Make Money with Direct Sales!

Considering becoming a direct seller?

Direct selling allows you to choose when and where you work, it involves little or no financial investment and you need no specific qualifications to begin since the company will train you and provide you with products and sales aids. Whether you're considering a product, service or a direct selling career for yourself, you should remember that the BDSA is always behind its member companies.

Considering an Opportunity?

Here's how to identify legitimate direct selling opportunities:

Startup costs should be minimal.

The startup fees in direct selling companies are generally modest - usually the cost of a sales kit. Companies want to make it easy and inexpensive for you to start. Pyramid schemes make their money through fees paid by new recruits or by loading inventory or training aids on them. High entry fees should be a warning sign.

Is the money you'll earn based on the sale of products or services?

The answer should be "absolutely." This is a key element of a legitimate business. Direct selling, like other methods of retailing, depends on selling to customers who use and/or consume the product. This requires quality products and services sold at competitive prices. Beware of any business that claims you can get rich by solely using their products or by recruiting new people into the business. You should also believe in the products or services you'll be selling.
Ask yourself, "Would I buy this product if I weren't in the sales organization?" If the answer to that is no, think twice about the opportunity.

How to Get Started:

Identify a company and product that appeal to you!

Check our list of member companies.

Identify a company and product that appeal to you!

Does "getting in on the ground floor" mean that everyone joining after you will be less satisfied or happy? A legitimate opportunity won't disappear overnight. Think long-term.

Ask questions!

About the company, its leadership, the products or services, start-up fees, realistic costs of doing business, average earnings of distributors, return policies, and anything else you're concerned about.

Get copies of all company literature!

And read it!

Consult with others who have had experiences with the company and its products!

Check to see if the products or services are actually being sold to consumers.

Investigate and verify all information!

Do not assume that "official looking" documents are accurate or complete or even produced by the company, as opposed to the person trying to recruit you.

Need help evaluating a company?

Check to see if the company in which you're interested is a member of the Direct Selling Association. If it is, you can be assured the company has pledged to abide by and uphold the BDSA Codes of Ethics.