Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is so special about the Usborne Books home business?
This is a business you can do well because you love the books and you care about children. You have a great product to offer, generous hostess & bookfair plan, supportive supervisor & upline, accessible home office & above average compensation plan. You will find many more benefits as you go!
You may sign up to make extra income with a flexible schedule, or to build a major income to give your family financial security. You may sign up merely to get the books for your family & friends at the discount. That is fine, too. Also, once you are a consultant, you can get the benefits of being a consultant forever, even if you go through non-selling periods. This is a family-friendly business! Placing an order reactivates you to active consultant status.
Potential is literally unlimited! You earn income from your sales, and also from your group as you help others build their businesses. There is no limit to the number of consultants and supervisors you have in your group. You do well by helping others do well!
2. I'm not a salesperson. Can I still be successful?
You bet. Sales people are hired to sell an employer's product in return for a paycheck. Here, you're an independent contractor who represents a product you love. We don't have to "sell" as much as simply share something valuable.
Can you recommend your favorite restaurant to your friends? Do you care about children and books? You can be a successful Usborne consultant.
3. I'm shy and not a "party person". Can I still do home shows well?
Yes. You are presenting the books you love, not presenting yourself. An easy first home show is to have each guest choose a book, take a minute to explore it, then tell something they like about it. This helps you see how enthusiastically people respond to our books, and allows you to relax. People love these books. Your job is getting them in front of people & give them service.
There are other marketing avenues we have available to us -
4. Are there already too many consultants in my area?
There are just around 7,000 active Usborne consultants in the whole United States so far. Lots of room! You can help build Usborne into a household name.
5. Are these books available in stores?
Some of our books are found in retail stores - primarily upscale book stores, science & museum shops - which helps our name recognition. Only the Home Business Division has access to the full line, as well as the hostess free books, bookfair benefits, our customer service, and customer specials.
6. How expensive are these books? Can the average family afford them?
Our books range from $3.95 to $47.95, averaging around $8.95. Books are printed on acid free paper with three types of bindings: paperback, hardback, and library binding. Great prices AND great quality! Also, we have a generous hostess merchandise allowance -- so average families can easily earn $100 in books free.
7. How much money can I earn?
That is totally up to you. You are an independent contractor. The marketing plan is in place for you to earn as much as you dream of, yet this is not a "get rich quick" scheme. Some supervisors in our group are earning over $50,000.00, and even $100,000.00+ per year. Career level income doesn't happen right away; it takes some business building. Unlike many careers which require expensive training, however, you can begin earning income from the first day you start on your Usborne career.
Commission for Home Parties, at 25%, is easy to
An example of a good month for a consultant could be - one home show per week averaging $400 in sales each, one bookfair with $1500 in sales, one library sale of $1000. You would make $905 commission, plus $110 sales bonus on the home shows & library sale. Your 4% recruiting bonus can add significantly. Then when you promote to supervisor, you would get an additional $302 override on your personal sales, plus up to 11% of all net sales your group is making.
Potential is limited only by what you do.
You earn $$ starting with your very first order. Commission ranges from 17 to 30% depending on the type of sale. In addition to your commission, you can build your business, adding 4% Recruiting Bonus, 3-5% Sales Bonus, and up to 11% Supervisor override checks.
8. What "extra training" is needed to sell to schools & libraries?
You get the Educational Consultant Kit, containing the s&l manual, samples of the cataloging products, certification forms, and a library bound book. This kit costs about $20. You read the manual to get idea of the terminology used and Purchase Order procedures, etc., let me know of any questions, send in the form to the Home Office for approval & you can start servicing schools & libraries. What a wonderful market for us!
9. What is "net"?
Retail minus commission equals net. So, for a home show of $400 in sales, your commission is $100 and your net is $300.
10. When do I receive my checks?
You keep your commission up front for most orders & send in the rest to the home office with the order. This can be very helpful with household cash flow. Checks are mailed for orders paid with Purchase Orders, Bonuses, Internet Orders, and Supervisor overrides around the 15th of the following month. Direct deposit is also available.
11. Can I do this even though I don't live near you?
Yes. Most of my group is long distance. We have so many great tools to use:
12. Will I need to buy inventory?
No. The base kit comes with lots of wonderful titles in a good range of ages and interests, plus you have enough supplies to take care of your first events. Use these books as your samples to show for people to see the quality, format & variety. Your customers will order from the catalog. You may build up your personal collection of Usborne Books as you go, by ordering (at your discount of 30% on direct sales or hosting your own shows earning the hostess free books) whenever you'd like, adding on to other orders, books earned through your "One Step At A Time" awards, and monthly consultant contests.
13. What's my next step?
The next step is to:
complete your consultant application and send or fax it in to the address or fax number printed on it. Put my name, Ruth Smith & ID# F0230 for the supervisor and sponsor. (If you're here on referral by a downline of mine, use their name and id number for your sponsor.) Let me know as soon as you send the application in so we can get started.
Or, you can simply call me toll-free (888-565-5828) & I can take care of your application over the phone.
I look forward to working with you!
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McLain Smith, Director and Independent
Educational Consultant with
Usborne Books and More,
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