Monday, January 26, 2015

NYR Organic $199 Business Kit is 50% Off

Great Value for January Only and FREE Website

Too good to be true? Actually it is too good but it's also true. If you love natural, organic beauty products, here's why joining NYR Organic in January is such a great value. I know, I'm a bit biased as a consultant for NYR Organic, but let me say this is the sort of value that got me started initially as a consultant. If you are on the fence, have been thinking about joining a new direct selling company, or not sure what you want to do (like me when I joined NYR Organic), this might be a good reason to "test" out the products and check out the behind-the-scenes of this company without anything to lose, really.

Here are some common answers that might help you to consider joining NYR Organic:

What's in it for YOU?

This $199 kit value contains a whopping $515 total retail value. In January only (expires the 31st), you have an opportunity to get this kit for only $99!

When you get this business kit, as a consultant, you'll also receive a FREE website. Not only the first month is free but remains free as long as you continue to be a consultant for NYR Organic.

This means, once you're officially a consultant (after purchasing the business kit), you can choose to build a business with all kinds of support and training from the company and our team. Or, you can enjoy all the wondering organic products at a 25% consultant discount. There is no monthly orders or sales quotas so you don't need to anything else after you purchase the business kit. It's perfect for business builders or people looking for organic products at a 25% discount.

There are all kinds of people joining NYR Organic: moms, entrepreneurs, retirees, shoppers for themselves and families, health professionals, and so forth.

It really is flexible with this company and as part of my team's philosophy, you decide what you want to do with your consultant status. You can be a shopper or build a business without worrying about high sales minimums, auto-ship requirements, pressure to recruit, and so forth.

So, if you're like me and thinking maybe you want to try some new organic products, maybe you're interested in the business but not sure, and with the no monthly sales quotas, free website ... why not test it out especially during this month's kit promotions? That's exactly my thinking when I joined a few months ago (just for the kit value) and really didn't decide to build the business until 2015.

If I can answer any questions about the products or business plan, please contact me anytime. If you'd like to read more about the business opportunity click here ->Become an NYR Organic Consultant



Friday, January 23, 2015

Afraid to Join Another Direct Sales/Party Plan Company?

Don't be afraid / We Work #true

In 2014 the direct selling/party planning business saw a few companies closing down after many years in business. Companies such as Votre Vu, French beauty/skin care, closing was a big surprise. Also included was a natural products company that I represented for nearly 3 years which closed its direct sales division after 3+ years at the end of December. There were also mergers and acquisitions which makes anyone in the business a bit unnerved.

When you're in direct sales you can't help but think yours could be next as no one really knows what goes on behind closed doors. Companies may look hot today but can fizzle the following year. Consultants from companies that have closed down always say they didn't see it coming or it was a shocker to them too.

No matter how you spin it, it is emotionally draining when your company closes its door particularly for top consultants that have built a good size business. It's not only the income but the friendships that people miss.

The good news from what I've seen is that people that love this business they're more likely to move on and find another company in due time. The flip side is also true. Some are afraid to join another direct sales/party plan company after their company closes down. Some are also hesitant to join another direct sales company if they were unsuccessful in the past. I can certainly relate to both.

What has helped me overcome disappointment when my former company closed the direct sales division is trying my darnest to close that chapter of my business and look forward to the future because I know there are great opportunities available.

It's not easy to get past the disappointments but I've always been a huge fan the direct sales business especially the natural/organic personal care products. With quite a few fantastic direct selling companies in this category, I was a bit excited to try new products after my former company shut down. Since I use these products on a daily basis, why not consider joining a new company if I love the products? That's how most people ended up partnering with a direct selling company.

Either way, nearly all direct sales/party plan companies offer a good value on their business kits which contain hundreds of dollars worth of products and some with free e-commerce websites. If you've been burned before but on the fence of maybe joining another direct sales company, I hope I've given you some things to think about :).



Thursday, January 15, 2015

Quickest Way to Build Your Direct Sales/Party Plan Business

What's the quickest way to build your new direct sales/party plan business? Top distributors make it look so easy that we all want to know their secrets to success. The truth is those top distributors have been in direct sales/network marketing for many years.

Whenever you see a new top income distributor racking up a team so rapidly it's often from former team members following the leaders to their new company and/or having years of experience in the industry. They can easily influence others to join based on their reputation. It's not always the case but it's often the case when you're talking about distributors earning multiple 6 and 7 figures. As the saying goes people tend to follow leaders.

As for the quickest way to build your new direct sales business? There are typically two main ways to build a direct sales/party plan business. All companies encourage the warm market technique. This might sound familiar: make a list of 200+ people you know, make calls to share your new business, schedule a business launch, and so forth. If you're in a party plan, this technique will help your new business sell not only products at the business launch but also to book future hostesses to keep the parties going.

In network marketing, distributors use similar techniques however it's often less on selling products and more on finding new business builders (sponsoring/recruiting). There's more emphasis on recruiting and less on selling. Party plans tend to be more on retailing products and booking future parties.

If you're using the business launch/party method, it's quite effective especially if you have a large network of contacts and have the ability to gather a group of people together for an event, That's the quickest way to build your new direct sales, party plan and network marketing business. There's nothing like a captive audience with people you already know and presumably trust you enough to buy or possibly take a look at joining you in your new business.

However, this method isn't always the most desirable for many reasons, depending on whom you ask. Most of my direct sales pals aren't so thrilled with doing parties/business launches especially with their friends and people they know. Most of them prefer the online methods (i.e. blogging and social media).

If this sounds like you what's the alternative or in addition to the warm market approach to the quickest path to success? Blogging, multiple social media outlets, product reviews, ads, events, networking, etc.).

The online methods can be very effective in building new contacts but it can take longer (if you're new online). It's my favorite method for building my business. My humble team of 0 grew to nearly 100 team members with my former company in two years. It's definitely a viable method for those not interested in doing parties/business launches or tapping their warm market contacts.



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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Party Plan Companies Any Different than Network Marketing?

Before you join any direct sales/network marketing company it's a good idea to have a rough plan on why you want to join a particular company. It's also a good idea to be realistic on what you'll need to do to be successful in your new business. Whether it's a party plan, direct sales, network marketing or "social selling" as the popular term these days, the core concept is still the same. That is, if you focus on selling and sponsoring/recruiting you'll have a better chance at success.

If you're pursuing it as a business then selling and sponsoring are the best way to maximize your income potential. That said, you're not required to do either as you're an independent sales rep so your income potential is dependent on your personal efforts.

For a more detailed differences between party plan vs network marketing, this is a good article:

The most important thing to know between a party plan business vs network marketing is that the method of lead generation isn't that much different. Bottom line is you're responsible for generating your own leads and the methods you choose, whether it's through home parties, business launches, one on one, events, or online, party plan and network marketing reps rely on all these methods to maximize lead generation. You never want to limit the multiple ways that you can potentially reach your audience. Don't think those network marketers aren't using the same methods as party planners do.

Everyone knows the best way to reach a captive audience is to invite a group of people you know to your home or private setting to learn about the products and opportunity. The difference with network marketing is the might be focusing less selling and more on recruiting and/or signing up preferred shoppers.

If you're considering joining a party plan company or network marketing as a business and not as a shopper, be prepared to put in the work if you want to build a successful business. 



Sunday, January 4, 2015

Why I'm so Excited About Direct Selling in 2015!

Happy 2015! I'm so excited to put 2014, business-wise behind, and go full force in 2015. My kids are heading back to school tomorrow after a two-week winter break. This means I'll have my normal schedule back in order and boy am I thrilled to get back to building my home-based business.

Let me first say 2014 was an emotional year particularly with my beloved Verefina direct sales business. It's the one company I could foresee myself being with for years and years if only they had the financial means to prosper. I've never worked with such wonderful people including the corporate staff to my team members, it was a stellar company all around.

Sadly, after 3 years+ as a direct selling company, Verefina closed the direct selling division in December and now offers an affiliate option. The affiliate option is good for those that want to continue selling online but for someone who values the benefits and income potential the direct selling business model offers, an affiliate option is limiting. For me, I opted not to be affiliate even though I absolutely love the products.

After spending 3 years building the largest team with Verefina it wasn't a shock when the company closed down its direct sales division right after Christmas after struggling to grow, especially in 2014. It's very challenging for a small company, even if it offers amazing products, to compete successfully in the direct selling industry. It wasn't easy to walk away from the business completely even when I saw lack of growth. I was always optimistic for a big turn around but I was also realistic and took on a few other companies in 2014, mainly to "test them out". Unfortunately, the passion wasn't there 100% with those companies.

Even though I continue to use some of my favorite products with those companies I'm ready to ring in the new year with a company that has a solid opportunity to stick around for years to come. Although there are no guarantees as we've seen with some recent closures such as Votre Vu and the buy out of Jewel Kade to Thirty-One Gifts, joining a company based on years of success track record makes business sense.

In my next post, I'll share the direct selling company I've decided to build a business with, hopefully in 2015 and beyond :)

My best,


Friday, December 12, 2014

Lia Sophia Direct Sales/Party Plan Closing

Lia Sophia, direct sales jewelry company, closing after 28 years in business was a big surprise to me. Here's an excerpt from the NBC Chicago article ...

“We are so proud of building Lia Sophia over the past 28 years into an outstanding company that has empowered women, and whose jewelry has been a favorite of so many,” creative director Elena Kiam wrote in a blog post on the company's website Monday. “However, given the challenging business environment, we made the painful decision to wind down Lia Sophia in the United States and Canada by December 31, and cease operations by the end of February.”


What does this mean for the jewelry direct sales/party plan industry, for thousands of Lia Sophia sales consultants, and what this means for other party plan jewelry companies?

The good news is that there are other jewelry party plan companies that will happily welcome existing Lia Sophia consultants if they choose to move on. If it's not jewelry, there are food companies, beauty, skin care, wellness, and so many other products to choose from.

The sad news is that it is a very sad time for existing Lia Sophia consultants especially for those that have been with the company for many years. But I believe that a true entrepreneur particularly for those that love the direct sales business model like I do will eventually move on.

What does this mean for other jewelry party plan companies? One company that pops to mind is Jewel Kade which recently merged with Thirty-One Gifts! Who saw this coming? This was a huge surprise to me. I don't know all the details as to why they merged with Thirty-One Gifts but at face value it makes sense as they offer complimentary products (handbags and jewelry) but I'm curious as to why Janet Kinkade, founder of Jewel Kade would merge with Thirty-One Gifts? Would love to hear from others in the comments below.

If you're relying on a party plan format should you be worried with the recent closing of Lia Sophia and maybe even Jewel Kade merging with Thirty-One Gifts? Absolutely not. First, I'm optimistic and sitting around worrying isn't productive when you could be building your business. That said, if you are with a direct sales/party plan company, whether it's jewelry or something else, I'd pay attention to the health of your company.

Is the sales force growing? 
Do you see increase in sales and recruiting growth shared by the company?
Resale orders? 
Are there too many changes (ie comp plan, corporate staff changes, frequent recruiting incentives, etc.)?

These signs are necessarily indicative of a company closing but I'd pay attention to sales growth and recruitment of new consultants.



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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Why Lemongrass Spa Direct Selling Business?

I've had my pulse on Lemongrass Spa direct selling company for years. Lemongrass Spa has a wide range of fantastic and reasonably priced natural and organic skin care, personal, make-up and a few wellness products with essential oils. I also love that all the products are made in the US. Frankly, I'm a bit surprised I didn't join the company sooner considering how long I've been using some of their products. And the main reason is that I was already a consultant for another company.

As a #1 leader with another company I built a wonderful business and still use some of the products as a customer. As with all new companies, there were many changes with the company which spurred me to consider alternative opportunities and after considering other natural and organic direct selling companies - trying other companies' products - and even buying the kits to test out the business, Lemongrass Spa feels right at home for me. And I have not felt this way in sooooooo long :).

Lemongrass Spa is offering a special consultant new kit for the month of October. It felt like the stars were aligned for me to finally come on board.

If you're like me and have had an eye on Lemongrass Spa or thought about maybe this is the company for you ... here's why I decided to join Lemongrass.

October New Consultant Special

$119 and FREE Shipping (Save $20 for October only!)

Consultant Success Kit

This Kit contains $412.20 of products!
You'll get Free Shipping
1-month Free Replicated Website to start your business right away.

Do I have to do parties?

As for home parties, it's fair to say people are busy these days and the idea of asking people you know to host parties isn't desirable. The concept of home parties has been a part of the direct selling industry for decades. It is by the far the most productive way to share and sell products because you have a captive audience but it's not the only way to do business.

So many ways to market your business

Direct sales has come a long way from the home party format. Even though some companies have that option, companies understand the internet is part of the selling method in addition to home parties and other online methods. With Facebook and other social media outlets to sell and market your businesses you are not limited to home parties.The creativity is abundant from vendor events to setting up a blog like mine that I'd hate to see people get discouraged from joining a direct sales/party plan business. 

Why not give a try?

With Lemongrass Spa, I have an opportunity to use the products I love and share with others. Either way, the price points are already affordable and as a Lemongrass Spa consultant, you would earn 25% off the retail price. You'll end up spending the same or less for natural/organic personal care products that you're already buying at regular stores. Great products, great prices, and a flexible home-based business that you can do online.

Those are some of the reasons why I'm so excited to share Lemongrass Spa with you. If you see anything on my website that you'd like to try, send me an email.



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