Category Archives: - Multi Level Marketing

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

Mothers Day Gifts: Win Pampering Gifts from Neals Yard Remedies

Lucy Beckford is  an Independent Consultant and Team Leader with NYR Organic, the Party Plan arm of Neal’s Yard Remedies of Covent Garden.

Lucy Beckford

Lucy says:

Neal’s Yard Remedies is a family-owned, British company with over 30 years heritage of producing award-winning natural and organic health and beauty products.

NYR productsNYR Organic itself has only been around for 3 years and is rapidly growing, as people are becoming aware of the fabulous host reward programme for inviting a few friends round for a pampering session!  As such, there are many exciting business opportunities available as an Independent Consultant which are flexible to fit in with existing commitments, be that family or another job.

Someone offered me the opportunity to build a business with NYR Organic a year ago and it’s made a real positive difference to my life.  Contact me to find out how it could change yours.

 

Lucy can be found at  www.uk.nyrorganic.com/shop/lucybeckford

Today we are offering one lucky reader the chance to sample some Neals Yard products themselves or to give them as gifts for Mother’s Day.

motivatingmum giveaway

Lucy is giving away a duo of giftsets – one for you to give to your mum and one to keep for yourself!   The prizes are a Neal’s Yard Remedies Indulgence Gift Collection worth £35 and our Melissa Hand Care Giftset worth £28.50 – which one will you give away?

To enter this competition please check out the Rafflecopter below:

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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

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]
website: http://robynhatley.myarbonne.co.uk/

Mulit Level Marketing: Shona Andrews and Scentsy

Hello my name is Shona Andrews and this is my Scentsy Story.

 

I have always worked full time until the birth of my first child and even then returned to work after 6 months which I have always regretted.  When the second one came along I vowed to do it differently.  Unfortunately circumstances changed…ie husband left, I had to admit defeat and returned to work part time.  It’s then that I started to think about the work at home opportunitites.  I did a lot of research looking for the right product, and  the right company as there are so many scams out there.

I came across Scentsy by accident, I had relocated nearer my family for additional support and the new home was quite damp.  Although the family said they could not smell anything, I could…so out came the old scented candles I had had for years acting as ornaments. I soon discovered (hey, got kids now) ….naked flames attracted the baby, matches attracted the older one, the wick disappeared and could I find it??, lots of wasted scented wax up the side of glass jars and that’s not mentioning the smoke and soot on the walls.  I tried plug ins but they made me sneeze, so I was already looking for something different in the home fragrance department.   That’s when I came across Scentsy….I was looking at an article from a MLM blog and it mentioned this up and coming company just launching in the UK….though ok that’s good, opportunity to get in at the top….looked it up and was surprised to discover it was wickless candles!!!

What you may say!

Well, its an electric wax warmer to be precise but it uses block wax which is heated on a hot plate system.  I thought,  oh I want one of them…tried to find a local agent and the website kept directing me to US agents, as it’s been going over there for several years and was HUGE!  Fastest growing Direct Sales company ever… I eventually found one in Scotland….hint always sign under someone in the UK if possible as you will then get local support…time difference is a killer.

And after chatting with her and doing all my research, I signed up without even seeing the product except for online.

Since then we have formed a great support group covering Facebook groups to local meetings, and had our first conference, where we got to meet the owners of the company and learnt first hand the ethics and mission behind the company.  They had plenty of success stories but they concentrated on what this company can do for others, the fundraising they do is unbelievable and we even have our own Directors Scholarship Fund for our kids to apply for funding to university.

Anyone wanting to do more research (like me) please check out the website:

www.scentsy.net – check out products and About Scentsy at top right hand corner.

Please choose UK as different markets have different products.

It’s a great time to get onboard, earn that extra cash for Xmas…this product sells itself, does well at parties, basket parties and fairs….the product is so superior to any other on the market…as the wax does not burn but gently warms it carries a higher scent load (lasts longer) and none of the troubles of wicked candles, flame, smoke, soot.

It’s great for people with sensitive noses and health problems which mean they cant use wicked candles eg.  epilepsy.

My journey so far has been exciting and I am sure this is only the start…I have not heard of another consultant in my home town so lots of scope.  I have made loads of new friends and have a social life outside the kids for a change.  I now have that extra cash to treat the kids and MYSELF.

Being a mum everyone knows how we tend to put ourselves last on the list, doing a MLM job helps to give you something back, builds your confidence, gives you extra cash to tide us over these hard times and gives us a social life.

Don’t forget who you are, get the best of both worlds and do a MLM job, but choose carefully.  Find something you are passionate about and it won’t be selling.  Its just sharing a passion, makes it easier to talk about and the selling follows naturally.

Joining a new company makes it easier as well as not many people have heard of them so people are automatically going to ask ‘what’s that?’ and away you go’

Please check out my website www.scentsofshona.scentsy.co.uk for your Christmas shopping, or if you would like to join me representing this really exciting company in your town!