Back in “the day” when I started scrapbooking, there were no scrapbook stores. Even the big-box craft stores weren’t nearly as ubiquitous as they are now, and the scrapbook supplies they carried were minimal at best. The only way to get your scrapbook fix was through your local dealer. Your Creative Memories dealer, that is!
Yes, I — like thousands of other scrapbookers — got my start at a house party hosted by a CM consultant. I attended a party hosted by a girlfriend, brought a handful of pictures and $15, and left a few hours later with a new passion.
Nowadays, you can get scrapbook supplies at any major discount store, from WalMart to Target. But there’s one thing missing from that experience — the one-on-one teaching. I was sold on scrapbooking not just because I loved the paper, stickers (LOTS of stickers!), and photos — I was sold because someone showed me how to crop my photos, design a page, and stick it all down. I wasn’t just shown the goodies; I was taught how to use them.
While some of the direct selling companies have had some problems lately (Creative Memories and Stampin’ Up!, to name two that immediately come to mind), there is still the opportunity to make some serious cash — or pocket money — from selling direct to consumers. Companies like Close to My Heart continue to do well, and new direct sales companies are still emerging in the market.
Best for: Outgoing people who don’t mind asking customers to buy, or contacting them about new products. If you’re shy, this might not be the right job for you.
Earning potential: Some people earn pocket money, while others earn full-time salaries. Average is about $100-$150 per party (but remember, you can run out of friends to host parties for you pretty quickly!).
Suggestions: Check the saturation of your area before you commit. If there are already 200 consultants in your town, you may want to consider another company that would offer something new. Also, be aware that you have start-up costs (an introductory kit, catalogs, etc.), so be prepared to pay before you play.
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P.S. If you liked this series, you may want to check out the class I taught at True Scrap II in October on making money from your scrapbooking. It’s available here.