About Ready, set ....Launch! Oooh no, I have to buy minimum quantities??
Project 2017-05-27 12:23:42 +1200
Hi, I’m Tracey.
Eight months ago, I started working on my business Your Grocery Fundraiser. At that time, I’d been unemployed for nearly a year and was truly yearning to do something meaningful rather than just go through the motions of having a “job”.
My entire working career has revolved around working in customer service roles, mainly corporate but my passion lay with direct selling where I always aimed to donate a portion of my earnings towards someone’s fundraising venture. Admittedly, I wasn’t successful because I kept trying to reinvent the wheel! I wanted to be able to donate more but there was never enough margin so this time around with my current direct selling company, I thought long and hard about how to do this smarter. Then I realised that by selling consumable products and having control over what I could and couldn’t sell, there was potential for a great business.
This great business is Your Grocery Fundraiser – Raising funds by Selling Products People Need.
By supporting local small businesses that are grass roots New Zealand, I aim to sell products in my capacity as a retailer, that are considered grocery items. These being healthier than traditional fundraising options as well as some being environmentally friendly and upholding social responsibility.
What makes my retail business unique is that the entire range of products I sell has a percentage allocated of either 10, 15 or 20% of the retail price and this is donated to either a registered charity that I currently support or to a school, club, interest group etc working on a fundraising drive.
There are three ways of raising money:
1: I approach local businesses with order forms and ask the staff to consider making a purchase where one of the following registered charities that I support receives the percentage paid out or they can nominate their own charity.
Your Grocery Fundraiser supports:
The Shine Foundation
The Heart Foundation
Look Good Feel Better
Trustpower Tect Rescue Helicopter
Westpac Rescue Helicoptor (same charity but allocated to the selected region)
2: Working with schools, clubs, interest groups, individual Give-a-Little pages, etc to raise funds. They register their fundraiser and receive order forms, price lists and other necessary documentation and supporters/participants obtain orders from friends and family. The fundraiser is given their donation in the form of a discount. They are invoiced for the products ordered and with the monies they have collected, they pay the invoice and keep the difference.
3: Order directly from my website www.yourgroceryfundraiser.co.nz While my website has been alive for a few months, it has not yet been promoted.
The products I am selling are grocery items that most families/individuals need. While they might not be your everyday supermarket sourced product, they still offer value because the prices are the same rrp that you would pay elsewhere.
The purpose behind my Pledge Me project is to get Your Grocery Fundraiser up and running.
For the past few months I have been working full-time in a “real job” where every cent I’ve earned has gone toward paying for my cost of living plus maintaining the website, paying for the commercial photocopier and buying my stock items at full retail elsewhere when I was able to so I could at least create gift boxes for marketing.
My initial intention was to “not” carry stock and only purchase what I needed for fulfilling orders but when one of my own orders from a stockist didn't turn up, it scared me into recognising that this scenario could prevent me from providing great customer service to my own customers therefore it dawned on me that I do need to have stock on hand to be as efficient and reputable as possible.
The other realisation was that even though I knew that most products I'd be retailing needed to be purchased in minimum quantities from my supplier, I could in fact end up playing cat and mouse. I would be offering products that I didn't have in stock and potentially wasn't able to buy if I only sold one but had to buy a carton of 12.
The funds raised from Pledge me will be for:
The minimum order requirements from my suppliers, ie cartons of toilet paper, boxes of cookies, dried fruit, cling wrap, coffee, tea, kitchen/laundry and cleaning products etc.
Purchasing an accounting package for invoicing and inventory control
Supply of plywood crates, gift baskets, boxes, ribbons, paper bags, labels, wood wool, cellophane roll, copy paper
Bond for a new rental property (the apartment I could use for the past 5 months has now been sold and I need to find another property to work at home from!)
If my Pledge Me appeal is a success, I will finally achieve my passion of being self-employed with a philanthropic vision. It would enable many people to benefit and I envision that as my business grows, it will create jobs for others.
Thank you for taking the time to read my pledge.
The People Behind Ready, set ....Launch! Oooh no, I have to buy minimum quantities??
Hi, I'm Tracey
I'm about to launch my new business Your Grocery Fundraiser located in Hamilton.
For the past 8 months I've been putting this idea together where I wanted to donate to Registered Charities and assist groups and individuals to raise funds by selling items that people actually want/need and offer a bigger selection to choose from.
I've been passionate about self employment for the since I was 24 years of age, or in other words... the last 27 years! (yes, that means I have life experience!).
Over this time I have dabbled (aka spending A LOT of money I didn't have!) with many Direct Sales and MLM Companies but I always noticed I wanted to reinvent the wheel and find a better way to help others by it not all being about profit for THE company and selling new business packs to people who also have a dream and can least afford to spend the money on products they will never sell (either!)
So my life experience has taught me, JUST DO IT! (thanks Nike) as life is too short. I'm starting this business on an idea that I see a future for and it's about paying it forward.