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Answers from a Consultant – Amanda @ Gold Canyon Candles

If you could give the hostess one tip to have a successful party, what would it be?

Invite everyone – even people you think wouldn’t be interested.  You may be pleasantly surprised!

What do you recommend in regards to refreshments at a party?  

Keep it simple.  Have a cheese and cracker plate, a veggie tray, a fruit tray.

Do you offer to help your hostess mail invitations? 

Yes.  I offer to mail them if they provide the addresses to me. I also encourage them to use evite to invite guests via email – even those being sent an invite via the post office.

Do you ask your hostess to create a wish list?

Sometimes.  Often they know already what goodies they hope to buy!

If I have friends/family who live elsewhere, but want to order from my party, can you do that?

Yes!  My company, Gold Canyon, now has online party orders.  When checking out from my website, your out of town guests would need to input your party code.  You get the credit for the order and they get their scent-sational products shipped directly to their doors.

Any one thing you really wish your hostess would not do?

Not be ready when the party starts!  When a hostess is still running around her home setting up for the party when it is suppose to be starting, it puts the whole party off-kilter.

What is your favourite product that your company sells and why?

Our pod warmers.  With no replacement parts, a timer and the fantastic pod containers for the scented wax, scenting your home has never been easier!  Pod warmers (and the pods to go with them) have been my best selling item too.

Amanda is a consultant with Gold Canyon Candles.  You can check out her website at  Gold Canyon -Candles~Body~Home

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Tupperware, Avon and More: 4 Questions to Ask About Direct Sales

When you’re 30 years old and bankrupt, a mom to two small children and living with your in-laws because the bank took your house, you need to take matters into your own hands – fast. For Ellen Lewis, beating the recession meant reaching for Tupperware.

Lewis admits she was hesitant at first to work with the 60-year old direct selling company. “I’m younger,” she tells me. “I really didn’t feel like I could make money in Tupperware. It’s one of those things you hear people talking about, but I thought the market was surely saturated.”

She and her husband, residents of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, had declared bankruptcy in late 2007 after their coffee shop went under. “Am I really going to be a Tupperware lady?” Lewis asked herself. If she couldn’t sell lattes, would plastic pie containers be any easier? But time was of the essence. “We needed to make up a lot of money fast,” she says. So rather than waiting to get hired elsewhere, she invested an initial $100 or so in Tupperware products and signed on as a Tupperware ‘consultant.’

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What should I ask my tax preparer?

  • What is deductible?
  • What is not deductible?
  • Can you use any of your household bills on your taxes?
  • If you can use household bills, what percentage of them?
  • Are meals and entertainment deductible?  At what rate?
  • Can I use my vehicle on my taxes?
  • Should I be setting aside a portion of my sales for tax purposes?
  • If I have inventory on hand at yearend, do I have to count it?
  • What format do you want me to turn my records into you in?
  • What is the best way to track my information to make tax time easier?
  • Do you have a template I can use to help me track?