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.

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.

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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.

Younique Presenter Levels and Commissions

UPDATED 2020: Am currently still a presenter but not marketing the products or actively sponsoring any longer. If you need a hands-off sponsor then I’m your gal.

Understanding Younique Presenter Levels & Commissions

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Younique Glossary of Terms (to help with the following post)

  • Presenter: effectively Younique’s name for a distributor or sales rep
  • Sponsor: a presenter who recruits other team members to join their Younique team
  • PRS: Personal Retail Sales (what a presenter personally sells each month)
  • Qualified First Level: A presenter who sells 125 PRS in a rolling 3 month period
  • Company Wholesale Sales (CWS): What a presenter and their entire downline sells each month
  • Circle Sales: This is a presenter’s and his or her downline’s sales – excluding any of their Green status or higher and their downlines (those people have “spun off” in essence)
  • Wholesale Sales: 75% of Retail Sales. The remaining value of the original sales amount after Retail Royalties/Commission have been deducted
  • Qualified First Generation Elite:

Younique Background

What is Younique? Launched in Utah by a sister and brother, Younique is a direct sales company that sells naturally-based makeup, skin care and beauty products – direct to its customers.

The Younique products are not sold in any stores. They are sold mostly through online channels like Facebook, Twitter, or Thea Newcomb Linkedin or blogs such as this one!

The presenter is paid their commissions approximately three hours after every sale through their website.

Younique’s compensation plan features a colourful-tiered-ladder of eight levels — starting with White and going all the way up to the top spot which is Black Status.

This post will outline the eight Younique presenter levels, and the commission levels of each level. Commissions range from 20% at entry level – up to a maximum of 30%.

We never earn more than 30% commissions – that’s the max for Younique presenters.

Reminder that PRS stands for “Personal Retail Sales”

Entry Presenter: Younique White status – (20% commission)

All Younique Levels - White, Yellow, Pink, Blue, Green, Orange, Purple and BlackEvery Younique presenter starts earning 20% commission from day one. So from your very first order placed through your website (either by you or someone else), you will receive your 20% commission – approximately three hours after the sale…That’s every_single_time!!

That’s amazing isn’t it? It’s so fun to receive those payment notifications like clockwork!

Entry Presenter: Younique Yellow status – (25% commission)

Once you sell 1000 PRS (personal retail sales) which equates to $1000 or roughly £690 (depending on exchange rate), you will become a Yellow level presenter.

You reach Yellow all on your own sales – and can take as long as you need to reach it. I aimed to reach it ASAP as I wanted that pay-bump up to 25%.

Exemplary Presenter: Younique Pink status – (25% commission)

Unfortunately, you can’t move up passed Yellow until you start to build a team. So if you have no interest in recruiting team members, you will only ever get to Yellow, and never be able to go beyond that.

But if you do want to progress up the ladder, then your next stop after Yellow will be Pink.

To reach pink you have to sell 250 PRS personally – plus you and your company needs to sell 2000 PRS (you can do that all on your own or with your team), and finally you need one qualified presenter.

A qualified first level presenter is someone who has sold their 125 PRS that month. So every month that you hope to hit Pink, you need to do that PRS amount, have a qualified presenter and sell at least 2000 in company-wide sales.

Exemplary Presenter: Younique Blue status – (25% commission)

Younique Blue status is effectively double that of Pink. You need to still sell your own 250 PRS, but your sales need to be 4000 Company Wide Sales, and this time you have to have two qualified first-level presenters.

younique presenter levels

Elite Presenter: Younique Green status – (30 % commission)

Younique Green status is the next level up the Younique presenter ladder. Sadly (for me anyway), it’s not just double the Blue figures, it’s a lot more than that!

The good news is that now you’re earning 30% commission on sales – which is the top level a Younique presenter can make in commissions as I stated above.

To reach Green level with Younique, you need to personally sell 500 PRS, your company must sell 10,000 PRS (that’s about £6950!! at the moment) and have three qualified first level presenters.

In addition to all the above, you also have to have 2000 in circle wholesale sales*.

This is where I’ve always started to get totally confused, I’ll be honest with you.

* Wholesale amounts are calculated at 75% of the Personal Retail Volume of all commissionable sales.

Frankly, I am rather in awe that anyone can get to Green – let alone beyond it

Elite Presenter: Younique Orange Status (30% commission)

Rising up from Green level status, it’s up now to Orange level. To reach Orange level with Younique, you need sell the same 500 PRS as the previous Green stage, but as a company you need to have 20,000 in company wide sales. Again three qualified first-level presenters, 4000 circle wholesale sales and 1 first generation elites. So someone in your company needs to hit green before you can promote up.

Man that’s a doozy – in my opinion.

Exclusive Presenter: Younique Purple status (30% commission)

The penultimate level with Younique is Purple level.

You also move up to “exclusive level” from “elite” status presenter.

To reach Purple, you need to sell your 500 PRS still, and your company needs to sell 40,000. You have to have four qualified first level presenters, 6000 circle wholesale sales, and this time you have to have two first generation elites.

Oh my!

Exclusive Presenter: Younique Black status (30% commission)

The ultimate level to reach as a Younique Presenter is Black Status.

To become a Younique Black level presenter you have to be the ultimate rockstar. You still need to sell your personal 500 PRS. Your whole company has to sell 80,000. You need four qualified first level presenters. The circle wholesale sales need to reach 10,000, and if that weren’t enough you need to have FOUR first generation elites.

I thought it would be interesting to know exactly how many Younique women (and men) reach Black status with the company.

I suspect, as a total guess, for every one Black Status Younique Presenter, there are twenty or thirty thousand who aren’t. Don’t quote me on that. I’m sorta making it up. At the time of writing this post there are currently 371,621 presenters around the world and 69 are currently an active Black Status presenter. So yeah, only the best of the best make it that far.

To add to that, there are now three levels of Younique Black status….and you can even earn a car incentive…

Younique Black Level status - Car Incentive

Well that about covers it. I hope that answered your questions. If not feel free to message me if you have them. I’ll do my best to answer any.

Incidentally, I am currently BLUE and aiming for GREEN, but to be honest with you, I think I’d be content to remain at Green level for the foreseeable.

Need a sponsor?

Interested in joining Younique? If you’re just needing a hands-off sponsor  then feel free to join my team. No need to message me first…By the way, no it doesn’t benefit me by joining my team at all.  Because I am not selling products anymore, I don’t reach a level of PRS that would allow me to make ANY money on my downline.

 

Younique Black Friday Bundle 2016

Younique Black Friday Bundle

Younique by Thea: Black Friday Bundle

Want some 3D Fiber Lashes? How about some other fabulous makeup too? And a cute black bag? We’re just hours away from Younique’s Black Friday Bundle being available to buy! It’s another Limited Edition cracker this year. (I personally want it for the bag…)

So what’s in the Younique Back Friday deal this year?

Well, let me tell you:

  • Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes+
  • Uplift Eye Serum
  • a Moodstruck Precision Brow Gel in the color of your choice
  • an Opulence Lipstick in the color of your choice
  • AND!! The Bundle comes in an exclusive FREE makeup case

You get all of that for just $89 USD ($43 savings), $106 CDN ($53 savings), $116 AUD ($57 savings), $123 NZD ($59 savings), £69 GBP (£34 savings), €96 EUR (€45.50 savings), $1,545 MXN ($745 savings).

Please shop this special Thea’s Giving Thanks Black Friday Party link. I’d really appreciate it.

More Than Just Black Friday

These are strictly limited edition deals so you will want to act fast to get yours. The Younique by Thea “Black Friday bundle” will be for sale for three days. They’ll go on sale at 12:01 a.m. PT on Friday (that’s 8:01am UK time) on November 27, 2015, until 11:59 p.m. PT Sunday November 29, 2015 (so that’s 7:59 Monday AM UK).

As it’s the middle of the night when I am writing this, it’s less than eight hours to go! Thanks for stopping by! Now please go shop and help me to hit Blue…or even Green 🙂 (Chance would be a fine thing).

#jointheAteam

If you’re interested in joining “TheA Team” then please reach out to me here – via one of the ways in the heading of this site (email and phone numbers are listed).

 

 

My Week in Younique

Welcome to another instalment of My Week in Younique where I talk about the latest news both from HQ and as per my experience as a Younique presenter and sponsor. This week we have team news and achievements, update on Kudos, and the big news Younique by Thea gift vouchers are available – just in time for the holidays! A wee bit about Black Friday too!

November Kudos is Killing It

Younique by Thea - November Kudos Eye PrimerWell the November 2015 Kudos have been so popular they’re nearly sold out. HQ wrote on our “Presenters Only” Facebook page last night to say the curtain is drawing to a close on this popular primer product for the eyes.

I managed to put through an order on Day 1 of the month so that I could make sure I got it and after selling out of all of my 3D Fiber Lashes put in a subsequent order to earn another one. Might be willing to sell or even give it away! It’s a tiny wee product to prime your eyes. I’d recommend it. As it’s been such a success it will likely be available for purchase in the near future (as a guess)?

Younique by Thea Gift Vouchers

Do you need a last minute gift? Or simply want to thank someone for something? Maybe you know someone loves makeup, but you aren’t sure what to get them? Then this is the perfect solution just for you…

Vouchers start at just £15.00 (Plus £3.30 shipping and handling). Find more over on the new Younique by Thea Gift Vouchers page. Though you can pay by Paypal just now – I’m currently looking at other potential payment providers for those who prefer not to use PayPal!

Younique Black Friday 2015

younique by thea - black fridayThe team is going fantastic this month. Many of my fabulous recruits, and their recruits, have qualified this month already – and we still have a whole week to go!

The company is slowly promoting – with one pink like me (Kelly Roach) and several fabulous Yellows too. The most recent promotion to Yellow is Helen Rahn in Australia who just promoted last week! Now we need to get her some recruits so she can reach Fast Start*.

I suspect we’ll be able to accrue some good sales on Friday when the Younique Black Friday offer gets posted on the morning (UK time).

Last year was a lovely offer, which I grabbed for myself and a few clients. Do hope that this one will be just as good.

In anticipation I’ve already scheduled a party for Black Friday! Hopefully my girls have been doing similar!

This is a real exciting time to join Younique – in the run up to the holidays!

Oh before I go – I did get an email yesterday asking if I was going to be having any “Cheeky wee Black Friday deals” and the answer is yes and no. I won’t be giving a way anything cheap but any mascara bought direct off me will receive FREE shipping – this weekend only! This offer is good Friday, Saturday and Sunday only!

Well this is just a short update before the big reveal on Friday. I’ll definitely write a blog as fast as I can about the Younique Black Friday deal. Check back then. In the mean time if you’re interested in joining Younique and have any questions please do reach out. I’d love to hear from you!

My Year in Younique

UPDATED 2020: Am currently still a presenter but not marketing the products or actively sponsoring any longer. If you need a hands-off sponsor then I’m your gal.
My Year in Younique - A blog by Thea Newcomb

Thinking about Joining Younique?

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.

Buy 3D Fiber Lashes from Younique By Thea today1) 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

One Year Anniversary - Younique by TheaResearch. 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.

#JoinetheAteam - Younique by Thea

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 yeaYounique by Thea with Karen McKay Lanarkshire Youniquer. 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).

The Highlight of my Week - Receiving these Younique CharmsI 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.

Younique Glasgow Collage - #youbytheaAnother 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!

Younique Incentives

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…

+YOU MOVEMENT - Younique by Thea

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!

Contact Me!

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!

Businesses for Military Wives & Spouses

Are you a military wife, girlfriend or partner who’s looking for ideas to set up your own home-based business? Need one that’s compatible with an unpredictable and sometimes transitory lifestyle? Searching for something that you can run full or part time – whenever and wherever you have time? Then Younique may just be what you’re looking for, and I will tell you why.

New Younique Presenters Kit Sept 2015 - #jointheAteam

Younique is Re-Location Friendly

Currently to run a Younique business, you must be based in the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Germany or Mexico. That might mean it’s perfect for military wives, spouses and partners.

If you’re family is currently stationed, for instance in Germany, and you move back home to say the US or the UK, you can still run the business there and still get sales and recruits in any of the countries we sell in!

How’s that for flexibility?

Or say you’re only in one state for a short period before moving to another, you’d benefit from versatility of Younique’s business model of online selling anywhere (well, in the aforementioned markets we trade in).

As a Californian in the UK, my team is predominantly UK-based (where I spend most of my time), but I also have team mates based in the USA and Canada too.

I travel back and forth between the US and the UK a few times a year, and love having a business that I can work from anywhere (even at the swimming pool or beach!)

How Does Younique Work?

First of all, you simply buy your starter kit (the current kit is pictured above and changes often).

The moment you join you will receive your own unique Younique website (no annual fees).

To sell, simply promote the products by sharing the website link (online or via email), or you can take orders yourself and then shop through your own website.

You can set up and run parties online via social media channels (e.g. Facebook), run them in your home, or somewhere else entirely (a restaurant, a friend’s house, a hall etc).

As I say, because Younique is primarily marketed online, it means sales can come from all over. I’ve had orders from all over the USA, UK and Australia to date.

When you do get any sales – the commissions are paid three hours after every order!

That’s the best feeling in the world. Last night I sold makeup while I slept. Nothing like waking up and getting your notification that you’ve been paid.
Making money while I sleep - Younique by Thea

Why Younique?

I’ve already written a blog 10 Reasons to Join Younique which you can read to learn more about the business.

  • It’s affordable to get started.
  • The products are all naturally based.
  • Suits any level of experience – from absolute beginners to the very experienced (in both makeup and business sense).
  • It’s flexible to work anytime anywhere.
  • It’s fun!
  • You make great friends!

I also do a whole series called “My Week in Younique” which documents my experiences of running Younique by Thea. This will show you the real highs and lows I’ve had. Thankfully more highs than lows.

So if you’re one of the military wives, spouses or partners who’s been looking for ideas for home-based businesses, then look no further. Younique really is it. It is perfect for anyone looking to supplement their income and to have some fun in the process. Not only do you actually get paid to play with makeup, party, and develop new friendships, you’ll also learn more about yourself than you ever realised was possible.

#JoinetheAteam - Younique by Thea
Are you ready to #jointheAteam?

Time to put your talents to good use! If you think you have what it takes to grow your own business, then please get in touch today. Reach me by phone UK: 0141 416 1492 or in the US/CAN: 408-353-0434 – or if you’re in Germany, Mexico, Australia or New Zealand – email may be better 3dlashes (at) youniquebythea.com.

My Week in Younique – September’s Here!

Buy new 3D Fiber Lashes+ from Younique by TheaWell it’s high time to update you on my progress in another scintillating instalment of “My Week in Younique” (LOL!)

It has been a busy few weeks for myself and some of my team mates, in the run up to launching products in Germany, SIX brand new Younique products, and new catalogs, collections/sets and kudos too! Phew. Where to start…?

6 New Younique Products

There has been a lot of excitement that has been building in the run-up to the new products being released today. Last week, I wrote a blog about the six, new Younique products launching today. You can see that I was pretty excited about a few of them – in particular the lip sticks, liquid foundation and the new palette of eye shadows (3 options). If you check out the post you can see videos about all six Younique products.

New Younique Collections & Sets

Also very exciting Younique wise, is that with every new product launch there are new collections to be had. Yippeee!

Younique Collections are a great value and way to save some real money. I, personally, get very excited when collections get released and I always buy at least one!

Cloud Nine Collection

This time there is one called Cloud Nine Collection (pictured) – which features all six new products. So that will be my firs investment I suspect 🙂

View all Younique Collections here

View all Younique Sets here

New Younique September Kudos

Each month Younique offers new “kudos” (which are customer perks). They might be limited edition products, or special bundles, and this month it is…and this month we have a crackin’ deal…
Get Lippy with Younique by Thea - September 2015 Kudos

More Team Challenges – This is SERIOUS

Here’s where I get down to the nitty gritty and tell you some cold, hard truths, from my own perspective…and I say this practically every My Week in Younique update, but in case you’re new to my blog, let me just reiterate this business is not for everyone.

Each month new people #jointheAteam – while others drop out of my company. It can feel like a case of one step forward and three steps back, but I forge ahead.

I love this business and the products, so I am grateful to now have a handful of people who seem to love it as well. I guess the real challenge is getting everybody having an awesome month at the same time.

My August was pretty darn awesome (thanks mostly to strangers who stumble upon this blog! MWAH!), and my friend Fiona in Australia (she my first order to Oz – friend or otherwise! Exciting!)

Also my newest company rock star, Lucy W in England, also had a stellar month. She did amazingly-well. Like her upline, Kelly, She’s taken to Younique like a duck to water.

Whereas others before her have seemed to struggle with it. They struggle with getting sales, or maybe to find the time to actually “work the business” or whatever. So again this business is not for everyone.

For me to promote up the ladder with Younique – I need to have me, and all of my rock stars, to be doing very well in the same month, and that simply hasn’t happened. I have a good month – the team doesn’t. Or they do and I don’t. We just need to get in sync and we’d be laughing up the ladder!

While I do feel like I have a handful of women that love the business, (some of them even as much as I do), you need 10 or 20 women who are working the business seriously, in order to really promote anywhere with Younique. I promoted to Pink – only once and it’s been a challenge to even reach that ever since! S

There is no I in Team

Younique’s all about the team. Without it, you’re practically nothing! (NOTE: I mean if you’re hoping to do it as a proper business. You don’t need a team to recruit or sell – if you just want to be a hobbyist.)

Though I have recruited nearly a couple of dozen or so people this year, (since joining last October), about half of them have dropped off, or who do just enough to keep active status (approximately selling FOUR mascaras in 90 days).

This is why it is a challenging business and not for the weak, fainthearted or easily distracted or discouraged. In fact, from my perspective, Younique, is almost a textbook definition of a discouraging challenge. By that I mean this business will test you in so many ways – with your own commitment, your friends (lack of support or even criticising or avoiding you), customers (unhappy, not paying, being fickle), team mates, other presenters online habits, postal issues – etc.  It can feel like it’s full time work for a part time wage sometimes.

If it’s not one thing, it’s another. So you have to have an inner strength and inner belief – particularly on those days when self-doubt is plaguing your brain and you feel like packing-it-in. And believe me we all have moments of self-doubt in this business. It’s par for the course. The trick is to persevere and carry on regardless.

I am and I am glad I am because it’s building slow and steady. There are some Younique presenters who are the hare whereas I am the tortoise. In it for the long haul, building slowly slowly. Slow and steady wins the race! There is little that beats the excitement of either sleeping or being out somewhere and seeing an order has come in, and three hours later being paid. That, rocks!

My Week in Younique Series

This wraps up another My Week in Younique instalment which I’ve been doing since just after I joined. I try to document my peaks and valleys truthfully. Feel free to reach out to me – wherever you are in the world – if you have specific questions. Do peruse my other posts – because I do try to answer the questions here on the blog.

And don’t forget, if you’re in the UK and interested in 3D Fiber Lashes+ or indeed any of the products we sell – please get in touch as I can save you money on shipping fees. I also offer FREE LOCAL DELIVERY if you’re near Glasgow.

My Week in Younique – Already August

Buy new 3D Fiber Lashes+ from Younique by TheaWell, here we are again with another instalment of ‘My Week in Younique’ – where I candidly share my experiences of being a Younique presenter and sponsor…This update covers Younique’s August Kudos, promotions (or lack thereof), and the German launch.

In July managed to get over 1000 in PRS but was aiming for 10,000 so came up a little short.

You may have read on my blog that I’d hoped to hit green (10k) or blue (4k) but didn’t even manage pink (2k). Better luck this month, eh? Younique’s a challenging business – to be sure. But I still love it. In fact, earlier this week, I wrote a blog about what Younique is and what it’s not. If you’re thinking of joining it might be worth perusing it…

Younique’s August Kudos

This month’s Kudos is the “Three for Me Bundle” > Bronze. Brighten. Brag a little – which looks really nice. You can pick up a bronzer, an eye liner and for the first time ever – a lipstick called “Opulence”. Exciting times ahead me thinks (lipsticks on the horizon). I used to wear lipstick myself but ever since joining younique, I’ve only worn our lip glosses and stains so will be interesting to see the new product.

 Buy Younique's Kudos - August 2015

New Company Congrats

It’s not like me to not be the top seller in my company but this month the A-Team’s been rocking it – in particular the newest teamie Lucy who had the top sales and Kelly her upline. They both did fabulous. There was only one mascara between them…

Meanwhile, I came in third out of the thirteen of us…I did have a lovely last minute sale in the final hours of the month — from a stranger in Glasgow. Often my website sales are in England (and not Scotland where I live most of the year) or in various states…So it was nice to get a buyer in Glasgow for a change!

Younique’s German Launch

Yesterday we finally launched in Germany. I can’t wait to get some German recruits to #jointheAteam – hopefully soon. I did have a few emails from ladies in Germany ages ago now – but it’s been very quiet of late so will need to reach out to see if they’re still interested. In any event it’s exciting we launched in Germany now and next stop it’s Mexico in October.

Kit Snatchers Wanted

#JointheAteam - Younique By TheaRight now, until we sell a million of our new 3D Fiber Lashes+ Mascara – you can pick up a ton of makeup with free shipping. No selling or recruiting needed. Just grab the makeup and go. Plus right now you get not one set of Younique’s Mascara but 2 sets of the 3D Lashes! How great is that? If I can get three people to grab a kit, then I can be a part of the +You movement and score myself a charm. So help me out by grabbing some makeup now! 🙂 It’s a win/win!

Younique UK Orders – Save on Shipping

Buy new 3D Fiber Lash PlusJust a reminder if you’re in the UK, you can order through me directly to save yourself some money.

The 3D mascaras run £23.00, and I offer FREE local delivery in Glasgow – or else it’s £3.50 to anywhere in the UK.

As a mascara to the UK will run you £6.95  for shipping (by courier from Utah), buying through me saves you £3.45.

Please contact me direct for more info on 3DLashes @ youniquebythea dot com.

Thanks!

Any other questions get in touch on that same address OK?

Younique 3D Lashes+ to Break Mascara Sales Record

2 DAYS TO GO FOR ALL-NEW 3D FIBER LASHES+!

Only July 1, 2015 Younique announced its flagship best-seller 3D Fiber Lash mascara has been totally revamped – inside and out.

That day, they went on sale to Younique presenters only, and buy, we did in droves…That day we sold over 23,000 in just one day (23,110).

Now just two days away from the official launch date of these new 3D Fiber Lashes+ (July 15) my Y-sisters and I aim to break a global record of selling a million mascaras in just one day*.

My personal goal is to sell 300 sets in the month of July. Yes, I have a long way to go (290 or so), but you set your sights and you go for it. Right?

Younique to break mascara sales record July 15

“What the Plus”? How Lashes+ Are Better

You may be wondering what the difference is between our original 3D lash formula and the new 3D Lashes+. The answer? Almost everything from the ingredients, to the packaging, to where it is now made (in the USA!)

We’ve swapped the green tea leaves for Rayon, and they’re now enriched with our gorgeous Uplift Eye Serum to help nurture your lashes, and the packaging is now eco-friendly. They used to increase volume of lashes by up to 300% but now it’s closer to 400%.

Read my recent blog that outlines more of the differences between our original 3D fiber mascara and the new 3D Lashes+.

Also here’s a wee “trailer” of the new 3D Fiber Lashes+ for you to see them up close and personal.

Get ready 3D mascara lovers….From July 15, 2015 – you can buy your 3D Fiber Lashes+ here.

More than Mascara…

Shop Younique by TheaAs you may know we sell more than mascara,…we have amazing skin care products, lip glosses, stains and liners and a percentage of every purchase from a Younique presenter helps empower sexually abused women. 

*The downside of being such a successful company is that I predict we’ll achieve it and then the company will be hammered with orders – which may cause some delays. I hope I am wrong.