The first in a series of articles looking at how supply teachers can ‘top up’ their income. by Sharon Wood
Almost anyone can become a party plan consultant. The barriers to entry are similar to supply teaching:
There is often a start-up fee. Depending on which company you chose to represent, this can range from being free, to thousands of pounds. The current start-up fee for The Body Shop for example, is £45.
Travel will be involved! As with supply work, the more you are willing and able to travel, the more work will be available to you.
As with supply teaching, you need to be flexible, adaptable, personable, inspirational, enthusiastic and demonstrate confidence!
And it’s not just for women! ColourMeBeautiful offer courses in Men’s Image and Corporate Image that may appeal equally to our male supply teachers.
Earning extra cash by going into other people’s homes and helping them to enjoy a party sounds like a dream job to some. Consultants usually start out by having parties with their friends as hosts. Their business can grow as friends of friends will then be tempted to book a party for themselves. To boost income further, inventive ways of getting the word out about your party plans may be necessary. As with many things in life, you will get back what you put in, as long as what you put in consists of the right ingredients! You may choose to demonstrate children’s products, Usborne Books for example, and this work can be done during the day time just as easily by visiting playgroups and school settings on the days when you don’t have supply work.
Parties are predominantly held in the evenings. Depending on the product, they can be more frequent on the run up to Christmas, as stocking filler ideas are in abundance and special offers mount up. You may want to limit yourself to one or two a week in the beginning, as there can be a lot of background administrative work to be done. However, with regards earning potential, the sky could be your limit! In more populous areas, you could be out partying every night of the week with the right attitude and the right products!
When choosing a company, think about the products that you love. You will be demonstrating the products, and if you have a real passion for the products, this will shine through, and sales will be easier, work less of a chore. Once you’ve decided on the type of product you’d like to sell, the rest may be easy. Ann Summers (ladies only) parties for example, are known world-wide, and there may not be an obvious second choice for you. If there is more than one option for you however, take a look at start up fees, compare commission rates, and take a look at any training and support offered – this could help make or break your career.