Is a “side hustle” for you?

It seems more and more often you have a friend, family member or aquaintance who asks you to join his/her  new network marketing, home based business, or “side hustle”.  So what do you say?

First, it’s hard to turn down a family member or good friend, especially without putting a damper on their parade.  Yes we can be happy and excited for them, but we really don’t want to “join” them.  So what should you do?

That’s the question of all time.  First you need to understand where they are coming from.

Some companies encourage you to “sign up” others.  In fact some companies encourage you to convert each customer to a “representative, distributor,  preferred customer, or consultant”.  These companies structure your compensation on the number of people you have signed up under you.  Essentially, your income is based on your friends and family becoming a part of your team.

Other companies encourage you to schedule “home parties”, when you go into your friends and family homes, share a few products and help them place an order, that gets delivered at a later date.  The person who hosts the party gets a percentage of the total sales as a credit towards their order.  The more people who attend the party, the more orders, the more money you make.

Other companies give you a “credit” on your purchase based on a percentage of what your friends and family order directly from the company through your referral. The more income you generate for the company, the bigger the discount you get.

So if you understand where your friends, family and even aquaintances are coming from when they ask you to join them, you can have a better reply.

I’ve actually been involved in many direct sales, network marking, home based business, “side hustle” companies over my life.  And each one filed a need I had at that time on my life.  Preferred  Customer status gave me the opportunity to save  money on products I was already using.  Home Parties gave me a chance to be around adults when my children were young.  Referal Link Companies allow me to purchase something I might not have ever tried.

Now that you have a better understanding will that change your response?  My biggest suggestion is to do your own research, try the products yourself, and learn as much as you can about the company before you give your answer.


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Published by Beauty & Bluejeans - Beauty for Rural Living

Monica is an  Independent Sales Representative from a small town (900 people) in central Idaho.  She has received awards for sales growth and awards sales levels of $20,000+ for the past several years.  She is a wife, a mother,  a grandmother, and RN.   She has built a social selling business both in person (traditional door to door) and online (with company sponsored e-store) 

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