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Stay relevant with the latest insights on Technology, Compensation Plans, Sales Tax, International Expansion, Rep Success and more.  Learn about emerging markets, new trends and regulatory changes from the leading experts in Direct Sales, Party Plan and Multi-Level Marketing (MLM).  The ByDesign editorial mission is to provide expert level insights, and cutting-edge information that will advance the conversation around direct selling solutions as well as advance your success.  If there is a blog topic you would like us to cover or if you would like to share input, please email linda.gulla@bydesign.com

Social Selling Made Simple

The way that consumers interact when buying and selling products has evolved towards multi-channel forms of communication. No longer are they just purchasing an item, but they are becoming part of a community with other buyers around the world. Instead of being passive shoppers, they are actively taking part in what they buy with the...

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Women Microentrepreneurs in Direct Selling: Harnessing the Power of Information Communication Technology

Technology is the engine for growth and development, as the moving and sharing of information has become a fundamental part of both our personal and professional lives. In today’s world of the gig economy, there are roughly 60 million microentrepreneurs comprising an agile workforce of independent workers. These microentrepreneurs have income-earning activities that are unlike...

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Freedom plus Luci: The Pairing That’s Accelerating MLM Growth

As you design and build your Multi-Level Marketing business, your MLM software creates the foundation that enables you to scale and grow. You define the dream. You set the strategy. And you roll up your sleeves and make it happen. ByDesign’s Freedom Platform is by your side, bringing structure, ease, and accuracy to not only...

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The Best Retention Tool You May Not Be Using

When you’ve got people on your team that “know” how to sponsor — you’ve given them the five steps on how to sponsor. You have “taught” them how to sponsor, but they’re not sponsoring. So what most companies and leaders do is teach them again. You send them online to learn, again, and still not...

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Retail Success Acquires ByDesign Technologies

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – February 10, 2020 – (Newswire.com) Retail Success, LLC announced its acquisition of ByDesign Technologies, LLC, the premier provider of business management tools for the Direct Selling industry. The acquisition of ByDesign Technologies is part of Retail Success’ planned expansion into the direct selling, retail, and gig economy spaces. The combined organization...

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GET NEW REPS OFF TO A GREAT S.T.A.R.T.

The Direct Selling News recently quoted bestselling author and consultant Ron Carucci saying that “Organizations with a standardized onboarding process experience 62% greater new hire productivity, and 50% greater new hire retention.” While this quote wasn’t originally written for our industry, it is relevant when striving to activate and retain Reps who join your organization....

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The Road to Better Sales Forecasting

Predicting how a company’s sales will evolve and what it will be at a given time in the future should always be taken seriously. At the end of the day, this is by far the most important source of revenue at a direct selling company. Also, profitability is obviously highly impacted by sales. On the...

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When a Disease Claim Crisis Arrives, Will You be Prepared?

Shock, Denial, Anger, Depression and Acceptance — You may recognize these as the stages of grief; However, in our industry, I have observed these exact same stages when company owners and leaders experience the effects of a major compliance issue. The Direct Selling model has many benefits, one of the top being the ability to...

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Lessons in Missing the Point

Why Do MLM Companies Keep Getting Sued by the FTC For the Same Stuff as Others Have Been Sued for Decades? Part 1 The recent FTC v. Neora lawsuit raises a question – Do MLM leaders (corporate executives and field leaders) “get it” when it comes to the legal and regulatory requirements that govern MLMs?...

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Give the Field What They Need (Not What They Want)

Field focus groups, or councils, are becoming more popular in the Direct Selling Industry – and rightfully so. Actively listening to your field can help you adapt to new/growing needs they have, help them to understand their tools, products, and services, and help you avoid costly mistakes if choosing a path inconsistent with their needs....

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