Oops, I Did It Again! Why I Joined Direct Sales After Multiple Failed Attempts.
Earlier in this series I mentioned that I was pretty skeptical about Direct Sales. This was mostly based on the fact that I had had multiple unsuccessful attempts at it over the years.
I gradually warmed up to the idea of attending parties and purchasing products from people who operated a direct sales company. I really loved all the products, but I was still skeptical about the business model and whether it actually worked or not. Little did I know my mind was about to be changed.
Early this summer my mother in law was hosting a jewelry party for her friend. I went because I thought it would be fun and I wanted to support them both by attending. I checked everything out online briefly ahead of time and to be honest I wasn’t all that impressed, but I went anyways.
When I was there, as each piece was being shown, I got to see them and try them on. I liked what I saw and kept thinking about how much my friends or family would like different pieces.
Because of that I decided to host a party. I didn’t realize there were host benefits, I just wanted everyone to see the fun jewelry that I figured they would all love.
After my party, I was told to pick out some free items, hostess only items and up to 4 pieces at half price. Wow! I was not expecting that! It took me quite a while to decide on what to pick because as I looked through the catalog and had a chance to try things on, I realized how many of the pieces I really liked for myself. In the catalog, the pieces were styled nicely together, so I could see how things looked on and together as a complete look. It was very different than seeing them online.
I’ve always liked jewelry, but for budget reasons and practicality with little children I’ve kept it to very basic pieces, and occasionally pieces for special events. So, it was exciting to be able to pick some pieces for fun and for free!!
When I mentioned to the director that it was hard to decide because I liked them all, that’s when she said to me “that’s when you start selling it”. This comment got my wheels turning as my hubby and I had been discussing the pros and cons of me going out to get a job. We were trying to figure out how that would affect the family dynamic, homeschooling and the bottom line.
I didn’t intend to join a direct sale company ever again, considering my track record with that business model, but I did like the jewelry and it didn’t seem all that hard to do. There wasn’t a bunch of ingredients to memorize or fancy, elaborate displays. It sounded fairly simple to do and I got to have fun selling some beautiful items. Truth is, they pretty much sold themselves.
Being one that asks lots of questions, I decided to seriously look into it. I asked questions about the company, the products, pay structure, costs, host and director benefits. What did I have to lose?
Now I didn’t decide right away, after hosting, to join Park Lane Jewelry; it took me a little while to go over it all, weighing the pros and cons, but I was impressed. I was impressed with the company, their standards, products and guarantee, the pay structure, the way they treated their customers, directors and hosts.
I ended up coming up with more pros than cons, and I really didn’t have anything to lose. Even if I had to pay for my kit, I ended up with some beautiful pieces of jewelry that I would wear for a long time.
For many years I have not worn a lot of jewelry. Not because I didn’t like it, but because of the stage of life I was at with my kids, it wasn’t practical. I always admired women that looked so put together and knew how to accessorize. To be honest I wasn’t quite sure how to put it all together; I would gravitate towards earrings or the occasional bracelet because those seemed easy and I found them less intimidating.
After mulling it over and talking about it at length with my husband, we decided I should go for it. It would be an opportunity to earn some income, work from home and have some adult time out in the evenings.
I signed up, ordered my kit and spent time watching online training. Once I had my kit I booked my first show.
My first show was a HUGE success and I was excited and encouraged to keep going. In a couple of hours, I was able to make the same amount in commissions as I would’ve if I had worked 25 hours at minimum wage. What!!??
I’m excited about Park Lane Jewelry and there is so much I love about the company! It’s fairly new to Canada, so it has a lot of room to grow, but it has a long track record with over 60 years’ operating in the US, which is a huge benefit.
In all honesty though, I am not working the business like a business. I did for a little while, but I already spend 30+ hours a week on all things Plum Cheeky Solutions, plus homeschooling and keeping the home. I will do a party for anyone who asks, but I am not actively looking. It is possible to build this as a business if it was my sole focus, but it is not and I am not willing to give up Plum Cheeky Solutions.
I decided to “interview” myself regarding Park Lane and included it in the Best Work at Home Jobs for Moms series. It is a great company and I have seen the financial benefits of working the business. This may be an opportunity that someone is looking for.
If you are looking to make some extra income, to work from home and have your own business, then check all of the interviews in the series out and see if there’s something that would work for you.
See my interview for Park Lane Jewelry here.