I have been looking at being a Usbourne seller for a while, most likely selling via school fairs etc. However one thing I can't figure out is once someone has ordered a book how does the book actually get to them? Is it sent directly to them or would I have to personally deliver? I don't drive so I wouldn't be able to deliver. Thanks.
Anything that relies on you selling to friends and family is not a business. If you're lucky and people feel they should "support you", you could make a few quid for a couple of months, but it is literally a few quid and you are reliant on guilt tripping people. You can't earn much beyond that unless you recruit and rely on them to guilt trip their friends and family, and on and on it goes.
I have a friend who did this. Everline was enthusiastic and encouraged her, people bought a few when she started out but the books are ALL available much cheaper on amazon/the works etc and sales dried up quickly. She lost about £350 all said and done. I'd look at a different business model.
Hmm. Not looking so great then!! I do know quite a few people who probably would buy - they are the sort who do pay cover price from nearby independent shops (and have never heard of The Works!), but I still need to know if I have to personally deliver any orders!!
If you're a book fiend and you want to be able to get books easily for yourself plus maybe sell at toddler groups or fairs, then give it a go. It's pretty cheap start up, £38, and you have to put in one £100+ order within six weeks to not have to pay full price for your start up kit which is worth around £140, so that's the most that you'll lose if it doesn't work out.
I do Usborne, it certainly doesn't pay me a wage, but I'm a book addict and I love it as the books are really good quality, and I look on it as a self-funding hobby.
I don't drive either, but I just wouldn't attend fairs or toddler groups I can't get to on public transport. However, if you live in a place with rubbish public transport then it probably won't work for you.
I’m a school fundraiser, basically I shop around to find the best deals for PTA’s. It fits in well with having kids & is going so well that I’m training up other freelancers. I recommend it. I started the company & it isn’t mlm. 👍