Welcome to the Business Opportunities section of the Appco Group Ireland website.
If you are interested in business opportunities within the Appco Group network of Marketing Companies and Field Representatives, or you are already a Field Representative, this section is designed to answer any questions you may have about operating your own business as a self-employed Field Representative (“FR”).
The Appco Group has a variety of clients spanning many industries, many of which are household names. As an FR you will promote and sell services for and on behalf of Appco Group’s clients and will be contracted to one of the Marketing Companies within our network.
To assist you in promoting and selling our clients’ services you will be provided with client product training, and all the materials and support you need based on the clients’ marketing requirements.
As a successful FR, unique opportunities exist to enter the Appco Group Business Development Programme.
The Business Development Programme provides an opportunity to mentor, guide and train other FRs with a view to moving through the Programme and running your own Marketing Company within the Appco Group network.
As an FR you are an independent contractor engaged on a self-employed basis and contracted to a Marketing Company. You may act for Appco Group’s clients through the Marketing Company and, in collaboration with the Marketing Company, are able to choose how you approach your sales business within client assigned territories. This means you can determine the level of your business and the income you can generate, and determine your own progression and advancement within the network.
Your payments and earnings are based on commission for each confirmed and active sale generated or a fee per fundraising donor acquired.
This payment arrangement enables the Appco Group to provide genuine return on investment for its clients, as clients only pay for active customers or donors acquired.
Appco Group’s clients have the ability to have a very measurable and cost-effective alternative route to market – more measurable than many other forms of marketing and advertising and is one of the reasons why Appco Group’s client list is so extensive and includes some of the world’s leading brands.
As an FR, you are required to register as self-employed, if you are not already registered it is required that you register within three months of commencing trading by visiting your local Revenue office or on line at www.revenue.ie.
To commence trading as an FR, you can contact any of our network Marketing Companies directly through recruitment advertisements or you may be personally recruited.
In the initial meeting, the FR role is explained and your CV and personal qualities will be discussed. You may then be invited back to spend more time with the MC, which could involve observing the sales process and seeing exactly what happens on a day-to-day basis.
After this you may be invited to a final review where any further questions on progression and business advancement can also be discussed.
Following successful meetings and assessments, you will be offered the opportunity to contract as an FR with the Marketing Company.
Comprehensive product and service training on each specific client campaign is provided to ensure that the client’s requirements and expectations are fully explained.
The training comprises both classroom and field-based training and this is conducted by our network Marketing Companies as well as the client and Appco Group team on a regular and often daily basis.
After over 20 years in this industry we firmly believe that the most effective training is provided on an ongoing basis, and the environment of each Marketing Company is collaborative and interactive to ensure that you are fully informed as clients’ services, requirements and expectations change.
The structure enables you to develop your skills and tap into sales best-practice and techniques as well as to benefit from coaching and collaboration from others on the Business Development Programme.
Pursuant to an agreement with Appco, each Marketing Company will require all FRs to comply with the highest standards of personal conduct and best sales practice, with a prime focus on the fair and reasonable treatment of prospective customers and on obtaining high quality customers for Appco Group’s clients. There is, for this purpose, a generic Appco Group Code of Conduct and Practice to compliment specific regulatory requirements and codes applicable to each sector and client.
Relevant codes of conduct and practice include:
Fundraising: Irish Forum For Direct Recruitment (IFFDR) Code of Practice
Energy: Commission of Energy Regulations (CER) Code of Conduct and Energysure Code of Practice
Pay TV: Ofgem Code of Practice
Home Security: PSA Code of Conduct
As an FR you will be provided with the relevant information and training in order to comply with the above codes of practice and guidelines, and relevant regulatory requirements.
Q: As an FR, who do I work for to earn commissions or fees?
A: You work for yourself on a self-employed basis, and you are contracted to a Marketing Company under a Trading Agreement to promote the services of the Appco Group clients and to sign up and secure committed, high quality customers for those clients.
Q: How does my commission work?
A: Commissions or fees on your sales are paid to you on a weekly basis. The calculation of this is dependent on the particular client’s service, the number of new active customers you have secured and the degree to which such customers remain committed.
Q: What happens with registering as self employed?
A: If you are not already registered as self-employed then you must register within three months of commencing trading as a sole trader either by visiting your local Revenue office or online at www.revenue.ie.
Q: What happens when I leave?
A: You are entitled to terminate your Trading Agreement with the relevant Marketing Company at any time without any notice either verbally or in writing. If you decide to cease trading with a Marketing Company you must also return any client materials to the Marketing Company, including your identity badge. You will need to review your Security Bond arrangements with the Marketing Company on a monthly basis until the last Clawback Period has passed. Any customer cancellations or rejections will continue to be deducted from your Security Bond until the last Clawback Period is complete.
Q: How and when do I receive my bond return?
A: You will receive the final balance of your Security Bond in relation to a client campaign after the relevant Clawback Period has passed, this can vary on each client campaign but will be detailed under your Trading Agreement. Your Security Bond will be automatically paid into your notified bank account within 15 working days of the Clawback Period passing. Alternatively you can contact the Marketing Company for your Security Bond return or contact a member of the Appco Group team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Who do I contact if I have a query or feedback?
A: Please feel free to contact the Marketing Company or Appco Group directly on email@example.com.