Sunday, June 9, 2013

Is Mary Kay A Scam? - NO!

I heard a negative comment the other day that made me want to answer that question.

A Viable Business Opportunity
Which Has Stood the Test of Time
Mary Kay is a cosmetics company that sells a variety of products, primarily skin care and color cosmetics, through a direct sales approach.  This means that an independent sales force member, also known as a consultant, of the company sells to an individual and makes a certain commission from the sales.  Because some people don't understand direct sales, they often relate some companies with being pyramid schemes.  This may lead you to ask if Mary Kay is a scam or is it a viable business opportunity for making money?

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Direct Sales: The Great Equalizer

I recently read an article entitled Coping with Being Disabled, Disadvantaged and Discouraged in The Braille Forum a monthly magazine from The American Council of the Blind. The article starts out with the premise that people who are well-educated, financially fit, physically attractive and upbeat have better coping skills when it comes to lifes little problems. Conversely, those of us who are struggling with a disablility have a tendency to be more discouraged because of certain disadvantages. True the world is a “sighted”, “hearing” and “physically ambulatory” world, but I say that those of us who do have disablilities, learn coping skills because it is an imperative to do so to get along in a world that is “hostile” and far less tolerant than it should be.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Finding the Correct Direct Sales Company: A Six Point Checklist (Pt 2)

Finding the Right Company Becomes
Simple Onec You Do Your Research.
After cautiously scrutinizing and pain staking examination of many companies that had a  solid reputation for long term vision for growth and success goals  for their Independent sales force members, and some “fly by night” companies, I have assembled a list of 6 areas that would  help you find the company that could be right for you. With literally thousands of Network Marketing, Direct Sales and Party Plan companies to choose from, it is really important that you ally yourself with one that will be advantageous for you once you sign on. We learned that the first step begins with you. You have to evaluate your purchasing, passions and presentation style. This takes you from “thousands” to Hundreds. From there, it’s all about the “possible” company vision and the leadership within.  This will narrow the field from “hundreds” to a “fewdozen and it also makes the search easier. Now we look at the last 3 criteria which will take the field of a few dozen down to about a handful and will make your ultimate decision simple. As Jerry McGuire said, it is now time to “show me the money”.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Missed the Boat and Caught a Ride

Well hello and Good Morning. It's Monday and it’s time for the Monday Mingles Business Edition MEME, bought to you by none other than Lynsey Jones, The Party Plan Coach.  The MEME has already started as of January and I am doing some backtracking. Today's topic will explain how I got started in Mary Kay Cosmetics. It may be a long story, but I can tell it with a little humor (I hope) and a feeling that overall, I did the right thing.  I am what you call a second timer.  I have been a member of the Mary Kay Sales Force twice!  Why? That's a story that I will re-tell here.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Finding the Correct Direct Sales Company: A Six Point Checklist (Pt 1)

With literally thousands of Direct Sales and Party Plan companies to choose from, it is particularly important to that you align yourself with one that will be beneficial for you once you partner with it.

After careful observation and research  of companies that have a strong and solid reputation with a long term vision for growth and success for their Independent contractors, versus the fly by night companies, I have assembled a list of 5 areas that you should consider to help you find the company that is right for you, BEFORE signing with any company.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Great Teachers Lead to Greater Business Skills

Hello and Welcome to today's Post. It just happens to be a part of the MEME, Monday Mingle Business Edition hosted by the Party Plan Coach, Lynsey Jones. This post is part of a weekly Blog Hop where I get to tell you a little about our businesses as well as a little about ourselves.  We become one big happy community where the doors and windows to our inner selves and our respective businesses. You as the reader gain insight to how Home Based Business People Operate and Think. If you are new to this process and are not quite sure as to how all of this works and how it relates to business, you may want to check out Lynsey's video explaining it all  right here.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Building a Business Takes CHARACTER

Take Your Business Up
 By definition,  character means (among other things):
  • moral or ethical quality: a man of fine, honorable character.
  • qualities of honesty, courage, or the like; integrity: It takes character to face up to a bully.
  • reputation: a stain on one's character
  • good repute.
  • an account of the qualities or peculiarities of a person or thing.

Monday, April 15, 2013

A Favorite Quote

Hello and Welcome to another edition of Monday Mingle Business Edition hosted by Lynsey Jones the Party Plan Coach. This is a MEME or Blog Hop where we talk about different aspects of our business. I do this MEME because I feel it is important for you to get to know me as a person and possible friend, before you get to know me as your personal Mary Kay Consultant.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Direct Sales: Fact or Fiction (Part 2)

Find Out What Gets
Asked Often!

To help give you insight, more questions are answered about the Direct Sales/Party Plan Industry.  These responses may help you share accurate information and help you deal with the many false impressions about the business.  Since negative statements are passed from one person to the next, it is time to address any misguided information.

Some frequently asked questions that are often posed are:

Monday, April 8, 2013

Re-Boot: Monday Mingle Business Edition

I am re-introducing Party Plan Divas, Monday Mingle Business Edition. This is a MEME hosted by Lynsey Jones, The Party Plan Coach . What is a MEME? A MEME, as defined by me (so it is not necessarily a definitive definition) is a series of poss by unique individuals who congregate around a topic and write their truth about that particular topic. Once written, the posts are read by members of the group and others. So… Why Bother? Because this MEME will enable me to share my business,  My Products and give you a glimpse into the way I think on many topics. Because I am backtracking to catch up, the conversations will be business related.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Direct Sales: Fact or Fiction (Part 1)

What are the Answers?
Over the years, common misconceptions about the party plan business have mounted dramatically. These negative assumptions have been passed on from one inexperienced network marketer to the next, adding more fuel to the fire. So how are these incorrect notions different from the truth?

To address these challenges, some of the most common questions that many people have regarding the industry will be answered.  

Saturday, March 23, 2013

5 Great Benefits to Joining a Direct Sales Company

What's In It For Me?
Joining a Direct Sales or Party Plan Compapny may seem scary at first. You may be apprehensive or feel a little trepidation. Feeling this way is normal because this is a big step.You may even ask yourself, “Do I really want to do this? Is this really right for me? What do I have to gain from joining a particular company?” These are all good questions that should be considered and addressed before you take on an undertaking like a Party Plan (Direct Sales) Business no matter which company you choose. Here are some answers to the question “What do I have to gain from joining a Party Plan/Direct Sales company?”  The answers may give you some clarity and help you in the decision making process.