Due to the amount of hate mail I have received regarding this post, I thought I would add a little clarification for all you out there who say I am “rude.” I am currently a consultant with two companies and I place my obligatory minimum order every quarter. I like getting my discount on products I would be purchasing anyway, and sell to people who know I sell these products so I can get my minimum order large enough.
I have a confession to make: I love signing up for companies just to get their starter kits. Case in point, Pampered Chef. Have you seen all the products in the starter kit? Amazing. I did that about five years ago..before I knew I was goi g to be a “kit napper” I had every intent on actually selling it. however, life happens and I ended up just getting the great products. Creative Memories…about four years ago. Again, had every intention of selling. But lo and behind, I did not know enough people who loved scrap booking as much as me and I ended up being my only customer. You have to realize, when I did the two companies, Facebook and Twitter marketing were not what they are today. I still use all of that stuff to scrapbook, but have found more affordable options elsewhere. Initials Inc? Same deal. I really wanted to sell the super cute bags, but the market was saturated with Thirty-One consultants. Literally, I work with three of them in one office. Last year. I really had every intention to sell that…but life got in the way. Their bags are GREAT. And Thirty-One…love their bags as well, signed up to sell them two years ago, but again, little did i realize they are a dime a dozen in my area. I still use everything that was in the starter kits, and if anyone wants to purchase anything, I direct them to the people I signed up under.
I am getting ready to get the kits for Mary Kay and Tastefully Simple. Tastefully Simple- I know I can sell that stuff like crazy. Mary Kay- I miss getting my makeup 50% off (I sold it 10 years ago. Plus the company is so positive and loving…I really like Mary Kay!)
The other day, amongst all of these temptations to sell these things, someone tried to convince me to sell Tupperware too. You see, some friends and I have a plan to sell at expos and vendor fairs all together. It should be fun and interesting, and at least selling a little bit will pay for all my products for personal use!
An update since writing this post six months ago: As mentioned earlier,I do place my minimum orders. The people I signed up under are fully aware that I am strictly “personal use” and have no intent of making any kind of full time effort with the companies, and I was completely up front with them from the beginning.
There is nothing wrong with singing up as a personal use consultant, as long as you are honest with the persons you are signing under. People get really excited about getting new consultants on their team because it means more money for them plus potentially a “promotion” for them.