8 Questions To Ask Before Choosing A Home Party Plan Business

With the economy in the state that it is in, and dozens of Newspapers and TV Shows recommending the Direct Sales Party Plan Industry, people are coming by the thousands to find which Home Based Party Plan Business is right for them. 

But how do you know which one to choose?  How do you know which one will be a good fit for you?

Thankfully there are literally hundreds of choices of Party Plan Companies all offering exceptional products and generous compensation plans.  

In fact, I would even go as far as to say you can guarantee success in ANY of the Party Plan Companies available – IF it is the right “fit” for you and you commit yourself to working the business. 

So how do you know which one is the right fit?  Ask yourself these questions:

EIGHT QUESTIONS TO ASK

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1. WHAT are you passionate about?

We all have a passion for something.  What kinds of things can you get really excited about?  Were you the girl helping everyone put makeup on for Prom?  Or do you enjoy cooking home made meals for your family? 

Maybe you enjoy preserving people's memories in pictures or decorating a home.  Or maybe you are the “Bling Queen” and love to help women feel fantastic adding just a bit of sparkle.

The truth is there are going to be down days in this business, and it will be your passion that gets you through them.  

Ask yourself honestly what kind of product you can be so passionate about that you keep on keeping on, even when people are telling you no.

2.  WHAT are you strengths? 

If you were applying for a job position, what would the strengths be that you are bringing to the table?  Are you organized? A good communicator? 

Do you like talking to groups of people or one on one?  Can you talk about delicate subjects and clearly communicate your recommendations? 

Are you a good problem solver and interested in helping others?

3. HOW will you work?

Another great opportunity that the Party Plan Industry has to offer is freedom to work your business in different avenues.  Do you want to throw fun parties for groups of women? 

Or sit one on one for consultations?  Do you want to work mostly online, or hand catalogs and brochures out around town? 

Can you travel?  How many hours can you really commit to building your business?

4. WHAT does it cost to be in business?

Many times the only price that is ever advertised as a “getting started” cost is your initial Consultant Kit. 

However, once you have signed the dotted line, you are then made aware of all of the other fees: credit card processing, monthly minimums,catalog prices,  order processing fees, party fees, Hostess Rewards, renewal fees….

Get the facts up front and do not be surprised later.

5. HOW often are new catalogs/product lines released?

Companies continuously add and remove products from their product line, but knowing how often you will be changing your demonstration or adding to your kit is important.  

“New products” is a great reason to keep in touch with your customers, but changing your demo every month may also pose a problem. 

Ask other Consultants how their “cycles” tend to run, and how their Corporate Offices handle the release of new products.

6. HOW will you get paid?

To someone new to the Party Plan Industry, a Compensation Plan can be pretty overwhelming.  Sadly many companies in an attempt to “stand out” are making their Compensation Plans harder and harder to understand. 

When you have narrowed down the product line you want to carry from Question #1, and you have narrowed down the companies from #2 and #3, talk to Consultants from your remaining options and ask them specifically HOW they get paid. 

Do they earn commission – money paid out collectively based on sales of a certain time period, or do you get a buying discount – where you purchase products at one price and sell for a higher price. 

Also, when you are paid on your team bonuses, are you paid in cash or in products?

7. WHAT kind of support does the company offer? 

When trying to choose between Party Plan Companies, looking for the “oldest” company is not always best.  Instead, look for what kind of support and tools are offered to the Consultants. 

Are you allowed to sell online with your own replicating website or shopping cart?   Does the company offer business tools such as catalogs, order forms, and product brochures at a reasonable price?

Are there training opportunities available – either in person or virtually?  Companies who are staying with the times and not “hand cuffing” their consultants to the “old business ways” are striving in today's market.

8. IF you change your mind, what is the buy-back policy?

Every company offers a buy-back policy should you change your mind about joining their company.   (If they do not, or there are a hundred hoops to jump through, this is a huge red flag!) 

Get clear on what the buy back policy is with the hopes of course that you will never have to use it.  🙂

Choosing the RIGHT Party Plan Company for you is a HUGE part of your success with this industry. 

When I began, some 13 years ago,  I began with a great company… but it was not the right fit for me.  I knew I was on the right road… I just wasnt in the right car!  

Once I found the right company for me, I used what I learned from my first company to skyrocket me to the top.

Whether you are brand new to the industry looking for a new Party Plan Company to join, or feeling like the company you are with just might not be the right fit for you, get the answers to these eight questions and choose the company that is perfect for YOU.

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10 thoughts on “8 Questions To Ask Before Choosing A Home Party Plan Business”

  1. Awesome article! I will have to say that reading your questions has me even more excited about our Park* Lane jewelry! I love jewelry …not at first..I wore gold only and not every day…I guess Got bored! Byte once I saw our designed inspired pieces ..I fell in love with it! It only cost me $5 and my home party! I received $1000 in jewelry plus all necessary tools to build my business. If you ask me Park Lane took the risk on me. The jewelry sells itself so pretty soon I moved up to Branch manager and started building my team! We have the best hostess and director program compared to any other party planning company. We have two trips all expenses paid a year…now working cowards Venice, Italy and I earn my trip(s) and decide not to go ..I will get $1500! New jewelry come out every month, which keeps our past hostess coming back for more! We’re in business for our selves not by our selves..with individual, team meetings and conferesince calls available to us if we choose to attend. Why work full time ..when I can work part time from home and earn full time pay plus great bonuses! What do I have to loose if I have to take somé time off…nothing because I am building a great team which Park Lane will not take away! Instead my up line manager will continue providing the support & I will continue to earn my overrides! And I had changed my mind..I would’ve gotten to keep my jewels! I am very thankful to God ..for making the right decision! http://www.myparklane.com/rvillagra
    Sincerely
    Rossana
    ” A woman with out jewelry is like the sky with out stars!”

  2. Hi Lynsey, This is an excellent article or Opportunity October.

    I think that in the interview process, all of the questions need to be addressed. Especially questions 1 and 2. I think it is important for the interviewing consultant to find out what “moves” her perspective business partner. Because the expectation of success is high, it is imperative to get down to the “what” and the “why” of it all. I would not expect a woman to be successful in a skin care company if she thinks that “doing the beauty routines” is silly. Neither would I expect a woman to be successful with weigt loss products if she doesn’t have to worry about her weight. She wouldn’t understand the problems and she would sound insincere when giving advice. It is important on both parts of the interviewer and the interviewee to find out if a particular company is a “match”.

    Another important aspect of the interview process is full disclosure; on both sides. Wouldn’t you agree that a woman who only wants to work 1 hr a week and only pass around catalogs will be less successful than the woman who is willing to make room in her schedule for the work that is necessary to achieve her financial goal? When the information is fully disclosed about the time, attention, and money involed, everyone can be satisfied with the outcomes. Too many people come into the party plan industry without all of the correct information and they leave with a bad taste in their mouths. So, I say, not only is it the responsibility of the prospective consultant to get the information, It is also the responsibility of the interviewing consultant to GIVE accurate information as well.

    This is just my 2 cents.

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