Emily Vavra is an alpha female Entrepreneur who had a dream and went for it. This LA-based wellness leader and the speaker continue to pave the way for others as one of the top network marketing professionals. Since 2011, Emily has helped thousands of other entrepreneurs in building their own health, wealth, and financial freedom.
Emily started from humble beginnings: from being flat broke at the age of 23, she channeled her determination, knowledge, and talent for managing people into building one of the largest network marketing organizations to date. She made her first million at the age of 26, and today, she has helped more than 140,000 entrepreneurs find their own path to personal and professional success.
StarCentral Magazine recently caught up with Emily to discuss her journey to entrepreneurship and here’s what went down:
1. Could you please tell our readers a brief background about yourself and how you started your business? (if you have a bio already that would be perfect)
I grew up in a small town in Minnesota. I was working multiple jobs in my early twenties and I met someone who had the life that I wanted to live. I really respected her and her business and I asked her to mentor me and that’s when I started network marketing and started building my own business. I was 23, sleeping on a mattress on the floor of my apartment, and started with nothing but a vision board.
2. Can you describe your journey to success? When did you start? Did you ever imagine you would become this successful?
What I’ve done really well is I keep trying to get better every single day of my life by taking personal responsibility. It’s about getting my mindset better, getting my work ethic better, getting my skills better, and focusing on what I can control. I believe that’s why I’m where I’m at today. I have always had the hunger and the drive to continue to get better personally and professionally.
When you first get started you hope. I grew up with a single mom and hand-me-down clothes. I had never seen the ocean, never been on a trip, never been on a plane when I found this business. I finally had hope when I found this business. I was scared as well just like anything worthwhile there was a lot of fear too. I finally had a vehicle that I could get into and it would help me make progress because at that time in my life I felt like a hamster on a hamster wheel.
3. What is your main source of income?
Network Marketing with Isagenix.
4. What are you currently doing to maintain/grow your business?
What I’m doing currently is providing exceptional customer service. I’m doing a lot of supportive group detox challenges where I’m bringing in different people from Tony Robbins speakers, high-level Fitness coaches, and breathwork coaches. We’re really creating a collaborative effort to add value to people’s lives which in return increases my overall business. I am just being really cold in my messaging because people need Financial Freedom now more than ever and I have systems in place for my business to run very smoothly and it allows me to continue to grow it without being super overwhelmed.
5. What social media platforms do you usually use to increase your brand’s awareness?
It used to primarily be Facebook but now it’s definitely Instagram I just love it I love the stories I love you know just being able to be super interactive on there.
6. What is your experience with paid advertising, like PPC or sponsored content campaigns? Does it work?
I have never done it. With the launch of ItsEmily.com I might start using it. I teach social media training, attraction marketing, and I also teach people how to sell and get business from talking to people instead of putting a bunch of money behind a post. However, I’m not against it but in my 1O years, I’ve built a 9 figure sales organization without one sponsored ad.
7. What is your main tactic when it comes to making more people aware of your brand and engaging your customers? How did your business stand out?
I primarily speak from my heart and say things that people are thinking but they’re afraid to say. It has always been my approach because I always think about what I resonate with, and it’s real people. I’ve also tried to share what I’ve been through and my experience. At the end of the day, all I want to do is help someone live a better life and learn something new. I just want to breathe life into people and by doing that people connect with me. People like doing business with people they know and trust.
8. What form of marketing has worked well for your business throughout the years?
Word of Mouth Marketing – Someone has a good experience and then they tell someone about it. I also give keynotes in front of thousands of people. Speaking has been huge for me. People see me speak and then they end up following me and deciding if they want to buy from me.
9. How did your brand stand out from the rest of the other brands out there that is similar to your niche?
I take it really seriously and enough people in my industry don’t do that enough. I have treated this business like I have owned it from day one. Even though I am partnered with Isagenix, I have always acted like it is my own and with that, I became a student of the game. Whenever I do something I have to learn all about it. So, when I was getting involved with network marketing I was studying it. I stand out because I know a lot because I’ve learned a lot, then I give it all away.
10. What is the toughest decision you had to make in the last few months?
Restructuring my business – I had to let my old assistants go. I struggle with confrontation and I’ve needed help for so long that I finally realized that if I want to grow my business and scale my business, I have to hire a team. I can not do this alone. The only way that is going to happen is if I surround myself with a really good group of people who are good at the things I am not.
11. What money mistakes have you made along the way that others can learn from (or something you’d do differently)?
Three years ago I hired a mentor who I thought was going to help me get to a certain level. I didn’t do my due diligence as I should have and ended up pouring a lot of money into someone who did not match my level of integrity or values. I learned that the hard way and it was the biggest waste of my time and money.
12. What have you learned in the process of becoming wealthy that others can learn from?
I have learned that money does not define you, it only amplifies more of who you are. Meaning, if you are a bad person you are still going to be a bad person, you are just going to have more money. It doesn’t define you. Money is a tool and it’s all about what you do with it. I view it as a direct correlation to the lives I’ve impacted and I’ve learned how to manage it. At the end of the day when I die, I’m not going to be able to bring the money to the grave with me, but I will live on in the people that have learned from me and that to me is the legacy.
13. What new business would you love to start?
Its Emily.com – This has been a dream of mine and it’s finally happening. I have been serving individual people for the last decade now I get to serve the world. I am helping people with health, wealth, and mindset.
14. If you could go back in a time machine to the time when you were first making a name for yourself, what advice would you give yourself?
I would tell myself to have more fun. I grew up too fast and I tend to take things very seriously. I’ve been to some amazing places in the world and I can’t honestly say that I was fully present. I was always worrying about the next thing, so I would tell myself to be more present.
15. Do you have any favorite business-related or personal development related books that you can recommend to other entrepreneurs?
Secrets of a Millionaire Mind by T Harv Eker / The 4 Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz / Essentially by Edwin Mccain
16. What is the best advice you have ever been given?
To let my love for God change the world and not let the world change my love for God.
17. What advice would you give to a newbie Entrepreneur setting up their first business?
Find a mentor. Find someone who has already done what you want to do and go to them, work for them, or get in their environment. It will shorten your learning curve. That’s what I’ve done. When you can’t physically meet with them, read their books, watch their videos you won’t regret it.