When My Entrepreneural Adventure Started
I never set out to be an entrepreneur. I simply wanted to have freedom from going to a 9-5 job. The only experience I had was helping my ex-boyfriend with his business. He was sign-maker and had started his own company doing freelance sign work. I don’t think he planned to be an entrepreneur either. But he didn’t have processes or systems implemented when I came along. I really didn’t know anything about signs, but that didn’t really make much of a difference. The basic business system needs are pretty standard.
An example of systems required:
Collecting money (Accounts Receivable)
Spending money (Accounts Payable)
Marketing (when I first started, we purchased ad space in the Yellow Pages)
So after working in the entrepreneurial environment, I caught another bug. Direct Sales was the avenue I explored. I was engaged and wanted to make some extra money to pay for our wedding. I heard of a crystal company called Princess House. It was a company that created crystal items for home decor and other practical uses. It was my first exposure to Direct Sales and it was a great one. I had a wonderful upline, who is still a friend of mine today. She taught me a lot about selling.
After I caught that bug, I continued in the Direct Sales industry for about 30 years, to date. The following are the products I either “kit-napped” or sold as a business. Kit-napping is buying the Introductory Selling Kit that contains a sampling of products, and paperwork to sell the items. If you only want to buy the product for yourself with a discount, this may be one reason to kit-nap. Other times, you may want to sell the items at a home party or at a vendor show.
Kit-napping vs. Kidnapping
The following are the companies I’ve kit-napped:
Usborne Books (I was homeschooling my kids at the time and I’m still purchasing these lovelies for my grandkids now)
Young Living Oils (I purchase these for my family)
Doterra Oils (not sure what happened with those)
The following are the companies I’ve had as a business:
Princess House (I had lots of crystal dishes for a while)-my first DS love
DK Books (This I started when I had my first child. I loved it, unfortunately, they closed their DS division)
Barefoot Books (My kids were growing out of their target market age range.)
JuicePlus (Fruits and Veggies in a capsule. I’m still a rep for the discount. I am also a big proponent of the Tower Garden.)
LuLaRoe (I learned that I really do like retail. I left so I could start my own boutique eventually based on items I could choose myself.)
Trades of Hope (I love their mission, but not selling jewelry.)
What Direct Sales Company is next?
I believe strongly in Direct Sales companies. I think they are especially beneficial as an opportunity for Young Adults. There will be a whole blog post on this alone in the near future. The advantages I see in Direct Sales are:
Low investment for startup
Lots of valuable training for all parts of having a business. They have the systems down. That is how it is made into a Direct Sales Company.
An instant community. You sign-up under someone. So even if they’re new to having a down-line, they are usually wanting it to grow.
Tech support usually in the form of a pre-made website ready for you to customize.
Free marketing in the community whether it’s established or not. The word will eventually be getting out.
Please share your comments below if you have a favorite Direct Sales company that you have experienced and why?
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