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I need ideas for recruiting without paying

Postby Homemom » Fri Jan 28, 2005 4:25 pm

Any ideas? I have been entering forums and boards and of course socially! Help it is not moving quick enough for me.
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More info...

Postby Liz Tomey » Tue Feb 01, 2005 11:45 pm

Can you be more specific? It really depends on what you are trying to promote...

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same boat!

Postby mysexysexysensationsrep » Wed Feb 02, 2005 10:12 am

I am also looking for free or inexpensive ways to promote my business. I join communities like this and it works well and you pick up a few friends also!
I do flyers throughout the city in store windows and stuff. I get business cards through vistaprint.com you get 250 cards you only pay shipping! Everyone that gets my money gets a card! Waitresses, gas station attendants, sales people in stores. Everywhere i go I leave cards.
Try hosting a party yourself to make sure all your friends and family knoiw about your new business and see if others are interested in the opportunities as well.
I have also joined a networking group of other direct sales companies. This helps as well!
Theres some ideas , let me know if they work for you!
Good luck with your business. Remember Rome wasn't built in one day!
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Have you try inserting the brochure in the newspaper?

Postby j3nny » Thu Feb 03, 2005 12:32 am

I paid the local newspaper agency to inser my brochure in the newspaper and it seems work well. You can try that whether it works for you.
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Are you setting realistic expectations for your business?

Postby WatkinsWAHM » Fri Feb 04, 2005 11:09 pm

:shock:

There are lots of ways to advertise for little or no money. I have found that most direct market businesses take a while to build. But the end results can be very worth wild. How long have you been in this business? It also depends on the product you are selling. Is it a consumable item that people need to order often or only once every 6 months? I was lucky with my business because it was already well established company that customers order from often. I got great online benefits that also increased my traffic. Other advertising I do is forums, business cards, warm market contacts and free websites. I also have a great sponsor that helps me find cheap advertising. Good luck with your business!
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Postby Lynn Terry » Fri Feb 04, 2005 11:16 pm

Great post, Cheryl!

Welcome to SSWT :D
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Postby wahmsunited » Sat Feb 05, 2005 11:06 am

I agree that there are a multitude of ways to advertise at little or no cost online - even offline - printing your own brochures & biz cards. Try hand writing a little note on the back of your biz card and leaving them at restaurants (leave one on the table for your waitress to see), and anywhere else you can think of.

Here's a link to an article entitled 65+ Ways To Advertise Your New Business

Never be afraid to talk about your business - you never know where your next sale or recruit may come from!

Hope this helps ;)
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Postby Marketing Basics » Sun Feb 06, 2005 12:50 pm

Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of "Guerrilla Marketing for Free: Dozens of No-Cost Tactics to Promote Your Business and Energize Your Profits" by Jay Conrad Levinson.

Your local library or bookstore should have it. Or you can try Amazon.com.

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Postby karadawn » Fri Feb 11, 2005 10:29 am

How about a local drawing? Speak to the owner of a local restaurant, and ask if you could set up a box for their customers to win a free candle. On your drawing forms, have a space for those entering to request a catalog, information on hosting, or information on earning money with your company. The cost is just a bit of your time and the cost of your candle. ;)
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Postby Bev S » Mon Feb 28, 2005 11:14 am

I like leaving the business card idea. It's inexpensive and you never know who that card will get passed to.

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Postby TonyRush » Mon May 23, 2005 9:25 am

Ok, let me play the devil's advocate for a moment....

What is it about the direct sales industry that makes people think they can start their own business without spending any money or investing in their own success?

You can barely spend any time on an MLM/direct-sales message board without reading someone's post that says one of the secrets of success is to "treat your MLM like a business, not a hobby".

And yet the boards are full of people who claim to have a home business and yet they don't want to spend any money or invest in any business tools that will help them be successful.

Any legitimate and serious business will have operating expenses. How do we reconcile that with the fact that many MLMers claim they're in business but have no money to invest and are treating it like a hobby?

Thoughts?

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Postby uniquelyyours » Fri Jun 03, 2005 4:30 pm

I agree with you Tony, I see that alot as well where people looking for ways to make extra income but want to get started for free. Even if you can intially start for free one must still invest in time which is money, and tools as mentioned to promote any business.

Here are a few more tips that may help you,

--look into getting magnetic business cards, this way everyone you give a card to can place it on the frige, or any magnetic surface. for example your car with a sign that says 'take one' .

-- when you do flyer, make four quarter sections on 8 x11 paper check officemax, staples or office depot for sales on copying. Have them do copies of 100 and ask for them to be cut this way you end up with 400 flyer. Make sure you do this only on sales, or if you have a coupon for copying. sign up for one of there rewards or email programs so you can get the discount on a regular basis. Or if you check some of the only coupon sites you can get the discound for in-store deals as well.

-- school fund raisers, when the orders are in make sure you include a flyer for what you are promoting in each bag. Volunteer for the PTA, and other school events.

-- look for community events like a womens club or something similar many of these club at annual events or events to raise money have raffles volunteer to donate some of your products as one of the prizes in the raffle along with all of your contact information like your website, email, phone number everything.

-- last but not least if you have a answering machine or voice system at home you could mention your busness briefly or just say you are running a promotion with your website link.

Just a few ideas, good luck.

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Postby Chuck_Anthony » Wed Jun 29, 2005 8:44 am

Hi,

Great ideas and insight here, thanks all!

I have a mindset of doing business whenever/wherever. So here's an example of how I will on occasion, turn downtime time into productive time: First, how many times have you received a telemarketing call around dinnertime? Annoying I know, but if you're the right frame of mind, you can do the "reverse telemarketing approach" and if nothing else, keep your "live" prospecting skills sharp...

Be patient and let the TM'er go thru their schpeal--then what I do is say, "Thanks for the info" (I try to remember their first name) and then I follow-up with a complimentary statement and a question such as: "______, you give a great presentation!... I'm looking for people like you in MY business--Are you open to other ways of earning income that won't interfere with your job?"

You never know, you just might catch the person at the right time and get a positive response. I used this approach once on a real estate agent who was trying to get me to list my house with her. Not only did I sign her up, she's been one of my best customers ever since. The best part about that is, I'm still getting paid residually for a prospecting effort I made 9 years ago! -- And, it didn't cost me a penny!!
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Postby Chuck_Anthony » Tue Aug 09, 2005 2:01 pm

wahmsunited wrote:Never be afraid to talk about your business - you never know where your next sale or recruit may come from!


So true Diane, thank you! And, you mention the #1 reason why people in Direct Sales don't talk about their business--FEAR. The fear of rejection. I would ask them, how might they get over their fears? I have a couple of ideas; some I've developed on my own and some learned from the experts.

For me personally, talking to people comes naturally but I realize this may not be true for those I bring into my business. I suggest to them that asking questions of their live prospects can be a great way to break the ice and at the same time, be very productive.

Why ask questions? Questions...

* create dialogue
* show you care
* Indicate your interest in them
* create opportunities to compliment
* are the "glue" that keep a conversation going
* help identify their needs
* help YOU decide whether this is someone you want to do business with

I'll keep these guidelines in mind for example, if I'm doing live prospecting at a shopping mall--where people aren't always that excited about their jobs. How it works is simple. First of all, I'm looking for workers, so I'll make a point of going to the mall during off-peak hours when employees may have a moment to chat. He or she may be restocking a clothing rack or just trying to look busy... I'll try to make eye contact and ask in a friendly way, something like; "Are you having fun yet?" ... or just; "How's it goin?" ... (if they are wearing a name tag, great!--address them by their first name) ... Judging from their response, facial expression, smile, etc., I'll decide whether I want to create a dialogue with that person. If I decide yes, I'll extend a handshake and my business card. My next question might be; "Sally, my company is experiencing rapid growrh in this area and I'm looking for good people to join our team... Would you be open to looking at a great opportunity that wouldn't interfere with your job?"

If that question generates a positive response, it's time to get your pen and paper (or PDA) out and get their info. That definitely is more important than giving them your business card, because if you leave it up to them, chances are they won't call you. Try to get their home or cell phone number, the best time to call, and of course, email.

Hope this helps,
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