Joining SU FAQ

 Do I have to do home workshops, or can I just buy for myself?
This is by far the most asked question. And the answer is no you do not have to do home workshops! When you sign up to be a Demonstrator you are your own boss, and it is your business under the Stampin' Up! umbrella. You choose to be the Demonstrator you want to be.

  • You can be a Hobby Demonstrator: You buy stamps for yourself and receive a 20% discount, plus all the hostess benefits for your orders over $150!
  • You can be a Seasonal Demonstrator: You buy stamps for yourself, as well as place orders for friends and family from time and receive at least a 20% commission on all orders, plus all the hostess benefits for your orders over $150!
  • You can be a Career Demonstrator: You buy stamps for yourself, place orders for family, friends and customers, you hold classes/workshops/crafty get togethers each month (or as your schedule permits), you have a blog/website/Facebook page, you have a Demonstrator business website, and you get orders through your online store, you will work a few more hours a week, you will receive at least 20% commission on all orders placed as well as the income collected from classes. You can earn free trips each year, free products when new catalogs come out, you might even be a Rising Star and go on a special trip with Stampin' Up! You might be a Top 100 Demonstrator and go to Founder's Circle.  This one is hard to actually describe as everyone is different because you set your own goals that fit your needs. I can help with that goal setting!!

When I first became a Demonstrator I had no intention of doing workshops, I just wanted the product discount! I was a Hobby Demonstrator, but I was so excited about stamping I started devouring all the information I could find about Stampin' Up! and talking to my upline about the workshop I met her at. I held my first open house three months later, my first class a month after that and I've been doing this ever since.  It all depends on you.  As long as you place $300.00 in orders each quarter, you will remain active and be entitled to all the benefits of a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. Most people do end up doing a workshop/class now and then for their friends.  Or even just holding a crafty afternoon or evening to just hang out with their friends and make something.

I don't have the extra money to invest in a lot of stamps and other things to get started. What does it cost?
Our starter kit is only $99.00 plus tax and FREE shipping (you pick up to $125.00 in product). Pick and choose what you would like in your Starter Kit - stamps, inks, a Big Shot machine or the new Blendabilities. Typically after two workshops you have earned back the price of your kit.  There is no inventory to buy - EVER! All orders are placed directly through the company so your only investment is the kit.  You will need to purchase order forms and extra catalogs now and then, but they are not that expensive. Plus as a Demonstrator, your stamps, accessories & business supplies are now tax deductible.  Talk to me if you aren't sure what will work for your situation -- I'm always happy to help you with suggestions!

I am very shy and I don't think I can ever get up in front of people and sell something. How do you do it?
Let me say I was totally this person -- I'm not shy, but I was very, very nervous about selling anything to anyone.  I do not want to be that pushy salesperson who is always asking everyone to buy something, especially strangers.  That said, when I became a Demonstrator and after my first few events it became easier because I was talking about things I love to do and a product I truly love and believe in.

I am not creative and I don't think I can come up with creative ideas. How did you learn?
 I'm not a great example for this question, my Mom was a Kindergarten teacher, so I've been playing with stamps, art supplies and crafty stuff since before I can remember.  However, the Stampin' Up! website is amazing. We have a Stampin' University with videos and all sorts of things to help you.  We also get an awesome Stampin' Success Magazine in the mail every other month with tons of ideas to copy -- it will give you plans to host a workshop with a list of everything you will need to do the project!  It also has tips for your customers, information about new products that have been released, other workshop/class ideas, blog tips.  You name it... it is in there.  Plus you will have me!!! :)

I really need to make some extra money for my family, is that possible?
Of course you can!  Your commission is based on your sales.  It starts at 20% and goes up to 40% Let's say you have $1,000.00 in sales for one month (about 3 workshops/classes) you will make 30% or $300.00. The higher your sales the more commission you make.  In addition to commission you can earn free stamps, gifts through our Great Reward Program, trips, plus other bonuses.  Stampin' Up! is a very generous company!

My family is involved in many activities, so I just don't have the time. How can I work Stampin' Up! around them?
You don't work Stampin' Up! around your family, you work it into your family's schedule. By having your own business and being your own boss, you work the hours that work for you.  If you need to take time off, take it.  If you want to work every day to make some extra money to go on that family vacation, do it. Stampin' Up! will never tell you that you need to do a certain number of workshops a month.  As long as you maintain your $300.00 per quarter, you will remain active.

Do I have to go through training?
Not at all -- no training is necessary!  I am always here to help you if you are looking for anything, but you can sign up, buy what you want, when you want.  This business is really up to you to decide what you want to do and that includes training. Every Demonstrator has their own style and before you know it, you will find yours!

I don't know anyone who would have a workshop/class for me. Where can I find people?
Many Demonstrators start out by having an Open House. Invite your family and friends over and introduce them to your new business. Have a quick and cute make-n-take for them to do so they can get their hands on a stamp, they will be excited like we are when they see what they can make!  You would be surprised how many people are willing to help you get started.  You will probably start out slow, but remember slow and steady wins the race! Don't think you can fill your calendar overnight!

I don't like to travel at night, but I would really like to do workshops. Are there other options?
Sure there are! Maybe you can do workshops/classes during the day. Or have a Saturday afternoon crafting get together where everyone brings the craft projects they are working on. Perhaps you do a small workshop in your child's lunch room when teacher's have their break.  Churches are a great place as well, maybe they make an extra card at the workshop that can be donated to the church for use as a get well, birthday or similar cards they would want to keep on hand.  Maybe the Hostess comes to your house for the Workshop -- I have a lot of Hostesses that prefer this. I usually call this a private class.

Book parties or online orders as a workshops too. No one leaves their home, you give the Hostess her own private Hostess Code for her workshop that her friends will use to place their order.  Stampin' Up! ships the order directly to each guest.Awesome, right?! Not only can the workshop guests place their order when it is convenient for them, you can also close the workshop when it is convenient for you.

What do you offer as an upline if I join your team?
If you join my Monterey Bay Card Sharks team, I will be here to help your get your business up and running and to be the successful Demonstrator you want to be. Whether it is a Hobby Demonstrator, a Seasonal Demonstrator, or a Career Demonstrator.  We have a private Facebook group where we keep connected no matter where everyone lives. We do in person/virtual team meetings once a quarter.  We card swaps in the mail when we get new catalogs and we also do product shares from time-to-time of new products.

Starting this July, I will be offering an incentive based on sales called FLIPs, First Level Incentive Products.  If you have at least $1K in sales for the quarter you would pick a free $9.95 item from me!  I also give fun extras to my team every once in a while, gifts when you achieve promotions above Supervisor and one-on-one personal coaching whenever you need or want it!

We have a great group of Demonstrators on our team and I would love to answer any questions, not covered here.  Being a Demonstrator does not mean you have to have big sales and work long hours. All you need to do is love stamping and the desire to share that with others. I can truly say to people that I love my "job".  I have met so many wonderful people, made so many lifelong friends -- all because of Stampin' Up! and sharing what I love to do!

If you have never thought about being a Demonstrator before, what about now?

I would love to have you join my team today!


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