Direct Selling and Wine. A Winning Combination.
We really like the Direct Selling Associations – Direct Selling 411 web site and their article about getting started in direct selling. Even better, we thought it might be great to respond to the information and questions in the article so you would have all the correct information if you are considering an Independent Traveling Vineyard Consultant career.
Here is their article and our answers.
If you’re interested in becoming a direct selling consultant, here are the basic steps involved in getting started:
The first step is to identify a company and product or service that appeals to you. There’s no right or wrong answer, because the choice is different for every person. But, a good place to start is choosing a product or service that you use yourself.
That is why we love wine. Do you? If you are a wine enthusiast this career will probably be right up your alley. Are you social? Do you love being around people? This is a job our consultants love, not like, they love it.
Most established direct selling companies have Web sites that you can visit.
Of course we do. You’ve probably already found it. But just in case. It is travelingvineyard.com. Make sure to dig in to all of our information – there is lots of it. And if you want a deeper dive into what we are all about fill out the information box on any page to become a consultant and we will provide you with 10 in depth links to really get the mojo started. Click the Get Started Today button below. Just fill out the information box that asks you “Put me in touch with an experienced leader” and we’ll give you a lot more stuff to digest.
You should also check with the local Better Business Bureau and state consumer protection agencies to see if a company in which you’re interested has had any complaints filed against it. If so, what was the nature of those complaints and how were they handled?
We are a proud member of the Better Business Bureau. Check out our A- rating (it’s only A- because we have only been around as The NEW Traveling Vineyard since 2010) . We don’t plan on having a lower rating, so there is only one place to go! And that is up!
If you know anyone who works (or has worked) as a direct sales representative for the company, talk to them about his or her experiences. If possible, try to talk with someone who has similar goals and objectives so experiences and lessons will be comparable.
Be sure to ask as many questions as you need to get a good feel for the company, its products and its policies and procedures. If the person recruiting you can’t answer all of your questions call the company directly. Any reputable company will be happy and available to talk with you. Ask for copies of any company literature (and read it!) and check out the company’s web site.
You might also want to check out what others have to say about the company. You’re sure to find a great deal of negative information about many companies online. Be sure to consider this information in the context of your research, but be careful about being swayed by biased information from unreputable sources. At the same time that the Internet has become a resource for gathering information, it also tends to be a breeding ground for negativity and information taken out of context.
We agree. We also have a number of stories to tell you and those are written in our blogs. Here’s a few that may be very important to you.
- We Believe in the direct selling opportunity
- Great Wines Equals Satisfied Customers
- Did the Company go bankrupt? The answer is yes, find out the real story.
Questions You Should Ask.
Before you sign up, be sure to ask questions about the following:
- Start up costs. The start up costs in direct selling companies are generally modest – usually the cost of a sales kit – and are often less than $100. Legitimate companies want to make it easy and inexpensive for you to start. On the contrary, pyramid schemes make their money through fees paid by new recruits or by loading inventory and/or training aids on them. High entry fees should be a warning sign.
Check our current start up costs.
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- Unsold inventory. Be sure to ask how much inventory (if any) you will be required to purchase and what the terms of return are if you decide to leave the business. DSA member companies, for example, are required to buy back unsold marketable inventory and sales aids purchased within the prior 12 months if you decide to quit the business, for at least 90 percent of the price you paid for them. Beware of opportunities that encourage “front end loading,” or buying large inventories of unreturnable products to reach achievement levels or receive a “special” or larger “discounted” price.
We love the fact that there is NO INVENTORY requirement. Our party plan model allows you to demonstrate our products and never have to own inventory (as a matter of fact it’s not allowed).
- Compensation. Is the money you’ll earn based on the sale of products or services? The answer should be “absolutely.” This is a key element of a legitimate business. Direct selling, like other methods of retailing, depends on selling to customers who use and/or consume the product. This requires quality products and services sold at competitive prices in quantities that can reasonably be used and/or resold. Beware of any business that claims you can get rich by solely using their products or by recruiting new people into the business.
Once you submit your inquiry form to us we will connect you to our compensation plan at a glance. One of our experienced leaders will discuss our plan with you in depth if you are interested.