The Business of Essential Oils

Anyone who has read my blog recently knows that I’ve recently become quite interested in essential oils, namely those from doTERRA. Apart from being a wonderful help for my family (seriously, Serenity oil blend stops my toddler’s temper tantrums in their tracks 90% of the time!), the oils are a good business opportunity and one that I’ve really been enjoying.

This is one of the things that motivated me:

Pretty inspiring, huh? This definitely got my attentino when I was starting out. I’m still early in the game, but things are going well so far.

There are a number of ways to earn with doTERRA.

1. Commissions. Send people to your website and earn 25% of all sales.

2. Power of 3. When you have three people in your downline, with a minimum of 600 OV (overall volume or team volume), you get $50. When each of those three have the same thing, you get a bonus of $250. Expand that to the third line and you get paid $1,500.

3. Downline commissions. You also get a percentage of your downline’s sales. Unlike most companies, doTERRA pays MORE the deeper your downline goes, to encourage building.

4. Fast Start Bonus. When you refer someone to doTERRA, you get 20% of all their purchases for the first 60 days.

5. Loyalty Rewards Program. This is a program that earns you back points on all purchases. You start out at 10% usually and move up to 30%. You can then use your points to “buy” products for free!

Interested in learning more about this business opportunity? I’ll be posting from time to time here, but you can also check out my Family Oils blog or, to get a jumpstart right now, attend my Facebook class (free!)¬†starting Monday. It will run for four days and will cover everything you need to know about running a doTERRA oils business.

I’ve had a few people write me about essential oils lately and most of them aren’t from Guatemala. Since I can’t do a class in each area where my readers and friends live, I decided to do an online class. Best part? You don’t even have to go anywhere! You can literally attend in your jammies . . . or sans, if you so desire.

doterra essential oils giveaway

The class starts on April 6th, but you can sign up now to make sure you don’t miss anything. It will run for four days and there is NO specific time to attend, you can just check the posts and enter the giveaway each morning, then check to see if you won in the evening. So far, not a lot of people are coming, so you have a really good chance of winning!

Here’s what we’ll be looking at:
Day 1: What ARE essential oils?
Day 2: How to use essential oils
Day 3: Single oils, blends and products
Day 4: The best way to get your oils

Feel free to invite your friends, or contact me about hosting a class online and getting a $25 gift certificate. You can click the image above or check out the class here.

doTERRA Oils: A Scam or a Work At Home Opportunity?

doTERRA business for momsOne of my good friends recently joined doTERRA and asked if I would be interested in it, as well. I’m not one to just jump into something like this, so I did a lot of research before giving her an answer. There are plenty of people wondering if doTERRA is a scam, so I figured I’d share what I learned.

The Good

There are a surprising amount of good things about doTERRA. I hadn’t even heard about it before my friend told me, so I did a lot of research and I liked what I saw. Here are some of my favorite things about the company.

1. The compensation structure. Rather than see diminishing returns the more people sign up under you and under them, etc. doTERRA actually makes it worth your while to help your downlines build their business, by giving you a higher commission for each level below you. There are also multiple ways to earn, by selling retail (you get 25%), commissions from downlines (2-7%) and a Fast Start Bonus, which is 20% of everything a new Wellness Advocate purchases in the first 60 days.

2. NO selling necessary. I hate selling and truth be told, I kind of suck at it. So when I learned that there is no monthly minimum, no need to sell and basically no obligations at all, it really appealed! Of course, there are bonuses and incentives for actually selling or purchasing a certain amount, but it is in no way necessary.

3. Free stuff. Who doesn’t love free stuff? Every month, the company gives away bottles of oil to anyone who makes a purchase of 125PV (around $125) or higher. In March, it was Wild Orange. Sometimes, they have special offers so you can get even more goodies for free, depending on the size of your order.

4. The oils. I’ve tried the oils. The first time I smelled them, I thought it was weird that lavender smelled so . . . wild. It was like I’d crushed the plant between my fingers, not that sweet lavender smell that we get used to from perfumes and stuff. It wasn’t what I expected, to be honest. BUT, once I started using them, I realized that they actually work. I was pretty skeptical going in, though I do like natural medicine. One oil blend in particular, DigestZen, completely changed our family’s way of life. You can read about that here.

5. Helping Hands. doTERRA has set up a program that helps communities in countries where they harvest their plants. One is here in Guatemala, where cardamom is grown. Team leaders come down here to work on the plantation, help build schools, etc. and basically improve the community where they are working. In exchange, the members of the community follow the growing practices laid out by the company and receive fair payment for their work. You can learn more about Helping Hands here.

The Bad

So, every business has it’s downsides, right? doTERRA is no different. There are definitely some things that I’m not so keen on. These include:

1. The origins. doTERRA was formed by people breaking away from another oil company and quite frankly, it sounds rather unethical. Now, there are many different versions floating around, so I don’t know what the real story is, but this is something that made me think. That being said, everything else since then seems to check out, so I think they’re okay. Just got off to a rough start.

2. Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade. This is the only company in the world with CPTG oils. That sounds really good until you realize . . . the company actually invented that, so it’s not necessarily anything special. That being said, they do appear to go through extensive testing and hold their oils to very high standards, so while this isn’t an official “grade” it could be.

3. MLM. Who hasn’t heard terrible things about multi-level or network marketing? You may have even tried it before. I know I have and my experience was horrible! So that was something that really put me off the whole idea of the oils from the start. After a lot of research, however, I came to the conclusion that network marketing isn’t inherently bad, but it can be badly executed. I think, from my personal research and observations, that doTERRA is a worthy company and is easier to work with than most networking companies.

4. The prices. Okay, essential oils aren’t cheap, but when I first looked at the prices for doTERRA, I nearly choked. The price depends entirely on the oil. Frankincense is harder to get, so it’s more expensive than, say, lemon, which is pretty darn cheap. Once you start to really look into it, the prices make more sense, but of course, they are still high because the idea is to get people to become Wellness Advocates to get 25% off.

The End Result

Is doTERRA a scam? My final decision is that it’s not. There are a few things that I’m not sure about, as previously mentioned, but overall, the company seems solid and is working well. I had a chance to meet James Bybee here in Guatemala and talk to him. This really sealed the deal because he and his wife are Blue Diamonds and joined the company very early on. I expected someone who would be dismissive and/or pushy about sales, but what I found was a really nice guy who loves the oils and is totally laid back and down-to-earth. We sat and chatted for an hour and I was convinced that this was a good company by the time I said goodbye.

So, did I join up? Why, yes, I did. While my upline (who is directly below the Bybees) made it to Gold in just 2 months (normally takes well over a year or two), I haven’t shot up quite that fast, but I have seen some success in the business and am building my team.

Interested in joining this rather unique business or learning more about it? You can contact me via my doTERRA Facebook page or check out the company here.

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When There Is No Sleep: Staying Productive as a Zombie

sleep deprivation and energyMoms are amazing human beings. Working moms are even more amazing, because we have to balance motherhood with the demands of a business (or two or three). This is often done on very little sleep, particularly when you have small children who wake up throughout the night.

Dragging through the day isn’t something you can really do when you have ¬†a business to run. So, with that in mind, I’ve compiled a few tips to help moms stay productive after a sleepless night. Feel free to add your own in the comments!

Take a nap. Well, duh, right? If you CAN sleep for a bit, try to get 15 minutes and no more. This is enough to refresh you, but won’t cause you to be too groggy.

Use aromatherapy. Diffusing lemon, peppermint or citrus blends can help wake you up. I highly recommend doTERRA’s oils . . . learn more here.

Eat a banana. If you’re like me, you may end up skipping meals or eating poorly. Bananas have what you need to spark that energy and get you going again.

Have some green tea. Adding a little caffeine to your daily routine isn’t a bad idea, but why not make it better for you by choosing green tea? It has lots of health benefits.

Relax your brain. If your brain is going a mile a minute, take 60 seconds to just focus on being. Listen to your breathing and clear your mind. It can do wonders for waking you up.

Drink more water. Most people are at least partially dehydrated, which can make you feel more exhausted. So make sure you’re getting enough water (not tea or juice).

Listen to upbeat music. Some energetic music can make all the difference in your energy levels, so pull out your favorite album and crank it.

What do you suggest to boost energy levels after a long night?

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Happy New Year!

2015 is upon us. What are your plans for this year?

Part of the reason I haven’t been blogging as much lately is due to the fact that I have started an offline business, Blue Butterfly Bakery, in addition to my writing. With two businesses, homeschooling and life in general, things are a little crazy!

For this year, I intend to blog more regularly and provide more useful advice to work at home moms. This is something I am still passionate about, so it’s time to get back on track. I also want to build up the bakery to cover half of our expenses. There are plenty of other, smaller goals, like the usual losing weight, etc. but this year is really about the businesses.

How will you make your year spectacular?

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