Direct sales can be a lucrative career for any working woman. Many take on a direct sales position as a way to add supplemental income to their households. The top direct sales positions for women generally involve selling the products away from a fixed location. Many different products could be sold through the direct sales method.
Plastic Food Storage sales
One large company has been synonymous with direct sales since 1946. This company invented the party-based model of direct selling that many other companies now follow. As of 2010, it has nearly 2 million associates in nearly 100 countries across the globe.
Avon has a long history in marketing. The company, which was once the California Perfume Co., has now become one of the most well-known direct sales companies. About 5 million representatives from 143 countries push Avon products worldwide.
Many customers have an interest in using environmentally safe products in their everyday lives. Companies such as Meleleuca market naturally based, teal oil-based products for skin care, personal care and home care through person-to-person marketing.
Direct sales company Home Interior and Gifts has been in the home decor direct sales business for more than 50 years and employs more than 100,000 associates worldwide. The company uses both the party method and face-to-face marketing to build its clientele.
Toys and Books
Usborne Books and Discovery Toys have been direct selling children's books and toys for decades. A great sales pitch is to tell them that they would not be able to find these products at retail stores. A good time to really push these sales would be in the months leading up to the holidays.
Since the 1980s, Pampered Chef has reinvented the party method to its own brand of in-home display, called the Kitchen Show. The show is meant to demonstrate how well the products can be incorporated into customers' lifestyles. Pampered Chef has more than 60,000 consultants all over the world.
Scrapbooking is a great hobby for people who want to preserve their photographs in a neat and decorative way. Companies like Creative Memories sell their products through the party method in a relaxed environment.
While some companies sell limited skin care products, others have their own entire line. Arbonne International and Rodan and Fields both sell special products for people who want to improve their appearance. Arbonne sticks strictly to person-to-person marketing while Rodan and Fields employ selling in home parties.
Women -- and especially mothers -- make great direct sales consultants for baby products because they know how useful the products could be. For example, Baby Crazy has a variety of mommy must-haves like diaper bags and play sets as well as starter kits.
Kirby Vacuum Cleaners
A direct sales company since the 1920s, Kirby sells a high-end vacuum cleaner with multiple cleaning functions through door-to-door demonstrating. According to the company's website, thousands have benefited from this sales model and have been able to own and operate their own independent Kirby distributorship.
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