Turns out I have dozens upon dozens of greeting cards here in my flat so I thought I’d have a March 2017 Special. These are high quality, UK produced cards and need to be given and received. So after a little chat with my upline Janet last night, I’ve decided for the month of March – every card here is £1.00 only. These cards are premium cards which retail at £1.75 (and honestly they’re worth more than double that).
So if you need a card of any description, then please let me know. There are cards for all occasions here. You can see ten listed above in the Instagram post and even more if you search this site.
Mother’s Day 2017 (UK)
Also, before I go, just a friendly reminder that Mother’s Day is coming up at the end of the month. This year it’s Sunday March 26. Your mother would probably appreciate a nice card – and possibly a gift. Please note that the USA has a different Mother’s Day – and this year it’s on May 14. I’ll be placing a small order for cards for mums soon. Let me know if you see any you might like and I’ll add it to the order.
So why not take advantage all of this March 2017 Special – and stock up on some cards you may need this year? We’ve countless relevant cards for all occasions – birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, new babies, congratulations – you name it, we’ve got it.
How to Order
Visit the shop to see the cards you like, make a note of the numbers & descriptions, then reach out to me** with your preferences. If you’re not bothered about saving any money – but want the cards fast – you’re best ordering direct through my website. I appreciate every order no matter how big or how small.
** remember to get the deal you must order direct to save money.
Need a Hamper?
If you would like to create a special gift with impact – we can create a bespoke hamper for someone special in your life. Reach out to me for more information on cards, cosmetics, coffee, chocolate – or anything else….
Soon it will be my one year anniversary as a Phoenix Trader. I thought I’d review a little about my experience with them, why I joined and whether I’d recommend it to those of you who are searching for a flexible business or hobby.
If you’re considering something where you can work from home (or anywhere) and trying to decide if it’s right for you, read on. It’s my second attempt at direct sales but my reason for joining is slightly different to my first which is Younique. More on that later.
What is Phoenix Trading?
“Phoenix Trading is the world’s No.1 direct selling greeting cards, giftwrap, notecard, christmas card and stationery business.”
To be honest, even though the company had been going for over twenty years, I had never even heard of Phoenix. It wasn’t until this time last year when I was delivering a training course on the Isle of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. On the course, was a woman called Janet who was a trader herself. We discussed the cards briefly after the course, and some time later, when I got back to Glasgow, after another chat, I decided to join myself with her as my upline.
Why Did I Join Phoenix?
I joined Phoenix first and foremost because I love greeting cards. I’ve always liked having them around. I buy them for myself, to keep, to send and love receiving them too. Who doesn’t?
Secondly, and in some ways more importantly, as an “add on”. Because I already was running my Younique business, I thought cards would be a nice accompaniment.
I like to send personal “Thank You” cards to my customers, and sometimes even give them a free card in there too?
It’s something that doesn’t cost a lot to do, but the feedback I get, means that when they’re buying Younique again, they keep buying off me.
So maybe unlike you, I didn’t really join to run it as a business.
From day one I told Janet, my upline, that I’d not be “working it” – so no targets or pressure needed, thankyouverymuch.
There would be no real selling or recruiting here. as I really just wanted to buy for myself, and some family and friends.
For a year that’s worked out fine for me, but for the coming year that’s subject to change.
And that is…
The Beauty of Network Marketing
If you find the right Direct Sales company for you, (and you may need to try on a few), it makes all the difference in the world.
Network marketing is not an easy business regardless of whichever one you choose. It can often feel more than full time work for less than part time pay.
Having been doing MLM for two years now, I’ve seen many-a-person join up all excited, get frustrated and then simply quit, often feeling frustrated and discouraged. Sometimes they end up blaming the company, sometimes blaming their sponsor, but seldom taking responsibility for it not working themselves.
Sometimes the company simply isn’t a good fit for them so they jump ship to another one – if they’re not totally turned off of direct sales!
The beauty though, to me, is that if you find the right one, you can work it or not work it as your life ebbs and flows.
I’ve done very little with my Phoenix business in year one, but now as we start nearing the holiday season, I will pick it up and market it a bit more.
I network in Scotland a lot, and do often have success by having products or catalogs with me when I do.
I post occasionally on social media and that is done to just raise awareness of what I do – rather than to sell.
Pros and Cons of Phoenix
Started too High When I joined, the pricing was a little different than it is today. There was a £75 starter pack and a big £200 pack. As it was in the run up to Christmas, I foolishly went for the £200 bumper pack. I lived to regret that.
If you do join, I recommend starting with a cheaper option (like now the £35 choice). Then you can work your way up if it seems to be working well for you! Because I started so high, I maybe lost money but to be fair, I haven’t needed to buy cards for a year, and have given some as gifts so it’s not an out-and-out loss in that respect!
Website: I’ve had quite a few issues with the website and ordering over the year. As someone who started building websites over twenty years ago, I can honestly say, in my expert opinion, that this website has not been a good user experience.
Shopping on the site has, at times, had me very frustrated with PT, but the good news is that there’s a new website on its way. One I am assured will be “mobile friendly”. I live in hope…
Geography of Phoenix Trading
Phoenix is a UK-based company – with 10,000 world wide independent sellers. You can join Phoenix if you’re in France or Australia or New Zealand.
The downer for me is that we are no longer in America, which is where I am from, and I bet I could recruit traders there if we were.
The good news is that there is a business option whereby I can recommend US people (lead generation as it were) and earn commission if they place orders (minimum of £200), but they can’t join my team.
The uplines are great for help. There is a lot of interaction and support – if you need it (Facebook groups). I very rarely did use the groups, because I wasn’t working the business much, but it was great to know there was a very helpful community just a click away.
On a handful of occasions I’ve had extensive Skype calls with Janet to get advice on what to do or any challenges I had.
The Products & Shipping
I love the products. The selection of Phoenix products is fantastic. Produced and printed in the UK, the cards are of high quality. These are not cheap and flimsy products at all. The giftwrap and stationery are fab too – it’s all lovely.
That’s the main thing. If you’re looking to join a direct sales company, so you can work from home or anywhere, you need to make sure you love the products (or at least a majority of them).
If you don’t, you won’t succeed. People will feel it. Authenticity is key.
Shipping is good, fast and a flat rate of £5.00 here – regardless of size.
Conclusion and Renewal Time
So would I recommend becoming a Phoenix Trader? Yes, for sure, I would. It’s time for me to renew my Phoenix Trader membership, and I will be doing that soon.
I will continue to buy for family and friends, and maybe even begin to recruit a team. Again that’s the beauty of network marketing – you can work it around your own set of circumstances. (Well if you find the right one where you’re not pressured to sell or recruit).
Will you make money at it? I think like all MLMs there are some who make a lot of money but most don’t and won’t. It will depend on you and your own circle or network and the effort you put in. I haven’t made any real money on either MLM but I have saved money by having both businesses (I’d be buying the cards and cosmetics anyway so this way I buy them at a discount).
But if you want to earn money – you need to work it as a real business, and put in those hours. You’ll need to be consistent. That means posting daily and giving it time and energy. You’ll need to preserver with it – especially on those days or weeks when you feel like giving up. (I guarantee you won’t be successful if you give up)!
Again I have no regrets in joining Phoenix Trading – apart from starting with that £200 Christmas Bumper pack. Janet did warn me and I didn’t listen, and I wished I had. Other than that…It’s been all good!
I’m 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.