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Julie - posted on 06/18/2010
I have been selling lia sophia for three years, and I love it! I was not a jewelry wearer before, and as Lisa mentioned above...my husband likes that I actually dress up some now. I was a high school science teacher but wanted to spend more time with my kids...so now I work as a tutor at their school and sell lia sophia! My past students are stunned when they see me...they are so surprised the I actually sell jewelry! Ha!
It makes me sad to see some of the posts before this saying that they think you have made a mistake...who are they to say? If you are excited and ready to work, whichever direct sales company you choose can be successful for you! You sound excited and I hope your show next Friday is fun! And regarding the need to sell something consumable...and that you have to be pushy to sell the jewelry...I just have to say that that is not the case! Be yourself, be honest, and have fun...some shows will be amazing, some disappointing...you will meet wonderful people and perhaps lifelong friends (I certainly have!). My show tonight was with a group of gals who have probably had 6 - 8 shows within the same group...and every show has qualified...some just and others over $1000 in sales...and we have fun every time!
Congratulations and good luck. Please feel free to touch base if you have any questions!
Christine - posted on 06/17/2010
I sold Lia Sophia and unless you are a serious jewelry lover and can be a bit pushy on selling it, it doesn't make you much money. In my opinion you can only buy so much jewelry, I prefer companies that have consumable products such as Scentsy, Avon, Mary Kay (and a friend of mine who does Tastefully Simple) these companies have products that people will run out of and come back to you month after month. The show presentation is short & simple, Scentsy is a newer company so most have not heard of it, unlike Lia Sophia, Pampered Chef, Avon, Mary Kay and a few others that are just saturated with consultants everywhere you turn theres a Rep. people are looking for quality products at a budget price, I don't find that any other company out there offers that except for Sentsy and TS. I own a Scentsy business, I love it, and I do well, I even am building a team. You have to do what works for you, if you are passionate about the products and the company then that is where you should be. Selling any products on eBay from your company is against policy and I know with Lia Sophia that if you are caught you will lose all rights to owning your lia sophia business(meaning they cancel your contract and you are no longer allowed to be an Advisor), one thing I noticed you said that concerns me is you stated "My friend is pushing me to sell this stuff"....no one should push anyone to anything, this is a business about simply sharing what you do and providing them information for them to make an educated decision on whether or not it would be the right fit for them. I think you friend has set you up by filling your head with hype and you will unfortunately be let down in the end, I do hope I am wrong however I have seen it happen all to much. Best of luck to you
Katherine - posted on 06/08/2010
I have now decided to do Lia Sophia and have my first booking June 25th. I have already gotten a ton of free jewelry just for my interest. It seems like a lot of fun, people are gracious and I think I'll love it. Anyone considering just PM me.
Katherine - posted on 05/25/2010
I just went to a Lia Spohia meeting and it was really interesting and actually fun. I got a free piece of jewelry just for being there. The money seems good. I am contemplating it because it's only 2 shows a month. The structure is awesome. Anyways wanted to share ;)
Lisa - posted on 04/07/2010
When I first started selling jewelry, I didn't love it either. I just want some extra money and be able to get out of the house. I am a PE teacher so where would I wear it. Any how, I love the jewelry and it does sell itself. I wear jewelry so much more now and my husband is probably glad because now I dress up every once in awhile. Many of my friends sell other things such as: tastefully simple, Gold canyon candles, partilite, etc and they are not making the money that I do with lia sophia. The best part about it is that you can host a show and see how people react. If you get bookings from your show and you decide that you want to do it, those bookings become yours. If you try it and you decide that it is not for you, then you can walk away. You really are not out anything. You keep the jewelry that comes in your kit and everything.
Michele - posted on 04/07/2010
Not a big fan of Lia Sophia...think its expensive and not really into jewelry. I truly believe in a "lipstick economy". Of course, I sell Mary Kay. I get a 50% discount on all products so I can really work with discounts, specials, do my own fundraising, etc. I love the flexibility! I do agree you have to find something you like/love...I truly dont do a whole lot of "work" though and still bring in an extra couple hundred each month. I dont do parties...I usually do a few facials a month and have great clients who order! I have a website I pay $50 a year for...its all run and set up by company. VERY easy! I know on Ebay...you can sell just about ANYthing! I used to sell Tupperware and found they sell on Ebay as well...Tupperware is great too but you REALLY have to find a product that people NEED and want...something that is CONSUMABLE...it keeps them coming back and reordering. I find that jewelry, Tupperware, etc...not something you keep ordering! LOL Hope this helps!
Evelyn - posted on 04/05/2010
My daughters are named Lia and Sophia but we are not related to the company!lol! There are many companies like Lia Sophia and you build a customer clientele and do home parties. One thing to remember is that in a slow economy like this one you may have a harder time selling jewelry. You may want to look around before you make an investment in a party plan company. To make a good income you will need to recruit other moms to do the same. This takes time to build your group to a level that you could actually have a monthly income greater than $10,000 a month or more. Avoid any companies that ask you to inventory and deliver their products because the time and money involved are not worth any amount of money if you have to give up time with your family.
Roz - posted on 04/05/2010
Remember too Katherine that you won't feel like "selling" if you love what you do. If you're not crazy about jewelry or hosting parties then I would not do it. It might end up being a waste of time and money.
But, maybe what you can do if you are unsure is you can go with your friend to one of her parties and do it for her. From my experiance with jewelry parties, there's not much in the way of talking about the jewlry like a formal presentation. When I did a party for my friend who was with Silpada, she just laid out the jewelry and the whole night we ate and drank and socialized. It was nice and at the end she just said something like "Ok if you decided you wanted some jewelry just look through the catalogue...etc". So it won't be too hard, unless LS does it differently.
There may be some way you can incorporate fund raising with your business though...here is what I mean. For ex with what I do with the discount dental programs...I can go to a school and ask them to put my flyers in the "friday packets" or whatever they have. I put on the flyer for every membership I will donate "X" amount to the school. Typically this means that I don't get my first month's commission...but you get each month after that that they are an active member.
So with LS, you can donate like 10% to the school, church, etc. Through this you will build up your clientele and find others that want to host a party. Maybe you can do one fundraising party a month, and the rest of the parties be so you can make some $$.
What do you think about that?
Jennifer - posted on 04/03/2010
So you would start with your starter show. There should be a special going on for April and May so you get a discount. From your show your going to get 4 of your family members and or friends to book a show. You only have to have 4 shows to qualify and you keep all the jewelry from your starter kit and you don't have to have any more shows. You get a 30 % commision on what you sell and you get a discount on the jewelry. So at a show you take the orders then go home and get on the Lia Sophia website and enter the orders and close out the party and in 2 weeks you can have the profits direct deposited into your checking account. It truely is easy! Like next weekend I have 3 shows booked. I like to book all my shows on 1 weekend so I have the rest of the month free. What state are you in? Some things maybe different.
Jennifer - posted on 04/03/2010
I have been selling Lia Sophia jewelry for the last 15 months and love it! I'm typical a very shy person, so doing this was a reach for me. I'm a stay at home mom so I had to find something that was very flexible and this is. I hold around 4 shows a month and average about $1000 a month. This sure beats any other part time job! You would have a small investment but you make that back your first show! The jewelry really does sell itself!
Roz - posted on 04/01/2010
From my experiance most direct sales companies don't want you selling their stuff on ebay. They want you to do parties or home catalogue parties.
Katherine, you shouldn't have to be pushed into selling it. If you don't love jewelry and love helping women find awesome jewelry pieces, having parties to show them etc. you will NOT love what you do and you won't do well. It will become a burden!
My biggest piece of advice is to look at everything that is out there before you join something. We can do a step by step research thread with you if you want :). There is something for everyone, job or business. If you want to do well at whatever it is you want to do from home then you need to be gaga over it! Sure, there is about 3% of the population that can sell just about anything to just about anyone...but for the rest of us we need to be passionate about what we do. There is a time in any job or business where you will have difficulty, so if you love what you do that will help you get through the difficult times.
For the ebay thing...I would venture to guess that Lia Sophia does not want their stuff on eBay. But that may be just one of the many questions you should ask your friend if you are thinking about it :).
Katherine - posted on 04/01/2010
eBay?????? I thought you sold it from your home. I am totally dumb to this stuff. Do you buy it and then sell it and then have a "party?" I'm asking because I have a friend who is pushing me to sell. I refuse to invest money, it's not my thing. Now grant writing-----we can talk about. There are a plethora of WAH jobs out there. ENDLESS. I have been unemployed for over a year and frankly I am going bonkers. This just isn't my thing. I started getting curious though. eBay????
Roz - posted on 04/01/2010
From what I hear it's a nice jewelry company. One concern I have is I see a TON of their stuff on eBay for super cheap. That's great for us, but for someone that has to host parties and make a living (or a hobby) I can imagine that only hurts your business.
I would check into if the stuff on eBay is clearance stuff or last season or something. Business wise though I don't know much about the pay scale or how corporate is with their sales force.