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Elizabeth Cochran works with a program called Premier Designs. She is an independent distributor. She has worked with the organization approximately five years. The program involves friends and families gathering together for a jewelry party. This is a hands on experience that allows the hostess the opportunity to have free jewelry.
Premier is a generous company 50% of the sales is paid out to the distributor. On an average night a person might make $200-$250. Also the hostess ends up with approximately $200 in free jewelry. The organization has been around for twenty-six years and has weathered several economic situations. Elizabeth stated, "We actually find that when the economy is down our business picks up. Because people do like getting that free jewelry."
Elizabeth shared how she worked for SKIL Resource Center five years ago. Working directly with people and doing marketing for SKIL also. Bringing together SKIL and Premier is a goal she has been working towards.
Kansas has a program called KanWork. This can benefit people with disabilities. If a person is on the waiting list for Home and Community Based services then, Premier Designs and being a independent distributor may be a solution. "If they are employed they can get services right away. As an independent distributor we are actually self employed. So, to be able to get your business started and make that money right away and be able to get those services that you need has been a really neat tie-in."
The steps to start this process would be to begin with an initial consultation with Elizabeth. There is an investment in the inventory. However there may be options on funding and resources to assist with this. Each person setting up a business would have options unique to their circumstances. Typically the plan includes setting up at least six different shows at the beginning. This opens up the network of opportunities.