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Leader of the Club
08-17-2005, 09:19 PM
Hi:

There is a lot of talk about earning extra $$$.

What home party plan or home sales (AVON, etc) are you a consultant for?

What do you love about it?

What are the disadvantages?

How do you handle the taxes, etc?

Give us all the info! ::MickeyMo

mom23boys
08-17-2005, 10:42 PM
I am an Arbonne Consultant. I just started in July. I get 35% retail sales and 4% commission on other consultants. My upper sponser is pretty laid back, and we are good friends, so their is no pressure from her at all.

I have only had 3 shows so far, but made around $500. I love the discount that I get, since I was already using the products.

The disadvantage is asking people to have shows for me. I have lots of clients already (about 25) but no one will do a show for me. At least not untill September, and I kind of wanted to make a little more for my trip in a couple of days. Oh well, this will be Christmas money.

I think the taxes works if you make over $600 per year I will get a 1099, please correct me if I am wrong.

mom2grace
08-17-2005, 11:44 PM
I do Pampered Chef. I chose it because there was no inventory, meaning not a lot of cash outlay up front. Everything they do is electronic and fast and easy. (all of the software is free too!)

I was very active for a few years, then I had my second child. You make money the first show, there is no pressure to have shows to sell the stuff sitting in your garage since there is nothing in your garage!

I like that the items are prices from $1 on up, the stuff is useful and everyone eats! They have a great return policy and most of their products are very good quality. I earned a ton of free products to stock my kitchen and give as gifts.

Also, I don't have the deliver anything, it all goes to the hostess or the person who ordered it by UPS.

For taxes, just keep track of your expenses....postage, mileage, office supplies, long distance phone calls, etc. Then, if you make enough money, you do one extra form on your taxes. Not a big deal.


Edited to add: You start out making 20%, then it goes up from there. (About $80-$100 per show) Also, there is not a lot of pressure to recruit! I did recruit, but on my own terms.

Tinkerbelle32
08-18-2005, 08:38 AM
I chose to sell Tupperware. I make 25% from party sales. It's a great way to make $100 in three hours. I enjoy being around other women and we also cook now at parties.(then eat). I love to cook and bake so it was a no brainer for me. My start up kit was only $25 so I couldn't lose.

kelleigh1
08-18-2005, 09:00 AM
I'm another Pampered Chef consultant. I'm still fairly new at it, but I'm enjoying it for the most part.

My only problem is that my upline directors are always pushing me about having more shows and recruiting more people to sell with me. That's just not me. I joined because I believe in the products and I love to cook and because everyone eats so there's always something that someone needs. For me this is a part-time thing, and I can't be a pushy salesperson. I average 2 shows per month at between $300-$400 per show, so I do make around $150 a month on commission. That is comfortable for me and I'm still able to keep my friends because I'm not constantly pushing them to have a show or buy something.

tlbwriter
08-18-2005, 09:19 AM
Question for Pampered Chef consultants... I recently hosted a catalog party (no actual party, just catalog orders) with sales of just over $300. The consultant said that if I'd been a consultant, I would have received a little more than $60 in commission. That sounded piddly to me, and certainly didn't entice me into becoming a consultant! But you guys are reporting higher returns than that. So, was the low amount just because it was a catalog party?

Alexander
08-18-2005, 09:20 AM
Longaberger for three years now. Only problem is I buy more than I sell, so there is no profit!

flagdaytwins
08-18-2005, 09:24 AM
I am a rep for a jewelry company.

What you are about to read may sound negative -- the truth is, this business is not for everyone, though it's advertised as being such ("anyone can do this, you don't have to be a salesperson!"). You have to be a salesperson if you want to run a consistent business. I have been a rep for a number of companies, so what I am saying is based upon the industry, not upon any company i've worked for.

What I love about the company I represent: they are a great company to be associated with (I can give many details, but in interest of time). the product is gorgeous and of the highest quality. they reward their reps and hostesses generously. you can wear jewelry and be a walking advertisement!

What I love about the party plan business: flexibility in when I do my business. the ability to be my own boss. grow a downline (signing on others as reps) and you are golden -- the income is endless.

Disadvantages: if you are not a self-start or motivated or committed to being consistent with your business, your business may not be what you want it to be. if you take "no" personally, this business is not for you.

and......you are the only one responsible for generating business for yourself. you have to prospect for yourself. you have to almost be constantly in the business frame of mind to keep a steady supply of hostesses. be prepared for rejection -- from friends, family, strangers when you ask if they want to host a show. not everyone wants to host a show!

taxes were not an issue for me. if you do go into the business, consult with a professional tax person -- you won't believe how much you need to keep track of/write off. the whole tax thing should not be a reason why someone shouldn't join this industry. when you look at your commission, remember to mentally deduct your expenses -- i figured 5% of my commission goes for expenses (gas, display items, office supplies, product giveaways).

good luck!

zulaya
08-18-2005, 09:35 AM
Lots of PC here! I'll chime in too.

I have been with Pampered Chef for 6 years. It helps that I am in a supportive group, meaning supportive of MY goals.

Let's see if I can answer the questions as posted:

What do I love:

$90 Investment - You get $350 in product plus the software and other business supplies to get you going. Hosts can reduce their Kit Cost to as little as $50. VERY low investment, and the products are yours to keep. Win-win deal when you think that you get all the products in the kit for less than $5 each.
No Inventory and No Territories
No Deliveries - everything is delivered UPS to the host or in the case of an individual order, to the guest
Super Starter Program - For the first 3 months, new consultants can earn more free product *in addition* to their commission for meeting minimal monthly sales levels.
No Sales Quotas - If you want to be very part time, you can. You only need $200 every other month to be active
Starting Commission is 20%-25% depending on monthly sales. Reach $15,000 in career sales, get another 2% commission. On average, New Consultants make $100 per show. I usually average more. I typically bring home around $1000 per month.
High Show Average
Pampered Chef pays for the Host Benefits Consultants don't have to do that.
Free Shipping on host orders and free products are not taxed - they're free
Pampered Chef pays credit card companies for us.[\B]
[B]Our commission is NOT adjusted for returns
All products carry a minimum 1 year warranty Many have extended warranties
Affordable paperwork[\B]We change 2x per year and we get samples of paperwork at the start of the season for $4
[B]We can always earn new products free[\B] Twice per year we have the chance to earn the new products free and we always have the choice to purchase samples at roughly 50% off
[B]Liability Insurance Pampered Chef provides $1 million in coverage to to each consultant for only $2 per month
Toll free customer service line
And of course Incentive Programs I just came back from the Disney Trip in June and it was free.

Disadvantage: Sometimes I wish I had inventory for people who needed something that second. But we ship so fast, that it's never been a huge occurence for me.

Taxes: Pampered Partner (our software) has an Income and Expenses function. I put everything in there business related ~ and you'd be surprised the amount of tax advantages you get for having a home business ~ and then I do Turbo Tax.

Obviously, I love it, being in 6 years. But if you are looking for something, Pampered Chef can be it. There is major name recognition in many places. And everyone has to eat ~ whether they like to cook or not. So why not have the tools to make meal prep easier so that you can spend more time at the table with the family.

kelleigh1
08-18-2005, 09:35 AM
Question for Pampered Chef consultants... I recently hosted a catalog party (no actual party, just catalog orders) with sales of just over $300. The consultant said that if I'd been a consultant, I would have received a little more than $60 in commission. That sounded piddly to me, and certainly didn't entice me into becoming a consultant! But you guys are reporting higher returns than that. So, was the low amount just because it was a catalog party?

The minimum commission is 20% of base sales (does not include tax or shipping charges), regardless of catalog or kitchen show. So yes, on a $300 show, that is a $60 commission.

But, most consultants don't have just one show per month. And your % increases with your sales level, so you can earn more. Also, there are special incentives every month based on sales. I earn free pieces throughout the year based on sales totals. Just yesterday I received the free item for my July sales and I've also qualified for the free August items too. (For submitting just two shows this month, I've earned the new mid-season items which aren't available for sale until October.) There are extra incentives - not just the commission.

skiingwife
08-18-2005, 09:38 AM
I'm a Creative Memories consultant. I do it mostly for myself and a small group of friends. I also have a full time job, so I don't have much time to teach classes, but I enjoy the 30% discount.

zulaya
08-18-2005, 09:45 AM
I PMed tlbwriter, but I'll expound here for the readers of the thread.

A Catalog Show involves almost no work on the consultant's part. She gets the host the catalogs, the host get the orders, the consultant enters them in the computer. An hour or two perhaps of the consultant's time was spent on her show. $60 for 2 hours equates to $30 an hour.

A Kitchen Show involves more work on the part of the consultant. She comes and does a recipe, interacts with guests, etc. The national Kitchen Show average is $500. So on average, a Kitchen Show would yield $100 at base commission.

kelleigh is right that the more shows you do, the higher your commission rate goes that month. $60 for that Catalog Show would be base commission.

Hope I didn't just confuse the heck out of everyone.

Renate_do
08-18-2005, 10:09 AM
Hi,

I tried Creative Memories 3 years ago but as scrapbooking is not very well known at Germany I did not find a lot of people :-(.

Now I started FLP (Forever Living Products) but have the problem that almost all my friends and people I ask are against MLM companies as there are some black sheep here in this kind of business.

So I try to work harder on my main businnes...online travel agency specialist on Disneyland Resort Paris, Walt Disney World and vacation where people can take dance lessons in Ballroom dancing.

Greets from Germany
Renate :wizard:

kelleigh1
08-18-2005, 10:19 AM
Renate: If you had a connection at any of the military bases in Germany, I think you would have had great success with Creative Memories. My sister who works at Ramstein is a big scrapbooker and I know that her and many of her on-base friends love Creative Memories. She sent me one of their books for my wedding last year.

PlaneJoy1
08-18-2005, 11:16 AM
I have been a Mary Kay consultant in the past. I am no longer active. I really think it is a GREAT company and has a good plan, but it just wasn't for me. I couldn't balance my time and other committments to put the time in that is necessary.

thelionqueen
08-18-2005, 11:18 AM
I have been a consultant with Tupperware for over 5 years.
I am TheLionQueen, and I am a Tupperholic :rotfl2:
I cannot get enough Tupperware, I just LOVE IT!! I used to have parties during my first couple of years and made pretty good $$ (about $300-500 per month doing 1-2 parties per week)

Now it's just personal use. I LOVE Tupperware (did I say that already?) but the $$ making program has been changing and honestly I think it is not as profitable as it once was.

I have also done Longaberger....MISTAKE!!!!....

Love the products, but No One I know spends that kind of $$ on baskets, so I just used the discount. I love Longaberger too, but the prices are just completely ridiculous in my opinion.

Did Stampin Up last year, LOVE Stampin Up, but my upline person was really bad. I LOVE the products, and the small discount was nice, but nothing to justify the INCREDIBLY HIGH kit price (over $220.00 with tax & shipping). I know you get about $400 worth of product, but I think if they had a smaller kit they would get much more consultants.

Anyway, I love them all, Avon, Pampered Chef, Stampin Up, Longaberger and Tupperware (did I mention that I LOVE Tupperware), but as far as a financial venture, unless you are totally dedicated, is not an realistic avenue.

Just my opinion..

kelleigh1
08-18-2005, 11:37 AM
I may need to order some Tupperware soon!! Do you have a website for your tupperware?

etwinchester
08-18-2005, 11:37 AM
I'm a Mary Kay consultant. We earn 50% commission on sales and 4% and up on recruits.

I love doing it for many reasons:

* The best thing I love is the discount I get on the products since I already use Mary Kay. I also give a discount to my family. It's great to have your own business and be able to do that for them.

* It's also great to have this type of business to fall back on. When DH got laid off, I held more shows and got more customers to help us out. Even if I didn't hold a show, since it's a consumable product, the reorders are GREAT !

* The Mary Kay business plan is also wonderful. You can earn so many prizes. Harvard is also teaching the Mary Kay business plan so that speaks for itself.

* My director doesn't push me to have shows. She knew coming in that I wanted it primarily for the discount, but then I started working it PT. She told me it's my business and I can work it whatever way I want. I can always step it up later if I loose my other job or if I want a higher income.

* An inventory is NOT mandatory. It is encourage so you have products on hand. I would take a small portion of my profit to invest in an inventory. Then when people called, I was able to give them products right away. I still only keep the basics in stock and order the rest as needed. The delivery comes within a few days so it's great and not a big deal to people.

* A lot of people wear makeup and care about their skin. It will be great for DD when she is older as well. Proms, school functions, etc... I will have the products for play around for her. Other people love it as well. You try the samples before you buy and we still have a 100% money back guarantee that we DO stand by.

* Taxes are easy. So much stuff is a tax write off and it's great just for that.

* If for any reason you are unhappy with with company and you have an inventory, they will buy back your products at 90% so you are not stuck with them. You could also have a sale to your customers if you so choose to get rid of what you have.

The only disadvantage I have now is that my DH works late and if I want to hold a show, sometimes it can be difficult getting him home in time to watch DD. Other than that, I LOVE it...

Please PM me if you have any questions or are thinking of joining. I'm happy doing it PT for now. The reorders are great for a little extra money...

MandM-Mom
08-18-2005, 11:47 AM
Another Pampered Chef Consultant! I was very active in the beginning but then got busy with other organizations and such and don't do that many anymore. I adore Pampered Chef products but just don't have the time in my schedule anymore, mom of 2, TA at a school for disabled children and president of the auxiliary at my husbands fire dept. TOOOoooo busy! Although this school year I am not going back to being a TA, I have decided to go back to doing Home Daycare which I did for 5 years before I went back to work. I hope to pick back up on my Pampered Chef.

Local_Girl
08-18-2005, 12:08 PM
Thanks to everyone who has posted so far...this has been very informative. I have a question, especially for Pampered Chef consultants, but really for all...(and pardon my ignorance on this, but I've never done the home sales thing before :blush: ). How do you find out how many consultants are currently active in your area? Can saturation be a problem in an area...or do you just look at it as an opportunity to "shine"? Would appreciate any thoughts on the subject...thanks! :flower:

kelleigh1
08-18-2005, 12:15 PM
Honestly...I have no idea how many consultants are in my area. Fortunately for me, it hasn't affected me too much because the majority of my shows have been out-of-state catalog shows. My sister lives in Germany and she is about to do her second show for me. Her first was my highest grossing show to date. (And I've actually hosted 3 catalog shows in Michigan in the first 6 months that I've been a consultant.)

With the addition of our websites, it has made it even easier to host shows. I simply set up my hosts on my website and they can send emails to everyone they know to either invite them to a show or to invite them to look at the product and place an order. And online orders do not have to be paid by credit card, which is a plus since there are a number of people concerned with security. (The site is secure, but I know that there are people who will never feel comfortable paying by cc online.)

wtpclc
08-18-2005, 12:17 PM
I am a Creative Memories consultant. I love it. There is no pressure, but of course, the harder you work your business, the better you will do.

You can use teh consultant locator on their website to find out how many are in your area. For CM, it will not list all consultants, only the ones with consitent higher sales, but you will get the idea.

We get 30%, plus bonuses and/or commissions from downline that go as high as 6% of their sales. If you move up to leader, you get allowances for downline training too.

ndscramper
08-18-2005, 12:18 PM
I'm a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. I had been stamping for several years before I became a demo. I get 20% commission, no inventory - love that, and depending on my sales for the month, I can get an additional 3 - 5% in commission.

I like it because I am a stamping junkie anyway, now I can save money with my discount. Stamping is great because you can do so much with it. I do mostly scrapbooking and cards. If it doesn't move, stamp it!

There isn't any pressure to recruit - another thing that I like, since I do it more as a hobby than a business.

Taxes - just keep track of expenses and income and mileage.

Val

Icouldlive@wdw
08-18-2005, 12:59 PM
I am currently an Arbonne rep and have a couple of customers. I have mainly done it for the discount and used the little I've earned into purchasing more products for myself. I would love to use it as extra income and have tried. My problem is being able to get hostesses and when I do get a hostess getting people to show up. For those of you who earn money how do you recruit good hostesses?

calypso*a*go-go
08-18-2005, 01:31 PM
Has anyone out there thought of becoming a rep. for DeMarle? It's home shows where you sell flexible bakeware. I have a friend that started doing it and she was very excited about the product and the sales opportunities it presented. It's still fairly new (I think) so it might be worth looking into.
http://www.demarleathome.com/subpage.aspx

WeluvDisney2
08-18-2005, 02:02 PM
I am an Usborne Book consultant, and I love it! Some of the advantages of being an Usborne consultant are:

The product is one of a kind, and the books sell themselves!

The product is not overpriced.

It promotes literacy & education. There will always be a market for them!

Wide diversity in product line with over 1000 titles to choose from.

Do not need to maintain an inventory.

Orders come within a week.

Your personal Usborne books can be your "display"- no extra storage space.

Not required to buy "seasonal kits"- purchase of new items is your choice.

New products and catalog every 6 months ro renew customers' interest.

A very flexible business- you choose when you work!

You work mainly at home and enjoy more time with your family.

No monthly minimums. No territories.

You alone benefit from your efforts- all profits are yours!

Earnings from shows start at 25% plus bonuses!

Very low startup costs- under $100!

Market is not saturated, and more consultants are needed!

If you would like more information you can PM me, or you can take a look at the books online at: www.ubah.com/N1466 :flower1:

kelleigh1
08-18-2005, 02:11 PM
Some of these I've never even heard of. Very interesting products out there.

I have received emails recently from Crayola that they are getting into the home party market. I thought this was very interesting and a great opportunity for Mom's out there. Since I don't have any kids and don't really have friends with kids, it would be a tough one for me to get into.

zulaya
08-18-2005, 02:13 PM
Pampered Chef and saturation...Really doesn't exist. Will you run into people who already have a show booked? At some point you will. However, there are over 250 million people in the USA and Pampered Chef last year had 12 million customers. Can you see the room for growth?

I live in the Twin Cities in MN. MN was the first state Pampered Chef expanded to outside of IL. There are many consultants here. But there are also still people who will always have a show.

Pampered Chef has excellent name recognition (not that other companies don't). Name recognition is important in a mature market, like where I live.

What is good is that this is the 25th year of Pampered Chef. Now, the baby boomers kids are becoming homeowners themselves and there is a whole new generation that will want Pampered Chef products because they grew up with it.

I can tell you that there are many streets that I have not had a show on in my immediate area, and in my metro area.

It is all a matter of attitude and outlook. If you believe you can provide a service, you will get the business. If you think negative, you already have an obstacle to overcome. And that's the case in any direct selling business, not just Pampered Chef. You have to believe in what you are doing and project that confidence. And be excited! If you love what you do, people will love to do shows with you.

Sorry...off the soapbox now. Feel free to e-mail or PM me if you have specific questions ,as I'd be happy to assist.

--Mary

Desnik
08-18-2005, 03:13 PM
I just wanted to say how informative this info has been. I would love to know more about crayola home parties!!??

I would love to do this kind of business but I have to find what fits with me best.

I do want to say to the OP that Pampered Chef is the best as far as the product and the name selling itself. A friend of mine is a rep and has talked to me about becoming one too and I'm really thinking about it. As a customer I know the product sells itself and I have never heard of a person not liking it. In the past I have had 2 parties and 1 catalog party. 1st party was $1500 in sales, the 2nd was $800 in sales and the catalog one was $300 in sales(this was just from 3 people!!). Friends always ask me when I'm going to have another party because they are fun and love the products. You wouldn't believe the amount people will spend on these things!!LOL
I would think from what my research into this has shown that pampered chef is the way to go! Hey, I think I just talked myself into it!!LOL :rotfl:

zulaya
08-18-2005, 03:21 PM
Someone asked about the Crayola one. It's called the Big Yellow Box. Not sure what all it entails. But I know of one person who tried it out. It wasn't her thing, but that doesn't mean it won't fit anyone here. I think it's a lot of arts and crafts, but don't take my word for it. I think the website is http://www.bigyellowbox.com

LuluLovesDisney
08-18-2005, 03:27 PM
Hi:

There is a lot of talk about earning extra $$$.

What home party plan or home sales (AVON, etc) are you a consultant for?

What do you love about it?

What are the disadvantages?

How do you handle the taxes, etc?

Give us all the info! ::MickeyMo

I am an Avon Independent Beauty Consultant and Beauty Advisor!

I LOVE it because their product line is so huge that some customers find something new to buy every 2-4 weeks!

I love it because their products are a good value, not expensive.

I love it because I personally use lots of the products,(or can give them as gifts) esp the African Shea Butter Body Scrub which reminds me of WDW bc it smells EXACTLY like the caramel corn at Sleepy Hollow!

I love it because they carry Curves products and since I am a Curves member that has been a big source of income for me.

I love it because I do not need to stock products and I did not need to buy a kit to sign up.

I love it because doing makeovers is something I've always loved and it's wonderful to see someone feel more confident because of your artwork.

I love it because it's relatively easy to place and receive orders and making labels, receipts, etc. has been an outlet for my creativity in a way.

I love it because there's no required amount I have to sell- if I sell 50 dollars in one campaign and 900 in the next, that's ok.

I love it because the more I sell, the larger percentage I earn.

I love it because Customer Service is pretty good. If I call up with a problem or concern, they don't keep me on hold, I put in my phone number and they call me back when someone's ready to take my call and I don't lose my place in line.


The things I don't love are that I have to pay to return items unless it was an Avon error, that products get sold out sometimes especially clearance items and that it's easy to spend the money for those that pay in cash instead of depositing it like I should. Also, my house is small and when deliveries come, there's almost no place to walk, so until I make my deliveries, no one is very happy with the living room.

I have a huge file folder and I keep my invoice for each campaign and my customer orders in each section, so I can see what I spent for demos, bags, samples, etc. which are tax deductible and exactly how much I made. Last year I only started in December so I didn't need to file taxes because I didn't earn over 500 dollars. This year I will definitely earn over that so I will need to file.

Overall, I am glad I did it. I would like to branch out more, but I don't know if I will have the time to deal with huge orders and lots of deliveries once school starts again (I'm a teacher) I rather like selling to friends, family members, people at work and people at Curves because it keeps my deliveries efficient- I can bring 6 orders to work one day, the next day bring 4 to Curves, etc. I wait till family visits me- lol!

If you're interested I'll refer you.

Good luck!

kelleigh1
08-18-2005, 03:30 PM
Thanks for posting that zulaya. It probably would have taken me forever to find the info again. I'd received two emails from Crayola about info sessions that they were having in my area - which I decided not to attend.

It does sound like something great for anyone with access to kids groups - daycare, teaching assistants, big family neighborhoods - but for me...I just don't know enough people with kids to even get started.

allaboutmm
08-18-2005, 03:30 PM
Any one out there a Bead Retreat Consultant? Went to my first party in NH a few weeks ago. Just getting started in MA. I am thinking of getting involed w/ it. I would love any input. Thanks :wave2:

kelleigh1
08-18-2005, 03:36 PM
Any one out there a Bead Retreat Consultant? Went to my first party in NH a few weeks ago. Just getting started in MA. I am thinking of getting involed w/ it. I would love any input. Thanks :wave2:

Another that I've never heard of. Tell me more!!

Aurora82
08-18-2005, 06:46 PM
Hi! :wave2:
I am a Consultant with The Body Shop at Home.

The thing I like most about The Body Shop parties is letting everyone try all of the products before they buy them. There are also a lot of cool things for Consultants to earn as well. :teeth:

I guess the only disadvantage would be the cost of the starter kit (a little over $250 with tax and shipping), but I made that money right back after the first two parties. The starter kits also come with everything you will need so you don't have to spend extra money on more products right away.

Thanks!

TiggerStac
08-18-2005, 07:51 PM
Another Pampered Chef here. I am currently not active, since I went back to work fulltime. I started doing it when they put the push on catalog sales consultants. I am not big for going into peoples homes and doing the whole show thing...but I love going to them. Instead I did just catalog shows and it was perfect for me. I had plenty of family/friends who wanted to do it and then they got me a few more, too. I mainly did it for the discount and the little bit of extra $$ was great for the stay at home mom!! :pug: :pug:

OzFan
08-18-2005, 08:01 PM
I am a Homemade Gourmet consultant. It is a Texas based company and is growing at alarming rates here. I got in early, and I hope to make as much as my sponser. She made $24,000 in 1 year, just for part time work! Once you taste it you are hooked. You can check out the product at www.homemadegourmet.com.

Leader of the Club
08-18-2005, 08:51 PM
Thanks for all the posts! This is great. Anyone else?

One the biggest reasons I have never signed on to do this myself is the whole tax thing. That and I am a pretty shy person. I am looking at the Big Yellow Box by Crayola. I thought maybe I could do craft shows and fundraisers and earn a little extra $$$.

Oh, and now Homemade Gourmet and Usbourne books also look interesting....

jag90
08-18-2005, 09:05 PM
Someone asked about the Crayola one. It's called the Big Yellow Box. Not sure what all it entails. But I know of one person who tried it out. It wasn't her thing, but that doesn't mean it won't fit anyone here. I think it's a lot of arts and crafts, but don't take my word for it. I think the website is http://www.bigyellowbox.com

I looked on the Big Yellow Box website but they don't list prices. Anyone know an average price for the craft boxes? This sounds like something I would really enjoy doing but I would like to know the price range first. Approximately 85% of the moms in my community are SAHMs (got that stat from a school board meeting). I would like to know if the prices would fit into a single-income budget.

WeluvDisney2
08-18-2005, 09:13 PM
Thanks for all the posts! This is great. Anyone else?

One the biggest reasons I have never signed on to do this myself is the whole tax thing. That and I am a pretty shy person. I am looking at the Big Yellow Box by Crayola. I thought maybe I could do craft shows and fundraisers and earn a little extra $$$.

Oh, and now Homemade Gourmet and Usbourne books also look interesting....

Hi Leader of the Club! Do not let "the tax thing" keep you from doing something you may really end up loving! :lovestruc Usborne has a computer program that keeps track of it for you when you place your orders. You just print it out at the end of the year. It is basically just keeping a note from each show of how much $$$ you take in and then just minus the amount you pay to the company. (Sounds harder than it is.) :teacher: You can also keep track of other expenses if you want to claim them such as postage, gas etc. With any good company you should have an upline supervisor who can walk you through the tax part of it without a problem. Also, do not worry about being shy. All you have to do is tell what you like about the product and then pass it around for everyone to see for themselves how great it is! ::yes:: PM me if you have any questions.

allaboutmm
08-18-2005, 09:19 PM
When I went to the Bead Retreat party this is how it worked.....

The consultant had about 8 different anklet and braclet kits from you to choose from. They ranged in prices from $7-$13. These kits were for first timers- pretty simple.They have all different parties , earrings, necklaces, and keychains. O.K. back to the story...Once you pick your kit , she shows you how to measure for your project, gives you ideas how to arrange your beads. After all the beads are strung, she gives you the tools you need to add the togle(the clasp), and shows you how to fasten it. By the end of the party( which time wise was great, cause it lasted about 2 hrs ), I learned a fun new skill, the final cost was $17 ( $7 for the kit, $10 is what the consultant gets for her time), I left the party with a cute, fun anklet, and a tummy ache from all the laughing with the girls!!! So I am thinking of trying my hand in it. I do work full time as a pre-school teacher, mother of three children, pirate: :earboy2: princess: , who are involved in alot, but if I did this at my own pace- thought it might be fun?! The cost for the start kit is $170.00, which isn't to bad. If anyone has any Bead Retreat info, please let me know your opinion. Thanks for letting me babble :earseek:

OzFan
08-18-2005, 09:37 PM
I like homemade gourmet because start up was $99.00. And everybody eats! The product sells itself. A couple of parties and boom, reorders come out of the blue. It really does help bring families back to the table, my family has cut back on eating out. Don't let taxes stop you, if you want to make extra cash, check out all the different companies and just do it! You'll love it! Making your own hours and not having a boss is the best! I have reinvested all of my profits back into stock, and I also took my profit and gave it to my daughter band for them to raise money for their Disney Trip last year. Everybody that sold got the 40% profit. It felt good just being able to help, and the reorders still are coming in.

allaboutmm
08-18-2005, 09:54 PM
I think I'll check out the web-site for Homemade Gourmet. Thanks for the scoop :banana:

brandip22
08-18-2005, 10:06 PM
Well, hold onto your hats ladies, because I do "Fun Parties". Yes, I do! Now, I was always quite inexperienced with this stuff, but thought it'd be fun. It is a blast! I have learned more than I ever thought I would and the women are hilarious. We laugh more than anything at the parties. The company I work for is small and there's no pressure. I make 50% commission, but the freebies and all come out of that- but still a nice chunk. The average party I have is around $700-$800, so I make between $350-$400 for 3-4 hours of work. If you show to the older women, they spend a ton more. I will be looking into other avenues, though- maybe something moer "family friendly" if I ever decide to do it full time. I'm about to look at the crayola site and the houmade gourmet site as well. This thread has been quite interesting!!

disneymom3
08-18-2005, 11:07 PM
What is Arbonne?

I have sold Tupperware and PartyLite in the past and then for 3 years I sold Tastefully Simple. Tastefully Simple was by far the easiest and most profitable. (I only stopped because I got into real estate and decided that selling houses needed all of my selling energy!) TS is based in MN and sells high quality, easy to prepare gourmet level foods. There are many things that are open and consume and anything in their line that you have to prepare needs two ingredients or less and 30 min or less to prepare. The parties are fun because you eat all of the product line and give ideas for how to use the various items. I loved the food and the discount to feed my own family. Reorders are a huge benefit, and I was making a LOT of money after I had been in for awhile. I literally had people who would call ME to have a party. I had such a full calendar, that I had to turn down parties in certain months and refer them out, or ask the people to wait another month.

The thing I did not like was that your option was to either carry an inventory which is a financial burden, or you had to pack up and deliver all the orders to the party after the fact. I would have liked it way better if the orders just went to the hosts themselves, but that would have been overwhelming for hte hosts! I was having $1000 parties pretty consistently and when nothing in the line is over $10, that is a lot of product!

As for taxes, yeah, they are a bit of a pain, but not too awful as long as you keep decent records--especially mileage records!

OzFan
08-18-2005, 11:44 PM
A friend of mine has her own company she started called "In the Mood. She has paid off her $400,000 house, her husband quit his job, and they put all 5 of their kids in private schools. She now has 3 people working for her. It is amazing the money she makes. She has a blast, she says the mark up on this stuff is 300%. Go figure~ :confused3

dreams91
08-19-2005, 12:15 AM
I'm not a consultant but I love Partylite. In fact, I find it hard to find a consultant in my area!

Renate_do
08-19-2005, 12:49 AM
Renate: If you had a connection at any of the military bases in Germany, I think you would have had great success with Creative Memories. My sister who works at Ramstein is a big scrapbooker and I know that her and many of her on-base friends love Creative Memories. She sent me one of their books for my wedding last year.

Hi,

no there are no bases near (I live at Dortmund), but perhaps it will be know better the next years and I will start again.

Greets Renate

Leader of the Club
08-19-2005, 07:09 AM
[QUOTE=allaboutmm]When I went to the Bead Retreat party this is how it worked.....

( $7 for the kit, $10 is what the consultant gets for her time), [QUOTE]

OMG! There is a company that pays people to do this!? My 17 y/o DD makes jewerly and watches (lots of custom orders) and does this type of thing for friends and family for FREE. We'll will definately be looking into this!

Diana Lyn
08-19-2005, 08:03 AM
I'm actually surprised to see you guys talking about Big Yellow Box and no one has chimed in to say they were a consultant!

I'm a BYB consultant and LOVE it! It's great because the company is just over a year old, so there are really one a few, if any consultants in any given area. The kits are so cool, easy and actually a really great value when you consider what you are getting for it. And come on, how cool is it when I tell people I work for Crayola??

And for the person who said they didn't know kids, my children are small --- 2 and 11 months, so I didn't have the daycare and school friends, but somehow it managed to work. A lot of people haven't heard of BYB, but once they do, they are definitely interested!

jennwdw
08-19-2005, 02:53 PM
I did "Southern Living at Home" for awhile and I loved it!!! I did make really great money and the product is beautiful. I still buy things because the things are really high quality and fit my style perfectly. It was really easy to sell and I had pretty high party averages. The least I ever made was about $150 but frequently made more. My best ever for one show was $475 for one show! I really enjoyed the company alot. It made things easy for consultants and after I bought my kit I was good to go. All my supplies were covered by the company (the gave you 5% credit of your sales toward supplies and I always had plenty of credits to cover everything)

That being said any "at home" party company is work! Yes it's easy and you can be fairly laid back (I was a laid back kind of consultant and made about $7000 in one year) But to really make larger amounts of money you have to be willing to recruit and push your sales at parties. As much as I loved SLAH I was not interested in being more aggressive. It was very fun to do parties and meet people but for me I found that to go to the next level I would have to invest more time than I wanted. I quit working to be at home with my kids. They are still at home (preschoolers) and I found it would take more time than I was willing to give since my boys were still at home full time. I think if you have school age kiddos and have larger blocks of time w/out distraction and you are truly passionate about sales then you can really do well at this type of business.


If you are thinking about starting with a company just research the heck out of them and find one that will fit you. And that you are comfortable with costs etc. I looked at several companies before I started (p. chef, creat. mem etc.) before I committed. I picked the one I did because I'm a huge fan of the magazine (Southern Living) and it was fairly new in my area and I didn't think it would be saturated. I liked the other companies and still love to go to the parties but Sou. Liv. fit my style. Think about what works for you and what you love to do!!! :earboy2:

ajwolfe
08-19-2005, 03:33 PM
I have been a Home Interiors consultant for 4 years and LOVE it. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

PaulaSue
08-19-2005, 08:56 PM
I was for Discovery Toys but I hated that the invited said to leave the children at home. That is the whole reason to by toys IMO.

I dropped out after my M/C and then my rocky pregnancy with my 2DD.

Dsnymouse
08-19-2005, 10:30 PM
Great Thread! I am also part of the "group" as I am an AVON Independent Sales Rep. I started in 2001, after the birth of my daughter. I am going on my fourth year.

What I love: I love AVON and there products! I do use them too - often said you can't sale what you don't believe in! I love the Anew Skin care line and the new product they have come out with (micro-derm., facial peels, etc). Being a stay at home mom, this has allowed me outside interaction with customers and still keep a business mind frame. No pressure to sale or meet goals - if you sale $10 one day and $500 the next no one pressuring you. Your your own boss.

Disadvatages: As I have found with many "home" sales, it depends on the person. Some are born salespeople and can be over acheivers. I've found in order to make money (to make a living off of) you must have people in your "core" group. Kind like multi level - the more people you build as reps. the more money you make. I have not done this or wanted too! I enjoy my small business. But will be honest I don't make any money - do get great rep. deals which makes holiday shopping easier on me.

Tax thing: I believe if you make over $2500.00 you must submit taxes. I have never made this much selling AVON.

All in all I enjoy what I do. For me it is more of a hobby and I enjoy helping my friends and family feel beautiful! If anyone is ever interested in ordering, feel free to email me. Check us out on AVON.com to see all our great products!
:wave:

eeyorerulz
08-19-2005, 10:52 PM
Umm..I do adult products and lingerie! You can never have enough of either and lots of fun to do, some women have never touched a 'toy; before and it is quite funny. We also do all sizes 6 -28.

LuluLovesDisney
08-19-2005, 11:10 PM
Umm..I do adult products and lingerie! You can never have enough of either and lots of fun to do, some women have never touched a 'toy; before and it is quite funny. We also do all sizes 6 -28.

Is this through a company or your own business? I apologize for asking, but do you do catalogs or do you actually demo them, too?

ReAnSt
08-19-2005, 11:29 PM
I know that Passion Parties (www.passionparties.com) is a company that has reps that do this types of party.

Becky

Umm..I do adult products and lingerie! You can never have enough of either and lots of fun to do, some women have never touched a 'toy; before and it is quite funny. We also do all sizes 6 -28.

Leader of the Club
08-20-2005, 08:06 AM
[QUOTE=Diana Lyn]I'm actually surprised to see you guys talking about Big Yellow Box and no one has chimed in to say they were a consultant!

I'm a BYB consultant and LOVE it! QUOTE]

Hi Diana Lyn:

I am seriously considering this one. I have the info. from the company.

Do you do any make-it-take it projects at the parties? If so, what kind? How many parties have you done?

I was thinking of doing it mainly for selling at craft shows and fundraisers for PTA's, youth groups, sports teams, etc. What are the fundraisers like? How much $$$ does everyone make off of them?

Thanks!

Diana Lyn
08-20-2005, 09:21 AM
I am seriously considering this one. I have the info. from the company.

Do you do any make-it-take it projects at the parties? If so, what kind? How many parties have you done?

I was thinking of doing it mainly for selling at craft shows and fundraisers for PTA's, youth groups, sports teams, etc. What are the fundraisers like? How much $$$ does everyone make off of them?

Thanks!

I sent you a pm with more info!

Savin4Disney
08-20-2005, 03:01 PM
Soon to be new tupperware consultant. I decided to join up and see what I can do with it. Cost $50.00 to start up. And if I don't like it or can't do it. Then I get to keep my tupperware. I LOVE tupperware.

I hope to have my website up and running in the next 2 weeks. I plan to get some online parties. Even though it says online parties under $175.00 means the host gets no tupperware credit. I will still offer something for the host.

I am looking forward to doing this and I think I will really enjoy it.

Thanks everyone for sharing!

welovewdw
08-20-2005, 06:27 PM
What a great thread! I just started selling Silpada Designs, which is sterling silver jewelry - I love it because it sells itself - there is not a real "presentation" - just play with the jewelry! (I think someone earlier said they sold jewelry but I'm not sure if it's Silpada or not.) I make 30% of sales, but there is no inventory (other than samples to show) and I don't have to deliver product - all orders are placed online and are shipped directly to the hostess or customer, so it's very easy on that end. A

What else I really love is that I can fit it into my schedule (this is true for all home shows though!) - I found that what works best for me is to limit myself by scheduling only 2 nights/week to do shows. It ends up averaging about $600/week in profit - definitely helps us afford my Disney addiction. LOL

Also I LOVE that they are still young and there aren't that many reps yet - I think nationwide it's like 9000 or so?

Leader of the Club
08-20-2005, 06:55 PM
What a great thread! I just started selling Silpada Designs, It ends up averaging about $600/week in profit - definitely helps us afford my Disney addiction. LOL

Wow, I've never heard of this company. I'll check it out. (Would you all believe I only make about $600 A MONTH--working part-time 5 days a week! )

hookedonthemagic
08-20-2005, 07:14 PM
I am a distributor for Premier Designs - a jewelry company. I used to work 60 hours a week, but not anymore!!! We make 50% profit so on an average night in about 4 hours, I make, on the average, $200! $50/hour!!!!! We also make 10% off of those that we sponsor. Premier also has no inventory requirement, no minimum order and no monthly quotas.

The jewelry is beautiful and practically sells itself so you don't have to be the most out-going person in the world to make it work. I have been in for 3 1/2 years and absolutely have NO regrets. My business paid for my last WDW trip and my new car!

Advantages - You can wear your product, so it is easy to strike up a conversation about what you do. Established company (in business for 20 years) so no fear of company failure. Only 17,000 jewelers nationwide so it's no where near saturated. There's so many, I could go on and on!

Disadvantages - I really can't think of any. Really.


I agree with the others that have said that the taxes are really not a big deal. Don't let that stop you.

But, I would like to say that if you are in it to earn extra money, be careful of some of the other companies that only give their reps 10-30%. You won't make much, so you'd better really like their product.

Some companies also have hidden costs, like that you don't get your full discount when you order unless your order is a certain dollar amount. I will not name names because I love some of the other companies, but if you would like to know more, I would be happy to try and help you. There are some great companies out there!

God Bless!
:earsgirl:

welovewdw
08-20-2005, 07:23 PM
Wow, I've never heard of this company. I'll check it out. (Would you all believe I only make about $600 A MONTH--working part-time 5 days a week! )

If you have any questions, just PM me.

Leader of the Club
08-20-2005, 08:17 PM
I was chatting with my neighbor today. She is a new Pampered Chef consultand and just had a $1000 show last night!

Anyhow, I am having a party for her next month and she is going to put a Pampered Chef Open House sign in my front yard a few days before the party so all the neighbors know about it. Does anyone else do this?

She is also recruiting some of the neighborhood kids to help her put fliers out on the doors advertising her new business.

Just thought I would mention these to things. Maybe someone could borrow her ideas....

What do you do advertise your business?

sjh801
08-20-2005, 08:18 PM
Longaberger for three years now. Only problem is I buy more than I sell, so there is no profit!


:goodvibes I also sell what I love to buy. :goodvibes

marcyinPA
08-20-2005, 09:47 PM
What a great thread! I just started selling Silpada Designs, which is sterling silver jewelry - I love it because it sells itself - there is not a real "presentation" - just play with the jewelry! (I think someone earlier said they sold jewelry but I'm not sure if it's Silpada or not.) I make 30% of sales, but there is no inventory (other than samples to show) and I don't have to deliver product - all orders are placed online and are shipped directly to the hostess or customer, so it's very easy on that end. A

What else I really love is that I can fit it into my schedule (this is true for all home shows though!) - I found that what works best for me is to limit myself by scheduling only 2 nights/week to do shows. It ends up averaging about $600/week in profit - definitely helps us afford my Disney addiction. LOL

Also I LOVE that they are still young and there aren't that many reps yet - I think nationwide it's like 9000 or so?

A friend of mine just hosted a Silpada Designs show. I wasn't able to attend, but I browsed the catalog. I was impressed by the jewelry...it was very nice. I've been to Premiere jewelry parties, and purchased some, and I have to say that in my opinion, it's junk (hoping not to offend anyone who sells it or likes it!) The Silpada jewelry was beautiful...I did see some in person that my friend was wearing.

Coll0610
08-20-2005, 10:30 PM
Someone was asking how you get people to host a party. One of my friends was selling Discovery Toys and when she was getting started, she would "trade" with other consultants. She would have a Tupperware party, and the Tupperware consultant would have a Discovery Toys party. Also, our daycare used to do a one stop shopping event at the holidays. They would invite a bunch of consultants (Tupperware, Avon, Pampered Chef, Creative Memories) into the daycare one evening and we could come and shop at a bunch of different booths.

eeyorerulz
08-21-2005, 04:21 AM
We do home demos and catalogue parties, our web site is www.sexywear.com.au The web isn;t up to date and being done now....

Gillian
08-21-2005, 08:11 AM
Someone was asking how you get people to host a party. One of my friends was selling Discovery Toys and when she was getting started, she would "trade" with other consultants. She would have a Tupperware party, and the Tupperware consultant would have a Discovery Toys party. Also, our daycare used to do a one stop shopping event at the holidays. They would invite a bunch of consultants (Tupperware, Avon, Pampered Chef, Creative Memories) into the daycare one evening and we could come and shop at a bunch of different booths.We swap parties too! I'm an Avon rep and although I don't really do parties, it's a way of meeting new people and letting them know about my products.

I think I may ask some of our local daycares about hosting a shopping evening this fall!

Leader of the Club
08-21-2005, 08:27 PM
This has been such a great thread. Thank you all for the great info.

I am seriously looking into Big Yellow Box and Homemade Gourmet.

My daughter is now looking at Mark (Avon) and Bead Retreat. She makes beautiful custom jewerly and watches anyway.

I know everyone said don't sweat the taxes, but I still will until I get it all figured out.

Hey, is there a Direct Marketing for Dummies or something out there?

Diana Lyn
08-21-2005, 08:30 PM
Hey, is there a Direct Marketing for Dummies or something out there?


There are lots and lots of great sites out there for direct marketing businesses! Don't worry about that part about it!

Tine731
08-21-2005, 08:43 PM
What percentage to you make on Avon?

zulaya
08-21-2005, 09:06 PM
Tine731 and anyone else concerned about percentages...don't concern yourself with percentages. Look at what you make per show. Sometimes one company's 25% commission on an average show, is greater than another company's 50% commission.


If you want more information direct selling, check out the Direct Selling Association at http://www.dsa.org

LuluLovesDisney
08-21-2005, 10:01 PM
What percentage to you make on Avon?

Depends on how much you sell.
I made a guaranteed 50 % on my first 4 campaigns.
Then it went to 20-50 % (in 5 % increments ie: 20%, 25%, 30%, 35%, etc.)depending on how much you sell. I usually fall into the 40% range. Once you make President's Club (sell a certain amt each campaign) you get a rebate and other offers, too. :flower:

welovewdw
08-21-2005, 10:07 PM
Tine731 and anyone else concerned about percentages...don't concern yourself with percentages. Look at what you make per show. Sometimes one company's 25% commission on an average show, is greater than another company's 50% commission.

That is very true! Also check out if you pay for hostess earnings/gifts or if the company pays for them (so they don't cost you)

WeluvDisney2
08-23-2005, 12:28 PM
For anyone who has been thinking about Usborne Books... Now you can get your startup kit for FREE!! :banana: Check it out at: http://www.ubah.com/consultants/UBAHEmails.asp?code=203&userid=N1466&AuthCode=4219608728&action=preview&eValue=10

Jenfrog79
08-10-2008, 05:29 PM
I"m looking into becoming a home party consultant but not sure which one to go with. I want one that will be the most profitable and one where people would actually be interested in buying. for example, wouldn't jewelry die out after awhile? a company where people would have to buy more periodically.
also, do the consultants have to buy the free gifts for the hosts?

Conway733
08-10-2008, 05:47 PM
I was also thinking about this, but doing something PT as I work FT. I was considering getting info on a certain "candle" company. Anyone have any info?

zulaya
08-10-2008, 05:55 PM
Sent some PMs...

J&D
08-11-2008, 01:00 AM
Monique got me started with Usborne Books. Thanks again, Monique. Are you a sup now?