It’s Friday! Today we’re going to talk some more about Affiliate programs. We’re going to give you some ideas for places you can find folks to sell your product for you.
Some of you (thanks) have asked about how my daughter is doing. She had a sinus infection which was kind of weird since she didn’t have the snuffles, cough or any other symptom you would associate with that illness. She started feeling bad on Sunday night and I think the highest fever she had was about 104. We took her to the doctor on Monday and that was the diagnosis. She got some antibiotics but still had a fever around 101 or so for a couple of days. Finally she is fever free and caught up with school which she was stressing over.
If you’ve followed us you know we’re working on an upgrade to our tutoring program. We’re working on an online guide – how to tutor online, the tools you need to use etc. We’ve also worked on producing some physical books for you. We should have that completed by the end of the month but we’re in crunch time so over the next couple of weeks we’ll be reducing the number of posts we have here. We’ll be working on resuming the frequent posts after we finish but that will be a couple of weeks.
I had mentioned before about creating a video for setting up subscriptions for pay pal but we have run out of time this week so we’ll get to it later.
Now on to the show.
Current Customers – one of the best people to approach about getting you some more tutor clients is your current clients. These people know already how awesome you are at tutoring and they can be some of your best sales people. There are many different ways you can approach them but here is what I would do.
First make them aware that you’re looking for additional clients. You’ll want to figure out how you’re going to pay them. Will you give them a free tutor session (or two or three) or are you going to pay them. My suggestion would be to give them a couple of tutor lessons. You can track their sales using the method we talked about earlier this week – having a business card with a coupon and put an affiliate number on the back. You’ll want to make sure you have a spreadsheet you create to keep track of the affiliate numbers. The biggest thing for any affiliate is developing trust with them, know that you will pay them and not go back on your word is a bit deal… so be honest!
Friends – let your friends and family know that you need some more tutor clients and you’re willing to pay them if they send you some business. Don’t assume they know you’re tutoring, make sure they know by giving them a call, catch up and then tell them about your business. Let them know who and what you’re tutoring (they may even send you some business for FREE).
Contacts – think about people that are around children, kids, or parents of kids that you want to tutor. Spend some time and think about it. You will probably have a list of 10 or 20 people. Make sure you have enough affiliate cards to pass out and begin contacting them. Like anything some people will want to help you and others won’t.
On the Web – we’ve talked some about paypal. With pay pal you can set up an affiliate program if you have a website that allows you to take online payments. We’ll talk much more about this in the online guide, but you can do it.
One caution is once you get the ball rolling it may be hard to get it to stop. I would recommend you start this process only when you have at least one person tutoring with you (your employee) and methods to expand if you need to expand. You don’t want to have to tell prospective clients you don’t have tutor slots open to tutor their child.
We hope you have a wonderful weekend!