and planting a lot of seeds, and I am looking into the future and expecting some of those seeds to bear fruit. I am continuing to share this gift with friends every day and I know I will see a return on my efforts over the next few months.