Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way to both stay at home and educate your little ones, WHILE making a monthly income? I love reading to little Sue, and she loves flipping through the pages, discovering new pictures as the book unfolds. What if I could receive wonderful children’s books for free and make a profit? Sign me up!
Well, there is a way to do this! It’s with Usborne Books & More, and below Christine Coot’s dives into all the juicy details on how she is raising three little ones and earning money all while being a stay at home mommy!
“Hi! I’m Christine Coots and I am an independent and educational consultant with Usborne Books & More, but more importantly I am a full-time stay-at-home mommy to three crazy wonderful kiddos. I was born in New Orleans, but have lived in Jacksonville, FL for most of my life. My hubby and I were high school sweethearts and because I couldn’t imagine being without him, I followed him to the University of Florida for college where I received a Master of Education degree with a major in elementary education in May of 2010. Stephen and I got married and found out we were expecting our first child all while I was still in college, so needless to say, I have yet to use that Masters degree in a professional setting. However, I like to think that I get use out of it every day with my own kids! When I am not doing mommy and wifey type things, I enjoy reading for hours on end, binge watching NCIS, hanging out with girlfriends, crafting like a boss, and eating anything that has chocolate in it!”
What is Usborne Books & More and why did you join them as a consultant?
Usborne Books & More (UBAM for short) is a company that is committed to getting high quality books into the hands of all children. Usborne Books, based out of England, is an awarding winning publisher that specializes in children’s nonfiction literature. Usborne books are found around the world in over 100 languages! The “& More” of Usborne Books & More refers to the Kane Miller publishing company, based out of Australia, that specializes in publishing children’s fiction from around the world- making it their goal to help children see how similar we all truly are! All children should love reading, so UBAM offers books that children AND adults will want to read together, making reading a wonderful shared experience for all!
I joined for several reasons. 1) The company offered a product that wasn’t a trend, but rather something that has stood the test of time- BOOKS! Everyone loves books, so I knew that if I put the work in, I could make it in this company for years and years to come! 2) With my background in elementary education, I understood the importance of getting children high quality literature and having them fall in love with reading. I knew that I could help children and their families by being a part of this company. 3) I wanted these AMAZING products for my own children! 4) Most importantly, I loved the family first motto of UBAM. Knowing that we plan on growing our family, it was comforting to know that this company had NO monthly or yearly sales quotas to meet!
How did you find out about Usborne Books & More initially?
I learned about UBAM in November of 2014 at a close friend’s Christmas book show! I bought lots of books for my kids for Christmas and was perfectly content just being a customer. It wasn’t until the following year that the thought crossed my mind of joining as a consultant.
How long have you been a consultant for Usborne Books & More?
I just celebrated 8 months with Usborne Books & More. I joined in early March of 2015.
How much money did you need to invest initially?
I purchased their larger consultant kit at $119 which comes with 18 books, business supplies, and 6 months of a website and ordering system. I wanted to have more books to show at my launch party, which is why I chose the larger option. Shipping on the kit is free, so I just had to pay tax! We also offer a smaller kit for just $69 and we occasionally run awesome joining specials!
UBAM offers a program called “Write Your Own Success Story” that allows you to earn back either HALF or ALL of your kit costs in the first 30 days. It also gives you extra opportunities to earn business supplies, books, and cash in the first 60 days! With this program I earned back half of my kit cost, cash, and 2 “success kits” that each had $50 worth of books and supplies!
The profits of my launch show covered ALL of my start-up costs (kit and other supplies) and gave me a little profit. I also received half of my kit cost back for reaching certain goals. PLUS, because I was the hostess of my launch show, I received over $400 worth of FREE books for my family, which I use at parties to display! By my second show, which was 2 weeks after I joined, everything I made was profit.
How much have you earned in your most profitable month of sales?
I made about $500 in my most profitable month! Consultants make 25% commission, but we get a percentage off of each recruit that sells under us and we get monthly percentage bonuses based on our total retail sales! I know that compared to other home companies 25% is on the lower end, but we have NO monthly or yearly sales minimums.
How time consuming is the job of a consultant?
I think it is as time consuming as you make it. If you really want to be successful, you have to spend a lot of time up front. With UBAM, because we sell close to 2,000 titles, I spent a lot of time learning the products, listening to training audios, and studying the catalog and all of the information that went along with it. That being said, I probably spend between 1-2 hours a day doing business type stuff at home. When I have a home party to go to, I spend about 3-4 hours away from home (depending on location).
YES, YES, YES! It’s all about balance. I was already balancing my day with my beautiful children, doing laundry, cleaning, cooking, grocery shopping, and everything else that goes along with staying home full time, so I just added UBAM to the mix! Some days are crazier than others, but it’s a fun adventure!
What are the benefits of being an Usborne Books & More consultant compared to other sales businesses?
Here are the three things that I believe set UBAM apart: 1) I’m pretty sure I’ve said it a few times by now, but the main thing is that there are NO monthly or yearly sales quotas to meet. We really can have a month, several months, or a year of no business and not have to owe the company a single cent! 2) Another really cool selling point that sets us apart is that we have the ability to move away from the typical home and Facebook parties. With the purchase of a $35 Educational Consultant kit and the passing of an online test, you can become an educational consultant and sell to schools and libraries! This opens a whole new world of possibilities and the chance for much more income! As an educational consultant we can offer schools book fairs, matching grant programs, fundraisers, pledge drives and our traditional books! I just signed my first school and I am looking forward to all of the doors that open because of this! 3) Finally, I think our product is simply fantastic and if you are a mommy like me, then you want your kids to have these books! So a HUGE perk of the job is the books that come along with it (you should see our home library) and knowing that my children are reading and being read the best books available on the market today!
What tips would you have for other mommies interested in becoming an Usborne Books & More consultant?
1) Be ready to dive in head first! What I mean is that you need to be talking it up and scheduling your launch show and your first few shows before you even join! That way, once you receive your official status and website as a consultant you can hit the ground running and earn all of the incentives that are offered in your first 30 days and your first 60 days! The company sets you up for success because you are able to offer your hostesses double the free books in your first 3 months as a consultant! So trust me, friends will want to host for you! 2) Don’t use the silly website domain name that you are given by the company that contains lots of numbers. It’s just silly and people won’t remember it. Instead buy a catchy domain name. I purchased mine from GoDaddy.com for ONLY $0.99! 3) Just relax and have fun! Remember that these products sell themselves. So just talk about the amazing books, carry them around with you, and give them as birthday, shower, and Christmas gifts! People will ask you about the books! If you have a bad show, which will happen, just breathe and chalk it up to being a learning experience! Like they say “Success is a journey, not a destination!
If you are interested in learning more about Usborne Books & More, please contact Christine below!
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