As an independent consultant for Marlo Quinn and That’s A Wrap!, I can be with my kids and work from home. I mean, that is the point of being a WAHM after all. But, and here’s the exception since you knew it was coming, I still have to go outside the home to rep at parties. That sort of defeats the purpose of being a WAHM, doesn’t it? There is a solution though and it’s called an “online party”.What exactly is an online party? If you’re as clueless about them as I was a month or two ago, don’t worry. An online party is like an in-home party, except it’s held online in a chat room or party room (the terms are interchangeable) and it’s the new trend in Direct Sales/Home Party Plans. Some bonuses to holding online parties are:

  1.  You don’t have to leave the house to have one. This is a big bonus because, as a WAHM, you really want to fit your business around your family, not the other way around.
  2. If your company offers credit card processing, it can be done instantly.
  3. You are not limited to having a party for people in your area since anyone with an Internet connection can attend.
  4. If you are shy or have problems getting out, online parties are a great alternative. Sometimes it’s just easier to be the “vivacious rep” in a text based environment rather than in a “face to face” one.

There are some downsides to it, though:

  1. You must have some technical expertise, either to install a chat room on your personal website or to run one from a hosted site.
  2. If you use a free chat room service like bravenet.com, expect a lot of pop ups and ads at the top of the chat room. The alternative is to use party chat rooms like http://www.pattysonlinepartyplace.com, http://www.businessandlearning.com/index.html and http://onlinepartyguide.com (just to name a few). However, these sites require a sign up fee to use their chat rooms.
  3. Getting people to show up is another tough issue. It’s easier to “forget” to attend a party online than it is at someone’s home. You really need to be on top of getting RSVP’s to your party.
  4. Remember that people can’t see you. You need to be very careful about what you type because even one comment, whether it was meant to be humorous or not, can be completely misinterpreted without the facial and voice clues that goes along with a normal conversation.

If you’ve ever had an online party, feel free to post a comment! My readers and I would really love to hear from you.

 April Hayman is a WAHM with several years experience as an Instructional Designer and college instructor. She is also a Marlo Quinn Independent Consultant and a That’s a Wrap Founding Consultant.

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