One of the biggest objections I hear about our industry is that the only people who make money are those who get in at the beginning. That simply is not true. Pure Romance, a company that is 20 years young, continues to produce many successful business women including today’s featured home business woman, Kelly Ellis-Neal, who started her business just under 2 years ago.
Kelly is one of the fourteen fabulous success stories featured in The Networking Revolution: Five Ways Women Are Changing Their Lives Through Home Business Ownership. My hope is that Kelly’s story will inspire you to seek out a home-business opportunity of your own. Kelly found her passion in Pure Romance and I encourage you to do some research and see what makes sense for you.
Note: I am not affiliated with Pure Romance. I want you to see what is possible and please reach out to Kelly on Facebook if you have any questions about her story.
Name: Kelly Ellis-Neal
Professional Background: Landscaper and Commercial Truck Driver
Company: Pure Romance
Joined: January 2014
How did you find out about your company?: The company I was formerly with was bought out by Pure Romance and I couldn’t be happier about it. Other than my wedding day and the birth of my son it was the best day of my life. Totally life-changing for me and my family.
Success Story: “I was a landscape contractor and commercial truck driver for sixteen years. In 2009 I went to my first direct sales party with a love enhancement company. I had never seen anything like it in my life. I was as naive as it gets. That night a woman gave me permission to discuss and own my own pleasure. It was an eye-opening experience. She offered me an opportunity that I could not refuse to purchase $500 worth of products with a 50% discount by becoming a member.
Soon after, she asked me to come to a company meeting and I was hooked. It was my way out of the house. After working 50 hours a week on the side of the road with 48 male landscapers and coming home to a one-year-old son it became a social outlet for me.
One year later I had a devastating accident and I went from making $1.5 million a year in landscaping to less than $13K a year. I had to do anything and everything I could to make ends meet. I became a medical phlebotomist, I drove a medical unit using my CDL license, I got my real estate license, and I was still trying to landscape to get extra cash.
Subconsciously I was literally doing everything I could to avoid direct sales. I honestly didn’t have enough faith to put all my eggs in one basket. I didn’t think it could work to build a residual income, I was scared of people’s opinions of me selling love enhancement products and I didn’t think anyone would take me seriously.
One night my husband and I were doing our taxes and we realized I needed to focus on one thing. We were $117K in debt and we were considering bankruptcy. I knew my calling was to change women’s lives. I started crying and asked God for a sign if following this passion was the right thing to do. Then three days later Pure Romance bought us out and welcomed us with open arms. I knew this was the sign I was waiting for.
When one door closes another door opens so I jumped in with both feet. I decided to go big or go home. I was finally ready to put all my eggs in one basket. That was in January of 2014.
Twelve weeks after being full-time in the business I was the top-seller in the company and I sold $44,000 in eight weeks and made 55% of it. That was the beginning of my journey. From that moment I knew I could pay off my debt and not have to declare bankruptcy.
To date I have earned the top leadership position in the company, Executive Director, of which there are only a few dozen in the world and I am touring as a corporate trainer to educate, empower and entertain women worldwide. It’s crazy.
I have built an incredible team of women and I believe recruiting is the key to financial freedom. Even though I’m still a work-from-home mommy and wife, I’m living a fairy tale life. I get to speak in front of thousands of women and I get rewarded for doing what I absolutely love. I’m here to tell everybody what I do!”
Words of Advice: “Stop worrying about what everyone else thinks. Their opinions do not pay your bills. Your enthusiasm does. Do it with a smile. Love what you do. Live with passion. Take a leap of faith and it will come back to you ten-fold. The rewards will far outweigh the risks.”
Take a minute to watch this video and see the women whose lives have been changed through the opportunity to partner with a direct sales company and build a home business.
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