Thursday, July 28, 2011

I am hiring

Today, I want to speak to those people out there who are struggling trying to find work.   Maybe you have recently been laid off, or perhaps been out of work for a while.  I am especially talking to the ones who have had  some sales experience, although that is not required in this case.  I am offering a chance for you to become your own boss.   It is a wonderful opportunity that I have enjoyed for 10 years.   That opportunity is the become a Longaberger® Home Consultant.   I know what you are saying, because I have been there.  It is just like any new job you start, and it is a job.   The only difference is you are working for yourself, but you are not by yourself.
When I got started as a home consultant, I was in school, and I was not working at all.   My major was in marketing, sales should be right up my alley, right?  Wrong, I was scared to speak up.  I chose how I wanted to work my business and when I work my business.  At the time, it was around my classes and other activities.   When I graduated, I change how worked my business to fit any jobs I got, but unfortunately for a while, I did not have a job to go to.  So, it became a full time job.   I did not have any insurance, but I made enough to afford my own health insurance.   In 2005, I worked part-time in a scrapbook store, and stayed until 2010.  I still did not have any health insurance.   Did you know there are health insurance policies for the self employed?
When I left that store in January of 2010, I was working only 4 hours a week.  I was making only $8.15 an hour, and my last paycheck from that company was only $82.50 take home pay.
So you are wondering why am I telling you this?   I am telling you this, because it is possible to make it as a home consultant.   I will tell you up front that this will not make you rich.  You do have to work hard to get sales, build your team (like I am doing now), but at the end of the day, you will be able to pay a little money on your bills.   Like any new job, it takes time, money and effort to get started.   Once you get going, you have to keep it up, through good days and bad.  This is the nature of any type of business venture or journey.   If anyone tells you different, such as you can make tons of money, do not believe them.  That job is considered a scam in my book.
When you become a Longaberger® Home consultant, You will receive the following benefits:

A free personalized Website
50% off Samples for 30 days
Earn up to $250 in FREE products
Training and support each step of the way

If you sign up, you can sign up for $19 (free if you are in the military (active duty, reservists, retired, veterans, and spouses))
In addition to to this, you can earn up to 25% in commission pay, credit card processing through Longaberger, percentage based commission possible starting at 4 qualified recruits to build a team, discounts on samples and your own purchases, and periodic incentives.
If this is something that might interest you, please click here.   if you have any questions, please email me, or tweet me at @tricia721.  You can click the Facebook badge to the left to leave me a question on facebook.  I will be set up on Google+ soon. 
I hope you would consider my offer if you are unemployed, need any extra income for a bill, vacation or the holidays; or simply want to make a career of it. 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Renewing yourself as a consultant… Go to your company’s convention-part 1

July is a wonderful month for vacations.   Some people go to the beach, while others opt for a new term called a Staycation.   A staycation is a vacation where you stay at home or tour your state or country’s best attributes.   This is not a post about what do on your staycation, or where to go.  I just want to talk a few minutes about my staycation and being a consultant for a wonderful direct selling company called Longaberger.   Really the post is not even about that, it is about renewing oneself.  

Most companies operate on a fiscal year, not a calendar year.  To explain it all takes me to write another post.   The selling season for Longaberger is from July 1 of the current calendar year to June 30 of the next year.  So means the current selling year runs from July 1, 2011-June 30, 2012.   Every July, we have our annual Bee.   Some companies call their conventions something else, but the purpose is still the same:  register to go, plan to get off work if you are still working, or plan for some vacation time off from your business if you are not.   I do not currently work outside of the home.   It is my choice, because I am not old enough to retire (today is my 47th birthday, nowhere near 55 years of age).  You sign in, take in some classes (training), go to the general session to find out how the company is doing, more training, congratulate the top sellers and sponsors, have fun seeing the new products (that is in a few hours.)   If you are lucky like me, you do not have to check into a hotel (I live 10 mins from the place.)  I am nice and cozy in my office typing the first half of this post turning slowly into an article.

Like I said, I got up, dressed, and headed where the Bee was supposed to be.   Traffic was nice, I sung to my favorite gospel songs .  I parked the car, and went in.   I could feel the energy en the air, as I walked towards registration, and relieved that I did not have to hike two hundred miles to get there (although the convention center is huge.)  I saw my leader and spoke to her for a minute.    I sat down at my first training session, ”Brewing up August bookings.” Let me stop for a moment, because you are probably wondering two things:  1) what the heck is a Longaberger, and 2) What does this have to do with me?   

The Longaberger Company started in 1973 by Dave Longaberger, and the company makes baskets, pottery, wrought iron, candles, food, and accessories.    The company’s baskets are made in the USA, and the baskets are very functional and can be used in organization.  They are accompany by protectors and liners.  The pottery can be used for entertaining and dinnerware, and they are requested by more brides as the perfect china pattern.   Wrought iron is used in the company’s tables, organization units, and for the first time this year, wall hangings.  I will answer the other question later.  

Anyway, after learning about how the new Halloween products can increase sales, I went to learn how to increase sales with Collector’s club, and offering Collector’s Club to my customers.  I already have one customer who is already in the club, and whenever she order, she orders the regular items in the wish list (Longaberger catalog), and collector’s club products as well.  How am I ever going to get other customer on board with the club?  I will find out after Monday.   After that class, I made my way across the street to where my leaders year end meeting is taking place.   I am part of her central line, and I always attend her meetings, even if it means driving 45 mins to get to it.   I love it, I pull out my 1st generation IPod Nano, hook it to my car stereo, and I am singing away.  I love traveling.
We had pizza, and then my leader gave out awards various things.   I will be celebrating my 10 year with the company coming October 8th.  They also sung happy birthday to me.   We had fun.
I am looking forward to the morning session, and we get to see all the wonderful products for the fall and holiday season.   I loved last year’s collection, and I am sure I will love this year’s.   If you want to hear more, come back to this blog this evening.   I may be tired, but I will post something.

Oh, one more thing.   You want to know what in it for you?    If you sell for anyone, whether it is in retail, or direct sells, you can relate to this post.  Perhaps, you have already had your convention, or about to have it.   If this is your first time, you are in for a treat, no matter what your company sells.  If you are in it for the passion of the products presented to you in the general session, great.  If you are it for the money, not so great.   If you are in it to learn something, you will go far with your business.   You will see someone who has do it, and try to be like him/her.  Go at your own pace.  You will get there.   That person got there, because they are good at what they do.  You find a purpose in your business, get good at it, and you too will shine.   What’s in it for you is what you make out of your business.  
If you have been contemplating about going to your company’s convention, go, learn something.   Learn with make that company shine. 

Like I said, if you want to learn more about Longaberger’s Bee, stay tuned, I will have more tonight. 

Friday, July 1, 2011

Featured Article...

Just to let you know that Longaberger is prominently featured in the July 2011 Women's Day magazine Edition.    Pick up a copy today, or just read this.
Longaberger is prominently featured in Woman's Day Magazine's July, 2011 edition, in an article about Made In America. Our signature Medium Market Basket is highlighted, along with an interview with CEO Tami Longaberger as follows:
 
LONGABERGER BASKETS
Tami Longaberger, CEO

THE START
In 1973, entrepreneur Dave Longaberger founded the Dresden, Ohio–based self-named company to sell baskets like those his father had made. Today, his daughter Tami, 49, runs the show. "We make the baskets very similarly to how we did it at the turn of the century,” she says.

AMERICAN TIES
Baskets are crafted by hand with maple from forests in Michigan and Wisconsin and tacks from Connecticut. Even the pens the company’s 300 artisans use to sign finished baskets are made in the U.S.A.

THE FUTURE
Though customers can purchase products on Longaberger’s web site, the company also has 35,000 consultants who sell baskets at home parties, online or one-on-one to personal clients. "In times like these,” she says, "we have to contribute to the rebuilding of America.”
 
 
 

July


June is winding down and so is the selling season.  July 1st starts fresh and new.    So if there is anything you every wanted from June, You have the last few hours to visit my website:   www.longaberger.com/patricialogan.   Remember my shop is open 24/7/365 days of the year.   No need to go out to wait in long lines, lessen the chances of not finding what you need or want.

Horizon of Hope:

Tomorrow starts the Horizon of Hope campaign.   This year for the campaign, I am doing something different, and Longaberger has four new  items for the campaign.   

The first new item is a Hope of Hope travel cup. ($18)   It reminds me of those carryout coffee cups you get at places like Starbucks or McDonalds.   The cup itself is a made of pottery, and has Horizon of Hope and the breast cancer ribbon on it.   the top is a silicone one. 

Travel Cup and Scarf (c) The Longaberger Company

 Next new item is a Scarf. ($20) It is made of cotton, and it various shapes of pink.  July 1-15, for every $50 you order, you can get the scarf for just $10.

 The Potpourri basket Set ($58) comes with sweet cherry blossom Potpourri , or purchase the potpourri separate ($34) to place  in any basket or pottery to make your whole room small good.










Potpourri Basket (c) by The Longaberger Company


While I am at it, this year HOH Basket is:










2011 Horizon of Hope Basket (c) The Longaberger Company 
 

You can get it warm brown or white.   The set is on sale for $68, and a set of 2 is $72.   You can also purchase one for $40.

Check out all July Specials beginning tomorrow at www.longaberger.com/patricialogan.    For every purchase, $2 will go towards the American Cancer society.

Thank you,