Well I am back with another update. I’d let the weekly updates lapse a little but striving to get them back onto a more regular basis. Last time was a month update (oops).
In my last blog post I talked a little about our expansion into Mexico – following a webinar that I was on the line for this week.
Younique Has “Epic” News
So it appears we have some majorly big news coming this week – July 1st. I have no idea what it is. I can’t even come up any with any possible theories of what it might be. I’m completely stumped…
What could be “Game-changing. Revolutionary. Ground-breaking”? I do love how good Younique is when teasing their news. They always seem to be hatching some interesting plans.
I hope it lives up to the hype! The email says we’ll not be disappointed and that Younique co-founder Melanie Huscroft will spare no details on the webinar in four days. Can’t wait to see what she’s got to reveal! I will let you know after the webinar.
Younique launches in Mexico October 1, 2015. From that webinar, it sounds like a very exciting country to expand to – given their mobile proliferation and love of makeup there! Would love some lovely Mexicans to #jointheAteam! Maybe I should use this launch an excuse to head south of the border next time I am in California? A little sunbathing, recruiting excursion?
While we’re we are on the subject of Younique expansion into other markets, just a wee reminder, we are no longer launching in Germany in July – but rather August 1. I can’t wait as I have had interest from Germany for women to join Younique but they now have to wait one more month!
Get Thea to Green
Last month I had a cracker amount of sales. Best of the year to date. This month, June, has been a bit too quiet for my liking – to be honest.
I did sell out of the 3D mascaras, as I say, but there were few sales placed on my Younique by Thea website. I am determined to promote higher in July. Green if possible. So I plan to implement my Get Thea to Green campaign. It’s my birthday, you see, in July, and I’ve decided to say to family/friends “don’t buy anything for me – but shop for yourself or someone special” through my website.
This goes for anyone looking to buy 3D fiber lash mascaras, lip stains, eye shadows or other Younique products!
Buy in July! Win/win. They get wonderful naturally-based makeup and products, and I hopefully sell 10,000 USD (Over #£6,300) in order to promote. That said #theAteam needs to sell too (and qualify) in order for me to progress up to Green. Frankly it’s a lofty goal but I am going for it!
Pay for Younique with Paypal!
This morning I woke up to news that makes me so happy. As I am someone who runs their Younique business from both the US and the UK – I use different credit cards to purchase products. For some reason, I’ve had issues using my Californian card and details. I had to resort to sending a friend in Ohio money via Paypal so she could use her card. It was very frustrating, so much so, I actually complained and asked support to pass on my suggestion to the top man Derek, and allow PayPal payments (dated May 18)!
Anyway, around a month later, the news arrives, that we now can! Am not saying it was due to my suggestions – but regardless, I am over the moon! I look forward to trying it later to buy some new 3D Fiber Lashes because I am sold out, again!
I’ve been building websites (some of them ecommerce) for TWENTY YEARS now, so I felt confident in my suggestion to him. I’d like to give some other pointers but that’s perhaps best saved for another day and time 😉
My Upline Says “Goodbye” to Younique
On a not too terribly surprising note, my upline has decided to leave Younique. She, like many started out full of fire, shooting for Black and then it slowly petered out. She’s got other things to focus on, a book, and some other MLM type things (I think?) but like several of my own team – she’s decided it’s not for her. This business is not for everyone. I totally get it.
We in the UK are just about eight months down the line, and I still love Younique, the products and the business, and am still 100% committed – but like everything in life, it’s all “subject to change”.
Well I am literally two minutes off the Younique Mexico webinar about the upcoming, full launch there. Mexico is a great market for us, for a variety of reasons…
Here are some reasons and stats from a recent Younique email on the subject:
Mexico is the 6th largest direct sales market in the world 41 percent of Mexico direct sales are in the beauty category. Direct selling accounts for half of the Mexico beauty industry with eye products such as mascara and eye shadow accounting for 33 percent of all sales in the direct selling of makeup. That means hundreds of thousands of women could be waiting to try our most popular product—our 3D Fiber Lashes
….So that’s pretty exciting.
Going Mobile in Mexico!
In Mexico, the population is very “mobile”. In fact, 87% are accessing the Internet on their smart phones. Perhaps more interestingly, to me anyway, is that such a short per cent are using iPhones.
For some reason this surprised me…
In any event, the Younique Mexico launch is coming so I am already looking to sponsor some lovely ladies, and to #jointheAteam.
The Younique 999 Club
Like in the other markets, Younique has a sort of competition for the first 999 signups in a new market. When the UK launch happened in October 2014 – those 999 filled up in just twenty-six minutes!
I, sadly, wasn’t one of them – as I signed up a few weeks later (more like 12,000 as I recall, for the UK).
But we will have this opportunity for people joining in Germany and Mexico.
FYI: The German launch is now August 1st, and not July 1st, which is rather disappointing…but oh well.
Anyway the Younique Mexico launch will be slightly different than our usual “Recruit, Sell, Build” model – because we already launched product sales there.
Our Younique launch in Germany is just around the corner. Germans (or expats in Germany) can join Younique July 1, 2015 – so I thought I’d get a jump start on recruiting lovely Younique presenters based there, now. I’ve already had conversations with a few people in Germany who are ready to join but would love to reach more.
Younique German Launch – July 1
Younique sells makeup and beauty products through a direct selling model straight to its customers (we are not available in stores or salons).
Younique uses distributors called “presenters”.
Younique allows women (and men!) to start their own business for a small outlay, and grow it as big as desired.
We can work flexible from home, the coffee shop, the beach wherever.
Many Younique women run their business fro. A smart phone or tablet.
As independent Younique presenters, we sell primarily online through the web and social media channels such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ etc.
We can sell through email or instant message and blogging too.
Many of my Younique sisters host virtual parties in groups or on events pages – particularly on Facebook.
If you don’t like, understand or want to do social media, then you can sell to your family and friends, and to their networks, by hosting in home parties (or at other venues near or far.).
The beauty of Younique is, to me, its flexibility. Work as little or as much as you want, wherever you want.
Start Early in Germany – 1st Mover Advantage
Start selling from the moment you sign up. You get a free website and can take orders just minutes after signing up to Younique. Also the moment you join you can start to build your very own team. They can be anywhere Younique currently operates! That means, once you join Younique, you can sponsor presenters in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and soon even Mexico. Imagine running a business with a global team for less than €90. What an opportunity but get in there first, in July, to make the most of it!
Younique Sisterhood – Training
When you join Younique, you join a global family and are immediately added to a presenters only group on Facebook. If you #jointheAteam you will be immediately added to my own “secret group” as well. There are a number of groups out there – almost too many you can be added to. Two or three works for me! Plus not only does Younique offer training in the presenter’s back office but you can also find thousands upon thousands of videos on Youtube too! Tutorials, promotional videos and webinars too.
If you are in Germany, interested in Younique and want to #jointheAteam (Thea Team) then please reach out to me here on this site!
Well, I’ve been a Younique Presenter and Sponsor for over six month now. It’s been quite a ride – that’s for sure!
Honestly? It’s been filled with some pretty high highs and, truth be told, some disappointing lows.
But, do you know what? Over all, I still love it. I am still 100% committed to continuing and moving up the ladder.
This (long) blog will highlight a bit more, why and some discoveries I’ve been making along the way.
“THERE IS NO I IN TEAM”
The trick, in my opinion, with Younique is attracting the right kind of team mates. To date I’ve had about fourteen team members (I think) in total. Now there are maybe eight, including me, and three of those are marked to become “inactive” at the end of the month which is hard to witness.
Out of those three, ONE, I believe, will pull it out of the bag and continue. The others will remain to be seen. (I suspect they’ll drop off.)
That has been the biggest hurdle, for me, in running my Younique business. I don’t find sales hard. I get them regularly. Sure I could use more, but I manage to “qualify” every month, it’s not hard. (Most of my sales are strangers not family and friends.)
I don’t find recruiting hard. I have gotten new team mates every month just about. What I have found challenging is sourcing recruits who are 100% committed to making it to the top! NO MATTER WHAT!!
I thought I had some of those before, they were so excited to join. They started out so strong and so positive, but they didn’t turn out to be. They got side-tracked or just gave up. They dropped off.
So right now it appears to be just ONE out of EVERYONE I have had the pleasuring of sponsoring who seems to want it, really want it.
One A-teamer who has the time, the focus, the commitment and tenacity to truly make it happen.
One who appears to want to learn, as much as humanly possible, about the business, about the products, and to experiment with looks and social media channels.
That’s the kind of person I need on my team in order to promote up the ladder and a few more just like her, but as the saying goes…
“IT’S A NUMBERS GAME”
One video I watched last week was by US Black Status Presenter Michelle Bell (who I get to meet tomorrow here in Scotland; more on that in a minute). She talked about the numbers and odds of success in this business. The rule of thirds as it were.
If you recruit ten, maybe three will do something with it. I believe I have three who will – just like she says.
Two of the three though have jobs and kids (one grandkids) etc getting in the way, and so their focus is not on building a Younique business.
That’s ok. They still can have a pretty solid and fun business – simply achieving yellow and not promoting further up the ladder. Am still happy to have them on my team. I truly am.
But in many ways, the ideal team mate is one who is ambitious, who pushes through any negativity that may arise, or down days that come (and both do happen regularly) to keep laying foundations for a successful business in the long term. Ones who will continue to work even when seeing no results coming in. That’s the real challenge! Putting in so much time and effort and not getting cheesed off when you’re not getting immediate results.
Watching my own team from the side lines, there has been no consistency for most of them and that’s been frustrating. I can’t make them post daily, or every other day, I can’t make them love their business. I can only lead the horse to water – beyond that, it’s up to them.
I found found that consistency is the key. Posting about the business regularly. Not always sharing links but in sharing the love of the business! In fact, truth be told, I seldom post any links. My “selling” is really just through my enthusiasm! That’s infectious!
That’s where I find my Younique sales “easy” while the others find it more difficult.
One reason it’s hard for them is because they’re telling themselves it’s “hard” or that “there is so much competition now”. I’ve heard many of them say this to me.
Secondly, they’re not being consistent with talking about the business excitedly and positively DAILY.
Back to the whole “hard” thing. To me, Ford had it right. So much of our success boils down to our thinking.
There are probably hundreds of Younique presenters in Glasgow (or Central Scotland) but I never give any of them a single thought. Why would I? I have to keep my eye on my own business.
Sure, occasionally, I check out the competition on social media to see how they’re marketing their own Younique business, but really their business is just that…Their business.
Also, I know that I will appeal to some people, and not to others. The same goes for my Y-Sisters.
There are some uplines I look at who just don’t “speak to me” the way others do. I get people saying “my friend is doing Younique too” and then they go and buy from me!
I’ve probably had friends go buy from someone else. That’s the nature of the beast.
To be a success in Younique (which I am certainly striving to be), I believe you need to be positive, enthusiastic and consistent in your posting and in your attitude.
I manage to post about Younique every single day – on my various channels. Some days I do so on every channel – other days on one or two (e.g. Twitter @newthea and Google+).
But every day I am putting something positive out there about this fabulous Younique Opportunity. EVERY DAY!!
I try to blog every week – sometimes more than once. It is my hope that with this very blog, I can educate and communicate with those who are thinking about buying Younique products, like our 3D Fiber Lashes or who are considering joining Younique and needing a sponsor.
6 MONTHS DOWN – CURRENT OUTLOOK
So it’s been six months, how do I feel? Well, I already mentioned the team thing’s been a real challenge. As I said, I have no trouble recruiting team mates at all, and never have from the very start, but finding ones who want to stay in the business, who love it as much as I do, and are committed to building a team – that’s been difficult.
If you’re thinking of joining Younique, I am 100% certain you’ll experience a similar thing. The challenges and frustrations but it can teach you a lot about yourself and your own team management too! So that’s perhaps a good thing.
Remember that it’s a numbers game, but it is also important to work out who your “ideal recruit” is, and then how to attract them, by the messages you’re putting out there.
While I am happy to have team mates that just want to buy the makeup for themselves – and not sell or recruit – the real gold is in the business builders with the same dream as me.
HAVE YOU MADE MUCH MONEY?
In short? I’ll be honest with you, no, not at all. Not what you want to hear, but I vowed to be as transparent as possible from the outset of My Week in Younique posts.
To be clear….Some months I’ve done pretty well. One month it paid the mortgage. Woot Woot!
Some months I haven’t done good commission wise at all. January was paltry!
The real reason I’ve not made much money with Younique is because there is a real temptation of plowing all the earnings back into the business.
In the first few months with Younique, I made a conscious decision to ensure that I had every single Younique product. I feel it’s essential to run a good business I need to have personally tried them all. I need to be able to show the products, talk about them, and blog about them here.
So a lot of my commissions get spent. Now I don’t have every colour, but I have all Younique products.
I also use the products every day. I genuinely love the products which also probably helps me sell it. That passion comes through in everyone I speak with. Just ask them! Once I start going, I don’t shut up!! But that’s also why I don’t have a tone of “profit”.
HOW’S LIFE BETTER WITH YOUNIQUE?
Another benefit to joining Younique is that I have made some new friends through the business.
Both on my upline (r) team mates and downline too.
People I can talk to about the business, ask questions, get advice or give advice too.
I am a Social Media Trainer who trains businesses every day – so I enjoy a business that allows me to be a mentor for my team mates if they need one! (Some have asked for help and training and others don’t take me up on the offer).
I had a 4-hour video call with one of my newest recruits, Kelly, on Friday. FOUR HOURS! Can you believe that? Talking about the products, about social media best practices, and about the business challenges and the joys too.
That was a real pleasure. I think we could have kept right on talking had it not gotten to be 1am! So this business really is FUN but…
YOUNIQUE IS NOT FOR EVERYONE
I have seen, first hand, that Younique is not for everyone. Some I sponsored tried it, and got cheesed off, for one reason or another. Some had health issues come up. Some had family or job things get in the way.
But you know what? The people that had these sorts of obstacles put them off really just didn’t love the business enough to want to make it work. When you do really want something so bad, you’re 100% committed to it – in spite of the challenges.
US BLACK STATUS TRAINING
Dozens of Younique Black Status presenters do videos and training. They have groups or websites to help train their downlines to promote.
I watch them all the time. Well, tomorrow, four, US, Younique Black Status Presenters are coming to Glasgow to have a dinner and share pearls of wisdom. I have volunteered to help out by signing people in.
It should be a fabulous event, and a chance to meet these Rock Stars in the flesh. So yes, that’s a real exciting Younique Opportunity for me.
CAN I HELP YOU?
If you have questions about joining Younique, then please get in touch with me here. Comment below or use the details on the top right.
Or if you want to #jointheAteamthem I’d love to have you (especially if you’re up for and committed to the Younique challenge! 😉
Though it’s been long, I do hope this update has given you something to think about – particularly if you’re interested in Younique as a possible “Plan Be” for yourself or even to run it as a full time business.
Though it’s not an easy business, there is no “get rich quick” opportunity here, I have absolutely loved being a presenter and sponsor to a team in the US and the UK.
I can’t wait to have people join the team from Canada, Australia, New Zealand and soon Mexico, Germany too! Oh yeah, speaking of which, I think I have my first recruit there already. She’s Iranian, the room mate of a friend, and lives in Hamburg, Germany. She seems very excited. We’ll see what happens there…I’ll certainly keep you posted!
Tomorrow, Cinco Di Mayo we launch our products in Mexico! I’ll try to write more about that and the training tomorrow night.
Welcome back to another, short instalment of My Week In Younique. Again there is not a ton to report, but I aim to keep those of you who are interested in joining Younique informed about my journey as a Presenter and Sponsor. I am now entering the sixth month of my Y-business.
So, where to start,…I’ve had a few more enquiries this week as to the merits of joining Younique – which is fantastic. Love those! I’d much prefer that than having to go here, there, and everywhere – trying to extol the virtues of this fabulous opportunity. It’s better, in my experience, that people are searching and find me as a sponsor (or to shop for mineral based makeup off of me) because if they have, then they’re, arguably, more keen to try out Younique or to sign up as a presenter themselves.
I’m working on a blog about the reasons to join Younique but I suspect it will take me another week to write unless the creative starts to flow. There are a lot of solid reasons to #jointheateam at Younique – but as fabulous as it is, it’s not an easy busy. If you’re someone swayed but slow periods of sales or negativity seen on the web – you’ll be put off by it. Early on, I decided not to be put off my Younique path and I choose to brush off other people’s negative experiences and keep positive on my own. I seriously love it. Still.
Yes, I’d hoped to be higher up the rainbow ladder by now (Blue or even Green), but I am still 100% committed to making it up and I need others around me who share that goal in order to make it happen. This is very much a team business. And on that note…
First Sales for April,…Finally!
Just checked my Younique Products site to see how my company is doing. I try to do every day so I can congratulate the team. Well, I just noticed that newcomer Kelly, the English Lass, has knocked it out of the ball park for April sales already! While I had a small order go through last week, Kelly is the first of my team to score some sales and no only that she’s just sold about eight times my order!
That’s bittersweet for me. I will really need to pull out all the stops to compete with that!! She’s fast on her way to hitting Yellow status and Fast Start too. What I love most about her is her determination. She’s looking to take this business further than just a wee sideline. She’s in the process of setting up her own blog and some social media channels too.
Well done Kelly!!
Brainstorming About Germany
So, my (good) ex was staying with me for the Easter weekend, and we spent a lot of time talking about my Younique business. My ex, as it happens, has an incredible strategic business brain, an MBA and works for an airline – so he’s the perfect person to bounce ideas off of – even if it’s a subject matter he knows nothing about. He’s an ideas man and that’s always fun to be around.
Coincidentally, it was an added bonus that he calls Germany “home” now, and Younique is set to launch in Germany later this year (July)! So I have enlisted him to help me find some makeup-loving residents of Germany to #jointheateam! He’s just flown back to Berlin today and is now on the case! Meanwhile I have some other ideas of how to track down some beautiful bilingual gals from Germany and Mexico.
Watch this space…
That’s all I have time for it’s 23:59, and I should be sleeping! See you next time!
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