By Jodie Lynn
I lost my job last year and for the life of me can't seem to find much of anything. I have done a small amount of typing for various companies but most jobs are temporary and only a few hours each week. I enjoy working from home and was wondering if there are reputable companies through which I could sort of be my own boss and still try to make a reasonable amount of money. There are more opportunities now than a few years ago but I am tired of thinking a company or product to be the next big thing only to later find out it's not or that the company behind it is untrustworthy. Please help.
ANSWER FROM READER:
I used to sell Avon. I found that it's better to get a group of people as regular clients, instead of perhaps going door to door. For example, I had four retirement centers that I went to every two weeks. They not only bought things for themselves but also for their friends and family. I asked permission from the Activity Director if I could implement my show-and-tell series into the events that were already planned. In the beginning, it was done on a probationary period. However, the ladies enjoyed it so much that it soon became a part of their schedule. I made many friends and looked forward to seeing and visiting each individual. If you like meeting new people and want a wide array of great products, with an awesome company who offers a money back guarantee, try Avon. - Lizzy G. in Dallas, TX
Depending on what you think you might be interested in, there's a world of goods at your fingertips to explore through direct sales. There are in-home parties you or a friend can host selling everything from jewelry, candles, books, vitamins, clothing, skin care products, cookware, and much more. In fact, the industry trade group Direct Selling Association claims that direct sales are around a $29 billion a year market. The one thing that is a must-do is to research each, individual company. Be sure that you ask a lot of questions before ever getting involved. For example, be upfront by telling them you are interested in making money instead of building up points for free or discounted products. Some will offer both. Ask how much money you can realistically make the first year. Take any costs into consideration before making a long-term commitment: travel time, gas, refreshments, etc. Ask for referrals and call, or visit if possible, each one. Try to utilize the products or items yourself. If you ever feel like a company sounds more like a pyramid scheme, go online and find out exactly what is involved in one. See www.pyramidschemealert.org for complete details. There is also a site you might be interested in visiting for the top 100 home party companies. Check out http://homepartycompanies.gotop100.com/ for more information.
CAN YOU HELP?
My nine-year-old daughter confessed to me that she and a friend have been stealing small items from stores. Although she is begging me not to tell the other mom, I feel like it is necessary. However, the girl's mom never believes anything anyone tells her about her spoiled little daughter. What should I say or do?
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