85 Ways To Find Direct Sales Bookings (Formerly 63)

Originally 63 ways to find bookings, this page is constantly growing!

How To Get Bookings – Not At The Show

There probably are more than 85 ways to find leads outside of your shows but this was all I could think of today. If you have a direct sales booking idea not listed here please add it in the comment section at the end of the post!

It is essential that every direct sales business owner has multiple systems to generate a continuous supply of direct sales business leads.

This list should give you some good ideas.

If you need more ideas you may want to check out these pages as well:

Direct Sales Leads For ALL Business Models

booking ideas for direct sales
These bookings ideas will work for any direct selling business, not just party plan.

If your direct sales business does not do home party shows, please do not rule yourself out.

These booking ideas are a great way to find leads for any business and will work in all companies!

85 Direct Sales Bookings

Please add YOUR direct sales booking tips in the comment section below because I know that there are MORE ways than this to get bookings!

  1. Realtors, mortgage broker, home remodeling gifts
  2. Home owners organization clubhouse shows
  3. Bingo: donate gifts to fill basket bingo
  4. Provide a bi monthly informative newsletter that brings value to your customers and contacts
  5. Use your catalog not your business card
  6. Have an open house (but call it a practice show) & invite everyone you meet for 3 weeks before the show (get follow-up numbers)
  7. Leave old catalogs in waiting rooms all over town
  8. Attend fairs, expos, food festivals as a guest and network with the vendors
  9. Check out ads (online and off) for those who offer daycare in their homes. A lot of home daycare providers are interested in Fundraisers!
  10. Start your own local TV show on Community Access TV or a YouTube Channel – or both!
  11. Hang posters on community bulletin boards
  12. Send a press release out once a month
  13. Change hair, nail, spa salons every time you go
  14. Hold a transition party when the catalog changes: open your products at the show
  15. Tell the HO if you are bilingual
  16. Do video tape shows, instead of catalog shows
  17. Hold A WOW Party: Within One Week everyone knows what they are doing next week!
  18. Put up fish bowls/prize drawings at businesses
  19. Teach classes at the gym, grocery store, doctor
  20. Run for public office and meet TONS of potential hosts!
  21. Offer yourself as a FREE public speaker
  22. Start a campaign to offer yourself as bridal shower organizer/presenter. Stop in at bridal shops regularly and ask them if you can be their go-to person.
  23. Swap business services with other businesses or consultants
  24. Attend fairs, expos, food festivals as a vendor
  25. Hang out at the (kitchen tool, makeup, toy, etc.) aisle at your local department store
  26. Join a Chamber and take advantage of all the membership benefits
  27. Visit Chamber of Commerce networking events as a guest
  28. Get a book at the Chamber of Commerce for non-profit organizations
  29. Don’t forget special interest or small town Chambers for all of the above: Become a Chamber hopper!
  30. Join network marketing support groups
  31. Visit networking support groups as a guest (a different one each month)
  32. Offer your services at the community center, Spanish center, etc.
  33. Set up a table on neighborhood yard sale days
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  35. Bring cookies -You always get what you want when you bring cookies
  36. Offer business luncheon shows
  37. Strike up conversations at McDonald’s play land, parks
  38. Ask for referrals for/from other companies or services providers
  39. Do fundraiser shows in front of the grocery store
  40. Talk to schools, fund-raisers, catalog in teachers lounge, show before PTA meeting
  41. Put displays at bridal locations
  42. Promote kids birthday parties (you are the entertainment)
  43. Help the girl/boy scouts get badges
  44. Take a branded traveling office with you everywhere (people will see you working and ask)
  45. Soccer/sport tail gate parties
  46. Give out gift cards or contact info on Halloween with the candy
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  48. Include contact information on the back of your holiday cards
  49. Run a weekly/monthly/quarterly prize drawing and invite people you meet out and about to join
  50. Carry little gift bags everywhere you go to hand out (always get contact info when you give a gift)
  51. Stop at every car wash/bake sale fund-raiser; buy something then ask about their cause
  52. Set up a table at your bank: many banks have a ‘highlight a local business table’ so start a campaign to inquire
  53. Conduct “It’s Customer Service Week” calls every day to past customers using the customer centric customer care script
  54. Contact churches, advertise in church bulletin, fund-raisers
  55. Routinely perform “Out Of The Box” calls to check in, be sure they are using their items and offer use and care advice
  56. Trade home parties with other consultants in other companies
  57. Offer your demo services at stores, gyms or other related businesses to provide value to them
  58. Take your product with you to events whenever possible.
  59. Advertise in football or music programs, alumni newsletters
  60. Trade services/referrals with other direct sales consultants in non-competitive companies by handing out each others mini-brochures
  61. Contact colleges for opportunity events
  62. direct sales booking ideas

  63. Contact past purchasers about appropriate upcoming specials based on their past purchase
  64. Pamper a business Day at your dentist, doctor, or any business
  65. Go to sports events and connect with the band booster clubs
  66. Tape your grocery list to a catalog to go shopping with
  67. Schedule your own shows in restaurants or bars for fund-raisers, multiple hosts or just for fun (Motorcycle clubs love bar shows!)
  68. Have custom note cards made with your business info on the back (or use a service for sending cards that customizes them for your business)
  69. Move into new neighborhoods by offering a get to know the neighbor residential community show
  70. Offer “last week of school” teacher shows to celebrate all the teachers who have a birthday, baby shower or wedding over the Summer
  71. Offer entertainment workshops or fundraisers to apartment complexes
  72. Hold a customer appreciation New Year’s party or holiday party the last week or the first week of the year
  73. Ask the manager of apartment complexes or condo communities if you can distribute fliers
  74. Hook up with the local welcome “wagon” and put something in their basket (It is not called that any more but many communities have one)
  75. Join MeetUp.com groups in your business niche or hobbies
  76. Offer entertainment workshops or fundraisers to condo – resident groups
  77. Offer entertainment workshops or fundraisers to employee relations committees (all hospitals have them)
  78. If your company allows it use FaceBook, Twitter and LinkedIn, Pinterest (all social sites) use them consistently… they really work!
  79. If your company allows it, start a blog to share about your products, opportunity and services. Why Blog?
  80. Find Business With Text Message

  81. Brand your car with a magnet or a decal and be loud and proud in a roving billboard!
  82. Create a system of texting for bookings to one contact group per week – every week!
  83. Ask for (and give a gift for) booking referrals from friends, family, guests at shows, etc.
  84. Attend political town meetings, fundraiser or activist events as a supporter to meet new and influential people
  85. Put an ad in your local paper or community bulletin merchant buy-sell-trade paper
  86. Offer retirement home or assisted living parties for holiday shopping
  87. Put your company name on your mail box
  88. Write “Ask Me For A Brochure” on one of your company logo bags, fill it with catalogs and take it everywhere you go
  89. Take one idea from this list of direct sale bookings ideas and implement a new 1 or 2 each week in a strategic action plan

Want More Information On These Direct Sales Bookings Techniques?

The Cash Flow ShowDirect Selling Training Club includes the Direct Sales Bookings University which goes into extensive detail on all of these booking ideas.

You deserve a solid show schedule and utilizing all of the resources available will get you there.

Add Your Insight On How To Book Parties For Direct Sales!

I am sure that I missed a few ideas on how to book parties…. This list used to be only 63 direct sales booking ideas!

If you can think of any please add them below!

With 85 ways to find bookings (I am sure we will add more) there is no reason not to have enough business because there really are UNLIMITED home party plan bookings out there….

Are you willing to go out and get them?

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    Shared by: Monica Pearce:

    Thanks for sharing these great ideas. I can’t wait to start trying them with my Avon business. I also like to give my customers a gift when their friends or family order through me.

    Shared by: Deb Bixler:

    You’ve got that right, Rebecca -

    Shared by: Rebecca Anwin:

    Ask for referrals!
    Ask your friends, neighbors, colleagues, customers, family… Everyone.
    Every time you discuss your business with someone for any reason ask and who else do you know that would love…

    Shared by: Deb Bixler:

    Hey Lisa – Here is an article on texting for bookings
    Hope that helps!
    Thanks for the show bookings tip for at the party!

    Shared by: Lisa St Clair:

    I liked number 77. I thought that was pretty interesting and would like more info on how I could pull it off.

    I have a tip to share.

    When I first started I stumbled across a suggestion about purchasing a small card with a small envelope (the kind you get for a gift); write the name of a product that you are willing to give as a gift on the card and place the card inside the envelope, write on the outside of the envelope how many bookings you want in order to get that product for free, put a curly ribbon on the outside of the envelope. Pin it on your host, tell her if she reaches that number of bookings she will receive the item written inside free and the hosts will also receive the same gift the night of their originally scheduled party, and then tell her to tell her guests as they arrive what it is and ask them to schedule their party.

    I always walk away with 2 parties and there are times I have left with 4.

    Shared by: Deb Bixler:

    Great idea, Jennifer! Will add that one to the list!

    Shared by: Jennifer Burns:

    Go to fundraisers for politicians. Always a good way to meet new people and to get your name out to a lot of people.

    Shared by: Deb Bixler:

    You are not too late, DeeDee. I still have 6 CDs left…

    There was only 3 requirements to get one mailed to your door but it seems as though it was more difficult than I anticipated. The original promotion is here:

    • Post here
    • Get a friend to post here and mention your name as the referrer
    • send me your mailing address at Deb@Debbixler.com

    It seems as though most people miss the referral piece… so as long as there are CDs left the promo is still available!

    Shared by: DeeDee Pfrehm:

    Not sure if I missed it, but Mystery Hostess Shows are great. Can do them online on FB also. Thanks for all the great tips! I’m going to start trying alot of these!!!! WooHoo!!!

    Shared by: Susan:

    Love all of these ideas! Going to try out #62!

    Shared by: Sarah:

    Love the 77 Tips! Printed it out to hang on my wall for when I run out of ideas!

    Shared by: Virginia Stevens:

    Great list. Have used some of the ideas successfully. Gave mothers who brought their children “Trick or Treating” on Halloween votives.
    They are still talking about it years later.

    I have a plan to contact customers with special combination product packages. Addition to Item 58.

    Shared by: Lisa:

    Nichole Mcklveen shared with me… Tons of great ideas

    Shared by: Karol:

    I like number 7 about leaving catalogs in waiting rooms around town. What amazing ideas. I was sent here by Virginia Stevens.

    Shared by: Nichole Mcklveen:

    I can’t wait to try a couple of these so many great ideas I haven’t thought of yet ! I will be attending a convention next month your speaking at I can’t wait to listen and hear all the great tips and tricks :)

    Shared by: Gigi Segura:

    #75 I am very interested in blogging and I am looking into starting one. Educational and empowering women with what I have learned and sharing that. :)

    Shared by: Deb Bixler:

    Layla – you can network your business at fun and adventure meet ups too! There are business oriented ones but just meeting new people out and about and sprinkling is the bigger picture! Give out a card or brochure and the added bonus of deducting the mileage kicks in!

    Shared by: Cortina:

    Always looking for help. What great ideas!

    #76 I am ordering my decals for my car.

    Shared by: Layla:

    I was reading through the 77 ideas and realized I do a lot of them. I plan to implement som eof the ones I am not doing such as #25 and #71. I love meet ups but never looked for business networking related meetups

    Shared by: Wendy Jones:

    Shared with me by Lorene Petrovich.

    Shared by: Lorene Petrovich:

    I got a decal for my back glass put on Friday to advertise. I haven’t had anyone ask me about it YET but I know they will!! I am also going to start doing the video parties, I love that idea!!
    I attended an event on Saturday and got some good leads and booked 2 shows! :)

    Shared by: Linda Rennie:

    Shared with me by Kimbre Bellhouse. I advertise myself- my car, tote bag,namepin, stationery, and mention my biz casually in conversation so they ask me ?. I also plan to use the ideas I am not already doing. Thank you.

    Shared by: Deb Bixler:

    Great Idea, Kimbre – A Mini-Text message news update is a great idea. Are you currently doing this now?

    Shared by: Sarah:

    Like the idea of helping Girl Scouts earn a badge!

    Shared by: Kimbre Bellhouse:

    When sending out an email newsletter. How about a mini newsletter in a text message or an e-invitation. More people are about the technology these days then the old school ways.

    Shared by: Rissa:

    Going to try the bring cookies. I know I can never turn down a cookie.

    Shared by: Carmen Saunders:

    I’ve always attended expos as a vendor until I read #8 to attend as a guest and it felt good.

    Shared by: Victoria:

    I did #7 and 8 I broke even at the first event and not so good on the second but I did get contact info at both events. I will add tips #47,63 and 34

    Shared by: Coretta Campbell:

    I leave old catalogs at the mall, shopping outlet

    Shared by: Melissa Faulkner:

    All great ideas. Here are ones I’ll do first: schedule my own party at a restaurant, school fundraiser, fish bowls at businesses.

    Shared by: Deb Bixler:

    Cool Mary – Yes, I find that to be VERY effective!

    Shared by: Deb Bixler:

    Don’t forget everyone – in order to earn the FREEBIE CD set someone has to comment and tell us YOU sent them!

    Shared by: Mary Wegner:

    Tip #49. I keep info packets in my car and whenever I see a fund raiser car wash, bake sale, etc. I stop and give a packet to the event coordinator. This has led to fund raisers, future bookings, and recruits. It’s definitely a winning tip.

    Shared by: Shir Candlebabe:

    I love the event advice to focus on getting bookings and not cash n carry

    Shared by: Carol:

    I’m excited to try #62, Tape your grocery list to a catalog to go shopping with. I can see myself then giving it away either in aisles and/or in the checkout line :-) Always carry extras!

    Shared by: Cheryl Igel:

    I work at a school so I’m going to try the “last week of school” teacher show to spread the word about my business. (Monica Ramos sent me here)

    Shared by: Diane:

    I use de fish Bowl at Spa, Hair and Fashion Show in which models where Lia Sophia Jewells. People comlete drawing ticket with name, @, phone#. Also 3 questions to qualify them. It does bring new business.
    My english is not very good. I’a a french Canadian.

    Shared by: Jorge:

    Wear a button that says “Ask me about my _____”
    (Monica Ramos sent me)

    Shared by: Deb Bixler:

    Yes, using Google Hangouts really makes it simple then integrate an online party, even a facebook party for promoting it and using them together!

    Shared by: Monica Ramos:

    #16 – Video Parties. I plan to implement this soon. Now that we can record and imbed Google Hangouts this should be great for business! Good time saver too and allow me and my team to reach non-local hostesses.

    Shared by: Kenya:

    Join network marketing support groups I have decided to join smaller groups that offer presenting your products at least 2 times a year. I have presented twice already

    Shared by: Stacey:

    Referred by Stephanie Post #50 – I plan to start schedule one event each month in a public venue to meet new people – Schedule your own shows in restaurants or bars for fund-raisers, multiple hosts or just for fun

    Shared by: Elizabeth:

    Carol Byland shared this with me. Lots of great ideas! I like them all.

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