Considering a home party business? Of course, you’ll want to do your homework on the direct selling company you choose for your home party business. Be sure it’s a good opportunity for you, at best, and not a work at home scam at worst. Be sure you understand the way direct sales works and ask yourself these questions to determine is a home party business is right for you.
Before we get into the specifics of a home party business, take some time to consider if being a WAHM is right for you. Can you balance family and work all in one place? Ask yourself a few more questions to see if you have the organization skills, flexibility and discipline to work at home.
Do you love the product?
And I do mean love it. You can’t just love the fact that you get a discount or that you’re making money from home, but you must love the actual product. In a home party business, direct selling is not like selling paper products to businesses. It certainly helps if you think you have a quality paper, but you don’t have to love the paper.
Direct selling, however, is selling directly to the people you know, often people you care about. So your personal relationships are on the line here. People are buying (and often recommending their friends to you) because they respect your judgment. And with any business that is built on relationships, you won’t get many repeat customers if you’re not enthusiastic about your product.
Do you enjoy sales?
If you love the product, then you are more likely to enjoy devoting your home party business to selling it. But direct selling is even easier if you enjoy sales too. Do you have the right personality for a career in sales? You must be persuasive and pleasant mannered. You should be able to gracefully handle (and learn from) rejection. You must be self-motivated and able to set and reach goals for yourself.
Are you realistic about your money-making prospects?
While many direct sales companies tout fabulous giveaways and huge bonuses for their top sellers in the home party business, the vast majority of home sales party consultants do not win these bonuses. In fact, only a small percentage of direct sales associates work more than 20 hours a week. And the average annual income is around $2,000 a year. (See more direct sales industry statistics.)
And for some whose goal is to make some extra money or even just receive discounts on products they love, this is great. But if you are looking for a new work at home career that will help support your family, direct selling in a home party business will take time to pay off. You may want to consider other work at home jobs first.