Tuesday, June 24, 2014

How to Create a Facebook Group for your Origami Owl® Business

Hey there Hoot Mamas!  Hope you’re having an awesome day! I’m super excited about today’s blog post,  we are kicking off my three part series all about the benefits of utilizing Origami Owl® Facebook Groups and how they can benefit your Origami Owl® business. With Facebook's diminishing Fan page reach, it's time to rethink about how we market our Origami Owl business to friends, hostesses, customers and potential team members.   For example, if you have 1,000 Facebook likes on your Origami Owl® fan page, only about 10%-20% of those fans will even see your posts!  While organic reach has long been declining, it has significantly declined since the Fall of 2013.   Facebook is moving more and more towards users paying to promote their Fan Page.  As an Origami Owl® Designer direct seller, this is against policies and procedures.   Does this mean we need to step away from using Facebook Fan pages?  No, but it is time to start thinking differently about the way we use Facebook to engage our customers in our business.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Origami Owl® Facebook Group

Hey Hoot Mamas! Happy Tuesday! 

I hope you all are enjoying this beautiful Summer weather.  We can finally say it's....Pool weather!!!  As I type this post, I am looking out my home office window and just taking in all of the beautiful sunshine and listening to the neighborhood kids play baseball. Summer time is just another reminder of the many blessings that my Origami Owl® business provides me, the opportunity to be able to stay home with my children and enjoy a relaxing and stress free Summer with my family.  It just does not get any better than this!!  I wanted to stop by today and take a minute to share my latest Blogging Project.  I just couldn't wait to share it with you all!  Starting Monday, June 23rd, I will be hosting a 3 Week Blogging Series all about the benefits of utilizing Origami Owl® Facebook Groups and how they can benefit your Origami Owl® business.  How awesome is that?  I hope you are all looking forward to taking your Origami Owl® business to the next level and learn a few Origami Owl® Social Media Tips along the way. 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Origami Owl® Business Tips

Hey Hoot Mamas!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  Ours was mostly relaxing with a Origami Owl® Jewelry Bar thrown in the middle on Saturday.  It was actually a little on the cool side for June so we mostly spent our time inside doing a little Spring Cleaning and Organizing.  I couldn't wait to share with all of you today one of the best Origami Owl® Business Tips I have yet to receive for my business.  It has literally changed my life and how I run my business.

As a Stay At Home Mom of a 2 year old boy and a 4 year old girl, I dreaded the task of taking my two little ones to the Post Office.  Standing in that long line and keeping my kids still was like herding cats into a box.  My son would stand next to me for about two minutes and then run off while my daughter struck up a conversation with the old lady five people in front of us.  I was literally out of breath and red with embarrassment by the time we got back into the car!  Kids can certainly humble you, don't they? 

A few months ago, I was told by one of my leaders about this amazing gadget called a Postage Scale and that you never have to go to the Post Office again.  Wait, what?  Sign me up!!!  When I heard about this, I ordered one immediately!  And it was everything that I had ever dreamed... I could mail Origami Owl® Lockets, Origami Owl® Charms, Hostess Packets, Recruiting Packets, Hoot Mama Incentive winners and Take Out Menus® all from the privacy of my own home.  It's like having a Post Office right inside Hoot Mama Lockets Headquarters!

Here is what you need to transform your Work At Home Office into a Post Office:

1. Dymo Postage Scale.
2. Avery Internet Shipping Labels.
3. Pay Pal Ship Now Account.
4. Scotch Bubble Mailers.
5. Catalog Envelopes

Using the Postage Scale is so easy!  Here is what you do:

1. Pull together your package to be mailed and weigh it with your Postage Scale.

2. Go to the PayPal link.  If it does not automatically bring you to the 'Ship Now' portal, you will have to key http://www.paypal.com/shipnow to get you there.

3. In the Address Information section, fill out your customers address and your email so you have a record of your shipment and purchase. 

4. In the Shipment Information section, there will be two drop downs you will need to select from.  I always choose First Class Mail Parcel 2-5 Days and Package/Thick Envelope.  You can certainly change these options depending on what you are shipping, however, this is what I use most of the time.

5. Fill out the weight of your package, the second boxes is the ounces which is what you will mostly use.

6. Click on Continue.  It will bring up a screen with your postage rate.  Then click on Print Label.  Another Pop-Up window will show asking you if you want to print a sample label.  I printed a sample label with my first couple of packages as I was getting used to the process and to see how my printer worked with this system.

7. Print your label!  I have to cut mine out of the Avery label sheet.  Peel and stick.

8. Do a happy dance to your mailbox knowing that you do not have to drag the kids to the Post Office.

Here are several Team Hoot Mama Incentives being mailed out to a few rock star team members who earned Level 1 of the Hoot Mama Strong Start program.  All from the comfort of my own home...my kids happily playing inside. 

I can practically hear all of the Work At Home Mom's rejoicing as they read this.  Have you received a Work At Home Mom Business tip that has literally changed your life?  Please share in the comments below, I can not wait to hear more amazing business tips!

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Congratulations Kelly Ayers, Jaci Atherton and Jamie Hodge ~ The Newest Hoot Mama and Origami Owl® Team Leaders!!!

Hey Hoot Mamas!!  Happy Friday to you all!  I hope you guys are having a great week!!

We have been super busy, my daughter Jillian participated in her very first dance recital this past weekend.  She looked absolutely adorable, I am just loving this age so much!!  
I am so excited to introduce to you today Jamie Hodge, Jaci Atherton and Kelly Ayers, three new Team Leaders on my amazing Hoot Mamas team.  Origami Owl® would not have been possible if I didn't ask others to join this journey with me.  Team Hoot Mama is comprised of some of the most fabulous and hard-working women I've ever met.  It's truly an honor to lead these women and to call so many of them my friends! 
Jamie Hodge ~ Team Leader - Mentor, OH

HeLLLLLoooo!  My name is Jamie Leigh Designer #50233 and I am a Team Leader for Origami Owl®. I always knew that I would own my own business and I am sooo happy I joinedl!!  I was first introduced to O2 at a bridal show I was working at. I immediately fell in love and knew I HAD TO JOIN. A few months later I started my journey and I could not be happier!  In less than 6 months I was promoted twice!!   I am working hard to be a force for good and to help other women live their dreams! 

2014 is going to be a GREAT year for Team HOOT HOOT! I am looking forward to what our journey will unfold.I love being a hands on mentor to my team. Encouraging and supportive throughout their journey. 

I am excited for my future with Origami Owl® and I am on my way to my goal of being a stay at home mom and wife to my amazing fiance! He has been supportive and encouraging throughout my journey. 
If you have any questions or would like to join an amazing team please contact me!
I would love to share this journey with you! Lets ROCK in 2014 and have fun while doing it.
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Jaci Atherton ~ Team Leader - Lorain, OH


My name is Jaci and I have been a designer with Origami Owl® since September 2013. When I first began my journey with this company, I attended a regional training event in Columbus, OH (exclusive training is just one of the perks). I was pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be more of a motivational and inspirational coaching session rather than just concentrating on "how to sell the product". I was able to hear real life stories from real life women about how far they have come, in part because of Origami Owl®. I learned more about how it all began and that this company is truly run by a family and not a big corporation. Knowing this melted my heart because I was able to actually relate to them.
One thing in particular that was said during the training was that in order to achieve my goals, I had to first figure out my "why". For me, my “why” is simple: My family. My husband and I are so incredibly blessed with our four amazing children; Grace, Charlie, Maggie and Emma. Despite my job as a full-time Registered Nurse and my husband’s job as a full-time police officer, we never seemed to have enough extra money for fun family excursions, or to take our family of six on vacations. In only a few short months, the commission I have earned has contributed to us to paying off some bills, enjoying a debt free Christmas, and paying for ballet, softball, and baseball! We are now actively saving for a vacation to Disney World! Since beginning my journey with Origami Owl®, I have also made some incredible new friends, from my jewelry bar hosts and their guests, to the other amazing designers I work with. We all have a story and a motive for joining Origami Owl®; some stories are similar and some are very different. I am genuinely grateful for the opportunities that Origami Owl®  has given me and it is awesome to be able to share my enthusiasm with others.  In February 2014, I began recruiting my own team of designers. This year, I am making it my goal to focus on building my team. I love being a mentor and helping other wonderful designers begin their journey with Origami Owl® too! I am extremely excited to see where Origami Owl® will take me in the future. If you are ready to create your own journey with Origami Owl® or are interested in discovering more about Origami Owl® and how this company can change your life, like it has for me, please visit me on FacebookWebsite or Email.

Kelly Ayers ~ Team Leader - Mentor, OH


Hoot! Hoot! Origami Owl® fans!  My name is Kelly Ayers.  I live in Mentor, OH with my husband, Tim, and our 2 blue eyed kiddos.  My son, Bryce, is almost 7 years old.  He’s my comedian, which after a 4-5 year battle with Verbal Apraxia, I am blessed to hear just about anything he has to say.  He continues to improve with intensive speech therapy, he makes me extremely proud.  My daughter, Molly, is almost 2 years old.  She is such a joy and thankfully has no speech delays, it’s a delight to hear her little voice..most days!  I work full time job as a Senior Pension Analyst with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, which I’ve been doing for 13 years.  It’s definitely not a job I planned to jump into, after graduating with a BS in Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences, but at the time, it was the door that God opened and I don’t regret it.  After all, it prepared me for the background to help my son with his language delay.  God’s plans work in mysterious ways.

I started my journey with Origami Owl® July 2, 2013 after a 4 month wait on the waitlist to receive my Origami Owl®  wings.  I first heard about OO in March 2013, when an online coop group posted that they were doing an Origami Owl® sale in preparation for Mother’s Day.  I decided that I’d make one for my mom and the day that it arrived in the mail, I was in awe at how beautiful it was in person and that each charm represented something special to her.  I immediately said “ok, now how quick can I order myself one!”.  I was drawn to the uniqueness and the ability to customize and I knew that not many people were even aware of what Origami Owl® was.  I had thought about joining a direct sales company, but never felt an instant connection that I could see myself excited about selling, but this was different.  I found myself wanting more and more!  I got my OO wings and haven’t regretted it since.  I have met so many new friends and have taken my leadership skills to a whole new level.  

I have many goals that I pray Origami Owl® will help me to reach.  I started out with the small goal of just being able to live without the financial struggle of living paycheck to paycheck.  I can now gladly say we not only are doing better financially, but I am also able to start setting money aside in a savings account.  Having that cushion is such a relief, just knowing that when life happens and lemons are handed to us, we don’t have to resort to a credit card.  This leads me to one of my next goals, to reduce our debt, which I’ve already started.  Easier said than done, but I’ve already started and as I continue to grow my team and with fantastic customers and hostesses, I will reach and surpass this goal too!  

Having no prior experience in direct sales, I am so blessed to come as far as I have!  I have such great leaders and I have worked extremely hard to follow their example and continue to learn and teach as I go. I’ll end with one of my favorite quotes because it’s not necessarily about your position or title:
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” - John Quincy Adams 
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