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In this weeks career column, student Laura Barnes tells us her experience of how she started a business during her gap year, and the lessons and successes she earned from it.
My name is Laura Barnes and I am currently a second year studying Environmental Sciences. I started my own business when I was 19 during my gap year and I could not be happier with the decision I made. When I tell people that I have my own business they look at me in amazement and they all say I could never do that – but the thing is, is that ANYONE can!
I was concerned about the student debt I would graduate with. And with the recession and the current job climate the way it is it just added to my financial worries. I was looking for an alternative – a way to work flexibly but still have the time to do the things I love such as travelling.
I was introduced to Forever Living Products by my dad’s friend and well as they say the rest is history…
I was impressed with the ethics of the company and the superior quality products they retail – products all based on the pure inner leaf gel of the naturally grown Aloe Vera and so I joined and become an independent distributor. The company is the world’s number 1 grower and producer of Aloe Vera and beehive based products – and they do not test on animals – which is extremely important to me.
Forever Living Products has Investors in People Gold accreditation and has membership of the DSA. I enjoy the flexibility the company offers as it so easy to fit into the nooks and crannies in between my lectures, societies and going out.
I held a product launch just before the summer where people could come and try out some of the products for free as well as learn a little bit about the company. The evening went really well and I am now looking to hold similar evenings where you can come and indulge yourself with our luxury products.
You have to be committed, work hard and be honest – if you have all that then you will thrive in business. The support and training is second to none and the company offers amazing incentives in recognition of growing your business.
I took up this opportunity to enable me to graduate debt free in order to travel to South America for a year and watch the 2016 Olympic Games.