I love catalog purses. What better way to scream "I am a Party Plan Consultant" than to carry a purse that SHOWS your catalog right in front! The problem - they were always so EXPENSIVE! So I was totally thrilled when last year, Karen from TRN Designs contacted me about doing a review/giveaway of her hand made catalog purses!
Several years ago while searching eBay for Gardening Tools, I ran across a company called eFavorMart. I was wowed not only at their awesome assortment of personalized goodies, but at the PRICE! Everything from customized organza bags, matchbooks, napkins, favor boxes... but all at a price that was much more reasonable than I ever would have expected. eFavorMart is geared mostly towards weddings, but with a little imagination, you can really come up with some awesome tools to boost your 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?
One of my favorite tools for success is a Vision Board. A Vision Board is simply a visual representation of your wants and dreams - all mashed together in one place. There is no "right" or "wrong" to a Vision Board. The idea behind this is that when you surround yourself with images of who you want to become, what you want to have, where you want to live, what you want to drive, how you want to impact the world, or where you want to vacation, and by doing so, your life changes to match those images and those desires.
Since yesterday I talked about organization I thought today would be a good day to talk about Hostess Folders - one of THE most important parts of your business than need to be ORGANIZED!! The truth is, Hostess Folders are worth their weight in GOLD! This is where you are going to keep all of your Party information from start to finish.
Time Management is very near and dear to my heart, as the owner and creator of The Diva Success System which teaches Party Plan Consultants how to be successful and build their business in as little as 30 minutes per day. So when I needed an app that would help me to not only organize MY time, but that of a busy family as well, I knew Google would have the answer I needed!
One of my favorite Recruiting Tools is a Brag Book. Simply put, this is a simple binder full of personal pictures, awards, and thoughts about how your life has been enriched by being a Party Plan Consultant.
One of my favorite business building tools costs literally pennies and can add hundreds or even thousands to your monthly retail volume, fill your calendar or even build your Diva Empire. What little tool is this powerful? EasyScratchOffs. Check them out:
Email has pretty much replaced every form of communication - fax, letter, telegram - even phone calls. According to radicati.com, there are approximately 3.1 billion email accounts Wordlwide. With Smartphones becoming more and more popular, it is expected there will be 531 million wireless email users in 2011, with that number growing to 1.2 billion by year-end 2015. Even more staggering is their estimated number of emails SENT Worldwide on a daily basis - 294 BILLION. That works out to be 2.8 million emails every SECOND.
QR Codes were originally created for tracking parts in automobile manufacturing, but they have caught on quickly and are now being used for everything from marketing, information sharing, and customer care. Simply put, you can scan a QR Code with your Smartphone or other device, and you will be directed to whatever site that QR code is linked to.
One of the obstacles I had to overcome as a new Party Plan Consultant was... how do I CARRY all of this STUFF!?! Because I purchased one of the larger demo kits that my company offered, I literally had 80 or so products I had to tote around from party to party. Being the Diva that I am, suit cases just wasnt going to cut it, so I headed to the internet to see what I could find. That is when my love affair with Yazmo began.
If there was one business tool that I would say I absolutely "can not do business without" (My Diva Success System Planner not included) it would be my Mobile Office. I do not go ANYWHERE without my Mobile Office! It is either in my office or in my car, and I even take it in to all of my parties! If you need to get organized - and fast - set up a Mobile Office! You will wonder how you ever did business without it!
Building your Home Party Plan Business CAN be a very expensive endeavor - but it doesn't HAVE to be! There are hundreds of ways to build your business FREE or nearly free. In fact - many of the FREE options will have even more ROI (Return on Investment) than many of the pricier options. Check out my best tips for Building Your Home Party Plan Business on a Budget: