About Trades of Hope
Trades of Hope, found online at TradesOfHope.com, is a company that says they are a socially responsible business that is working hard to provide women all around the world with high quality business opportunities.
How Does It Work?
According to their website, so many women around the world live in poverty, not because they lack the ability to take care of themselves and their families, but because they simply lack the opportunity. The goal of Trades of Hope is to give these women the high quality entrepreneurial opportunities they need to change their lives for the better.
To do this, they work with both organizations and the artisans directly to help women in difficult circumstances, whether they live in war torn nations, have serious illnesses like HIV/AIDS, or are simply raising children alone in communities where work is scarce. Creating the beautiful jewelry and accessories for Trades of Hope gives them a respectable and profitable work opportunity they never would have had otherwise.
They also work hard to empower women in well developed countries who are interested in becoming company Consultants – which they call Compassionate Entrpreneurs – in order to spread awareness and grow the businesses of their artisans, while also growing their own independently owned businesses.
Unfortunately this website doesn’t really provide fully comprehensive information regarding their Compensation Plan, beyond the fact that Consultants will have the opportunity to earn 20-35% commissions on sales, “generous” leadership commissions, and the ability to qualify for group trips in order to visit the Artisans in their home countries. Customers will probably want to contact their own local Compassionate Entrepreneur in order to determine the full details of this plan and the time and effort that will be involved in order to really make this a profitable opportunity.
Customers can look through their current catalogue on their website to get an idea of what their products look like and what they might cost, and whether you might like to host a party.
For people who are hoping to become Consultants, the website says that new Consultants can purchase their choice of Starter Kit, which is priced between $99 and $199 depending on the selection of sample jewelry customers would like their Kit to include. Regardless of which Kit you choose, Consultants will be provided with Business Materials, including Cue Cards, Cue Cards, Opportunity Packets, Sales Receipts, Catalogs, Display Materials, and more.
Their website says that customers who are not 100% satisfied with their purchase are welcome to return their product within the first 30 days from the date of purchase, as long as the products are still in unworn, new condition and the original receipt is included.
Any products that arrive damaged or that have “product quality concerns” are eligible to return within 90 days of the date of purchase for an exchange or a replacement. Customers will need to speak to their Compassionate Entrepreneur in order to request any exchanges or refunds.
Customer Service Contact Info
Customers who would like to contact their Customer Service team with questions, concerns, or complaints can do so by phone at 386-263-8776, by email at [email protected], or by submitting them directly to their website through the Contact Us link.
First, it is always important to point out that you should look for reviews either on the specific products in which you are interested in buying or for the business opportunity itself.
Generally speaking prospective customers will have difficulty when trying to find information on a multi level marketing opportunity, because in order to earn the most amount of money, Consultants will need to recruit new representatives to their team. This means that any enthusiastically positive reviews must be looked at with a grain of salt. It’s not uncommon for people to oversell the opportunity and the earnings potential, and undersell the time and effort.
The truth is that this company seems like a standard MLM, which means that it is likely that people will be able to make some extra money each month with this company, as long as they are willing to put in the necessary time and effort. However, the fact that this company places such an emphasis on supporting female artisans in struggling countries around the world is a unique aspect that may encourage people to work with this opportunity as opposed to a competing opportunity.
Competitors and Alternatives?
Companies that offer independent business opportunities generally aimed at women are actually fairly common and include well-known companies like Mary Kay and Avon, Scentsy, Pink Zebra, Lia Sophia, Park Lane Jewelry, and more.
If you have experience with this company or their products, please leave your Trades of Hope reviews below.
1 ‘Trades of Hope’ Review
I just attended a Trades of Hope homd party. When the Compassionate Entrepreneur gave her speech, she implied but did not directly allege that T of H was a charitable company that gave all the money back to the artisans in poor countries. She then asked for questions, and so I asked hard ones.
Q: How much of the money they make at home sales actually goes back to the artisans?
A: None, because they aren’t a charity but a for profit company. She said they buy goods directly from the artisans and pay them 100% of the cost to make the item.
Q: How much does each artisan make in salary a day.
A: About $15 a day, allegedly 4-6 times what they’d normally make.
Q: What is your profit used for?
A: She couldn’t answer, but stammered and said that she makes a commission, gets benefits and gets to go on trips. I told her those were corporate expenses, but what about actual profit? She couldn’t answer.
Q: How do you know that the women actually get the salary you quote?
A: They have a Fair Trade designation, and work with local artisan groups that allegedly pay the women fairly, but there was no oversight.
And on an on.
This is another one of those multilevel sales companies, where the individual entrepreneurs pay to get product, sell it at a markup, get a20-35% commission on sales, but then have to kick back some of that money to the team above them. A pyramid scheme.
I have no problem with women selling goods via home parties, but tell it like it is, don’t pass it off as a charitable concern selling products to rescue women from sex trafficking. Know what you’re spending you money on. You’re paying top dollar for cheaply made goods and the money made on these sales goes into the sales reps pocket, not the poor women who make the goods.