Hidden Costs of Becoming a Jamberry Consultant
March 29, 2016
If you’re wondering if becoming a direct sales consultant for Jamberry sounds too good to be true, you’ve come to the right place. Here, with the help of been-there-done-that Jamberry consultants, we are delivering the exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at what becoming a Jamberry Consultant truly costs.
In this installment of the Jam Series, we’ll be looking at the hidden costs of starting your Jamberry business. This article is meant to inform you of the Jamberry Consultant start-up expenses in an easy to understand, straightforward manner.
Here are a few hidden costs of becoming a Jamberry Consultant:
- Starter-Kit. Jamberry is upfront about making an investment in your Jamberry business. So you may be wondering what’s the hidden cost in that? Well, for $99, you get some promotional materials, but there’s a catch: the promotional materials expire. This issue goes beyond your first few weeks with Jamberry. No matter how many samples or promotional materials you have, if Jamberry releases something new, you can no longer use the old material to promote your “business”. Also, it’s against the rules to create your own catalogs, brochures and even your own business cards. Since you’re running your own “business”, you may think it’s easy to get away with creating your own marketing materials. But think again. Your fellow Jamberry Consultants (AKA “Jamsisters”) will rat you out ASAP. Because killing the competition is the easiest way to get to the top. It’s biology. Seriously. Lions kill cubs. Veteran Jamsisters kill newbies. Oh, also: you pay shipping & handling for your starter kit. It comes out to $124, not $99.
- Promotional Materials. I touched on this, but after your starter-kit promo goods are gone, it’s your responsibility to refill and replenish your samples. And how are you going to sell a product you can’t check out in stores without samples? Catalogs are 10 for $6.50, or $0.65 each. That doesn’t sound like a lot, right? We’ll get back to that in a minute. In addition to catalogs, you’ll want business cards, 7-day challenge cards, envelopes, labels, stationary for those hand-written notes, etc. Are you seeing dollar signs yet?
- Shipping. In a perfect world, you wouldn’t have to ship your promotional materials to potential customers. In reality? Your friends list will be so sick of hearing about Jamberry that you’ll need to branch out and find new territory (or you live far from home, your college friends, etc.) To send out just the catalog, you need an envelope and 4 forever stamps ($0.49 * 4 = $1.96). If you take the envelope to the post office and have them weigh it, you can save $0.10 per catalog, but you’ll still be spending $1.86 + gas + time to send out your Jamberry catalogs.
- Website. After your first 3 months as a Jamberry Consultant, you’ll start being charged $10/month for your Jamberry website. That’s $120 a year, for those keeping score (and for those who want to get super technical, yeah, your first year would be $90 “only”). If you’re making sales, this doesn’t seem so bad, but then comes the monthly Personal Retail Volume requirement to really screw you over.
- Monthly Personal Retail Volume (PRV). In order to maintain your status as a Jamberry Consultant (you mean buying a starter kit and paying for a website was not enough?!), you must sell $200 in product a month. This $200 PRV does not include taxes or shipping and handling. It is purely the retail cost volume. In order to achieve this goal, you need to sell 13.3 nail wraps at $15/each per month. While that doesn’t sound like a lot, many consultants fall short and end up buying $200 in product by themselves to ensure they stay active as consultants. Of this $200, they receive $60 in commission (or in return, if they purchased the wraps for themselves), but after paying for their website, the commission is only $50. And, if they’ve promoted the product and purchased or sent materials, that also reduces the “profit”. Stay with me and let me break it down for you:
The average conversion rate from promotion to sale is 2.35% online. Yes, I’m talking digital. Let’s say you promote your Jamberry business on Facebook to a group of your friends and acquaintances. In order to make 13.3 sales, you need to have directly reached 565.95 (13.3/0.0235) people regarding Jamberry. This doesn’t mean people who are passively in your network; it means you need to have directly reached those 565.95 individuals.
But what about in person direct sales? Well, approaching someone about Jamberry for the first time in real life is the equivalent of a cold call. Only 2% of cold calls result in an appointment in traditional sales. That means you’d have to be in contact, directly, with 28,298 (565.95/0.02) people in order to maybe sell 13.3 nail wraps per month, assuming you can covert at 2.35% in real life.
For fun, let’s assume you want to reach 28,298 people with catalogs and samples in real life. You’d need to spend $18,292.70 to give each one of those people a catalog. Just a catalog. Samples? I’ll spare you the heart attack. By the way, you’d still only make $50 in commission after selling 13.3 nail wraps and paying for your website. So, you’d be in the red -$18,242.70.
So, online is definitely the way to go, right? If you send out 565.95 catalogs, you’ll spend $1,420.53 (565.95 * ($0.65+$1.86)) to make $50 in commission. -$1,370.53 Yes, I was nice and assumed you’d save the $0.10/mailer by bringing your catalogs to the post office.
Did you know that, on average, it takes a sales person 5 times to reach a person in order to close a single sale? So, you could send 5 catalogs to 565.95 people. That will cost you $7,102.67 ($1,420.53 * 565.95). But maybe you’ll sell a nail wrap to all 565.95 people after that. Let’s be optimistic and say that you achieve that. That would be $8,489.25 PRV. You’ll make 30% commission, which comes out to $2,546.77 commission. But, since you spent $7,102.67 to make that happen, you’re negative. Your loss is -$4,555.90, to be exact.
What more do you need to know?
6 Things to Know Before Becoming a Jamberry Consultant
March 22, 2016
If you’re a regular BOTTLESOUP reader, you know how I feel about Jamberry. And while I followed up my original post with some hands-on Jamberry consultant based research, the outpouring of support, encouragement and requests for more information has inspired me to continue writing about Jamberry. So, welcome to the first installment of my Jam Series. Posts will be going up every Tuesday. This week we’re going to discuss things you should know about Jamberry before you purchase your Jamberry Starter Kit and become a Jamberry consultant.
Here are a few preemptive FAQs:
Where are you getting your information about Jamberry?
I am in touch with multiple Jamberry consultants, who will remain anonymous at their request. I respect their right to privacy and will not be disclosing their identity on my blog.
Why do you hate Jamberry Consultants?
Real talk: I don’t hate Jamberry Consultants. I understand their ambition and respect that they want to hustle to the top. However, my knowledge and understanding of business, direct sales and MLMs (coupled with my thirsty nerd brain) allow me to separate wishful thinking and facts. I don’t think Jamberry Consultants are bad people; I think they’re optimistic people. (Side note: Did you know most people are optimists?) But optimism does not determine success. Reality does. And the reality is that you are more likely to win big at roulette in Las Vegas than you are to ever turn a profit with direct sales/MLM companies like Jamberry.
Why do you care?
Because I truly want people to succeed. Look, there’s nothing in it for me if you do or don’t sign up as a Jamberry Consultant. Absolutely nothing. I don’t earn a commission for every person I convince becoming a Jamberry Consultant is not a viable career path. My honest ambition is to bestow facts and information on my readers and hope they make an informed decision with their financial resources. Because wouldn’t you rather spend approximately $100 on a sure thing instead of throwing it in the figurative toilet? I know I would.
Ready? Let’s dive in. Here are 6 things you should know about becoming a Jamberry Consultant.
- The first month is exciting. Everything is new. It can be overwhelming. You’ve purchased your Jamberry Starter Kit. You’ve logged in to the Jamberry dashboard. You’re in the Jamberry Consultants Facebook pages. And you’re soaking in all the Jam Juice. You’ll feel empowered. At times, you’ll be apprehensive. But mostly you’ll feel like you’ve started something big. And in many ways you have. It takes guts to put yourself out there and sell a product.
- You’ll doubt yourself. Instead of questioning the company and its guidance, you’ll place the blame on what you’re doing. You didn’t work hard enough. You didn’t take it seriously. If only you would do more research, make more Facebook posts or solicit more friends you’d be on the top. Success is yours for the taking. It’s your fault if you fail. Blame the company? Pffft. Girl, it is all on you. At least that’s how Jamberry spins it. But did you know they hire people to promote and manage their company? Yet they rely on Jamberry Consultants, who pay for products, to do the grunt work, while regardless of the hours and effort you put in, your check will depend on how many nail wraps you sell through your Jamberry website. It doesn’t matter if people buy through the Jamberry site directly. It doesn’t matter how many people you’ve reached or women you’ve turned on to the product. Ask yourself this: when a company pays for a television commercial, do they pay the cost of the advertisement to reach the audience, or do they pay based on how many people take action on the advertisement? The answer is they pay for reach. You’re giving away the reach for free. Think about it.
- The women will become your sisters. It’s true: Jamberry is a sisterhood. Yes, that sisterhood is comprised of a male majority executive branch, but the Jamberry Consultants? Definitely majority women. And like real life blood sisters, they will rip your heart and soul out of your body and stomp on it for fun. These ladies aren’t your friends; they’re your competition for resources. Jamberry is like your parents. The Jamberry Consultants want the approval, attention, and respect of the company. They’ll throw you under the bus. They’ll rip clients out from under you. They’ll do anything they can to tear you down. Now, if someone says something bad about Jamberry or a Jamberry Consultant? Yeah, they’ll come to your rescue. But what does that really mean if the rest of the time they’re just holding you down?
- You’ll always have your nails done. You’re working for a nail wrap company, duh. But the extra product and samples you can’t pass on to anyone? Well, what else should you do with those wraps, considering selling on eBay is not allowed?
- Jamberry will make you crafty. Did you know that Jamberry Consultants are required to buy their own marketing materials? This means business cards, catalogs, samples and other promotional content must be purchased by you. Even your Jamberry website is an additional cost after the first few weeks. What will you do with all the extra expired catalogs you’re no longer allowed to use? (Wait, what? Yes. If a new catalog comes out, you are no longer allowed to use the old catalogs, even if you have 100 of them lying around.) I hear Pinterest has some great paper mache bowls you can make out of catalogs. Crafty. Before I move on to number 6, if you thought I was referring to “crafty” meaning manipulative, you’re right – but I didn’t think that needed much explanation. If you want to take the temperature on the attitudes of Jamberry Consultants, just read the comments on my other posts. Bitches be nasty.
- You’ll face a moment of truth. Maybe you’re one month in or a year into the game, but there will come a time where you realize, “Holy moly, I have spent a lot of time and energy on selling these nail wraps and I have nothing but some tacky Facebook posts to prove it.” If Jamberry truly gives any sort of value to women, it’s this: it will force you to decide who you truly are. Are you the kind of stubborn woman who beats the business to the ground, despite getting dismal results? Or do you have the integrity to realize you’ve been hoodwinked, admit it, and help other women avoid similar traps? (LuLaRoe and their $5k start up fees, anyone?)
In the coming weeks, we will be going down the Jamberry Consultant rabbit hole. You will be getting an exclusive behind the scenes look at what it really means to be a Jamberry Consultant. There will be screenshots. There will be gossip. And best of all, there will be hope. Stay tuned to the series and subscribe below so you don’t miss a post!
Crockpot Mexican Steak Recipe for Tacos, Fajitas, Salads and More
March 20, 2016
It’s no secret I love my crockpot. I may even love my crockpot more than my KitchenAid (shhhh! Don’t tell my stand mixer!). But let’s face it: sometimes, crockpots become vessels for mushy casseroles that lack texture.
Enter the crockpot Mexican steak. It will change the way you make Mexican food and steak forever.
Even better? This recipe is affordable and great for leftovers.
Start with a London broil, otherwise known as a flank or top round steak.
My husband found a 2 pound London broil at the store for less than $4. Considering we had leftovers for 4 more servings, that is a bargain!
Here’s the recipe for an amazing, delicious crockpot Mexican steak:
1 can (16oz) tomato sauce, plain
1/2 teaspoon Oregano
1 tablespoon Garlic powder
1 tablespoon Cumin
1 teaspoon smoked Chipotle powder
Salt & pepper (as much as you like)
1 London broil
Whisk together the sauce and spices. Pour into the crockpot, then add London Broil. The mixture should cover the London broil. If it doesn’t, spoon some sauce over the top of the meat. Put the crockpot on low for 6-8 hours. The longer it cooks, the more flavorful. This recipe yields a spicy, authentic Mexican taste. If you don’t like your food with a kick, reduce the amount of Cumin and Chipotle. However, these spices give it the Mexican flavor, so I don’t advise removing the spices entirely. Otherwise, you’ll have an Italian spiced London broil. Which, could be good if you’re into that. IF you try that – please let me know!
You can serve the meat right away or stick it in the fridge for an easy meal during the busy weekdays.
I put mine in the fridge overnight, then made fajita/quesadillas for lunch the next day. I used flour tortillas, Mexican shredded cheese, avocado, sour cream, and sliced London broil. Pressed tortillas in a medium-high heat pan until golden brown with melty cheese and warm steak. It was perfection. I plan to make it again next week!
Be sure to check out these other easy recipes for busy parents on the go:
5 Ingredient Crockpot Pulled Pork
Southwestern Chicken & Quinoa Crockpot Bowls
Crockpot Shrimp Fra Diavolo with Angel Hair Pasta
5 Amazing, Affordable Ways to Elevate Boxed Mac and Cheese
Surprize by Stride Rite Review
March 17, 2016
I’d like to start this post off by letting you know I was not paid, sponsored, otherwise compensated or even contacted by Stride Rite about this review. However, this post (like many others on my blog) may contain affiliate links. I found Surprize by Stride Rite as a happy accident during my latest trip to Target, and when I looked online for reviews and more info, I didn’t find much so I decided to share my experience with you!
My daughter recently turned 1 and started walking. I realized I hadn’t purchased a pair of sneakers/outdoor shoes for her when we got to the park and I couldn’t let her run through the grass. So, naturally, I hit up the (outlet) mall in search of a great deal on baby’s first kicks.
I tried the Nike outlet and Stride Rite’s store before working my way to Target. Initially, Target had been my last choice for sneakers because they’re usually character-centric and not necessarily the best quality for a first sneaker. Nike and Stride Rite’s selection had baby sneakers starting at $30 but averaging $50.
I’m not a cheap person. In fact, most people would say I have pretty expensive taste. But when it comes to children’s clothing and shoes, I like to get high quality at a reasonable price. Kids grow so fast that $50 on a pair of shoes they might wear for 3-4 weeks is a little outrageous.
Target is currently having a sale buy one get one 50% off children’s shoes. So, I was able to snag 2 pairs of shoes for $40, which is about the retail price for the average Stride Rite sneakers.
The Surprize by Stride Rite line is amazing quality. The shoes are durable and comfortable for baby’s first steps.
Have an amazing toddler shoe bargain to share? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading. 🙂
The Formula for Happiness with Gerber Soothe (Sponsored)
March 5, 2016
Bringing home your baby is a monumental occasion. There’s lots of excitement and stress to go around, but the profound peacefulness of watching your sleeping newborn is some kind of magic. Raising any infant is a balancing act of time, patience, and planning. Some babies require a little extra help in their journey to toddlerhood. This is especially true of babies with colic.
When I was a baby, I had colic. To this day, a quarter century later, I’m pretty sure my mom still hasn’t forgiven me for the stress and anxiety I gave her as a newborn. If you ask my mom right now, she’ll monologue for an hour about how high maintenance I was. Always crying. Always fussy. Always needing to be held.
With my daughter, there was a lot of stress, too. Although visitors always remarked on how calm and quiet she was, it felt like the second people left she turned into a different baby. She was fussy. She was (well, still is) clingy. She spit up often. It felt like nothing would soothe her. Then I found Gerber® Soothe Colic Drops. It was life changing. So, when Gerber and Linqia approached me about sharing my story, I gladly accepted.
My now happy, colic-free baby. 🙂
It’s important that parents of a colic, fussy baby understand what their baby is going through. Don’t take it personally. Crying is a way for babies to express how they feel. All babies cry. It’s natural. In their first year of life, babies are learning to communicate, and crying is a way for them to express themselves. However, some babies can cry for long periods of time without responding to your usual comforting methods. This can happen even if they are not hungry, too cold or warm and everything seems well. Among the reasons for excessive crying is digestive discomfort, and Infantile colic is a symptom of digestive discomfort.
Here are some facts about baby colic and Gerber Soothe…
- It’s common: 3 out of every 10 babies may suffer from it at some point.
- Symptoms usually start in the first 6 weeks of life and may continue for 3 to 4 months – and even longer in some cases.
- Colic sometimes is defined as crying for more than 3 hours a day, for more than 3 days a week, for more than 3 weeks a month. Excessive crying generally happens around evening and night time.
- Research indicates that the type of bacteria in the infant’s intestine may determine whether a child is colicky. This suggests a role for probiotics to help support a balance of good bacteria in the digestive tract of colicky infants. In particular, the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri has been clinically shown in multiple studies to reducing crying time in colicky infants.
It’s important to know that GERBER® Soothe products (Drops and powder formula) contain L. reuteri is a probiotic that is safe for infants and naturally found in breastmilk. If you’re nursing (like me) you can use the soothe drops.
Gerber’s promise is: “Less crying for babies More smiling for all.” And that’s a great idea. That’s why you should check out the social shares with #formulaforhappiness to hear other success stories. With a colic infant, you’re not alone.
If you’re breastfeeding, get specific information on GERBER® Soothe products designed for breastfed babies here.
If your baby is fussy and formula fed, check out GERBER® Soothe Colic Infant Formula.
If you have general concerns about colic and feeding your fussy baby, visit this resource for more information.