People Who Prosper is pleased to announce our new segment, A Day in the Life of… Series. In addition to featuring successful business persons, we will be featuring work-from-home business owners, chronicling a typical day in their life. This segment is to help those CURIOUS and perhaps INTERESTED in a career change.
Our first A Day in the Life of… feature entrepreneur is Shakirah Karim. She is a Seacret Agent by day..and by night. Shakirah is a successful distributor with Seacret Direct. Seacret Direct started about two years ago, branching off of their kiosks in malls. Shakirah and her partner Felipe have jumped right in and are steadily moving up the ranks. 007 couldn’t touch her as she rises to the top in this company. So, watch your back as you read A Day in the Life of…Shakirah Karim, Seacret Agent.
1. What do you do and how long have you been self employed ?
My background is in public relations/Marketing and I’m currently a partner in a few small businesses. I’ve been self employed as a network marketer for 6 years and for the past 2 years my main focus has been as a SEACRET Agent, an independent partner within the community of Seacret: an established retail brand now converted into a network business model.
2. How did you find your business and what made you decide to become self-employed?
I was introduced to SEACRET by a few close friends. They had been inspired by products and had come up with a new concept that would redefine the Seacret brand. They developed a system where instead of chasing people at the mall through high pressured kiosk sales, they could WOW them in the comforts of their own home. Today, with still less than 30,000 agents within the entire company (US, Canada, Mexico, South Korea) and more international capabilities there is so much more growth we’re going to experience and those that take action and position themselves now while we’re doing less than $5 million a month will be reaping the many rewards once we reach $100 million mark!
3. What are your daily success, productive, personal development and/or family routines? Explain a day in your life: Morning. Afternoon. Evening.
My daily routine consists of waking up, walking my dog, reading a few pages of the Bible. Then I spend 30-45 minutes doing personal development, I just finished reading Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude by Napolean Hill and I’ve just started reading The Leader Within by John C Maxwell. I try to make it to the gym at least 4 times in the week. I make sure I start my day off right and continue to working on myself inside and out. Creating good habits like these help you develop in business and in other areas of your life. The remainder of my day consists of a mixture of sharing the products with new people and helping new agents launch their business and helping them with their WOW parties. I work Seacret on a full-time basis so I will have 1-2 WOW parties a day. The majority of people that work with us are on a part-time basis, doing maybe 1 WOW party a week. I’m on a leadership hunt, we’re less than 25,000 agents, the top money earners coming out of Seacret haven’t even heard of this opportunity yet.
4. What are the biggest challenges in your business operations?
The biggest challenge that I face would have to be MINDSET. It’s something that we all struggle with not only in business, in our faith, in our life. What’s interesting, is it’s also the only thing we have control over. I can’t control what others are going to do or not do. But I can control how I feel, how I react and what action I take. I continue to work on keeping a positive forward thinking mindset. For the first time I’ve found a passion and purpose in what I’m doing and I’m confident on where it will take me and my family. Never forgetting where I’ve come from, I’m focused on where I’m going and how many people I can take with me.
5. What keeps you motivated to work from home or stay self-employed and not get an everyday J.O.B.?
I’m motivated by the future of this company. Seacret was a $800 Million powerhouse and to be a part of that moving over to the relationship marketing space has been amazing. What motivates me is that fact that we have WOW products that shows results, it’s sold in over 40 countries, and has only been open for less than 2 years. The timing of the company has made me want to work even harder. There’s no other industry that can provide me unlimited income potential and time freedom. And with Seacret I’ve been able to help other people realize their goals and dreams as well, because it’s not just what you do in your life but how many other people you can effect as well.
6. What advice would you give to someone looking to be self-employed?
What I love about this business is that it’s meant to be built part-time. You should be working full-time on your job and part-time on your fortune (your business). I think self-employment is the key to freedom. Having a part-time home based business that pays can give the average person choices. If you find the right venture and follow a proven system that part-time business could do anything from cover the bills to pay for that vacation or even completely transform your life financially. Once the income from your part-time business outweighs your full-time income you have reached freedom. Then you are in a position to choose where you want to spend your time. When deciding to start/open a business do your research, find something that will give you exponential return. With respect to network marketing if you want to build true leverage invest in a venture where there’s still an opportunity for growth and not in a company that has an already well established distribution. Mark Twain once said that success was simple: “Find out where everyone is going and then get there first.”