Guest post by Ronda Markwith
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. ) Also, I am proud to announce that our company has successfully moved its way up to the top 20 DSA list. ) 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:
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: ) 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