There are loads of cool articles that discuss the benefits of Scentsy Flameless Candles and how to start your own Scentsy business. They are highly enlightening and motivating. What I have yet to run across so far is an article or blog written from a husband’s perspective. I would like to take a minute to tell my Scentsy story (as the husband of a Scentsy Representative), and give a little perspective into how Scentsy has affected my life.
In March of 2005 my sweetheart informed me that she was shown the most awesome “candle” at a friends home and that she wanted to sign up to sell the product. At the time I was a homebuilder and working between twelve-sixteen hours a day so I did not have the time or energy requisite to fight about it or even ask her many questions about this “Scentsy thing”. I simply said “do what you think is right” and returned to looking at home plans and paying bills. I was pretty self-absorbed and figured if Nicole wanted a new “hobby”, then more power to her. What I didn’t comprehend was that Nicole did not want a “hobby”; she had a specific goal and had found her means to accomplish it.
Nicole’s aim was to find a way that would allow her to make enough money per month to pay for our family’s health insurance policy. At the time she would need to make about four hundred to five hundred dollars each month in order to do that. Nicole considered going to work outside of the home but figured that by the time she paid childcare, gas, and taxes, she would need to work over 25 hours a week outside the home in order to earn enough money to pay for our insurance. Thankfully Nicole was not about to miss twenty five hours a week of our kids’ lives just to pay one bill a month. When she discovered Scentsy and read up on their payment plan she recognized straightaway that she could make it work.
With the Scentsy compensation plan you earn twenty five percent commission on the goods you sell, plus you have the ability to earn a percentage of everything that your team members sell. Nicole originally didn’t plan on starting up a team; she only desired to do a few home get togethers a month in an effort to earn her $400-$500 each month in commissions. Nicole set a goal to set up one gathering every week on Thursday nights from 6-9pm to earn her desired commission check. This meant that I needed to be sure that I was available each Thursday so I could take care of the children while she was away. Three hours a week compared to twenty five hours a week made sense to me so I was on board.
Nicole promptly found that when she held a get together she would every now and then have a invitee ask her if they could sign up to sell Scentsy. Before she knew it she had a small team built and she was consistently able to reach her goal of paying our monthly insurance bill. I was still pretty much oblivious to the big picture of Scentsy; however, I did realize that Scentsy was beginning to take more than a few hours a week of Nicole’s time. It was at this time that I recognized that her “hobby” was turning into something real.
over the course of the next 2 years Nicole started to spend more and more time on her Scentsy business and I began having to spend more time watching the kids. At the time I saw this shift of responsibilities as a horrendous inconvenience, but now looking back on it I see how it was a real blessing. Instead of “needing” to watch the kids, I was finally getting a chance to construct awesome relationships with them. The extra time at home also made me begin to appreciate Nicole for everything that she had always done as a mom to keep our family functioning. Her additional workload wasn’t pushing us apart as I initially believed; it was covertly driving us closer together as a family. We were actually working as a unit for the first time ever. We would organize Scentsy orders together, we would tag-team household chores as a family, and we would even start having time off together. Nicole’s Scentsy commission earnings started to not only pay our insurance but they were surprisingly big enough to take us on actual get aways every now and then.
Speed up to present day: Nicole and I are working together from home, both focusing on different parts of the Scentsy candle business. I am in awe when I think about how much Scentsy has changed my life. We are both still constantly on the run but we are able to select when we are busy and when we aren’t. Four years ago I rarely made it to any of our children’s school activities. Now I never miss one. Nicole and I get to see each other for more than thirty minutes each day and we have even been able to enjoy some much deserved family get aways. I never thought that I would work from home or the keeper of my own schedule, but now I am both and really enjoying it.
To all families out there that are considering the decision of whether or not to join Scentsy; I have a couple closing words of counsel. Understand that your Scentsy business won’t be an overnight money machine, it requires effort but it is worth it. If you treat it like a real business it will become a real business. If you treat it like a hobby it will become a hobby. Husbands if you have a favorable attitude toward the business it will help in ways you won’t believe. If you have a negative attitude about the business it will frustrate your spouse and definitely will hurt her business. You guys need to believe me on this one; I’ve been there and done that. Stay positive, work hard, and enjoy the ride. I wish everyone good luck and continued success.