I’m also a Phoenix Trader in my first year of running my own greeting cards business. Unlike Younique though, I don’t actively promote the Phoenix business. I joined because I enjoy sending cards to clients/customers, family and friends and wanted to buy them at cost.
A keen networker, I do end up selling UK greeting cards to people I know – family, friends, colleagues.
On this blog, I can spend a little time talking a bit more about that too.
Finally, in the line of the work that I’m in, I meet wonderfully-talented business owners who are selling amazing products here in Scotland. This blog it’s a chance to talk a bit about the things I come across here too.
Direct Sales Businesses
Not all direct sales businesses are the same. The thing about running them is that you can feel pressured to buy/sell products or recruit people. I’ve chosen two that I am happy to be involved with – because I don’t actually have to sell or recruit in either. I chose to work Younique, but I haven’t been with Phoenix. The option to work more or less is down to me.
So if you’d be interested in finding out more about being Younique or joining Phoenix then please get in touch here.
Younique Hits 500,000
It’s exciting to be Younique. We’ve now reached the half a million mark. What I don’t know though is if that’s active presenters or ones who have simply joined. I suspect it’s the latter. I personally have recruited thirty four Younique presenters but half of them or so are no longer active. So I’d be curious to know the actual active presenter numbers, personally. Regardless it’s awesome to have hit 500,000 and before predicted I believe.
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.
Welcome back to ‘My Week in Younique’ where there is much to update you on. March has truly kicked off with a bang! It’s been a time of personal achievements, new products, deliveries, team mates, record breaks and territory too.
$XX,XOX PRS – YES!
This weekend, I managed to earn a very special PRS charm – EDITED: I am not allowed to say how much I sold.
It took me over one year and four months (and ten days, but who’s counting?) Sure there will be many who do that monthly, or who did it much faster, but there are also a lot who haven’t yet and even some who will never achieve it at all.
So this month, somewhat unusually, sales came from people I know. Often they come from strangers. This month the two big spenders who helped me reach my target were actually my big sister Wendy, and best bud Brian. Some of our products are suitable for men too.
I just want to say a heart felt “thank you” to all of you who purchased anything from me.
TWO NEW TEAMIES
This week I welcomed two new lovelies to my team. One from the isle of Islay and the other is from England. I often get asked for tips for recruiting but I honestly I can’t say I have ever really tried.
With Younique, as with most Direct Sales companies, there is this whole “Make a list of X amount of people you know…” To “share the opportunity” with…and I have no doubt that will work for some people. But honestly? It makes my skin crawl. It’s just now how I am wired.
Will blog more about that later, but my personal tips for getting recruits would simply be – be positive, consistent and share the love of the business, the products and the benefits. And not is some scripted sort of way. (Scripts also make my skin crawl). But that’s just my opinion. You can recruit whatever way you want. I prefer strangers coming to me rather than sharing the opportunity with anyone.
Friday I am pleased to say my new Younique collection – Trendsetter arrived. Like 80,00 other people in the first two days of March, I rather excitedly shopped for our new products that were launched. It was a hassle because the site was chewing up so much bandwidth with all of us clamouring to get our makeup, it kept falling over. Well eventually the order went in and just over a week later, my new products arrived.
Here’s an unboxing video I made, using my phone, in the middle of a networking event. It’s only 90 seconds and will show some of the new products (but I did miss out the new liquid eye liner I got, oops!)…Are you a Trendsetter?
We have a handful of products that immediately sold out (again). Yes, I know it’s frustrating that so many of our top product’s are not in stock. We are in fact victims of our own success. The foundation the puffer brush, the new body bronzer, the kudos and collection bag all out right now.If you are really desperate can actually order the Younique Liquid Foundation if you buy this Stroke of Beauty collection.
My Race to Green
So as you can probably tell, it’s been a great and exciting week…I’ve been keeping track of my “race to green” here on my blog, and I gotta be honest with you, it’s not looking hugely promising for this month.
Well, unless all of my team mates start to really kick some ass…(Some already are, thankfully). We’ll see.
I’ll keep trying until I reach Green status. I had felt like it would be this month – primarily as I’ve gotten quite a few recruits lately, and we were launching all these new products (which I assumed everyone would be buying like I did). Well, not so much…Oh well, I’ll keep praying for a miracle. I do love a good challenge anyway! See you next time lovely! x
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.
Hola España! Welcome and here we go with another short update My Week in Younique – talking new team mates, a new territory, si España, and the return of Touch Mineral Liquid Foundation (well, sort of…) Read on, lovely.
Younique Says “Hola Espana”
If I was a betting woman I’d have won the bet on the next territory we’d launch in. It made perfect sense as we first had Germany, then France and next up it’s Espana – or Spain for those who do not hablo espanol. Of course!
If you’re in Spain, you’ll be able to Join Youniquein a matter of weeks! How wonderful is that? España – if you are looking for a sponsor then I’d love to have you. If you want some more info on How to Find a Younique Sponsor read that first.
WELCOME TO THE ATEAM CARI
Yesterday I was delighted to welcome Cari the newest team member to #JointheAteam – from Nevada. This after welcoming Tabitha, also in America, recently too!
One of the most wonderful thing about Younique is getting to make friends around the world. Look forward to getting to know these latest recruits in the coming weeks and months and hope that they love Younique as much as I do.
ORDER TOUCH FOUNDATION FAST
There is a lot of controversy surrounding the Younique Touch Mineral Liquid Foundation. It was out for a few months, then it went a bit viral and sold out in every shade. I blogged that the Younique Foundation is back – already this week so I won’t go too much into that but the very good news is that for a limited time only you can order the foundation right now in the Cloud 9 Collection.
Personally I can’t wait for my Cloud 9 collection to arrive because I was already in need of a new Dainty (one of my faves of all Younique products), the Addiction Palette number 1 because I hadn’t been able to purchase it and to replace my Ritzy lipstick because I think I had left mine in California. So all that plus the new travel-size makeup bag makes me very excited indeed.
That’s about all for this week. Don’t forget we have a “Free Shipping” offer going on this month – on orders over a certain amount. That’s February’s Younique Kudos. So happy shopping, you’re welcome!
I leave you with a happy “bienvenidos España”. Hope to see you on my team soon, chica! xo
Oh before I go, let me leave you with a new video this week “¡Younique va a España!”:
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.
Another week has come and gone, we’re only a week away from Valentine’s Day, so it’s time for me to update you all on “My Week in Younique” once more. As I type the Super Bowl (50) is on. I am not a football fan so I’m blogging instead.
It’s been a fabulous February so far! We’ve had a successful launch in France. Am already halfway to Pink thanks to my team of rock stars who are totally killing it. And I’ve a Valentine’s Day offer that may be of interest to some of you.
Today’s Annabelle’s birthday. She’s one of my most recent recruits. She celebrated in style with family and friends and most awesome “Makeup” cake I’ve ever seen. Anyway, I want to wish her a very “Happy Birthday” here on my blog (I’ve already done so on Twitter this morning)
Please do follow her.She does such natural makeup tutorials. She’s got a very lovely Younique way. So very pleased to have her on my team!
So we’re one week into our French launch which is super exciting. The tripled digits club filled up super fast…Much faster than Germany’s did anyway. That’s an incredible start to the launch in the region. If you’re in France, and you’d like to sign up as a Younique presenter, you’d be most welcome to #jointheAteam!
Valentine’s Day – Pink or Red?
It’s one week until Valentine’s Day so the perfect time to pick yourself or someone else something sweet and pink? You can either buy direct from me here, or shop online 24/7.
There are some rumours circulating about some new products coming our way in March. Have heard about new lip stain shades, Splurges in matte shades, more eye shadow palettes, and maybe even something more. New catalogues on the way here too. Very excited about March but let’s enjoy February first, shall we?
If you’re interested in learning more about Younique – whatever region you’re in – please don’t hesitate to get in touch…7 days a week. Email me 3dlashes at youniquebythea.com. In the US you can call 408 353 0434 or in the UK try me on 0141 416 1492.
You can also search this blog to find a variety of posts about what’s it’s really like and how my journey’s been so far.
Finally if you’re ready to joining my team, you don’t even need to message me first – just visit this join Younique page and climb aboard.
Happy Valentine’s Day lovelies. Wherever you are and whoever you are. Be kind to yourself – especially if there’s no one else to!
Younique Glossary of Terms (to help with the following post)
Presenter: effectively Younique’s name for a distributor or sales rep
Sponsor: a presenter who recruits other team members to join their Younique team
PRS: Personal Retail Sales (what a presenter personally sells each month)
Qualified First Level: A presenter who sells 125 PRS in a rolling 3 month period
Company Wholesale Sales (CWS): What a presenter and their entire downline sells each month
Circle Sales: This is a presenter’s and his or her downline’s sales – excluding any of their Green status or higher and their downlines (those people have “spun off” in essence)
Wholesale Sales: 75% of Retail Sales. The remaining value of the original sales amount after Retail Royalties/Commission have been deducted
Qualified First Generation Elite:
What is Younique? Launched in Utah by a sister and brother, Younique is a direct sales company that sells naturally-based makeup, skin care and beauty products – direct to its customers.
The Younique products are not sold in any stores. They are sold mostly through online channels like Facebook, Twitter, Google+or Linkedin or blogs such as this one!
The presenter is paid their commissions approximately three hours after every sale through their website.
Younique’s compensation plan features a colourful-tiered-ladder of eight levels — starting with White and going all the way up to the top spot which is Black Status.
This post will outline the eight Younique presenter levels, and the commission levels of each level. Commissions range from 20% at entry level – up to a maximum of 30%.
We never earn more than 30% commissions – that’s the max for Younique presenters.
Reminder that PRS stands for “Personal Retail Sales”
Entry Presenter: Younique White status – (20% commission)
Every Younique presenter starts earning 20% commission from day one. So from your very first order placed through your website (either by you or someone else), you will receive your 20% commission – approximately three hours after the sale…That’s every_single_time!!
That’s amazing isn’t it? It’s so fun to receive those payment notifications like clockwork!
Entry Presenter: Younique Yellow status – (25% commission)
Once you sell 1000 PRS (personal retail sales) which equates to $1000 or roughly £690 (depending on exchange rate), you will become a Yellow level presenter.
You reach Yellow all on your own sales – and can take as long as you need to reach it. I aimed to reach it ASAP as I wanted that pay-bump up to 25%.
Exemplary Presenter: Younique Pink status – (25% commission)
Unfortunately, you can’t move up passed Yellow until you start to build a team. So if you have no interest in recruiting team members, you will only ever get to Yellow, and never be able to go beyond that.
But if you do want to progress up the ladder, then your next stop after Yellow will be Pink.
To reach pink you have to sell 250 PRS personally – plus you and your company needs to sell 2000 PRS (you can do that all on your own or with your team), and finally you need one qualified presenter.
A qualified first level presenter is someone who has sold their 125 PRS that month. So every month that you hope to hit Pink, you need to do that PRS amount, have a qualified presenter and sell at least 2000 in company-wide sales.
Exemplary Presenter: Younique Blue status – (25% commission)
Younique Blue status is effectively double that of Pink. You need to still sell your own 250 PRS, but your sales need to be 4000 Company Wide Sales, and this time you have to have two qualified first-level presenters.
Elite Presenter: Younique Green status – (30 % commission)
Younique Green status is the next level up the Younique presenter ladder. Sadly (for me anyway), it’s not just double the Blue figures, it’s a lot more than that!
The good news is that now you’re earning 30% commission on sales – which is the top level a Younique presenter can make in commissions as I stated above.
To reach Green level with Younique, you need to personally sell 500 PRS, your company must sell 10,000 PRS (that’s about £6950!! at the moment) and have three qualified first level presenters.
In addition to all the above, you also have to have 2000 in circle wholesale sales*.
This is where I’ve always started to get totally confused, I’ll be honest with you.
* Wholesale amounts are calculated at 75% of the Personal Retail Volume of all commissionable sales.
Frankly, I am rather in awe that anyone can get to Green – let alone beyond it…
Elite Presenter: Younique Orange Status (30% commission)
Rising up from Green level status, it’s up now to Orange level. To reach Orange level with Younique, you need sell the same 500 PRS as the previous Green stage, but as a company you need to have 20,000 in company wide sales. Again three qualified first-level presenters, 4000 circle wholesale sales and 1 first generation elites. So someone in your company needs to hit green before you can promote up.
Man that’s a doozy – in my opinion.
Exclusive Presenter: Younique Purple status (30% commission)
The penultimate level with Younique is Purple level.
You also move up to “exclusive level” from “elite” status presenter.
To reach Purple, you need to sell your 500 PRS still, and your company needs to sell 40,000. You have to have four qualified first level presenters, 6000 circle wholesale sales, and this time you have to have two first generation elites.
Exclusive Presenter: Younique Black status (30% commission)
The ultimate level to reach as a Younique Presenter is Black Status.
To become a Younique Black level presenter you have to be the ultimate rockstar. You still need to sell your personal 500 PRS. Your whole company has to sell 80,000. You need four qualified first level presenters. The circle wholesale sales need to reach 10,000, and if that weren’t enough you need to have FOUR first generation elites.
I thought it would be interesting to know exactly how many Younique women (and men) reach Black status with the company.
I suspect, as a total guess, for every one Black Status Younique Presenter, there are twenty or thirty thousand who aren’t. Don’t quote me on that. I’m sorta making it up. At the time of writing this post there are currently 371,621 presenters around the world and 69 are currently an active Black Status presenter. So yeah, only the best of the best make it that far.
To add to that, there are now three levels of Younique Black status….and you can even earn a car incentive…
Well that about covers it. I hope that answered your questions. If not feel free to message me if you have them. I’ll do my best to answer any.
Incidentally, I am currently BLUE and aiming for GREEN, but to be honest with you, I think I’d be content to remain at Green level for the foreseeable.
When I first started with Younique I was aiming for Black, thinking I’d be there in six months, but then reality sort of set in, and now I think I’d feel content with Green. At least for this year. I could always change my mind as my company grows (more than forty now!) and my teamies start promoting up too…
But for now, I’d be happy with Green. What about you?
Interested in joining Younique? I’d love to have you on my team. No need to message me first – you can simply join by clicking the button below. xo
Here we are, it’s just two minutes until February now, and so time to share another My Week in Younique! As we leave January behind (praise Buddha), we kick off another month and launch in another country – France! This post sees three lovely additions to my team. Let’s wrap Jan before we talk about Feb!
Younique January Blues
January was dismal, I’ll be honest with you. There were no sales and no recruits for me – the whole month until this weekend. At least I got a last minute mascara sale in, but that was it! Ugh!
I know I shouldn’t admit to such things but sometimes Younique is like that. Heck, sometimes life is like that. Highs and Lows. Ebb and Flow. January was just low, end of story. Not just for me but many of my team mates too. Few of us did anything this month. Newcomer Annabelle rocked it right out of the ballpark. You should totally check out Annabelle’s videos on her FB group – as she’s fantastic!
Yesterday, Saturday, I a lovely person called Sharon joined the team. I’d had several equiries this week about joining younique so it was great one finally did. Then later in the afternoon another joined – Jay in the USA. Later that night while I was out at the movies a third person joined the team – Gillian just outside Glasgow. So three is in fact a charm and my personal best for Younique recruits! I celebrated by writing a blog last night “How to Find a Younique Sponsor” which may prove helpful to some!
Anyway so yes, January was less than stellar for myself and the Ateam…but it sure ended on a high note.
Fab February France – Bonjour
So again, as I said previously, we launch in France in a matter of hours. Tout le monde semble très excité! j’espere trouver beaucoup de gens se joindre à moi – avec Younique.
Well OK, so my French is a tad rusty. I’ll work on that and go back to English for now.
I’m hoping to have some lovely makeup lover to #jointheAteam soon – and for an excuse to pop back over there later this year. Any excuse, right?
Younique Customer Kudos for Feb
You can tell that I am very excited about February. In the morning we will find out what this months customer kudos will be. Last year it was awesome. It had a super cute pink bag, with some 3D Fiber Lashes, a lip gloss and eye liner too – bundled. I just pray that this year’s will be just as good if not better. Personally speaking, the January Kudos left a little to be desired. Eye Lash Curler? Cute as it may be, and good as it may work, it was a bit “Meh” – too hard to excited over. February will definitely top that one, right? Ask me in nine hours.
Oh and it’s a Leap Year, so apart from the obvious advantage or being able to propose to your guy, as it’s a bit longer there is an increased sales potential!
Speaking of sales, my goal over the next month is to hit the 10,000 PRS – so I can earn another charm for my collection!
Then my next goal after that is to hit Green Status Elite – which feels a little impossible right now, to be honest, but surely it must be doable, as many before me have done it! So Green it is!
So that’s about it. My team update (welcoming three new recruits), the Younique France update (just hours away), my Younique goals at the moment,….and a brand new Fab Feb France Foundation and Fun party to kick of the month! Hope it’s a great one! I gotta get some sleep and when i wake up – it’s a new month with a new customer kudos and new territory! Brilliant!
Did you end up here because you’re wondering how to find a Younique Sponsor that suits you? Need to know how to join Younique but not really sure where to start? Have a few more questions about sponsors before taking the plunge? Let me see if I can offer some guidance by sharing some of the questions that I have been getting since joining Younique myself…
Recruiting Youniques – Peaks and Valleys
Because of the holidays, it’d been quiet in terms of my recruiting. Actually January sales were a bit dead too, I won’t lie to you…
It’d been maybe two months since I had someone join my team* – and only a few of my gals in the company have had recruits too.
But once January kicked in, properly, so did the queries about joining Younique. Hoorah!
Guess it makes sense that things are quiet over the holiday period. People are wrapped up with festivities and/or they’re strapped (financially). Once payday rolls around, let the recruiting begins!
Anyway I noticed a huge spike in many of my Younique posts about joining us, (especially on this post here that you may have seen?), and so I thought it might be a good time to answer some of these questions that I’ve been getting lately about finding a sponsor. I figure if one person has had it – there are bound to be others so here we go!
FAQs About Younique Sponsors
When the following are in quotes, they are real questions copied and pasted. In other cases, without quotes, they were paraphrased or amalgamated, from several on the same topic!
1. “Could you advise me if you require a sponsor to join Younique and if so how I go about this?”
You can simply Google “younique sponsor near me” (or whatever) to find one, OR you can #jointheateam now. (PS: That’s my team, Thea Team, aka The A team! Well, I had to say that, right?)
2. “Does it Matter Where Your Younique Sponsor Lives?”
This is actually a very common question…
If it does to you, then yes, but realistically-speaking, not in this day and age.
Personally speaking, I have recruits in the US, Canada, Australia and England, and I am based in Glasgow (or Northern California for part of the year).
With Younique you can work your business wherever you are (as long as we are in that region) and you sign up under or have people sign up under you from anywhere! How cool is that?
Yep, I have a truly global company right now! 🙂
I signed up under a woman in the Scottish Highlands, who was a friend-of-a-friend. I had never met her but had spoken to her on the phone.
She has since left the business, so I was then placed under her sponsor who I don’t really know too well, but hey, she’s there if I need her.
3. “I am wanting to know if it is better to go under a black sponsor or white (does it matter) what kind of sponsor I have?”
Wow, this is an excellent question, which I heard today, in fact. Here’s what I told her (though slightly edited):
I personally think you should just pick whoever resonates with you…to be honest.
Once you’re in, you will gradually gravitate toward some higher ups. Find someone whose willing to mentor/coach you – if you need it!
I suppose I’d say go with someone who is ambitious, and is actively working their business, so probably not white or even yellow really. Chose Pink or above.
That said, whites and yellows have to get some recruits to promote up – so that’s not a hard and fast rule either. Follow your gut!
On that note, what I’ve done to help any of my recruits, who are proactively working their business, is I’ve had some recruits sign up under them*.
If I see someone starting out who’s working their business and struggling to get recruits for whatever reason, and I know they really want to promote up, I essentially give them my recruits! That’s why I’ve personally not had any new recruits for a while (until today when I welcomed Sharon my team).
I’m in the process of writing an interesting, if a little controversial, blog about sponsors and uplines. Look out for that one soon, but in the meantime, I’d say it doesn’t hugely matter who your sponsor is, as your success will ultimately be down to you.
There are so many Younique FB groups to join, a good “back office”, loads of webinars and youtube videos…
If anything, it’s like trying to drink a sip of water from a fire hydrant (there’s that much Younique stuff out there).
I believe you’ll find your path. You’ll find the people and the channels to work your business your way, if you want to.
So no you are not necessarily better off signing up under a Black vs Blue for instance.
4. Does my sponsor make money off me?
This is asked a lot in a variety of ways (so therefor not in actual quotes).
Basically I believe the question is “Do you as my sponsor benefit by me joining your team?”
The answer is a tricky one. It’s actually a yes and no response!
I don’t make any money off of someone just joining my Younique team.
As a sponsor, I don’t make money on you joining and simply buying your kit.
I only make money when I start to qualify for pink and above. So if I qualify for pink, blue, green etc…I make varying percentages on my whole downline – that’s my recruits and theirs too. (Yippee)
So really how you start to make any real money with Younique is, you have to sell the basic requirements for each level (e.g. for pink and blue 250 personal sales, green and orange 500 personal sales on up…) – as well asto help my team promote up too. With Younique, you can’t promote up past Yellow – without having a team, and you can’t really earn on your team until you start promoting to the higher levels.
I’ve had several recruits join my team and then never sell anything at all, and then drop off.
So they didn’t benefit me at all.…
Incidentally, for every ten or so who join my team – two or three seem to actually work their business.
More than a year later, I’ve finally started to get a team of women who are working Younique, and that benefits me, which is awesome.
If you hope to make some real money with Younique, then you have essentially two ways – 1) you will need to recruit well and train them to recruit too…or 2) you will need to be a rock star seller – who sells, sells, sells tons of products!
5. “My sponsor resigned, and corporate filled in the blank with another person. Can this be changed? Can I be part of your team? Do you have any idea how that would work? Can you make that happen as an up line person?”
Oh boy, I sure wish I could! My own sponsor resigned too as I said, and they simply re-assigned me to her sponsor. That is just how it works. I’ve had several people expressing dismay with their sponsors lately…I wish it were just so simple to say “move over to mine”!
Sadly it’s not.
The thing is folks, you don’t really know how your sponsor will be until you sign up with them.
To be honest, I am pretty sure I too would not have “100% approval rating”!
Not everyone will love my ways, and so they go looking for other Youniques to show them the way.
That’s the good thing about Younique – if you have a sponsor you’re not totally enamoured with you, then there are other people out there to lean on for support or learn from.
Bottom line? Your success is not down to the sponsor you choose so don’t over think it.
Yes they can be helpful and supportive, true, but if they are not, it’s your job to find your support elsewhere.
As I have said, there are masses of groups on FB, webinars and tutorials, articles, blogs and so forth.
Your sponsor really won’t be in charge of your success (or failure).
What you really ought to hope for in a sponsor is someone to lean on when you need some help, advice, or who will prop you up when you feel like giving up (and honestly there are days when all of us feel like giving up…and some actually do!)
You need to persevere in this business – it’s not an easy one. You may want to check out My Year in Younique – for more info on my personal journey.
Do You Need a Younique Sponsor?
If you need a Younique sponsor and feel like I might be it, then go ahead and jointheateamnow! You don’t have to clear it with you. If you feel led to join my team then I am super happy to have you!
If you want to ask more questions about Younique, then please feel free to get in touch here on the blog, via email 3dlashes (at) youniquebythea.com or ring me on my US (408 353 0434) or UK (0141 416 1492) numbers – if you’re more of a phone person. Old school! You can reach out seven days. I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.
If you have a sponsor already and have questions please try them first! That’s what they’re there for!
A Relaxed but Supportive Younique Sponsor
As a Younique sponsor, please know that I don’t push or prod my team at all. Well, unless they tell me they want me to. 🙂
At the end of the day, when you sign up with Younique, it’s your business to work or not work. I’m not your boss. It’s not my job to make anyone work, or sell or recruit. That’s down to the individual. You do what works for you!
I do let my team know that I am here for them any time, and I can do video coaching any time eg via Google Hangouts.
If you decide you’d rather go for a black status presenter or someone more local to you – then that’s fine too!
Please just find someone who’s working their business, who you feel sells well online (in a non-spammy way!) and be prepared to do your own thing if they turn out to be disappointing in anyway!