Noah's Ark Workshop is a direct sales, party-based company that focuses on selling plush stuffed animals and hosting children's parties. The mission statement for the company is as follows: "We are committed to providing individuals the opportunity to entertain children and guests of all ages by creating magical, life long memories through hands-on party entertainment, while offering independent Party Leaders an enjoyable home business that is fun, flexible, and profitable." As a Noah's Ark Workshop Party Leader, you are responsible for setting up "stuff and fluff" children's parties, in which the guests get to create their own stuffed animals, or a Bella Bee Workshop, geared for tween girls, which focuses on glittery fashion accessories.
Starting Out as a Noah's Ark Workshop Party Leader
Getting started as a Noah's Ark Party Leader is simple. All you need to do is fill out the application form online and choose which start-up package you want. The company offers a range of 8 different membership kits to suit every budget and level of commitment. The most basic kit is the Limited Membership Kit ($29), which contains 1 animal stuffing kit, a t-shirt, your own website, live web training courses, training DVDs, materials and samplers, and unlimited Home Office support. The most expensive kit is the Ark Membership Kit ($1438), which contains all the basics as well as 120 stuffed animals, 40 outfits, 60 t-shirts, 120 take-home bags, birth certificates, rainbow stars and 2 large boxes of stuffing. At this membership level, you also receive a 50% discount on products.
Compensation as a Noah's Ark Workshop Party Leader
As a Party Leader, you have the opportunity to earn 35%-45% commission on all sales. You can earn more commissions based on the sales of people you recruit to the company, creating a downline. The company website mentions having a rewards program, with the possibility of winning vacations and other prizes, but specifics are not listed.
Thriving as a Noah's Ark Workshop Party Leader
To thrive as a Noah's Ark Party Leader, you should build your sales by having as many workshops as you can comfortably handle per week. The company provides a workshop income chart, which breaks down your profit depending on how many workshops you have per week. For example, if you host only 2 workshops per week and average $225 in retail sales per workshop, you can expect a monthly profit of $877.50 or an annual profit of $10,530. The company provides you with ongoing training and support to help you gain the knowledge you need to make a steady income.
Is It for You?
To enjoy your career as a Noah's Ark Party Leader, you should enjoy marketing and selling children's parties and products. It should go without saying that you love kids and want to make their special days even more unforgettable with a Noah's Ark Workshop. You should feel comfortable with direct sales and, if you want to grow your downline, with recruiting others to the company.
Noah's Ark Workshop supports the Project Comfort Bear and Project Night Light, providing stuffed animals to children in homeless shelters.
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