Dear friends who sell things,
Remember when we were just friends? When we would talk about how our day was, when we’d grab coffee and talk for hours? Maybe go for a walk or watch a movie?
Can we still be friends? I don’t want to be your friend…and business partner. Or friend…and customer. Or friend…and financial supporter. Just your friend.
I think I understand the appeal behind selling things. It’s something to do…you can have an extra income…you can improve people’s lives (not sure I buy into that one yet)…maybe make new friends. I’m sure it’s fulfilling and fun.
I don’t care if it’s Norwex, Mary Kay, Thirty-One bags, Usborne Books, Mary Kay, Lularoe, essential oils, or Steeped Tea. Yes, I know you’re committed to your products, and I sincerely think I could enjoy the product or lifestyle you’re getting behind, but the product isn’t the problem.
I just need to know that if I never buy something from you we can still be friends. Will you still contact me aside from when you have a party or sale coming up? Because I liked you for you before you started selling things. I liked you more as a person than a consultant or dealer.
I love that you have found a product at you love, and maybe even a business model or philosophy you get excited about, but at this point in my life I have no desire to sell anything. I know I’m a stay at home mom and have the time to start this as a hobby, but this just isn’t for me. I can’t personally justify selling things to my friends (even if they are amazing). For now, I’m slowly learning to be content as “just a mom.” Maybe someday I will join your ranks, but for now, could we just be friends?
Your friend who’s turned you down a dozen times and feels mega guilty and a little sad
P.S. I know where to find you if I ever need more makeup, books, cleaning materials, bags, tea, etc. 😉 Trust me, if I want it, I will find you.