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About Me | A to Z Challenge

Blogging has been something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now. I don’t get a chance to get my thoughts out very often so I thought this would be a great way to say what I’m feeling for any one who cares. So I decided to do a blogging challenge. For the month of April I will blog about a topic from A to Z. I am a mom running a direct sales business so things will revolve around business and kids.

In true TinkeringKate form, here I am at 10:40pm trying to type up my first post for the month. Here we go…

I am a wife, mother of 2 children ages 5 and 2, IP paralegal AND I attempt to run not one, but TWO direct sales businesses. People wonder how I do it all. I’ll let you in on a little secret. I Don’t! There is always something that is NOT getting done. Most things are done last minute as evidenced by my last-stitch effort to post this before midnight. Week days are spent ushering the kids off to school in the morning and trying to guess how late I will be for work. I had everything timed perfectly. I even had my son’s bus stop moved so it was more convenient, then they changed the trolley schedule. So I have decided that I will NEVER get to work on time. My employers seem okay with this. I’ve been there almost 15 years. They know I’m good for it.

The evening is even more fun. It is a whirlwind of trolley troubles, what’s for dinner, who’s going to eat said dinner, homework, bath and bed. Let’s get real though. My kids are lucky to get a bath twice a week. We wouldn’t want their skin to get dried out. πŸ˜‰

So why on Earth why would I join 2 direct sales businesses when I barely have time as it is. This is why…

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I never wanted to be a working mom. There I said it. I want to be the mom greeting her kids at the bus stop in yoga pants, not running through the terminal to catch the train so I can make the 6pm pick up time. I started my first business to make a little extra money to help towards bills because let’s face it, after daycare I don’t have much left over anyway. Another company came along and I decided to give it a shot. It was newer, but completely different from my first. Well I found I was making more money with the second biz so that took over really.

Fast forward 3 years and I am still working full time and still working my businesses. Well, maybe just the one business. I teeter on going inactive with the first, but I just don’t want to give it up. Something always pulls me back in. In those three years, my son has started school and received an ADHD/ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) diagnosis. So now I’m not just a mom, but a special needs mom. That just adds a crap load of challenges and responsibilities that we didn’t have before.Β  My kids, particularly my son, need me now more than ever so it is time I get myself together.

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I love this quote. Even more so because it’s used in the new movie Moana. πŸ™‚ I see the mistakes I’ve made in the past and I need to learn from them if I am going to move forward.

Keep in touch to see how I do. If you’re a busy mom (or non-mom), come join my FREE Facebook group to share ideas to help you with your busy life.

Bee Happy!

 

 


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How to be more productive

So I just did something that I knew I was going to do for a couple weeks now, but actually doing it brought on more emotions than I expected. I almost want to cry, but I know it is for the best. I removed myself from the wait list of a brand new company. A BRAND NEW company with no representatives anywhere! Think of all the potential! Just imagine being one of the first Mary Kay or Avon reps. At least that’s what I told myself when I signed up for the pre-enrollment.

Let’s get real. Nothing is easy. Nothing sells itself. Don’t let anyone fool you. You still have to put yourself out there and advertise yourself and your products. All that takes time and that is a commodity I am running low on. I already have a direct sales business, no make that 2 direct sales businesses. I have invested 3 years into each of these businesses and I am fairly successful. If I worked the business like a full time job, I know I could be much more successful. However, my real full time job, 2 kids (one of which has special needs), house and hubby (because I kind of need to spend time with him too) take up pretty much all of my time. I have yet to find the magic formula to make it all work. If only I didn’t need sleep. :-/

For the sake of my sanity, I cut my to do list. We tend to feel like we need to do it all. In the process we can spread ourselves too thin. The “village” mentality is fading fast and the “Super WoMOM” is taking over. Asking for help or taking a step back is NOT a sign of weakness. It is a sign that you are in tune with yourself and you know your limitations.

So my best advice for being productive is to CUT YOUR TO DO LIST. Focus on what really matters. Can mundane tasks be outsourced to a high school student or someone looking to make a little extra money. I often have my kids help label catalogs. Are they perfect? No, but it’s done and it’s something we did together. It can also be a great conversation starter with someone. πŸ™‚

Find one thing you love to do and focus all your effort there. Stop chasing the next big thing. Best of luck with that. I’m still working on finding my ONE great thing, but I think I’m getting closer. πŸ™‚

Are you a busy bee who needs help getting it all done? Come join my FREE community on Facebook to get help from others in your shoes, Kate’s Busy Bees.


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Hello September!

I love the potential a new month brings. I ended August a lot better than I had planned so there’s that too. I had over $500 more in sales than I expected and 2, yes TWO, new designers. The one is someone I’ve been working with and the second was someone who had deactivated and wanted to come back to the company. My old mentor referred her to me! It just goes to show consistency pays off.

So now I’m setting my sights high this month! I have 2 new designers on my team and I am going to help them rock September. My success is only as great as those I help succeed!

If I work hard and help my team get off to a great start, I can reach Owlcheiver status and earn this display for free! How awesome would that be! I’ve been wanting a new necklace bar so this is perfect! Plus I can use any extras as incentives for my team or gifts for new team members.

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We also launched a brand new essential oils line called Moodology to go with our new Sentiments collection. The Sentiments collection pieces are gorgeous! Bonus, we have a special bundle that can save you money, but it’s only available through Monday, September 5th. It comes with all FOUR 100% pure oil blends and everything you need to build your locket. You can check everything out here on my website.

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Then there’s this little beauty for new designers. It was designed by our co-founder Bella! I just earned last month’s incentive so I am hoping to help someone start their journey with Origami Owl this month too. This is available for all new designers in US and Canada (while supplies last)! Curious about it, just ask. The holidays are coming and it’s the perfect opportunity to make some extra money. I love talking about Origami Owl and it’s really not as intimidating as it seems. πŸ™‚

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Feel free to ask me anything. I can be found at #TinkeringKate everywhere on the internet. You can also contact me via email at CharmingKate7@gmail.com.

Stay Happy!


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Finding My Place

In a sea of direct sales representatives it’s hard to stand out from the crowd. When I joined Origami Owl it was relatively new and unheard of, heck many people still haven’t heard of it. Now we’ve hit a lot of growth. I’m still holding my own and even built a small team, but of course I would love to do better and reach more people. I love the idea of attraction marketing. I think too many people think if they just keep shoving their information at people they will succeed. I’m definitely not a pushy person so that method will not work for me.

I just had a great training call with a fabulous woman named Brenda Ster (Sassy Suite). I finally know who “my people” are and how I would like to help them.Β  I chose the name TinkeringKate because (1) it’s actually my name and (2) I found a definition for tinker: somebody able to do many different kinds of work successfully. As a busy mom that definition spoke to me. I’m Irish too so that helps.

So here I am, making strides to help busy moms (and non-mons) with life in general or their business. I know that once I get a few basic time management issues down (we’re all a work in progress) I’ll be a rock star!

Stay tuned for more adventures in direct sales!

Catch me most night at 9PM (EST) on Periscope for “Pillow Talk” where I recap my day and how it went.

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What’s the deal?

So what’s the deal with those lockets?

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Our Living Lockets come in all shapes and sizes, but do you know the meaning behind them? What makes them so special?

Or motto is “You tell stories with words,Β  we tell stories with jewelry.” People love to create things that are personal to them. Just look at the popularity of Pandora bracelets.

I’ll admit, I never fully appreciated the potential until something bad happened. I had another business I was working and I had no need for a locket. I had enough jewelry that I never wore. Then the unthinkable happened, my mother passed away rather suddenly. I decided to create a locket in her memory.

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This contains some of her favorite things like reading, shopping and crafts.  I also included her birthstone and a footprint. Her favorite psalm was footprints in the sand so I thought it was very appropriate.  I added s few things later on like an angel and the ladybug.  🐞

Once I saw the possibilities, the fun really began. I purchased charms that represented my family and my favorite holidays. Some people like to set it an forget it, but I like to switch things up.

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Part of me wishes I joined in December of 2013, but I’m just so happy I took a leap of faith and bought the starter kit. It was so reasonable I knew I would be able to make back my initial investment.

I hope you’ll stay tuned to see even more creations.


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The Top 5 People Who Join Direct Sales

I’m here to break the stereotypes of direct sales. I think that the most perpetuated stereotype is that those who join direct sales are mostly stay-at-home-moms. This is definitely not true. I’ve come up with the 5 groups of people who join the direct sales industry. Of course, everyone comes from all walks of life and does things for different reasons.

So here we go…

  1. Stay at Home Mom: Let’s face it, daycare is expensive. A lot of the time, it just makes more financial sense for mom (or dad) to stay home. If we have one more child, it would be cheaper for me to stay home too. They may still want to contribute to the family budget or have some extra spending money.
  2. Working Mom: Again, daycare is expensive and eats up a lot of your paycheck (I should know). So maybe you need just a little extra to help cushion your wallet. Maybe your kids are older and participate in activities. Those activity fees and equipment needs can really add up.
  3. College age individuals: College is expensive, too. I remember some textbooks cost about $100 a piece! Let’s face it, unless you’re independently wealthy, you could use some extra money just about anytime. **With Origami Owl, kids as young as 12 can join under adult supervision as an Owlette. How awesome it that?
  4. Retirees: Maybe you’re reaching the end of your career path. You might want something to just keep you busy or maybe you do need a little extra money to help you live comfortably in retirement. My director was able to retire her husband. Now that is love!
  5. Just because: Now this category has nothing to do with money. Remember I said people have all different reasons and some may fall into this category. There are those who love the product and want to get it at a discount. There are those who just want something for themselves. Something that takes them out of the role of wife, mom or employee. Maybe you just want to get out and make some friends. I get paid to party, literally! πŸ™‚

Okay, I thought of an additional one.

BONUS: Seasonal workers: It’s mid May and school will be letting out soon. Teachers are often unemployed for several months. Many do their best to prepare, but sometimes things happen that can’t be anticipated. *If you fall into this category, be sure to check your company’s requirements regarding sales quotas and activity requirements.

I hope you continue to join me on my journey. You can follow me on other platforms too!


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5 Reasons Why Spring is a Great Time to Start

I am a big supporter of direct sales. I think it’s a great way for people to earn extra income on their own time. Now I can findΒ  a reason why anytime is a good time to start, but here are 5 reasons why the spring time is a great time to start your journey.

1. Winter is Over!

People have been cooped up all winter. They would love an opportunity to get out an socialize with their friends and family.

2. New Products

Many companies do a big revamp for the spring (fall is the other time period). That means even if you or people you know are already a fan of your business there will be something new for you to show them.

For example, here is a preview of some of my company’s new release: Origami Owl Sneak Peak Day 1

3. Christmas is in the Past

Many people are still recovering from their Christmas spending in January and February. By the spring people feel more comfortable spending money again.

4. Gift Giving Opportunities

The spring is full of gift giving opportunities. Be the one to help people with their gift giving needs. Examples are baby showers (from those winter babies ;-)), bridal showers, Mother’s Day, graduations, new homeowners.

 

5. Spring Craft Fairs

Worried about making connects and growing your business? The spring is full of local craft fairs. For as little as $25 you can set up a table and meet new people to expand your business. I’ve had several bookings and new designers from craft fairs.

Whatever you decide, be sure to start your new business with excitement and enthusiasm and it will spread to those around you.

For more information on my business visit my website Katie Tinker Origami Owl Independent Designer #11421077

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