When you are thinking about joining a direct sales company there are many things that you should look into. Of course, there are many other items that might be relevant to your search but these are some of the main ones.
Signup Fees – How much is it going to cost to get going? Is there a way you can earn any of these fees back or get your kit for free? Is there an application fee regardless of earning your kit for free? What do you get for the fee?
Renewal Fee – Is there a renewal fee that you have to pay each year to continue being a consultant with the company?
Website – With the Internet being such an integral part of our lives, a website is becoming necessary. Do you get a website for customers to shop on? If so, what is the cost and how long is that for? How much is shipping off this site for your customers? Can you build your own website and link to this one for people to shop? Can you host and do parties through this website?
Supplies – What types of supplies are necessary? This would be items such as catalogues, order forms or other paperwork. For the basics such as catalogues, how much will they cost you and how often do you need to purchase them? How much do other supplies cost such as order forms? Do you need to buy new product every 3, 6 or 12 months?
Quotas – Are there quotas with this company? If so, what are they? How often? What happens if you do not make them, not only to yourself, but to any team that you may have accumulated? Does the company remind you in advance if you are below your quota?
Commission – How much commission do you make when you make a sale? Do you get the money right away or a month later? Is that the maximum you can earn or does it go up as your sales increase? If you build a team, how much commission do you make from them? Do you have to do something in regards to sales to earn this?
Credit Cards – Can you accept credit cards through your company or do you have to get your own credit card account? If the company handles them for you, do they charge you anything? If you have to get your own credit card processing account, make sure to compare monthly/yearly fees, and the fees for processing each card.
Perks – What kind of perks does the company offer? Many direct sales companies have monetary incentives throughout the year or ways to earn free product. You can typically earn a trip for free by making certain sales or recruiting levels, or earn some jewellery. Some companies offer car and home allowances once you get quite high up on the company ladder.
Training – What kind of training does the company provide you with? Is your upline expected to do it all or will the company provide materials? If so, what is provided and how do you access it?
You will likely want the answers to most, if not all of these, before making a decision. Occasionally you find a company you fall in love with, and nothing matters, but you should still find out all the details you can, as otherwise it can end up horribly. You should have no difficulty finding a company that will meet your requirements once you do a bit of research.