Lisa Nicole Cloud might be on Bravo’s Married to Medicine due to her marriage to physician Dr. Darren Naugles, but don’t think for one second she’s leaning on her husband’s assets. The entrepreneur is a savvy business woman who’s not only accumulated a net worth of $8 million, but has gone on to coach and inspire others into cultivating successful businesses. In a recent interview with MadameNoire.com, Cloud shared some of the advice she gives to budding entrepreneurs, the way she’s found success through direct sales, and how she manages to juggle it all.
“Very carefully,” she says about prioritizing her various business ventures. “But many of my business overlap, such as the fashion and Women’s Empowerment Network. I always look for ways for me to incorporate my business with one another. They all seem very different but they really aren’t. My motivational speaking and coaching evolved from my direct sales business, for instance. And the line of clothes for businesswomen grew out of my ‘Dress for Success’ coaching.”
“I don’t put limits on myself. I am very focused and I move all my projects forward every day,” she added. “But still, it is very, very important to focus on finding a balance and to make sure everything stays in the air. Also I have a wonderful team. I’m busy, but I’m loving it.”
Cloud credits her fortune to direct sales ventures and learning enough about the business to then coach others who see the potential to earn good money through it. While some may shy away from direct sales and telemarketing, Cloud believes it's a worthwhile path to follow.
“Nearly every major company is involved in direct sales, from Citibank to Hallmark cards. When you start to educate yourself about the industry you will see there is a lot of annual revenue generated from the direct sales business. Even Warren Buffett owns two direct sales companies,” she said. “Direct sales is one of the very few industries where you can make brain surgeon money without an advanced degree. I was in pharmaceutical sales making a six-figure income, but with my direct sales business I was able to retire from that and my husband was able to take a sabbatical. I became a millionaire through direct sales.”
Now she’s working on expanding her Women’s Empowerment Network to show women that they can be driven career women alongside being a wife, mother, and all-around caring individual.
"I don’t just want to foster financial growth, but spiritual growth. You can have all the money in the world, but if you are not spiritually grounded you will never be happy,” Cloud said.
To read her other tips for direct sales success and her biggest business lesson, click here.
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