Business Tips from Fred & Carrie Donegan


Fred and Carrie Donegan successfully achieved Diamond in just 56 days! Though they had been working with another network marketing essential oils company since 2005, the Donegans found that people who had never wanted anything to do with essential oils were eager to get involved with doTERRA. Fred says, “It wasn’t like we waved a magic wand and everyone jumped from one spot to another. Our team is a mix of those who decided for themselves they wanted a different option and those who have never even held an essential oil before but were drawn to doTERRA because of its mainstream appeal.”

The doTERRA brand and quality made a difference for the Donegans, but they definitely didn’t get to where they are without a lot of hard work and good business knowledge. Here’s some advice from them on how to grow your doTERRA business:

Build in a sustainable way

“Network marketing is about being in a network, which means that you have other people just like you doing what you do all day long. That’s really what makes it sustainable. That’s how we were able to do it so quickly. People understood that right away. Think of yourself as a coach. You’re putting them on a challenging path, and you need to call them regularly and say, ‘How’s it going?’ You need to be in contact with that person because you want them to succeed.” – Carrie

Make a change in 90 days

“If you’re going to make a change in your life, you have to do it one step at a time and you have to do it in 90 days. That’s always been our plan, to help people get healthier. It’s really effective. Instead of trying to handle six different health concerns, just pick one and focus on it for 90 days. If you focus on one at a time, then you’re not going to quit and you’re not going to feel like a failure. You’re going to have an experience that you can talk about with the next person.” – Carrie

Make your team accountable to their goals

“We’re not drill sergeants demanding things of people. People have enough worries in their day. When you create an environment that is comfortable and invite someone to share a personal goal, then they’ll not only share it, but they’ll stick with it. They’ve made a public commitment to you and a personal commitment to themselves. Those two work hand in hand to equal success. You need both elements. You have to be personally committed and you have to be publicly committed to someone who is encouraging and who will stand by you. When you have both of those things, you’ll have a huge success rate.” – Fred

Divide responsibility by ability

“Carrie is a guru in the oils. She knows so much and she loves the scientific side. She can tell you things that just make my head explode. I can’t even understand what they are. She knows that side, but I like more of the business side. I like taking to all those people and helping arrange them in a manner where they can help each other. “– Fred

“Fred is a dynamic person when it comes to building relationships and dealing with many different kinds of personalities. He’s one of 11 kids and it’s always been exciting for me because I’m an only child. I was raised under the guise of ‘it’s all you, do it yourself, nose to the grindstone, don’t ask for help,’ and that’s a very slow way to build a network marketing business. Fred has such great skills when it comes to helping people bring out their strengths, recognizing people’s talents, and helping them achieve their goals. He can help people work, build their careers, and stay focused and energized, and I can kind of be on my own a little bit more as a resource person. It’s a nice combination because we don’t do the same job and we stay out of each other’s way.” – Carrie

Results not typical. Average earnings are less. See doTERRA Opportunity and Earnings Disclosure Summary.

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