I recently decided to leave LuLaRoe for a new company. You can read about why I decided to leave LuLaroe but this post is about how to change direct sales companies with grace.
How to Change Direct Sales Companies with Grace
Making the decision to leave my current company in search of a new adventure is probably the hardest business decision I’ve made. It took me months of thought and planning to make the decision. Here are a few tips if you are thinking about changing companies:
Never bad mouth the company you’re leaving
This doesn’t make the company look bad, it makes you look bad. Take the high road even if there are legitimate reasons for leaving.
It’s highly possible that you and the company you’re leaving aren’t leaving on the best of terms. That’s common and okay but your community doesn’t need to know that.
Devise a strategy
Don’t just throw your inventory out the window and be gone in an instant. Give yourself and your community the chance to accept the change.
Changing companies can leave you feeling like a failure, or like a loss. Give yourself the time to process these changes and then devise a strategy to tackle the process.
Be honest with your community and yourself. If things weren’t going well or your past company didn’t fit into your plan anymore it’s okay to say that. But remember tip one, say it without badmouthing so you keep your dignity.
Express your gratitude to your community
It’s a sure bet that some of your customers will leave. Some of them were just there for the product you were selling. But even more of them were there because of you. Express to them your gratitude for their being part of your community.
Don’t announce you’re leaving and then take another six weeks to go out of business. Hold off making the announcement until you can be done with your old company in a short period of time.
And don’t train your community to only shop discounts by discounting for weeks.
Leaving your company can be a very difficult transition but it can be done with grace and style. As I make the transition to our new company I’m employing these same tips.