So here is what I know
- The daily to do list for direct sellers is huge
- You can't do it all
- You need to spend your time on people focused activities
- The sooner you find someone to do the paper chores the more quickly your business will grow
And here is what you will tell me about hiring an Assistant
- I can't afford it
- Where would I find someone
but the truth is that your business will grow fastest and easiest when you spend more time doing what you love, what makes you happy and what you are passionate about
So here are 3 steps to help you find and afford an assistant
1) Make a list of what you want done, or what doesn't need to be done to you
stamping, organizing, prepping, paperwork, web support, photo work, video work
2) Determine who can do this
I say start with family and friends. Can your teenagers put together packets? Do you have a sister, aunt, neighbor who would like to stamp for you?
Can you contact a local high school or tech school and find a photographer, videographer or computer person who is looking to build their portfolio or resume?
What about your customer base? Are there people that have skills that you can utilize?
3) Determine "pay"
I know I am constantly handing my kids $20 every time they leave the house. So let them earn that money by helping you with projects. I have done this in my business for over 14 years.
Some of my first assistants were customers.
Starting out I paid them with hostess items I earned and used my hostess dollars from my class orders to pay them product of their choice. Or I gave them free admission to my classes and stamp camps.
Eventually I went to paying them in stamping dollars. They would keep track of their hours and I paid them in stamps for their time. They got a lot of product and it helped my sales.
Don't use the excuse that you can't afford help.
You can't afford not to get help if you are committed to growing a profitable business.
Remember you can't be both a worker bee and a leader
You can't have both a job and a business
Choose and then act!
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