December 30, 2001
A new OOPS Story... Call the
Here are some of the specifics that other consultants are using to
carry their show products in baskets rather than totes or suitcases.
Pictures are from the CandleBuddies Group on Yahoogroups. I will post
additional pictures if anyone would like to send them - these were kind
of fuzzy - probably a Yahoo thing.
While most consultants agree that they are happy to give out catalogs to
anyone who asks - it's also a real consensus that it's a lot easier to
do an organized and well presented show if you have a basic set of
"Show Folders" that are permanent. Here are SEVERAL ideas
ranging from no additional cost to little additional cost to enough to
make you consider how much is too much :)
December 29, 2001
under $20 (USA) Bert
December 28, 2001
Creative Converting Show
Folders & Sheet Protectors for 2002
20% off a full set of folders and sheet protectors. You will get 20
folders and 32 packs of custom sheet protectors for $99.00
(includes shipping). You save $22.20.
December 27, 2001
Tax Spreadsheets created by
Lanel (USA) & Christine (Canada). There is also a new forum on
the message board (in the category "Consultant Help") that
Lanel has graciously offered to assist with on USA tax issues. THIS IS
NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR CONSULTING YOUR OWN TAX PREPARER. It is simply an
opportunity for questions & answers, and should NOT be relied on for
definitive solutions that are best given by a professional tax
accountant. Lanel will offer her best qualified advice and the most
informed answers that she can, but in the end YOU have the sole
responsibility of verifying your own information.
Christmas With the Cortez Family
Pictures and an overview of the delivery of gifts and financial
assistance to our adopted family. Thanks to Traci Hall and Sandi Hodges
for putting this all together and giving this family a Christmas to
Frosty Solitude - a new addition
to the OOPS pages!
I think my Cranberry Flambe has been topped...
(Pics provided by her fearless leader LOL)
December 19, 2001
Annual Adopted Family
Two awesome consultants on the BoB message board started this off on
their own and I have decided we will make it an annual event from now
Do you feel you had a good year financially? Did your
PL business pay off some of your bills this year? Are you grateful to
not be in the same position as so many families who are struggling? Do
what you can. If not for this particular family, then find one in your
neighborhood. I assure you someone close to you needs your help. Imagine
the stress and strain of knowing you have every utility bill in the pile
- not only can you not pay them all - you can't even make a choice which
one is more important than the other. Now imagine that someone just PAID
one of those bills off. Someone you never met. One less collector on the
phone. One tiny bit of stress relieved. Maybe you can't cover a whole
bill. Maybe you can designate $10 for the electric bill or the rent.
What can you do without to afford to give $10, $5, $20?? Get your
children involved - tell them what you are doing. Put a value on it they
can understand - what's your toddler's favorite TV show? Put it in their
terms - you are paying a bill for a family so that the children in that
family get to watch a week's worth of Scooby Doo. Those things are real
and measurable. Keeping the lights on? You and I know that's what's
really happening - but children don't necessarily understand that.
If you are not able to donate because you are close to
the same situation yourself - don't worry. You must meet your family's
needs first. But if you can, help another. Thanks in advance to all who
are participating in any manner at all. Read all the details and how to
get involved in the next TWO DAYS here.
December 17, 2001 Suggestion:
Due to the availability issues with several products in the new 2002
catalog, you might want to order some "Sorry Not Available"
stickers from Express
Yourself to help you get ready for your January shows. These are
small round stickers that are made with a special adhesive that makes
them removable when the temporarily unavailable products become
available to order again.
There are also several "corner stickers"
that are great to put on the front of your catalogs. Express
Yourself has "Ask About our Gift Certificates"
And here are a few choices from Directly
From the Heart:
Of course you can design your own sticker in your
choice of several sizes, shapes, and colors at Roteck
And purchase great business-building postcards, photo
bags, and other great sales aids at Paron
Organized Company, and The
Of course don't forget to stock up on lighters,
buttons, relax w/wax packs, cello bags, and show folders at A&R
Corner, Jim Britton
Displays and Creative
Check out the amazing assortment of greeting cards
Visual Services, and prepare some eye-catching and unique
newsletters with graphics from Nippert
Last but not least, add some pizzaz to your table with
a lantern hook from Custom
Services, a tablecover from GotYaCovered,
beautiful pre-made votive roses from Karie's
Kandle Roses, sand stackers from Janie's
SandStackers, scent stackers from Ellie
Jo, and pack it all snugly and securely in your carry tote or
suitcase with a starter kit set of beautiful custom packing aids from Shirley,
the Bag Lady!
Don't forget our newest links in services - MaraStar
Communications to motivate your team, and Marked
Improvement to assist you with show orders and hostess packet
Wow we have some awesome Business Links don't we! With
support products and services like these - you are in for the year of
your career when you add them to the incredible 2002 product line! Visit
our Business Links, and make your wish list to pass on to that special
someone who needs ideas LOL. These are products you'll use year round -
so it won't matter if they don't quite make it under the tree. Be sure
to let the businesses know how much you appreciate their support for BoB
and Tealited - and pass them on to your offline consultant buddies as
December 16, 2001
UPDATED! Regional Showcase...2002 Product
If you took pictures at your regional email them to Belinda
or to Jackie for the
Showcase - and Jackie will also use them for the 2002 Updated PAD.
December 13, 2001
New Business Link!
Improvement Support Services, Inc. offers products and services
for the busy consultant: Pre-assembled Hostess Kits, Guest Invitation
Mailing/Addressing Services, Extranet Show Submission Services, Gift
Certificates and more to come!
24-48 hour turn around on your
invitation mailings and extranet show submission.
It's about time -- YOUR time!
5 pre-assembled Hostess
Kits (example pictured) for $4.99 (limit of 10 at special
2 extranet Shows submitted
for the price of 1 $10.99
Five (5) ten dollar value Gift
Certificates for $45.00
Receive a $5.00 mail-in
rebate form to use on a future order with every order placed in
December 12, 2001
Pics of the 2002 line...the begging really got to me...so I thought
I'd give you a sneak peek...it's gonna be a great year!!!
December 6, 2001
a holiday gift from Express
For every $25 purchased on an order that is received
during the month of December, you will receive one FREE package of
December Special! 10% off all orders!
(Before shipping charges are added) Your discount is
automatically deducted at checkout. (10%
December Special excludes custom labels on design.superfastprinting.com)
December 4, 2001
Finally finished decorating the mantle...
December 3, 2001
Open House Ideas BoB Message
As we approach the new year, new product line, and a major desire to
earn an incentive trip, it's probably a really good time to go over your
list of contacts - especially those who you may have spoken to recently
about potentially sponsoring. January is a fantastic time for anyone to
try out direct sales and possibly earn a fabulous vacation trip in the
process! Here's a great Opportunity
Letter from the archives of BoB. Read it, tweak it for yourself,
and send it off to those who you need to touch base with for the new
Angel of Light Poem BoB Message Board, H20Fun
An angel for the children...
angel shields the flame of democracy.
Where there is light and hope.
White is the color of courage.
Her eyes are closed to see no fear.
The two small angels at her feet,
represent the twin towers.
The angels hold to her robe,
for she will light their way and protect
them from the darkness that is terrorism.
There is one small foot showing,
to proceed with caution.
God Bless America!!
To those we loved and lost.
You've helped light the way.
December 2, 2001
AOL Message Board is no longer restricted to ONLY AOL members.
It is accessible from the web to everyone - although the functionality
and ease of navigation isn't quite as good as when you access it
directly through AOL. Anyway - you might be interested in taking a look
if you've always wanted to. A good netiquette tip:
Whenever you join a new email group, or browse through
a message board that you aren't accustomed to - it's a really good idea
to BROWSE and LURK quietly for a while - so that you can get "the feel"
of the neighborhood before you post something that comes off in the
wrong way to the regular community members. It's all too easy to "spout
off" about something that seems out of the ordinary to what you are
accustomed to - especially if that particular subject may have already
been hashed and rehashed to death but you, as a new visitor, didn't take
the time to browse backward in the threads to find that out.
Candles December Specials!
Kids "My Mom Sells Candles" T-shirts reg $9.00
on sale for 8.00
Kids "My Grandma Sells Candles" T-shirts reg $9.00 on sale for
Travel Mugs - great for team members! reg $4.00 sale
All orders over $50.00 get free shipping until
Kandle Roses and Tealight Treasures Special:
FREE Shipping on all orders
totaling $50.00 or more between now and December 20th, 2001. Visit
Kandle Roses for all the details!
December 1, 2001
Consultant Corner introduces 2 new products:
2 1/4" Round Buttons and
Keychains at a low introductory price for December! 12
designs to choose from! Additional December Specials - Free Party
Pro Software with every $50 purchase, plus a Special Christmas Surprise
for December Customers! More
I so rarely get a chance to browse the AOL message board - and as I
did this afternoon, of course one of the first great posts I came across
was from an awesome leader I met back when I first started this
business! Thanks as always, Janene, for providing great training tips,
and Diane, for your great theme idea! -Belinda
Holiday Rush Party Idea Diane "Candleteer"
Set up your display table with a holiday drape and any decor you'd like
(you may want the booking gifts or hostess specials to serve as a table
centerpiece or leave the table just drapped and empty of product.....
and have 8-10 (depending on number of guests that are expected...but
make sure you have a nametag with a number on the tag to match a number
code you have in your possesion so you know what box contains what if
you feel you need that reference and cannot recall by size) pre-wrapped
product boxes (I mean wrap the box so it's able to be opened without
tearing the paper...you actually wrap the box!)
As guests arrive they are each allowed to select one
of the wrapped gifts. You start your show and share your company
information, hostess specials, etc. As you go through the talk as you
speak of brass, glass, frosted glass, porcelain, snuffers, scents, etc.,
call on the owner of the box containing an example of that product
you're speaking of to open her package. Have her "give it up"
to be take it's place on the table.
Most guests will find this very hard to do. Comments
are usually, "Oh, do I have to....this would look great in my
home..." (this is an excellent way to build 'desire' for bookings!
Having the product in her hands makes the person naturally not want to
give it up. Plus remember up until this time the guests may have been
hoping these gifts were there's to keep. But, none the less, the
reluctancy to place the product from their hands to your display should
Continue your talk in the same manner, until all, or
all but one gift is unwrapped. That final gift may be used in a passing
game if you'd like and awarded to the winner to keep! (Select the
final gift appropriately)
Anyway, it's a fun way to:
• actively involve the guests
• keep with the holiday spirit (be sure to use Hannukah and varied
• plant the element of 'desire' for a product, and
• shortens set up on your part as the guest assist you in setting up
...your candle display is transformed before their very eyes...it's
Use or adapt in any way you'd like.....Happy Holidays
INTERVIEW CLOSING QUESTIONS Janene
"Crossefire" (AOL Board)
(Cut this out and tape it to a big index card. READ IT as you are
doing your interview close. It will give you confidence that you don't
forget anything and lets the guest see that if you can read, you can do
candle shows!!) After finding her/his needs out and completing the facts
- If you did this, what would you enjoy the most?
- What assets or qualities do you have that you feel
would make you good at this?
- If it takes 2 hrs. to hold a candle show, how many
would you like to do a week/could you do in a week? (use
a Wkly plan sheet or paper to show her the $...Ex: 3 shows per week
x $320 (avg sales per scc = $960 retail sales/week...When you are on
a profit basis, that is $240 profit a week for 6-8 hrs. of work a
week.) (When you submit $1800 in a month your profit would be
$307.20/week continuing 3 shows/week)
ASK: Is that enough? What would you do with this extra $?
- If I could show you how to do this, could you
- If I could show you how to earn your starter kit
for free and earn $600 in 2 weeks, would you be interested?
- When would you like to set up your starter show?