As 2009 was coming to an end, I decided to let my business go. In order to stay a demo you need to have $300 in sales per quarter. I didn't have anyone knocking down my door to order and I certainly didn't need anything. And I didn't want to try to solicit orders from anyone (which I probably would have had success with if my customers knew I needed to qualify). So I chose not to qualify myself (by buying from myself).
It was getting harder to get out to do workshops and classes with Doug's shift work. I always needed to work around his schedule or find a sitter, which isn't easy (or cheap!) when you've got 3 kids that need watched. The days he was off, I wanted to spend them with him rather than running out to do a show. Family
As of January 31, 2010, I was no longer a demonstrator. (SU gives you an additional month to get your sales in - or else it would have been official as of 12/31/09).
I was at peace with my decision. It had been a great 6+ years. I met a lot of great people that I probably would not have met otherwise. And I learned a lot about stamping and scrapbooking. Two things I will probably always continue to do.
But the funny thing is once the decision was made to let it go, I got several phone calls and emails from customers wishing to place an order. I almost ... almost ... decided to keep going. To accept their orders to keep my now-faltering business going. But I had already decided. So I referred them elsewhere ... to a few friends/associates who are still demonstrators.
It was hard at first. I wondered if this was God's way of telling me I should hang in there. Did I mess up? Did I make the wrong decision? If so, why was I at peace with the whole thing back when I made the choice?
Two days ago a customer that I hadn't heard from in about 2 years called me and wanted to place an order. She said she was trying to find me on the SU website but was unable. So I explained the situation and once again, I referred her elsewhere. She understood and was grateful for the referral.
A friend/customer of mine spoke to me in church on Sunday. She said, "I'm so sorry you are not going to be a demonstator anymore!" To which I replied, "Don't be. I'm not." :)
The past week or so, I've been clearing out some things ... mainly stamp sets ... that I have been holding on to for one reason or another. Thinking that some day I will use them. Ha! Who am I kidding?
FlyLady would call this decluttering.
It feels so good! I've got sooooooo much stuff ... so many stamp sets ... it is just amazing! I could never use them all even if I stamped every day (which I don't!)!
I created another blog (yeah, I know!) so I could list my items for sale without messing up this blog. It is only temporary until I unload some things, then I will close it.
So if you know someone who is a stamper or a scrapbooker, send them to my other blog. There are many stamp sets listed now and I'm sure there will be more coming as I clean out some more stuff.
Many people are asking me what I'm going to do now. To which I reply ... nothing. Preferably nothing.
I don't want to sell anything ... Mary Kay, Arbonne, Creative Memories, Tastefully Simple, etc. Not that I don't love (or at least like) products from each of those great companies. I do.
I just want to relax for a while. Spend time with my family. Learn more about photography and my camera. Read. Scrapbook. Organize. Whatever.
And then? Well, we'll see.