How can a Virtual Assistant help your business?

What is it that keeps you from reaching your end- of-day goal?

One more phone call? Answer that all important email or tag someone on a lovely picture of success? Text a reply, encourage the team?

Virtual Assistants perform a variety of time saving functions, helping you end your day on an up note.

Updating reports? Updating your social media? Tracking your email responses? Any task that will free you up to finish your day and grow your business. Sometimes, it pays to outsource time consuming tasks in order to complete the bigger picture.

Before you contact a virtual assistant, think about the tasks that might stop you from feeling overwhelmed or just overdone.  Are you willing / able to share documents for editing or layout? Would the sharing of your calendar to someone who can take part of the days’ work, help complete tasks faster or more efficiently? 

As a VA, I’ve had the joy and the surprise of sharing calendars. Joey’s wife had a birthday while he was in Europe. While he did the shopping and left a card on the breakfast bar for her to find, I had the privilege of making her day even brighter by posting his love note on social media, reminding the teens by text to be nice to mom, and have cookies delivered to her office at the precise time that her break started-all while he signed a multi million dollar deal across the way. They will all benefit from his previous attention to detail on this special day.

Reminders of upcoming anniversary, shopping assignments, arranging social media posts to post at the correct time and place are all very important tasks that tend to slow down the day to day processes of business… but are actually more important than most care about knowing. It’s the little things that make the work day bright!

A VA may be your trusted right hand that confirms appointments, gather quotes, schedule interviews, completes pre-interviews or someone that is available for your call when you need a voice of reason or someone to ask questions so you can come to your best conclusion, read your blog and post a comment or edit that email you wrote in a hurry. A VA can add your content to your own profile pages. The list is endless and the time saved will add needed hours back to your otherwise loaded schedule.

Most virtual assistants work for a company with prescribed services and fees. An independent VA is able to help you create your own right hand, providing needed services, for just the right agreed-upon price.

What’s possible? 

Try scheduling a Monday morning virtual meeting and discussing the week’s requirements. Or, share an online location where your VA can pick up and deliver work assignments, text, have a private text group, Facetime or Skype to communicate.  Assign your virtual assistant with projects that move quickly, but help your week go smoother. Agree on the service fee, pay half to get your week going and complete the payment online when the service is done satisfactorily.  It’s a win-win.

What’s stopping you from giving it a try?   Drop us a line! michelle@lillmi.com

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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.

 

 

 

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!

 

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?

 

 

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.

 

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choosing Fundraising Items to Sell

Many companies offer fundraising groups the opportunity to purchase and resell their products for discounted prices in order to support community service events.

When choosing a product to sell, it’s important to look for a reputable company with a solid history of value and community service.  Those companies will provide professionally produced tools for your team at little or no cost to your event, be available by phone or email to provide support and initial direction.

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Fundraising profits from sales can run from 20% to 50% on sales items and 100% on donated items.  Expect to spend money for delivery and collect sales tax if your community project is not able to provide a 501(C)3 designation.  Depending on your media policies, you may want to purchase newspaper, radio or social media ads.  Many times that can be donated by the media with a well written letter or by having a local advertiser donate their prepaid space to your organization for a period of time.  If they do this, be sure to send a personal thank you note!

New Avon has a history of providing full size, quality products at a reasonable price to help customers earn income to support their pet projects.  New Avon Sales Representatives have access to fundraising materials, from professionally produced flyers to checklists and contacts designated for fundraising support.

Choosing flyers that are quite busy with sales options may be confusing to the customer and the student. Keeping the options simple and informative will encourage your participant to feel great about the products they are selling.  Ingredient labels are clear and products are full size and familiar.

Choosing products that are usable by all members of the family will assure your customer of the value of their purchase and create a good feeling about sharing their income with your project.  They’ll thank you for being responsible with their personal resources!

The company you choose should provide you with delivery options, an incentive or two and a personal contact for support.  You need to know you are selling quality products to the valued members of your community.  Ideally, using a local contact is good business.  Supporting the small businesses (and large) in your local community is always a great idea – for everyone.

 

Fundraising with Students

Every year thousands of Student organizations across the nation work with sponsors to plan important community service projects and fundraising efforts that will be needed to support their plans.

Every year thousands of Non-Profit Organizations depend on the fundraising efforts of the community to help support their goals.  It’s a win-win.

As small children, parents begin by teaching us to share with others.  To donate to special causes and plant trees for the environment or deliver food to the shut-in neighbor.

By the time a student reaches the classroom, the education becomes more a formal avenue for sharing.

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Teachers and club sponsors, (bless them) are diligently juggling the needs of the district, the students, the parents, the community and that’s just at work!  So fundraising needs to be simple, straightforward and achievable.

It’s an unbelievable opportunity to teach students about handling money, sharing, approaching a sale, customer service, entrepreneurship, trust and teamwork. It can be such a valuable character-building opportunity that Avon is proud to support.


It’s important to have a plan. 

What’s the Lesson?

How will a fundraising event support the objective?

How can the community use the funds from this project?

HOW will we support our chosen project?  Click here for a few recommendations

How much time is required to reach the goal.  What IS the goal?

Which students will commit to the goal reaching? Which parents or sponsors are willing to assist?

Where, when and how will the fundraiser take place?

What’s the hard deadline for submission and delivery?

Who will be in charge?

Who will analyze and report the results?


At what level will the project include the students? Planning,  Neighborhood Sales, Digital Sales Team, Expediters (assemble the orders), Distributors (deliver), Monetary Team (manage the finances). Recognition Team (plan to recognize top sellers and/or teams), Marketing (get the word out to the community) Quality Assurance (help others with struggles).

Depending on the age of the student, teachers may need a parent meeting or a lesson on making change, shaking hands, greeting, selling and personal safety.  (Don’t forget PARENTS need to accompany smaller children and keep older children within sight)

For upper grade students, goal setting, planning and achieving are empowering lessons to support decision making for the future. Self awareness, presentation and safety are also corresponding lessons.

MORE THAN JUST MAKEUP is pleased to offer virtual and age appropriate introductions to the students’ fundraising project when registering for an Avon Fundraising Event.

Each project will include a Memory Jogger Activity to help students identify potential customers or locations to collect donations and sales.  An Event Planning Checklist is also available to registered organizations.

Student fundraising projects can be unbelievably successful for both the givers and receivers, with careful planning and support of a dedicated team.   Choosing a well recognized company, trusted for years in the US and abroad, that can provide professional resources, will help your fundraiser succeed.

What are your fundraising challenges?  We’d like to help.

 

 

 

 

Long weekend Try-Outs

I tried a few new products this weekend.

First, Oui French Style Yogurt, from Yoplait.

Now, I know it’s probably not new, but it is new to me.  I’m that girl that hates to shop in the store. You know the crowd,  the overwhelming choices and being the planner I am… I never go with out a list.  AND, I only buy what is on the list!  So, for me to find something new on my own, without first hearing about it from a friend, is just a miracle.

So, on this day, I just couldn’t get up the appetite for anything at home and went looking for “yogurt”.  Thank goodness my list didn’t have a brand or flavor already chosen!  As I entered the dairy section, (after a 6 months absence) I noticed the yogurt section had changed dramatically. There were so many different labels and offerings.

Point of clarity: I shop a small local grocer when I’m desperate. Price won’t matter. Cleanliness does. Service does.

So back to the hunt for the yogurt.  I’m sure someone who walked up might have thought I was a wax figure as I stood there reading each variety of label front.  Peach, strawberry, blueberry, vanilla, orange, caramel, chocolate… and it goes on!  Line after line of white plastic containers with all sorts of flavors and styles.

THEN! Right above my eye level there’s this glass jar of yogurt. I could see the product inside. Brightly colored yellow on the bottom…lemon. Pastels with fruit were strawberry and raspberry.  Beautiful!

So, as you can tell above, I tried it! Don’t you love the smooth texture of yogurt?  This is supposed to be french style… and I’m not a gourmet, so I really couldn’t tell the difference between it and other Yoplait yogurts. But, let me tell you… on this day, at this time… it tasted excellent!

I love that the label is removable and the container is glass.  It has a rounded edge and it’s quite adaptable for other uses.  I do love to re-purpose.  Here’s what I used the first jars for:

I can’t wait til I find some ribbon or maybe tape to decorate them. I’m sure I’ll have a complete collection soon. While I like the clear water in the flower container, I think I have some music print wrap paper to decoupage the pencil jar for the piano. I’ll be looking for rose gold washi tape for my foundation, to match my system!   I have a special event coming up soon and I think they’ll make nice bases for centerpieces. Maybe if I start now, I can root some pretty ivy for the table.   It’s sort of like having baby food jars again, without the twist at the top.

The next thing that was new to me was a personal cleanse product. I’m not great at this but why not? It’s a long weekend, no where I have to be and it just might give me a jump on next week’s health kick.  Yeah, I decided to try to summon up some extra will power and do a better job planning meals and getting exercise.  So, I read some labels and most seemed rather daunting. I found this one from ESPIRA.  It says it’s a 3 day cleanse.  Three caps in the morning and three in the evening for three days. Easy to remember… the power of 3!  I really couldn’t tell I was “doing” a cleanse and I felt great at the end of the three day period. Everything seemed quite natural and it seems it helped reset my metabolism rhythm.  I read someone said it’s the gift that keeps on giving, ha!

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three day gentle cleanse to help reset metabolism

Of course this brand has other products and I think I might try the Hunger Block. Taken 30 minutes before meals appears to be the secret. All the products are Vegan. And, as I’m going to do a better job of meal planning, that may just support my goals while I return to better habits. There are also shakes that one friend loves. She adds peanut butter and almond milk to hers. We’ll see.

Next, I will be moving around more. I’ve decided to sweep the sidewalk everyday instead of every two weeks. I’ll also take both dogs walking instead of one. If the hubs wants to walk one of them, that dog will be extra happy.  I earned a Fit Bit once during an incentive, and I have it all charged up and ready to go.

So, I think having a long weekend when you are retired is a little useless. I enjoyed them more when I was working. Now, they appear to be an opportunity to explore and find something new. Of course, it’s still a time to remember or celebrate certain historical acts, but as far as being off work… I’m always off.  (maybe in more ways than one)  Just as a note, I may earn a little from any purchase you make of espira, but the yogurt review is all on me. I love it and plan to be specific on my shopping list.  Lemon is my favorite flavor!

Finding new products and taking time to share them with others is a great way for me to be about living better, in my book!  I’d love to know your thoughts about how I spent my long weekend. Just take a minute and jot it down at the bottom of this post.  Subscribe, if you like.  I’ll let you know what else I discover about my new retirement adventure.