I know it sounds like a bad Easter joke (and it probably is), but has your direct sales business been languishing this year?
After a busy holiday season, many consultants often go on hiatus, letting their business suffer in the interim, until the snow melts, the roads dry up, and the grass is green again. If you’re one who schleps product from home to car and back, that can be a good reason to slow down. No one likes hauling stuff in the snow, but when business slows down, so does your income.
Few people leave direct sales because of a full calendar. The number one reason I hear is because they can’t find bookings, can’t close the sales – in short, there’s nothing on their calendar!
So as we enter the second quarter of the year, take a moment to examine your goals. With the year 25% of the way behind us, are you 25% of the way towards your goals? For the average consultant (if they even have goals), the answer is not quite. And most of that is due to the fact that they let their business “slip” during the first few months of the year.
Well, now’s the time to get crackin’ and breathe some life back into your business.
Last week at our Small Biz Super Summit, Lisa Sasevich revealed a great technique to close more business without being salesy or pushy. Lisa is the author of “The Invisible Close” and she gave some great tips about using irresistible offers to encourage your audience to make a decision sooner, rather than later. Just yesterday, Daphne Bousquet shared with us the best strategies to make more money by hosting your own events. Here are just a few ideas you can implement to resurrect your business this spring:
- Make a time-sensitive offer. Most of our companies provide us with a monthly special. That gives your hosts and guests all month to make up their mind. Give them something special for taking action on the day of the show.
- Close the party AT the party. If you hostess coach in advance, you can remind your host that you are closing the show the night of the party. Make sure she has her catalogs, samples, and outside order forms well in advance so that she can get them out and get them back to you the night of her show.
- Host your own event. In your own home, or rent a small conference room. Be your own host. If you’re using social media, make it a more informal “tweetup” kind of an event so that more people will come, try your products, etc. Then have a time-sensitive offer for people that book, buy or set up a recruiting appointment with you that night.
You can do it!
Direct Sales 101 will be re-opening soon. Look for more information in upcoming issues of “PartyOn!”.