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Beth Schomp: Keeping It in the Family

By Olivia Overman

In 2012, Prince William Living introduced readers to Beth Schomp, a Woodbridge resident and “master juggler of motherhood and business.” A woman with business in her blood, Schomp’s entrepreneurial nature and her passion for helping people, continues to see her thrive.

Today, Schomp continues to work out of her home as a national director for a company she describes as “a debt-free $1.75 billion manufacturer of household consumer goods that focus on green, natural and organic products. They are also a registered pharmaceutical company that specializes in natural alternatives for heart health, diabetes, arthritis, and digestive health.” Asked why she continues to work for the company after 14+ years, Schomp said, “I love making a difference. Whether it be in a young mom’s household, whereby changing to our brand and getting the toxic chemicals from the competition out of the house, we can get her child off the inhaler, or an adult safely off their statin drugs, or reversing someone’s Type II Diabetes, I know I am improving their quality of life. I love helping them save money on an already tight everyday budget. We call it Wellness on a Budget.”

“One out of every 300 households in the U.S. shop at our online store so there is a lot of growth to be had. In our effort to keep prices low for the consumer, we don’t advertise.  Instead, we offer a lucrative referral program to customers to help spread the word. And that’s where I really feel my strengths are: helping others build a referral business that can truly make a financial difference in their households, without them having to sell product or carry inventory.”

But what has changed over the five years since we featured Schomp is the fact that both of her daughters, Kristyn and Taylor, now work with her. While not located in this area, both daughters help their mom expand and develop her online business. Back in 2012, Schomp spoke of how parenting was her top priority, and today her role has expanded to include the role of grandmother. Speaking about her oldest daughter, Kristyn, she said, “After marrying, Kristyn and her husband Ronald became missionaries and moved to Jakarta, Indonesia. There, she gave birth to twin girls.” Kristyn and her family now live in Florida, but she helps her mom with webcast updates and customer relations. Taylor, her younger daughter, is “developing the Nashville market, working for the same company that I do. I am having so much fun working with my daughters,” she said.

Giving Back

A dedicated volunteer, Schomp would always try to choose local groups that involved her children when they were younger, such as the Grace Baptist Church children’s choir and the ARC of Greater Prince William. Today, Schomp and her husband are busy traveling and working with their children and grandchildren, keeping her from being able to do as much community work as before. Her husband Russ continues the family’s charitable goals by volunteering as a Wish Granter for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, where terminally ill children’s wishes are brought to fruition. Schomp continues to contribute financially to organizations in the community, “but we really have not been able to volunteer as much as we like,” she said.

With her altruistic nature in full force, Schomp has made a success of changing people’s lives for the better. Through her business, she inspires people to find a purpose. “One of my favorite quotes is ‘God honors Big Dreams because Big Dreams honor God,'” she said. “I am a big believer in big dreams and big goals, but you can’t do it alone. You have to ask for help. Ask for direction. Ask for connections.  And know your “why.” Why is your dream/goal so important to you?  Your “why” should not be about the money. The money helps you achieve that “why,” perhaps. But the why is emotional. For a person trying to climb that corporate ladder and if it’s not working, maybe there’s a reason. Maybe it’s the wrong ladder. Maybe they need a Plan B to help them reach their “why.” Maybe it’s a young mom who wants to be able to stay home with her kids or pay down the credit card debt.  Maybe it’s the college grad that needs to pay down the student loans or the Baby Boomer who realizes they can’t afford to retire. These are the examples of where I like to make a difference in someone’s life: helping them reach their why.”

To learn more about Beth’s businesss, visit https://lifeonyourownterms.net

A graduate of American University’s School of Communication, Olivia Overman ([email protected]) is a freelance writer for both online and print publications.

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