Make More Money — Become a Direct Sales Consultant

Author: Mary Grace Donaldson, Career Advice

You’re tired of seeing the advertisements all over social media. From the Facebook groups to the Instagram posts of price lists to the occasionally annoying inspirational quotes — that appear as though they truly are stand-alone inspirational quotes — but are actually posing as advertisements for yet another product. And you’ve said to yourself: Yes, we get it. You sell X. And I don’t care.

But… what if you, too, could make money by joining a direct sales company? You’d bring in some extra money for yourself, and who doesn’t want that? You wouldn’t be eye rolling anymore…

If you’re a millennial who wants to make some extra cash at home, these companies could make a great fit.

 

LuLaRoe
For true LuLaRoe devotees, the love of this company is real. This California-based direct sales enterprise prides itself on its tagline, “simply comfortable,” and is famous for its leggings. 

How do I sell it? LuLaRoe consultants often sell their inventory through Facebook groups — which cost nothing to set up! Inventory itself comes direct to you from LuLaRoe and is different for each consultant. Like any business, there are startup costs involved — between $5,000 and $6,000, including initial inventory. But with LuLaRoe’s growing popularity, profit is more than possible.

 

 

Jamberry
The nail wrap sensation that’s sweeping the direct sales industry, Jamberry is a great fit for any consumers who are sick and tired of getting their nails done every two weeks and want a little something different. And Jamberry sells more than just nails, too.

How do I sell it? Jamberry consultants encourage friends to host “parties.” While reminiscent of the Tupperware parties of our parents’ generation, these parties can take place either in-home or on Facebook. Consultants start their businesses with the Jamberry starter kit at a cost of $99. And you can learn more at the company’s FAQ page.

 


Avon

Here comes that Avon lady! While famous for its long-time door-to-door service and sale of cosmetic products, Avon even sells women’s clothes and jewelry today. But don’t be fooled, it still provides top-of-the-line cosmetics.

How do I sell it? Avon representatives sell through catalogues and brochures (yes, paper!) as well as individualized online stores. Starter kits run at only $25 — and you get to choose between three starter kits.

 

 

Rodan+Fields
Known for revolutionary skincare products, R+F consultants pride themselves on the work of the company’s namesakes, Dr. Rodan and Dr. Fields. The company was established on the idea that “living better in your skin means living better in your life.”

How do I sell it? R+F consultants also utilize social media to sell their products — coupled with a virtual shop showcasing all of the products that a particular consultant has in stock. And the starter kit for would-be consultants is just $45.

 

 

Younique
Younique isn’t like every other cosmetic direct sales company — while they are in the business of selling eyeshadows, brushes and eyelash curlers, the company’s mission involves corporate social responsibility. Younique even has its own charity, the Younique Foundation, which is “committed to to helping women who were sexually abused as children or adolescents find hope.”

How do I sell it? Younique Presenters are initially brought into the company by existing Younique Presenters, who serve as Sponsors. Once they get started, Younique Presenters have their own online shops — but also work off the “Tupperware party” model, except virtually.

 

 

Plexus
Often mistaken as solely a weight loss product, Plexus’ line of products encourages customers to life a completely healthy lifestyle with the slogan of “This is how healthy happens!” Plexus offers its signature Pink Drink that is touted to be beneficial for overall gut health, but the company also sells probiotics and vitamins to promote total health.

How do I sell it? Plexus Ambassadors pay $35 per year to join. They also sell the product though Facebook groups and Instagram posts — but with good reason, as the company offers incentives for those Ambassadors who reach high sales levels.

 

Are you part of a direct sales company? What do you sell? How did you get started? Let us know in the comments, tweet us or email us!

I Gave Into the LuLaRoe Craze…and I’m Glad I Did

Adulting, Author: Mary Grace Donaldson

The power of social media has offered us an alternative to dating sites, career advice via Twitter, podcasts and, of course, LinkedIn. And now, it is offering a very quick and easy way to purchase direct sales products from consultants across the country.

Millennials, I know your pain — you’ve been invited to Facebook groups touting everything from dietary supplements to jewelry to Jamberry nails and the latest in the direct sales craze…LuLaRoe, a direct sales company advertising “simply comfortable” clothing, particularly their trademark print leggings with somewhat unusual prints.

Most of these types of invitations are ones I easily ignore, to the tune of “oh, no, what is this one selling?” We’re not talking about sites where you can save or make money while you shop, either. Many “consultants” selling all types of products are often stay-at-home moms who look to make some extra cash for their families on the side, but as with all groups of people, stay-at-home moms are not the only ones hocking their loot on social media.

But one day, it happened. I gave in. A friend (who is very much a millennial and very much not a stay-at-home mom) hosted a “LuLaRoe Pop-Up Party,” the social media equivalent of the Tupperware parties of my mom’s generation. Instead of visiting a friend’s home to purchase Tupperware products, the “party” was going to take place on a LuLaRoe “consultant’s” Facebook group (aka her “store”).

I only bought a few items — including signature leggings — at this “Pop-Up Party,” but later found out that my cousin buys LuLaRoe too…and she went ahead and added me to a number of Facebook groups. A month later, I’m hooked, and here’s why:

The clothes are comfortable, yet stylish.
While I firmly believe that leggings are indeed pants, I’ve never been one to think that I could wear them instead of pants to go out on a Friday night. And then I wore my floral print LuLaRoe leggings two Friday nights in a row and fell in love with how they looked.

They are made for all shapes and sizes. 
As someone who wears plus sizes, I find myself frustrated with the options available at mainstream stores, and I’m equally as frustrated with the prices at plus size specialty stores. LuLaRoe makes the same types and styles of clothes — not just leggings — in all sizes.

The prices are reasonable. 
While not as reasonably priced as the plus size department at JC Penney, LuLaRoe doesn’t totally hit you in the wallet. The infamous leggings run at $25 a pop, and that price is the same for smaller and larger sizes. Dresses run a bit higher, but the most expensive one I’ve seen is $65.

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So, why should millennials buy LuLaRoe?

The clothes allow for self-expression. 
There’s a print for everyone. One of my favorite pairs of leggings is pink with drawings of vintage cameras all over it. And if prints don’t float your boat, never fear…they sell solid colors too.

They are easily purchased. 
We’re all busy, right? You can buy a whole new wardrobe just by browsing Facebook groups on your lunch break.

You can support your friends who are working hard at a side hustle. 
As we’ve discussed, it’s hard to balance working a full-time job and a side hustle. Make the hard work worth it for those who are doing it.

There’s LuLaRoe for men and kids too! 
In a true showing of gender equality, LuLaRoe defies the direct sales stereotype of catering only to women. While women are clearly the target market, it’s great to see the brand’s inclusiveness.

Have you purchased any LuLaRoe products? What has your experience been like? Let us know in the comments!