Monica Smith Tell us a little about yourself and family life.
I am married to a wonderful man named Jeremy, and we will celebrate our 14-year wedding anniversary this winter. We have 3 beautiful girls. 9-year-old twins, and a 3-year-old in Heaven. We are active in our church and in our community. We live in the suburbs of Kansas City, Missouri. We love it here!
Tell us about what appealed to you to join EBW.
I was praying and searching for an opportunity that would allow me to leave my full-time desk job as an accountant to be home more with my kiddos. One of the twins has a heart condition that requires a lot of medical care and I was having a hard time finding a job that didn’t mind if I was not at work that much … go figure?! A friend of mine had recently joined EBW as an Independent Rep. She posted on Facebook about the business opportunity the same day I was going to sign-up with a different direct sales company. The minute I saw that post, I knew I had finally found what I had been praying for! I loved the fact that with EBW I could make money for my family but also help women find something they really need and could really use – a great fitting bra! I have never sold anything before, so I was a little nervous at first. I decided if I was going to do this as a career then I was going to be ‘ALL IN’ as they say.
You recently just experienced your first Essential Bodywear Annual Bra-Vo Conference, how was that experience?
I wasn’t sure what to expect. I went there thinking I would learn some new things about the business and about our products. I left with so much more though! I not only learned a ton about how to run my business smarter, but also gained so many new friends in the process!
How do you balance work and family life?
I try to get my kids involved as much as possible. They are very good marketing people! They tell everyone about their mom’s bra business! They even tried to name my business – Monica’s Classic Boobs. Ha!
What has EBW meant to you?
This will sound cheesy, but I will say it anyway … In August of 2015, I honestly didn’t know which way was up or what to do next in life. I found myself lost with nothing to do all in one day. Now I know I’m still a mom, a wife, a household manager, and everything else that comes with that … I am happy to be those things but I didn’t know what the Lord wanted me to be doing with my time during the day. I saw my life as going one way, but instead I found myself with tons of time to spend and not much to do. I volunteered a lot and loved it, but unfortunately one can’t support their family with no wage. Next, I took a desk job for something to do and to bring in extra money for the family budget. I hated it. Every second of it was torture. I had never said YES to doing direct sales before, though I had been asked a zillion times. I wanted something different. Something needed and not just more clutter. Enter Essential Bodywear. Here is the cheesy part – I have found so much joy in my new bra business. I know I am not only making an amazing living doing it, but I am also helping other women. I have had so many women reach out and tell me how beautiful and more confident they feel inter Essential Bodywear bras or undies they purchased from me. It makes me smile and feel like I am really making a difference.
What is the one piece of advice you would give to a Rep who is just starting out with Essential Bodywear?
Glean as much as you can from other reps that are more seasoned in the EBW business. They all want to help and see you succeed which is rare in direct sales.
What are your goals for working with EBW?
My number one goal is to feel fulfilled in what I am doing … check! My second goal is to make at least comparable or greater wages than I did at my full-time desk job. So far … check!
What is one of your favorite quotes you live by?
I have a favorite scripture verse: I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13