A New Spin on Good Old Fashioned Home Parties. Pets are an important part of our families and are usually treated so. Instead of the fun of the famous Tupperware parties, you can hold pet parties where you sell products specifically made for family pets!
According to the recent statistics from
the Humane Society of the United States, almost 40% of all households
own at least one dog and 36% own at the least one cat. That's approximately 170 million pets.
This is a market that you could tap into by offering your selection of pet products at fun in-home parties.
Since our pets are an important part of our families, we obviously spend money on many things for them just as we do for our other family members. There is such a broad range of items that we can offer at these parties, from food items to toys! In addition, we have only included the statistics for dogs and cats, there are many other kinds of pets that families own and are buying things for too.
You could have specific parties for dogs, cats, reptiles, fish, birds, and the list goes on. Don't leave out those farm animals also; horses, pigs, cows, etc. There is a good reason that there are so many large pet stores everywhere these days.
If you are not sure how to get started, you could design an attractive flyer, visit all of the veterinarian offices in your area, and ask if you could leave your information in their offices. You don't want them to take up much room, but make them attractive so they catch peoples interest, and people will pick them up while visiting.
I think throwing paties for horses and other large animals is awesome. People love their pets...no matter how large or small they are.
Another way to get started is by
asking your friends if they would be willing to host a party for you and
invite all of their friends. You should be able to book more parties
from these and grow from there. Of course, you should always offer an
incentive to anyone offering to host a party. Most companies offer a
certain percentage of the sales towards an item or items of their hosts
You don't need to carry a lot of stock with you, just enough so that people can touch and check-out items that they would like to buy. You could print up several different catalog items that you offer but don't have with you, or offer a web-site for them to look at other items you carry. Tell them that they can also order from your website and credit the host for introducing you to them when ordering.
Be sure to offer all of your party members a chance to sign up for regular announcements of sales of your items and include them on a mailing list. This is a great way to establish a reliable customer list to draw from when business is slow.
It is a good idea to try to bring a few things to your parties that people can go home with after the party too. This just means to be sure and find some items that you can sell at a reasonable price and are easy to transport with you in your vehicle. Make these items only available to the guests that attend your parties.
You will also want to have some cute, easy, and fun games to play at your parties. Have prizes for those that win your games and gifts as door prizes.