Leaving A Levels for America and the year out of travel I was looking forward to, I decided to earn some money to support this adventure. Working as an office junior in the family business I soon found that I was getting good at things, receiving more and more responsibilty and making a decent wage... so the University plans got shelved, the traveling time shrunk and I entered the world of mortgages and salaries. I loved what I was doing, and was really successful, becoming a Director in my early twenties. However the penny dropped and I realised that business owners tended to make more money than business employees... so I started out on my own, building a business around my passions of Snowboards, Bikes and Surfing. The retail world is a hard one, and I found I never had time to go snowboarding, mountain biking or surfing... so this had to change too. It was when I was traveling again (this time with my wife) that I remembered before all this 'business stuff' happened I had wanted to be a Fire-fighter. So, that's what I did and for 15 years I have worked in the Fire and Rescue Service. I have been promoted and I'm an Incident Commander and I love what we do... but I always had a niggle in the back of my mind about what the commercial world had to offer and where my business talents lie (under a bushel up to this point)!
Enter Forever Living Products and Network marketing, at a key point in my life. Key, because I realised that my government wages hadn't kept pace with inflation. I had effectively been getting a pay cut for 15 years. I didn't want a promotion, promotion would likely mean a desk and not Fire Engines! I din't want to start a new business from scratch because I couldn't spare the seed investment and early operating capital expenditure, I couldn't even look to afford a franchise, it was thousands of pounds I couldn't spare. So, I needed a free business, that was well established, with a high quality product or service, with ready made customers who would love the product and service and repeated purchase from me. I didn't want to spend all my spare time working, I wanted very part time... but more income than an £8 hour part time job would give me.
To cut a long story short... I got it! all my boxes ticked, I help people in three ways, in the Fire Service, with a great 'health benefiting' product offering and a great business with fantastic opportunities for all, with no barrier to entry and no ceiling to potential. I get to give more to my family without taking me away from them. www.etiennepatterson.com