Whether you watched the fireworks on the Sydney Harbor Bridge this New Year’s Eve or was in bed by 10 p.m., one thing is certain: The New Year is here, and with it comes a chance for change.
It’s a time to reflect on what works best for you and reset your course for the coming year. Research shows that 41 percent of Australians usually make New Year’s resolutions, and after spending the holidays indulging in food and festivities, it’s not surprising that the most popular resolutions include weight loss, improved fitness and healthier eating.
As the holiday bills start coming in, it’s also common for people to focus on getting their finances into better order. The Australian Government discovered in a survey of working Australians, that nearly half of the adults don’t have enough cash on hand to pay for a $400 emergency.
If that’s a concern for you, consider joining the millions around the World, who have found ways to make money in addition to their main source of income. Common options include waiting tables, working retail, becoming a rideshare driver and direct selling.
Direct selling, also called direct-to-consumer sales, has been around for over 160 years, and companies like WorldVentures, Avon, Tupperware and Amway have been offering new business opportunities to independent sales representatives since they opened. The direct sales business is still booming. In 2016, it was estimated that 107 million people around the world were involved in direct selling, creating annual retail sales of USD $183 billion. The Asia Pacific region represents the largest market, accounting for 46% of all global sales.
Direct Selling Australia (DSA) Statistics compiled in 2016 suggest:
- DSA member companies achieved $1.6 billion (AUD) in annual sales
- Approximately 641,000 independent salespeople were engaged with members
- Women account for 74% of the direct selling sales force
- Complementary healthcare products account for 33% of DSA members’ sales
- Cosmetics and personal care products account for 22% of DSA members’ sales
- Household goods account for 27% of DSA members’ sales
- Direct Selling in Australia has experienced steady growth in retail sales over the past 4 years.
Is working in direct sales right for you? Benefits of working in the industry can include:
- Flexibility — You determine your schedule, and you choose to work as many — or few — hours as you want. If you have a knack for direct selling, you could ultimately make it your main source of income.
- Personal Growth and Development — Take advantage of the tools and training offered by your direct selling company to help you build your business.
- Companionship — Connect with fellow sales representatives and prospective customers, any of which can lead to lasting relationships.
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