I never forget to R.S.V.P. for "sales parties."
The reason I don't forget is because I automatically say "no."
No offense to Mary Kay, Arbonne, Premier Jewelry, and Gold Canyon - I just don't like to go to a party where I know with 100% certainty that I'm not going to buy anything. Yes, I realize buying something isn't obligatory, but it always feels a bit awkward to walk away from those parties empty-handed. Besides, I don't like going to an informal "get-together" with friends, only to realize that I have to listen to a sales pitch about why this foundation is revolutionary for my skin or these candles will last for eight hours.
Note to friends:
I love YOU, but not the products. capiche?
Oh, and I totally don't mind being invited (thank you for thinking of me). Just know that I'll say "no" about...oh...98% of the time.
I might change my mind, however, if you were selling something else, like homemade soap or locally grown produce or...chocolate (which brings me to the reason for this post).
If you're the kind of person who would enjoy working in a direct sales capacity, here's an idea:
DOVE Chocolate Discoveries offers you a way to "Eat Chocolate. Make friends. Make $$$." Essentially, you host a DOVE Chocolate Discoveries™ Tasting party and invite your friends to try...chocolate. Serve chocolate martinis, 5-minute chocolate mousse, chocolate-covered graham crackers, truffle fudge brownies, or fondue.
DOVE Chocolate Discoveries is the first direct-selling company just for chocolate (and it's a new "start-up" company, which is why you may not have heard of it until now). The base commission is 25%, but there is potential for earning up to 40% with additional bonus opportunities as well.
If you are interested in becoming a Chocolatier, you may want to watch the "Chocolate Advantage" video for more information. From there, you can get up and running by purchasing a $149 Business Kit. The kit gives you everything you need to hold your first four to six Tasting Parties.
As with any direct selling company, the amount of money you make (or if you make any money at all...) depends on how often you want to host parties (and how much people buy, of course). I, myself, am not really a direct-selling kind of gal, but this opportunity sounds like it has potential for fun for the right kind of person.
Note: If you invite me to a chocolate tasting party, I probably won't R.S.V.P. quite as fast as I would for other direct selling parties...because I'll be checking my calendar. Will you do me a favor though? Hold the sales pitch. Chocolate pretty much speaks for itself.
I'm pleased to offer one of you an opportunity to become a Chocolatier!
WIN IT! One winner will receive a $149 DOVE Chocolate Discoveries Business Kit (pictured above, valued at $300). To enter, leave a comment stating why you would like to be a Chocolatier and/or why you would make a good Chocolatier on this post prior to Monday, June 22 at midnight (Don’t forget to follow the rules…all generic comments like “Enter me!,” “Love it,” and “Cool stuff!” will be disqualified.).
NOTE: Unlike most of my contests here at Metropolitan Mama, the winner of the DOVE Chocolate Discoveries Business Kit will not be chosen randomly. I will carefully select a winner based on the quality and creativity of your entry. My goal will be to select a commenter who clearly demonstrates her potential to be a Chocolatier. Convince me!
*UPDATE* THANK YOU to everyone who entered to become a Chocolatier! There were so many fantastic entries - it was hard to choose! But the winner is...#116 Marina. Marina, you gave a compelling case about why you would make an outstanding Chocolatier and I wish you much success with your new business endeavor! Best wishes!