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    • MSE Jenny
    • By MSE Jenny 26th May 09, 1:45 PM
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    Great 'Party for Profit' Hunt. How to make cash from party planning
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    • 26th May 09, 1:45 PM
    Great 'Party for Profit' Hunt. How to make cash from party planning 26th May 09 at 1:45 PM
    Party planning is brilliant way to boost your income: you choose your hours, it fits in with kids and work, and can be fun. So we want to tap MoneySavers for their top tips on being a party consultant.

    How does it work and which are the best firms, eg, Partylite, Body Shop at Home, Anne Summers. What are your tips for holding soirees and how much can you expect to earn? How can you make demonstrating the products fun?

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  • Caroline73
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    • 26th May 09, 2:07 PM
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    • 26th May 09, 2:07 PM
    I work with Usborne Books and I think it's great. We have the added advantage of being able to sell directly to schools/libraries as well as holding parties so we can make very large sales indeed!

    At home parties I would expect to sell about 25 worth of books to each guest. The party hostess would receive 20% of all sales back in free books of her choice, Usborne pay for this not the Usborne rep. A new recruit would earn 24% on all sales, commission can rise up to 41% plus bonuses.

    I make parties fun by having an Usborne board game for the children if they are there (daytime parties are very popular) and a pass the parcel game for mums, using a poem. Parents love seeing all our products, so I don't feel that I need to make the products fun, the products speak for themselves.

    I do agree that it is a great way to boost your income, you can replace a full time income with time and work.
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    • LizD
    • By LizD 26th May 09, 7:23 PM
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    • 26th May 09, 7:23 PM
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    • 26th May 09, 7:23 PM
    Bottom line: have lots and lots of willing friends and relatives who'll buy stuff and hold parties.

    Either that or be prepared to work your a*** off trying to get strangers to have parties.
  • Caroline73
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    • 26th May 09, 9:30 PM
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    • 26th May 09, 9:30 PM
    Bottom line: have lots and lots of willing friends and relatives who'll buy stuff and hold parties.

    Either that or be prepared to work your a*** off trying to get strangers to have parties.
    Originally posted by LizD
    As I said, there are lots of avenues for sales rather than just parties. You do need to work at it but that goes for any job, doesn't it?

    Maybe if you've experienced that you have just had the wrong product.
    Last edited by Caroline73; 26-05-2009 at 9:32 PM.
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    • LizD
    • By LizD 26th May 09, 11:00 PM
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    • 26th May 09, 11:00 PM
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    • 26th May 09, 11:00 PM
    Yes, of course that's true, but the avenues depend on the company to a certain extent (I'm with Partylite). Not getting a lot out of it at the mo, but I'm not giving up yet.
    Last edited by LizD; 26-05-2009 at 11:03 PM.
  • tamsyn
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    • 26th May 09, 11:43 PM
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    • 26th May 09, 11:43 PM
    I'm with Usborne as well, but I don't do parties.

    I sell at Toddler grops to parents and also directly to schools for teaching or the library. You earn less commission on school orders, but the orders are bigger meaning you get more money for not much work.

    It's really easy and it fits in well around my husband's job - he's a postman - and the 3 kids.
  • rubymoon
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    • 27th May 09, 7:42 AM
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    • 27th May 09, 7:42 AM
    I am with Neals Yard Home. It was only launched at the beginning of April but I find the reputation of the company goes before it and at the moment I am having no trouble getting parties.

    However it is a job like anything else and to make money you have to earn it. If you believe in the product then that makes it easier.

    I have another job, but love the challenge that party plan gives me. I also get 25% discount on the products, which I have always bought in the past, so that saves me money.
  • redl
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    • 27th May 09, 8:23 AM
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    • 27th May 09, 8:23 AM
    I work for a spa skincare company called Temple Spa. It's party plan in essence. We call our parties classes, ladies receive individual skincare advice, give themselves a full facial whilst you talk about the products. I find it's more fun than just standing demonstrating products. TSPA is fairly new so I find people are willing to have parties as they've not been to one before.
  • Gwennie53
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    • 27th May 09, 8:39 AM
    part planning is great!
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    • 27th May 09, 8:39 AM
    If you want to work hours to fit around another job or your family, party planning is the way to go. You earn according to the work you put in - and there is always plenty of great training available. The beauty of working in direct sales is that people share ideas and tips, so that everyone can benefit; you can tap into one to one support and there are always regular meetings and opportunities to improve your personal skills and techniques. I represent Mini IQ, a range of children's books which make a difference - so I feel I'm doing a worthwhile job. The systems are tried and tested, so when you join a company, trust that you can follow their guidelines and it will work for you.
  • redl
    It's the training and support offered by the company that helps you grow your business plus your own determination to succeed. With any business, you get back what you put in! Tell everyone about your new business venture. With Temple Spa, you earn up to 30% commission on sales - 4 classes a month is recommended as a min. 4 nights of not watching TV and getting out there, meeting people and earning!
  • wibblypig
    Usborne
    I sell Usborne too and have been doing so for almost a year. Looking forward to my second Christmas - lots of fun parties and Christmas fairs etc, it fits perfectly round the kids (2&4) was nice to have some extra cash for Christmas last year whilst still being a stay at home mum - not to mention doing all my Christmas shopping for friends and relatives' children with a nice big discount!

    The great thing with them is there is so little commitment required - I only gave it a go to get some cheap books for the kids - now I'm hooked!
  • deedee1968
    Usborne Books
    I do Usborne Books too and its great. Again I don't do that many home parties but there are so many other options. Toddler groups, Rainbows, Preschools and schools.

    Basically anywhere parents go and the books are such good quality they sell themselves.
  • Katie1980
    I do Ann Summers, so far I am having a storming time at the moment, yes I do work my butt off and it is time consuming but I love it.

    your kit is worth the money and you can boost it my kit at the moment is worth far more than what it was when it started, I am now selling lines off my rail there and then.

    I also sell on Ebay too which is allowed I have some of the stuff that is being cleared on there at the moment.

    Katie
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    2,960 in debt to RBS paying off at 10 a Fortnight

  • candlegirl
    I am an independent consultant with PartyLite and we sell candles, accessories and well being spa products via party plan.

    I have been doing this for nearly 3 years now and can say loving every minute of it.

    The thing about party plan is it is very flexible so you can work when suits you but it is a business so your really need to put time and effort into it.
    I would agree with Liz though you really do need to have some contacts to get you started, so having 6 parties line up to begin with is ideal way as you then get at least 2 people from each party.

    I make sure I have fun at all my parties - I play some fun games and everyone enjoys themselves and can have some fun for a short while.

    PartyLite have a fantastic hostess benefit programme - giving away lots of Free products and greatly reduced items for people holding parties.

    While parties are the main way of selling our products - you can aslo do fayres, fundraiser events (helping charites/clubs etc get well deserved funds), and catalogue sales.

    The great thing I love about my job is meeting lots of new people.
    I get paid to party!
  • redl
    Golden rule.. Never assume that people won't be interested in what you are offering!
    In my experience, many of my best and repeat Temple Spa skincare customers are those who said they only ever used soap and water, came to a class and then rejoiced at how great their skin felt after! Often they've simply been afraid to ask at beauty counters about skincare.

    Classes are a great way to recruit new consultants too which also adds to your income and there are lot of tips and tricks shared amongst consultants at meetings.

    Repeat orders can now be placed on line and you still get 25% commission - just for handing out your web address!

    Schools often do ladies pamper evenings where you can offer classes as prizes etc.
  • ssmillie
    I work as a Truly Madly Baby & Truly Madly Kid Consultant. The products are fantastic quality and totally different to your standard high street stuff!! It is a unique was of bringing baby & kid products to mums' homes/toddler groups etc..

    We cover the age range birth to apx 11 yrs old and include some products for Mums-to-be as well.

    You can earn decent commission, the host earns 10% to spend on products and your Host AND guests benefit from monthly offers as well.

    It is hard work and you have to be totally committed to making it a success and I always state to people the old legal line that goes with any self-employed business....

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  • Mistress Tilly
    Party planning is fun, but be prepared for hard work and constanly being badgered by your up line(usually the manager that recruited you) even though you may say that you dont want to do too many parties!! I have worked for quite a few party planning companies over the years, Ann summers, Party Lite, Likisma, Pippa Dee, and they all try and push you to do more, because that is what makes the managers money up too, As long as you are aware of this and are strong enough to say no, or are prepared to do more then the money earning potential is huge,

    I made it to manager level with Likisma and Partylite and paid for holidays and allsorts, this was worked round my family, but you do need to have a good other half who is prepared for you to do the parties and the recruiting meetings and the team meetings and the unit meetings, so it's not just the parties that you have to find babysitters for :confused:

    This probably sounds like i don't like party planning, but the truth is it's a good way to work round your family, but you do need support, so if you are thinking about trying it then i say go for it, but please think about what i said about your manager being pushy as this is what usually puts recruits off eventually.

    Ok end of essay, sorry for going on.
    Tilly x
  • RoyS
    FM Group perfumes
    I'm a leader with FM Group the perfume network, and we are actually benefiting from the recession at the moment with more people wanting to save money on their fragrances and therefore eager to attend our parties. We are about a third of the price that people normally expect to pay, and our perfumes are stronger, e.g. a 30ml Parfum for just 10.50 or 100ml Men's EDP for 14.99.

    Average commission on our fragrances is 33% plus bonuses of up to 21% extra (I'm at the 21% level! ).

    I've been in the company two and half years and have recently qualified for a Mercedes.

    There are around 5000 people in the UK in the business, worldwide the company has 300,000 plus in less than 5 years of trading. Italy is doing especially well where perfume is big business.
  • KayMK
    Hi Roy
    I would agree with the perfumes. I am a perfume snob but these ones are very good indeed
    Thanks for reading my posting
  • johnandkath
    Be Your Own Boss
    We have been Kleeneze distributors for just over 6 yrs and we have made a very comfotable living as well as qualifying for various overseas 'conferences'. Kleeneze have a great range of products which we usually sell through the catalogues - pop them in peoples letter boxes, hand them to friends, relatives, neighbours etc. but they also have a super range of Health & Beauty products as well as Cabouchon jewellery which sells really well via party plan & also sales parties we put on in Elderly peoples homes, sheltered housing etc. especially in the run up to Christmas. Amazingly sales are up despite the recession and there is the added bonus of introducing other people to the business & earning extra bonuses from your combined sales. There are no two ways about it you only get paid in accordance with the amount of effort you put in but you are in control, no boss telling you what to do or when to do it - such a blessing! We would be quite happy to talk to anyone about the opportunity but not sure whether we are allowed to put phone nos. or email addresses in here.
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