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What to expect when hosting a Direct Sales party?

Chances are, when you booked your event the consultant gave you some information to look over and to plan your party with.  Or, if you booked a few months out, the consultant is mailing this information to you when the date is closer.

Tupperware home party in Sarasota, Florida

Tupperware home party in Sarasota, Florida (Photo credit: State Library and Archives of Florida)

The next thing that will likely happen is that the consultant will call you closer to in order to make sure that the party is still going to be happening and to go over some details with you.  This will be things like the amount of space that will be available or what is required to setup the display.  A separate space may be required for ordering or maybe she wants to make sure you have gone through the host package.  This is a good time to ask the consultant about any questions that you may want to ask.

 

You likely will have two or three calls from the consultant in the weeks leading up to your party.  This is simply because the direct sales consultant wants to make sure you have a successful party and that you are able to earn everything on your wish list when you have your party.  Many people do not host these types of events often so they require some guidance and help in order to have a satisfactory event.

 

The night of your party, the consultant likely will show up before the time you have all your guests arrive.  This gives them a chance to set up the display in a way that pleases them as it is always different in each house.  Then, when guests arrive everything is ready to go and the presentation is able to start.

 

The direct sales consultant may close your party that night or they may wait a few days depending on your preference.  Do not be surprised if they want to close that night as it benefits everyone instead of waiting a few more days.

 

Once your product is in, chances are your direct sales consultant will end up sorting it for you and delivering it all sorted out.  If you are not sure, make sure you ask what they do in this regard as not all consultants do this.

 

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How often to Host a Party?

The answer to this question depends on a few factors.  Make sure you consider each one when you are thinking about hosting multiple parties, especially if you want to host them close together.

A birthday party in Oregon. Taken by me.

A birthday party in Oregon. Taken by me. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Company Choice – Are you planning to host the same type of party each time – for instance, jewellery? Or do you want to host a jewellery party, a candle party and a purse party?   If you are looking to host direct sales parties that are different types of products, you could probably do a party per month.  But if you are looking to host another party with the same company, it is best to wait until they have a new catalogue out as a reason for people to attend a second party.

Money – A big factor to consider is your own personal finances as well as your friends. Quite often the products that are sold through direct sales parties are those that are luxuries for people.  For this reason, your friends may not be able to attend all that often and make a purchase.  But, you could host if you have funds to make some purchases and your friends may decide to book their own party to get the items for free.  And depending on the company, you could get some rewards just for them booking.

Time – Another consideration is how much time you have or your friends have.  Some people just cannot attend a party too often due to work commitments, needing a babysitter or other reasons.   But depending on what their reasons for not attending are, you may be able to get around some of them.  For instance, if you are having a jewellery party, kids could possibly come if there is a bedroom they can play in.

Attendance – Do you have enough people that you can invite that you will get a decent attendance at each event?  While you may not mind if no one shows up, or only one or two people, the consultant will not be impressed if she shows up and gets no sales.  Of course, if you are putting in enough sales to make it a party, then it is not such a big deal.

Of course, these are just my opinion.  Do you think there are different considerations for how often to host a party?

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How to Host a Party

No matter your reason for throwing a party, it is important to be a proper host. Take the time out of your schedule to plan the perfect party for your situation. It will depend greatly on the reason for hosting the party, and the space you have available. Take this into account before starting the process.

A birthday party in Oregon. Taken by me.

Party in Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Direct sales

One common reason to host a party comes from a form of direct sales. The party plan is when a party is hosted from the home or other place with the intention of selling a product. This can be helpful for both the host and party goers to get the most from their party experience. This can be any product from kitchen appliances to makeup and other facial accessories.

The important thing to remember about planning this type of party is to not focus the entire thing on the product. Although it will be the focal point, make sure there are other elements. Set up the party in a space where guests can talk and get to know each other. Have food and beverages available whether it is simple snacks or a full on meal. These elements will keep your guests happy.

Being a good host

For those who get nervous about hosting a party, there are many different options to ensure your event is a success. The first and potentially most important is to give yourself plenty of time. Start planning the party as early as possible by putting it together one piece at a time until the actual date. This will keep you from frantically running around at the last minute and make it an allover success. Don’t try and do it all on your own, but get the help of your family and friends whenever possible.

The first thing to decide on is why you are throwing a party. Is it for a direct sale, a birthday party, the holidays, or something else entirely? Make the theme correspond with the reason for the party. From there you can plan the games and activities that will fit in with the plans the best. Choose those that your guests will enjoy, and that will work best for your own situation.

One of the biggest mistakes a host can make is not letting others know about their event far enough in advance. Send out invites at least a full week before the party is scheduled to take place. If you send it out too far in advance, some may forget about the event by the time the date rolls around. If you have guests that are coming from far away, be sure to send the invites far in advance, but also send a follow up reminder. This reminder can be a text or an email, something simple to reiterate your plans.

There are many aspects of being a good host. Make sure that you start out planning your party right. No matter your reason for throwing the event, be prepared and organized way beforehand to ensure everything will run smoothly on the actual event.

By +Cassie Costner

Cassie writes for www.eventrentalutah.com, a company dealing with tent rentals in Salt Lake City. She has written on the best methods for party planning, and how to get the most for your ideas.

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