Sue Hall joined Stampin Up ! as a demonstrator in 2011. At the time of joining Sue was recovering from two serious car accidents which had prevented her from being able to work full time.
She says “I discovered Stampin’ Up in 2010 after receiving an invitation from my best friend Gill who was hosting a Stampin’ Up! party. I quickly discovered crafting was something I could do with my injuries and in that sense it was a real morale booster. This played a big part in my decision to become a demonstrator in 2011.
“Once I became a demonstrator I started running small scale crafting classes, largely at the request of friends. Initially I was apprehensive; I had been medically retired for so long I had lost self-confidence but I had nothing to lose so I gave it a go. The classes really grew from there and I now have attendees that range in age from 20 to 86. A great thing about the classes is that I get to meet people from all walks of life, including professionals, fulltime mums and even members of the WI. I now run three monthly classes from beginner to experienced level.
“As well as meeting a diverse range of people, another advantage of being a Demonstrator is the flexibility it offers. Due to my my injuries I wondered whether I would be able to manage with the workload, but it didn’t matter because even with running the business you’re not forced in to doing too much. You can make the business as big or small as you want, so what you get out of it depends on how much you want to put in.
The support from the demonstrator community is also fantastic, if you’re looking for inspiration or ideas for your next crafting class you can always go to your fellow demonstrator for advice. I have recruited six demonstrators to my team and we have regular team meetings to review their businesses’ progress. Having the opportunity to inspire and offer guidance to others has really enriched my personal demonstrator experience.
“My role as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is always evolving. Initially it was an extension of my interest in crafting, but as the business has grown it has become a mixture of a job and hobby. I’m trying to reach a happy medium where I have spare time to enjoy crafting for leisure as well as running the business side of things. Moving forward, I would really like to offer virtual workshops and video tutorials in order to complement my face to face interactions like parties and classes. I find I set myself little targets on a regular basis, rather than just one big one.
I really think without Stampin’ Up! I wouldn’t be the person I am today. I have grown as a person alongside the business, thanks to the support of my husband, two children and best friend Gill. Essentially it has given me a focus and helped to take my mind off my injuries and I actually found that I am feeling a lot better about myself. As a business model, Stampin’ Up! helps you to discover your personal qualities. I have something to give to people and I get so much back from it. To see the expression on my class attendees’ faces when they’re making their cards and seeing the end product of their efforts is something I really take pride in.