Now this was funny!
My Instagram account is pretty thriving. I post at least three or four times a day, about half of which is a marketing or personal development related message.
The others are things that are fun and meaningful to me…food photos, fitness, meditation and tai chi, and of course…juggling videos.
One of the photos I put up recently was of a gorgeous avocado. I cut it in half and took a shot of it before I sliced it up and put it in my salad.
So far, so good.
56 likes later, someone put the following comment underneath it…
I SELL AVON ONLINE!! check it out…
and then her Avon sales page.
Nope. No way I was letting that pass with just a delete. Maybe a year ago when I was just figuring Instagram out. But not now.
So I commented back…
Yeah, but this isn’t about you.
There was a bit more back and forth in public. Then she wrote me back privately.
Turns out she is a genuinely nice person who really didn’t understand the problem with what she was doing.
And just in case you don’t either…
Avon doesn’t go with avocados.
Chips do. Salsa does.
And putting your links on top of stuff that has nothing to do with the topic at hand makes you look silly. And amateur. And desperate.
More than that, being a home business professional means you have to be present for your prospects.
You have to listen. You have to figure out what their needs are and see if you can meet them.
Sometimes you won’t. And that’s OK.
But to prospect everything that moves (and goes in guacamole)…that isn’t professional.
And make no mistake…the only people who make long term money in home business are the ones who act like professionals.
That’s another reason I “SMH’ when I see people saying “earn quick cash for Christmas.”
It doesn’t work that way. It’s never worked that way. And for people who know better and still market that way, it’s unprofessional.
The end of the story: my new friend totally got it. She’s new, and was just doing what someone told her to do, which is spam posts that have a lot of likes.
Now she’s on her way to building her business on a much better foundation.
She’ll have to keep learning. I pointed her towards the best home business trainer I know to pick up some more free pointers.
And she’s probably going to have unlearn a few things about abundance and self-development.
We’ve all done versions of this. I know I have.
If you want to do more, if you want to have the money and the lifestyle that comes with home business success, never mix your avocados with your Avon.
Be real. Be fun. And be professional.
What’s really fun is what the folks in Mind Flip are doing right now, which is building relationships, healing from past hurts, and making money they’ve never made before.
Stick with #MindFlip wherever you see the hashtag. Watch the quality of the posts and the people behind them.
In 2016, it just might be your turn!