Hey! Look at this! I can start a home party plan business for free!Let’s think about this for just a moment, shall we? If you attended a home party at your friends house, let’s say it is an adult toy party (Since this is what Intimate Tickles LLC does, so we can relate), and the representative shows up, hands out a few catalogs, and starts directing you to pages to describe the lotions, potions, lingerie and toys. No table is set up, no toys are available to look at, touch, and feel the buzz. No lotions to smell, taste, or rub on. Not even a scratch and sniff (that’s a joke, there is no scratch and sniff!). Would you purchase anything? Would it make any sense to you at all to sit there for an hour and have someone describe a catalog to you?Well, the representative took advantage of a “Start your business for free” offer, so unfortunately, she did not get any products to show. She got a few catalogs and a few order forms and was told that she can use those to do her first party, make a few bucks, and then use those sales to stock her kit. So basically, she is asking you to help her start her business by funding the business kit she needs to actually get started. Offended? I would be! And as an entrepreneur interested in starting your own business, you should be offended as well. The opportunity to embarrass yourself at your first few parties by showing up with nothing but catalogs and a smile are not the only issues you should beware of when presented with a Get Started For Free opportunity. Let’s run through the typical scenario; (keeping in mind that when you join a home party plan company, you typically have a 30 day out) You’d like to start your own business in the home party plan arena. You’ve decided that you want to find an adult toy party home party plan (and why not, it’s a 15 billion dollar a year market!). You’ve research a few companies and have noticed that the typical start-up costs for a starter kit are about $90 to $1000, depending on the kit you purchase. But wait! Here is a company offering FREE start-up, of course, for a limited time only. You are a bit short on money, so this is perfect! You are now a business owner. You are your own boss in your own adult toy party home party plan business. You don’t have any products, but you’ve signed on and you have a name and (hopefully) you have a website. You don’t know whether the products are good quality, because you have not tested them out. You (again hopefully) have a few catalogs and order forms for your friends to look at. You can’t answer questions of “what do YOU like”, because, again, you have not tested them. But! You are in. A month later you are finally able to order some products so that you can do a real party. Alas, you discover that some products arrive broken, other products don’t have the “buzzz” that was promised, and that dildo is a lot smaller than it looks in the catalog. You further discover that you’ve joined a company that carries about 1/4 of the products of the other companies and your customers are looking for products that, well, this company simply does not carry. You decide that this may have been a mistake. Well, that’s a problem. Your 30 day out has come and gone. Sure, you can quit, but odds are, there is no place in this industry that you can turn to. Most home party plan companies have written into your contract that you are free to leave whenever you desire, however, you are NOT permitted to join a competing companies parties plan for a period of AT LEAST a year. You’ve just been roped in, and tied up. Bottom line: 1) If they are offering you free start-up, odds up they are hurting for consultants. Wonder why that is? 2) To get your business off the ground you are going to need, at least, business cards. You’ll need to do some kind of low cost marketing, like printing out flyers and trying to get them hung somewhere. You’ll want to get listed in some local directories, which can cost from $10 – $100 depending on the size and visibility of the directory. My point here is, if you don’t have the $99 for, at least, the low end starter kit, you should probably wait anyway. 3) As home party plan trainers, we have discovered that an overwhelming percentage of those who join this type of opportunity because of a “limited time” offer, should have waited till they have the money for a kit and start the right way! When you are TRULY ready to get started with a truly AMAZING adult toy home party plan company – take a good hard look at Intimate Tickles LLC and My Pure Pleasure. Not free, just the best company to back you in reaching your goals.