ThriveMommas! I am SO excited to introduce you to another inspirational Momma, Kelly Schott, founder and CEO Momma of The Oil Dispensary. The Oil Dispensary was born of Kelly’s own journey to create a toxic free home. With The Oil Dispensary, Kelly takes the countless hours of research and product reviews she’s done for own family and guides the well-intentioned, short-on-time momma down a path to a toxic free lifestyle. Kelly’s coaching sessions help take all the guess work out of finding which companies are doing honest work and which products are in our families best interests. Best part? Kelly has designed a BUDGET FRIENDLY way to rid your house of toxins!
Kelly is a self-proclaimed “accidental mom-prenuer”. When I first spoke with Kelly two things were clear:
- She is truly passionate about bettering her family’s health and does this by continually learning better ways to live a toxic free lifestyle
- She has a gift for empowering and educating other women to do the same… WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK!
Kelly says that one of the things she loves best about being a woman business owner is that she gets to contribute to her family’s finances, all while being there for every drop-off and pick-up, every game and birthday party, every tear and tantrum, and every bedtime story with a sweet kiss goodnight.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Kelly recently:
First, tell us about your business:
For starters, I created The Oil Dispensary as a way to educate and inspire moms to make the transition to a more natural and sustainable lifestyle in order to ditch the toxins and harsh chemicals that are effecting the growth and development of our children. My goal is to make the process of living a cleaner lifestyle to be hassle-free, budget friendly, and full of support from a community of mother’s who are demanding a better life for their children.
Also, I suggest many ways to do this and educate women on how to be a more conscious consumer, but the easiest and most convenient way to create this lifestyle is through Young Living. Those families who choose to join our Young Living community are supported through a private group where we educate, share testimonies, and teach product hacks with our essential oils.
What inspired you to create The Oil Dispensary?
I started a Young Living business because I was looking for a better way to care for my family. At the time that I purchased my first starter kit of essential oils, I had just given birth to my second son and my husband had accepted a job that would require him to travel Monday-Thursday, leaving me home with a newborn and a 2 1/2 year old. I felt a lot of responsibility to make all the right parenting choices. I also had a vision for how I would raise my kids and the lifestyle we would lead, and that vision wasn’t being met by the products on the shelf of my local Target.
I’ll tell you, I knew nothing about essential oils when I got them. In fact, I was a major skeptic and I was half expecting them not to work. The reason I found Young Living is because a girlfriend of mine was using oils to care for her kids and the everyday life events that happen. I was curious! For the first six months my husband and I really put the oils to the test. We tried to use them for any and all situations that came up in life. With two young boys, a lot of things can come up in six months.
We used our oils for sleep, nausea, stress, skin irritations, digestion, mood, air purifying, bug bites, boo boo’s, you name it.
I was shocked! The oils worked for everything.
Here is where the accidental business came in to play.
As a mom, you know how crazy life is and the stress of caring for your entire household. If you found a product that was natural and healthy for your kids, was versatile in solving multiple issues, was effective and had no negative side effects, and made you feel good and confident as a parent, you would scream about it from the roof tops. Well, that’s pretty much how things started.
Remember, in the beginning I was still skeptical, but every time I used oils and had success I would share about it on social media. That’s what we do, right? Soon, I had friends asking what I was using and where they could get them. That’s where it started. Ever since then I have been sharing how I use essential oils and plant-based products from Young Living to care for my family and live a more natural and sustainable lifestyle.
What are some obstacles did you encountered along the way as you started your business?
Becoming an accidental mompreneur is not easy. I didn’t go to school for this. There was a lot I needed to learn, at least that’s what I thought. The beauty of a Young Living business is that a lot of the “business” stuff is taken care of by Young Living. They grow and distill the product, they hold the inventory and take care of the shipping, and they do all the billing and commissions.
What I needed to learn was how I was going to present my business, how I would educate my audience, where I would find my audience, and how I would continue to support my paying customers.
My challenges were in my organizational skills. I was not great with following up with my customers and assumed everyone would be as curious as I was and dive into learning about essential oils.
Also, I had to get over my own limiting beliefs about my influence and my power to lead.
Further, I had to learn to brush off skeptics and realize that I wasn’t going to please everyone. It was never my intention to have to convince someone to use essential oils or plant-based products. I simply wanted to educate and help those who were, like me, looking for a better lifestyle but felt overwhelmed by the process.
Have you found any mentors along your entrepreneur journey?
There are sooooo many mentors. Within Young Living there is a culture of “we are better together” mentality. This is a foreign concept in the traditional work place. I am part of a larger team that supports my business with ideas, marketing material, product education, and business building training. Because of the structure of the comp plan, my business succeeds when I support others in being successful in theirs.
Do you have any advice to offer to working mothers?
My advice to working mothers is to do what inspires you.
It is my experience that a mother that has an outlet to learn new things, express creativity, and contribute to a community outside the family, is a mother that feels confident and empowered and is fueling her self-worth. That is a joyful state of being that will ripple throughout the family, cause we all know,
“when mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.”
Phone Number: 858-335-7265
Instagram URL: www.instagram.com/theoildispensary
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