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If you get a group of direct sellers together and ask them about their best party, I’m sure they can tell you all about it. Now, flip that around. Ask them about their worst party ever. The stories will definitely flow. I’ve had people claim hundreds of dollars worth of stuff and ghost on their invoice. And then there was the hostess who decided that she would rather go to a movie than her party. Want to know the common thread between these parties? They were hosted by other direct sellers. Ok friends, I’m going to say it. If you are in direct sales, quit being crappy hostesses for other direct sellers.
This may not be a hobby.
A lot of direct sales companies appeal to people because the company says that you can work part time and make a full time income, or they try to help people earn some extra spending money. However, not every person who works a direct sales business does it as a hobby. For me, this is my full-time job. Every party I hold is how I pay my bills. So, booking a party and cancelling last minute really hurts. I won’t always have time to find another hostess if you cancel last minute. I might be banking on your party to hit a goal or to help pay my bills. Actually, I probably am. So, by being crappy hostesses, you might be messing with someone’s livelihood.
It’s ok to say no.
Just because you’re in direct sales doesn’t mean you have to host a party. It’s ok to say no. You might not have the time or energy if you’re working your business as a full-time business. It’s easier to tell me no than to book a party and cancel. You’re not going to hurt my feelings by saying no. I will VALUE your honesty! Trust me, I’m not going to host a party if I don’t have the capacity to be the best hostess I can be. And I’m hoping you would treat me with the same courtesy.
Put yourself in their shoes.
If you feel like your party is turning into a dud, ask for some tips to help you turn your party around. Communication is key. If you don’t let me know what’s going on, I can’t help you. And trust me, there is a method to my madness. I ask you to do things for a reason. I would never ask any of my hostesses to do something that I personally wouldn’t do. I’ve got a system that works for me, my business, and the company that I’m representing. I’m always up for hearing different ideas, but give me reasons why. I’m big on the reasons, especially if what I’m already doing is working.
Don’t ask for special treatment.
And direct sellers, PLEASE don’t ask for special treatment, yo. If invoices are due within a set amount of time, please just comply. I have found that the worst people to get to pay their invoices are fellow direct sellers. Please don’t be a statistic, friend. Help out your fellow businesswomen and be easy to work with.
Oh hey! Thanks for getting this far in my bitch session! I hope you’ve never experienced any of the situations with hostesses that I’m talking about, but if you have, feel free to send me a message HERE! I feel your pain if you’re shaking your head agreeing with me as you’re reading this.