Category Archives: – Multi Level Marketing

Younique Cosmetics has arrived in the UK – join us?

Younique Cosmetics is an American MLM business which launched in the UK on October 1st 2014.   I have joined the company and you can see my website here:

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How to Pick Your Online Business Model

This is the year that you plan to really succeed in your online business and make it a full time income.

However, in order to build a successful online business, you need to first identify the primary business model you want to follow. There are millions out there, and you may already have one in mind or have one you have committed to. If not, or if you have decided you need to change your focus, here are 8 of the most popular online business models. Continue reading

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Five characteristics for Direct Selling success

More people are turning to direct selling as an attractive career option. Indeed there are now 91 million direct sellers worldwide.  A key attraction is the flexibility direct selling brings, enabling a healthy work/life balance. In addition, the sociable nature of the industry and the chance to discuss products that they are truly passionate about are other factors that are drawing people to this thriving industry. Continue reading

Thinking Outside the Box – How to Succeed at Direct Sales

Paula Gorry, Business Development Manager, Stampin’ Up! UK explains why direct selling is proving popular with mums and offers some top tips to make your direct sales business a success.

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Recent statistics show just 58 per cent of mums whose youngest child is between three and five go to work, compared to Europe’s 64 per cent average.[1]

Faced with soaring childcare costs, it is easy to understand why many mums feel they are being priced out of returning to work.  Parents are now looking to other options, outside of the standard 9-5, to boost their income.  One alternative that’s proving particularly popular is direct selling. Continue reading

Review of the Year – The Blog Audit

At this time of year I like to have a good look at the Google Analytics statistics for my blog.  Overall my visits for the year are up 260% over the same period last year, so I guess I must finally be getting something right

I’ve written an awful lot of stuff over the past year, some of which I thought was quite good and some which to use my own word, was probably awful, but at the end of the day my opinions don’t count so much.

Any good blogging course will tell you to do research into your niche, research keywords and subject matter, before blogging away merrily.  What I think they should add is that you should look back periodically over what you have written , to see what worked and what didn’t – which should help you to decide what to focus on in the future. Continue reading

Review of Scentsy: The Products and the Opportunity

I was recently given some Scentsy products to try by Liz Barnes, who trades as www.Scenti-mental.scentsy.co.uk

 

If anyone reading has not heard of Scentsy yet, they are an American company which provides beautiful room scenters, in the form of wax heaters.  Basically it’s like burning a scented candle or an oil burner, but without the fire hazard of the smoke pollution. The scent from the wax is very strong and long lasting.

I’ve always loved scented candles and candle products, but stopped using them once the children came along as I didn’t feel safe. With two school age children and a new puppy in the house the idea of room scenters suddenly seems like a very good idea.  I have been aware of Scentsy for about two years now, and quite keen to give them a try.

The burner I reviewed was a full size burner called Jane. The way it works is you plug it into the mains and a heating plate underneath the dish on the top, slowly warms the wax and releases the fragrance. The dish is removable for easy cleaning.

There are about 30 different warmers in the range in lots of different colours, sizes and decor styles.  I really like Jane – the bit in behind the latticework glows when it is switched on.  I would have liked a separate on-off switch apart from just the plug, but it’s a small thing.

The wax fragrances come in packets of 8 cubes – and retail for £5 each (3 for £14 or 6 for £25). Each cube fragrance is supposed to last for about 8-10 hours so the packs are very good value for money.

I was sent two packs of wax to review – Sweet Pea and Vanilla from the Favourites Collection, and Cucumber and Lime from the Seven Seas range.  The fragrances are all very poetically described in the catalogue – makes you just long to smell them.  I like the sound of the Spa ones best:

New Lotus CoveA splash of sea air, earthy lavender and water flowers anchored by rustic driftwood

Doesn’t that just make you want to go out there and try it – sounds wonderful and I’m sure it smalls wonderful too.

Of the two scents that I tried, the whole family preferred the Sweet Pea and Vanilla one.  I liked the cucumber and lime, but my husband thought it smelt a bit weird and the children were not keen either (there are special ‘man’ smells for your other halves…). I use the burner in the living room, and the scent goes throughout the downstairs of the house, up the stairs and into my bedroom.  No smell of damp puppy anywhere as far as I can tell.

As part of the review pack I received there was also a personal fragrance pack and a scent sachet – great for putting in a soft toy for your children or for the nursery (which they also sell).  I think these would make really nice stocking filler gifts for people.

Overall I am really impressed with the range and standard of Scentsy products – they are everything I hoped they would be and more.  I am looking forward to trying out more of the scent range, as the nights get darker and the puppy gets damper and muddier…

 

 

 

 

The Business Opportunity

Scentsy products are only available for sale through Scentsy distributors in the UK.  The business is run on a standard party plan /distributorship model, with a low cost of entry, rising commissions as you progress through the ranks, and a bonus for recruiting a team underneath you.

Scentsy is still a young company in the UK so there is still scope for making money – recruiting people under you, and doing parties, craft fairs and similar.  As with all of this type of company, you can work as much or as little as you like – but do notice that if you are looking to succeed and/or make a full-time income you will need to put some serious effort in.

The one thing I like about this business opportunity, is that all the people who buy the warmers are likely to come back to you regularly for supplies of wax, so there is scope for significant repeat business (which can be online).  This is not the same with all party plans.

As a Scentsy distributor , you decide how you sell,do you want to do parties, events or just sell through your friends.  You can run a small business or a full-time business – it’s up to you.  This business would work very well for you if you absolutely love the products and are happy to live in a permanently scented environment.  One of the joys of any distributorship business is getting your own product supplies at discounted prices.

I love the look of this business.  I will certainly be returning to Liz for supplies for my burner, and if I didn’t already have four businesses on the go, I would be tempted to have a go at this.  However, I do realise, that as with every business type, you get out what you put in, and I have to say that my time is very limited right now.  But if you have some spare hours in the day and would like to get involved with a business with lovely products, then take a look at Scentsy

 

Money Saving Mum: How to save Money on Greetings Cards

The Mail on Sunday published an article last week about how more and more people are switching to online printers of greetings cards and pushing bricks and mortar companies into liquidation.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-2146759/Old-fashioned-cards-given-internets-personal-touch.html

It is certainly the case that a card made with personalised photos and names printed on says so much more than just buying any old thing from the supermarket.  “Its the thought that counts” they say – and I have to admit that I love receiving cards and letters in the mail that show a little bit of thought and care has gone into them.  My mum makes handmade cards, which I love to get, but if you don’t have the time or the talent for this, there are other options available. Continue reading

Happy Mothers Day – a Review of SendOut Cards

Have you ever been so busy that you have forgotten Mother’s Day? Or Father’s Day?  Or a family birthday?
I’m afraid I have been that terrible daughter – remembering only on Saturday afternoon when it is too late to buy and send a card.  I know that in the modern age you can send an email, and I have done that on numerous occasions, but even then, I know that some people, especially the older generation really love to receive a card, and to know that you care about them.
On the other side of the coin, have you ever fancied sending cards to your business colleagues, clients, suppliers or anyone in your working life.  When you really appreciate what someone has done, doesn’t a real card, arriving in the post just say it better?   What about thank you letters, get well messages, or a word of congratulations to one of your children for something special?
I know I just love receiving cards, and so it is a New Year’s Resolution of mine to make a bit more effort in sending them.
I published a post last year about SendOut Cards, a card sending system which is reasonably new to the UK.  Of all the MLM businesses I profiled last year, this is one where the products really grabbed me.  I loved the idea of designing my own cards with photos of the children and links to videos of them, and sending them out, on time, to all the important people in my life, without even leaving my desk.
I’ve sent congratulations to my weight loss clients when they reach certain milestones and postcards informing them when things are on special offer.  As regards special dates, I have them all listed in my calendar and I get an email reminder, in plenty of time to pull out one of the cards I have designed, or a pretty stock one, add some recent photos and a signature in my own handwriting,  send it to the person concerned, knowing that I won’t be caught out again.
The system works on a points basis – you buy points then exchange them for cards.  A postcard is one point, basic 2 panel card is 2 points, and a three panel fold out card is three points – then you add one point extra onto each card if you are going to add any extra elements (that’s one point per card, not one point per photo on it).  At the lowest cost level, the points are  31 US cents each, so a postcard without personalisation costs 31 cents, and even a 3 panel card, with photos and personalisation on 5 out of its 6 panels only costs $1.24 , which at the current exchange rate of the dollar is pretty amazing. The cards are glossy and can be any colour you like they are really lovely. Anything you can save as a jpeg can go on or in a card, so you can use your own photos or the children’s or your artwork.
One downside for us in the UK is postage.  the cards are currently posted from the US, so postage times and cost are slightly longer than if you use a UK-based service.  But once you have your reminders in place you can still get things to arrive on time – my experiments so far have taken about 4 working days to arrive, which is not bad at all.  Plus SendOut Cards are committed to opening a distribution centre in the UK once the market here is big enough.
So why have you not heard of SendOut Cards before? Mainly because it is new, and also because they keep their costs down by relying on word of mouth advertising, instead of doing big TV ads like some of their competitors.  So, you heard it from me first, but I’m fairly sure you will hear it from many more people in the UK before too much longer.
If you want to try out SendOut Cards, you can send a free card on their website – www.sendoutcards.com/cardsforbusypeople.
Alternatively send me an email to [email protected] with your postal address and I will make a special lovely card just for you.

Sharing Our Story – My Secret Kitchen

by Clare Moran, Co-Founder of My Secret Kitchen

My Secret Kitchen is the UK’s first nationwide food and drink tasting company.  We are a direct selling party plan business (we prefer to call our events ‘tastings’) with currently 80 consultants from Edinburgh to the South Coast.  The concept is that we produce our own range of exciting new food products which consultants prepare and show to clients at home tasting events.  We also have on-line sales but predominantly we want to support our consultants to build their own businesses by selling direct to consumers.

The direct selling food concept is so exciting to us – you get to taste and experience our foods with expert advice from one of our consultants as well as hearing new recipes and share ideas of your own.  It is the ultimate in enabling consumers to have a complete buying decision. Continue reading

Mumpreneur Profile: Janet Cousins of Sticky Fingers

My name is Janet Cousins and at the age of 50 I discovered I was bored with the teaching and managerial job I had been doing for some years and was looking for a total change.  It was not as though I had always done this, as until the children came along, I was happy to be a secretary.  Indeed, in the early years of mothering I was content to stay at home, but when my youngest was 7, I undertook a course which awarded me a Certificate in Education. This enabled me to gain a part-time post working for the local education authority.  But the time came, when once again I was compelled to move on.  My children were still living at home, but only needed me from time to time as they were nearly grown up.  I on the other hand still had bags of energy and an urge to run my own business. Continue reading