#home party businesses
Start a Home Party Business
November 17, 2006
It’s a party at your home–or better yet, at someone else’s. Customers socialize, and you make money. Need more convincing?
Home parties now account for roughly 29 percent of the nearly $30 billion in U.S. direct sales, and 13.6 million Americans bought or sold goods from home in 2004. Direct sellers are hawking everything from organic gardening supplies to wine. Some are even hosting virtual parties online. And the numbers are growing, according to Amy Robinson of the Direct Selling Association in Washington, DC. “The majority of companies coming into [the] DSA are party plan companies,” she says. “In a lot of cases, they are smaller, newer companies started by entrepreneurs from their basements.”
Andrew Shure (below) is one of them. Nationwide, he has 1,300 consultants selling Shure Pets pet products, and he predicts he’ll have 2,800 by the end of 2007. “The only requirement at Shure Pets is a passion for pets,” says Shure, 43, who launched the Chicago-based business in 2003 and projects sales of $1 million for 2006. Another example is Newburyport, Massachusetts-based Anna William, which lets customers design their own handbags. Kristen Lee, 29, launched the million-dollar company in 2003 with Keek Bielby, 57; Rani Chase, 36; and Erin Hornyak, 33–and already has 125 consultants nationwide.
Be sure to thoroughly research any company you’re considering, and make sure you love the products. As Robinson says, “It’s no fun to sell something you’re not interested in.”
Hanging out at a party and selling stuff might sound like easy money. But there’s more to it than that:
- If you’re buying into one, scrutinize the initial fee. What’s included in the startup kit? Amy Robinson of the Direct Selling Association in Washington, DC, advises, “Make sure what you’re getting in return for your money is worth it.” Look for plenty of samples, training materials and other tools that will help you host a successful party.
- Ask whether there’s a buyback policy. Companies that are members of the DSA must agree to buy back inventory from consultants within 12 months of the date of purchase, at a minimum of 90 percent of the original net cost. That way, “if you decide it’s not for you, you can recoup most of that money, and there’s minimal risk involved,” says Robinson.
- Make sure there’s a real product being sold. And make sure it’s not something that will leave you with a garage full of widgets. If you suspect it’s a pyramid scheme–where your time and money is devoted to recruiting and earning money off a downline, and there’s no actual product being sold or the product is worthless–keep looking.
- Don’t feel pressured. Shady operators might try to convince you to “get in on the ground floor with this new opportunity,” notes Robinson. “But a good opportunity will be there tomorrow. You need to take your time and think about it–make sure you’re completely comfortable with it.”
- Remember, the party is never really over. Hosting a home party isn’t just about the party, as fun as that might sound. You need to be willing not only to make the initial sale, but also to follow up, to develop relationships, to be the kind of salesperson who could sell chocolate ice cream to a woman in white gloves–and call her a few weeks later to see if she’d like some more. “This is a relationship business,” says Robinson. “It’s about service after the sale.”
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Seven Ideas to Build Your Direct Sales or Party Plan Business outside of the Home Party
If you are a direct sales or home party plan consultant, you know that the power of your business lies in the party. However, there are times when your calendar might be a little bare due to the season or cancellations or you might not be able to do as many in home parties or demo s. There are many ways that you can build your direct sales or home party plan business outside of the home party. These ideas can be used for incremental sales every single month or to rev up your business when home parties are low.
Here are Seven Ideas to Build Your Direct Sales or Party Plan Business outside of the Home Party:
1. Host a Mystery Host Party at your house one night or afternoon! Everyone who attends and orders is entered to be the host of the party and get all the host credits and bonuses OR you could even draw for a winner of a FREE Business Kit use part of your commission from the sales to pay for the kit keep part of the host credits for yourself to gain a new recruit!
2. Set up a Stop n Shop party at your office or a local restaurant after work one day (or offer to do this for your customers, friends, hosts)! Set up your kit, set up some games and prize drawings and let your friends stop in and see the newest products, catalog and sales fliers and shop! If you have or can sell cash carry, bring some products and offer them as bonus buys with a minimum purchase amount.
3. Mini Parties! Get 12 friends or customers to collect $150 in orders for you. Put all the orders in one party order split the host credits between those who collected and submitted orders. Depending on how your host program works, each person would be able to receive $20-$50 in free items! (You’ll make a great commission from this too!)
4. Set up an online party and share the link on Facebook, your website, networking groups, your customer email list Offer daily order specials, share product tips and gift ideas on the event. You could do a mystery host party through the online party too. (Be sure to personally invite people, don t just add them to the event and if you do this in a FB group, definitely do not add people without their permission!)
5. Hold a fundraiser for your church, school, favorite charity or family in need. If your company does not offer a Fundraising program, consider donation a portion of your commission to a worth cause.
6. Hold a special themed / seasonal sale sale! (back to school, valentines, labor day, etc…) Offer for customers to get 15% off any 1 item of their choice when they place at least a $15 order with you by a certain date OR everyone who places an order by a certain date gets entered to win a $25 surprise pack OR gets free shipping or a free gift… Get creative be excited (but don’t give away too much of your commission either you don t want to devalue your products or lose income).
7. Don t forget about vendor events look for festivals, bazaars, fundraisers, events you can set a booth up to work to get leads, meet new people and market your business. Read more about how to have Successful Vendor Events here.
The bottom line though is to Just do it ! We can do and achieve anything we put our minds to. If we want to make something happen, we will. Be excited, share the excitement and believe that you can earn all the great prizes promotions that your company offers plus a great income. Get to work! You can do this!
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WELCOME TO THE SMALL BUSINESS
ASSOCIATON OF AUSTRALIA
Launching your own business is never easy.
It is like starting a new chapter in your life. And to start a new chapter, sometimes, you have to take a leap of faith and get out of your comfort zone. For some of us, doing these things is not exactly easy. But what if there is someone to lend you a helping hand and offer you solid support as you navigate your way towards becoming a successful and prolific business owner?
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Kevin Nice Telecommunication Specialist
Craig Tschirpig Accountant and Financial Adviser
James Stoke Commercial Lawyer
Leigh Bernhardt Industrial Relations Specialist
Ken Khatib online marketing and web development
Kira Duff Media, Communication and Events Assistant
Belinda Wilson Business Manager
David Power SBAA Strategist
Lionel Barden SBAA Policy Chair
Anne Nalder CEO and Founder
Dear Anne, It has been a great pleasure to be introduced to you five years ago. Your first impression to me is your advocacy attitude and knowledge about the protocol of small business in Australia. Your organizational ability is well demonstrated in each of the events and meetings coordinated by your organization under your strong stewardship. You have been very supportive to our Australia-China Chamber of CEO Inc by squeezing your invaluable time to attend our strategic partners’ meetings and events. Australia-China Chamber of CEO Inc is very much appreciative of your role in ACCCEO as the Advisor of the Small Business. Looking forward to more collaborations and support with yourself and your organization to Australia China Chamber of CEO Inc as well as my personal business Holiday International Golden Travel. Yours sincerely, Sally Chung Executive Vice-Chairman Australia-China Chamber of CEO Inc
Sally Chung Executive Vice Chairman of Australia – China Chamber of CEO Inc
“Small Business Association Australia is an active and progressive organisation seeking positive change for the betterment of small businesses everywhere. Founder Anne Nalder is making a real difference because she understands what owners must endure to become established and successful businesses. She is a genuine advocate of their cause in recognition of the essential contribution they make to our economy which is often overlooked – we need more ‘doers’ like Anne!”
Colin Coverdale Small Business Strategist, Opportune NFP Limited
It is essential that small business has a voice at a national level so specific concerns are raised. A concentrated focus on solid outcomes will make a difference, thanks to SBAA.
Paula Brand Small Businss Networking Events and Expo Owner
Today we are rebiulding our business and the future looks very bright all thanks to the support of the “Small Business Association of Australia”
Nic Dirubbo Marlborough Park
How Can We Help?
The Small Business Association of Australia (SBAA), understands how challenging it is to start your own business. This is one of the things that continues to motivate us to provide support and assistance to owners of small and medium enterprises or SMEs to help them succeed in their chosen endeavour.
The Small Business Association of Australia is one of the fastest growing and widely recognised organisations in the country specialising in supporting and advocating for the SME. We firmly believe that SMEs are making significant contributions to the growth of the national economy and are a vital component of Australia’s future. We continually see that owners of small and medium-sized businesses are not receiving the support and recognition they deserve, so we have taken up the challenge to help them in every way we can.
Setting up a small business in Australia is challenging at best, but with the assistance of SBAA, SMEs can grow and secure their future.
Better educate business owners.
We believe that education and knowledge are key ingredients of a successful business, so apart from organising networking events, we also host educational events and learning programs for our members. We provide various learning resources and tools to help members enrich their knowledge of running a successful enterprise.
Connect and Establish Strong Working Relationships with Like-Minded People.
SBAA regularly organise networking events that will enable members to connect and foster relationships with other business owners on a local, national, and international level.
SBAA serves as the “voice” of SMEs by expressing their concerns to the government. We also seek the assistance of key stakeholders on their behalf to encourage policymakers to create economic policies that will benefit and help SMEs. The launch of the SBAA Think Tank focuses on the fields of research, education, policy, and practice for small business in Australia.
Is a Home Business Right for You?
Every morning as people wake up and make the commute to work, many dream of the day when they will finally work for themselves. Every time the boss lets someone know that they must give up their weekend plans for the good of the company, people contemplate the benefits of being the owner of their own business.
Are you one of these people?
If you are, it is important to ask yourself some very important questions before you make the uncertain leap into self-employment.Many dream of the benefits of home business ownership, but few take into account the sacrifices that must be made to bring the dream to fruition. Please don t make this mistake yourself.
You must approach home business ownership with your eyes wide open. Ask yourself the important questions, and more importantly, answer your own questions openly and honestly.
AN IMPORTANT CONSIDERATION
Are you the type of person who relishes every chance to gather around the water cooler for social interaction? If so, then home business ownership may not be the right decision for you.Instead, if you feel that you can be quite content sitting alone at your desk; speaking only to clients and really minding your own home business, then you might have what it takes to succeed as a home business entrepreneur at IDLife .
If you feel at ease with your own company and don t need a dozen coworkers milling around your desk, then you, too, could savor the freedoms that will allow you and your family, to live the lifestyle you know you want and deserve.
THE KEY TO HOME BUSINESS SUCCESS
Self-motivation is the key to success when you start a home-based business. You need to possess the ability to push yourself ahead. Your drive and determination will be reinforced with every new sale. The level of success that you will achieve greatly depends on the time and effort you are willing to plow into your new home business.
Your organization, planning and marketing skills, will all be put into practice when you embark on your liberating journey from employee, to being your own boss. In fact, you will be the wearer of many hats and gain a wealth of business experience along the way, when you finally make that commitment to work at home.
Finding the appropriate products or services to market should not be over-looked as well. You need to find what you are passionate about or the fun of working for yourself will turn into another job that you hate. Consider IDLife products as a potential outlet for your business or other recurring income opportunities.
YOUR SUCCESS RESTS ENTIRELY UPON YOUR OWN SHOULDERS
You will now be the boss. Are you truly able to work independently? Do you have the drive; the tenacity, to persevere with your home based business? Will you be able to invest the necessary time to nurture it, to watch it grow and see it through, from germination to full, glorious bloom? When you re the boss, you are responsible for the success of your home business, from A to Z, from disappointments to victory.
When you work at home, it will empower you to achieve many things you were unable to do when you were stuck working for that tyrant boss. Remember him? He s the guy that wouldn t let you take time off when your baby was sick the same guy that called you in to work on Thanksgiving Day.
A home business means that you can take good care of your family and make money from home, simultaneously. You will have the best of both worlds! Just think no more dirty laundry piling up you can do it while you work. No more scurrying around at the last minute searching for a babysitter either. And no more worrying about getting fired; you ll be the boss!
Stay positive and focused on your home based business, even if, when sales aren t up to par, you get occasional negative remarks or derogatory comments from people with stuffy, dead-end jobs. Ignore their cutting words and bear in mind that success is the best revenge! Keep your admirable, positive attitude at the forefront and show them what you re made of!
Advice For Start Home Based Business
After deciding on the type of business you want to start, it will be time to take the next steps.
Even though you will be working from home. this is still a business, and you must always remember that.
There are a few things you should ask before start home based business:
- Will you work specific hours each day?
- Will it be necessary for you to separate your family and work spaces?
- Are customers going to come to your physical location, or will everything be done with the help of your home computer, phone and any mobile devices?
- Will this be a full-time situation, or are you planning to continue working at your current job?
The answers to all of these questions will help you determine how much of an effect your home business will have on your family life. If you plan to work at home in addition to a current job, there is a chance that you may become overworked.
It is a good idea to break up your day a bit. You can also ask a family member for help if you become overwhelmed. They can assist you with things like answering phones, printing shipping labels and responding to emails.
There are other tasks that you will need to complete yourself. These include calling clients or writing articles. You can do these after everyone has gone to bed for the night. This means that your work day will not have to dip so far into your family time.
It is crucial that you are very disciplined and consistent when you are working from home. This means that you should continue learning more each day and using it to better your business. This will help you reach the heights of success you have been striving for.
When you first start your business, you will have to work very hard with promotions. Becoming a household name is not something that happens overnight, so you will need to be patient and persistent.
When you are working from home, no one is able to see you. It will be your job to find people who will be interested in your products and services.
This means that you will have to put a great deal of time and effort into the marketing of your home business. It may sound hard, but it will pay off later.
Having a phone number and a web address on all of your promotional materials will make it easy for people to contact you in order to get what they need.
It will be necessary for you to have a decent source of income until you can get your business off of the ground.
You should plan ahead and make sure that you have a substantial amount in your savings. It is recommended that you have enough money to last you for six months to one tear.
Cooking more meals at home and streaming content online can help you save more money in the interim.
You can also consider a part-time job since that can help you cover basic business expenses. You should also consider selling any household items you had no use for if you are looking for extra cash for your business.
Your business will do particularly well if y ou are able to get a great start. Having the right mindset and remaining optimistic when you get started will help you become as successful as you could have ever imagined.
Click here if you want to learn how to start and build a successful home based business.
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Building a Successful Online Home Business
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Would you love to run a flexible business from home? Or how about a business you could pop into your handbag and operate from your coffee shop of choice? It s possible. Lots of people have made it happen. All you need is a laptop and a reliable internet service like home internet by Sonic in place. This article, and the infographic below, will help you to think about which business ideas you can use and what you can learn from women who ve made it with their own successful internet business.
Online Business Ideas
There are a number of business ideas you could consider for starters there is online sales of products or services, copywriting, online tutoring, subscription, affiliate marketing and advertising. In fact, most successful online businesses combine more than one income stream.
With the rise and rise of fremium it s not always straightforward! Fremium is where you provide a basic service for free. Sometimes everything is free and revenue comes from advertising or affiliate marketing moneysavingexpert.com and most news and information based sites and blogs are funded that way. Alternatively, you could provide a basic product for free and charge for the premium version hubspot, skype and mailchimp do this. The advantage of fremium models is that they allow you to engage a much larger audience.
How they Made it
Let s look at a few women who started from an online home business and have made it big. How did they get started and what can we learn from them?
Single mum Lauren Luke gave up her dead-end job to sell make-up on eBay in 2006. The business quickly took off and Lauren started making home-made YouTube videos to show customers how to apply her products. The videos become a YouTube phenomenon they ve now had over 75 million views. Lauren s personality is a large part of her success she s incredibly down-to-earth, nice and unaffected. She builds real relationships with customers and social media followers and has a natural marketing and customer service instinct. The business continues to boom: Lauren has launched her own make-up range which is on sale in 135 shops in the U.S. See here for a video of Lauren explaining the secrets of her success.
Business model: eBay shop, YouTube advertising and now direct production and high street sales.
Justine Roberts Carrie Longton, Co-Founders Mumsnet
For Carrie and Justine, having young children was the perfect time to start a business. Justine couldn t face going back to work after maternity leave. She met Carrie at antenatal classes and together they developed the idea of an online guide for parents. Mumsnet was born.
But it got off to a tricky start. They were starting in 2000, at the height of the dotcom bubble. Overnight the bubble burst and the advertising-based business model they hoped to entice investors with, fell apart. Instead they began with a small loan from a friend and worked out of a bedroom with no salary for the first few years. The site is now a thriving community of over 6 million parents, with a multi-million pounds turnover.
Business model: Advertising is the largest contributor of income, other growing streams include: surveys and consumer testing, books and events.
Holly Tucker and Sophie Cornish, Notonthehighstreet.com
Holly and Sophie were also mums who decided to start a business together. It started in 2005 around the kitchen table, with Holly s baby there in a playpen. Notonthehighstreet is an online shop front for around 1,800 independent creative businesses. Each partner is carefully selected for quality and originality. Partners pay a fee to be listed on the site and around 20% of each sale. For the first few years the pair poured all of their savings into the business. Since then they have had three successful rounds of venture capital investment. It s a high-growth route that resulted in a turnover of over £15 million in 2010 and 60 staff. VC is a hard-driving growth route, not for the faint hearted. See here for our review of Holly and Sophie s warts and all book about growing their business.
Business Model: Online sales, membership, revenue sharing, printed catalogue.
Where does your business model fit?
Fast Company have created a great infographic of the online business environment. It shows how all of those online business models fit together and how each of them can make money. It s worth bearing in mind though, that while all of the businesses we ve featured started online, all of them now also have growing off-line income streams.
As the first two case studies show, it is possible to grow a successful online business without external investment. But if you need investment, to start or scale, check-out the full range of funding options in our women s business finance guide .
The infographic can help you to decide where your online business best fits for now. But it continues to be a fast changing business environment. A change in the Google algorithm can make or break business models overnight. Last year Google brought in Panda a significant change to their search rankings. Overnight, several commercial sites dependent on affiliate links found themselves downgraded. So if your online business is dependent on Google search and I can think of few that aren t make sure that you keep abreast of their quality guidelines. Quality content is key. Above all, get to know your customers or visitors, provide a quality service and meet their needs.
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50 Online Businesses You Can Run From Home
Avoid cubicle farms and bosses breathing down your neck by starting an online business that you can run from home. Once you start making real money, you might never turn back. Here are 50 online businesses you start and run from home:
Help clients out by providing secretarial, technical, or creative support from your home office.
Blogs, websites, even magazines need content to stay fresh and relevant. Put your writing, photography, or other artistic skills to work for pay.
Everyone needs a programmer. You re especially relevant and valuable if you can program mobile apps.
Drive traffic to big sites like Amazon and eBay, or even to smaller sites via online ads and your website, then get a commission in return.
Buy a bunch of products at one price, set up a website, and resell them to interested buyers for profit.
Ebooks in every topic are a hot commodity. You could either get them written and sell them via your website, or write them yourself.
Home study courses
Learning a new skill is as easy as getting online, and if you have a specialty, it s a good time to turn it into a home study course that you can sell for profit.
Research a topic that people just can t find a solution to, package it into a report, then sell each report for money.
From fixing dishwashers to understanding myopia, people are hungry to learn online. Help them with your educational videos.
From Internet security to marketing support, everyone with a computer is looking for some kind of software. Help them find it by selling it on your site.
If you re willing to rise early, study markets, and put in winning bets, this three-hour-a-day job could be for you.
Google AdSense websites
Create one or more blogs or websites, and make money by showing Google AdSense ads.
Selling ad space
Build a website, increase traffic to it, and advertisers will be knocking on your door to pay you for ad space.
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Yes, buying up someone else s junk at garage sales, then selling it for a premium on eBay still does work.
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A marriage expert says doing these 3 things will help you have successful relationships at home and at work
Forty hours a week is a lot of time to spend with someone you can’t stand.
That’s why it’s so important to foster positive relationships at work.
Psychologist and couples counselor John Gottman spent 40 years researching exactly what goes into healthy relationships, and he posited in his book, “The Relationship Cure ,” that the same principles that make marriages work also hold true for other kinds of relationships.
“Relationships in the workplace, including friendships, collegial relationships, and relationships with superiors or subordinates, are human relationships,” Dr. Michael McNulty, a m aster trainer from the Gottman Institute and founder of the Chicago Relationship Center. tells Business Insider. “Much of the same advice given to spouses who seek to make their marriages work also applies to people who want good, productive relationships with their coworkers.”
According to Gottman’s research, any relationship that involves people trying to live and work closely together should be built on trust and commitment and involve positivity, friendship, and successful conflict management.
First and foremost, good friendships in a company occur when employees feel like they can trust one another. Workers have to mostly feel like their bosses and coworkers are acting in their best interests or at least trying to. They have to feel like they have one another’s backs. It is only then that they will feel safe and motivated to invest in their relationships in the workplace.
In love or at work, people who do these three things are most likely to have positive relationships:
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Get to know people
In marriage, research tells us that knowing one’s partner and the important parts of one’s partner’s world is the basis for friendship and positivity. Spouses feel important when others take time to get to know them. The same holds true at work.
He says that managers and employees who feel like people are trying to get to know them and care enough to ask about their lives are more likely to feel positive about others at work.
People are also more likely to feel positive about work-based friendships if they feel appreciated.
McNulty teaches a course that includes a video of a therapist working with a real couple who started a company together.
At one point, the woman says to the man, “I would almost work free if you would just tell me you appreciate what I do more often.” Her revelation speaks to how much people may need to feel appreciated by those close to them.
While most employees will not work for free, they feel a lot more positive about work when they feel appreciated, and they feel most positive about those in the workplace who express authentic appreciation for their talents and contributions.
Expressing appreciation, he says, could be as simple as commending a colleague on how well they spoke in a meeting or how reliable they are because they arrive to work early every day. The key is using positive adjectives and then backing them up with specific examples.
“If you think it, try and say it,” McNulty says. “And if you’re not thinking positive thoughts, that may mean that you’re scanning for the negative too much and you need to get back into thinking about what you appreciate about the people around you.”
Make time for others
“As in marriage, people who know and appreciate one another are better positioned to connect with one another,” McNulty says.
He says that spouses who develop rituals for connecting with each other like date night, nightly walks, or phone calls to check in do better in relationships. Similarly, coworkers who find ways to remain connected keep their work relationships in a more positive place.
“That’s why talks around the water cooler, lunch dates, sports teams, and happy hour become so important,” McNulty says.
“That’s also why teams and managers have to be sensitive about making assignments of who does what with whom on work projects,” he adds. “For some employees, their routines of doing projects with certain colleagues may be their way of checking in and remaining connected.”
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