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Old 08-29-2008, 06:18 PM   #1
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I am not quite sure where to post this dilema....I need tp make extra money, single Mom raising to boys and really seem to be living paycheck to paycheck and never getting ahead. I was thinking of either joing Creative Memories orStampin Up. I have been a CM consultant before and thought they were living way behind technology. I have recently been reintroduced to Cm and was impressed with their direction they are going. I have never really been a stamper, but Ilove the SU catalog and all the different ways you can use their products. Any one have any thoughts on either one of these companies and pros or cons on either one? I have till Sept 30 for the CM promotion and Oct 11? on the SU promotion. I don;t really have a true upline for either one, someone to ask these questions!!!!
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Old 08-29-2008, 06:33 PM   #2
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Well, the only input that I have, if you are in need of extra money fast, I don't think any of these companies are the answer. You really need to put alot of time and effort into building a customer base. I think "time" is the main key here, because it doesn't happen overnight. HTH - Good Luck!
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I agree with Julia. You also have to watch out that you don't spend too much--either with the mindset that you "have" to have it to demo or that it's cheaper for you.

But I also think if you really want to demo, you have to consider the saturation of both in your area, the minimum requirements, etc. Also consider how old your kids are--if you REALLY make a lot of $ at this, you'll have to be gone or working at home several evenings and/or weekend afternoons.

HTH just a bit! Best wishes in your decision making!
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While SU Demonstrators definitely have to have enough supplies on hand to do demos, workshops, etc, they don 't have to have backstock. Creative Memories, if it hasn't changed, expects you to have most items on hand (so the scrapbooker can walk away with their supplies to get started), so I always thought it would be a bit costly to have everything and also a gamble (what if one of the products never sold?). Also, there is much competition in the scrabooking world with large, convenient stores (Hobby Lobby, Michaels). Although the quality of CM is high, scrapbookers still spend lots of extra money for embellishments that they don't offer. SU definitely has a corner on the market for the mainstream stamper.

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I don't see a thread for the CTMH convention......
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I would go with SU! because of the stocking-your-own-product issue mentioned by the earlier poster. SU! is, like you said, more up-to-date and trendy.. but not a big money maker.

have you thought of an overall career change? i was a single mother since my son's conception, and i got two degrees while raising him alone so i could have a great career for us. (i'm a teacher now...) you can do anything you put your mind to..
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I really don't want to be a downer on this one, but if you are really looking to make extra money, this may not be the way to go. I am not a demo, but I think SU requires you to purchase a start up kit (around $200 I think?). Just to make that investment back you would have to sell about $1000 in merchandise (SU demos, please correct me if I am wrong). If you "have never really been a stamper" and don't have a good upline near you, you will be spending ALOT of time learning and trying to get a business going before you even make anything. I would hate for you go to into something like this and have it cost you more, especially when you are on a tight budget.
I hope you realize I am not bashing any of these companies, I have ordered from many of them, but made a decision not to become a demo because I did not see that I could make any significant money for the time and effort I would have to put in. Some demos do very well, and many are hobby demos, who are in for the discount for their own supplies.
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SU is currently offering a $99 starter kit, but I agree that it is not easy to make money right off the bat no matter which company you go with. One thing to consider is how many other demonstrators are in your area. If your market is saturated, you may have trouble finding customers.
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I would agree with the previous commets - either company is going to require both upfront costs and time to build a customer base that would allow you to start selling and then making money based on sales.

If you enjoy crafting, what about crafting items to sell? At least then you'll be making a higher percentage of profit than with the 20% minimum with SU (I'm not sure about CM). Just make sure you price things to include your time spent making them! Don't sell yourself short.

Hope that help! Good luck!
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I would agree with the previous commets - either company is going to require both upfront costs and time to build a customer base that would allow you to start selling and then making money based on sales.

If you enjoy crafting, what about crafting items to sell? At least then you'll be making a higher percentage of profit than with the 20% minimum with SU (I'm not sure about CM). Just make sure you price things to include your time spent making them! Don't sell yourself short.

Hope that help! Good luck!
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I agree with what everyone has said. I was a CMC for years and they suggest you keep an inventory but do not have to keep an inventory. I would say sign up with which ever interests YOU more...
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Hi Cathy,

I agree with everyone else, I don't think either of these is really going to be the money maker that you need. It takes a LOT of time and energy to build businesses with either of these. Also, I'm not sure of the ages of your boys, but will you have to pay babysitters while you're out doing workshops in the evenings or on weekends? That alone would probably cancel out any potential profit.

Personally, I'd consider other options. Good luck with whatever you decide!
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Ladies..I really appreciate all the help here!!! I have already started doing work for other people, I have 2 wedding and 1 baby album lined up right now.
So none of you worry, my kids are not really kids anymore, they are 19 and 16. They have gotten to where they really don't need me as much as I need them!!! I am just tired of being alone all the time, but these albums should keep me busy anyway!
You guys are the best!!!
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Ladies..I really appreciate all the help here!!! I have already started doing work for other people, I have 2 wedding and 1 baby album lined up right now.
So none of you worry, my kids are not really kids anymore, they are 19 and 16. They have gotten to where they really don't need me as much as I need them!!! I am just tired of being alone all the time, but these albums should keep me busy anyway!
You guys are the best!!!
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You can make money with SU, but not quickly and not if you want to spend much time with your boys. To be successful you need to be VERY committed to working your tail off. Personally, I think that would be hard to do while raising kids on your own. Just my opinion. And if you aren't really a stamper, you'd have to spend even MORE time learning to be good at what you're demoing.
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You may want to look into Home Interiors. They have special right now and you can become a consultant for $39.00 which is your business supplies. Instead of having a party and bringing a bunch of samples maybe you could have book parties. Just a thought.
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I think CM has come a long way, but their product line is still pretty dated--JMO tho. In all fairness, I do work in an LSS, so Have the latest and greatest at my fingertips every day! : )
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Here's a link to some "work at home" jobs as seen on the ABC News. Could possibly be some better options for you there, as opposed to being a demo for any company (you may end up spending as much or more than you earn, LOL)

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/TakeContro...ory?id=2621388
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