Seven Reasons To Join My Demonstrator Team
In October, I’ll be celebrating 15 years as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. That’s the longest I’ve done anything (except for being a student, wife, and mother, of course), so what’s the attraction? There must be something cool about being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, right?
Here are my top seven reasons for joining my demo team.
- 20% Minimum Discount
This was the main reason I joined. I was already spending the “minimum” demonstrators need to spend to remain active, so I figured I’d actually be saving at least $20 every month. (Mike raised an eyebrow at my logic, but didn’t say anything. Another reason he’s a keeper!) The discount applies to all puchases except business supplies – like catalogs and order forms – and, depending on your sales, you can enjoy a larger discount PLUS volume rebates each month.
- Opportunity to Preorder New Products
This was another huge benefit for me. I’m not good at waiting, and as a demonstrator, I can preorder new catalog products a month or more in advance – at my discount.
- Totally Customizable Starter Kit
Your starter kit will contain $125 in products of your choosing. You can order basics if you’re just starting out, or you can load up on stamps, ink, or even the Big Shot. The cost of the starter kit is only $99 (plus tax), and there’s no shipping fee. PLUS if you join before March 31 (during Sale-a-bration), you can add two stamp sets of your choice FREE. Depending on the stamp sets you select, that’s up to $104 more in product.
- Free Stuff
This was another big deal for me; “free” gets me every time. You’ll earn “Flex Points” for sales as well as for tenure, promotions, and leadership. You can cash in the points for all kinds of things, including catalog product or gift cards, events, trips, and more.
Every April and November, Stampin’ Up! holds an “OnStage” event. Since there are three major markets (North America, South Pacific, Europe), the live event rotates between the three. April 2016 was live in North America, November 2016 was live in the South Pacific, and this April, OnStage Live will be in Europe. The two other markets have OnStage Local. It’s shorter than the live event, but there are videos from the live event as well as local presenters and members of the Stampin’ Up! training team in attendance, make & takes with brand new products, and Prize Patrol (aka “More Free Stuff!”). One of the local events in April is in Richmond, VA, so we have a nice group of demos going from our area. No matter if it’s live or local, it’s still a fun event – and we have the opportunity to see new catalog products and “pre-preorder!”
Stampin’ Up! offers lots of free training for demonstrators. There are videos, a quarterly magazine, an online weekly newletter, and lots of other online training resources. And there are forums, facebook groups, and other social media outlets available only to demonstrators that are full of ideas, inspiration, and tips.
This wasn’t a reason I joined, but it’s one of the main reasons I’m still here. The friendships I’ve made in person and online are priceless. Some aren’t demonstrators any more, but we still stay in touch. I can honestly say they’re some of my best friends.
You may be thinking, “But I don’t want to hold classes or workshops.” That’s ok! You don’t have to. As a matter of fact, I didn’t either. I only wanted to enjoy the discount. But soon after I joined, my upline moved across the country, and by then I had lots of friends who also enjoyed paper crafts. So I held a few workshops, formed a club, and taught some classes, and before I knew it, other people were paying for my addiction, er, craft supplies.
Another question I hear is, “How much do I have to spend/sell?” The minimum is $300/quarter, and you have a full quarter to make your first minimum. So if you join now, you’ll have until June 30. If you don’t reach $300, you’ll be in “pending.” Pending is not a big deal; it just means you have another month to make up the shortfall. So, really, you’ll have until July 31 to spend or sell $300 in product. If you’re still short, you’ll be dropped, but you can re-join any time you want. There’s no penalty, and you can drop and rejoin as many times as you need.
The final question – “Would you do it again, knowing all you know now?” Absolutely! It’s been one of the most rewarding things I’ve done. And, yes, you can make money doing this! I didn’t for the first several years, because I was spending a lot on myself. But if you’re wise about your purchases, you can definitely make money. And there are lots of extra perks and rewards you can earn as well.
So there you have it. My Seven Reasons To Join My Team – and three FAQs. And because I can’t leave you without something fun to look at, here’s a video showing off one of our new Sale-a-bration stamp sets (only available through March 31), Reverse Words.
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