Has anyone been a party consultant?

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Has anyone been a party consultant?
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Thu, 10-16-2003 - 3:20pm
I absolutely LOVE Discovery Toys and I'm thinking about becoming a consultant to sell the toys. I've had 3 parties in the past 4 years and they've all been pretty successful. I know the products, and the woman who is my consultant would love to have me join her team because I'm so enthusiastic about the toys! LOL! I also want to buy them ALL but can't afford that of course! My main reasons for doing it are that I think I'd love the work. I'd love the people contact and making new friends! I'd love the opportunity to get the toys at a discount. And, it would be great to make some extra money for the houshold budget. My main concerns are the time it might take away from my kids and family and money issues. I would probably have to hire a babysitter for at least part of the time I'm out selling as my husband works late about 4 nights a week. I'm afraid that might eat up any profits I make selling. Also, I don't want to give up my weekends because thats our only real family time. I also don't have a ton of room to store toys when they come in.

So that's my story... can you tell I'm still in a quandry? Have any of the rest of you been successful? How was it being a party consultant... be it Pampered Chef, Party Lite Candles, Tupperware etc...? Any input is appreciated!

Edie

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Thu, 10-16-2003 - 7:24pm
I am a Longaberger consultant---I do it just for the discount, I've been doing it for 5.5 years and I've never had a party LOL, I never planned on having parties. I sell to my MIL, and I've sold a little on Ebay, but I'm just not outgoing enough to give parties. If you are spending a lot of money on the toys already, it is totally worth it to become a consultant. I don't know what the discount is on Discovery toys, but it is 25% on Longaberger, plus other perks, awards, and discounts that are based on sales. This will be the last year I am a consultant. They've changed their products a lot, and I'm just not as interested anymore---and really--how many baskets and pottery does one house need?

Anyway--if you think you can do a good job on the presentations, and you know enough people to sell to, give it a shot! You really have nothing to lose if you are already spending the money on the toys. You don't *have* to have parties, though, if you don't think you'll have the time--you can do open houses (especially around Xmas), online sales (not sure how Discovery is, but Longaberger severely frowns on internet and Ebay sales), catalog sales, gift "registries" (for baby showers and birthday parties). I had a Longaberger bridal shower when I got married--that's how I got hooked on Longaberger!


Sara
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Thu, 10-16-2003 - 7:28pm
Hi--

I usually lurk, but just had to answer your question. I recently signed on w/ CM Scrapbooking(in Aug.). Since that time, I have found that there were LOTS of "little" things that weren't mentioned to me before signing up(ie. a 3 mo. quota that wasn't very clear, re-activation fees if you are deactivated, a limit on your 1st order, etc...). I would be very sure of exactly what you will need to pay for before signing anything.

That said, I do love doing the shows--but have only done 2. I have my 3rd tomorrow pm. I am going w/ the attitude that if I don't make my 3 mo. quota, it's ok, I tried, & I'm not going to lose sleep over it!

The profit for us has not shown up yet--I still have yet to make back the initial fee for the start-up kit. I do live in an area where CM is big--seems like everyone knows someone who sells it. Plus I have found that there are items that I would like to have that come out every month(being a consultant, I receive plenty of "new products" alerts-lol!) & I normally would not buy these things if I wasn't a consultant.

Just some things to keep in mind before you sign. Best wishes w/ it--you never know what could happen--you could hit the market big & do great:)!! Take care~Chris(sorry so choppy--I need to go & get the kids into bed!).

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Registered: 04-02-2003
Thu, 10-16-2003 - 9:16pm
Hi,

I do 3 passion parties, tastefully simple and body shop at home. I agree with the poster above look for all the hidden costs so to say. It is totally with YOU put into it. It is hard but it can work good luck!!

Maureen

If you have any other questions you can email me at passionpartiesmichigan@yahoo.com
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Registered: 07-05-2003
Thu, 10-16-2003 - 9:58pm
I am a consultant with Usborne Books. I agree with the others that you need to really research it. When I decided to stay home with my children, I looked at a lot of companies. One of the reasons I picked Usborne (besides the great books for my kids) was that there are no minimums. Another reason is that I can do bookfairs and sell to schools and libraries as well as homeshows, so I can work on my dh's days off instead of at night, so I don't have to worry about getting a babysitter.

I think you already have what it takes to be a great DT consultant - you love the product! That is key!! I am not a very outgoing person, but I love the books and that comes across when I talked to people. I think that has helped me to be successful. It truly is what you make of it.


Tara

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Registered: 09-27-2003
Fri, 10-17-2003 - 1:16pm
I sold Henn Workshops (similar to Longaberger- baskets & pottery) for several years. I wanted to give you some more stuff to consider. At the time I signed up I thought I knew enough people who were enthusiastic about the product that I could grow a business. Well, what I didn't count on was, a lot of the folks I knew, already had a consultant- the same one I signed up under. She wasn't the least bit happy if I got an order from a mutual aquaintance- everyone she'd ever sold to was "her" customer- even the girl who'd been maid of honor at my wedding, my next door neighbor, etc!! It was impossible to keep her happy, which was important if I wanted to grow within the company. I ended up feeling like I was bothering new people when I approached them with the products (since everyone I knew who already liked it was off limits). As a SAHM I quickly ran out of people to approach and I needed new friends more than new customers so I eventually gave it up. Before you sign up, ask your sponsor what will happen if some of her regular customers start buying from you. Ask yourself how comfortable you will be asking people you meet at church or the PTA to listen to a sales pitch. My SIL, a dear girl, started selling PartyLite last year, and it is ALL she talks about. She's very successful at it, but it is irritating that she brings her catalogs everywhere and talks about it nonstop. I have ended up buying just to shut her up. Would it bother you if people thought that about you, or avaioded you because they didn't feel comfortable saying no when you were so excited about it? I don't think everyone has these problems but they certainly DO exist and bear consideration. I wish you the very best if you decide to go forward with your business. Good Luck with your decision! Dawn
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Sat, 10-18-2003 - 3:37pm
Hi Edie!

I'm a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant and I love it! There is such a support group once you are in the "bubble". It's SO easy to make a profit, especailly because its a consumable product, so you get reorders. The company has so many tools to help you out its almost too easy. I'm not a very out going person, but it's not that hard. Everything is hands on and you see women without their makeup on, so you don't really get nervous. There is a lot of people out there selling it, but once you make a customer...you make them for life. Also, its the customer that gets to decide who they want to buy from. When my friends found out I sold, they buy from me. And if I have a customer that wants to buy from someone else-power to them. I think its an awesome company and awesome people. There are tons of prizes and perks. It is quite an investment in the beginning if you want to make it a career, but with some patience an hard work, you can really make a nice income. Also, if you just like the products, its better to be a consultant so you can get them 50% off. Let me know if you have any questions or want any videos, tapes, books, etc., I really do love what I do! It is important to research before you start something like this. I too was about to do DT, but because of the reorders that I get with Mary Kay, it seemed like a better career to get into. But if you love the toys, and just want them at a discount, go for it!


Best of Luck!

Karen

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