I finally did it. She said I could sign up and not do anything else. I could buy one time, twice maybe, then drop off the demonstrator lists. That is what I planned to do anyway. And I was my only customer for several years, and that was fine with me. I bought what I liked and I saved a bit on my favorite supplies and all was good. And you could stay right there. That could be you. Get a discount on your supplies, join an online forum of demonstrators sharing ideas and craft. That is all it needs to be and that is good for a great many people. A majority of Stampin' Up! demonstrators are their only customer and Stampin' Up! has a path for the Hobby Demonstrator and considers you in good standing and is happy to have you. That was me for years.
Then one day someone asked me to do a stamp camp for them. I didn't really know if I wanted to or not, I was on the fence. But, it was all people I knew, all friendly faces who liked to make cards and scrapbook and so I thought why not? I gave it a try and people spent a little bit of money, enough for it to have been worth my while, and so there it began. I did another one, then another. I do about one a month, that is it. I could probably bump it up to two or three a month with a little bit more effort, and sometimes I do, but mostly I just do the one. Sometimes I do a craft fair, sometimes I am paid to make big quantities of cards or favors for an event or party and I make some extra money that way. Then I decided to add the blog, and that has been good too. I found some more online friends and customers. I figured I am making the projects anyway, might as well share them. I am not the biggest seller by any means, but I am no longer my only customer, no longer my best customer either. At the end of the day I get my supplies mostly free because of what I earn and I get to stamp with nice people and have fun. Some months I am really surprised by how much I made and I actually thought I was going to owe at tax time last year because my sales were so good but then I luckily had more deductions and attended the convention (which is a tax deduction! a tax deduction to be were I wanted to be! How great is that?) and I was good to go. Maybe this could be you? A Business Demonstrator. There is a path for this as well. You get a bit more in the perks here, a little bit bigger discount for one thing. More functions during the year too. Step your business up a notch when you can, take a break when you need, its all up to you!
Want to learn more? Contact me with any questions you have. I am happy to help you. If you are near me I am hosting an Opportunity night to meet any one who has any questions. I will be at the Panera Bread at the corner of North Ave and York Rd on Monday night, March 7th at 7:00. I am not going to have a big sign or anything, just a table and my laptop so I can show you the demonstrator site, answer questions, chat. I'll have my Stampin' Up! catalogs of course so you will know who I am if you are unfamiliar. Come and say hello and have a cup of coffee with me, ask any questions you may have. If you sign up during Sale-A-Bration (ends March 31st) you can choose $155 worth of product for just $99!! It's a great deal weather or not you do anything further, so you have nothing to loose!
Plan on coming? Let me know so I don't leave too early and miss you. email me at firstname.lastname@example.org