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Old 08-25-2006, 06:35 PM   #1  
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I am not a pushy overly aggressive person at all. In fact I am a stay at home mom and don't get out of the house that much to meet a whole lot of new people and my children are still so young that the activities that I have them enrolled in do not allow for me to sit and talk to other moms's because my 3 & 1 year olds are too busy running around and before I know it class is over and were on our way home. So that being said, I've REALLY been considering becoming a demo, however, I know I've posted before with my concerns about meeting the quota's but are any of you demonstrators like myself and not very aggressive or very out going people (Idon't mean that in a bad way)Do most of you work and thats how/where you get your contacts, clients or workshops from? I am so confused and torn. Because a part of me wants this sooooo bad and the other part of me says where are you going to get all the people to make this happen? as you can see I have a tendancy to over think things (any therapists out there) =)
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Hi, I am also a stay at home mom in Michigan and I am a SU! demo. Although I am only a hobbist demo. I am able to meet my requirements. I choose to be a demo for the discount and the first hand access info. First decide do you have a place where you can hold such classes. Like your library or church, etc. Also there are lots of tools and tips on the Demo website to help with getting customers.

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Hi danamy!
I'm sure you will get a lot of advice and input, here is mine

You seem to be really mulling this over, so follow your gut feeling (my guess it is to sign up). What hooked me - no penalties/repercussions for quitting. I could sign up and get a lot of supplies for a great value with the Starter Kit (even better value with the current promotion) and then I could stock up at a discount. If there came a time when I couldn't meet my minimums, I would be done. Easy enough! I have yet to place an end of quarter order just to make my minimum (although I have spent plenty during some quarters, weather it was I needed supplies and then bumped my order up to get hostess benefits or I just couldn't resist the current promotion!)

I have been a demonstrator since March 2003 and love it. I am not a sales person. I work part-time in a retail store and refuse to be pushy - they haven't fired me yet! I also work in a school. So not a lot of time to devote to being a demonstrator. My customers are from here and there. I've had a handful of orders from school people + one workshop and a couple people at the store are on my mailing list. Something I did immediately after signing up: Put Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in the signature line of my home email, it goes out on everything I send and I have gotten a couple workshops from it - people I never expected to be interested so I didn't ask!!! They asked me when they saw my signature line! I also occasionally offer Stamp A Stacks; people who don't want to start a new hobby are often interested in paying to make a stack of cards to take home. Some of these I will never be a stamper" people now place regular orders.

One of the great things about being a Demonstrator is running your business the way you want to. You set your own goals (as long as they meet the minimum) and go from there. Your goals can include earning enough to pay for your own supplies, earning enough to make a car payment, earning enough to go to Convention, etc.

So, I say go for it! There are many perks to being a Demonstrator, talk to your current Demonstrator for more details! I'm sure she would love to have you join her team!
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danamy,
I guess it depends on what you want out of being a demo. Do you want to try to run a business? Teach classes? Do workshops? Just get the discount? The great thing about being a demo is that you don't have to do anything...but you can do as much as you want. The starter kit is an awesome value. Even if you purchase that, buy stuff at the discount for a bit, then drop, you have still gotten a great deal. There is no punishment or consequence of dropping...you get to keep all your stuff. As for being shy, who knows, maybe it would just take mentioning it to a friend or two and the word would spread. It really depends on the area you live. In Wisconsin, I hardly had to say peep and I had a great business starting, then I moved to Washington and really worked it...talked to everyone, posters, flyers, open houses, mystery hostesses, getting involved in groups...and nothing. So it really just depends...(although if you are really trying to run a top notch business, you will have to work it.) And maybe doing workshops and having a common interest will help bring you out of your shell.

Do what you think is right for you. I know I don't regret my decision. (Oh, and all the info I gave is for SU...I am not sure about the other stamping/crafting companies, but I would assume they are similar.)

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That was my concern when I signed up with TAC. Great thing is, the minimum requirement is just $100 in a 4 month period. Heck I could spend $25 a month easily! So I went for it and have never ever regretted it!

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You should check out www.theangelcompany.net - we sell unmounted stamp sets, papers, ink embellishments - etc........ it is way smaller than SU (but moving along in getting demonstrators out there). I tend not to be very aggresive but between my few stamping friends, and the internet, I am able to maintain my quartly minimums - which is only $100.00 in retail sales every 4 months along with lots of other benefits to the demos- as well as the great hostess and customer benefits - if you would like more information check out the website (snip by jbalcer) whatever you decide - I am sure that you will do what is best for you and your family!

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I agree that TAC might be a good option for you!!
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I knew TAC demos would pipe in.
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I'm a sahm in MI, too, and an SU demo. I love it!!! All you really need is a handful of good customers, and then you'll be ok. I place my bigger orders for myself at Christmas and tax time, and am able to rely on customers the rest of the time to help make my minimums. Talk to your demo about it, then she could help you get a feel for things in your area.
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Also, pushy and overly aggressive is not a good demo!
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Yeppers!

And why would we not? When someone is concerned about whether or not they would be able to meet the minimum sales requirements, they need to explore all their options. I would be very disappointed if someone out there knew of something that could be a possiblity for me but didn't tell me about it.

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Why do you want to be a demo? What about it makes you want to do it "sooo bad"? To earn money? Help meet people? Teach stamping? Get the product for yourself at a discount? What is your definition of being successful?

The best salespeople I know are not pushy aggressive in the annoying, negative sense. But, they are aggressive in that they are always working the product, regardless of whether it is life insurance or rubber stamps or make- up. They LOVE the product, believe in it, and are genuinely enthusiastic about sharing it. They are good at connecting with people and are not devastated when 90% of the time the potential customer says no, because they are able to earn $$ with the 10% who say yes. They don't take it personally when someone isn't interested. They provide top notch customer service and inspire loyalty among their customers. And, they spend a fair amount of time at it.

You can't expect to join, sit back and have lots of sales. That might happen, but lots of times it does not. However, there are specific actions you can take to increase sales -- sometimes you literally need only one good steady customer to help you meet your minimums. Depending upon your goals, that might be fine right now.

Some demos send cards and other stamped items to everyone they know, bring the catalog with them everywhere, and eventually people ask what they are doing and they get sales that way. I got a couple of customers at my office simply because I always make cards and give them to folks at work. One day someone came up to me out of the blue and said "teach me what you do" and she buys about $800 a year from me.

Other demos ask everyone they know to book a workshop, and some do and some don't, but little by little their business grows. They use their SU websites, parties, stamp camps, Christmas in July, etc. to find and keep customers. Most successful demos stay in contact with their customers, many through newsletters or simple emails. In other words, there are many ways to find customers, but it requires effort.

Before jumping in, perhaps you could "sit down" with at least 2 SU demonstrators who are successful in selling the product and share with them your goals and ask them specifically how they can help you reach your goals and what they provide to their current downline to help those demos reach their goals. Ask for references and talk to these references and see if the upline is doing what she says she is doing.

I am not recruiting (you or anyone else)!! While a long distance upline can be terrific, you might benefit from a skilled one who is local and can provide you with the support you may need.

One final thought -- keep in mind that the starter kit is 200$. If you can afford that, know your goals, and have some specific plans on how to reach your goals, I don't know why you would not be successful!
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I am a sahm and just signed up in July. I am not particularly outgoing, in fact new situations sorta freak me out. I hold a monthly cardmaking class in my home, and have been amazed at how many people want to come! LOL Stampin Up is a great company. Everyone has been very kind to me, and I *love* the products. I think that excitement comes through to people.

I would say you can do it if you love the products. And as was mentioned above, there is no penalty for stopping! You can pm me if you'd like.
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I think you need to do what is best for you. Am I correct in assuming you were talking about becoming a SU demonstrator? I think that is great! We are not here to persuade you to go with other companies unless you asked us that first.

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I think you need to do what is best for you. Am I correct in assuming you were talking about becoming a SU demonstrator? I think that is great! We are not here to persuade you to go with other companies unless you asked us that first.

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Robyn is correct. I just re read your original post and realized that you never mentioned SU or any other stamp company. You can take all this advice and apply it to any company!!
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Robyn is correct. I just re read your original post and realized that you never mentioned SU or any other stamp company. You can take all this advice and apply it to any company!!

I assumed she was talking about SU because she used the term demonstrator. If she would have said Angel we would know she was talking about TAC. Right??

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Not necessarily! People who are not familiar with TAC would not know that the demos call themselves "angels".

I think we were all just contributing advice to the original poster, just as she asked. Please don't read anything else in to it.

She asked for "general" advice and that's what she's been given - LOTS of great advice from everyone! Awesome!
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Yes a demo for SU!!
Ladies I want to THANK YOU for all of your comments. It just amazes that there are soooo many nice people on this website. When ever I need a question answered, or need to bounce an idea off of someone, you gals always come though. Your like instant therapy! (could I subconsciously be in need of a therapist? this is the 2nd time I've used the word therapist) =)
All of you have been such an inspiration. I have to say tho, Joan B, you kicked it into gear for me. You would be a great military leader LOL!!! you sure got my attention. =) You advice was very helpful.
Thank you all for your kind words and you very resourceful information.

Triciaana I really like the idea of putting SU Demo in my signature line on my personal e-mail address. Great idea!
AGAIN thank all!!
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The worst thing that can happen is you sign up......get a great deal on some really great products(the starter kit, some people sign up just to take advantage of this great price!!!), have a discount on those great products, get a monthly publication with great tips and ideas for helping you boost your business, meet lots of great people, a great support system here, fun, and "therapy"! If you find it's not for you, you can drop, no strings attached. (except for the friends you have made!)
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I have been buying TAC for several years and until I came to this board I had no idea that they called themselves angels. In fact, when I saw that in signature lines I thought it was some kind of special RAK group or something.
I am glad that all kinds of demonstrators are welcome on this board. Right???
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The girls on here are great and all have great advice to share! There is so many wonderful companies such as SU, TAC and CTMH. Each is different and all are who sign with them are called demonstrators or consultants who demonstrate the product at home workshops. If you want specific advice on a particular company, each company has it's own website too. I don't know them all but I'm sure if you type the name of the company in your search engine, you could find them easily. And, I'm sure if you specify which company you are interested in, Demos from that company can give you insight and direct you to the companies home page. I wish you well!! Teaching rubber stamping is such a huge part of my life and if you want to do it badly enough, you WILL make it work! Good luck!!!
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Ladies I want to THANK YOU for all of your comments. It just amazes that there are soooo many nice people on this website. When ever I need a question answered, or need to bounce an idea off of someone, you gals always come though. Your like instant therapy! (could I subconsciously be in need of a therapist? this is the 2nd time I've used the word therapist) =)
All of you have been such an inspiration. I have to say tho, Joan B, you kicked it into gear for me. You would be a great military leader LOL!!! you sure got my attention. =) You advice was very helpful.
Thank you all for your kind words and you very resourceful information.

Triciaana I really like the idea of putting SU Demo in my signature line on my personal e-mail address. Great idea!
AGAIN thank all!!
Of all the careers/jobs I've had, military leader is the MOST unsuitable!! Best of luck.
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Gina, just wanted to say I LOVE your blog. I could not respond in the comments part due to a computer glitch, but wanted you to know that your aida cloth samples are just so wonderful that I have to order that stamp on Monday!!
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I signed up as a demo for SU about a year ago. I guess I'm somewhere between a hobby demo and a business demo. I like the fact that I can work at it as little or as much as I like. I normally do 2-4 events a month, and I could make my minimums easily just doing one a month if I decided I needed to. I started out with a couple friends having workshops and then their friends wanted to do workshops (and on it went). Now I have 2 monthly clubs and a 3rd in the works.
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Gina, just wanted to say I LOVE your blog. I could not respond in the comments part due to a computer glitch, but wanted you to know that your aida cloth samples are just so wonderful that I have to order that stamp on Monday!!
Oh, garsh- thank so much!

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Man!!! I'm typing too fast-
I keep missing letters in my words!!! I hate that. Especially since I can't edit anymore!
Okay, I'm over it...
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I wanted to reply about your shy personality. I have a shy personality, and I stay at home with my 3 children, and homeschool them. When I found SU! I was thrilled with the product, but then got to thinking this could be a way for me to meet other women and have a night out with some fun stamping. So I signed up 2 1/2 years ago. I met some women thru church, and begged my best friend to have a workshop for me. Since then, I have grown little by little and enjoy my time out. I kept it to 2 clubs a month, and that is enough business for me at this time of my life. I have a 3 year old, 15 and 13 year old daughters so I have no time to meet others. It seems that some will tell their friends to come with them to a class and it has grown.

So you can meet the minimums, I am sure of it. If you are excited about the product, you don't need to be pushy. People see what a good product SU is, and your excitement to show them all the things you can do, and it sells without any pushiness!

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I can't speak for all the SU demos out there, but I can easily make my own quarterly minimum all by myself just cause I love the product! I have never had a problem reaching my goals and I work full time, volunteer in many organizations and keep pretty busy with my life. My list from this catalog is very long and I whittle away at it whenever I can.

I think it is great that you came to the general forum asking for advise. It is a great site and very nurturing for its demos. The demo only forum has so many things that helps us in our workshops and building our business. Maybe I will see you there some time.

Good luck on your decision!!

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I'm another who wants to put in a plug for your enthusiasm being key. I think when you are so excited about your product, it becomes a matter of sharing, really, rather than "selling." You're having fun, and it shows!
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I am not a pushy overly aggressive person at all. In fact I am a stay at home mom and don't get out of the house that much to meet a whole lot of new people and my children are still so young that the activities that I have them enrolled in do not allow for me to sit and talk to other moms's because my 3 & 1 year olds are too busy running around and before I know it class is over and were on our way home. So that being said, I've REALLY been considering becoming a demo, however, I know I've posted before with my concerns about meeting the quota's but are any of you demonstrators like myself and not very aggressive or very out going people (Idon't mean that in a bad way)Do most of you work and thats how/where you get your contacts, clients or workshops from? I am so confused and torn. Because a part of me wants this sooooo bad and the other part of me says where are you going to get all the people to make this happen? as you can see I have a tendancy to over think things (any therapists out there) =)
I would appreciate any comments that any of you have. Especially those of you who are some what like my self. Thank you!!!!
Many people feel the same way you do when they first dicide to take the plunge into demo-hood. What they usually find is that they already know many of their future customers... or that those people will lead them to their future customers! My son (now 2) waqs 4 months old when I became a demo, I had no intentions of selling... just making the minimums with a couple friends and enjoying the big discount, incentives and free stamps! My business just started to take off at one point, and I had a lot of requests for workshops... not to say that success had fallen into my lap... I have to do some work!

I love that I can take as many workshops as I want to each month... and now I have mostly classes here in my house which is great. I like that SU does a lot of the marketing FOR me; with great national advertising campaigns... my name on the Demo locator... and that SU is such a respected name in the stamping community. In fact I have several VERY successful demos withing miles of me, and there is still such a demand for great classes and sincere, helpful demos.

I am listed on the demo locator, and I have done most of my customer contacts via email and phone... I mail out only sometimes. I hold 3-4 classes in my house a month. Sometimes (like tonight) only a couple people come, but sometimes a dozen attend! Either way we always have fun! I have 1-2 workshops outside the home per month too. I get a lot of new contacts on the playground or Mom's groups/Playgroups. I also make sure to book NEW workshops AT the current workshop. Stampin' Up! and my awesome uplines taught me many "tricks of the trade" that help me generate new clients. be sure to ask your future upline what she offers in training.

Re: shyness... well I am not a shy person... BUT I have some people on my team that are VERY shy...and they do SO WELL! I think it works to their advantage in a way... I feel sometimes like I come off "saleswomany" and people feel intimidated or scared away... I am trying to learn from the Shy Types! I think sometimes a shy person comes off as sincere and real and Honest! What great traits!

Last but not least; I had like 3-4 close friends when I became a demo. Now I have literally HUNDREDS of friends I can count on! It is so nice to know that you belong to such a great sisterhood of demonstrators! with around 50,000ish demos across the country... there is bound to be a big team in your area you can join! It is so much fun to get together with a bunch of stampers and crazy for stamping as you are! Some groups are in the hundreds or Thousands! And many meet regularly.

I hope this helps!
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Old 08-25-2006, 10:36 PM   #32  
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When I considered becoming a demonstrator, there were only 2 in home companies that I knew of (CTMH & SU). I had the catalog for both & wrote my wish lists down for both. The company that I decided to sign up with I am still with and have never regretted it. I chose them based on the fact that my wish list was 3 or 4 pages long, whereas the other company didn't even fill up 1 sheet! LOL. I have been with this company for over 7 yrs now & couldn't be happier. I work a full time job (7 nights on, 7 off) and on my 7 days off I work at a part time job--usually 3 or 4 days per week. I do not have children, but do have a DH who is a farmer. I love that if I choose to do workshops, classes or stamp camps, I can, but I am not obligated to do them. I still get my discount & I am lucky that my co-workers really love this company as much as I do & they help me make my minimums. (Even though I could make the minimums on my own, based on my ever growing wish list).

I am proud to be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator & love the company. When I go to convention or regional seminars, they make us feel so like family. I love that they are as helpful to the hobby demonstrator as they are to the business demonstrator. This is an awesome company and an awesome group of demonstrators and that is why I continue with them................

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Old 08-25-2006, 11:28 PM   #33  
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The worst thing that can happen is you sign up......get a great deal on some really great products(the starter kit, some people sign up just to take advantage of this great price!!!), have a discount on those great products, get a monthly publication with great tips and ideas for helping you boost your business, meet lots of great people, a great support system here, fun, and "therapy"! If you find it's not for you, you can drop, no strings attached. (except for the friends you have made!)
ITA! If you can afford the starter kit, go for it! You have plenty of time to try it out as you don't have to worry about minimums in your first quarter as a demo, and you can always drop it without a hassle.

I think that SU!'s minimums are high enough to show confidence in the quality of our product and the easy sales that come as a result yet low enough to meet with minimal effort. One successful show a quarter can easily meet the minimum, or two shows with just enough to earn benefits for the hostess. That's really not a lot!

And SU! helps us out a lot. Every month, in our demo magazine, there is a card layout idea that you can use for your workshops that month. In fact, the whole magazine is full of great tips and ideas to get your business going and keep it going, but it's also great for those of us who are hobby demos just looking for new creative ideas as well. The SU! demo site has a stampers' showcase full of card samples, as well as workshop templates and project templates. Every time we have a special, SU! does up a flyer that we can download and distribute. I could go on and on but I won't.

As far as not being pushy or outgoing, I don't think that's a problem. If you love to stamp, and you love SU!'s products (or most of them -- no one has to love everything!) you can promote yourself and your business without being pushy. The enjoyment that you get out of what you do is the best advertising!
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Old 08-25-2006, 11:43 PM   #34  
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I can't speak for all the SU demos out there, but I can easily make my own quarterly minimum all by myself just cause I love the product!
What she said!!!!!!
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If you love the product...sign up! You are not required to stay in any length of time. You are not required to do workshops, classes or parties. I had a dear friend who purchased a lot of product from me. When the great sign on bonus was going on last year, I told her (and her sister about it). They both decided to sign up. I told them just do it as long as they felt they had things they wanted to buy so they could do it at the discount. It's been over a year and they are having a blast. They do not hold workshops, classes, etc...they are just doing this for themselves. They've decided that when they both can do separate demoships, one will drop and then purchase from the other.

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