Trades of Hope FAQ: 9 Common Questions and Answers
Trades of Hope FAQ
I had a TON of questions before I joined Trades of Hope and then again after I received my start-up kit in the mail.
So I thought it best to answer 9 Trades of Hope frequently asked questions that come up all the time!
What is Trades of Hope?
I still get this question when I share what direct sales company I am with! Trades of Hope is a missional business that works with artisans all over the world to empower women out of poverty. We do this through sustainable business - not charity. We are business partners. They create beautiful, handmade jewelry, bags, scarves, and home decor and women (and men!) in the USA market it.
Is Trades of Hope a non-profit?
No, Trades of Hope is not a charity or a not for profit.
We believe sustainable business is a long-term solution for change over charity. With that said, we are a missional business that serves as a link in the chain to create sustainable business for both women in underprivileged countries and women in America. Women helping women.
Our artisans make approximately 3-6 times more than they would normally make in the context of their country. We pay our artisans 100% of the asking price of their products so they can make a fair wage. It is not until after we have paid the artisans and it is in our country that we add on the shipping costs and the 25% for the Partner and business expenses. This ensures that the artisans are receiving the price they decide on, which is a fair wage for their products.
Why Not Just Give Them Money?
Over all, women in third world countries do not want charity. They want an opportunity. They want to feel the same pride we feel when they are able to take care of their families.
So we have created a missional company to help our artisans create a sustainable business that they can be proud of. We pay artisans a fair wage, and then we also pay the American Partner earns 25% for being a voice for women in need. Without an American women selling these products and raising awareness, our artisans would not have a sustainable income.
Trades of Hope also partners with ministries and fair trade groups that ensure that these women are making a living wage. Many of these groups also provide our artisans with schools, wells and certain tools that better enable them to own a business and make a fair income. This solution is breaking the cycle of poverty!
What Percentage Does The Artisan Make?
The amount of money each artisan makes is different country to country, because the living wage in each country is different. This also varies by each product the artisan makes. For instance, a basket takes longer to make than a pair of earrings. So the artisan will make more on the basket than they do on a pair of earrings. Some products take hours to make, while others take a shorter time to make. So the percentage on each product is different but the goal is always the same…a fair living wage that breaks the cycle of poverty!
Can you really make money with Trades of Hope?
The quickest answer to this is....YES!
If you are one of the many Trades of Hope customers who love wearing our accessories, I am sure you get comments at the grocery store, at the park, or at work about your necklace, bracelet, scarf, earrings, bag, etc.
As a Partner with Trades of Hope, you can earn anywhere from 25%-35% commission on every item you sell. You also have access to exclusive products and to new collections before they are released to the public and can buy any item at the wholesale price.
Many Trades of Hope Partners find their customers through social media and hold Facebook Parties throughout each month. The more you put into your Trades of Hope business the more income you can bring in each month.
One of my favorite things about Trades of Hope is that you can ALSO earn givebacks, trips to visit artisans, and exclusive pieces through your sales.
What are the requirements for being an Active Partner with Trades of Hope?
Like any direct sales company, there are certain thresholds you need to meet to continue being an active partner and earning commission each month.
Trades of Hope only requires 1 order of any amount to be placed through you a year. Yes, that's it!
No monthly quotas or recruitment requirements.
There is a $9.95/month technical suite fee, which includes your personal website, email marketing to your customers, and more! You don't have to keep this fee if you would like to just enter your customer's orders in the back office yourself, no problem! (Although I recommend the tech suite of course!)
Do I have to do in-person events or Home Parties?
No! You can fully run your business online, which is what I do! You can create a business through Facebook parties, Instagram, Blogging, Pinterest, Email Marketing, Youtube, and more! I even use TikTok!
I'll help & teach you how grow your business however you would like!
How do I sign up to be a Trades of Hope Partner?
Trades of Hope's website makes it easy to sign up. Visit the website HERE and choose which start-up kit you would like. The larger kits provide more value and a lot more products. The $24 mini kit is perfect for those who are interested in getting started on a budget or if you already have a lot of products!
I'm a new Trades of Hope Partner! Where should I start?!
It does seem overwhelming at first when you have received your start-up kit and are ready to start growing your Trades of Hope business! My best advice is to speak with your sponsor and go over some of the basic goals you have in mind for yourself and your business.
If you don't have a sponsor just yet, consider reaching out to me and I'd be happy to walk you through the basics of the Trades of Hope business and how best to start your direct sales journey!