Is party planning the right opportunity for you?

If you would like to start your own business but just don’t have an idea of what that business could be, why not consider a home business franchise/party plan opportunity. Emma Jones of Enterprise Nation sets out the options.

Franchise/party plan/consultant

Home business opportunities come in a number of guises but what they all offer is the beauty of being your own boss, with the support of a central team. Skincare products company, Arbonne International sums it up well with their line “You’re in business for yourself, but not by yourself.”

Here are eight of the opportunities on the market:

Jamie at Home – a party plan opportunity that involves “going to parties to help non-cooks choose great kit while introducing those who already know their stuff to a range of beautiful things for their home”. Consultants earn commission on everything that’s sold at their home parties and receive full support and training from the central HQ team.

Pampered Chef – a direct seller of kitchen tools where consultants host parties to sell the tools at in home cooking shows and earn a commission on sales.

Girlie Gardening – turn a passion for the great outdoors into extra income to spend indoors by becoming a party planner for Girlie Gardening. Consultants host parties and distribute catalogues to sell products including gloves and garden gift sets.

Avon – is the biggest direct selling beauty company in the world with over 5 million representatives. In the UK Avon has an army of sales reps that’s bigger than our armed forces. That’s because Avon offers an opportunity to work hours that suit and an income that pleases.

VIE at home – sell cosmetics to friends and family. No experience is required but once started and as sales build, many consultants choose to make their VIE at home business a full-time career.

Arbonne – products are Swiss-formulated and high quality, and support from the central marketing and business development team is top class.

Tish Tash Toys – this one is for parents interested in earning extra income by selling toys at parties, coffee mornings, playgroups, nurseries, fairs and fêtes.

Music bugs – if music is your passion, how about a franchise running fun, friendly and interactive music and singing classes.

There are many more opportunities like these. Before investing in the starter pack or franchise fee, be sure to check all the details and talk to other franchisees/consultants who will offer a picture of what you can expect. Before you know it, you’ll be your own boss!

Emma Jones is Founder of Enterprise Nation the home business website and author of ‘Spare Room Start Up – how to start a business from home’ Her next book ‘Working 5 to 9 – how to start a business in your spare time’ will be published in May 2010.

Emma Jones

Emma Jones is Founder and Editor of Enterprise Nation, the home business website. She has successfully started two businesses from home offices in London, Manchester and rural Shropshire. Following a career with an international accountancy firm, Emma started her first home based business at the age of 27 and successfully sold it just 15 months after launch. Redbrick Enterprises Ltd was founded in 2002 to advise the public sector on effective homeworking. Spotting a gap in the market to provide information and inspiration to homeworkers, Emma launched Enterprise Nation [], the home business website, in January 2006. The website is a free resource for people starting and growing a business at home and has a readership of more than 390,000 people. As well as site content, there is also a free fortnightly e-newsletter and podcast. Emma’s first book on how to start a business from home Spare Room Start Up: How to Start a Business from Home will be published by Harriman House in May 2008.

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