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August 30, 2014

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Direct Sales

Direct selling offers millions of people the opportunity to make money on their own time, mainly as a supplement to income. According to the Direct Selling Association (www.dsa.org), about 15.1 million people in the United States are doing it right now.

How it works. Direct selling is person-to-person sales of consumer products or services taking place outside of a traditional retail location. Direct sellers are independent consultants, not employees. Products are sold primarily through parties, hosted in private homes where you gather a bunch of your friends or you get people you know to invite their friends. One-on-one selling is also an option.

Most direct selling companies make it easy for you to sell their products: Every seller gets a webpage on the company’s website from which to take and process orders, so when your customers want to reorder, they can do it online. Each time you make a sale, you earn a commission. And if you recruit people to become sellers, you’ll make a small commission on their sales too.

Is it right for me? For most people direct sales is ideal for supplemental income, not your main source. The median income in direct sales is $2,500 annually, which means 50 percent of the people make more, and half make less. The average seller spends less than 10 hours a week focused on his or her business. Steer clear of any promise of big bucks or fast cash with minimal effort; that doesn’t exist in direct sales.

Take your personality into account. If you’re very shy and introverted — if you’re not outgoing or willing to hustle — then any form of sales probably isn’t right for you. Unlike working in a retail store, where customers walk in, with direct sales you’re on your own — you must find your customers. So a driven, motivated, friendly person who wouldn’t be shy about asking her friends to consider buying her line, and who isn’t shy about chatting up strangers, is needed.

What should I sell? Pick a product line that you are personally passionate about. If you can’t see yourself using the products or giving the products as gifts, stay away. Below is a full list of the official members of the Direct Selling Organization, and for more information you can always visit dsa.org for an in-depth directory and more information.

3000BC
4Life Research, LLC
5LINX Enterprises, Inc.
ACN, Inc.
AdvoCare International, LP
Aerus LLC
Agel Enterprises, LLC
Aihu, Inc.
All Dazzle
Aloette Cosmetics, Inc.
Amazon Herb Company
Ambit Energy
AMS Health Sciences Inc.
Amway
anyArt, Inc.
Arbonne International, LLC
Ava Anderson Non-Toxic
Avalla
Avon Products, Inc.
Azuliskye
Barefoot Books
Beachbody LLC
Become International, Inc.
Beijo, Inc.
Belcorp USA
Big Planet (Division of Nu Skin Enterprises)
Blessings Unlimited
Brightpeak Financial
Carico International
Celebrating Home
Clever Container
Compelling Creations, Inc.
Conklin Company, Inc.
Cookie Lee, Inc.
Creative Memories
CUTCO/Vector Marketing Corporation
Daisy Blue Naturals
Demarle At Home, Inc.
DeTech, Inc.
Dove Chocolate Discoveries
Dudly Beauty Corp, LLC
Enagic USA, Inc.
ENERGETIX gmbH & Co. KG
Enzacta USA
Essential Bodywear
Fifth Avenue Collection, Inc.
For Every Home
Foru international
FreeLife International
The Fuller Brush Company
Gano Excel USA, Inc.
Gigi Hill, Inc.
Global Domains International, Inc.
GNLD International
Gold Canyon
H2O at Home
Herbalife
HomeTec
Hy Cite Corporation
Immunotech, Inc.
Initial Outfitters
Initials, Inc.
Isagenix International
JAFRA Cosmetics International, Inc.
Jeunesse Global
Jockey Person to Person
John Amico Haircaire Products
Jordan Essentials
Jusuru International, Inc.
K&K Designs
Kilambe Coffee
The Kirby Company
Kitchen Fair (Regal Ware, Inc.)
Kyani
Latasia & Company
L’Bri Pure N’ Natural
Lia sophia
Life Force International
Lifemax, Inc.
Lifestyles USA
LifeVantage Corporation
LifeWave, Inc.
The Limu Company, LLC
Lindt Chocolate RSVP
Lionne Designs
The Longaberger Company
Loving Works, LLC
Maddy Moo Creations
Mannatech, Inc.
Mary Kay Inc.
Melaleuca, Inc.
Mia Mariu
Morinda Bioactives
Nature’s Sunshine Products, Inc.
Nefful U.S.A., Inc.
Neways USA Inc.
NHT Global, Inc.
Nikken, Inc.
Noevir USA, Inc.
NSA
Nu Skin Enterprises
Orenda International, LLC
Oxyfresh.com/21Ten Inc.
The Pampered Chef
Paperly
PartyLite Gifts, Inc.
Pharmanex (Division of Nu Skin Enterprises)
Phoenix Trading
Pink Papaya, LLC
PM-International Nutrition and Cosmetics
POLA U.S.A., Inc.
Premier Designs, Inc.
Primerica, Inc.
Princess House, Inc.
Rastelli Direct
RBC Life
Regal Ware, Inc.
Reliv International, Inc.
Rena Ware International, Inc.
Rendi, Ltd.
Rexair LLC
Rodan + Fields Dermatologists
Sabika, Inc.
Saladmaster, Inc.
Scentsy, Inc.
Send Out Cards
SeneGence International
Set to a Tea
Shaklee Corporation
Signature Homestyles
Silpada Designs
SimpleXity Health
Simply Said, LLC
Simply You
SimplyFun, LLC
Smart Circle International
Smart Living Company
Soul Purpose Lifestyle, Inc.
Southwestern Advantage
Sozo Global, LLC
Sportron International, Inc.
Stampin’ Up!
Stanley Home Products
Stella & Dot
Stemtech HealthSciences, Inc.
Steam Cosmetics, LLC
Stream Energy
Sunrider International
SwissJust
Symmetry Corporation
Synergy WorldWide
Take Shape for Life, Inc.-Medifast
Talk Fusion
Tastefully Simple, Inc.
Tealightful Inc.
Team National
Thirty-One Gifts
Tianshi Health Products, Inc.
Tomboy Tools, Inc.
Touchstone Crystal, Inc.
Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry
Traveling Vinyard
Tristar Enterprises, LLC
TriVita, Inc.
U Design Jewelry
Unicity International, Inc.
Univera
USANA Health Sciences, Inc.
Usborne Books and More
Vantani, Inc.
Vantel Pearls in the Oyster
Viridian Network, LLC
Vollara, LLC
Vorwerk USA Co., L.P.
Votra Vu
Wildtree
Willow House
WineShop At Home
World Book, Inc.
XANGO
YOR Health
Zermat International, LLC
Zrii
Zyrra

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