If you’re interested in becoming a direct selling consultant, here are the basic steps involved in getting started:
The first step is to identify a company and product or service that appeals to you. There’s no right or wrong answer, because the choice is different for every person. But, a good place to start is choosing a product or service that you use yourself.
Most established direct selling companies have Web sites that you can visit. You should also check with the local Better Business Bureau and state consumer protection agencies to see if a company in which you’re interested has had any complaints filed against it. If so, what was the nature of those complaints and how were they handled? If you know anyone who works (or has worked) as a direct sales representative for the company, talk to them about his or her experiences. If possible, try to talk with someone who has similar goals and objectives so experiences and lessons will be comparable.
Be sure to ask as many questions as you need to get a good feel for the company, its products and its policies and procedures. If the person recruiting you can’t answer all of your questions call the company directly. Any reputable company will be happy and available to talk with you. Ask for copies of any company literature (and read it!) and check out the company’s web site.
You might also want to check out what others have to say about the company. You’re sure to find a great deal of negative information about many companies online. Be sure to consider this information in the context of your research, but be careful about being swayed by biased information from unreputable sources. At the same time that the Internet has become a resource for gathering information, it also tends to be a breeding ground for negativity and information taken out of context.
Questions You Should Ask
Before you sign up, be sure to ask questions about the following: Start up costs
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