Last Updated on November 17, 2016 by Tim
For those with an interest in crafts and jewelry and at the same time are looking for another way to earn money, Origami Owl gives you the best of both worlds. In 2010, this company was established by its founder, Bella Weems, with the aim of providing the consumer market with one-of-a-kind jewelry items. From Bella’s humble beginnings, at a young age, she started selling her handcrafted jewelry at parties she held at home, the company has grown impressively. The company’s success is attributed to its spread through multi-level marketing. Their products are now patronized and promoted by thousands of reps from various locations.
It’s a valid company offering people an opportunity to earn more but let’s look at it in more detail to help you decide if you wish to join.
From necklaces to lockets, chains and charms, Origami Owl offers beautiful and attractive trinkets. These jewelry products are personalized and tailor-made to the customers’ preferences and style. This is what makes their products stand out from the others in the market. You can exercise your creative skills while improving as an entrepreneur.
Cost of joining
To join and become a jewelry designer, you will first need to purchase a starter kit. These kits can range from over $150 to $400 and under $700. Each starter kit contains several products, such as chains, charms, tags and the company’s trademark Living Locket. The Living locket is filled with the charms you choose like letters, numbers and other symbols.
The other items included in each package are tools for displaying and promoting the products as well as forms and invitations you can use during the home parties you are expected to host for families, friends, acquaintances and potential customers.
These parties are labeled “Jewelry Bars” and you can use this chance to get people to buy your products or to tell them more about the company and entice them to join. You can also opt for other ways to sell your items but these parties have already developed into a tradition for the company. Whether through parties, online or just face-to-face interaction, the referrals you get become independent designers as well and you can earn commissions from them.
From an Independent Designer, you can rise to the next membership levels. The highest of these are Executive Director, then Senior Director, Director, Executive Team Leader, Senior Team Leader, Team Leader and the Leading Designer. As you go up in rank, you also receive a higher percentage from the items you successfully sold. Although the actual number will also differ depending on the type of item, usually you can expect between 30 to 50 percent.
Aside from that, you can earn corresponding bonuses and commissions from your referrals. Some of your bonuses will depend as well on the performance of the people you referred. It’s a good idea to encourage them and help them hone their craft as you are rewarded for any increase in level of your downline or referrals. This means first of all, working on improving your sales and soft skills and reaching out to more people and expanding your target. Once you have convinced people to join, they will be part of your team and it’s best that you invest time and effort into training them for you to achieve your team’s goals and receive additional bonuses.
An important thing to remember is that you will also need to reach a minimum number of personal volume points in order to continue receiving commissions. You can accumulate points by buying a certain number of products which you can keep for your personal use or you can sell to your customers. These points have to be maintained every six months.
What’s to like about this company
There are many things to like about this company. First is that their products are certainly distinctive. With the ability to choose the charms that go into your item, you can be assured of owning and proudly displaying an item that represents you and what you love. Also, while most MLM companies have centered their products on either nutrition or cosmetics, Origami Owl has chosen a product idea that not many companies have ventured into.
Another advantage is that unlike other companies where the membership fee is rather expensive, Origami Owl’s can be considered affordable. Joining is also relatively easy for anyone and the items are not very hard to market. The marketing materials that come with the products are a helpful bonus as well.
While the company encourages you to recruit people, this is not necessarily a requirement so that even if you cannot get referrals, you can still make a steady profit by focusing on increasing your sales. You have more leeway on how to do this since the company even permits its members to sell the products online. Members also appreciate that their commissions can be paid into their accounts weekly.
What might put you off
The jewelry they offer is charming and of good quality for the most part but it’s not first class jewelry that lasts many years. If you and your customers like wearing and using something cute and trendy though, these products are sure to be a hit.
The market is mostly limited to the female sector. They don’t have products that can be worn by men. On the other hand, the way these items are designed are usually attractive to both girls and women.
There have also been reports of sub-par customer service when you call the company to submit an order but Origami Owl has been working on this issue as well.
In general, Origami Owl is a reliable company with a unique product that sets itself apart from the rest of the MLM companies. If you’re able to find the right people who are interested in jewelry, accessories and artsy products, it won’t be too hard to sell your items. Like other MLM companies, however, you will also need to develop your sales skills so you can increase your profit.
If you’re serious about making a small business out of this opportunity, you will also need to find ways to reach out to more people who would be interested to join. Origami Owl does provide a genuine chance for its members to earn and grow in the business.