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Join The Story Pot

Have you always wanted to run your own book shop? Do you have a love of books and want to share this with family, friends and your community? Are you looking for a flexible way to earn money around your family? There are many reasons why people join The Story Pot Booksellers team, but for the vast majority it all starts with a love of good quality, inspiring and beautiful Children's Books. To find out more about how your own pop up book shop could be a reality have a read of the 'Questions and Terms'  below.

When you have read the information below and you are ready to join us, you can do so here. If you have any questions you'd like to ask us first then get in touch at hello@thestorypot.co.uk.

Questions and Terms

What is The Story Pot all about?

At The Story Pot we believe that children have a right to access inspiring and beautiful books covering a wide range of interests. We value well written stories that encourage imagination and freedom of thought, illustrations that excite the artist within and non-fiction books that inspire a child to think further and deeper.

We source our books from a range of publishers, and aim to include the newest and finest children’s books available on the market. Where possible we include books that challenge all stereotypes. We reuse and recycle packaging where ever possible, and use only paper or biodegradable carrier bags. We support women working in developing countries through the charity organisation KIVA by giving a percentage of our sales in loans through the charity.

We aim to provide our Story Pot Booksellers with everything they need to run successful businesses, including online support groups, regular training and a range of resources. We include our team in decisions about which books we offer and what materials and training are needed and we greatly value all feedback.

How do I join as a Story Pot Bookseller?

First make sure you have read this document in full, then choose your joining option on the website. After joining we will be in touch to welcome you to the team!

Is there a joining fee?

There are a three ways to join The Story Pot.  The full kit is £75 and contains 16 of our bestsellers and a range of marketing materials. The mini kit is £40 and contains marketing materials and 6 bestsellers. There is also the option to join as an online seller for £10.  This is aimed at people who would like to initially sell only online, for example through facebook  or a website. With all of the options you will be added to the Bookseller Team Facebook group for support, and your profile can be added to The Story Pot website and Facebook pages.  

What will my employment status be?

The Story Pot Booksellers are self-employed. You will need to inform HMRC of your self-employment status and are responsible for paying your tax and national insurance. We would also recommend that you have appropriate Public Liability Insurance.

What if I change my mind?

If you change your mind within 14 days of joining The Story Pot you will be entitled to a full refund on return of your starter pack. Likewise if we decide for any reason to terminate your membership within 14 days of joining we will do so in writing, and provide a full refund on return of your starter kit.

How much profit will I be make and how will I receive it?

You pay 65% of the rrp of the books we offer, therefore if you charge full price for the books you will receive 35% of the rrp as profit.

Are there extra awards or benefits?

When you join The Story Pot you have the chance to take advantage of two Starter Bonuses. If you spend £150 with the Story Pot (after your discount) in the first 30 days of joining then you will receive Starter Bonus 1. If you spend £300 in the first 60 days then you receive Starter Bonus 2.

From time to time we run challenges for our bookseller team, where members, often the highest sellers that month, can win prizes.

How much do I have to sell to stay as a team member?

In order to stay as a Story Pot Bookseller we ask that you spend £50 (after your discount) on books in any three month period. If there is a time that you don’t do this we will contact you to discuss your future plans and see if we can offer any support.

Do I get commission for website sales?

When customers purchase books directly from the website there is the option for them to add their booksellers name. You can also give them a link that will match the order to you. If you have customers that order this way then you will receive 20% of their order in commission. Their order will also count towards your monthly sales for the purposes of any challenge. For any orders that are made without linking to a current bookseller, 20% of the sale totals will be shared out amongst all the booksellers who have ordered that month, in the ratio of their order totals.

How should I sell the books?

There are a variety of ways to sell including, but not limited to, home parties, Facebook parties, local events, charity events, working with schools and nurseries and school fairs.

What is Story Pot STEAM?

Story Pot STEAM are our new Story sessions that we are developing for our booksellers to use to run regular sessions in their area. They are currently under development and we would love to hear from people who are interested in joining the Bookseller team to run Story Pot STEAM sessions in their area. They will include a story and activities on the theme. Our ethos for the sessions is as follows:

At The Story Pot we believe that learning should be child and process focussed. In our Story Pot sessions we offer open ended activities which each child can take ownership for. We ask parents tp help their child by talking to them about what they are doing and asking them ‘why’ and ‘what would happen if’ type questions that may help them to develop their own thoughts and processes. Parents shouldn’t worry about their end result – it’s what they discovered on the way there that matters.

How do I order and pay?

Our Booksellers order via our website. Payment can then be made via debit/credit card or paypal. When you join you will be given a code to use when ordering to get your 35% discount. All orders you make with this code will be posted directly to you – you cannot order in this way to be posted directly to your customers.

How long will it take to receive my orders?

We will endeavour to get your orders to you as soon as possible, but at present as we do not hold all the books in stock it may take around 10 working days.

Can I return unwanted or damaged products?

If an item arrives damaged please contact us on hello@thestorypot.co.uk with details of the product(s) and photographs of the damage. We will usually ask that the items are returned to us, after which we will then refund the amount paid for the products and the reasonable return postage costs. We don’t refund for unwanted products, but if you have any issues please do contact us.

Do you have all of the books in stock?

We source the gorgeous selection of books available through The Story Pot from a wide range of publishers and as such regularly order books from a variety of places and don’t hold a large amount of stock. Due to this stock availability may change and we will keep you as up to date as possible on this. If there are any issues with stock availability after you place an order we will let you know as soon as possible.

How much will postage cost?

Postage will be charged at £3 for up to 1kg, £4.30 for 1-2kg and £6.30 for 2-5kg, and £7 for over 5kg and/or next day delivery (from when we have them all in stock).  We will review this regularly, and aim to charge only what it costs us to post.

Will there be rewards for introducing people to The Story Pot?

No, The Story Pot no longer runs as a Multi Level Marketing business.

Will there be product catalogues?

As the books offered will be regularly updated we do not produce catalogues. Instead there will be ‘selling sheets’ which will contain information on the books. These will be available to purchase in sets and also available to print. Please let us know if you would like these emailed to you.

Can I sell other products alongside my Story Pot business?

Yes you are free to sell other items alongside The Story Pot products. We do however ask that you do not sell any of our products that you have bought elsewhere. We also ask that no products are sold alongside The Story Pot that would bring us in to disrepute.

How would I leave The Story Pot Bookseller team?

If you decide that you no longer wish to be a Story Pot Bookseller either download the resignation form from our Facebook group, or email us asking for a copy. Your resignation will take affect from the start of the month following receipt of the resignation form.

If you do not achieve £50 of sales in any three month period we will contact you to discuss further. If you wish to continue as a Story Pot bookseller then you will have a months grace to place an order of at least £50. Where applicable we will help you to put a plan in to place to increase your sales.

If you decide to leave then you re-join at any point by:

  1. Completing a form of reactivation completed within three months of leaving the scheme
  2. As above plus paying a re-joining fee of £10 if it is between 3 and 12 months of you leaving the scheme
  3. Purchasing the starter pack if it is 12 months or longer since leaving the scheme.

We reserve the right to cancel your membership of The Story Pot by giving you notice in writing either:

  1. In the case that you bring the business in to disrepute, or do not follow any conditions as set out in this document then notice will be given in writing. If it is not rectified within 14 days then your membership will be cancelled with immediate effect.
  2. For any other reason we will notify you in writing and give you 30 days’ notice from this date.

Other items for consideration

From time to time we will need to update this questions and terms document. When we do we will email all active booksellers a copy of the new document.

Please note that you should not be misled by claims that it is easy to achieve a high income by joining this scheme.