Soon it will be my one year anniversary as a Phoenix Trader. I thought I’d review a little about my experience with them, why I joined and whether I’d recommend it to those of you who are searching for a flexible business or hobby.
If you’re considering something where you can work from home (or anywhere) and trying to decide if it’s right for you, read on. It’s my second attempt at direct sales but my reason for joining is slightly different to my first which is Younique. More on that later.
What is Phoenix Trading?
“Phoenix Trading is the world’s No.1 direct selling greeting cards, giftwrap, notecard, christmas card and stationery business.”
To be honest, even though the company had been going for over twenty years, I had never even heard of Phoenix. It wasn’t until this time last year when I was delivering a training course on the Isle of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. On the course, was a woman called Janet who was a trader herself. We discussed the cards briefly after the course, and some time later, when I got back to Glasgow, after another chat, I decided to join myself with her as my upline.
Why Did I Join Phoenix?
I joined Phoenix first and foremost because I love greeting cards. I’ve always liked having them around. I buy them for myself, to keep, to send and love receiving them too. Who doesn’t?
Secondly, and in some ways more importantly, as an “add on”. Because I already was running my Younique business, I thought cards would be a nice accompaniment.
I like to send personal “Thank You” cards to my customers, and sometimes even give them a free card in there too?
It’s something that doesn’t cost a lot to do, but the feedback I get, means that when they’re buying Younique again, they keep buying off me.
So maybe unlike you, I didn’t really join to run it as a business.
From day one I told Janet, my upline, that I’d not be “working it” – so no targets or pressure needed, thankyouverymuch.
There would be no real selling or recruiting here. as I really just wanted to buy for myself, and some family and friends.
For a year that’s worked out fine for me, but for the coming year that’s subject to change.
And that is…
The Beauty of Network Marketing
If you find the right Direct Sales company for you, (and you may need to try on a few), it makes all the difference in the world.
Network marketing is not an easy business regardless of whichever one you choose. It can often feel more than full time work for less than part time pay.
Having been doing MLM for two years now, I’ve seen many-a-person join up all excited, get frustrated and then simply quit, often feeling frustrated and discouraged. Sometimes they end up blaming the company, sometimes blaming their sponsor, but seldom taking responsibility for it not working themselves.
Sometimes the company simply isn’t a good fit for them so they jump ship to another one – if they’re not totally turned off of direct sales!
The beauty though, to me, is that if you find the right one, you can work it or not work it as your life ebbs and flows.
I’ve done very little with my Phoenix business in year one, but now as we start nearing the holiday season, I will pick it up and market it a bit more.
I network in Scotland a lot, and do often have success by having products or catalogs with me when I do.
I post occasionally on social media and that is done to just raise awareness of what I do – rather than to sell.
Pros and Cons of Phoenix
Started too High
When I joined, the pricing was a little different than it is today. There was a £75 starter pack and a big £200 pack. As it was in the run up to Christmas, I foolishly went for the £200 bumper pack. I lived to regret that.
If you do join, I recommend starting with a cheaper option (like now the £35 choice). Then you can work your way up if it seems to be working well for you! Because I started so high, I maybe lost money but to be fair, I haven’t needed to buy cards for a year, and have given some as gifts so it’s not an out-and-out loss in that respect!
I’ve had quite a few issues with the website and ordering over the year. As someone who started building websites over twenty years ago, I can honestly say, in my expert opinion, that this website has not been a good user experience.
Shopping on the site has, at times, had me very frustrated with PT, but the good news is that there’s a new website on its way. One I am assured will be “mobile friendly”. I live in hope…
Geography of Phoenix Trading
Phoenix is a UK-based company – with 10,000 world wide independent sellers. You can join Phoenix if you’re in France or Australia or New Zealand.
The downer for me is that we are no longer in America, which is where I am from, and I bet I could recruit traders there if we were.
The good news is that there is a business option whereby I can recommend US people (lead generation as it were) and earn commission if they place orders (minimum of £200), but they can’t join my team.
The uplines are great for help. There is a lot of interaction and support – if you need it (Facebook groups). I very rarely did use the groups, because I wasn’t working the business much, but it was great to know there was a very helpful community just a click away.
On a handful of occasions I’ve had extensive Skype calls with Janet to get advice on what to do or any challenges I had.
The Products & Shipping
I love the products. The selection of Phoenix products is fantastic. Produced and printed in the UK, the cards are of high quality. These are not cheap and flimsy products at all. The giftwrap and stationery are fab too – it’s all lovely.
That’s the main thing. If you’re looking to join a direct sales company, so you can work from home or anywhere, you need to make sure you love the products (or at least a majority of them).
If you don’t, you won’t succeed. People will feel it. Authenticity is key.
Shipping is good, fast and a flat rate of £5.00 here – regardless of size.
Conclusion and Renewal Time
So would I recommend becoming a Phoenix Trader? Yes, for sure, I would. It’s time for me to renew my Phoenix Trader membership, and I will be doing that soon.
I will continue to buy for family and friends, and maybe even begin to recruit a team. Again that’s the beauty of network marketing – you can work it around your own set of circumstances. (Well if you find the right one where you’re not pressured to sell or recruit).
Will you make money at it? I think like all MLMs there are some who make a lot of money but most don’t and won’t. It will depend on you and your own circle or network and the effort you put in. I haven’t made any real money on either MLM but I have saved money by having both businesses (I’d be buying the cards and cosmetics anyway so this way I buy them at a discount).
But if you want to earn money – you need to work it as a real business, and put in those hours. You’ll need to be consistent. That means posting daily and giving it time and energy. You’ll need to preserver with it – especially on those days or weeks when you feel like giving up. (I guarantee you won’t be successful if you give up)!
Again I have no regrets in joining Phoenix Trading – apart from starting with that £200 Christmas Bumper pack. Janet did warn me and I didn’t listen, and I wished I had. Other than that…It’s been all good!
I’m enjoying merging cards, cosmetics and gifts.