The home party plan business is a great business. It provides schedule flexibility, the chance to be your own boss, and the opportunity to make good money.
However, it is a business that requires you to be constantly moving forward to achieve success. If you are standing still while everyone else is growing, you are actually moving backward, and backward is the wrong direction!
Here are six simple ways to keep your business moving forward, so you can achieve the success you desire.
1. Have a Daily Goal
It can be anything from cleaning up your desk to scheduling two new parties. Having daily goals keeps your mind focused on your business and makes certain that you accomplish something productive each and every day.
Having daily goals can also take you out of the normal daily routine, which sometimes becomes a rut. Business ruts mean stagnation and you can’t move forward when you are stagnating!
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2. Make a Plan
Start off each month by researching and possibly implementing a new marketing strategy. The success of your business depends on consistent and creative marketing. You will not know if a marketing strategy works until you try it. New marketing strategies are the lifeblood of a growing business and perhaps your most important task. Even if you have a few promotional strategies in place that work, finding new ones will make sure that your business is moving forward.
3. Start Conversations
Make a point to start conversations with people. Whether you are in a store or at a vendor event, initiating conversations with people may lead to potential contacts or customers. Once you have begun a conversation, you can eventually tell them about your home party plan business. You never know, they just might be interested in what you are selling.
4. Attend Business and Vendor Events
Attend as many vendor events, expos or fairs as you can fit into your schedule. These events are great places to make business and customer contacts. This is one of the best ways to promote your business. Though you should try to schedule as many as you can, you should schedule wisely as travel costs, time commitments, and booth fees can add up quickly.
5. Network Your Direct Sales Home Business
Get out and network. Networking is an essential component of most home businesses. Join as many neighborhood, community and business groups as you can. These are great places to meet new contacts and friends. Group meetings and events are the perfect places to promote your business in a casual yet professional environment. Don’t look at networking as a chore; look at it as fun that leads to more business! In the home party plan business, it is important to keep moving forward. Moving forward means that you understand that last year’s success doesn’t ensure success in the New Year.
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6. Invest in Your Self Development
As a direct sales consultant, you should never stop learning. Take the time to attend your company’s live and in-person trainings. But beyond that, look for new opportunities to grow and expand your horizons by reading business and sales books, attending webinars, investing in either coaching or online courses that can move your direct sales business forward. The more skills you learn, the more confident you’ll become in your business.
When you put in the effort, you’ll move your business forward, and you will pass all those other businesses that are passively waiting for results. Use these six simple strategies to give your direct sales business the extra push it needs and you’ll make forward progress!
Great post….I often fall back and become too passive with my business…I need to keep being active!
Holly - The Work at Home Woman
Hi Britt, Glad you enjoyed Deb’s article! I think it happens to all of us, but as long as we notice it and make the proper adjustments.
You are so right about initiating conversation — huge set back of mine. I was just in a store today and there was a woman there with her two year old and I thought you know, you start a conversation with her — I’m sure her life is busy and as a time management coach I could help her blah, blah blah. Thank you for the push.
Holly - The Work at Home Woman
So true Nancy, we never know where our next client could come from. And it can be as simple as starting a conversation with the busy mom in the grocery checkout. Thanks for stopping by!