Once you make the decision to join, it can be a bit scary to decide what to do next. My recommendation is that you first decide what kind of demonstrator you want to be “right now” (this can – and probably will – change over the lifetime of your tenure as a demonstrator.)
Here are some questions to ask yourself:
- Can I afford to pay my $300 quarterly minimum out of my own pocket?
- if yes, then consider yourself a “Smart Shopper” – you’re going to get a 20% discount on everything you purchase!
- if no, then how many hours a month can you “work” your Stampin’ Up! business?
- can you do at least one stamping event a month where you simply invite your friends over to stamp? If yes, you’re a part-time demonstrator.
- can you do at least one stamping event a week, either in person or on social media? If yes, you’re a business builder demonstrator.
- Why did you sign up to be a demonstrator?
- was it to share your love of stamping with others? Then you’ll want to create opportunities to share that love of stamping.
- was it to make enough money to pay a family bill or save for a family vacation? Then you’ll want to work with your upline on building opportunities to earn income.
- was it to make new friends? Then you’ll want to join our team swaps, attend team & corporate gatherings, and be active on our team Facebook Page.
- Are you willing to “do it scared” and at least give this opportunity a chance to grow?
- if yes, then chat with your upline or myself about setting some small, short-term goals.
- if yes, then take the first 3 months as a demonstrator to try new things and experiment. What works for one demonstrator may not work for you. Experiment!
- if yes, believe in yourself and just go for it!
Ok, if you’re ready to move on – where do you start?
- Download the New Demonstrator Checklist and print it out. This will be a good road map for your new journey!
- Contact your Upline and let her know what type of “demonstrator” you are. Uplines are not mind-readers and by letting her know what kind of support you’d like, you are helping her support you to the best of her ability!
- Go to http://calendly.com/bzbstamper and schedule a 30-minute, one-on-one call with Barb. Let’s discuss your new journey – accountability is everything! (And I promise to never make you feel like you have to do more than you are willing & able to do.)
Other Tips & Tricks
- Don’t spend time organizing – just get out there and take action! Your systems will evolve as your business grows. Remember that fear is often described as perfection. Do it scared!
- You don’t need a lot of samples or supplies to do your first stamping event. Just get others together to stamp and share your love of stamping!
- For your bold rubber stamps (not photopolymer) there is a fine “coating” left on the stamp during the manufacturing process. It will wear off over time, but you can speed up the process and remove any “blotchiness” by using an ultra-fine nail block (the kind for acrylic nails) and lightly sand in one direction, then in the other. Now the ink will adhere to your stamp and no more blotchiness!
- For the clear-mount stamps, you may have trouble getting the labels to stick to the blocks – this is due to the oils in hands and other micro pieces of dust & link on your blocks. To solve this either (1) don’t use the labels – the foam clings beautifully! or (2) when you first put the labels on, add a THIN layer of Multi-purpose Tombow Glue and let dry over night. Once dry, it will become tacky and will stick over & over again to your block.
- Write down your car mileage on the FIRST DAY and keep track of it on a little calendar that you leave in the car – or use an app on your phone!
- On your taxes the IRS doesn’t want to know the miles you drove for business they want to know the total miles and then how much of that was for your business.
- Make your first investments in colors-stamp pads, markers, watercolor pencils, blender pens and such instead of purchasing every stamp set you like. You can use one stamp set multiple times and by simply changing the colors it will make that stamp set much more versatile.
Do you have other tips & tricks you can share? Please post in the comments below!