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Inspiration from the Field

You may have noticed a new feature on the DirectSelling411 website recently – our Direct Seller Profiles page. While it is impossible to encapsulate biographies from the 15.6 million men and women across the U.S. who own and operate an independent direct selling business, we have assembled a small collection of stories, sortable by location as well as by motivations for joining the direct sales channel. Through this effort, we not only hope to provide those interested in direct selling with a tiny glimpse of the countless success stories that characterize this industry, but we also hope to educate the general public about what it really means to be a direct seller. These men and women come from all walks of life and have many different reasons for joining.

These stories are truly inspirational – not only do they share their stories of personal achievement, of challenges overcome and of financial success, but they also provide a glimpse into what makes direct selling so unique.

Nevertheless, each and every person who browses through our selection can find a story that resonates with his or her aspirations.

Ron A., from Seattle, for instance, joined direct selling as a 19-year-old searching for an environment in which he could find support and build new friendships. Erika H. from Marker Heights, Texas, joined the direct selling industry after she lost her job before her maternity leave ended. Carrie S. of Itasca, Ill., launched a career in direct selling in efforts to pay off her mortgage. Stephanie B. of Scottsdale, Ariz., became a direct seller so she could help others improve their own physical and fiscal health.

Whatever one’s role may be within the direct selling community, we can all find encouragement and inspiration through the countless success stories originating from the field. These men and women are more than just the backbone of this marvelous industry. They are also parents, coaches, teachers, military spouses, doctors, lawyers, students and retired professionals. Their backgrounds in business prior to launching direct selling careers range from a high school diploma to advanced business degrees, and yet each stands on equal footing as a key part of the direct selling model.

Whether you are a distributor, an executive, a potential customer or just someone interested in learning more about the industry, be sure to check out the Direct Seller Profiles page to get a sneak peek at some of the personalities representing your favorite companies in the field!

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This blog is written by Amy Robinson

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Many know me as SVP and CMO at the Direct Selling Association, but I have two more important roles – a consumer and mother who knows what it’s like to want it all. I have seen so many people find success in direct selling, but I know there are a lot of people who have questions about this method of buying and selling. Through this blog I want to promote a meaningful discussion that will help connect people with answers and connect direct selling companies with the issues they need to address. Read more about this blog in my first blog post.

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