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What is the best way to get started with my direct sales business?

The best way is to start with a method where you feel comfortable.  A few suggestions though:

1)      Host your Own Party – Have a party yourself and invite everyone you know.  If people already know the product, this is a bit easier to get people to turn out, especially if they like it.  Regardless, ask them to come, check out what you are selling, and tell you what they think about it.

2)      Ask Someone to Have a Party – Depending on what you are selling, you may be able to get someone to host a party for you.  Ask your parents, your friends, someone.  This helps you get a comfortable start, but also allows you to start expanding your circle of possible hostesses.

3)      Open House – Another great thing you can do is have an open house. It is a come and go event for a few hours and people just drop in, check out the product, and hopefully order.  Invite everyone you know and invite them to bring a friend.  You might even want to offer a small gift if they bring a friend.  Some people give the hostess benefits away (do a draw for different things – purchase, booking, friend, etc).

4)      Vendor Events – If you cannot get anyone to host, or do not know anyone, you can try a vendor event.  But be warned that these can be hard to use for bookings or sales, and every event is different.

5)      Classifieds – As a last resort, you can try the local classifieds.  Make sure you adhere to any rules your company may have about advertising.

People talk about having an open house? What is it? What does it entail?

An open house is when you open your house out for people to come by and check out your product.  That said, you do not have to do it in your home if that is not convenient – you can rent a hotel room, the back room at a restaurant, or anywhere else.  I borrow my father’s house as he has much better parking than I do.  You set up a display of your product and then people browse and put in orders, book parties or even sign up to join your team.

The great thing about an open house is that it can be as simple or as complicated as you want.  I usually advise on keeping it simpler as you want to focus on the product, not on the food or other items in your home.