As every working mum knows September means the start of the new school year, and the kids heading back to the classroom after the summer break.
For many mums, with the kids out of their hair, this time of year brings a chance to explore new earning opportunities. With the kids occupied once again, direct selling offers working mothers a flexible, independent way to supplement their family income.
Direct selling has low start-up costs, and offers mums the opportunity to choose their own flexible hours to fit around their family commitments.
Direct selling is a people business and many mums not only enjoy and embrace the social side of direct selling, but excel at the sales side because of the opportunities to sell to their ready-made networks of other parents.
Having been involved in the industry for many years, I would advise all direct sellers to pick a company that sells products they are interested in and can relate to. If you are passionate about health and wellbeing, there are companies like Nikken or if you love children’s clothing, organisations like Captain Tortue.
Whichever company you choose, it’s important to make sure they are reputable and responsible. All members of the Direct Selling Association (DSA) have to commit to follow a strict Code of Practice which is approved by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) â€“ so looking out for the DSA logo when you choose which company to work with is very important.
The DSA website has a list of all DSA approved member companies, so is a good first step to finding the right company for you. For more information see www.dsa.org.uk
By Paul Southworth, Director General of the Direct Selling Association