Saturday, April 30, 2011

Information about the health benefits of freeze dried foods

I've had a lot of questions recently about the health benefits of freeze dried foods.  Here are some articles about freeze dried foods from reputable sources:
1.  Health Effects of Freeze-dried Foods from
Main points:  Freeze dried food is good for you because: long shelf life, retains antioxidants, and has fewer preservatives
2.  Freeze-Dried Fruits Are a Good Health Choice? By the American Institute for Cancer Research
Main points:  when eaten is sufficient quantities may help prevent cancer

Friday, April 29, 2011

Shelf Reliance E-mail Directory

These e-mail addressed were posted on the forum today and I thought it was awesome.  I never know who to e-mail about things. I’m going to print it out and tape it next to my computer.  To print it out using Google Documents go to Shelf Reliance E-mail Directory
**** Remember to print from a Google document go to the Google documents print button NOT the print button in you browser.   If I come across anyone else e-mail that you might need I'll add it to the list.

Question About
Food Processing, New Products, and Quality Control
Lost or missing orders
To schedule a time for instore pick up
Suggestions about website design or product reviews
Emergency Supplies
Training questions: how to fill out a host benefit order, how to improve your presentation
Your up line.  To find out who is in your upline sign into your consultant account and then press the blue link on the left that says "Upline  Consultants"  That will give you three consultants above you. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

How to choose the home party plan that is right for you.

Choosing a Home Party Business Opportunity:  How to evaluate a home party plan
When I started looking for a home party business opportunity the first thing I did was do a search in Google.  It came up with tons of options which was so discouraging.  I felt like most of the products were not something I was comfortable selling, or they were too expensive for my area.  I remember finding one I thought was amazing and as I was looking at the products there was nothing in the catalog I could afford, nothing.  I did a lot of research and talked to a lot of people who were consultants for various companies, to find out how they liked it and how much money they made. Sadly many of them did not make any money.  I was told by one consultant “it supports my habit” That is not what I was looking for.  I wanted to be compensated for my work.  I thought long and hard before I found the right opportunity for me.
Before you join any home-based party plan business you need to do some evaluation and decide if it is right for you.  I like to look at each home-based party plan in two parts: the product, and the opportunity.
Ask yourself the following questions before joining any home base party business.

Questions to ask about the home party products
  1. Do the products enrich lives? You need to be passionate about the product or you will not be successful.  If the product would enrich your life and that of others it is a good choice.
  2. Are the products consumable? If they are then the same customer can buy over and over again.  This creates a great customer base for you and allows you to have repeat customers. It's much easier to sell to a repeat customer than it is to find a new one.  If the product is something that is a onetime purchase it is much harder to have a repeat customers.
  3.   Are the products exclusive and/or competitively priced? Be sure the products are competitively priced and have a distinct advantage over  what is already be available.
  4. Do the products come with a money back guarantee? It’s important to find a home party plan company that stands behind its products

Questions to ask about the home party business opportunity.
  1. What are the volume sales requirements (quotas)?
  2. What type of business tools does the company have available? Things to look for consultant websites (be sure to find out what the cost is), brochures, DVDs, and online presentations.
  3.  When does a consultant become inactive and when are they removed as a consultant?  For many of us there are times when we need to stop working on our business for a couple of month (think having a new baby, having a major health problem, or going on sabbatical) what happens to you, your sales, your customers and your team if you have to take a little time off?
  4.  What kind of training and support is provided? Only choose a company that offers FREE ongoing training.
  5.    Do the home party company’s products sell well outside of the home party?  Look for other ways you can market the product (online,  at expos or fairs)  If you can find a business that works well, both in a home party setting and provides other numerous marketing possibilities, than you have an opportunity for greater growth.
  6.  What is the compensation plan like? The compensation plan should be simple to understand and easy for you to explain to others. Look for a generous plan where promotions are both achievable and maintainable. It should reward beginners as well as career oriented consultants with a good income opportunity. Does this plan have a track record of creating part-time and/or full-time incomes? Or are there just a few making significant incomes?
  7. Are the company’s values consistent with yours?

How much time do Shelf Relaince Consultants work?

The Short answer:
It depends.   I think it is good to plan on at least 10 hours a week.  But you can work as much as you want.  I like to have one party a week, but I have a consultant that has 3 or 4 parties a week.  That is too much for me but it works out great for her.
The Long answer:
It depends.  If you are thinking about becoming a consultant you should plan on 10 hours a week at least, although you can do whatever you want.  So what do I spend all that time doing?  I have been tracking how much time I spend in each area and here is what I have found.   
For each party : Total 3 ½  hours
                1  hour prep and driving (this obviously varies if the party is far away you will need more time)
                1 ½ house at the party
                ½ hour driving home and clean up
                ½ hour to input orders and do the host benefit orders
Weekly Communications: 3 hours
What am I talking about?  Mostly phone calls and e-mails.
                Who do I communicate with?
                                Hosts and potential host-answering questions and following up.
                                Downline consultants—training and answering questions
                                Up line consultants—asking questions and receiving training
                                Shelf Reliance Corporate office-mostly resolving concerns
                                Potential consultant—answering lots of questions
                                Past customers—keeping in touch, letting them know about sales and specials
Business paperwork:  1 hour
Okay well most of it is on the computer, but there is a reasonable amount of records to be kept. Forms to file, copies to be made, etc.
Training: 2 hours
I try to take part in every training opportunity I get.  Shelf Reliance has a weekly training conference call.  My up line has a monthly conference call.  I also like to use the food a lot.  This allows me to answer customer questions with firsthand knowledge.

What I believe about being a Shelf Reliance consultant

Do you ever listen to NPR?  I do and sometimes they have a segment called "This I believe"  it is a series of essays about what people believe.  Every time I listen to it I am touched.  Recently I have had some less then positive experience with other Shelf Reliance consultants and it has made me really think about what I believe about being a consultant. This is what I believe.
I believe…
·         that Shelf Reliance is a company that allows consultant to help others become more self reliant.
·          that being a consultant with Shelf Reliance is a great opportunity for consultants to build a successful business.
·         that now is the best time to become a Shelf Reliance consultant, it will never again be a ground floor opportunity.
·          consultants should always be honest with customers, and potential consultants, other consultants and everyone else too.
·         being kind is more important than making money 
·          that consultants should honor their commitments and train the consultants who enroll under them.
·         that potential consultants have a choice of who they want their enroller to be and should think carefully before they enroll.
·         there is enough customers interested in Shelf Reliance that every consultant can be successful if they put the required work into their business. 
·          that Shelf Reliance consultants can and should help each other, that another consultants success does not diminish mine. 

I'm thinking about making this blog private but would like your feedback

So I am thinking about making this blog private. Meaning that only those who are invited will be able to see it.  I have had some problems recently with it and can't decide what to do.  I know that there are Shelf Reliance consultants that read this that are not on my team and I am totally cool with that.  I believe that we all need to help each other and then we can all succeeded.  Anyway before I do anything I thought I would ask for your opinions.  So what do you think should I leave it open or make it private?

Shelf Relaince Spring Training Meetings

Shelf Reliance is having a LOT of training meetings the spring.  If you are anywhere near one be sure to go.  They are amazing.  I have been to two and plan on attending one more this spring.  Please pass the info on to any potential consultant you have as they are an amazing opportunity to learn all about Shelf Reliance. 

Seattle , April 28th  with Jason BudgeHilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center
17620 International Blvd.
Seattle, WA 98188
(206) 244-4800

Dallas, May 4th with Jason Budge
Dallas Marriott Suites Market Center
2493 North Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207
(214) 905-0050

Houston, May 5th with Jason Budge
Sheraton North Houston Hotel
15700 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Houston, TX 77032
(281) 442-5100
Oklahoma City, May 12th with Jason NortonEmbassy Suites Hotel
1815 S. Meridian
Oklahoma City, OK 73108

Albuquerque , May 12th with SethAdams

Embassy Suites Albuquerque Hotel & Spa
1000 Woodward Place NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Denver, May 19 with Steve PalmerCountry Inn & Suites
4343 N. Airport Way
Denver, CO 80239
(303) 375-1105

Logan, May 24th with Seth Adams

Riverwoods Conference Center (Marriott)
635 South Riverwoods Parkway
Logan, UT 84321
Mesa, May 26 with Steve PalmerMesa Convention Center
263 North Center Street
Mesa, AZ 85211
Las Vegas, June 1st with Seth Adams Holiday Inn Express
5760 Polaris Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89118
St. George, June 2nd with Seth Adams Courtyard Marriott
185 South 1470 East
St. George, UT 84790
Boise, June 1st with Steve PalmerHilton Garden Inn
145 E. Riverside Drive
Eagle, Idaho 83616

Idaho Falls, June 2 with Steve Palmer

Holiday Inn Express
2270 Channing Way
Idaho Falls, ID 83404
(208) 542-9800
Kansas City, June 8 with Jason BudgeHoliday Inn, Kansas City Airport
1178 North Ambassador Dr.
Kansas City, Missouri