I have a home party scheduled for tomorrow and it will shock you deeply to know that I'm nervous about it. So I was looking up tips this morning. Despite the fact that they nerve me up, home parties can be time very well spent.
Of course, everything can be honed to fine point, including my party technique and I'm working on it.
Things I've learned by experience:
Don't pressure people to buy
Don't bother with a sales spiel or games
Encourage people to try things on, explaining little facts about the pieces
Put sold pieces in little bags and give cards to everyone . . . and maybe little freebies
10% of my earnings in free jewelry makes a nice hostess reward
Keep track of sales via a carbon copy receipt book
Things I know I need to do:
Add Home Parties to business cards
Communicate better with my hostesses-- I'm too hands off. A flyer would be nice, outlining the best methods, food (wine and cheese or coffee and dessert), days and times(weekends evenings), setup possibilities, invitations, size suggestions, bring a friend specials, hostess incentives, etc
Accept credit cards-- easy enough via Paypal with an internet connection, something that can be included in the Hostess Flyer
Work on my display-- it's just not where I want it yet
Display a sign-up book for special offers and for hosting parties- I'm terribly shy about this for some reason
Things I found out today that I need:
A more open house style with a three hour range for coming and going
Benefit statements instead of feature statements
Shopping bags or baskets-- the kind they hand you at bead shops
Custom jobs-- Don't leave it up in the air. Take the cash up front, write it out and quote a delivery time
Thank you note to hostess
Bring a friend offers
Posting a Host a Home Party flyer to bulletin boards
If you have some tips, I'd *love* it if you'd share with us.