While it's not my life anymore, for almost twelve years, I was a small business owner with two fashion boutiques in Melbourne.

I was heavily pregnant with my first son when I remember looking at my husband and saying, "I don't think I can go back to work for my boss."

At the time, I was working in the rag trade. It was a harsh and demanding work environment, and to make matters worse, my boss was a tyrant.

Although I understood I was basically buying myself a salary, I decided to open my own boutique. The flexibility that came with being my own boss was conducive to the needs of my growing family, and the store's success allowed me to open a second location a couple of years later.

Lately, I've been trying to imagine what life would look like for me if I was still a boutique owner and was subjected to pandemic lockdown.

With fixed overheads and no income for weeks on end, how would I cope financially? Stuck at home with the worries and pressure, would I be coping mentally? Would I even have a business post-covid?

Comparing business models has really highlighted the value of what network marketing has brought into my life. I feel very, very grateful that we can still continue to work, continue to grow our business, and continue to make a positive impact on people's lives.

Even if people in network marketing are not making a lot of money in this economy, the fact that they remain connected with a community, and are being stimulated, physically and spiritually is valuable.

It's not always about the money, especially in these challenging times. I feel really blessed to be part of this community and meeting new women on a mission.

Together we are stronger.

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