“You’re getting involved with a pyramid scheme?” The dreaded question that is asked time and time again when someone contemplates joining the Direct Sales industry.
Gulp. “Yes, yes I am. I am joining a pyramid.” That was the best I could do. I wasn’t prepared to answer this question and had no idea what to say or what to do. It was embarrassing and I was ashamed. What am I doing? People aren’t going to shop from me much less book a party with ‘my pyramid.’ These thoughts that consumed me during my first few months as an Origami Owl Independent Designer.
But guess what? I can confidently respond to this question now and can tell you why I would choose direct sales over anything else on any day of the week. I believe in this industry and I’m here to tell you why YOU need to choose direct sales.
But first, a little background….
I came from a full-time, 9am-5pm job. Actually, that’s a total lie. I was working from 6:00 am until my last meeting was over for the day. My boss had this wonderful process of scheduling meetings as close to my last hour as possible. Rarely was I able to leave by 3:00 pm. Oh, and I was commuting 75 my each way, Monday through Friday. Anyone from Southern California would understand that you don’t want to be anywhere near the 405 freeway at 4:05 pm. I had no life and felt robotic. It was unhealthy and miserable and I was very, very tired. I dreamed of the day I could work from home and spend time doing what I love, leading my direct sales team.
So here I am, telling you why you, too, should choose direct sales. You ready for this?
1. Every company is built like a pyramid.
Let’s knock this one out first. In my opinion, no matter where you work or what you do (unless you’re self-employed), you work for some one. They make money off of you and your work. And guess what? They work for someone, too. Their superior takes some sort of gain from them. The “pyramid” continues to grow until you reach the CEO or owner or investment firm. There is always someone above capitalizing off of someone below. With my direct sales company, everyone must work if they’d like to reap the rewards. My mentors must work their business in order to make any financial gain or reward from me. They can’t inactively collect earnings, promotions, or incentives. Think about that. Also, before you join your direct sales company, review the career plan with your potential mentor and ask how each level is achieved.
2. You control your own income with direct sales.
Yes, you heard me. You control how much money you make. This may sound shocking, but it is entirely true. No one can cap how much money you make with direct sales. Read that again: no one can cap how much you make with direct sales. The sky is the limit! Do you want some extra spending money? Great! Do you want to pay your mortgage? Perfect! With some training, dedication, perseverance, and consistency, you can achieve your financial goals. It will take work, but you can get there.
3. You make your own hours.
Yes, you read that right. You work when you want to work. For example, I am a night owl and especially enjoy the luxury of working until 2:00 am. My brain functions really well around midnight and I’m able to get a lot done. For early birds, direct sales also caters to you. You can literally schedule your own business hours. Of course, you can’t call customers at all hours of the day and you can’t host an event at midnight, but you have the ability to arrange your time to accomplish your goals and tasks. Also, you need to stay focused, inspired, and organized during the hours dedicated to your direct sales business. Period. If you don’t have working hours, you will not make money (see paragraph above).
4. Opportunity is around every corner.
Birthday parties, play dates, working from your local coffee shop, going on lunch dates with friends, and all other social events serve as opportunities to market your direct sales business. Heck, even a trip to the grocery stores could result in a new lead. Every interaction you engage in gives the unique opportunity to grow your business, connect with new customers, or welcome new teammates. You just need to keep this at the forefront of your mind. Any time you have the ability to interact with another human is an opportunity to advertise. There are also appropriate ways to interact, but you can read more about that in this blog post.<link this
5. Direct Sales is fun!
It is a lot of fun. If you’re passionate about the product, you’re going to enjoy sharing it. You’re also going to meet a lot of great people that share a similar passion. You’ll have the opportunity to attend meetings, conventions, and incentive trips with people from all over the world. I still think about one of my direct sales besties and how we met at our first convention. She is from Louisiana and I’m from California. We talk year-round and stay in touch, but would have never met if it wasn’t for our direct sales company. Oh and those meetings, conventions, and trips are all part of the fun! Experiencing new places, trying new foods, participating in activities, and seeing new sites is all part of the experience. Traveling the world with your direct sales company is quite fun, let me tell you! For more information on tips for earning an incentive trip, click here.
So what’s holding you back? If you’re passionate about your product and the brand, why not jump in? Do something for YOU because a year from now you’ll wish you had started today. For more information about joining my team, click here. I’d love to talk to you!