When I was in direct sales, the company that I was with changed their main line catalog every season and their sales catalog every 2 months. I was often left with left-over catalogs and for awhile, I just trashed them as we changed them.

Over the years I learned that I should be putting those outdated catalogs to work, after all, I paid for them and they were not going to make me any money in the local landfill or recycling center.

Once our catalogs expired, I learned to label them with special labels that I printed up from my computer. My labels stated the following:

This is an outdated catalog. Please contact me for a FREE new current (Company Name) catalog. See my contact information on the back cover. Thanks!

I placed my label on the front cover of all of my expired catalogs and my contact information label on the back cover. Once I had them all prepared, I got busy placing them all throughout my neighborhood.

Great places to leave your outdated catalogs are:

  • hospital waiting rooms
  • doctor offices – waiting rooms
  • dental offices – waiting rooms
  • business employee lounges
  • outpatient surgery centers – waiting rooms
  • community centers
  • churches
  • plus more!

You can enlist the help of your family and friends, and ask them to help you distribute your outdated catalogs too!

Instead of throwing away those outdated catalogs, put them to work in your business as a business marketing tool. You paid for them, now use them!

Shelly Hill has been working from home in Direct Sales since 1989. Shelly is the owner of a home business resource site at where you can find articles and home business tips to help guide you down the correct path with your Direct Sales business.