While you are an independent consultant within your party plan, for my purposes here, someone who is independent is a person who gets a wholesale account and does their own thing. Which is better? Let us look at both.
Support – You have support from your upline, other consultants and the company.
Costs – Minimal costs to get started.
Research – The party plan does the research to help you determine what products should sell best. This may not be true in your particular region, but overall, the company feels these are the best products.
Brand – If you stay with your company for any amount of time, and there are other consultants, you will help to develop the company’s brand which will help to increase your business over time.
Technical – You do not have to set up your own website or find suppliers to buy product from.
Control – You control everything that you do – from your website, the products you sell and the price you sell them at.
Support – Chances are the wholesalers you are buying your product from will help you to a degree as they want you to keep buying from them, but they are not on the frontlines, you are.
Costs – The cost of getting setup and running varies depending on what you are selling and how much product you want to offer. Expect to spend several hundred at a minimum for product and then you likely will need a website. If you plan to sell like a party plan, you will also have to come up with incentives, etc which will come out of your own pocket.
Research – You will need to figure out what types of product are going to sell where you live and where you are selling as well as a good price point.
Brand – Consider yourself starting from the ground up, as you have no personal store brand to assist you. Your product may have its own brand which will help you to get started, but it may not carry you that far.
If you are looking for simple and easy, a party plan is likely the way to go. But if you prefer to do things yourself, then being totally independent may be your preference.