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Finding the right business for you

Now that you have decided you want to work for yourself, it is time to find the right business for you. There are thousands of options out there. It may seem difficult but its easier than you think.

First, what do you like? You can't sell or push a product you don't like or won't use. You can't become part of a company just because you think others will buy. If you won't buy, they won't buy. It is simple as that.

Are you wanting to work part-time or full-time. You need to be realistic in how many hours you wish to invest. Know how much time you are willing to put in. Don't start a business that will require a large amount of time when you are only willing to put in a few hours a week.

If you are not willing to hold parties do not start a business that thrives on this. This includes Tupperware, Partylite, Pampered Chef. A party plan company requires you to hold parties. If you won't do a party or not good with parties, stay away from party plans.

If you are not good with people, do not sell a product that requires you to spend time with customers. You will be uncomfortable and your sales will suffer.

What sales methods are allowed? Can you create and choose your own advertising or only company approved? What advertising restrictions are in place. If you can work with this great. If not, don't work with it.

Do your research. You do not want to join a company with a bad reputation or with products you don't agree with. Joining, selling, then discovering you have an issue does not work.

How do you get paid? When do you get paid? Are you comfortable with this? If you aren't comfortable that particular company will not work for you. Commission can be anything from monthly checks to you get it up front with no worry of waiting for a check. Know how it works before you join and find you can't work with their system.

What is the start up cost? How much does it cost to maintain? Many forget there is more than just the start up cost you need to look at. Look at the cost of monthly website is provided, business cards, catalogs, brochures, samples, etc.

Don't jump in just because you are in a scramble to make income now. Take your time, do your homework, and find the right business for you.

Olivia Vidal
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