What to Consider When Choosing a Direct Sales Company

By Belinda Ellsworth

Nowadays, an extra stream of income, the lack of job security at a regular job, and the desire for additional tax breaks make direct sales, home-based businesses very appealing. And there are many great companies out there. You may like several of the product lines and could be well suited for any of them. So how do you choose?

Most people select a direct sales company that they’ve already heard about or had some contact with, whether as a customer or host. Another way that people become interested in a certain company is that a friend or family member joins and invites them to learn more about the opportunity.

Belief in your product, programs, and profits is important when deciding whether a company is right for you. You also need to be passionate about what you offer your clients. Many people discover this passion after they’ve sampled a product, become a loyal customer of a company, or hosted a party themselves.

If you are interested in learning more about what companies are available to join, aside from the ones you already know, the Direct Selling Association is a great resource. It offers a list of many different companies, organized by category.

The three Ps of direct selling are The best company is the one that pays special attention to products, programs, and profits.

It should deliver a quality product in a timely fashion. It should also support you as a representative with programs that train you, help you reach short-term goals, and build long-term habits for success. And of course, profit refers to compensation, and in direct selling, that’s more than just commission. Some of the profitable rewards are, for example, car incentives and trip incentives.

For profits, you should take incentives into account and choose based on what is important to you. Some companies pay a higher commission on personal sales, and if that’s what you are looking for, then that will be appealing. Some focus on the rewards and have excellent trip incentives, which are easy to earn. Some may have a simple and easy car program, so if a car is desirable then this could be for you.

All companies use the exact same dollar; it’s how they choose to divide it that makes them different. Sometimes it comes down to the passion that you have for the company, their products and programs, and their profit focus. People always ask, who has the best compensation program that works? They all work if you work their program.

One of the key ingredients to success is enthusiasm. People are drawn to it — they want to be a part of it. When someone sees that you are enthusiastic or passionate, it piques their interest. So, it’s important that you are enthusiastic.

It can be very difficult to fake that excitement. You need to fake it ’til you make it. People can say that all day long, but it’s not an easy thing to do. Others see through it, and you may not feel as comfortable doing it. Honesty is the best policy; when people see that you are sincere and excited about your product, company, or opportunity, then they will naturally want to do business with you.

The best company really just depends on you, your likes, and your lifestyle; and finding what is going to fit with that.