Striking the work-life balance with direct selling Lynda Mills from the Direct Selling Association
Discussed: why so many mums and dads turn to direct selling
It can be difficult to strike the right balance between work and life. If you are looking for flexible working option then perhaps working as a direct seller could be a good option for you?
Direct selling includes products bought from a catalogue delivered by a direct sellers (such as cosmetics), products bought in a group party environment (like kitchen equipment or jewellery), products demonstrated in a customers’ home (such as make up), or products bought direct from a direct seller at events like craft fairs or fitness clubs (like cards or nutritional supplements).
Direct selling is open to anyone and allows you to set up and run your own microbusiness selling products from a direct selling company. It’s quick and cheap to get started in direct selling, and it can be fitted flexibly around other commitments, with each person able to pick and choose when and how they work.
New figures show that over a third of Brits have bought through direct selling and 7% of the population have worked in the industry. There are now over 400,000 direct sellers in the UK, and 75% of these are women.
All the member companies of the Direct Selling Association have to follow the guidelines that are set in order to be member. Companies include Avon, Stella and Dot, The Pampered Chef, Neal’s Yard Remedies, Mary Kay and Arbonne. If you are interested in becoming a direct seller it’s important that you chose a member company that you will love to work for. If you are passionate about the product you’re selling then more than likely the people you’re selling to will buy it!
Women across the country are starting successful businesses through direct selling, and earning a living without depending on the traditional jobs market. So if you are looking for a flexible option to fit around your busy family life then maybe try direct selling?
For more information visit www.dsa.org.uk