Growing the Business, It's About Living Better, More Than Just Makeup, Thoughts of the Day

When You KNOW your WHY… then what?

Then, you need to know your how.

Where do you begin?  When does it really start?  What’s the first actual business step you should take?

I once met a very young mother, single and barely getting by.  She invested her last $25 for the month in the hope of being able to give her 3 year old child a fine birthday party. Her ‘why’, well it was simple – and by many standards, mundane.  I tried to help her understand that she could have a yard sale to earn the money she wanted.  THIS, was a business… for her future. Surely, she had a larger goal… a “real” reason for giving up her last $25 for the month.  Maybe, she could plan to pay the electric bill each month with her business profits, how about growing a big enough customer base to make a car payment, even save for an educational goal.   That size business goal would surely allow her to give the party each year and not just meet her immediate need.

So, really… your next steps are up to you and your ultimate goal (or your ‘why’).

In all cases, the next step is about you… not what someone tells you to do. There are normal steps in normal companies… but you are building YOUR personal business and it has to be about you.  So, how do you grow you?

Maybe you’ll spend time investing in yourself… spending time learning about the company, the products and services you choose to represent, the top producers in the company and the possibilities and probabilities.  If there’s time, it could be beneficial to learn the top earners routines, success stories and regular work habits.  Which of these can you adapt into your own life?  Did I say “life”?

Depending on your destination in business, you’ll need to invest time, money, other resources, your imagination and business skills. How will your business be defined?

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How will it differ from the other thousands of entrepreneurs? Can you see yourself with a calendar ALWAYS at your fingertips?  What about carrying business cards and maybe samples in the car.  Is it your desire to get up everyday, dress up and look smashing? Will you love being “on” all the time?  That’s what we sign up for when it’s a real business to grow.

How will you decide to run this business?  Will it be in person, in an organized area, online only or a combination of available options? Will you learn or use your skills in social media or special events along the fair routes?  I even know one woman who purchased an air-stream trailer and outfitted it to sell her wares in a pop-up store of sorts.  How will you operate?  What do you look like in your business?  What are you wearing, driving, listening to?

Now that you know your WHY… what’s next?  What do you need? What resources are required of you? In my business, I invested. Not just the $25, but 750.00 in event fees, 200.00 in event equipment (tables, signs, etc), and $2,000 in event inventory.  Within 90 days, the investment was returned, plus an average of 30% on the inventory, by following the companies suggested steps and a few of my own. So the next months and thereafter, the earnings have been 40% and about 10% reinvested.  Do I have inventory on my shelves?  The company says it’s not required, but they don’t tell you it’s a good thing to do.  Your judgement will tell you that.  I know which customers will always order their favorites, so I purchase ahead for them to receive the best price or incentive.  That’s the only inventory on my shelves.  I invest more heavily in samples.   I did a test once, I invested $5.00 in samples and the orders from those samples totaled $32.80 (at 40%, I earned about $13, the first time and I’ve lost count of the reorders of those products, to those customers.  Samples are a good thing.

So, how will I answer the original question?

When you know your WHY, then what?

Then, visualize yourself being successful. Where are you, how are you working, what do you look like? What car are you driving? Are you alone or with others?  Do you sit at a desk, in a booth or walk on the street? Do you work everyday or once in a while? Will you stay with it til you reach the goal or will you give it a set time to work for you?  Do that by writing it down, studying the winners, list the pros and cons, survey your support system for their opinions. Do the work, if it’s a long term plan. If you just need a birthday party, I’ve got lots of fundraising ideas for you.

If you want a real business, and you’re interested in my company, click here and make your easy investment.  You’ll decide later, and I’ll walk you through it, what other investment you’ll make.

I’m anxious to hear about your answers to the question. Feel free to comment below or message me here.

 

 

 

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Beautiful Hankies

When I was a girl, I remember seeing Grandma with an apron in the kitchen and a small hankie in the pocket of that apron.  In the hankie was a small round box of snuff. Close by was her coffee can (we won’t talk about that).  She had a quilting frame hanging from the ceiling and a sewing basket was always nearby.  She sat in “her chair”, sometimes with her feet propped up, always with a hankie in her pocket or sitting in her lap.

It was white, most of the time. Sometimes it had lace, or ruffles, sometimes it was thin and transparent. Sometimes it appeared to be more of a face cloth.  But, ALWAYS a hankie on her person.

On the other side of town, Great Granny (other side of the family) rocked in her chair on the braided rug. She died when I was about 9, so my memories of her are not as complete.  She cooked, sewed (in fact she smocked our dresses), and could tell good stories when she wanted us to take a rest on her big bed with the chenille bedspread and tufted pillows. She always wore an apron (hankie inside the pocket).

Mom gave me Great Granny’s apron when I started my Hope Chest, at 16.  It was the first item to go in! It hangs proudly in my laundry room on a faux clothesline.  The pocket has clothes pins in it, a safety pin through it and a hankie peeking out, of course.apron

Her hankies were printed, I know because I gave her some for Christmas. It was a box of three! I wanted to buy them because I saw her using Grandpa’s handkerchief once and it seemed so big in her tiny hands.  I was so proud to give her that gift. Mom let me deliver the Avon brochures to earn the $.75 it cost to purchase that box with the cellophane lid.

Her daughter in law, my Granny, used elegant hankies. Her’s were more costly, I supposed,  and fancy, as she was the first woman in our family to become a business woman. She was very fashionable, could design clothing and then sew them for the public.  She mixed face powder downtown in her regular job and later took up bowling tournaments to win a little on the side. She finally landed in Real Estate, joining the Million Dollar Circle when I was 14.  She pinned her hankie to her dress with a sweet brooch in the 30’s, kept one in her bowling bag at all times and I found one folded neatly inside her Bible when I was a child sitting in church. She used her beautiful hankie to wipe my mouth clean of the Ruby Shock red lipstick from mom’s Avon box when she came for a visit. And in her 90’s, she kept one in her hand or pocket to wipe her eyes as age related Macular Degeneration slowly and viciously stole the vision from her soft blue eyes.

My mother used hankies many times through the years. She tied my lunch money in them (until it became fashionable to use socks) and pinned it to my dress. She embroidered initials and sweet little flowers on the corners of some for gifts to give. She made dolls from them and we used them once for Halloween ghosts. She pinned one across the v-neck of my sweater for modesty when I was 12. And once, she lost a lot of weight during an illness and her wedding ring fell off. I watched as she tied her treasured black-hills gold band to a hankie and then tied it to her bra inside her work uniform.

When I was 18, mom really didn’t want me to marry.  But sadly, she participated with a smile and a hankie. Her mother, my Grandma, had given her a beautiful blue hankie with small pink flowers on the corner and a white edge. Grandma didn’t get dressed up to go anywhere anymore and this was a fancy, sheer hankie – made for a special occasion. Mom tied it to my bouquet so I would have all the generations of love with me. I kept it in my wedding journal with the pictures neatly pressed with the dried boutonniere  worn by my dad. Later, I tied that same hankie to my daughters bouquet in order to send generations of love down the aisle with her.  I made a baby cap with some purchased hankies for my granddaughter and my friends daughter and made hankies for work peers as gifts, back when I could sew. For a long time, I kept a hankie in my Bible, like Granny.  It came in handy with small children, emotional moments and emergency spills.

My friend, Rita, slipped a hankie in a card when my mother died. I was surprised to find it there and appreciated it at that moment.  I used it for months as her absence became more and more real.  What a lovely gesture of thoughtfulness. That one measure of kindness has added comfort to my life so many times. The same hankie comforted me as I bid farewell to my sister and a few good friends since then.  I used it when I was nervous, when I was sad, and when I was afraid. It’s like the tears in that hankie brought strength when I needed it most.

Yesterday, while cleaning a buffet drawer, I came across a stack of hankies. The fabrics are all different, some are printed and not, lacy and plain. hankie They are everyday hankies that were owned by some great women. I started collecting them as the powerful and loving women in my life left the earth. Today, I washed them fresh and pressed them (yes, with an iron) and made them ready to give someone else comfort. I hope the new owners will feel comforted by the generations of love carried within the tear-filled and lipstick- stained threads of the women who came before me- full of love, faith and determination.  My heritage.

I think it’s time these treasured hankies get back to work, don’t you agree?

 

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It’s Been Awhile

I’ve never taken a month off in my life!  This was a first.

No writing, no recruiting for my direct sales endeavors, no creating posts or following up. No phone calls for orders (I just took what came in and felt grateful), no suggesting new products or looking for new affiliates. No cooking or dishes, no yard work.

I didn’t even enter my office.

The laptop was more of a dust-top!

So, how did I spend that valuable time?  We took a little 10 day road trip, then a smaller 3 day road trip and then…  we did whatever the day brought.  vladislav-babienko-703733-It's Been Awhile.jpg

Studies have long suggested that vacationing was good for productivity, creativity, employee morale and our overall health.  Many workers still don’t take vacation due to work constraints or finances.

In our case, Honey was physically worn out and needed to just lay around and let his muscles recoup. After years of physically carrying his day to day load, walking more than 7 miles with it and the time pressures of completing his daily rounds successfully, he was tired, sore and finally required hip surgery. These days, those same workers drive that 7+ miles and work in clusters. I guess it took the old guys time to get to the decision influencing level to save those following in their footsteps.

Later, workload didn’t keep me from going on vacation, it kept me from taking time to plan a vacation. We would choose the date in January and then, months later, the appointed day would appear and nothing would be in place to make it a good, quality release. So short “vacays” or combining vacation days with other events became the norm.  I’m here to tell you that those are just not the same as the last month we took off and were spontaneous most of the month.

We are not big travelers. Airlines have their share of issues these days and the airports are so crowded. There are just too many people around for us.  We don’t live off the grid, but my children would tell you we are in the middle of nowhere.  We like our peaceful surroundings, trees, no traffic (about 6 cars a day)… so traveling to big cities, in airports, train stations, etc. have no appeal.  Been there. Done that. It was fun.

We like to drive.  We like to be close enough to see the mountains, the trees, the animals, the local restaurants, the artisans and walk around small town streets.  I like visiting local museums, playing with grandchildren, cooking with my daughters and swimming alone.  He likes sleeping late, hotel waffles and looking at old stuff.  If we could figure out how to travel with both dogs, we would be in heaven.  Leaving them overnight, much less 10 nights, takes planning! And not worrying about them while we are gone uses up half the time of the “no stress” theme. They are so spoiled, boarding just won’t work. Besides, they always stink when they get home.

The dogs are big and what I call, yard-dogs.  They are mixed up breeds, sweet, affectionate and loud.  We didn’t train them to walk on a leash or socialize them (because that wasn’t a thing in our rural home), and they really like running in and outside all day. We won’t be traveling with them anytime soon.  They think the only time you get in the car is to go to the vet for shots and pedi’s.  Walks down the oil top road are familiar routes and don’t require leashes that keep control.

We planned half this vacation. I put my direct sales business,  Avon  on auto and we hired our friend to come each morning to feed the dogs, give them access to the yard and play with them for a bit. Then, our daughter stopped by each day to rub on them and hand out the treats. Our friend returned again and locked them up for the night because in the pasture and woods there are coyotes and now, a lingering bobcat.  See what I mean, it takes planning.

For my direct sales businesses, (retired doesn’t mean dead) I used Hootsuite.com to schedule all the posts on the pages and groups, packed note pads and copies of brochures to have at my fingertips.  I notified everyone that we would be on vacation, left them the website addresses and promised them a treat if they placed orders on the website during my absence. These businesses, can run automatically because they can use technology to get service and I’ll still earn a bit. I just need to work ahead.  Knowing that everyone is taken care of makes leaving for a few days, quite easy.  The few messages I received on my phone were forwarded to my lovely daughter for handling.  She was able to fill some emergency orders (gifts) from my very limited inventory and enter a few orders for non-techy customers in the Avon app, so I could complete it when I arrived home.

A couple things came up (with the dogs) during our half-planning that made us delay our trip by a week. But, when you are driving and retired, a week is nada!

Finally! The day has arrived.  Did we get up all energetic and ready to go?  No… we slept late, ran some errands, had lunch with friends and left at 5:30 pm on a half planned 3,000 mile road trip! No reservations, just the gps app and an end goal.  First stop… Ft. Worth (3 hours), to drop off my favorite living plant. Daughters-in-love are grand, especially when they have a green thumb!

No stress, no mess, ready to drive. Looking for mountains and grandchildren out west.

 

 

 

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A Few Uses for Skin So Soft by AVON

Keep in mind that the FDC/CDC has only approved Avon’s Skin so Soft as a BATH OIL.

Use it in your bath and after showers for a great moisturizer.

Use it to remove stubborn makeup.

Use it to massage tired muscles.

Clean tape left on your skin from bandages.

Use it for tanning (use your own spf)

Use it to soften your cuticles.

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Here’s Trixie… I just love her coat after a bath with our favorite neighborhood concoction.

Clean the ink from your hands and desk.

It helps relieve itching

It helps clean oil from your hands… rub it on before you wash.

Use it instead of turpentine after painting.

Put a capful in your liquid soap to use for shaving. Helps keep the razor sharp

Use on dry, cracked skin. It encourages healing by maintaining moisture.

Repels insects (Original formula), according to the Field and Stream Mag

Use for a natural wood cleaner.

Polishes stainless

Use as a lubricant for plumbing

Cleans heavy oil and grease from non-porous surfaces.

Mix 5 parts water with 1 part SSS for spraying show animals, then brush. Beautiful!!

Sponge around doors and screens to redirect crawling critters

It removes lime and hard water deposits from fixtures, tile, shower doors, and windows.

Cleans most vinyl and painted surfaces.

Rub it on brass to delay tarnish

Use it to clean up crayon marks!

Moisturize the leather with it!

Use it to detail the car… on the dash, top, seats, tires.

Remove the tar to save your cars paint.

Use it to remove gum from clothing and carpets

Use it for hoof polish and muzzle, eye and ear enhancer.

Use it when making bath bombs!

Use it on your husband’s back!

Use Skin So Soft as your focal product in a fundraising effort to support your favorite non-profit. Ask your local Avon Independent Sales Representative about the possibilities!

For more info on Skin So Soft by Avon, visit us at More Than Just Makeup. We love hearing how you use Skin So Soft, feel free to include your creativity below!

 

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Skin Support

What a great way to earn extra money for those perfect community service projects!

Why not sell one of the most iconic products available in skin care today?

New Avon, LLC  (US, CAN) supports you in your community service projects by offering full size, discounted products that have been loved for decades!

Skin So Soft, by Avon is available in three formulas.  The Original is most iconic and favored among millions.  The herbal scent of jojoba is gentle, welcoming and great for sensitive skin, even reducing redness!   Ask your neighbors, you’ll find very few people who do not use Skin So Soft.

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Check it out!  There are three varieties. Each $25 set includes the Bath Oil, Body Wash and Body Lotion, valued at $36.00 retail.

While Avon only recommends this for bath oil, check out this list!  My 100 pound Great Pyrenees, Trixie, bathes in it! I use 1/2 cap in 1 Gal. of bathwater with a smidgen of Dawn Dish washing Liquid, a tad of Downy Softener and a cupful of Hydrogen Peroxide.  It keeps her fur beautiful, thinned out and flea free.  (It’s a neighborhood secret and we don’t have a vet, so you may want to check with yours before trying our concoction).

Make your event memorable by personalizing the products for delivery.  A few ideas might include:

Decorating the delivery bag with your organizations theme, logo or colors.  Children could draw on the bags and sign the drawing.  Seal closed with blue or whimsical washi tape.

Using a colorful permanent pen, write a sweet note. “thank you for your support” on the side of the bottles.

Deliver in colorful gossamer bags with iridescent fill, like jewelry!

Copy the 100 uses for SSS on colorful paper, allow the seller to sign each one before wrapping the product in the flyer for delivery.  Write the customers’ name on the outside and tie with raffia or grosgrain ribbon.

Skin So Soft is usable by the entire family, is affordable for everyone and gives your customer value when they support your project.   In addition, your customer will receive a code offering them 10% discount when they reorder online.

When you register your fundraiser with MORE THAN JUST MAKEUP, you’ll also receive a special MEMORY JOGGER Activity for students or club members to help identify potential participants.

School fundraising sponsors may schedule a virtual video introduction to the fundraising event for parents, sponsors and students upon registration.  Your earnings can range from 35% to 50% depending on the choices of your organization.

Now is the time to give your supporters value in return for their loyal participation year after year.  What other ideas could you use to personalize your fundraiser?

 

 

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Herbie the Hedgehog!

Every year New Avon offers a great fundraising opportunity in the fall to compliment the years’ on-going program to help organizations support community service projects.

This year, Herbie the Hedgehog is the feature attraction!

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How can you use Herbie? 

Traditional fundraising involves taking orders, collecting funds and delivering products.

As an alternative, organizations may want to collect donations and use them to furnish children and children’s programs with the Herbie’s for holidays or for a special event.

Some may choose to purchase a supply for booth sales at your local and social media events.

Each Avon representative has the privilege of offering their customers this and other fundraising projects. At MORE THAN JUST MAKEUP, we offer it to you with 35-50% earnings based on your choices.

Herbie makes a great gift… for Christmas, for a security cuddle toy, for recognition.

FUNDRAISING for Children can be adorable!

Herbie will be available through December 2018. Pre-orders may be accepted in July, 2018.

 

 

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Student Fundraising Ideas

Student projects require money!  Teaching those community service lessons and conducting awe-inspiring projects that leave students feeling gifted, talented, worthy, empathy for others, excitement at their accomplishments, joyful about their successful teamwork and so much more… requires both funds and commitment!


Here’s a list of ideas for your fundraising:

Daddy-Daughter Dances (students sell tickets, decorate, entertain, serve)

Banquets (students sell tickets, decorate, cook, serve, entertain)

Car Washes (always fun!  In some areas, water resources must be considered)

Product Selling (try to sell products people need, not overpriced, unhealthy items)

Facebook Art Show (local artists contribute work to be featured on an event page, buyers can choose and donate to purchase the virtual work)

Helping Others While Earning  (students do the work for the community project and earn while completing the project. Funds can be used for the next project or to more fully support the project)

Candy Sales (um, yeah… we all buy it, but don’t you really hate spending money on that yummy stuff)

Booth Sales (stage a booth to sell donated items from businesses, or sell tickets to draw for those prizes at a local fair or event. )

Cookbook Sales (collect the recipes, publish and sell… host a dinner to sell the books!)

Dress Up Days (encourage businesses to allow employees to wear school colors on Friday in exchange for a donation to your cause)

Cookie Sale – bake cookies and sell outside local businesses. (Be sure to give the owner a special batch all their own) Consider including a copy of the recipe with the cookie so the buyer knows exactly which ingredients are included.  This is best if there are only 2 or 3 recipes and everyone bakes from those with no changes.

Penny Line… invite students, teachers, friends, community to add a penny to the line on a specific day.  Start your line with gathered pennies at the 50 yard line on the football field and snake it through the yard lines for max effect.  Consider “flagging” at the $100.00 marker.

Change Jars – Ask local business owners to allow your organization to place decorated jars near the checkout and collect the customers coin change for your project.

Rent-a-kid –  Have participants sign up to perform “jobs” for donations.  (Of course, this must be well supervised and it works best when the students are matched with their “job” of choice)  Consider working in pairs.

Walk-a-thon’s –  Have students acquire pledges of donations-per-mile. Keep accurate records and don’t forget the thank you notes!


Whichever choice you make for your fundraising project, keep good records! It’s important to have contact information at the close of the event, for next year.  Jot down a few notes to remind the team of the willing volunteers, the names and numbers of those who seemed to be extra supportive (may want to join your team), any problems that need solving before next time and the total amounts raised, spent and donated. Ask those involved to suggest changes for the next event.

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Take lots of pictures.  Parents, school boards, regional chapters, teachers, school news, local news and the students will want to remember the day they learned how it can be fun and fulfilling to give back to the community.  You may even want to use those pictures when planning the next event.

Use Social Media!  If you are in a small town or a large city,  the communication can sometimes be a little late in coming or get lost in a busy world. Social media is instant… but remember… never put anything on social media you are not willing to share with your grandmother!  ANYTHING you put on social media is there forever!  Be articulate,  planned and thoughtful.  Review each meme and each paragraph for appropriate wording.  Remind students not to be too casual.

ENLIST the assistance of those in your community who are fundraisers. You know who they are.  Everyone has a talent and fundraisers are special people who are very organized, well composed under pressure, and knowledgeable about the community needs and resources.   If they buy into your cause, they will likely open doors for you or send you down the correct path, saving lots of time and increasing your success!

Finally, choose your method of raising money wisely.  Be considerate of your “customers” when choosing to sell products.  Some supporters would prefer to make a donation rather than purchase over priced, unneeded items, just to be apart of your project.  Your customers would love saving money, purchasing products they can use for their family and home. Choose with your customers needs in mind.  Choosing to sell products that are too heavy for students to deliver will cause issues at delivery time.  Choose with students in mind.  Products that must stay frozen will cause issues with mom and dad.  Choose with the parents in mind. Finally, selling too many different items will cause everyone lots of stress. Keep it simple. And fun! And profitable – for your community and students!