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Postby Too embarrassed to sign » Tue Jul 12, 2005 12:13 pm

I could really use some insight or words of encouragement. I'm a regular on the board, but because I don't want to hurt my company's name I am writing this anonymously.

I started with my company in Sept. 2004. With no real experience, I have been able to start my business and keep it fairly successful (average 2 shows per month). I even earned an incentive trip last month and became a founding representative (first to sell the products in my state).

Selling spa products has been wonderful --because it's something I am passionate about and love to share with others. Unfortunately, my enthusiasm hasn't rubbed off on others.

I know the "J" months are hard (Jan., June, July). But, it just seems like it's so much work for so little reward. People aren't returning my calls or placing re-orders. My event last night was a bomb, only 2 orders out of a group of six. I had one of my best customers tell me today that she won't even redeem her $25 g.c. because she found cheaper products that she likes at the drugstore!

Maybe I just need to face reality and know that my customer base cannot afford the products I sell. Actually, they're not that expensive but it seems that if a woman is going to spend money, she would rather spend it on her kids or family. Too bad, because these products are absolutely wonderful and make a difference in rejuvenating a person's body and mind.

I love my company and products soooo much. I know I'm not the best salesperson, but I figured that if I had a great product and passion the rest would work itself out. Not so.

My upline has been trying to motivate me, God bless her. But, no matter what I try to do -- I come up short in sales and bookings.

Should I give up? I've definately lost the "fun" effect of my business. It breaks my heart to continuously hear "no", "no", "no". But, I do feel like I'm a member of a family with my company. And, I don't want to lose that connection.

Any suggestions, words of wisdom, etc. would be greatly appreciated. This rollercoaster ride just isn't fun anymore and I want to make sure I'm not going into my decision without looking at every avenue.

Thank you for taking the time to read about my vent.
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Postby Home&GardenGirl » Tue Jul 12, 2005 12:34 pm

I'm so sorry you're having a hard time right now. It's wonderful you have support from your upline. Right now I think you need a break. Take the stress off. Do only what you need to do for a couple weeks (do shows you already have scheduled, return phone calls you need to right now) and just lessen the pressure. People are definitely sensing that!

Do you have a monthly quota for your company to stay active? Or quarterly? If you can just take some time off, I think you'll come back into it much more refreshed.

If you want to talk/chat more, feel free to email or PM me. I'd love to help you as much as I can. :)

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Postby ShyAim » Tue Jul 12, 2005 12:50 pm

It's hard, I know. But you have already had great success once, you can do it again! Is there a town nearby that may be a little more affluent? Maybe you can focus some of your marketing there, and find the customers that CAN afford the products. Also, try focusing more on the experience vs. the products. If people want to have the party experience, they will likely be more apt to purchase products.

Also, are there any fairs or expos coming up? Sign up for those and maybe you can expand your customer base even more.

Maybe donate a gift basket to an auction or a business as a giveaway, and spread word of your products that way.

Keep your head up. If you love the products, don't quit completely just yet. Try some new ideas or take some time off. Good luck!
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don't give up!!

Postby Rosalee » Tue Jul 12, 2005 12:55 pm

I've had a guest that flat turned her nose up at HGP- and told me that if I went into another party plan business she would do a party- imagine that!!! :D Her real reason for not wanting to do a party through HGP wasn't because of the products or the prices, it was because that was less money for her to spend at a gambling casino!! Sad isn't it? My point is you may have to find another group of people to sell too-and as Mindy said you just might need a break for a while. Good Luck- God Bless- Rosalee
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Postby MinT » Tue Jul 12, 2005 3:26 pm

I just have to say this...Mindy is so right. Ha ha... MIndy is always right.

Ok. There is two Mindy's here so I wanted to be fun

But she's right. Take a break for a few weeks and get back to the root of why you wanted to be in direct sales. Always evaluate yourself and your motivations first (it is so important to periodicaly redo your goals). Second, evaluate your product line. Bath and body products are all over the place in direct sales right now. Be sure you are representing a "solid" company. With so much competetion, if your company doesn't have some type of edge, it will end up being a statisitic. Thirdly, evaluate your process. How are you representing the products to your customers? Are you confident? Are you loyal to the brand? Are you selling only one product line (this can burnout yourself and your customers very quickly).

Take a breather and come out kicking! You can do it.

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Take a break

Postby CandleJen » Thu Aug 04, 2005 11:11 am

I know EXACTLY how you feel. I started with Partylite in the beginning of June and and haven't had any parties since my starter show. But I'm not giving up. Since you know that these are the hard months, take a break. Do what others told you. Try new ways of advertising. Make up new Specials to bring people in. Ask for referrals. Tell your old clients about a new catalog or a new product line coming out. Who knows, they might book again.

Point blank--- DON'T GIVE UP. Take a break. And GOOD LUCK!!!!!!
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Postby SensariaLady » Sat Aug 06, 2005 1:05 pm

We all go through these ups and downs and I've been there myself last summer, no shows in those 3 months, I am lucky that I have a great customer base that re-orders.

What turned things around for me was this February, the company president came to our city to do a connect with Sensaria event and meet the reps in this area, I was her main contact here, because I was the only leader in this area.

Before the event I was having dinner with the president and told her about my struggle with bookings. She said something that changed everything for me. She said, when you go to your shows go from a standpoint of abundance. Abundance in bookings, recruit leads and sales. Like others said, people will sense if you are desperate, however if you go in and do a show and especially when they see how much you are enjoying yourself and how much fun everyone is having at your party, they want to be part of that.

I had a spa party the next day, and went in with that attitude, there were only 7 people there and by the time I was done, I was down to 4!! People were leaving in the middle of my show saying they had to go. It was a Saturday morning show. I chose not to let that bother me, and continued with the same enthusiasm I started the show with.

I ended up with 3 bookings that day!!! and my business has been steady ever since. I go in with service to my hosts and guests and each one I treat as my special guest and make it all about them and how my products, my hostess program can serve them, and not me. 3 of those past hostesses from those shows signed to be reps, and they contacted me, I did not have to do anything!!!

When I asked them what made them think about joining, they said it was because of you and how much you just cared about giving a great show and made everyone feel special. They told me the products do sell themselves, but you gave us something else, your sincere caring about our needs.

So its all in what you put out there you get back.
If you want talk about it more, I will be more than happy to share more about how I transformed and turned around my business. You can e-mail me at haaalanb@hotmail.com

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Postby ravish30 » Mon Aug 08, 2005 1:57 pm

I agree with everything everyone has posted.

I would take a short break and come up with a new business plan which includes coming up with new advertising and new marketing for your business. Target New customers and New Hosts.

Shelly
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Postby tdbexpo » Thu Aug 18, 2005 2:06 am

I understand the take a break thing but sometimes that makes is harder to get restarted too. I would say
1. maybe have a mystery hostess or a fall bazaar and offer a discount.
2. do some kind of incentive for booking a show -ex. I might do a drawing for 1 big item if 3 people book a show and another for 6 shows.
3. do you use guest surveys? this is a must.
I really could go on and on . Please feel free to email me and I will be glad to give you some more suggestions.
I have been there too.
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Postby bianca5454 » Fri Aug 19, 2005 8:58 pm

I agree with Mindy too! :P

You said: Unfortunately, my enthusiasm hasn't rubbed off on others.
This is not good. If I were you, take a break away from it for a while, but set a date that you WILL get back into it again.

Re-evaluate WHY you got into this to begin with! You said you love the products, so that is a great start! Look at some of the new products you have coming out for the holiday and be your own customer! Indulge yourself!

Then, just get back to it. Forget about what happened before. Start fresh, and have a plan. Personally, I would make it a loose plan too. I think that if you set your goals WAY to high, you will let yourself down.

It's important to keep it fun! Hang in there!
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Postby Sean11 » Sat Dec 17, 2005 5:15 am

Hi

When I started reading this and you said your products were spa products and you were looking for new customers I thought about a lady whom I have seen at our local tennis club, she spends a couple of days a month at the club and demonstrated her products to the members, relaxing bath oils, massage oils face creams etc.

She just has a table with products and information on and chats to the members, it is very informal, when she is not around there are always brochures that you can use to see the range and these also have her contact details. I assume she is doing well as she has been doing it for over a year now.

It is just a thought but if you could also get the receptionists at some sporting clubs to use your products, maybe give them a few samples they could act as reps for you and should have access to people with more disposable income who are interested in the relaxation and spa culture.
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Re: Ready to give up

Postby Enchanted Journey Gifts » Mon Feb 27, 2006 2:32 pm

Too embarrassed to sign wrote:I could really use some insight or words of encouragement. I'm a regular on the board, but because I don't want to hurt my company's name I am writing this anonymously.

I started with my company in Sept. 2004. With no real experience, I have been able to start my business and keep it fairly successful (average 2 shows per month). I even earned an incentive trip last month and became a founding representative (first to sell the products in my state).

Selling spa products has been wonderful --because it's something I am passionate about and love to share with others. Unfortunately, my enthusiasm hasn't rubbed off on others.

I know the "J" months are hard (Jan., June, July). But, it just seems like it's so much work for so little reward. People aren't returning my calls or placing re-orders. My event last night was a bomb, only 2 orders out of a group of six. I had one of my best customers tell me today that she won't even redeem her $25 g.c. because she found cheaper products that she likes at the drugstore!

Maybe I just need to face reality and know that my customer base cannot afford the products I sell. Actually, they're not that expensive but it seems that if a woman is going to spend money, she would rather spend it on her kids or family. Too bad, because these products are absolutely wonderful and make a difference in rejuvenating a person's body and mind.

I love my company and products soooo much. I know I'm not the best salesperson, but I figured that if I had a great product and passion the rest would work itself out. Not so.

My upline has been trying to motivate me, God bless her. But, no matter what I try to do -- I come up short in sales and bookings.

Should I give up? I've definately lost the "fun" effect of my business. It breaks my heart to continuously hear "no", "no", "no". But, I do feel like I'm a member of a family with my company. And, I don't want to lose that connection.

Any suggestions, words of wisdom, etc. would be greatly appreciated. This rollercoaster ride just isn't fun anymore and I want to make sure I'm not going into my decision without looking at every avenue.

Thank you for taking the time to read about my vent.


You know, I had the EXACT same experience that you had...right down to the type of company (skincare/cosmetics/spa). I found the solution: FIND SOMETHING THAT IGNITES YOUR PASSION!!! Find a cause you feel strongly about and use your business to support that cause. That's what I did when I found Grace Fibro-Smile. I suffer from fibromyalgia and I found this opportunity a few days ago and I'm on fire with enthusiasm about it. This may not be your thing but look for a company that will do that for you and nothing can stop you from succeeding.
Liz
Helping those with chronic illness look and feel their best.
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Postby kitkitwv » Fri Sep 28, 2007 1:24 pm

Hang in there! I have the job from HELLLLLLL Right now... Sorry to swear, but its true!!! I do part time from home parties, and the rest of the time I'm basically data-entry at the job from, well, you know where.... You hang in there, and advertise all you can... I too am passionate about the products I sell, but its taking awhile to get started... Just eat, sleep, and breathe advertising, and you'll make it!!!
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