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I highly recommend getting a website. Especially because starting Sept 1st anyone can order on there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In the past, they only did this during the holiday season OR you had to be "attached" to a show where they'd have to enter the host's name. Most of the people who have placed orders through my website have been guests at shows or those who were invited and couldn't come really. There's a host only section where they can enter their guest list, send out e-invitations, send out reminders about their show, keep track of RSVPs and create their wish list. When I've had hosts use this option, it can really add to the total of their show. One host had over $200 come in just from my website. It makes it SO easy to do catalog shows as well.
It's a great business tool that really can pay for itself with the first bunch of orders because it's a very reasonable price. And it's very easy to set up and update......even for "non computer people." So, I recommend it!
i just got my web site ! Let me tell you I wish i got it a year ago !!! I love it ! I had it 2 days and it allready paid for itself !!( i paid for 6 months to try it) I sent out a big email to all my contacts and had a great response ! It is also GREAT for your hostess, people who cant attend the show can place orders! Even far away relatives or friends ! I always give out recipe cards at my shows with all my web site info on them now ! I explain they can contact me through my web site or place a order whenever they would like ! I also try to post recipes to attract them back to see the newest recipes !! I say do it !!
This is my SS1, but I have already got my website up and running. (I figured if I was going to give PC a shot, I should jump in with both feet). I ran off labels to attach to each invite that said "Unable to attend? You may still place an order or book a show by visiting...." (I got the idea from the files on this board). I also put a label on all my catalogs "Come visit my website!..." Tonight I had my second "real" show...(it was technically my fourth, but my first two were relatives, so I don't really count them). The host had close to $300 in web orders before the show started, so the site has already paid for itself. The host is also expecting a few more orders, so her show could very well top the $1000 mark. My advice..GO FOR IT!!
How much does the website cost? I think it is a great idea but having to be careful how much money I spend at one time on my business. I know you have to spend money to start a new business but I just can't afford to get too crazy right at first.
You can pay for 6 months or 12 months. I subscribed for 12 months and it was $72. I can't remember how much it was for 6 months. It really is a decent price for a website though! But I would wait until you can afford it or until you make a decision. When I first signed up, I wasn't sure so I waited and debated. But now that I have one I feel better giving the option to my customers that they can order online. And I love telling my hosts that they can call friends and family and have them order online to help the show get to the next level!
I have my website on my business cards and encourage my hosts to write their names on the back and hand them out to all they discuss their shows with (hairdressers, nails, etc) - - it's a way to invite more outside people to the show. And then they will have the hosts name to put in.
I just started out myself and this is definitely my best investment! The website kind of encourages them to use a credit card to pay, which takes the pressure off my bank account at party closing time. It is also easy for out of staters to use. I have 5 out of state catalog parties running through my website right now. The evite feature simplifies it for the hosts too.
I give the website 5 stars! It was so easy to use too - everything (pictures and wording) are all there, you just pick & choose.