I get asked many times each week about a freebie of my Abia Health One Week Trials. And to be quite honest for a while I gave away freebies to my “friends”. I always felt like I sort of had to do that because I knew someone from high school, church, whatever the case may be as to why we had met. I felt obligated to them for some odd reason – eve the ones who I had not seen or heard from in YEARS. Sometimes I even get random messages asking for freebies from unknown people through my blog or social media sites.
Here is the problem. When I did give out my products to try for free to these friends or to others they would disappear after getting their goodies – never to be heard from again! No feedback, no hey I got our package, nothing. Just POOF. Gone. I used to give out freebies in the hope to get feedback and future sales for my business – a business that supports my family, a business that pays our bills and keeps a roof over our heads.
Don’t get me wrong there are times I will still give a small sample but they are pretty rare these days. It is more a trade for a favor (such as when someone helped us move our furniture to our new house) or something that person has in exchange for what I have. Those situations are a win win. Sometimes I will say “IF” I have any left over after I handle my customer orders I can give you one. This however usually does not end up happening. Again very rarely do I ever have this extra stock on hand at any time so usually that freebie never takes place. I need to be prepared to fulfill my customer orders and I take pride in shipping their samples out the next business morning after an order is placed.
The other issue with this “can I have a free sample” is quite honestly this: I pay money out of my own pocket to have products on hand (no I do not get them free just because I sell it), to print the shipping labels with using my own paper and ink, to mail them with USPS which costs money.
I need to have those products available to get into the hands of people who want to try them out for the cost that it takes me to offer them. By giving them out for free I am basically giving away my money, my family’s money. If I gave out just one trial pack a week that would cost me around $1,144 of my family’s income each year (and imagine if it was multiple requests per week -yikes)!!! An income that again I will stress pays our family’s bills and keeps a roof over our head. This is my ONLY job. It is our lifeline.
To those asking for samples – what they fail to remember when they want free goodies is that this is my bread and butter – my business. If they owned a store or other business would I be able to walk in and say “hey can I have all of this for free?” Hmmm. Probably not. So why do people feel that just because I work at home my stuff is free as well?
I have had some say “I guess you don’t want my business”. Would you walk into a car dealership and ask for a free car in order to come back when you then want to buy one? Would you walk into a restaurant and say “I want a free dinner and if I like it then I will come back and buy a dinner and pay for it?” Okay so those are not exactly the same thing but in theory its the same basic principal or idea.
Besides that my products are valuable – they work, they produce results. They are worth more than nothing (and a freebie equals nothing – zero, zip, zilch, nada). What I do holds VALUE. If i were to just give out my stuff not only do I take money away from supporting my family I then place the value of my business at $0. On the flip side of that think about it – is your health worth nothing or are you willing to invest in yourself? I find that the people who get the freebies are simply just looking for a freebie – they have no reason to commit to making a real effort or a real change in themselves. Why should they – there was no commitment on their part – it was free! If they don’t put a little skin in the game they are not invested in making it work – pain and simple.
While I love my friends the truth of the matter is my business is just that, a business. Do I want them to get healthy, look and feel better – YOU BET I DO but I also need to be able to support my family and run my business without feeling guilty.
So I will continue to only sell my products at the prices set by my company. You can buy a sample pack, continue on to purchase more items, or you can feel free to pass on that and move to something else. That is your choice. But I have to run my business like any other business has to.
If you want a trial pack and choose to purchase them or my product line I thank you for your support of my business and taking the steps to better your body, mind, spirit and business. I am here to support you as your coach and mentor once you become my customer.
What I cannot do and will not do is give any freebies out anymore in that process.