Tuesday, 21 June 2011

First Team Meeting

It was my first team meeting for PartyLite last night. They hold a team meeting every month, and there's also a regional meeting of about 40 people every month, too. I took my friend with me, as she's interested in the business as well.

To be honest, most of the meeting went way over my head. I think you need to have at least one party under your belt to understand most of what was said, but it was still enjoyable. I also won a candle :)

There was a lot to take in, and some of it I can use at my first party (which has now been moved, so my first solo show is on 7th July), which was helpful. I'm not sure how many meetings I'll make, as they're held in Bognor and I wouldn't get home until nearly midnight and I have to be up at 6am to work. Still, I can but try.

I also picked up my business manuals, which I'd left at my sponsor's house when I had my induction. I'm going to go through them today and see what I can glean. I'm going to need an office of my own, instead of the dining table, for all the PartyLite goods I have!

So, once I've finished working today, I'll be reading up on PartyLite etiquette whilst sipping tea. The wine didn't go down too well the other night, so I'll stick with what I know... for now.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Induction to PartyLite

Well, I managed to drive myself to Bognor Regis and made it there and back in one piece; I do surprise myself sometimes. Poxy sat-nav told me there were roundabouts when they'd obviously been moved years ago, missed out new roundabouts, and told me to drive down a bus lane! Glad I remembered Bognor when I got there.

As for the induction, it went really well. My mentor/team leader started by saying that I'd only retain about 7% of what she had to say, but I think I got it all. There's quite a lot to party plan; I hadn't realised that. It made me slightly more worried about my first solo show - which is on the 26 June - but I'm sure I'll be fine. I've already decided to tailor the speech and keep it brief. Just hope that I get over everything I need to in that time.

I now have my kit - can't wait to open it up and go through it tonight. Just waiting for hubby to lug in in out of the car for me. There's actually a lot more in the kit than I thought there would be. They say it's worth £300, but that doesn't really mean much if you don't know the product very well, so it was a nice surprise. I'm also a sucker for stationery, and with the kit you get a new diary - yay! Shame my mentor has defaced it already, LoL.

So, that's my forthcoming evening. Just add wine.

Introducing...

Hello there!

I guess I should start with a little about myself: I'm a 31-year-old business woman from West Sussex. I currently run two MLM businesses from home (part-time) and I also work for 63336, a text messaging company. I enjoy reading fiction, especially crime/thrillers. I'm an agoraphobic, so I spend most of my time indoors, but I occasionally venture out with my husband and friends.

So, how do I manage to run my businesses? The simple answer is: I push myself. I always find that going out is never as bad as I imagine it will be. In fact, I usually enjoy it, although it makes me terribly tired. I joined Phoenix Trading (a greeting cards and stationery firm) last year primarily to get me out of the house. Sadly, with the recession in full swing (sorry Mr Cameron, but in my world the recession is still ongoing) times are tough. People just don't have the extra cash for luxuries right now, but I'm hoping this will change, and soon!

I have also just signed up as a PartyLite Consultant, selling candles and home accessories. I'm expecting this business to be hard going, with customers not having the spare income they once did, but I hope to weather the storm and come out the other side. I joined as there's no registration fee, you earn commission from the start and I just love the products. I threw my starter party a couple of weeks ago and it went really well - I was most surprised. I'm going for my training tomorrow morning. To be honest, I'm more worried about driving to Bognor on my own than I am about the business. One part of the business I'm not keen on is having to give a speech at the beginning of parties. I'm frightened that I'll bore people senseless! Hence I am going to keep it to a maximum of 5-10 minutes. Wish me luck!

As for 63336, I've been working for them since May 2005. I basically answer questions that customers text in. The questions range from "When's the next train from X to X?" to "How many adult hamsters would it taker to power the QE2?" I love my job, and it's extremely flexible. I tend to work from 6am to around midday five days a week (Monday to Friday). This is my main 'job', which just about pays the bills. Everything I earn from Phoenix and PartyLite is extra, but ultimately goes on household bits *sigh*.

So, that's an introduction to my working life.

As for my personal life: I'm married without children (at present), but we do have a number of animals. I also foster small furries for a local charity, so they all keep me busy. With all this going on in my life, you've got to wonder how I manage to have down time! It's all in a day's work.