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Strategies for success in direct sales, from an Executive Flamingo Paperie Partner

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So you’re looking for a new way to earn some money. Direct Sales seems a good option with its flexible working hours and it looks like it has some good prospects. But you haven’t quite worked out how to fit it in to the nooks and crannies of life. I’ve been in direct selling for over 12 years now and promoted to Executive Partner with Flamingo Paperie in the first month it launched. I have 4 children aged from 2 to 12 and as you can imagine that keeps me very busy. The flexibility of direct selling works really well for me and my strategies for success in direct sales are really different ways you can make your chosen company work for you.

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.

Walt Disney

My strategies for success are based on my experience with Flamingo Paperie, a direct sales company that produces cards, gift wrap and stationery but I believe these ideas could be adapted to most direct sales businesses. If one way of working seems to fit your lifestyle but the direct sales company you’re looking at doesn’t offer it then my top tip is to think twice before you join. All my strategies for success are possible if you become a Flamingo Partner. You don’t need to turn your life upside down or find more hours in the day. Here are ways you can make it work by using what you already have or do.

10 Strategies for Success in direct sales

1 Add it on to something else you’re already doing

It doesn’t have to be either/or. It’s unlikely that you will want to drop everything else to try and make room for a new business. Choose a product that will compliment your lifestyle, hobbies or other business. If you’re making crafts for sale then gift wrap will add an extra to your service, or a greeting card to go with a gift gives you the ability to offer the complete gifting package.

2 Take it with you

Can you take your products to the office, to the school gate, to yoga class, to toddler group or wherever you go on a daily or weekly business? Use the networks you already have to show off your products and attract repeat customers.

3 Use your products

In theory you don’t have to like to your products to sell them. A good salesperson might be able to sell water to a well but it does help if you love what you’re selling and use it regularly. Not only does it give you confidence in what you’re selling but giving your products, in my case by sending cards or wrapping presents in style, is an opportunity to show them off.

4 Raise some money for a good cause

Are you involved in a community group or is there a charity close to your heart. Use your products to raise some money. Offer 10% or more of your sales to your cause. People love to help and love to feel that others are benefitting from their purchases. Make use of that and help others while building your customer base with some good publicity.

5 Enhance your subscription box

If you already run a business that sends out a regular subscription box then use the new products to enhance your box. Gift wrap or tissue could be used to wrap the contents while advertising the same gift wrap and tissue for customers to buy for their own wrapping needs. An appropriate card could be included to match the theme of your box or the time of year, again advertising the range of cards available for sale. The average person in the UK sends 33 cards a year. Be creative with how you present your products, this will make you different to the rest and attract others to your business.

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.

Steve Joba

6 Add the personal touch

Do you run a company that provides a service to others, or does your partner or another family member? For example, I know estate agents who like to give a ‘New Home’ card to their clients when they pick up their keys. Or a Vet who likes to send a sympathy card when a loved pet is put to sleep. I have a customer who runs a Beauty Salon who likes to send cards to her clients when they have get married, have a baby, suffer a bereavement etc. Sending greeting cards can add a very powerful personal touch to your business.

7 Treat your employees

Similar to the previous idea but if you already employ staff then can you use your products to treat them? Can you reward them for a job well done? Send a birthday card or occasion card to show you take note of their lives outside of work. Personal touches make people feel valued and that builds loyalty within a workplace. Little acts like these can make you stand out from the crowd as an employer.

Everyone talks about building a relationship with your customer. I think you should build one with your employees first.

Angela Ahrendts

8 Provide a community service

No I don’t mean of the criminal penalty kind! Do you live somewhere that people find it hard to access the products you offer? I have a good friend of mine who got so fed up of hearing her neighbours say they were off to town for a birthday card that she asked to take one of my baskets of cards to have at home so she could offer a better and more convenient service and product to her community.

9 Help a hospital or care home

Do you work in or visit a hospital or care home on a regular basis? Similar to the community service idea, many people who live or work in these places have great difficulty in getting to shops to purchase things. Bring your ‘shop’ to them. Ask if someone can care for your ‘shop in a basket’ which you can leave in a safe, convenient place for them to buy from when they need to.

10 Build an online business

Do you spend time on social media? Are you a Pinterest addict or an Instagram lover? Use that time to build a business. Share images of your products with links to your direct sales website. No need to even buy stock, just let people love what they see and tell them how to click and buy for themselves. Rather like affiliate marketing but usually with higher profit margins. If you’re already doing affiliate marketing then treat your direct sales business as an extra string to your affiliate bow.

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

Mark Twain

Whatever you do, however you do it, get started. Don’t put it off by waiting for the prefect business model to come along. Find the products you like then make the business opportunity work for you, in your situation. Use the strategies for success that fit with where you’re at. Start there and build out as you grow.

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What’s Special about Flamingo Paperie

Other than the quality and affordability, which Flamingo cards and gift wrap has in abundance, what makes them any different to other greeting cards on the market? In short – what’s special about Flamingo Paperie?

What's special about Flamingo Paperie

Recyclable

All Flamingo gift wrap and gift tags are recyclable, 100%! That’s quite something in a day where there is still a myth spread on social media that only brown paper can be recycled. The gift tags all have jute string ties and jute is totally biodegradable and therefore compostable.

If you’re still not convinced whether you can have pretty wrapping paper without harming the environment then read my guide Is gift wrapping paper recyclable

What about the cards? Good question! All the greeting cards without effects added are 100% recyclable. Until now the glitter on some of the cards wasn’t environmentally friendly but Flamingo have just launched the first cards with eco-friendly vegetable based glitter.

Happy Anniversary

‘Happy Anniversary’

now with eco-friendly, vegetable based glitter!

It’s unclear whether foiled cards are recyclable or not. Many recycling plants won’t accept them but there is some research done by interested parties to suggest that this might be unnecessary.

Charity

ALL Flamingo Christmas cards, including the advent calendar cards are charity cards. If you want to know more about that then I wrote about it in a bit more depth here.

Woodmans House

Woodman’s House

charity advent calendar card

Flamingo Partners, like myself, got to choose which charities would benefit in 2018 and we chose Macmillan Cancer Support, Together for Short Lives and the Alzheimers Society for UK donations. You can read more about Flamingo’s charity here.

Artists

Have you ever seen or bought a greeting card after liking the image on the front only to wonder who created it? You turn over the card and all you see is ‘Made in China’. Not so with Flamingo!

Flamingo are proud to promote each and every one of the artists who design for them. And if you read their profiles the artists are pretty pleased to supply Flamingo with their designs.

Flamingo Paperie are a design led company and are always looking for new artists. If you have something to offer, it could be your name on the back of the next new Flamingo greeting card.

You could be part of a very special Flamingo too!


Are you:

  • Running your own business and need to compliment your products with cards and gift wrap?
  • Needing a little extra income?
  • Looking for something flexible that you can shape to fit your lifestyle?
  • Someone who loves cards, gift wrap, stationery, Christmas and all things glittery!?

If you’d just like to get your hands on these charitable, ethical and desing led cards and gift wrap then you can buy them from my Flamingo shop. Shop now and find our what’s special about Flamingo Paperie.

what's special about Flamingo Paperie
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Is gift wrapping paper recyclable?

is gift wrapping recyclable

You’ve watched Blue Planet, you love turtles and you want to do your bit this Christmas to be eco friendly. But you are a bit confused by mixed messages about whether you should be using gift wrap, brown paper, newspaper or even wrapping presents at all this Christmas. So I’ve put this little post together to help you answer the question; Is gift wrapping paper recyclable?

Skip the waffle, show me where I can buy 100% recyclable gift wrap!

 

A really quick test is the Scrunch Test but it’s not quite as simple as that.

So which gift wrapping is recyclable?

Supermarket ‘cheap as chips’ wrapping paper

Probably not recyclable. Even if it doesn’t contain any glitter, foil or added extras, the thin wrapping paper that is often found at the checkout is unlikely to be accepted by paper mills for recycling as it contains few good quality fibres for recycling.

Gift wrap with foil or glitter effects

The paper might be recyclable but the glitter and foil effects make it difficult and too expensive (if it is even possible) to recycle. At least the paper will biodegrade if put in general household waste but the foil and glitter additives might not.

Recycled wrapping paper

Yes, most probably recyclable, providing no glitter, foil etc is added. You can get recycled wrapping paper. However, there is a debate as to whether it is better to produce recycled paper or use virgin pulp from FSC certified sources as the recycling process itself is expensive and energy consuming. Another alternative could be using paper from easily replenishable sources such as bamboo that grows quickly.

stamped brown kraft wrapping paperBrown paper

This shouldn’t be recycled but should go in the compostable bin along with brown cardboard but that’s ok. Good environmental option! Not so good if you want a pretty design as you’ll have to do one yourself and make sure any design you apply is also compostable! Check out my Pinterest board for some ideas. Use vegetable based inks to stamp the paper and add natural embellishments like twigs, flowers and berries that can also be composted.

Printed, quality wrapping paper

Yes, this wrapping paper is recyclable. One thing you might like to check is what inks are used in the print. Some companies use eco friendly vegetable based inks that do not harm the environment. Also check if the paper used is from FSC sources.

All of the gift wrap in my Flamingo shop is 100% recyclable, uses vegetable based inks and is from FSC sources.

We can confirm that all Flamingo Paperie gift wrap is recyclable. It is printed on Amber Graphic Material which is ECF (Elemental Chlorine Free). This is a technique which uses chlorine dioxide for the bleaching of wood pulp and does not use elemental chlorine gas during the bleaching process, so preventing the formation of dioxins, dioxin-like compounds and carcinogens. We also use vegetable inks with water rather than the alcohol damping process. Individual local authorities have their own rules on what they will and will not recycle, but we can confirm that our paper is fully recyclable. (statement from Flamingo HQ)

If you are a designer looking to print your own gift wrap then there are UK print companies that have a very high standard of eco friendly printing like Ashley House.

General tips on making gift wrapping paper recyclable

Before recycling or composting your gift wrap make sure you remove all sellotape, tags, ribbons, bows etc. Gift tags might be recyclable/compostable but the ribbon that they are attached often isn’t so make sure you remove it first. If in doubt, ask the company, they will know. Many gift wrap companies have an environmental policy like Flamingo Paperie. In fact all their gift tags, including the jute string, are 100% recyclable.

For further information see Recycle Now

Also wondering what Christmas cards to buy? You might be interested to know that all our Christmas cards are charity cards as well as being environmentally friendly.

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Flamingo Paperie best selling greeting cards in August

Flamingo Paperie best selling greeting cards August 2018

August was full of birthdays with 8/10 of the Flamingo Paperie best selling greeting cards in August being birthday cards. Here’s the latest top 10. Look out for September’s list though as Christmas cards start to creep up in!

In reverse order the Flamingo Paperie best selling greeting cards were…

 

10 Special Birthday

A274 Special Birthday

A new entry at is this fabulous matt textured and embossed card, illlustrated by Victoria Wilkinson. Particularly great for the men in your life. Code A274.

9 Gaming Sofa Birthday

A121 Gaming Sofa birthday

Another new entry at no. 9 is a long standing favourite teenager birthday card. With gloss varnish and illustrated by Julia Rigby. Code A121.

8 Silver Heart

LS53 Silver Heart Valentines

Another new entry at no. 8. Flittered and illustrated by Laura Stone. One of the most versatile cards we have in my opinion. Great for a wedding, engagement, anniversary, Valentine or just to say ‘I love you’. Code LS53.

7 Happy Birthday Cupcakes

Matt textured and flittered and illustrated by Claudine Rose. Code A247.

6 Pink Champagne

A260 pink champagne card

Matt textured and flittered and illustrated by Clare Groombridge. Code A260.

5 Happy Birthday

Down 4 from number 1 after a couple of months at the top is this matt textured with gold foil effect card, illustrated by Alison Hullyer. Code FP6002.

4 Birthday Bunting

Matt textured and embossed and illustrated by Laura Stone. Code A279.

3 Candles (Happy Birthday)

Matt textured with gold foil and illustrated by Joanne Cave. Code FP6020.

2 Happy Birthday Stars

Matt textured with gold foil effect on some of the stars and illustrated by Clare Groombridge. Code FP7008.

1 Birthday Balloons

FP6019 birthday balloons

Not only returning to the top 10 but going straight to the top is this month’s no. 1 bestselling Flamingo Paperie card, Birthday Balloons. Matt textured with gold foil and illustrated by Joanne Cave. Code FP6019.

You can buy any of the above greeting cards by going direct to my Flamingo Paperie shop now or choose a bestsellers mini box to get 1 of each.

 

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Flamingo Paperie Review

flamingo paperie review

If you’ve heard of Flamingo Paperie but aren’t sure what it’s all about then you might find this answers some of your questions. Flamingo Paperie is still a relatively new company, which rose out of the ashes of Phoenix Trading. It’s about to enter its busy period with the Christmas range launching late August. Now is possibly the best time to join and reap those rewards. But you might be wondering how it all works. Whether it could work for you and possibly even who or what is Flamingo? Well here’s my Flamingo Paperie review after 6 months being an Independent Flamingo Partner with the new company.

Who or What is Flamingo Paperie?

Perhaps you haven’t even heard of Flamingo Paperie and that wouldn’t be surprising as the company only launched in February 2018. You might have heard of its predecessor Phoenix Trading. Flamingo is a different company with a new focus but it comes built on 22 years of Phoenix Trading with many of the same staff and independent Partners. Flamingo is a British greeting card company specialising in exclusively illustrated greeting cards, gift wrap and stationery. I’m proud to be part of a company with a strong ethical and charitable vision. All Flamingo’s cards are ethically printed in the UK, using FSC card and vegetable based inks and all our Christmas cards are charity cards. The design team are passionate about supporting and promoting the illustrators and artists who create the designs (I’ve met the design team, their passion really shines through them when you talk to them).

Who am I and what do I know about Flamingo?

Flamingo don’t sell through shops, at least not in the UK (it’s slightly different in Australia and New Zealand). Their fabulous cards can only be purchased through an Independent Partner, which is what I am. I was a Phoenix Trader from 2012 until they closed and have been a Flamingo Partner since they launched in February. I’m an Executive Partner, which means I support a team of my own and their teams too. At the last check I was the top sponsor, which means I have added more people to my team than any other Partner in the business since February. I have a team from Shetland to the Channel Islands and in France. I love sending cards and I’m a complete stationery addict! This is my personal Flamingo Paperie review from my experience.

How does Flamingo ‘work’?

There are prinicipally three ways to earn money as a Flamingo Partner. You can buy and sell stock to friends, colleagues, relatives, at craft fairs, pop up shops and more. You buy stock at 30% off the retail price but you do pay delivery on all your orders (£6 max). It is possible to sell without buying any stock. You can do this by directing people to your personalised website. Here the company ships all the orders direct to your customer and you get 20% profit. The other way to earn is by building a team of Partners who you support, with the help of your upline Executive Partner. E.g. if you joined my team and someone joined your team then I would support both you and your team member in your businesses. When your team sell you earn a commission from the company depending on how much you sell and they sell etc. If you would like the details of how this works exactly just ask.

Flamingo Paperie review of the good stuff so far?

I live in the Outer Hebrides and pay the same delivery on all my orders as everyone else in the UK. It means we all have the same opportunity.

The quality of the cards and gift wrap is outstanding. Phoenix were reknown for their high quality affordable cards and gift wrap. I think the designs and quality that Flamingo now have are even better. The gift wrap always had a reputation for being quality and ‘unrippable’. Now it’s even thicker with Flamingo than it was with Phoenix. It still has the same invaluable cutting grid lines on the back. This helps to make gift wrapping a pleasure not a chore.

Everyone gets a personalised website as standard. This is simpler because we all get the same but it’s included in the starter pack cost and everyone has the same opportunity to sell online if they want to.

We have a narrower range than we had with Phoenix. This gives the company more focus on what they do and doing it really well.

The ‘team’ feeling is outstanding. The mutual support that most Partners give each other in Flamingo is something I’ve not seen anywhere else. Given that we earn commision on our own teams and not on other people’s you’d understand if it was all a bit cliquey but it’s not. I’ve had support from other teams. I also have quite a few Partners who have asked to receive my team emails and be part of my Facebook team support group. In the long run if we support each other we all grow as the company grows.

30% profit is a really good rate. I find it pretty easy to reach a monthly level of sales where I earn a further 10% on my bonus sales volume.

There are no targets that have to be met or sales levels that have to be achieved. There are rewards for selling and growing a team but it’s up to each Partner to decide what they want to achieve.

What could be better about Flamingo Paperie?

We have a narrower range than we had with Phoenix. Wait a minute, I said that before!? Well while I think it’s a good thing on the whole there are products that I loved that we don’t do now. So I have supplemented my business with colouring in tablecloths from Eggnogg and gift wrapping accessories from British wholesale companies like Deva Designs alongwith designing my own inspirational stationery.

Brand awareness. This is my personal opinion only. I think the company could do more to promote the name and range of Flamingo Paperie. They believe it’s up to us as Partners. I think it’s a joint venture. Without the company using their clout to get us ‘out there’ we are struggling. Too many people have never heard of us.

Social media. I have nearly 1800 followers on Facebook, 3000 on Twitter and 500 on Instagram. As far as I know I’m the Flamingo Partner with the biggest social media following. But I’ve done most of that myself and it’s hard work. Other direct selling companies I know produce a library of images and suggested posts for their Partners to use. We have access to all the stock images. I’d like to see more of the creative eye catching images that work well on social media produced by the company. What is great is how Partners who create their own images and posts are willing to share them with other Partners. The ‘team’ feeling, which I mentioned before, that exists in Flamingo is priceless.

How could Flamingo work for me?

Do you love cards?

If you love cards and/or gift wrapping and/or stationery then by becoming a Flamingo Partner you will have direct access to Flamingo products you will love.

Do you know other people who love cards?

If you know other people who also love cards then you could make some money selling your Flamingo cards to them. There is no doubt that Christmas is the most lucrative time of the year for this especially with our traditional advent calendars. If you haven’t seen our advent calendars before and you love Christmas then you are missing a treat! Selling your Flamingo cards could make you some nice spending money.

Do you fundraise a lot?

Do you support a local charity or are you involved in a local community group? You could direct people to your online website and donate your 20% to whatever cause you are passionate about without having to handle any stock.

Do you want to make money?

If you want to make serious money with Flamingo then you’re going to have to work very hard. You will need to build a team. There is only so much you can sell. Growing a team is like opening new shops to sell to people you can’t get to. This takes time.

Do you have another selling business that needs a little boost?

If you have another business then I seriously suggest that cards and gift wrap will go very nicely hand in hand with almost anything else. If you sell books, chances are they are often bought for gifts. So why not sell the gift wrap and card to go with them. If you sell skincare, jewellery, candles, cosmetics, chances are there are gifts in there too. Your customers will need wrapping paper! Whatever you already sell, or whoever you sell to, everyone knows someone who has a birthday!

Want to know more?

If you think that Flamingo could fit in to your life, your passion, your business then let’s brainstorm together to make it work for you. Ask me for more information or for me to give you a call. Or take a look at the current joining offers on my Flamingo website.

What’s really good about Flamingo is that it’s totally flexible. Every Flamingo Partner runs their own business their way. Join today and start writing your Flamingo Paperie review story.

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Flamingo Paperie best selling greeting cards in June 2018

best selling greeting cards

While there must have been a lot of birthdays in June, the wedding season must be in full swing as one of our best selling greeting cards was an anniversary card. Here’s the Flamingo Paperie best selling greeting cards top 10 for June.

In reverse order the Flamingo Paperie best selling greeting cards were…

 

10 Pink Flamingos

pink flamingos

Matt textured and flittered and illlustrated by Laura Stone. Code FP6008.

9 Anniversary Years

Anniversary Years

Matt textured, embossed and illustrated by Julia Rigby. Code FP5018.

8 Thinking of You Magnolia

Thinking of You Magnolia

Matt textured and illustrated by Gerry Murray. Code A259.

7 Prosecco

Prosecco

Matt textured and flittered and illustrated by Karen Tye Bentley. Code WS491.

6 Happy Birthday Cupcakes

Matt textured and flittered and illustrated by Claudine Rose. Code A247.

5 Birthday Bunting

Matt textured and embossed and illustrated by Laura Stone. Code A279.

4 Candles (Happy Birthday)

Matt textured with gold foil and illustrated by Joanne Cave. Code FP6020.

3 Birthday Pint

birthday pint

Matt textured and illustrated by Lorraine Duff. Code WS429.

2 Happy Birthday Stars

Matt textured with gold foil effect on some of the stars and illustrated by Clare Groombridge. Code FP7008.

1 Happy Birthday

At number 1 for another month is this matt textured with gold foil effect card, illustrated by Alison Hullyer. Code FP6002.

You can buy any of the above greeting cards by going direct to my Flamingo Paperie shop now or choose a bestsellers mini box to get 1 of each.

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Flamingo Paperie’s best selling greeting cards in May 2018

best selling greeting cards

There must have been a lot of birthdays in May, but then again, all the best people are born in May aren’t they? (Guess when my birthday is then!) I thought you might like to see what Flamingo Paperie’s top 10 best selling greeting cards were.

In reverse order the best selling greeting cards were…

10 Happy Birthday Stars

Matt textured with gold foil effect on some of the stars and illustrated by Clare Groombridge. Code FP7008.

9 Celebrate

Matt textured with gold foil effect and illlustrated by Karen Tye Bentley. Code FP6041.

8 Birthday Tree

Matt textured with flitter and illustrated by Honor Ayres. Code WS297.

7 Birthday Cupcake

Matt textured with flitter and illustrated by Alison Hullyer. Code FP6034.

6 Birthday Balloons

Matt textured with gold foil and illustrated by Joanne Cave. Code FP6019.

5 Birthday Bunting

Matt textured and embossed and illustrated by Laura Stone. Code A279.

4 Happy Birthday Cupcakes

Matt textured and flittered and illustrated by Claudine Rose. Code A247.

3 Gin and Bear It!

Matt textured and die cut and illustrated by Celeste Yap. Code FP6035.

2 Candles (Happy Birthday)

Matt textured with gold foil and illustrated by Joanne Cave. Code FP6020.

1 Happy Birthday

Matt textured with gold foil effect and illustrated by Alison Hullyer. Code FP6002.

You can buy any of the above greeting cards by going direct to my Flamingo Paperie shop now or choose a bestsellers mini box to get 1 of each.

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Mothers Day Cards

Mothers Day Cards

Mothers Day isn’t very far away so I’ve picked out my favourite Mothers Day Cards for you below. All exclusively designed to deliver a smile to mum on her special day.

My top 5 Mothers Day Cards

Butterfly Tree, illustrated by Kim Anderson

I love this card, it’s glittery and just so pretty. Butterflies can symbolise hope, life, transformation…all things that our mothers give to us. Lots to be grateful for.

Fabulous You!, illustrated by Sophia Coleman

I adore this card, not just for Mothers Day. I firmly believe all teenagers, especially teenage girls should receive this card on a daily basis! What better way to make mum feel special than showering her with compliments.

With Love Heart Tree, illustrated by Karen Tye Bentley

This beautiful embossed card says it all. When you want mum just to know she is loved.

Painted Hearts, illustrated by Louise Anglicas

No words, just hearts. Not just plain hearts but hearts that pop out at either side to stand out from the card. This is a really specially designed card with a bit of wow factor!

Good Friends are like Stars, illustrated by Lucy Smith

When your mum is your friend, maybe even your best friend, then this is the card to send. If you and your mum don’t live close by each other and perhaps don’t see each other as often as you’d like, this is the card for her.

Designers Guild Delahaye Magenta gift wrap

Whichever card you choose, you’ll be sending an exclusively designed one that will make her say, ‘wow, thank you that’s beautiful’. If you need gift wrap to go with it then I would recommend either the Flowers and Stars or Flowers ones from Flamingo or the Magenta swirl from Deva.

If you’re looking for gift ideas then you might like the colouring in garden poster or check out my Etsy guide for some unique ideas.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Flamingo Paperie

frequently asked questions about Flamingo Paperie

If you have any questions about joining my Flamingo Paperie team then you can ask anything directly to me. However, there are a few frequently asked questions about Flamingo Paperie that come up time and again so I thought I’d put them all in one post for you.

My Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions about Flamingo Paperie.

Are the products still the same quality as Phoenix?

No, I’d say they are even better! We have made our gift wrap thicker and our cards are now all matt textured, which makes them look even more fabulous. The same amazing illustrators are designing our cards as well as new ones each time we launch a new range. We are always looking for more artists too.

Can I make money at this?

Yes! There are two ways to make money, selling and sponsoring.

You make at least 20% on everything you sell. If you buy the stock yourself and sell it you make 30% profit. If you use your free ecommerce website that comes with your starter kit then you make 20% but you don’t have to do any stock handling. Of course you can do a mixture of both online and offline selling.

The other way you can make money is by building your own team of Independent Flamingo Partners. We call this sponsoring. E.g. when you join my team and you sell products I get a bonus from the company for your sales. This doesn’t come from your profit and the sales profit you make is exactly the same as I make on my sales. However I get a ‘sponsor and support’ bonus for helping you grow your business.

How much is it to join your team?

There are three starter packs to choose from at £45, £95 and £200.

What do I get in my starter pack?

Each pack contains a selection of stock, brochures, other sales aids, your public liability insurance and an ecommerce website.

More exactly pack 1, £45, contains 30 cards (worth £60 retail), 25 brochures, 25 promotional leaflets, 1 order pad and 500 personalised address labels, public liability insurance and an ecommerce website.

Pack 2, £95, contains 80 cards (worth £160 retail), 50 brochures, 50 promotional leaflets, 1 order pad and 500 personalised address labels, public liability insurance and an ecommerce website.

Pack 3, £200, contains 200 cards and 5 gift wrap sheets (worth over £400 retail), 100 brochures, 50 promotional leaflets, 1 order pad and 500 personalised address labels, 250 ‘thank you’ business cards, public liability insurance and an ecommerce website.

So each pack is worth more than it costs you and contains everything you need to start your business at whatever level you want to.

Are there targets I have to meet?

No. There are bonuses you can get if you sell a certain amount and if you build a team etc but there is absolutely no requirement from the company for you to do that. If you don’t want to, then don’t. If you want to make more money then you will want to set those targets for yourself but no one else is going to insist that you achieve them. It’s your business, it’s up to you.

What help do I get?

When you join my team I am here to support you in whatever way I can help. You can contact me by email, phone or online at any time and ask for whatever help you need. My team is part of a bigger team too and they are also there to support you. I have a team Facebook group where we have online meetings, people ask questions, share success stories and experiences. I am also developing a set of short videos to help with various topics that crop up frequently. However, it is up to you to make your business work. If you want to grow, ask questions. Of all the team members I’ve had the ones who are most successful with Flamingo are the ones who ask lots of questions!

Can I sell other things alongside Flamingo cards?

Yes absolutely. The great thing I have found about selling cards is that they go extremely well with other products to sell. If you’re selling candles for example, chances are people will be buying gifts and will need a card and gift wrap to go with it. You can offer the complete package!

Where can I sell the cards?

You can sell from your home, to your neighbour, to friends and family, work colleagues.  Or sell at fairs and events. You could take a bag or basket of aards to work or a workplace staff room. Set up a Facebook business page and advertise your cards on there. Or have an online ‘pop up shop’ through your Facebook page. You can have a ‘pop up shop’ (where you take some cards and gift wrap along to show people). Do this in someone’s house, a toddler group or maybe a fundraising event. You can pretty much sell wherever you like. The only exceptions being you can’t sell through an online auction site (e.g. EBay) and you can’t sell to a retail outlet (but you could give them a basket of cards for their staff room).

Isn’t it just a pyramid scheme?

No. Pyramid schemes are illegal in the UK for a start! In a pyramid scheme someone sells something to you and you have to sell it for a higher price and so on until eventually the system cannot sustain itself. In Flamingo everyone buys cards at the same price and sells them at the same price for the same profit. I support you and get a support bonus from the company proportional to your sales but not from your profits. Think of shareholders in a corporate organisation who get bonuses when the workforce bring in extra money. With Flamingo if you sell more you make more profit and your sponsor (the person who’s team you joined) gets a bonus from the company’s profits. There are no shareholders! Unlike a traditional corporation you have the opportunity to earn more by selling more!

How do I join?

The only way to join my team is online here.

If you have a question that hasn’t been answered in my frequently asked questions about Flamingo Paperie. Or if you’d like a copy of the full reward plan then please ask me. No question is too small or silly!