Ten Tips for Choosing the Right Direct Sales CompanyWritten by Susie Cortright
Direct sales can be your ticket to a profitable home-based business. There's low risk and low overhead - and you'll find lots of conversation, creativity, and cooperation among company's representatives. But how do you know which company is right for you? Here are ten things to look for as you research your options.
1. Products. Successful direct sales consultants exude a genuine enthusiasm for their products. Before joining a company, you'll need to have inner conviction that your company brings products and an opportunity that no other company can. It's important for you to get your hands on products before you sign. Place an order or, at very least, request a catalog and product samples before joining.
2. Passion. Does this company involve a business you are truly passionate about? One of nice things about a direct sales business is that you can often find one that suits your personal passion...whether it's cooking, home décor, beauty, or scrapbooking & cardmaking. And when you're genuinely enthusiastic about industry and product, you'll feel as though you are sharing, teaching, and helping - not selling.
3. Initial investment. What kind of cash outlay will your start-up require? Look closely at company's joining fee and/or cost of your business starter kit, but also think realistically about how much inventory you'll need to have on hand and what kinds of business supplies or products you'll need to get your business started.
4. Monthly minimums. What kind of personal sales volume is required? Are you ready to invest time and energy that this level of business building requires?
How to become a Career Coach for ProfitWritten by Randy Wilson
An excellent career coach can help you tap out your unique skills, talents and aptitude to help you develop in career of your choice. He helps you to modify or transition your existing skills to suit workings of a new industry. He is like a mentor who identifies hurdles to your progress and gives you practical steps to overcome your obstacles and make a positive impression in your career and develop your personality.
A career coach could be simply defined your job seeking partner. A career coach could be a career management coach, who helps you in managing your career or a career marketing coach, who helps you build contacts, posts your resumes, tries to find best jobs for you and helps you secure best jobs. He basically tries to market you effectively in job market.
Start-up costs could be around $3000 with website hosting, a computer and other promotional materials included.
Financing sources:Banks are forefront in providing start up loans Business loans from government Business organizations which will consider your initiative and possibly give you start up loans. Loans from government sponsored self employment programs are helpful to start up as well as develop your skills as a career coach. Loans from venture capitalists and angel investors are also effective. Both will help you financially but expect a higher rate of return. The angel investor is personally interested in growth of your business.
Pricing guidelines for service:
In today’s competitive job market, you have to price your service effectively be it career marketing or career management. Career coaches bill by hour. Charges range from $50 to $200 an hour with an average of $100-150.
Advertising and Marketing Methods and Tips:You can advertise in regional or national newspapers and even post ads in colleges and universities. You could promote your 'career coaching' in social clubs, parties, get-togethers. You could print and distribute your business cards. You could write and distribute press releases locally or online which could include stories with ideas and advice which have worked for students and people in general with their career problems.
Typical home personal computer with database software, word processing software and access to research sites through internet.
Billing at average of $100 per hour, working part-time you would earn from $8,000 and up. Full-time would be from $16,000 and up if you charged industry average of $100 per hour.
There is a big market where there are a lot of people who are at a crossroads in their career. There are lot of teenagers and young people who make wrong career decisions without introspecting themselves and making a decision based on peer pressure and 'trends' in job market. A person who changes his or her career goals for whatever reason and is now uncertain about ways to achieve success in that field, would need services of a career coach. There are a lot of people who need support and motivation at every stage of their career be it an interview or during a promotion. Job search is a billion dollar industry. Success tips:
There are a lot of career coaches out there. To be different, upgrade your skills and focus on entire personality development of student or person seeking career coaching. Groom him or her in etiquette, presentation and communication skills as well. Even if you charge a little bit extra, person seeking your help will hugely benefit from your invaluable guidance.