The Benefits of Joining a Party Plan Company
When it comes to working from home, many times you will find people looking into a business with a party plan company. If you are like me, you have tried working out in the corporate or retail world…but found that it doesn’t suit you or your family’s needs. Let's take a look at all of the benefits of joining a party plan company.
Be Your Own Boss. As a Consultant, you are basically your own boss. You determine how much or how little you want to work. But remember, you do represent a particular company and will still have to follow their rules and guidelines.
Save Money On Childcare. If you are a parent, a lot of times when you work outside your home, 50-75% of your paycheck is spent on childcare expenses.
Flexible Working Schedule. You can set up a flexible working schedule to fit with your your family’s needs. When you need off work for vacation or sick time, it’s much easier to do when you work from home.
Business Expenses. By joining a party plan company, you will have manageable business expenses such as: adding new products to your demonstration kits and paper business supplies. If you worked outside your home, you would have transportation, clothing, food and other miscellaneous expenses. In my experience, working from home is less expensive than working in the corporate or retail world.
Product Inventory. These days, the majority of party plan companies do not require that you stock products in your own home. You can place your customer’s order and have it shipped directly from the company to your customer’s front door.
Business Training. You will find that most party plan companies offer free or very low cost training to their consultants. This training is a valuable business education that you can certainly afford.
Company Rewards. Every party plan company has a different way of rewarding it’s sales consultants. You are usually rewarded with free products and/or money bonuses when you meet certain sales or team building goals. When doing my research, I saw such things as: trips to tropical destinations, diamond jewelry, electronics and cars!
Little to No Stress. In my personal experience, I find it a lot less stressful to work from home in party plan companies compared to working out in the corporate world. I don’t have to commute, deal with gossip in the workplace or have to meet time deadlines.
If you are looking to work from home, I think you should consider joining a party plan company. For those of you who have families, this might be your smartest career move as the benefits can make life much easier for you and your family.
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Host a Party and Earn Free Products
The best part of agreeing to be a hostess is earning fabulous products and discounts on items. Even if you love the product, you may find that being a hostess requires some tedious work. Before you agree to host a party, take care to understand the benefits available to you by asking these vital questions.
How Much Do I Need to Sell? Most party plans give hostesses a percentage off or free products depending on how much they sell. To estimate whether the time required to put together the party will be worth it, you need to make sure you know how the plan works. With most plans, you will get a baseline discount simply for hosting the party. That discount can be a percentage off or a free gift as a token of appreciation. Beyond that, your guests will need to place purchases for you to earn the points to purchase products. Ask for a listing of the tiers for free products and try to invite guests you think are likely to purchase.
When Can I Redeem My Products and Discounts? Ask the hostess if you will be able to order your items the night of the party. In many cases, you can place an initial order that night. Additional purchases from your party for guests who buy later can be applied to your order retroactively in some cases. Find out from your party plan representative if there is any sort of waiting period for you to receive your products and discounts. If you are confused about how any of this works, check with your party representative or visit the website of the party plan company. Most of your questions will be spelled out there.
Are There Other Ways to Earn? Some party plans allow you to earn products in ways other than the purchase total of your guests. Ask about these special ways to earn money to help you maximize your financial benefit from your party. A common way to earn is by inviting a certain number of guests to the party or by having a certain number of guests attend. Be sure you invite people you think are likely to attend and give reminder calls the day before the party.
Many party plans have a level of earning potential for parties booked from yours. If someone who attends your party decides to book her own, then you can earn an immediate discount and even be eligible for discounts based on the sales at that second party. For this reason, try to choose party plans that aren’t overdone in your area.
Being a hostess may be automated with many party plan systems, but they are still work. You will need to come up with a guest list, get out the invitations, handle any communication about the party, get your house “party ready,” and serve food and drink to the guests. Make sure you get the scoop on what you can earn as a hostess before you sign up!
Making the Most of Party Plan Specials
The fun of hosting a party plan event is to see how much you can earn in products or discounts from the program. While you can have a great time hanging out with your friends, the event does require work, and as such, you’ll want to get something tangible out of it. Learn how to make the most of your company's specials with these handy tips.
Read The Literature. When you agree to host an event, your consultant should give you information about the company and its policies. Familiarize yourself with that information as soon as possible to give you time to ask for clarification about any points that are unclear.
Ask About Special Timing. Some party plan companies have additional benefits during certain times of the year. These specials may happen during slow times, such as the summer, as an extra incentive for people willing to host during those months. Be sure you ask if the party plan you are considering has special times when it would be more beneficial to plan an event. If so, you may want to put your event off until the next “bonus” time.
Know Each Way To Earn. Party plan programs typically have more than one way to earn products or discounts. Some may give a small gift for a certain percentage of attendees, for examples. Others may offer you more for additional parties booked from yours. Find out each way you can earn products and try to hit as many of those milestones as possible.
Check With Invitees. Definitely get your invitations out as early as possible to give people time to put your party on their calendars. Once you’ve sent the invitations, be sure you follow up with the people you have invited a day or two before the event. Your check-in will serve as a reminder to people who may have forgotten, and it can be an extra nudge to people who were unsure about whether to attend.
Talk It Up. Don’t overdo it but definitely try to get others excited about the party. You can talk about a product you really hope to see or how much fun you have planned. If all else fails, promise to have excellent snacks! Once people get to the event, they are more likely to buy something, so make sure you talk up the party enough to get people there.
Invite Scores. Many people think of a few friends as soon as they think of having an event. Don’t stop there! Ask women at your church, parents of your children’s friends, and women you would like to get to know better. Use the party as a social networking tool as much as a way to earn money. You never know when one of those women you hesitantly invited will purchase loads of items or become a friend.