It seems as everywhere you look, there are friends and family signing up to sell something. I see blog posts talking about losing friends because they’re selling something. As a blogger, I know that’s a fine line in my every day life as I share businesses and products that approach me (or, I approach) to receive some sort of compensation in order to promote something they sell. I’ve not experienced many people upset with me using Facebook at times, or my Instagram, for pitching something I was being paid for. Why? Because I feel my family and friends know me, and know that I am genuine for what I share on those platforms and this blog.
I started this blog back in 2008 while wedding planning, but I’ve been blogging since 2005. I’ve killed many sites because I got over it, but this is the longest running one. I really truly enjoy writing about our family experiences, sharing triumph and tragedies, and sharing what I come across along the way.
I’m also a Scentsy Consultant. I have a product I’ve used since 2010(ish) and finally decided to try my hand at selling it and earning additional income for our family. I think it says a lot when someone has used a product for so long that they really believe in it and want to genuinely share it with others. How do I know this? Because I technically am also a doTERRA direct sales consultant and could sell oils but I choose not to. I use them on the regular in our home (even though my husband isn’t all too keen on them) but I don’t really find a genuine way to incorporate it in a way to sell people on them. And yes, I know, they sell themselves. But really, isn’t that what all direct sales companies say?
I also technically was an Arbonne consultant back before I was married – but they ran their consultant signup differently and I did it to save significantly on my order habit. So where am I going with all this? Entering in to Direct Sales doesn’t mean you’re selling your soul to anything. It doesn’t mean you’ll lose friends. It can mean you earn money, build relationships, and learn a lot about yourself.
For me, I’ve always loved sales. I worked in retail for a handful of years before I got annoyed with the schedule and wanted my weekends back. After graduating college I went into an office job and loved my weekends off. But, I missed the random interactions I’d get with complete strangers. Not in a weird way. But if you’ve worked in retail – you know what I mean. Scentsy offers that to me. But it also offers the interest I have in marketing. I love figuring out ways to expand more, share the product, so people can figure out for themselves if it’s for them.
I’m not a pushy person. I don’t shove it down your throat. But I like what I sell and the past several months has proven that this is a good fit for me. I didn’t sign up to build this huge network of folks. Why? Because honestly you make more money when you sell items yourself. Right now I earn 25% on all of my sales. I’m definitely doing better than I thought. I attribute this to the friends and family that believe in me and want me to succeed. They share my posts, let friends know that I sell, and also buy through me if candles and scents are already their thing.
I’m also very open about what I do. So if someone messaged me asking me Is it really hard and do you actually earn money? Sort of, and Yes. You have to be willing to put yourself out there. I can’t host parties every night of the week or weekends. It doesn’t fit in to my current life stage with all the kids, Jon in school, and working. But, that doesn’t mean my business falls flat. I am willing to drop off packets to folks to go through my Scentsy testers on their own time. I’m willing to ship out a warmer to a friend to try it, with no obligation to them. I tell them upfront that I don’t care if you don’t like it, but I think you will and so I’m willing to pay for shipping there and back to try it out.
Have people always bought from me? No. Does that mean I get all upset and ignore them? No – that’s immature. It took me some time to make the decision to join Scentsy as an Independent Consultant. I did pray on it and talk it over with Jon and it’s honestly been such a blessing and I don’t mean that lightly. I never thought I’d be doing as well as I have been, as quickly as it’s grown.
So, should you sign up and join me? I think you should try it first or have some idea about it. I think you should be willing to try new avenues to network outside of just family and friends. Right now I have 3 lovely ladies working on my team. One is my friend, who was also one of my bridesmaids, who is amazing on Periscope – Jen. Another is Jon’s cousin (also, my cousin cuz duh – marriage). Erin had been purchasing for a bit, had a party, and decided to use that to launch her business. Both girls did amazing in their first month. The most recent one was a bit of a surprise to me. She found me through Scentsy’s website, emailed me, and after a quick exchange signed up. I can’t wait to meet her when her schedule frees up.
My team sponsor (who I had been purchasing from for years) shared this image with me. There’s 4 types of folks that sign up to be a consultant.
- Kitnapper: Joins to receive the product kit valued at over $300 with no plans to sell
- Hobbyist: Joins to receive the product kit, and stays active by placing orders for themselves and friends and family once every 3 months
- Part-Time: Joins to make extra money selling to freinds, families & co-workers. Places orders often and has fun sharing his/her passion for the products to earn extra money each month
- Career: Joins to launch him/herself into an amazing business opportunity. Loves sharing the products, building a team, and helpign others grow their businesses as well. Maintains consistent sales and growth and shows progression in his/her business. Earns a rewarding income
So where am I? I started as a Part-Timer. I have seen how much I’ve accomplished in the past 6 months and am realizing I can move into the Semi-Career. I don’t think I’ll be quitting my day job anytime soon, but I do see it as a means to accomplishing so much more. This post went on a lot longer than I anticipated. But, I thank you for reading and if you have any questions, leave a comment or you can message me!