December Already? My Younique Update 1 Month In

The Gimme Everything Collection from Younique

So I was teaching the Improve your Search Engine Rankings today and rather embarrassingly showed my blog (to illustrate the difference of landing on a “home” page versus a latest posts page) and realized I’ve not updated for a month. How on earth did that happen?

I’ve been getting my head down and building my Younique Business for the last five weeks! I’ve spent time blogging about that already on the Glatitude site – so no point repeating it too much here – but will recap just a little of what’s going on (See My Week in Younique – a new weekly feature for more details).

My Younique Journey – Five Weeks On

Ok, to update on my last blog 5 Days In With Younique:

  • I signed up with them at the end of October, and began selling when we launched in the UK November 1.
  • Got a few orders fairly fast and I qualified as “White status”.
  • 18 days later got my first team mate then quickly got another and another…There are six on my team currently (one may be quitting) and two others who have been recruited by my team. That makes 8 in my company overall. Well, 9 if you include me.
  • By the end of November I’d reached “Yellow” so got a pay bump from 20% to 25%. Forever. (Yippeee).

Thea Newcomb - Officially Younique Level Presenter
Sadly, I missed “Pink” status by a few hundred in November, so my stats reset on December 1st to $0 and I had to start all over again! I was bummed if I am being honest with you. I really wanted to whip out the credit card and self-fund Pink but that defeats the point in running your own business (if you’re your own biggest customer).

Thankfully the month of December (5 days in now) has been good for both myself and my team – so I am quite close to achieving “Pink” already (yippeee again).

The brilliant thing about Pink is that I get a % of my first level’s sales on top of my own 25%!

Are you following all this? It’s not the easiest compensation plan to wrap your head around. I have had to watch many videos to “get it” but I think I have got it – at least until Pink…Don’t ask me about the rest of the rainbow just yet.

Younique Fast Start

There’s one other thing – I believe I am just ONE order away from hitting Fast Start. What is it? It’s another milestone with Younique.

1. $2000 in Personal Retail Sales (PRS)
2. Sponsor at least 3 new Presenters

Once this is achieved, you will be sent a Fast Start Charm, and 250.00/US, 300.00/CAD, 325.00/AUS, 350.00/NZ Younique Cash automatically added to your Back Office.

The Gimme Everything Collection from YouniqueSo I get that $250 as soon as I hit Fast Start – which I am praying is maybe even by tomorrow. I’ll spend at Christmas!  I have my idea on the biggest collection – Gimme Everything Collection (pic right)

It’s been a profitable day today. I woke up and I’d made money while I slept (which as you may know is my main aim for all of this).

Another order came in during the day while I was training, and another one tonight. I don’t think that I’m allowed to tell you how much making, due to Ts and Cs, but I can tell you I’ve made my initial investment back in five weeks (multiplied several times!!)

So it’s definitely a Younique Opportunity 🙂

Want to find out a bit more and maybe join my team – theAteam? I’d love to have you (as long as you’re in USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand or Canada – just now. (We’ll be expanding no doubt in 2015 – watch this space)

Incidentally as I was writing this blog post, our weekly Younique update has just come in, and we have our very first millionaire in the company…Shari Brown is her name (A fellow Cali gal) and she’s had to earn $83,333.33 in a single month to qualify as “millionaire status”. What an inspiration! Remember it’s only a two year old company. That’s incredible isn’t it? Another reason why I am loving this!

BG Training Winds Down

So today’s Business Gateway course went pretty well. It was SEO – my fave. The room was filled with a fabulous bunch of SMEs and most seemed to enjoy it! just one more Business Gateway training session for 2014. Can’t believe it’s over. Thankfully the 2015 diary already has dates booked in.

This final quarter of the year has made me re-evaluate my career plan. I actually felt pretty burned out on social media.

In 2015 my aim is to still do some social media training – but to focus on my own Younique team rather than do as much as I’ve done for other sources this year.

Feedback - Business Gateway Ayrshire Twitter
Twitter, BG Ayr 2014

Generally speaking, it’s been a pleasure teaching – Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Blogging, Youtube, and the e-business courses all over Scotland (from Ayr to Oban) –  but some days were more challenging that I’d have liked.

Because these courses can have a range of students from absolute luddites or newbies to more advanced marketers – it was often a challenge to pitch it right! On the same day as the feedback pictured above I also had the worst feedback I’ve ever had. So on days like those, when the audience was so diverse, I’d leave feeling more than a little deflated.

But without fail, (silver linings alert) I’ve never once had a course where I didn’t meet some fabulous people with fantastic businesses. Seriously every single course I’ve ever taught has had wonderful folk in it. I must have trained a thousand businesses this year and some of those trainees have become friends or Younique team mates. So from that stand point, I could not be more grateful for the work I’ve done over the past year (Thanks Gary and Mark especially)…

This week I was able to have a few days of one-to-one training and I think that’s my real passion. It’s bespoke. I can make sure people fully understand and it’s not an impossible dance to please a group of 15-30 people. So I do welcome more one-to-one training this month and next…

OK I have to go now as the laptop’s about out of juice, and I want to watch another episode of the Newsroom. I can’t tell you how happy that show makes me! I just love Aaron Sorkin. Still working my way through Season 4 of the West Wing (though not happy about Rob Lowe’s departure)…

Time to Fly

Here’s a random video you may or may not have seen. Kinda trippy. Enjoy. Until next time, I’m Thea, saying see ya! 🙂

Training the Trainer – Always Learning

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Always Learning

It’s only Wednesday and already it’s been an incredible week here. Monday morning I sat in on a course run by Business Gateway called “Advancing your Analytics” or something. It was taught by my NSDesign colleague Brian Tait who runs an Online Marketing Management company, Aillum, here in the West of Scotland. In the class he covered Google’s Webmaster Tools, Analytics and Adwords too. It really felt like each section could have been its own three-hour course there is really so much to it. It was good an inspiring for me to do some work on both my site (this one), on soyouvebeendumped.com and Silicon Valley Installation Company too!

Very inspiring. Might need to book Brian for some more one-to-one tuition so I can get some bespoke help with all of the above.

It’s Tuesday, I Must be Blogging

Then first thing Tuesday morning and I was in on another course – this time on blogging which was run in Glasgow. I was just there to shadow someone, so perhaps best to not say too much about that one, but alas I learned a lot at it, and was inspired at that one too.

PS: It looks like I shall be teaching this very course soon. More revealed later on that one. But if you’re looking to learn more about Blogging then check the Business Gateway site for events in your area.

“A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.” –  Bruce Lee

It is true, we really are never too old to stop learning. And just because we may THINK we’re pretty well versed on any given topic – we aren’t or at least there is always room to learn more. I find I always learn something from every event, course, networking night etc – especially when it comes to the digital realm.

29Google

Tuesday afternoon, post-blogging I was in 29 Glasgow to discuss our next event which will be about Google’s array of valuable products – Google Analytics, YouTube, and Google+ too. Currently trying to find the right person to talk about G+. I would do it but as I spoke at our last event I don’t want to hijack all of them. There are plenty of talented experts around the Central Belt who can do it! Any ideas on who would be great to hear from? Let me know soon! If you’re interested in attending our next event it will be 30 October at 29. It’s a great informal night out for those of us who aren’t brilliant at all those cool morning networking events 🙂

Ho Ho Ho – it’s SEO

Note from today's SEO Feedback Form
Positive Feedback Today!

Today I was down in Ayrshire to deliver some Business Gateway training, on the subject of Search Engine Optimization – to a great group of SMEs. The session was very action-packed. There were a lot of questions, comments, interaction etc.

It was my first time delivering these slides (but not the first time delivering the course itself) – so I was glad to have walked away feeling like they’d learned something and I enjoyed doing what I do – immensely! Here’s a picture of a note on one of the feedback forms. I can’t quite work out what it says, but what I can make out sure sounds good! 🙂 Maybe I should add a “testimonials page” for things like this 🙂 Sleep time. I can’t believe it’s only Wednesday!

New Training Website – Launching Soon

Well now that the company name has been chosen, the domain has been bought, a rough logo has been created, a new company website is soon to follow. . .but for now I thought I’d outline, in a bit more detail what Newcomb’s newco is really about.

NEED A BASIC WEBSITE?

wordpress logo - circle with blue WIn the West of Scotland? Do you want a simple, mobile friendly site, but don’t know where to start? Do you only have a small budget?

No problem…

Basically my core training product will be one-to-one WordPress in a Day – in Glasgow and the West.

I take someone who has absolutely no website experience (at all) and hold their hand as I walk them through setting up WP, adding pages, posts, and pictures too.

MY AIM?

For me, the key is to empower all of my clients to go away at the end of the day with a site they can feel confident in managing themselves. A client may still want to pay someone else to do it, but at least they won’t be held hostage to their site – unable to make even the most simple of changes to pictures and text. [If I had a dollar for every time I heard a horror story from a website owner who was, effectively, held to ransom by their web design company – I would be a millionaire today!]

SEO: SEARCH

Also on the day, I’ll be teaching basic Search Engine Optimization (SEO) essentials required to be found on the Internet (read: Google). Well talk about a few of the simple steps that factor into search rankings – on page of and off page optimization (basically the things you can do to get higher up in the likes of Google). Don’t worry I won’t make it too techie!

SOCIAL

Finally, the last part of the course will be spent covering some “best practices” of whatever social media channels would best suit the individual client. Some clients may want to be on a few different channels – while others may feel that one platform is enough. So this part of the training will be totally bespoke to each, individual client.

The channels I can help (correctly) set up and train on are: Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and Pinterest*. (You can find me on all of the above – see my social media icons to connect with me).

Note: Incidentally, I would advise customers start with one or two and do them really well – rather than be on all of them in less effective way.

I look forward to meeting and possibly training some of you soon!

PS: The company name will be unveiled when the logo has been signed off – watch this space! 🙂