Can I work a Direct Sales Business Along with a Full Time Job?

Written by Annette Yen
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I’ve been in direct sales for a long time and it has never ceased to amaze me that the very best consultants in the direct sales businesses are usually the ones that have the busiest lives before they even add direct sales to the mix.  Many successful direct sales representatives on my team either work a full time job in addition to the business or are very committed to volunteer, church or other activities that keep their lives extremely full.

Why is that? You would think it would be just the opposite.  A mom whose kids are in school and not working or volunteering has all the time in the world to promote her business, do home parties and follow up with customers.  Someone working full time still has to come home, do the laundry, make dinner, spend time with the family, do the paperwork and other household duties. You’d think they would barely have enough time to get to bed at a decent hour let alone build a successful side business.  Yet they do it.

Here are a few reasons why I think women with full time jobs still build successful direct sales businesses:

1.  They’re business-women. They treat their business like a business and not a hobby.

2.  They’re consistent.  They may not have a two hour window to work their business but they know and are committed to doing something for their business every single day.  Even if it’s just one phone call during their lunch hour.

3.  They’re realistic.  They know that the chances of winning the company cruise or other incentives probably won’t happen but they love the business anyway for whatever reason they decided to join.

4.  They’re focused. They realize that in order to make a direct sales business work they’re going to have to focus on what needs to be done during the small window of time that they have and just do it.

5.  They’re trainable.  They understand that the beauty of direct sales is that it’s like a copy machine. If they follow the lead of their upline or company training manual they’ll do the business right, and they’ll do it well.

6.  They’re persistent.  They don’t give up at the first downward run of the inevitable roller coaster ride of direct sales.  They understand that a business like this has peaks and valleys and pursue through them.
If all direct sales reps would keep those 6 simple things in mind their businesses would thrive too!

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