Is Direct Sales and MLM Business for Men Too?

I am a member of many forums and boards that are direct sales focused. Often the topic comes up that has to do with men in a direct sales business or MLM. Many times the question has to do with finding a male focused business that a husband would want to join. Do you realize how many men are involved with direct sales?

When I was selling Avon, we had many leaders and reps that sold for us. Personally, I had 2 in my downline and worked often with another male rep. They are usually successful and work the business hard. Men in direct sales and MLM business are plentiful and even if you are in a women focused business such as a beauty line, do not hesitate to talk to men about joining your business.

Here are Some Differences with Direct Sales and MLM Business for Men

* Men look at how the business is run – not necessarily on what the product is.
* Men look at compensation plans and return on investment
* Men look for businesses that can relate to anyone they know
* Men sell differently than women and usually do well regardless of who they talk to
* Men have great leadership skills
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Having a business that can work for anyone in the family is a plus. That is one of the reasons that my family chose to be with Jerky Direct through our site JerkyOnTheGo.com. The target market is large and yet it is an easy sell of a consumable product. My husband can take it to gun shows, while I can take it to a craft show. My son can sell it at school and I can hold a fundraiser. The opportunities are endless.

Adding men to your direct sales business is a smart idea. There are many families I know in the business that are growing together as a unit. A few in the coffee business, several in the card business, many in the health business, and loads in the jerky business! Some break the business into sections – one works sales and promotions while the other works training and leadership. Whatever works for you and your business is smart!

Are you looking for something a man could join, promote, and sell easily? Check out my business. We would love to have you join us and start making money today!

Sales or Party Swapping With Other Reps: Yea or Nay

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Every direct sales representative wants to increase their sales. That is a given in this market. Sales is the nature of this business overall. And for many years there has been many groups of direct sales reps that have gathers for support and learning on various groups boards or facebook groups. It is a wonderful thing to see so many people help one another.

Also within those groups you will see offers of party swapping and sales swapping between reps. What is your take on these types of activities in groups? Do you have an overall feeling about them? Have you been burned before?

Sales or Party Swapping With Other Reps: Yea or Nay

The groups are wonderful for sharing your information and tips and a place to gather and make friends. However I really do have some issue with swapping parties and sales between reps. Here are some things to consider:

* If you are relying on other reps to support your business, are you really being successful at all?

* If you need help making minimum orders, maybe look at how you are marketing your business.

* If swapping a party for a party is done as a means to get your leader off your back, how are you making money in the long run? Will you get other bookings from it?

* Have you booked a party from another rep to help someone out but she does not come through on her end? How does that make you feel?

* Have you retained another rep as a long term customer or is it a one time sale or product swap?

* Have you continued to buy from another rep you swapped product or parties from?

* Wouldn’t reaching out to others who will help you grow your business and make money be a better choice?

After all, we are in business to make money. Not necessarily for using that product we sell as a means to swap for someone else’s product. If you want another persons product, honor them and yourself by making the purchase. I believe what goes around, comes around.

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Tips for Using Lead Boxes in Home Based Businesses

Offline marketing is still a very important part of our business as a direct sales professional. While much of our business has transformed to being online, being a powerhouse in your local market is an important part of being a well rounded consultant and an effective leader for others. Many consultants have used a lead box successfully in the local market, including myself. Let’s look at some tips for success using a lead box.
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Tips for Using Lead Boxes in Home Based Businesses

First, we need to look at what a lead box is. A lead box is a cardboard or Lucite box where an interested person can drop their information for a call back or contact from you. Usually a pre-printed questionnaire or tablet is attached so the interested party can fill out their name, contact info and then check mark what type of contact they want from you.

So in terms of using these lead boxes successfully, you need a few things to encourage use.

1) Think about what information you want from the contact. Are you looking for email contact, phone or mailing? Specific questions you want answers to? Create an info tear-off sheet reflecting what you want to know. Do not make it too long. Short and sweet is the best.

2) Place the lead box in shops or places where you know the owner personally. You will need to monitor the box and sheets often

3) Only place the boxes in relevant places. For instance, if you are in a beauty business, look for clothes shops, shoes shops, accessory shops, hair and nail shop, etc. to place your boxes.

4) Maintain your boxes and remove the leads several times a week. Leave one or two in there to encourage others to use them.

5) Think about offering a giveaway of some sort to encourage the use of the lead box. Most reps find this works well. A monthly giveaway is easy to manage.

6) Make sure to let those signing up know on the form that using the form is their authorization to add them to a mailing list or email list. Always be up front!

7) Use these at vendor events,craft shows, etc. that you attend to add to your contact list.

Using lead boxes in your home based business can be an effective tool depending on how you manage the boxes. They are a great way to find more local contacts for parties and mailing lists. I have found these boxes online and at Staples. Why not give them a shot in your offline marketing efforts for your business.

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Direct Sales Tips for Your Home Party Plan Business