Stampin Up FAQS Hobby or Business demo

People join Stampin’ Up! for various reasons and I often get asked about the company.  I have therefore put together some Frequently Asked Questions which I hope will answer any queries you may have.

Stampin’ Up! Europe is available to those are are based in the UK, France, Germany, Austria or The Netherlands.  If you are in any of these countries, you can join and buy the starter kit and become part of the Stampin’ Up! community.  It is your choice as whether you choose to be your best customer or take it further and become a self-employed independent demonstrator and share Stampin’ Up! at classes, parties and other events.  The opportunity is available to suit you and what you want from it.  I certainly won’t pressure you to do something you are simply not interested in, but if you want to take Stampin’ Up! to the next level, I am here to help.

To join Stampin’ Up! and benefit from the discount/commission, there is a requirement for you to purchase the excellent value starter kit for £99 (129€). This is fully customisable, you choose any current products to the value of £130.  You also receive a free business pack when you join.  As I mentioned above though, there is no pressure from me or from Stampin’ Up! on how you choose to ‘do’ Stampin’ Up!  You may think there is a catch, there are none, you don’t have to pay anything back or return product.

What are the quarters and the minimum?

The quarters are Jan to March, April to June, July to September and October to December.  The minimum is based on 300 CV (commissionable volume), for the UK this would be a quarterly sales volume of £270 (net £225). Note that 300 CSV is a common measurement and if you are not in the UK, the € figure will be different to that of the £ figure.

What happens if I join during a quarter?

Stampin’ Up! allows you a ‘grace’ period when you join within a calendar quarter.  The quarter you sign up in is waived. Call it an easing in period!  Say you joined in May, then you would have until September to meet your minimum – anything you had purchased yourself (or sold) since May, counts towards the minimum.  Join in January and you have until the end of June in that year to meet the minimum.

What counts towards the quarterly minimum?

All of your purchases (and any sales you make) of commissionable value items count.

But what if I don’t meet the quarterly minimum?

You don’t have to send anything, or pay anything, back to Stampin’ Up!  Stampin’ Up! will give you an extra month for you to try and achieve the minimum.  The ball is in your court as they say.  If you don’t reach the minimum then you just become inactive and won’t be able to purchase or sell products via your demonstrator website.  If you decide that you want to rejoin you can do so immediately (with the purchase of another starter kit) with the same upline you joined with initially.  If you want a different upline, then you will have to wait a period of 90 days before you can rejoin.

What if I want to quit?

You simply stop selling, buying from yourself. It’s that easy

What is the discount/commission that I get?

The commission/discount is 20% and you get this straight away when you make your own purchase through your demonstrator website.  For customers who order through your online Stampin’ Up! website, you will be paid the 20% commission direct into your bank account around the 10th of the month.  You can earn up to 38% commission depending on your sales and title.

You mention being self employed, do I have to pay tax?

If you are looking to sell, then there are implications.  The HMRC website is a great place to check as I am not a qualified tax advisor.  How much tax you pay, this depends on what you sell and what you buy along with your current income, ie your day job, as to whether you would pay tax.

If you sold £150 you would earn an approximate commission of £25. 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.

Do I have to recruit?

No.  You can join me whether you want to buy for yourself or want to use Stampin’ Up! as a business opportunity.  Whatever your choice, I will support you.  And, you can change your mind on what you want to do.

I’m not in the UK, can I join you?

Yes, if you are in Germany, France, The Netherlands or Austria you would be welcome to join me.  Unfortunately, these are the only countries that are able to join me and Stampin’ Up! at this time.

I would recommend that you read the terms and conditions of being a demo, we do have rules, what company doesn’t and they are there to protect not only Stampin’ Up! but you and your fellow demonstrators.  You can read them here.  (If you want these in French or German do email me).

Are previous demonstrators allowed to rejoin?

– If you have been inactive more than 90 days you are free to rejoin under anyone you choose
– If your original sponsor is no longer active as a demonstrator there is no waiting period to rejoin under anyone you choose

What does it cost to join?

You choose a fully customisable starter kit.  You choose what YOU want in YOUR kit!

For those in the UK,  £99 and you choose up to £130 of product.
For those in Europe €129 and you choose up to €175  of product

On top of this you also receive a business pack which contains the essentials to start a business, if that’s what you want to do.

What do I get from you?

You get me whenever you need me, there is no pressure, if you are happy to simply buy at a discount for yourself that is fine, if you want to move forward, I am here.  If you think you can’t bother me with a question you think is silly, it is no bother, if you have a question ask it.  I am here for support and encouragement for as long as you need it or want it.

I want to sign up.  How do I do this?

Firstly, I would have a look in the online catalogues and see what products you want that add up to your starter kit (you can’t go over the value), this is possibly the hardest bit of joining!  Also have ready your:

  • Personal information such as street address, mailing address, phone number, etc.
  • A valid major credit card
  • Bank details so that Stampin’ Up! can pay you commission on any sales.

Then when you are ready:

  1. Click here.
  2. Read the Agreement and Electronic consent and the Independent Demonstrator Agreement and click the agree boxes.
  3. The online order form will prompt you to choose your products for your starter kit.  Simply choose your products and follow the prompts.

Once you are done you will receive a welcome email from Stampin’ Up! which will give you access to your very own demo website.  This is where you can access the ‘back office’ of the demonstrator website.  There are resources and other useful information so you may wish to take some time to digest what is there.  Note that to comply with Direct Selling Regulations, you will need to wait a period of 7 days before you can place your first order.  This gives you time to have a wander around your back office, have a practice with some ordering and click the training, I am a new demonstrator.

I have been a demonstrator since Stampin’ Up launched in Europe and still love the products and meeting new people. I look forward to getting to know you and sharing the love of Stampin’ Up!

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