As a junior undergraduate student planning to continue to vet school, let me tell you, money is really tight. All of my meager pay checks from working in one of the university offices four days a week goes to my mom to help pay bills or goes into gas for my commute to campus. I definitely have been feeling like I will never get to a "comfortable" position with money anytime within the next ten years. This is exactly why I chose to embark on a journey as my own boss.
Last year, I started using a line of organic, cruelty free hair care products at the recommendation of my stylist. They were not available in the salon or in stores, and I had to purchase them online. I found out that my stylist was actually an independent market partner for the company, and was able to make a small portion of the profit for recommending the products that were sold. I thought that was a wonderful opportunity for her, especially being such a talented stylist in a very small town.
Flash forward four months. I've been using the products and never had healthier, softer, smoother hair in my life. I absolutely adore the products! I was getting so many compliments on my hair and had many people asking me where they could get their hands on the products. After speaking with my stylist, she recommended that I become a market partner. I was a little surprised that she suggested it, especially since I'm a biology major. But, I also looked more into the biology and chemistry of the products and realized I could use my knowledge to help educate people while making a little extra money for myself to help with my bills.
Starting any kind of business is a risk, and my initial "investment" into products I could give to people to sample was definitely not an easy chunk of change. However, my position as an official market partner gives me some very big discounts on my products, which I'm going to be buying anyway (saving money there!). I'm not selling products that don't work. I know the products work because I use them! I've seen how they help people.
Jumping in can be very frightening. I'm out of my element and definitely on a bit of a learning curve! But I'm in business for myself. I set my own hours. I'm my own boss. What I make is entirely based on how much time I put in. I'm proud to say that I am a business woman and a student. Don't be afraid of new ventures because they are "new" or "intimidating". You may end up finding something new that you are good at and being successful as you do it.
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