Wholesale Scrapbooking: Should You Start A Direct Sales
Scrapbooking Business Just The Discount?
Have you ever thought about signing on with a scrapbooking
direct sales company, just to get the discount on your own
supplies? It can be a great way to get your own product at a
discount and meet other scrapbookers, but it's also important to
read the fine print. Here are seven of the most important factors
1. Style of products. The most important factor to consider is
whether that the product line fits with your style and budget. If
you are big into embellishments, make sure that the product line
encompasses this. How often are new products released?
2. Discount levels. What is the discount for
Instructors/Consultants? Is there a special plan and/or personal
volume requirement for scrapbookers who are joining the company
"just for the discount?" (often referred to as "Hobbyists.")
3. Monthly minimums. What kind of personal volume is required
on a monthly basis? If you decide to design custom albums for
clients, can you use the discounted products in these books? (If
the answer is yes, this is a great way to expand your profit
margin on scrapbooks you create for others.)
4. Initial investment. What kind of cash outlay will your
start-up require? Look closely at the company's joining fee
and/or the cost of your business starter kit. Is there a deeper
discount on products purchased at start-up? Start-up product
packs are often significantly reduced to help new Instructors
with their initial inventory needs. Are these product packs
available for Hobbyists, too?
5. Does your sponsor welcome Hobbyists? Make sure that you
aren't going to be pressured to build a business if that's not
your intention. Ask your potential sponsor if she welcomes
Hobbyists onto her team (and make sure that she knows you are
6. Team education. One of the perks of joining a team of
scrapbooking instructors is the education you'll get in
scrapbooking. Scrapbooking instructors are very often creative,
talented women who like to share their knowledge and techniques.
Ask your potential sponsor about team layout galleries and
scrapbooking education or opportunities that the company
provides. Are these resources open to both Hobbyists and
7. Growth potential. Can Hobbyists with this company become
instructors? And what are the requirements for making this
transition? Many people are surprised with how easily a
scrapbooking direct sales naturally unfolds when they become a
source for exclusive in-demand supplies.
If you are currently considering a direct sales opportunity,
feel free to forward this set of questions to your potential
sponsor. And good luck finding the company that's just right for
About the author: Susie Cortright is the creator of the
award-winning online magazine Momscape.com as well as a Team
Captain for a rapidly growing new direct sales scrapbooking
company (and she welcomes Hobbyists on her team): http://www.momscape.com/scrapbooking/business.htm
Visit her scrapbooking site and sign up for her free weekly
scrapbooking newsletter here: http://www.momscape.com/scrapbooking
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