Learning, Leading & Leveraging – Aruna & Thilaka Arunasalam
When Velauther and Thilakawathy Arunasalam (Aruna and Thilaka to their Amway friends) began their AMWAY™ business, Thilaka says her knowledge of the AMWAY business opportunity was limited. “I wanted some extra money, and so we started the business thinking small,” she says. “Our leaders mentored, inspired, and showed us the way with a lot of patience.”
“As we became more familiar with AMWAY products, IBO leaders, and the Corporation, we became better equipped to help others,” Aruna says.
The couple pledges their commitment to new Amway Independent Business Owners. We say, “Do what you can and we will do what you cannot. We will never quit on you. When a new person isn’t comfortable talking with others about selling and the AMWAY business opportunity, we help out with these conversations until the new business owner is ready to go it alone.”
The confidence they show today was not always there. “I was shy and didn’t speak to anyone,” says Thilaka. “Now I am more comfortable with myself and speaking to others. For us, life is richer – it’s changed in every way.” Thilaka says Aruna is a strong mentor today. People relate to his big, friendly personality and appreciate his straightforward, honest approach.
“We have a strong family bond that has grown stronger as we’ve grown the business through the years,” says Aruna. The couple has four sons: Aravin, 33, Anathan, 30, Anu, 28, and Abi, 16. “This business has given us the opportunity to financially take care of our family,” says Aruna. The couple extends their support overseas as well, helping two sisters in Sri Lanka pay for college and more family members displaced by the civil war and living in India.
Helping people is what they do now. “I believe this business can be done by anyone as long as they are willing to dream, have a learning attitude through mentorship, and want to help others succeed,” says Aruna.
The average monthly gross income earned by “active” IBOs was $115 (U.S.)/$181 (CAN.).
The percentage of IBOs who achieved Double Diamond and above qualification in FY08 was .0038%.
Based on an independent survey during 2001, approximately 66% of all IBOs of record were found to be active. “Active” means an IBO attempted to make a retail sale, or presented the Amway Global Independent Business Owner Compensation Plan, or received bonus money, or attended a company or IBO meeting in the year 2000.
“Gross Income” means the amount received from retail sales, minus the cost of goods sold, plus the amount of Performance Bonus retained. There may be significant business expenses, mostly discretionary, that may be greater in relation to income in the first years of operation. The success depicted may reflect income and investments outside the IBO Plan.
Diamond Income Disclosure