Monday, April 1, 2013

Direct Sales & Me by Barb Maurais

Free products, discounts, fun, training, networking, national conferences, new friends near and far, helping people solve problems, mentoring, coaching, traveling, supporting charitable causes...these are many of the reasons that I am an independent small business owner. 

When I began my direct sales journey, I was intrigued with the notion of getting lots of products for free or at a discount. When I realized that I could earn a commission on the products, I was hooked. My first venture involved kitchen gadgets and having my guests show me how to use them. Later, I became fascinated with wickless warmers and specialized in counseling friends on acceptable scents. 

Almost two years ago, I found my niche. Bags and totes. Who knew that a passion for such things would lead to gift cards, free products, incentives, earning a trip to national conference in Atlanta, commissions, leadership opportunities, connecting with new and seasoned friends, fun, iPad, laughter, overrides, philanthropic support and so much more? 

I also have learned a valuable life isn’t about the bags, it’s about providing value and service to my peeps. It’s about lightening up and having fun. It’s about going to a party and having my host, guests and me forget that I’m the consultant as we paw through the bags making connections, telling stories, laughing and building relationships. 

*Have you thought about being your own boss? If so, consider a direct sales business. Start up costs are minimal, kits include products, sales materials and support is provided on the corporate level through website resources, video and audio trainings, teleconferences, local meetings, regional and national conferences.

*When considering direct sales companies, look for the DSA (Direct Selling Association) logo. This endorsement shows a commitment to the industry’s highest ethical standards. 

*Are direct sales companies pyramid schemes? No, direct sales company representatives sell products and get paid commissions on their sales and overrides on their downlines sales. If the people you recruit don’t sell something, then you don’t get paid. Pyramid schemes are based on making money when people join, not when they sell.

Barb Maurais, Independent Consultant. Barb has dabbled with selling many products, but believes she has found her calling, maybe.

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