What Will $1 Buy You?

The Back to School sales have started.  Everywhere you turn there is a sale on school supplies, right?  We rush to Staples (or Target or Walmart) to grab this week’s special for $.25 – $1.00.

Have you ever thought about why a “dollar store” is so popular?  You can now buy anything and everything at the dollar store.  Sometimes we even buy things we don’t need just because it is one dollar.

What if you could start your own business for $1.00?  Seems crazy right?  No risk involved, just the opportunity to earn some money as well as get some FREE and discounted products.  Would you jump on it as fast as you would the “stuff” from the dollar store?

I have been sharing the details in my VIP Customer group for awhile.  Actually as soon as Thirty One announced the opportunity back in July.  See this why it is important to be a part of my VIP group?

Just when I thought this company could not get any better, they offer this AMAZING deal.  

Yes, you can actually join for $1.00.  No, you won’t receive the enrollment kit BUT you will get the chance to buy one once you earn some money.

Maybe you are thinking…. I can do what she does. Or, I don’t have time.  Or, I am not a sales person.  Or I could use an extra $300 per month.  The truth is, when I joined Thirty One 6 1/2 years ago, I was a crazy busy COO for a non-profit who commuted 4 hours a day round trip to work.  Yes, I was a crazy lady.  Still am but now I don’t commute.  LOL.

Yes, I made money from the beginning.  How?  I carried and used the products.  I shared it with my co-workers.  I handed out mini catalogs everywhere I went.  Oh, did I mention I was planning my wedding at the same time that year.  I get life is crazy busy – kids, work, family… and the list goes on.

When you join us this month before the holiday shopping season starts,  you get to make some money so you could have a CASH holiday season.  Wouldn’t it be nice? There are TWO options to joining our Thirty One family and the Rays of Hope Team. Check this out..

You join for $1.00.  You invite your friends to your launch party (online or home) and I will do it for you.  You received hostess benefits (FREE and discounted products), you get to keep all of the bookings from the party, you earn commission (25%) and business credit (25%**). 

Here are the details on the NEW Start Swell program where you earn credit towards business supplies….

If this was in effect when I joined, I would have had $360 in credit – not bad for a hobbiest or a part time gig.  Yes, I had no intention of doing Thirty One full-time when I started.

Look at what you can earn as a Hostess during the month of August.  Look at this NEW limited edition product available to hostesses for a minimum of a $200 party! But the best part is, if your party jumps to $600 or more, you get this for FREE!  Two bags for the price of one.

I get it.  I have been the crazy momma  but I can help you make it quick and easy!  I will be happy to come to the baseball field.  At the pool – I will come there. No big presentation, just a party on the go – complete in about 1 hour. OR how about an online party? We can do a Facebook party for 31 minutes LIVE or a theme party over 4 days. Lots of themes to pick from with fun and games.

 

Have questions, feel free to call/text me at 609-457-4249 or complete the form below:

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

 

Hostess Engagement

Happy Monday…. No, I am not talking about getting engaged to your hostess.  I’m talking about getting your hostess engaged in the planning process when they book a party – online, on Facebook or a home party.

I have heard it a million times from team members and other consultants, “How do I get my hostess to be involved?”; “How come one is active and the other is a flop?”.  The truth is, each hostess is different and each one will react to things in a different manner.  The trick is to have a conversation with your hostess when you are planning the party.  I know we all “talk” to our hostesses BUT do we ask questions to help us figure out what is best for them.  Are we asking questions but then just going about our usual way of doing things?  SMACK!  Sometimes the truth hurts.

I have made the same mistakes and sometimes fall back into the old bad habits.  I can usually tell the difference in the parties when I ASK questions and LISTEN for the answers then those where I just move along doing the same old, same old.

The goal of the initial conversation is to plan the party with your hostess.  If you ASK these questions and focus on her answers, you will see an amazing different.

  1. What does she want to happen at the party?
  2. What does she want to earn?
  3. Who does she want to invite?
  4. What does she expect of me?
  5. What do I expect of her?

This conversation should happen early in the planning stage, so everyone is on the same page.  I love this sample script from Team Connections BUT be sure to make it sound like you.  It may take some practice till you find the format which works for you…

“Susie, this is Mary from XYZ Company. I am so excited about our party on the 29th. I am calling today to spend about 10 to 15 minutes planning our party. Did I call you at a bad time?”  (I prefer this instead of “is now a good time to talk” because it is never a good time to talk for busy women.  When we ask if I called you at a bad time, you may tell me what you are doing but agree to talk for a few minutes).

“Susie, I want this party to be a great night for you and your friends. What would make it one?”  

LISTEN for her answer – not what you are going to respond with.

“Super, to create a night for you, we are a team so let’s work together to make sure there are people attending and everyone has a great time.”

“Is there anything specific you would like to earn as a result of hosting a party?”

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Connect this to the number of people and orders required!

“Let’s talk about the invitations. How do you and your friends typically communicate? I still love paper invites and am happy to send them for you. Even if you connect via text or FB, a paper invite lives on the frig and is a great reminder!!”

Even when hosting a Facebook party, I do paper invites.  Many people do not see the invites on Facebook so paper invites gives them a heads up.  At the same time, if they can’t make the party, they have all of the information they need to place an order.

“Having 12 to 15 people in the room is a comfortable and fun number. There will be great energy and no one will feel pressured to buy. To make that happen we will need 20 yeses. Something always happens at the last minute for a few people. It usually takes 30 to 40 invitations to end up with 12 to 15 attending. How does that sound to you?”

LISTEN to her response.  This number could sound overwhelming to her especially for a home party.  It is also to reassure her if there are NOT 12 – 15 people attending, it is still okay to have the party.  Overcome her fears of failing with reassurance of other ways to gather orders to reach her goal.

“It’s my job to help you create the list, so let’s work on it together.”  

MAKE suggestions on who she could reach out to.  I also do a VIP invite to at least 5 people who are a “must” be at the party.  These people are sent an incentive along with a catalog to encourage them to help the hostess collect orders.

“I will continue to stay in touch.” (Tell her exactly how often and by what means. Also, repeat any other promises you have made, like sending out invitations.)

“I will be expecting your list on Friday.” (Repeat any other expectations of her.)

“We’re a team, so be sure to call on me if there is anything you need or I can do to make your party a success.”

“Thank you, I’m looking forward to meeting your friends and having a great night.”

Remember hostess engagement is a result of hostess coaching.  It’s all about creating a relationship and forming a partnership!

Share your best tips with us…

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

 

 

Do You Want to be a Thirty One Hostess of the Month?

outoforder-momHave the holidays gotten to you?  Do you wish you could put an out-of-order sign on your head? Are you always on the run? Would you like to escape for just a few minutes? Do you laugh when friends ask you to stop by or better yet invite you to a girl’s night out?

Do you LOVE everything in the catalog and have a wish list longer than your budget?

What if you could shop from the comfort of your home? I know the internet is full of things, right? What if I could help you with gift giving ideas to eliminate some of the stress in your life? I know, what’s the catch, right?

You have seen those “surprise box” clubs where you subscribe and you never know what you are going to get. Guess what? YOU will get to pick exactly what you want each month13690807_10101555528161214_7501389367889031945_n

What is a Hostess of the Month Club?
You join a group of 6 ladies who agree to purchase a $35 order by the 13th of every month from January thru June.

Then once during the “club” period – YOU will get to earn the hostess benefits. You can decide to do NOTHING and just collect the $25 in FREE product, 1 half price item and 1 hostess exclusive. OR you can have a party – home, Facebook, online, or catalog. When you do your benefits JUMP!

What are the perks?

  1. You get a gift box on your doorstep with all your catalogs, order forms, and everything you need to get started!
  2. You get a special gift in the  box, just my way of saying THANK YOU
  3. One of the months you will be the Hostess for your group and earn all hostess benefits
  4. You will get VIP access to all Thirty-One information, specials, sales, and much more! You’ll know the goods before anyone else!

Here’s your one of the FUN HOTM box!

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Are you ready to get started?
Fill out the form below and you’ll be on your way!  I will send you a WELCOME party package to get you started.

Not interested in being part of the club… that is okay. Join me in my VIP customer group on Facebook. CLICK HERE!

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Lessons Football Taught Me

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I know football season is OVER!  😦  I just read an article by Misty Kearns that showed how football and building a successful direct sales business  are similar and I wanted to share my own take on it.

We are a 2 team household – hubby is a Giants fan and I am a J-E-T-S fan.  Despite the fact that neither team made it to the Super Bowl, we are not fair weather fans – we stick by them.  We did cheer for the Carolina Panthers this year since our daughter lives in NC but it was just for the day.

As our teams struggled through the year, we saw commitment and passion at every turn.   Good days and bad days – they were committed till the end.  If you don’t have these two things in your direct sales business, it will be impossible to have lasting success.  Ask yourself:  Are you committed to reaching your goals?  Do you have a long term vision? How passionate are you about what you sell?  Do you have a strong connection to your WHY?  It is the commitment and passion that will keep you going even when you are having a bad season in your business.

Practice makes perfect”, right?  Or at least that is the mantra that I heard growing up.  The truth is that football players are continually working on improving their skills.  That is how they get better, right?  So, what are your practicing or improving in your direct sales business?Without practice, we lose our confidence and miss out on the many chances to grow your business.  Consistency (practice) is the key to success.  That includes a plan for personal development so that you are learning new tricks of the trade.

Every football team, has a game plan that includes a variety of plays that will help them to beat the other teams.  In direct sales, we need a plan so that we can work smarter to get the best results for our efforts.  We set goals (long and short term), have an action plan with milestones, work our business every day by doing income producing activities.  Our plan helps us to focus on the tasks that we need to do.  They are the keys to building a successful business.

Football is not a solo sport. It takes an entire team to win the game. Direct sales is a team effort too.  I think that is what sometimes pushes – the support, the friends and the sisterhood that I am now a part of in my pink bubble.  On my worst days, I can’t imagine my life without these women.  We all have our own business with different whys but we are all working towards similar goals.  We CELEBRATE and ENCOURAGE each other.  Amazing things happen for everyone on the team when we share our strengths, hopes and experiences.

Watch any football game and you will lose count of how many times the players get tackled and knocked to the ground. Yet they keep getting back up and going for more!  They are focused on their goal and doing what it takes to win.  What about you in your direct sales business: do you have  “the winning (positive) mindset”?  It isn’t about that one party or that one sale… it is about the whole month or year put together.  It’s not a sprint, it is a marathon.  If we keep that positive mindset and stay focused on learning, growing, consistency; it will make all the difference in the world on whether or not we reach our goals.

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” – Vince Lombardi

So what have you learned from watching football that could help you in your business?  Share with us.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

 

Redeem-Her

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Happy Saturday! I am so excited!  This past week I was asked to be a member of the Board of Directors for Redeem-Her.  I have been looking for a local cause that I can get involved in.  There are ALOT of amazing groups in Ocean County but none of them felt like the right fit.  I am a grassroots, non-profit kind of gal.  At the suggestion of my good friend, Karen, I checked out Redeem-Her.  I am a program person, a grant writer and when I am for a cause, they get me hook, line and sinker.  After researching the group, talking to some Board members – I am in!

Here is their mission:

Redeem-Her successfully transitions women recently released from prison, jail and drug rebab to become valued and contributing members of society.

Redeem-Her, a non-profit organization founded and operated by formerly incarcerated women, provides a safe, sober, supportive environment that is enhanced by positive role models who meet the tangible needs of clients.

Redeem-Her employs a model emphasizing that positive opportunities can transform the lives of women to become responsible, generous members of society.

So, how can you help?  They have a wish list online for products.  They have an AWESOME Thrift Store in Neptune City.  BUT right now, they need CASH donations.  Over the last two years, I have written checks for over $2,000 to local fundraisers (not counting the endless donations of product) as a result of fundraising efforts.  Don’t worry, I am still doing fundraisers for YOUR favorite cause!

BUT you guessed it – Redeem-Her is my September “gives” program.  There are THREE opportunities in September to help this AWESOME cause:

#1 Check out Thirty One’s September Hostess and Customer special. Thirty One’s Customer Special for September is the Deluxe Utility Tote – a top 10 product for $15 or the Double Up Crossbody – a NEW Fall product for $10 with a $35 purchase. Spend $70 and you can get BOTH of them for $25.  Place an order online at www.partywithHope.com.  Click the link and go directly to the Fundraiser.  If you are attending ANOTHER Thirty One party (not already a fundraiser), I will donate a portion of the sales from YOUR party as well.

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#2 – Don’t want to shop BUT would love to help a great cause!  You can write a check and mail it directly to: Redeem-Her, PO Box 1913, Toms River, NJ 08754.  All donations are tax deductible!  We are a 501(c)3.

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#3 – Fall means cleaning out the closets and the house.  Have things you don’t want.  Don’t toss them, donation them to our Second Hand Thrift Shop in Neptune City.  We take clothes, household items, shoes, books and furniture.  It can be dropped off at 101 Third Avenue in Neptune City!  Looking for bargains – check out the store.

How will you help?

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!