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Happy Monday!  I am feeling much like my old happy self and wanted to use this spirit to revive a concept of sharing my weekly plan of action.
Every Monday I’m going to post my plan outlining 5 key tasks I’d like to accomplish.
These are my “extras” that I hope to accomplish, beyond the normal day to day tasks of life.

 Then on Friday I’ll post a follow up.
 Accountability and structure have served me well in other aspects of my life.
Why not here?
I think doing so will clearly show that working at home requires commitment, self-motivation and a healthy dose of patience and humor. And that no matter how much we plan, we may not reach our goals every time and that’s okay!
Healthy Life Design is all about taking positive, accountable steps in your life and offers several free downloadable planners and trackers. Go visit them HERE I bet you’ll find something you like!

Here is my Plan for Monday 4/23/12:
Home & Garden:
1.  Continue cleaning out the girl’s closets, bagging outgrown items for donation.
2.  Price compare mulch for front flower beds, replant Jade, trellis rose bush, clean planters, bird bath, bird feeders.
3.  Clip coupons, sort, put in car! * Anybody else forget their coupons this weekend?*
4. Research easy meal plans (blogs)?
5.  Help Ms. T & Ms. M sort books to sell or donate.

Businesses & Blog:
1. Put contact stickers on JAFRA products in stock.
2.  Add 15 minutes per day on increasing blog readership.
3.  Share April/May JAFRA brochure with e-v-e-r-y-b-o-d-y who seems approachable.
4. Join local women’s group(s).
5.  Pick and post about a JAFRA product of the week.

That’s it for this week. I’ll follow up on Friday. Until then, I’d love to hear what you are working on this week and ask if you would like to see my April/May JAFRA brochure?

Do you Polyvore?

in , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Monday, March 19, 2012
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Some of you in the fashion, beauty & crafts industry might be saying Yes, yes I do, but I’m betting most of us haven’t heard of this site yet.

 As an avid reader of blogs and Google + updates, my inbox was loaded with things to read, places to go, links to click this morning, but I was unprepared for the discovery of Polyvore.

Oh my! There are simply not enough hours in my day! Still, I thought this might be helpful to some, so I wanted to share this site with you dear readers.

Here’s what their about page says:

What is Polyvore?

Polyvore is the web's largest fashion community site, where users are empowered to discover their style and set trends around the world. With over 15 million monthly unique visitors, Polyvore's global community has created over 44 million sets that are shared across the web. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Polyvore is funded by Benchmark Capital, Matrix Partners, DAG Ventures, Goldman Sachs, and Vivi Nevo (NV Investments).

So how can a style and fashion community be useful to a blogger/beauty consultant?
At first it would appear to be the perfect place for me to highlight my company’s color, trends and style… as per the Google+ headline that led to my clicking in the 1st place.

 But visions of deleting my boards at Pinterest quickly pop into my mind,

I read these carefully and decide that Polyvore might not be right for my JAFRA business at this point. JAFRA is very liberal in allowing us consultants to use and distribute material, but I don’t think Polyvore is an approved site.

This is probably a blessing in disguise. My schedule cannot handle any more online socializing. However, I do think Polyvore would be perfect for all the Etsy shop owners and crafters out there!

What do you think? Would you use Polyvore as a business tool?
Happy Friday my Blogging Friends! I have been busy doing some much-needed work offline this week. Yes, you can be productive and in touch while spending the bare minimum of time online! I'll admit,  it did feel odd at first, this break from my routine but I'm am happier for it.

Speaking of productive: I came across a wonderful website a couple of weeks ago. I learned a great deal there and I just have to share Julie Anne's Direct Sales Formula for Success with you today. 

Direct Sales Formula for Success
By Julie Anne Jones

Direct Sales Formula for success percentage

I've noticed that I write quite a bit on this blog about time and organization – how to manage your time so you have a successful business while still maintaining the harmony in your life. That's because it's the single most frustrating thing about working from home. I've broken down the direct sales time commitment into a formula for you. Hopefully, this will help you see where you're not on track (and where you are).

Here's my formula for a successful direct sales business:

60% Money Making Activities

These are things that have a high probability of producing income for you. We're talking the ACTIONS that will bring your business success. This includes (but isn't limited to) sales, bookings, parties, & sponsoring.

20% Preparation and Planning

I do yearly, quarterly, monthly, weekly and sometimes daily planning. It's the most important time I spend on my business (but notice its only 20% of the time I spend). You should also include team management in this piece of the pie. This allows you to solidify the foundation of your business so your long-term outlook is more profitable.

10% Administrative Tasks

By administrative, I mean anything that you do in support of your business that does not directly make you money. Pay attention to this category. My guess is you struggle to keep this from eating up less than 50% of your time, let alone 10%. I know it's the biggest issue I face. Nothing pulls me down a rabbit hole quicker than things like banking, e-mail, my website, etc. All are important to my overall business success, but none are income producing.

10% Raise-the-Bar Service

These are those extra touches that make you stand out in the crowd in your community, company, and industry. Do you send handwritten thank you notes to your hosts or make customer service calls to your party guests once they receive their products? How about sending birthday cards to your hosts and customers? What are you doing to build long-term relationships with super service to your representatives, hosts, and customers? My friend Jennifer Fitzgerald has created an amazing program called "The Client Angel" that will absolutely help you in this area. Check out her free trial membership here.
( *Julie Anne Jones is direct sales corporate consultant, coach, and trainer, and the CEO of Julie Anne Jones, Inc. She is known for her authentic and easy-to-use scripting and specializes in specific language and tools for success in direct sales. To learn more about Julie Anne and her products and services, and to read her weekly blog posts, visit her at*)

So there you have it. A simple, do-able formula for direct sales success!

Do you have a direct sales business? Please share your tips in comments.