A friend of mine had a Christmas party four years ago and had a Lia Sophia rep there. I had never heard of the jewelry and even though I don't consider myself a jewelry person (I used to wear the same pieces almost everyday, and even though I got my ears pierced when I was 12 I hardly ever wear earrings) I really liked what I saw in the catalog. The advisor played "Deal/No Deal" with us and I ended up winning a piece of free jewelry and a party of my own.
My party was small but I still took advantage of all the free, hostess and half price deals I could. Since then every February and August I eagerly await the new catalogs. I've ordered a few individual pieces directly through advisors.
I check out the list of retired pieces in July and January to make sure I don't miss something.
I check for new specials at the last Monday of every month.
I have "liked" numerous advisors' Facebook pages based on the fact that they have giveaways/ deals/ headsups on upcoming specials.
I have the Lia app on my phone.
Shortly after the new catalog came out in February I came up with a wishlist of almost $700 worth of jewelry. I called the advisor from the most recent party I had attended and booked a party.
I earned a ton of new items after that party, but still have a long wish list. I will be attending a party next week (that will be my 5th Lia Sophia party attended in four years and I have hosted 2).
I know I said I don't consider myself a jewelry person but I really like this line. They have a wide variety of styles and while there are always plenty of pieces that are not my style, there are many that are. I've gotten in the bad habit of throwing clothes on the morning, when I take a little extra time to think about what I'm going to wear and accessorize, I feel better about myself. When I bump into someone I know in town I can hold my head high knowing I look good, instead of thinking I should have taken the extra couple of minutes getting dressed that morning.
Bottom line - I have seriously been considering selling Lia Sophia. I've made a list of every woman I know and came up with over 150. I ran the numbers to see how much I would have to sell before I would earn commission. I have come up with a month by month plan of how to grow my business. I came up with a list of ways to market the business. I scoured the internet and managed to find some unprotected "advisor-only" documents.
The problem is I don't want to do home parties. I know this is the basis of Lia Sophia's business, but I'm way to introverted to do it. Lately I've seen some catalog and on-line shows. I'm not sure how viable those really are though? I think those are usually extras for busy advisors who do the usual home parties. To be fair I'm going to start by asking the advisor who ran my last party, and if she thinks I'm insane I'll check with some of the advisors I found through Facebook. I know this is not how the company wants their advisors to do things as everyone makes more money doing home parties, but my main goal is free jewelry for me, not paying the bills.
Any Lia or other jewelry reps out there, I'd love your input. Am I crazy to think this could work, or can I make this work?