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WAHM > Direct Sales Articles > Growing a Real Business

Direct Sales Articles and Tips - How to Grow a Real Business

Treating your direct sales opportunity like a real business

When you join a direct sales opportunity, don't be deceived by the flexibility it offers.

It is important to remember that in order to succeed, you must treat your direct sales business like a real business.

Even though you have a lot of freedom to run your business the way you want, treating it like a real business will help ensure you see the results you desire.

What does it mean to treat your direct sales opportunity like a real business?

For one thing, you should set a schedule for yourself. Decide how many hours each week you will work on your business and what you will do during those hours. If you wait until you feel like working, or until the urge strikes you, your business will never get anywhere. There will always be something more important to do. For that reason, it is helpful to set a schedule and then stick to it.

The words we say often influence the decisions we make. When you speak to friends and family about your direct sales business, call it a business, not a hobby. That will communicate to you and everyone around you that you're taking this seriously.

Even though you have a credible, established company behind you, you cannot rely solely on them to make this opportunity work for you. You will have to take steps of your own, the same as any other business owner would. Write your own business plan and mission statement, and set your own vision for the future of your business. These will help keep you on course to success.

Recognize that you may need to use childcare. Direct sales is appealing because it can be worked around children's schedules. Realistically, though, your kids will not always conveniently be out of sight when you need to work. Whether it's for a party, planning, marketing, or following up with customers, there will be times when you need help with the kids. If you only work when they're napping or at school, your progress in your business will likely be slow and disappointing.

You will also need to market your business regularly. It is a good idea to include time for marketing in your daily schedule. Write plan for marketing your business. Then put them in your schedule and actually do them.

Create room in your home for your direct sales business. The above suggestions will help you create room in your life for your business. You will also need to create room in your home. You may need to store products. You will need to keep track of your paperwork, your marketing materials, and a place where you can comfortably talk on the phone and work on the computer. Even if you end up turning a closet into your office, it's important that you set aside the space you need.

When you treat your direct sales business like a real business, you will be more likely to see the success you want to achieve. They above suggestions will help you get on the right track.




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