I have crafted for as long as I can remember and been paper crafting for about 10 years now. I am now at a point in my life (and work situation) to consider trying to take my crafting a step further- with a disabled DD, trying to juggle work with childcare is a nightmare but I need some form of income, however small!
One thing that came to mind was becoming a Stamping Up demonstrator. Has anyone got and personal experience or advice please.
I'm not a SU demo but my friend is. She didn't want to do party-plan style where you go to strangers' houses so she started off by holding an open-day at her own house to gauge interest amongst friends and family etc. From there she went on to do weekly classes at home and then eventually booked a local church hall where she had four or five classes a week. At the moment she doesn't do the weekly classes any more (was eating into her personal life too much as she also works full-time in another job) but does hold a four-hour class about every six weeks.
I think it's one of those things where you get out of it what you put in. My friend spent a lot of time preparing for her classes so a two-hour class would be much longer in reality. She couldn't afford to just give out sheets of card for everyone to cut up for example, in case they made a mistake. So her prep would be designing a card and then cutting out seventy card blanks, seventy panels, seventy smaller panels etc.
Thank you all so much for your kind helpful comments. Obviously I don't need to worry about being made redundant, supporting my 13 year old son through Grammar School, fighting my local council to get SN transport to my DISABLED DAUGHTER's new school in September or even paying off the £2000 loan we have just had to take out to keep my husbands car on the road.
OBVIOUSLY I must start having sleepless nights over my use of the English language and my grammar. After all it was so many moons ago that I gained my English O'level.
I thought I was posting a genuine question asking for crafter's opinions and experience of something. I was asking for help not ridicule.
Hi, my mum is looking into doing this too. She used to do Creative Memories but I think that no longer exists in this country. She really only did the Creative Memories as a hobby though - she didn't want to impose on people or try to persuade them to part with their money. She definitely didn't make much money, but she enjoyed the discount! I think she said that Stamping Up doesn't have a minimum order per month, so not much of a risk there. She also likes the stuff enough that she'd benefit from the starter pack just for her own use (and the discount again!). So I don't know how much money is to be made from it, though that might depend on your sales technique and how many parties/demos you can/want to arrange. Good luck!
There isn't a minimum order as such but you have a target to reach - I think it's every quarter. If you're thinking of taking the plunge I would plan it out first before you buy the starter pack; will you be doing parties or classes or just passing the catalogue round, if you're doing classes can you do them at home or would you need to hire a venue, have you got a blog/ facebook page set up to promote your business? I would also be asking how many demo's are already in your area. SU very much encourages you to sign up new demo's so you don't want to be one in a saturated market.
Thank you for all the advice. It's been a hectic weekend all in all but I have decided to go for this. All I need now is to decide what products to get for my initial start up kit!
I think it will something that will get off to a very slow start but hopefully I can build up and do classes/demos etc. I did have a quick look online and I think the nearest demonstrator is about 5 miles away, but out of the 10 demo-ers shown nearest my postcode there is not many around my part of Kent at all!
Yes Fast, I have a blog and personal FB page so there is some room for "marketing" there! I can understand some of the issues your friend had/has and they are very valid concerns, especially as I don't really know of any local crafters, I will literally be starting from scratch.
I think I'd like to get more out of this socially than what I expect to gain financially but unless I take the plunge and try, I will never know! LOL
I've got so much going on at the moment, I can't really even think straight, let alone get creative.