Start Your Own Children’s Book Business with Barefoot Books
Love children’s books? Want to make a difference in children’s lives by sharing inclusive, meaningful stories with them? Looking for flexible ways to earn extra income? If you said yes to any of these, the Barefoot Books’ Ambassador program might be right for you.
Three years ago, I stumbled across Barefoot Books on someone’s blog. I wasn’t looking to start a business, but I’ve been children’s book nut for many years, so I was intrigued when I discovered their books were primarily sold by Ambassadors with their own small, home-based businesses. Of course, I had a number of questions that I wanted answered before I started.
How to Work from Home by Selling Children’s Books
Are you wondering if the Barefoot Books Ambassador program is a good fit for you? Have a few questions or concerns you’d like to get answered?
These are the questions I’m asked most often about the Barefoot Ambassador program. (Don’t see the answer here? Contact me and I’ll follow up with you personally!)
What is a Barefoot Books Ambassador?
Barefoot Books Ambassadors represent our company and sell our timeless, beautiful children’s books through home parties, community events, and online. You can earn extra income by running your Barefoot business in the way that is best for you and your family.
This is a flexible business, and you can sell books in the way that fits best with your schedule, skills, and interests. Ambassadors earn money by marketing and selling Barefoot Books products in their communities through home parties or online parties, and through community events such as school book fair fundraisers and vendor events. The events can include storytimes, arts and crafts session, moms nights out, and more. You can be as creative as you would like.
How can I sell Barefoot Books? How will I find customers?
You can also sell Barefoot Books through your free website, as well as any other websites, blogs, or social media.
Most Barefoot Books Ambassadors hold a launch party with family and friends to spread the word about their new venture, either in person or with a virtual Facebook party. As your sponsor, I can help you strategize about how to quickly move beyond your immediate circle of family and friends to find new customers.
What makes Barefoot Books different from other companies?
I could go on and on about what I think makes Barefoot Books so special, but I’ll try to keep it brief. I love that we are offering something that makes such a difference in children’s lives.
As you get to know our Barefoot Books Ambassador community, you’ll find that what draws people to our program is as much about a desire to give back as it is about earning income. Maybe that’s why the only competition you’ll find within our company is the friendly kind. I continually see other Ambassadors reaching out to support each other and cheer each other on (including people who are not on each of our own teams.)
Finally, I love how closely our home office staff listens to us and responds to our needs, whether we’re asking for a beloved book to come back into print or asking for training resources on a particular topic.
What is the time commitment for being a Barefoot Books Ambassador?
This is your business. You are in control and decide how much time you want to invest in reaching your personal goals. Some of our Ambassadors dedicate 5 – 10 hours a week to the program; for others, it is a full-time job. The advantage is that you can stay flexible depending on your schedule and earning goals.
I’m just not the salesperson type. Can I be a successful Ambassador?
Did you know that the word sales comes from a Scandinavian word meaning “to serve”? Successful Ambassador finds ways of being of service to their customers, rather than pushing them into making purchases.
I had no sales experience before becoming an Ambassador in 2013, but the excellent training available from our home office and my sponsor allowed me to earn Barefoot’s top fourth quarter prize in 2014: a coveted spot on our Leader’s retreat in France (open to only the top performing eight Ambassadors). My business is rooted in relationships and service, and yours can be as well.
|No matter which Starter Kit you choose, you’ll have plenty of support from our home office team and me as you launch your business.|
What are the start up costs for becoming a Barefoot Books Ambassador?
Becoming an Ambassador starts when you register online and purchase your Starter Kit. I recommend our Barefoot Business in a Box because it gives you the most bang for your buck, with the greatest variety of books and gifts for customers to see and touch in person. The regular cost is $139.99, which includes shipping. It’s presented in a beautifully-branded Barefoot Books box and contains a selection of our bestselling books and gifts, with a total retail value of over $350. You’ll also receive important sales aids to market your business like catalogs, order forms, and brochures to help you organize your first events.
If you’re on a tight budget, we have a smaller Starter Kit available, the Barefoot Basics in a Bag, which has over $200 worth of books and tools and the regular price is $79.99.
No matter which Starter Kit you choose, your website, back office for tracking customers and team members, training programs, and online marketing tools are free for your entire first year as an Ambassador.
After the first full year in the program, Ambassadors who choose to continue are charged an annual renewal fee of $49.99 on the anniversary of their join date, which covers the cost of your website, back office tools, training programs, and online marketing resources. Barefoot’s home office has taken all the risks of starting a business out of the equation. There are no hidden fees.
What is a Barefoot Books home party?
Home parties are a proven way to reach new customers and grow your business. Barefoot is modernizing the home party with a family-friendly twist. Our home parties are designed to focus on storytelling and interactive activities. They are engaging, creative, and fun!
Ambassadors work with their hosts to create an event that fits with their interests and styles. You can have a “World Animals” themed party with kids, a “Fairytales and Cocktails” night out for just the grown-ups, or a casual gathering with friends. Barefoot parties are a simple way to get together for meaningful conversation, convenient shopping, and new relationships.
Many Ambassadors, including me, also offer live Facebook parties, allowing you to serve customers through the U.S. or Canada. I provide a step-by-step guide to new team members on how to host an online party.
What help will I have in getting my business started?
Barefoot Books home office and your sponsor (that’s me!) are here to support you along every part of your Barefoot journey. Our home office provides extensive training options through a variety of platforms.
Video trainings, live chats, conference calls, webinars, and downloadable PDFs will help you launch your business. You can attend live webinar trainings to get immediate answers to your questions, visit our training pages where you can watch recordings on demand, and stay updated through our internal Ambassadors-only blog where tips and resources are shared.
We also have an annual Ambassador Conference, which is our largest in-person training event.
As your sponsor, I will also provide you with additional one-on-one help, as well as training resources not available to other Ambassadors. In 2015, I had the 3rd highest sales of any Barefoot Books Ambassador in North America, and was in the top 10 of Ambassadors sponsoring the most new team members. I have lots of secrets for success to share with you!
You’ll also be able to join our private team Facebook group, a great place to get questions answered and find tips for success in every aspect of your business. Our team holds training calls every quarter. We also provide templates, custom party themes, and training resources just for our team.
Can I really make money working from home?
Barefoot Books Ambassadors have home-based businesses, but an important part of success is getting these beautiful books into the hands of potential customers. While there are many aspects of your business that can be taken care of at home, including online parties, you will need to find ways to get out and share the books in person, such as parties, vendor events, or book fairs.
How much can I earn as a Barefoot Books Ambassador?
Our compensation plan is very generous by industry standards:
- 30% commission on all sales of qualifying products.*
- 15 – 20% Free Gift Allowance on all orders of qualifying products placed by you. This is a free, built in product credit that can be used for host rewards, personal use, or donations.
- 10 – 15% personal bonus for any month in which you achieve $300 or more in sales of qualifying products.
- 4 – 11% bonus on your team members’ sales.
In your first sixty days as an Ambassador, you also have the opportunity to earn three exciting Kickstart Bonus kits. Barefoot also offers amazing rewards including cash prizes, original artwork, and global getaways!
Is there an order minimum or sales threshold I need to meet?
There is no order minimum. As of December 2015, there is no longer a sales threshold that you need to meet! Manage your business in the best way that benefits you.
Will I be penalized if I leave the program?
We understand that life can get busy or circumstances can change. You will not be penalized if you decide to leave the Ambassador program, nor do you have to return your starter kit. We also offer medical/emergency leave options if you need to take some personal time off.
I have another question you haven’t answered here.
Fill out this easy contact form and I’ll get in touch so that I can answer your questions. If you’ll include your mailing address, I’ll also send you a copy of our beautiful catalog. Or, if you’re ready to sign up as an Ambassador, you can join my team here.