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  1. I have a really dumb question. I haven't been very active lately and I am lucky to have 1 show a month. Is it the same as last year to where the new products were available for purchase in August as a product preview month or are they strictly not available until September 1. I know the catalogs are not supposed to be used until then (but I will be lucky if I can get a show in). Also, if any over you have ever been in a slump such a this and have any advice, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!
    Aug 2, 2005
  2. chefjanet

    chefjanet Guest

    Fall Products available Sept. 1st

    Hi Jamie,

    Unfortunately, the fall products are not available for sale until Sept. 1st. There is no "preview month" in August this year, so we'll have to wait until Sept. 1st to offer them. I guess that you could host an "Open House" at the very end of August and display the new products, but you would not be able to submit the show until Sept. 1st, so that doesn't really help you if you need to get in an August show. On the upside of things, the fall mini-catalogs are available for purchase now, so you can start sending them out to get more September bookings.

    I'm sorry to hear that you're feeling a slump in your business. Perhaps you could try an advertising blitz of sorts in your community- put up flyers at the playground and local bulletin boards, pass out old catalogs to neighbors and offer a special booking gift to anyone who hosts a show for you in August. Sometimes I will offer a really nice gift to the first person who books and holds and closes a show within the next three weeks. You could also try offering an "Express Show" where you would provide the ingredients and paper goods for the host. I've also had success offering lunch hour office shows to those who work in a company with a break room. I love doing those because they are quick recipes, and typically have a good turnout.

    Hope some of these ideas help you. Best of luck with your business!

    -Janet :)
    Aug 2, 2005
  3. Sk8Mom209

    Sk8Mom209 Advanced Member Gold Member

    Here are some ideas for you

    First, no questions is a dumb question!

    Now, have you contacted your local chamber of commerce? They should be able to help you target businesses are areas in your community. Also, they will have a calendar of community events. Fairs and Festivals are a great way to get bookings and recruits and just plain get your name out there!

    And I agree with Janet, get flyers and catalogs out in the community everywhere you go. Also, to go along with the Express Show, in one of the workshops the speaker used Express Shows to fill her calendar by offering a free gift or additional discount to any host who booked and held a show in the next 10 days. She also had a great gimmick for calendaring. She would offer hosts a Food Chopper or other product in that price range for the amount of the date the show was held (ie on August 1st the chopper would be $1 and the 15th it would be $15, etc. Just a couple of ideas.

    Good luck!
    Aug 5, 2005
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