Direct Sales – Yay or Nay?

Because I have six children, working outside the home simply isn’t an option for me. I would be paying more in daycare/after school care costs than I could even make in a week. And, honestly? Who would hire a woman with 6 children? Odds are stacked against me that someone would be always be sick, and I would have to call off work. Therefore, going out and actually getting a job right now just isn’t going to work.

You all know that I run my own business offering blog design, website design, graphic design, and social marketing. I love that, but times are tough for everyone, and my income isn’t steady.

I used to be fortunate enough to have a paid blogging gig. But, that went belly up in September, and I wouldn’t return to the company if they decided to bring back the program for personal reasons. {I’m “not allowed” to talk about those personal reasons, either. Just know it wasn’t a healthy situation.}

I need some kind of income, though. My husband has a great job, but we live paycheck to paycheck – as most families do, but there’s no money if the car breaks down, or other unexpected expenses arise. And, I like being able to contribute to our household. I don’t want my husband to feel like he has to kill himself to support the 8 of us.

Over the past several weeks, I have had 2 opportunities arise as a means of generating income. However, they are both in direct sales. I have a history with direct sales, and it’s not a good one. I worked with Discovery Toys for awhile and they still owe me $7.85… the only money I ever made with them. And I’m pretty sure I only made that money because I was the one that bought something. Then, I tried Avon. I lasted a little longer with Avon, but I really never made much at all. My only “clients” were friends that lived in Chicago, and I was living in Ohio at the time.

I have no problem hosting parties or giving parties. Lord knows I am the ultimate hostess. I love getting together with friends and having a good time. But, there are 2 problems I’ve found with direct sales:

  1. I don’t have friends that are willing {or able} to host parties.
  2. I don’t like to push people into buying things. I hate when people do it to me, and I don’t like to do it to others.

I’m sure you can see my dilemma. What’s the point of investing in a direct sales company if I’m just going to flop again?

Let me share the two opportunities that have been presented to me and see what you think:

  • Scentsy – I have a friend that is a Scentsy consultant and she is doing quite well with it. In fact, I have had several people approach me and tell me I would be great as a Scentsy consultant, and should consider joining the company. I have had the opportunity to do several reviews with Scentsy products, and I am always impressed. I do not know of anyone in the local area that is a Scentsy consultant, so that may be an advantage. And the one thing I love about Scentsy is that all of their items are wickless. With kids, that is definitely a plus.
  • Pink Zebra Home – Now, just the name of this company is enough to make me giggle with glee. And if you look at the consultant’s package, the products are totally me. I could have a lot of fun with it. I don’t know anyone in the local area that sells Pink Zebra, so that’s another bonus. BUT, if people don’t know the company, will they be willing to buy?

I just don’t know what to do. I have prayed and prayed about this, and the answer still isn’t clear. So, I figured I’d come to my readers and ask for your opinions. Have you worked in direct sales? What have you experiences been? Have you worked {or do you currently work} for either of the companies listed above? And tell me honestly, can a mom of 6 even do direct sales or is it just one more thing I’d be taking on?

I would love to hear your opinions on this.