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  • Personal Development Week:

    Grow your company
  • September 20, 2017

    How to plan strategically as your company grows

    Every direct selling company wants to grow fast, but not every company knows how to think ahead and prepare for the inevitable growing pains. Steve Hooper joins us on this first installment of a two-part episode to talk about the strategic planning you need to do to handle phases of growth and hyper g... Read more ›

  • October 2, 2017

    How to plan strategically as your company grows (part 2)

    Every direct selling company wants to grow fast, but not every company knows how to think ahead and prepare for the inevitable growing pains. Steve Hooper joins us again on this second installment of a two-part episode to talk about the strategic moves you need to make to handle phases of growth and h... Read more ›

  • Personal Development Week:

    Corporate social responsibility
  • August 21, 2017

    Trades of Hope, more than charity

    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 ›

  • 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 ›

  • Personal Development Week:

    Software in the 21st century
  • 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 ›

  • August 8, 2017

    Good software partners let you focus on you

    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 ›

  • 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 ›

  • July 31, 2017

    MLM Software in the 21st Century

    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 ›

  • 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 ›

  • July 17, 2017

    Keeping MLM software simple in a sea of complications

    Moy Chambers, LifeVantage’s Senior Vice President of IT, joins us to share experience from his long history as a software professional in the MLM space. He talks to us about the dramatic changes in software in the recent past and the current landscape of IT solutions for direct sales companies. The ... Read more ›

  • 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 ›

  • July 3, 2017

    Million Dollar Party Girl’s best tools and best practices for online parties

    Lynn Bardowski—the Million Dollar Party Girl—joins us to discuss the ways that MLM party plans are evolving alongside technological advances. She tells us about the differences and overlap between home parties and online parties; she talks about ways that direct sales software could better serve p... Read more ›