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How to Market a Home Party Business

Start with your friends and family.

  • Nobody can help you market yourself and your business better than those that know you the best. Let your friends and family know you are looking for hosts and hostesses for your business and let word-of-mouth take its course.
  • Ask your friends and family to host your first parties to get the ball rolling. They can benefit from the hostess rewards and you can get valuable experience at the same time. You also may be able to get some of their guests to book future parties.

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Befriend local business owners.

  • Not only can they pass on your information to their customers, but they also may let you post fliers or set out your business card in their place of business. Consider offering them a free product or service in return for use of their already established client base.
  • Be sure to select businesses that appeal to the same type of clients that would be interested in your home party business.

Connect with potential clients through social networking.

  • Social networking has spread beyond the traditional networking happy hour after work. Social networking can now be done online. There are many web sites through which you can connect with old friends who can be the source for a wider client base. These web sites can also lead to whole networks of people with specific interests in your niche.

Combine your efforts.

  • Join forces with other in-home party consultants to throw a one-stop-shopping party. Clients who may come with an interest in another home business may end up finding an interest in your party business. Choosing businesses that are different, yet, that compliment each other can make for a very interesting mix of customers.

Use your mailing options.

  • Electronic mail (e-mail) can cover quite a large territory. Distribute e-mails detailing the hostess special for a month along with an attached flier of the benefits of being a host. Send the note to your whole address book and ask recipients to forward it on to anyone they think might be interested. This is a cheap and quick way to market your home party business.
  • Although regular mail costs a little more, it appeals to a different set of people. Many of these potential clients that are not computer savvy, so a flier in their mailboxes is more likely to do the trick. If you have the time, you can hand-deliver the fliers.

Offer incentives.

  • Create your own incentive plan beyond the company’s offerings. Even if you just throw in an extra lipstick or a small food storage container, it gives your clients a great incentive to want to spread the word of your private party business.

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10 Tips For Selling Your Gold for Cash

In today’s swerving economy, stocks are out, and gold is in.

The price of gold is up 20 percent since the beginning of 2011, and by mid-August gold was going for over $1,700 per ounce. At times on Monday, its spot price hovered near $1,900 per ounce.

So how do you cash in?

If you’re like thousands of Americans, you go to a gold party, the hottest trend on the block, where you can have your jewelry appraised and get paid cash on the spot.

But not so fast.

With every good deal comes a case of buyer’s and, in this case, seller’s beware, a reminder that consumers should do their homework before selling their jewelry at gold parties or in a local jewelry store.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises consumers that while gold parties may be a fun and convenient way to make some cash, they may not provide you the best deal.

Follow these tips from BBB to make sure you’re getting the best value for your gold.

1: Understand the Scales

The weight of gold helps determine its value, but keep in mind that jewelers use a different measurement standard called a Troy ounce. U.S. scales will measure 28 grams per ounce, while gold is measured at 31.1 grams per Troy ounce. Some dealers may also use a system of weights called pennyweight (dwt) to measure a Troy ounce, while others will use grams. A pennyweight is the equivalent of 1.555 grams. Be alert that a dealer does not weigh your gold by pennyweight but pay you by the gram, a sneaky way for the dealer to pay you less for more weight of gold.

2: Know Your Karats text: Pure gold is too soft to be practically used so it is combined with other metals to create durability and color. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requires that all jewelry sold in the U.S. describe a karat fineness of the alloy. One karat equals 1/24 of pure gold by weight. So 14 karats would mean the jewelry was 14 parts gold and 10 parts other metals. It is illegal for jewelry to be labeled “gold jewelry” if it is less than 10 karats. It is important to know the karats of your gold to make an informed decision on the scrap value of your jewelry.

3: Keep Your Karats Separate

Don’t let jewelry of different karat value be weighed together. Some dealers will weigh all jewelry together and pay you for the lowest karat value. Separate your jewelry by karat value before attending a gold party.

Call a local jewelry store or check with an online source, such as www.goldprice.org. to verify the current market price for gold before you sell. Some dealers know people are just looking for quick cash to put in their pockets and will offer you money for your gold that is lower than the actual value.

Check out jewelry stores and gold buyers registered with BBB at www.bbb.org. A BBB Business Review tells basic information about the business as well as any complaints and whether the complaints have been resolved when presented to the business by BBB.

6: Know What You Are Selling

Some gold items may be worth more when sold as they are, rather than if they are melted down. If your gold necklace or bracelet comes from a well-known designer or maker, it may have a value to some buyers beyond the gold it’s made of.

7: Know the Fine Print

If you choose to use a mail-away service, make sure you understand the terms and conditions. Send the items insured. Find out how long before you get reimbursed, how long they will keep your gold before melting it down, and how many days you have to turn down the offer. Take photos of your items before sending and make sure you hold on to all relevant paperwork and filings.

Remember, you don’t have to jump at the first offer for your gold. Shop around for a few different bids. To ensure you are really getting the best price for your jewelry, have it appraised before selling. This may cost you more up front, but your jewelry may be worth more than its weight when you include workmanship, artistic value, and embedded gems for the piece as a whole.

Keep in mind that gold parties, often hosted by friends and neighbors, are really more about fun than value. Taking all factors into consideration, sellers at gold parties will likely get between 70 and 80 percent of the real value of their item.

Gold buyers are required by law to ask sellers for government-issued identification, This requirement is designed to protect consumers by helping police investigate the sale of stolen property and prevent money laundering. All reputable gold buyers comply with these rules, so ifyou don’t get asked to show your I.D. be warned.



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Start a Home Party Business

November 17, 2006

It’s a party at your home–or better yet, at someone else’s. Customers socialize, and you make money. Need more convincing?

Home parties now account for roughly 29 percent of the nearly $30 billion in U.S. direct sales, and 13.6 million Americans bought or sold goods from home in 2004. Direct sellers are hawking everything from organic gardening supplies to wine. Some are even hosting virtual parties online. And the numbers are growing, according to Amy Robinson of the Direct Selling Association in Washington, DC. “The majority of companies coming into [the] DSA are party plan companies,” she says. “In a lot of cases, they are smaller, newer companies started by entrepreneurs from their basements.”

Andrew Shure (below) is one of them. Nationwide, he has 1,300 consultants selling Shure Pets pet products, and he predicts he’ll have 2,800 by the end of 2007. “The only requirement at Shure Pets is a passion for pets,” says Shure, 43, who launched the Chicago-based business in 2003 and projects sales of $1 million for 2006. Another example is Newburyport, Massachusetts-based Anna William, which lets customers design their own handbags. Kristen Lee, 29, launched the million-dollar company in 2003 with Keek Bielby, 57; Rani Chase, 36; and Erin Hornyak, 33–and already has 125 consultants nationwide.

Be sure to thoroughly research any company you’re considering, and make sure you love the products. As Robinson says, “It’s no fun to sell something you’re not interested in.”

Getting Started
Hanging out at a party and selling stuff might sound like easy money. But there’s more to it than that:

  • If you’re buying into one, scrutinize the initial fee. What’s included in the startup kit? Amy Robinson of the Direct Selling Association in Washington, DC, advises, “Make sure what you’re getting in return for your money is worth it.” Look for plenty of samples, training materials and other tools that will help you host a successful party.
  • Ask whether there’s a buyback policy. Companies that are members of the DSA must agree to buy back inventory from consultants within 12 months of the date of purchase, at a minimum of 90 percent of the original net cost. That way, “if you decide it’s not for you, you can recoup most of that money, and there’s minimal risk involved,” says Robinson.
  • Make sure there’s a real product being sold. And make sure it’s not something that will leave you with a garage full of widgets. If you suspect it’s a pyramid scheme–where your time and money is devoted to recruiting and earning money off a downline, and there’s no actual product being sold or the product is worthless–keep looking.
  • Don’t feel pressured. Shady operators might try to convince you to “get in on the ground floor with this new opportunity,” notes Robinson. “But a good opportunity will be there tomorrow. You need to take your time and think about it–make sure you’re completely comfortable with it.”
  • Remember, the party is never really over. Hosting a home party isn’t just about the party, as fun as that might sound. You need to be willing not only to make the initial sale, but also to follow up, to develop relationships, to be the kind of salesperson who could sell chocolate ice cream to a woman in white gloves–and call her a few weeks later to see if she’d like some more. “This is a relationship business,” says Robinson. “It’s about service after the sale.”


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U.S. Commerce chief says Canadian trade threats inappropriate

By David Lawder | WASHINGTON

WASHINGTON U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Saturday that threats of retaliatory trade actions from Canadian officials “are inappropriate” and will not influence final U.S. import duty determinations on Canadian softwood lumber.

“We continue to believe that a negotiated settlement is in the best interests of all parties and we are prepared to work toward that end,” Ross said in a statement issued by the Commerce Department.

On Friday, Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau said his government would study whether to stop U.S. firms from shipping thermal coal from ports in the Pacific province of British Columbia in response to the lumber duties.

Canada also is considering duties on exports from Oregon such as wine, flooring and plywood, a source close to the matter told Reuters, citing the role played by U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, in pressing for the lumber tariffs.

Trade relations between the United States and second-largest trading partner Canada have soured since the Commerce Department in late April imposed preliminary anti-subsidy duties averaging 20 percent on Canadian softwood lumber imports.

The long-running dispute centers on U.S. lumber producers’ charges that lower-cost Canadian competitors benefit from an unfair government subsidy because Canadian timber is mostly grown on public lands.

Ross said in his statement on Saturday that the Commerce Department’s decision “was based on the facts presented, not on political considerations.”

“Threats of retaliatory action are inappropriate and will not influence any final determinations,” Ross added.

The Commerce Department still needs to finalize its anti-subsidy findings and the final duties must also be affirmed by the independent U.S. International Trade Commission before they can be locked in place for five years.

Ross said if any Canadian officials wish to present additional information in the case, the department “will consider it carefully and impartially.”

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How to Market a Home Party Business: 6 Steps #business #data


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How to Market a Home Party Business

Start with your friends and family.

  • Nobody can help you market yourself and your business better than those that know you the best. Let your friends and family know you are looking for hosts and hostesses for your business and let word-of-mouth take its course.
  • Ask your friends and family to host your first parties to get the ball rolling. They can benefit from the hostess rewards and you can get valuable experience at the same time. You also may be able to get some of their guests to book future parties.

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Befriend local business owners.

  • Not only can they pass on your information to their customers, but they also may let you post fliers or set out your business card in their place of business. Consider offering them a free product or service in return for use of their already established client base.
  • Be sure to select businesses that appeal to the same type of clients that would be interested in your home party business.

Connect with potential clients through social networking.

  • Social networking has spread beyond the traditional networking happy hour after work. Social networking can now be done online. There are many web sites through which you can connect with old friends who can be the source for a wider client base. These web sites can also lead to whole networks of people with specific interests in your niche.

Combine your efforts.

  • Join forces with other in-home party consultants to throw a one-stop-shopping party. Clients who may come with an interest in another home business may end up finding an interest in your party business. Choosing businesses that are different, yet, that compliment each other can make for a very interesting mix of customers.

Use your mailing options.

  • Electronic mail (e-mail) can cover quite a large territory. Distribute e-mails detailing the hostess special for a month along with an attached flier of the benefits of being a host. Send the note to your whole address book and ask recipients to forward it on to anyone they think might be interested. This is a cheap and quick way to market your home party business.
  • Although regular mail costs a little more, it appeals to a different set of people. Many of these potential clients that are not computer savvy, so a flier in their mailboxes is more likely to do the trick. If you have the time, you can hand-deliver the fliers.

Offer incentives.

  • Create your own incentive plan beyond the company’s offerings. Even if you just throw in an extra lipstick or a small food storage container, it gives your clients a great incentive to want to spread the word of your private party business.

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Start a Home Party Business

November 17, 2006

It’s a party at your home–or better yet, at someone else’s. Customers socialize, and you make money. Need more convincing?

Home parties now account for roughly 29 percent of the nearly $30 billion in U.S. direct sales, and 13.6 million Americans bought or sold goods from home in 2004. Direct sellers are hawking everything from organic gardening supplies to wine. Some are even hosting virtual parties online. And the numbers are growing, according to Amy Robinson of the Direct Selling Association in Washington, DC. “The majority of companies coming into [the] DSA are party plan companies,” she says. “In a lot of cases, they are smaller, newer companies started by entrepreneurs from their basements.”

Andrew Shure (below) is one of them. Nationwide, he has 1,300 consultants selling Shure Pets pet products, and he predicts he’ll have 2,800 by the end of 2007. “The only requirement at Shure Pets is a passion for pets,” says Shure, 43, who launched the Chicago-based business in 2003 and projects sales of $1 million for 2006. Another example is Newburyport, Massachusetts-based Anna William, which lets customers design their own handbags. Kristen Lee, 29, launched the million-dollar company in 2003 with Keek Bielby, 57; Rani Chase, 36; and Erin Hornyak, 33–and already has 125 consultants nationwide.

Be sure to thoroughly research any company you’re considering, and make sure you love the products. As Robinson says, “It’s no fun to sell something you’re not interested in.”

Getting Started
Hanging out at a party and selling stuff might sound like easy money. But there’s more to it than that:

  • If you’re buying into one, scrutinize the initial fee. What’s included in the startup kit? Amy Robinson of the Direct Selling Association in Washington, DC, advises, “Make sure what you’re getting in return for your money is worth it.” Look for plenty of samples, training materials and other tools that will help you host a successful party.
  • Ask whether there’s a buyback policy. Companies that are members of the DSA must agree to buy back inventory from consultants within 12 months of the date of purchase, at a minimum of 90 percent of the original net cost. That way, “if you decide it’s not for you, you can recoup most of that money, and there’s minimal risk involved,” says Robinson.
  • Make sure there’s a real product being sold. And make sure it’s not something that will leave you with a garage full of widgets. If you suspect it’s a pyramid scheme–where your time and money is devoted to recruiting and earning money off a downline, and there’s no actual product being sold or the product is worthless–keep looking.
  • Don’t feel pressured. Shady operators might try to convince you to “get in on the ground floor with this new opportunity,” notes Robinson. “But a good opportunity will be there tomorrow. You need to take your time and think about it–make sure you’re completely comfortable with it.”
  • Remember, the party is never really over. Hosting a home party isn’t just about the party, as fun as that might sound. You need to be willing not only to make the initial sale, but also to follow up, to develop relationships, to be the kind of salesperson who could sell chocolate ice cream to a woman in white gloves–and call her a few weeks later to see if she’d like some more. “This is a relationship business,” says Robinson. “It’s about service after the sale.”


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Start a Home Party Business

November 17, 2006

It’s a party at your home–or better yet, at someone else’s. Customers socialize, and you make money. Need more convincing?

Home parties now account for roughly 29 percent of the nearly $30 billion in U.S. direct sales, and 13.6 million Americans bought or sold goods from home in 2004. Direct sellers are hawking everything from organic gardening supplies to wine. Some are even hosting virtual parties online. And the numbers are growing, according to Amy Robinson of the Direct Selling Association in Washington, DC. “The majority of companies coming into [the] DSA are party plan companies,” she says. “In a lot of cases, they are smaller, newer companies started by entrepreneurs from their basements.”

Andrew Shure (below) is one of them. Nationwide, he has 1,300 consultants selling Shure Pets pet products, and he predicts he’ll have 2,800 by the end of 2007. “The only requirement at Shure Pets is a passion for pets,” says Shure, 43, who launched the Chicago-based business in 2003 and projects sales of $1 million for 2006. Another example is Newburyport, Massachusetts-based Anna William, which lets customers design their own handbags. Kristen Lee, 29, launched the million-dollar company in 2003 with Keek Bielby, 57; Rani Chase, 36; and Erin Hornyak, 33–and already has 125 consultants nationwide.

Be sure to thoroughly research any company you’re considering, and make sure you love the products. As Robinson says, “It’s no fun to sell something you’re not interested in.”

Getting Started
Hanging out at a party and selling stuff might sound like easy money. But there’s more to it than that:

  • If you’re buying into one, scrutinize the initial fee. What’s included in the startup kit? Amy Robinson of the Direct Selling Association in Washington, DC, advises, “Make sure what you’re getting in return for your money is worth it.” Look for plenty of samples, training materials and other tools that will help you host a successful party.
  • Ask whether there’s a buyback policy. Companies that are members of the DSA must agree to buy back inventory from consultants within 12 months of the date of purchase, at a minimum of 90 percent of the original net cost. That way, “if you decide it’s not for you, you can recoup most of that money, and there’s minimal risk involved,” says Robinson.
  • Make sure there’s a real product being sold. And make sure it’s not something that will leave you with a garage full of widgets. If you suspect it’s a pyramid scheme–where your time and money is devoted to recruiting and earning money off a downline, and there’s no actual product being sold or the product is worthless–keep looking.
  • Don’t feel pressured. Shady operators might try to convince you to “get in on the ground floor with this new opportunity,” notes Robinson. “But a good opportunity will be there tomorrow. You need to take your time and think about it–make sure you’re completely comfortable with it.”
  • Remember, the party is never really over. Hosting a home party isn’t just about the party, as fun as that might sound. You need to be willing not only to make the initial sale, but also to follow up, to develop relationships, to be the kind of salesperson who could sell chocolate ice cream to a woman in white gloves–and call her a few weeks later to see if she’d like some more. “This is a relationship business,” says Robinson. “It’s about service after the sale.”