Posts Tagged “Direct Sales”

Vorwerk Women - Business OpportunityStriking a balance between making time for your children and maintaining a successful career could be considered the ‘holy grail’ for most working parents.

No parent wants to miss their child’s starring role in the school play or cup final – but many might not feel that they have a choice when it comes to their careers.

Nearly a quarter (38%) of women strive for work-life balance – with this being the most popular factor when it comes to enjoying their roles, according to insightful figures released by household appliance maker, Vorwerk.

In fact, well over a quarter of women (29%) have admitted that they have considered changing their roles to achieve work-life balance.

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Captain Tortue is a French company currently operating in 7 countries.

History
Philippe and Lilian start CAPTAIN TORTUE in Nimes, France. We chose to take the direct selling route to promote our clothing range for children from the age of 2 to 12 years.

Captain Products
Clothing for women and children.

Business Opportunity

Join as a Style Consultant. You can start small or choose to sponsor and mentor other Style Consultants for a rewarding a profitable career.

How to sell Captain Tortue

  • Home parties (Party plan)
  • Events
  • Social media
  • Blogging

What Captain Tortue Consultants say:

“It’s really important to me to be there for the kids as they are growing up, but I want to work. My Captain Tortue business gives me the best of all worlds; flexibility to fit around the family, a healthy income, and a great up to date wardrobe every season!” Penny, North Somerset

“I love being a consultant for Captain Tortue as it has given me the opportunity to be able to be around for my kids as they have been growing up, whilst running my own business as well. I love the clothes and the fact that I have gorgeous new additions to my wardrobe each season, whilst meeting lovely groups of women and helping them with their wardrobe choices too! A very sociable and fun way of working!” – Sue, Swindon

Captain Tortue jobs and news on Work for Mums or view more direct sales companies

Arbonne is a Swiss company currently operating in 5 countries. Arbonne have made a commitement to ensuring their products are earth friendly.

History
The idea to provide skincare products unparalleled in quality and effectiveness developed in Switzerland in 1975, when one man, Petter Mørck, together with a group of leading biochemists, biologists and herbalists, fulfilled his vision and founded Arbonne.

Arbonne Products
Skincare, makeup fragrance and nutrition

Business Opportunity

Join as a client, a preferred client or an Independent Consultant.

Earn up to 35% profit on personal sales and 15% profit on preferred client sales.

How to sell Arbonne

  • Catalogue delivery in your local area
  • Home beauty and skincare/spa parties (Party plan)
  • Events such as coffee mornings and fetes
  • Social media
  • Blogging
  • Basket of brochures products to local businesses

What Arbonne Consultants say:

“Working for Arbonne is amazing. My team are so supportive of each other and I have so many new friends now. I have so much confidence now and I faced my fears. Because I believe in the products they are easy to sell as I speak with conviction” – Gemma, Surrey

Arbonne jobs on Work for Mums or view more direct sales companies

Phoenix Trading is a UK company which also operates in Australia and New Zealand. Products are sourced and printed in the UK where possible and the cards designs are by UK artists.

History
Phoenix Trading was founded in 1995 by three mothers in South London; Robin, Susie and Vanessa. The women shared a vision of starting a home-based business selling a product that they loved—greeting cards!

Phoenix Trading ProductsProducts
Greeting cards, gift-wrap and stationery

Business Opportunity

Earn at least 30% of your sales.

Become an Independent Phoenix Trader: Earn money on your terms selling high quality stationery items
Become a Senior or Executive Trader: Recruit, manage and motivate your own team

How to sell Phoenix cards

  • Catalogue delivery in your local area
  • Home parties (Party plan)
  • Events such as coffee mornings and fetes
  • Social media
  • Blogging
  • Basket of brochures products to local businesses

What Phoenix Traders say
Coming soon…

Phoenix Trading jobs on Work for Mums or view more direct sales companies

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 dsa.org.uk

You can also check out lots of flexible working opportunities and jobs for mums at workformums.co.uk

New figures released today have revealed nearly 900,000 people attended one of 127,000 direct selling parties in 2013. These parties, where products are demonstrated in a fun and relaxed environment are seeing a major surge in popularity according to the Direct Selling Association (DSA), the trade body for the industry.

Parties now account for 35% of total direct selling revenue in the UK, growing over 150% since 2009, when this kind of selling accounted for just 14% of all direct selling.

Direct selling is where goods are sold direct to consumers outside of a fixed shop. Direct selling parties allow sellers to showcase their products, from kitchen equipment and home accessories to clothes and jewellery in front of groups of people in a social setting.

Lynda Mills, director of the Direct Selling Association says: “Direct selling has been growing in popularity over the last few years, and it’s very positive to see so many more people joining the party. Parties provide a new way for people to try products, socialise and buy, and are becoming increasingly more mainstream.

“We’re seeing more and more companies entering the party market – whether it’s existing companies like Amway who have added party selling to their offering, or new entrants like Stella and Dot, which offer a new experience.”

The direct selling industry has seen a significant rise over recent years, with more people turning to work in the sector as an alternative to traditional employment, and more people buying this way as an alternative to the high street or buying online.

Direct selling allows anyone, regardless of age, background or prior experience to set up and run their own business. It is a flexible option with minimal outlay allowing people to work the hours they choose with no dependency on the traditional jobs market.

The Direct Selling Association is the trade body for the industry, responsible for promoting the sector and regulating member companies. All figures are based on the DSA’s survey of its 60 member companies including Avon, Pampered Chef, Neal’s Yard Organics and Amway.

There has been a 20% annual increase in number of working mums in the Direct Selling industry

New figures released by the Direct Selling Association (DSA) have revealed that over 120,000 mothers in the UK are now generating an income via direct selling. Of the 400,000 direct sellers in the UK, 30% are working mothers.  This represents a rise of over 20,000 more working mums in the industry compared to the previous year – a 20% increase.

The industry has experienced a significant widening during recent years including a 29% rise in under-25 year olds. However these new figures reveal that direct selling’s traditional demographic, working mums, are now increasingly being attracted to direct selling to generate an income, reducing the need for childcare costs, which is often cited among the chief reasons why both parents do not go back to work.

The Direct Selling Association (DSA), the trade body that represents direct selling companies including Avon, Amway and Forever Living surveyed its 60 member companies, and discovered that working mums are turning to direct selling as an alternative to traditional employment. Women as a whole make up on average 76% of UK direct sellers.

Female unemployment as a whole has risen more than male joblessness since the recession, reflecting the increasing number of women struggling to find jobs. New figures show 14% of women returning to work after maternity leave find their jobs under threat, mothers are facing an increasingly difficult position in traditional employment. Flexible and part time working options are often not available, and returning mothers are often under employed in positions they are over qualified for.

The cost of childcare meanwhile is rising with the minimum necessary cost for raising a child rising 4% in 2013, according to the Child Poverty Action Group.

Lynda Mills, Director of the Direct Selling Association said: “Parents are often faced with an impossible choice – return to work, often under difficult conditions and face astronomical childcare costs, or stay at home resulting in no income. Direct selling however is offering many women the opportunity to work around their commitments – giving them the flexibility to work as and when they choose, while still looking after their children.”

Direct selling allows anyone, regardless of age, background or prior experience to set up and run their own business. It is a flexible option with minimal outlay allowing people to work the hours they choose with no dependency on the traditional jobs market. The flexibility makes it particularly appealing to parents who can look after their children while working.

Lynda Mills says: “With women under increased pressure from the traditional jobs market and increasing childcare costs, direct selling is a practical solution that means women can run and develop their own micro-business on their terms.”

Direct selling is the UK’s largest provider of part-time independent work. Data from the Direct Selling Association also shows that revenue generated by its member companies have grown 7% from £1.5 billion to £1.6 billion in the last year.

The Direct Selling Association is the trade body for the industry, responsible for promoting the sector and regulating member companies. All DSA member companies sign its Code of Conduct – an independently administered set of guidelines that ensures that direct sellers and customers can be safe in the knowledge that any member company will uphold the integrity of the industry.

Image credit: DSA member Usborne Books

Are you feeling the pinch in the run up to Christmas?

As the purse strings tighten in the run up to the big day, things can get pretty tight for working mums. However, help is at hand with direct selling – a great way to set up your own business, boost your income and sell products you love.

Direct selling is any form of selling outside a fixed retail environment.  With over 400,000 direct sellers in the UK, this thriving industry is worth in excess of £2 billion to the UK economy. Very simply it works like this – you choose a direct selling company (think Avon, Pampered Chef or Barefoot Books), sign up and can begin selling their products to your friends, family, colleagues or neighbours. You then get paid a percentage of the value of the sales you make.

Direct selling is incredibly flexible and you can work as many hours, when and where you choose, to fit around your own life and commitments. Starting your own business is simple and cheap – usually no more than £100 for a starter kit. When you start direct selling you are effectively running your own business, so it’s very much a case of what you put in you get back out, as well as giving you a level of flexibility that standard 9 – 5 jobs often just can’t offer.

The Direct Selling Association (DSA) was established in 1965 and is the recognised trade body for direct selling companies in the UK. So, what are you waiting for?  Read the DSA’s top tips for getting into direct selling and experience the flexible, friendly and fun world of direct selling for yourself this Christmas.

Top tips for getting into direct selling:

  • Pick a product that you will enjoy selling – there are products to suit every working mum. Your passion will shine through if you love a product and will make it much easier to sell.
  • All DSA members sign its code of conduct which ensures members are ethical, so if you are thinking of getting started in direct selling always look for a member company. The DSA website has a full list so is a good place to get started: www.dsa.org.uk
  • Direct selling is based principally on face-to-face contact with customers; therefore you must be a people person! People are your greatest asset, so always show respect and be ready to offer your help to whoever needs it.
  • Expect that not everyone will says yes – you will often hear the word ‘no’, but this does not mean failure.  Think of it as another reason to move onto the next ‘yes’. Your persistence will pay off.
  • One of the main attractions of direct selling is the flexibility it provides, 82% of sellers work part time, but it is entirely up to you. Your working pattern can be just a few hours a week or, for some, a full time occupation.  Choose the hours that suit you and your lifestyle.
  • Be proud of your achievements, and the fact you have joined a strong community of 120,000 working mums who have become direct sellers through the DSA.

Author – Lynda Mills, Director, The Direct Selling Association

Don’t forget to check out all the latest jobs for mums on our website too!

By Lynda Mills, Director of the Direct Selling Association (DSA)

Lynda Mills Direct Selling AssociationDirect selling is an excellent option for mums looking to earn an income around their family commitments. Here, Lynda Mills, Director of the Direct Selling Association, talks about why more mums than ever are getting involved and how to get started…

Direct selling is where goods are sold direct to consumers outside of a fixed retail environment and it is a popular route for parents because of its flexible nature. Unlike a 9-5 role, direct sellers can work full-time, part-time, during the days, evenings and weekends… it’s entirely flexible, making it a really appealing choice.

If you are interested in becoming a direct seller one of the most important things to remember is that you should always choose to work with a member of the Direct Selling Association (DSA). The DSA is the trade body for the UK’s direct selling industry and by choosing to work with one of its member companies, you can be assured that the company operates ethically and abides by the DSA’s strict code of business conduct.

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Sector appealing to broader demographics with rise in over 50s and non-British direct sellers.

The direct selling industry is booming in the UK with over 4.8 million direct sales transitions in 2013, netting over £2bn for the UK economy. New figures released today from the Direct Selling Association (DSA), the trade body that represents direct selling companies in the UK also reveal the sector is appealing to increasingly broad demographic groups, and more people are direct selling ‘full-time’.

Direct selling is where goods are sold direct to consumers outside of a fixed retail shop. The DSA surveyed its 60 member companies including Avon, Kleeneze and Herbalife and discovered that on average 38% of direct sellers are over 50, representing a rise over 32,000 people since 2011. There are now 152,000 over 50 year old direct sellers in the UK, who are frequently attracted by the flexibility and social aspects of direct selling.

Direct selling is also increasingly appealing to a multi-cultural audience. For the first time the DSA surveyed its members about this and discovered 30% of direct sellers (120,000 people) in the UK are non-British.  DSA member companies attribute this to a rise in interest of people from places like Asia and Eastern Europe, where direct selling has an even larger presence.

People are turning to direct selling as a real alternative to traditional employment, with 68,000 direct sellers (17%) working full time hours (over 30 hours a week).  This is up 20,000 from 12% in 2011. The traditional direct selling demographic of stay-at-home mums now accounts for 29% of direct sellers, while men account for 24% of the sector.

Lynda Mills, director of the Direct Selling Association said: “We’re seeing a broader audience involved in direct selling than ever before. These figures represent a move away from the traditional perception of direct selling as a part time job for mums – this is a vibrant, modern industry that appeals to a wide cross section of people of all ages and backgrounds, and offers a real alternative to traditional employment for many.

“Direct selling really has entered the mainstream, thanks in part to the solid community including more and more over 50s and different cultural groups.  It’s an attractive alternative to traditional full time work, letting people work how and when they choose, and build their own businesses.”

Direct selling lets anyone start their own business and begin selling products directly to their friends, family, neighbours and wider contacts. It’s completely flexible; with direct sellers able to pick the hours they work to suit their own lifestyle and commitments.  The Direct Selling Association is the trade body for the industry, responsible for promoting the sector and regulating member companies.

 

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