Tips for Starting Your Direct Sales Business

Congratulations – You’ve decided to start your own home-based business. The best thing you can do for yourself and your business now is to get started immediately. During the first 90 days you are in business you should set and achieve your goals this will help to keep you motivated and will help you to start making money.

Here are a few steps that will help you get your business off on the right foot.

Don’t get bogged down in organizing. In the beginning it is easy to get carried way setting up your office. You could find yourself spending hours creating handouts and creating the perfect filing system. While important these things are not going to help get your business off the ground. All you really need is a phone, calendar and your excitement for your new business.

Master your calendar. This is going to be critical to your success. Find a calendar/planner that you like and commit to using it. First schedule your family commitments. Next decide when you want to work your business and schedule that time in. One idea you might consider is to use highlighters for different areas. An example would be green for times that you will hold appointments, make phone calls and do presentations, blue for times that you have family commitments, pink for personal time to recharge yourself.

Host a grand opening event at your home. Make a big deal of it after all it is a big deal; you are opening your own business. Invite everyone you know and encourage them to bring a friend, decorate with balloons and streamers, and have a ribbon cutting ceremony. Be sure to spotlight your products, be ready to take orders and book future appointments.

Educate yourself. You need to invest time every day on increasing your knowledge and sharpening your skills. Get involved in all company sponsored training and connect with your sponsor and leaders. On the job training is the best there is, schedule time with leaders in your business to listen in on their calls and shadow them at presentations. Investing in educating yourself will pay off for your business. Be sure to schedule this time in to your calendar.

Connect with people. Make a commitment to connect with as many people as you can everyday. In direct sales the more people you connect with the more appointments you will book.

Create a contact list. Start by making a list of everyone you know. Be sure to think of friends, relatives, acquaintances, neighbors and people you know through your kids. Keep this list handy and add to it as names come to you. Try and add 3 new names to this list everyday. This will give you a constant stream of people to contact about your business. Schedule time everyday to call people on your contact list about your business.

Be consistent and committed. Being committed to working your business consistently everyday will help you to grow a successful business and generate a steady income.

This is your time to start building momentum that will help you to continue to grow your business in the future. I encourage you to take the tips given above and implement them into your business. Pull out your calendar, start your contact list, get out there and meet the people and remember to work your business everyday.