Mistakes I Have Made so Far!

I had my second official show 2 days ago!  There was 20 guests but only 2 orders.  I know that sounds like a fail, but I booked 2 shows from other guests, So even though I didn’t actually make money on this show I should do well at the others.

Mistakes I have made so far!

mistake 1:  I had a ‘show’ in January with a lady, but I didn’t talk much to her beforehand as to how she wanted the show to go.  Big Mistake!  I drove 30 minutes to her house to find out that she wanted to host a show sometime later and this was just a prequil to that show.  So needless to say I spent a lot of time and people ate my product and the host didn’t want me to take any orders or sell anything.

Lesson I learned:  Communicate with the host BEFORE the party.

Mistake 2 and 3: giving away too much in product or in a prize.  My downfall is I want people to taste everything.  First it takes up too much time and second people loose interest if you are going over everything you have.  I also did a drawing for 2 free shipping on what I thought would be a big show, well there was only 2 orders and they both got free shipping.

Lesson I learned: Less is more!  Keep it simple stupid! I am going to go over only 2 items from each catagory and only have 4 or 5 samples.  One candy, One drink, One candy making, One Savory, One Recipe. Example: Cinnamen Dusted Almonds.  Martinis.  Fondue.  BBQ sauce.  Chai Tea Dip.  This should be enough to taste and save on supplies.

Lesson I learned.  For give aways just give away one thing.  If at the end you have 8 to 10 orders and you want to give away something extra then do it, just don’t let anyone know you will give away more.

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