Valeriy and Nadia Solodyankin
A full life – If you feel you don’t have the time it takes to pursue your dreams, consider the daily commitments of Valeriy and Nadia Solodyankin when they opted to change their lives, by starting an AMWAY™ business.
The couple, emigrated from Siberia, had six children. Nadia worked full time at one school while working part-time to help launch a new (Russian language) school and taking care of her recently paralyzed mother. Valeriy was working in the construction industry full time.
Although the choice was vastly different from what they had known growing up – in the former Soviet Union, people worked for the government, not for themselves – Valeriy knew another Russian immigrant who had started an AMWAY business and reached Executive Diamond. He decided, “If he did it, I can do it, too!’”
Spreading the word
“We just started spreading the word to our friends and people around us about how good the AMWAY products were, and that’s how we started building our business. For Russians, beauty and health are very important,” says Nadia, “even more than money! I could see a difference in my skin after using ARTISTRY® Night Crème,” said Nadia. “We like clean houses, too,” adds Valeriy, noting that L.O.C. Glass Cleaner is an item he likes to show off. “When people smell it, they’re sold.”
The success they achieved through “hard work and following the Golden Rule” was not lost on their children, Anastasia (Platinum IBO), Max (IBO), Anna, Valeriy, Jr., Anatoliy, and Andrey. “They are all so responsible, with good educations,” says Nadia. “We are so proud of them.”
Valeriy and Nadia are continuing their business education, too, through the Amway Learning Center. “It’s a great help to new people or people like us who just want to learn more,” says Valeriy. “The Company wants us all to succeed, so they put out the best of the best practices, plus testimonials, commercials, all kinds of things.” “And now they’ve started doing webinars in Russian, which is wonderful,” adds Nadia.
The couple encourages their downline to build balanced businesses. “We tell them it’s like being on a boat with two paddles; one represents products, the other mentoring. To move ahead, you need to use both paddles; if you only use one, you’ll just go around in circles.”
With all the blessings they’ve had in this country, the family feels strongly about helping the less fortunate, especially in their former homeland of Russia. Last year, they bought 400 Christmas presents for underprivileged children there. “It’s not until you start giving things away that you start living a full life,” says Nadia.
For us, the most rewarding part of this business is watching other people reach their goals. Valeriy Solodyankin
The average monthly Gross Income for “active” IBOs was $202.
Approximately 46% of all IBOs were active.
U.S. IBOs were considered “active” in months in 2010 when they attempted to make a retail sale, or presented the Amway IBO Compensation Plan, or received bonus money, or attended an Amway or IBO meeting. “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. There may be significant business expenses, mostly discretionary, that may be greater in relation to income in the first years of operation.
The approximate percentage of Direct Fulfillment IBOs in North America who achieved Emerald status in FY10 was 0.0281%.
Diamond Income Disclosure