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Old 02-15-2008, 05:42 AM   #1
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Question Hobby Demo vs Business Demo

I am sure this has been covered before but I am contemplating signing up to be a demo. My demo now has a few people in her downline but the majority of them do not like her business style. She promises to hold meetings, help with ideas, provide business advice, etc but falls short of these promises. I have been with this demo for 5+ years and don't know anyone else. I don't know many people that would buy where I live so I am not sure being a demo is for me. I know I spend about $50 a month on SU products alone. I would like to hold workshops, stamp camps, etc. but I am not sure I would get a lot of returners because work is pretty saturated with SU demos, Pampered Chef, Avon, Tupperware, etc. I have also thought about selling cards, altered items, etc. online. Are the quarterly mins different if you classify yourself as a hobby demo?

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Old 02-15-2008, 05:53 AM   #2
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There is no difference in the world of SU demos. The quarterly minimum is $300.00 no matter who you are. I started out as a hobby demo who was not going to do any business at all, I just wanted to get the discount for my self but now I have a thriving business. Ithink it really depends how much time you want to put into it. Having a saturated area does make it more difficult. It does take a while to get an established customer base, but if you keep working at it you can get there. I'm sure there are other ladies here who can give you some more advice, good luck on your decision. I will say that this is a fabulous time to sign up with the free extra set of your choice and the 20% of the starter kit, I've never seen such a good deal in all of my 5 years as a demo.
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I am sure this has been covered before but I am contemplating signing up to be a demo. My demo now has a few people in her downline but the majority of them do not like her business style. She promises to hold meetings, help with ideas, provide business advice, etc but falls short of these promises. I have been with this demo for 5+ years and don't know anyone else. I don't know many people that would buy where I live so I am not sure being a demo is for me. I know I spend about $50 a month on SU products alone. I would like to hold workshops, stamp camps, etc. but I am not sure I would get a lot of returners because work is pretty saturated with SU demos, Pampered Chef, Avon, Tupperware, etc. I have also thought about selling cards, altered items, etc. online. Are the quarterly mins different if you classify yourself as a hobby demo?

Anyone have any advice, suggestions, thoughts on what I should do?
This is what motivated me to become a demo. My local demo didn't DO anything! We never heard about sales, promotions, nothing! AND it would take FOREVER to get orders in. I found a great demo on here (HI AMY!) and signed up under her. Between her and the wonderful ladies here, I have a GREAT support system and my business is doing very well. I've had many of her customers come to me (I DO NOT solicit them! They come on their own accord.) because I offer what she doesn't. If you have 1 or 2 who will order from you regularly, give them the BEST support and service you can (think of what you are NOT getting from your current demo and do the opposite!), eventually, through word-of-mouth, you will get others.
You can do this! And right now is THE time to sign up!
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Old 02-15-2008, 10:18 AM   #4
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I am another one who signed up for the discount, I figured if I was going to buy it, I might as well save some money. I signed up under the demo I was with as I liked her. We get together with another of her downline when we can and the three of us do two huge stamp camps a year. While I tend to find alot of info here, I know I can go to her if I need anything.
While I signed up with the intention of being strictly hobby I also have a great group of stamping friends and have been doing my own smaller stamp camps and having workshops with them. Every situation is different, but I decided to go for it and figured if I didn't want to anymore, I can let it go, but this is my 3rd year, and I still love what I do!
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Old 02-15-2008, 11:19 AM   #5
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I think you should interview other demos and find one that suits your needs. She may not even be a local person (your upline doesn't have to live close to provide support). Think about what you want in an upline as far as support, education and training--then ask those questions of potential uplines.

You may not think some people in your area will buy stamps or SU! product, but until you ask, you do not know for sure. I can tell you from first hand experience that one of my best customers came to her first party with the promise to the hostess "I'm not buying anything." Famous last words LOL! I heard this analogy and I think it's so perfect for this (and really any other homebased business): If you had a plateful of brownies and were at a party, would you "choose" who you "thought" would like one? No, you offer the brownies to EVERYONE! Well, SU! is your brownie!

There are so many ways to be a successful SU! demo. I say "go for it"! Good luck to you on your decision!!
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