When you have a positive experience with a product, it’s natural to share it with family, friends and neighbors. But when a product truly changes your life, you can’t help sharing it with everyone you know.
WHETHER IT’S MELAPOWER, the Access® Bar, GC Control, RenewTM Lotion or the Vitality Pack powered by Oligo®, Melaleuca’s products have been changing lives and starting conversations for 28 years. Melaleuca products have helped millions of families throughout the world to live healthier, happier and safer lives. The word is spreading, and, one conversation at a time, Melaleuca products are becoming a fixture in homes from China to the Netherlands.
Yet with Melaleuca, there’s an even greater incentive to share those products with others. As well as giving customers the widest variety of effective wellness products found at any store, Melaleuca has the most rewarding customer-referral program of any company in the marketplace. Nowhere else will customers find the sort of reliable, residual income they find at Melaleuca.
In the stories that follow, you’ll read about three women who discovered the power of Melaleuca’s life-changing products for themselves. When Melaleuca products made a difference for their families, these women took Melaleuca’s message of wellness to their friends, their communities and beyond.
“What was the name of those bars?”
Shelby & A.J. Ford
Senior Directors VI
Shelby Ford was playing professional softball after college when a relative began sending her boxes of Access® Bars. Using the bars for practices and games, Shelby soon noticed something was different.
“I had played ball my whole life, and suddenly, things were changing,” she says. “I started leaning up, and I had more energy to play. I knew it had to be the bars.”
When her softball career ended, Shelby moved home, and a few years passed before she thought about Access Bars again. But when her husband, A.J., proposed, Shelby wanted to make sure she was in her best shape when she stood at the altar.
“I called my relative and said, ‘What was the name of those bars again?'” Shelby remembers. “Eventually, I got in touch with my enroller, [Executive Director] Maley Walsh. At first, I just wanted her to help me get some bars, but she insisted on sharing a full Delivering Wellness overview with me.”
Shelby didn’t need any convincing when it came to Melaleuca’s products. She already knew the Access Bar was better than anything she’d find on grocery store shelves, and “if the other products were half as good,” she knew she wanted to be involved with Melaleuca.
“I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the rest of the products,” she says. “I started looking at the business as a source of additional money, $500 or $1,000 a month. That happened pretty quickly, so when I had my first baby, I thought, ‘I don’t want to leave my children with someone else all day–maybe I can earn enough to stay home.'”
When she learned her neighbor was a marathon runner with an interest in health and sports nutrition, Shelby knew exactly the right approach for introducing Melaleuca.com.
“I talked to her and her husband about Access Bars and ProflexTM Shakes,” she remembers. “I said, ‘You have to try these awesome workout bars.’ After being customers for a while, they decided to start building a business a couple of months ago, and now I’m hoping they get to Director III this month.”
Shelby, meanwhile has reached Senior Director VI and earned $50,009 so far in 2013 alone. She just had her second child a few months ago, so she’s once again using the Access Bar to get back in shape.
“I’m not doing as much training as I did when I was playing ball,” she says. “But the Access Bars still work. If I’d never tried them, I never would’ve found Melaleuca, and I never would’ve started this business that has helped me come home with my kids.”
“I fell in love with our products”
Senior Director VIII
Kellee Wip had watched her coworker, Executive Director III Stacy Fiske, leave a career at the height of the Great Recession, so Kellee was curious when Stacy asked to share a Delivering Wellness overview. With a steady job and a hectic life, Kellee had no interest in “building a business,” but Melaleuca’s products seemed like a natural fit.
“The products just made sense,” Kellee says. “I was a busy mom, and I sometimes felt guilty about not being able to take better care of my children. I thought, ‘Why wouldln’t I make the switch to products that are better and safer for my family, and help out a friend at the same time?'”
On Stacy’s recommendation, Kellee bought an Essentials Pack, even though she had no intention of starting a referral business. She quickly discovered dozens of products that she never would’ve sampled outside the pack but that quickly became her favorites.
“FiberWise® is something I never would’ve tried–but it’s one of my favorite products today,” she says. “Every time my Melaleuca order arrived with a Leadership in Action magazine in it, I’d open the magazine and look for Stacy to see how she was doing. I was proud of her and proud of the fact that I was helping her by shopping at Melaleuca.”
Every month, Stacy would give Kellee a call just to chat. Sometimes, Melaleuca would come up, and sometimes it wouldn’t.
“After 14 months, I realized I needed to be at home with my 4-year-old son and my 2-year-old daughter, so I started looking around for something more flexible I could do,” Kellee says. “I looked at a lot of businesses before I thought about Melaleuca. When I did, there was no question about whether Melaleuca was a good business–I’d learned that just by using the products. The only question was whether I would do it.”
One night, Kellee had a conversation with her sister Karree Cline, who’d just had twins and was also looking for a way to come home to her children. The two sisters decided to team up and share Melaleuca with others. Now, Kellee is a Senior Director VIII and Karree is a Senior Director–and both of them are stay-at-home moms.
“Every time I do a Delivering Wellness overview, I always share how I started as a customer,” Kellee says. “I fell in love with our products and with shopping for items that are safer for my family. And when I needed to bring an additional income, Melaleuca was already there for me.”
“That’s my passion”
Jennifer & Paul Coffel
Executive Directors VI
Jennifer Coffel actually was looking for a business she could do from home when she found Melaleuca in 2004. She’d been an occupational therapist for years, but when she became a stay-at-home mom (with a 2-year-old and 1-year-old twins) her family began struggling financially. Yet, after sitting through a Delivering Wellness overview, Jennifer was more interested in what she’d heard about Melaleuca’s products than its financial opportunity.
“They were talking in the presentation about how these products affected dry or irritated skin, and I had a daughter who had [symptoms associated with] eczema,” Jennifer remembers. “I didn’t really understand the business, but I was so interested in the products. So I thought, ‘Well, what do I have to lose?’ We switched out all of our cleaning products, and I started using RenewTM Lotion on my daughter’s skin.”
Her daughter’s skin quickly cleared up, and Jennifer realized she had something she needed to share with others.
“I’d been reading about products and how they impact our health,” Jennifer says. “When I saw my daughter’s skin change, it was tangible evidence of everything I’d learned. I really wanted to share what I’d learned about safer products with my friends who were moms.”
Jennifer didn’t live very close to her enroller, and she was still a little fuzzy on how Melaleuca’s Compensation Plan worked. But when she started talking to others about Melaleuca’s products, none of that mattered.
“I really had no idea what I was doing, but I was so excited about sharing the products,” she says. “I just started calling other moms. I enrolled 10 customers in my first month and 11 customers in my second. My check for my first month was for $488, and for my second month, it was $1,448.”
In the nine years since she enrolled, Jennifer–a quiet, self-effacing mother of four–has earned $1,305,739 with her Melaleuca business. She now has a team of business builders working with her, but even when she talks to others about Melaleuca today, her highest priority is still telling them about safer, healthier, better products.
“That’s my passion, honestly,” she says, “helping other families switch stores and get healthier products into their homes.”
For hundreds of thousands of customers, Melaleuca’s more than 350 wellness products are hard not to talk about! Whether you’re building a Melaleuca business or simply telling family and friends about products you love, now is the season to share what you have: products that change lives.