Life has gotten in the way of running my Younique business but I recently said “Welcome to #theAteam” to a new Scottish recruit Diane. I have now meet Diane a few times to train in person. Like many, she tells me that she is loving running her business along side of her “day joy”.
That’s one thing that is great about running an MLM business. You can do it as little or as much as you want – when you want. We both see the benefit in that.
Often the more you put into your business, the more you get out of it. Unfortunately that’s not always the case, but it usually the case. Mindset has a lot to do with it as well. If you go around thinking and saying how hard it is to get sales or recruits then you’ll find that to be the case. I don’t ever use the word “hard” when describing my Younique business.
Anyway, I digress,…It’s great that Diane is local so we could meet. As many have done before her, she found me through my popular Pyramid Scheme Linkedin post…(nearly 200,000 views and counting) 🙂
It’s been a few years since I’ve had anyone join my team who was local and keen to meet up and learn. As we’re nearing my 3rd anniversary – I’ve got a lot of wisdom to pass on to her so it’s been fun to meet up with her!
Younique is Now in Ireland
Great news for all the lovely Irish folk out there who love make up and fancy running their own part or full time business. Younique has just launched in Ireland this month. It’s so exciting to launch in new countries and Younique continues its global expansion with this latest country release. You can find out more about joining Younique here. You may want to start by reading these 5 FAQs of Joining Younique here.
Younique currently operates in many markets around the globe – including the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, France, Spain, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy and now Ireland
To Join Younique it will cost you:
GER / FRA / SPA / IRE €107
HKD $775 — + shipping
Moodstruck Minerals Retired
Oh my I am bummed to announce that the Moodstruck Minerals Pigment Powders will go away forever at the end of July—which means you have one last chance to play with these wonderful matte and shimmer pigments! You can pick up six in this month’s Kudos, while they last. Better hurry though these are about all gone and when they’re gone they’re gone. It’s a bummer because these are one of Younique’s most versatile products – you can wear them on your eyes, your lips, your face and even in your hair. Oh my!
Well that’s about all I have time for today so please reach out if you have any questions about me, joining Younique or about the products as well. I’d love to hear from you – and work 7 days a week (usually).
Wow! It’s been a pretty big month so I thought I’d highlight some of the Younique Milestones Met in March 2017. There were record breaking numbers in terms of Younique Presenters signing up and some for sales too. In addition to the Younique milestones, there were also new products launched, new catalogs, kudos, presenter kit (as pictured above) and incentives. As it’s now April 1st I thought I’d recap on just a little. No foolin’ here.
Well Done Younique Sponsors!
Well done to my fellow Younique sponsors – as Younique Presenter levels have now hit 700,000. That’s pretty incredible for a company that’s been going for less than five years. What I am not sure is how many are active. I would be curious to know that to to be honest. The thing that is perhaps hard to track is the amount of presenters who go inactive only to reactivate as Younique presenter weeks or even months down the road. In any event 700,000 a pretty cool number. Won’t be long until Younique presenter levels reach a million.
New Formula Younique Mascara
The reformulated Younique 3D Mascara has also been selling like hotcakes. They contributed to Younique’s best ever month of more than $60 million in sales. One of the FB Live videos with co-founder Derek said that three weeks in Younique was averaging $1.7m in sales daily. To have finished the month over $60,000,000 is quite an impressive feat. Again kudos to my fellow Younique Presenters…We rocked it!
My Own Younique March 2017
Personally speaking, I had one of my best months in months. Due to other circumstances going on in my life (such as trying to launch my very own coffee business) I’ve not had the time to dedicate to my MLM businesses (Direct Sales that is). In addition to Younique I also have a greeting cards business with Phoenix Trading. NOTE: That business I don’t actively work, I just liked the cards and like sending cards to my customers so it made sense to join Phoenix too.
Looking forward to hearing what the April Kudos is but right now it’s a weekend and so, at the moment of my typing, the new Younique Kudos has not been announced. Soon as it is I’ll place my order for the new Splurge Cream Eyeshadowpictured above. It’s called Bittersweet and I think it would be a good shade for my pinky skin tones. We’ll see.
Any Younique Questions?
If you have any questions about Younique products or being a Younique presenter, I’d be happy to speak to you and be your Younique Sponsor. Most people just join my team without even saying “Hello” which is fine. The choice is yours. If you need help, I am here, if you just want to be a kitsnatcher and don’t want to speak to me – that’s fine. It’s your call!
You can ring me on UK 0141 416 1492 or North America: 408 353 0434 – 7 days a week. Or if you’re ready to #jointheAteam go here.
My Five Fave Younique Products at This Moment:
Younique Foundation: Touch Mineral Liquid Foundation – Organza
Splurge Cream Eye Shadow – Hopeful (so soft and pale it’s barely visible)
Touch Glorious Face Primer – Best_product_ever. Never leave home without it (practically)!!
Lucrative Lip Gloss – Usually Lucid, Lavish and Loveable (but there’s always one in my bag or pocket).
Moodstruck Addiction Eye ShadowPalette 5 (because it’s my newest one, but I use one of them daily)All products can be found on my Younique by Thea shop site.
Update: 2 Apr: Younique’s April 2017 Kudos went live after my post did…and I am happy to confirm that it’s the Flawless Four Collection and it features some of the best – in my humble opinion – products.
Already mentioned above that the Foundation and Primer were two faves. I use the concealer most days too. I sometimes use the Foundation brush but often prefer the puffer. Still this is an excellent bundle with great value for money.
I always love hearing about the New Younique Products launching. It creates such a buzz of excitement. Just now I opened up an email which covered the variety of new Younique Products that are launching in less than a month – including new luminizers, powders, sprays and new shades of Splurge, Lipstain, and Lipstick too! Whoohoo!
Here’s the overview on what you can look forward to trying—and selling—soon.
Touch à la mode Luminizer Create your own best light with our versatile line of highlighters. The lustrous, illuminating cream, cream to powder, and powder luminizers each come in five shades, letting you blend and build the level of light you desire.
Moodstruck Brow Obsession Palette Get brows that wow! Our mirrored compact features five products in one to match your mood. With light and dark sculpting powders, matte and shimmer highlighters, and a setting wax, you’ll have everything you need for impeccable eyebrows. Available in Blond, Brunette, and Dark Brunette/Black.
Touch Behold Translucent Setting Powder Get a flawless, photo-ready finish with a translucent powder that helps makeup stay in place. Our weightless setting powder gives sheer natural coverage, blurs the look of imperfections, and leaves skin silky, soft, and set for any adventure ahead.
Touch Behold Setting Spray (Available May 2017) Lock in fresh-looking makeup while hydrating with a spritz of our ultrafine setting spray. Mist face throughout the day to reset and refresh your look, or use as a primer for extra refining and mattifying.
Fan Brush Brush on brilliance with a light touch. This brush is perfect for a flawless finish, applying powder foundations, setting powders, bronzers, and luminizers without affecting makeup beneath. Made with synthetic micro-crystal fibers.
Powder/Concealer Brush Get a smooth, airbrushed finish with this double-ended brush. Apply powder and concealer over areas large and small to conceal flaws and bring out beauty. Made with synthetic micro-crystal fibers.
Brow Artist Brush The perfect companion to the Moodstruck Brow Obsession Palette, this double-ended brush helps you line and sculpt stunning brows with expert precision. Use the ultra-angled end to get sharp lines and the thin, flat end to apply wax, highlighters, and color. Made with synthetic micro-crystal fibers.
PRODUCT LINE EXTENSIONS
Can’t get enough of your longtime favorites? Neither can we! So we’ve added vibrant new lip colors and creamy, dreamy new matte shades of Splurge Cream Shadow you’ll want to snatch up.
Moodstruck Minerals Lucrative Lip Gloss Shimmer and shine with three new lip gloss colors you’ll love: Lucid (vintage rose shimmer), Lunar (golden nude shimmer), and Lippy (perfect peach shimmer).
Moodstruck Minerals Stiff Upper Lip Lip Stain Get smudge-proof, smooch-proof lips in six new colors: Speechless (peachy nude), Shameless (neon coral), Sucker-Punched (berry pink), Sensational (brick red), Serendipitous (lavender pink), and Smoldering (deep purple).
Moodstruck Opulence Lipstick Pucker up with four new lipstick colors: Swagger (bold purple), Opportunistic (dark purple), Ambitious (berry purple), and Top Notch (bright coral).
Splurge Cream Shadow Your favorite cream shadow now has more mattes to make eyes pop. Look forward to six new additions: Bittersweet (light coral pink, available March 1), Grateful (light brown, available April 1), Unfazed (grey taupe, available May 1), Jubilant (dusty rose, available June 1), Unapologetic (burnt orange, available July 1), and Rapturous (eggplant, available August 1).
In Other News…
I welcomed a new recruit to the team this week – number 35 is Brittany. Welcome my dear!! If you need a sponsor simply to sign up under then by all means, reach our or just #jointheAteam here. I can help you as little or as much as you need. I tend to be a hands-off sponsor but if someone needs my help I am available 7 days a week via phone, email or video call too!
February 29, 2016 @ 10pm – Welcome lovely to the place I’ll chart my race to Green in March 2016. Yes, I know I’ve already said this before(last summer), but this time I’m ultra-determined! It honestly couldn’t be a better time to shoot this high, as we are about to launch new products, collections, catalogues, kudos and a territory tomorrow morning.
So I will chart the progress in the thermometer above as myself, with the help of my team, embark on the race to green.
Why Race to Green With Younique?
“What’s the big deal about Green?” you might be wondering. Well it’s important for a number of reasons.
1) Green is when you transition from “Exemplary” to “Elite”, as it’s the fifth level out of eight Younique levels. Also you’re passed the halfway mark.
2) Even more excitingly, Green means a promotion! Once a Younique hits green, we earn 30% discounts/commissions on all sales and purchases from here on in. (That’s up from 25% of yellow, pink and blue).
3) In addition to that good stuff, you make more money off of your downline than you do at Pink (3%) and Blue (4%) too!
Yep, Green’s a whopping 5% commissions on your downline’s sales. Brilliant!
Green Targets To Hit
To actually hit Green status with Younique means the person, and their team needs to sell 10,000 PRS (or $10,000 USD).
As Younique presenter hopes to hit green, we also need three qualified first-level presenters, and to personally sell 500 PRS.
For the first time, a Green status presenter has company sales targets to hit too. So a Green Younique will also have to have 2000 PRS company-wide sales. (This is where the comp plan starts to go a bit confusing, to me anyway!)
It’s All About Your Team
As they say there is no “I” in TEAM. It’s taken a long time, (fifteen months), but there are finally people in my downline who love Younique as much as I do, and who are working their business – each in their individual ways.
The more Rock Stars you have in direct sales the easier it is to promote up, so I am pleased to say I’ve got a number of Younique “Rock Stars” on my team now!
There have been six new recruits since the start of the year – and hopefully a few more will come on board soon too. It’s a perfect time to join.
In addition to reaching green this month, I will also hit my target of 10,000 PRS.
When you sell $10,000 you even get a 10k charm, which I am looking forward to earning. It will be my seventh. I never thought I’d be so motivated by small charms, but hey, I am.
So please check back, in a few days or weeks and we’ll see how close I get to achieving this lofty goal.
I am beyond-excited and will document some of the efforts in my nextMy Week in Younique post. Stay tuned.
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!”:
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!
Trust me though, I’ve been working as hard as ever on the business and so has most of my company! So here’s a bit of the latest info on new products, new team achievements and some info about my upcoming Younique by Thea gift vouchers.
So on the first of the month I ordered a few extra sets of 3D Fiber Lashes+ to have on hand and in doing so qualified for the November Kudos of the brand new Eye Primer. It’s not a product you can currently buy but you can get it as a bonus purchase as this month’s Kudos.
It was much smaller than I’d expected but you really don’t need to use much. Two wee dots on your finger and you’re good to prime your eyes!
Super proud of my latest recruit Charlotte to qualify officially as a White Status presenter with over 200 PRS (Personal Retail Sales).
Throughout many of the My Week in Younique (and the aforementioned year update) I have said “Younique is not for everyone” so it really makes me happy when I see ladies in my company taking to it like a duck to water…Their love of Younique makes me truly happy.
Now if only all of my company members felt that way…Sadly, one of the recent recruits decided the products (and prices) were not for her, and so she has left in the first 90 days. I guess that’s made tonight’s achievement by Charlotte all the more pleasing to me! Way to go girl!
Not doing too bad myself thanks to my team and for my own efforts (my mascara purchases, a few direct 3D Fiber Lashes sales, and one stranger in Indiana buying the Cloud 9 kit) – I’m nearly qualified as Pink again myself and we’re only halfway through November.
Now if I could just reach Blue…(Speaking of which I created a “Blue party”link in case you want to spend a few pennies on makeup!)
New Splurges Arrived!!
If you have ever seen any of my other blog or social media posts you’ll know the lashes aren’t my favourite product but maybe the Splurge Cream Eye Shadows are. You can see they have my name written all over them!
Well, let’s see, in the past week or so I’ve received a number of new ones – Noble (H), Extravagant (E), Whimsical (A), Skeptical (!) and my replacement of my fave Elegant (Top left). That Elegant would suit any eye at all. Seriously it’s neutral and glorious (not to be confused with our Glorious Primer of course).
I highly recommend you check out Splurge Cream Eye Shadows. I’d never worn them before Younique but now I can’t live without it. (Well, of course I could live without it and all makeup, but I’d not want to!)
Younique Gift Vouchers
This weekend I’ve spent a lot of time working on the new Younique gift vouchers which can be purchased in the UK for birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas or any special occasion or reason someone may might want to treat someone else for. You’ll be able to pay by Paypal (have just set up a new UK business account to handle the transactions in the UK – and have a separate PayPal for all USA business), cash or BACS payments. They’ll be available in a variety of increments and if someone has a special amount they want it in they can contact me for a bespoke payment link just for them.
There will be more information added to the site, about the Younique gift vouchers, in the next few days (hopefully). Will get them posted as soon as I can. That said I am about to have my busiest two weeks of the whole year so it may not go off as planned.
That’s a wrap for another My Week in Younique. If you are interested in joining Younique but have questions please reach out to me in one of the ways listed above on this site. You may find the Younique FAQs post helpful and also the 10 Reasons to Join Younique as well.
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!