You CAN Take It With You (Your Business, That Is)

Moving-Day

I’ve been thinking about how easy it would be to take my stamping business along if I move. I’m so lucky that my business is so portable! I have no overhead and can pack up enough supplies in a tote bag or carry-all to last the first few weeks after I move. I’ve also been laying out a plan:

  1. Offer a free class to my new neighbors as soon as the table and chairs are unpacked.
  2. Post my projects and events online (blog, Facebook, etc.).
  3. Post some moving tips online.
  4. Call my existing customers and ask for local referrals.
  5. Offer a class or PlayShop through streaming video (Google Hang-Out, etc.) as soon as the computer is set up.

These are the first five ideas that occurred to me. They are also quick and easy to implement.

Have you thought about owning your own stamping business? Wouldn’t it be great to share your talents and pick up some extra cash as well, even if you’re moving out of town? Click on the Join My Team Button in the sidebar to see some ideas. You can also see more in the Owning Your Own Business menu above. If you have questions or would like additional information, give me a call at (707) 695-3571, or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com.  I’d love to chat with you about my business and talk about what the possibilities can be for YOU!

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Would You Like to Design Your Own Job?

Mary-10-29-2013As a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator, I find that I really enjoy designing my own job. It helps greatly that I love paper, ink, rubber stamps and, especially, color. I also like that I can design my job to fit into my schedule and take advantage of my most productive hours. If I need to, I can change the design of my job, too!

What does my job design look like? First, I have office hours to make phone calls, send out catalogs, plan events and projects, etc. Then I have certain days for PlayShops (first we Play with my stuff, then we Shop), a class schedule and a schedule for videos, e-mails and other events. My job design takes twenty hours a week or less.

Have you thought about owning your own stamping business and designing your own job? Wouldn’t it be great to share your talents and pick up some extra cash as well? Click on the Join My Team Button in the sidebar to see some ideas for your Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstratorship. You can also see more in the Owning Your Own Business menu above. If you have questions or would like to find out more, give me a call at (707) 695-3571, or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com.  I’d love to chat with you about my business and talk about what the possibilities can be for YOU!

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Do You Like to Keep Secrets?

Question MarkI’m on my way to Stampin’ Up!®’s 2014-2015 Annual Catalog launch event this afternoon. It’s exclusive to Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrators. We will be seeing demonstrations of the new catalog and new products and will get to keep everything secret until our pre-orders arrive after May 1st. All I will be allowed to show you is the catalog cover!

If you like to keep secrets and like to bring in some extra cash, too, consider becoming a Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator. You would be eligible to attend events like this one, and also learn about upcoming changes and additions in advance.

Have you thought about owning your own stamping business? Wouldn’t it be great to share your talents and pick up some extra cash as well? Click on the Join My Team Button in the sidebar to see some ideas. You can also see more in the Owning Your Own Business menu above.

As a bonus, you can also attend Convention 2014 in July, where you’ll get new ideas and meet new friends, for just the cost of hotel and airfare. If you have questions or would like to find out more, give me a call at (707) 695-3571, or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com.  I’d love to chat with you about my business and talk about what the possibilities can be for YOU!

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You Can Design Your Own Business

Camera PhoneDid you know you can design your own business as a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator?  You can… and you don’t have to do your own manufacturing or carry an inventory, unless you decide to do so!  You won’t have to worry about carrying a large quantity of supplies, you’ll only need enough to make samples or home party projects for the month or custom paper craft designs you make yourself.

There are a lot of ways to design your own business as a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator.  These are only a few:

  • Many people conduct home parties and classes, the traditional party-plan model
  • There are people who conduct classes online
  • Some create paper craft projects and sell them both in person and over the internet
  • Some people do a combination of these

I’m sure you can come up with a lot more ways to fit your lifestyle as you design your own business.  The great thing is, you don’t need to come up with ideas yourself!  You have a whole collection of resources to help you, starting with me and the Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Website.  I can guide you to the best way to start your business and show you how to meet your goals.

Have you thought about owning your own stamping business that you’ve designed yourself as a Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator?  Wouldn’t it be great to share your talents and pick up some extra cash as well?  Click on the Join My Team Button in the sidebar to see some ideas.  You can also see more in the Owning Your Own Business menu above.

As a bonus, you can also attend Convention 2014 in July, where you’ll get more ideas and meet new friends, for just the cost of hotel and airfare.  If you have questions or would like to find out more, give me a call at (707) 695-3571, or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com.  I’d love to chat with you about my business and talk about what the possibilities can be for YOU!

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Open Your Business for Mom & Pop Business Day!

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Today is National Mom & Pop Business Day, celebrating small business owners across the country!  You can become a small business owner very easily by joining me as a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator.  Imagine yourself sitting down in your kitchen with a group of friends and showing them a new paper crafting project.  Now imagine them buying everything you’ve shown them so they can make more of their own!  That’s only one scenario – there are many more to fit your lifestyle and schedule.  All it takes is a small cash investment of $99, which gains you $125 in fantastic Stampin’ Up! products to demonstrate and share with your friends, and a frequent chat with me to help you achieve your goals!

Why not think about owning your own stamping business?  Click on the Join My Team Button in the sidebar to see some ideas.  You can also see more in the Owning Your Own Business menu above.

Plus, from now through March 31st, your initial investment nets you 20% more in Stampin’ Up!® products to get you off to a good start!  Wouldn’t that be a great way to celebrate National Mom & Pop Business Day! You can also attend Convention 2014 in July, where you’ll get new ideas and meet new friends, for just the cost of hotel and airfare.  If you have questions or would like to find out more, give me a call at (707) 695-3571, or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com.  I’d love to chat with you about my business and talk about what the possibilities can be for YOU!

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Extra Cash-Can You Use It?

Purse of MoneyCan you use some extra cash?  I know I appreciate extra cash in my bank every month!  That’s what I get for being a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator and owning my own rubber stamping, scrapbooking & papercrafting business!  It’sgreat being my own boss AND it’s great being able to bring in extra cash on my own schedule!

The other advantage is that you get to design your business to bring in the amount of extra cash you want.  You can operate in your own way and you’ll have me as a resource!  I’ve been a Demonstrator since 2001 and I have a lot of knowledge and resources to share!

Have you thought about owning your own stamping business?  Wouldn’t it be great to share your talents and pick up some extra cash as well?  Click on the Join My Team Button in the sidebar to see some ideas.  You can also see more in the Owning Your Own Business menu above.

As a bonus, from now through March 31st, your initial investment nets you $150 in Stampin’ Up!® products to get you off to a good start!  You can also attend Convention 2014 in July, where you’ll see new ideas, hear business tips and meet new friends, for just the cost of hotel and airfare.  If you have questions or would like to find out more, give me a call at (707) 695-3571, or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com.  I’d love to chat with you about my business and talk about what the possibilities can be for YOU!

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Why I Love My Work

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Today is International Working Women’s Day so I’m giving a shout out to all my fellow working women!  You are amazing!  And don’t forget it!!

I love my work as a stamping business owner representing Stampin’ Up!® products because I get to associate with a fabulous group of Independent Demonstrators, predominately women.  These women are talented and caring and always willing to share their knowledge and expertise.  I am proud to count myself among them!  For all my fellow working women, especially my Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator colleagues, I repeat:  You are amazing!!!

Have you thought about owning your own stamping business?  Wouldn’t it be great to share your talents and pick up some extra cash as well?  After all, it IS International Working Women’s Day!

Click on the Join My Team Button in the sidebar to see some ideas.  You can also see more in the Owning Your Own Business menu above.  As a bonus, from now through March 31st, your initial investment nets you $150 in Stampin’ Up!® products to get you off to a good start!  If you have questions or would like to find out more, give me a call at (707) 695-3571, or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com.  I’d love to chat with you about my business and talk about what the possibilities can be for YOU!

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Can You Enjoy Presidents’ Day Sales?

Geo-Washington-in-a-HurryWhen I was a child, my parents were always ready for the big sales on Presidents’ Day.  Of course, at that time it was called George Washington’s Birthday and occurred on February 22nd.  The 22nd was a national holiday and everyone was off work for the day.  The Washington’s Birthday Sales were the biggest of the year on furniture and home appliances.  My parents had figured out their budget and what they wanted to get and planned their trip to Baltimore, about two hours away, where they always got the best deals.  We kids were left home with a babysitter after our first trip with them was less than successful (for us)… and my parents got to enjoy their Presidents’ Day Sales.

Have you got your eye on something that’s a bit out of reach of your budget right now?  Why not set it as a goal and think about having your own stamping business!  As a Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator, you can share your love of rubber stamping, scrapbooking and paper crafting while you earn extra money to buy that something you have your eye on at the same time!  Click on the Join My Team Button in the sidebar to see some ideas.  You can also see more in the Owning Your Own Business menu above.  As a bonus, from now through March 31st, your initial investment nets you $150 in Stampin’ Up!® products to get you off to a good start!

Enjoy Presidents’ Day (and other) sales and earn those extras for you and your family as a Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator.  If you have questions or would like to find out more, give me a call at (707) 695-3571, or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com.  I’d love to chat with you about my business and talk about what the possibilities can be for YOU!

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Here’s How You Can Get Out of the Rat Race

lobby in the rush hourAre you tired of 9 to 5 and following orders that don’t make sense?  Consider owning your own business by becoming a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator!  As a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, YOU are in charge!  YOU set your own schedule!  YOU decide how you want to work!  YOU decide your own pay rate – and give yourself raises!!  You accomplish all of this while doing something that’s fun and you like to do!

Think about having your own stamping business!  You can share your love of rubber stamping, scrapbooking and paper crafting while you earn money at the same time!  Click on the Join My Team Button in the sidebar to see some ideas.  You can also see more in the Owning Your Own Business menu above.

If you would like to find out more about becoming a Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator, give me a call at (707) 695-3571, or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com.  I’d love to chat with you about my business and talk about what the possibilities can be for YOU!

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Why I Consider My Business to Be a Great Gift!

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My artistic rubber stamping and scrapbooking business is a great gift for me!  As a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator, I count these reasons as gifts:

  • I exercise my creativity every day – creating cards, scrapbook pages and other hand-crafted items with artistic rubber stamps.
  • I work doing what I love, which is meeting new people and showing them how to do artistic rubber stamping & scrapbooking.
  • I get to satisfy my secret life-long obsession with color and paper!
  • I work my stamping business my way: how I want and when I want!

All of these add up to another few gifts: time with my family and relief from the pressure of unanticipated bills!

Have you thought about having your own stamping business?  You can share your love of papercrafting and earn some money at the same time!  Click on the Join My Team Button in the sidebar to see some ideas.  You can also see more in the Owning Your Own Business menu above.

If you would like to find out more about becoming a Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator, give me a call at (707) 695-3571, or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com.  I’d love to chat with you about my business and talk about what the possibilities can be for YOU.

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It’s Your Business

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As a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator, I’m proud to say that my business is my own and I can run it my way.  I have the honor of representing Stampin’ Up! products for sale and for use in my classes and events.  I can also create cards, gifts, albums or whatever I can think of and sell them!  You can do this, too!

For the ridiculously small investment of $99, you receive a selection of business materials, including a box of Annual Catalogs and package of order forms, and $125 in Stampin’ Up! products that you get to pick yourself.  You also receive instant access to the Demonstrator Website, which is filled with information and tips to get you started.

And you’ll have me.  I provide training and suggestions for you to make your business exactly as successful as you want it to be.  I have additional materials for you, plus some samples to get you started.  I can also help you make a plan for your business so you can stay on track.  It’s your business, but it is a business and you need to run it in a business manner so you can gain the success you want.

Would you like to find out more about becoming an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator?  Give me a call at (707) 695-3571 (leave a message if I don’t answer and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible) or mailto:mary@3amstamper.com and let’s chat.  You can also click on the links in the Owning Your Own Business menu first, then give me a call.  There are lots of ways you can run your stamping business and you’ll have plenty of support!  I look forward to talking with you soon!

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I’m in New Orleans!

SIMB-LIVEOf course, I’m working, along with about 75 of my closest friends – stamping business owners all!

Training and education is very important to keeping your business management skills up to date… I’m just lucky I get to go to such a place as New Orleans, Louisiana to do it!

Have you ever imagined yourself as a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator?  You would own your own business and can run it to suit your needs.  To find out more, give me a call at (707) 695-3571 or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com and let’s chat.  I’d love to explore the possibilities for you!

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My Business Gets A Lot of Support

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I’ve spent time on the phone with Stampin’ Up!® in the last week, fixing problems and discussing issues.  The people in the home office are great:  extraordinarily helpful and knowledgeable… and they will ask for help or answers if they don’t know something.  It’s always a pleasure to work with them.

This is one example of the support available to me as a Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator.  I also can easily find ideas, techniques and business tips on the Demonstrator Website.  At Convention and Leadership conferences, as well as in Demonstrators-only online communities, I can network and get feedback on ideas or business topics.  I also have a network of business associates to call on, all of whom I’ve met as a Demonstrator.

Would you like to find out more about becoming an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator?  Give me a call at (707) 695-3571 (leave a message if I don’t answer and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible) or mailto:mary@3amstamper.com and let’s chat.  You can also click on the links in the Owning Your Own Business menu first, then give me a call.  There are lots of ways you can run your stamping business and you’ll have plenty of support!  I look forward to talking with you soon!

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Enjoy Adult Conversation and Exercise Your Creativity

women's-groupOne of my absolute favorite things about being a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator is the opportunity to get out and meet with other people (of the adult persuasion) while we sit around playing with my stuff!  I really enjoy showing others how to do something and seeing their delight in making something gorgeous or really cool themselves.  I also enjoy getting to talk about something other than, say, Mario & Luigi et al!  I love my grandchildren, whom I care for four days a week, but talking about papercrafting or gardening or baking… or even the latest prime time television shows… is very relaxing!  It also stimulates my brain in other directions.

Getting together with other adults to papercraft and enjoy conversation is a real benefit!  Everyone gets to exercise their creativity – as there’s no wrong way to do something in my classes and PlayShops – and take away something they’re proud to share!  And I get paid to do this!!  Why not think about putting your papercrafting skills to work and become a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator!  Imagine yourself doing things you love (it’s too much fun to be work!), enjoying adult conversation and getting paid for it.

Would you like to find out more about becoming a Demonstrator?  Give me a call at (707) 695-3571 (leave a message if I don’t answer and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible) or mailto:mary@3amstamper.com and let’s chat.  You can also click on the links in the Owning Your Own Business menu first, then give me a call.  There are lots of ways you can run your stamping business and you’ll have plenty of support!  I look forward to talking with you soon!

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What I Enjoy About Having My Own Business

Business-WomanToday we celebrate Business Women’s Day.  Enjoy your day, my fellow Business Women!

What I enjoy about having my own business is:

  • I set my own hours.
  • I make my own schedule.
  • My boss does not give me unreasonable assignments.
  • I can add to the family coffers while I sleep.

In addition, as an Independent Demonstrator representing Stampin’ Up!® artistic rubber stamping, scrapbooking and papercrafting products, I get to use my creativity every day!  I also get to share my love of papercrafting with my customers!

To give you an idea of what you can be doing with your business, my coach, John Sanpietro, recorded this video:

Would you like to find out more about becoming a Demonstrator?  Give me a call at (707) 695-3571 (leave a message if I don’t answer and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible) or mailto:mary@3amstamper.com and let’s chat.  You can also click on the links in the Owning Your Own Business menu first, then give me a call.  There are lots of ways you can run your stamping business and you’ll have plenty of support!  I look forward to talking with you soon!

(If you’ve already decided, click the “Join My Team” button in the “Own Your Own Business” menu above to sign up now.)

And Happy Business Women’s Day!

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Happy Birthday, Colonel Sanders!

Colonel Sanders at Democratic National Convention

Colonel Harland Sanders, founder of KFC, was born on this date in 1890.  At the age of 40, Sanders was running a popular Kentucky service station that also served food—so popular, in fact, that the governor of Kentucky designated him a Kentucky colonel. Eventually, Sanders focused on franchising his fried chicken business around the country, collecting a payment for each chicken sold. The company went on to become the world’s largest fast-food chicken chain, Kentucky Fried Chicken. Sanders died in Louisville, Kentucky, on December 16, 1980.

Colonel Harland Sanders [Internet]. The Biography Channel website; 2013 [cited 2013 Sep 09] Available from: http://www.biography.com/people/colonel-harland-sanders-12353545.

His success in changing careers just proves it’s never too late!  Have you thought about changing careers?  Are you tired of putting up with a boss who micro-manages you?  Consider putting your papercrafting skills to work and become a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator!  Imagine yourself doing things you love (it’s too much fun to be work!) and getting paid for it.

Would you like to find out more about becoming a Demonstrator?  Give me a call at (707) 695-3571 (leave a message if I don’t answer and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible) or mailto:mary@3amstamper.com and let’s chat.  You can also click on the links in the Owning Your Own Business menu first, then give me a call.  There are lots of ways you can run your stamping business and you’ll have plenty of support!  I look forward to talking with you soon!

(If you’ve already decided, click the “Join My Team” button in the “Own Your Own Business” menu above to sign up now.)

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The Most Surprising Benefit Of Being A Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator

What I’ve found to be the most surprising benefit of being a Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator is that you don’t have to carry an inventory!  In fact, you are encouraged to NOT keep merchandise on hand.  Combined with the $99.00 investment to get started (which brings you $125.00 in products to use plus business supplies!), the no inventory requirement means you can make your business profitable IN NO TIME!

Right now, through August 31, you get to pick a kit in addition to your Starter Kit products when you sign up to become a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator!  These kits are great for designing a product-based class!  I’m using the 2013 Holiday Catalog kits myself in upcoming classes, and the Tag A Bag and Tag A Box kit from the 2013-2014 Annual Catalog is perfect for a last-minute gifts class!

To give you an idea of what you can be doing with your business, my business development coach, John Sanpietro, recorded this video:

Would you like to find out more about becoming a Demonstrator?  Give me a call at (707) 695-3571 (leave a message if I don’t answer and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible) or mailto:mary@3amstamper.com and let’s chat.  You can also click on the links in the Owning Your Own Business menu first, then give me a call.  There are lots of ways you can run your stamping business and you’ll have plenty of support!  I look forward to talking with you soon!

(If you’ve already decided, click the “Join My Team” button in the “Own Your Own Business” menu above to sign up now.)

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Pick A Kit Helps You Start Off Your Business Your Way!

Have you ever wanted to own your own business so you could do things your way?  I know just how you feel… so I did it when I became a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator.  For a very small investment ($99.00), you can choose up to $125.00 in Stampin’ Up! products, plus you’ll receive essential business forms to start you off just right!  Your Starter Kit choices let you decide if you’re going to hold workshops, produce finished goods for sale, or conduct classes… or whatever else you’d like to do!  Adding the free Pick-A-Kit expands your options!

Pick-A-Kit-Offer

Through August 31, you get to pick a kit in addition to your Starter Kit products when you sign up to become a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator!  These kits are great for designing a product-based class!  I’m using the 2013 Holiday Catalog kits myself in upcoming classes, and the Tag A Bag and Tag A Box kit from the 2013-2014 Annual Catalog is perfect for a last-minute gifts class!

Would you like to find out more about becoming a Demonstrator?  Give me a call at (707) 695-3571 (leave a message if I don’t answer and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible) or mailto:mary@3amstamper.com and let’s chat.  You can also click on the links in the Owning Your Own Business menu first, then give me a call.  There are lots of ways you can run your stamping business and you’ll have plenty of support!  I look forward to talking with you soon!

(If you’ve already decided, click the “Join My Team” button in the “Own Your Own Business” menu above to sign up now.)

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Surprise From My Demonstrator Friend

Notepad-by-Barbara-Chambers-coverNotepad-by-Barbara-Chambers-insideOne of the benefits to being a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator is getting to meet a whole lot of fabulous people!  These folks are talented and generous!  Case in point, one of my Convention-going buddies, Barbara Chambers, made this notepad for me.  She’s a talented seamstress and quilter as well as an expert stamper!  It was a total surprise!!  (Thanks so much again, Barbara!)

I always enjoy meeting up with friends at Convention.  We share ideas, tips and techniques as well as get to attend classes and events together.  The networking is fun and can net you a lot of useful information to help you in your business!

Have you thought about having your own stamping business?  You can share your love of papercrafting and earn some money at the same time!  Click on the Join My Team Button in the sidebar to see some ideas.  You can also see more in the Owning Your Own Business menu above.  Plus, until August 31, you can add a terrific project kit to your Starter Kit for FREE!  This is a great way to start off your business-with a class!  Take a look (the banner kits are the best value!):

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If you would like to find out more about becoming a Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator, give me a call at (707) 695-3571, or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com.  I’d love to chat with you about my business and talk about what the possibilities can be for you.

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Start Off Your Business With Pick A Kit!

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Starting today, through August 31, you get to pick a kit in addition to your Starter Kit products when you sign up to become a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator!  These kits are great for designing a product-based class!  I’m using the 2013 Holiday Catalog kits myself in upcoming classes, and the Tag A Bag and Tag A Box kit from the 2013-2014 Annual Catalog is perfect for a last-minute gifts class!

Your Starter Kit choices let you decide if you’re going to hold workshops, produce finished goods for sale, or conduct classes… or whatever else you’d like to do!  Adding the free Pick A Kit expands your options!

Would you like to find out more about becoming a Demonstrator?  Give me a call at (707) 695-3571 (leave a message if I don’t answer and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible) or mailto:mary@3amstamper.com and let’s chat.  You can also click on the links in the Owning Your Own Business menu first, then give me a call.  There are lots of ways you can run your stamping business and you’ll have plenty of support!  I look forward to talking with you soon!

(If you’ve already decided, click the “Join My Team” button in the “Own Your Own Business” menu above to sign up now.)

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