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Gifts for Direct Sellers: Business Related

If you have a direct seller in your life, there are some things that they may be wishing for as a gift.   It may be something that they cannot justify for themselves or something that they have not been able to find.  Regardless of the reason, here are a few ideas to consider.

Gifts

Gifts (Photo credit: Guudmorning!)

Planner – Depending on the type of planner that someone uses, the price of them can add up.   But, once they have one, it does not have to be too pricey to buy refills each year to keep it useful.  If you know that they have been dreaming of a certain planner, the holidays may be a good excuse to get it for them.

Tote Bag – Carrying everything a person needs can be a hassle.   But with a good tote bag, it does not have to be.  One with zippers is always great as you can put items in those pockets and not have to worry about losing it.  Too many pockets can be a hassle though as you can spend a lot of time searching all the pockets to find something.

Gift Cards – If you are not sure what they may want, or are afraid you may pick the wrong thing; you cannot go wrong with a gift card.  Office supply stores can be a good choice or a general store like Wal-Mart or Target can be good as they are one stop shops for everything.

Time – Time is always a great gift to give!  It does not cost you anything except giving of some of your time.  Maybe you know your direct seller friend has a trade show coming up and they would love some assistance; volunteer to help.  You might know that they have a huge order coming in and you could offer to help sort it.  Or if they have little kids, you may offer to help by babysitting sometime.

Books – There are so many books out there that can be helpful for a direct seller – how to increase sales, how to better use your time, building a social media following or even how to relax.  What books would be helpful depends on the specific person and what they may need help figuring out.

 

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Presentations with Cue Cards are Still Professional

Have you ever had to give a presentation but you worried about forgetting some important points of what you need to say?  You may think that using cue cards would reflect badly on you, but in reality, you do look better by using cue cards and remembering everything than by not using them and forgetting.  Who would you respect more?  The person using cue cards and does a great presentation or the person who forgets information but does not use cue cards?

Cue Cards

Cue Cards in Direct Sales (Photo credit: iamvisi)

What to Write

One of the most important aspects of using cue cards is not to depend on them 100%.  They are there to help you.  Do not write your entire speech on the card – you should only be writing key points.   For example, if you are in direct sales or doing some other speech about a product, you may want to write the following types of information:

  • Materials Made Of
  • Colours or Sizes Available
  • Price Point
  • Other relevant information – Recycled materials, lifelong warranty, waterproof, etc
  • Organization

Chances are you know what order you want to present your points in.  You may want to have a card dedicated to your order that you can set aside to keep you on track.  Alternatively, it is likely better to number your cards so that you know that they are still in order.  It would be a good idea to go through them briefly before your presentation just to guarantee that they are in the correct order.

Readability

A key point to using cards is your ability to read them.   While you may not have any issue reading the cards when you are at home, you may find that this becomes more difficult when you are in front of a crowd.  For this reason, you will want to take your time writing them out or you may prefer to type and then print them.  You can purchase heavier paper to print on and then cut it down into cue card size pages.  Of course, some people just use full size pages when giving a presentation.

If you still think that using cue cards to help with your presentation is not professional looking, think about the last few times you have attended a presentation.  Is the presenter using cue cards?  Even if they are not holding cards, do they have a PowerPoint presentation up on a screen for the attendees to follow or maybe a hand out for everyone in attendance?  These are still types of cue cards.

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8 Incentives you can Offer to Increase Bookings

8 Incentives you can Offer to Increase Bookings

Offer the hostess an incentive to get her to book may help you to fill up your calendar.  While you may not want to cut into your earnings, consider that no party means 0 dollars earned.

While the incentive may cost you $10 or $15 depending on what you offer, you should more than make it up by having a party.  You can also make the incentive dependent on sales hitting a certain level so that you know it pays for itself.

Of course, make sure you know what your calendar looks like and only offer incentives for times that you have a hard time booking or that you want to make sure you have a party on.

–          Extra incentive if they book on a weeknight

–          Book a community room somewhere and have multi parties.  Have several hostesses who invite their guests, but no one will have to clean house.  You may want to share the space with other consultants in the same company to keep costs down.

–          Offer your own home to have the party in.

–          Give the hostess something extra if they book another party within a certain time period

–          Offer a referral program

–          Get people to do catalogue parties – give an extra bonus for the hostess gift as these can be difficult to do

–          Do trade shows and promote yourself and your business

–          Have a mini party where you guarantee to be in and out in half the normal time.  Give everyone a free gift or discount if you don’t make it.
What do you find works for you and your business?

11 Quick and Easy Ways to Advertise your Direct Sales Business

Advertising your business does not have to be an expensive and drawn out affair.  Here are some ideas that do not require a lot of time or effort but will help you get your name out there.

Business Cards – These are a necessity.  There are a lot of different places to purchase cards.  Vistaprint is a great option and they have a lot of great designs for very little money.

Newspaper – This is one you have to be careful with.  Many ads charge by the word so it can be easy to get carried away and have an expensive advertisement.  Choose carefully.

Have an Open House – Invite everyone you know to come check it out.  Make it casual, come and go and let people just check things out.  No pressure.

Announcement – Send a letter or announcement to everyone you know that you have started this business.  Maybe it could go out with the invitations to the open house!

Fundraiser – If your company offers a fundraiser program, offer to do one for a group or organization you are involved in.  If they do not offer one, create your own using the hostess program.

Flyers – See where you can place flyers and put them up.  Make sure you go by once in a while to see if a new one needs to be put up.

Donations – Offer a donation of products in exchange for advertising.  You could talk to the local radio station, your favourite charity or anywhere else you can think of.

Schools – If you have children, visit their school and see if you can ut flyers or samples out for the teachers.

Offices – Visit offices and see if you can leave them a basket of product for a week to try out.  Offer to come back and have a lunch time ordering session if anyone is interested or has questions.

Website/Blog/Facebook – If your company does not offer a website, you will want to create one (check any company rules first).  If they offer one, get it setup!

Newsletter – Start collecting address for a newsletter.  Offer specials that are only for those who are signed up on this list.

 

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11 Quick and Easy Ways to Advertise your Direct Sales Business

Advertising your business does not have to be an expensive and drawn out affair.  Here are some ideas that do not require a lot of time or effort but will help you get your name out there.

Business Cards – These are a necessity.  There are a lot of different places to purchase cards.

Newspaper – This is one you have to be careful with.  Many ads charge by the word so it can be easy to get carried away and have an expensive advertisement.  Choose carefully.

Have an Open House – Invite everyone you know to come check it out.  Make it casual, come and go and let people just check things out.  No pressure.

Announcement – Send a letter or announcement to everyone you know that you have started this business.  Maybe it could go out with the invitations to the open house!

Fundraiser – If your company offers a fundraiser program, offer to do one for a group or organization you are involved in.  If they do not offer one, create your own using the hostess program.

Flyers – See where you can place flyers and put them up.  Make sure you go by once in a while to see if a new one needs to be put up.

Donations – Offer a donation of products in exchange for advertising.  You could talk to the local radio station, your favourite charity or anywhere else you can think of.

Schools – If you have children, visit their school and see if you can ut flyers or samples out for the teachers.

Offices – Visit offices and see if you can leave them a basket of product for a week to try out.  Offer to come back and have a lunch time ordering session if anyone is interested or has questions.

Website/Blog/Facebook – If your company does not offer a website, you will want to create one (check any company rules first).  If they offer one, get it setup!

Newsletter – Start collecting address for a newsletter.  Offer specials that are only for those who are signed up on this list.

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