Your best idea to make it big in Direct Sales

Erika - posted on 04/24/2010 ( 33 moms have responded )

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Hi To All!
We are doing Direct Sales--- we have our est strategies to make a good impression, a good sale.
Share your ideas, your experiences--- NOT A SALES PITCH!, just idea--so we can learn from each-other.
In my experience - although the always say the best way to start is the "Warm Market" -- to me that never worked. Plus having done several of the MLM-s, by now my friends and family would send me to hell if I tell them I started a new one........ :-)
I go for the "Cold Market"

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Lesa - posted on 05/07/2010

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118 ways to promote your business
#1. Take a small zip close baggie (snack sizes work well) and include
the following in it:

Your Business Card, Business Oppty Mini Flyer, a Piece of Candy such
as hard candy or a lollipop, mini flyer of current host specials,
discount coupon (optional) etc.

Hand these out to the bank tellers, retail cashiers, at your kids
sport events, every where you go!

#2. When I stay at hotels & motels I leave a mini catalog, my
business card & discount coupon and the mini coin canister for the
maid! I put her tip inside the mini coin canister! I have gotten 3
orders by doing this!

Be creative when you leave tips for Hotel Maids, Waitresses, Waiters,
Hair Dressers, etc. Don't just hand them your business card, make it
memorable!

You can also buy cute little beaded change purses at your local
dollar discount store!

#3. Print out flyers with your contact info (not your personal
address), your website address & email address along with any current
specials you are offering.

Then contact local area mobile home park offices, apartment complex
rental offices, housing developements etc and ask them if you can
leave fliers in their office or hang on their tennants doors. Give
the office employees a free gift or discount on their personal
orders.

#4. Contact local area bridal supply stores, bridal gown stores,
caterers, tux rental centers, wedding dj's etc. Ask them if you can
leave your business cards & fliers about the great (Company Name)
Bridal Gift Registry for them to give to their customers.

Offer store owners a free gift or a personal discount for helping you
spread the word about your business.

#5. Daycare Centers! They are excellent to contact and leave business
cards and/or fliers at!

I print out a flyer and I attach my business card & a discount coupon. I get alot of
orders by doing this!

So whatever company you represent, find some items that cater to
children or to moms and make up a flier!

#6. Alot of churches hold a Spring and Fall Fest! Contact them about
getting a table or a booth. Alot of times this will cost you under
$15.00 for a space!

Make sure you take products with you along with business oppty
fliers, plenty of catalogs, business cards etc.

Do a contest drawing at these types of events. Make up entry blanks
that gather the customers info so that you can initiate contact with
them again!

#7. Join your local area chamber of commerce! They are always holding
local business events that you can participate in.

#8. College Campuses! Dorms & Housing Students are always looking to
spend money! Alot of college students are also looking for an extra
income so target them with the Business Oppty too!

Drop off fliers and business cards to the College Student Center!
They usually have bulletin boards, tables and other things where you
can leave your information at for FREE!

#9. Contact your local area Welcome Wagon or Welcome to the
Neighborhood Group! Ask them about you leaving mini catalogs, fliers,
business cards, discount coupons, freebie mini gifts, etc with them.

They are always looking for additional items to place in their
Welcome Bags!

#10. Contact your local area hospitals and ask for Human Resources
Dept. The Majority of hospitals hand out New Mommy Diaper Bags filled
with products, samples and other stuff for New Moms who just had a
baby!

It's FREE for you to add in your information! I have gotten party
hosts, new customers and new recruits by participating in these types
of programs.

#11. Contact your local medical offices, particularly Gynecology and
OB Offices and Pediatric Offices and inquire about you leaving
information with them.

This is a way for you to target Parents of Children with both the
home party oppty, the business oppty and new customer sales.

#12. Donate a Product to your local area Radio Station, they have
numerous contests and they are always looking for sponsors!

Your donation can be written off as a tax deduction plus you will get
FREE Advertising & Business Exposure for your donation!

#13. Donate a Product to your local area Bingo Halls! They are always
looking for sponsors of their Bingo Prizes! Bingo is BIG in alot of
areas!

#14. Call your Chamber of Commerce and find out about Local Area Job
Fairs. Get a booth and set up info about the fabulous business oppty!

#15. Call your Local Area Colleges and find out when their next
job/employment fair is. Alot of times you can get a booth or table
for less than $35 and you will get alot of GREAT new recruit leads by
participating in events like these.

#16. Contact local area car dealerships. I have 2 in my local area
that hand out a small packet that I made up for FREE to their
customers who come in to take a free test drive!

#17. Target your local area gyms! You can get a table space for $20
or less in most cases! Make sure you have 3-5 products on display,
plenty of catalogs, business cards and fliers.

#18. Network with others in your community who are in home business.
Find out what events and activities that they participate in. They
are usually "in the know" and can help you get started in networking
in your community.

#19. Contact Companies in your area to see if you can come in and set
up a table in the employee lounge or cafeteria for a employee
shopping break! These days alot of companies will allow you to do
this if you ask them!

#20. Does your local area tv cable company have a local information
channel? Inquire about advertising! These ads will reach thousands of
potential buyers for you! I recommend you only use your website
address for these types of advertising and not your personal at home
address.

#21. Contact local small companies and shops to see if you can offer
an exclusive discounts or freebie gift to their employees. Companies
are always looking for a way to "treat" their employees to specials
from the local surrounding community.

#22. Small Home Town Newspapers! I dont get too good of a response
when I do big newspaper city ads, however... when I target small town
newspapers I usally get a great response. I even had them let me
place an ad on their wedding and engagement announcements page which
I advertised the Bridal Gift Registry.

So if you are going to do any type of newspaper advertising, inquire
about getting your ads on specific pages in the newspaper that
targets the group of people most likely to buy from you.

#23. Get a low cost outdoor banner printed up with your business
information on it. You can usually get them done for $55 or less
depending on who makes it.

You can have these outdoor banners displayed at outdoor music/concert
events, outdoor childrens sporting events, outdoor adult sport
events, outdoor neighborhood block parties, outdoor community events,
carnivals, fairs, etc.

#24. Take your business on the road during nice weather. Contact
local area parks & community centers to see what their schedule of
events are and inquire about setting up a booth or table.

This is a great way to network & market your business to those in
your community.

#25. Community Clipper Coupon Packs & Sales Flyer Mailings. These
days alot of communities have mailings such as these, contact them
and see how you can participate and advertise your business.

#26. Contact small local area businesses such as hair salons, massage
parlors, boutiques, banks etc.

See if you can set up a table for 1 week with 3 of your best selling
products on it along with some catalogs, fliers, coupons and your
business card. Keep a basket on the table for any customer orders
which you can follow up on after you return back to pick up your
display. Offer the store owner or manager a free gift for allowing
you to do this.

You can also offer to donate a prize for a contest if they let you
display the prize donated & get a copy of the contestants entry
blanks after the promotion closes.

#27. Contact local area pizza shops, diners, deli's and coffee bagel
shops to ask them about advertising on their paper placemats!
Customers do read those ads!

#28. Contact local area restaurants, bars and clubs and see about
advertising on their paper beverage coasters!

#29. Local Television Stations are always holding on-air contests &
website contests for their viewers, contact them about you donating a
prize or gift certificate to sponsor one of their contests! Great
business exposure for you!

#30. Attend Local Area holiday shopping events. Customers who are
ready to spend holiday shopping money turn out for these events by
the thousands! You can usually get a booth for less than $50.00 so
they are economical to participate in!

#31. Hold a local area community Block Party at your home or local
community center! Families are always looking for something to do
during the nice weather seasons!

Optional: Attend your neighborhood block party and set up a table
with your product offerings or samples. Get out there in your
community and get your business seen!

#32. Get your business listed in your cities telephone book yellow
pages! Alot of them also have a coupon section too!

#33. You can take this phone book advertising one step further by
finding out what company makes the plastic vinyl phone book covers
which have local business ads on them and get your business added to
it!

#34. Get your business information printed up on pencils and hand
them out to local colleges and technical schools for them to hand out
to their adult students! This keeps your business information in
front of them! (make sure you only donate them to schools with adult
students).

#35. Get a vehicle banner made for your automobile. I recommend the
vinyl window clings or vinyl cling ones that stick to your automobile
but dont scratch or remove the paint. You can easily remove them when
washing your vehicle!

#36. If your city has a travel guide that tourists request, contact
that business and find out how you can advertise in it too!

#37. Local City Maps! These days even city maps have advertising on
them! You can usually get a small business ad printed on them for an
economical price. Don't advertise your personal location. If you dont
have a business location then advertise your website address or email
address.

#38. Contact local area hotels, motels and bed & breakfast inns and
ask them if you can do up a Lobby Basket and leave it in their Lobby.

What is a Lobby Basket? You make up little packs of info about your
business & products and put them into the Lobby Basket for their
patrons to take.

They usually have a pamphlet wall or area too with pamplets from
local area attractions etc. If they dont have a lobby basket area,
inquire about leaving your business info in their pamphlet area.

#39. Get your business info printed up on balloons! This is very
economical to do! You then distribute them to local community
centers, sporting events and other types of places where parents book
their childrens birthday parties!

These balloons can be displayed at the birthday party giving you
business exposure. You can usually get them done for .3-.8 cents
each. Your business name & website address is all you need on them!

#40. Find a few other self employeed business owners in your
community and team up! You can all sponsor a local parade float,
parade clowns etc. Make up signs with your business info imprinted on
them so that you can receive some great business exposure during the
parade!

#41. Get some T-shirts printed up with your business information on
it (both front & back sides) and hand them out to some friends,
family and co-workers and ask them to wear them out and about in the
community. This is their FREE gift for helping you to spread the word
about your business!

Optional: Get ball caps printed up with your business info!

#42. Get some canvas tote bags printed up with your business
information printed on it. Find a few ladies who are very active in
your community and ask them to use your tote bag and give it to them
for FREE under the agreement that they will use it every time they go
out in the community for errands & events!

#43. Get a license plate made up for your vehicle! If you have your
normal license plate on the back of your car, put your business named
one on the front of the car!

You can get one with just your business name on it for about $20-$30
per plate!

#44. Wear a business name tag every time you go out into your
community! Get a Catchy Slogan printed on it such as:
A. Ask me about (your company name) Products!
B. I work from home, you can too!
C. Earn some FREE when you party with me!

#45. Local Area Magazines! Does your city publish a City Magazine?
If so, contact them about advertising or if they hold contests for
their readers offer to donate a product or service for their contest!

#46. Check out your local area State Fairs & Community Carnivals,
there are always alot of them going on during seasonal weather.

Ask about getting a booth or table & set it up with your business
information! People love to shop at Fairs & Carnivals and they are
looking to spend money!

#47. Get some Business Card Magnets printed up and hand them out
every where you go! Have your friends & family pass them out too!

People are more apt to keep a magnetic business card compared to a
regular one which gets shoved into a drawer or wallet. By having a
magnetized card, your business is kept in front of the potential
customer/client.

#48. When you give gifts to family, friends, neighbors, co-workers
etc. make sure you give them gifts from your own company! This allows
other people to see & touch your gift meaning FREE business exposure
for you! (plus, you bought the gift from yourself so you are saving
money!)

#49. Invite your spouses co-workers over to your home for a little
mingling party! Serve some refreshments or do a cookout BBQ and make
sure you have a table set up with some product displays!

If you sell kitchen or food products, make sure you use them!

#50. Do a neighborhood childrens shopping party!

I do this before Christmas and again before Mother's Day. I invite
the neighborhood kids to come by and shop for gifts for their
parents and loved ones. They enjoy shopping on their own and parents
enjoy a small break from the children!

To make this successful make sure the products you are offering are
economical, I try to keep them under $25.00 each with most being
around $10.00 each. Have a table set up with some inexpensive
crafting supplies and let the children make their own greeting cards
to go with the gifts they have purchased or have a gift wrapping
table set up so they can personally wrap their gifts!

#51. Do a joint party with another consultant in a non-competing
business. Partying with a friend is always fun! You can hold it at
one hosts home, your home or at a local community center. Invite
every one you know and have others help you spread the word. Hang up
fliers at local centers & businesses too!

#52. Put an AD in the back of local high school yearbooks! You can
usually get these ads for around $20.00 which makes it affordable
advertising for you!

#53. Put an AD for your business in local Athletic Sport Programs!
You can find these at the High School Level, Minor League Level and
at Professional Sporting Events!

#54. Contact Local Churches & Religous Groups and see if you can
place an AD in their weekly church bulletins & program guides!

#55. Do you have a local Community Play House? If so, get your
business ad placed in their play programs! You can usually get ads
in them for less than $25.00

#56. Co-Sponsor a Local Youth Athletic Group! Baseball teams,
softball teams, cheerleading squads, gymnastic squads and swim
teams, etc. are always looking for sponsors!

Co-Sponsoring a team will help get your business noticed in your
local area!

#57. Get a Yard Sign! If you have a home business consider getting a
Yard Sign printed up and proudly display it in your front yard!

#58. Does your neighborhood hold local Meet & Greets? If so, make
sure you go out and attend them! Get to know your fellow community
members!

#59. Donate a Raffle Drawing Prize to a Non-Profit Group or Charity
in your local community! They are always looking for prize donations
for their charitable raffles.

Note: Make sure you get a receipt for tax purposes!

#60. Do you have a Online Business & Website? Consider getting some
computer mouse pads printed up with your website address & business
name on them! This will keep your website & business in front of
them every time they sign online! This encourages them to check out
your website often for new products, updates & features!

#61. Local Bus Stops & Bus Sheds! Have you noticed that alot of them
have local business advertising on them? Call up the company and see
how much it would cost you to advertise there too!

#62. Does your local area grocery store allow advertisers to place
business ads on the back of their cash register receipts? If so,
contact them about getting your business ad on there too!

#63. Local baby expo's and baby events/contests! Set up a booth or
table with your business info! These events are always very popular
and a great way for you to reach new customers!

#64. Watch your local newspaper for Wedding, Engagement and New Baby
Annoucements! Make a list and then go to:

www.searchbug. com
to try to track down addresses. You can mail off your business info
to them announcing your business, bridal gift registry, baby gift
registry, etc.

#65. Stamp your business info to the outside of all outgoing postal
mail! Include your business card on the inside. Do this for personal
mail, business mail and for paying your bills!

#66. Contact your local Fire & Ambulance companies and see if you
can set up a table at their next BBQ Event or fundraiser event.

#67. Contact LOCAL Assisted Living Centers for Senior Citizens (this
is different then a nursing home!) and see if you can come in &
offer a shopping oppty. to their Senior Residents! Seniors can NOT
get out like they used too so they appreciate being able to shop
from home and the majority of them don't own computers & if they do,
they are not extremely computer savvy...so offer a one on one
shopping experience with them! They also appreciate the adult
company!

#68. Are there local small summer concerts held in your local parks?
We have them here during the summer months! Ask about advertising
options during these community events!

#69. BUY little boxes of Smartie (tm) Candies! Put your Business
info on one side & on the front side slap on a label that says "Be a
Smartie, Earn FREE (Your Company Name) w/a Party!" Hand them out
every where you go!

#70. Make up candy packs with your business info attached to them
and hand out to the Halloween Trick or Treaters!

#71. Exchange Business Cards, Fliers or Coupons with another Home
Party Consultant in a NON-Competing Business and place her filler in
your bags & outgoing packages & have her do the same for you! Sort
of "scratching each others backs".

#72. The PUBLIC Library! I go in there often and see all kinds of
local advertisements for businesses there! See if you can leave a
catalog & a few business cards!

#73. Do a CATALOG SWAP with another party plan consultant (NON
competing business). See if she will swap a few catalogs with you.
You hand out a few of her catalogs at the END of your party and have
her do the same! Hand them out as guests are LEAVING the party!

#74. I have a friend & fellow network member who prints out for
me...mint books...she prints a pretty graphic on it, along with my
business info...they look like matchbooks and inside is a piece of
peppermint hard candy! They are inexpensive too! I think I paid
$8.00 for 40+ of them! She includes the candy too! I can refer her
to you if you want to try those! Tell Tonya that Shelly sent ya!

www.bboopsworld. com/

#75. Do a PARTY SWAP with a Consultant in another HOME party
business! (NON-COMPETING! ) Tell her if she holds a (Your Company)
Party for you.....you will hold a XYZ Party for her!

#76. Ask about getting your info printed onto golf tee's and golf
balls & then donate them to a local golf course or mini golf course!

#77. FOAM DRINK COZIES, the foam thingie you wrap around a cold
beverage can! See if you can get some of those with your business
info on them & hand them out at local sporting events!

#78. Indoor Concert Arena's. Have you attended a concert lately?
Tons of advertising by local and national merchants at concerts!
Check into doing some advertising!

#79. Children LOVE Stickers! Buy a slew of stickers with your
business name on them....hand them out! Chances are that the kid's
parents will see the stickers too!

#80. Temporary Employment Agencies...again drop off packets of info
about Your Business Oppty to them. The Economy is sluggish in alot
of the areas in the USA...ask Temp. Employment Agencies to refer
some clients to you who may be interested in a (Your Company Name)
Home Business!!! You could offer the staff a discount or free gift
for referrals.

#81. Print up some flyers and get permission from local shopping
centers to see if you can leave them on car windshields! Always ASK
permission first!

#82. Does your community print up FREE Renters Guides, House Buying
Guides Etc? (you can usually find them for FREE at your local
supermarket) . If so, contact them about placing your business ad
inside one!

#83. Got a local ice cream man who drives around in his ice cream
truck throughout your community? Talk to him about passing out
flyers or letting you add a logo onto his truck via a vinyl cling
logo banner!

#84. Do a web search for you local county, local township and
surrounding areas. I found tons of websites for my area with FREE
online business directories which I was able to get my website
listed in. They also have offline ADS that you can advertise in too!
A great way to also find out about upcoming local community events
to participate in!

#85. Are there any professional moving companies in your area? If
so, contact them! They usually give out new business packet info to
their customers/clients to welcome them to their new home. See about
adding your business information to their "New Move" Packs!

#86. Local small town radio stations that are usually found on the
AM frequency usually offer very low-cost local area advertising on
their small radio station. A great way to get your business info out
to those in your local community.

#87. Get your business information printed out onto paper text book
covers! You can make them yourself! Donate them to local area adult
technical schools and colleges!

#88. Is there a local business in your area holding a upcoming Grand
Opening? If so, contact them! Alot of times they are giving away
freebies to the first few hundred customers plus they do heavy
advertising announcing their Grand Opening. This is a GREAT way for
you to capitalize on that!

#89. Get your business info printed up on inexpensive bookmarks!
Then give them to local area colleges, adult technical schools, book
reading groups, libraries etc. You can usually print up your own
bookmarks with your business info on them for less than .8 cents
each! This will keep your business info infront of those avid book
readers! They are also great to give away for FREE with customer
orders!

#90. Put your Business Knowledge to Work! Offer to teach classes to
adults!

Examples: If you are with a kitchen/cooking company offer to teach
adults to cook! They are always looking for fast & easy ways to
prepare healthy meals!

If you are a scrapbooking consultant, offer to teach a class to new
moms on how to scrapbook new baby pages!

If you are a Bath/Body/Spa consultant offer to teach pampering
classes to women & moms!

You can find adult programs by contacting: Local Community Centers,
Local Civic Groups and alot of High Schools & Community Colleges
offer evening classes to adults. (continuing education).

This generates leads & sales and only takes a short amount of time!

#91. Put the word out to your friends, family & co-workers that you
offer freebies to party go'ers. What do I mean?

Well, people who are holding baby showers, bridal showers, birthday
parties, anniversary parties etc. contact me about my freebies. They
make up party goodie bags and are always looking for things to stuff
them with. Depending on what type of party it is depends on what I
donate!

I print out pretty bookmarks, recipe cards, candy wrappers, gift bag
tags, shopping lists, chore lists etc. with pretty designs on them
along with my business info. I also attach a coupon. I keep my cost
down to .15 cents per person. An inexpensive way to reach new
potential customers.

#92. Print out your own Re-ordering labels! If you sell consumable
goods (foods, spices, soaps, bath products, cosmetics etc) make sure
you stick on a small re-ordering info sticker with your business
info on it so that your customer can easily locate your information
for placing reorders! This is also important to do considering some
customers purchase items from you to give as a gift, this way the
person who received the gift will also know how to contact you and
will become a potential new customer for you!

#93. Establish a Referral program for your business and print out
referral coupons! Offer established customers a free little gift or
personal discount if they refer a new customer to you! I like to
give out 3 Referral Coupons to every new customer I get so that they
know they will be rewarded for referring new customers to me.

Established customers are more apt to refer new customers to you if
they know they will be rewarded for that referral. Verbal referral
programs don't work well, so print up referral coupons or referral
promotion cards to hand out to your established customers. I also
like to put a "referral reward" sticker in all of my Tupperware
catalogs. You can also add a sticker to the backs of your business
cards.

#94. Print out Coloring Pages with a small section on them
advertising your business and donate them to local area restaurants,
daycares etc. I was able to find 4pc. crayon sets for ONLY .05 cents
a box which I also donated along with the printed out coloring
pages! Parents hang them on the front of their refrigerators after
the children are done coloring them which keeps your business in
front of the parent daily! Cost: About .03 cents for printed out
coloring page with your business info located some where on it
and .05 cents for the mini box of crayons.

Try to find a design that relates to your business for the best
effect.

#95. Contact your local area Girl Scouts, 4-H Club and other youth
groups. Talk to them about you coming in to do a project with the
youth's in the group. You can also talk to them about your business
fundraiser program if you offer one. During the summer time there
are alot of youth camps throughout the community. You can also find
youth camps through local churches. Some are seasonal and some are
year long programs. The YMCA is also a great resource!

For Example: If you are a Kitchen Consultant, come in and teach the
youth how to cook or about kitchen safety. If you sell pet products,
go in and talk about grooming a pet. If you sell candles, go in and
make some mini candles or teach them how to decorate them for gifts.
Be creative!

#96. If you are crafty with your computer you can print out tea bag
wrappers with a pretty design on them along with your business
information. I purchased a few boxes of individually wrapped tea
bags and then put my printed business tea bag wrapper over it. You
can hand them out throughout your community.

I like donating them to: Assisted Living Centers, Senior Community
Centers, Daycare Centers (to be given to the parents & teachers),
School Teacher Lounges, Employee Break Rooms etc.

Example of Cost: .03 cents for a printed color wraper and about .03-
.05 cents per tea bag.

#97 Make sure you leave info about Your Business on your answering
machine or voice mail message! Not everyone who phones you knows
that you sell or represent a particular company! (especially those
pesky bill collectors & telemarketers) .

#98 Take your outdated catalogs and randomly mail or distribute them
thru-out your neighborhood! Make sure you stamp it OUTDATED and
provide contact info for yourself so they can contact you if
interested to get a current catalog!

#99 Get Business Themed Banking Checks! Your bank checks pass thru
tons of hands that could become potential customers or party hosts!
If possible get your email address or website URL preprinted onto
them! I also suggest using preprinted postal address labels too!
(try to get checks that have pictures of some of the products you
sell on them or at the very least make sure some where on the check
it says: Tupperware Consultant, Avon Rep, and so forth.)

#100. Get your business info printed onto matchbooks! Donate the
matchbooks to candle shops, smoke shops, clubs etc. to help get your
business name out in your community!

#101. Consider getting some inexpensive mini desk-top sized
calendars printed up with your business information on them and hand
out to local office workplaces! A great way to keep your business
information in front of a potential or repeat customer/client.

#102. Take the above idea a step further. Get your business info
printed up on pencils, pens, mini note pads, tab stickers and so
forth. Contact local office style businesses and donate a
few "business" supplies to them!

When you go to the doctors or dentists office you see a slew of
these types of things from various companies all over the office, so
you can do the same thing by donating them to office-style
businesses.

#103. Contact local groups in your own community. These can be hobby
groups, collector groups, new moms, new parents, neighborhood watch
groups and so forth.

See what their coming up activites will be and offer a fundraiser
opportunity to them or offer a party or to teach a class to them.
Better yet, get involved in a group as a participient. The more you
get out there in your community and make contacts the better your
business will be.

#104. Local Holiday Events! Does your area hold a childrens
christmas party, easter egg hunt, halloween party, etc? If so, get
involved! You can donate candy or other holiday items and get
yourself some business exposure, besides they are always alot of fun
to participate in!

#105. Get your business info printed up on some Lanyards and
distribute them to local office place environments for employees to
use to keep their keys on or give as freebies to your current
established customers etc.

#106. Get your business info printed up on some employee id tag
holders! Hand them out to office environments that have alot of
employees to get your business info seen by lots of people!

#107. Contact some local small shops in your area. Offer to sponsor
a drawing box & prize. Make sure you have an attractive drawing box
and have the prize on display. Alot of small shops have in-shop (in-
store) drawings that are sponsored by other local merchants. You
should also have on hand a few catalogs and a stack of business
cards. This is a great way to get business exposure and to collect
leads.

Make sure your entry form states:

Name, phone number and email address

plus a section for:
____ more info about hostessing a party
____ more info about the consultant opportunity
____ request a free catalog
____ please subscribe me to your online newsletter

#108. Draft up a business press release. Submit it to your local
newspapers, local magazines, tv stations and radio stations. Offer
to be a guest on one of their live or recorded shows.

#109. Do you get alot of magazines to your home? If so, after
reading them, print up some labels on your computer that
say "Compliments of ____________ ______" and donate them to local
doctors offices, dentist offices, local hospitals, libraries,
community centers, senior centers, etc. Make sure your label
includes your business name & information.

#110. Draft up some mini tip booklets, recipe booklets or craft
project booklets. Make sure you label them as "Courtesy of
____________ ____" and donate them to local daycare centers, salons,
civic and community groups, etc. You can print them out on your home
computer inexpensively.

#111. If you can afford this idea, its a great one! Remember those
little rubbery type of change purses with the key ring attached to
them that advertisers use to put their name and advertising info
onto them? Well, they are popular again! I got one from our local
bank! If you can afford it or co-op it with another consultant that
would be a great idea to hand out to BIG office environments where
employees carry around alot of change for vending machines, parking
meters etc.

#112. If your company has a fundraising program the best way to
promote it is to locate local area fundraisers. What do I mean? When
local groups hold bake sales, sub sales, chicken BBQ's, car washes
etc....go visit them and offer them a company fundraiser pack with
all of the important fundraising information, catalog and a contact
sheet & business card.

#113. Contact your local area Home Owners Association. See if you
can drop off flyers, catalogs and business cards promoting your
business to them or set up a free contest giveaway basket in their
offices to promote your business and products.

#114. Do you attend alot of outdoor sporting events & concerts? Have
you seen those afghan throws that you can get personalized? Instead
of getting a family name & date imprinted on one...get your business
name on it! I have one that has my website address & my business
name. Since we attend alot of outdoor sporting events in the fall, I
take it out with me and wrap around myself on the bleachers!
Everyone sitting around me gets to see my business info! I even lend
it out to friends & family when they attend outdoor events!

#115. Take the idea above one step further. Do you spend alot of
time out at the neighborhood pool or at the beach? Get your business
info printed up on beach towels & beach blankets! You can also get
your biz info printed up on a beach umbrella...better yet, get
yourself a rain umbrella with your biz info printed on it!

#116. Does your city/town have a local taxi cab company? If so, call
them up! I recently donated 35 of my mini catalogs to a taxi company
who placed one in the back seat magazine holder of 35 of their cars.
Since that time, I have gotten 1 new consultant and 2 new customers!

Some bus companies will also accept them so check those out too!
People are always looking for something to read!

#117. When you travel take numerous catalogs, flyers, business cards
etc. with you when you pack for your trip. Make up a separate tote
bag just for these items. Leave you catalogs, flyers and business
cards ever where you go while on your trip.

ie. back of train seats, back of airplane seats, hotel lobbies,
restaurants, sporting events, etc...where- ever. This is a great way
to target non-local customers and interest in your business.

#118. Contact other work at home business people and small business
owners in your community. It's more economical for a group of you to
share costs on community advertisements and mailings.
By Shelly Hill
from Lesa Kent a new AVON representative and Celebrating Home

Susan - posted on 08/16/2013

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I have been in direct sales for 10 years. With lots of trial and error I came to the final conclusion and starting training my team members they are not sales people. The are marketers and promoters. They are in the company because they love our products, but they need to market and promote themselves. Be yourself. Nobody else can be you. You add VALUE to your clients because of YOUR life experiences. 3 things to focus on in ANY business. 1. Build your contact list. 2. Build your client base. 3. Build relationships. Everything else falls into place. **There are multiple things 1 can do to accomplish those 3 things, but those are the main focuses. If this comment helps 1 person on here....I'm a happy girl. :)

Linda - posted on 05/17/2010

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I am New to my business (March 1st) but I found the best way is to just get my "WRAP" on someone!
The rest is EASY. They see lasting results (inch loss and tonier,firmer skin in 45 minutes) and they love it and keep coming back. And they tell a friend. Your job is done for you.. Not sure why it works and no one cares ♥ but "It Works" and I have grown my downline to 40 ladies with a simple effective product. So I say Just show your products Whatever it may be..... to everyone and Enjoy the rewards :) I am

Nikki - posted on 05/08/2010

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Marketing starts with you! Get out there into the community! Schools, networking groups, mom's groups, workout centers, even your local markets. You can print, email, copy, call and do a ton of other things, but building personal relationships are crucial to a forward progression.

Be your true self! Don't feel you have to become the "pitch woman" from an infomercial. People want to like you first, then will see that you've got a great item to offer them.

Take yourself out of the equation: I do a lot of networking with various women's groups. I remove "me" and think about their needs. "Who would be a good referral for them?". If I don't feel I can be of service in helping them out, then I try to think of another networking partner that may be. The appreciation of trying to help another will come back to you. I have had more business referred to me just because I cared about them.

Stand behind your company and your product! Cry it from the mountain tops that you LOVE what you do, and why! If you can't convey this, then maybe you are in the wrong business.

Believe in yourself! It does make a difference, and will come through in your presentation.

Post By Nikki Graybeal, Silpada Designs Star Leader

Isabel - posted on 04/30/2010

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Organization and persistency. Always follow up with your calls. Keep good records to greet your clients with some common information you might remember them from. Always answer your calls with a smile. The party on the other side can always tell by the tone of your voice if you are in a good mood.

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My grandmother had hundreds of friends. I remember when I was little that I always could remember at least half of their names because they were named after flowers or plants. Rose, Lily, Fern, etc. But the one thing she would always tell me is that, "at the end of your life if you can name at least five friends who were loyal and honest then you have truly succeeded." My grandmother was 93 when she died and she could name 3.

That has always sat with me because it is amazing to me how something as fun as the business world can be, that most of it is filled with those who refuse to carry themselves in a business professional manner. This clouds the vision for those that wish to do good business and are given a bad name. Mistakes are made, bad investments, choices, all start a domino effect to failure.

Branding is so important. When someone requests information or to do business with me, I first look at their company profile or even social media profile. I read all about them before discussing any part of my business and sometimes before I even begin a conversation. I do this for several reasons but mainly because I would like to get an idea of what they appear to be about. Now I realize anyone can put a profile together and "say" a bunch of fancy things. I also know that regardless of who they say they are on paper, that they could actually turn out to be a wolf in sheep's clothing. But, I never really worry about that. If its mentoring they seek, I will help anyone. People will always show their true colors the further you get into a conversation with them.

Leadership roles, leadership quotes, leadership books. You never can read or have enough information about leadership. Why? Because even if you read 3 books and only learned one thing from it, you have found value. I have often wondered what the great leaders of our past time got most of their leadership qualities from. Libraries have been around for ages of time, but it makes you wonder how the original founders of leadership truths developed there "leadership style." Maybe the saying that "Leaders are born," holds truth.

Bottom line, when it comes to your business, seeking to be better than the person you were yesterday is valuable information and should be followed. Nobody likes to work for someone who thinks they and the position they hold is better than the employees that work for them. You must establish a healthy balance. You are in a leadership position and you need to remember that the employees that work for you can make or break your business. Make them unhappy and your rewards to the business in which you run can fail.

Amy Johnson

Kyla - posted on 05/26/2014

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Michelle - posted on 05/16/2014

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I am a Brand Partner for a wonderful anti-aging product. This post is exactly what I needed to take that extra step in promoting my business. Thank you!

Brenda - posted on 05/11/2014

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I just now found this.. Very helpful!!! Thank you so much for posting. I have been selling Pink Zebra since December of 2013 and working on business I have gotten pretty far in a short time... But I am always looking for ways to make myself a better team leader and of course over all a better consultant. So thank you for taking the time to post this!!! By the way if you have not heard of Pink Zebra before you should so check it out.. I am obsessed and so is my team of 12 Lol.... pinkzebrahome.com/BrendaNeumann My house smells amazing all the time thanks to PZ. :)

Jennifer - posted on 09/04/2013

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My company pretty much sells itself. What woman wouldnt want $300.00 in free shopping for lingerie & intimacy items? Sometimes it can be hard as women don't believe they can get that much without sales being a mint at their party. Also, when you have a party make sure you get their guest list. In my line of work NO Guest list, NO Party! Because if they cant produce a guest list,, they probably wont invite anyone so its a lost show. You need to make it all about them,, and keep them excited!!! Without a hostess you are without income. Always treat your hostess the way you would want someone to treat you as a hostess. AND Above all, it is important you make a connection with them, and be confident! Hope that helps!! ~J.J.~

Misty - posted on 10/31/2012

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Technology is scary for alot of people...but you have to remember Direct Sales & Party Plan sales the MOST important tool to success is through direct contact like home parties that's 85-90% of your sales...approx. 10% is through your website.

Iris - posted on 05/18/2010

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you have to really look the part first of all. Market Yourself. I always offer to give facials and throw parties for people. But the important thing is to market your self.

Vivian - posted on 05/18/2010

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Karen, I agree with you. You have to believe in your products. Which is why I choose the business I did. www.health1.co.nr

Stacey - posted on 05/16/2010

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I completely agree! Cold Market all the way! The warm market seems to judge quicker. Even if you ask them to do it "for me" they still don't want to. How about people that you pay money to every month? Have you tried that one? Some you win and some look at you like you have lost your mind. It is a crap shoot!

Anne - posted on 05/11/2010

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Hi Jan, I am 53 and beleive me I only knew the basics about computers. The people that I bought my website from helped me in every way. You can see their add on my website for if you would like a website like mine. If you contact them they will explain everything to you and you will have more of an idea exactly whats involved. Then you can make up your mind if it's for you. Good luck, Anne.

Jan - posted on 05/10/2010

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Hmm... I think another thing is that I am "over 50" and technologically challenged. Having a website is an overwhelming idea to me... I'm not sure I'd be able to do it!

Jan - posted on 05/10/2010

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WOW! My eyes are popping out of my head! Those are some amazing ideas... Reading through that makes me think that the underlying issue might be that I'm not sure of my husband's support. I can do anything if he's right there, but this will make for a very interesting discussion with him!!

Anne - posted on 05/09/2010

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Hello Everyone, Anne here from southern Ireland. I started my own website dealing with Mother and Baby products. These products are from around the world and quite a few are Irish based companies. My main market is America, Canada and Ireland. I only started a few months ago and I'm sure it will take time from me to find my niche market. But, I have to admit I really enjoy being able to work from home. I am married to Maurice for 30 years and we have three wonderful children, Adrian, 16years being the youngest. I worked in the fashion business for 12years this coupled with rearing the children at home, I think gave me the knowledge to set up my own Mother and Baby website it is called www.allshoppersmarket.com
We supply everything for Working Mothers, Maternity wear, Nursing Essentials,Maternity Support wear, Baby Essentials and of course the all important Holidays for Couples and Families. Please come and have a browse, we specialize in clearance sales and great bargain lines:
www.allshoppersmarket.com
Last but by no means least from an Irish Mum on the southern shores of Ireland to all the Mums around the world.(An old Irish blessing) God bless you all and may the wind be always at
your back and the rain fall softly upon your faces. A fond Motherly embrace to you all, Anne

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I have an online shop. Where I sell stuffs like Korean Apparels, Contact Lenses, Beauty Products and a lot more. So far, I'm earning good. And take note! I placed no capital in this business. Just earning a profit as a reseller :)

Josephine - posted on 05/05/2010

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The best Idea to make it 'Big' in direct sales is to see the people; show your product and satisfy the customer to what they like or need!! Names,addresses,phone numbers and emails are a must to have to be able to follow up later. Birthdays are a 'plus' to also ask for (this helps to get back in contact with the customer at a later date) ,or even anniversaries!

Jennifer - posted on 05/05/2010

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I am also involved in an amazing Direct Marketing company. The best advice I can give is to be interested, NOT interesting. We want to respond to someone's needs....our goal is to hopefully be able to fulfill those needs. Ask questions of your prospect and find out what his or her needs, goals and ambitions are and respond appropriately. Stay away from the hard sell, speak from the heart, and come from a place of service.....

Cynthia - posted on 04/30/2010

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Get involved in the community. I am a volunteer with United Way, Newcomers Club, AAUW, CVWEP, BNI & Gold Star. I love networking. My full-time business is massage, but added two direct sales businesses that complement my business (www.cindyflesher.isagenix & www.pinkpapayaparty.com/myspaparty). Good luck!

Josephine - posted on 04/30/2010

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Hi Erika, I have done Direst Sales for 23 years now, and still doing
at 63.It was Home Interiors & Gifts now we have been purchased
by Home and Garden Parties.The founders have merged us together and now we are the largest in the Nation!
My ideas were incorporated with my business merchandise.
I make floral arrangements useing 'my' products from my business.In Home Interiors I learned a lot of lessons.Growing up I used to cut out of magazines, furniture and pictures and
everthing that belonged in a home and pasted it on a card board
box(I would take the shoe box). I guess this stayed with me and
after so many years I discovered what I really liked to do.When I did Home Parties,I would hang pictures up for customers
after they purchased them and helped to arrange their table
scapeings with merchandise they purchased.I would decorate
their home for Free because they would purchase from me.Now,
I can charge to decorate a home; though, only if its more than one room.This is your Business and you are in Business for your self but not by yourself,you get the training from the company.Ideas are shared by many designers of the company.We share ideas and give tips to each other.We learn
from one another.Believe me when I say,"We,the Designers stay in Touch and the Company supports and shares our ideas.
"This is a Great Company to work for",you can ask any Designer.
Our goal is to Bless and serve others.
Your profit is earned on the puchases of sales to 49%!
If you'd like to examine our catalog I will be glad to mail you
and your friends one-no cost!
What state are you in?
Iam in Tennessee.
Originally from up north-Chicago.
My husband is from Tenn.
We have 5 children.........9 grandchidren.........plus 2step and recently a little great- grand-daughter.(4mo).Go on my face book
and you will see.That is me holding her.The facebook pic.is me holding my great-nephew.My niece put that one up. I will be putting up "my picture soon".
Wishing you success in what you do!
Josephine
Celebrating Home Star Designer

Karen - posted on 04/29/2010

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Be a consultant for a company that you fully believe in. If you don't use your own products then others won't either.

Bernadette - posted on 04/29/2010

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Sample out, Follow up and Enroll. That is the basis for our Network Marketing. When u have a good product, it sells itself. Fortunatly I have something everyone will need soon enough. Just got to get it known. www.ohana1.cieaura.com .. I know tht this is going to be HUGE!!! and smile smile smile :-)

Alana - posted on 04/28/2010

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Write out a "to do list" each night... so you give yourself direction. Set a schedule. Work everyday .. focus.. follow-up...have fun!!

Carla - posted on 04/27/2010

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I agree with Jill, but don't over do the hair and makeup. I would of never joined my company if I felt like I had to put on airs all the time. My best advice is consistency, work every day. It will pay off in the end.

Jill - posted on 04/26/2010

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To make a good impression - first do you look like someone you would want to do business with? You have like 4 - 10 seconds for people to make up their mind based on how you are dressed, shoes, hair, makeup,etc. Next is what you say & your attitude. Simple is better.

Val - posted on 04/26/2010

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MY response is to Market YOU first period. People do business with people and if they know,like and trust you the company does not matter. Just Market yourself through increasing your own knowledge and sharing that value with others and you will attract the right people for your business.
Val

Shannon - posted on 04/25/2010

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I show my website's and any tools I have (magazines, dvds, comp plans, etc...) My business show it's self. I don't need to hassle or do any sales pitch. If they want to come aboard, they will. www.shannonhollins.newplana.com Thanks, Erika.

Trista - posted on 04/25/2010

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I love showing the Catalogs. That is my best way to get new customers. And I agree, cold market, with the exception of my mom LOL) is more successful for me.

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