Monday, August 18, 2014

Direct Sales Company Review: Scentsy


Guest post by Ronda Markwith  

My Story
So let me start off by saying, I’m kind of a social bee. Before getting married, I worked in retail and I, for the most part enjoyed it. I love working in an environment where I can meet other people, chat, give a smile, and just overall have the opportunity to brighten someone’s day. However, we had our first child within 10 months of being married, and we had already decided that when that day came I would become a stay-at-home mom. I knew it would be a big change, but didn’t realize just HOW 
BIG. It is hard to carry on a conversation with a 3-month-old, so I found the change a little overwhelming. By the time my second child came around, that social part of me was ready to break free and go back to work. However, I didn’t want to leave my kids.  Plus, childcare costs, well you’ve calculated them I’m sure. I had considered signing up with other reputable companies, but I knew that, even though I enjoyed the products, I wasn’t truly THAT passionate about them. Then one day I heard about a friend on Facebook who was having a Scentsy party. “Scentsy, that sounds like a fun name, and I love things that are scented. Let me google that… “scented fragrance wax for electric wickless candles” and they use a low-watt light bulb in place of a hazardous flame. I LOVE this concept! And the warmers are beautiful! But, I have no idea where to get this stuff, and I feel awkward asking my friend on Facebook, because we are not that close.” So into the back of my mind it went, until another friend who lives locally invited me to her party about a year later. It was at this party that I fell in love at first smell. My senses were enlivened and my entrepreneurial soul was inspired. While I am sitting there, sniffing all 80 something testers, I’m thinking to myself how this is something that I MUST tell everyone about. Host a party, sure! Wait, did I just say that? Yes, yes I did, because she said I could get this stuff for FREE if I do! Join the company for $99...whoa, could I do that? should I do that? I’m not sure...I’ll have to think about that one a little more. And then all the way home from the party I kept telling myself, “it’s crazy that you are having a party for someone else that will get paid for it. If you are going to tell everyone about this quality product, why not get paid for it along WITH the FREE stuff?” And that is the story I told my husband. “Honey, we buy a lot of candles, and it is actually cheaper to buy Scentsy. And if I’m buying the products then why not buy them from myself and get a deeper discount. Plus, I really want to meet new people, and what a great way this would be!” That’s how the sweet talking started and, well, you see where I am now. (For more about Scentsy products...please visit: www.rondamarkwith.scentsy.us

What I Do

 Scentsy for me started out as merely a hobby, a way to meet new people, and a way to support my addiction of candles, but has recently turned into so much more. There are SO many ways to share this product and get it into the hands of consumers, that I feel it is probably one of the easiest products to promote. Notice how I said “share” instead of “sell”, that is because sharing is really all you have to do with Scentsy products as they pretty much sell themselves. With Scentsy, there are several different options available to the consultant and their hostess when it comes to partying. We have traditional home parties, catalog parties, online parties, including the newest phase to my business, Facebook parties. I love the versatility here, because you can really work this business from wherever is the most convenient for you. I like to drop off catalogs and testers at local businesses and then 3-4 days later pick them up with decent size orders to be put in at home. I do the traditional home party when it fits into my family’s schedule, and if I can’t do a home party, I try to turn it into a catalog or Facebook party. I have even sent off catalogs and testers to family/friends in other states so they could host a party and receive rewards. This business is very versatile and adaptable. It is a business that can be whatever you need it to be. If you need just a couple hundred dollars a month to pay down debt, it can do that. If you want it to make your car payment, send you and your family on a vacation, or replace a current job and make it your new primary source of income, it can do that too! For me it has served different purposes at different moments of life. It has helped pay down credit card debts, pay for Holidays/Birthdays, buy groceries and other needs when things were tight, and now helps to pay a car payment and send a kid to taekwondo. It fits where you need it most and I love that!

Start Up Costs
Small business owners use an average of $10,000 to start their own business, but with Scentsy the start up fee is only $99 (plus tax and shipping) and comes to you within just a few days. It includes everything you need to get your new business off to a great start! Here’s an example of what comes in the kit: You will receive everything shown in the picture to the right, as well as:
  • Discover Scentsy Family 
  • DVD Category Cards 
  • Order Forms 
  • DSA Code of Ethics 
  • New Consultant Guide 
  • Host Envelopes 
  • Host/Join Brochures 
  • Print Your Own Label Sheets 
  • Product Lists 
  • Quick Start Guide 
  • Showcase Brochure 
  • Party Invitations 
  • And testers of all 80 scents available in the current catalog 
What comes in your $99 starter kit is well over $300 worth of display and business products to get your new business up and running! Plus, every Scentsy Consultant gets a free website for three full months (and $10/month after that), a free online Workstation to organize and run their business, no inventory to manage, no credit card fees, and free shipping on orders over $150. (Discounted shipping rates are offered for deliveries outside the contiguous U.S.) Not only do you get a stocked kit with great business tools and product displays, a personal website and workstation, Scentsy also offers excellent consultant support, including training in various ways. Your new workstation will have training videos and materials. Plus, Scentsy sponsors take pride in helping their new team members when needs arise. And there are various trainings that happen during the year both from corporate and team leaders. In addition, there are training calls and even social media groups that are great resources.
 Show Me the Money 
 So, how much can I expect to earn? The amount you can earn depends on how much time and energy you want to invest. Consultants make 20 to 25 percent commission on their own sales as well as additional bonuses on the sales of other Consultants they sponsor. Plus, they receive bonuses for reaching a certain amount of sales each month. Some Consultants opt to sell just enough for a little extra pocket money, while others, like SuperStar Directors can make six-figure incomes per year. I, personally, know those in my group who have started their Scentsy business just as a hobby and have turned it into their new career. I have met those who say that their Scentsy business is what brought them through some tough times in their life, both emotionally and financially. I, too, can admit that my Scentsy business has been there for me emotionally and financially as well. It has been a real blessing to my life, and I enjoy sharing this amazing opportunity with others.

Awards & Recognition
Okay, so Scentsy sounds great, but are they a reputable company that I can trust? YES! Scentsy has received many awards and much recognition in it’s youth. Including the fact that our CEO, Orville Thompson, was recently elected as the Chairman of the DSA. I invite you to click on the following link and get an idea of how Scentsy has grown yourself. (https://scentsyfamily.com/en-us/scentsy-newsroom/awards-recognition.aspx) Also, I am proud to announce that our company has successfully moved its way up to the top 20 DSA list. (http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/03/dc-dsa-idUSnBw036257a+100+BSW20140403) Scentsy is a company that has grown quickly and efficiently in its 10 years, and with its recent brand addition is estimated to become a billion dollar company very soon. Refer to the chart on the right:

 Continually Growing
 As I mentioned, Scentsy, Inc. has added a new brand to their corporation. Velata was introduced to the public in May of 2012. Velata goes along the same ethos as Scentsy Fragrance - bringing family and friends together to share and create memories. The goal of Velata is to “help families just like yours slow down and enjoy each other as you enjoy food together — and turn dinnertime and parties into cherished memories”. To learn more about the Velata brand and what products are offered, please visit: (http://wwvelata.com/) Freedom of Choice When you decide to become a consultant with Scentsy Family, you get to choose which brand better suits your needs and liking. You may choose Scentsy Fragrance, Velata, or both.. What I find fascinating with the Scentsy Family is that, if you decide to share Velata with everyone, but not Scentsy, you can still create a team by others signing up under you in whichever brand they choose. So, for example, if you sell only Velata, and someone wants to sell Scentsy under you, then you still get compensation the same way as if they sold the same brand you do. When Scentsy, Inc. came up with this concept, they changed Direct Selling history. With this sponsoring model in place, it creates an easy opportunity for you to grow your business quickly and on a broad spectrum.

 We are Family
 When you are a part of Scentsy, no matter who your sponsor is, you are family to all! We even recently changed our annual convention name to ‘Scentsy Family Reunion’, and boy can you feel the family spirit when you attend! I am very proud to be a part of such a great company who stands behind their core values - simplicity, authenticity, and generosity! If you find that a Scentsy Family business - Scentsy Fragrance or Velata - could be a blessing to you as well, please don’t hesitate to contact me for more information. I enjoy sharing the opportunity, as much as the product with others because I know what it has done, and can do, for anyone who is willing to take the first step! You may contact me in various ways, pick one that is most convenient for you:
Ronda Markwith - Independent Scentsy Family Consultant
Phone: (407) 462-2490
E-mail: rkmarkwith@gmail.com
Website: www.rondamarkwith.scentsy.us
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rondamarkwith

Direct Sales Company Reviews

I often get a lot of questions on the blog regarding many of the direct sales companies out there that offer opportunities to work from home. Because my blog has always focused on work-at-home jobs rather than businesses, my information on these work from home businesses is limited. For this reason, I have decided to begin a guest post feature offering reviews of some of these popular direct sales companies from independent consultants who work for these companies themselves. If you have any questions regarding the company, please contact the author themselves through their contact information listed in the guest post. If you work as an independent consultant for a similar company and would like to be featured in a guest post then you can contact me at aforbes25[@]gmail.com. Thanks!

 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Weekly Customer Service Work From Home Jobs

Here is a summary of this week's best work from home customer service related jobs.
  • Aspire is hiring for home based concierge jobs both part-time and full-time. This position is available in the following states AL, AZ, CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, MD, MA, MI, MO, NH, NC, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, and WA. These positions assist customers through phone, email, and/or chat.
  •  American Express is hiring work from home travel counselors in Texas, New York, New Jersey, Conneticut, and Illinois. Agents take incoming calls from card members and assist them in booking travel. Previous travel industry experience is necessary.
  • Mercer is hiring at home agents to answer calls from current policy holders, perform research, and process customer requests.
  • Convergys is currently hiring in the following states; AL, AZ, CO, FL, GA, ID, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY. Convergys agents work from home taking incoming calls for clients. Previous customer service experience is required.
  • Pearl Interactive Network is a staffing firm currently hiring virtual customer service agents for a client in the healthcare industry. Agents will answer incoming calls from customers with questions regarding health care solutions.
  • Amazon is hiring seasonal customer service agents for part-time and full-time evening shifts. You must live in Arizona, Kentucky,Texas, West Virginia,Delaware, Florida,Georgia, Kansas,North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. The pay rate is $10 an hour and the job entails answering questions and solving problems for customers.

 




Sunday, April 13, 2014

UHaul Hiring Work-At-Home Customer Service Agents

Uhaul, known for their moving and storage resources has also moved into the portable storage solutions field by offering the U-box. Right now Uhaul is hiring Ubox agents to work from home providing quotes and placing reservations. Past customer service experience is desired along with basic computer and keyboarding skills. Pay is $9.25 an hour.  Apply for this position on the Uhaul website.



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Chat Based Customer Service Agent Needed

Weebly offers easy website building, hosting, ecommerce, and domain names. If you have a good understanding of website technology as well as building websites you may be a good match for their current work at home position. This remote customer service position will provide answers to customers via email or chat. This position will be around 30-40 hours a week and pays $15 an hour. For more information and to apply visit the Weebly job site.


Work at Home Transcriptionists Needed


Tigerfish, a well known transcription company, is currently hiring transcribers to work from home. This is a great opportunity as most transcription companies that hire from home require previous transcription experience. Applicants with Tigerfish need to be fast typists and know the English language well but no previous transcription experience is needed. You must be a legal U.S. resident or citizen as well as have high speed internet. The job entails listening to audio files and transcribing them per instructions. For more information on how to apply, visit the job opening.



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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

SmartBrief Hiring Work at Home Writers

SmartBrief is known for generating customized emails for news related to a specific industry. Right now the company is hiring a telecommuting writer. This position is a deadline intense job where you will be condensing articles into summaries for the daily emails. Writers will be working a morning shift consisting of 2-4 hours a day. Each day you will search the internet for articles of interest to senior executives and then summarize this information to be sent out by email. Previous writing experience required and ability to pass a timed writing test. For more information or to apply, visit the job posting.

 
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Angie's List Hiring Online Editor

If you have ever tried to find reviews on a local business, chances are you have used Angie's List before. They are currently looking for someone with a Bachelor’s Degree in public relations, marketing communications, journalism or another related field. Previous writing and SEO experience is required. The position will evaluate, edit, fact-check, and optimize incoming articles. For more information or to apply visit the work from home job posting.


Gunthy Renker Hiring Virtual Agents

Gunthy Renker is known as a direct marketing company and probably most famous for its Proactiv  line of skin care products. Right now the company is hiring virtual call center agents to take incoming phone calls from home. Answering questions, taking orders, and offering upsells will be part of the position. The two current positions are hiring North Carolina residents and Louisiana residents only. A high school or GED is required along with previous customer service experience.


Monday, February 24, 2014

Virtual K-5 Teaching Positions Available

K12 (company)
K12 (company) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
As a homeschooling Mom I have noticed over recent years the growth of virtual public schools which offer families a compromise between public school and homeschooling. As these virtual schools become more popular, this offers more work from home options for teachers. K12, a international virtual academy, is currently hiring for a k-5 virtual teaching position. Teachers provide guidance, instruction, and support. Teachers monitor each student's progress through interactive lessons and daily assessments. Applicants must have three years of teaching experience and hold a bachelors degree plus appropriate state certification. Apple on the K12 website.
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