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  • Nancy Tobler resized

    August 28, 2017

    The History of Corporate Social Responsibility in Direct Selling

    One of my favorite things about direct selling is the emphasis we place on social responsibility. Direct selling companies are often dedicated to causes and in some cases the cause itself is the foundation on which the whole organization was built. Corporate social responsibility comes in two forms. One is do... Read more ›

  • Trades of Hope Artisan partner sewing

    August 21, 2017

    Trades of Hope, more than charity

    Podcast episode 11

    Gretchen and Elizabeth Huijskens join us to talk about Trades of Hope—a philanthropic party plan company they founded along with Holly Wehde and Chelsie Antos, to microfinance artisan co-ops operating in impoverished areas. Trades of Hope works with artisan partners around the world (who create jewe... Read more ›

  • OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

    August 14, 2017

    Deciding what software to build in house and what to buy

    When deciding on a software solution to address a pressing problem, you face a difficult decision: Should you buy your software or should you build it? You may be tempted to build your own custom software to save money. But that instinct is wrong—building software is expensive. If you’re going to build... Read more ›

  • slack-imgs

    August 8, 2017

    Good software partners let you focus on you

    Podcast Episode 10

    How do you get a best-in-class MLM software solution without wasting resources? How do you run a good IT department without losing focus on your products—your core competency? In this episode, we talk to three guests, each from software providers in the direct sales space: Jared Smith, Director of R... Read more ›

  • Programmer working in a software developing company office

    July 31, 2017

    MLM Software in the 21st Century

    The times are changing and you need to too

    When I was a young man at the start of my software career in the 1980s, companies saw software as a necessary evil. It didn’t create value. It didn’t bring in customers. It didn’t provide a competitive edge. It was like home owner’s insurance: You hated it, but you had to have it. And it wasn’t spec... Read more ›

  • Mark Rawlins 2

    July 24, 2017

    What are APIs and how can they help you save money?

    When looking for software to meet the needs of your business, you don’t need to build the software all yourself or turn to a single software provider for everything. You can get customized functionality combined with the lower cost of mass-produced software by using application program interfaces (APIs) to ... Read more ›

  • Scott Smith1

    July 10, 2017

    Designing websites that users can trust

    E-commerce sales continue to rise as a percent of total retail sales. In 2007, about 3.5% of retail sales happened online and in the first quarter of 2017 ecommerce sales were at about 8.5%. Many direct selling companies see a much higher rate of online sales as a percent of total sales. We have new distribut... Read more ›