Thursday, July 10, 2014

Workin' in my Jammies!

I work from home as a Project Manager for a non-profit. I admit that most days, I shower and dress on lunch and to be honest... it annoys me if I have to get up and get ready first thing in the morning on a work day. Seriously... it bugs me! I know that sounds spoiled, but that's just honest!

Recently, though, working in my jammies has taken on a new meaning. I signed up as a Jamberry Independent Consultant about 7 weeks ago. I am FLOORED by how well it's taken off. I haven't even really tried, yet! I have NEVER had the amount of support and training for anything in my life as I have had with this. Not even for my full time with benefits job have I had this amount of support! It's crazy!!!

I don't "talk money" much, because really.. I signed up for the discount. I have an 11 year old, and myself, who I knew would become addicted to these wraps. Who doesn't want pretty nails, I mean really...

June 2014 was my first "full month". I just got my bonus commission check today and my jaw dropped. I went through the training and I set my "why" and I wrote it on a sticky for my computer. My why? I want to earn enough to pay for a trip to Europe with my stepdaughter in 2018. I thought if I could hopefully make $200 a month then it would at least help with that fund... Since May 21, 2014 when I signed up... and mind you I didn't really started anything until June 1st... My commission and bonuses thus far (cold hard cash!) has been $798.04!!!! In ONE month!!!! ONE!!!!! I just look at it and think "WOW!!" and then I think "What am I going to do when Europe is paid for... what's the next goal?"

I've done direct sales before and never once did I have people stop me in the drive thru, at the checkout, in the store, etc. and ask about a product I'm selling. Yes, that happens all the time... "I love your nails! Where did you get that done?" I smile and say "Have you heard of Jamberry?" Depending on the reply, my next statement is "I'm an Independent Consultant. I'd love to show you how they work and give you a sample." Then, I go to my purse and pull out samples, catalog if they seem really interested, host/join brochure... yep... it's all there. None of those tricks are my own, either... they are helpful tips from my amazing sponsor and upline and team members. It's really a Jamily. We help each other out. We share. We encourage.

Let me ask you this... it's really simple... 
  • Do you want to be part of a team where you are encouraged to climb higher?
  • Do you want flexibility and the ability to set your own schedule and goals?
  • Do you have something you really want and you aren't sure how it's possible with your current income? Maybe it's a cleaning lady or a trip to Disney... or something simple like a new outfit each month. 
  • Do you just want pretty nails for a lot cheaper than the salon with NO dry time, NO smudging, and NO harsh chemicals? 
  • Do you need some "girl time"?
If you answered "yes" to ANY of those, do yourself a favor and contact me! Let me tell you what you can achieve. What's your why? 

My income is small in comparison to girls I know, because I work it as I can... I don't kill myself with it. I have a great product at a great price and I want to share that amazing experience with friends. It's that simple. 

Get started today! You'll wish you would have a year from now. 


Friday, June 20, 2014

Guest post: Inside Government and Customer Insights

I'm so happy Karen from Troop 42820 sent me these ideas and gave me permission to share with all of you! She has some great ideas. 

For Inside Government—
  • For Step 1, we did Be an active citizen in action. We made a list of things we thought made an active citizen, and since some of our girls were new to the Girl Scout Law, we talked about how the Law was like being an active citizen.
  • For Step 2, we invited the Vice Mayor from one of our communities to our troop meeting. As a bonus, she was a long-time Girl Scout! She talked about how she helps to make laws, and shared with us the process of creating the law governing the keeping of residential chickens in our village. :) The girls were very interested and had a lot of questions!
  • For Step 3, instead of laws, technically, I looked at some issues that were either up for a vote or had recently been voted on in our community—things that the girls could relate to, like a police/fire levy and even the renewal of a swimming pool levy. We took a vote by using small post-its—the girls wrote 'yes' or 'no' and placed them in cups (we did 3) for each issue. Then 3 volunteers counted the vote and announced the results. Girls who wanted to share their votes stated which way they voted and why. We had some lively discussions. :)
  • For Step 4, the girls had a choice—some watched an online video of their community council meeting and wrote an article, while others followed the local news and wrote a "letter to the editor". 
  • For Step 5, girls made posters in support of our school district's renewal levy, and I posted them on our school's Facebook page.

For Customer Insights, girls did a fair amount on their own and we discussed it as a troop. My girls love to talk... and sometimes get a bit off topic, but I want them all to be heard. :)  So sometimes we don't get as much packed into a meeting as we need to in order to earn as any badges as they want.
  • For Step 1, we visited and talked to the local owner of a cupcake shop! We also used this outing to fulfill Step 2 of Cookie CEO. After our visit she even made Girl Scout cookie-themed cupcakes for a few weeks. :)
  • Steps 2, 3 and 4 were done pretty much as they are listed—I gave the girls handouts with a picture of the badge and the guidelines at the top so they could make notes and bring them back to a meeting for discussion.
  • For step 5, we did role-playing at our cookie sale kick-off meeting. During that exercise we also did step 4 of Cookie CEO and Skill 4 of the Cookie Activity Pin. :) The girls enjoyed practicing their pitch and getting tips on improving it, and then enjoyed being the potential customer as well.

If you would like to contribute to the blog, please let me know. :)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Jamberry Mystery Hostess Party


If you don't want to host a Jamberry party, you could still get all the benefits of being the hostess! All you have to do is place an order on my Jamberry site and someone will get all the Hostess Rewards. 

I'm in the middle of a competition with the girls on my team to see who can have the best party. PLEASE help me win. All you have to do is order pretty nail wraps... easy peasy!!

Party Dates: June 10-24, 2014
Be sure to select Lora Brinkman as the consultant and June Mystery Hostess as the party. If you aren't sure if you did that right, email me and I'll be sure it's associated with the correct party. If you select the wrong Consultant, I can't really do anything about it. 

Questions? Email me. Lora3677@gmail.com