Work From Home Business Opportunities

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A Great Opportunity

Direct Selling is an ideal way to start a business of your own and offers many unique opportunities. It's a method of selling goods directly to the consumer and is the UK's largest provider of part time earnings. It is usually made face to face - either where a product is demonstrated in the home or a catalogue is left with the customer.

The Growth of Direct Selling

Over the past decade, a steadily growing proportion of the UK population have become attracted to the idea of having their own small home business. Not only as an alternative to conventional employment, coping with early retirement or as a way of supplementing a family income, but also for the sheer satisfaction of being an entrepreneur and being rewarded solely on the basis of achievement.

The vast majority of manufacturers or suppliers of consumer goods and services would, were it possible, prefer to deal directly with their retail customers. This is precisely what Direct Selling is all about and why it is a growing sector of the home shopping market, with annual sales exceeding £2 billion.

These opportunities are designed to appeal to men, women and couples across every social and racial group. One of the great attractions of a Direct Selling business is that the commitment is entirely flexible. It can be just a few hours a week or, for some, a full time occupation. It is, for example, a perfect opportunity for women to return to work, as it fits in with their family commitments.

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The Benefits Of Your Own Home Business
Direct selling only requires a very modest initial investment to start your own business - often less than £100. Considering that the average start up cost for a small UK business working from home is around £5,000 - the Direct Selling opportunity offers both the personal satisfaction of creating your own business and a minimal outlay.

Earn With Your Own Home BusinessDirect Selling owes its continuing success to the thousands of people of all ages and in all walks of life who want to be independent or to have a business of their own - in fact, in 2000, nearly one in five of all Direct Sellers were 50 or over. The earnings that can be expected from a Direct Selling business vary greatly - ranging from less than £1000 through to £50,000+ per year, dependent on the time and effort invested.

Earnings Potential
The earning opportunities for direct sellers normally come from two sources:
* SELLING THE PRODUCT - retail profits and commissions on personal sales of goods or services.
* BUILDING A TEAM – an optional opportunity to recruit, train and motivate other direct sellers and receive further rewards based on the sales activity of the team. The great attraction of direct selling is that it offers a flexible earnings opportunity where you are in control of the income you generate at the same time as working from home.

The majority of direct sellers spend little more than a few hours per week and earn under £1,000 pa. However, for the 30,000 plus full time women and men, incomes in excess of £50,000 pa are not exceptional. And incomes over £100,000 are not unheard of.

As in any business, this is an industry that rewards hard work and commitment. With a strong product and a sound business model, high incomes are possible but beware claims of exaggerated earnings. Speak
to as many distributors as you need to in order to satisfy yourself of the realistic potential for someone in a similar situation to yourself.

The Product
Select a business with a product that appeals to you. If you like the products, and feel they are fairly priced,
then you will find it easier to recommend them to others. This is a more important consideration than earnings claims.

Always ensure that you receive a proper written contract and that you understand it. A company's membership of the DSA is a good indication of legal compliance.

Initial Investment
Good direct selling businesses demand only modest investments. Beware of any invitation to invest in large amounts of stock in order to take a short cut to higher earnings and appointments. Typically, start up costs are between £50 and £200. This amount will buy you a business kit and a range of sample products. It is not necessary to buy goods before you have made any sales to consumers. Apart from catalogues and products for demonstration, there is rarely any requirement for direct sellers to hold stocks of products.

The Prime Minister
In a message to the Direct Selling Association in 1999, The Prime Minister, The Rt Hon Tony Blair MP, recognised
the tremendous contribution that direct selling makes to the overall prosperity of the economy and identified the fact that direct selling offers tremendous opportunities for women who want to combine family responsibilities and work.

Ideal Candidates
* Men and women who wish to supplement their individual or the family's income.
* Mothers for whom direct selling offers the perfect opportunity to return to work part time, as it fits in with their family commitments.
* Fundraisers who see the flexibility of direct selling as an ideal opportunity to make money for a chosen charity or good cause.
* People with physical disabilities who find it difficult to obtain conventional employment but want to take control of their working lives.
* Anyone who feels that they have been disadvantaged by their lack of qualifications or work experience and wants to achieve more from life.
* People who may have taken early retirement, but can't resist the opportunity to build new business and social networks.
*In 2006, almost a quarter of all direct sellers were age 50 or over.
* Business men and women who seek an opportunity to create their own success where rewards are commensurate with effort and ability and where there is no ceiling on earnings.

One to Watch
Over 400,000 people in the UK are now running their own small, medium and large direct selling businesses providing a valued service in their local communities. Many run their home businesses with their spouse or partner.

A direct selling opportunity offers the personal satisfaction of creating your own business with a minimal outlay. These opportunities are designed to appeal to men, women and couples across all ages, level of experience and social and ethnic groups.

Remote Employment is working to bring you as many work from home opportunities as possible so keep watching this page and the links offering work from home business ideas.


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