Are you curious about joining Usborne Books & More? Are you looking to expand your home library? Maybe you just want to make some money from home? Or supplement your other income? In this post, I’ll answer some of the most frequently asked questions I get about being an Usborne Books & More consultant!!
What exactly IS Usborne Books & More??
Usborne Publishing, often called Usborne Books, is a United Kingdom-based publisher of children’s books. Its direct-selling division in the U.S. is called Usborne Books & More. It is a well-established company that has twice been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of The 200 Best Small Companies in America and three times by Fortune Magazine as one of America’s 100 Fastest Growing Small Companies, and has been in existence for over 30 years.
In late 2008, Usborne Books & More expanded to include Kane Miller Publishing, an internationally known publisher of children’s books with over 20 years in the industry.
Today, Usborne Books & More distributes books through thousands of independent consultants who sell directly to the consumer via home shows, direct sales, book fairs, and web sites.
What are the age ranges for the books?
Usborne Books & More sells books for newborns all the way up to age 115. In the current catalog, the highest reading level is 7th grade, going by AR levels. Which means, plenty for adults to enjoy, too. When you think about it, most adult books are not written above an 8th grade reading level. I may be guilty of buying the Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow and 48 Hours for myself. We have awesome coloring books with inspirational quotes, art books, and encyclopedias. There are thick board books, picture books, excellent and engaging nonfiction, and activity books for all ages. If you’re looking for something in particular, don’t hesitate to email me! I love pointing readers in the right direction!
How much does it cost to join Usborne Books & More?
There are two options for starter kits: a mini kit or a full kit. You can find more details on both here.
The Mini Kit is $75 (plus tax, if applicable) and comes with 10 books. These books change throughout the year so there is no guarantee of what books you will receive. However, they always cover a range of what the company has to offer! The idea is, with just your starter kit, you’ll have a really good idea of the quality of these books! Plus, you get a head start on knowledgeable recommendations.
The Full Kit is $125 (plus tax, if applicable) and comes with 20 books. Again, you won’t know the exact 20 books you’ll receive. (I get a lot of people asking if they can choose which 10 or 20 books they’ll get – I wish!).
I joined with the $75 option! YOU GET THE SAME BENEFITS no matter which kit you decide on. So do what works for you!
What is this I hear about getting a refund?
In your first 30 days as a consultant, you get the chance to earn a half or full refund of your kit sign up costs! If you sell $1000 within your first 30 days, you’ll receive a half kit refund! If you sell $2000, you’ll get a full kit refund! Consider this an extra incentive to hit the ground running. I had 2 or 3 parties in my first 30 days and earned a half kit refund!
Do I get a discount as an Usborne Books & More Consultant?
Yes!! Well, specifically, you get at least a 25% commission on all of your sales, including your own purchases. Which means you’d see that 25% savings in your paycheck the following Wednesday.
How do I get paid as an Usborne Books & More Consultant?
Speaking of paychecks, how do you get paid!? I’m so glad you asked. You’d get paid by direct deposit each Wednesday. So 25% of every sale you made in one week, gets paid out to you the next Wednesday. So, say you want to make an extra $100/mo. You’d just need to sell $400 in books each month! In my experience (to be clear: no financial promises are being made here) – that’s basically 1-2 parties a month!
But wait, there’s more! If you sell $1000 in a month, you get an additional 4% bonus in commission. That bonus payout is SO FUN.
If you promote up (to Team Leader and above), you ALSO get 8.5% on your team’s sales!
Is this a pyramid scheme?
Well, no, those are illegal. I guarantee you, if it were one, it would be shut down. We’re big enough to be noticed for that! A pyramid scheme is where you get paid to recruit others, rather than paid to sell product. With Usborne Books & More, you are paid on commission for selling the books!
Can you make more, if you recruit? Yup. But so does a manager at a regular company. If you build a team, anywhere, and manage them, you get a raise.
What if I don’t want to recruit anybody?
Then don’t!! I joined because I felt the same way. I never wanted to have to “build a team” or harass people to join under me. I just wanted to make money from home!! So, I do! I run Facebook parties, I share books in my Facebook group, I share on my instagram page, but I don’t ever badger people.
My only motto with regards to recruiting is: I don’t want to be the reason somebody doesn’t join. I want to make sure people know that the opportunity is there! There are people who need this opportunity. When I joined, thinking it would just be for extra $, I had no idea how much I needed the community, too.
What are the minimums?
Short answer: There are none!! You can sell nothing and it never matters (except to you, because that means you also make nothing haha).
Longer answer: If you don’t sell $500 within the previous 3 months, you aren’t considered an active consultant. Which means you can’t take out consignment (to sell books in person at vendor events) and you can’t become an Educational Services Representative (which are our consultants authorized to work with schools and libraries).
Even inactive, you can still buy and sell (and still get your commission)!!
Do I have to keep inventory?
NOPE. Which was a big reason I joined. I didn’t want to ever be left with a large stack of product to sell. If you want inventory, it’s totally up to you! I like to do booths a few times a year so I “check out” books that get sent to me for free and then I sell them!! It’s really fun!
Are there hidden costs I need to know about?
No! There are no secret fees.
Your website (the one where you sell your books, like this one), is free the first 6 months after joining. After that, it’s $8/mo. It’s NEVER automatically deducted from your card, you have to log in and pay it either every month, or every 3 months. I opt to pay every 3 months. You can let it lapse when you know you wont be working, and pay it when you want to throw a party. It’s entirely up to you. I have it up all the time because one-off sales happen and I don’t want to miss them! Well, sometimes I forget to log in and pay, thank you mom brain, but once I see it’s down, I pay it!!
Also, I’m pretty cheap but I’ve never once resented having to pay for my website to be up. It takes just one $32 order for that to be worth it!
How do I find an Usborne Books & More consultant near me?
I wish there was an easy way to do that!! Unfortunately, there is no directory available to find this out. The great thing about this company, no matter where you or your consultant is located, all the books ship from Tulsa, OK! BUT, if you really want to see some books in person or connect with a local seller, I totally recommend asking in a local Facebook group!! Maybe you’re in a moms group for your town, maybe your town has a general community page. Ask there!! You will make a local consultant VERY happy to help you!! In the meantime, I’m always found here 🙂 If you’re local to Newberg, Oregon (or even Yamhill County), you are happy to stop by anytime and browse the books I have on hand!
How much support do I get as an Usborne Books & More Consultant?
You get all the support you need! To start, you’ll get training to help you throw your parties (including scripts!), how to navigate the websites (the front facing one customers see AND the back office version that only consultants see), and other nitty gritty details.
There are several Facebook groups you’ll be added to: to help with graphics, making book recommendations, your specific team support, etc.
You also get one-on-one support through whoever sponsored you and your team leader! (That may or may not be the same person). If you join with me, I try to make sure I give you the support you actually need. I don’t bombard with information, but I also don’t disappear. Joining can be SO overwhelming, so it’s my job to make sure it doesn’t feel that way because of ME.
Are the parties online? Or in person?
Both! Either! When the direct sales portion of Usborne Books & More started 30 years ago, it was all home parties! As the internet progressed, the focus turned to online parties. The majority of the parties I throw are on Facebook! There are other online avenues available – Sqweee, Instagram parties, email catalog parties, basically anywhere people are found online – you can host a “party” there.
You can also do home parties! They are SO fun and I wish more people wanted them!! But the convenience of an online party (hanging out with friends, no cleaning up the house, no quieting down the kiddos), can’t be beat.
What if I don’t want to do parties?
You don’t have to do any parties if you don’t want to! There are other ways to make money with Usborne Books & More. Vendor events (where you sell the books in person), book fairs (at preschools or, if you become an Educational Services Representative, libraries and K-12 schools), Cards for a Cause or Reach for the Stars fundraisers, and more.
I will say, parties are the most lucrative, in terms of money made and time spent.
But I hate sales! I don’t want to be salesy! I don’t want to spam my friends!
Ok, that wasn’t really a question, but I GET IT!! I hate being salesy, too!!! So, I’m not!! I’m an attorney, I’m a mom, I’m a knitter; I’m not a salesperson. What I do is share my love of these books, authentically, in every party I throw. I recommend books based on the provided interests and ages of guests’ children and help guests navigate the website. That’s it! And, guess what? Sales happen.
I don’t bombard my Facebook profile with ads, sales, or pictures of my books. My Facebook is limited to pictures of my kids and cats, #sorrynotsorry. I have a Facebook group (feel free to join!!) where I share new releases, sales, do giveaways, but it’s all in there and not on my wall. People in the group WANT to learn about the books!! But, even there, I don’t do sales pitches all the time because that’s exhausting for everybody. I refuse to be a Spammy Kathy.
Look, nobody wants you to bother your friends. Not me, not this company, not Facebook.
How do you even go about making book recommendations when the catalog is so big??
I know, right!? There are over 2,000 books in there!!! It’s very, very overwhelming at first. There is an amazing, secret, Facebook group where thousands of consultants share their knowledge on books! There are videos, pictures, reviews, commentary on virtually every book in the catalog, all in that Facebook group. So, you will not be thrown to the wolves. Just search in there, and if you can’t find it, ask in there! I’ve asked several times saying “AAAH I’m in a party and a guest wants a book like _______ and I don’t know what to suggest!!” and other book bosses have come to the rescue.
Why did you join?
Oh that’s so nice of you to ask. I did a whole post on that, here!
Did I miss a question? Is there anything else you’d like to know?
Leave a comment, or send me a private message, and I’ll update this post!!