I was asked recently why I had joined Stampin’ Up! and it got me thinking not just about my reasons for joining, but my reasons for staying. I do tell my lovely upline Sam, that it is all her fault, and in a way I suppose it is because she introduced me to the Company.
I am a soap maker and chandler, and three years ago (I can’t believe it is really that long) I came across Sam on Facebook at a time when I was looking for a box for a round soap. Sam was designing boxes for people at the time, and she designed a lovely little box for me, and it starting me thinking about joining Stampin’ Up! so that I could get card to make boxes for my other soap. Once I had talked to her, and had a look through the catalogue it was pretty much a done deal, and I joined as a Demonstrator.
I have always been a crafter, so it was easy for me to see the quality of the products Stampin’ Up! had on offer, and the Demo discount was appealing. The card, the stamps, the punches, the inks, the ribbons, everything is top quality and not just that, they make crafting easy by creating suites of co-ordinating products.
It does not stop there. As a Company, they offer fantastic incentives, like an annual holiday (next year it is Alaska), for their Demos to aim for, and you are awarded for promotion. What is refreshing is that there is no hard sell. If you join as a Demo, as long as you meet a monthly minimum, not hard with all the lovely goodies on offer, then that is all you need to do. If you pick up customers along the way, and my customers are fantastic, that is a bonus because you get commission on the sales.
I am currently building a team of lovely demos, albeit slowly, and this year my plan is to expand the team. If you are interested, then get in touch.
So, as you can see, my reasons for joining as a Demo are varied, but there is something else, something which makes being part of this more important than anything, and is the reason I stay.
Being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator has put me in touch with some lovely people. Social Media enables me to “talk” to fellow Demos who are incredibly supportive of each other. It enables me to share my creations with like-minded individuals who understand. They understand the passion for crafting (or should that be obsession), the excitement when a new catalogue comes out, and they offer support and advice. It is a Community that I am happy to be a part of.
Excellent blog post x
Love your story – and mine was very similar – I was a soap maker – wanted to find some boxes for my soaps – found Sam on line – joined SU and stopped making soaps! lol! Now I’m all about the paper.
Thank you. I still soap for my sins.
Great to hear your story. I think our Sam has been an inspiration to us all. It is a pleasure to share a love of crafting with so many other like minded people x
I completely agree.
Sabine Oppenlander said:
Very nice. I love the way you write and your honesty and passion.
Thank you Sabine