If you’ve been dreaming of starting a home-based business but running out of ideas because the start-up revenue seems a bit out of reach, don’t put the dream away my friend there are still some options to explore. Today I’d like to take a look at the idea of starting a direct sales business.
Now before you tune me out, it’s not like it used to be when the only way to make money was to host a party, and it wasn’t much to top it all off. Thanks to social media you can promote your products worldwide giving you more opportunities to make money. Plus you can showcase them like never before with social sites like Pinterest and Instagram. Want another bonus? You can’t beat the start-up prices. Some company start-up fees are as little as $30!
What Does It Take To Run A Successful Direct Sales Business?
There are some key characteristics you need to make it in the direct sales business. It takes a certain personality, a certain charisma, and drive to make it work. And then there are these qualities you should have…
You have to believe in the product you’re selling. A lack of faith in your product will reflect in how you present and promote it. You can’t expect a customer to believe in your product if you don’t.
You have to be a people person. You’ll have to do a lot of networking in order to grow your business and you’ll need those people skills to be able to talk up your product to potential customers.
You have to be outgoing. There’s no time to be shy, you have a product to sell and being sociable is an important characteristic to have in the direct sales business.
What Kind Of Direct Sales Business Should You Go Into?
As you know there are tons of direct sales businesses to choose from. There are cosmetics, candles, home décor, skin care products, supplements, and many, many more. I won’t go into all that but I will go over three popular products out there and introduce you to some ladies who are making a living by running their own direct sales business. Are you ready?
I’m sure everyone has heard about Mary Kay and maybe even used it at one time or another. When I think about Mary Kay I think about the pink cars they give away to their top performers.
To become a Mary Kay Consultant all you need is $100. This includes a starter kit of full size products valued at $400, materials such as books and DVDs to keep you growing, samples, catalogs, and even a website. Want to know more? You can contact Susanne Beer. Plus is she going to dish it out about Mary Kay on my blog next week. I can’t wait!
Scentsy is a fragrance melted in a decorative ceramic warmer by the heat of a single light bulb. They have a variety of fragrances and decorative warmers to fit every woman’s taste and you can put them in any part of your room or office.
It only takes $99 to become a Scentsy Consultant. A starter kit will include catalogs, scent testers, brochures, and a dedicated site, which is all you need to start a successful Scentsy business. Want to know more about this? You can find Toni Coffie Jones on Facebook, who happens to be my Scentsy Consultant!
Selling Gift Baskets
I recently did an Interview with Angela Sambrook who happens to be a La Bella Gift Basket Consultant. In it she discusses her success story with us plus she tells you how you can become a consultant for La Bella Gift Baskets.
How does starting your own La Bella Gift Basket Business for only $24.95 sound? This covers your ecommerce store, consultant back office, online training, and marketing material…not to mention ongoing support. It sounds like a great opportunity and I’m considering this myself!
The Common Factor
These ladies may be in different parts of the country and selling different products but the one thing they have in common with each other is that they are happy and achieving a work-life balance. Who wouldn’t want that?
Over To You
What do you think about running a direct sales business? If you had the chance to start a direct sales business, what product would you sell? Let’s dish it out in the comments section below.
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Corina is a work-from-home mom rolling with the punches while trying to balance a family and an online business. She is dealing with teens, grey hair, and wrinkles all at the same time! She recently launched a new blog known as Not Now Mom's Busy which talks about teen issues, juggling family life with work life, living on a budget, and so much more.