Some people just have a knack for fixing everything and anything around the house, just by looking at it! During the past ten years or so, video information has become more popular because of increasing availability on the internet. While some of the ideas and strategies presented in these videos are not totally new, the viewership potential has elevated the information to a critical mass level. The increasing pace of life also means that many of us feel that there is simply not enough time to read the long version of anything. Some of the best video presentations require less than ten minutes to absorb, and time management issues alone can make video sources compelling. I regularly view videos to obtain information and new ideas, and I also produce video presentations covering topics such as negotiating, proposal writing and career training.
I decided almost within a year of selling cards I would not include extra packaging. I wanted the savings it offered me and my customers. The two shop owners I wholesaled to, never asked about it, and in 6 years of selling at the Farmer’s market I have not been asked about individual card protection. I do have the very thinnest door hanger poly bags for the purchasers to carry away their items in, but that is all.
If you’re ready to invest in a software package, I’d have to recommend Peachtree Accounting based on my personal experience with it, although another popular product is Quickbooks. I’ve provided links below to the two ‘starter package’ level versions of each software so you can compare them.
Deciding on prices to charge will vary with every job but you will want to establish a guideline. Your prices will vary depending on location (you could charge a travel fee/gas fee), the occasion (wedding, graduation, and of course your time. You could charge per person or per hour/half day. Many artists will give a special rate for the more makeup they have to do (larger bridal parties). Now deciding on your price is up to you, ask around what the going rate is for your city, go online and check what salons are charging. Remember you want your prices to reflect your worth. If you are new to the makeup industry and need more experience you might charge less vs if you have worked in the industry for years. Also remember that most brides are going to want a consultation so figure out how much you wanna charge for this either separate or included in the price. Once you decide on your price range make a price list that looks professional that you can email to clients when they ask.
Also, a reminder: I don’t work for any of these companies and never have, so the information I’m giving you is based off of what I can glean from the internet as a potential sales representative. I assure you that short of calling a representative, I’ve done thorough research to provide the best, most accurate information on each company. If I feel that a company is not being very transparent or not allowing their representatives to be transparent then I will state that. Not as a dig on the company or any individual who works with them, but because I think that anyone who has ever swam the vast ocean of the internet looking for information on direct sales companies can recall, it’s a huge pain in the butt to feel like you have to dig through endless websites and questionable testimonies only to find you never really got your answer.
Every company would like to be the best at something, but few actually understand-with piercing insight and egoless clarity -what they actually have the potential to be the best at and, just as important, what they cannot be the best at. And it is this distinction that stands as one of the primary contrasts between the good-to-great companies and the comparison companies.