How I Retired From 18 Years Of Mortgage Lending within 1 Year Of My Network Marketing Business
How I Retired From 18 Years Of Mortgage Banking within 1 Year Of My Network Marketing Business
Born and raised in Texas. Have lived all over United States, but moved back to my roots of Dallas/Fort Worth. I turned 40 last year & have never been married, but feel a proposal coming in the near future from my soulmate. I spent about 18 years in mortgage leading and behind a cubicle desk, till I decided to jump head first into direct selling, 3 years ago. Within a year of joining I hit the top 2% of the company, earn our paid for vehicle & was able to walk away from my corporate job. All within just 1 year. Joining my direct sales company, gave me the inner confidence and skills to pursue my new chapter in business. I started my LLC “The Niche Networker.”
How did you get inspired to start doing what you do as an influencer in your industry?:
Honestly, direct selling on social media is what kicked off my passion and the discovery that I can make a BIGGER impact with my words and personality on social media. After conquering some BIG goals with my company & learning how to network & growing genuine relationships I learned how to leverage social media & it was time to pursue more. Thus, kicking off 2019 with my new business “The Niche Networker” and helping small businesses grow organically using social media platforms.
We often have a book, podcast, video, or event that stands out to us and is instrumental in shifting our perspective in business. Do you have one that has been a significant impact for you moving forward? If so, can you share?
My boyfriend gave me a book for Christmas and I was glued to it. You see, I’m a softy with a good heart and I needed a good push to help me grow my business cap strength and this book really helped me out of my fog and gave me inner strength “The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck “ by Mark Manson. You can fill in the last word.
What are some of your biggest lessons learned over the years and what are you applying to your business today that is working for you?
Leaving corporate world and becoming self employed had been one of my greatest victory and also biggest challenge. So, setting my alarm “aka my boyfriends morning cuddles” to wake up early, creating a daily schedule and setting my day up as if I have a office to show up for.
I also learned a great deal from direct selling. When you build a organization, learn to keep it 80/20 80% your personal growth and 20% on your organization. You must keep growing. As far as what I have learned most about starting my LLC, is surround yourself with several people who are more successful than you. Maybe mentors you can rely on, they will motivate you on low days, cause you are going to have them. Key, is to not stay in that place long. Accept the feeling and move on. I started working out more & it helped so much for me.
What has been your biggest challenge and how have you worked to overcome it?
Having a LLC is teaching yourself everything. It’s like building a new home. I’ve learned how to lay down the foundation, build the walls, roof and now I’m getting to decorate and pop my business into growth. It’s had its shares of frustration, times when I toss my hands in the air and say “am I cut out for this” and I remember where those thoughts come from and I release them and focus on my faith and that the Lord brought me to this season for a BIGGER purpose.
What’s the best advice you ever received?
“This too shall pass!”
When you hit a road block, it’s not forever. Your season will pass, so find strength in everything and know our Heavenly Father is walking next to you, trust in Him.
What’s your best advice for handling criticism?
Good one! Well, it’s going to happen, you can’t avoid it and it will most likely happen several more times in your career. I’m a Christian & wear my faith proudly, so my best advise is read a book called “Armor Of God” by Priscilla Shirer - it will help you on all levels of life.
What do you believe your true purpose is? What value and impact do you hope serve and give to others?
My purpose is to provide education to others. Either by my life experiences or career. I ask the Lord to use me to serve Him and help others see the value of pursuing their dreams. That you are stronger than you realize.
How do you structure your days?
Awe, good one!
Up by 7:30am
Knock out 10 things on my “to do” before 10am
Schedule networking events or lunches
Afternoon meetings and workout at the gym
Attend evening networking events or make some dinner
Socialize on social media in the evening and enjoy my time with my boyfriend and our two fur babies.
How do you find time to follow your entrepreneurial journey while juggling other life responsibilities?
This is the question - that crushes most dreams.
You have to be willing to give up most of your personal life. I worked a full time corporate financing job, commuted 45 mins each way and had a position in women’s ministry and still ran a full time organization in direct sales.
Your “WHY” has to be BIGGER than you.
You have to be willing to sacrifice personal things till you reach a level of success that helps you and your family reach bigger dreams.
What tools do you find indispensable in your day-to-day business?
Word Swag App is my aid in helping me make content. Also, in old school and use a Actual Planner - I just love using colors and stickers on my planner - Passion Planner is what I’ve been using for the last three years.
I’m pretty sure I was teacher in my pass life LOL
Social Media is such a gateway for influencer’s today. What platforms work best for you and why do you choose to use them the most?
I believe it depends on your target audience. So for me, it’s Instagram and Facebook. I’m about to ramp up my LLC on LinkedIn.
Millennials are all on IG, so I use that route for business and FB is great for anyone over the age of 35. It’s fun for me to be more conservative on FB and laid back on IG.
What are you tips for maintaining a present influence on these platforms and how do you encouraging continued engagement with your following?
Consistency, If you are not willing to make the daily time to engage with your audience and to help influence them, then what are you doing?
Take daily actions and connect with at least 20 friends a day. I post, interact and send messages to keep up with my followers and prospects in business.
What can people expect to see when following you?
Daily positive post, networking tips and education. Along with how to engage, best places to reach your audience and that I’m genuine. What you see, is what you get. Living my life to the fullest and grateful for what I have and what I’m aiming for.
What do you believe set's you apart from others in your same industry?
Nothing!!! We all put our jeans and leggings on the same way. I have a passion and by the grace of God, I said yes to a opportunity that changed my and it can yours.
What’s next for you?
Yes, I’ve sat on the board of FemCity a worldwide organization for business, entrepreneur women. Helps women with small businesses come together and help one another and amazing referrals. See if your location has a chapter, if not, create one. We did in Mckinney, Texas.
Lastly, what legacy do you hope to leave behind and imprint do you hope to make on others?
I’ve always said “if my post made a difference in 1 persons life, then all my fears of telling the world my life on social media, was all worth it.” The Lord is using me to make a positive impact on social media. So my legacy would be to give yourself the credit you deserve, walk in faith, trust in Him and pat yourself on the back sometimes. You got this, your stronger than you realize.
Where can people find you?
Instagram Handle: @thenichenetworker
I’M WHITNEY KAY
JUST YOUR AVERAGE MOM, WIFE, AND MULTIFACETED BUSINESS WOMAN. I AM A SERIOUS COFFEE ADDICT, FOODIE, DESIGNER AND DEEP DOWN A LITTLE BIT OF A TECH NERD. MY PASSION? TO INSPIRE FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS TO PERUSE THEIR PURPOSE AND BUILD THE BUSINESS AND BRAND OF THEIR DREAMS.
TEMPLATES, OH MY!