We all have one (or a few) of “those friends”. You know the one I am talking about. She is always filling up your social media feed with some sort of life changing announcement about a product she is is selling. Often our knee jerk reaction is to roll our eyes and keep scrolling or even delete or unfollow them.
When I was a new mom social media was just starting. I believe I joined Facebook when my oldest was still an infant. Before social media there were the “parties”. Oh how I dreaded getting an invite to those parties. I always felt guilted into going and then felt awful when I didn’t buy anything. Times have changed and now lots of these parties happen online.
Direct sales have kind of a bad rap among anyone who does not sell them. There are quite a few blog posts floating around the internet ripping into mom’s that do this type of business. When I lived back east it was even worse. A few months before I moved I did some direct sales and I experienced this firsthand. However since I have moved West the culture is different. As a result of this culture I have bought quite a few things from these mom’s and I have had sort of an epiphany that has completely changed my thoughts on direct sales.
Reasons Why I Don’t Hate Direct Sales
- It helps mom’s support their families – Have you ever stopped and really thought about this? I have a friend whose husband is about to quit his job of hard labor and help her with the business side of things including being home with the kids more. Why is he able to do that? Because she works in direct sales. Another friend of mine started direct sales while living in a friend’s basement. Now? She drives a Mercedes and she and her husband are homeschooling their children, together. Is it easy? No. However when I buy something from someone in direct sales the money goes directly to their family, not some big corporation.
- It gives mom’s an opportunity to learn, grow, get out of the house – sometimes being a mom is exhausting and lonely. These direct sales companies are not only providing an outlet for mom’s to connect but most of them also provide amazing business training. Women are learning so much about business, finances, sales, and so much more. Talk about empowerment!
- The products can be pretty amazing – I have found some products to be something I can’t live without. Lularoe legging are seriously the most comfortable things I have ever worn. Arbonne shampoo does something magical to my hair I can’t explain or replicate with any other brand I try. Doterra Digestzen makes living with digestive issues more bearable. Usbourne books are some of the most incredible books I have ever put my hands on. Pampered Chef stoneware is the only stoneware I bake in. Yes I can get leggings for a few bucks less at Target but they are no where near the same. No matter how many brands of less expensive shampoo I try, nothing compares to what the Arbonne shampoo does to my hair. Bottom line – some products are worth it.
- My money is going to something amazing – when I buy shampoo or leggings or oils from a friend instead of from a big box store I am not just giving money to a big corporation but perhaps to put towards their child’s swim lessons or their family vacation. If you want to take it to the next level when you buy from a local friend you are even putting money into the local economy. I have also had friends that use a direct sales company to raise money for mission trips or a friend in need. Just last week I attended an online party for Lularoe where a friend of mine donated all her hostess rewards to a friend that had lost lots of weight recently and needed new clothes. Lots of these companies also stand for fair labor for their overseas employees, natural living, or chemical free products.
Now of course, not every brand is for everyone. I have one brand in particular I really don’t care for, but that isn’t any different than preferring a different grocery store than your neighbor.
Worth a Second Glance
So the next time you see an invite from one of “those” friends maybe give it a try. Or make your friends day by offering to host an online party for them. It feels good to support a fellow mom, especially when you may find an awesome product you can’t live without. With the holidays approaching perhaps we could consider buying a few gifts from our friends? The past few weeks I have been toying the idea of possibly doing a little bit of sales myself (no promises though). It’s funny how perspective changes everything.
I asked a few of my direct sales friends to share one thing they love about the company they work for. Enjoy learning something new. I can personally vouch for each of the awesome ladies quoted below, so feel free to click on their names and check out what they do!
You actually make a sustainable full time income with Arbonne! And our products cannot be matched! Amazing people & amazing products that truly give you time freedom and financial freedom! -Christal Foreman
There is truly so much I love about doTERRA! But to keep it simple..they truly care about wanting to change people’s lives, either through health, financially, improving the lives of those who harvest and supply the oils, their healing hands foundation and so much more! They want to ensure that the oils they provide are pure, safe and sustainable in the market no matter the growth. They have been working with the NAHA to improve and educate safe usage of the oils! Plus the discounts and loyalty rewards program is fantastic…. And shipping is now reduced to $3.99!! DoTERRA is also 100% debt free, and has over a 65% retention rate! –Elizabeth Roberts
I like that Evolv helps change people’s health with a focus on gut health. I also like that we are ending global childhood malnutrition because every time you use a product, you are feeding a kid, and just one individual feeds 140 kids a month. –Bethany Wheeler
Over the past year, Lularoe has seen growth that is rarely seen in any industry. Still, every production worker overseas is paid equitably and are paid hourly rather than by piece so they can have a relaxed and enjoyable pace. This makes for less defects…a rate that is HALF that of the industry standard. – Laura Gaither
LuLaRoe not only helps me provide for my family financially, but I get so much more out of it than that. I get to help women find clothes they feel good in and that puts a big smile on my face. Many times I’ve met new moms who are in the post-partum stage and can’t find flattering, yet comfortable clothing, and they try on LuLaRoe and just LOVE how beautiful they look and feel in the clothes! It really is a company all about empowering women. – Carly Curry
Mary Kay empowers women and is the #1 selling cosmetic and skin care company having and in 2013 and 2014 had an increase each year over 1/2 billion wholesale, still privately owned and 100% debt free meaning job security. Plus there is the environmental side, 8 facilities in the US and they are zero landfill status, no animal testing for over 25 years and the MK foundation has 97% of donations go to ending domestic violence and curing cancers effecting women. -Autumn Nauahi
Pampered Chef is helping you enjoy the moments most important to you and yours by inspiring satisfying, stress-free meals, fit for the way you live. It evokes the joy of being together with those we love. Of bringing mealtime back home, without breaking a sweat. I love being able to show people quick easy meals to enjoy together! –Kelly Harr
Plexus is a debt fee company that has been listed in Inc 5000 top private companies for the last 2 years. We have less than 500,000 ambassadors which means we are still considered a start up. They give generously to their ambassadors and to outside charities. –Tiffany Langford
Rodan + Fields®
Rodan + Fields is about helping people create opportunities to change lives. The Prescription for Change (PFC) Foundation is at the very core of this mission. Since 2008, the company has been giving back through the foundation with the goal that everyone can empower change for themselves and in their community. The PFC Foundation helps students in need on their journey to becoming a prescription for change in their communities. In 2014, we partnered with buildOn to support its work of breaking the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education. To date, we have granted nearly $2 million in charitable gifts, sponsored more than 200,767 buildOn student program days and funded a new buildOn high school program in a distressed community. – Jaala Kirkley
Usbourne Books and More
USBORNE Books and More offer educational excellence and foster a love for reading in children of all ages. -Nicole Echols
With Vollara (Green Tech of Boise) Using NASA technology for green home solutions, our in-house team and our esteemed Medical & Scientific Advisory Board guides, tests and researches every component of every technology to ensure we are delivering solid, best-in-class products that fill real needs for green healthy homes! -Krissy Fulton
I love that the company created a foundation that supports emotional healing for women who were sexually abused. They offer a retreat for these women for free. Here is more information. http://youniquefoundation.org/ – Anna Herring