5 Questions To Ask Before You Join A Direct Sales Plan

Written by Nicole Dean

There are thousands of Direct Sales opportunities out there these days and with help from the Internet, those numbers continue to increase. A Direct Sales business can be an excellent way to earn a living if you are in the “right” one.

How do you know which Direct Sales plan is right for you? Here are 5 questions to think about and discuss with your recruiter before you sign on that dotted line:
1.    Is the product something I believe in? If you don’t believe in the product and use the product yourself, chances are you won’t be able to sell it very well.  People will eventually be able to see through you and ask themselves “why would I they buy it if they person selling it to me doesn’t even use it?”

2.    How successful is the person who is trying to recruit you? Are they making money, setting and reaching goals? You want to work with someone that has similar goals and outlook as you.  It’s ok if she is new, too.  Just make sure that they have good leadership and training in place from their up-line leader.

3.    What is the reputation of the company?  A company that has been around a long time isn’t always “better” than the new kid on the block but, it’s always best to research the company and the management before signing on.

4.    Does the company offer consultant web sites? Replicating sites (the ones that look just like the corporate site) can still be beneficial if they include your name, contact information and a photo of you.  Even better for you if the site allows your customers to order their products on line and you get the credit & commission for the sale. A website is an important consideration.  People like and expect the convenience of ordering on line.

5.    How much money do you have to invest to get started? Some company’s require you to purchase a starter kit while others expect you to purchase and carry a certain amount of inventory.  Judge the “buy-in” by what you can afford and what you get.  Several direct sales companies have different starter kits at different price points so you can join at the level that you’re most comfortable with.

Once you have asked yourself these questions, talked with your recruiter and are satisfied with all of the answers, then it is you’re probably ready to join. But remember, any company is only as good as the effort you put in to it. Don’t expect overnight success and don’t be fooled by get rich quick schemes. “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

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