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Are You the Right Candidate for Direct Sales Jobs?

You've likely heard of women who started selling a product, perhaps Avon or The Pampered Chef, or any one of the many other direct sale products out there, and have gone on to make a comfortable income.  You may wonder if direct sales might also be right for you.

Direct sales isn't easy, but for the right person, it can be a good career.

Before you jump into a direct sales job, ask yourself these questions:

1.  Do I have a large circle of friends and family?  When you first begin a direct sales job, you'll likely need to set up shows ("parties") with the women you know best.  If you have a small circle of friends, you might quickly run out of potential customers.  Even better is if your friends and family also have a large circle of friends who might be interested in buying the product you're selling.

2.  Am I self-motivated?  If you're in direct sales, you'll need to be self-motivated to find clients, book parties, fill orders.  Do you need someone looking over your shoulder, or are you someone who knows what needs to be done and gets it done?

3.  Am I comfortable speaking in front of crowds?  A good direct sales woman is confident and relaxed.  If you're not comfortable speaking in front of crowds, this probably isn't the job for you.

4.  Am I confident in my product?  You'll make more sales if you're 100% confident in your product and can endorse it fully.  Ideally, you should be a loyal customer of the product yourself.

5.  How much time do you have?  Sure, you can choose to only work a few hours a week, but you likely won't make much money that way.  You'll need to schedule time for placing orders, taking care of your accounting, marketing, and booking parties.

Being a direct sales person can be an incredibly rewarding career for the right person.  Ask yourself these questions before you begin to see if this career path is right for you.
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Linsey Knerl (the "1099 Mom") is a professional blogger, public speaker, consultant, and mom of 6!
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