BRISTOL - Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski provides a flexible work environment for direct sales representatives to sell unique, affordable crystal products that can’t be found anywhere else.
Mary ODonnell is a group leader for Touchstone Crystal, which is owned by Swarovski. She has a small team of about 12 employees who she hired and trained.
Swarovski has been around for 123 years, she explained, and Touchstone is the only direct-sales division of that company. Touchstone has been around since 2007 and has its own unique line of products that are only sold under the Touchstone name, she added.
“I’ve been in direct sales for 46 years,” ODonnell said, noting that she has been with Touchstone Crystal for four and a half years. She said the unique products only available through Touchstone are what attracted her to the company.
“Our company is the only one that does parties and sells through that outlet. The jewelry we sell under the Touchstone name is only made for Touchstone, and it’s priced for average everyday women,” ODonnell said, adding that “the best part is every time I go to work I’m at a party.”
“The majority of our business is done through home parties, although we can sell one-on-one to anyone. We also do vendor events and fundraisers,” she said.
Fundraisers are not organized by the company, but by the employees themselves, she said. “The reason I do this is because of the flexibility it allows me. I can work my own hours and I am self employed, so I am my own boss.”
As a direct sales representative, it’s easy to work from home, which attracts many people to the business, she said. “Even though we work for Touchstone Crystal, we are self employed, independent contractors. I don’t have to ask for time off and can work my own hours.”
“A lot of people come into the business for a part-time position to make a little extra money to help with the income, but others come because they love the jewelry,” ODonnell said. “You can be your own boss; you don't have to miss things with your children.”
The job is more than just selling jewelry, she explained. “One of the things we do as leaders is offer this amazing opportunity to others on a daily basis.”
“We have the chance to change lives with the income they can make with Touchstone,” she continued. “We empower women to be more than they think they can be by joining our fabulous company. I have made lifelong friends with people all over the country through the contacts I have made with this business.”
“I love my job,” ODonnell commented. “It allows me to do all the things I love to do at my own pace. I can help with my grandchildren when needed because they are a big part of my life. I earned a trip to Las Vegas in January for a Leadership Training. It was so much fun and we learned so much.”
“These are the reasons I stay in direct sales for 47 years,” she said. “Our consultants average $50 per hour for the time we spend on our parties and our hostesses earn anywhere from $200 to $600 in FREE and discounted jewelry when they host a party in their home. I truly do get paid to party!”
Mary ODonnell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit her website at touchstonecrystal.com/MaryODonnell.
Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or email@example.com.