Sure you’ve probably heard about the benefits, such as:
- Make your own hours
- You can’t be downsized or laid off
- You determine your income by your level of effort
- Earn travel and other rewards
But what does it really take? Here are some facts to take into account as you consider a direct selling or network marketing career:
- You have to work. You will not make money if you don’t sell stuff. The more time you put in, the greater your paycheck will be. Don’t expect to make a million dollars working 10 hours a month.
- You need to talk to people, both in person and on the phone. Be prepared that you’re going to be on the phone a lot. You’ll also have meetings and other in-person events. The foundation of this business is networking, and talking to people.
- You’ll have to work hours when other people are home. This is when you can reach them. This means you may be out several nights a week. Yes, you can probably pick which nights those are. But you’ll still be out of the house. Be prepared for that.
- You’ll need to make arrangements for your kids. You won’t be able to be constantly interrupted if you want to get anything done. So it’s best to make child care arrangements during your work hours.
- You need to be pretty organized and self-motivated. Sure, your company can help you with systems. But at the end of the day, you’ll need to stick to that filing system, and make yourself get on the phone. No one can do that for you.
- You will make more money if you recruit people onto your team. Not because you get paid when they join (that’s illegal.) But because your compensation for coaching and training people you recruit is that you get a percentage of their sales. The more people you recruit, the more they sell, the more you make. It’s that simple.
- You can’t do it all on the computer. You still have to talk to people, get on the phone, etc.
Direct sales can be an incredibly fulfilling and rewarding career. You will NOT make a million dollars overnight, and you will not put your direct sales business on auto-pilot. But if you are willing to put in the time and do the work, there are many rewards, including income, travel, recognition, lifelong friends, and much, much more. Ask any successful direct seller and they’ll tell you the same.
There are a lot of people that love this industry. But don’t kid yourself. It’s work. And it’s not for everyone.
But when you find a great, ethical company that you love, you can find lots of rewards in a direct selling or network marketing career.