Direct Sales

United States
July 11, 2008 2:04pm CST
Have you done direct sales (i.e., Avon, Weekenders, Tomboy Tools)? If so, which companies have you worked with, and how successful have you been?
4 responses
@snowy22315 (64731)
• United States
11 Jul 08
I solf Avon for awhile when I was in high school. I made alittle money on it. I know there are people that sell Avon in my area so i dont think I would try to sell it here. A friend of mine was involved in weekenders and she made some money but you need to know people who are willing to have parties, and invite others to their home on a regular basis, kind of like tupperware.
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• United States
11 Jul 08
I also did Weekenders, but it is an expensive business to go into. You really need quite a few clothes-loving contacts to maintain that sort of business. I was wondering if anyone has actually had success in direct sales-- fully self-supporting full-time earnings from it. I've seen many women who do these things as "extra" money. They bill themselves as being successful at their businesses, but the fact is that they have husbands with very good incomes paying the bills.
@cher913 (25884)
• Canada
11 Jul 08
i sold avon for 10 years and enjoyed it very much. while avon does give you a lot of great deals, the problem that i had was they often showed something in the book, people would order it and it wasnt available anymore, so you look like the bad guy.
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• United States
11 Jul 08
I sold Avon for a while. My problem was that there were so many costs involved in trying to reach more customers. The area I lived in at the time had too many representatives, and there were too few customers. I even went into leadership, and I still made almost nothing.
@carolscash (9500)
• United States
11 Jul 08
I sold Avon for awhile and made some money at it. I also sold Home and Garden Party items for awhile. However, I think that I spent more money at it than I did actually earn. However, I know someone personally who supported her family on Home and Garden Party for several years. She was a leader and had several people under her,but she done it.
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• Canada
9 Aug 09
I have joined 2 different direct sales businesses since January, and I have yet to "Strike it rich". In January I joined a Canadian company called Kidsmart, it was started by 2 moms in BC that wanted more for their kids, we sell great products, but it's a lot of money. We have 3 different start up kits, $150, $300 & $500. I find that the products themselves that I was told by one of the owners "would sell themselves" really don't, we have the same products that places like Toys R Us and Winners sells, but we sell them for a lot more. I am finding I personally am spending WAY more then I'm bringing in, I haven't made anywhere near the $500 + shipping that I put in in the first place and have spent TONS more to try and give it a better shot. However, In April I joined Usborne Books and could not be happier. For those that are not familiar with Usborne Books, we are a children's book publisher out of the UK that sells their own books through home parties, school books fairs and similar events. The start costs are REALLY low (under $100 no matter what month's kit special you buy). When I joined the kit that I got had 10 books, 50 order forms, 5 catalogs, and all the other stuff you need to start a business for $33.86. Let me tell you, when you make 20% commission it's not hard to make that money back. My first order I placed was just over $100 in sales before the hostess order (the party minimum is $100) and I made about $20 commission on the order. I am absolutely in love with the books and more importantly so is my 2 year old!!