So you’re interested in joining Usborne Books & More? That’s great! You can sign up right here! That’s really all there is to it! But, I guess, you might want some more information 😉
How much does it cost to join?
I answered this, and many other Frequently Asked Questions, here. But, the short answer is there are (typically) just two starter kit options! One is $25 (it comes with 5 mini books, $15 book credit, and materials to start your business) and one is $99 (it comes with 10 books, $30 book credit, and materials to start your business). Occasionally, there are joining specials where the kit is smaller or available for less money. Feel free to let me know if you would like to be notified if and when that happens!
What Recurring Costs are there?
Your first 6 months of the business are free, that’s part of the starter kit! After that, the website costs $8/month. With commission starting at 25%, that means that just one $32 order pays for your website. However, I do like noting that the website fee is NEVER automatically taken out of your bank account. You have to log in and choose to pay that. It’s incredibly easy to skip months if you know you will be taking a break from selling.
Plus, if you ever take years off the business, you can still log in, pay that $8, and get your website back up again. (I do want to mention that if you have taken a break of at least one year, you are eligible to re-sign up with a new kit if you wanted your incentive period again)
Why should I join?
Ooh that is a very personal question. EVERYBODY has a different reason! I joined because of pregnancy hormones making me freak out about money. But, others join for the discount! Others join as a way to supplement their income. Some join with a dream to replace their income. Maybe you just love books! Maybe you’ve tried other direct sales companies and would like a change. You tell me, why do you want to join? What do you want to get out of it? You can Facebook messenger any time if you’d like to chat. Or send me an email! I’m an open book when it comes to this business!
When is the best time to join?
Whenever the timing is right for you, that is the best time. You can try to be strategic by timing it around when you think people are buying the most books, but what matters the most is when you can dedicate the first 8 weeks to maximize your introduction period (more on that below).
I joined after hosting my first party in May. And it turned out AWESOME. But, having said that, I’d recommend joining BEFORE hosting your own party. If you’re hosting, and considering joining, talk with your consultant about turning your party into your launch. That way, you’re earning the commission AND earning free books from your party! When I joined, my consultant got “my” commission plus some parties booked from my friends. I’m telling you from experience: YOU want those parties.
What happens after I join Usborne Books & More?
You start to CLIMB!! (Consultants Learning to Ignite and Maximize their Business). This is an 8 week period immediately following your join date! For 8 weeks, you can offer double in free books to your hosts (a HUGE incentive for people to host through you and expand your business). Plus, the company provides awesome incentives to YOU to encourage you to throw parties and recruit.
Uhhh, I have no idea how to throw a party?
Don’t worry!! When you join, you get help!! Your Team Leader and the person who recruited you (they might be the same person), will help you figure out how to set up your party on Facebook! They’ll give you examples of what to say and you can tweak it to sound like you. Graphics will be provided, videos provided, the whole thing will be EASY. Your role will be either personally inviting your friends and family to your launch, or helping your first host do the same, and making sure you sound like YOU and not a robot 🙂
How do I even make book recommendations when there are over 2,000 books in the catalog??
Even if you are brand new to Usborne Books & More, you can make book recommendations!! There are awesome, private Facebook groups, just for consultants, where you can ask questions such as “What books would you recommend for a 5 year old who loves dinosaurs?” Or you can search the group to get ideas! Your sponsor and team leader are also a resource, you are not thrown into the deep end with no help!
Do I have to recruit?
This totally depends. If you want to finish Climb with all of the levels met, yes. If you are hoping to completely replace a full-time income, yes. If you would just like some extra money each month, say $400 or so, then no, you really don’t.
No matter what you decide on recruiting, I can promise you, nobody on my team will ever pressure you either way. It’s totally up to you! This is your business to run.
What else can I do besides Facebook parties?
Some consultants focus on home parties, some do booths at events, some use Instagram, some use Sqweee. The majority of my parties are via Facebook, but it’s really fun seeing what people do to get creative!
Can I work with schools or libraries?
Yes!! Isn’t that awesome!? If you are interested in working with schools and libraries, there is special training that the company provides. Once you are certified as an Educational Services Representative, you can contact your local schools or libraries and offer them fundraising, book fairs, reading programs, and more!! I’m an Educational Services Representative because I think what we can offer schools and libraries is amazing!!
Is there anything else I should know?
Please feel free to browse my FAQs and then let me know if you have any more questions!!