The weather is changing and those of us in network marketing are entering the busy season. Like any job or business, this industry comes with it’s own set of risks, so today I wanted to share with you a few safety tips to help protect you when you’re in unfamiliar homes and neighborhoods. You never know exactly what type of environment you’ll be walking into, especially if you’ve never met your hostess before. Also, you’re putting your name and contact info out there for the world to see. Anyone can contact you to make an appointment, which can set you up to be targeted. I say none of this to scare you, simply to make you aware of some risks that you may not have thought of. Whether you’re just getting started, or have been running your business for years, chances are there have been very few instances where you’ve felt threatened. Even so, the risk is still there and it only takes one time for you to be in a dangerous situation, so it’s best to be prepared anyway.
Let’s talk about events quickly first. Usually they are well attended and go smoothly with no incident, but here are a couple things to keep in mind:
- Parking – Make sure that your vehicle is parked in a well lit area where you cannot be blocked in. And be sure to lock your doors. I know you probably do this, but it can be easy to overlook, so double check!
- Exits- Is it an indoor or outdoor event? Do you know how to get out of the building or sectioned off area you’re in? How is your table set up? Can you get in and out of your booth space easily or are you trapped by tables and displays?
- Cash- Most vendors have at least a little cash on them for change. Be sure to keep your money out of sight, and try to avoid flashing it around as you’re making sales. By the end of the night you could have quite a bit of cash on you. Be careful as you’re packing up to go. Make sure your money bag is the first thing to go into the car and be sure to lock the car again between trips as you tear down.
- Protection- If someone were to attack you during an event (or right after), what would you defend yourself with? Pepper spray, stun guns and kubotans are all fantastic options for events. You don’t want to be firing off a gun in a crowd of people, but a non-lethal option protects you and others around you. (If you’re not sure what type of protection to look for, get my free guide to choosing protection by filling out the form on the bottom of this page.)
You spend a lot of time in other people’s homes, so let’s chat about some ways to protect yourself there.
- Location- Before you even leave the house, make sure you know where you’re going and decide what time you’ll arrive and plan to leave. Share this info with a few people you trust. (For example, your spouse/SO, a close friend, and your upline.) If you’re going to be leaving much later than you planned to, take a minute to let them know, but giving them the details will aid police if they need to look for you. Consider using an app like Life360 that tracks where you are.
- Arrival- Like with events, make sure that you won’t be blocked in by other vehicles if you can help it. (Sometimes it’s unavoidable, just do your best.) Lyndsey Jones from Party Plan Divas writes about this, and some other great ideas here. Once you’ve parked, take a second to snap a picture of your car in front of their house. Send it in a text to your 3 trusted friends. Again, this will aid police in the event that something happens to you.
- Guests- There is no reason to fear your guests, but it is a good idea to take a moment to look at them intentionally when you greet them. Pay attention to what they’re wearing, hair and eye color, approximate height, etc. If you see them drive in, pay attention to which vehicles they drive, and which ones were already on the street when you got there.
- Display- Keep your display simple so that you don’t have much to bring with you. If you need to leave quickly you don’t want to have a lot of things to pack up. Also, the less you carry, the fewer trips back and forth to the car you’ll need to make. Not only is this more safe, it also makes your job look easy to do, which is a plus if you’re trying to recruit!
- Instinct- Have you ever been around somebody, and something just felt off about them? There may or may not have been an apparent reason you felt that way, but I think we’ve all had that feeling from time to time. Listen to that feeling! If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t; even if you’re wrong, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Don’t be overwhelmed by these tips, pick one or two to work on first, and then add another. Again, I don’t post any of this in an attempt to scare you, that’s not my intent. Sometimes we overlook the simplest things that can make us vulnerable. (Yes, I still do it too, but I’m continually learning!) Which ones are you going to work on? Do you do these already? Leave a comment and let me know!