- Jun 29, 2009
I'm a newbie - I just schedulede my first and second show and now I need to buy office supplies. Does anyone have a suggestion for what I need to get started for my first couple of shows?
The only thing I would add is a small-to-medium sized tub with lid for dirty dishes. Good luck and Have FUN!!!
I used to do this, but I think it's a pain to have an extra tub to carry in to my shows every time. I just bring along plastic grocery bags and stick my dirties in there. Then I can put the bags on top of the clean stuff in my tote bag, adn then stick it all in the dishwasher when I get home.
You only need to give your guests a catalog, an order form and a pen.
You can put the monthly host/guest flyers in page protectors in a folder and use them over and over, and just change them out each month (I use the tri-fold binder from supply order because it stands up on a table). Then you don't have to make copies for everyone (they throw them out anyway).
For host packets, just include 3-5 catalogs, 5-8 outside order forms, a Show Planner, the monthly host/guest specials (two-sided print-out), and some postcard invitations. I split the packs of 40 in half, and promote the use of my website for e-invitations.
The only other things I get from supply order are the drawing slips and the Show Tally (duplicate forms - helps total a show with the host before you leave so they know how close they are to the next level).
For your home office, you just need some type of filing system - I use manilla folders for my shows (keep the receipts together) and hold onto them for a year until I do my taxes and total everything up. I keep receipts of my business expenses and track my mileage monthly, too.
It's definitely best to keep it simple and not spend money on things that you really don't need. Good luck!
Thanks for posting these great tips! Can you please tell me the order # for the notebook? I looked at the order form but wasn't sure which one you meant. Thanks again
It's #9631 - Tabletop Flipchart with 3 inserts - $15. Worth every penny - perfect for booths and shows. I would order extra inserts (plastic page holders) - I put the current and future host/guest specials in there, as well as the theme show flyers and any recruiting promos. You can put the product display cards in there, too.