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Reach for the Stars - August Stories

24th August 2018

The exciting thing about running your own Usborne business, is the opportunity to not only share our award-winning books with customers, schools and more, but also to share that same opportunity with others. Our Organisers are able to support countless individuals to write a better story for their families.

In this series of blogs, we will be following the stories of some of our newly promoted Organisers, who may be becoming a leader for the first time, or climbing further up the promotion ladder by expanding their businesses.

We hope that their stories show you that anything is achievable in your Usborne business. Just reach for the stars!

Gemma's Story

'I decided to promote to Team Leader as I wanted to build a successful business for myself and being on maternity leave meant that I had extra motivation (not to mention time!) to be able to do so. My plan is to continue to grow, and to help my lovely team members to achieve their goals as well - whatever they may be!

To achieve this I will be checking in with my team members on a personal basis once a week, pointing them in the right direction of training videos etc. I'll be working with at least one school a month to help with volume too, and setting incentives to work towards.

If you are looking to promote yourself, speak to everyone you know about our books, tell everyone you meet about this fantastic opportunity and speak to your team - be honest with them and tell them you are looking at promoting, they will hopefully be as excited as you!' 

Carmen's Story

'My story is a simple one, I began this adventure for my son, and I woke up one day as a Team Leader! I can't believe it yet!

I found that once you have achieved your four recruits, it is easy to achieve the other condition for promoting to Team Leader, plus the beautiful, special books always sell themselves! I want to thank my team for their enthusiasm in striving to achieve their goals. With a bit of encouragement, together we made it!

It is wonderful having a team, and I am still trying to grow my own further, because in this way it is so much easier to achieve higher success in this business. I'm building my business slowly, with little steps, but I'm sure that this time next year when I look back I will be so satisfied.

You have to dedicate a little bit of time to this business to make it, but when you are there, all the sacrifices are worth it.' 

Bethany's Story

'I joined Usborne one year ago as a bit of a hobby and as a way to get great books at discounted prices for my two boys!

When we made the brave/crazy decision to start homeschooling, I realised that I wouldn't be getting a 'real job' any time soon and so I needed to build my business into a reliable income so that I could be at home with my boys. After talking with my brilliant mentor, she encouraged me to think about building a team. I love a challenge and so I gave it a go!

Now I have my very own team who I support and mentor around everything else! I love seeing their businesses flourish, and it pushes me to grow my own book business too as I want to lead by example. It's given me a real sense of achievement, and a lot of the confidence that I lost when I became a mum. Most of all, it means I can afford (financially and with my time) to be there for my children and to give them the very best.

I have a really fantastic mentor who pushed me, cheered me and supported me from day one, and still does. I know I wouldn't be a Team Leader without her. She has inspired me to step out of my comfort zone, push myself and to persevere. Now I want to pay it forward and be that kind of mentor to my team.

My tip for people striving for promotion would be to remember why you joined Usborne in the first place, and to have a goal of where you want it to take you (for me that's Florida!). Schedule regular Usborne time to work on building your team, supporting your team and inspiring your team with your own business. Remind yourself of where you started and where you're going every time you sit down to 'Usborne'. Remind yourself of your value as an Organiser and a Mentor.

My mentor sent me a postcard which is stuck on my wall above the computer, it says Don't call it a dream. Call it a plan. That advice got me to Team Leader, and that would be my advice to others too!'


Congratulations to Gemma Walters, Carmen Secheli and Bethany Steventon for promoting to Team Leader. We are incredibly proud of your achievements!