This is a question that is asked often and a very hard one to answer. Every demonstrator I know has joined for very different reasons.
Some join just to get a discount on their stamps without ever doing a home workshop or teaching a class, some want to get out of the house a few nights a month to have some fun stamping, some want to earn a little extra money to pay off a few bills or save for a family vacation**, some want to achieve personal growth, some need the flexibility that a home based business offers, some want to make this their career and some just want to share their love of stamping with others. Most people who do sign up have thought that this is something that they would never want to do. In fact, I was one of those people.
I have, over the years, “sold” for several companies that offered make-up, skin care and kitchen organization. I started out with the best intentions, but I really hated burping bowls and selling face cream. I just didn’t have that salesperson in me. I thought I do love to stamp and maybe I could do this but was very leery of trying to sell something else.
One day my mother-in-law opened her birthday card and said I should teach people how to do this. My husband thought so too. The way they both put it, “teaching” instead of “selling” made sense to me. So I called my demonstrator for some information. I thought maybe I could try, if it wasn’t for me then at the very least I would have some great stamps and accessories that came in my starter kit.
I took the plunge in August 1997. When my kit arrived I was so excited. Now my first step was to find someone willing to have a workshop. I had no clue where to start, but a very close family friend said she would have one for me.
I spent time preparing samples, figuring out what products to show and what I was going to say to everyone at the workshop. Finally the day arrived and I was scared to death! But once I got started the nervousness went away and I began to have fun. I was actually teaching people a craft, not getting them to buy storage containers or take away wrinkles. I have never liked talking in front of people, in fact I hated it. But I wasn’t making a speech, I was explaining how to stamp which made a huge difference.
When I got home, I told my husband how much fun I had and it didn’t feel like I was pressuring people to make a purchase. They all had fun too and that was my ultimate goal.
When I received my first commission check I was so excited. I couldn’t stop smiling because I just couldn’t believe I was getting paid to stamp!
What could you do with a little extra money each month? Maybe save for your children’s education, take the family on a vacation, do home repairs or eliminate some of that credit card debt**. Maybe you just want to support your stamping habit. And maybe you would like to do this full time and make this your new career! There is no right or wrong way, it is whatever works for you.
By becoming a demonstrator I have changed in ways I never dreamed of. I have gained self-confidence, met so many wonderful people, have new lifelong friends, traveled all over the country and all this while making money doing something I loved. I have even been asked to present at a Stampin’ Up! conference in front of 1,000 people!
By telling you my story, maybe I have answered a few questions you may have had about becoming a demonstrator. The reasons women and men join are very personal. Perhaps it is something that will work for you and your family. If you would like more information please feel free to contact me I would love to help!