After some thought about the kinds of posts I wanted to share over here, I decided that it was important for me to share my Direct Sales story. This is because I want to share some helpful information on Direct Sales as I feel I have a good amount of knowledge there. I think it can be a great industry to join, especially if you’re living with a chronic illness. I wrote an article all about Direct Sales with a Chronic Illness which you can check out. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. For more information please check out my full disclosure.
Why I Joined my First Direct Sales Company
I joined my first Direct Sales company kind of by accident. Well, I joined for the discount. Like many others, I am sure. It was a craft based company and I joined up with a friend to get lot’s of supplies for a lower cost. It was fun to do something with a friend and to learn all about how things worked.
What was really great was that I discovered this whole family of people who became good friends. The support and comradery of being part of a team of like-minded people is something I’d not experienced before. I just loved it. Everyone had different goals, some were there just for the discount, others were top earners, and everything in between, too!
Earning an Income
In this company, I realised the potential of being able to earn a nice income on the side of my full-time job. Going to the company convention was when I truly saw what was possible. It was encouraging and inspiring to be around that. The convention opened up a whole world to me, and a whole new idea of being able to potentially work from home.
This got me thinking about when we start a family, as well as about my health. About having a business I could do from home with a family and around my health issues. I could see it working really well for me, for us as a family, and it got me excited.
Joining my Second Direct Sales Company
One of the ladies within the same team as me, who was one of the top sellers in the UK with the company, joined a new Direct Sales company. She decided to work the two together, and it sounded like fun. I was finding doing craft parties really hard, physically, as there can be a lot of ‘stuff’. This new company was jewellery, so there would be a lot less ‘stuff’.
This sounded like a great opportunity, so I decided to jump on board and really threw myself into the world of Direct Sales. I took online courses, bought books. As well as this, I signed up to lot’s of local events and got myself well booked for jewellery parties. I had an absolute blast. Building a small team, partying regularly, and thoroughly enjoying it. However, I never quite ‘cracked’ the recruiting side of things. So though I earned enough to give me some fun-money, it wasn’t enough to build a future on.
Unfortunately, that company closed down and was bought out. The new company wasn’t set up properly in the UK and it didn’t work out for us. I was sad because we’d had a blast and I really loved the product. About a month afterwards, I got word that a Direct Sales company in the US was expanding into the UK and I felt it could be a great fit.
Direct Sales Success
My friend Nicky and I heard about Jamberry launching in the UK in February of 2016. The launch date was early April, so we had about 6 – 7 weeks of ground work to have a good launch. And boy did we work. We’d both invested pretty heavily in training in the past year with the previous company and so we implemented all we had learnt and set about building.
Launch day was amazing! We both ended up being some of the top recruiters in the UK and had a cracking team of women. It was a great success, and I built a team of over 80 lovely ladies from around the world. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Jamberry and learnt so much about building a team, about relationship building, and about leadership. I got a taste of what the earnings could be like, too.
Leaving Direct Sales
However, I recently made the decision to leave Jamberry and take a break from Direct Sales. After starting this blog, and then getting the idea for my graphics club, I realised that’s what I was passionate about. I had taken a break from my Jamberry business for personal reasons. When I started planning getting back to it, I came to see that I would rather build up this blog and my monthly graphics club. My passion for my Jamberry business had faded.
So, I have recently made the decision to resign and really concentrate on running my own business. There have been so many high’s and low’s during my time within the industry. Mostly high’s, of course. Some of my most favourite moments have been at conventions for the companies, and that’s something I will truly miss. The people, that’s my absolute favourite part. They make the industry great.
To conclude, I think Direct Sales is a wonderful industry. I cannot express how much I love it, the possibilities and the people are amazing. I love the entrepreneurial spirit it has awoken in me. This new business and my blog here is a natural progression for me and I feel it just fits. I wouldn’t say ‘never’ to joining another Direct Sales company. For now, though, it’s nice to have a wee break and see what I can make of my new business.
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