About three months ago, a friend of mine introduced me to a company that specializes in nail wraps. I had never heard of “Jamberry” before but I admit that I was intrigued. My youngest daughter has always wanted to do our nails together but I just cannot stand the smell, not to mention the fact that my nails would look good for only a day or two. The idea of being able to do our nails, together, without having to breathe the carcinogens in regular polish was a huge plus in my book! I agreed to host a party.
As time went by, and before my party, I decided to learn a little more about these Jamberry nail wraps. My daughter was truly excited! The more I learned, the more excited I became. Here before me was a solution to my daughter’s desires and my own! My youngest is a girly girl and there is nothing wrong about that. She adores being all “prettied up” and dressing up. Her older sister isn’t as crazy about dressing up, doing hair, doing nails, etc. I’m usually in the middle: I don’t mind dressing up for occasions or wearing makeup, but the reality is that I don’t make the time for it every day when my priorities are elsewhere.
During the party that I agreed to host, my daughter became almost frantic about these nails. Her birthday was coming up, all of 12 years old, and she insisted that this was something that she could do. “I can sell these, mom!” was a phrase I heard several times a day during that weeklong, online party. What’s a mother to do? I’m familiar with direct sales and multi-level marketing. I’ve been an Amway distributor for what feels like forever. I love their products! Why pay retail when I can purchase at wholesale? I’ve been a Young Living Essential Oils distributor for almost two years. Again, I love the oils that I use on a regular basis. Why pay retail when I can purchase wholesale and collect rewards for free product? Now I’m looking at a nail business?
My 12-year-old daughter is always looking for ways to make some extra spending money. She has done many things, from making jewelry to having a roadside baked-goods stand. She can’t have her own Jamberry business because she is under age, but I can. For her 12th birthday, I took the plunge. I signed up to become a consultant, purchased a sales kit with part of my “Hostess Rewards” and sat down with my preteen to outline what each of our jobs would be in this new endeavor. This is her idea!
What has this done? For one, we both are learning more about the products. We are both learning, side by side: together. I had originally figured that this would be her business, and I would be the “silent partner.” That original idea quickly faded. We are a team! We are working towards the same goals, together. We’ve often worked toward goals together, but this time it is different because she has a vested interest in success. This isn’t her business. This isn’t my business. This is our business.
One way the Jamberry business is different from Amway and Young Living is that there is a sales requirement. There are “hobbyists,” which was something that I was considering before taking the plunge, but there are limitations for the hobbyists especially in the area of websites. I’m not a salesperson… but my daughter is. I really don’t like the idea of cold contacts… but my daughter does. I’m very much a home-body. I don’t want to go out and mingle with the village. But you guessed it; my daughter thrives on that kind of stuff. If we’re going to make this a real business, then I best move out of my comfort zone and follow her lead. Online parties are easy. She is the backbone of in-home parties.
Children have a way of teaching us adults. Our children also have ways to draw us out of our comfort zones. And sometimes it is a good thing to be driven out of our comfort zone. Nail parties and holiday bazaars are on the horizon… and a new chapter in a mother/daughter relationship is literally at our fingertips.