If you had asked me a year ago if I would ever join a direct sales company the answer would have been a resounding “No Way!” followed by laughter at the very thought. Yet, here I am. Almost six months into my direct sales career and I am having a blast. (My husband might describe it as an obsession, though.)
Last Christmas, my mom gave me two Paparazzi necklaces and I absolutely loved them. I said, “Mom! I’m 34! and you finally understand my style!” I had never heard of Paparazzi before and when my mom told me they were only $5 each AND they came with earrings (!) I just had to see more. I googled. I researched. I tried to connect with a local consultant. No dice. After researching the company a little bit I had this strange little thought of becoming a consultant. I talked to my husband. We laughed about it. I kept researching. We laughed some more.
The idea would not leave me, though, so I finally emailed three consultants – just the first 3 that came up in a Google search. One of those three called me back right away and we chatted for a few minutes. I told her I would think about it some more and then maybe become a consultant myself. Of course, I got off the phone with her and researched some more. I tried to go to bed. could. not. sleep. So I just got up and enrolled as a consultant. I started off with a $700 starter kit (holy mackerel – what was I thinking?). Immediately I researched local events and started contacting everyone I knew about hosting jewelry parties. Thankfully a few friends volunteered to be guinea pigs and I made back my initial investment plus profit in two weeks!
My husband is in grad school. We have 4 little kids ages 6 and under. I stay home full time. My goal with Paparazzi is to pay off my student loans, assist with living expenses and maybe have a little fun money left over. And, you know what? It’s working!
To those of you who initially volunteered to be my guinea pigs and tolerate this crazy idea of selling jewelry – I will be forever grateful. You assured me this wasn’t actually such a crazy idea, and that people really would buy $5 jewelry, and that it was actually feasible to generate income in this way.
Marci Yoseph, Paparazzi Independent Consultant #25052, www.paparazziaccessories.com/marci