Entering Competitions: How to be Organised
The most successful prize winners generally have a few things in common, one being that they have organisation skills. With the sheer number of competitions on offer out there, you’re going to want to adopt ways to coordinate your comping! Here are my top tips…
JOIN A COMMUNITY OR FORUM THAT HAS IN-HOUSE ORGANISATIONAL SOFTWARE
Most of the larger competitions/sweepstakes communities these days have their own software that you can utilise when you join up. Often there is an extra fee or donation required to access these premium features, but in my experience it’s worth it every time!
Common features often include a way to mark competitions ‘entered,’ ‘not interested’ or ‘save for later,’ total competitions entered, your total winnings and advanced search capabilities.
GET YOUR OWN FORM FILLING SOFTWARE
Every pro comper and sweeper knows that form filling software is ESSENTIAL to save time! You enter your details into pre-set form fields (like name, email, address) once and the program will automatically fill in your details at the press of a button when you’re entering competitions. When you’re doing this hundreds of times per week, it really does save a lot of precious time!
I use Roboform to quickly fill out my competitions. They have a free version and a premium version (I find the free version is certainly good enough for what I need it for!).
SAVE YOUR REALLY GOOD CREATIVE ENTRIES
It’s certainly worth making a word document or similar of your creative answers and entries. Or at least the ones you think are REALLY good! I’ll admit I’m a bit lazy when it comes to this, but I do save it if I think it’s really different or outstanding. That way if you win, you can come back to your answer later and re-purpose it for similar competitions. Sometimes it pays off!
HAVE SOMEWHERE TO STORE RECEIPTS
Grab yourself a cardboard box or a tupperware container and label it “Competition Receipts.” You’re going to want to chuck your receipts in there every time you enter a purchase competition. If you win, nine times out of ten the promoter is going to want proof of purchase and you’ll want to avoid freaking out and rummaging through old shopping bags!
HAVE SOMEWHERE TO STORE WINNING LETTERS
Folders to store winning letters are a great idea. It’s lovely to go back through and read them for inspiration when you’re going through a dry patch. Have a digital one (to store winning emails) and a physical one for those exciting snail mail letters.
KEEP A PAD AND PEN… EVERYWHERE!
This cheeky tip helps me out a lot. I find having a pen and paper on the coffee table next to the couch super handy. If I’m watching TV and I notice a competition, I can quickly write down the details and remember them later. Pen and paper next to my bed also helps if I have a sudden idea for a creative answer while I’m snoozing (it happens, I swear).
I utilise these organisational tips every day. Give them a go – they’ll take your comping, sweeping and contesting to the next level!