your products or service: Beautiful
home and garden accessories, Southern Living Cookbooks,
Candles, Gifts and more. Most items are exclusive
to Southern Living at Home. Great price range; 75%
of our products are priced at $25 or less.
time is involved? Is this business kid and family friendly?
average party takes about 3 hours, and maybe 1 more
in paperwork. You can do as many or as few parties
as you like, depending on your family's schedule and
your financial goals. A good, consistent business is
1 party a week. VERY family-riendly! Some of our most
successful consultants and Directors have 3-5 children
and very busy lives. SLAH also provides a generous
4-month Maternity Leave so that new moms can focus
on their family and still get paid!
What do you
like best about your business? What
do I NOT like? The friendships were a bonus I didn't
expect - I know have wonderful friends all across the
country! The travel is amazing! I've already been to
Cancun, St. Thomas and on a cruise... FREE! The money
is great, and the products are just out of this world!
Being able to represent a well-respected name like
Southern Living is a huge business builder.
the hardest part about your business? This
will vary from person to person because we all have
our strengths and weaknesses. For me, it was the "public
speaking." I was terrified at my first few parties
to stand in front of a group and talk! But it's such
a feeling of empowerment to be able to overcome that;
in fact, I recently spoke in front of a group of 400!
does it cost initially? What is the refund policy?
Ongoing expenses? Hostess gifts? The
start-up kit is $199. It has over $400 in product,
plus all the business supplies you need to get started.
There is a 30-day trial period, but even with a team
of almost 100, I've never had anyone send back their
kit. No additional order requirements. The company
provides a VERY generous Hostess Rewards program so
that I can keep my full commission and not come out-of-pocket
for Hostess Gifts. There are no necessary ongoing expenses;
in fact, SLAH provides a 5% Business Supply Credit
with every party that you submit so that you don't
have to pay for catalogs, brochures, order forms, etc.
much commission or compensation do you receive? How do you
advance to leadership? The
average commission on sales is 25%. In addition, you can receive
additional commission on YOURSELF at the end of the month as
well as on consultants on your team at the end of each month!
Reaching the Leadership Levels of the company is very achievable
if you are consistently working your business.
What is a
realistic show sales average or monthly sales average? The
average party is about $500. Many shows will be in
the range of $600-800 during peak selling seasons,
and $1,000+ shows are definitely possible. You retain
25% of the show sales that very day! Again, the monthly
sales will depend on how many parties you want to do
keep your own inventory and make deliveries? NO
INVENTORY! In fact, we are discouraged from stocking up on
inventory! SLAH doesn't want us to go in debt! NO DELIVERIES!
Southern Living at HOME takes care of that for us by shipping
all orders to the hostess.
the minimum requirement to stay active? There
are NO MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS to stay active if you are
strictly a retailer. However, if you want to take advantage
of the generous commission available when you sponsor
other consultants, you must sell $500 per month (about
and experience is required? What kind of training do
you receive when joining? We
have a wonderful training program, but this really is
a simple business and no specials skills are needed!
Enthusiasm and a smile are the two most important "skills" to
bring to our business! We have a lot of email and online
training, telephone trainings, and local and regional
meetings to help you fine-tune or "dust off" any
skills that you feel that you want to work on to better
How are your
products or services sold? Can you sell online? Can you
advertise online? What are the restrictions for selling? We
are primarily a party plan company, meaning that our
entire company and compensation plan are structured around
home parties. We do not sell online. Some advertising
online is permitted. No cash and carry (for example,
no outright selling at booths, fairs, etc.), again because
SLAH discourages us from stocking up on inventory so
that we can benefit financially without the debt sometimes
required to stock inventory.
What else would
you like people to know about your business? It's
fantastic! It has changed my life and has been a blessing
for me! I would love to share it with you! Just try it...
What have you got to lose?