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.