Direct selling providing extra cash for Christmas

Christmas is coming and as the purse strings tighten, many people are looking for new ways to make extra money. One option is direct selling – over 400,000 people in the UK are already doing this, and it’s worth £2billion each year to the UK economy.

Direct selling is a way of selling products outside a fixed shop. You choose a company (like Forever Living, The Pampered Chef or Avon) and sell these products directly to friend, family and colleagues. You then get paid a percentage of the sales made.

Direct selling allows people to effectively run their own business, working the hours they choose. The start-up costs are low and it can be fitted around other commitments like childcare or a full time job.

The Direct Selling Association, the trade body for the industry in the UK, always sees a significant rise in the number of people joining the industry in the run up to Christmas. Direct selling is a great option for buying presents too, avoiding the stress of the high-street and the impersonal world of online shopping. With items ranging from cosmetics and homeware to boutique jewellery, there is something to suit everyone.

The Direct Selling Association has more facts and figures available, as well as case studies of direct sellers from across the UK. To find out more and how to get involved, visit

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