Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Natural Organic Personal Care Products a Good Home Business?

These days, you see aisles of natural and organic skin care, body care, cleaning, in every store- not just health and specialty stores. It's obvious the demand is fueled by consumer desire for healthier choices. But as a home business, is selling natural products a good business?

Organic personal care products market is growing at rapid pace across the world. Rising concerns for health safety, increasing green consciousness and growing consumer’s awareness about the hazards in synthetic chemicals have fueled the demand for organic personal care products. Source: http://www.transparencymarketresearch.com/organic-personal-care-products.html


From my experience as a top sales leader for a natural direct selling company for two years, I can tell you there's great interest in people buying the products as well as people looking to sell them as a home-based business.

#1 Product quality and value

With more natural and organic personal care products on the market, there's more competition. There isn't anything that can't be purchased online or through a retailer.

When I'm shopping for personal care products, I look for truly natural, non-toxic products based on the ingredients because that's important to me. But price is also a strong consideration. Price points matter even to people that can afford to pay more. Who doesn't want quality products at great prices. People that love natural and organic products are still going to buy them but they're looking for good prices. So prices do matter to your selling success.

#2 How to get started

There are multiple ways to sell natural and organic products. You can make them yourself and sell them on Etsy. You can join affiliate programs which are typically free. Or you can sign up with a home-based, direct selling company for a fee which comes with products, a website, and allows you to sell as an independent consultant for the company.

If you're considering a home-based business as an independent consultant with a direct sales company, here are important things to consider:

As I mentioned with personal care products, there's a big market with natural and organic products. You're going to have an easier time getting someone to try and hopefully switch over to your products IF the products you're selling is not only high quality but within similar prices to what your prospective customers are already used to spending. It's not easy persuading people to spend $28 on non-toxic sunscreen when they can buy similar organic sunscreen for half the price.

If the prices are affordable, it's a bit easier redirecting a customer's spending to your products. Prices do matter with customers because there are a lot of natural and organic personal care products on the market.

Think of yourself as a potential customer browsing online for products or shopping at your local stores. If I stumble on a website that offers products that I'm interested and the prices are reasonably priced with good shipping fees or free, I'm much more likely to buy. That's why Amazon is so successful!

Although there's great opportunity to sell natural and organic personal care products from home I would caution anyone thinking about joining a direct selling company to consider quality products, price points, and overall compensation/pay plan.

Best,

Janette

P.S.  As a #1 team builder with the largest team in less than 2 years with a former company, I can help you achieve any level of success. My passion is working from home using internet marketing and teaching others to do the same.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Yes! You Can Be Successful with Home Party Plan Companies

While researching a title for this post, no surprise that I came across some not-so-positive articles on the direct sales/network marketing industry which inspired me to write this article to highlight important things you need to know so you'll choose the right business for you.

Why do most people struggle with party plan as a business? I believe most people struggle with the party plan method because it's not a good fit for them. But if you're willing to be proactive, network locally, expand your contacts, and not shy asking people to host parties for you- a home party plan company is a great fit for you.

Party plan companies aren't for people that don't want to be sociable. There's some level of sociability involved because you'll need to meet people, ask people to book parties, then you'll need to coach/work with your hostess, meet and greet guests that show up at the party. Your ability to network and mingle is key to being successful as a party plan consultant.

Party plan companies typically have higher personal sales requirements because it's designed to sell products. Truth is, home parties is the BEST way to sell products, sponsor new people, and meet new people. Not to mention, consultants can potentially earn a nice retail profit at a home party.

No matter how much you hear people boast about Facebook parties, when it comes to selling, not sponsoring, selling is still best done face-to-face in a group atmosphere. Sponsoring is much easier to do online as yours truly has successfully built a huge team from my blog alone.
But selling is so effective face to face!

At a home party, you have a captive audience prepared to buy and support whoever is hosting the party. I've never attended a party and not bought something because most people that go have a mind-set to buy. That's why home parties are typically successful but only IF you're able to get parties booked.

The problem with home party plan business is that most have a hard time keeping parties booked consistently and over longer periods. Getting parties booked at the beginning of your new business isn't hard but what about a few months down the road? It's something people don't think too much about when they initially join a company. I believe anyone can be successful with a home party plan company IF you're willing to do the things that are required to motivate yourself to grow your business.

Best,

Janette

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Giving Up On Direct Sales/Party Plan Home-Based Business?

There are people who join a direct sales/party plan business, give a try, didn't succeed and shun it for life. And there are those that try, fail, and keeps on trying even if that means starting over with a new company.

The truth is: when it comes to success in the direct selling business it's going to take at least 2+ years if not longer before someone finds success. It's not a get-rich-business but more like gradually learning along the way and most of the time with multiple companies before you might find the best fit for you.

I remember hearing about a 7 figure income earner from Send Out Cards who was a distributor for 13 different companies before he found success with SOC. You'll also hear people leaving successful companies to start over with another company. This isn't unusual at all and that's why Mary Christensen, direct sales coach/author, always says you never know when someone's going to make a change because it's a fact people leave one company and start over with another. So why would someone do that?

Jackie Ulmer, a successful network marketer, left her Mia Bella a candle company while earning a six figure income and started over with another company. I don't know all the reasons but the point is- it happens. The reason I'm sharing this with you is to highlight there's nothing wrong with moving on with another company because there are many reasons why it's right for someone to leave.

As consultants/distributors- you're an independent contractor which means you don't have a stake in the company itself other than being a rep for the company i.e. selling products and sponsoring. Direct sales is a sales job. People leave and move on to bigger and brighter opportunities all the time. It happens in a regular job and your direct sales business is really not that much different. If you find another opportunity that's just better for you, moving on might be a good option.

Change is part of life and believe me things change with all direct sales/network marketing companies ... new management, change in compensation plan, products, shipping costs, so on and so forth. These changes often lead to a consultant changing direction.

I don't believe in the notion of sticking with it no matter what. You should stick with it IF it works for you. Remember the saying in direct sales "you're in business FOR yourself". I rarely sponsor someone into my Radiantly You business that has never done direct sales/party plan/network marketing before. Nearly everyone has done something at one point but didn't find it a good fit so moving on and starting over is not uncommon in this industry.

If you're thinking of giving up on direct sales because you've done it before and it didn't work out for whatever reason, maybe it wasn't the right one for you. Maybe you weren't ready then and now you're worried about someone thinking "oh no, she's doing another company".

Part of being an entrepreneur and a business in sales which direct selling is, sometimes you have to go with your instincts and try not to care too much about what others might think. People will think whatever they're going to think anyway.

I absolutely love the flexibility my home-based business offers and cannot think of another fun independent business as my direct selling business that I can do all online.

Best,

Janette

P.S. If you're looking for an online direct selling opportunity, visit my Radiantly You natural/organic business.