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Friday, March 19, 2010

How to run a successful Stampin Up business - by Sherrill Graff


I have a SAM
SAM stands for service account Manager
My SAM is awesome, her name is Terri and she really works hard to help me. Thank you Terri. I appreciate you.

When I started with Stampin Up back in Jan of 1991, I had one workshop a month for quite a few years with sales of $500 or so. I worked my business when I could while we raised our 4 children. It was fun and a great way to meet other moms. Stampin Up gave me a reason to get together with friends and gave us a little extra money to go out to dinner or pay a bill or two.
Just after the birth of our 4th child, my husband who was 32 years old he had his first heart attack. He had bypass surgery and a 6 month recovery. We had no income from his job for quite a few months. I thank God for not only sparring his life but for family and friends from the church who helped out in our time of need. This was the first of 7 heart attacks and angioplasties in the 19 years I have been with this company.

Each time I had to put Stampin Up on the back burner to tend to more important needs. Then when the crisis was over I needed to work more to bring in more income to help pay the added doctor, hospital, and insurance expenses. What started out as a way to earn a discount on stamps quickly turned into needed income. Over the years I kept my faith in God and devotion to my family separate from my Stampin Up business until I went to a leadership conference in Palm Springs. It was then that I made the decision to ask God each day to help me bless others in my Stampin Up business, to not focus on sales but to focus on service. I also decided to show more gratitude for God's blessings knowing he hears and answers prayers.
That year I was blessed with 20 tho in sales and two dozen new team members. I earned the incentive trip for my first time and I was on top of the world. My husband really took notice that year and enjoyed the trip so much that now he encourages me to go out to work! Last september Mark lost his job and we have seen the need to increase my Stampin Up income once again.
We are richly blessed... we continue to pay our bills with his unemployment, my Stampin Up income, gifts from family and a few odd jobs here and there.
We work like everything depends on us and we pray like everything depends on the Lord. I can't tell you how thankful I am for a job that I enjoy. A job that I can put important things first and one that allows me to help others along the way.

May each of us Lift~Inspire~Serve~Teach
as we change the world by sharing what we love.
Sherrill Graff istmpnv@aol.com

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2 comments:

Deb said...

Thanks for sharing your story. I am a new SU demo (since Aug) and my main impetus in starting was to make it a ministry to others. Your story is an encouragement to me!

Carrie Rhoades said...

You go girl, AMEN! Thanks for the words of inspiration. May God Bless you and your family!