*I am so excited about the launch of this series. It is my hope that by sharing some of the inside scoop on working for these businesses that some of you may find an opportunity that’s right for you. So many of us that stay home with our kids still want to make some extra money, but it’s all about finding what speaks to you.*
My name is Erin Castello and I am a Plexus ambassador. I joined the company almost a year ago after trying the products for one month. Here is my story:
In 2014, I noticed some changes in my body. The first was that I began gaining what I called “mystery weight”. I’ve always been a pretty active person. I’m a runner, and have several 5K, 10K, 15K, and half marathon races under my belt. So, where was all this weight coming from?? I honestly had no idea. The second was I had NO energy. I teach first grade and I’m a mom of a kindergartner, so energy is pretty vital to my life. After school, I would come home STARVING, raid the pantry for anything I could find and usually guzzled down a soda of some kind. I would literally sink into my couch and pray for my daughter to stumble upon a quiet activity so I wouldn’t have to move. I was hungry, tired, cranky, irritable, and just felt plain UGH, and didn’t know why. Something wasn’t right.
That summer, I had a physical. I explained everything I’d been dealing with to my doctor. Since my mom had hypothyroidism, he suggested checking my thyroid levels. A few weeks later, he called to tell me my TSH levels were high and put me “on watch” for hypothyroidism. He said that all the symptoms I’d been having (the “mystery weight”, the lack of energy) were probably related to this. He offered to put me on medication right then and there, but I declined. He told me he wanted to retest me in 4-6 months, and if my numbers hadn’t changed, I’d likely be on thyroid medication for the rest of my life.
Part of me was thankful that there was an actual reason for all of this. It wasn’t something I’d done or hadn’t done. It turns out, part of my body just wasn’t working properly. As I was absorbing all of this, I noticed a friend post about this stuff called Plexus on Facebook. Curious, I reached out to her and asked her more about it.
Plexus is a health and wellness company. It produces natural vitamin supplements that help relieve inflammation, balance blood sugar, and improve gut health. This all sounded really good to me. I’d tried all the gimmick diets, the “quick fixes”, and short term band-aid programs, and knew I needed something different this time. I needed a full on lifestyle change and Plexus was EASY to add to my life. There were no meal replacements, no shakes (I like eating real food, thank you very much!), just vitamins! I began using the products, and immediately felt a difference. I had more than enough energy to teach 24 first graders all day, come home and be an active parent to my daughter, wife to my husband, AND even throw in a workout here and there. I felt like ME again!
In addition to all this goodness, my cravings seemed to vanish too. The thought of drinking a soda almost made me sick. I was able to walk past the table full of homemade fudge and chocolate chip cookies in the teachers’ lounge without wanting to stuff my face. What was I craving? WATER. It was the most amazing feeling! As I learned more about the products, I realized that balanced blood sugar was the reason for all of this. When your glucose and lipid levels are stabilized, when you kill the bad bacteria in your gut and oxygenate your cells, your cravings for sugar, sweets, and carbs reduce. And, to top it all off, I returned to the doctor last April, and my TSH was a healthy 2.66! No medication needed! At that point, I became a BELIEVER in gut health and in Plexus.
I decided to become an ambassador to try to get my products paid for. I had NEVER done anything like this before, but, after learning more about Plexus’ business model and compensation plan, I knew it was the right decision. One of the many things that sets Plexus apart from other direct sales companies is that there’s no inventory. The only products I have in my house are the ones my family takes every day (Yep, my husband and daughter use the products too!). All sales go through my website. I don’t deal with shipping, returns, ANY OF IT!
It only costs $34.95 to join. This gives you your website for a full year and the resources to start a successful business. There’s no crazy quota to meet every month or parties to throw. Plexus ambassadors can work their business as much or as little as they want. Within my first month, I earned enough money to pay for my products. Every month after that I doubled my commission from the previous month. Almost a year later, I now make a substantial supplemental income and I have a growing team. Many members of my team have even been able to quit their jobs and stay home with their children due to their Plexus income! As an ambassador, I earn promotional and signing bonuses, monthly commission, and preferred customer bonuses. I can earn an all-expenses paid trip to Hawaii, a Lexus, and shopping sprees. All from sharing products that I believe in with my friends and family!
In terms of training, this business provides a lot flexibility. When you join, you receive a Welcome Kit with your order that gives you detailed product information, ways to start your business, and lays out how to earn money and promote. Plexus Worldwide offers 2 large training events per year for all its ambassadors (Super Saturday in January and Convention in June). Otherwise, training occurs within each team. My upline trains me and I train my downline. We share tips, what’s worked well for us, and motivate each other. I like to have monthly meetings that I host either at my house or via video conferencing. We help nurture and bring out the leader in each other.
I already have a full time job, and Plexus’ business model fits in nicely with my already busy schedule. I’m able to work my business when I want, which tends to be sporadically throughout the day, and some evenings after the kiddo goes to bed. Some days I work for 30 minutes total, other days it’s 1-2 hours. I do a lot of video conferencing, since I have a few team members who are out of state, and it’s just hard to get everyone together in one place on a regular basis. Social media is used frequently to share health tips, research, and testimonials. But, the coolest thing about it is that it doesn’t feel like “work” to me. All I really do is share how the products have helped me, my family, and my friends. I build relationships with people, it’s easy and a lot of fun! I get to connect and reconnect with new and old friends, and help them live a better, healthier, more comfortable life.
These products are on the forefront of health research today. You watch news shows, read magazine and health journal articles, and the number one thing they talk about is how gut health affects every aspect of our bodies. Plexus Worldwide has grown over 16,000% in the past 3 years and is a debt free company. With statistics like these, there must be something to this! If you suffer from low energy, migraines, IBS, fybromyalgia, thyroid issues, eczema, are overweight, or just feel plain “UGH”, Plexus has something for you. And, if you’re looking to earn some extra money for your family, this business would be perfect for you. Because of Plexus, I now have a stabilized thyroid, have lost 20 pounds, have my energy back, I’m putting better “stuff” in my body, and I’m earning an extra income to help support my family. I love Plexus, and I would love to share this with you! If you have any questions, or would like to contact me, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and check out my website at www.shopmyplexus.com/erincastello. Plexus is changing lives, are you next?
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