Hit my First $1000! What Does That Really Mean?

This week I hit over $1000 in sales.  That means I so far have made $250 being a chocolatier in 6 weeks.  I have had a total of 4 parties.  That is an average of over $60 per party.  I spent $115 on the kit and have spent about $100 in other business expenses (folders, file holder, pens, ect.)  This includes me buying a few extra products and some new catalogs.  From here on out I calculate that 80% of every show will be going into my pocket and 20% will go back in the business.  For example;

If in one month I do $1000 in sales, which is $250 in commission I will really have made $200 dollars after a few expenses.

$200 a month to me is almost my whole car payment!

I have 2 shows tomorrow!

Wish me luck!

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UPDATE!

I went home to the family for a week so have been out of the loop.  My sister had a show and got $200 in sales.  I didn’t make much off my family because I paid their shipping, but it is family I don’t need to make money off them.  It was a lot of fun and really believe they will love the product.  I have a party this Saturday so will have to give her a call today.  I am also going to a chocolate meeting tonight and might call a couple people to see if they are coming as well.  I will also call the 3 people that have a party next weekend.  To sum it up I am going to make a lot of calls today.

Half way thru January goals!

I am $400 towards my $2000 goal

I am 2 parties towards my 5 party goal

I have 0 recruits towards my 1 recruit goal

Wish me luck!

Oh and I am finally going to meet my upline tonight!

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.

Christmas is Over… What’s Next?

What is next now that Christmas is over?

Good news is I have a party on New Years.  I think it is going to go really well!  Not sure how many guests will be there, but it is at a friends house, so it will be good times either way.  This party will have all genders and kids.  It will be interesting to say the least.

I am still feeling good about all this chocolate stuff!  Only downside is that I wish that as a chocolatier I would be privie to better discounts.  I am almost better off just buying it at regular price and making commission on it.  But such is the way with these types of business’.  I know when I did jewelry that even though I got great discounts I was always giving away a lot as well, so it didn’t always pan out.

Wish me luck!

One Week Till Christmas!

No real news for the rest of December.  I had big goals for my first month that seem to be falling apart.  BUT THATS OK!  So far I have 3 shows booked for the end of January.  Sure that is over a month away, but I just started so I need to just stay motivated at this point.  It can be easy to fall of the wagon so to speak.  Just like moving a boulder it takes a lot more energy at first, but once it starts rolling it goes faster.

JANUARY GOALS!

5 shows

$2000 in sales

1 recruit

Got my First Orders in!

I am very impressed with the promptness of this order.  They say 10 business days but I got it in 4!  The one thing I didn’t like is that they didn’t mail invoices for each order.  It is hard to go off just a packing sheet and the hand wriiten statements.  How do you return an item if there is no invoice? I am hoping it was an error and not the norm.

NEW GOAL!

Tomorrow when I deliver my orders I am going to say….”What day were you going to host a chocolate party?  I am available New Years and the weekend before!  Also, any man who orders in January before Valentines gets an extra chocolate gift and free gift wrapping!”

The Grunt Work.

Had a call with my upline.  Went really well.  It motivated me to call the people that were interested in either a show or becoming a chocolatier.  I didn’t actually talk to anyone yet just left messeges.  I also emailed about 4 of the 10 people on top of calling.  I made sure to put all the emails I had into my website leads page which is about 20 all together with booth and party.

NEW GOAL!!!!

I want to have at least 2 more shows in December.  That is what I will need in order to make $600 dollars more in sales to reach another incentive this month.  Time to get people to party!

Wish me luck!