ABCs of Working a Direct Sales Home Business

Are you looking into joining a Direct Sales Company? Are you already involved in a Direct Sales business? If so, it is important to know exactly what it takes to run a successful business from home.

I would like to tell you up front that it’s not easy. You will need to get organized and prioritize your home and business tasks. You will need to attend company trainings and consistently work on your business so that it will succeed.

This ABC Checklist will be a great reminder of what it takes to run a successful business from home.

Advertising – You need to advertise your home business to make it grow. Advertising can be done online or offline, but your advertising efforts will need to be consistent. Keep track of which ads bring you the results you seek and toss the ones that don’t work.

Bookkeeping – You need to keep records of all your expenses and income. If you are not great at bookkeeping, consider hiring a virtual assistant or bookkeeper for your home office.

Customer Service – Give your customers great service to keep them coming back for more and to generate word of mouth referrals.

Dedication – It takes a lot of hard work and patience to grow a successful home business. You will need to dedicate time every week to work your business.

Education – Take time to educate yourself about having a home based business. Purchase books or get on the web and read up on topics related to Direct Sales and Network Marketing.

Fundraising – If your company offers a fundraising program, make sure you advertise and promote it. Sales that you pull in from fundraising programs can really boost your income.

Goal Setting – I find that when I make a list of my weekly, monthly and quarterly business goals and break those goals down into manageable chunks, that it keeps me focused and driven to accomplish the things that need to be done.

Hostess Coaching – It’s your job to coach your party host so that he/she will succeed in earning all of the free products and half-price specials. A party host who is completely satisfied with their home party experience are more likely to rebook additional parties from you.

Inventory – You need to keep products on hand to show at your home parties and to your customers. Update your inventory every few weeks or months with new offerings.

Juggling Act – When you work from home, life can be a juggling act. You will need to set up a schedule for family time, household chores, errands and of course, work time.

Keep Working It – You will find that you will not get rich overnight, matter of fact, you most likely won’t get rich at all. However, you need to keep working your business to get it to grow and prosper.

Leadership – Look to your sponsors and managers for leadership in training and business knowledge. As you grow your own team, you will become a leader and will need to set a good example for your own team.

Marketing – Sit down and draft up a business marketing plan. It’s your responsibility to market your business and the product that you represent. Set your marketing plan into action immediately and revise it as you go along.

Networking – Set aside a few hours every week to network with other like-minded Direct Sales home business people. You can find online and offline networking groups that you can join.

Organization – Keep your business training materials, paperwork and record keeping organized. You want to be able to find things in a timely manner.

Party Bookings and Party Hosts – Home parties are the heart of every Direct Sales business. It is your job to promote the home party opportunity by encouraging customers to book parties.

Quality Products – When it comes to representing and promoting a company, you need to choose one that has high quality products. These days, customers want quality and unique products that are often times not found in a retail store setting.

Recruiting – It is important to grow your Direct Sales team by recruiting/sponsoring new team members into the company you represent. Spend time every week promoting the home business opportunity to everyone you meet.

Sales – The main focus of your business is on product sales. You will need to work hard and consistently promoting your business to new and established customers.

Team Management – You will need to spend a few hours every week managing and training your team. You can set up weekly or monthly team meetings to offer support, training, motivation and recognition.

Up-selling – When customers place an order with you, try to up-sell an additional product to them. This product should be less than $12.00 in cost and coincide or relate to the products that they are purchasing from you.

Visualization – Sit down and visualize where you want your business to be in 1 year, 2 years and 3 years from now. Once you do that, draft up an advertising and marketing business plan. Set that plan into motion immediately and start seeing the results.

Working Business Schedule – You will get more tasks accomplished if you sit down and come up with a business schedule of when you will be working on your business. Let family and friends know you will be unavailable during your working hours for personal things.

X Out – You need to go over your daily agenda and tasks list. X out every thing that you got accomplished. Keeping a daily to-do list will keep you on track and focused.

Your Success – What does success mean to you? Do you have the dedication and drive to overcome any obstacles that may come your way? Your success depends on your determination to make your business succeed.

Zest – You need to have a passion for what you are doing and enjoy doing it. Your attitude will affect whether or not you obtain your goals and objectives.

Choosing Between Direct and Online Marketing Channels in the Travel Industry

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Online marketing or e-marketing is the promotion of products or services through the Internet which has created many unique benefits due to the considerably low costs in distributing information. The interactive nature of online marketing connects the creative and technical aspects of the Internet with the main functions of design, development, advertising and sales. Online marketing includes search engine marketing, display advertising, e-mail marketing, affiliate marketing, interactive advertising, blog marketing and viral marketing.E-marketing like traditional marketing requires a solid plan with strategies based on research, market knowledge and common sense. Effective campaigns consist of a comprehensive strategy that matches the client’s business model and meets the company’s sales targets focusing on target markets through proper choice of advertising channels and planning.Comparison of online and direct marketing
There are some fundamental differences between online and direct marketing on an implementation level. For example, when it comes to market research traditional marketing uses primary data for consumers and competitors that are available in the market and secondary data from research companies. In online marketing, companies can collect data directly via online questionnaires and surveys as well as consumers profiles.With regards to the market segmentation, direct marketing distinguishes target groups based on psychometric and demographic characteristics and treats customers with similar profiles accordingly. Usually such methods depend on data that are not always up to date and it takes a considerable amount of time for new data and profiles to be created. In online marketing the statistical approach is more dynamic and is based on current user behaviour.Furthermore, in direct marketing product development is closely related to in-house resources and available technology while business activity is mainly focused on a small number of different business areas. In most cases, product testing is limited before it is released in the market. Online marketing offers a greater versatility via constant interaction between the company and the clients. Feedback from this interaction is used for the development of new products as well as for modifying existing offerings and services.Finally, the pricing in traditional marketing lacks transparency and price differentiation while informing customers about new offers and discounts is a process that increases the operating cost of a business. Using email marketing, distributing this information can be less expensive, faster and more efficient. At the same time there is a better level of price transparency between different markets and businesses are able to lower their prices further due to savings realised by such methods.

How Dentists Can Profit From Direct Mail

Direct Mail is a powerful tool when used properly, but beware sloppy direct mail can do more harm than good. Dentists don’t use direct mail as effectively as they could in many cases. There are a few essential rules for successful direct mail. Below I have listed some action points to ensure your direct mail campaigns work effectively.

1) Set up a good database

There are some very cost effective pieces of software around these days which are easy to use for managing databases, many practices have complete client management systems, but do make sure you have a system where by you can update and target specific groups of people.

Not having a decent database is criminal in any business. This is the most cost effective and personal way of marketing to your clients and prospects.

Without it your business will also be worth a lot less if you ever want to sell.

2) Test and measure everything

This is the only way to determine whether your campaigns are successful and should be rolled out on a larger scale. You should start testing a new Direct Mail campaign with a small number. Depending on the size of your business this may be a few hundred or several thousand.

3) Mail your existing clients

These people are important, keep in contact with them. Use their names and make the letter feel personal maybe even mention the last treatment they had so they feel you know them.

4) Always include a letter with a brochure

Statistically a letter with a brochure has been shown to improve the response, but follow the sales letter principles below to ensure a good response.

5) Talk about your clients needs

The first thing people will read in your letter is the headline so don’t make this about you, make it about them and fulfilling their needs.

6) Benefits

Which brings us on to – Make sure that your mailings focus on the benefits that your clients will get from buying your product. You can include the features but tell them what they will get out of your service.

7) P.S and Coupons

Test P.S and coupons in your mailings both have been shown to give higher response rates, but remember don’t change other aspects of the mailing at the same time or it will skew your results

8) Don’t just mail once

If you get a good response from a mailing repeat it, people are likely to respond again.

9) The Value of a client

Look at the life time value of a client – If you target new clients and your average client spends £1,000 over their lifetime with you, a mailing costs you £500 and get’s you 2 new clients the average you’re likely to generate from those 2 clients is £2000 this is a 400% return on your investment, not bad!

10) Use mailings to build relationships

A mailing does not have to sell something directly it can be a Thank you letter or a Client Satisfaction Questionnaire but make sure it builds your credibility with your client.