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.

NOVICA LIVE – Home Party Division {Ends 2/10/12}


Back in 2010, I had the opportunity to introduce my readers to NOVICA – a leading fair trade artisan website in association with National Geographic.

Now, I get to introduce you to NOVICA Live their new Home Party Division.

novica scarfAs a stay at home mom, I am always looking for ways to supplement income for my family. NOVICA Live! Sounds like a fun way to do just that.

As a consultant, you’ll get to keep on hand some of the most beautiful handcrafted items around. Items include wrap bracelets, wool scarves, embroidered scarves, jewelry, home decor, and so much more. For just $199 for the starter kit, NOVICA Live! Consultants receive over $400 worth of samples and  $150 in business materials to help you make your business super successful.

I have always been impressed by the quality of the NOVICA websites and products, and I am excited about the new potential to earn income by selling their gorgeous products.

If you’d like to learn more about becoming a NOVICA Live! Consultant, please visit their website. When you sign up, please mention that you found them through Blessed Beyond Words.

You can also check out the NOVICA Live! website and learn about hosting a party in your home and earning free jewelry and gift certificates as well as the many other benefits received through a home party.

This is such a unique and fun opportunity. By becoming a consultant or hosing a gift and jewelry party in your home, you have the power to make a difference in the world. When a NOVICA Live party is held, the host can designate an artisan to receive a microcredit loan. These loans are paid for by NOVICA Live and the program offers artisans 0% interest on their loans. This helps artisans get the credit they need to grow their business into a sustainable income. Such a worthy cause, and all you have to do is host a party!

To get you as excited as I am about the NOVICA Live! program, NOVICA has graciously offered up 2 $50 Gift Certificates to their website. Now you can get just a taste of the many wonderful items available to you. And they may just help you decide if the NOVICA Live! Program is right for you.

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Disclaimer: I was provided 2 $50 gift certificates from NOVICA for this post. Rather than review the products myself, I thought it would be more fitting to allow my readers the chance to receive the gift certificates and decide if the NOVICA Live program is right for them.