The idea of selling goods and services directly to customers is as old as trade. Rather than having websites, catalogues or business cards that are customized, sellers who lived in the old times sold their goods and services directly to consumers in markets. There are several reasons why direct selling is still a powerful tool of earning a living even in the modern world. If you are looking for a way to make extra income or to replace your regular source of income, becoming a direct seller could be your way of starting the financial freedom journey and also of adding more freedom to your life. Here are some major reasons why you should consider a career in the sales industry.
If you are a self-driven person who would rather be their own boss, then being an independent contractor for a direct selling company may be a great career choice. Majority of direct sales companies offer learning tools and support to solo business owners who pay just a little amount of fee to start the business.
Most of the direct selling companies (Network Marketing Companies) offer pay incentives to individual consultants who can recruit other people to join the business. Network Marketing Companies often pay a given percentage out of their own profits to individual business owners who recruit other members and train them on how to run an independent business.
As a direct seller, you will be in business yourself and also get some support from team members who will educate others about the business so that you are able to get time to work on your business as well.
A lot of employers do not offer their employees job flexibility. When you are working for an employer, you work for a set number of hours. If you have to take a day off from your job to attend to personal issues, you have to first request for permission from your employer. Sometimes, they may refuse to give you the day off or worse still, fire you if you take too many off days.
When you are working as an independent direct seller, you are not a legal employee for the company you are working for. You are your own boss and are totally in charge of your schedule. You do not have to ask for permission from anyone. You decide when and how to attend to your customer’s needs.
To become a successful direct seller, you need the following skills: public speaking, marketing, time management and customer service. This are just a few of the skills needed but as one builds a bigger clientele, so will they need to polish their skills. As a direct seller, you will need to convince people that your products and services are better than your competitors.
As you increase your knowledge, you will eventually acquire the skills that are necessary for working in any other company. If you are in search of a career that doesn’t restrict you in terms of earning potential and flexibility, owning a direct selling business helps to provide options that aren’t available in most other careers.
Though there are so many other benefits of being a direct seller, there are also shortcomings of not having a fixed retail store. You will not have a lot of traffic that shopping malls enjoy because you do not have an outdoor signage. Furthermore, many direct sales companies have some set rules about how one can advertise their business and advertising in the media is not often allowed without seeking approval from the company.
For you to be a successful direct seller, you should understand that people opt to do business with you because you have first tried to create a relationship with them. People will first like you and then buy your products. Always bear in mind that for a successful direct sales business, you have to establish good relationships. This will ensure you eventually succeed in your business.