Should I Start 2 Direct Sales Businesses?Posted by Deb Bixler
Question Received Last Week In My Inbox:
I am looking into 2 different direct sales businesses:
Dove Chocolate Discoveries and PartyLite. I expect to get the reorders from PartyLite, and Dove Chocolate: how could you resist?!
Do you recommend people trying to work 2 different business or choose just one?
Kim - Wannabe Direct Sales Professional
Start 2 Direct Sales Businesses, Deb’s Answer:
I think that it may be difficult to focus on 2 sales businesses at once although people do it all the time.
What Are Your Sales Goals?
Before you decide, think about your sales goals in starting a new business.
- Will this be a hobby or are you planning on creating a viable income?
Many companies have policies that prohibit you from doing 2 at once and others say it is OK as long as you do not move up the ladder to a leadership level.
Do your research and make sure it matches your sales goals. If your plan is to make a career out of direct selling or at least a viable income then you should look closely at the policy guidelines of each company you are joining to be sure that you can move up the ladder when working for two companies.
I guess candles and chocolate could go well together.
- Are you generally a multitasker? If so, then maybe the answer is yes… But it can definitely be tough focusing on 2 businesses at once.
For myself (offering healthy cooking and sales education) I find it difficult at times to separate my marketing messages and not confuse the potential client.
- Will marketing 2 different types of shows/products reduce the customer or hostess benefits?
At a show there are certain benefits that go along with hosting. Each guest only has a certain amount of money (and time). If you are conducting a PartyLite show and pushing Chocolate shows then you could be stealing benefits from your host and vice versa.
Could every show be both? Maybe… but probably not!
Is It OK To Start Two Direct Sales Businesses At Once?
Those are the kinds of questions you need to consider to decide if it is ok to start two direct sales businesses at once. The answers will be different for everyone!
This article goes into great detail on how to start a home party business and may help you with making your choices. The important thing is to pick a business that you can do long term with passion!
Consider all your options and do your company research carefully. Don’t be surprised later when you have 2 businesses booming and one asks you to step down or quit the other due to a policy that you were not aware of.
You must ask the questions that give you the answers you want.
What Is Your Opinion On Starting 2 Direct Sales Businesses?
Please comment below and tell us your opinion on starting two businesses at once.
- Are you running 2 direct sales businesses?
- What challenges are there for you?
- What is your advice to the wannabe direct seller who wants to start 2 direct sales businesses at once?