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Starter Kit FAQ

Posted on: December 11, 2018

What does it cost to join Stampin’ Up! ?
In Canada, a Starter Kit is $135 and contains $165 in product – because you’ll get a 20% discount right away!

What’s in the Starter Kit?
Whatever you want! Choose paper, inkpads, cardstock, stamps, tools, embellishments, kits – whatever your heart desires, up to $165. When your Starter Kit arrives, it will also have current catalogues, order forms, and other business resources to get you started!

What are the perks of being a demonstrator?
As mentioned above, you’ll get a 20% discount right away, and you can earn a 25% discount when your sales reach a certain target. In addition, you can …
– See catalogues and promotions before anyone else
– Order new products before they’re released to the public
– Access online and print resources to help you build your crafting skills and business strategies
– Earn bulk discounts, flex points, and other incentives throughout the year
– Participate in a free annual incentive trip (this year’s destination is Maui!)
– Join an exclusive Facebook group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators around the world, where we share ideas, inspiration, business tips, and everything else to do with being a demonstrator
– Attend exclusive in-person events to meet other demonstrators, learn from top crafters and leaders, and receive free products
– Build your business your way, and spend time doing what you already love: crafting!
– Share your love of Stampin’ Up!’s high-quality products, with the knowledge that they stand behind their product and their demonstrators
– Work your own hours, have fun, meet new people, and craft your heart out!

And speaking of awesome in-person events …. did you hear that the next Stampin’ Up! convention (OnStage Local) is being held in Vancouver, BC? My team is going, hope you will join us!

What’s it like being on your team?
I love to promote a fun, supportive atmosphere with my team. I believe in celebrating milestones, learning together, and helping each other whenever possible. But don’t take my word for it … here’s what some of my teammates have to say:

We hold team meetings approximately every second month, where we get together to share our successes, find answers to our questions, and strategize about the upcoming months. I’m also available via text, email, and messenger when questions pop up in between meetings, and we have a closed Facebook group for our team, where I share files and information.

Do I have to sell the products to friends/family?
No, selling is not mandatory. In order to maintain your demonstratorship, there is a quarterly minimum of 300 CSV (more on that term below). That’s about $100/month. Many people are able to spend enough to maintain their demonstratorship without selling to anyone else – they call themselves “hobby demos”. If you do choose to sell, the 20-25% commission you earn on customer purchases will handily support your crafting habits – and you can meet your minimum with 1-2 workshops per quarter.

What if I decide I don’t like being a demonstrator?
No harm done! I encourage anyone who might be interested to buy the starter kit, hold a class or two (with my help, if you like), and see what you think. By the time you’ve reached the end of your first three months, you’ll know whether you want to keep going. If not, enjoy all the wonderful discounted products you purchased – there is no need to return anything, or pay any additional fees to Stampin’ Up!.

I’m part of your monthly Stampers’ Club. What happens if I become a demonstrator?
If you join my team as a demonstrator, you’ll still need to finish out the year in the monthly hostess club – however, I will honour your discount on all your club purchases, so your monthly purchase commitment will decrease 🙂 I have one team member who continues to participate in my club, for a fun social evening as well as crafty inspiration! Another option is to “buy” your remaining months in the club. The monthly commitment is $20, so you would make a one-time payment to me of $16 ($20 less your 20% discount) multiplied by the number of months you have left in the club.

What does CSV mean?
CSV is the system that Stampin’ Up !uses to convert retail price to local currency. This allows them to say that all demonstrators – no matter what country they are in – must reach the quarterly minimum of 300 CSV.

“Whenever sales are mentioned in the Compensation Plan, they won’t be shown in local currency. In order to make our compensation plan applicable to all markets, regardless of currency, we use a common measurement: commissionable sales volume or CSV. CSV is a measurement unit by which sales are tracked. Our ordering systems and reports convert your local currency to CSV automatically.”

So your minimum quarterly target is not $300 CAD; it’s 300 CSV.

The CSV conversion amounts are assessed once a year based on the global currency rates and may shift up or down slightly; right now, 300 CSV = $394.50.

If you order $394.50 in product, the amount you pay will change slightly:
$394.50 retail
+ $39.45 shipping
+ $40.24 tax
– $78.90 discount
= $395.29 total due.

Stampin’ Rewards come into play as well. In this example, you would earn $47.34 in free product. And as an additional perk, there are no shipping costs on Stampin’ Rewards! So once you choose your free product, you’ve got $440 worth of product for a $375 price tag (including shipping and tax). And this is all based on the scenario of making the entire order yourself without any friends or customers contributing. If you decide to hold classes, even small classes every few months – or merely have a few select friends get together for an informal crafting night and share an order – you can easily make your minimums and start to make a profit as well! Any order above $200 would earn free rewards, and any order above $550 would earn you a half-price product.

When is the best time to join?
Sale-a-Bration (January through March) is always a great time to join, as there will be a fantastic “signing bonus” available to new demonstrators. This year, new demonstrators will receive an additional $60 in free product of their choice when they join – a total of $225 in products for only $135. Additionally, you can choose to include the exclusive Craft and Carry Tote (retail value $68) for $40. This amazingly versatile tote is exclusively available to new demonstrators until March 31st!

Another great time to join is anytime YOU are the party hostess – whether through a party you plan and host yourself, or when it’s your hostess month in the monthly club. Every dollar in party sales increases your hostess rewards, and you can use those rewards to pay for your Starter Kit – so you could get your kit for even less than $135!

Who should join?
In all honesty – I truly think that anyone who enjoys using Stampin’ Up! products and has $135 to spend should take the opportunity to become a demonstrator. There is no downside – you get an awesome discount and other perks right away, and if you decide it’s not for you, you still get to keep and enjoy all the fabulous products you bought!

I want to understand ALL the nitty-gritty details before joining. Show me the fine print!
No problem! Here’s the Compensation Plan Overview.

Okay, I’m in! Where do I sign up?
Follow this link to my website and click “Join Now”!

I have more questions ….
If you’d like to know more about how to work your own hours, have fun, meet new people, and craft your heart out, Email me and let’s chat. I want to make sure you have all the info you need to make the right decision!

Please visit my 24/7 online store by clicking above, or contact me: lauralyzer@gmail.com.

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I am an independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in Nanaimo, BC. I love creating cards and other handmade projects, and I love showing others how they can make their own creations! I hope you can find creative inspiration through my blog and my classes. Thanks for stopping by!

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