Finding a Direct Sales Sponsor

Whether you are new to direct sales, or you are switching companies, it’s important that you have a good sponsor/upline to work with.  There are several things that you can do to make sure that you have someone who will be there to assist you and help you get the most out of your business.

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Group of business people (Photo credit: SalFalko)

Once you have found a potential sponsor, the first thing you should do is talk to them.  Send them an email, call them, and use whatever your preferred method of communication is.   Consider this an interview and do not be afraid to talk to a few people.  I always find it telling how fast they reply to my emails and if it has taken a while, if they offer an explaination.

Things to ask in regards to the company:

  • How do you make commission – Can you increase your rate with monthly sales?  Recruiting? Fundraisers?
  • Do you have to recruit?  What happens if you don’t?
  • If you want to do fundraisers, are there any conditions/requirements to be allowed?
  • Are there quotas to make – monthly, quarterly, yearly?
  • How do you process credit cards?
  • Do you have to pay to have a consultant website?
  • Can you do parties online?

Do not be afraid to ask a potential sponsor about their own business.  This could be one of the most telling things about them and to help you with your decision. If they refuse to answer anything about their own business, then chances are they will not be a lot of assistance to you.

  • How many parties/events do they do a month?
  • Are they as busy as they would like to be?
  • How many team members do they have?
  • What sort of training do they offer?
  • What level are they with the company and what does that entail?  (sales requirement, team requirement)
  • How can you get a hold of them if you are at a party and need help?

If you do not get along with this person over the phone, then chances are this will not be a good match.  If they never reply to your emails, move on to someone else, as you need someone who will respond.

Don’t forget to look them up on Facebook or other sites and see what you can see.  Some people constantly post about their business, but you may find some people rarely mention it.  This may simply be because they have a fanpage instead and keep the two separate but it is good to know.

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