There are two taxes that you will need to handle: We will help you get set up with a sales tax account if you are in TN.
If you choose to not get a sales tax account with the state, FGO will have to charge you sales tax on the full retail price of the merchandise you purchase. If you do get a sales tax account as most of us do then you collect sales tax from your customers then turn it over to the state monthly or quarterly.
If you request help, we will help you fill out the forms. But, we do not monitor your sales tax account so ultimately it is your responsibility to remember to pay them. The profit that you earn on your sales must be reported as income to the IRS.
You have to pay income tax on it just as you would if it were a normal job. How do I get parties? Start with asking everyone you know if they will have a party to help you get started.
You should also pass out business cards to everyone you come in contact with. Another way to get party leads is to work the booth at the special shows and events we attend. We usually have a drawing for a basket full of products and use the entry forms as party leads. Is there a dress code? This means nice pants or skirt and a nice shirt or blouse or a dress.
Sloppy or grungy is not acceptable. Holes in anything, old tshirts, jeans, etc. You need to look professional, responsible, and trustworthy. Ask your recruiter if you have any questions about your attire.
Oh, and you have to bathe and brush your teeth, and comb your hair, too. We ask so much… Question: Can I have a partner? Just know that the company will not get involved in any disputes between you and your partner. How do I get merchandise for parties? You will place an order on the rep website for the merchandise you need for them. Then you will cash out their checks and bring cash or your credit card to FGO to pay for the merchandise they bought.
You will be buying the merchandise at a discounted rate so the difference would be your profit. After I sign up am I on my own? Who do I call if I have questions? You are never left stranded. We have a very strong support team in our company. Your recruiter should be your primary source of help. She is making a small commission off your sales and should be your first contact. If your recruiter can not help you then you call her recruiter.
Just go up the chain of command until you get the help you need. Phone numbers for all the reps are available on the rep website. You will have access to the rep website after you sign up. How do I get business cards? You can order the cards from the rep website under Rep Supplies. The cards will go directly to your mailing address unless you want to pick them up at the FGO office.
How do I get onto the Rep Website? After you get your kit, you will be given the username and password to access the site. We do not give out this information until after you sign up. Who pays the Hostess Credit? Can I sell outside of parties? You can sell it where ever and how ever you wish. We just ask that you look professional when you do it. Some ideas of places to sell would be flea markets, small shops, hair places, bridal stores, vendor booths, bridal shows, home shows, etc.
Do I have to come to the monthly sales meetings if I am a Local Representative? We strongly encourage you to attend. They are held on the first Tuesday of every month at 6: We eat at 6: Does my recruiter make money off me? This does NOT come out of your profit, the company pays it. How do I get paid? Your customers pay you up front for the merchandise they want. You buy it from the company for a discounted price and you keep the difference. How are the bonuses paid?
We give gift certificates that are equivalent to cash and are good for merchandise on the website. You can choose to buy stock with your bonuses or pay for party merchandise with them. Do I have to travel? No, this is your business and you can go where you please. If your family or friends in other states will have a party for you then your part of the trip would be a tax write off.
Ask your tax adviser for more details on exactly what is allowed to be written off. How do I take credit cards? Square-up is who we recommend. Once you get your account and process the customer transactions, they will deposit your payments into the checking account of your choice.
It does not have to be a business account. The rep website has more detailed information on how to get set up to take credit cards. What if I just want to do internet sales and not do parties? FGO will take care of shipping the merchandise to the customers and maintain the website. You simply advertise your websites address and collect a check. Other than my kit, what else is required to get started? Your kit is the only required purchase to become a rep.
However, we strongly suggest that you invest in the following items as soon as possible: We suggest a cell phone so you can always have it with you. Do I have to have a computer?
No, but we encourage you to because email is our primary source of contacting one another and your orders should be placed online if at all possible. Book keeping is much simpler on a computer than keeping paper records. It may or may not be possible to access our site from a public computer like the ones at the library since we have adult content and some places block those sites.
We strongly encourage you to participate in extra events such as the flea markets and Southern Womens Show because we give away party leads based on the time you spend working the booth. These leads could be worth several hundred dollars each. This is an easy way to get leads! If you give me a party is there a fee? That is up to the person giving you the party. They have every right to charge a finders fee and you have every right to accept or refuse the party lead. Most parties that we give away do not have fees.
Some reps outside of TN have an agreement with the rep giving them the parties to pay a fee to help cover the expense of the advertising that got them that lead in their state. Do we charge the customer a fee to do a party? That is your choice.
Some reps do not charge any fees. It is completely up to you. You can choose to charge only for certain days of the week, like Friday and Saturday night and not on Sunday through Thursday.
This is your business and you make those rules. No, but it sure does drive up your sales! Look at the top sellers in our company and look at whether or not they have stock and how much stock.
Customers will buy much more if they can take it home the night of the party. There are only 3 rules that you must follow to do this.
There is no maximum purchase amount.