Andrea Olson – Making a Life, Not Just a Living

Posted by Rodan + Fields on Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Andrea Olson wasn’t looking for a change before opportunity transformed her world. She worked full time in HR for a fashion retail company, and she was extremely motivated. “At the time, I was really happy in my career. I was on track to climb the corporate ladder and I was excited about everything that comes with it. However, I knew that the danger of over commitment was real.” Andrea would soon discover a completely different career path that aligned her ideal of a healthy work life balance.

R+F Consultant Andrea Olson headshot

Adding to her living

Andrea was beginning to see a changing landscape in the retail industry when she was introduced to a brand new opportunity. Olivia Jeffers, a friend and colleague, told her about Rodan + Fields and Andrea was deeply intrigued. “To be honest, I was already aware that the shift to direct commerce was worrying retailers. When Olivia shared an opportunity to be part of the Doctors’ vision for bringing dermatological skincare into the home, it dawned on me. Someone’s giving me the chance to be on the side that’s changing! I wasn’t a skincare person and didn’t have any major skin issues, but the business potential was a driving force for me.”

Already fueled by an entrepreneurial spirit, Andrea signed on as Olivia’s first Independent Consultant in April 2013. From there they built incredible businesses that Andrea believes surprised both of them. “That month completely changed the rest of my life. I started my business and met my future husband, Robert, in the same weekend! At the time, I didn’t know it was going to be such a big month. But, to me, that’s the beauty of it. We don’t always know where our lives are going to lead, and I definitely didn’t when I signed on with Rodan + Fields. It’s been a really crazy and fun ride!”

R+F Consultant Andrea Olson with Olivia

Andrea & her friend and sponsor, Olivia Jeffers

Trading in her old life

As Andrea excitedly started in on her new venture, her main focus remained set on corporate America. “In my mind, I had just started a truly fantastic side business. But I was really passionate about Rodan + Fields, and that excitement only grew after I got married and realized that a demanding HR career wouldn’t balance well with the future I envisioned. I noticed myself emphasizing my skincare business more and more when I was asked what I do for a living. And as I became more connected to the R+F community, I started to really see the vision of how big this opportunity could be.”The biggest shift occurred for Andrea when she stopped thinking of Rodan + Fields as her side career and instead focused on growing a real, life-changing business. “There’s power and ownership in stepping up and truly being an entrepreneur. A little less than three years into my business, I was able to resign from my full-time position. We found out we were expecting our first child that very same week. It was an incredible culmination of my wildest dreams!”

R+F Consultant Andrea Olson with her family

Robert, Andrea & their son, Samuel

Now working 20-25 hours per week as an Elite V Lexus Achiever, Andrea enjoys pouring all of her efforts into members of The A Team. “They are the most energizing and inspirational people I know. The culture of our team inspires me beyond belief and I can’t imagine handpicking a better group of people to build businesses with! We’re true to ourselves and we have a lot of fun, so I think that’s helped everyone stay engaged on the journey.” And, according to Andrea, they’re just getting started. She dreams of achieving RFX in early 2018.

R+F Consultant Andrea Olson with the Doctors

Meeting the Doctors during Andrea’s LV trip to Napa/San Francisco in 2014

Creating a life with lasting impact

Stemming from that one surprise introduction, Andrea’s life completely changed from the inside out. “R+F has unleashed something different within me that’s contributed positively to all other areas of my life. I’ve become more of a possibility person. The Company’s mission to ‘Do Good’ in the world has been a big influence on my life from the very beginning, aligning perfectly with my personal values. I say yes to a lot more because I realize now that there’s a lot less to be afraid of. I’m more available for important relationships and involved more than ever with my son. I’m rooted in what’s important to our family in this season of our life without being beholden to anyone—and I know I wouldn’t be able to do all of that if I remained where I was. That freedom and excitement is what makes a life.”

R+F Consultant Andrea Olson with her team (3)

Andrea with several of the top leaders on her team at Convention in Las Vegas 2017

And while Andrea’s “why” was first to create options for her family, now she aims to create options for others. “Most of us have always wondered what we are going to do to make a living. We rarely grow up thinking about how to make a life. That’s what R+F has allowed me to do. At the end of the day, this path led me to create a life that feels as good on the inside as it looks on the outside. What’s significant is that this business didn’t just create that for me—it has also created that for others. It’s making a difference outside of our family and creating a huge domino effect. That’s why I’m so passionate about sharing this opportunity with everyone.”

To contact Andrea about joining her team or purchasing products, connect with her here.


Tell Me More…

What one word do you most relate to? Significance

Have there been any especially significant people in your R+F journey? My husband! He saw the potential early on while we were dating, and at the time I had no idea how much his belief in me would be such a catalyst for my business.

Where do you draw your inspiration from in life? My faith, family and friends, and continuous self-development.

Who’s the most influential person in your life? My mom. She’s an entrepreneur, a complete self-starter and the hardest roll-up-your-sleeves worker I know. I definitely get my tenacity from her!

What is your favorite R+F memory? The way my team celebrated our Lexus milestone was truly breathtaking and left me even prouder of the group of people that I get to call teammates. They are outrageously inspiring.




3 responses to “Andrea Olson – Making a Life, Not Just a Living”

  1. Rebecca Martin says:

    Thank you for sharing your story, Andrea.

  2. Ashley Nelson says:

    Beautiful story, Andrea- which matches the beautiful YOU!

  3. Jenni Munoz says:

    Love reading this over and over!

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