Erin Bugbee – Building on a Busy Life

Posted by Rodan + Fields on Thursday, October 19th, 2017

As a unit manager for one of the largest emergency departments in Canada, Erin Bugbee had her challenging full-time job well in hand. This registered nurse was also raising two young children and working on a master’s degree in her limited spare time—she was a walking definition of “busy.” However, Erin’s go-getter attitude and determination for success made her excited about adding one more thing to her plate.

“I’m of the philosophy that busy people do get stuff done! So when my friend Kelly Jo Higgins called to tell me about this great opportunity with Rodan + Fields®, I thought it sounded like a great idea. I was probably the easiest recruit known to man. I said yes right away.” Erin waited in anticipation for a few months before starting her business in February of 2015, the day that R+F officially launched in Canada.

R+F Consultant Erin Bugbee headshot

An unexpected community

From the beginning, Erin fell in love with the products. “The skincare products are amazing. I’ve used them all, all over my body. Today, I look back at before-and-after photos and realize that this really is life-changing. But what really grew on me was the camaraderie among my team. That was an unexpected delight and bonus.”

Erin found that these new friendships helped her to dispel some beginner’s doubts. The start of her new business “was exciting and scary all at the same time, but it was worth it. It’s all about the people that you meet, how close you become, and how you work together for a common goal.” And for Erin, these new friendships helped her reach even higher. “My team really is amazing on multiple levels. They’re collaborative, helpful, and supportive. We’re really able to lock arms and move together as a team, which is fantastic. Nobody gets here by themselves, that’s for sure!”

Balancing her incredibly busy life

Erin is a perfect example of how Independent Consultants manage to fit everything in. She gets up around 4:30 every morning to work her Rodan + Fields business before heading to the hospital. “It’s worth it, but it’s not easy. You have to be very self-motivated, and it’s all too easy to want to give up when things aren’t going how you want them to. You have to keep going, and don’t quit.”

Though there’s not much overlap between Erin’s two worlds of emergency care and skincare, she was able to utilize much of her existing skillset in this new role. “Skills that transferred for me were organization, prioritization, leadership, and not being afraid to have conversations with people. This business involves putting yourself out there more, and it’s a very different journey compared with healthcare and nursing. It’s changing my life and my projection for the better, and I believe it’s worth it.”

R+F Consultant Erin Bugbee and friends in Napa

Erin and fellow Consultants on the Premier V trip to Napa.

Surprised by her own success

Erin initially worked roughly 10 hours per week with R+F, with the goal of paying for her own products. She was surprised to find in November of 2016 that after months of hard work and team focus she had become a Premier V Lexus driver! “I didn’t even realize I was at that point until it was right around the corner! We weren’t in a Lexus run or anything, but we just kept building and that consistency built momentum. When you’re doing so many different things all at once, you just plug away, and you don’t really think about it. I was so shocked that for months I thought they were going to call and ask for the car back!”

Now fully aware of her potential, Erin was excited to take part in the Premier V Incentive Trip. “This Company is amazing when it comes to rewards! We just got back from Napa and we met some other amazing Canadians down there. It was empowering to be there with other people who I know worked really hard to get there. The attention to detail, organization, and training were all top-notch, so I felt very honored to be there.”

What’s even more important to Erin are the changes she’s been able to make in her family’s life due to her work with Rodan + Fields. “It’s a productive business that is building a different life for us. I wrote a check for my kids’ activities for the entire year without even thinking about it, and without having to worry about picking up an overtime shift. We’ve also had so many more opportunities to do things together as a family. I’m really happy to do this and have my children know that hard work does actually pay off.”

R+F Consultant Erin Bugbee with her family

Erin celebrating the Lexus excitement with her family.

Toward the future

In the end, Erin is most passionate about bringing others with her into success. “I still really enjoy both avenues of nursing and Rodan + Fields. So I don’t actually even think it’s about me; I’m interested in what this business can do for the rest of my team. In five years I want to be on a trip with them, looking back and saying ‘Look at how this has changed our lives!’ I really want that for them, more than anything. This is a group of people that are doing amazing things together, and I’m proud to be a part of it. The opportunity to change your life is completely up to you!”


Tell Me More…

What one word do you most relate to? Motivated.

Best meal you’ve ever had? The last one that stands out was my anniversary last year with my husband at an amazing restaurant in Banff.

What hobby would you like to take up? I feel so incredibly lucky to do all my current activities, but if I were to add another I would like to practice wake surfing (I tried this year. It was very fun but did not last very long before I fell!).

Favorite book? I don’t have much opportunity to read for pleasure, but my kids and I are currently rereading the Harry Potter series.

What is the next Program you are running for? Elite V.


The information, materials and views provided by a Rodan + Fields Independent Consultant during this presentation are her or his own and do not necessarily represent the views of Rodan + Fields. Rodan + Fields makes no representations about the accuracy of the information. The stories shared may be atypical experiences among Consultants who join the business. Actual earnings vary significantly, and no income is promised or guaranteed. Potential Consultants are urged to perform their own due diligence prior to making any decision to participate.

For information regarding earnings under the U.S. R+F Compensation Plan, see the Income Disclosure Statement.

For information regarding earnings under the Canada R+F Compensation Plan, see the Income Disclosure Statement. We estimate that in Canada the typical plan participant will earn between $1,700 and $2,000 CAD per year.



3 responses to “Erin Bugbee – Building on a Busy Life”

  1. Morgan Crawford says:

    Iam interested..but do not have any money to put into to start this business..

  2. Jillian says:

    Morgan Crawford has anyone gotten a hold of you? I’d love to chat about the business and help you out.

  3. Bec Hilton says:

    Aloha Morgan,
    Not sure if you’ve received a reply but I stumbled across your comment as I was looking at nurses success stories to send to my nursing friend in Australia.
    Anyway, there are many options in starting an R+F Business. I have a close friend on my team who joined for $45 and I gifted her an eye-cream so she could experience part of the Redefine line and have a product to love.

    She is now earning enough to send her youngest to preschool and contribute to the household budget.

    My advice is you feel inspired to do something there is always a way around perceived barriers.
    Have a great day and please keep in touch.
    With gratitude,
    Bec x

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