WOW! Can you believe it, summer vacation is almost here. The kids will be out of school. No time for you or your business, right? Did you know that what you do now sets the tone for your business for 90 days from now? Crazy, right? Maybe you were thinking about being a Vacation Veronica. I mean it is only a few weeks or maybe even a month, right?
I have already heard the rumblings of “the summer is hard” from my team. They have already planted the seed that this will be a typical “J’ month (January, June & July). In direct sales, we all know that traditionally they have been bad months BUT I am here to tell you that you can change that.
The biggest problem is that when we take the summer off or start thinking we can’t BEFORE we even try – we set ourselves up for failure. The summer is a GREAT time to have parties. If you live at the shore, don’t you have a ton of people wanting to crash at your house for the summer to go to the beach? So does everyone else. Cash in on it with a theme party. Don’t you wish you had more money to do more things in the summer? Or that you didn’t have to miss time with the kids, hubby or friends because of work. Why not check into the benefits of your own business with Thirty One.
Your summer parties may look a little different – more outdoor parties, more open house formats, more kids – the key is to just have fun. Get creative. Remember, the summer parties will set you up for a successful Fall so keep your business on track with some of these ideas:
1. Set goals for the Fall. I know it may be crazy to plan this far in advance but with a good plan, you and your team will know what they are working towards. Do they need money for holiday gifts? Do they want to take a holiday vacation? Whatever the goal, break it down to how many parties you need and your personal sales volume.
2. Give them incentives they really want. Who doesn’t LOVE an extra gift or two right? Now I am not saying give away TONS of stuff. Think about it, don’t parties increase when there is an incentive? For Hostesses, why not an additional gift for having outside orders BEFORE the party or having 10 people at the party. Get creative. If you are looking to encourage your team – what would be an incentive for them, ask them? Do a Facebook Survey on your team page. Do a Google survey so that they can give you more information. CELEBRATE – ENCOURAGE – REWARD your hostesses, customers and team.
3. Get creative on how to work your business during the summer months. Host a trunk party. Do an open house party with a hostess who has a pool – kids swim, parents shop. Lots of sporting events where you can take your product & catalogs to share with other families. Do a Facebook party. How about a “twisted fundraiser“? Do a theme party. The ideas are endless. The key is to not give up – go for 100 No’s and you will end up with some Yes’s.
Don’t let the summer months set the tone for the Fall and the biggest selling season of the year. Whose ready to party? Share your ideas with us…
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!