5 Ways to Make Money With Cash and Carry

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One of the things I love the most about direct sales is that if you are ever in need of money, all you have to do is book a party or sell some product and you have immediate cash. How cool is that? I love the fact that direct sales can be an immediate cash flow opportunity for you and there are many ways that you can include cash and carry into your party setting too.

Here are a few tips for getting some cash flow today by using several different methods.

1) Create a flyer that features your on hand inventory. Use images and prices. Email that out to your contact list

2) Find a beautiful basket and line it with some cloth. Artfully arrange your products in the basket and take it with you to your parties and deliveries.

3) Create grab bags of mystery products. Depending on the price of your products make some $1, $5, $10 and make sure the value is there plus some. So if you are creating a $5 bag, the value should be $8+.

4) Create Baskets of like items to sell at a good price. Make sure they are wrapped and ready to give as gifts.

5) Photograph individual items and sell them online on your favorite sites. (make sure this is allowed per your company terms of Service)

These 5 ways will help you make some cash today and increase interest for your business too. Make sure that your business card is attached to every outgoing product or bag for repeat sales. People love a great deal and they are also happy to know that they do not always have to buy through a party setting.

Thanksgiving Black Friday and Cyber Monday in Direct Sales

Thanksgiving is the start to the biggest time of year for any one in direct sales. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming right after the holiday, it is important that you are getting out the word about your business. The time to start that is right now!
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The week of Thanksgiving is an important week in direct sales. People are planning their shopping for Black Friday and Cyber Monday and there is no reason that you cannot be a part of their shopping plans. One of the first things you want to do is plan a promotion that will encourage sales, maybe something special for Cyber Monday. Make it simple, easy to manage and easy for your customer to take advantage of it.

Create a flyer and start emailing it and snail mailing it out now to your customers. Make sure to include any pertinent links such as your website information and how to order. Hand it out along with a brochure to everyone you know. Take it with you to Thanksgiving dinner and share it with family and friends. Ask friends and family to take it to work and share with others too.

Don’t stop after Cyber Monday. Keep the push on until the very end! You want to maximize your sales during this holiday season. Plus if people choose not to purchase and you are in a party plan, you should be booking your January dates now too. After the holidays is a great time to party.

This is not the time to be shy and wonder if you are intruding. Your job is to sell products that people are looking for to fill a need. Sell the benefits of the products at a great price and you will be rocking in the sales during this holiday season!

Tips for Using Networking Events to Grow Your Direct Sales Business

Networking is such a hot topic and even though you think this is something that is relatively new, I first wrote about networking events on this blog over 7 yrs ago! While I thought a refresher post would be helpful, the bottom line is that some things are still the same when it comes to networking for your direct sales or small business.
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Today, there are plenty of different methods of networking that it can easily become overwhelming to you. But using local networking methods and events will help you grow your direct sales business.

Here are a few things to look for when starting the networking process for your business:

• One of the first things you want to do is find and event that is convenient and at a time that you can continue to participate on a regular basis.

• Look for a networking group that has a topic or theme that fits in with the niche you want to promote. Going too far out of your niche may be a stretch and then you will not get the response that you are looking for.

• You can look at local chamber meeting. These are great for getting to know your local independent business owners as well as a great avenue for getting your name out in your community. Local businesses love to support each other.

• There are also local MeetUp.com groups that meet on a huge range of topics. Whether you are looking for business groups, reading groups, religious groups, mommy type groups, social media groups or whatever your desire, you can find that through the MeetUp.com system. There are a lot of groups that are super active and offer little to no cost.

• Also available are the BNI meeting groups. These are awesome for true networking and lead passage. You will meet a large array of local businesses that join the group for a year or more at a time. The cost of this group is a bit higher and you need to commit to attendance policies. The rewards of this type of group can be beneficial. You can visit as a guest a few times before committing.

Tips for Using Networking Events

When participating in your group, make sure to always bring your business cards. Make it a point to take some time to really talk and get to know people. Networking is about helping someone else solve their immediate problem or need. It is not about trying to get as many people as possible to listen to your 30 second elevator speech, although you do need to have one.

When you are chatting with a business member, ask them important questions about them. Learn what their business is and does. Ask about their likes and dislikes in their business or issues they may be having. Try and get to know something interesting about them. After you move on to another person, make a few notes on their business card about what you talked about so that you can remember. The following day, drop them a note about how much you enjoyed meeting them and, “Hey, here might be a solution something we chatted about” or an article you may like pertaining to their business, etc. If you really hit it off, ask them to coffee or something.

Use these tips to help you work your networking events successfully. Don’t try and run through a room and meet everyone. Don’t try and pass your business cards out to everyone. Make each connection special so they remember you and you remember them. Each one of those connections is very valuable. You may need them some day and having a great local contact is worth its price in gold so use them wisely to grow your direct sales business.