Hay Everyone, it has been a little while since my fingers have hit the keys to send out a post on this blog. But as you know I go off time to time to do research on subjects that I find interesting. Some have to do with working online and others are on a personal nature. Todays post in a way started as personal. However I could see how it relates to working online in a few ways. I thought I would write a short blog post on the subject.
The next blog two post after this one started out also as a personal interest but, after attending a seminar and further research. So many light bulbs lite up that I had to go deeper in those subject as well. But that is for the next two post.
Lets get on with Subscription boxes!
OK I started out looking for a way that I could send things to my daughter who moved to the ATL earlier this year. Financially that move kicked my butt so, I had to postpone my plans for the dot.org and a few others to help her out. what do we do for our children? Well they are our future. So I thought ok fine. I still have that nine to five, and plan on staying there till I reach 60 years old.
Which is another two years. I can still work on my various projects and pay off the bills. So ok. Now I was looking for an automatic way that I could send her things in the mail.I believe in automatic ways of doing things. Have you read the book the automatic millionaire. Good book with some very good ideas. you should read it. I subscribe to that theory in most parts of my life. I have a pension a deferred comp, my bills. My car note payments are though a company called colonial corporation. There you can set up auto payments on cars home, apartment rents. all sorts of auto payment. Online I have automatic systems set up for where the blog post go and on and on. Set it and forget it! I love that concept.
I was exploring the net in search of a way to send her stuff,and found the world of subscription box services and companies. So I got involved with two. One for healthy snacks( Naturebox) and one for makeup.(Ipsy)
I am going to try them first before setting it up for her.(It has been about two months in each of the subscriptions).
Subscription box services or shopping sites like this sale the memberships for a fee of $5, $10,$20, $30, $45, dollars or more. They are set up to come once a month. Most of the selections are a surprise, but with them you can also pick a selection. I like the surprise and plus I am trying products out that I don’t know anything about, but want to learn and see what is out there. New companies, or products that I don’t have any clue about. Like makeup. I don’t use it. However as I get older I see the need or should I say I have the desire to see about using some of the products.
Suggestions from friends and family are great. I use their tips all the time however, what and who are the companies to use and what is new I have no clue. Heck I have had the same blush for years, and I have never used a gloss or lip polish. I got a sample of a lip gloss from Ipsy that I really like,and once I use it I will purchase another. Sure I see the younger ladies at work with the gloss and my daughter uses gloss, So it is my chance to try things for myself.
With Naturebox I have enjoyed many healthy snack items that I truly enjoy. What ever dietary needs you have or your taste preference, you can get it there. Weight loss, vegan, gluten conscious,made without milk or nuts.Most snack come in a full size bag. Now you can get a very good sense of the product.Once you have tasted the item you can order it again or continue getting a surprise selection with your dietary need being sent to you each month. I think it is a great program and I plan on sending a gift of this program to my daughter. She can have health snacks to turn to instead of regular chips.
Looking at the world of these subscription boxes there are many people utilizing these services. The makeup industry is in my view is strong in that market with many many followers, you can see the evidence by going to utube with all the reviews! it is a great way for products to get known and to send out new samples of new products. Most send with free shipping included in the per month membership. But it does not stop there with makeup but that seems like the largest group of companies.
I will name a few of the companies so you can get a scope of what is being offered. Here is a few of them.
The fantasy box introduces couples to a new level of fun and communication with a new theme for a date night.
Travel box includes mix of travel goods selected from around the world.
Tackle grab yes you guessed it hand packed bait to your door.
There are tea companies, and kid boxes and boxes for men. for shoes to socks, flowers books, meals to hemp products. Now can you see why I am excited about this services? It is all done online and many a large and small company are represented there. To expose you to the services and products and companies.
if you have a company or product and you want to have some exposure, then I think this is a great way to get out there and be seen.
The companies have referral programs and cash off or free product if you refer someone or get on U tube and give a review of the product or services. There are over 150 subscription boxes plus companies out there, and growing. One blog I would like to mention two blogs I use myself to explore this world of subscription boxes the first one is Shopgirldaily.com penned by Lisa Koivu. she like to save money and shows all how to in a variety of ways, the next blog is Mysubsciptionaddiction.com this one is by Liz Corry She love these services and spends about $200 a month on them and reviews the various boxes.
They both have great blogs and very useful when wanting to get value from the boxes and the selection and reading what others have to say about the products and the boxes.Check out their blogs for detailed information on this subject.
Walmart and Target have joined in this game but so far they are only a quarterly plan. But for 5 or 7 dollars a shipment. Wow that is very nice. Most boxes try to give you products that are worth more than the monthly service cost. If Walmart sends five items and two surpass the monthly fee of $5 dollars then you are only paying for the shipping which they say is free. I do think it is worth it.And I get to try new things without spending a lot of money for full size products that I may or may not like.I think the quarterly plan is fine. Still with the idea of exploring and trying out new products.
I can get flowers, booze, artisan products, wellness and Eco friendly boxes and there are even a personal shoppers services for a monthly fee.
I think it would be a great market to do some research and see what is missing or just to get your product or service out there for the world to see and explore. The world of subscription boxes started in 2010 with a company called Burchbox out of New York. They are the first and the most widely used. Now I think they are starting to run ads on tv. I think this market will continue to expand, since it is done online and their seems to be a big customer base for it. It in my humble opinion is worth the money and would be a great gift for any one to get,and a good business to start online. Smile
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