I often scroll through some Facebook posts to see what people out there want to do with their lives. I often am looking to recruit people for my business team who love talking to people, posting on the internet and making money.
But the more I read these posts the more I find they all (well not all) want to get rich quick. I have read posts that actually read something like this:
I want to own my own business;
I do not want to pay any fees or startup money;
I don’t want to sell anything;
I don’t want inventory; and I want to make a lot of money!
For the life of me I don’t know any business like that. Any business person will tell you that you need money to start a business. Either you have it or you take a loan.
Even online businesses need some type of startup fee and if you are not selling anything then what exactly are you doing? Maybe I don’t want to know. I started my business with a small startup fee of $15 (now its $25) and while I don’t have a big inventory I do have some. Because my business is dependent on my brochure. People see what they like and they order online….I get the commission. But there is still work to be done. I dont it at home waiting for customers. I text or call my customers after I get a brochure into their hands. And if they don’t live near me – I love digital. I send them a link to my store along with discount codes. My customers always get free shipping and at least a 10% discount.
So, unless you hit the Lottery, I dont see any get rich quick businesses out there….do you?
Part of my business includes delivering goods to my customers. I love when they order online, it is easier for me and they do get their products quicker. They also get codes from me for free products, free shipping and discounts off.
But there are some customers who insist on buying direct from me which means I order for them and when it arrives I will have to deliver to them. I dont mind because I have great customers and love meeting with them (even if it’s a few minutes at their door for drop off) and talking about their family, etc.
But I try to make my deliveries all in one day (usually doesn’t happen because not everyone is home at the same time). I got a call from my grandson who helps me toss brochures around different neighborhoods and then I treat him to Burger King for his help. But then I decided it would be a good day to get some deliveries done. I did manage two deliveries….two more for Monday…some I am waiting to hear back from.
I guess you can say this is the hardest part of my business but as the weather gets warmer I love doing it. I just got notification that my company is going digital. Which means when you join to become a rep (on my team) you will not get brochures or products but will get a certificate to purchase whatever products you want – not what they want to give you. And then do all your business online giving your customers codes and your website to buy from.
Sounds good to me. Doing business online now and loving it.
My day starts with my planner and ends with my planner. It has what I need to do all day and the week to come. As a business owner I just cant see not using a planner. I go through several of them on a monthly basis because my planners are used for different things I need to do. A personal planner keeps me on track with family appointments. I have two business planners – one for taking orders and keeping information on my customers and another for delivery of orders and my customer’s needs.
I tried to store all this on my phone but checking back and forth while on the phone is a little annoying to me. So when a customer does come and wants to set up a meeting or place an order I find it easier that while on the phone I can just open one of my planners and write or read what’s going on.
Right now I am using a small one for my customer orders so I can carry it around (I love owls). I do have a larger one I use in my office for all the important information I need to keep on my customers for reference at a later date.
So what do you use for a planner? And how has it helped you?
Today is laundry day and clean up day..I do these things slowly but they eventually get done. So I am up from the laundry room and have decided to sit and have a cup of tea and just at that time the doorbell rings.
I hate answering the door as much as I hate answering the house phone. Family has a key to my door and therefore I knew it was not family. But the best thing I ever did was to install a monitor for my front door. Click a button and see who is there.
The night before it was two young men going door to door selling Fios. I have Optimum and no intention of changing. Today it was a young man and woman and instead of going downstairs to answer the door – I IGNORED THEM. Have no idea what they wanted and was just fed up with people ringing my doorbell trying to make me change my cable, or electric, my windows, etc.
This must sound funny coming from an Avon Lady who does door to door sales….but I am not that type of person. I never ring bells, I never make annoying calls and I certainly dont pressure my customers into buying. I do leave brochures at houses, I do emails (which you can unsubscribe from) and I do mail out brochures to potential customers.
I give out samples along with my business card and without pressuring people to buy – I do get customers. And then I reward these customers – by giving extra samples along with a thank you card…..I appreciate the customers I have and look forward to servicing more customers. In my last campaign I gave everyone a free lip balm – just for being my customer.