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Posted: 10/26/2010 3:36:35 PM
I am worried I wont get parties or sell enough. Do you have a job that deals with home parties. How successful are u? What tips do u have for me?
The plus thing us there are no reps in my state but how do I get my name out there?



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Posted: 10/26/2010 3:44:13 PM
For starters, the best thing about starting a home based business is that there is no real $$$ invested for you to lose. I think you pay $99-$199 for most kits and that includes merchandise that you can keep for your own use if you drop. So there is really nothing to worry about there.

The best way to introduce your business is to get a friend to host a party for you. Offer a fun incentive for anybody who books one from that one. Hopefully you will get the ball rolling from there. It takes time and effort but with the cute stuff they have, you shouldn't have a problem with sales once you book the parties.

I had a successful Stampin' Up business about 5 years ago and found that if I committed an hour a day to booking, calling and paperwork I had good income. I let my business go when I had baby #3. That is the beauty of a business like that. It doesn't wreck you if it fails or you want to quit.

Good luck!


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Posted: 10/26/2010 3:52:06 PM
I've never been a consultant myself because I know what my limitations are, and I am not a sales person. However, my best friend has a degree in marketing and runs a very successful sales business of her own. The advice she would give to you would be ~ Network, Network, Network. Always keep those lines of communication open and find those lines in the least likely places.

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Posted: 10/26/2010 3:53:29 PM
I think there's a certain type of personality that does well in home sales. You need to be very assertive and willing to ask people (friends and family and then strangers) to help you out, and then be able to network from there and really push people into having parties for you. I used to sell Stampin Up, and I just couldn't get people to book parties. The ones I had were successful, but once I worked through those people, I never got any more bookings.

(Ironically, my profession at the time was sales, and I was very good at it. I just couldn't make the close for getting the parties booked.)

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Posted: 10/26/2010 4:01:10 PM
Have a launch party at your house and invite very single person you can think of. You'll be surprised by the people that don't show that you're sure would and vice versa.

Ask every person you know to have a party. Ask every person who buys something at your party to have a party. Don't think about it like a sales pitch, but that you're offering an opportunity.

I just started selling Silpada a couple of months ago. I didn't want a sales quota and I wanted something that sells itself. I got both. And I figured worse case scenario, I only do it for a year and I get a bunch of beautiful jewelry out of it.

God luck with your decision. What state are you in? I have never heard of this line before reading about it here.






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Posted: 10/26/2010 4:44:04 PM
I started selling Scentsy a few months ago but I am so not a sells person.

I have never been a "direct sales" type and fell in love with a decided to go with Scentsy because I don't have to sell it...I don't have to do much of anything...I have a website and a thing on the back of my car and people are constantly calling. This time of year is huge for us and I'm excited because I can put in as much or as little time as I want. I have pretty regular sales through my site, and a party every Saturday in November!

For my biggest "party", I wasn't even there...I sent the small testers and hostess did everything. (It was in another town)



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Posted: 10/26/2010 4:47:56 PM
I started 31 in September. I've had 2 parties that have done well. My goal is to meet the minimum quota every 3 months. I think spring will be a better indicator of how well it'll go since Christmas shopping will be over.

I'm having fun looking for ideas and ways to display products. I'll probably spend more than I make.

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Posted: 10/26/2010 5:00:19 PM
I'm not a home demo of any kind, but my best advice is be enthusiastic about your merchandise!! Tell people why it's good, and why YOU love it and use it. I've been to home parties where the demo is monotone and barely speaks to anyone - no fun, and I'm not enthused about buying.

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Posted: 10/26/2010 5:12:48 PM
I don't think I could ever do home sales because I am not a saleswoman. I am in a situation right now where a person I am "friends" with just recently started selling energy and she is calling me constantly wanting me to use her business. Honestly, it pisses me off. Before I was of any use to her, she didn't have the time of day for me but now that she can make $$ off of me, I am interesting to her. If you are willing to hound people you know, more power to you. I just couldn't do it...


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Posted: 10/26/2010 9:55:06 PM
I sell Dove Chocolate Discoveries (exclusive Dove products that can't be bought in stores.) It's not hard - just be organized and devote some time to it. I NEVER thought I'd do any type of direct selling but 1) I loved the product and it's quality 2) I needed to help the family finances but needed to do it from home mostly 3) the timing was just right - I needed something for myself.
I'm enjoying it and doing well. It's helping me to help with my DD's braces and be more outgoing. We have conventions and I love the people I meet. It's a great company... also young like 31. There's not many of us which I also liked. Our standard kit is $159 which is enough for your 1st 6 parties but we just came out with a $49 kit to try until December. Good luck!!


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Posted: 10/26/2010 10:19:56 PM
Ive thought about 31 as well because its right up my alley. Problem is that I have a friend who sells Premier and she gives herself nights off but at this point I am going to her house once a week organizing her and helping her. So that deters me


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Posted: 10/26/2010 10:38:10 PM
can someone tell me what their minimum quota is?


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Posted: 10/27/2010 7:13:14 AM
$200 every three months to stay active. Very doable.


My Thirty One website:
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Posted: 10/27/2010 11:04:45 AM
I started to sell 31 a little less than a year ago. I am one of those who is definitely not in your face about selling. To show you how non-aggressive I am neither of my sisters have even held a party yet.
Can you be good at this. Sure. I have had parties that didn't even hit the $200 party level (where the hostess gets benefits) but I've also held a party that sold $1500.

The nice thing about the bags is they sell themselves. You don't have to explain how it works. You can however tell them a bunch of different ways to use some of the bags and you may get them to buy more than one or better yet be a repeat customer or host a party.

I am from a state that has less than 100 reps so like you there is tons of money to make. I work full time already so I do vendor fairs trying to get parties booked. You can do an open house and invite everyone you know like people have stated. You can make fliers and post them in restaurants/stores in your area. Once you get your kit bring it to work if you work. If you know of any other home based vendors think of how your bags would work for them. I have a friend who sells Scentsy and uses the big tote bag to bring her warmers to parties. I have passed out cards to people who happen to comment on the 31 bag I am using.

If you sign up 31 has great support. There is a yahoo site for you that has all kinds of articles, sample fliers, games etc.

If you want to talk more about any aspect feel free to contact me.
you can email me through here or my 31 email. kcouture31@yahoo.com
I will be more than happy to help you.

Karen

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Posted: 10/27/2010 11:13:57 AM
You can succeed or fail at any party plan. It's the type of business that you get out of it what you put in.

I would consider myself pretty successful with my plan so far, i've been in about 18 months or so and my sales for the year should be around 50K. Not bad for working 12 hours a week or less.

If your parties are fun, bookings come easily. I highly highly recommend doing a few shoes and then videotaping your presentation to see what you can improve on.





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Posted: 10/27/2010 11:37:02 AM
I just became a Thirty One consultant yesterday, lol! and so far, I'm loving it! I've set up my website and my facebook page - just waiting for my package with all my goodies so I can hold an open house.

best of luck to ya!





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Posted: 10/27/2010 12:15:08 PM
Can anyone comment on the "faith-based" side to 31? How does that come into play with handbags? (Genuine curiosity/interest, not snark)


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Posted: 10/27/2010 10:59:50 PM
I am also a 31 consultant...to answer your question anthacat..."31" refers to Proverbs 31 that speaks of "the virtuous woman" and how the wife/woman should be treated. The company believes in "celebrating, encouraging and rewarding" woman. Hope that helps. I love my job - I started back in April for something fun to do for myself, having never done any kind of sales...I have a team of 11 people so far in several states and this month I will close 7 parties totaling about $7000. I know a lot of that is the holiday selling season, but I am not complaining! Let me know if you have any other questions.

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Posted: 10/28/2010 11:14:14 AM
That's really cool - thanks for sharing that. I like that.


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Posted: 7/22/2012 11:06:24 PM
i am a consultant for thirty-one and i love it!!!! i love it more than i did selling Mary Kay!! the products sell them self's mostly and the women i work with are great,i have made it Thur my 2ND level now and i am on my 3rd i love it cause it is so rewarding,they have all kinds of things you can earn!! but i hope you do decide to do it i promise you wont be disappointed
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Posted: 7/23/2012 12:05:35 AM
The person that founded Thirty One used to be my Pampered Chef consultant! She had a day job in marketing, I believe, and then one day started her on business with Thirty One. Very inspirational, and it shows you can do anything if you put your mind to it! Good luck with your new venture!


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