Looking to make a little extra cash while raising a family? Always dreamed of owning your own business? Or want to travel full-time and see the world?
If any of these sound like you, the solution could be starting your own direct-selling business – you know – with a company that sells plastic containers or health products, where you sell goods through home parties and one-on-one consultations.
Direct selling has become big business: In 2017, the 20.5 million direct-sales representatives working in the US generated more than $35.54 billion in revenue, an increase of 1.5 percent over the previous year, according to the Direct Selling Association (DSA), a national trade group. Seems like everyone is trying for the piece of the pie!
Why become a direct sales consultant?
Flexibility: Having a direct sales business means that you can set your own hours, work when you want and be your boss.
Supplemental income: Depending on your job, you may be earning a low wage or not have the skills or opportunities for advancement. Direct selling can be easy way to start a “side gig” without the hassle of applying for a second job.
Meet new people: We are social beings and joining a direct sales business will bring opportunities to connect with people like yourself, who have similar goals to you.
How to become successful in your Direct Sales business
The truth is not everyone becomes successful in their business. It does take patience and time to learn the best way for you to market and sell your product. Keep reading for a few tips to help jumpstart your business..
Tip #1: Passion sells. Experienced direct-sales consultants will tell you that to be successful, you need to choose a product or service in which you really believe in and use yourself. When you’re excited about something, that excitement is contagious, which can lead to higher sales.
Tip #2: Tell it from the rooftops! but don’t be too salesy about it. People will want to hear about your business and how it benefits your life and perhaps try it out themselves. If you have passion for cooking and match it with a company that sells cookware, be sure to use your skills and cookware at the next pot luck at church or Christmas dinner with family and friends.
Tip #3: Keep a to-do list. If you want to make xx money by a certain time, then keeping track of your parties or consultations will keep you headed in the right direction. If you begin wondering why you aren’t being successful in your business, then take a look at your business tasks and see where you can improve. The business only works if you do.
Let me know in the comments below if you have a direct sales business and what is your biggest struggle?