Party with Usborne Books – Interview with a Consultant
Usborne books have been nationally recognized for their excellence many times over. Founded in 1973 by Peter Usborne the company has made its mission to, “deliver educational excellence one book at a time. Provide economic opportunity while fostering strong family values. And touch the lives of children for a lifetime.”1 My family is a fan of Usborne books. One of the first books my daughter was given as an infant was That’s Not My Mermaid. They are fun, engaging, and quality books that will have your child hooked. If you don’t know much about Usborne find out more here. As I became a greater fan of the books I found out that they partner with local representatives to sell their books. Much like the Tupperware parties your mom used to go to, but with a modern twist and lasting benefits. There are two ways to bring the gift of Usborne to your family and friends; host a party with Usborne Books or be a consultant. You can read about my experience as a hostess here. Before hosting I sat down with my consultant to learn more about what makes Usborne unique and how you can make an income that allows you to spend more time with your family!
What was your first experience with Usborne books?
My first experience with Usborne books was when my sister invited me to a party she was hosting. I absolutely fell in love with them! They were so engaging and such great quality. I wish I had books like this when I was younger, then maybe I would have enjoyed reading. I had such a long wish list that I decided to host a party myself so I could get my wish list books for free.
What did you do before becoming an Usborne consultant?
I worked at a Community Association but after having my son I decided to be a stay-at-home mother. I was a stay-at-home mother for just over a year before becoming a consultant.
Why and how did you become an Usborne consultant?
My son was a difficult baby which made it difficult to go places outside the home. When he turned a year old things got a little easier but I started feeling like I was losing myself. Work had always stimulated my mind, gave me a sense of accomplishment, and a connection to the outside world. I felt myself falling into a depression. I decided I needed a hobby or something that I could do for me. The problem we had was that we were a one income family and on a very tight budget. I had thought about many different things but nothing sounded good. One day I was on Facebook and someone posted in my local mom’s group that she was having an Usborne Books party. It then hit me; it would be fun to be a consultant. I love the books, I’d get to talk to different people, promote literacy, and make a little money while still being able to stay home with my kids. I talked about it with my husband and it just seemed like the perfect thing I needed. I’ve been consulting for just over a year.
Any advice for someone interested in becoming a consultant?
Just try it out to see if you like it. It’s not a lot of money to join and you can easily earn that money back with your first party. If it ends up not being for you, it really didn’t cost you anything and you got some amazing books to add to your children’s library.
What is the average a new consultant can expect to make and realistically how much time does it take?
It really depends. I know this sounds like a cop-out, but it really does depend on the person. The more energy you put into it the more money you will make. Consultants make 25% commission from parties. So if guests spend $400 at a party you earn $100! As you move up in the business you make more. It’s really all in how you make it. You can make the business fit whatever time or image you want and fit your schedule. As a stay-at-home mom I love this the most and that’s what makes it so nice. I know consultants that work full time and do this on the side. I know other consultants that treat it like a full time job.
What tips would you have for those that want to advance as a consultant and earn more?
Have fun! You are spreading literacy and getting kids excited about learning. A lot of people hold back because they don’t want to be pushy. Know you don’t have to be pushy, you can just give people the knowledge and information and it’s their choice. We have such a great team with leaders that truly care and are constantly giving you tools and training to help you succeed.
What is your favorite part of being an Usborne consultant?
Spreading literacy! I have ADD and Dyslexia and have struggled with reading. I don’t want any other kids to struggle like I did. I wish there were books like this when I was younger to help engage me and get me to enjoy reading. I love hearing stories about how parents and kids alike love the books. There was a girl that loved reading but recently due to personal challenges stopped. She received some Usborne books and her love for reading came back. I love hearing stories like this from my customers. I have to say I love the people I’ve come into contact with also, since becoming a consultant. I’ve made new friends with my team of consultants. I love reconnecting with friends I haven’t talked to in a while. I love talking with, connecting, and becoming friends with my party guests and hosts.
Usborne truly strives to make a difference in the lives of children and families.
“The American people are wanting better education for their children. That stimulates a demand for better children’s books.”
Randall White, President/CEO of Educational Development Corporation – Usborne Books & More
If you haven’t discovered Usborne books yet, check them out here.
Are you ready to earn some free books for your family? Read my article on hosting a party with Usborne Books here.