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Thinking of becoming a slimming world consultant.

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Horsiemummy Thu 24-Jan-08 20:13:27

hi all,
just wondering if there were any slimming world consultants on here who would dish the whole truth!!. all i can seem to find on the net are consultants who are deleriously happy and chirp on about how much money they earn. TBH i went to a oppertunities evening and was a bit shocked by how much its costs you to get started and also by the percentage of your takings that goes back to slimming world. i kinda dismissed it but the idea just keeps going round in my head because i think i would be a good consultant - ive lost 2st on SW and am always raving about the plan to anyone who will listen.
just wondered if there was any downside to being a consultant, and tbh how long before you have made back your franchise fee and you start to make any money for yourself.

heres hoping someone can help

ddcrazymoo Fri 18-Feb-11 14:45:15

I would love to know the set up costs etc too, as I'm to thinking about becoming a consultant. I have 4 children and would love to start my own day time, child friendly session. Can't rely on hub's due to long hours but need something to do due to my youngest starting f/t school in sept and quite frankly I'm bored lol. but don't want to fork out for childcare costs as with 4 children are rediculous. I have been sw member for just short of 9mths and lost 2 1/2lbs so know the plan works and can as others said raveon about it to anyone who'll listern. My consultant is fabulous and she is so positive. Would love to find out more. few of the above comments have scared me slightly but willing to put in the time to make it work and know there isn't a session in my village or conecting villages so would possibly be a great set up.

ddcrazymoo Fri 18-Feb-11 14:46:52

that is supose to say 2 1/2 stone not lbs lol

Spoopster Mon 07-Mar-11 14:15:51

Yes I am looking at the idea of being a Slimming World consultant too.
I am 53 years old and have got 17 year old twins. I have recently lost 2st with Slimming World. This takes me to a size 14 and my target is a size 12 so not far to go.
I have been a stay at home mother and have been bored stupid so I took on various voluntary jobs over the years.
The time has now come for me to do something "Paid". I am not scared of hard work although the 3,000 leaflets in a day concerns me!
I am a person who needs to be occupied and have a challenge. I like people and I like being with people and being part of a team would be great for me too. I am very interested in the subject of weight loss and it would be a great challenge for me to get people to lose weight.
Apart from the 3000 leaflets in a day, my main concerns are:

1) Can I afford all the fees/fairs and hotel bills/room rent etc?

2) Can I really stand up and speak in front of a room full of people? I know I speak in group without any problems but being in front of everyone is a bit different.

But really I need a challenge, something that will keep me busy and fully occupied. This seems like a good idea on the face of it.

Anyway I have decided to wait till I reach target and see how I feel then. But I will still probably want to do it then. I cannot go on indefinitely in a limbo like I am now.

But yes, it does sound like a lot of work with not much pay at the end of it. Unless we got over 50 members every class.

A lot of thinking to do before I decide one way or the other, I think.


Munksmum Fri 15-Apr-11 13:51:21

Very late reply I know - sorry all! Franchise is split in two - £600 or £1000 an allow another £100-£200 for first adverts, petrol and hotel for initial training. £600 gets you basic kit - I went for £1000 to get all props and books, etc - plus you get some initial stock in that too. Like I say - made it back in 10weeks but you do need to reinvest in ads, stock, etc (though you make commision on stock). You do pay up front but they can arrange a business loan for you - go to an opportunity event - see wesbsite - and they will explain everything and be really upfront - no obligation. They're really honest. Downside - I'm in a town with four groups and they're about to open another - makes it very hard an growth is slow - not happy about that at all. Average income a week - £60-100 and I have average 40-45 members a week.
Hope that helps?
PS It is extrmely hard work - you have to put the hours and the effort in. Like any business. xx

Munksmum Fri 15-Apr-11 13:52:42

Oh and leafleting - yes you have to promote - you have to for growth. But you can earn free leaflets if your group grows well, it's easy. I roped in family and friends first and now pay my members in countdowns to ease the workload!

sarahdavison777 Sat 23-Apr-11 14:54:21

Hi, I started as a consultant in January and I absolutely love it, like any business it is hard work if you are dedicated to it but you get more satisfaction out of it than you could ever imagine

TimeForMeIsFree Sat 23-Apr-11 17:12:31

Gosh, I was a consultant in 2003, the franchise cost £120 back then!

taniaclark Fri 20-May-11 12:38:45

This post is really really helpful as my consultant has buried the idea in my head as to become a consultant, I am currently studying at uni and then going back to do a masters in teaching, but I think it will be a great thing for me to do so have decided that I will go to the next opportunity event and see what they say... thinking of saving up for the franchise and make it a success! thanks for all info

TangoC Tue 31-May-11 17:39:00

I ran a group 2 years ago for nearly 2 years. To be honest if SW hadn't been so pushy would still be doing it. Loved the whole group thing and at first the meetings extra, but I worked full time as well found all the promotion expected just too much. The first couple of months were fantastic grew my group up to an avg 55 every week, but then your expected to keep growing even when there were another 8 groups in a very close area to mine. I was doing an avg 15 hours SW stuff on top of my normal job and just couldn't keep it up as well as run a home etc. If your going to be doing it part-time or as your only job it would be fine but don't believe the sales pitch of an avg £100 a week, unless your group is massive it just won't happen. Go into it with Eyes wide open, remember SW is a massive business and they make huge profits you will be a very tiny part of a big wheel. That said I will always recommend them to members for weightloss as that side of it is amazing and does work. I wish anyone going into it as a consultant all the best.

WellnessCoach26478 Thu 23-Jun-11 01:07:31

I looked into the slimming world consultant thing when my local group had helped me lose a lot of weight after I had 2 children within 11months. The weight off was great but I suffered for years with extremely bad excema, which I was told by consultants was caused from within my body not from contact. I then studied diet and nutrition and realised my eating habits had become too samey and was lacking vital nutrients, probably because it was easy to have what I was familiar with and new what worked. I came across Arriba and started a class for a change and now have become an Arriba leader, and with an amazing improvement in the condition of my skin, I'm much happier teaching what I teach in my Arriba challenge as it not only helped me understand the whole 'fat' thing better but also my excema seldom flares up after 7 years of suffering and the business structure seems much more rewarding. I'd recommended it to anyone considering teaching a weight loss group.

cookiemonsta Sun 03-Jul-11 20:04:35

I have my interview tomorrow night with Slimming World. Thanks for all the posts, it's given me a huge number of questions to ask before I make my final decision. SW has been great for me I lost two and half stone in 4 months after having my 2 girls. I hope I can make it work, i want to be there for my children and earn some money as well as helping people like myself!

u751904 Sat 06-Aug-11 16:43:20

cookiemonsta did you go for it?

salsajan Fri 21-Oct-11 09:21:51

I've been a consultant for over 10 yrs now and invested when my youngest was just 2 months old. It was cheaper back in 2001 for the licence fees and there were fewer groups too. It is hard work and initially you are just recovering costs like any business you invest in. I think it took me 4 months to get back what I invested before making a profit.
It is hugely satisfying and rewarding but you do need to put alot of time and effort into it to promote and support members. I have 2 successful groups and work approx 15 hours a week. My average weekly earnings are approx £150-£200 per week. Much of the work feels social. You arent tied to an office (9-5) and apart from when you turn up at specified group times the hours are as flexible as you want them to be. I have been able to take my children to and from school for 10 years which has been a major positive for me.
There are also career opportunities to move up the ladder when your children get older if you want to.
The few negatives are that sometimes you have to attend unpaid meetings on Friday evenings or Sunday Mornings and you are inundated with Slimming World Post & Stock. It is a franchise and you have to comply with the Slimming World guildlines and as you are self employed you have to manage your accounts and keep on top of any tax you have to pay etc (like any business)
I have the pleasure of working alongside some fabulous people, consultants and members. All I can say is if you are passionate about the eating plan, have a warm, friendly personality and a desire to help other people feel happy about themselves and get healthy .. Its a company worth investing in but be prepared to push it 100% initially to reap the benefits.
I hope this helps x

JanisDibDab Tue 10-Jul-12 10:20:33

Catching up with the message on here from a while ago - I'vee been a slimming world consultant for 18 years now and mostly love it! I work full-time, run 2 evening SW groups and also run a jewellery making business. I still have the same passion today for SW as i did when i started, and thats not to say there haven't been some tough times. Its the same as anything in life though - you get out what you put in ;-)

Ready4newcareer Sun 23-Sep-12 21:42:39

I too have just been for an open day and am considering being a consultant. One of my concerns is that two consultants I know have bad backs and I've helped with carting the bags into class(prior to having back problems myself) .Do you need to be physically fit to do this job? I was medically pensioned out of the Police Force(service now) and have not worked for 16 yrs,this seems a good way of broadening my horizons .

Chrissie74 Tue 20-Nov-12 14:08:09

Hi, I'm really interested in becoming a consultant and I went to the opportunity event and went really well. Interviews are on Sunday however I'm a bit concerned as I've heard they credit check you, this may be a problem as we got into problems a couple of years ago when my husband was out if work due to an injury. Will they refuse you point blank if you fail the check? I will be totally gutted if this is the case. Thanks x

2jaysmum Mon 26-Nov-12 15:37:08

Hi Chrissie74, was wondering how you got on with the interviews and the credit check. I too am in similar position and would love to know if it was an issue.

babyjane1 Sat 11-May-13 15:56:51

Hi guys, I'm currently on the plan and my friend is a consultant, I'm ready to get back to work now my wee one is 3 and really like the idea of joining slimming world as a consultant. Can anyone update me with how they got on following the last posts when a few of you were checking it out.

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carlsmam Tue 02-Jul-13 03:32:24

Hi folks, my consultant mentioned to me a while ago that she thought I'd make a good consultant. When she told me she'd paid £600 for the franchise though, it put me off, as I don't have that kind of money to hand, and the thought of setting up a new group and the possibility of no one turning up kind of put me off!
Last night though, she told me she's giving up at the end of next month due to family commitments, and asked me to think about taking over. It's an established group, and I know most of the members, as I weigh for her at present, so seems like less of an initial risk.
Just looking for advice/tips really? Is it still £600/£1,000 initial fee, or has it gone up?
Cheers x

WestDentonCC Tue 16-Jul-13 12:40:57

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Fairygen Wed 24-Jul-13 13:12:48

Our group has been without a permenent leader for over a year. Although i've been to sw before, this time, I've only been at group for 3 weeks and only lost 7lbs ( minimum of 2 stone to go).

Do you have to be near/ at your goal weight to become a consultant? I know at WW you used to have to be within so many lbs either side.

It is certainly something I would be interested in in the future but don't feel I have enough experience of the actual diet yet.

ldt2911 Thu 15-Aug-13 09:30:44

I have recently been to an opportunity event and have all the information to make an informed choice about becoming a SW consultant (or not!)
I am excited by the prospect of doing a role such as this but also a bit nervous, like anyone - thinking 'will I get people through the doors'? 'Will I make more money than I spend?' 'Will people take me seriously and see me as inspirational as I have not got to target yet- still 1.5 stone away?'
Thank you all for your frank discussion comments - it helps to know that I'm feeling similar to how others feel. I guess as many have said, you get out of things what you put in and it is a business so it's up to me to make it grow!
I am just coming to the end of my maternity leave and have resigned from my well paid full time job to care for my son and as I am passionate about food optimising I feel that's am the right person to help others - especially when my former role is in the nursing profession - it's in my nature!
I'm thinking of asking friends to assist with the leafleting (as well as my husband!) and will repay them with a SW dinner or meal and get together!
I am a positive person and although it gives me the jeebies when I think of not getting 25+ folk through the doors, but if I don't try then how will I know? What I do know is that it will be less stressful and demanding than my previous role and that can only be a good thing!
Anyone else got any experiences - good or not so? flowers

Emilysmom Mon 26-Aug-13 18:30:48

Hi I'm also thinking of becoming a Sw consultant, I'm still on maternity leave so am wondering can I do this whilst I'm on maternity, will my maternity money be stopped or altered? Thanks 😄

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