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Organizing Your Business for the New Year

Can you believe the first month of 2016 is already coming to a close? A new year signifies rebirth, renewal, revitalization…and reorganization! Spring-cleaning gets all the reorganizing glory, but the start of a new year is an excellent time to regroup. As you’re re-evaluating and resetting goals and resolutions, spending a little time reorganizing (or in some cases getting organized) your business allows you to focus your attention on pampering your customers. Regardless of your businesses goals, these tips can help get you ready for an influx of new customers and hostesses this year.

Customers

Keeping track of your customers’ wish lists and past orders is an important part of growing your business, as well as a means to providing superior customer service. One way to keep customers organized is by creating a rotating “tickler file” for when to contact customers. There are a few different ways you could do this, and you’ll find a system that works for you. One low-tech method is to keep an index card for each customer with basic contact information and frequency of contact. For example, the two of you may have decided you’ll touch base every other month for re-ordering. If they’re a new customer, we suggest calling within two days of the party to tell her how much you appreciate the order and again in two weeks (or after you get the shipping notification in your backoffice) to make sure she has received her products. If you’d rather go high-tech, utilize your phone’s calendar/reminder function to notify you when it’s time to make your customer calls. As you get to know your customers and their ordering needs, you’ll find a contact frequency that works for them. A few reasons outside of reorders your customers might want to hear from you are holidays, personal events, like anniversaries and birthdays, flash sales and specials on their favorite products.

Taxes

I can’t give you tax advice, but I can give you a few tips to making tax-time a little easier. Jennifer Dusza, our Consultant Relations Manager, recommends the “envelope system” to keep everything organized. At the beginning of each month start a business expense envelope, and when the month’s over, close it up, file it and start an envelop for the next. At the end of the year, ideally, you would have twelve large envelopes with all of your business expenses. Your tax professional can advise you on exactly what you should save and track for your business, but here a few ideas:

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Top Leaders Attend Leading the Way Retreat

Twenty-two women from Lemongrass Spa Products participated in an empowering weekend with Belinda Ellsworth and her Step Into Success Team at the Leading the Way Leadership Retreat in Chicago, Illinois last month. At the cornerstone of the event was the celebration of the release of Belinda’s Direct Selling for Dummies, Amazon’s #1 Bestselling Book in several business categories. This exceptional how-to book helps the reader navigate the direct sales industry in pursuit of success, setting goals, managing their time wisely and harnessing the power of social media to book, sell and recruit. Each attendee received an autographed copy of this business-building manual.

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Belinda showcased some of the most impactful social media speakers in today’s direct selling arena, including Lydia Martin and Lyndsay Tompkins. Expert storyteller, comedian and author, Kelly Swanson had the entire audience rolling out of their seats with laughter as she helped us see through our obstacles and make fun of our shortcomings. Linda Ellis inspired us to live each minute as if it were our last. Author of the world-renowned book, The Dash, Ellis shared first hand how th

is book has touched the hearts of millions.

Lemongrass Spa’s Executive Director, Tara LaMagna, was asked to present her successful steps in exceptional team engagement to the direct sales leaders attending the event. Tara’s story of how she built a team of 300 consultants in just over two years had leaders from dozens of direct selling companies feverishly taking notes. Tara’s style of utilizing Facebook groups to motivate and inspire her team, Facebook parties to increase her sales and systems for attracting new recruits to her team have been instrumental in her success. Tara traveled to the Dominican Republic in June 2015 as one of the Spa Destination Trip earners and was named to the Dynamic Dozen (Top in Sales) at the Annual Convention.

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4 Steps to Setting & Keeping Goals

Cheers to starting fresh in 2015! We often mark the start of a new year resolving to make lifestyle improvements like eating healthier or exercising more, but many of us forget about business resolutions. Did you know that only ten percent of the population has specific, well-defined goals, but even then, seven out of the ten reach their goals only half the time. Interestingly the top three percent of the population achieved their goals 89 percent of the time and it’s because they have written down their goals.

We’ve heard the importance of goal setting, but how many of us write down our goals or have a clear plan to reach them? Creating goals helps keep us focused and motivated. Just like making New Year’s resolutions, setting business goals doesn’t need to be complicated. Here are four simple steps to setting and keeping goals for your business.

  1. Determine your long-term target. Do you want to earn money for a big-ticket purchase, a vacation next summer or  save for retirement? It doesn’t matter how big or small your long-term goal appears, it’s yours to identify. Periodically review your long-term goal to assess progress and modify as your circumstances change.

  2. Create the path to your long-term goal by setting short-term milestones. Make short-term goals precise and measureable: Each month I will earn ‘X’ amount of money or recruit ‘X’ number of people. Expressing goals positively (“I will” instead of “I won’t”) builds on self-confidence, a virtue of successful leaders and entrepreneurs.

  3. Get organized and establish a routine, including prioritizing tasks, keeping a to-do list and making time daily. Only have five minutes today? What can you do that leads to your goal? Maybe it’s following up with a potential customer or touching bases with a team member needing support.

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