I’m not really sure how it will impact this blog, but I have had my eyes on a new sex toy party company for a while. They sell nonporous sex toys of lots of different materials, quality lubricants, some actual BDSM play stuff (not cardboard), and some toys that no other sex toy party company has. They don’t make you feel like you have to recruit a team, and if you do, they want to make sure accurate information about products and sex is disseminated to the masses.
I reached out to them a few months ago, to be notified when they launch nationally as a company, and they’ve responded and have offered me a position. Those in the direct sales industry know, it’s always best to get in on the ground floor of something. As new sales representatives sign up, they’re put “under” you and you’re paid more based on their sales, presumably because you coach them to be awesome or whatever. My team has always been small, though, because I never wanted to recruit someone just to get a bonus, or sell someone a dream I didn’t believe they could achieve. I’ve even flat out told people “you’re not right for this line of work” because being an independent contractor is very different from being an employee, and if you don’t treat it like a business, if you don’t prospect for clients, if you don’t exercise some customer service skills, you’re not going to succeed. You could own all the dildos in the world and still not be the type of person that asks some rando in line at the grocery store to host a sex toy party with you unless it’s a social experiment.
Although, this company doesn’t really do that either. These parties take a deposit which is refundable with qualifying sales, much like most of the brick & mortar sex shops I know, because their sales reps are working straight commission in this off-the-clock contract role, and deserve to at least have their gas paid for. It also deals mostly with luxury products, because if someone wants a cheap made-in-China bullet they can go to the local hole-in-the-wall shop or call one of the other sex toy party reps out there. The plan is not to be huge, but to achieve exclusivity and cultivate scarcity.
The price range, though, even though they only carry the best of the best, is actually a bit better than where I’m at now. At my current company, I’ll give them that they don’t go much more than $10 over the going rate, but still. In fact, the profit margin is slightly lower, but it’s not about the money anymore.
Anyway, I am very excited about this change and thrilled to be able to offer my clients a large selection of quality, actually body-safe products that I won’t have to excuse or convince them not to buy, organic lubricants and more paraben-free and glycerin-free options, and a really great selection of erotica and educational literature. I’m stoked!!
But you know what? I’ll have a hella clearer conscience. Because at least I know what the hell the toys will be made out of and I won’t have to say “don’t buy that – it’s a porous plasticized material.”
Here’s to new beginnings!