I grew up in North Pole, Alaska....seriously. That pretty much speaks for itself. I am an alum of Florida State University, with a major in history.Yes, I went as far away from North Pole as I could get. I have absolutely no business experience whatsoever, I am flying by the seat of my pants so to speak. For the last 17 years I have been a stay at home mom to three wonderful kids. However, they are older and more independent which gives me much more free time to do the things that I love. I have a passion for all things rustic, so I opened an e-commerce business in Nov. 2006 selling rustic home accessories. I am also a sales rep for one of the lines that I carry, Silverado Home so yes, I am very busy. Although I would like to be busier with my business!I love to spend my free time hiking and gardening and reading. I read a lot, and I read a lot of everything. No rhyme or reason to what I choose. It can be Shakespeare on day and Janet Evanovich the next.
I thoroughly understand the concept of `skew` thanks to your explanation. There are so many pitfalls when starting your own business, whether you have a business degree or not. Assessing risk is something that we all think we do well, but in hindsight we see and understand our mistakes. This is why mentors come in handy, they can teach us what they learned the hard way in hopes that we won`t repeat their mistakes. Juvenesse seems to want a certain business model that is similar to MLM but not exactly like it. Should she not find a business model that is close to what she wants and find out where and how they were able to expand their market? It seems to me that for her to effectively recruit and keep active sales reps then she needs to be offering them not just an easy way in but incentive for them to stay on board. With MLM the incentive is usually that you start to get a percentage of the sales from other people who join after you. What can Juvenesse offer people to make them join and make them stay? If this is well defined then recruiting will be much easier.
OK cookie, I read your post and the post you linked to and I will admit that I don`t understand much of it. I was a history major in college, not a business major. What the heck is `skew`? Juvenesse - I just attended a party where the product was jewelry made by African women and the the profits from the sale of this jewelry went to some form of humantiarian aid in Africa. Most guests felt compelled to buy even if it was just a little.How are you differentiating yourself from MLM? Do you want the reps to sell retail to the public or wholesale to the trade?
Chet, If yes. Then use the yellow page heading and access Reference USA from your local library. This is free and you can download records for FREE that includes key contact information and demographics. You can filter your searches by a number of parameters including # of employs, annual revenues and geography.
I`ve never heard of Reference USA. It sounds great and would be very useful for me. Do all libraries have it?
I just built a list of 600 customer contacts for my day job as a sales rep. I used google, visited the website, and made a phone call. The phone call was a simple" who is in charge of ......." "who handles...." and that is how I got the names I needed. Yes it is leg work but it is free and familiarizes me with the customers business as well. You can try to purchase a list from a company like infousa.com but it may not have the current contact names and it can be pricey.
In this case it is much better to ask permission than to beg forgiveness. You
need to contact your state and local governments and find out what licenses
you need. The licenses should not cost that much and are not that hard to
apply for. Make sure you contact your city, county, and state to see what you
need. You could pay the $75.00 fee and save you some time, but it really
was a pretty easy thing for me to do on my own, and I am sure that you
would have no trouble doing it either!