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Saturday, 25 May 2013

Oriflame offers a unique opportunity for mums - Louise Woodman on the Run

So, how many mums went out on the school run this morning wrapped up in coats, scaves and gloves and then onto the office for a day of stressful work and tricky deadlines?

If anyone out there is looking to get a better ‘work-life balance’ you want want to consider becoming an Oriflame Consultant to either add to your current salary, or even replace it. Founded in 1967 by two brothers and their friend, Oriflame is today an International beauty company selling direct in more than 60 countries worldwide.

Oriflame offers a unique opportunity for anyone who wants to be their own boss and fit their work around their lifestyle and individual needs. Oriflame consultants are self -employed and control their own working hours and income.  Along with the flexibility, it is a risk free way for individuals to earn an extra income and build a business while receiving free and highly specialised support.

Oriflame are waiving a minimum order value per catalogue making it even easier to join. Not only this, but there is also a generous commission structure between 20-35% based on product sales. All orders attract a discount of 20% up to £130 after which the discount increases to 30% =

Louise Woodman who is a real life Oriflame consultant and tells me just how she does it all.

All about you?
My name is Louise Woodman, I am a married mum of two, Sophie is 6 months and Oliver is 3 years old in February and I am an Oriflame consultant.

When and how did you launch your business venture?
I joined Oriflame in May 2012 while on maternity with my daughter Sophie. I was bored and restless from not doing any work. I had worked in direct selling companies in the past (when I was pregnant with Oliver) and enjoyed the buzz of selling things which made people happy

How do you juggle a young family and working?
I have a set routine for everything family-related and work is more fluid around this – luckily I can choose which hours I work and fit it around our lifestyle! I am also very lucky that I have childcare for three days each week, when the children go to either set of grandparents. During these days I do a lot of socialising both on and offline, whether it be about selling some products, or speaking to other people from across the country who would like to work and earn themselves some money. The children come back at 4pm and I get started on their teas, baths and a bit of playtime before bed… Then it’s rest time, while looking after baby Sophie. At the weekend we take it in turns playing with the children, and I may answer a few emails but on the whole I chose not to work weekends. The beauty about this career is you can build it up around your own life to suit you :)

How do you deal with the school run / gates
We go to a preschool fun club each Tuesday morning so Oliver interacts with other children his age ready for when he starts regular preschool at Easter. Because of their ages I stay with the babies and have a chat to the other mothers and toddlers over cups of tea. I cannot recommend mother and toddler groups highly enough to get out and meet like-minded people – it’s where I met one of my best friends.

What is your daily fashion saviour?
Straightening my hair! It makes all the difference to the way someone looks if they eliminate “bed-hair”

What did you do before working with Oriflame?

I graduated from Coventry University with an International Economics BA HoNS degree then did a brief stint working for Phones4U where I worked in one of their largest stores (Coventry). I then moved to Cambridge where I was top seller in the region. From there I was headhunted to work in Beneficial Finance selling secured loans and accident cover.

I moved to Norfolk six years ago and started working in LloydsTSB as a personal banker and just before having my children I settled at the Post Office as a financial specialist.  Once the children appeared I stepped down to clerk as wanted to reduce my days to be with my children more.

 What Research Did You Do Before Launching?
I went onto the internet to see which companies I could join who didn’t have any start-up fees or sales targets as I wasn’t sure what the 3rd trimester of my pregnancy with Sophie was going to be like.  I chose Oriflame because there are no costs to join and you can dip in and out as you wish. They also appealed to me because of the training programme they offer, which is also free of charge – I knew investing in yourself is key to selling. I also wanted to wear products which looked and smelled good and had natural ingredients.

How have you funded the business?
The great thing about Oriflame is that you don’t need much capital at all to start. I bought £60 worth of cosmetics when I joined plus my catalogues.  I bought products I wanted to use as I thought this would best reflect me to my family and friends (intermediate customers). I have since invested in a recruitment banner and tablecloths for the town’s local market stall.

How do you promote your business?
I started with word of mouth and told everybody I knew.  Contact lists are a great way of reminding yourself who you know and more importantly who THEY know who can look at your products.  I dabbled in a bit of Facebook marketing to good friends and family who lived far away from me. I have also recently started using YouTube for the same reasons; people seem receptive to discovering products via video and the beauty of YouTube is that people anywhere in the world can watch.

How do you recruit new consultants and get them on board?
Exactly the same way as I promote the business, I promote the opportunity for them to have their business that fits in around their lives. Relationship building is the key here and I recruit my consultants both on and offline. The flexibility of the role appeals to many, they love that they can do as much or as little as they want.

What has worked well about your business?
I have met some fabulous people, won lots of free gifts from Oriflame and of course earned money doing something I love.  The real fun is when I get to train someone and enjoy their success – then you know it’s all worthwhile. I work with an amazing team – both those working directly with me, and those at head office.  It is such a rewarding feeling.

What has been your biggest challenge so far?

Getting to Senior group manager by creating a team indirect to me selling £1300 of products as well as my own team’s sales…but it doesn’t stop there, the sky is the limit!

What makes your products stand out in a growing market place?

They are just affordable quality but on a par with some of the more expensive brands such as Clarins and Clinique! I love the compliments I get from using the skincare…it proves to me that this stuff is working.

 Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Happy, successful, and well-off. Five years is a way ahead…I have six monthly plans to get me to where I want in 5 years and to ensure I get there!

Who is your business icon?

That is a tough one.  Probably Richard Branson or Alan Sugar as they were ordinary folk once…

How would your customers describe you?
They would say; “she talks a lot, but she is lovely”.

So, if you are looking for a new challenge this year or want products that deliver like Clarins but cost much less, why not give Oriflame a visit today

Why Join Oriflame?

High Quality Affordable Products
- Established 40 Years and Trusted
- Opportunity Open to All
- Fabulous Incentives + Recognition
- No-Obligation once Joined
- Fun + Home Based Way to Earn

How to Make Money

- Sell Products via Catalogue - Hold Beauty Demonstrations - Hold Opportunity Presentations - Build a Team of Consultants - Earn Commission

Personal Development

As you grow a team of consultants and your customer base, you will rise up the ladder of Oriflame success and earn more commission. There are also several incentives to get you going!