Since I've been obsessively following Lia ladies on Facebook, I found out that their annual conference set for next week was cancelled this week. Apparently no specific reason was given. A bit worrisome.
Yesterday I had a long phone chat with a former advisor about her experience. She had also heard about the cancelation and had no more info, but offered to fill me in if she learned anything from friends who are active advisors. She understood my trepidation about joining a company that cancels an event that big at the last minute. It is a family owned company so it's possible something happened within the family? In the meantime they are busy promoting a new product line to be unveiled in August.
Anyway, she told me that like me she had done it for the jewelry discount and some extra money. She went to a couple of conferences which she said were fun and helpful. She did most of her business as online parties and occasional fundraisers (giving 10% of her sales to the charity). She asked if I had an upline in mind and I told her about the opportunity call I had done with a woman in Ohio. The fact that she does her team meetings as phone/video conferences works out well.
She was actually the perfect person for me to talk to because she really was pretty laid back about her business and said she never felt any pressure to recruit or do more home parties. Her upline seemed to understand this was the way she wanted to run her business and that was fine. She only stopped as she also had a full time job and while the Lia Sophia job was good for part time she never wanted to make it a full time thing. She never earned any of the trips but had plenty of friends who did and raved about them. She encouraged me to go for it once the new line comes out. She even told me that she would host a party if I decided to do it and said she still had some forms and supplies that she'd be happy to pass on to me.
She's going to be at a dinner that the women's group we both belong to is holding later this month, so I'll get to talk to her more about it then. Part of the reason I'm going is to the event is to get to network.