So You Want to Be a Demonstrator?
If you're like me when I first learned about Stampin' Up!®, you may need some more info on this whole Demo game. That's what this page is for! I really wanted to know what being a demonstrator meant, and what exactly that entailed.
The simple answer is that as an Independent Demonstrator, you buy and sell Stampin' Up!® products. While you are not considered an employee of SU!, you are representing their brand, so you cannot sell competing products. You can always use them, though you may not want to if you're looking to be a business demo.
As I see it, there are 3 kinds of demos: The Hobby Demo, The Casual Demo, and the Business Demonstrator. Below, I'll do my best to let you know the difference between them.
The Hobby Demonstrator
You would fall into this range if you spend around $80 every month on craft supplies. Which, let's be honest, is pretty simple to do if you craft a lot! It's pretty enticing, as you're signing up for a 20% discount on product you're already buying!
You still get all the perks of being a demonstrator:
- 20%+ discount on all purchases
- Pre-order new product a month before it's available to the public
- First look at new product
- Chance to earn free and exclusive product
- Still earn hostess benefits on orders over $150 (pre-discount!)
- Access to demonstrator only events like OnStage
As a hobbyist, you're responsible for meeting your quarterly minimums. If you think you may want a bit of help reaching them, you'd fall into our next category:
The Casual Demonstrator
Casual Demonstrators generally want to do one or both of the following:
- Sell to family & friends to meet minimums
- Earn a bit of extra spending cash
Maybe you don't want to do classes or videos or even blog. Perhaps you spend around $20-40/month on crafting and need some help making up the extra to meet your minimums. Or maybe you just want some extra money in the bank for kid's activities or pampering yourself. Whatever your motivation, your business can be as large or small as you want!
If you find you have the urge to go a little further, the next category may be for you:
The Business Demonstrator
The final category is home to a wide range of demonstrators. Your business can be as small or large as you want. The only thing you need to remember is that if you want a lot out of it, you need to be prepared to put a lot in. Here are some of the things you can do to get your business going:
- Teach classes (these can be in your home or at another location)
- Have a blog which you update regularly
- Do parties (held in your hostesses home, usually)
- Do online parties (usually via Facebook events)
- Classes by mail (essentially the same prep as your home classes, but you'll be mailing out kits; customer will have to own or purchase stamp sets for use with class as you cannot send stamped images)
- Videos (Facebook Live or YouTube are most popular)
There are more things to do, but the above list gives you a good idea to get started.
I suggest starting out with an upline who is ready to give you assistance where you need it. Mine happens to live in another state, but is always there to lend a hand. This will be a valuable resource for you, so definitely try to sign up under someone who you think will have a style which meshes with your own, or will help to push you in some way. If you'd like more info on joining my team, The Hip To Be Squared Stampers, please click here.
I hope I've helped you demystify the levels of Independent Stampin' Up!® Demonstrators. If you have any more questions, please feel free to get in touch!