Are you considering an opportunity?
Millions of people in the US and around the world find that direct selling fits their unique lifestyle. Whether you’re looking for a part-time gig, or think direct selling might be a good career choice for you, finding the right opportunity is important. Here’s a quick guide to getting started:
Identify a company and product that appeal to you.
Many direct sellers are customers of the company prior signing on as a consultant, so identifying potential matches is fairly easy. If you’re new to direct selling, don’t despair – there’s almost certainly a company selling a line of products that’s right up your alley. For a place to start, visit www.dsa.org for a list of some of the leading direct selling companies.
Take your time deciding.
There’s no rush to get started, so relax and make sure your decision is the right one. A great opportunity won’t disappear overnight. Think long-term.
…about the company, its leadership, the products or services, start-up fees, realistic costs of doing business, average earnings of distributors, return policies, and anything else you’re concerned about. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to call the company directly.
Get copies of all company literature.
And read it! Be sure to be aware of all requirements before signing on the dotted line.
Consult with others who have had experiences with the company and its products.
Verify the products or services are actually being sold to consumers.
Investigate and verify all information.
Do not assume that “official looking” documents are accurate or complete or even produced by the company, as opposed to the person trying to recruit you. If anything seems like a red flag, be sure to check it out.
Need help evaluating a company?
Check to see if the company in which you’re interested is a member of the Direct Selling Association. If it is, the company has pledged to abide by and uphold the DSA Code of Ethics which is designed to protect both customers of the products and those who sell the company’s products. In addition, you might want to call your local Better Business Bureau, state attorney general or consumer protection office.
Direct selling is a source of livelihood, personal satisfaction, personal growth and perhaps most importantly – fun!