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: Continue reading


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

successful direct seller

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.

Paula Gorry portrait

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

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.

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 –
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

Multi Level Marketing: Robyn Hatley – Arbonne

My name is Robyn Hatley and I run a MLM business with Arbonne – alongside my other businesses!

Deluded? NO!  Crazy? MAYBE! Having Fun? YES! Enjoying Succcess? OH YES!

Some of you will already know me through my other business Mums The Business  and through my associate partnering with Motivating Mum .  In these 2 businesses, I act as a mentor & trainer for ambitious mumpreneurs.  I help mums who are either working within a MLM business or who are considering taking on a MLM business – I train & mentor them to be better business women, and to ask the right questions before deciding if MLM is the right business for them.  So in this role I have to be impartial and independent, and I don’t promote (nor criticize) any particular MLM company.  What this does mean though, is that I have had the wonderful privilege of truly understanding the business model of MLM, how MLM Companies differ from each other, and how to be successful at MLM!

Ok, so let’s get serious (well, just a little!) – initially I didn’t think that traditional MLM was for me.  Whilst MLM is a successful, tried & tested business model, and you can “hit the ground running” with a new business within weeks (sometimes days!), I just  didn’t think I could squeeze it in!

I also knew that with some MLM companies, the emphasis is on selling.  Great if you have that in your skills set – but I unfortunately didn’t!  You see, my previous career and current businesses were all about training, mentoring, helping others succeed (I’m an ex HR Consultant for an international blue chip company & I now run my own businesses training & mentoring mumrepreneurs).

So here’s what happened: I was introduced to Arbonne two years ago, by a close friend, who joined the business networking group that I managed.  I soon became a customer of Arbonne as I personally loved the products and their commitment to being green.  The products are a highly regarded, premium brand with a Swiss heritage (healthy, botanically based, pure and safe). As a conscientious mum, I’m always reading labels and avoiding the “nasties” that are often in our food and skincare / cosmetics ranges.  Also, one of my daughters suffered from very dry skin, with outbreaks of eczma, and one of the products in the Arbonne range certainly did the trick in resolving this nasty condition.

What I didn’t fully understand at the time, was what a fantastic GLOBAL business opportunity Arbonne offered.  I was already running 3 home-based businesses, and a family – so believe me, I wasn’t looking for another project! It was only when the prospect of relocating countries emerged on my horizon, that i began to look at my lifestyle and career / business options – and Arbonne again!

Opportunities arise when you least expect them!  The key to success is being open to explore them!  DO YOU HAVE A PLAN B…? Most people don’t and I didn’t really either. Considering the current economy, and also that my husband is involved in professional sport, which can take us anywhere in the world, I decided to look at Arbonne more seriously.  And besides the effective, award winning Skincare, Cosmetics and Nutrition products, here are the other key reasons why I personally decided to start up an Arbonne business:

Arbonne is a 21st Century MLM business – it is an online business.  That means I don’t personally manage stock, payments or deliveries.  It also means that I can create a residual income (“earning money while I sleep”), so it can be run alongside my existing businesses.  It also means I can run my Arbonne business from anywhere in the world (whether on holiday or permanently relocated).  I found the start up costs to be lower than I expected.  The products are daily consumable products, so my success is based on the effort of repeat business, not constantly finding new customers.   And for me, the most exciting prospect of all, is that Arbonne is a $billion company, but currently only available in 4 countries: USA, Canada, UK and Australia.  And because I am not geographically limited with Arbonne, I can grow myself a global MLM business. And I suspect, that like me, you have friends and family scattered across the world too. Its not very often that you come across an established 30 year old, successful Company that still has HUGE growth potential.

Please feel free to contact me for a coffee, a chat to find out more about the business, and the opportunity to test drive the amazing Arbonne products.

Thank you for your time and curiosity!  Robyn Hatley
Tel:(0044)7946 018 971
email: [email protected]