Monday, March 13, 2006

Direct Sales

If you are thinking of starting a work at home business in direct sales there are a few things you should consider before joining any company.
Before you sign up make sure you have a sponser you feel comfortable with or that you are joining a team you feel good about.  You don't have to sign up with the first sponser you run across. 
Talk to different people and different sponsers directly.  Ask questions, how long have they been with the company?  What will they do to help you succeed, how will they help you succeed, will they be there when you need help?
Think about your demographics.  For me I wasn't interested in joining Avon as a business because we have a lot of well established Avon reps in my area.  I didn't feel I would be able to build a good customer base.  There was another plan I thought about joining but I found out they had 12 other reps in my area.  This doesn't mean you can't make a business work if there are a lot of other reps in your area but I wanted something different and unique to bring to the community.
Find out what all the expenses are to you.  Are you required to buy a certain amount of product every month or can you just buy what you need.  Find out if there are hidden costs.  Find out about shipping costs, who pays those?  Are business forms supplied or do you need to purchase them.  Can you copy the forms once you have them?
How long does it take for you to get the products once you order them?
How is advertising handled and what can you do to advertise?
Sit down and pretend you are already with this company.  If you write down everything step by step that you envision in your head you will find more questions you will have and then you can ask those questions as well.  The point is that you don't want to just jump into something.  You will want to make sure you are well informed and know what you are getting into and what is expected from you and from the company you are joining.  
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1 comment:

Tomspry said...

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