My husband Travis and I have been married for 18 years. We both grew up in Lusk then went to college before moving back and getting married in 98′. We have 2 boys…Ryan is 13 and in the 8th grade and Cory is 10 and in the 5th grade.
We are proud to be a part of Niobrara County and very glad we are raising our boys here too.
I have been an Alison’s Pantry rep since Oct of 2009. A customer approached me about it and I decided to look into it. She said my location was good and I have a nice sized garage area that works well for this. There had been reps here in the past but I had not personally ordered AP until I became a rep.
I love this company, I cannot express how nice it is to know who you work for. Josh, Jessee, Kim, Vicki, Lori and Becky are all available for any question or concern, etc. They will answer a phone call or email instantly, respond personally to Facebook questions no matter how simple or complex the question is 🙂 and appear live on webinars….what more could we ask for! 🙂
There are many things I like about being a rep but mainly I would have to say that it’s as close as you can get to being self employed. I like that I can set my own work schedule and be able to do so many things that you cannot do when you are at a 9-5 job. It allows me time to substitute at our schools and work with my family during haying and other things we do.
I have been doing this for a few years now and I usually get asked the question, “What do you do to have consistently high sales month after month?” AND I always have a hard time answering that! I do not think I do anything “special” or have a “secret” method for selling. I think that doing the work pays off. Yes, AP takes effort. I use the printable customer list from Portals and don’t quit contacting customers until 5 pm on the day the order closes. I make phone calls, email, text and Facebook msg every possible customer on that list. I dread getting catalogs to those customers that don’t have an order that particular month but I get out and do it anyway. I promise I don’t do anything that other reps aren’t doing and I know other reps are outdoing me on the tasting parties and facebook posts but I think my customers just respond to good old fashioned customer service!!
I have several favorite AP products…I have ordered the #4835 and #9137 Daily’s Precooked Bacon the most I would say. I love the Soup Supreme soups and honestly my personal order each month is a mess but I like to try so many things and be able to tell customers what my family thought, etc.
My advice is to be organized, take care of your customers and get the job done each month. Customers like the products and if they have a catalog to look at, chances are they will mark some pages and eventually place an order. If you would like someone to become a customer but don’t have a connection with them, ask one of your current customers that might be friends, etc., to share a book with them and offer a referral credit if they place an order.