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Leader in the Spotlight: Melanie Villanueva

Leader in the Spotlight: Melanie Villanueva

This leader proves that dreams really do come true when you focus and work hard to achieve it.

Name: Melanie Villanueva
Diamond Franchisee
*Member since 2014
"STRONG. KINDHEARTED. FIGHTER.”


How did you find out about Sophie Paris and what encouraged you to pursue a Sophie Business?
I learned about Sophie Paris when it was introduced to me by my workmate. I started as a consumer. I decided to pursue a Sophie business because I wanted to earn extra income.

How was the start of your Sophie journey? What were your fears and how did you overcome them?
I’m glad to share that the start of my Sophie business was great! I received a lot of orders because my customers already know the brand. At first, I was really afraid to be rejected, or worse be completely ignored. But I was able to overcome that by studying the business, the marketing plan, and the features of every product. This gave me more confidence when offering the products. Plus, I was able to make it easier for my customers to purchase because I deliver the products to them.

How did Sophie help you achieve your dreams and how did it affect your life?
Sophie developed me personally and professionally thanks to the regular orientations, meetings, Beauty Academy trainings and catalog launches held by our kindhearted BC Sta. Rosa Owner, Ma’am Jocelyn Morales. I gained a lot of new friends while helping them earn extra income, enhancing their knowledge about the Sophie business, and helping them develop into leaders as well.

Sophie also helped me financially by enabling me to provide my family’s basic needs. And best of all, Sophie made it possible for me to achieve my dream of traveling abroad! Thanks to Sophie Paris, I’ll be going on an all-expense paid Asian Cruise, plus pocket money pa! I feel proud that out of the many Sophie Leaders nationwide, I am one of the lucky few to be given the chance to join the cruise with some of the Top BC Owners of Sophie Paris Philippines. :)

What excites and motivates you to succeed?
What’s exciting about Sophie Paris is its generosity to its members. Sophie offers a lot of promos, freebies, lovely rewards, and of course, the opportunity to travel abroad.

Do you have any tips you want to share to other Sophie members who aspire to become leaders?
A few tips that I always share with others are, first and foremost, in everything that you do, always seek for God’s guidance. Be determined, madiskarte, and sabayan ng sipag at tiyaga. Focus on your goals and put your heart into everything that you do until you finally achieve your dreams.

What is your Sophie 2019 goal?
My Sophie Goal this 2019 is to hit my SLC targets and qualify again!

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Leader in the Spotlight: Divine Mamuad

Leader in the Spotlight: Divine Mamuad

Be inspired by this self-driven stay-at-home mom who has found fulfillment in her Sophie business!

NAME: Divine Mamuad
Gold Franchisee
*Member Since July 2019
“OPTIMISTIC. GOAL-ORIENTED. FASHIONISTA.”

 

How did you find out about Sophie Paris?
A friend asked me to try Sophie lipsticks and I chose Soft Matte Lip Color Navajo. It was a “love-at-first-glide” moment! I loved its texture and color so much that I posted it on my Facebook and a lot of my friends asked where they can buy it and how much it costs. So the idea to join and sell it myself came to mind. On my joining month, I was able to sell 25 pcs of Sophie Soft Matte Navajo lipsticks!

What encouraged you to pursue a Sophie Business?
I decided to pursue my Sophie business when I started earning just by using social media. My online selling business started and I learned that Facebook can also be used as a source of income. I was able to reconnect with friends and help them have their own business as well. On my second month, I got promoted to Junior franchisee and I discovered that aside from the 30% commission, I can also earn rebates, royalty bonus, and get gifts & freebies every time I hit the target sales. It’s fulfilling to know that I can earn while staying at home. This is a great opportunity for every housewife who wants to help their spouse with finances.

How was the start of your Sophie journey?
It was really fun and a no-sweat-job for me because it fits me. Trying different lipsticks is just a perk. I was able to save gifts for friends and relatives for Christmas and my love for fashion made my marketing strategy easy. I didn’t even realize that it’s already my first year anniversary as a member! Truly if you enjoy the things you do, you won’t notice time pass by. :)

What were your fears and how did you overcome them?
Honestly, I didn’t fear anything. I am aware that businesses have ups and downs, we just have to be prepared for every circumstances that may occur during our journey. Having a strong foundation helps. I have trusted friends and partners, and found new friends in Sophie who believe and trust me. Plus, having my family beside me gives me the strength to face all challenges. Being part of Sophie gives me the opportunity to shine and re-explore my passion for fashion while still having time to be a mother and a wife.

How was Sophie able to develop you personally?
I really think that Sophie enhanced my love for fashion and my leadership skills through the trainings and team building activities. Sophie also helped me boost my confidence and communication skills by giving me the opportunity to speak in front of an audience to share tips and inspire others.

How did Sophie help you achieve your dreams and how did it affect your life?
Sophie helped me discover a new side of me. I never thought that I could manage a business and it gave me more confidence especially when dealing with other people. It’s a great feeling when someone becomes comfortable talking to you because you have gained their trust and they eventually join your team later on.  

Sophie also changed my life financially. Many people say that having a single source of income is no longer advisable nowadays. Before, I would just wait for my husband’s salary and budget it until the next cut-off. But since I joined Sophie, I can now contribute to our expenses. It’s very fulfilling to be a hands-on and stay-at-home mom and be able to earn and buy things for my family without worrying too much about our finances. We were even able to travel thanks to my earnings! Isn’t that amazing?

What excites and motivates you to succeed?
One of the things that excite and motivate me is Sophie’s monthly promos because my team and I enjoy the challenge of reaching the target sales and encouraging each other to qualify for the promos. I am also motivated to succeed because of my family, my team, and my upline. I want them to be proud of me and I want to inspire them as well. I envision our team to reach our goals, become successful Sophienistas, make a name for ourselves in this line of business, and be an inspiration to others, especially to all stay-at-home-moms. I want them to know their worth and that they can do more even while they are at home.

Do you have any tips you want to share to other Sophie members who aspire to become leaders?
My advice is to keep motivated. Focus on their goal. Never compare your success to others because everyone has their own path. Develop your communication skills, which is most important when entering sales. Keep asking the guidance of the Lord and He will always provide. And don’t forget to enjoy!

What is your Sophie 2019 goal?
My #StrongSophie2019 goal is to build a stronger and more motivated team. I hope to be able to establish a Business Center (BC) and have a wider network. Though it may be a bit too early for me to be a BC but I’m setting it as my goal for my own motivation. I also aim to travel abroad with my family and my team. :)

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Leader in the Spotlight: Ruel Cruz

Leader in the Spotlight: Ruel Cruz

Find out how this proud Sophienista dad found himself managing a business that largely caters to women!

Name: Ruel Cruz
Age:     33 Years old
*Leader from BC Kapasigan
“PERSISTENT. DRIVEN. BELIEVER.” 


How did you find out about Sophie Paris?
My wife introduced me to Sophie Paris. She was just a consumer at first, then she eventually became a member. I saw how she earned extra income by selling Sophie products.

What encouraged you to pursue a Sophie business?
I decided to become a member when my wife invited me to go on a date. We went to KFC where a Sophie Catalog launching was being held. At first, I refused to go because almost all the attendees were women. But since I promised my wife, I had no choice. Plus, it was a date. In the said event, I met Ms. Eloisa Castor, the Owner BC Kapasigan. She discussed the member benefits, the member levels, and the rebates. I saw the potential of this kind of business and I had many questions that Mam Eloisa entertained. That same day, I decided to become a member.

How was the start of your Sophie journey?
I was lucky when my wife was offered the opportunity to continue the operations of the Sophie store in Tuktukan, Taguig. I agreed to manage the said store since my wife had a regular job. It was challenging at first, especially for me since Sophie products are mostly for women. I remember a funny experience when a customer asked for my opinion on what lipstick shade would look good on her and I had no idea what to answer! I called my wife and she laughed at my dilemma.

What were your initial fears and how did you over­come them?
The start of any business is always uncertain and there’s always the fear of “What if I don’t succeed?” But I learned to focus on our business and study it. READ, LEARN, AND EARN. I always attend Members’ Orientations, and SLC Trainings to learn more. I learned a lot about the Sophie business through the B.O.S.S. I read and study the guidelines so I can discuss them to my customers and encourage them to be a Sophie Member.

How has Sophie helped you achieve your dreams and aspirations and how has it affected your life?
Sophie helped me develop into a leader. My dream was to operate and have my own business. Sophie helped me achieve that dream and at the same time, it gave me the freedom of time. Wala akong boss. I just communicate with my members thru text or messenger. Time is important to all of us and having my own business allows me to have more time for my family and to do Church duty. God first before anything else! These are the reasons why I will continue to work harder on my Sophie business.

What excites you about Sophie? What motivates you to succeed?
My family is the answer to all of my biggest WHY?’s: Why should I continue? Why should I succeed? Even in hard times, my family is what motivates me to move forward. On top of that, the incentives that Sophie gives their  hardworking members, having more ways to earn, and being given opportunities to help others develop their leadership skills are also very motivating for me.

Do you have any tips you want to share to other Sophie Members who aspire to become Sophie Leaders?
If you want to be a leader you must be a good follow­er. Walang magaling na leader kung walang magaling na downline.

What is your Sophie goal this 2019?
More Sophie Stores (BC or Sub Center)  with my business partner Mam Merle Tulayan (BC operator of SOPHIE-ROSARIO).

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Leader in the Spotlight: Noemi Fernando

Leader in the Spotlight: Noemi Fernando

Be inspired by how this mom was able to achieve the perfect balance for her family, her business, and her personal growth.

NAME:            Noemie Fernando
Age:                 36 years old
*Member since September 2018
“FAMILY LOVER. MADISKARTE. SUPER MOM.” 


How did you find out about Sophie Paris and our products?
I first heard of Sophie Paris back in 2005 and I remem­ber buying and using the products, but I never had the interest of becoming a member. On September 2018, I bought a Sophie bag from a friend for personal use and she invited me to become a member. My friend also started introducing Sophie to other possible recruits and upon seeing this, I started to like the idea of recruiting members to be part of the wonderful world of Sophie, which ultimately led me to become a Sophienista.

What encouraged you to pursue a Sophie Business?
There’s something in Sophie that pushed me to become an entrepreneur. Seeing your recruits have a business of their own by selling our high-quality products that are well-loved by many, and experiencing how recognition is generously given to efforts and achievements encour­aged me even more to introduce the business to other people and pursue a Sophie business.

How was the start of your Sophie journey?
It was great! I started as a consumer and small dealer of Sophie products. Upon meeting our Sophie Paris Zamboanga Business Center Owner, Ma’am Carissa, she immediately motivated and inspired me to start a business with Sophie, to which I gladly followed. With my eagerness and passion, I became a Junior Franchisee on my first month of being a member, and later I also became a Silver Franchisee.

What were your initial fears and challenges and how did you overcome them?
People would turn me down. I believe that one of the challenges is when people doubt you and the Sophie business which will eventually lead them to reject you. “You can never please everyone,” that is what I always tell myself. If others won’t believe you and what you do, then accept it. Negativity will never lead to anything good. If you ever experience refusal from other people, accept it and don’t let such negativity get the best of you!

Do you feel that Sophie was able to develop you personally and professionally?
Sophie did not only help me grow professionally as an entrepreneur but it also helped me to be the person that I am now. Recruiting new members, selling products online and live, and being recognized by Sophie as a great influencer and leader molded me into a flexible and strategic entrepreneur. This made me realize that even as a housewife I can become successful and I can inspire other moms to become successful too. Participating actively and enthusiastically in Sophie Pink Tent events made me become a better public speaker. I may not speak English fluently but I can share the world of Sophie to others through such events.

How has Sophie helped you achieve your dreams and aspirations and how has it affected your life?
Before meeting Sophie Paris, I was ready to teach in TESDA, the salary of­fer was fair enough. I thought that in the long run, such job will make me miss out on my family and I wanted to have time for them and bond with them. Fortunately, Sophie helped me achieve this dream! I still work but Sophie does not demand me to give all my time to them – I still get to spend more time with my family. Also, having a Sophie business opened my eyes to new fashion trends (i.e., bags, makeup, etc.), and I gladly embraced such change! I also get to inspire my members, friends, family, and fellow moms and affect positive change in their lives.

What excites you about Sophie? What motivates you to succeed?
Everything! Aside from the rewards, the opportunity to meet different kinds of people with different backgrounds excite me because this means that I get to share Sophie with more people. Sophie never fails to make me feel appreciated. The feeling of having a package delivered to my doorstep is always exciting and unreal, it feels like a dream! My family, especially my loving husband, is always there to motivate me and support every endeavor I wish to take. The eagerness and enthusiasm of my mem­bers to introduce Sophie to others also keeps me going; they remind me that Sophie needs to be shared to everyone. 

Do you have any tips you want to share to other Sophie Members who aspire to become Sophie Leaders?
Never compare yourself to others but let their achievements, hard work, enthusiasm and passion inspire you. Through hard work and your own ability, you can achieve just as much. Always remember if it’s meant for you, it will happen and your hard work will all pay off if you just have faith and trust in the Lord.

What is your Sophie goal this 2019?
Since joining Sophie, I have been God’s instrument in sharing the won­derful world of Sophie to others by inspiring and motivating people to work hard to achieve success. As a certified Sophienista, I aim to continue to be a great influencer and leader, so that someday a network of leaders will remind everyone that anyone can be successful through effort, enthu­siasm, and passion in Sophie! #StrongSophie2019

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Leader in the Spotlight: Cindi Labucay

Leader in the Spotlight: Cindi Labucay

Find out how this young Sophienista was able to achieve her Diamond Franchisee status in a matter of months!

Name: Cindy Labucay
Age:    28 years old
*Member since 2018
“OPTIMIST. FIGHTER. MADAME SOPHIE NG BAYAN.”

How did you find out about Sophie Paris and our products?
I first heard about Sophie Paris back in high school and I remember I saved up for a sling bag worth 499 which I still use up until college. Then after 11 years, a friend introduced me to our instant bloomer product, the Sophie Magic Pink Cream which I grew very fond of. This led to my rediscovery of Sophie Paris and me becoming a certified Sophienista.

What encouraged you to pursue a Sophie Business?
I have been offered other business opportunities but I was only able to see myself with Sophie Paris. The brand was able to capture my heart! On top of that, the excellent product quality and trendy designs were great encouragement for me to pursue a Sophie business because they are very easy to sell. Having a very accommodating and understanding Business Center, BC Abulug, and having my happy and loving SOPHIE with CINDI members, also keep me motivated to continue pursuing my Sophie Business. Their trust and belief in my leadership combined with the amazing support of my family and my boyfriend, Neil, fuel my passion further and encourage me to keep on going.

How was the start of your Sophie journey?
It was fun! On my fi rst meeting with our Area Sales Manager (ASM), I actually bought 100 Starter Kits! I am really determined to share this wonderful business. With my enthusiasm, I became a Silver Franchisee on my first month, Gold Franchisee on my 2nd month and Diamond Franchisee on my third month! Also, only Sophie Paris made me post and sell products online which never in my wildest dreams did I think of doing before.

What were your initial fears and challenges and how did you overcome them?
Rejection. I believe that the hardest challenge that you’ll ever meet is rejection. I have shed a lot of tears and heartaches not only at the start but throughout my Sophie journey. It may be hard but the satisfaction you get after overcoming challenges is priceless. So if you ever experience rejection or failure, just pray, stand up and fight again!

Do you feel that Sophie was able to develop you personally and professionally?
Everything I did and still do for my Sophie business help me grow not only as an entrepreneur but as the person I want to become. Recruitment activities make me more versatile in dealing with different people. Online selling and live Sophie promotions gave me room to be more creative and discover strategies on how to please the market. And my most favorite activity, the catalogue launching, inspires me because I get to award achievers from previous months. These activities add to my determination because they show the results of our hardships and I am very eager to share the success with my sissies, memshies, and madams (how I call my recruits).

How has Sophie helped you achieve your dreams and aspirations and how has it affected your life?
Before I met Sophie Paris, I was managing a plant shop and a coconut business. Being in the field means a lot of sun, dust and sweat, which made me somehow dream of a glamorous business where I get to look fabulous. Luckily, Sophie helped me make that dream come true! I still work in the farm but now with fashion – I always look fab thanks to my favorite Sophie lipstick and Magic Pink! Also, since having a Sophie business, I was able to widen my network, gain a lot of friends and meet a lot of acquaintances. I also believe that the instant glow from my favorite Magic Pink helped me exude more confidence and led me to find myself in a good relationship.

What excites you about Sophie? What motivates you to succeed?
Everything about Sophie actually thrills me! Aside from the profit, Sophie is very generous in recognizing your achievements, no matter how big or small they may be. Sophie provides rewards and prizes for every effort. I love how it feels when I order via e-Sophie and receive my purchases in a package. It feels like I just received a gift or a balikbayan box, the happiness is surreal.

Do you have any tips you want to share to other Sophie Members who aspire to become Sophie Leaders?
Don’t ever compare your achievements to others. Focus on your goals, work on it and strengthen your faith and trust in God. I assure you it pays off.

What is your Sophie goal this 2019?
When I joined Sophie and saw all the achievers and leaders’ testimonials, I promised to myself to someday be featured in Sophie Paris too! With God’s grace and the brilliant Sophie Paris team, I have reached my goal too soon! But I will not just stop there. I aim to continue influencing and growing my network so that someday, we will be painting not only the Philippines but the world with pink! #StrongSophie2019

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Leader in the Spotlight: Rochelle Cruz

Leader in the Spotlight: Rochelle Cruz

Meet our "raketera" single mom from Alabang whose passion for fashion and pure motherly love paved the way to a successful Sophie business.

NAME: Rochelle Cruz
AGE:   42 Years Old
*Member since 2017
“SUPER WOMAN. RAKETERA. FASHIONISTA.”

What encouraged you to pursue a Sophie Business? 
The first Sophie event I attended was a launching of the August 2017 Catalog where I met the BC owner, Ms. Ron­alyn Guntang. Hearing their Sophie success stories, witnessing how Sophienistas are doing, and seeing the actual Sophie products were great motivation for me to pursue a Sophie Business. Impressive indeed! 

How was the start of your Sophie journey?
At first, I was hesitant to sell or offer Sophie products. I’ve been selling products and services before but only the ones that I have been using and can prove are the best. So I tried the cosmetics myself and showed the catalog to some of my friends. It was good! Then I found out about the Sophie Leaders Club. Yes, it was challenging, but the rewards were remarkable!

How did you overcome the challenges you experienced?
Every time I felt down or rejected, I would pause, pray, and seek guidance not just from God but from my mentors, Ms. Ronalyn Guntang and Ms. Beth Leynes, as well. The Lead­ers Meetings and training sessions helped me a lot. What I learned from them helped me stay focused, be consistent, and stay motivated.

Do you feel that Sophie was able to develop you personally and professionally?
Yes, a lot! Being active in recruitment, attending catalog launches, meetings and training sessions developed me to become the Leader I am now. 

How has Sophie helped you achieve your dreams and aspirations and how has it affected your life?
One of the hardest things as a single parents is leaving my kids because I have to work. With Sophie, I am able to earn and be with my kids because I can work online using social media to promote Sophie products. Sophie really helped me a lot and I would say that it is already in my system. I carry Sophie everywhere I go. Either I sell or encourage people to join. Once I start talking about Sophie, I find it hard to stop! I find the thought of growing my business and earning more very motivating. Building a strong network, developing and inspiring more leaders is truly exciting for me.

Do you have any tips you want to share to other Sophie Members who aspire to become Sophie Leaders?
To members who want to become Sophie Leaders, always believe in yourself. Believe that you can. Be consistent. Be focused. We all have our time to shine like a diamond, but we have to pass thru that polishing process first in order to shine. Trials and challenges will always be there but they are part of the process.

What is your Sophie goal this 2019?
This 2019, my goal is to develop more leaders and build a stronger network. I always believe that what I share comes back double. Sharing Sophie and developing more leaders means success and more earnings for all of us.

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