I remember the first years of our marriage, living paycheck-to-paycheck. Vanessa balanced our checking account each pay period, down to the last five dollars.

We always had enough, but just barely. We were one emergency, or even one paycheck away from going in deep in a financial hole.

As my career grew, our financial cushion grew too. At least for a while.

About seven years ago, I accepted a new position. The first year, I took a HUGE and unexpected pay cut, even though I was promoted.

We short-sold our home and rent a townhouse. We cut way back on our expenses.

Vanessa wasn’t working at the time either, as she was still dealing with adrenal fatigue. We made it through, but it was a really stressful year.

The next year, my income bounced back, but that experience, along with the days of living paycheck-to-paycheck, left a lasting impression on us.

We never wanted to be in a position again, where our quality of life was determined by a single paycheck, or even a single year of income.

I meet people all the time who have similar stories. I know a lot of people who lost lost their jobs in recent years, never expecting it would happen. Can you relate?

The most certain income you can ever earn is the one you make yourself.

Building an extra stream of income outside your “real job” is a great way to create a financial cushion.

You might never need to use the cushion, but if you do, it will feel great to land on.

Don’t quit your full-time job. At least not yet.

You just need a backup plan. A Plan B in the event you ever lose our job, the company goes out of business, or you just decide you don’t like working there anymore.

There are a lot of ways to earn extra income.

The Young Living opportunity was perfect for us. Vanessa didn’t get started with an idea of retiring me. She simply saw a fulfilling and lucrative opportunity to add to our household income.

I think it’s a great opportunity for a lot of people. Maybe you are one of them.

You might be happy with an extra $500 per month, or $5000, and never consider doing it full-time like we do.

You might be a personal trainer, nutrition or health coach, or dietitian and see the potential for building your main income through Young Living while you work with clients just because you love it.

I simply want to share my thoughts on the Young Living business opportunity. If you like the sound of what you read, I’d love to connect with you on a phone call or over a cup of coffee.

1. Offer Everyone the Opportunity for Optimal Health

A large part of maintaining optimal health comes from a conscious choice to eat, move, and live with healthy choices, and maintain a positive mindset.

However, natural products have been used for thousands of years, and essential oils are some of the longest-used types of natural health products in the planet.

We can help people maintain optimal health through using Young Living’s products. What could be more fulfilling than that?

2. Build Repeat Business with Consumable Products

To build a repetitive and residual business, you either need to sell memberships, or sell consumable products. If you’re a fitness professional, you’re well aware of the membership model for business. Of course, if you have an iTunes Music, Netflix, Spotify, Pandora, YouTube Red, or Google Play membership, you know what the membership model is as well.

Another way to have repeat business is to offer something that people buy repetitively. Young Living essential oils, supplements, and personal care products fit that description. For example, I use a tube of Thieves Toothpaste, three bottles of Idaho Blue Spruce, three bottles of DiGize, a box of Master Formula, a bottle of Lavender Mint Shampoo and Conditioner, two bottles of PowerGize, and a handful of other products every month.

The person who enrolled us would keep getting that business, even if she never talked to us again. The repeat business helps create a repetitive income.

3. Grow Personally and Professionally

According to Tony Robbins, one of the six human needs is personal growth. You have the opportunity to develop your leadership, management, and entrepreneurial skills, while earning income along the way.

The skills you develop while building your Young Living business transfer over to most other areas of life – your other businesses or career, relationships, health and fitness, and more. And even when you fall on your face a few times, you’re still going to grow and succeed.

4. Users Become Lovers

It’s the craziest thing…people don’t just “like” their Young Living Essential Oils, they LOVE them. I had never seen this in the supplement world. Heck, I don’t know that my best clients even loved me that way so many people love their Young Living Essential Oils!

It feels really good to introduce something into others’ lives that makes them feel that way. It’s no wonder that so many of our members encourage their friends and family to get started based on that enthusiasm.

When they get started, it helps you grow your business too!

5. Start with a Minimal Investment

For the tiny investment of $160 for a Young Living Premium Starter Kit, which is a business expense, by the way, you’re up and running with your very own part-time business.

You start with your Premium Starter Kit and learn the basics of essential oils.

You also use your Premium Starter Kit to teach classes or seminars, and help others start with their own Premium Starter Kit. Then, once they feel comfortable, you introduce them to other essential oils, supplements and products targeted at their specific needs and goals.

6. Represent a Brand That Sets the Standard

I’m not naive. I know there are other ways to earn a part-time income. There are even other brands in the natural products world.

I know some people don’t mind selling an inferior product if they can make money on it, but that’s not for me. I’m not judging, I’m just stating what’s important to me.

If I’m going to represent and recommend a brand, I want to make sure it’s the best, which is the case with Young Living.

7. Expand Internationally

That’s right! How would you like to have a division of your team in another country?

We’re going to Australia to work with our team next year. We’ll get to see a beautiful country, work with an amazing group of people, and go on a trip that is at least partially tax-deductible. How cool is that?

Young Living products ship to more than 100 countries, and you can build a team in more than a dozen.

8. Earn What You Deserve

Let’s face it. For corporations to thrive financially, they need to get the most talent out of their employees at the lowest possible cost. That means your income doesn’t always match your contribution.

Keep working the job you’ve been working, but in your free time, there’s an opportunity to build something that pays you in relation to the value you offer. As your business grows, so does your income.

9. Work Full-Time on Your Career, and Part-Time on Your Future

I think it’s important to have a full-time, secure job or career.

You will learn skills there. It provides an income. It helps you add to your network. I believe people are too quick to jump from a job they might not always like.

When you’re not at your main job, you can invest a solid 8-12 hours in your “other” business, and consistently build something significant.

The income you create in your part-time business will give you options in the future.

Once your income grows enough, you can make the decision to stay at your job because you want to, not because you need to. Or, you may decide it’s time to move on. But either way, you’ll have the freedom to make the decision.

10. Create Stability in an Unstable Job Market

Wouldn’t it be nice to build an extra income that’s large enough, that if your company gave you a pink slip, or went out of business, you and your family would be just fine?

It won’t happen overnight, but if you keep at it, you have the potential to build something you can always fall back on.

11. Capitalize on Tax Advantages

You have a lot of tax advantages as an independent business owner, which you don’t have when you’re paid as an employee.

I’m not an accountant, so I’m not going to cover them, but just know that this is a tremendous opportunity to cut down on your tax burden.

Australia wasn’t on our radar as a place to visit before Young Living. Now we get to go, and have it be partially tax-deductible. For example, our business expenses include part of our car, apartment, utilities, insurance, and cell phone expenses.

12. Earn Income For Your Influence

When I trained clients, I noticed that my clients friends would often go to my clients and find out what we were doing for an exercise or nutrition program. Then they’d copy it.

I thought it was cool that they saw value in what I created for my client. I also realized that, even though my influence extended beyond my relationship with my client, I didn’t earn anything from that influence.

With your Young Living business, your client’s friends might inquire about some of your secrets. Your client’s friends get started through them, just like your clients get started through you. And you both earn something for it!

13. Be The Boss

You might not get to call the shots everywhere in your life, but in this part, you are the boss. Some people struggle with this freedom. They need to answer to someone, or they don’t do the work.

The intrinsically motivated flourish with an opportunity like this.

14. Have Fun and Find Fulfillment

You build your business through helping others get started on health-promoting products. Then you help them, help others get started. That is rewarding!

You’ll face challenges. You’ll deal with adversity. Some people will love what you do. Others scoff because they don’t understand.

You’ll never make everyone happy. But, you do have the opportunity to help a lot of others become healthier.

15. Impact Far More People Than You Could Alone

At most, I trained 45 client hours a week. I saw about 30 clients a week. Some fitness professionals train and coach in groups, so they might work with hundreds of people per week or month.

The numbers pale in comparison to the potential you can influence through your Young Living team.

If you’ve ever said, “I like to help people,” or “I’m a people person,” this is your opportunity.

If you’re sick of seeing how many people are sick and unhealthy, this is your opportunity to influence thousands, tens of thousands, maybe even hundreds of thousands.

16. Join a Supportive Team and Community

We love Young Living. We also believe that Young Living is PART of a healthy lifestyle. You, and those you introduce to Young Living, have access to the thousands of members who are part of our exclusive community.

You are the boss, but you are not alone. We will help you build your business. Our community helps new members gain confidence in their essential oils and products.

We offer all sorts of education and entertainment. You commit to this part-time, extra income opportunity. We have a full-time community here to support, encourage, guide, train, and inspire you and those you bring on board.

I hope by now you realize the opportunity Young Living provides.

The products would benefit anyone, but the business is not for everyone.

Are you disciplined, organized, ambitious, and interested in building a business and leading a team? Contact me. Let’s talk more about the business opportunity. You owe it to yourself to take the next step.

Don’t put yourself in a position where a few years down the road, you say you “should have.” Be the guy or girl who says “I did, and look at where it got me! It’s been the best decision of my life!”