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This is the prefect time to join LBB, especially as the holidays are here. Need to generate fast income or want to supplement your current income? Well, LBB is perfect!

Seriously, who doesn’t buy gift baskets? The possibilities are unlimited…


The home business can use sales marketing tactics that successful company owners have used over time, along with new media strategies for the most effective use of time and resources. Having a steady stream of customers is an essential part of business survival. To find new and keep existing customers, various types of marketing and advertising activities are key components for success.

1. Research Effectively

Each business and region is different, so certain marketing strategies may work better than others for many businesses. Costs and budget are also a concern in order to determine what you can afford to spend money on. Paying attention to this will ensure that you get the most out of your advertising and marketing dollar.

2. Devise a Marketing Plan

Create a business advertising strategy that includes business cards and flyers, ads, promotional materials, referrals, articles, search engines, blogging, directory listings and email marketing. Study materials offered by organizations such as those offered by the Small Business Administration and professional marketing agencies to find out what may work best for your particular business products and services.

3. Internet Advertising

In order to use Internet advertising effectively, you should have a well-designed website. You can save money by using simple design programs offered by many affordable web hosts to create your own website. Alternatively, outsource the job to a website designer that has experience working with your type of service or product. You can find reputable web designers through organizations such as a webmaster directory online or in web hosting forums. Even if you do not plan on selling products online, a website can be used to display your products, services, rates and other key information and to advertise your business. By allowing for access online, you can also cut down on phone requests which can waste precious time.

4. Free Marketing and Publicity

Use a free press release service online to send out an Internet press release. This is an effective tool to get the word out about your business. Hold contests or drawings with prizes that your target market might be interested in. This can include gift cards, discounts and free services. Submit your website to major search engines. For example, SubmitExpress will submit supply company websites to the 20 top search engines free of charge. By doing this, prospects searching for supplies will be more likely to find a listed company. List your business in the directory and other online directories.

Use search engine advertising so that you have a top rank and can be easily found by consumers. Write a short ad which can link to your website. You will only need to pay when visitors click on your ad and go to your website. Companies that offer this service include Google, Bing, Yahoo and some other search engines. Many offer incentives such as coupons with free clicks to advertise.

Check with email marketing companies like ConstantContact to assist you with building a customer list and to use autoresponders. Write articles and publish them in directories. All of the above tactics are easy and effective ways to market and advertise your home based business.

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I received a helpful e-mail with marketing tips that anyone and everyone can use in their business, whether it’s La Bella Baskets or not.



A personal message from Co-Founder Janis:

“It’s hard.”

“I can’t get any people to visit my site”

“I can’t people to join my business.”

“This just isn’t for me.”

“I don’t have the time.”

“I didn’t  know how difficult it would be.”

Well, I am a single Mom of three who, before starting my own homebased business, held down two jobs. I would get up at 4:00 in the morning and not get to bed until midnight most nights, after returning from my part-time retail job, packing lunches, checking homework and relieving my mother, who helped out with the kids.

That, my friends, is difficult.

It is difficult always having to lower your dreams to meet your means. It is difficult to miss your son’s football game because you have to work. It is difficult knowing the rust bucket you call a car is eating you alive in maintenance, but you can’t afford a new one. It is difficult to realize that someone else is going to watch your daughter take her first step or have your son say mama to the preschool teacher.

It is difficult knowing that you have spent 40 years of your life working for someone else, only to realize that you will be retiring on one-third of what you can live on today. Or, worse yet, it is difficult knowing that you have diligently worked all your life, only to be given an early retirement and replaced by someone younger, more capable.

I will tell you what’s difficult–waking up in the morning and realizing that your children, the most precious things imaginable, no longer need bottles, diapers, have tea parties, or are shorter than the baseball bat they are trying to swing. It is difficult realizing it is too late and that the time frittered away can never be retrieved. It slips through our fingers one second at a time.

It is also difficult watching the spark in your partner’s eyes fade because both of you realize the house you have been wanting is just a dream because someone else is controlling your finances.

We have nasty habits about rationalizing, procrastination and skirting important things, rather than facing the issues. Too often we allow others who do not pay our bills, who do not share our dreams, to direct our futures.

As children we have absolutely no freedom; we rebel in our teens and scream for freedom. We reach adulthood and are finally free, only to relinquish that freedom because we think it is too difficult. We do not want to take responsibility. We do not want to make a wrong decision, so we obligingly give that awesome power to someone else. We wake up too late. We hear ourselves uttering phrases like: “I wish I had only . . .” and “If I could do it over again.”

You have no one but yourself to blame. You had the chance. Perhaps the opportunity was presented many times and each time you elevated the trivial to a higher priority than yourself.

Let me ask you: Is building our business really difficult?

Is it so traumatic to show someone an exciting product or idea? Is it so difficult to understand that if you work your business consistenly, you just might finally be able to send your children to a college chosen by excellence, rather than one chosen by price?

Would you work really hard for eight to ten years, so you could mold a lifestyle of your choosing, so your family could live a lifestyle of their dreams, rather than trying to live how someone else thinks you should live?

How difficult is it to pick up the phone and call your prospect? How difficult is it to place ads? How difficult is it, really, to share what you love with others? Think about it.

Realize the awesome power you have in your hands by owning your own business. There are people out there working three jobs. There are people drowning in debt; or agonizing through bankruptcy, realizing they only needed a couple hundred more dollars per month. That is difficult!

This business you have chosen has the ability to change lives. Your business cannot do anything. But YOU can change lives with it. You are the one with the life-changing ability. What are you waiting for?

There is difficulty and pain in success, and there is difficulty and pain in failure. Difficulty and pain in success will last a short period of time; but pain in failure lasts a lifetime. Which one is really more difficult?

You will pay a price for your actions, and your choices.

Which choice will you make?

Preach Janis! Preach!

Reasons why we should be excited about this industry!

Gift Basket Business Statistics:

1) The industry has had an amazing amount of growth over the last twenty years and is now worth around 3.3 billion dollars annually in the US.

2) Gift baskets make up part of the ‘gift industry’ which is worth over 200 billion dollars a year. They are ranked fourth as a category behind other popular gifts like clothing and vouchers.

3) The industry has long been dominated by woman and even though men are slowly getting more involved, women make up the majority of business owners in this industry. Women are also more likely than men to be customers.

4) The corporate sector of the market is well worth targeting as it represents approximately 40% of the total market.

Calculate how much you need to start your ideal business, and then figure out how much you have. If you have all the cash you need, you’re very fortunate. If you don’t, you need to start playing with the numbers and deciding what you can do without. The checklist below will serve as a guide for creating a startup budget for your gift basket business. Prices for supplies and equipment are estimated ranges and will vary depending on features, sources and whether they’re new or used. What you spend may vary because you may already own some items, such as office equipment or a computer. Don’t forget to also factor in rent (unless you’re homebased), business license, utility deposits, insurance, any legal and accounting services and your grand opening advertising.

  • Specialty equipment (including work space fixtures, work tables, crafting tools, shrink wrapper, heat gun, signage and security system): $980 to $14,030
  • Storage fixtures and hardware (including storage shelves and cabinets): $100 to $500
  • Store equipment/fixtures for retail operations (including special displays, display shelving, cash register, counter, marking guns, floor gondolas, pegboard, hooks, showcases and wall gondolas): Anywhere from $0 if you already have these items to $9,895
  • Retail supplies (including cash register tape, shopping bags, gift boxes and sales tags and/or labels): up to $1,510
  • Office furniture, equipment and supplies (including computer and peripherals, fax, phone system, furniture, business stationary and miscellaneous supplies): $3,800 to $13,670
  • Packaging/shipping equipment (including hand truck, high-speed tape dispenser, carton stapler, electronic scale and paper shredder): $350 to $1,490
  • Packaging/shipping supplies (including sealing tape, boxes, mailing labels, cushioned mailers and packing materials): $505 to $1,200
  • Gift basket supplies (including baskets/containers, packing materials, decorative materials, shrink-wrap and/or cellophane and product/gifts): $1,675 to $28,500. The range is based on how much you spend on the products and gifts you put into your basket.


$19.95 a month with La Bella Baskets!

As a mom you have kids running around the house. Some of them may be yours while others may not be, but that’s ok because your kids will be where you can see them.

If you have kids that want to help mommy with her business or if you have kids that want to make money, then you should allow them to help. It will help them have an understanding of business and it will help them with responsibility.

There are so many things your kids can do to help you with your business. What they can do depends on your business, but there is always something you can come up with. Make sure you give them things that are age appropriate and make sure they understand what you want them to do.

Here are a few suggestions that will work with most businesses.

1. If you like to hand out flyers, consider having your children go door to door placing a flyer in the handle of the screen door. Make sure you explain what the sign no solicitations means so they don’t place a flyer on a door that says that.

2. If you send out packages to your customers, you can have your kids help you pack the boxes. Depending on the age of your children, you may need to check each box before it goes out, but they’ll still feel like they helped.

3. Preparing envelopes to include in your packages is another task your kids can do for you. They can prepare the envelope in its entirety or you can have everything prepared and they can put them in the envelopes for you.

4. If your kids are older and enjoy the computer and the internet, you could train them how to do some of your online tasks. Article marketing, blog posts, and email management are just a few of the tasks they can handle. Step by step instructions will make it easier for them to handle.

You need to remember that your kids want to spend time with you. When you have a business to run that can be a challenge. The best way to make it work is to have them help you run your business.

Depending on the age of your kids, you may be able to find the perfect task for them to handle. When you can work side by side with them you will all have fun and you’ll be able to accomplish what you set out to do each day and still spend that quality time with your kids that you all crave.

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We offer bi-monthy pay. We fulfill your orders. We create the gift baskets. We create a beautiful website for you. We help you market your gifting business. We carry all the inventory. We ship to your gift recipients. We operate online, so you can, too. We continuously add new gift baskets to your store. We partner with you to make it simple to succeed. We don't require you to buy products. We do not have quotas. We do not ask you to collect money from your customers

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La Bella Baskets has weekly national Team Training calls that include product information, tips to succeed, interviews with La Bella Baskets consultants, sponsoring support, and much more. See you on the call!

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