UPDATE 2018: Am no longer doing Cards or Coffee but am doing Tshirts and Cosmetic still.
As if there were not enough on my plate, I’m now adding yet another “C” into the repertoire with coffee. Now I’m officially a purveyor of Cards, Cosmetics and Coffee. While the first two are direct sales companies I run as little sidelines – the real focus going forward for the foreseeable future will be the coffee…So how do all of my businesses tie in with each other? Is there a method to my madness? I believe there is, read on and I will explain.
That’s a good question. It’s understandable to ask why I’d launch my own brand of coffee when I really don’t know that much about it. One reason is that Coffee is the the number one most consumed drink globally. It has proven to be a mood lifter and people who drink it are often very passionate about it. When launching a business, they tend to say that you should be passionate about your product or service, and even though I don’t drink coffee, I am.
Truth be known, it’s not really about the coffee for me. Coffee is simply the vehicle with which to channel my mission or message through.
It has actually occurred to me that my interest may be due to the fact that for my entire life, my dad has drank coffee as if it were his lifeblood. He is heavily involved in helping me for this company and at the time of typing these words is the only person, apart from my logo designer, who even knows the name of the company. But I digress.
Back to being on a mission…
What is My Purpose?
I believe my role in life is to change the way people think. No more so than on soyouvebeendumped.com where around 50,000 lovelorn men and women would visit from all four corners of the world every single month.
In addition to simply giving people a space to read and share stories, it’s also my intention to show these people that an ending is just the beginning.
These heartbroken people often need to be reminded that they are enough, regardless of how it may feel at the time. Someone may have chosen to walk away or they’re facing some emotional challenges but there will be a way to turn pain into gain. (Check out the video below).
For positive healing, one must make it their mission to find their gift in their challenging situation – no matter how bad or dark it may seem at the time.
Strangely, or not as the case may be, Younique’s mission is to Uplift, Empower & Validate. That is one of the reasons that I actually joined Youniquein 2014.
Their mission aligned with my own personal ethos, as well as that of So You’ve Been Dumped.
It all ties into this concept of making people feel better about themselves, because, in my experience, we all have some sort of issues about ourselves.
Most of us can feel not pretty enough, smart enough, successful enough, or what have you. This goes for men and women alike. Many of these limiting beliefs will be operating on a deep subconscious level and need to be reprogrammed. Here is where the coffee comes in.
My Coffee Mission
My new brand of coffee will follow similar principles to SYBD…it’s designed specifically to empower its drinkers.
So instead of taking a time out, they will be encouraged to take a time in. What do I mean by that? They’ll be urged to make their coffee, pause while they drink it, in order to check in to see how they’re feeling, note their thoughts, their energy, and take steps to shift it accordingly.
It’s an exciting concept. I can’t say too much this week, but maybe next week. I may even do my first Facebook Live. We’ll see.
Christmas is Coming
In the meantime, if you have any shopping to do, you can always check out my cosmetics on the Younique by Thea shop.
UPDATED 2020: Am currently still a presenter but not marketing the products or actively sponsoring any longer. If you need a hands-off sponsor then I’m your gal.
Facebook & Younique
Publicly and privately I’ve had a lot of questions from active and potential Younique presenters – all about Facebook and Younique. What follows will be my own personal thoughts and opinions on whether or not you need to do Facebook business pages or even host parties in order to be successful as a Younique presenter and sponsor.
Spoiler alert: No you don’t have to.
What The Hell Do I Know?
A bit of background, my main job is training (mostly Scottish) businesses how to market themselves on social media. I travel all over Scotland each week to do so, and so I feel I have good relevant experience and a differing point of view on this particular subject matter.
I know how challenging getting any real engagement on Facebook can be, hence my decision, from the moment I started with Younique, was not to use Facebook as one of my primary channels.
If it works for you to have a business page and host parties, then more power to you sister. It’s just not my way.
Don’t Just Follow Your Upline or Sponsor
I’ve been considering writing a post like this for a long time, but wasn’t sure how to do it best. As Younique and Facebook seem to be essentially married – for Presenters, Sponsors and Uplines – my challenge is to be both careful and respectful with how I choose to address this.
I often cite that what I love most about the company is the fact that we are all doing our own thing…but the trouble is when I see elites, e.g. from Green to Black Status presenters, constantly banging on about how essential Facebook parties are.
I have heard from many presenters (some on my team and many on other teams) asking if they “have to do Facebook”. This question often comes because they’re sponsor or upline is pressuring them to do them. Some of them have been on the verge of quitting as a result, (I know some who did!)
Since joining more than a year ago, I’ve watched countless Younique videos and read many blogs stating that you should always have to have 5, 10, 15 Facebook parties on the go every month to be successful in your business. I believe that that they truly believe that is to be the case, but I personally don’t believe it’s the only way.
So let me be crystal clear for you…
No, You Do Not Have to Host FB Parties to Succeed with Younique!
There. I said it and yes, I realise this may go 180-degrees against what the most common advice you’ve seen about Younique is, but it is my personal belief.
That may make some of you angry to hear but others will feel relieved.
I am currently a Blue status Younique, not an “elite”, but I have only ever had one Facebook party when I started, and honestly, I loathed it, so I swore I’d not do another one. So I haven’t.
I do suspect that some of the elites out there may be shaking the finger at me as if to say, “Well, you’d be higher up if you did them” (which admittedly may be true) – but the fact is I don’t want to do them, so I don’t.
It’s my business.
I don’t work for anyone else.
I joined Younique so I don’t have to answer to ANYONE else!
And you, my dear fellow presenters don’t either.
You are running your own business too, so you can run it any damn way you please.
Sure take on board what myself, or your sponsor or an upline says, but if it doesn’t resonate with you – then don’t do it!
Find your own path.
Before I even joined Younique, I saw countless Younique presenters cluttering up newsfeeds with spammy posts. This wasn’t their fault – many were simply following advice and scripts from elites. (I can spot a scripted post from a mile away, and they nauseate me and make me cringe every single time I see them.)
Some Youniques give the rest of us a really bad reputation, and make our jobs selling and promoting Younique that much harder…I’ve spoken to so many friends and associates, and met so many people since I joined, who complained about Younique (and other direct sales companies) for spamming their newsfeeds (with links, crap photos, too many selfies etc). Or worse yet the complained that they were private messaged to “share the opportunity” (again something I have NEVER done. I never had to, and recently I recruited my 32nd person!!)
Love Younique, Loathe Facebook
So you can probably tell that I, generally, love Younique, but have little more than a love/hate relationship with Facebook. The main reason I am even still on FB is to talk to my team – because that is where they all are. That’s also where there Younique groups are that I need to be on – like the Presenters Only group.
But I certainly don’t need to “party on Facebook”, or have a page or group, to have any Younique success.
So if you have heard that they are not “optional”, I am here to call “bullshit” on that theory, and tell you otherwise.
Younique Facebook Pages
As you know, you are not supposed to use your personal profile as a business. If you do, you are breaking Facebook’s terms and conditions, and you run the risk of Facebook closing down your profile.
I do occasionally post on my personal profile about the joys of running my business, my love of the products, or congratulating my team (who are doing awesome this month!) and, yes, once in a while I may share a link. I also will sometimes have a Younique cover photo on my profile. But I do not host parties, I do not have a Younique Facebook page or customer group. I don’t run my personal profile as a business.
Because Younique marketing on Facebook is almost cult-like advice, I do I a lot of research checking out what everyone else is doing…Yes, I snoop and I have seen dozens upon dozens of Younique Facebook pages that have been set up, and subsequently been abandoned.
Or the people are posting once a week, every few weeks or even once a month. They give up because either they’ve quit Younique (because it was not right for them or too much hard work), or maybe they gave up their page because it was too hard to get any engagement whatsoever.
Over the last few years, Facebook has made marketing to our “fans” (people who like our pages) more and more difficult. Well why not? After all, they’re a business and they need to make money. I don’t really blame them (as much as they frustrate me)…
They are always tweaking their algorithm in hopes of giving us a better user experience (showing us more relevant content). This means, in order to be successful with you FB business page, you need to really know what you’re doing, be consistent and be prepared to pay to be seen.
To have a successful Facebook business page you need to:
be consistent and post daily from 1-3 time a day (morning / night time and weekends too!)
make sure you’re posting when your fans are actually online (see insights)
mix up the type of content you’re sharing – videos, text only, pictures, links etc
have a CTA (call to action – link to a website, product page, newsletter
subscription page) but only every 4-5 posts (not every post!!!)
be helpful, informative, entertaining and not spammy! (80% helpful, entertaining & 20% promotional)
Younique Groups on Facebook
There are pros and cons as to whether or not you should have a Facebook Business Page or a FB Group (Groups can be public, private, hidden/secret).
ED NOTE: I do have a hidden group for my Younique team and it works very well as a vehicle to exchange information, questions, and discuss strategies or challenges. So yes, I do use FB for one aspect of my Younique business.
STATS: With the FB Business Page at least you get the stats about what’s working and what isn’t. You see demographics of who your fans are (where they are, how old they are, when they’re online etc). That’s invaluable.
NOTIFICATIONS: With a group, you don’t that valuable insight. On the other hand, group members at least get notified when there’s a new post, and also you can actually see who’s seen each post.
I can’t speak for anyone else, but I have been added to DOZENS of Facebook groups and events, and it drives me absolutely bonkers. I wish I could disallow being added to groups and tagged too!
Really the point of this, rather long, post is to tell you that it is OK if you don’t want to do any business marketing or promotion on Facebook. Yes Facebook does have the added advantage of user numbers, above all the others, but people are there to speak to family and friends and not necessarily to be sold to!
Plus it’s an over-saturated pond when it comes to any direct sales businesses – Younique or otherwise.
From the outset, I knew I wanted to market my business in other places, and so I do. And yes, maybe I’d be higher up the Younique ladder, if I was holding five to ten Facebook parties a month, but at what cost? What good would that be if I hated doing them all the time?
If you are not going to use Facebook as your main marketing channel, then you will definitely need to choose something else: Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Blogging, Google+, Events, In-home parties, “Coffee and Cosmetics” mornings, catalog drops or whatever…
The thing is you can do whatever way YOU want to. It’s YOUR business and no one else’s. You don’t need to answer to your sponsor or any uplines.
Sure, take on board all the advice, but then go and forge your own path the way that feels right to you.
You probably joined this business so you could be your own boss anyway, so why be accountable to anyone else?
Before I get all kinds of people coming on my blog saying I’m crazy or wrong, I will admit that I have seen some successful presenters, several on my team, who are doing great through hosting parties, playing games, and having their own private customer groups.
So I am not saying “DON’T DO THEM”, I am merely saying if you don’t want to use Facebook, then you don’t have to. Do what works for you!
Finally if you do decide to join the Ateam and want to use Facebook to host parties or have a group, then I have team members that will steer you in the right direction for scripts and inspiration. Some of them are doing awesome through FB and good on ’em!
There are no cookie-cuter solutions. What works for one presenter may not work for another. We are all doing it our own way – which is what makes this business so special.
Do you have questions about whether or not Younique’s a “scam” or “pyramid scheme”? It seems many people are uncertain still, so once again, I thought I’d write a follow up post to my Linkedin post from over a year ago which asked “Isn’t Younique A Horrible Pyramid Scheme?”
“A pyramid scheme is a business model that recruits members via a promise of payments or services for enrolling others into the scheme, rather than supplying investments or sale of products or services.”
Does that sound like Younique?
No, not really, and let me outline for you why it’s not.
1) YOUNIQUE SELLS MAKEUP
First of all, Younique actually sells/supplies makeup and skincare products. Physical products that many people want to buy!
Well, that’s a good start, right?
So therefor, as it actually sells physical, tangible products that you can get your hands on, it can’t really be classed as a pyramid scheme.
2) YOUNIQUE HAS LOW JOINING FEE
It’s a low, one-off investment payment to become a Younique Presenter and you get a Presenter Kit full of fantastic makeup!
You also get a FREE website (with no annual autoships) that works from the second you join, and you never need to actually spend another penny with Younique again!
Of course you do need to sell (or purchase for your own consumption) 125 personal retail sales every 90s days to remain an active presenter. (PRS = equates to $125 US so will vary according to exchange rates in all other currencies).
From the moment you join Younique, you can start selling the products through your own website, and Younique pays you THREE HOURS after every sale. So there’s no waiting around just hoping you will receive your money, eventually. (Read more about joining and getting paid by Younique here)
So how can getting paid your commissions just hours after a sale, from day one, actually be a pyramid scheme?
Pyramid Schemes tend to promise a high return, fast – when you get other people to join up under you and you don’t make any money until they do.
There is no such Younique promise.
With Younique, you can make money without recruiting even one other person!
Yes, remember, that’s from the MOMENT YOU JOIN!!
You never need to recruit one other person if you don’t want to and you can still make money.
Does that sound like a scheme or scam to you?
4) NO NEED TO SELL:
Unlike a Pyramid Scheme, you can remain in Younique as long as you want – without ever selling even one item to anyone else!!
The fact is, most women do buy makeup in some shape or form. I have a few team members that have been with me for the past year, and they haven’t sold anything to anyone else. They’ve not recruited either. They’ve simply spent their qualifying 125 PRS by buying their own makeup every 90 days.
That means they’ve remained an active Younique presenter, and earned their 20% commission right after each personal order they placed for the past year.
Two of them, both fellow Californians (funnily enough), are likely to reach Yellow with their next order, so their commissions will jump from 20% to 25% commission as soon they do.
If you’re buying makeup already, and you already like Younique products, then why would you not join to purchase the makeup at a discount?
5) WHO’S BEHIND YOUNIQUE?
With pyramid schemes, there is often a vagueness about the business – whereby you may only get answers by joining the company.
With Younique everything is transparent. The company information is public knowledge on the website and on videos. You know who is behind Younique, how many presenters there are at any given moment (it’s right there on the website).
You know what everyone gets paid at every step of the way. (TIP: read the aforementioned post about commissions.)
Why You May Be Confused about Pyramid Schemes
Yes it’s true, at first glance, MLMs can look similar because in them you CAN earn more as you recruit a team.
So once you hit Pink with Younique, you do eventually benefit off your recruits sales, but also of your recruits’ recruits too.
So, aye, that does sorta sound like a pyramid…
It is about the team and getting people to join. Younique’s comp plan is a sort of inverted pyramid as we make more on our third generation than our second or first…You don’t earn until you reach Pink. So when it comes to Younique, without recruiting anyone, you can only ever go as high as Yellow. But regardless, for the life time of your involvement with Younique, you can keep on earning that 25% commission back on your makeup purchases and sales.
Pyramid Schemes are Illegal
Finally, the last but not least reason that Younique can’t be, just in case you didn’t know, Pyramid Schemes are ILLEGAL….
If you were to change the question and were asking if you can make money at Younique, the answer is yes, but without a lot of work and perseverance, you probably, quite simply, won’t.
It’s definitely not a “get rich quick” situation. This whole blog is filled with dozens of posts about my experience – written as transparent as possible.
I would estimate that only 50% of my company works their business.
So it really is not right for everyone.
Think before you join Join Younique!
Are you still wondering if Younique is right for you? Then let me ask you some questions before you go.
Are you considering it to just make money? Younique may not be right for you.
It’s challenging and the percentage who actually really make big bank here are slim! I think I counted 169 have achieved Black Status presenters (Note: at this precise second we have had 389,353 join the family). Do the math.
Can you make money with Younique? Totally 100% for sure.
Will you? Well, honestly, that remains to be seen.
I’m just giving you a reality check here friend.
“Younique is not for everyone” – is the phrase I use most around these parts.
Personally, I love it, but I soon learned it was not right for everyone.
Other things to consider, beyond the money factor…before you write off Younique entirely:
If you love makeup and buy it anyway, then Younique’s a great place to start – because you get that 20% discount from day one (and paid 3 hours later, always).
If you want to challenge yourself in more ways you dreamed possible, then Younique’s a good choice too. You will learn so much about makeup, mentoring and media of the social variety! You’ll learn about people, yourself, customer service, and spend time on personal development (which is a core in just about any MLM you consider)
If you like the idea of making friends from around the world, who share a passion about the products, and desire to build and run their own Younique business too, then do consider joining. As hoakey as it sound I really have made some friends (many I’ve not yet met) who I treasure.
If you love the idea of being your own boss, working wherever you are, and whenever you want, then it could be for you.
Happy Valentine’s Day, lovelies. Well, by the time you read this it may have come and gone for another year, as a guess, but wanted to say it just the same. For this My Week in Younique update, we’ll talk a bit about what’s been happening since the last update – like the new team mate Tabitha, how my new “Welcome Back Kit” arrived (and so I did a video for its unboxing), the February kudos and info on the next Younique incentive trip and a few links to blog posts about joining younique, sponsors, and frequently asked questions that you may not have seen this past week or so, too!
My Welcome Back Kit
Last month, Younique offered a sweet little incentive to welcome back lapsed presenters and they called it the Welcome Back Kit. I must admit I was a bit envious when I saw it – mostly for the bag but a few other things in it too…So imagine my joy when I learned that we were going to be able to buy it ourselves from February 1. Buy, I did. I couldn’t resist, and I even made a little video unboxing it, or rather just after I unboxed it.
Speaking of Welcomes…
Welcome to Tabitha – she is the newest recruit – and she hails from Wisconsin.
To be honest with you I’d have hoped for something a bit more, ahem, romantic for February Kudos (last year was great) but this year it’s merely “Free shipping” over a certain amount. Basically if you buy some lashes and just about anything else you get Free shipping so from that standpoint it’s pretty decent…but like I say I’d have hoped they’d have thought a bit more out of the box for the Valentine Kudos…Maybe a pink lip stick or stain with a liner. Something….
I think something a bit more cute and creative would have helped me reach my goal of 10,000 PRS which I am inching my way toward (and had hoped I’d reach this month). But hey ho, we got FREE SHIPPING. Better luck with March’s Kudos….or hopefully some new products.
I’ve heard there will be new Younique Products for March 2016 but have yet to see an official update on that. I await that news with baited breath. It’s always so very exciting when we launch new products, collections, kudos all at once! If it does happen in March – I will receive that new 10k charm – mark my words.
So anyway it’s a great time to join Younique. If you’re looking for a Younique sponsor then this, one of my latest posts,“How to Find a Younique Sponsor” may be helpful to you. That’s of course if you’re not interested in joining my team right now…or even if you are it’s some “food for thought”. I also just blogged another Younique FAQs post so if you have some questions before joining then why not have a look at them?
Younique has announced another incentive trip – this time to Mexico. I am not a huge fan of the idea of cruises to be honest with you (would rather a resort trip) but I have to say I kind of like the idea of this one so I am gonna go for it.
If I can earn it maybe I’ll take Younique Dadalong. Don’t old folks love cruises?
That’s about all for another update of My Week in Younique. If there’s anything I can do to help you…please feel free to reach out. Details are up in the header here.
Joining Younique: How to join, find/choose a sponsor
Q: “How to Become a Younique Presenter” (AKA “How to Join Younique”)
To join Younique, you need to first locate a sponsor to sign up under. There is a recent post which may help you in how to go about how to find a Younique sponsor. There are a few things to consider on that score, so it’s worth a read to determine which Younique sponsor to choose for you.
Also, just as an aside, you generally don’t need to contact the sponsor first. I’ve had a handful of my last ten or so recruits who just signed up without even speaking to me. If they’re lead to join my team, then I am most happy to have them!
I suspect any Younique presenter would feel much the same.
Worth nothing though: You can’t change Younique sponsor once you’ve joined so do take a moment to monitor them online – and if you do have some questions email before signing up. I have had at least half a dozen emails this year already from people saying they’re not happy with their sponsor but really the sponsor won’t make or break you if you’re determined to work Younique as a business. Read that article to see what I mean by that!
Q: “If I join Younique, will an agent ring me?”
Probably not. They might. I have run someone who’s joined my team but mostly I email straight away (as soon as possible) to welcome them and give them my details should they wish to speak before embarking on their Younique journey. But no, generally it’s not done by phone. Besides I have recruits signing up from the UK, US, Australia and have had Canada. So your sponsor can be anywhere – not necessarily in the country you’re in so email tends to work well.
That all being said, if it were my team the person wanted to join and they asked if I could ring them, then I most certainly would!
Q: “How old do you have to be to sell Younique?”
From the handbook section 7.3 – Sponsoring
“As a Younique Presenter, you have the right to sponsor and enroll others into Younique by helping them successfully complete the Presenter Registration Form, as outlined in Section 3, “Becoming a Younique Presenter.” You may not recruit or enroll an individual who is recognized as a minor in his or her country, state, or province of residence. Additionally, to enroll as a Younique Presenter, an individual must be at least eighteen (18) years of age, regardless of whether he or she has reached the age of majority or is considered to be an adult under his or her local Law at an age earlier than eighteen (18).”
With this in mind, Presenters may not join until they are 18 years of age. In addition, an individual who is 18 or older may not join using his or her information for an underage individual and later transfer the account to that person once they reach the age of 18.
Younique Questions about Money: How much you get paid, how you get paid, commissions, royalties
Now we’re getting into the exciting bit, the bit that you’re probably most curious about.
I know that I was!
“How does Younique pay its presenters?”
One of the best bits about Younique is that from the moment you sign up and place an order (through one of your own party links), you receive 20% commission immediately. That’s all of your sales as well as anyone else who shops through your site.
Three hours later you get paid into a Payquicker account.
One person asked what sort of discount Younique gets, expecting it to be on items in their shopping cart, but that’s now how it works. You receive your commissions three hours after paying the full price for the products.
You don’t buy discounted makeup!
I recently did a blog about Younique presenter levels and commission– which I would urge you to read to understand more fully. Younique presenters all start at 20% commission and rise up to 30% from Green level onwards. (Read that post which talks about each stage)
Q: “How does the Younique MasterCard work?”
Again this is a question that will have been previously asked and answered, but essentially, you get all commissions paid into your PayQuicker account and once you reach 50 PRS*, your card will automatically be sent out to you. (*PRS stands for Personal Retail Sales – and generally equates to one dollar. More on that below).
The Younique card is a MasterCard so you can spend it in a variety of ways:
grab coffees, treats, or meals out with it
pick up your groceries
fill up your petrol/gas tank
buy your train, subway or bus pass
You can also download funds right into your bank account, which I did for a year, but now I’d personally not recommend doing that – as you get charged quite a hefty fee for doing that (which seems a bit bonkers to me but that’s PayQuicker’s prerogative).
Q “Can I make money with Younique?” (UK) (Also known as: “How much income do you make as a new Younique presenter?”)
Sorry lovelies, we are not allowed to talk about numbers and figures unfortunately. Besides, it’s all going to depend on what you sell!
Remember you start by earning 20% on everything from the moment you sign up. Once you’ve achieved Yellow status (e.g. 1000 PRS which is around £700 pounds) you’ll go up to 25%. I achieved Yellow in the first month or so.
Since I joined Younique, I’ve done “really good” some months, “pretty good” other months, and on some I’ve made nothing!
Will you make money straight away? Profit? Probably not. I really doubt it (just being honest here). I mean you might, some sure do, but in my personal experience (and that of my team) it’s a slow burn.
In short, I’d not recommend signing up only for the money. But if you want to sign up for that, discounted makeup, making new friends and learning loads every single day (about makeup, owning your own business, marketing, and yourself) then this is for sure a good option!
That’s about all I can really say on that score! But you can read more about my experience in My Year in Younique to get the low down on how it’s really been for me!
Q. “How does Younique PRS Work?” (aka How much Younique do you have to sell to make 125 PRS?”)
Once again PRS stands for “Personal Retail Sales” with Younique. 125 is what you, as a Younique presenter, need to sell to remain active – every 90 days.
As I said, PRS really is just based on US dollars, so that 125 is about 5 mascaras’ worth. (4.5 really but you can’t sell four and a half mascaras – so aim for 5!)
Personally I aim, and suggest my team does too, to do that every single month (even double that) – but really you only have to do that on a rolling three-month cycle.
I’ve heard some past presenters whine “it’s hard” because other presenters have started up in their town, village, area, whatever, but to my mind, that’s what makes it hard. Thinking it’s hard. There are dozens of presenters here in the Central Belt of Scotland (and in the Bay Area when I am home in California) and I never stop to think about them.
Heck, I sold 2 mascaras* alone this week – simply by having them with me in my bag! So it’s not really rocket science. Also sold a Splurge Cream Eye Shadow too – so this has been a great week (in addition to a few sales on my website).
Note*: Though all you ever have to buy in Younique is your own kit, I do tend to recommend that people have some 3D lashes on hand (3-5 minimum), if not in your hand bag, then at home. Not all of my team members opt to do that, but I would recommend they did!
Younique FAQs Summary
Well that about wraps up another of my Younique FAQs post for you. There are dozens of questions each week that are coming in which I try to address here as often as possible.
If you need a sponsor, and have any more questions still, then please feel free to reach out to me (3Dlashes (at) youniquebythea.com). Or if you’re ready to join my team just click on the big green box below.
You can contact me first – or just join my team – either way’s 100% fine! If you’re led to join my team then I’d love to have you!
If you do want to join Younique but don’t fancy my team – here is some advice on How to Find a Younique Sponsor – with some things to look out for before signing.
Finally, if you already have joined Younique and have questions, your first port of call should be your sponsor or upline.
Failing that, I will try to help you if I can…but really my energy has to be focused on my own team as a priority. That makes sense, right?
Thanks for reading. Any questions, please reach out and I will try to help.
Welcome back to another My Week In Younique. Last week, I did a pretty massive post called My Year in Younique to mark the one year anniversary of signing up as a Younique presenter and sponsor.
Today though marks the date Younique launched in the UK. We officially began selling here on November 1, 2014.
I can’t believe how fast the time has gone and we’re now heading slowly into the holiday season. Anyway it’s time to update you on this My Week in Younique – new products, new kudos, and a wee team update too.
New Younique Product
Today we launched a new Younique product called Moodstruck Minerals Eye Primer. I didn’t know a thing about that one, so it was quite a surprise when I logged on and saw it was this month’s Kudos – free (with a somewhat large purchase).
The other exciting released today was the new Splurge Cream Eye Shadow colour in Skeptical. It’s a beautiful charcoal tone. I can’t wait to buy this one I have to say. One of these days I’ll work out how to do a proper smokey eye. I keep trying with very mixed results.
One of my teamies decided to leave Younique this week! So I’ll be honest with you, that was a bit of a bummer. But on the same day, another lapsed presenter re-activated her account and put through an order! Welcome back Tina my fellow Californian (I find it funny that the three Californians in my company, well including me, are all 4-letter Ts. Thea. Tina. Teri. But I digress)
Also this week I welcomed my first recruit from Wales, Emma-Louise. One step forward to steps back. Direct sales, Younique or otherwise, is a numbers game. (Remember – “Younique is not for everyone!”)
UPDATED 2020: Am currently still a presenter but not marketing the products or actively sponsoring any longer. If you need a hands-off sponsor then I’m your gal.
Thinking about Joining Younique?
Considering starting your own Younique business? Googling to learn more about whether “it’s a scam”, a “pyramid scheme”, too good to be true OR if it’s just right for you?
Read on to hear about my journey to the one-year mark. It’s my hope that this anniversary update will shed some light on what it’s been like for me to be a Younique presenter and sponsor for my first year. That said, everyone’s experience will be different, and as I often say: “Younique is not for everyone…”
My Year in Younique
One year ago, on October 26, 2014, I made the somewhat unusual decision to join Younique. I say “unusual” for a couple of reasons.
1) Right up until the week before I joined, I’d never even heard of the products (not even the flagship 3D Fiber Lashes mascara!)
2) Another reason that it was sort of “unusual”, was because I was never someone that anyone would consider a glamorous, makeup sort of girl.
Though I’ve always worn makeup, I wasn’t ever particularly excited by it. So it was a bit of a blind and bold decision to join Younique like I did (and more than a few friends were a little shocked).
I figured, in the worse case scenario, I was out £79, but at least I’d have some makeup to show for it.
You know what? I am now more excited by makeup than I ever thought possible!
So people can change!
Charting My Younique Path
Research. Research. Research. Right after I joined, for the weeks that followed while I waited for my kit to arrive, I could barely sleep due to my excitement!
I would stay up late watching tutorials and webinars, or surfing around for information about the company and its products.
When I found any harsh criticism about the company or any products, I had to take it with a pinch of salt, and not let it put me off the company entirely (a few times it nearly did but I’m glad I didn’t listen!)
Younique is not for everyone, and there is no company in the world with 100% satisfaction. Not one.
There will always be haters. The internet is filled with them. There will always be people that have issues with their orders, or who don’t like a product, or are allergic to a product. Again no company in the world will have 100% approval ratings across the board. It’s impossible.
Anyway it was all about the research those early weeks. I took the time to look at different presenters’ social media profiles, Youtube channels (etc) – and noticed ones that really “worked” and the ones that, well, didn’t (e.g. those who were just spamming their shop links left, right and center, in other words – they just tried to sell, sell, sell). Those sorts of marketing tactics have given Younique a bit of a bad rep. (Many people have commented on how “spammy” some of their presenter friends or followers are – which makes it challenging for those of us who don’t want to be seen that way!)
My “day job” is as a Social Media Trainer, traveling across Scotland, so I do have a very good working knowledge with all the major platforms and many of the non-majors (‘ello, Tsu, Blab…)
Younique is all about Facebook – they’re linked. I, however, am not. So I decided, from day one, not to bother with Facebook pages or even Facebook parties (they’re a pain to make successful). It appeared to me that most presenters were focusing their efforts on FB – so it felt over-saturated there, so I decided to leave them all to it.
What’s so great about Younique is you can choose how you want to market your own business. You need FB to join up, but no one says that’s how you have to spend all your marketing efforts…
So, as ever, I chose a different path. I’m a blogger. I’ve blogged for many, many years now. I also teach SEO (search engine optimization). I love Twitter and I am a huge fan of Google+.
When I joined Younique, very few people were focusing on G+, which has always been a fave platform of mine, so that’s where I spend most of my energy. That was where I could be a bigger fish in a smaller pond.
To this day, there are only a dozen or so (if that) Younique Presenters on Google+ that I feel are even doing it right. By “right” I mean posting content, telling stories, engaging with others – which is what the platform is all about.
The rest are just spamming their profiles with their own party links saying “shop my party” – (essentially treating it like it’s Facebook). It’s not like Facebook at all, so it’s not going to work if you do that.
Well, I can’t give all my strategies away here…but if you #jointheAteam, I will share them. I offer an open Sunday night coaching call with my team each week to talk about their social media strategies.
It should be noted that a few of my team mates are doing great work on Facebook and more power to them! It’s a personal choice! You can do what’s right for you!
Younique Recruiting, aka Sponsoring
Boy, I have learned a lot about myself, and managing a team in this first year. To be fair, I’ve also learned that there’s still much room for improvement…
It took 18 days to get my first recruit (a straight man, rather ironically) and a day later my second joined my team.
About a week later four more! I was flying! But alas, most of my first few recruits never lasted beyond the first 90 days – much to my dismay.
Thankfully two have – Marie and Karen (pictured with me on the right). Those two were friends before Younique, and I am pleased to say remain dear friends and active presenters!
By the end of first month, on November 30, 2014, I managed to reach Yellow status (the first level up the ladder after the starting point, white).
A week later “Fast Start”* (In the first 90 days having 1. $2000 in Personal Retail Sales (PRS) and 2. Sponsor at least 3 new Presenters).
I was over the moon about that and the cute two charms that followed.
Headed home to California for the holidays with high hopes of recruiting two friends in particular out there. I felt certain both gals would be amazing at Younique. We often do that – think that of our friends, but for whatever reason, though they both loved the products, neither seemed too interested in joining my team.
It’s hard not to get disappointed when your family or friends don’t really seem to take an interest or support you.
In a strange twist of fate, two other long-standing friends did join my team! One in particular had done direct sales (a few times) so I was certain she’d rock this business! No doubt whatsoever!!
Well, she didn’t, and by the end of her 90 days, she was gone too! Dang!
The other teamie remains, but only buys the products for herself and no other orders. Still I’m glad she’s kept it up this year! It all helps!
By the end of December, month two, myself and my company did nearly 2700 PRS (personal retail sales), so I managed to hit Pink status for the very first time! It seemed almost impossible to hit that 2000 PRS, but I did and I was gonna keep going all the way to the top (Black status)!!
I’d high hopes of reaching Blue in January or February then Green by March (in time for St Patrick’s Day or something), but I guess I wasn’t specific enough, because it didn’t happen last March but maybe next?
You see, I’d reached Pink so fast that I was lulled into thinking that was easy enough, but then it didn’t happen again for another NINE months! D’oh. Talk about frustrating! So it feels like I’ve been stalled at Pink forever – and I am really hoping these holidays will help me, and my team, to promote up the ladder.
Watch this space….
What I Spent on Younique: Year 1
There are certain things we can and can’t say regarding income made with Younique. We’re not allowed to promise anything with regards to income, and, frankly, I’d be amazed if you made a profit in Younique in the first year…Yes, am sure some Youniques do/have, (some even in their first month) but I personally suspect most will not…
I have spent a few thousand pounds on Younique products this year.
Don’t worry though – in reality, you don’t have to buy anything after your startup presenter kit.
You get the makeup in that kit, and the FREE website, and that’s you.
That’s all you ever have to spend…
But I have always strived to have every product that we sell, so that I can use it myself, and also to show people who are interested in seeing them in person…
Also it should be noted, that some of those orders were for other people who gave me money to buy their products (saving them the £6.95 UK shipping fees).
Have I earned enough to break even? No, probably not. I suspect I’m running at a slight loss, BUT I have had great makeup that I’ve used all year. So not really a “loss”.
I’d have bought makeup anyway and this way all the makeup I buy I receive 25% back on. Not only that I’m paid three hours after ever sale! Plus when I shop through my own party links, I get to earn 1/2 price credit, and even free makeup in the form of y-cash to spend.
So in my mind it’s not been a financial loss at all…if that makes sense?
“Are you Making Money with Younique?”
If anyone is expecting to join Younique and for it to be “easy money”- then they’ve got another thing coming. It’s not easy. As I say all the time “it’s not for everyone”.
In fact, the Younique presenter agreement sums it up pretty well: “financial success with Younique requires commitment, effort, and sales skill.”
I second that emotion, and I am learning more each day, which is a good thing, I think.
The thing is I get people saying “yeah but” to me a lot. “Yeah but are you making any money at Younique yet?”
How many businesses do you know make money in the first year?
Or even the second or third? Why should a direct sales business be any different? It takes time. Lots of it. It’s not throw a few links up and rack in the dough. Those efforts will show no return whatsoever.
For me though, I’m prepared to give it time. I am putting in a lot of hard work now – so that in a few years, it IS making me money. It’s starting to now…
Most of my sales (and my recruits) now come from strangers – via this very blog. Thank you for that.
The challenge with tallying what I’ve earned with Younique is that I’ve given some makeup away as gifts, I have been paid cash in US dollars and UK pounds, I get paid by PayPal (in both currencies) and BACS bank transfers too. I also sell through my youniqueproducts/thea site – so I’ve lot of monetary places to be keeping track of…I’m still going through it all, and I do look forward to seeing the overall total (and so does my accountant Erik!)
You’re Nothing Without a Team
To make any money and promote within the company, you’re going to need to be prepared to build a team of people who are prepared to do the same. When I joined I heard “recruit 5 and train them to recruit 5, who recruit 5” – often. Sounds easy enough, doesn’t it?
Pah, it’s not.
Or at least it hasn’t been for me!
I mentioned a few of my own recruits, of which there have been 21 to date (I was hoping for 3 more by today so it will have been an average of two per month, but 21 it is…)
Some people have joined my team and never even spoken to me, and then dropped off. (Presumably just “kit snatchers”).
Some have joined my team, spoken to me and said they wanted to build a successful business, and then did nothing at all, then dropped off.
Some have dropped off due to life getting the way, and then reactivated and kept going! Hooray!
Some are actually working their business and recruiting team mates of their own. Double hooray!
To me, the hardest part of the business – not the selling of the makeup (it sells itself), but the recruiting like minded (ambitious) teamies or as I call them “rock stars”.
It’s been particularly hard to watch people join only to do nothing (or very little) then quit. It’s really hard to not take that personally – even though it has little or nothing to do with me.
No one’s direct sales success or failure can be solely down to their upline or sponsor. My own sponsor ended up quitting halfway through the year.
There is no excuse to not be a success in your own right – given the amount of support there is for Younique. There are webinars, Facebook groups/pages, YouTube channels, blogs, etc.
After the first week, I seldom went to my upline for anything, as a quick search of Google usually revealed the solution, or sometimes a chat with Younique support. It was great I could lean on her but I tried hard to not have to!
Back to my recruits, though…Yes, many of them have quit, but many have remained and started to build a team of their own, as I said. To date, there has been a company high of 34 people. How cool is that? Active at this moment? 20. Three of those are marked for deletion again. D’oh!
Younique is not for everyone.
Another challenge with a team is not taking things personally when some people don’t really respond to, or resonate with, you, so they find other presenters who resonate with them more.
But if I look at my own style of learning I did the same thing. There are some Younique Black Status presenters I think are amazing (like the ones pictured here) and then there are others who aren’t my cup of tea.
Rapport is a strange beast and not everyone gels.
Not everyone relates to my style of Younique coaching, so I’m having to learn to not take that sort of thing personally! I try to continually remind them I am there if they need me to lean on but many have found other presenters to go to and that’s good! Whatever works!
One thing I have loved about Younique are the incentives. Getting different charms for each level, and for fast start and the recent +YOU movement. It gives you something to work toward. I’m a sucker for those charms. I want them all and I’ll get there eventually. This email came in mid-week and it made my day. It was fabulous to recruit three presenters in one week! That was three weeks ago…
NOTE: The day after posting this I finally got another recruit Emma! Meanwhile I anxiously await for my new +YOU charm to add to my collection!
My Younique Wrap
So that’s My Year in Younique summary for this first, rather challenging year. My goal, if you’re interested, is still to promote up to Blue or Green (if not higher) for next year’s update.
It’s taken quite a while to get here, but I truly feel that I have the start a totally awesome team now! We just all need to synchronise our awesomeness. It’s often been the case that I had a great month in personal sales and my team didn’t. Or they did great and my sales were patchy.
To be successful in this business (or any business really), I believe it takes a positive attitude, tons of tenacity and self-belief. It’s also about hard work and dedication, not just on your business but on yourself. Perseverance is paramount.
There will be days when you want to pack it in, but if you can step away for a day or two, you’ll often come back feeling renewed. Set goals, and make step towards them daily in some way. It’s about riding out the highs and lows. You get a cluster of sales, you’re on a high, then you have nothing for two weeks, you’re on a low…repeat, lather, rinse.
Well that’s been my experience and it should be noted that we’re all different so Younique experience may vary! I’ve met a lot of people that have loved the company and the products and many who haven’t. As I keep saying, “Younique is not for everyone” – but it is for me!
This year, I think I’ve learned that a successful year is not solely based on monetary terms, because every single day I’m learning more about selling, people, communication, mentoring and business management. And you know what? Some of those aforementioned strangers have now now become truly amazing and inspiring friends!
Reach out if you have any questions: 3dlashes (@) youniquebythea.com or if you’re in the UK you can ring 0141 416 1492, or North America on 408 353 0434. Or Tweet me. Or comment below. See you next time…on My Week in Younique!
Since that date, we we have been giving away a super cute limited edition +You charm, two sets of the popular 3D mascara in the new presenters kit, and we also were offering FREE SHIPPING!
What a totally great deal!! That means you got one set of lashes for yourself and one you could sell or give away…If you did sell it that would bring your presenters fee down a chunk. (E.G. to join in the UK it is £69 and if you sold a set of 3D lashes for £23 that brought your business start up to just £46…Or $99 USD – $29). Cheap as chips to start a Younique biz.
Final Minutes of the +You Movement
Well we’re down to the final MINUTES of the +YOU movement. Once we sell a million – that offer stops and you go back to getting just the ONE set of lashes and you pay for your shipping.
As I type this blog post we’re just nine hundred mascaras away from the end of the campaign that started in July (93 days ago).
That’s an average of nearly 11,000 of the 3D Fiber Lashes+ mascaras a day (if my numbers are correct…or rather Google’s numbers). Not bad (though that does seem less than the 15,000 we often been quoted since joining).
Anyway that’s a lot regardless….As part of the +You movement, as I was already a presenter and sponsor, I didn’t get to take advantage of that shipping/extra mascara deal – but I did get a chance to earn a +YOU charm for recruiting three gorgeous gals in one week so that has pleased me no end.
That’s all – just wanted to write a really fast post to mark the very end of the campaign as I was blogging quite heavily on the day we launched the new Younique mascara in July!
Hoping I may even get another new recruit today on this final day…You never know!! If you fancy grabbing a bargain – either to run as a business or for the make up itself (no selling or recruiting) – do so now! Click the button below and off you go!
Well it’s time for, yet another Younique Update – also know as ‘My Week in Younique’ – where I try to give you the lowdown on my highs and lows of running my ‘Younique by Thea’ business.
In This Younique Update…
It’s been an exciting time in terms of new team members, accolades, business changes, new products and Younique Christmas vouchers too!
We’ll start with the first two which are linked. I am delighted to have welcomed a few new team mates to the team since the last My Week in Younique. We have a movement going on right now called Plus You (+YOU) which I recently blogged about.
Basically for those new members who join now they get 1) Free shipping on their kit, 2) an extra set of 3D Fiber Lashes mascara in their kit and 3) a special +You charm to accompany their White charm that we all get when joining.
That offer has been happening since we launched the new 3D mascaras back in July. For those of us already presenters we could earn that charm by recruiting three presenters in a one week period from Sunday to Saturday. Not normally a competitive person but frankly I have wanted that charm since the moment it was announced.
Well as luck would have it, I finally achieved it in what is likely to be the penultimate week of the campaign. We’re just about eighteen thousand sales away from ONE MILLION MASCARAS SOLD!! So I’d guess it will be only another day or two before that’s over (and I get my coveted charm to add to my collection!)
So once again let me welcome the latest three lovelies to join my team – Helen (my first Aussie recruit), and Alison and Charlotte – both from England!
I’ll be posting a blog in just over a week or so that will be My Year in Younique. In it I’ll talk in even greater detail about how the journey has been. It’s definitely been packed with many highs and lows. It’s not an easy business but suffice it to say I still love it.
Last night my Cloud 9 collection finally arrived here in Glasgow. Younique now has a hub in the Netherlands which is great – but as a result of its launch, there have been some teething problems. Normally orders can take a few days to process, but in this case I started to get peeved when nine days later it was still saying “Processing”. Eventually the oder go through and at a time rate that was not unlike its being shipped from Utah (via California then London!). Less than two weeks in the end so all’s well that ends well!
Anyway I just snapped this pic in my kitchen to show you its contents.
As makeup is such a personal thing, and one may not know the exact items, colours or styles to get things in, I am now offering Christmas Gift Vouchers.
I’ll be revealing a bit more about them in the next blog – in a week or so but essentially you’ll be able to choose from prices ranging from a simple stocking stuffer £15 up to the Splurge of £200. Ts & Cs will apply and the voucher is good for 6 months from date of purchase. But again more on that next time. Currently deciding whether to do US and UK vouchers or just UK.
Younique Update Summary
In my last Younique update, I highlighted some recent Younique business changes – like the fact you only need to spend more than £75 to receive free shipping in the UK.
Also, as I said earlier, we finally have our European hub in the Netherlands. Perhaps most-excitingly, we can “Cash and Carry”! That means I now can officially offer you 3D mascaras in 48 hours and save you a few pounds shipping and a Free Greeting Card when you order direct from me (via phone or email listed on this site). this offer is not good if you end up shopping through my Younique website.
Frankly though – either way works! I am grateful for any sale – whatever way works for you!
Hey all welcome to the latest instalment of “My week in Younique”. Unfortunately life has gotten in the way this past month or so, and so the blogs have fallen to the wayside. Here’s the last update of it. On my blog, I try to give an honest account of my experience of being a Younique presenter and sponsor – as transparent as possible.
I know it’s been quiet this month but rest assured lovelies, I am still working my Younique business, and I am just as committed to it as the day I started.
This past month or so, there have been new recruits, personal Bests, and new products too…
Welcome to #theAteam – Lesley!
So I would like to welcome my latest team member – I believe she is the 15th to #jointheAteam. She is called Lesley and is from here in Central Scotland. The last few have all been from England – Sarah, Kelly and Rebecca (who’s based in Glasgow!)
Lesley, like several other members of my team, is a mom who is looking for some supplemental income. She wants to spend more time with her family.
Younique is great for that sort of goal, but this is not a quick business. If you are going to join Younique, then you have to be prepared to put in the work for the long game. Very few people are successful in this business, or any MLM business for that matter, immediately. It takes commitment, and consistent persistence to rock it. To keep going when you’re getting no sales at all, no engagement, no one coming forward to even host a party for FREE makeup! Yes this business will test your mettle.
It can take a while to forge your course. I am in it for the long game. I find it easy to qualify every month (apprx 4-5 mascaras is all it takes). I do not make much money at it but I enjoy it. I enjoy the sisterhood. I love the Younique products (more on that in a minute) and I especially love getting paid around three hours after every sale!
The more challenging side of Younique has been seeing people sign up for Younique and then do nothing with it and go inactive in 90 days. I have nine, active women that I’ve sponsored at this moment but two are marked to go “inactive” at the end of the month and I suspect they will.
So when, in direct sales, they say, “it’s a numbers game” – truer words could not be spoken! As I’ve said before, that’s the most challenging aspect to my own Younique business. Speaking of recruiting…
Sometimes We Change…
I was always someone who avoided any direct sales people, and never thought I’d want to become a Younique sponsor. Recruiting was something that just didn’t interest me, but now that I’ve started to, I love it. I love the idea of mentoring my team mates, and trying to help with their Social Media training (that’s my “day job” anyway). Business has been such that I’ve not had as much time for my team (or my own business), but now things are a bit more quiet I can focus here again and help them more with their online marketing.
May Sales – PB
I am delighted to report that my own personal sales for May were my highest of the year! Though I can’t claim they were brilliant compare to other Younique sisters for me they were the best of 2015 so far. (June’s been most quiet for some time but that could change this final week!)
Really I’d love to build on that for July. As it’s my birthday in July, I thought of telling everyone I wanted no presents – but have them shop for themselves, or someone they know, through my site in a sort of “Get Thea To Green” campaign.
I’d hoped to be Blue if not Green status by now, and yet I remain at Pink. I marvel at my local sisters that are already Orange or Purple etc.
But I just have to remember I’m forging my own path. To promote up in Younique – essentially myself, and my team, would need to sell 344 mascaras. That would mean I’d reach Green in July. (I think that’s right, but math was never my strongest subject in school. This calculation’s based on $10,000 USD selling $29.00 mascaras. If I am wrong please tell me).
New Splurge Cream Eye Shadows
To date we have four Splurge Cream Eye Shadows now. We started off with Dainty and Elegant, then we released another Tenacious and now Charming.
I am happy to report that because Splurge is among my favourite products I have now bought all four. The two recent ones were FREE due to having earned a considerable amount of Y-cash through hosting parties. So here are the four eye shadows.
The beige one (letter T) is the Elegant. The green one (letter H) is Charming. It goes on very light by the way. Looks pretty good with my green eyes…Dainty (letter E) is a gray-brown metallic mixture and the Tenacious (letter A) is a bronze beauty. I wasn’t sure I’d like it given the pictures I have seen of it but in fact it’s great. I recommend any of the four. Choose one that strikes a cord with you. You can buy splurge from my site or, if you’re in the UK then message me to order one for you.
Younique Launching in Germany…
In spite ofmy last blog post stating it was July that Younique launches in Germany – it seems it is set for August.
I already have a few ladies who seem anxious to #jointheAteam, and they will not be pleased with this latest info.
As I type this, I am listening to a webinar about Younique’s German launch. I can’t wait to have some Germans on my team – as soon as they are able to because 1) German people use a lot of social media, they’re used to buying things online and they like makeup!
Some current stats that Younique has given us:
Women of Germany are said to love the more natural look then their American counterparts.
Germany is the third largest mascara market in the world.
German women use less makeup than American women, yet on average use higher-quality prestige products with higher price points.
It’s the 5th largest ecommerce market in the world and is set to double within the next four years.
Expertise in makeup application techniques is highly valued*.
So that’s pretty interesting isn’t it?
Finally, on that last note*, myself and my Lanarkshire teamie Karen McKay have signed up for some makeup classes here in the central belt. I definitely need to learn more about the application of our wonderful products so I can sell them with more authority and expertise! Wish me luck and watch this space.