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Independent Contractor Spotlight — Rodan + Fields Independent Consultant

Devin Murphy got her nursing degree in mental health, and after graduation, she took a job working with at-risk youth. But as she and her husband, Shawn, began to raise kids in rural Carpio, North Dakota, where he works on the family farm, the long hours and commutes took a toll. Devin then discovered the Rodan + Fields skincare line, and an idea took hold, almost by accident. What if she could find better work-life balance and still help others?

How did you get started as a Rodan + Fields independent consultant?

Devin Murphy: I was familiar with the brand, and I kind of just jumped in with nothing to lose. My skin was a mess. I had just had Parker, our son, and my skin needed some help. I had really never tried anything that had given me visible results. Within a few months, I saw a huge change in my skin. All consultants join Rodan + Fields for various reasons. But I honestly started because I wanted a discount on the products. It really kind of snowballed into helping a few family members and close friends and coworkers whom I knew would love the products and want to start businesses of their own. And it just kept snowballing into something way, way greater than I could ever have imagined.

How did consulting morph into a full-time career?

DM: Friends and family started to notice my skin, and I was really excited. I started to share about it without even knowing I was doing so. And, at the same time, I was working full-time at a residential treatment facility for youth. Just taking care of those sweet kids—I mean, I really loved what I did. But after working a long, emotionally stressful day, I’d get home, and really, my family got the leftover mom. I hated that feeling. That’s when I began to think, Well, what if Rodan + Fields could help me drop down to part-time?I just started working my business really hard. And then we had, Ryan, our daughter, and as our family grew and our needs changed, my heart was really being pulled to stay at home. And so now that’s what I do. I still fill in at work as needed, like if someone is sick or is having a baby.

What has this change been like for you?

DM: The freedom and flexibility are just incredible. It’s so different than having a conventional eight-to-five, where you show up and punch a clock. I work from my smartphone, wherever I’m at. I don’t need to “go” to work or sit at a desk. My husband farms, and I can be sitting in the combine having a burger with him, or I can be sitting in the playroom playing LEGOs with our son. I can work on my terms, which is really cool. I was on-call a lot at my other job and had to go at the drop of a hat. And with young kids, that was super-duper hard for me.

What do you like about being your own boss?

DM: I work as hard as I want to get paid. So that’s what I really love. I’m in control. If I want to advance, there’s no glass ceiling, and there’s no one telling me that I’m not getting a raise. I am not working for someone else’s dream.

What motivates you to do the work?

DM: It pushes me to just remember back to when I was feeling so burned out. I was running on a hamster wheel, like 400 miles an hour, not being able to breathe, and having cereal for dinner. And so on the days that I don’t want to work, when I’d rather binge watch Grey’s Anatomy, I really have to remind myself of the life that I want to build and really the legacy that I want to leave for my family, too. If I’m working really hard, it’s going to pay off. If I’m slacking, then maybe not so much.

What do you think the future holds for you with work?

DM: This is going to give me the option of deciding what I want to do. Maybe in five or ten years when the kids are in school, I might want to go back to nursing full-time. Maybe I won’t. Maybe this is going to be my full-time dream. Maybe I’ll be helping my hubby haul anhydrous tanks while I’m making my phone calls for Rodan + Fields. This is giving me options.

What advice do you have for others who might want to become independent consultants or independent contractors?

DM: Having your own e-commerce or turnkey business is just plain smart. Don’t let people get in your head, and don’t worry that people might think, She has a four-year degree and now she’s doing what? Don’t let anyone or anything hold you back. You know, you have to run after your dream.

(If you’re interested in selecting Devin Murphy as a your independent consultant, you can do so through the Rodan + Fields website, or you can DM her on social media. You can find the R + F income disclosure statement here.)