WELCOME!

I am so happy you are here!

A little bit about me....

I am a mom to 3 children that I totally adore! Drake (17), Dawson (11) and Addie Grace (8). I am a Breast Cancer SURVIVOR!!! And basically, I'm just blessed to be here!


Welcome to our Origami Owl Family!

I would like to congratulate you on making the decision to join Origami Owl, as an Independent Designer! My name is Tabitha Lathan, and I have the pleasure of being your Mentor, or your Mentor's Mentor...or so on. I am a Team Leader within "Team OWL". In case you're wondering, "OWL" stands for "Opportunities Without Limits"...because that is what we believe that we have! We are a fun loving, spirited group of women who have the same goal in mind...which is to achieve success with OUR businesses! We know that when we truly BELIEVE, we CAN achieve! I would like to extend out my "helping hand" to you, while you figure out what to do with YOUR new business!

Over the next few days, you may receive various welcome emails from different members of your upline lineage. Please don’t feel overwhelmed. The emails hopefully will allow you to see what a great support system you have! We are so happy and excited to have you join our big, happy family!

Here's a little welcome video, just for you! This is a just quick little video from some peeps at The Nest, welcoming you to Origami Owl, and they're also giving some GREAT tips, on how to jumpstart your new business!

Click here --> http://vimeo.com/72459243

password: oonewdesigners

Want to tour The Nest with Bella? Here you go...

http://vimeo.com/origamiowl/review/69343336/7d87a57850

Let me ask you this- Why did you decide to become a Designer with Origami Owl? Always keep that reason in your mind, and in your heart, and you will achieve success. Consider sharing your "WHY" with your mentor, because that will help her know more specifically how to help you!

We all know that Origami Owl was started by the hopes and dreams of a 14 year old girl named Bella Weems. She really wanted a car, and with the support, and help, from her mom, her dreams came true. Check out these links to see more information about how Origami Owl started:

http://www.origamiowl.com/story/

http://www.familycircle.com/family-fun/money/moms-who-run-successful-family-businesses/?page=3

http://companies.directsalesaid.com/origami-owl

http://www.gogilbert.com/issues/2013sep/index.html#/30/


Our "Family Tree"

First of all, lets talk about our "Family Tree", so you know who people are talking about, when names are being thrown out there! Origami Owl has 7 Designers who are the "Direct to Corporate Designers"

Jane Alger, Tami and Madi Butcher, Kimberlie Harrell, Heidi Russell, Karla Savage, Maggie Stephens, and Kristine Stevens.

We all fall under one of these lovely ladies.

We are part of Senior Director Heidi Russell's "Superstar Team". (May I just add that this is the biggest team in the company with the highest sales!?!) Heidi will send out an email to you occasionally, and also does a monthly team conference call.

Under Heidi, is Senior Director Heather Hall. She is in Connecticut, and is the Mentor of "Team Rockin' Lockets". You will hear from her, and see her name alot...s ,he is FABULOUS! Then there is Heather Moreland, who is also totally awesome! Heather is Executive Team Leader, and the Mentor of "Team OWL". Heather conducts a monthly meeting in the Buford, GA area, and occasionally holds team calls, as needed.

Here is your lineage:

1. Heidi Russell- Senior Director "Superstars"

2. Heather Hall- Senior Director "Team Rockin' Lockets"

3. Heather Moreland- Executive Team Leader "Team OWL"

(Woaahhh...that's a lot of H's right?)

4. Shelly Upshaw

5. Tiffany Westbrook- Team Leader

6. Tabitha Lathan- Team Leader

7. You, or your Mentor...or your menor's mentor...or so on? WOW!!

From this point down, there are various branches of our family tree. Your mentor will be able to tell you who your lineage is- from me to you! It's important to utilize your mentor FIRST if you have questions or need advice. You can then follow the chain up, as needed. Give your mentor the opportunity to grow with you, by not skipping over her.

Where do you see yourself in 3 months? 6 months? On your 1 year "Owl"iversary? Shoot for the moon! You may just land among the stars!

Now for the Juicy Info! Ok, so now that you know about the company, and where you stand in the company, let's talk about what to do next, and what's available to you.

Get the 411 on what to do, product information, and all the files/resources you can get your hands on, because you want to read it, take in the knowledge, and run with it!!!

First of all, get out that great book that came with your starter kit! It is the spiral bound book called START LIVING YOUR DREAMS. Read it!! It is a wonderful training guide for you! It is full of information, and it also includes checklists, and how to do your first Jewelry Bar, etc... Seriously, it is an awesome book.

Next, study the file called Points of Difference. It is important that you have product knowledge of what you are selling!

https://d9b54x484lq62.cloudfront.net/origamiowl/personal/resources/pointsofdifference_0113.pdf

If you are on Facebook, please ask your Mentor to add you to our team page. Or you can request to join:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/teamowlgroup/

Our team page is a wonderful resource for support, and there is a group of fabulous women who are ready to welcome you in. We really love to help each other out! Please do not post anything negative on the page. Any and all frustrations or complaints, venting about stuff, will be removed from the page by Heather, or one of her appointed Admins! No ARGH's, GRR's or UGHH's! This page is a grunt free zone! Yes, this page is for support, but negativity and venting just fosters the wrong vibe for this page, and we want to truly keep our group page a happy place, where asking questions, celebrations, sharing ideas, and encouragment are the main topics and posts. If you have issues, or concerns, shoot your Mentor a message, and she will be more than glad to help you work through it! Also, the Team page does NOT substitute as your Mentor! Please be sure to communicate with her, when you have questions...that is why she is your Mentor. Also note- this is not a trading forum. It is against Policy and Procedure to buy or trade with other designers. This does not include back order or retired items....buying, or trading, can be very tricky for taxes, and for warranty issues.

***Pay particular attention to Origami Owl's Policies & Procedures***

https://d9b54x484lq62.cloudfront.net/origamiowl/personal/resources/policies_procedures_07112013.pdf

I recommend you print this, three hole punch the papers, and put it in a binder for reference.

The Backoffice, or what is also called Revolution: This is where you will log in, to see daily updates, and stay in the know. Please note that your Mentor does not know anything before you do. The Resources tab, in your backoffice, has so many great files, photographs, power points, and videos. To learn how to navigate this essential tool of your business, watch this webinar provided by the fabulous Heather Hall.

http://vimeo.com/73953828
password: rockin

IMPORTANT-make sure you attend a call, or work with your mentor, before closing a party. DO NOT hit close until you have entered Hostess Rewards. Note-Hostess Rewards are only earned through the party tab, and are not earned when you order wholesale.

YOUR Website: Did you know you now have your own website? You should have chosen a prefix to your website at enrollment. Whatever you chose, will then go before .origamiowl.com (EX: I chose easilycharmed, so my web address is easilycharmed.origamiowl.com) If you don't remember, you can always check in your back office. Go to "My Profile", then "Edit my Profile", scroll down to see the box that says "Replicated Site", and that is your prefix.

O2 Connection or Newsletter: We have a wonderful tool, provided by Origami Owl, that is a monthly newsletter that goes out to all of our customers. You should receive an email on setting yours up, or you can call, or email, The Nest for more info on how to begin. All the customers in your back office, will automatically be added, and you can also add them yourself. The monthly newsletter is full of great info, that The Nest works hard to put together. You will receive a "Warm Call report" after these go out, showing you who opened it, and what they looked at. You can then use this information to know what they are interested in, and contact them accordingly.


Webinars: These are packed with lots of helpful information and news. They are posted on Monday nights, around 8pm EST. Check your backoffice on Mondays, to get the information of what topic will be being discussed. I recommend for you to tune into them, because any new, and up and coming news, will be announced, along with some great training!

Commissions: As Designers we earn 50% of charms, dangles and plates and 30% of lockets, chains and tags. This works out to be a good average of about 40%...which is very generous for direct sales! You can order wholesale through the orders tab in your back office for your discount, but will not be rewarded with hostess rewards that way. When entering a party, you will pay full price, and then receive a commission payment the following Friday. You of course do not receive commission on business materials, and those must be ordered separately, as they ship from a different location.

Personal Volume: You will hear this word referred to often, but most often as "PV". This is the wholesale dollars purchased, thru the party tab or personal orders, not including business materials. You can view your PV under the Commission Tab ($), in your back office. This is tracked monthly! You will also see GV, which is your total team volume, as you begin to grow a team.

Staying Active: To be considered "active" each month, you need to have a PV of $99. To remain a current designer, and not loose your ID status, you need to have $199 in PV, for every 6 months. This is super easy, and much lower than most other companies.

Returns and Missing items: Occasionally things may arrive less than perfect, or have a defect. If this happens, fill out the appropriate form, and it will be taken care of. There is a Missing Items form which is for...yep...items that are missing from an order....please note the time frame in which this has to be submitted. There is also a Replacement Form, that is for items that may have arrived damaged, or that fall under the 90 manufacturer warranty. Both of these forms are located in your Back Office, under the Resources tab, and under the section marked "Business Materials".

Incentives: At Origami Owl, they like to keep things challenging, and FUN! Check out our incentive website for all the fun things going on. We have a new partnership with The Band Perry, and an exclusive tag, that can be purchased only through the month of September....it can also be purchased with their single, or full album download! We also currently have our first ever incentive trip to Cabo, Mexico! How exciting is that?!? There is still time to get in on that! Learn more about all of these fun things at www.o2incentives.com

Hostess Rewards: We have a great hostess rewards program...this particular one will run through September, and then it will change to a more simplified version. Keep an eye on your back office for updates on the Hostess Reward! With each level of sales that the hostess gets, she earns Hostess Hoot Loot (Free product), Half price items, additional half price items for each booking, and our fabulous Hostess Exclusive. This current set is valued at $131, and is offered at $100, just for hosting, and reaching the first level. At each level, she will receive a % off of the $100, all the way up to FREE!

https://d9b54x484lq62.cloudfront.net/origamiowl/personal/resources/updated%20sep.%20hostess%20exclusives.pdf

Get Ready to SOAR!

Here are some tips to help you start your Origami Owl business on the fast track!

  • Make a locket and wear it daily!!! (If you haven't already) A locket is like your billboard! Wear it everywhere...change it up! You will be surprised how many people will notice, and ask about it. And, what a wonderful opportunity to tell them about your business!

  • Designate a workspace. The first step is to select one location for your workspace. Ideally, this is a designated home office, but some of us may not have the space in our home, so this space can be the kitchen table, a small desk in your bedroom, etc... Whatever the space, it is important that you make this your space. Carving out a home office space, can help you be more productive at home, and maintain your sanity when family and household issues threaten to impede on your work!

  • Set up your email- you are an excited new Designer, you will be sending out emails about your new business to prospective customers, and hostesses. When you have a designated email address just for your Origami Owl business, it tells everyone you are OPEN FOR BUSINESS! Be sure to follow the P&P Guidelines for setting up an email. No proprietary, or trademarked terms can be used. You can not use origamiowl, livinglockets, or O2 in your email address. Having an email just for your Origami Owl business is a great way to keep organized with all the communications you will be having between you and Hostesses, customers, and your Mentor and leaders. Check this out... it is a fancy e-signature that you can create for your business email address. It is great because it looks professional, and you can add your contact info, as well as set up the buttons to link to your website and social media sites, and even if you aren't emailing them about OO, they will see it! www.myesigpartners.com **NOTE- please make sure whatever email address that you have saved in the back office is what you would like to receive email communications from The Nest, from Heather Hall, Heather Moreland, and from me.

  • Open a bank account. Open a separate checking account for your new business. Look for a personal account with minimal fees and an ATM card. Deposit client checks, as well as sales, and use it to order supplies and pay for business expenses. This makes for MUCH EASIER tracking, and accounting, at the end of the year when you're trying to do taxes! This is the account where you can deposit customer checks, commissions from corporate, and link your SquareUp, PayAnywhere or other mobile cash register credit card swiper account.

  • Sign up for mobile credit card processing. Do research on using a mobile credit processing service. There are many out there...PayAnywhere, Paypal, SquareUp, Intuit...the list goes on and on. Even though YES, the Origami Owl backoffice does run credit cards for free through the party tab, it is only for when you are placing orders. The great thing about having a mobile credit card swiper is that you can run someone's card at the event, have it go directly into your business account (most take 24 hours to deposit), then turn around and order the product in your back office using debit card linked to that same account. all while knowing the card is sufficient. For the most part, they are available for free when you register your account and they send you the reader. You may pay a service fee of about 2.5% - 3% depending on the company, so research well and decide if this is something that is important to your business, or not...it's a CONVENIENCE, not a NECESSITY.

  • Table Display: As you search for items for your display, consider keeping it simple. Remember...as fun as those owls are...we aren't really selling owls! Keep the focus on our fabulous Jewelry. Consider our colors (aqua, pink, yellow, etc) and linen. You can find some fabulous display items at www.nilecorp.com and www.sagadisplay.com

NOW THAT YOU HAVE THOSE THINGS DONE, YOU MUST FEEL OFFICIALLY OPEN FOR BUSINESS!!

  • Make your list of 100 immediately. List all the people you know, and don't be judgmental of who may or may not love Origami Owl. You never know!! 10 friends, 10 relatives, 10 neighbors, 10 acquaintances and 10 people surrounding children or spouse is 50 already. And, you can contact them using your...GASP! Brand new email address! Make sure you tell them ALL about your new business!

  • Pick a date for your launch party IMMEDIATELY!!! When will your DEBUT be? And, who will be attending this debut? Your lauch party should be your introduction of your new business to all of your family and friends! Your launch party should focus on bookings, and sharing Origami Owl with people who might want to start their own business. Don't worry so much about selling products...consider doing a raffle for hostess rewards, to promote those things. EX- 1 ticket for each $25 earned, 1 ticket for bringing an uninvited friend, 4 tickets for booking a Jewelry Bar, 4 tickets for inquiring about the opportunity, etc...

  • GET YOUR CALENDAR FULL! Schedule your launch party, and try to get 2 parties from your launch party and 2 outside bookings. This will give you 5 Jewelry Bars in the next 4-6 weeks and that will get your business booming. Origami Owl Jewelry Bars are easy and so much fun! But it is even more fun when you are excited, enthusiastic, and get the balling rolling!!!! That is the key to your success!
  • Jewelry Bar Training: Want to know how to truly ROCK those Jewelry Bars? Our very own Heather Hall did a fabulous training, that will walk you through a Jewelry Bar and how to fully get maximum results! It is fabulous, and is the model I use since seeing it! This is well worth your time, so check it out at
    http://vimeo.com/71645271 - part one
    http://vimeo.com/71645362 - part two

Password: rockin

  • Start growing your Team!!! Did you know the fastest way to grow your business is by adding to your team? Jewelry Bars are the heart of our business, but growing a team can drastically increase your paycheck, far beyond sales commissions. It is SO rewarding to share this wonderful opportunity {and why not share something SO amazing!?!}, and to watch someone you introduced to the company, accomplish amazing things! See the earnings chart below that shows what leaders can make. {Remember, these numbers don't include sales!!! Woahhh!} You can also check out our generous compensation plan at https://d9b54x484lq62.cloudfront.net/origamiowl/personal/resources/careerplan_singlesheet_revised1025.pdf


Marketing Yourself, and Your New Business, as an O2 Independent Designer:

First of all, order yourself some beautiful and high quality, pre-designed business cards at:

https://flyersdirect.com/origamiowl

For marketing, and branding purposes, and to keep the company's image consistent (and because The Nest said so...), we can only order cards through the Flyers Direct site.

Facebook:

Go ahead and set up a Facebook business page, and share it with your friends and family!

When you are ready to create your page, here are some simple directions, in this video from the Nest: http://vimeo.com/73182972 password: oocall ...and if you've got the hang of Facebook already, you can fast forward to min 9:58. You will get some great, and simple instructions!

Remember, your Facebook page needs to follow O2 compliancy, therefore your page's name HAS to be Origami Owl- your name, Independent Designer
And that is it! Now you can add pictures, and whatever you would like. BUT, be diligent in crediting photo sources. If you know you are not the one who took the picture, either do not use it, or credit the person who took the picture. The best way to avoid copyright drama, is to use pictures that are from your backoffice, ones that have a watermark on them, or ones you have taken yourself. Remember, we are being a force for good, and editing or cropping out another Designer's name is disrespecting them, because their time and efforts went into creating the beautiful locket photo. Our audience does not know that the Designer's name is another Designer...they see that as a photographer's signature on her work. If it is their website and/or Designer info on the picture, just don't use that picture. Simple.

Also, please be careful in using lockets to advertise specific brands (i.e.-disney, teams, sororities, etc)....copyright infringement is not something you want to mess with.

***Remember, you are now a representative of Origami Owl. Please make sure your posts reflect the company you represent, and YOURSELF, in a good light. Do not post anything that may offend others, or cause controversy. We all come from different backgrounds, and have different beliefs. We all have our own story- that is what Origami Owl is all about- telling our stories, which are all different! As we celebrate our diversity, always choose to be respectful. We never know who is looking at our page.

ALWAYS...BE A FORCE FOR GOOD!!

Take a moment to add Origami Owl's contact info to your cell phone contacts.

Designer Care:

Phone- 888.491.0331

Fax- 480.339.1126 for missing items forms

Email- go to www.origamiowl.com and click on contact us and use the contact to select the issue at hand.

Address:

Origami Owl

410 S.Benson Lane, Suite 1

Chandler,AZ 85224

And last, but not least, make sure your Mentor's phone number is saved into your cell phone's contacts too! (My info is at the bottom!)