Work at home job scams are always a great concern when searching for online employment. Sometimes it can be hard to determine between the legitimate work at home jobs, and the work at home job scams. Remember you should never have to pay for a job, and research all opportunities you are thinking about exploring. Real work at home jobs are out there, and I am sure you will find yours.
Have you been looking for a way to earn money from home? Why not take the skills you currently have and build a home business around them? You will be able to create your own work schedule and can choose to work with local businesses or with people you meet online.
According to the Direct Selling Association, 15.1 million people in the U.S. are involved in direct selling. That’s a lot of people in this industry, and new people are joining party plan companies every day. More consultants means more competition for you. In fact, competitors are everywhere – on different teams, working with different companies, or even on YOUR team.
Don’t sweat it though. Friendly competition can be healthy. Of course, not all competitors are friendly; some will view you as the enemy simply because you’re not in their downline or with the same company. You may even have some of your own team members or customers who don’t think you’re all that wonderful. So what?
Just accept that you can please some of the people some of the time; but you’ll never please all of the people all of the time. And when it comes right down to it, the only people you really have to please are your customers. If you are running a business of integrity, you just keep doing what you’re doing. Don’t change who you are or what you are doing simply because someone doesn’t like it. Change if you need to for continuous improvement; otherwise be true to yourself.
Unfortunately, not everyone operates with the same principles. Some people will try to sabotage your business. Some people will call you a liar. Some will try to get into an argument with you on a public forum. Some people may even do something that you could never imagine. So what? Keep on keeping on and do not let others determine the fate of your business. Don’t spend too much time worrying what others think or say about you – and never stoop to their level. Remember, those who talk badly about you only make themselves look ugly. By taking the high road, you can keep your integrity in tact.
All that said, lest you think direct sales is all cat fights and mud slinging, you will find that most people in this industry are inherently good. Like you, they’re simply too busy running their own business to be all up in your business. Most are very helpful and supportive, and will freely give advice when asked. When you do run across those Negative Nellies, just walk away.
You should be aware, though, that the more involved you are in your business, the bigger the target on your back. The best way to deal with competition and those who have made it clear they are not a fan, is to politely ignore them and focus your time and attention on growing your business and delivering exceptional customer service.
As in everything you do – church, school, work, and even family gatherings – you will meet some people who like you and some who don’t. Concentrate on building relationships with people with whom you have a connection, and ignore the ones who are just looking for trouble, and you’ll have much more success – and a lot less stress – in every area of your life and business.
Whether you’re considering starting a business as an independent consultant or if you already have a business but are entertaining switching to a different or additional company, read on.
There are so many options available if you want to be part of the direct selling industry. There is no shortage of product lines and of companies whose primary product line is similar to other companies. You certainly have your choice of which company to represent. In your decision process you should consider the company’s compensation plan, policies and procedures and whether or not the products are consumables – making it likely customers will reorder.
What about particular products? Should you sign up with a company just because you love the products? While liking the product line can help you be a more enthusiastic sales person, there’s a few other things you should consider.
Clearly you should at least like the products. If you don’t have any interest in what you are selling it will show; and could present some real challenges in your business. If you don’t wear jewelry and it’s not something that interests you, how well do you think you could represent a jewelry company? Yet the question remains: do you need to be full-on, passionate about the products? Some will say emphatically, Yes!
Others will disagree that being passionate about the company’s products is a necessity for success.
Let’s take a look at an example to help you understand why passion might not be the best indicator of potential business success.
Company A has a product line that you absolutely love. You want one of everything in the catalog, and have already started amassing quite a collection. After you reviewed their compensation plan you see that earning more than 25% is virtually impossible. It’s a ground floor opportunity, and while customers won’t need any refill on a regular basis, they certainly could come back to give the products as a gift. But the products are to die for – and you just love them!
Company B has some cute, unique products. You’re hardly passionate about the items, but you can think of some target markets that would benefit from the product line. This company pays their consultants almost 50% commission, in addition to extra percentages available. The primary product line is something customers would replace frequently. They’ve been in business for about six years, have a proven track record of growth in both sales and recruits. You read about them in the Direct Selling news and know they’ve won a number of awards. You showed the catalog to a couple of your friends and they like what they see. You just don’t happen to see yourself needing to fill your home with one of everything from the catalog.
Obviously, if you’re in business to make money (and aren’t we all?) then Company B has a whole lot more going for it than Company A. If all you’re looking for is a fun way to earn a little spending money, though, by all means stick with the company whose products you’re passionate about.
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