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By Rebecca Flansburg
I once heard another work at home professional refer to business ownership as a “series of hills and valleys.” The “hills” being the times when things are somewhat quiet and for a brief moment you feel like you might actually get caught up. The “valleys” happen when things pick up speed and momentum, we are slammed with work and all we can do hang on tightly and race towards the finish line. Basically it’s not a ton different from riding a rollercoaster with varying degrees of pitch, speed and tummy quakes.
I too have felt the hills and valleys of business ownership these last three years and, though there are some variables, I’ve gotten used to these lulls and hectic times to the point I could almost set my watch by them. I know now that the summer months of June, July and August tend to be slower (for me) while months like January – March and September – November make me a little insanium-in-the-cranium. This may not be the case with your work at home biz, but I would venture to guess that you do in fact know your peak times and slow times. I also have a feeling that sometimes those slow times give you cause for worry-filled pacing, teeth gnashing, imaginations running wild and jumping to conclusions.
It’s such a bummer we can’t burn calories for those activities. Read the rest of this entry »
By Holly Reisem Hanna
For the past year I’ve had the pleasure of working with Tastefully Simple on their Project Simplicity Campaign. During the year I’ve been able to experience the company culture, food, home business opportunity as well as interact with women within the company.
It’s been such a fun year, I mean after all, who doesn’t love eating delicious treats and eats?! But beyond the products, it’s a company with huge heart and a solid reputation, that genuinely cares about the people it works and interacts with.
So if you’re looking to launch a business in the food industry, here’s why you should consider Tastefully Simple.
Tastefully Simple sells delicious, easy-to-prepare food products from appetizers and desserts to seasonings, sauces, and specialty gift items. Their catalog includes over 80 simple and tasty food items, that can be ready with two ingredients or less (I don’t know about you, but I’m all about simple and delicious)!
Meal Planning Made Simple
Last August, I was able to attend Party Palooza which is Tastefully Simple’s bi-annual conference for Consultants. From the energy in the room, I could tell that the Consultants not only loved what they do, but they had a serious passion for the products that they were selling. Read the rest of this entry »
By Holly Reisem Hanna
On July 18th, I had the pleasure of attending the CAbi Scoop in Denver, Colorado, where they launched their fall collection, BeautiFall Me. Ever since I was introduced to CAbi back in 2010, I’ve had an obsession with the brand. From the fabulous clothes and the highly anticipated events — it’s a fun company with an infectious enthusiasm. But beyond the clothes and good times, it’s a company with a huge heart and a solid reputation.
If you’re looking to launch a home-based business this fall, here’s why you should consider CAbi.
Not only do CAbi’s clothes look good on the models, but they look good on all body types and ages. It’s always fun attending their events and seeing the creative ways the consultants mix and match the items. I have purchased A LOT of items over the years, not only are they stylish, but they’re high quality pieces that flatter most shapes and sizes.
CAbi is the only direct sales company that I’ve considered joining and here’s why … Yes, the clothes are amazing, but the events are so much fun! The runway shows are high energy events with music, lights, and tons of enthusiastic women who love what they do! Oh and did I mention, the Shopping Event?! At each Scoop you can purchase past CAbi lines for up to 70% off — what a perk! Read the rest of this entry »
By Deb Bixler
Do you want your direct sales business to be a success?
If you do, repeat sales are the answer.
Of course, you have to start with new clients. With a steady stream of new clients to keep your business moving forward then …
The real key to lasting success and continued prosperity is to make those new customers become repeat customers.
One of the best ways to retain customers is to follow up.
When you pay attention to a customer’s needs quickly, they will be more likely to feel a sense of loyalty.
Follow Up = Loyal Customers
Loyal customers are repeat customers. There are four important ways to follow up with potential and existing customers
1. If a customer sends an email or leaves a voice mail message, it is crucial that you respond as quickly as possible.
Responding through email is very easy; there is no excuse for not replying to an email immediately. Read the rest of this entry »
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your freelance journey.
I’ve always loved writing, even as a child. But I always thought of it as a hobby – not something you could ever make a living at (unless you wanted to be the ill-fated “starving artist,” and I’m a lot more high-maintenance than that!).
So I wrote for fun and subscribed to writer magazines, but I took the traditional college route, focusing on pre-med, and then got a master’s degree in public administration. My plan was to go on to medical school and then work in public health.
But a funny thing happened on the way to that plan. I had a lot more fun writing my thesis – a 90-page behemoth – than I did actually researching the topic. I realized I didn’t really want to be a doctor, which was a tough epiphany. It was the death of a dream I’d had since I was 12.
I went on to get a cushy job in program management at a medical school, since I had a degree that got me there. But making thrillingly complicated spreadsheets wasn’t my idea of excitement, and I had a boss who tried to nitpick and control everything I did – to the point of trying to dictate emails I was supposed to write.
I spent a few months looking for other jobs, but the clock was ticking on my ability to stay sane. That’s when I got a letter in the mail from American Writers & Artists, Inc., that introduced copywriting as a viable freelance writing profession.
I’d made it all the way through grad school without ever having heard of copywriting, so I was plenty skeptical. But I researched it and found nothing but good news. Read the rest of this entry »