Why? Fall traditionally is the best time for sales, and to get ready for the holiday season.
September the kids are all back in school, summer holidays are over, the weather gets cooler and people begin to get ready for the holiday season. Starting at the end of October through Thanksgiving and Christmas it seems there is an endless list we all face, Parties, open-houses, teacher appreciation, thank you gifts for service providers (hair dressers, postal carriers, teachers, coaches, etc.) hostess gifts, this is in addition to our own families, parents, grand-parents, spouses and children.
A home-based business not only gives you an opportunity to help pay for all of these must-do’s but also a way to provide ready-made gifts for you and for others looking for a solution.
This is the best time of year for holiday open houses and craft fairs. People love ready-made, pre-wrapped, home-made gifts that they can have on hand for all the reasons above. Check local listings for fairs in your area, or get together with a few friends who represent products different from yours and have a fair of your own!
10 easy ways to share your products this season
1. Tie a ribbon around a few products with a retail price under $25. Attach a blank gift tag so the giver can quickly personalize the present
2. Hold a wish-list party. Have guests make a wish-list and give you names of who to share the wish list with. For example a wife will make a wish list to share with her husband. You contact the husband, help him select some products, you order, wrap and deliver to him – ready to give to his wife for their anniversary, her birthday or Christmas!
3. Go to the dollar store and buy some cute pre-decorated baskets, tins or bags. Fill them with an assortment of products. Put signs on them “for teacher” “for my stylist” “for the babysitter” be sure to include blank gift tags.
4. Make an opportunity basket – call it “join me” put some marketing materials, a sample or two, the compensation plan and an application. Tell people it is free to anyone who wants to “join you” on your team, you are currently accepting applications!
5. Make some mystery presents. Wrap one-of-a-kind, demonstration or discontinued (but still good) product in special paper and arrange a selection in a basket. Label the basket with a price each with a special, lower price when they buy 3 or 5! Be sure to indicate if the present would only be good for a man, woman or child.
6. Create a “date night” gift; include some of your products, an easy to prepare meal and a bottle of wine and some glasses.
7. Make some themed presents for special occasions, be sure your product fits, or include your product in a way that makes sense. Some occasions to consider: baby showers, wedding showers, new baby arrival, weddings, anniversaries, going away to school or college, Senior Year, Kindergarten (Mommy survival pack), Resolution Pack (to lose weight or get in shape!) – Whatever you can imagine can make a great theme!
8. Create a booking challenge with past hosts or hostesses. Suggest that they book a party with you between now and December 15. When the party holds you will DOUBLE their benefits if they meet a minimum (you pick – or they pick – number of guests, amount of total party, number of bookings off of their party). Use your theme gifts for their party theme.
9. Hold a “Believe” themed open house. You can direct this in whichever way works best for your product; believe in the Magic of the Season, Believe What You Can Accomplish, Believe in the Future, and Believe in Today….show guests how your product can help them “believe” again.
10. Indulge – again, using your product as a centerpiece, create an Indulge theme. The idea is to challenge your guest to be decadent – illustrate ways that they can indulge with your product and benefit – health, wealth and fun!