156: Don't worry about what others think - with Kelley Budinoff

About Kelley Budinoff

Kelley Budinoff is a personal jewelry stylist and has been working in the industry since 2011.  Following in her parents’ footsteps of business ownership, she knows what it takes to be successful.  Kelley has earned numerous incentive trips and awards including Top Seller, Top Recruiter, and Consistency in Sales.  She has also served on the Board of Directors with her current company.  Kelley resides in Oregon, Wisconsin with her family.


When did you know you wanted to own a business?

“so, growing up my father owned two restaurants and my mother had her own business doing art and craft shows. So, from a very young age, since birth, I had been around that element and being in that with my parents. I started to go to my dad’s restaurants after school…”


How did you become part of a direct selling company?

“so, I’ve always owned a business or have been my own boss in some respect and when my daughter was three a friend introduced me to a jewelry company. And I was like, you know I have a three-year-old, I don’t wear jewelry, but I love bracelets so maybe I'll start wearing bracelets again…”


How has your business changed with social media over the last 8 years?

“so, when I first joined the business and even the business I had before that. Social media wasn’t huge. I mean it was just starting to come about in different areas. And in our area, it just wasn’t really popular yet…”


Can you share with me your most successful or favorite networking story/experience that you’ve had?

“…we moved from Florida to Wisconsin last summer. And I was part of a networking group in Florida and they happened to have a branch in Madison. And so, I joined. And those women took me under their wing, and they helped me move into the Madison market, they introduced me to…”


How do you stay in front of, or best nurture your network community?

“so, I think it’s really important to show up. Whether it be in person or if you are doing online networking, show up consistently. Because if you are one of those who floats in and out once every six months people aren’t going to remember who you are, and they are not going to take you seriously…”


What advice do you have for the professional on growing their network?

“you need to ask for referrals. You need to have people who are willing to, like mine is product based so, maybe for me like when people take selfies and they tag me, and when they write a review about my customer service…”


Digital networking or traditional networking?

“well I’m old school, I think traditional networking has the opportunity to create the relationships that you need for lasting business. I’m all about social media and digital, but I really feel like in this day and age we all hide behind our devices…”


If you could go back 20 years, what would you tell yourself to do more or less of regarding your career?

“I would tell myself to go for it. Don’t worry about think or about what others are doing. A lot of my friends were professionals, they had 9 to 5 jobs and I was out pounding the pavement for my own business.”


What book are you reading right now?

“I do listen to podcasts, especially when I’m out walking. But I do love to read. I’m a business reader during the day and I’m a guilty pleasure mindless reader at night. I read like four books a month. But currently, I’m just finishing up Rachel Hollis’s, Girl Stop Apologizing.”


Any final words of advice for our listeners?

“there’s always going to be ups and downs and there’s always going to be months that you are so busy and then there are months where your calendar is bare. And I think when you figure that out and you run with that and you are prepared for it makes networking and your business so much easier to manage…” 


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