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Are Parties Necessary for Direct Sales Success?

the wish place logoPeople who are considering a home based business in direct sales begin to think about companies that use party plans as a means to generate income.  Party plans encourage prospective customers to host a party in order to earn free or discounted products.  Are parties necessary if you want to work in direct sales?

Not all direct sales companies require their associates to conduct parties.  In fact, some direct sales companies don’t require parties at all.  You may want to look further into companies offering a different plan for marketing if you are not comfortable talking to crowds of people.

Melaleuca, Avon, and World Book, among others, do not require a party plan.  So, are they necessary for success?  Obviously, the answer is no.  Even people that are associated with party plan companies can succeed by using other marketing plans.  It happens every day, you just have to do some research and determine what the other options are.

Direct sales success really depends more on you than on the method of marketing the product to potential customers.  If you don’t believe in the company and the product, it doesn’t matter what you do – you won’t be able to make your home business a success.  Here are some ideas to help you succeed whether you’re using a party plan or not:

1. Familiarize yourself with the business manual you received in your start-up kit.  Make a list of questions you have and then contact your upline sponsor as soon as you can.  Understanding what is expected of you, what you can and cannot do to market the product, and how the company will pay you will make all the difference in how you conduct your business.

2. Follow the instructions given to you during training.  Most likely you will be told to make a list of everyone you know. This will be your master list, the first people you will contact about your new business.  If you don’t complete this task, you’re not going to do the rest.  Swallow your pride and ask for your money back.  This company is not for you.

3. Begin networking with other business owners.  Join the local Chamber of Commerce and get plugged into regular meetings.  You must promote your business if it is to grow, and networking with other business people is a great way to let others know about your company.

4. Schedule specific times during the week to work on the various aspects of your business. If you’re at home, make sure to let friends and family members know that you do not want to be interrupted during your “work” hours.

5. Tell everyone about your business. Don’t assume that they already know about it or that they’re not interested.  You might be surprised to find that more people are interested than you think.

These five points show that you do not have to be involved in home parties in order to succeed in direct sales.  Your success is ultimately up to you, and depends on how serious you are about treating your business as a business.  If you want to see your business grow, you have to act in ways that will cause growth to happen.

julianne-wish-avatar15Julianne Alvarez-Wish is a military wife, mother, homeschooling mom, business owner, professional writer, blogger, nature photographer and legislative advocate. She is the Colorado State Leader for the National Association for Moms in Business and the owner of The Wish Place. She is the Colorado Springs Stay-at-Home Mom Examiner for Examiner.com. She also blogs at A Wishful Thought. Her passion, purpose and goal is to help parents work from home so they can be home with their children.

How to Get Over a Setback

setbackIf you have suffered a setback in your business, it can be tough to get back on the proverbial horse. You may have lost confidence in yourself and your abilities. However, the longer you wait to start working once more, the harder it will be to get going again. The following are some tips to help you overcome a setback.

Stay Structured
A structured schedule can serve as both a reminder and motivator. As the old saying goes “plan your work and work your plan”.

Keep Learning
Learning new skills can help motivate you. You may choose to take a class that will further develop skills you already have or learn something new entirely. You can participate in formal classes at your local college, listen to conference calls and teleclasses, or simply buy a business-related book at the bookstore.

Hire a Business Coach
A business coach can help you evaluate your business, as well as your strengths and weaknesses. They can help you formulate a plan to get back into action and provide motivation to help you succeed.

Outsource Tasks
If there is a particular task that you do not enjoy and you find it becoming a hindrance to your business (for instance, you procrastinate instead of getting the job done), outsource the task to someone else. The task will be completed and you can move on to work you enjoy.

Mix Up Your Work Environment
Mixing up your work environment can energize you and breathe new life into your business. For instance, if you tend to work exclusively online with clients, try finding some local ones to work with.

Joint Ventures
Teaming up with someone on a joint venture can also be a great way to get over a setback. You will be able to dive back into a project, but will have another person to share the work with. This can help alleviate any pressure you feel about your tasks. Having a partner to bounce ideas off and brainstorm with can add a fun element to your business.

Use Your Strengths
If you constantly work at activities that you don’t feel you do particularly well, you may end up feeling challenged and unsuccessful. People tend to enjoy doing tasks they are good at. Think about what your strengths are, and use those skills in your business.  It will make your work a lot more enjoyable.

Treat Yourself Well
It may take some time to get over your setback. Give yourself time to get back into the swing of things. You do not have to be an overnight success. Once you accomplish a goal, reward yourself.

julianne-wish-avatar15Julianne Alvarez-Wish is a military wife, mother, business owner, professional writer, blogger and legislative advocate. She is the Colorado State Leader for the National Association for Moms in Business and the owner of The Wish Place. She is the Colorado Springs Stay-at-Home Mom Examiner for Examiner.com. She also blogs at A Wishful Thought. Her passion, purpose and goal is to help parents work from home so they can be home with their children.

 

How a Positive Attitude Can Help Your Business

positiveattitudepicDeveloping a positive attitude will help you grow your business and achieve success. Everyone has times when things in their business do not go as planned. If you have a positive attitude, you will be able to pass those obstacles and get back on track. When you have a positive attitude, you will feel more confident in yourself and your business abilities.

You will also notice that finding clients may become an easier task. When you display a positive attitude, others will react to that. They will want to hire you and recommend you to others.

A positive attitude can help other areas of your life as well, including your health. People who are generally optimistic have less heart disease. The following are some tips to help you develop a more positive attitude.

Spend Time with Positive People and Avoid Negative People

Attitudes are contagious. When you spend time with positive people, you will feel more positive. When you talk to a positive person, you will find yourself in a more positive place.

On the other hand, bad attitudes are contagious, too. You have probably heard the saying “misery loves company”. When you are around people that are constantly complaining, you will find things to complain about as well. Little things that you would normally shrug off will seem to bring your whole day down. You will feel drained of energy.

Once you lose your energy and motivation, it can be difficult to get back into the swing of things. This can have negative implications on your business. Going through periods of negativity will be similar to spinning your wheels.

Be Nice To Others

Being nice to others will make you feel good about yourself and put a positive spin on your day. This doesn’t mean that you should let others take advantage of you.

Be Proactive

When you notice a problem coming up, do not wait until the last minute to solve it. Be proactive and think of a solution before the problem becomes serious. By keeping a step ahead of potential problems, you will be able to avoid setbacks.

Stay Organized & Practice Time Management

When you are organized you will be more efficient and able to get more things done. You will know what you want to accomplish each day; and will be able to spend the day working, rather than looking for your clients’ lost phone numbers or email addresses.

Consider Hiring a Coach

Many people are hiring coaches to help them achieve business success. A coach will help you decide what you want out of your business. They will help you set achievable goals and will also hold you accountable for your actions.

julianne-wish-avatar15Julianne Alvarez-Wish is a military wife, mother, business owner, professional writer, blogger and legislative advocate. She is the Colorado State Leader for the National Association for Moms in Business and the owner of The Wish Place. She is the Colorado Springs Stay-at-Home Mom Examiner for Examiner.com. She also blogs at A Wishful Thought. Her passion, purpose and goal is to help parents work from home so they can be home with their children.

 

Inspiration or Desperation: How Not To Be At The End Of Your Rope

inspirationInspiration can strike at odd times – when you are driving the kids to school, standing in line at the grocery store, or even while you are taking your morning shower. All of a sudden, an idea comes to you and you know you better write it down because you don’t want to forget it.

Desperation, however, usually creeps up on you after you have been sitting in front of the computer, racking your brain for hours, trying to come up with at least one, little measly idea. However, there are techniques you can use to find your inspiration and avoid desperation.

To increase your chances of finding inspiration, figure out what works for you. You may have heard the old expression “putting on your thinking cap”. While there are more than likely plenty of people out there who actually have hats they put on to help them think, it is more a figure of speech.

What is your thinking cap? Does the noise of people and chatter help to stimulate your creativity or do you need to be alone to think? Do you do your best work in the morning when you feel refreshed and recharged or do your creative juices start running after midnight? Do you like sitting near a window where you can see what’s going on outside or do you find that distracting?

If you have been trying to find inspiration and are at a loss, try stepping away from your project and focusing your attention on something else. When you go back to your work, you will be looking at it with fresh eyes and may think of something you wouldn’t have thought of before.

You can also avoid desperation by asking for support. Ask a friend, mentor, or your spouse to take a look at what you have been working on and see if they can offer any suggestions. Once you start talking to someone else about your project, more ideas will start to flow.

Working with a different medium or in a different environment may also help trigger some ideas. For instance, if you happen to be stuck on a writing project and you normally use a computer, break out the pen and paper and start writing that way. If you normally sit at your desk, try working at the kitchen table or print out the work you have completed so far and head to the couch. Simply looking at your work printed out on paper may give you some different ideas.

If you are still stuck on a project and have tried everything and it just doesn’t seem to be coming together, it may be wise to set it aside and move on to something else. It is better to take on a fresh, new project that you can be successful with than keep working on a project you find frustrating.

julianne-wish-avatar15Julianne Alvarez-Wish is a military wife, mother, business owner, professional writer, blogger and legislative advocate. She is the Colorado State Leader for the National Association for Moms in Business and the owner of The Wish Place. She is the Colorado Springs Stay-at-Home Mom Examiner for Examiner.com. She also blogs at A Wishful Thought. Her passion, purpose and goal is to help parents work from home so they can be home with their children.

 

 

I Can’t Write An Article…Can I?

writingIf you research Internet Marketing, you will find that articles serve a variety of purposes. Articles provide content for your site, which helps in your search engine optimization. You can market your website by writing articles and distributing them to reprint directories. As you can see, writing articles is very useful, and everyone can do it.

The first step is to decide what you want to write about. The choices are limitless. To start generating some ideas, think about why you are writing this article. Are you writing an article for your site? If so, keep your target market in mind. What do they want to know about?

You can do some keyword research to see what your target market is searching for. The content you choose is important, as the search engines will index this information. When someone searches for a specific term that is found in your content, the page on your site that features that information will come up in the search results.

Submitting articles to reprint directories is a great way to drive traffic to your site. By submitting your articles to directories, you are allowing other website owners and bloggers to publish your articles for free. As a trade off, they will include an “about the author” box at the end of the article. You can write a brief biography of yourself and include a link to your website. Again, think about the target market you wish to attract. Write articles on subjects that are found on your website.

You may want to link your article to a page on your site that has similar information, rather than simply linking to your home page. For instance, if you wrote an article about bathing newborns, but your site has information on older babies, too, sending the reader to a page about a three month old may confuse them. They want more info about newborns, so steer them to that section of your site.

If you are writing about something that you are not familiar with, use the web to gather some quick information and facts. It is okay to use this as a tool to learn about a subject. However, you must take that information you have gathered and put it into your own words.  Do not plagiarize someone else’s work.

Your article can be any length, there are no set qualifications. Many articles run between 300 and 500 words. If you are going to submit your article to a reprint directory, you may want to stay within those guidelines.

Before you publish an article to your site or add it to a reprint directory, run the spell check function on your word processor and read through the article to make sure the grammar is correct.

julianne-wish-avatar15Julianne Alvarez-Wish is a military wife, mother, business owner, professional writer, blogger and legislative advocate. She is the Colorado State Leader for the National Association for Moms in Business and the owner of The Wish Place. She is the Colorado Springs Stay-at-Home Mom Examiner for Examiner.com. She also blogs at A Wishful Thought. Her passion, purpose and goal is to help parents work from home so they can be home with their children.

 

Build Your Motivational Toolbox

There are days when working from home can be very challenging. You may be under a tight deadline and it seems that a new obstacle creeps up at every opportunity. Perhaps your business isn’t moving as fast as you had hoped and you’re ready to throw in the towel. Whatever has you ready to give up, don’t let it win. Instead, grab your motivational toolbox and get pumped up.

Your motivational toolbox is your secret weapon against stress and anxiety. These are the trainings, the audios, books, emails, or pictures you keep stashed in case of emergency. Your toolbox can be a digital arsenal stored on your computer or it can be an actual toolbox filled with tangible items.

Audio trainings are great to listen to for motivation. They are quite easy to find on the Internet as more and more people are embracing audio technology on their websites. Another benefit is that you can simply download the audio to your MP3 player and go for a walk, which will get your heart pumping and help lower your stress. There are many Internet Talk Radio programs to choose from.

Save the emails you receive from your clients that explain what a terrific job you performed for them. When you are having a bad day, take a moment to read through some of them. This will be a great confidence booster and get you ready to tackle your next project. If you have a mentor, save the emails that explain any hardships they went through and how they overcame them. You will see that everyone has “down” days and that pushing through them is the only way to get over them.

Looking at an inspiring picture or photo can also help stir up motivation. If you find a picture that inspires you, save it to your computer’s desktop. Perhaps it is a picture of an athlete winning a race or a completing a hike up a mountain. It could also be something personal, such as your high school graduation photo or a picture of one your grandparents in front of their first home.

Hand made cards or pictures that your children have created can also be a great motivator. You may not always feel confident, but in their eyes, you are the best at what you do.

There are many places on the Internet to find inspiring articles and motivational quotes. Reading these can help you find the inner strength you need to accomplish your goals. Everyone has different struggles and different situations, but you might come across the story of someone in a similar situation, or for that matter, someone in a worse situation. Reading about others who overcame their problems can help you think of solutions to your own problems.

Julianne Alvarez-Wish is a military wife, mother, business owner, professional writer, blogger and legislative advocate. She is the Director of Communications for Our Milk Money, the Colorado State Leader for the National Association for Moms in Business and the owner of Buy By Mom and Buy By Mom Blog. She is the Colorado Springs Stay-at-Home Mom Examiner for Examiner.com. She also blogs at A Wishful Thought. Her passion, purpose and goal is to help parents work from home so they can be home with their children.

 

Blog All About It: What to Say in Your Blog

Writer’s block is a common ailment among writers, whether it is a news reporter under a deadline or a student trying to finish a report.  If you are a blogger, you may find yourself suffering from “blogger’s block”, the condition of not knowing what to put in your blog.

Your blog should feature your voice. It is easy to find reprint articles when you feel stuck, but try to avoid putting them in your blog. You can publish a reprint article on your website and create a blog post that links to it, but keep the blog content your own. This will enable your readers to get a feel for your personality, as well as develop a relationship with you.

The media is a great place to find things to blog about. Watch the local news, read the paper, or check media websites. Take a look at what is going on in the world and spin the stories into a tale for your readers. If you have a website about home schooling and come across a news clip that features something they would find interesting, by all means, blog about it. After you give your opinion on the story, link to the original news source as a convenience for your readers. They may find your post so interesting; they’ll want to read the original story, too.

You can blog about your affiliate programs and make money at the same time. If you are an affiliate for something, find a way to create a blog post about it. You can review the item, give tips on how to use the item and so forth. You will have something to write about, and if your reader clicks on your link and purchases the item, you’ll make money at the same time.

Blogs are also a great way to promote your website. Let your readers know when you have made a change to your site, such as publishing a new article. Create a blog post that contains the first few lines of the article to tease your readers, as well as a link to the page that features the full text.

Keep your posts timely and helpful. If it is almost Thanksgiving, adding a post with tips on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day isn’t timely or helpful.  However, a turkey recipe or a how-to post that explains a quick and easy craft in the shape of a pilgrim would be both timely and helpful.

To help your readers stay up to date with the new posts that you add, you can install a feed burner. There are different feed services to choose from, including free ones. Once you register, you will be given a small amount of HTML to add to your blog. Your readers can choose to subscribe and have your new posts delivered to their email or computer’s home page.

Julianne Alvarez-Wish is a military wife, mother, business owner, professional writer, blogger and legislative advocate. She is the Director of Communications for Our Milk Money, the Colorado State Leader for the National Association for Moms in Business and the owner of Buy By Mom and Buy By Mom Blog. She is the Colorado Springs Stay-at-Home Mom Examiner for Examiner.com. She also blogs at A Wishful Thought. Her passion, purpose and goal is to help parents work from home so they can be home with their children.