You either saw this title and rolled your eyes or you thought that maybe this would help you decide whether or not to buy into that business your friend keeps posting about on social.
I decided to write this post because I have bought into a few of these companies. Usually, it was at the influence of a friend who I saw finding herself some success and ability to help with the bills.
But after buying into three different companies and finding mild success, I realized one thing about myself… I am not a salesman. This is just a fact. Some might relate to this and others might say, “That is all in your head. Anyone can sell.” This might be true and to an extent, I agree. However, I LOATHED it. I would get excited about the sales I would make, sure. But I felt like I was pressuring people I loved into buying things that really aren’t necessary to sustain life.
All of this being said, I do think that it is a wonderful thing for many other reasons. I found a sense of community at a lonely time in my life. I also made a bit of spending money that made it possible for my husband and I to go on some dates or buy myself a new outfit. I also saw lots of women support their entire families with the income gained from DS.
Like anything in life, there are lots of pros and cons and there are going to be a lot of critics one way or the other. This list of questions I have compiled will just help you decide if buying into the company you are considering is truly a good idea for you.
- Do you have the cash to buy in?
I would not recommend putting the buy-in purchase on credit or borrowing money for it. While it is possible for some to hustle 24/7 to make that money back within the month, most of us have other obligations and it would create a burden and more stress in your life. So, earn the money if you are set on getting involved and pay for it in cash. You won’t regret it.
2. Do you love everything about the product you are going to sell?
I liked the products I sold but I found massive fault in them for one reason or another. This would come through in my countenance and the sales were far and few between. If you don’t believe in it to your core, you will struggle to find and keep momentum. If you find no fault with the product, then you are ahead of the game and will be able to overcome every excuse not to buy the product.
3. Are you incredibly organized and good with numbers?
To run your own business takes a lot of discipline. You have to track every sale, wholesale purchase, mileage, shipping charge, etc. This is all information that needs to be accurately claimed on your taxes and the better you are at it, the more success you will have and the easier tax season will be. You also need to be careful with how you spend your income. What it comes down to, you need to have some serious business savvy to stay successful in the DS game.
4. Are you willing to work 24/7?
To be successful in the DS world you have to be willing to “work” everywhere that you go and be willing to put yourself out there. Some people do this naturally. I am someone who lives in the moment and really struggles to “bother” people with a business card and introduction. I also know people who do this naturally and with little to no anxiety over it. Those who don’t mind those little interruptions while running errands succeed really well in DS.
5. Do you enjoy social media?
I love social media for all of the positive things that it offers. I have found some valuable information and stayed in contact with people I hold dear to my heart. And you will notice that this is where a lot of DS people sell their product. One of the best ways to find success is to post about your product daily on social platforms to create curiosity and eventually sales. If social media is not your thing or you hate posting selfies, it can be very difficult to have tons of success.
There are other factors that go into it as each person’s situation is different. But hopefully, this list gave you some clarity to decide if you have what it takes to truly succeed in the Direct Sales business. Just know that either way you choose, you are NOT flawed as a human. Both paths have merit. Don’t let the critics sway you one way or the other. Just dive deep and decide if it is right for you.
Did this post help you find clarity? Let me know by leaving a comment!