Admit it. You either are someone or know someone who cringes at the thought of getting an invite to a direct sales home party or now Facebook party. Direct sales have been around for a long time, and they are even more common with the introduction of social media.
But even social media has its pitfalls for those of us looking to better ourselves with something other than a 9 to 5. Recently, I was trying to share just a cute FREE educational reading game for kids that my company Usborne books offers on a support page for parents on Facebook. I truly thought that it would help other children learn to read like it is helping my own. But just because I wrote that I was an Usborne consultant I was made to edit my post so that I wasn’t “advertising.” Sorry but that wasn’t my intention to advertise at all, I was just sharing how I found the program.
Why are direct sales so awful?
I don’t understand the stigma that direct sales reps get. I do get that there are the rotten few who spoil it for the bunch by spamming. But really, I would be willing to bet that 95% of us direct sales reps care more about you and your needs.
Most direct sales companies are trying to sell higher quality products that are designed to help you and your family in different ways. I have been in a few amazing companies. Tastefully Simple had simple and natural food products made with only a few simple ingredients. It Works had awesome botanically based products for your bodies health and wellness. Mia Bella Candles had AWESOME gourmet candles made from soot-free palm oil. Now I am selling high quality and engaging children’s books with Usborne Books & More.
When you buy from a DS rep, you’re helping them survive.
I am thankful for every single person who has bought from me or held a party with my companies. Every purchase made helps my family pay the bills. I am a stay at home mom of three beautiful children. It kills me to think that I am not helping with the income, but going out and getting a job would be silly considering I would have to put three kids in childcare. Childcare is ridiculously expensive.
When you go to box stores and make a purchase, the workers won’t make any more money if the store makes $1,000 or $100,000. So if you really want to help make a difference in someone’s life, buy direct.
But it’s more expensive.
Sure it is more expensive. But you have to think that those companies have to sell their product and pay their consultants while still making a profit for themselves. You could look at it this way. That little bit extra will pay for higher quality products that will last longer. It will also help a friend or family member get a little extra money to contribute to their family budget. I know that everything I have purchased from DS companies has lasted longer, especially make up, lotions, etc… It’s because the higher the quality the less you have to use at once. So really, the added expense is worth it if you think about it.
Stop the judgement and the stigma!
Successful DS reps are very strong, dedicated, and hard working individuals. It takes a lot to make it in this type of business. You have to be self-motivated. You have to be able to take A LOT of rejection. You have to be passionate about what you do. Many people join when they have little money and NEED the extra boost. So before judging those who are looking to better their lives with direct sales, PLEASE think about these things. We are NOT trying to spam you. In fact, many of us truly believe we are HELPING others better themselves.
I challenge every single one of you that reads this post to make a purchase from a direct sales consultant. Holidays are coming up. Get loved ones a gift from someone who will truly benefit from your purchase. Comment below when you do, and tell me what company you bought from! There are SO many companies out there, I can’t wait to see what everyone chooses!