Category Archives: My Growing Team

Ooh, a New Joining Offer!

join now 2014

Well, that’s nice, isn’t it? I think to be able to start a new business, from just £30, with loads of support and no targets is tempting enough (well, I was tempted, wasn’t I?!), and now there’s more!

For anyone who joins in January, there are also some potential freebies! You can read more about them here and as always, do feel free to ask me anything at all.

I started selling cards back in August 2010 when my daughter was 10 months old. She’s now 4, I have a 16 month old son, and I’m still going strong! I think the key, for me anyway, is that the business is so flexible. I do as much or as little as I want, at times to suit me, and sell in whichever ways suit me, too. And the greatest appeal is that I love the cards, think the products all represent great value and I’m proud to be selling British, not-on-the-high-street wares.

So, as 2014 begins, my Phoenix resolutions are simple. Continue to look after my customers and provide them with excellent service, continue to support and grow my team of traders, and jump about with excitement at every new product release (this last one’s easy – never failed me yet!)

So Happy New Year to you, and I’m here if you’d like to get in touch about doing this, too, or if you’d like to buy – www.jocelynscards.co.uk – the new January range is there, too!

Christmas is Keeping Me Busy!

I’m still here, still beavering about with my cards!

As you’d expect, at this time of year, I can get a little busy. I’ve concentrated on mainly doing home coffee and cards for my regular customers this season, which I’ve hugely enjoyed. They have a really nice atmosphere, are very informal and it’s great to chat to people about Phoenix and show off the current range. I hold plenty of stock and always take a bag of samples of all of the current Christmas card packs. People do like to see them and then I take orders of any I’ve not got in stock to deliver back at a later date. A party tends to last for an hour and a half to two hours, and it’s always time well-spent for me, and an easy, laid-back way to shop for everyone.

I’m also doing a few more public events, as it’s nice to mix things up! For example, next week I’m booked in to a school staff room for their lunchtime and also into a retirement home for a coffee morning. Looking forward to both 🙂

My regular customers, of course, are continuing to order and my team are all out there getting on with it! I’ve been delighted to welcome Julie, Louise and Emma in the last few weeks, too. So, as I mentioned, busy!

And top-sellers at the moment?

figgy pudding

 

advent calendar gingerbread house

 

paper chains

 

Tower of Shoes A096AB

Tower of Shoes A096AB

Butterfly Cupcakes LS20

Butterfly Cupcakes LS20

And, I’m always happy to get a little busier, so do feel free to order from me at www.jocelynscards.co.uk, or ask me for a little free information about doing this yourself, too (email joloreading@gmail.com or tweet me at @IHaveCards) – I’d hate to get a restful period this month!

The Best and Worst Things about the Business Opportunity

When telling people about the business opportunity that Phoenix offers, I’m often asked whether I enjoy it, the best things about it, and of course, the downsides. I aim to be completely honest, so these are the answers that I tend to give..

Do I Enjoy It?

Yep! The products that I have are gorgeous, and represent very good value. I enjoy unpacking every single delivery. It’s a pleasure to show them to people and it is about ‘showing’ not ‘selling’ – people see them and like them! The cards are all UK printed, the company are involved with various charities and work hard to ensure us traders are supplied well, kept informed and they are very helpful and friendly – so a big tick from me there. There is a real feeling of support from other traders, helping each other practically with tips, advice, stock swaps, and motivating each other as we share our ups and downs with one another. That’s a lovely thing to have when you’re self employed. I also have a growing team and I really enjoy helping them to get their own exciting venture off the ground, being there to celebrate their successes with them and helping them to overcome any bumps in the road. So yes, I enjoy it. My work is about showing people pretty cards and stationery that have them going ‘oooh!’, chatting and wherever possible, will involve consuming cake!

What’s the Best Thing about it?

As a business opportunity, it must be the low start up cost and then total flexibility – no targets, no pressure. That’s what attracted me to it. I thought it was more than reasonable to invest £30, and I also bought a discounted stock pack (optional) for £150. I thought, there can’t be many businesses that can be in full swing on £180, with brochures, stock, website, stationery and a manual, too. And with total flexibility, so I could put my family first and work round them, at my own pace. Perfect for me. As explained above, I enjoy lots of aspects of it and I didn’t foresee the amount of friendships I’d also form through it, too, which has been a huge and unexpected, ‘best thing’!

What’s the Worst Thing about it?

The low start up cost and total flexibility – no targets and no pressure. Yes, that’s not a typo! For me, I see the very best and very worse things about this opportunity as one and the same. The thing that attracts so many, can also be the thing that sees people struggle to make Phoenix work for them. It is a business, like any other, and as such it takes time and effort to grow and develop. I knew this when I signed up for it, and have been pleased to see it steadily grow with time and effort. I’ve also seen people join, and with no one pushing them and having invested a relatively small amount of money for a business, they don’t really ever get going and so give up. You can be your own ‘worst thing’ with this one. You need to remember..

your life..

As a very successful trader pointed out to us all at our recent trader meeting, ‘the business and income you sit there with today, is the one you’ve made’. In direct sales, it is what you make it and the biggest thing slowing you down is likely to be you!

Get in touch if you’d like to find out more.

Helping New Traders

I was interested to read in June’s newsletter from Head Office that they’re introducing a new programme for new traders, in place of the current business manual. Now, I do like my manual, but I can see how it can be a little daunting and overwhelming to receive a kit full of samples, brochures, stationery and then a hefty folder to make sense of. This new initiative means that bitesize chunks of information are emailed over to newbies at appropriate times to help them get going, and it keeps it simple. To get going in this business, you need a few samples and a smile – that’s it! Get your kit, show someone what you’re doing, and hey presto, you’re in business! I’ve signed up to receive the training, too, so that I can understand and support my team, and because a refresher can never be a bad thing! Here’s the first email that I received yesterday:

And that’s it, you’re off! I look forward to receiving more, and am certain that this will help new traders, along with anything they need from me, the team, and Head Office. Thanks for another good idea, Phoenix Trading!

To find out more about being a trader yourself, click here, and do feel free to contact me directly with your questions.

A Helpful Lot!

I though I’d update you on what I’ve been up to lately, and also to express my cheeriness today on how pleased I am to be part of such a fabulous company. So first, what have I been doing…

I’ve been keeping up with normal day to day things that I love to do, and to give you a feel for what that means for my business, it’s….sending free brochures & samples out to people (just email me if you want your free one – no obligation to buy!), helping my team out with various queries, dealing with customer orders, keeping the blog, along with my Facebook, (just added Fan of the Week over there which is proving very popular – random freebies up for grabs, so like the page if you’re on there, too) Twitter and Pinterest accounts fresh (that so does not feel like work!), chatting to people thinking of becoming traders and getting my baskets full of cards out and about in various staff rooms.  

In addition to the every day stuff, I’ve added a review page to the blog, I’ve been adding bits and pieces to my monthly newsletter, which will be ready to go out next week (sign up for yours here now – I’ll do my best to make it fascinating…! – http://eepurl.com/xWgr5 ), I attended an at home party and been checking in with the host of my next one in a couple of weeks time. I love these, though at the moment, I only tend to book 1-2 in a month, as I don’t like to miss the children’s bedtimes more than that. I’ll do more of these when they’re a little older – chat with cakes and selling cards – seriously, what’s not to love?! I’ve also tried something new, which has worked out well for me, and this is also the bit where my love of the big Phoenix family comes in! 

In one of the various Phoenix Facebook groups that I’m a part of, a lovely lady mentioned that she’d been contacting people locally that were part of the National Garden Scheme, to see if they’d like to either host a basket of cards at their event, or have her there in person, with a donation to charity made. I loved this idea, as we’ve some gorgeous gardening, wildlife and floral cards in our range, along with everything else, so I popped letters out with some samples cards and brochures to my local gardens, and happily, one of them called me up to book me in. They sound absolutely lovely people, and I’m really looking forward to going. As well as me, there’s also plants, books and refreshments for sale, so I may well be spending all of my profits, but I’m sure it’ll be a great day nonetheless! I’ll be ensuring I update you all on it, and I’ll be taking some gorgeous garden picks to accompany that post, too!

Now, the above is just one example of fellow traders helping each other out by sharing ideas like this. It happens all of the time, through our newsletters from Head Office, emails and call within our teams, loads of sharing on Facebook and there is a great stock swap shop on there where we’re all very helpful sorting each other out with any last minute requests. I’m always aware of how lucky I am to have this support network, but never more so than when I’m chatting to and introducing new traders to my team. I talked about welcoming Emma last month, and just this week, Katie and Khairun have come on board, too, and it’s so great to know that along with all the help that I’m here to offer them along the way, there are all of these other people so happy to offer support, ideas and inspiration, too. So today, I’m giving my Phoenix family a huge, happy virtual hug 🙂

hug

Take a nosey at gorgeous cards on my website here, or get in touch if you’d like to find out more about becoming a trader yourself.

Do It Your Way

Phoenix Trading does not gives targets to traders and there are no managers in thedid it my way hierarchy, and so no pressures or needs to report back on activities. By being so flexible with traders, it allows for a lovely range of trader backgrounds and people doing different things with their businesses.

This blog talks about me and my business. But not every trader is a full time mum to two littlies and those that are wouldn’t necessarily do the things that I do!

As well as the great number of ‘mum’ traders, there are a growing number of students (you have to be 18+) doing this for extra income, lots of retired people enjoying it for pension top ups and a new challenge/hobby, people with no other job, part time jobs and full time careers, and although the majority of traders are women, an increasing number of men are joining and one of the most successful traders is a man – you can read his story here.

How do people ‘work’ their businesses? Some run it full time, some part time and there are some who just sell to family and friends and bag themselves a discount when they buy their own stuff. Some only dust off their ‘trader’ hat for the Christmas selling season and make the most of that time. As you’d guess, traders tend to be at their busiest from September to November! Some join for the social side as they’re then a part of this lovely business, with a friendly team and it gets them out and about chatting about the cards. Others approach it with a very clear aim to build a serious full time business and put that level of time and commitment into it to ensure it meets their goals.

There are those who just do door to door drops and as with anything, doing this consistently well, it builds over time, those who just enjoy at-home parties, those who sell via mail order or online, those using baskets, those out and about at various fairs and events and then like me, and many of us, we do a variety of things – keeps it interesting!

And that’s just the selling side. Some find the team building side enjoyable, and so depending on the size of their team, time will be given to communicating with them, get togethers, start up chats etc.

You can read a few trader profiles on the main website here, and you can read about what I get up to by browsing the ‘my activities’ category on the right.

It felt important to write this post almost as a full disclosure that this blog isn’t what it’s all about for everyone! This is my business working around my family, my way. And if all goes to plan, my business will look different in a few years time when the children are both at school. It’ll evolve and grow over time to suit me, as a great many others do for a huge array of reasons.

So if you’re reading this and you think the products are gorgeous, too, just ask yourself what your business would look like to suit you. If there’s a seed of a vision there, take a look at how you go about starting it and get in touch with me and let’s see where your business will take you…

Welcoming Emma to my team!

Today I’m extending a very warm welcome to my newest team member, Emma 🙂

welcome

Emma is a part time teacher, has two children and found out about Phoenix Trading and I through Twitter. Social networking has worked it’s magic, and brought me a lovely new team member to help and support, and more importantly, it’s got Emma a whole new business and into the wonderful world of Phoenix. I look forward to being with her on her new journey….!

It got me thinking that it’d make sense to write a post about sponsoring, and why I do it.

Phoenix Trading, like many direct selling companies, encourages traders to sponsor others into the business. I talked a little about it in an earlier post, The More the Merrier. Now when I say ‘encourages’, I really do mean just that. There’s no pressure to sponsor, no targets to do so or anything, there are simply extra rewards for you if you do. And these rewards are only received if you’re still going about your own business and developing your own sales, which I think is absolutely how it should be. It’s not a pyramid sell. You don’t join, then spend all your time trying to persuade others to do the same so you can earn. In fact, I would get nothing financially if someone just joined up for the £30 and then didn’t do anything with it. And Phoenix have paid for the materials in the £30 kit, so it’s no good for them either. No, joining is about then enjoying and running your business. Spreading the Phoenix word and getting more of the cards out there. Then, both myself and Phoenix benefit financially. Phoenix through more stock being bought to sell and me through a percentage of sales (paid to me by Phoenix as a bonus, never taken away from the trader!), and again, that’s only if I’m still selling, too.

I like it this way. It feels comfortable to me. Ethical. For my part, I want to sponsor more and grow my team. When I was unpacking my business kit, way back when, a friend of mine popped in for a chat and saw what I was up to and joined herself the following week. My sponsoring journey began…!There is a financial benefit in doing so, I like to be supporting a team and I really want to shout about how much I enjoy it, the flexibility it gives me, and offer the same thing to others. My blog should be indicative of that!

There’s more information about it all on my website, and I also email information to enquirers or post packs out, which include sample cards and current brochures etc. Whatever suits. So I share this information freely. When I’m out and about, my baskets, tables at events or stickers on brochures all let people know this is also something they could do if they’d like to. And we chat. So I’ve done my bit. I’ve let people know there is an opportunity. I’ve given them some information. Sometimes they’ll ask questions, which I answer as honestly and as thoroughly as I can. And that’s me done. It’s then up to that individual to ponder and consider whether Phoenix is for them. Though I’d always like them to reach the conclusion that ‘yes, it is’ and welcome them to my team and start helping them in whatever capacity they need me (and I’ve accepted that some don’t need me at all!), if it’s not for them, not a problem. They’ve explored the option and it’s not a fit for their lives, either now or not ever. If it’s a ‘maybe one day’, we keep in touch.

I actually called a lady I’d given a pack out to and chatted with at length at an event over 2 years ago, last week. I’ve called her a few times and in each case, it’s still there at the back of her mind. To be honest, as I dialled her this time, it was with the thought that I’d just check in and then probably remove her from my contact list. ‘Yes, that’s probably best’ she said, followed by ‘although I do always think the cards would do well at xxx…’ So, would you like me to stay in touch, I ask, ‘yes, can you call me again in September as that would be a better time’ OK. No problem. It’s in my diary now, so we will see what happens in September…

I’ve had several ‘not now’s’ like this join my team at a later date, and then others who have joined within hours of getting the information. Each to their own. I’ll be here ready to help, whenever they’re ready. I love to see new starters get going. To hear from them on their earliest successes and to reassure after any bumps in the road. To share in their excitement as new products are released and to help them with their own team, if they wish to do that. And to hear those personal stories, too – I’ve met some of my closest friends through my business and I know other traders with similar stories – you can’t beat that!

As I’m rattling on about sponsoring, I’d better include this, too..

Statutory Notice
Do not be misled by claims that high earnings are easily achieved. It is illegal for a promoter or a participant in a trading scheme to persuade anyone to make a payment by promising benefits from getting others to join a scheme.

Don’t want to get into any trouble!

So, that’s why I sponsor, and that’s what’s brought Emma to my team. I remember well my initial Phoenix delivery and my first month as a trader, so I know how exciting this time will be for Emma. As Phoenix brings out new ranges regularly throughout the year, my business gets lots of injections of fresh enthusiasm, but nothing brings out that enthusiasm in me more than helping a new trader. I can feel Emma’s excitement for her new business jumping out from her emails, and I know we’ll be having a good, long chat when she gets all of her kit later this week. I’m looking forward to it, Emma!