One Girl and her Thermie

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Turning your passion into a business

I love to cook and eat, everything from dining to street food, so when this business opportunity of demonstrating Thermomix whilst on mat leave came up, I jumped at it. I had time on my hands and I had time. It’s just a bit on the side, right? I’d only do it for a few months before I went back to work, right? 14 years later, I’m still here and still loving it. I’ve just been awarded Level 7 achievement, only 3 of us have this. To share it with such fabulous women Annita de Chanterac and Iwona Przebinda is an absolute honour.

My hobby and passion have turned into a business.

At our national conference in Glasgow this month, where we celebrated dreaming and goals. If you asked me all those years ago if I would be on stage as one of the top Advisors & Team Leaders in the country I’d have laughed and fallen on the floor. It’s just a kitchen appliance, isn’t it? How wrong people can be. But this dream is real. I am feeling very blessed and wanted to share my story.

For me, it’s still a part-time business which suits my lecturing career, family life, and other business interests. But it doesn’t have to be like this. I have introduced this business opportunity to so many people in the industry that several Branch Managers and even our current Sales Director were Advisors in my team. If you want to turn this passion into a fully-fledged corporate career you can. My team consists of a mixed group, age, race, and gender. We have stay-at-mums who are looking to demonstrate during school hours, we have retired teachers who still want to make the most out of their life. We have those who work full-time as cabin crew but still manage to demonstrate when they are on the ground and in the country. We have osteopaths and nurses, chemical engineers and management accountants, florists, and interior designers, all passionate about Thermomix so demonstrate in addition to their main careers. Being London-based, we are a true melting pot and representative of our capital city. We have British, English, Irish,  Indians, Italian, Lithuanians, Polish, and Romanians, so we cover all types of cultures and cuisines. 

My 2023 goal is to grow my tribe. I love what I do and am refocusing on my team, to have more fun, as I want to bring some more friends on this ride with me!!

And my customers, let’s get cooking! I have a fire in my belly for more cooking experiences and just showing more people what this magic machine can do.

But firstly – thank you if you’ve read this far LOL, thank you for supporting and encouraging me. They say if you enjoy your work, you’ll never work a day in your life. I’d love to have some pals join me this year, so if you’re curious let me know ????

Please contact me for more information.

Ankita Stopa
Diamond Plus Team Leader & Advisor 800 000 0068
07977 563537

Consistency Awards

VorwerkStars 2019: Consistency Awards

When was the last time you received recognition for your outstanding work? I’m not talking about getting a paycheque, a commission, or even a monthly or quarterly bonus. No, I’m talking about the feeling that your effort is acknowledged, appreciated, and valued. When was the last time your managers or supervisors made you feel like you were doing a great job?

Maybe you’re one of the fortunate few who can honestly say, “I feel that way all the time.” But for most agents or distributors in the direct selling business, recognition is rare. In an industry that’s riddled with retention problems, we believe that has to change. And we believe that well-placed recognition can help to increase retention in direct selling companies.

So I’m delighted to announce that Vorwerk UK has stepped up. I have just returned from Just back from the fabulous VorwerkStars 2019 and 10-years on, this company still surprises and delights me.

In addition to the wonderful awards that they give to recognize top sellers, top teams, top recruiting, etc, I was pleasantly surprised to receive their newest award which is for consistency award, rewarding Advisors and Team Leaders for making one-sale a month in a 12-month period from September 2018-August 2019. We have over 1000 Advisors on file now and only 50 achieved this award; 10 within the East London Branch.

Consistency Awards

Our gift was a Virgin Experience Gift voucher which I plan to use with the family. Yes, there are plenty of gift options that I can pamper myself with or simply choose to take my husband to as a romantic dining experience, but I really value the family support I get and wanted to celebrate them too. Whilst I do try and manage my Thermomix Demonstrations and Cooking Experiences the best I can, with family commitments coming first, there is always the last minute birthday-party invite or football match that crops up that I cannot move a scheduled demonstration for. I have

We have jointly chosen one of the experiences that the four can do, and well, it’s a dining experience at Gordon Ramsay’s Street Pizza. I was outvoted, 3 to 1, so there it is. Family choice.

We’re headed into St Paul’s in the city of London a bottomless pizza feast for four – with 2 hours of sourdough pizza served straight from the woodfired oven. We’ll probably do this post-February 2020 as my eldest is currently studying for her 11+ exams but I think it will be worth the wait.

Virgin Experience

We, humans, have a need for recognition—and you can’t buy recognition with money – but a gift like this that gives me time to spend with my family is hugely appreciated. Once again, I am grateful for a company that recognises this. I’ve received flowers or a box of chocolates before too. It’s the little things that count.

Celebrating consistency

Many companies have a quick start program to reward newcomers. But when a company also rewards its long-standing direct sellers, that’s a company worth staying for. Thank you Vorwerk UK for always going that extra mile, adding the cherry on the cake, so to speak.

Direct sales companies offer programs and incentives to help motivate you and keep you consistent in running your direct sales business. It is important for your success and momentum, especially at the beginning of your business, to set your sights on earning these incentives and programs.

Thermomix, like many other direct sales companies, offer programs within your first 90 days of starting (typically called Fast Start, Quick Start, Fast Track, and so on). The fast-track type program is a great way for you to earn additional products for your kit, gain items for your own personal use, and of course, establish good business habits and patterns. What you start with is what you are likely to continue with. So, if you get your business off to a healthy and successful start by pushing yourself in both sales and recruiting, you will most likely enjoy long-term success.

In our case, the TM4U program establishes our fast start with newcomers earning their Thermomix with just 4 sales in their 90-days. This is an amazing incentive as the first 4 sales, work out to be a free Thermomix worth £1149 and equated to an income of £287.25 per sale. Many who join the business, simply to earn their Thermomix, are delighted with their success so early on and stay in the business long term.  

It’s important to familiarise yourself with the quick start program and the exact requirements and qualifications you need to hit to earn it. But when a company also rewards its long-standing direct sellers, that’s a company worth staying for.

I recently received a consistency award for 2019/2020. This is the second year the company has allocated this recognition award. Advisors and Team Leaders are recognized for making at least 1 sale every month over a 12-month period (September 2019-August 2020). Achievers received a beautiful gift set from The White Company; the Lime & Bay Luxury Gift set. In 2018/2019 there were just 50 winners UK wide, and in 2019/2020, this number doubled to 110.

A massive thanks to Vorwerk UK for the generous gift. I do get paid commissions for my monthly sales but these extra gifts are always greatly appreciated.

So it’s why I track my own sales on a YTD spreadsheet and those for my team. I want everyone to feel the joy and fulfillment of receiving some extra too.  It’s like a cherry on the cake. I love what I do and get rewarded well for the sales I achieve, but gifts like this are special and make it even better.