Like millions of Americans out there, Kenan and I have struggled with an ugly 4 letter word. DEBT. For years it seemed like we were just facing one disaster after another. Repossessions, unpaid medical bills, credit cards piling up. Since we didn’t have a savings account set up for an emergency fund, every emergency threw us that much further into debt. Car repairs, a death in the family, job changes, attorney fees, etc. Things that we should have been able to handle, had we managed our money better. We look back and realize that we cannot pinpoint the moment we were living outside of our means and depending on credit like so many others out there. Can you relate to any of this. All we knew is that we were facing foreclosure on our house, among other bills that were piling up. We were drowning in a sea of debt. Being a slave to the lender, as the bible states, really put stress on our family and our marriage. Kenan felt like he was not doing his part as provider of the family. I felt like I was a failure at budgets… The children couldn’t go to that certain movie with friends because we only had $100 for groceries that week.
Over the past year since we’ve owned our owned business, we sacrificed a lot to get it up and running. Just like ANY business you have to put time and effort into it to see the fruits of your labor. We knew that it would get a lot harder before it got any better. Whatever we made off of Pink Zebra went straight back into our business. Business supplies, vendor events, customer gifts, etc.
These past couple of months we have seen the fruit of our labor really taking effect. We are very excited to announce that the majority of our large bills are now covered every month by my commission check from Pink Zebra. The money we make from our business during the month off of sales, etc., goes towards our families expenses. The kids events, a full tank of gas, etc. Keeping a record of what profits we have made and what part of that we can put into our own lives and not just back into the business, helps.
If you feel you are not making money with your current business, keep a log of all money made and all money put out. Where it goes and if you get a return on that investment. I can say that any profits we have put back into our business have not gone to waste.
The feeling of treading water is starting to pass and we can see the shore ahead. Stay focused on your goals, make a 2-5 year business plan and stick with it. It won’t be easy, there are times you will cry and want to give up. Don’t give up. The only way you can fail in direct sales is by giving up!
If you’ve been in your business a while and have been working it and not seeing the growth you imagined (after a reasonable amount of time) maybe it’s time to look for a company that is growing rapidly. The first 1-5 years are the best time to get into a new Direct Sales company. There are many to choose from but we are loyal and dedicated to Pink Zebra. The family, relationships, all of it are just beyond our wildest dreams.
I pray for blessings over your business and any debt demon you are fighting. You must take action or things will never change.
I would love to hear from others struggling to get out of debt and back on your feet again! What methods have worked best for you?
Blessings to all,
Kenan and Emily Dibrell
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