When Lilia Sixtos heard about Amway, she already had a career she loved. While it fueled her passion, it didn’t always fill her bank account.
“When Amway came into my life, I was appearing in musical theater and television productions,” Lilia said. “I had graduated college and was working in a career I loved, but not feeling secure in the money I was making.”
She and her then future husband, Alberto Mayagoitia, went to an Amway meeting with a group of friends.
“Amway was new in Mexico and people were so excited to share their stories about how the business was helping them earn extra income, more flexibility and a better life,” Lilia said. She saw more than an opportunity.
“I thought I could help others while I help myself,” she said. “That appealed to me.”
She started her Amway business, often traveling through the night to fit it into her busy performance schedule. As her business grew, Lilia made the decision to focus on Amway full time – but only for a few years. “I saw the potential and wanted to pursue it as I do all things: with passion,” she said.
During that time, she and Alberto were married and had their first child.
“I loved the flexibility of being able to work my business and travel with my daughter. It was exhilarating,” she said. “She went with me everywhere. You typically don’t have that flexibility in a traditional job.”
Focus on mentoring
After four years, Lilia’s Amway business had grown to the point where she could return to performing, taking only the roles she really wanted. She also turned her focus to mentoring others on her Amway team.
“I had a slow start, so that motivated me to be a mentor. I made it my mission to teach and encourage others,” she said. “I help them develop their business and leadership skills.
“Leading people to discover their true potential has become my purpose.”
While mentoring, she stresses the importance of education and training. It all helps you with your business, she said.
“I meet parents who didn’t finish high school and let their teenagers drop out, too,” she said. “But from my point of view, these kids may not be mature enough to go out into the world, let alone sustain a business.”
She also encourages Spanish-speaking parents to raise their children bilingually, maintaining their Spanish skills as well as learning English.
“Speaking two languages doubles your opportunity to grow your business,” she said. And if they continue their education and training, “their potential is limitless.”
*The average monthly Gross Income for “active” IBOs was USD $207 (in the U.S.)/CAD $186 (in Canada). Approximately 48% of IBOs in the U.S., and 52% of IBOs in Canada, were “active.” IBOs were considered “active” in months in 2016 when they attempted to make a retail sale, or presented the Amway Independent Business Owner Compensation Plan (IBO Compensation Plan), or received bonus money, or attended an Amway or IBO meeting. If someone sustained that level of activity every month for a whole year, their annualized Gross Income would be $2,484 (U.S.)/$2,232 (Canada). Of course, not every IBO chooses to be active every month. “Gross Income” means the amount received from retail sales, minus the cost of goods sold, plus monthly bonuses and cash incentives. It excludes all annual bonuses and cash incentives, and all non-cash awards, which may be significant. There may also be significant business expenses, mostly discretionary, that may be greater in relation to income in the first years of operation. For the purposes of the calculation in Canada, individuals who were IBOs for less than the entire year in 2016 were excluded. The IBO Compensation Plan offers monthly and annual bonuses that IBOs can earn in accordance with their contract with Amway. IBOs also may qualify for the Amway “Growth Incentives Program (GI Program), a collection of discretionary programs separate from the IBO Compensation Plan and that can vary from year to year. IBO eligibility for the GI Program is at Amway’s discretion. The GI Program is available only to IBOs in “good standing” and those whose conduct demonstrates high ethical and business standards aligned with the goals and objectives of Amway and its related businesses. Following are approximate percentages of IBOs in North America who achieved the illustrated levels of success in the IBO Fiscal Year ending August 31, 2017: New Platinum Conference 0.1853%. For more details on qualifying for the GI Program and other requirements, see information on Amway.com or contact Amway Sales. Before registering as an IBO, individuals should read and understand the Amway ™ Business Overview Brochure, which contains important information for those interested in becoming IBOs.