Well, my name is Denise Walsh, and I have a beautiful 15 month old baby boy named Owen, and a wonderful husband named Brandon. We are blessed to both be able to stay home with him full-time and experience him growing, learning, and whining.
I grew up in Troy, MI where I was fortunate to have a very supportive and caring upbringing where I was loved on very much. I was the eldest of three children, and that sense of responsibility has definitely followed me into my adulthood.
We were very involved in the church growing up, frequently going on mission trips, and participating in lots of church events in and around the community.
As an adult, I cherish the fact that I learned to trust Christ at such a young age, and that my family made that a priority for me/us.
I have always had a genuine love for other people, and known that I wanted to work in a profession where I could truly help others and make a lasting impact. So, with that in mind, I earned my Masters in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College in Illinois, and started a career in the local mental health system.
During that time, I met/helped/loved-on thousands of individuals and I enjoyed many aspects of my career very much. However, the ever-changing paperwork and politics that come alongside this type of work can certainly burn a girl out – and FAST!
My husband, was in a similar position at his work during this time as well. Brandon, had always wanted to own his own business. However, choosing the “safe path” he worked as an aviation engineer for a well-known company for several years and now he was feeling stuck in cubical world.
Then, in 2007, we met some friends at church who had recently started working with a company that sold body wraps and Brandon immediately got excited about the idea of doing something different to make some extra money, and spice things up a little bit.
For us, it was perfect timing because we were really becoming beat up at our 9-5 jobs, and we had the extra time to put into a new endeavor.
My husband and I had never really done any kind of business like this before, and I think it’s important to let people know that being a network marketer in a new company, isn’t always easy. In fact, it took us a few YEARSto really get the hang of things, and start earning a decent income with It Works!
We began trying EVERYthing we could think of to get the word out: expos, approaching salons, writing letters to friends and family, and that’s when we started dabbling with marketing online as well…
And, to be honest, nothing worked at all for the entire first year. And, if it wasn’t for our amazing upline leader, Kami Dempsey, we never would have gotten off the ground and running.
Brandon, who had been building websites and learning about search engine optimization in his spare time, started getting prospects coming through his website! It wasn’t a ton at first (a prospect every week or so), but it as the break we needed to get excited and generate some momentum.
Soon enough, Brandon was getting dozens of leads each week through various websites, and we began distributing them to our team as well. With all these leads, and momentum, I began reading as many leadership and networking books as I could get my hands on.
Building a team, marketing, and everything having to do with business was really quite foreign to me. And, at that point in time, I was terribly frightened of calling prospects and the idea of trying to sell anything at all.
But, with time, as I kept stretching myself out of my comfort zone, and having some success, it became something that I really loved.
It wasn’t too long before the leads were too much for me to handle, and I had to start getting ‘systems’ in place that were duplicate-able.
Fortunately, it was about this time that I had some amazing leaders join my team (Nikki Moore, Anna Godfrey, Danielle Vernon, Amanda Cassanova), and together we were able to brainstorm the best methods for connecting/training/communicating with these leads from all over the globe.
In the meanwhile, Brandon had been working on his system of distributing the leads (theleadspinner.com) with his good friend at firelitdesign.com (Eric Bigoness). His system ended up being a tremendous blessing to our team, as now we were able to allow our distributors to get interested leads throughout our downline, and that really allowed us to duplicate the success we were having personally throughout our organization.
We are loving every second of our time with It Works Global… wrapping the world!
As of today (6/2012), It Works is experiencing massive, exponential growth, and we can barely keep up. During the first few months of this year, we had growth of over 400%, and saw tens of thousands join the business.
DISCLAIMER: It is not typical, nor should anyone expect to make any money at all because they join It Works Global. Our success was not ordinary, and was the result of lots and lots and lots of hard work.
If you are still reading all this, and you haven’t made the decision to join It Works! yet, then what are you waiting for! We have been given the greatest blessing these past two years… our freedom. And, we want to help you do the same!