Don’t Forget the Fun Factor

So many times I get so caught up in the day to day workings of my business that I forget to add in a little fun!  Let’s talk about why it’s important to remember to have fun and how it will help your business!

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Parties, events, training, coaching, team calls, individual help for team members, posting in your sales group, going live, then posting on your business page and then your personal page.  Not to mention managing your inventory, sorting orders invoicing customers and shipping jewelry out.

All of these things are essential parts of our jewelry businesses but in doing all these things we HAVE to remember the fun factor!

The saying, “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life” is true, but if you let work become less enjoyable by forgetting to keep the fun, then soon you might find you want to do it less and less.

Take this Airport Plane Director Guy:

His job could be so boring.  Waiving his orange sticks around, directing different planes where to go.  BUT, he chooses to make it FUN!

Even in the most boring, mundane tasks, you can insert a fun factor.

There is this book called “Fish!” by Ken Blanchard (that I highly recommend by the way) and in this book they talk about keeping the fun in the tasks you have to do everyday.  In the book, the visit a fish market and observe the workers there throwing fish around, talking and playing with the customers and overall just having a great time.  The smiles and excitement in the air are contagious and everyone is having a great time.

Doesn’t that sound like a place where you would like to work?  Everyone is smiling and happy and there doesn’t seem to be any stress or worries.  I would love to work in a place like that!

Just because the things we need to do are serious, doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun.  One of my favorite things to do when I’m pulling orders or sending invoices is to turn on my favorite 90’s boy bands.  This takes me back to my high school days and instantly boosts my mood.  Then I can dance along to my jams while I’m getting work done.  It’s a Win Win!

Let’s get a little scientific for a minute.  When our minds or bodies are having fun, our brain releases endorphins.  These endorphins make us feel good and help our mind remember that this is an activity that we would like to repeat.

So what does that mean for your business.  Well, let’s take 2 examples  One consultant is pumpin’ her jams.  She is dancing around her front room as she is bagging orders and sending out invoices to customers.  She is excited and super happy to be working her business and enjoying a little time with songs that aren’t sung by Disney Princesses.

Consultant #2 is also sending out invoices and pulling orders.  She is tired after a long day and doesn’t really want to be working more.  She is pushing through and trying to get things done quickly so she can relax or just go to bed.

So with Consultant #1 she is creating endorphins around the activity of invoicing and pulling orders.  Sure, she might be tired too, but her mind is going to connect the endorphin burst that it is getting right now to the activity she is performing.

With consultant #2, there isn’t any kind of happiness hormone being pumped into her brain.  Since she is tired and even though she might be loving her business and working on it, her brain isn’t connecting her sudden endorphin release to working on her business.  Then the next time she needs to bag orders, her mind might start coming up with reasons NOT to complete that activity.

This can be really subtle at first, but if you don’t create that happiness by adding in some fun – your mind will go into protection mode and try to help you stay away from those less than fun activities.  The longer you go without adding some fun into your business the more likely your brain is to try to convince you to do a different task that is more enjoyable.

Let’s look at another example.  In your sales groups are you posting item for sale, item for sale, item for sale – every day?  Or are you mixing things up a little bit?  Playing a game?  Being a little silly?  What about in your parties or on your LIVE sales??

Your customers and friends are the same as you!  If they aren’t having fun, if things get too boring, they aren’t going to get that endorphin burst.

By adding in some silliness, some games, giveaways, contests, jokes or SOMETHING to at least make them smile – you might be missing the boat!

Now I’m not saying that your parties, events and groups need to turn into the circus, but don’t get caught up in the business side of the business!

One of the games I’ve been playing on my LIVE videos is “Screenshot My Face”.  I have my customers take screenshots of my face throughout the video and then they post them in my sales group or on my personal page.  The picture that makes me laugh the hardest wins a free piece of jewelry!

I’ve had other consultants message me and say they could “never do that” because they are worried about what their customers might snag.  I think they are hilarious!  Sometimes I wonder what I was thinking when they snagged a picture because my faces get pretty crazy!

If that doesn’t work for you and your personality, that’s fine!  Brainstorm some ideas and find something that WILL work for you!  Bring that FUN in to what you are doing.

Another not-so-scientific fact for you.  When people are having a good time, they are going to spend more, want to invite their friends to join in the fun and possibly host a party for you or join your team too.

Doing things that are fun or a little silly can make a HUGE difference in your business!

Did you also know that workers who are happy get more done?  It’s true!!  When you are happy, you are up to 20% more productive!!

That right there is a great reason to keep your business upbeat, fun and your mood happy!

So what are some ways you can incorporate a little more fun into your Paparazzi jewelry business?

Show Challenge:

Think of a new game or fun way to add some fun into your next Live Party or Facebook party.  What are you going to do to up your fun-factor?


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What does your Paparazzi Jewelry Report Card Say About Your Business

It is time for Parent Teacher conferences around my house and I couldn’t help but think about how I am doing in my Paparazzi business?  If you were to get graded on your biz, what would your report card look like?  Let’s talk more about that today!

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In your business, just like at school, there are different areas that we need to focus on in order to be most successful.  You can think of these areas like the subjects we had in school but instead of English, History, Math and Science, we have things like Sales, Team Growth, Team Support, Organization and Consistency.  Let’s look at our Paparazzi subjects a little more closely and see what grade you are getting on your report card.

Organization-

How organized are you when it comes to organizing the orders you have coming in and shipping out.  Do you spend precious time every day hunting for an order that you know you bagged up, but can’t find it anywhere so that you can mail it??

Or maybe you have orders sitting in a basket or on a shelf because you haven’t even invoiced your customers yet?

Maybe organization is your strong suit and whenever you have free time to spend on your business, you find yourself making charts and graphics.  Filing paperwork and cleaning off your desktop, but you wonder why your team isn’t growing and your sales aren’t booming.

Both these examples are kind of extreme just to illustrate that too much of a good thing isn’t necessarily good.  Organization is only 1 piece of the Paparazzi Pie so you do need to be organized in your business and in your work space so that you can easily find and pull orders, as well invoice and ship (if that’s how you work your business.)

If you are more into parties and events, how do you have you displays organized?  Do you have your setup streamlined so that it takes you the shortest time possible?  At one point, I had my setup so streamlined, I could go from zero to done in 20 minutes.  It was awesome!

How do you have your back stock organized?  Is it super easy to grab the right color when you need to reload your boards?  Are your earrings and bracelets easy to locate and pull out or are the buried or all tangled?

So now it’s time to give yourself a grade for Organization.

A- I am organized!  I know how where my back stock and current inventory are and can quickly locate what I need when I need it.  My work space is tidy and I have a system in place for pulling orders, invoicing and shipping.

B- I am mostly organized.  My displays are tidy and sorted by color and I know generally where I can find my back stock items.  My workplace needs improvement, but generally works.

C- On the surface I look organized, but behind the scenes, I need some help.

D- My office or work space is a hot mess and my displays show that I’m a little disorganized.  I struggle to find pieces that my customers order or find orders.  My invoicing and shipping systems are nonexistent or need serious help

Do you have your grade in mind?  Let’s keep going to the next subject.

Sales-

One of the cornerstones of our Paparazzi businesses is Sales.  How are you working sales in your business?  Are you focusing on Live Facebook parties or your VIP group?  Do you mainly focus on home parties and events?  There is no one right way to work your business, you just have to find what works for you and DO it!

If you are doing more in person parties and events – how many per week or per month are you doing?   Are you working as much as you want or does your calendar have spots where you WANT to be working but aren’t?

If you are doing more online sales through Facebook or another social media site – how often do you share new pieces with your customers?  How often do you go live?

Another KEY part of this area is ORDERS.  How often are you ordering?  And how many pieces?  Now I’m not saying that you should be ordering 10,000 PV a month, but if you are only scrimping by with only 50 PV a month, your customers aren’t seeing new items.  When they don’t see new items, its difficult to get them excited about the amazing jewelry you have to offer.

So let’s look at the grading scale

A-Two to Three parties or events per week.  Posting in your VIP group AT LEAST 5 days a week with new inventory and/or going live 2 times a week.  Monthly PV is more than 300.

B- At least 1 party or event a week.  Posts in your VIP group 3-4 days during the week with jewelry they can claim.  Live 1 time a week.  Monthly PV is 200-300.

C- Party or event 2-3 times a month.  Posts in VIP group 2-3 times a week and Live 1-2 times a month.  Monthly PV is 100-200.

D- Parties and events are hit and miss.  Group posts are inconsistent and sparce.  Monthly PV is less than 100.

Team Growth-

Another one of the cornerstones of our businesses is team growth.  Without growing your team and keeping them excited and growing too, you won’t reach the Crown Clubs and ranking up becomes nearly impossible!  So, growing your team is ESSENTIAL to your Paparazzi business.

For more detailed information on Growing your Team, listen out our episode – Grow your Paparazzi Jewelry Team.

For the purposes of your report card though, we are looking at what efforts you are taking to grow your team.  How are you sharing the Paparazzi opportunity with those around you!

Some of the ways you could be sharing is a post every once in a while on your personal timeline or group.  We don’t want to do this too much because we don’t want to bug people, but a post like “I’m so blessed to have such amazing Paparazzi friends all across the country” with a picture of some of your Papa-friends at a meeting or convention is fun, non-pressury and still personal enough to get past the FB jail radars.

Do you have an opportunity night once a month?  You can do this either on FB or in person at your house or a local restaurant or Starbucks.  The important thing is that you are getting together with people who might want to join to answer any questions they might have.

Do you have a sign out at parties and events inviting people to join your team?  What about something on your business cards?  In your online parties and events do you mention that people can sell Paparazzi too?   What about in your Live Shows?

There are a lot of different ways to share about Paparazzi without tackling someone and threatening to give them a wedgie if they don’t join your team.

So let’s see what your grade is for this subject-

A- I hold a monthly Opportunity Meeting for people thinking of joining my team.  I mention the business opportunity on FB in my group and on my Live videos in a non-spammy way, consistently.  I have  one-on-one conversations with people who want to join my team 2-3 times a week or more.

B- I hold an Opportunity Meeting once every other month or so.  I usually remember to mention that people could join my team on Live videos or in my sales group.  I have regular one-on-one conversations with people who want to join my team.

C- I hold occasional Opportunity Meetings and post on FB about my opportunity but it could be considered a little spammy.  I talk to people occasionally who want to join my team.  I have had a few one-on-one meetings with people who want to join my team.

D- I’m pretty spammy when I post about joining my team and/or I forget to share at all.  I might be a little scared to share more information about joining my team or I’m nervous I wouldn’t know what to do with a team if I got one.  I may have talked to a few people about Paparazzi.

Team Support-

Once you have a team, even if it is just 1 or 2 people, it is super important to support and encourage them!  Now, I do want to say that you CAN’T do the work for them.  They are going to have to WANT to grow and work their businesses themselves!

With that being said, I know a LOT of consultants who become “orphans” in their businesses shortly after starting because their upline quits or just won’t respond to their messages, texts or phone calls.  This is TRAGIC!

Let me say, that if this has happened to you, there is SOMEONE in your Upline who IS amazing.  Call Paparazzi and see who is above your sponsor and reach out.  Try to find someone who will support you.  If you don’t find that person, I hope you will find some training and encouragements in these trainings I’ve made available for you.

Ok, back to the subject at hand.  What are you doing to support the team you already have?  Do you text or call them?  Do you check in when they’ve had a party or an event?  Do you offer support and encouragement?  If they have a question, do they know who to turn to?

Support can come in many forms.  A daily post or video on Facebook.  Maybe it’s a structured newsletter or a monthly personal phone call.  Maybe you text everyday.  Or maybe just every week.

The important thing is that you are THERE for your Team.  Sometimes it won’t seem like they are listening or that they are watching, but they are!  I got SUPER discouraged when my team was a little smaller because I would post on FB and I wouldn’t get ANY response.  No comments.  Nothing.  But I have personally talked to several ladies who will say “thanks so much for posting that story or that quote today.  It’s just what I needed”.   So just keep with it!

Ok- grade time –

A- I have a plan in place and I’m working it every day!

B- I have a plan and I work it almost every day.

C- I’m trying to figure out what will work best for me and my team, but I’m trying almost every day.

D- I don’t have a plan but I’m going to work on it and get my grade up!

Consistency-

If you are a regular listener of the Podcast, you will know that I talk about this ALL the time!  It is a critical Cornerstone of our businesses!

Consistent Action = Consistent Results.

And in SO many of our Elite interviews, our TOP leaders share that the #1 habit they have that has lead them to where they are today is Consistency!!

So what are you doing to be consistent.

Answer the following questions and keep track of how many times you aren’t able to answer Yes to help you get your grade.

Are you holding regular parties and events?  What about Facebook Live parties?  How often do you post in your VIP group?  In your team group?  Do you go Live at the same time/day every week so your customers know what to expect?

Do your friends and family even know you sell Paparazzi?  Do you hold a party in your own home to show them the latest styles and trends?

Are you constantly adding people to your sales group?  Are you booking new parties and events every single week?

Are you following up with customers and hostesses to see if they want to buy and/or host again?  Are you consistently checking your back office for new jewelry so that you will have the newest styles for your customers?

Are you finding new people who want to join your team on a regular basis?  Are you adding more people your team every month?

I know, that’s a lot of questions!!  But these are the things that are going to keep your business ROCK solid.  That will keep you growing and breaking records.   Keep you energized and excited about moving forward.

Let’s see your grade for Consistency-

A- I answered YES to all the above questions and work hard every day to grow all areas of my business.

B- I answered Yes to all but 2 of the above questions.

C- I could answer Yes to all but 4 of the above questions

D-I could not answer Yes to as many questions as I wanted but know what I need to work on.

So now that you have your grades in each of our Paparazzi subjects, what is your Paparazzi GPA?  Are you sporting a 4.0 or do you need a little improvement?  I can’t wait to see what your grades look like!

Show Challenge:

Work on raising your GPA!  What action steps are you going to take THIS week in your business?!  Try to raise at least 1 of your grades THIS WEEK!


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Checking out your customers – The key to more parties and recruits

When you are checking out a customer at a party or an event, the time when you are bagging their order is a KEY time to get a few minutes with just you and them.  Here’s how to leverage that time!

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So you are doing a party or an event and the people are shopping.  Yay!  Business is GREAT!!  When they are ready to check out, do you just bag their orders and send them on their way? Or do you use that one on one time to build your relationship with them and ask them questions?

Let’s talk for just a minute about how you can leverage that time to make a difference in your business.

1- when the customer tells you they are ready to checkout, take their jewelry and then hand them a drawing slip.  Then say something like, “Awesome!  Will you please fill this out while I bag up your order?”

I have never gotten a complaint, but I DO get their information so that I can follow up with them in the future.  This is a great way to start a customer newsletter, find potential consultants and new party hostesses.  For more details about that, listen in to our show called Drawing Slips – What are they and why you should use them  (linked in the show notes or on the website).

While you are bagging up their jewelry, you can ask them what their favorite piece of jewelry is of the night.  You can ask them if they had fun.  Ask if they have any other fun plans for their night or weekend.  This builds that trust and relationship.  This makes it more likely that they will choose to come back and shop again and again from YOU!

Since you’ve already got her talking, ask if she has would like to host a party!  It can be as simple as:

“Hey Linda, have you thought about having a few friends over like Suzie did tonight?  You could get some free jewelry and Suzie gets a reward at your party too!  What do you think?”

See!  It’s low pressure and highlights the fun time she had that night as well as the fact that she will get free jewelry and that her friend will get a reward too!

Next, regardless of what she said for the first question, ask her if she’s considered joining your team.  It could sound something like,

“You know, I can see that you LOVE our jewelry.  Have you ever thought of just selling it??  You would probably save a fortune on just your personal purchases alone.”

Again, super low pressure.  I love both of these ways to ask because it is easy for me to slide into conversation.  I don’t feel pushy or sneaky and since this is usually a minute I have alone with the guest, its the perfect time.

Do you know why MOST people don’t join your team or host a party?  98% of people polled in a research study by Mary Christensen (a direct selling speaker, trainer and coach) showed that 98% of people who don’t host a party or join your team WERE NEVER ASKED!

This statistic blows me away every time I hear it.  98%!  Can you image how different your business would be if you made it a habit of asking EVERY SINGLE customer checking out if they would host a party or join your team?  Crazy!

Online Parties-

Now, if you are doing a lot of online parties, you are probably trying to figure out how you can make this work in your business.  I have been testing out a new method over the last few months, and I’m loving the results.

When your customers are ready to check out, you can do 1 or 2 things.

1- have them personal message you to open up the Facebook lines of communication.  Then, send the pictures of what they are buying and ask for their email address for the invoice.  Then finally, ask if they would want to host and / or join.  This way is a little bit more back and forth and if they don’t send the first message, FB will filter your message so they may never get it.

2- Google checkout form- post the link in your sales group or event for your google checkout form.  You can set up this form however you would like (there are even some pre-made forms you can use.  I liked the one called “Contact Form” since it had most of the info I would need already in the template).  I have them fill out their email address, mailing address, phone number, and then I have a question that asks if they would like more info on earning free jewelry by hosting a party or if they would like more info about joining the team.

They can check one, both or none of the boxes if they choose.

Neither of these methods are as good as having that face to face interaction with your customers, but it is a close second and makes it so at least the info is being presented to them in some fashion.

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Drawing Slips – What are they and why you should use them

Show Challenge:

This week, decide how you are going to work your checkouts.  Practice your in-person check out questions and create a plan of attack for your online parties and events.  Now do it!


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Never Open a Box Alone

It is JUST like Christmas!  When the mailman or the FedEx person drops off that box the first thing you want to do is OPEN it!!  Right?!?  Here are a few reasons why you should wait…

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1.  Didn’t your Mama teach you to share?

One of the most FUN things to do with a new box of jewelry is to have people come to open it with you!!  The excitement is contagious and ESPECIALLY if they like Paparazzi jewelry too, it is something they are not going to want to miss!!

All those pretty, sparkly items are just CALLING to them, AND they have a chance to get first dibs on anything in there.  It is a great way to help spread the word AND get your friends and customers excited about coming to open the box with you!!

2.  New, new, NEW

Along with getting amazing new pieces of jewelry to sell and show to your customers and friends, when you invite others to join you in opening a box, they see how much fun it is to “play” with your Paparazzi and they might want to host a party!  Or better yet, join your team!!  A lot of times, people don’t believe how EASY our job is as a Paparazzi Accessories consultant but when they come and see firsthand that our businesses are fun, easy and profitable, then they will get excited too!!

3.  Sell more jewelry

One of the fun things I’ve started doing lately is a Box opening!  Customers and friends “buy” a box opening for $10 or $15 depending on the order size.  This guarantees them 2 or 3 of the pieces in the box or from my current inventory AND they get dibs on the box to open and go through it.  It is kind of like they are buying a Christmas morning whenever they want to!   They get really excited and can even bring a friend too, but they usually opt to come alone so they don’t have to share the jewelry with anyone else!

I’m sure that right now you are wondering if this would make a difference in your business at all.  I mean, it sounds SO simple.  Truly!  BUT, what if it does?!  What if this ONE thing got you a new team member?  Or 10?  What if opening a box with different customers or with your friends increased your sales every month?  What if you never try?  Will you know?

I can’t say that I even know the answer to all those questions.  I DO know that if you don’t try, you won’t know for sure either way.  AND I know that no 2 customer bases are the same so what works for your customers doesn’t always work for mine and visa-versa.

Let’s look at this a different way.  If it were Christmas morning, would you want to see the faces of the people you love as they open gifts?  Do you want to sit outside, all by yourself and miss out on the fun?  Of course not!  By inviting your friends to join in the fun, you are sharing excitement and joy.  Jewelry Joy.  Asking them to help you with a box opening is a small thing, but it might mean a lot to them.  AND the look on their face is SO much fun to watch!  I love it!

Call Challenge:

Invite someone to join you in opening your next 2 Paparazzi orders!  Share the results you have with us!


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Selling vs. Sharing

I hear it all the time – “I’m not really good at selling things.”  Let’s talk about how to be a Shares-woman instead of a saleswoman.

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When I think of a sales person, I kinda get an icky feeling in my mouth.  Maybe you know what I mean.  The image of that pushy, irritating used car sales person comes to mind.  They could care less about who you are or what is best for you and your budget.  They are ALL about the SALE.

It is no wonder that when we think of sales, we get the heeby-jeebies!  THAT is definitely not the kind of person that I want to be.  So let’s talk about some things that we can do to help us become people who SHARE and CARE instead.

Matching items –

One way that you can give your customers GREAT customer service and show them that you are all about helping them is to share items that match with them.  This sounds harder than it is.  It’s actually quite easy.  If you see them looking at a necklace that has a matching bracelet, walk over and let them know.  Say, I have the CUTEST bracelet to match that necklace while walking over to grab the bracelet and hand it to them (and here is the secret part!), now WALK away!  If you stand there and watch them, it makes them feel more pressured into buying the bracelet and necklace.  Walking away releases that pressure and gives them room to shop.  AND it also lets them know that sometimes you have matching sets so that if they ARE looking for a match a little later on, they will know they can ask you!

Give Compliments –

Whether you are at a party, event or just running errands, if you see someone who is doing something you like or is wearing something you like, let them know!!  You can never hear enough that your outfit or hair is cute!  It is a great way to spread a little love in your life and a great way to strike up a conversation.  If you are at a party or event, this is a great way to break the ice.  Compliments make the giver feel great and the receiver too!

Greeting guests –

When guests arrive in your booth or at a party, walk up and greet them!  Shake hands and ask their name.  This helps to break the ice and then they will know who to look for when they have questions or are ready to check out.   This help you know each of the guests a little better too.  You can strike up a conversation and get to know the guests a little better this way too.

Ask Questions – 

When you are getting to know your customers, there is no better way to find out more about them then asking questions.  Questions are another great way to find out if someone would be interested in hosting a party or joining your team. When you ask questions people feel less like you are forcing an option or opinion on them and more like they have a choice to say no.

Listen –

Its easy to overlook this item because it is so simple.  When you truly listen to what your friends and customers want, you will be able to help them much better!  This is a really easy way to let them know that you care.

Think for a second about telemarketers.  When they call, do they actually listen to what you are saying?  Nope.  Their job is to get a sale.  Regardless of what you say, they are to push through.  They are REQUIRED to get AT LEAST 3 no’s.  At least.  They will keep pushing and pushing until either you hang up or buy.  End of story.  And this is why telemarketers are a classic example of being pushy!  Sales over service.

Put your customers needs and wants above the sale and your business will explode!

Call Challenge:

Make a conscious effort to greet each of the guests at the next party or event you do.  Compliment them.  Strike up a conversation!  Let us know your results.


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Taking Payments

Will that be paper or plastic?  What kind of payments should you accept in your Paparazzi Accessories business?

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One of the first things you want to look at as you start your Paparazzi Accessories business is how people are going to be able to pay you. Here are the 3 most popular payment methods outlined and what you need to consider with each.

CASH:

Cash is my personal favorite form of payment.  It is quick, easy and there is not doubt that it is going to be accepted!  One thing you DO have to be prepared for when taking cash is having change.  I like to have 1-$10 bill, 10 – 1’s, and then 8- 5’s. A grand total of about $60.  I rarely run out of change with this amount in my pocket.

CREDIT / DEBIT cards:

It is a PROVEN fact that if you take credit cards, shoppers will spend more!  Have you ever gotten to a party or a store with only $15 and the thing you fall in LOVE with is $25?  You just HAVE to have it but don’t want to run to the ATM?  I think taking credit cards is completely worth the small fee that you have to pay in order to still get your customers what they want/need and increase spending at your parties and events.

How Can you Take Credit Cards?

To take a credit card, you will need a smart phone or a tablet or ipad with internet access.  There are 2 companies that make it REALLY easy to accept credit cards.  Let’s look at both.

Square:  Order reader for free online.  Pay 2.75% per swipe for Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. No monthly fees, no commitments. Daily deposits into your bank account. Manually enter card information and pay 3.5% + 15¢ per transaction.

Paypal: Order reader for free online.  Pay 2.75% per swipe for Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express (US cards only).  No monthly fees, no commitments.  Deposits into your bank account upon request (takes 3-5 days).  Debit card for funds available with immediate access and 1% cash back on all purchases with Debit Card. Keyed in cards have a fee of 3.5% + $0.15.

It is totally up to you which you want to use.  I personally prefer Paypal because I can ship out products to my customers that are far away and get a discount on shipping through them (that is a totally different call topic!)  Both are really comparable and many Paparazzi Accessories Consultants use both.  I just recommend choosing one so that you can take credit cards at your parties or events.

CHECKS:

This payment method is TOTALLY up to you.  Personally, I don’t take checks at all.  With cash and credit, you have your money up front.  With a check, you are trusting that the customer will have enough money in their bank when you go to cash it.  And if they don’t, you get a $25 return check fee!  And, checks can be returned up to 4 weeks later.  To me, the risk is too high.  That being said, if you want to trust your great-aunt Sally with her check, it is totally up to you!

Printable Resource:

Credit Cards Accepted Here Printable Sign

Call Challenge:

Print out the Credit Cards Accepted Sign (link above) on card stock and laminate if possible.  Get it ready to use at your next party or show!


Show Notes

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