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I’m Still Busying Myself Here!

I’ve been a little absent from this blog lately, but never fear, it’s because I have been busy! So, I thought I’d best pop by and give you a brief update to reassure you that I’m still here!

box of cardsWith the children back at school, and the weather turning decidedly autumnal, people’s thoughts seem to be turning to Christmas, as I’m definitely selling cards and advent calendars! In the last couple of weeks, I’ve got my Christmas catalogues out to my mailing list, I’ve booked in some more at home ‘coffee and cards’, booked a Macmillan coffee morning in, taken sales and orders from my regular baskets, and my website sales are going strong. Those boxes full of Christmas goodies are already dwindling!

join nowOn top of my activity, I’m delighted to be welcoming Julie to my team, too. Now is a fabulous time to join, with our best few months upon us and the free e-commerce website offer for new traders ends this month, too, so if you’re toying with it, get in now! You can find more information on my website or get in touch directly with me with your questions 🙂

And now I’m off as I have another free brochure pack to post out to a potential new customer – shout if you’d like to peruse one, too 🙂

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My Picks of the Week #20

With most children back at school, or starting school this week, I thought I’d pick out a few of my favourite children’s cards to share with you. I’d always recommend (of course!) keeping a stash of these in your drawer as I know that once at school, you seem to need to send a card every other week, and this’ll mean you’re prepared!

All cards are blank inside for your own message, and are all priced at £1.50, or (and this is why you’re best to get a stack in!) if you buy 10 or more, they’re £1.20 each.

 

princess tiara

pirate ship

fairy cakes

So Much Fun

camper van blue

skull & crossbonesknights castle

Remember, if you’re pressed for time, or just bamboozled by all of the choice on my website, I can put together a best-sellers pack for you.

My shop’s at www.jocelynscards.co.uk

And with the run up to Christmas, and the offer of a free e-commerce website for joiners this month, now’s a good time to sell these cards yourself – just get in touch for more information on joining my growing team.

Made My Day

A couple of days ago, our local Mums in the Know website featured a fantastic review of my business, written by one of my lovely customers. It reads..

hannah's pic‘I always like to keep a stash of cards in my top drawer. Being a busy Mum of two and running my own business time always seems to be short and birthdays or special occasions suddenly creep up on me. I bet many Mums can relate to this! Not only do I now have to remember my own friends’ birthdays and anniversaries but my kids seem to be being invited to more and more kids birthday parties too.

I used to pop down M&S every few months and stock up on a range of greetings cards (kids birthday cards, ladies and men’s cards, thank you cards etc) and keep them in that top drawer. Then I could grab one out of the drawer whenever a birthday crept up that I had forgotten about. That was until I stumbled across iHaveCards on twitter. iHaveCards is run by Sutton Coldfield based Jocelyn Reading, a young Mum of two young children, who trades in the Phoenix range of cards, which are absolutely lovely. The cards are so unique and Jocelyn is so forthcoming.

So I decided I didn’t want to put my money towards a large impersonal company anymore but instead support a local Mum trying to earn a living for her young family. What’s not to relate to? I need cards and she sells them, simple really. I’ve taken a photo of just a few of the cards I have bought from Jocelyn (my stack is starting to go down already so I will have to re-stock again soon). On the left you can see some of the kids cards, on the right are some of the ladies cards, in the middle are two male ones. You can’t see it in the picture but some of cards are even 3D. This is just a small selection of the ones I have bought, there are so many more in the range. And Jocelyn stocks loads of other stationary too, gift wrap, tags, present accessories and lots more.

Now I contact Jocelyn every few months instead of going to M&S and I buy a bulk of cards from her to put in my top drawer. It’s so easy, I can phone her, email her, buy via her website or I’ve even visited her and had a mooch through her entire collection. She does Facebook parties and open house evenings as well to get extra discounts. And you don’t have to buy in bulk like me, you can just get one-off cards.

And I have not been bribed to write this, I just simply believe in supporting other mothers around the area who are providing great products and a great service.
Hannah x’

I’m so pleased with it and it really made my day. It’s fabulous that it’s so positive, but it’s just the fact that Hannah took the time out of her very busy life (she runs Kids Let’s Dance, as well as looking after her children) to write and share this that touched me the most. Thank you so much Hannah, as you’ve made my day (possibly my week..!) Oh, and I’m quite partial to the ‘young mum’ comment, too – not sure that’s strictly accurate, but thanks so much… ;-)!

Remember, my shop’s at www.jocelynscards.co.uk and if you fancy selling cards, too, I’m always happy to welcome and support new team members 🙂

My Open House

Last night I held my Christmas preview night at home. I invited friends and customers to come and see the new range. Now, I know that Christmas in August is just too much for some!, so several have said they’ll order later on and want a copy of the Christmas brochure. People are also away on holiday, but as I have all of the stock here, I was eager to unveil!

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It was a great evening! Several people did pop by, plenty of cards were purchased and I booked in a few parties for later in the year. I also had my every day range out and as always, these cards went down a treat 🙂

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I love the simplicity of it all. I bought some cards, I put them on my table, people came and ate cake with me and I sold cards and made money. Simple!

The Christmas range is all on my website now, ask me if you’d like a free copy of the brochure, or get in touch if you’d like to know more about selling these cards yourself.

Great New Trader Offer Launches

It’s that time where I get my newsletter from Head Office and get all excitable! This time is actually even better than usual, as along with the newsletter, there was an update on Phoenix Trading’s charitable support and my copy of the new Christmas supplement.

Christmas newsletter

Oh. My. Word. To say that I’m looking forward to this year’s Christmas season is an understatement! I always enjoy it, I love Christmas and like showing off the range to people, and as you’d imagine, traders tend to do make around 60% of our annual turnover from Sep-Nov, so you’ll see that now’s a busy and popular time for me! It’s not just the gorgeous cards, it’s the advent calendars, roll wrap, bunting, paper-chains, colour-in table cloths and decorations, gift boxes & bags, the list goes on and on…! And, of course, people still buy the everyday range – I do not stop stocking that just because Christmas is coming! At this early stage, I’m not sure which items will be most popular, but I’m fairly confident that these things will go down well..

advent calendar gingerbread housecolour-in thank yousadvent calendar card

It’s all in my shop now at www.jocelynscards.co.uk and I’m available to show it all off at parties, in person, by post or on-line – just get in touch!

Anyway, I digress (easily get carried away with the new stuff!). As well as finding out about the new range, the newsletter brought me news about a new offer that Head Office are running throughout August and September. For anyone joining up as a new trader during this period, along with the £30 business kit, they’ll receive an E-Commerce website absolutely free (normally an optional extra at £25+VAT). A lovely little perk!

If you can see this business being something you’d enjoy, too, find out about how you’d get started here and feel free to read any of my past posts on what I’ve been up to and what it’s all about. I enjoy welcoming new traders to my team, and am happy to help people get going and offer any support needed along the way 🙂 Ask me anything you like, and joining up is easy. You get your kit from Head Office within a few days. And that’s it – you’re in business!

So, I’ve perused my newsletter, admired my brochure, I’m probably best to get on with selling it now..bye!

 

Getting to Choose a Few Cards…

Other than a new order or an update from one of my team, there’s nothing I like more popping into my business inbox than one of these emails…

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It’s from Head Office and it’s the October product release survey. There are 427 new designs for our consideration, and as my email says ‘Your feedback is an essential part of our business and your comments really do influence our decision making. Please vote according to your own preferences and don’t try and second guess what you think your customers will like – we want your opinion.’

I love working for a company that listens to us, though most of all, I love getting a look at what I may be selling from October and playing at being a Creative Director… 🙂

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.