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Book Review: The Women’s Home-Based Business Book of Answers

By Maria T Bailey

I will start off by saying that the subtitle of this book is “78 Important Questions Answered by Top Women Business Leaders” so you get an idea of the type of content you are going to find.

The book focuses more on the person starting a business entirely from scratch from finding a product/concept, to getting funding, to creating a business plan and moving forward from there.

Each section discusses a concept and then is full of personal antidotes in answer to the questions posed such as:   women home based

  • Juggling family
  • How they funded their business
  • How to be organized
  • Obstacles faced
  • Secrets to Networking
  • Daily Schedules

As I stated, the book is not geared to direct sales/party plans but there is still a lot of helpful information such as information on how to create a business plan and how you can market yourself.

The author includes some ideas on how to create a daily schedule which is more suited to someone who works from home but there are likely ideas that a person can take from that an adapt.  There is also a section on different types of advertising as well as using online marketing, but as the book is copyrighted in 2001, a lot of the information is now outdated.

She concludes the book by discussing an exit strategy if you plan to get out of the business and words of wisdom from a few people.

I did not see much in the way of interviews from direct sales companies but I did not expect to see any.

I think this could be a good book if you are looking for some inspiration and are not sure where to look.  There are multiple questions and areas that may gave you something to think about and consider in your own career.

Buy:  The Women’s Home-Based Business Book of Answers

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Book Review: Book More, Sell More by V.L. Main

I was approached by the author of this book to see if I would do a review of it.  I willingly agreed as I have wanted to provide more reviews on this blog.    In return, a copy was sent to me to read and review.  The opinion here is mine and was not influenced at all by the free book.  Book More, Sell More by V.L. Main

In “Book More, Sell More” there are 11 different ideas that are explored as well as some bonus ideas to inspire you.  But what I like is how she breaks down each idea with the benefits for customer and consultant, what types of products work best for this idea and the concept.  She discusses what you need to do it, who you are targeting and how to launch it.  She discusses add on’s for the sale, the record keeping aspect as well as how to handle any sales or recruit leads that come from it.  Some of the ideas also include information on the pros/cons of the promotion, ideas for follow up and variations of the idea.

Near the end, there are additional ways that you can get sales as well as a discussion on creating your own newsletter to keep in touch with your customers.  Just like the sales ideas, she breaks it down to help you with this from how to do it, what type of information to provide and some information to keep you from being discouraged.  Another idea I liked is the idea of a boot camp that you can use to get yourself motivated and going or you could use it to do a team challenge.

I enjoyed this book as it provides a variety of different ideas to get more sales. While several ideas were not new to me, the presentation of the information and the breakdowns were definitely helpful.  For a new consultant, or one who is not sure how to get more sales or bookings, or does not want to spend a lot of money, there is definitely some helpful information in here.

Buy Now:  Book More, Sell More by V.L. Main

Direct Sales Books

When it comes to direct sales, there are many different books out there for you to read.  Unfortunately, due to the niche of this industry, a lot of them are not available in your local library (at least, not in my local library) so if you want to read them, you need to purchase.   If you are looking for ideas of which books to borrow, I advise you to look into these ones.

Book Review: Be a Recruiting SuperstarBooks

Book Review: Ultimate Guide to Direct Selling

All Sorts of Training by Deb Bixler – more than just books!

If you are looking for a general book on advertising, you may be interested in checking out this book by Bill Glazer called “Outrageous Advertising”.  This one you may be able to find at your local library as that is where I got it from.   Read my full review of this book at my post reviewing it.  Book review of “Outrageous Advertising”

Don’t forget, I have a series of books for you to purchase on Kindle!  You can see what they are about and with links to purchase at this blog post – Check out my ebooks!

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Check out My Direct Sales Books!

If you have been following this blog for any amount of time, or you are a new reader, you know that there is a lot of content here.  While you can view it all by going through the various categories and reading the posts that interest you, I have created several eBooks that I think will be much more helpful as all the information is in one place and in order.

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I have posted prior about the first book I published on Kindle, well, I have published four more.  So please check them out and give me feedback!

Everything about Getting Sales, Trade Shows and FundraisersThis book is all about what you can do to get sales, how to find trade shows and do well at them and where the fundraisers are hiding.   This is a great book to get for the person who is starting, re-starting or is struggling to keep their business going.

What You Need to Know About Recruiting – Recruiting is not for everyone which is why I have made it a separate book.  Some people need help here and do not know why they might want to recruit or how to find people who want to join their team.  It also gets into how to train and get their teammates started.

Assistance with Advertising and Social MediaIf you are looking to do more business, or just keep your business where it is, you likely need to do some advertising.  Whether you are looking for online or offline, free or paid, there are a lot of ideas here to help you.  There is also a lot of information about social media and how you should and should not use it to promote your business.

The Business End of Direct Sales – Accounting and TaxesAs with any business, there is always bookwork and taxes.  This book gives you information about how to get organized, how to keep current and gives you ideas about what you can and cannot use for your taxes.

And of course, don’t forget my first book “Picking a Direct Sales Company and Getting Started

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My New Book: Picking a Direct Sales Company and Getting Started

If you have been around this blog for a while, you may have noticed that I jump around in what I post each week.  I used to actually post by topic and would have a topic of the week but as I got further in, and had a harder time coming up with ideas, that started to change.  For this reason, I decided it might be a good idea to put posts into a book format. 

Due to all the content on this blog, almost two years worth, I decided to split it up into a series of five books.  Yes, I know, it sounds like a lot, but this blog currently has over 350 posts on it.  Many of them cover similar topics so they have been organized for easier reading.

The first book that I have released is “Picking a Direct Sales Company and Getting Started”.  As you can imagine, this book is about how to select a direct sales company and then what you can do while you wait for your kit.

Topics include but are not limited to:

Direct sales versus a retail business

Picking the best direct sales company for you

Signing with the company directly or with a sponsor

Interviewing a potential sponsor


Waiting for Your Kit

I also have four other books in the works and hope to get at least two more released this month.

Book 2: Everything about Getting Sales, Trade Shows and Fundraisers

Book 3: What You Need to Know About Recruiting

Book 4: Assistance with Advertising and Social Media

Book 5: The Business End of Direct Sales – Accounting and Taxes

If you do not have a Kindle, that is not a problem.  There is a free Kindle application that you can download and it works on your computer, your phone or any other tablets you may have.  I personally run this on my phone and my iPod and it works pretty decently.