Have you ever heard someone speak so highly of someone else and thought “oh my gosh, I would love to meet that person!” Well, that simple act is called edification. The concept really is all about building others up in a thoughtful way. By implementing edification in your business, you are helping build the credibility of those around you. Edification helps creates excitement about what can be learned from the person you are speaking so highly of.
The biggest piece of edification is being sincere. Others will be able to see right through a disingenuous attempt of edification. Take the time to get to know others in your business, learn about what strengths they bring to the table and be excited to magnify their strengths to those around you. By implementing this tool, you will not only see growth in your business, but those you speak of will only become stronger, more confident and be overall more amazing at their work.
We hope this little piece of advice will help you in not only your business endeavors but your personal ones, too!
Meet Jessica! With a background as a Booth Strategist, Designer & Side-Hustler, she successfully ran her own business for years. As time went on, Jessica decided she needed something that would allow her more freedom to be with her family, while still bringing home an income. Jessica finding Moms Making Six Figures was truly a domino effect from the very beginning of her journey through motherhood. Read on to learn more about her amazing story.
Can you tell us a little about your background?
I’ll start by saying I count my blessings every day for my husband Scott. We met in 2003, shortly after coming out of a domestic violence shelter in San Diego. Trust me, I wasn’t looking for love. We had our now 8-year-old son, Landon, in 2011.
By the time Landon was six months, like many other children, he had developed eczema. When he was 2 1/2, it had become so severe his legs looked like he had road rash. His skin was always broken, weeping and bleeding. We had become desperate to figure out what was causing his eczema and how to make it better. We saw every specialist under the sun and didn’t get anywhere. As a mom, it was frustrating to watch your child suffer in pain and discomfort. What was worse, he couldn’t yet fully speak to express his discomfort.
I knew I had to take matters into my own hands, so I started doing my own research online. I pulled countless all-nighters trying to sort out what was causing his eczema. My logic was telling me that something was wrong internally. I finally came across Leaky Gut Syndrome, or otherwise known as Increased Intestinal Permeability. I was convinced that this was what he was suffering from, later confirmed by a Naturopath Doctor. It became my mission to do whatever it would take to make him better.
That sounds extremely scary and as you mentioned, frustrating. What did you do next?
Well, during this time, I had been working as a server at a local restaurant chain I had worked at for six years. I ended up having to quit my job due to Landon needing round the clock care. His condition was expensive, too. Insurance was not covering most of his care and we were quickly draining our accounts.
I finally decided to reach out to our local community for assistance. The amount of assistance we got was amazing! Our community supported Landon in a huge way, but it only lasted so long. In 2015, I ended up putting together a vendor event in our neighborhood to serve as a fundraiser for Landon. We titled it the “Landon Scott Fair.” There were a lot of risks involved, but this mama was determined! The event ended up being very successful. We were able to use the funds to get the care that Landon so desperately needed.
Is organizing Landon’s fundraiser what first sparked your interest in event coordinating?
It definitely played a part in it! A week after the fundraiser, one of my vendors reached out and asked me for coffee. She was an event coordinator for local Foodie Festivals and was impressed with how well Landon’s fundraiser was run that she asked me to join her committee. The position would allow me to work from home and was the highest pay I had ever been offered. It was a miracle! I had so much fun working with the team and I ended up being promoted to Creative Director. We became really great friends and she also became a business mentor for me. She started introducing me to Masterminding & Networking groups and literally changed the trajectory of my life.
Okay, we’re intrigued. What do you mean by that?
We had just wrapped up the largest event we had done yet and my part was a huge success. At our Foodie Festivals, we always had a non-profit organization as a beneficiary. As the Creative Director, one of my duties was to strategize, design and run the booth for the non-profit if they could not be present. I knocked this one out of the park! We were sitting in our Mastermind Meeting and they were all asking me what I was going to do. The group was always encouraging me to start my own business, but I just didn’t know what I wanted to do. So, I replied this time with “Event Coordinator.” When asked what type of events, I replied I would do them all! Weddings, anniversary parties, birthday parties, etc. They giggled and said I had to have a niche. Suddenly, one of our members said “Jessica, do you want to know what I think you would be really good at?” Curious, I asked, “what?” She said, “I think you would be really good at helping Vendors with their booths.” Her idea got my wheels turning and eventually “Rock Your Booth” was born.
What were those initial years of running your own business like?
With a new business came a whole lot of networking. I joined a group I had been introduced to, where I eventually met Jennifer Becker. Jennifer and I quickly became friends. We just meshed well and found a lot in common. She had just started with the team at Moms Making Six Figures. I had heard of the company before but was not interested in being on the team. What I loved about Jennifer was that she never pressured me and was more interested in our friendship.
As I continued to network, word started to get around about “Rock Your Booth.” I started running small workshops in friend’s homes and eventually in larger venues. I took on my first client in 2016, where I successfully strategized and designed a booth for her business. The booth was such a hit her company presented it on stage at their biggest event of the year.
I handled a few more booths before moving to Washington state in January 2017. I continued running workshops and started taking on larger clients. It was so exciting! I felt like I had finally found success. Unfortunately, it didn’t last long. About a year and a half later, I had literally become a contractor, building booths and I was exhausted. I was overworked and underpaid. Because this business is so unique, I didn’t have any examples to follow and was basically learning as I was growing. I was also side hustling, taking on some graphic and web design clients just to make up for the lack of profit in my business. The year of 2018 was a tough one for “Rock Your Booth.” By the end of August, I was ready to just push the business aside for a while until I decided what to do with it.
So, you mentioned you had heard of Moms Making Six Figures… What ended up being the reason you wanted to join the team?
Over the years, every so often, Jennifer would give me the friendliest of nudge in regard to joining Moms Making Six Figures. Although I turned her down countless times, she was never offended. Maybe a little bummed, but not offended. With how I was feeling about my business, I broke down and called Jennifer. She was a friend first, giving me a shoulder to cry on as I vented about how hard life had been and that I felt like I was falling apart. I told her I was ready to join the team and give it a try. My thought process was, why not work with one of my dearest friends? I’m not going to lie… it was scary at first but being a part of this AMAZING team has brought so many blessings and has literally been life-changing! I get to work with a positive, supportive and empowering team I also call my friends.
What is your favorite part about working with the team?
I love supporting and empowering other moms to reach their goals and live a life they’ve always dreamed of. Anything is possible when you make the decision to start, listen to your mentors and never look back! I feel fortunate to be able to say that I love what I do. My family gets to have more time with me, I’m traveling more, I have more “me” time and I’m having a blast doing it! The best part of all, I am working from the comfort of my home.
My friends and family keep me motivated to always be morphing into the best version of myself. I used to think of the best version of myself as someone who becomes a career woman or an entrepreneur, makes sacrifices for her family and works a lot. Through the years, I’ve come to realize the best version of me is when I am working for myself with an amazing team backing me up. I owe a huge thanks to Moms Making Six Figures for this amazing opportunity and for having such a positive impact on my family’s quality of life.
Meet Katie! She has an amazing career in acting, producing and directing! You might have seen some of her work on Grim from NBC, Leverage from TNT and Portlandia, to name a few… Needless to say, she is extremely driven. We loved having the opportunity to chat with her about what it takes to build such an incredible career. (All while raising a family!) Read on to learn about Katie’s story. You are going to love it.
Talk to us about your career! How’d you get into this industry? What are the highlights? Tell us everything!
I started out on television. I was interviewing celebrities like John Travolta, Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Pitt for a morning show called Good Day Oregon. Although this was a great job, I still had acting in my heart and wanted to pursue it as a career. An opportunity to audition for a Paramount film came around and I thought “why not?” I got the job but ended up getting cut out of the entire thing. I was devasted, to lay the least. I felt as though the end had come before I even had my beginning. In my head, I thought “my career is not supposed to go like this.” This movie had landed in my lap, I didn’t even really want it… Why was it affecting me so much?
After this experience I started to think “if I worked for it, what would that look like?” From that point forward, I got into acting classes and started with a coach who trained with the Meisner technique. This style of acting, or truth-telling, launched me into a successful career. I started booking some commercials, TV spots and films.
I had to work extremely hard to get to that point and I still work hard today. It’s crazy to think that was 20 years ago. I think what it comes down to is knowing if I arrived earlier, stayed later and worked 100 times harder than everyone else I would find success. I had kids, a family and didn’t know how exactly I was going to build this career. I just knew I didn’t have to be the best, I just had to work the hardest.
So, after a while, I felt like I wanted more from acting. I started telling people I wanted to produce. Initially, I had a lot of people tell me I couldn’t do it. At the time, actors were not really doing any producing, so I think that is where a lot of the doubt came from. Yet again, I knew all it came down to was hard work. I challenged myself to learn everything there was to know about producing.
The first movie I produced, called “Rid of Me,” I actually starred in. It opened at Tribeca Film Festival in New York and ended up selling to Netflix, Amazon, Showtime and a few other places. For a small theatrical release and first time out of the gate, it had a really big success. So, I went on to continue producing and thought “gosh, I am helping a lot of directors. I am consulting and advising… Why am I not directing?”
I think initially, the fear of not knowing or being good enough stopped me from directing. I thought maybe it was for later in life. I had a good friend tell me not to wait – just go for it. So, I did. Within my first week of calling myself a director, I had three directing jobs.
Did you feel that some of your hesitancy towards directing came from it being a male-dominated career field?
Yeah, it’s a big issue. There are only five women directors for every 50 male directors. Mostly, it becomes hard when you don’t see someone like you doing what you want to do. It doesn’t occur to you that it is something you can try. In my 20 years in the commercial and film industry, out of hundreds of directors I worked with, I had about two female directors.
Fortunately, the landscape on this is changing. This year, I was featured in Shoot Magazine’s Up-and-Coming directors in 2019 and about half of us were women. That being said, there tend to be more jobs out there for male directors.
I always ask myself “what else?” And somewhere during this journey to direct, I ended up opening a studio to help kids who were in pursuit of acting. It’s a special place. I love that I get to help mentor others and help them discover their passion. Ultimately, it all comes back to believing that my happiness is found in the pursuit of my potential. Happiness is not determinant on reaching certain goals, rather just aiming to reach a higher and higher potential.
Let’s talk about the Nike commercial you recently directed! Can you expand on what lead up to that opportunity and what it felt like to direct a commercial for such a notable brand?
I got the opportunity to direct this commercial because of a studio believing in me. The people I worked with at the studio instilled their confidence in me and opened my eyes to my own abilities. After that, it all clicked, and I realized I had the skill and value to bring to the table for this project. I don’t know if I would have spoken up for myself in that way without their support. So, it meant a lot to me to direct this commercial, be successful and have it received so well.
What sacrifices did you make to build this incredible career?
The truth of the matter is, sometimes I can’t be the best in my career, as a mom or wife each day. Somedays you are killing it at work, but your kid might be at home, sick watching Netflix. Or, I am being an awesome mom and wife. Maybe we are on vacation or having a fun day, but I am totally blowing off work. Each day is a give and take. There are very few days where everything is balanced, and you are getting it right. I think the sacrifice I made was being able to let go of the idea that everything needed to be perfect. Instead, I try to operate from a place of being in the moment and give everything I can. I try to remind myself we are only human. You are always sacrificing in at least one of the categories. Honestly, there are not enough hours in the day to be perfect at everything we do.
I miss games, or sometimes I miss auditions. I miss days of work or sometimes miss the kids being at home, sick. However, there is something powerful about raising a family that watches you put your heart and soul into something and to see it rewarded. When your children see you helping others reach their goals, I think speaks volumes to what they might do with their own career one day.
I truly believe in being a person of service. I love being able to raise others up and I think it translates to how I raise my kids. They see what it takes to build a strong career, community, and family. One thing I will always stand by is blocking out time for family – It’s a mind, body and spirit need. Your heart won’t be able to keep up with all the amazing things you want to do if you don’t set aside time to recharge with loved ones.
With all you’ve achieved, what was your motivation for joining Moms Making Six Figures? (And where do you find the time to work on your business?!)
First, thank goodness for being able to work online. I have been able to fit Moms Making Six Figures into the downtime in my life. I am not a celebrity; I am a working actress. Each job only lasts so long and when it’s over, you are then on the hunt for the next opportunity. At the end of the day, I am a handyman looking for my next job… You’ve got to have something to fill in those gaps. I used my time in between jobs to build my Moms Making Six Figures business and I am very grateful I did. Recently, we used the income I earned with Moms to help buy a cabin on the river! I love spending time with my family there. (It’s a great place to recharge!)
Another piece of motivation for joining Moms Making Six Figures came from a place of wanting to help educate others about how to live healthier lives. My son was diagnosed with Leukemia and when the doctors told me to get rid of the toxins in our home, I didn’t even know what they meant. After they explained all the things that were considered toxic, I was sick to my stomach. Thankfully, my son survived, and I am happy to share my story with others who might be able to benefit from hearing it.
Finally, working with the Moms team has introduced me to some amazing women. The type of women that want to lift you up. When I am around these women it challenges me to continue thinking “what else, what’s next?” Again, happiness comes from being in pursuit of your potential. If that is true, then the potential is everywhere – I don’t want to limit myself to only acting, only directing or only working for Moms Making Six Figures. I want to keep moving towards my untapped potential while having fun doing it.
Graduation is an exciting time for students as they transition into their next journey – college, grad school and their first jobs. And, this is an exciting time for their parents and families and friends.
It is a thrill for me to watch these young adults move from childhood to adulthood. I simply love seeing the numerous cap and gown pictures on social media.
On May 10, my middle son graduated from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. He represents the second generation of our family to graduate from USC. Both myself and his dad are USC alums, too.
As I looked around at the hundreds of graduating USC students, I began to reflect on my own time on campus.
What I remember most strongly from my entrepreneurial business education was a professor in my program. I still can envision him standing at the front of the class, sharing his experiences and offering guidance.
“The best business ideas are right in front of people’s faces,” he said during one particularly poignant lecture. He raised his hands and walked across the room. “But most people don’t see them.”
I sat in my seat twirling the charm on my chain necklace and thinking about what he had said.
A requirement of graduating from the entrepreneurial program was to develop a business plan. I wondered what idea was in front of me that I had not seen.
Then, the light bulb went off.
My roommate’s father was a jeweler and he designed his own tiny Tommy Trojan charm. What if I developed a business plan for these charms?
The business was a success and we were even won the award for “Business of the Year” in 1990.
But mostly, the lessons I learned from this graduation requirement have been invaluable.
Marketing – the right marketing – and a solid business plan are behind every successful business. As I have transitioned from an emerging businesswoman to a seasoned business leader, I have used my education and experience over and over.
The skills that I bring to the table at Moms Making Six Figures has produced enough family income to pay cash for my two older sons’ college educations. I am proud to say that I am paying cash for my third son’s college education as well.
One of the best parts for me is that I have earned this income while being a ‘total mom’, which I have thoroughly enjoyed, and I do not have to devote 40-plus hours a week to my job. I use my entrepreneurial business education daily, work with dedicated, educated and motivated women and contribute financially to the family.
This is what teaming up with Moms Making Six Figures has allowed me to accomplish.
Moms Making Six Figures supports women as they start and develop their own business while maintaining flexibility.
Meet Lauren! She went from a corporate career to many different Multi-Level Marketing businesses in search of something with the flexibility and income she needed. Lauren knew there had to be a career option that would allow her the freedom to be the mom and career women she wanted to be. Through many trials and tribulations, she finally came across Moms Making Six Figures…Read on to see how her story unfolds!
What were you doing before you found Moms Making Six Figures? And how did you find Moms Making Six Figures?
I was a Human Resources Coordinator for a property management firm before I found Moms Making Six Figures. When I had my son three years ago, I had to get up at 4:30AM to get him to childcare, so I could start my 54-mile commute to work and be on time. It was a logistical nightmare. Plus, I never saw my son. My Mom and Mother-in-Law were practically raising him because my husband’s job takes him away from home quite a bit. (Not to mention, he is in school getting his PhD for NP.) I just could not justify my old career anymore. I was miserable with the way things were. So, I started looking for another option, but failed to find anything that was a legitimate way to earn a solid income from home. I tried several multi-level marketing (MLM) businesses, but they all required large start up fees, inventory requirements, or minimum sales quotas that had to be met every month just to get paid. None of them offered stability because they were for products that did not really provide a good customer retention base.
I was frustrated, to say the least, and began wondering if I should just go back to work. Then, I met Dana Wikoff, a mentor for Moms Making Six Figures, on a Facebook group for moms. Dana gave me some background on what she did and after answering more of my questions, we built a relationship from there! Within a few weeks, I joined the Moms Making Six Figures team and haven’t looked back!
What is different about Moms Making Six Figures in comparison to previous work from home experiences you have had?
Where do I start? With my previous home/MLM jobs, there was a lot of enthusiasm to get you started with working and selling, but the excitement quickly wore off. I was left with little support when I had questions, technical difficulties, or simply needed help fielding a customer’s question. The support I have received at Moms Making Six Figures has been phenomenal. The spirit of community among the women here is amazing! There a ton of resources right at our fingertips, along with an encouraging mentor to answer questions and help solve problems when they arise. I feel completely supported. With the help of this team, I know I can handle anything that comes my way.
Another thing that truly stands out about Moms Making Six Figures is that there is no ridiculous “kit” or start up fees involved. You can make a solid, legitimate income without pouring money into stocking inventory and paying for personal websites to be maintained. Before joining Moms Making Six Figures, every work from home job I attempted was disheartening and left me barely breaking even after all the expenses involved. It was completely contradictory to my goal of making a solid income while still being home to take care of my family. The opportunity to grow and make a substantial income without all the muss and fuss with Moms Making Six Figures is exponential. Plus, there is zero risk. There is no concern about getting hurt financially or worrying about recouping money spent just to earn a paycheck.
How has the support at Moms Making Six Figures been different than your past experiences?
The support from the Moms Making Six Figures team is solid. There is a real community here. This is more than just a career switch… it is a lifestyle change. Through this experience I have met some of the brightest, most passionate and driven ladies. I have made friends, been cheered on, congratulated and celebrated for the smallest of victories. I strongly believe that my teammates have helped me squash a lot of my fears and conquer my goals. I have learned so much by joining the Moms Making Six Figures team. Some of what I have learned has helped me grow my business to where it is today, and some of it has helped me grow as a person. Personal development largely contributes to growing a successful business; and it is highly encouraged and fostered in this team. I could not be happier with my join Moms Making Six Figures. I am so excited about the direction of my life and business is headed! Take a chance on yourselves ladies! You are worth it, and if I can do it, you can do it.
Meet Allison! She is a mom of two and one of our wonderful team members at Moms Making Six Figures. Before having children, Allison was a teacher. Now that her kids are 14 and 18, she has time to dive into a new career. Moms Making Six Figures ended up being the perfect fit for her… We are excited for you to read on to learn how her business has grown and fit into her life!
What drew me into working with Mom’s Making Six Figures?
Before I had children, I was an elementary school teacher. I always knew once I had children, I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom. I was fortunate to be able to do that. I loved being a stay-at-home mom but as my children grew older, I knew I needed something more than being a mom and volunteering. Instead of always giving to others, I needed something of my own. Moms Making Six Figures provided exactly what I was looking for. I like knowing my teaching credential is still being used, but instead of educating children and teaching them how to read and write I can educate families on how to live healthier lives!
What does my weekly schedule look like? How do I determine where my attention goes?
Working from home is everything to me. As much as I wanted to work again, I also didn’t want work to be too disruptive to the life we were used to. I still wanted to be the mom who could go on field trips and take my kids to school. Being able to work from home and set my own hours allows me the flexibility to still put my family first. Each week I schedule out my time based on drop-off and pick-up times as well as volunteering and appointments. The beauty of this job is that I can work while my children are at school. A typical workday for me starts around 9:30 and ends around 2:00.
How has your business grown since the beginning? What has been the biggest factor in its growth?
When I started my business five years ago my children were 9 and 13. There were many days I couldn’t spend any time on my business because I was helping with a school event or going on a field trip. Now that my son is 18 and a freshman in college and my daughter is 14 and a freshman in high school, I can devote much more time to my business which has been the biggest factor in its growth. I’m not needed as much; which is why I appreciate having Moms Making Six Figures and the camaraderie this business brings. That being said, I am still able to be present for my son and daughter and not miss these precious moments that go by way too quickly.