Customer Spotlight on: Janet Novak
Posted by Tollfreenumber.ORG at August 21st, 2014
Janet Novak is a no-nonsense, straight-to-the-point kind of woman. “I appreciate the chance to tell my story but sometimes your features are too long,” she told us. “I’m a busy woman. I don’t have time for a lot of reading.” So to honor her request we’ve decided to keep her story short and sweet.
Janet sold jewelry out of her home in Naperville, Illinois and she’s became pretty successful at it. She started out back in 1993 while working at an office supply company located in Chicago. “I was a single mom who was looking for a chance to make some extra money and it seemed easy enough,” says Janet. With the help of her friend Anne Zaleski, a fellow jewelry maker (and also the person who nominated Janet for this week’s feature), she was soon on her way to a new career. What was once a side-job to make extra cash soon evolved into a full-time job. “Some women aren’t so good at selling but I’ve got a bit of a brash personality so I don’t take no for an answer,” she says with a smile. “I knew I was good at it so I threw all my time into it and was able to quit my job.”
Janet says that what really set her apart from the other women she knew was the full-time commitment to selling her products and bringing in new clients. “I would tell people the truth; tell them what looked good on them and if it didn’t look good, I’d tell ’em that too!” While other woman were simply throwing together beaded bracelets for their friends, Janet launched a full-on business. “I got a toll free number. Then I printed that number on thousands of business cards. And then I passed those business cards out EVERYWHERE,” she says. “Beauty salons, church, grocery stores, daycare, EVERYwhere,” she repeats, chuckling. The strategy worked. Janet’s name became ubiquitous with women throughout the greater Chicago area. But after a time she realized that she wanted more out of her phone service. “I wanted to up my game, so to speak, so I ported my 800 number to Tollfreenumber.org. It was great. I got voicemail, extensions, you name it.”
Though Janet has since retired from the business she still uses her toll free number. “I’ve downgraded back to a pay-per-minute plan and it suits my needs,” she tell us. “The grand kids call from camp in the summer. Friends in Florida call in the winter. It’s great to have.”
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