Cash Flow Show Recommended Direct Sales Tools
The Cash Flow Show Website has hundreds of direct sales tools to assist the party plan consultant in growing her or his business and training the team.
Many of the tools discussed on this page have full articles elsewhere on the site with more information about their uses and benefits. Others are tools that we use daily or those developed by others.
We only recommend direct sales tools and software that we use or have tested and approved.
Approved Direct Sales Tools
|Below you will find approved direct sales tools in 4 categories.
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The Cash Flow Show & Downloadable Direct Sales Tools
These are tools that are available on the Cash Flow Show website. Most are simple videos, recordings or direct sales tools in a download form to assist you in your training endeavors.
- The Cash Flow Show – Direct Sales Radio: The show airs 7 days a week around the world and is the most affordable party plan-specific training you could possibly get your team involved in. The home business radio show is FREE!
- Radio Show Transcribed: As a service to direct sellers we have some of the best shows transcribed into text as a direct sales tool for the hearing impaired. Visit the blog category Radio Show-Hearing Impaired to read or download the transcriptions of our top shows.
- Direct Sales Training Videos: The Cash Flow Show website has many home party direct sales specific videos that are interspersed throughout the site.
- Audio Recording Training Tools: The site also includes free home business training audio recordings that are up to an hour long.
- Tap Into Your Warm Market: All direct sellers are instructed to contact all their friends and family when they first start their business. This article on how to tap into your warm market includes a worksheet to brainstorm that process.
- Press Releases For Finding Business: Download a press release template that you can use for submitting your news to local or online media distributors.
- Home Party Games: This a hot topic and this is the hottest game article on the site. It includes a FREE audio e-book on home party plan games.
- Team Meeting Planning: Team retention depends on good team meetings. Download worksheets on networking icebreakers for team meeting planning and a meeting planning template that makes meeting planning a breeze.
- Home Party Selling Technique: Selling the benefits, not the features, is the key to creating desire in a party plan business. This article on home party selling includes a worksheet to script your business benefits.
- Pyramid Selling Scams: This page on how to identify what is a pyramid scheme or selling scam includes a downloadable questionnaire to use when researching companies.
- Start A Party Plan Business: With a step-by-step guide on how to start a home party business, you can print or save a worksheet that will assist in asking the right questions when looking for a company that will match your personality.
- Methods Of Direct Selling – Differences In Compensation Plans: An often-asked question is “what are the differences in various comp plans?” The definition found on this page is also a download that is easy to understand.
Direct Sales Tools – Business Software & Online Tools For Consultants
It can be very overwhelming when considering all the technology options available out there.
The scary thing about technology is that the more you learn, the more there is to learn. Home party plan consultants sometimes have a tendency to lag behind in incorporating new technology into their businesses. The newest tech things can help you to free up time so that you can do what sales is really all about: connecting to real people.
Just try one thing and get good at it and then add something new. This software has been tested and has received the Cash Flow Show stamp of approval!
Client Angel: The Client Angel enables you to store and manage your customer information, track sales, create and manage events, and maintain reminders all in one database. It is a contact management system specific to party plan consultants.
The software is programmed with home party plan reminders for hostess coaching, recruiting, party dates, etc. It is the only contact management system of its kind and can be modified with reminders that you prefer.
- MyNewsletterBuilder: Email marketing is an essential component of any business. Not all email marketing programs are direct sales friendly! MNB is the one that Deb Bixler uses and comes highly recommended as a user-friendly and direct sales-friendly system of emailing your guests, hosts and clients. If you are still emailing your lists from your own computer you should really reconsider that before you get labeled as a spammer.
- MNB Content Corner: The MyNewsletterBuilder content corner offers “news” for you to use in a variety of niches to serve both your customers and team training. You can maintain multiple groups and send pre-formatted newsletters to your clients, team and potential recruits. If you are training a sales team, you can buy Deb’s preformatted email newsletters to send to your team from YOU!
- Audio Generator: I love this service and have been using it for years. You will see many online audio services but this one is affordable and easy to use. Online audio generator makes it simple to send music, training messages or “infomercials” by email. You can post testimonials on your website, or add free training to your blog. The audio generator is the tool I use to create talking e-books.
- Social Media Automation. The online community can be overwhelming and time-consuming. When you automate parts of it, such as adding the RSS feed or NetworkedBlogs application to the page, it will free you up to do other things like make qualified friends or join niche groups of like-minded individuals. Social media should not be automated to make you look like a robot, but you should automate some parts so you have time to connect.Read an article on social media automation on our other site.
- Google calendar: There are many online calendars but Google calendar comes to mind first. Google has many features. If you use an Android it is a simple way to keep track of your daily activities both in the office and on the road as they auto-synch no matter where you edit them.
- WordPress Blogging Platform: If you are not blogging yet and are thinking about it, then you may want to read why you should be a Party Plan Blogger! When you do decide to get involved in blogging, make absolutely certain you use WordPress! It is user-friendly and does well in the search engines! If you use MyNewsletterBuilder then you know how to edit in WordPress!
- Quick Books: Quick Books takes time to learn but is well worth the effort. Tax time becomes a no-brainer and you will never worry about not having a balanced checkbook again. There is also a SmartPhone version.
SmartPhone Apps For Direct Sales
The Smartphone is a blessing to small business owners who are constantly on the road. With the right apps, your Smartphone can become a very effective mobile office.
- ‘wsRadio’: The wsRadio App allows you to listen to the Cash Flow Show – Home Business Radio show on the run. Just go to your marketplace on any SmartPhone and search for ‘wsRadio’ then tune in at the appointed times.
- MyConsultant: An order calculating app that makes on the run order-taking a breeze. It has the ability to program tax, shipping and specials that may be specific to your company. If your company does not provide software for data entry at your party then this IS a MUST have item.
Read what the founder, Kevin McKinley had to say about the Smartphone app when he was a guest on the Cash Flow Show Radio or visit MyConsultant in your market place to download it.
- Tax Recruiting Tool: The Tax Recruiting App is a web based app recruiting tool that makes sharing your direct sales business opportunity a snap! Lead with the tax savings rather than the business opportunity.
- Pocket Parties: Pocket Parties has every tool you need right by your side. A mobile app designed with the business of direct selling in your pocket. Only available on the iPhone it literally puts a party in your pocket!
Pocket Parties starts with a simple calculator for quick discounts, shipping, and taxing on any amount. There is a to-do list for those quick things that need to be done.
There is a place where you can quickly communicate on your Twitter and Facebook feeds, as well as send group emails or text messages to some or all your clients. It is easy to load up your clients information, including their Facebook and Twitter pages. Pocket Parties can track shipping, inventory, keep track of birthdays and so much more.
Visit Pocket Parties or find it in your SmartPhone market.
- Hostess Coaching: Available in both Android and iPhones, the Hostess Coaching app has all the necessary hostess coaching features programed in: book a party, to do, hostess list, and coaching actions are just a few of the customizable features to keep you on track.
Learn more at HostessCoachingApp.com or search for hostess coaching in your SmartPhone market.
- Mileage Trackers: Mileage can become one of the biggest lost tax deductions that a direct sales consultant forgets to take advantage of. The process of developing a mileage log, filling it out every time you get in the car and then remembering to include it in your tax filings can be cumbersome. There are 2 mileage trackers that we like.MyMileage and Inconosys Trip Tracker are both found in your phone’s marketplace. They use GPS to help small business owners track mileage and create useful tax reports.
When you get in your car, you just plug it in to let the app know that you will be accruing business miles and it will automatically track the miles for you. The app then creates reports that can be used to establish your business activity for the home office deduction.
Read more about direct selling tax deductions.
Other Direct Sales Tools We Love
Time is a valuable resource, so picking tools to enhance your business and make the best use of your time is essential. These are a few more of the tools we use daily.
While sometimes the learning curve on new systems seems a waste of time, the end savings in time (which is more valuable than money) is worth it.
It took a while for me to become adept at Quickbooks but now I cannot imagine how much time I would be wasting had I not invested that time to learn and create the system.
The same is true for most of these other direct sales tools….
The time invested in learning how to use them pays off in the long run!
- Party Plan Secret: One of the best ways to create urgency in the home party environment is to use a (really busy looking) paper calendar. If your company does not provide one then we recommend Party Plan Secret. Actually, even if your company does provide one, this calendar will give you actions and party plan-specific motivation and team training ideas that go above your company hard copy calendar.
Read more about why you should write a schedule and use a paper calendar to get more bookings at your party.
- QR Codes: QR codes have not really caught on much in the US but are more popular in other parts of the world. Deb loves them because they are a direct sales tool that is a handy (and affordable) way to market your business. Read why you should use QR codes.
- Vonage: Everyone in business should be very ‘out there’ when it comes to people getting in touch with you! Make sure your phone number is up front and find-able. You should be easy to reach! This is why Vonage is so great! Get a Vonage number to publicize and have it forwarded into your personal number. No one has to know your real number and you can feel comfortable putting your phone number online or on your catalogs.
Read more about home business communication using Vonage technology.
- Postcalls Messaging Service: You know those automated calls you hate? Well, this is a service that provides them. Automated calling does serve a purpose in direct sales occasionally and should be used carefully. The service saves time and effort if you want to do reminder phone calls to hosts or team members.
If you join online at http://www.postcalls.com make sure that you use discount referral code 8882295708 and also call or e-mail Kathie Davis for a discount on your first purchase firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-888-229-5708
- ThunderBird is an open source software and it is my email client of choice. I use it for my email inbox as well as a calendar for repeating events, birthdays and reminders of all kinds.
Read more about other free home business software programs that do not require fees or licensing.
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