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#1 of 3 Old 08-17-2005, 01:05 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I didnt see ctmh listed yet, so I thought I would share my story. I was spending a lot on scrapbooking supplies and not working..lol not a good combo.. I signed on to ctmh originally to get the discount on my own supplies. In the new consultant kit, they sent me a dvd that told me exactly what to say at a gathering..it was really motivational and I started selling it.

I spent a lot of money the first month : ...like almost $400 on supplies.
but month 2 I did $600 in sales (2 parties) and month 3 i did $1200 in sales..I am in month 4 now and have done $500 so far, with 4 parties left to go this month. They have a really helpful message board for consultants only, with artwork and ideas...Like they posted the flyers about workshops..I just cut and pasted and run 2 workshops a month (a moms one and kids one)

so the pros-it pretty easy to get started and work from home...they tell you what to say,
the stuff is really nice-they have all the 'wow' things like embellishments/hinges etc, the prices aren't bad, the cardstock, paper, markers, inks, embellishments, eyelets, embossing powder, colored pencils and ribbon are all matched...they are all the exact same shade/color and there are 60 colors.
the pages are a true 12x12, the page protectors are sturdy and nice, they have how-to guides
-oh and i get to write off much of my scrapbooking supplies as a business expense! lol as well as mileage to gatherings, my vehicle..etc (but thats just standard wahm perks)
the consultant helpline is wonderful-they are really nice, if you do something like $30,000 or $50k in sales (cant remember), you get to go on a free cruise with your dh

cons-the company is growing a little too fast...like they come with new stuff and it takes awhile for all the bugs to be worked out...stamp pads were not available for about 6 weeks while they changed over...the new markers are still on backorder..going on 2 months now
-ordering... you have to order catalogs separate from anything else, business supplies separate, logo wear separate, display boards separate and then gathering/individual orders have their own thing..

like I cant order a pack of catalogs, customer order forms and a display board on the same ticket... I'd have to put in 3 orders and pay a minimum of $4.75 shipping/order


~mama to some wonderful kids
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Just wanted to add that I've been with the company over a year now and they have really improved their item availability and ordering procedures. I love it now and find it almost automatic to make the quotas.

feel free to pm me if you have any questions

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I love CTMH! I am also a consultant. I joined because I was buying so much, lol!
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