Friday, March 18, 2011

a muse studio

A Muse has changed their business model.  Instead of selling through retail stores, they'll now be a catalog / home party based business, selling through consultants.  Here are the basics that you might have questions about.  Email me and I'd be happy to provide further details and answer anything else for you!

Note:  This is not an official A Muse Studio document, just bits of information  to give you a better idea if this is the right opportunity for you.  The Consultant handbook and the contract you sign when joining should, of course, be read carefully.  Thanks!

Minimums and obligation
Minimums to remain an active consultant are $300 per quarter. After you buy the starter kit, there is no other obligation to buy anything. If you don't meet the minimum sales, you simply aren't active anymore. No need to do anything or notify anyone.

Discounts and Perks
- 20% discount on all purchases/sales
- Hostess benefits on your own orders
- Additional volume discounts for monthly sales of $300 or more
- Additional 10% off of one order placed in your first 45 days
- Preorder new product before it's available to the public
- Several incentive programs
- Annual convention
- Access to the A Muse Studio Lounge which has forums, a gallery, and lots of support/ideas for consultants (this is really cool!)

Signing up with me
I'd love to have you join my team, whether you buy the goodies for yourself or you sign up to actually host parties.  You do not have to be local.  I am available for any questions/concerns you might have.

You are not required to sell to others. As long as you make your minimum sales, you'll be an active consultant. People who sign up to the enjoy the discount on their own purchases are commonly called "hobby consultants". For those interested in building a business, it's an exciting time to join. Since it's a new company, you offer product that customers haven't seen yet. Beginning April 1, consultants can opt to have websites where customers can purchase products online. 

You can continue to do design work for other stamp companies and post projects or links referencing other companies or their representatives on your blog.  The only thing you cannot do is be on a design team for or be a demo for another home-based stamp company.  Stamp companies that aren't home party based are just fine, as are home party based that don't sell stamps, like Pampered Chef.

Starter kit stamps
Your starter kit includes four sets that are a mix of images from around 15-20 catalog sets. It's a great mix of images, sentiments, and some other elements like backgrounds.  They are very versatile sets!  The variety is great if you plan on buying them for yourself or to use for home parties to get a wide range of styles for cheap!

A Muse Studio Stamps
The stamps are cling-mount rubber stamps that are pre-cut and ready to use.  Since I've become used to clear stamps and the easy placement, I didn't think I would like the cling-mount rubber stamps.   But the high-quality red rubber makes for great stamped images and since it's thicker there's almost no chance of your clear block hitting your ink pad/paper.

There is small group of stamps (Clearly Creative) that are clear stamps, mostly alphabets for easier placement of letters/numbers.

A Muse Studio Inks
A Muse Studio ink pads are pigment inks offered in 39 colors that coordinate with the rest of the A Muse Studio paper and embellishments.  It's closer to a chalk ink than a pigment ink.  It dries quickly.  If you run your finger firmly over a completed project you will pick up some ink, but it doesn't smear or smudge.

If you're ready to join
You can sign up at under "Join our Team."  Please send me an e-mail with your name and address and let me know that you want to be in my team.  I'll notify headquarters.

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