I was perusing online in a respected online forum, I read someone post that that despite all the Origami Owl “hype” they have heard that people are no longer selling anymore because demand has died down. Really?!! The company just started taking Designers in 6 months ago and it has already died down? I beg to differ! This was their message to someone considering joining Origami Owl. Fair enough, they did mention that they are not an Origami Owl rep and this is simply what they “heard” online. (Update March 2013: The newest person in my team is #23866. That means that the company has almost 23,000 reps in just a year’s time. There is STILL A WAITLIST TO GET IN and someone personally told me that they were #6000-something on the waitlist. The desire of people to become an Independent Designer with Origami Owl has not died down).
Since I am an Origami Owl rep, I thought it would be fitting to report what I know from personal experience and to share with you what I have seen in my Origami Owl circles.
Business may have faded for this person they heard from because they are out of friends and family to sell to. The reality is… unless one goes out of his immediate circle, business will stop. Unless one knows how to create recurring sales, leads, and repeat buyers from their immediate circle and beyond, business will stop.
A second reason as to why someone is not selling Origami Owl is simply because they are on vacation. The direct-sales industry (the category and business model that Origami Owl is) gives people the right to take a vacation at any time. July is summer and kids are out of school. People travel and have their hours filled. Yes, you can take your Origami Owl business with you but you may not have the dull on time ad ability to run business while on vacation.
Another reason someone may not be selling Origami Owl is because the Designer did not have such a strong start, got demotivated, and quit. But this is not limited to Origami Owl. Human nature, we don’t like to do what is not easy or avoid things that hurt. Having a bad launch party or hearing no’s or not getting enough yes’s can be a real blow to self-esteem and cause one to quit. This goes for any direct sales company or sales business: if people don’t have a strong start, the enthusiasm fades away. Unless they do something against it, the natural flow is to stop. One can simply choose to fold the business to avoid the not so fun that comes in this business, or work it. Think of it as what is is NET-WORK MARKETING…. cast a big net, work, and market the hell out of yourself!
Yes there are bumps in the road with home office, there are things that happen that you rather not happen, but every business has that and one just has to roll with the human errors that occur despite the best intentions.
Do I know of anyone who has personally quit quit? I know of one person who has and has signed a Designer Termination Agreement to make it official. Why did she quit? I personally asked her and she said, it was simply because she just didn’t want to do it anymore and was just bored with it all. That is what she said to me. While on the other end of the spectrum, someone mentioned last month that they have 50 people on the wait-list who are so patiently and excitedly waiting to sign up with them. How much more are joining than quitting? There are over 4500 on the wait-list. My upline started with Origami Owl in Dec and she has 300 people under her downline. 300 in 3 months is impressive!
For everyone that has officially quit, I would think that there must be at least 500 that are joining. This business is easy, fun, financially rewarding, and most of all – there is nothing like it and nothing better than jewelry that you put together yourself. From Business Builder stand pint, it is amazing too because there isn’t another company that offer jewelry that looks like what Origami Owl has. When you see this jewelry, you know it is an Origami Owl locket. I don’t know, maybe it is just me, but I think that that is pretty neat!
Update March 2013 – I have been here one year and 2 months and I am so happy to be here. Not only is this “job” so much fun, but it is also so rewarding in a dozen ways. I say you do it! At the very least, you deserve to give yourself a chance to be successful at it. Join the wait list at http://locketsandcharms.origamiowl.com/join/how-it-works/ and consider me as your Mentor #1186 (Jennylou Raya)