I can't believe that it's taken me THIS long to come up with this idea. I'm sure there are probably more consultants out there doing this (or a variation of), but I thought I'd share it for those of you who are taking the scenic route like I've been doing for the last 17 months!!! I was printing & assembling the whole packet and having them ready to hand to someone who wanted to host. Then, if the packet wasn't used, I was pulling out the expired month's info & putting in a new month's info. So I had 3 shows this weekend. Last week, I was preparing for them and printing all my materials to do the host packets when it dawned on me. I still had an August packet & was planning to take it in case anyone wanted to do a last minute catalog show for the cookware special. But I was going to have to do multiple September, October, November and December packets too & lug them with me all weekend. WHY??? So instead of carrying 1 Aug, 2 Sep, 2 Oct, 2 Nov & 2 Dec complete packets ... I put the basics in 4 folders ... my business card, the catalog for the host, recruiting flyer, the Cooking Show Planning guide and 3 catalogs for the guests. Then I printed packets to be added to the folders later containing the monthly host flyer, three guest flyers and 3 outside order forms and paper clipped the various groups. Taking 4 folders with catalogs and 9 monthly groups of 7 sheets of paper was MUCH easier than taking 9 or more completed host packets with all those catalogs!!! Sitting there in front of the person wanting to host & finishing the assembly of the packet was really no big deal! It took longer to fill out the Cooking Show Planning Guide than it did to insert the monthly special flyers & OOF's. Saturday's show had 23 confirmed RSVP's so I was already carrying 25 clipboards and tools for THREE recipes!!! Every ounce of weight that I could omit from my load counted!!! By continuing to use this method, I'm less likely to get caught "out" of folders for a certain month. I can carry around 4 or so groups for each month, but only carry around 4 or so catalog packets!!! This is going to make my workload so much easier. I'm usually the one who is always looking for an "easier" way of doing things. I can't believe it took me this long to find a shortcut on host packets. I'm going to blame it on mommy brain!