Major News – Cards, Cosmetics, Candles but No Coffee!

Major News - Cards, Cosmetics, Candles

Major News – Cards, Cosmetics, Candles but No Coffee!

Time for some pretty major news, in a few areas, not just for me, but for others as well…

First of all, I think we should start off with the most major news and that is that Phoenix Trading is effectively no more. It wasn’t a business I particularly “worked” as such, but I did like their products as did ALL of my customers.

The people I feel most empathy for were the ones who focused all their energy only on Phoenix. They will be effected the most. The good news is that there are already plans a foot to re-launch a new business, but I have decided to effectively bow out.

Besides, I can still get any cards I’d like via my upline Janet who I suspect will be a part of the new company.

In the mean time, you can pick up some deals in the “Closing Down Sale” over on my Phoenix Shop.

Additionally, ALL MY CARDS here in Glasgow are £1.00 in a flash sale sort of vein. I probably have about 100 cards here from all occasions so let me know if you want in on the bargain cards! 🙂

New Younique Products

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I am so pleased to say that Younique has brought out a new mascara…It’s normal one called Epic which I hear is just that. Have just ordered one for myself so I will let you know in a future blog just how epic it is. 🙂 In addition to the new Moodstruck Epic Mascara there is also a new lash serum too. You can get those two items, plus the flagship 3D Fiber Lashes Plus–  together in a bundle called the Moodstruck Ultimate Lash Trio. When you get that bundle you save some money which is always a bonus.

Speaking of Bundles. The August 2017 Customer Kudos is called The Younique Foundation Bundle and is for a really good cause – the Younique Foundation.  What comes in the Foundation Bundle?

Note: All proceeds from this very special bundle will be donated to The Younique Foundation, an organization that inspires hope in women who were sexually abused as children or adolescents by providing healing services through retreats, survivor communities, and online resources.

Coffee No More

There is also news on the Neart Coffee front. For those who don’t know, I was going to launch my own brand of coffee which was called Neart. It was going to be “roasted and posted directly to you from the Scottish Highlands”… but now that coffee brand is now firmly parked in the “long term car park of ideas”.

It really just never quite felt right and I had to let it go to make way for something else to come in.

There really were just so many issues with logistics.

I am still convinced the idea is good and am proud of what I achieved but it was just not quite there. There may be something to say about that later on down the road, and there may not.

So what it did end up making way for was Candles…

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Darceys Candles

For those who are like me, and basically love smelly things, such as candles, wax melts, diffusers, scented beads et al, then you’ll dig this.

I recently joined Darceys Candles.

Darceys is an Ayrshire-based company that makes handmade soy candles and wax melts in particular. The idea, like many other direct sales companies is to have people host parties (both real and virtual), but regular readers to my blog will know I don’t go in for that sort of thing.

I know they work for some people but not so much for me.

I do have some brochures – which I need to get circulating – and I’ll blog about them from time to time, but that’ll be the extent of my efforts for Darceys Candles.

That said a week ago I posted the special offer of the week on my FB profile and three people nabbed it…so I may end up working Darceys more yet, we’ll see. They’re top selling product is called Monkey Farts…which smells a whole lot better than it sounds. Seriously,…

Oh, and speaking of which, please note that we can only order products once a week, because they are all handmade…So if you’re in or near Glasgow, and would like to order some Darceys, then please let me know and I’ll throw your order in with one of my own bundles.

You can phone me on 0141 416 1492, email me here, or leave a comment.

Ralph Says

Finally one last bit of news if you can call it that is that I have created a new brand all about my father (and best friend) Ralph. It’s called Ralph Says Things (his own hashtag is #Ralphsays),…

There is a Ralph Says blog, a Ralph Says Facebook page and a Ralph Says Twitter profile and of course a Ralph Says Instagram too.

 

 

 

Thoughts on Trading on My 1-Year Phoenix Anniversary

One Year with Phoenix Trading

My 1-Year Phoenix Anniversary

My how time flies, when you’re having fun! This is just a post about my experience and simply some thoughts on my 1-Year Phoenix Anniversary. It’s actually a bit about direct sales in general too.

If you’re interested in joining Phoenix, you can also read my post on Why I Joined Phoenix  here.

It’s been a fairly interesting year as a Phoenix Trader. Like any business at all, there have been things I’ve liked and things I’ve not liked so much.

Here on Glatitude, I try to blog transparently as possible (without dissing either of my parent companies – Phoenix and Younique, of course).

Some Areas for Improvement

Phoenix Trading is and English company that is over twenty years old. It was started by three women who shared a vision of starting a home-based business selling a product that they loved—greeting cards!

Starting in the more traditional off-line tradition has meant that there were some areas in the digital sense that I found lacking when I joined Phoenix a year ago today.

I have only placed a handful of orders in the past year, and managed to have difficulties in 50% of them. Not good!

Sometimes I thought the order had gone through only to wake up and learn it hadn’t. One time, at the end of the month, it even meant my missing out on a bonus I was entitled to! (My dear upline actually ended up paying to me herself because she felt bad!)

Another thing that irked me was that the website wasn’t mobile-friendly. It was just generally a bit clunky in my opinion. Let me also point out I began building websites the same year they launched this business! 1995….So I do know a thing or two about websites, design and user experience…

I am pleased to report though that the website is now better optimised after its recent re-launch. Hooray!

Autoships & Memberships

I guess I’ve been a bit spoiled by Younique and its one time only join fee (where you get a huge stash of makeup in a Presenter kit)…and its free website, for life! Love that.

With Phoenix you have to both pay for a website (once) and pay for membership (annually). That just seems to be a dated method in my opinion…

Well as I say it’s not my preference, but also not such an ordeal that I wouldn’t consider renewing and it’s that time today….

Time to Renew My Phoenix Business

This morning I woke up to read an email from Phoenix reminding me that it’s time to renew as a “Trader”. When I joined, I made a pretty big blunder of a mistake and I signed up for the £200 pound joining package.

It meant I got loads of extra cards just in time for Christmas, but it was way, way, way surplus to my requirements to be sure.

Now though you can join for £75 or £35 – which is miles better in my opinion. Looking back I’d have opted to join for the middle one I suspect and I’d not have “lost money” on joining at the two hundred pound price point! My aforementioned upline did try to warn me but I was having none of it.

Todays Renewal Email

So the email today read:

Now is the time for you to renew your commitment to operate as a Phoenix Trader.

It is a simple process which involves you paying your annual renewal fee of £12.00 (UK), €14.40 (FR), $15.00 (AU) or $18.00 (NZ).

That’s fair enough. Those rates aren’t cost prohibitive so of course I’ll be renewing.

Plus, I already have an order to put through for my friend Cathie, a few people have said they’d like a few things, so that’s no problem.
Christmas is Coming - Now taking orders
It’s the start of the Christmas period and now somewhat exciting, it’s FREE shipping until the end of October so it’s a perfect time to shop!

Reach Out With Your Questions

If you would like to learn more about being a Phoenix Trader, please get in touch. You too can join as a trader – to either run it as a business or like me to buy at a discount for yourself, your family and your friends. You must be in the UK, France, Australia or New Zealand.

New Phoenix Trading Website Launch

New Phoenix Trading Website - Thea's Cards

New Phoenix Trading Website Launch

So pleased to tell you that the New Phoenix Trading website has been launched! It’s a cleaner more simple, colourful look and it’s more mobile friendly to boot. That’s an essential thing in this day and age!

So if you need to buy any:
Thank You cards
Any kind of Birthday card
Engagement/Wedding/Anniversary cards
Christening/New Baby card
…or anything really – then please feel free to pop over to check out my site.

There really is something for everyone on this website – young, old, male or female – it’s a great place to find some gifts or simply the perfect card.

If you’re in Glasgow you can place an order with me or through the website direct. If you’re buying a few items, it’s always best to order direct and have it right to you. Cut out the middle gal!

Christmas Cards 2016 – My First Order!

Christmas is Coming - Now taking ordersI hate to use the C-word but Christmas is on its way again…Would you believe that today I had my first order for the 2016 Holidays. While it’s a bit too early to get into the Christmas spirit it’s never too early to stock up on some of those essentials. There is Christmas cards, wrap & ribbon, stickers, labels, stationery, advent calendars and more. Basically anything you could want this festive period – all in one place.

Love Greeting Cards and Stationery? Then Join Me

If you love greeting cards, stationery and so forth and you fancy running your own part or full time business then by all means feel free to Join My Team. It’s a very low initial outlay (choose from £200 or £75 or the newer option at just £35 – see the Joining Offers page for info).

Join my Phoenix Traders TeamI love being a Phoenix Trader because I love the freedom and the products. For the past year, I have only chosen to sell to family and friends, and I buy the products for myself at discount which is always a winner.

You can read more about why I joined Phoenix here, if you’re interested to hear my experience of being a Phoenix Trader for one year.

Or reach out to ask any questions you may have. Happy to chat to you about it all. Details will be below.

While I have to warn you, you won’t get rich being a trader, most likely, it’s a fun and flexible business with heaps of support from uplines. You can work it as little or as much as you want – which is always good.

Contact Me Today

Do you have questions? Email me speakwith (at) glatitude.co.uk or ring me on 0141 416 1492. You can join if you’re in the UK, France, Australia or New Zealand.

Why I Joined Phoenix – 1 Year In

Buy Greeting Cards or Join my Phoenix Team - Thea NewcombConsidering Phoenix Trading?

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.

Support:

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).Join my Phoenix Traders Team

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 enjoying merging cards, cosmetics and gifts.

Launching New Site for Cards, Cosmetics and Gifts

A Younique Time to be Reborn

After having my wrist slapped for my Younique blog back in the spring, I have decided to relaunch this site to be a more general offering which doesn’t need constant corporate approval!

In spite of it all, I still love being a Younique presenter – some twenty months later. So I will continue to blog about that periodically.

I’m here if you have any questions about Younique, the products, or my experience of being a presenter and sponsor. Or anything really. Reach out if you need a sponsor.

 Phoenix Trading

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.

Buy Greeting Cards or Join my Phoenix Team

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.

With either business you can simply join in order to get discounts on your own makeup or greeting cards and paper products.

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.