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Information on Joining My Team 

Ladybug Stampin Squad
FAQ’s & Types of Demo’s
Joining My Team
If you love paper crafting, and want to make it pay for itself, but want to work at your own pace, want to work hours that you set yourself, and without any pressure of targets, then Stampin’ Up is the perfect opportunity for you. You choose your own career path, you may want to do many or on only a few parties. You may not want to do any at all. You may even want to be your own customer and hostess!
It’s a wonderful opportunity to get top class products and share your love for them with other people. Unlike other companies, the starter kit is COMPLETELY customizable. You choose what YOU want in it.
There are so many different ways you can make Stampin’ Up! work for you, with no pressure. All you need to do is sell $300 worth of retail sales every 3 calendar months to remain active. (does not include the quarter you join in, you do get some breathing space to settle in first!)
And for $99 you get to choose up to $125, plus a business pack (order forms, catalogues, flyers, the essentials to start your business!)
It doesn’t matter if where you’re at in the US we are a fully national team (affectionately known as - Ladybug Stampin Squad) and expanding every day!
And what do you get from me?
Every person joins Stampin’ Up! for different reasons. I will never push you to do something you’re not interested in, but equally, if you want hands on training, then I’m here for you.  As well as my team of bugs!

We have a private Team Facebook group, where I hold monthly team meetings. We gather here to share our ideas, struggles, accomplishments and of course our artwork. 
Everyone who joins the team gets a welcome pack from me!! Which includes a current stamp set of my choosing, a color coach of current colors, and some other goodies.

Each month I send out recognition gifts to team members for their achievements and of course, surprise packages throughout the year.
I fully believe in sharing what I love to do, and in the time that I’ve been with Stampin’ Up! I’ve connected with demonstrators around the world and made awesome friends. Never has the world felt so small and so accessible, and what’s so incredible as that we all share our ideas and tips with one another, whether we’re in the same state or not.
So I do hope you have a think about joining Stampin’ Up! and of course, my team too!
If you’re interested in becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, follow these easy steps once you’re on my Stampin Up website,
1.   Click here to Join My Team or Join My Team Button on Main Blog page
2.   Read and agree to the Independent Demonstrator Agreement.
3.   Purchase your Starter Kit. The online form will prompt you to choose up to $125 worth of products to create your own custom Starter Kit, allowing you to start your business, your way!

Once you’ve completed the above steps, Stampin’ Up! will send you a password so you can log in to the demonstrator Web Site where you’ll find an abundance of tips, ideas, and training to help you. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me at
I thought it would be a useful place to share some of the FAQs and Answers to questions I often get asked when someone is considering joining my team.
These are in no particular order, but based on recent questions.
Q. What is the quarterly minimum and when are the quarters?
The minimum is $300 (catalog price), each quarter. The quarters are Jan-March, April-June, July-September, Oct-December.
When you join SU, you are already within a calendar quarter, so Stampin’ Up! allows you that first part quarter as a ‘grace’ period. A sort of settling in period for you to find your feet. So therefore, your first quarterly minimums don’t need to be met until the one after. For example, I joined in November, but I had all the way through until the end of March to meet my minimums, and anything I bought/sold during November also counted.
Q. What happens if I don’t meet my minimums?
You will be given an extra month to try and achieve them, but if you don’t, you are not required to return anything to SU, you aren’t obliged to do anything more, and aren’t tied in to anything. You will simply go into an ‘inactive’ state, and no longer be able to sell or buy at the 20% discount. However, should you want to rejoin, you can join the same upline immediately by buying a fresh starter kit. But should you wish to go to another upline, you must wait 90 days.
Q. Do my personal purchases count towards the quarterly minimums?
Yes! SU doesn’t mind who does the buying, whether it’s you, your neighbor, or someone else. They will just look at your total figures.
Q. How do I get the discount, and how do I earn commission?
As a demonstrator, you get the immediate 20% discount off the net price at the point you make your purchase through the dedicated demonstrator website. SU does all the calculations for you!  If you are selling to someone you receive the same 20% but as a commission rather than a discount.
Q. Can I earn more than 20%?
Yes, from your own personal sales, you can earn up to an extra 15% commission based on your total monthly sales/purchases.
And if you have a team, there’s extra earning potential there too.
Q. Do I have to pay tax?
This depends on how much you sell, versus how much you buy.
If you sold $150 you would earn an approximate commission of $30. This would be the taxable amount. However, if you had purchased $100 worth of products for yourself and your business, then you are in a ‘loss’ position as far as income versus expenditure is concerned. To make a profit, you would need to sell 5 times what you spend to be in a profit situation. And it would depend on current income from other sources (day job etc) as to whether you would pay tax or not. *check with your tax specialist
Q. I only want to buy products for myself. Is that okay?
Of course! I welcome all people to my team, whether they want to make a business, or get a discount for their own hobby, or anything in between. I appreciate all my team equally, and give as much support as I’m asked for, and as much guidance as needed.
Q. I think I might want to make this a business in the future, but at this stage, I just want to buy a few things for me, is it okay to change my mind as to what demo I want to be at a later date?
Yes! Every person who signs with SU and with my team joins up equally. We are all called demonstrators, even those who don’t actively demonstrate. However you choose to enjoy your SU benefits is up to you, and should you head down one ‘path’ and want to move in another direction, then I will fully support you along the way.
Q. I live 200 miles from you, can I still be in your team?
Of course! My team is building fast and all over the US, and while we cannot get together as a whole group, we have Facebook and phone calls.  I am in permanent contact with everyone, as and when it’s needed, making one to one phone calls. I will also be building a set of webinars exclusively for the team to view at leisure hidden, and these will focus on various different parts of SU life. In modern life, miles make no difference!
Q. Can I read the terms and agreement before I sign up?
Yes, and I recommend that everyone does. I can send the link in an email.
Q. I would like to have an online business like you, can you help me with that?
Most definitely. There are no secrets to having a successful business, and research plays a key part, but I am happy to pass on my experiences to my team. This is only shared with my team.
Q. If I want to do videos, will you help me get started?
Like the previous question, there are no secrets to having a youtube business.  But I can share what I have done so far.
Q. Do I have to have a blog?
No! Having a blog is beneficial, but not essential. You can have a successful business without any online interaction whatsoever. Blogs and social networking are still only a few years old, yet Stampin’ Up! is 25 years old…
Stampin’ Up! Needs All Kinds of Demonstrators Which demonstrator do you want to be?

 · Friends & Family Demonstrator: You just want to buy all your stamping and scrapbooking supplies at a great discount and help your "friends & family" get their supplies too! Also want access to great the "demonstrator only" website and bi-monthly idea magazine--always tons of ideas at your fingertips! No pressure to sell to others, attend events, or communicate with anyone--you just simply order when you want to. (Also referred to as a Discount Demonstrator or Preferred Buyer)

· Give it a Try Demonstrator: You join Stampin' Up! to see what it is all about, with no long-term commitment or plan. You purchase the kit (which is a great value all by itself,) have a couple of workshops or classes, just to see if you might like it. If you find it's not for can become a "discount/friends & family purchaser" or just say "good bye!"

· Hobby Demonstrator: You like the idea if doing workshops and earning extra money, but only when it’s convenient for you. You might work a lot some months and very little, or not at all, during other months. You love to stamp and/or scrapbook and like to support your own "hobby" so that you can buy everything that you want with the money you earn!

· Part-Time Demonstrator: You see the potential to do a little work and earn a little money on a consistent basis. You want no pressure to ever do more than you want, but you want help and support from an "upline" who truly cares about you and your goals. You may have specific goals in mind--pay for preschool, college tuition, car payment, new furniture, etc...

· Career Demonstrator: You recognize the potential of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and want to build a business with long-term career goals. You want to pursue management and want to move up the career ladder. You love attending Stampin’ Up! events and building relationships with other demonstrators and customers. You intend to work at your business in a consistent and outgoing manner.

AS YOU CAN SEE, THIS IS A FLEXIBLE, FUN BUSINESS YOU CAN BUILD TO SUIT YOUR NEEDS AND DESIRES. Make it fit for you by using your unique talents and style. Also, I will train and support you in building any of the above type of businesses. If any of these ideas appeal to you, ask for more information about becoming a demonstrator.

I do hope this is useful to you, and I can’t wait for you to join Stampin’ Up! and to join my team of Ladybugs.
Denise Garrison
Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator

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