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La Bella Baskets: A WAHM Business Guide


La Bella Baskets is a home-based direct sales company that specializes in gift baskets. The company was created recently as a means for women to stay at home with their children while still earning a sizable income. The company believes that more and more people will be leaving the traditional workforce as they seek jobs that offer more flexible scheduling and earning opportunities.

La Bella Baskets' Mission Statement is as follows: "La Bella Baskets Believes in the Power of Giving. Every time you or the customers buy from La Bella Baskets we are directly involving in helping single moms that are struggling. We will be making a vital difference in the lives of single moms who need our help." As a La Bella Baskets consultant, you will be responsible for selling the gift baskets that your customers order. You will not have to put the baskets together; your orders are submitted to the corporate office, which is responsible for creating the baskets and shipping them to your customers.

Starting Out as a La Bella Baskets Consultant

Unlike most direct sales businesses, you do not pay a one-time fee for a startup kit. Instead, you pay $19.95 per month and you are given your own online store. Everything related to your La Bella Baskets business is paperless; all transactions are placed and tracked online through your website. Your website will offer over 200 gifts. You'll also be assigned a personal mentoring coach, have access to free La Bella Basket Powerful Training, and lessons on Internet advertising. The company also provides you with offline/online marketing materials, unlimited postcard leads, email templates, and business cards.

Compensation as a La Bella Baskets Consultant

As a La Bella Baskets consultant, you receive a 20% commission on all orders. The company also provides you with a free prescription card and free pet prescription card. You receive your payout on a biweekly basis. You are also eligible for referral bonuses and gift basket contents, although the company specifically mentions it is not an MLM-based business. In addition, you also receive 20% off your personal orders.

Thriving as an La Bella Baskets Consultant

The company offers enough training and marketing materials that you should be able to open your storefront and begin your marketing campaign immediately. The company stresses that your job can be part-time or full-time, depending on your personal financial needs.

Is It for You?

La Bella Baskets seems like a good option for anyone who is new to direct sales and who doesn't enjoy setting up parties, hosting parties and so forth. Since the company is entirely web-based, it also helps to be very comfortable with an online-only shop. The company offers extensive FAQs and seems to offer a large amount of training and marketing materials to get started. So, even if you have no prior experience with sales, it looks like they give you everything you need to get started. Of course, it helps to really love the kinds of gourmet and pampering products that typically come in gift baskets.

Noteworthy Information

A portion of the proceeds from every La Bella Basket sale go to benefit Basket of Hope, which delivers gift baskets to single moms who are experiencing hardships and challenges.

Have more questions about La Bella Baskets? Ask them in our La Bella Baskets discussion forum!

Sarah Baker is a documentary filmmaker and writer currently living in New Bern, NC. Her first book, Lucky Stars: Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell, will be published December 2009. Read more about her.

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