Is it a good thing or a scam?

Amy - posted on 01/17/2010 ( 55 moms have responded )

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Hi, does anyone know a good place to get info on direct sales companies? I am moving to another state and would like an opportunity for a home based business, but I've been scammed before, so I am hesitant to get involved with a company unless I know I'll be able to get paid fair compensation. Can anyone reccommend a website that investigates these businesses?

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Zita - posted on 03/26/2010

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Hi Amy, I did not get a chance to read all your replies but I would recommend going online to the Better Business Bureau to check out any company or business you are looking into. You can check out their rating with the BBB and any complaints made against them and if and how they have been resolved. I work from home and did this before I started my business. Hope this helps! Good luck!

Tracy - posted on 03/25/2010

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Ok this is what I did, I looked in a couple of Empowering Women Magazine. This is where I learned about the company that I worked for Taste Of Home Entertaining. In the last 4.5 years that Ive been with the company. We bought out our contract from Readers Digest. And renamed ourself Entertaining At Home And are now affiliated with Hearst Publishing (Oprah) In the last 6 MONTHS we have become a debt free Company and have bought out Southern Living .

We are known as the Fastest Growing Direct Sales Company EVER says the DSA- Also our Founder Bill and his wife Robin Shaw have and still sit on the boad of directors for the DSA commitee.
If you are interested in some info come take a look at our website
www.tracyc.entertainingathome.com
Tracy Collier
EAH#539050
You can PM me anytime Id love to help.

Alsynnia - posted on 03/24/2010

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The DSA is a good place to check my business is on there so I know it is legit

www.aowens.looknowmakemoney.com Nu Skin Enterprise

Dara - posted on 03/23/2010

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Amy, it can be difficult researching companies. Good sources are the BBB, perhaps interviewing current or past reps with a company you might be interested in. Unreliable sources are message board postings or things of that nature. It can be really confusing. There is a lot of propaganda out there on any an all companies. First you should think about what interests YOU. If you are going to get passionate about something, it needs to be something you are passionate about! There are companies that sell just about everything, cosmetics, legal services, health food, clothing, cards, toys etc. I personally LOVE to travel and take vacations. I have made my business about travel and vacations. I love the company I am with, WorldVentures. The start up and overhead is light. The tools and training are first class. I work the business on a person to person level, but I am also involved in the company's corporate sales side. If you would like more information, please let me know. I would be happy to share.

Lauree - posted on 03/06/2010

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Hi Amy,

I've done Avon, pre-paid legal, melaluca, mary-k, shacklee,ACN, Quest, YTB and traverse ...you name it from beauty products to telephone, electric and travel sales. I did make some of money in each. However, it still involved a great deal of time and prospecting to make real money and bonuses as you have to constantly keep up the same momentum day in and day out to retrieve such.

On the contrary, I have stumbled across the greatest multi-level marketing business ever in the health and wellness industry....it's different in that it's not about getting people in your business or selling to customers over and over but offering great products and building/teaching and managing a small team to do exactly what you do. I am truly being paid in my sleep at times and I still can't believe it!!

Anywho, it features minimal start-up, weekly pay,car bonuses, health insurance, and great products. The company is over 25 years old but new the the US (3yrs) so it's great to get in on a ground breaking business and accumulate wealth very quickly.

feel free to visit my website and tell me what you think. It's drop3sizes.com/prosperngoodhealth

I'm look forward to hearing from you and anyone else who is ready to change their life, their health, their address, their clothes and/or their pocketbook.

Best wishes and hope to see you at the top

Lauree-

Erin - posted on 03/06/2010

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I don't know of a rating website but you can always call the Better Business Bureau to check out any company that you are interested in. I have been working with a wholesale wellness company that has been in business for 25 years, is a member in excellent standing with the Better Business Bureau and is the only home based business to be included in the Inc. 500 Hall of Fame. If you are interested in learning more please let me know.

Debbie - posted on 03/05/2010

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Hi Amy,
What is your passion? What do you like to do? What are your dreams and goals in life? If we were to sit down in a year from now where do you picture yourself, how about three years, or even 5? What are you willing to do to get there? My goal is to help you fulfill your dreams. My passion is to help others. You are welcome to email me at debbie@123bfree.com or check my website www.123bfree.com

Natasza - posted on 03/02/2010

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Hi Amy- The best place to check out businesses is through the Direct Selling Association (DSA) website. I am with a company called Arbonne International. It is a Swiss Health and wellness company. They have been in business for 30 years. Check it out. You may contact me at walker3135@verizon.net should you have any questions. I wish you the best.

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Hi Amy, I just saw your message. I have been a Pampered Chef Consultant for 4 years now. The advise I will give you is this. Pick a company that you know...Party Lite, Pampered Chef, Lia Sophia, whatever. Make sure you LOVE the product and believe in it. All of these are great companies, but they do all have pros and cons that come with them. Do your research and ask tons of questions. I will be more than happy to answer any questions you have about The Pampered Chef and can direct you to people in other Direct Sales Companies, but we are all in NY. I'm not sure if that really helps you. Key things you will want to know:

The Cost of the Kit, The commission structure, requirements to stay an active consultant, training available and the cost of additional product/supplies once you get started. Then compare the companies you like :)

Best wishes to you!

Jennifer - posted on 02/26/2010

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Like some of the others have said check with the www.dsa.com and if they are on the list it is legit. A direct sales company usually has a start up cost and that it and then you are off and running. So if they make you pay other costs, fees, etc. just be careful.

I do Scentsy Candles http://bit.ly/2w7Ndl I had another business I created and ran for 4 years and sold it off to focus on Scentsy because so many woman in Scentsy were bring home their husbands and having it their only source of income. That is what I am working on and have over 30+ new consultants on my team in 4 short months. Would love to help any MOM be able to stay at home with her children. jenn@jenn-reed.com

Tammy - posted on 02/25/2010

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Hi Amy, it looks like you got a good selection of replies already. I've been rather busy and haven't really had a chance to do the Facebook thing in a while so I'm a little late chiming in. If you are still contemplating ideas here is the criteria I used before I chose The Pampered Chef: (Shameless plug - www.pamperedchef.biz/ tamaraskitchen)

Feel free to check out my site and then if you want to ask more questions with no pressure you can contact me. (The outlet has retired items at big discounts)

1) I must love the products. I should be able to use them in my own home. What will I be stuck with if I choose to stop? Obviously you don't want to be left with something you can't or won't use.

2) What's the start up cost and what do I get for it? Have an idea of what you would like to spend. A lot of places I checked out had some less costly start ups but everything in the lit was consumeable and you had to keep refilling. I've also seen some paultry kits with absolutely nothing usefull in them. PC gives you over $400 in their most popular products and over $100 in paperwork supplies for only $155. Another shameless plug here (There is a 50% rebate offer going on right now www.pamperedchef.biz/ tamaraskitchen)

3) Do I have to carry inventory? I don't have room for that and I don't want to have money stuck in inventory when I could use it better somewhere else. PC actually discourages keeping an inventory.

4) How much do I get paid? Again, I checked around and did the math. While it may seem like PC doesn't pay as much as others I also took into account that THEY pay for all of the Host benefits and credit card fees. A friend of mine sells for a popular beauty company and she is expected to buy inventory every month whether she needs it or not and once she pays for the host beneifts, shipping and credit card fees everything else she keeps less of her 50% than my average. Avg. new consultant just starting out makes about $100 per show. Again, you don't have to pay for a lot of stuff others do.

5) What if I decide it's not for me? After 10 years I still haven't put that into practice but those who have get to keep all their stuff! We're happy to keep you as a host and a customer:)

6) Who (or how big) is my target market? Everyone who eats! I looked at a kids toy company and candles and everything else. Not everyone fits into those catagories. However, everyone eats. Even if they "don't cook". They do even better during economic downturns because more people are eating at home more often. We teach how to get dinner on the table Pampered Chef style in less time and money then going to the fast food place down the street.

7) What does the BBB and Direct Sales Assoc. have to say about the company? I highly recommend looking at this. I did. Pampered Chef has a stellar reputation with both. Last time I heard it also has the highest show average and highest attendance.

8) I almost forgot, What do other people say about the company and its products?


Good Luck no matter what you choose!

Tammy

Cynthia - posted on 02/21/2010

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Hi,
Check out my website: www.pinkpapayaparty.com/myspaparty. Let me know if you have any questions. Cynthia 402-4884

Zelphina - posted on 02/15/2010

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Hi Amy, You have been given really good advice from a lot of different people. I am a Network Marketing Mentor. You can find an awesome company with great products and a killer compensation plan, but if the Policies & Procedures are not written in your best interest then ultimately you are toast. I implore all of you ladies to know these for any company you are involved in. This is not a part time job. This is building a Legacy to be handed down to your children and grand children. If you don't have that, you are in the wrong business. Feel free to e-mail me zelphinapierson@gmail.com

Nancy - posted on 02/13/2010

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Sell Spa Products and romantic toys! Brown Bag Party is a fast growing company with unlimitted earnings potential. Visit my website @ www.brownbagparty.com/21177

Rebecca - posted on 02/13/2010

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Hi Amy,

Feel free to visit http://www.APathome.com I have been with Ameriplan for 4 years now and I am doing great! This is Nationwide. What state are you moving to? Hope you find what you are looking for!



Rebecca

Ameriplan NSD

Wendy - posted on 02/11/2010

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P.S. Here is the FDA's website info on their testing of cosmetic products ~

Does FDA test cosmetics?
The FD&C Act does not subject cosmetics to FDA premarket approval in order to be marketed legally. However, FDA collects samples for examination and analysis as part of its plant inspections, import inspections, and follow-up to complaints of adverse reactions. FDA may also conduct research on cosmetic products and ingredients to address safety concerns.

The agency does not function as a private testing laboratory, and in order to avoid even the perception of conflict of interest, does not recommend private laboratories to consumers or manufacturers for sample analysis. Testing laboratories are listed in your telephone directory.

Wendy - posted on 02/11/2010

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Kahty,
There is a huge difference in the amounts of preservatives and fillers used in various products, Yes, our products have less of a shelf life but also do not contain a number of the chemicals which are being found to be harmful. They also contain no fillers like mineral oil or petrolatum. One example, Parabens were found in 18 out of 20 breast cancer tumors in just one UK study. My mother had breast cancer & now a very good friend was just diagnosed. If our body can not breakdown Parabens & they are being found in cancer tumors I do not feel it's worth the risk & neither did Arbonne. All their products were reformulated to exclude parabens. Web Md did a story on the dangers of chemicals in products and also cited Parabens. Our products are formulated in Switzerland and must pass European regulations which are much more stringent than the U.S.
As far as the FDA, it does not truly regulate comsetics. Even with prescriptions which they are in charge of they do not very pro-active. How many people had health problems or died from Phen-fen (spelling?), Vioxx or Celebrex before they were pulled from the market. I looked at the site you recommended and what I saw basically reinforced the fact that the FDA has little or no control over cosmetics. Their website says the same thing. They can not even provide a definition for hypoallergenic. I was given the following website by a friend, you might be interested in reading it.
http://www.care2.com/greenliving/the-tox...
I have used Arbonne products for 15 years and am very impressed with their use of mostly natural ingredients and low use of chemicals/preservatives. If you are happy with Mary Kay, I am happy for you. I personaly do not feel comfortable with many of the ingredients they use. I simply want people to be able to research their choices.
Wendy

Kathy - posted on 02/11/2010

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Wendy, while you are correct, Mary Kay is the only company who submits every product to the FDA for testing and approval. It is also important to know that other cosmetics can claim they are non-allergenic, preservative free, etc. without having to back up those claims b/c the FDA does NOT require cosmetics to be tested and approved. Further, any cosmetic or skin care item that claims to be free of preservatives would have a shelf-life of produce in a supermarket unless refrigerated. There is much to learn about such products. Check out Federal Citizen Information Center online: "Clearing Up Cosmetic Confusion>" Thanks.

Wendy - posted on 02/11/2010

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Be sure you look at ingredients also when looking into companies that sell personal care products or cosmetics. www.skindeep.com is a good place to get some info. Many of the companies who sell products in the US still use harmful chemical preservatives, fragrances & colors.

Kathy - posted on 02/11/2010

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Amy, go to www.marykay.com. I have been with Mary Kay for 3 years. It is a FANTASTIC company! 50% commission on sales plus income from many other avenues, free cars to earn (or cash compensation), no territiories, lots of training, total intergrity and #1 selling product for 14 yrs. We're in 35 countries & debt-free company! If you want more info, let me know. :) Kathy

Wendy - posted on 02/10/2010

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GOOD THING ! In general, but all companies are different. Check out the Direst Sales Assoc & Better Business Bureau. Make sure the company sells a legit product & see how long they have been in business. Comapnies that do not sell a product are a pyramid aka scam. I am an independent consultant for Arbonne International & have friends who are with Pampered Chef, Silpada, Scentsy, Pure Romance & Tastefully Simple. Through working with the other gals I've learned a lot about how the various companies work. Look at the company's compensation plan, how they pay. For example - I get paid immediately by ordering my products at a signifigant discount and keeping the difference. Other companies make you pay full price & then wait for a check from them. The way my company works gives me flexibiilty in giving discounts, doing fundraisers, donating to charity, etc. Also be sure you know the companies return/refund policies and that they will stand behind their products. They say we are entering a self employment revolution and MLM's will be the place to be. If you want more info please conatct me. www.wendyhorton.myarbonne.com

Sara - posted on 02/10/2010

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Amy, we are independent distributors for a direct sales MLM/MNM company and that was our main concern when researching 5 years ago. Check with the DSA (Direct Sales Association). Our company is not only a member of DSA, DSA uses our company as an example of what others need to be. Check us out www.relivnthedream.com and if you like what you see - get in touch.

Carol - posted on 02/09/2010

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Good suggestions, Lisa! I'm proud to say that A.G. fits the bill on all counts. We have thousands upon thousands of millionaires from our business model. In fact, A.G. has created the 2nd highest amt of millionaires outside of Microsoft. They maintain that status for years & years. Not a flash in the pan income! Long term income that is stable is a good thing!!

Kind Regards,

Carol Tatom
706-568-1922

Lisa - posted on 02/09/2010

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Things I've learned about finding a good networking company.

Solid Company - Most MLM don't last more then 5 years.
Market trends - Is there a demand?
Unique products and technology
Powerful Partnerships
Proven compensation
Perfect timing in the market place.

The company I am with creates 1 new millionair every 10 days. (globally)

Toni - posted on 02/08/2010

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Hey- I'd recommend PartyLite. (Candles/home decor) You don't have to keep inventory, and there is no start up cost. You get your kit free. I wouldn't recommend something you have to pay hundreds of dollars to start up, because what if you don't like it? If you'd like more information, please email me and I'll help you out with it! You set your own hours, you can do most of your work online if you want, and no scam or up front cost. If you have any interest I'll give you more information if you email me.

tonijmccann@aol.com
www.partylite.biz/tonimccann

Carol - posted on 02/08/2010

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Hi Amy, I know you have to be careful these days to make sure you protect yourself and your assets. We did a lot of background checking to make sure that A.G. was the real deal and could help us accomplish the goals that we had set for ourselves. A.G. is a very good thing and has helped tens of thousands make 6 figure incomes year after year. We are a stable industry because we market the products people use to run their homes & businesses every day. Feel free to give me a call so that we can discuss this further and get you more information to see if this is a good fit for you & your family.

Kind Regards,
Carol Tatom
706-568-1922

Carol - posted on 02/07/2010

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Hi Amy;

Everyone has given great advice about checking out the dsa. I too am with a company that does direct sales that has been in business successfully for over 50 years, Amway Global. It is an awesome company that has a low start-up, but a definite business plan that helps individuals succeed & reach their goals. We have Sears, Office Depot, Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, and hundreds of others on board with us, sort of an Amazon.com approach but you get paid too. Give me a call and we can get you some information so you can see if this is a good fit for you....706-568-1922.

Carol Tatom

Cristina - posted on 02/05/2010

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Hi Amy,

How are you? Well, have you done some research with all of your replies. I just moved to Texas a year ago. I have been doing Mary Kay Cosmetics for 4 years and I love it. Have you tried Mary Kay Cosmetics before? check out my website www.marykay.com/caguilar230 and look under Sell Mary Kay on the top of the page. Let me know what you think. Best of luck!!!!

Cristina
Mary Kay Beauty Consultant
Mary Kay Cosmetics
www.marykay.com/caguilar230

Clara - posted on 02/05/2010

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I have encountered the same sort of thing you have talked about. I can only share with you the work at home opportunity that I finally found that I feel is absolutely amazing. They reward you for your experience, you make up to 50% commission on everything you sale. (depends on what level you come into the business at, the least amount you make is 35%)You dont have any out of pocket expense to get started. In fact all you do is have one introductory fashion show, and the company gives you a $1000 dollar wardrobe of jewelry for you to wear and advertise. You have no deliveries or inventory to have on hand. And you get a weekly profit check. I have only worked my business on a very part-time basis and make $300.00 a week. They have a car bonus, that you can choose to do with the money what you want, designer clothes and free jewelry each month.You can work this all over the country anywhere you live. I would be glad to get you more information via email, or snail mail. Once you promote, you will never have that taken away from you like so many other companies do. For more info you can visit my website at www.jewelryboxdelights.com or give me a call at (918)684-6181.
If you strictly want to work from home on the internet, I have information on my other work at home business, that is done strictly online. Look forward to visiting with you soon. Clara Colclasure-Garza

Kimberly - posted on 02/05/2010

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Hi, I'm Kimberly and I am a Senior Consultant with The Pampered Chef. Commission ranges from 22-26% depending on my sales and how much or little I want to work, I love it because I can be at home with my two boys as well as taking care of my husband who is fighting cancer. We are in higher demand now than ever and so let's seize the moments. This been my biggest season since the "recession" hit. We are able to offer $2/serving meals. That is unbeatable. Do the math==>if you go to Wendy's and shop on a $1 for a family of four....at $3/person before tax that is $12 plus tax and the gas it costed to go get it. And its not as healthy as a home-cooked meal. The home cooked meal would be less than $8 for the whole family and their would be leftovers. Can't beat that!! Well I say lets keep selling our socks off....if you want to know more about how I get paid to party and just share a recipe with friends...and get paid about $100 for a show that is less than an hour...check out my website or contact me at
www.pamperedchef.biz/kimberlyiscooking
Also right now until the end of February they are offering 50% back off the startup cost of your business, It is a Sweet deal considering all you get!

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Hi Amy,

I am with a company called Uppercase Living. The do Vinyl wall expressions. They were recently featured on Extreme home makeover. They have a great deal going on until the end of Febuary it is $129.00 to become a demonstrator and you get a $100 product credit back so really it is like paying $29.00 to become a demonstrator. The commission is an instant 25% and then goes up from there. It is a great home decor product so if you are moving you will really like this for your new .

place. You can check out my website at http://lyndakucera.uppercaseliving.net. Please email me with any questions at lynda@petiteprintz.com. I can also give you my phone number so we can discuss further. Good luck on your move and I hope to hear from you:) Lynda

Bea - posted on 02/04/2010

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Hi Amy!

I represent a direct marketing international company and it is not a scam. I have collected my first money of $500 and my sponsor collected her $10,000 yesterday. This company is international. Let me know how I can help you? www.EarnInternationalVacations.com

To Your Success!
Bea McNabb
Texas
361-798-5941

Barbilee - posted on 02/04/2010

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WOW! So many replies. I agree with the www.DSA.org. Yes it is a fee organization, but you can't get in unless you adhere to their code of ethics. It is THE nationally recognized organization for direct sales and MLM companies. So instead of pitching you my company I will offer you what my coach offered me before I started with her:

A couple of things to look for in a company:
1. Do you LOVE the products?
2. Are they consumable (meaning is there a high percentage of reorders?) Or do you have to find new clients every month just to earn an income?
3. How long have they been in business?
4. What is the membership fee? Is there fee reasonable for what you get?
5. Is the company well capitalized by PRIVATE money, not associate fees?
6. Is the compensation plan payable (see below for questions to ask around that)?
7. Is there an actual tangible product that WORKS?
8. Who is running the company? How many years in MLM or direct sales have they had?
9. Is there at least one woman at the top of the exec team (82% of this industry is women)
10. Does the company make claims?

Some questions about the compensation plan:
1. how many people do you need to sponsor in order to get paid?
2. How many people have made $1 000 000 or more since it's opening?
3. How many are earning 6 figures?
4. How many changes have their been to their comp plan over the years? And have those changes ADDED money to the associates or taken away?
5. Is there a break away?
6. When does flushing of volume occur?
7. How many ways are there to get paid?
8. How many legs/teams do you have to build to qualify for top payments in the company?

Like most of the other responses, I too am in an MLM. I have sold everything from Tupperware to sex toys in the Direct Sales industry. Everyone will tell you theirs is the best. Everyone will entice you to come and join them. I am here to tell you this.

Find out what you want, find a company that will support you and just as important, find a coach/sponsor who knows what they are doing...one who has been there done that. I have enrolled with many individuals over the years because of what they TOLD me was possible. When I started with this company, the products showed me, then the compensation plan paid me and I tell you, it had been fabulous since then. I am unrecruitable to another company simply because I have found my home.

Barbilee
Family Success Coach
www. HeyYouGetReal .com

Nicole - posted on 02/03/2010

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Hi Amy. I agree that the DSA is the way to go. I personally love direct sales becuase you get out of it what you put in to it. I have been with Southern Living at Home for almost 6 years and am passionate about their products. www.southernlivingathome.com/nicolewolfson

Lori - posted on 02/03/2010

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The Parent Company is Dove and they are owned by mars Legit and fun to work for

Dawn - posted on 02/03/2010

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Just remember, when checking out a direct sales company, you need to check to see if they have a parent company too, and check them out as well. It might not say, but if you do thorough checking, some of these companies have a parent company.

Lori - posted on 02/02/2010

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check out www.dovechocolatediscoveries.com/passionforchocolate. 25% commision not a scam and wonderful company to work for .



Lori Cook

Amanda - posted on 02/02/2010

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I have been involved with lia sophia for 2 years-with low start up cost and you make 30% of your sales paid weekly and have monthly incentives, with NO monthly quotas, it is hard to beat! Work part time hours for full time pay. We are a part of the DSA. Email me for more information.

www.liasophia.com/amandaeischen

Karen - posted on 02/02/2010

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The BBB is not a governing body and requires a membership fee for listing. Therefore, not every legitimate company IS listed on the BBB...it's a choice. It's mainly a resource that people can use to report complaints about a company, not a place where people go to recommend or endorse a particular company, so the negative will always outweigh the positive. So take the information that you get there with a grain of salt and don't use it as the only point of reference. The DSA has strict rules in place in order for one to become a paid member. It can take a long time for a company's application to be considered, reviewed and processed. In the US, the Federal Trade Commission is the governing body that you would refer to as to the legitmacy of a company and whether it is in compliance. The Dunn & Bradstreet rating is also a good indication of the company's integrity. I believe you have to pay to get that information. I have been in Direct sales for over 20 years.

Zena - posted on 02/02/2010

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our company has been around for over 23 years I have been with them for 14 and love it check out my site and if it interests you contact me....distance isn't a concern good luck Zena www.zena.brightwomen.com

Rachel - posted on 02/01/2010

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I am not sure on a specific website either. I have tired a few Direct sales as well and I agree with Jill. It has to be something you are passionate about. I personally went with World Ventures because I wanted to travel more at discounted rates. I also know lots of people in every state that would like to travel more for cheaper rates. I like the way our system is set up for compensation as well. You should check it out www.rkh.worldventures.biz .

Amy - posted on 01/27/2010

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Hi Amy. I am a Longaberger Consultant. I have been for over 14 years. Here are the basics of what you get with Longaberger: 25% commission on guest sales (this is in your pocket as soon as you collect the money, you send in the money owed less your commission), no activity requirements (you do need to sell at least $1000/year, and the more you sell each month the more discount you get on your samples), a free website that your customers can go to and order from you and you get the credit/commission, a great support staff at the home office ready, willing, and able to answer your questions, our incentive program is called myDream and you earn points for your sales, sales growth, certain meeting attendance and other bonus opportunities. The best part about myDream is that you can "spend" your points on business supplies, samples, or non-Longaberger merchandise from purses to digital cameras to exercise equipment to household appliances. For more information, you can go to my website, www.longaberger.com/amymartin or to the company website www.longaberger.com. Hope this helps and good luck with whatever you choose!

Jessica - posted on 01/27/2010

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The Direc Selling Association (DSA) has strict guidelines for companies that they will endorse. Check their website: www.dsa.org for reputable companies. Keep in mind, however, that it is an association and requires a membership fee from its members, so just because a company is not listed doesn't mean it isn't legit. Just do some research and ask for customer references. Also check the Better Busines Bureau to see if there are any complaints about the company.

Try these well-known and very successful businisses:
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There is a great place. It's called the Direct Selling Association. I would highly recommend that you only get involved with a company on that list. THere are literally thousands of companies, but only a few hundred in the DSA. I am with Reliv International now, and from now on. I have tried others, before, and this is the best I know of, and one that i trust! This DSA is a watchdog over ethics, etc, and i believe it's invitation only. Check it out. www.dsa.org. You have lots of great advice in these columns. Feel free to check my website at karenadamson.reliv.com. No www's k?
Karen Adamson

Angela - posted on 01/22/2010

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Hi Amy
It is always so difficult when looking at stay at home businesses as they are always made out to be easy! as Joyce said always make sure the company is part of DSA and if anyone tells you it is easy DONT believe them...........anything worth having is worth working for!
I am an executive Area Manager with Arbonne International. It is an extremely ethical company and gives awards in abundance. It was introduced to me through a friend who knows Sue Cassidy (wife of David Cassidy) This made me REALLY interested as I knew if it was some kind of scam the media would be all over them.
It is a shop online system and a fabulous product. Your customers shop on line at a discount, pay online and goods are delivered to their door by Arbonne. You are paid monthly by Arbonne for introducing people to the product. It is a 30yr old company, only available in 4 counties and has BIG plans to go global
My success is your success and I would love to show you how to make a good living from this. www.arbonneglasgow.myarbonne.co.uk
Angela x

Joyce - posted on 01/22/2010

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Hi Amy, Always make certain the company is a member of the DSA for info on the company! They are the only place that I would think would be familiar. I can tell you of a fairly new company where I am testament that the pay is fair and I've already earned a free trip to Vegas! I've been with Private Quarters for 1 year. my website is www.privatequarters.net/comforting
Good luck in your search! Joyce

Suzanne - posted on 01/22/2010

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AMy,

As Jill recommended the DSA and the DWSA are good sources of information about Direct Selling. I think you could do some research there to get tons of information about different companies in direct sales. I also agree with her comment about finding a product or service that you are passioante about. That is what will help you to be successful in whichever company you choose.
I recently signed on as an Independent Representative with Sensaria Natural BodyCare. I love it! The products are fantastic and of high quality. They have great training and support. Sensaria is 9 years old and growing like crazy. We just got a new company president and she has great expereince with other larger companies and grwoing them. I believe it is a great time to join this company.
www.sensaria.com/spasuzanne to learn more details. If you have any questions about Sensaria please do not hesitate to ask!

Good luck to you!
Suzanne

Kelly - posted on 01/21/2010

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Hi-
I don't know a actual site to go to, but I suggest checking with the Better Business Bureau. All legit companies should be registered.

I am not sure what type of direct sales business you are looking to start, but I sell Avon and make great money. If you would like to learn more, feel free to email me or check out my website at www.youravon.com/kbusch Avon is not a get rich over night business, it does take some time, but you can really make good money and Avon is the #1 direct sale company in the world. They have been around for over 120+ years and have a great reputation. Anyway, good luck on your search and email me if you would like more info on Avon.

- Kelly

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