2020 is full of lessons direct sellers can learn from and carry with them into 2021. The most fundamental lesson among them is on adapting, troubleshooting and moving forward with a positive attitude. As the Covid-19 pandemic raged around the world, we learnt lessons we will carry with us into the new year – that is, how to innovate in a time of crisis. If this year has proven anything, it’s that our IRs are willing to take on a challenge, innovate, and thrive!
Here are the top lessons direct sellers can learn from 2020:
A New Normal Is Also A New Beginning
As the world came to grips with the consequences of a widespread pandemic that shut every country down, QNET IRs were in a unique place for success. Not only was it proven yet again that direct selling is a recession-proof business opportunity, being already digital gave our IRs the opportunity to thrive in social distance. Not only were they able to imagine a new future, but they were also able to reinvent themselves into global citizens, with many expanding their networks to different countries and even different continents. Direct sellers can learn that a crisis or a new state of being is a challenge that can be overcome and used as a catalyst to have a new beginning.
Build A Business That Can Thrive Under Any Situation
With our virtual office being virtual from the very beginning, it was simple to move things online and continue our presentations and meetings on a digital format. Even our V-Convention Connect was held virtually and without any delays. The low overhead cost of setting up a direct selling business means that it can be easily relocated, easily moved, and can easily adapt to any situation.
Diversify How Your Build Relationships
When you are building your QNET community, don’t just focus on building a community online. Also, have a plan for traditional presentations and relationship building. In times of volatility and uncertainty, it’s important to diversify but to also keep it simple. Whatever you do, don’t give up and keep at it.
Run Your Business Like It’s A Startup
One of the most important lessons direct sellers learn from an uncertain 2020 is the need to work in startup mode. This means that you need to be flexible, and keep risk and opportunity at the top of your mind. It means that you work as a team to come up with innovative solutions, you have each other’s backs, and you will do whatever it takes to make your business a success.
Practice Optimism And Patience
It goes without saying that as direct sellers we need to practice what we preach and set a good example for our QNET family. It is also extremely important to set the standard for those around us by practising optimism and patience even during uncertain times. Win the respect and trust of your team, and help them feel a sense of purpose. There’s no excuse to turn every year into a good year. Invest in people and you can hit every milestone you can ever dream of.
Don’t Wait And Watch, Act Swiftly
No matter how smoothly things are going, it’s always good to have a contingency plan in place. And if not, then think on your feet and think quickly. Make it a policy to make decisions to move forward instead of waiting to see what will unfold. Be proactive rather than trying to find solutions to problems only when they affect you. Plan for the unexpected.
As much as your business may have been thriving pre-Covid, one thing direct sellers can learn from 2020 is the importance of having a digital presence. Streamline your social media into channels of marketing and communication. It’s now more important than ever to have a digital business strategy so that you can maximise online tools for your success in QNET.
Make Your Health A Priority
If this pandemic has taught direct sellers anything, it’s that your health should be a priority. Whether you’re working from home or in a covid-secure way outside, being healthy is the bare minimum you can do for yourself. It means that you will not let any illness come in the way of your success by prioritising your health and wellbeing, both mental and physical.
Let’s keep these lessons we’ve learnt from a tough 2020 in mind as we move forwards into a new year soon. Just remember that even failures are just opportunities and stepping stones for success. As we go through the journey together as a QNET family, let’s also keep the destination in mind – direct selling success.
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