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When looking to work from home, direct selling may be one of the ways that you come across. Direct selling, by definition, is marketing and selling of products directly to consumers away from a fixed retail location. I interviewed five very different women and researched the benefits and setbacks of direct selling. My main question was “Is it possible to create a livable income with this business venture”?
The research and responses I received were all different, but *SPOILER ALERT* it IS possible, but it isn’t for everyone.
First, I’d like to introduce the five amazing women I interviewed during my search:
Tracey Stoeckel– Mom, blogger, and maker of things. 43 years old and a single mom to two incredible teens. Owner of Little Ruby Soap & Candle Co for 16 years. Direct sells with Thirty-One gifts(check out her Facebook page here)
Lauren Kaplan– Owner of a price comparison website for DIY moving trucks and full-time employee at an engine sales company. 29 years old wife, and also a mother to a 3-year-old kitty. Direct sells for Arbonne and Norwex part-time for supplemental income.
Melanie Etheridge– Virtual assistant and graphic designer who works from home. Beachbody coach and also revolves her business around helping out other Beachbody coaches. 47-year-old wife and mother of four homeschooled children. She can be found on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Portia Davenport– Waitress and mother to a one-year-old toddler. Sold Scentsy part-time, but no longer participates in direct selling.
Joleen Rae Hottel– Has worked in finance for ten years. 47-year-old mother of one, and a wife. Started selling Mary Kay in the 90’s, and now sells for Rodan & Fields(you can also find her on Facebook here).