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How to Keep your Business Rockin’ in the Winter

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Whether you like to hibernate in the winter with the bears or you need a backup for when Old Man Winter strikes, Facebook parties are the way to go!  Facebook parties were all the rage a few years ago and people found great success with them. However, now days Facebook parties are a dime a dozen. Chances are you get invite to at least one a week.

In the spirit of full disclosure, this post contains affiliate links, which means that I may get a commissions if you decide to purchase anything from the link below. I only recommend products & services that I use and love myself, so I know you’ll be in good hands.

In order to stand out from the crowd you’re going to have to be a little different.  If you need help updating your party, I highly recommend taking Sassy Suite’s Epic Facebook party course. You can check out the details here. This is a self-paced course which includes a workbook and videos. It takes you from the planning stage all the though to the post party.

It helped me see that creating a Facebook party along the lines of a real party was more fun for our guests. It kept people more engaged and interested in the party. It all starts off with an epic party playlist. Because what’s a party without a little music.  🙂

My first Epic Facebook party using this course had more engagement and sales. Now obviously, there is no guarantee, but many people have found success with this program.

Keep in mind, Facebook parties aren’t just for the winter time. You can use this format all through the year. Here are just a couple of situations where you might need a Facebook party:

  1. Long distance host or guests – No longer is distance an issue, everyone can come together for a good time on their phone or computer.
  2. Summer vacations – Holding in-home parties in the summer can be challenging due to everyone’s vacation schedules. This makes it possible for people to join no matter where they are.
  3. The busy host – Seems like most people now days are so busy they barely have time for themselves. This gives them a chance to socialize with their friends without interrupting their schedule.

The best part about this party format is that you can adapt it to any theme so no 2 parties are alike. Here are some parties I’ve done in the past:

  1. Beach Bash
  2. Fall Festival
  3. Spooktacular Halloween
  4. Modern Day Fairytale

To keep your party running smoothly, I highly recommend using Cinchshare to schedule your posts so you can focus on responding to questions and comments come party time. It was a lifesaver when my 2 year old decided she wanted to stay up late one night. 😉 See the sidebar for a link to their website.

I hope this helps you keep your business going all year long. There is nothing harder then having to restart your business time after time.

Stay Happy!

 

 

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Never Before seen offer from Origami Owl!

Join Origami Owl for ONLY $2!

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For the first time ever Origami Owl is dropping the kit requirement and allowing people to join for only $2. Imagine what that could do for you and your family this holiday! Whether you choose to sell to make a few extra dollars or you use the discount to save money while doing your holiday shopping, it’s a win-win.

This offer is only available from Thursday, October 13th through Tuesday, October 18th so don’t delay.

But Katie, I know nothing about sales!

That’s okay! I will be your first step in helping you get started with your business. There is also support from our corporate office (The Nest) and support and training from my mentors. You’re never alone.

I just don’t know if I have the time.

That’s the beauty of direct sales. It is flexible. You decide what time you have to devote and then we make a plan to fit your schedule. I will help you build some systems to make sure you use your time efficiently. I’ve also picked up a few time saving tips along the way.

I just don’t know if it’s for me.

I understand it can be a big decision. It took me 9 months before I decided to start my first business. My main concern was the cost of the kit, but Origami Owl has eliminated that obstacle. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. 

Maybe it’s not for you and that’s okay. If you can think of someone who could benefit from this offer please pass this along.

If you would like to take advantage of this offer please visit my website and scroll to the bottom of the page to view sign on options.

Stay Happy!

 

 


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How to Size Locket Photos

At Origami Owl we are known for our living lockets which, unlike traditional lockets, do not contain a photo. However, I am pleased to announce we have added two new lockets to our collection. Introducing our Wish Locket and Gratitude Locket.

 

As you can see, these are more traditional lockets that hold a picture. I am asked all the time how to size a picture properly. Usually, I wing it and use the photo template that comes with the locket. While it is helpful, what do you do if the photo you want to use is the wrong size?

I found a fabulous website called Locket Studio. You can upload a picture, select the size you need and you can download or email a JPEG of the proper size photo. Did I mention that this is FREE!

I will add that this is designed for another locket company so the size dimensions are based on those lockets. Our lockets hold a photo that is about 15mm wide so I recommend choosing the 17mm option then use the template provided with the locket for the perfect fit.  Be sure to leave a little room around the subject in the photo so you can trim away the excess.

I did find another site called Odd Prints, but that did not give an option for an oval photo. However, you could use it to shrink your photo then use the template provided to get the oval shape. Odd Prints gives you the option to download a free image as well. You can pay them to print one for you, but the shipping charge is a bit much for one photo. This website is a great option for those who have out Square Pavé Photo Locket Dangle.

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This dangle holds a 0.5 x 0.5 inch photo. This website makes it really easy to alter the photo without losing clarity.

I am so excited to have found these resources for everyone. I’ll be sharing them every where. 🙂

If you found this helpful come join me on Facebook in my VIP group, The Twilight Lounge. It’s a fun place to hang out at night once the kids are in bed or you’re done working for the day.

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Hello September!

I love the potential a new month brings. I ended August a lot better than I had planned so there’s that too. I had over $500 more in sales than I expected and 2, yes TWO, new designers. The one is someone I’ve been working with and the second was someone who had deactivated and wanted to come back to the company. My old mentor referred her to me! It just goes to show consistency pays off.

So now I’m setting my sights high this month! I have 2 new designers on my team and I am going to help them rock September. My success is only as great as those I help succeed!

If I work hard and help my team get off to a great start, I can reach Owlcheiver status and earn this display for free! How awesome would that be! I’ve been wanting a new necklace bar so this is perfect! Plus I can use any extras as incentives for my team or gifts for new team members.

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We also launched a brand new essential oils line called Moodology to go with our new Sentiments collection. The Sentiments collection pieces are gorgeous! Bonus, we have a special bundle that can save you money, but it’s only available through Monday, September 5th. It comes with all FOUR 100% pure oil blends and everything you need to build your locket. You can check everything out here on my website.

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Then there’s this little beauty for new designers. It was designed by our co-founder Bella! I just earned last month’s incentive so I am hoping to help someone start their journey with Origami Owl this month too. This is available for all new designers in US and Canada (while supplies last)! Curious about it, just ask. The holidays are coming and it’s the perfect opportunity to make some extra money. I love talking about Origami Owl and it’s really not as intimidating as it seems. 🙂

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Feel free to ask me anything. I can be found at #TinkeringKate everywhere on the internet. You can also contact me via email at CharmingKate7@gmail.com.

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Finding My Place

In a sea of direct sales representatives it’s hard to stand out from the crowd. When I joined Origami Owl it was relatively new and unheard of, heck many people still haven’t heard of it. Now we’ve hit a lot of growth. I’m still holding my own and even built a small team, but of course I would love to do better and reach more people. I love the idea of attraction marketing. I think too many people think if they just keep shoving their information at people they will succeed. I’m definitely not a pushy person so that method will not work for me.

I just had a great training call with a fabulous woman named Brenda Ster (Sassy Suite). I finally know who “my people” are and how I would like to help them.  I chose the name TinkeringKate because (1) it’s actually my name and (2) I found a definition for tinker: somebody able to do many different kinds of work successfully. As a busy mom that definition spoke to me. I’m Irish too so that helps.

So here I am, making strides to help busy moms (and non-mons) with life in general or their business. I know that once I get a few basic time management issues down (we’re all a work in progress) I’ll be a rock star!

Stay tuned for more adventures in direct sales!

Catch me most night at 9PM (EST) on Periscope for “Pillow Talk” where I recap my day and how it went.

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Step 2 – Share your excitement

A little while back I started blogging about the five steps I feel are critical to getting your home business off to a great start. These are things I wish I did when I started. It would have saved me so much time. I want to help you avoid those mistakes. You can see my first post about getting organized here.

So you’ve started your home business, you figured out how you want to keep your calendar and where you’ll work. Now you need to fill up that calendar! So now what do you do? Spread the word!

I’m going to say that I think this is one of the hardest parts of starting a home based (direct sales, MLM, network marketing) business. Not because it’s hard to share your excitement, but to do it the right way. Chances are you know at least one, if not several, people who also sell something. Some people have been so “excited” to share their love for their company that they have spammed everyone they know to either buy, book or join. That may work for some people, but chances are you are going to alienate your friends. I’ve seen it happen. People stop talking to you because they don’t want to be just another prospect. I know what you’re thinking, but Katie, if I can’t tell everyone about my new business how are they going to know to buy from me?

Let’s get a little old school. Let’s remember a time when we didn’t use social media to stay connected with everyone. Remember the part of your phone with numbers on it? You use that to call people. That’s what you’re going to use. Most companies have some sort of worksheet you can use to help generate a list of people you know to call and invite to your new business. At Origami Owl, we call it our A.L.I.C.E. list. It stands for:

  • Acquaintances
  • Livelihood
  • Inner Circle
  • Children’s Contacts
  • E-connections

I’ve also heard of the F.R.A.N.K. list:

  • Friends
  • Relatives
  • Acquaintances
  • Neighbors
  • Kid Contacts

Same principle, just worded differently.

Now, I’m not saying you can’t use social media to help spread the word. You just want to be sure that’s not all you’re posting. Your friends liked you before you started working for X company and they still want to know about you. Many people recommend the 80-20 rule. Your posts should only be 20% promotional. The other 80% should still be those memes that crack you up, cute cats and pictures of your kids. Heck maybe what you had for dinner last night if you’re a good cook or went to a nice restaurant.

There’s more to you than your business, don’t let that get lost in the process. Chances are you’re not the only rep in town so be someone people want to do business with. If not, they’ll go elsewhere.

 

 

 


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The Top 5 People Who Join Direct Sales

I’m here to break the stereotypes of direct sales. I think that the most perpetuated stereotype is that those who join direct sales are mostly stay-at-home-moms. This is definitely not true. I’ve come up with the 5 groups of people who join the direct sales industry. Of course, everyone comes from all walks of life and does things for different reasons.

So here we go…

  1. Stay at Home Mom: Let’s face it, daycare is expensive. A lot of the time, it just makes more financial sense for mom (or dad) to stay home. If we have one more child, it would be cheaper for me to stay home too. They may still want to contribute to the family budget or have some extra spending money.
  2. Working Mom: Again, daycare is expensive and eats up a lot of your paycheck (I should know). So maybe you need just a little extra to help cushion your wallet. Maybe your kids are older and participate in activities. Those activity fees and equipment needs can really add up.
  3. College age individuals: College is expensive, too. I remember some textbooks cost about $100 a piece! Let’s face it, unless you’re independently wealthy, you could use some extra money just about anytime. **With Origami Owl, kids as young as 12 can join under adult supervision as an Owlette. How awesome it that?
  4. Retirees: Maybe you’re reaching the end of your career path. You might want something to just keep you busy or maybe you do need a little extra money to help you live comfortably in retirement. My director was able to retire her husband. Now that is love!
  5. Just because: Now this category has nothing to do with money. Remember I said people have all different reasons and some may fall into this category. There are those who love the product and want to get it at a discount. There are those who just want something for themselves. Something that takes them out of the role of wife, mom or employee. Maybe you just want to get out and make some friends. I get paid to party, literally! 🙂

Okay, I thought of an additional one.

BONUS: Seasonal workers: It’s mid May and school will be letting out soon. Teachers are often unemployed for several months. Many do their best to prepare, but sometimes things happen that can’t be anticipated. *If you fall into this category, be sure to check your company’s requirements regarding sales quotas and activity requirements.

I hope you continue to join me on my journey. You can follow me on other platforms too!