Direct sales doesn’t always have the best reputation. Maybe it’s due to that one “annoying” consultant or to wrong associations with pyramid schemes. Or maybe it’s because of a misplaced assumption that direct selling isn’t a “real” job or that somehow what’s earned isn’t deserved.
I’ll admit, I used to wrestle with this subliminal misunderstanding.
But then one day it hit me:
That Thirty-One consultant/friend whom I love and adore, whose products I use on a daily basis, who has always had my utmost respect and admiration as a legitimate and good businesswoman? Direct sales.
That Norwex consultant who drove two hours to do a show in my home, to scrub my oven while I stood watching, in order to make money for the large family she wanted to expand further through adoption? Direct sales.
That Younique presenter whose sweet personality oozed through her Facebook posts, who made me fall in love with her product through her genuine belief, and who invested herself because she cared about me? Direct sales.
These are real people, with real lives, selling products I’ve found I can’t go without.
Whatever your thoughts about direct sales, it’s pretty undeniable that these companies — and the moms and dads representing them — have supplied a lot of legitimately great products to our lives.
Here are a few of my favorite direct sales products that I use on a regular basis.
Young Living Essential Oils
I do not claim to understand how these blessed things work, but I do know they’ve seen us through some of the toughest coughs and colds, brought quick healing to (or relief from) little aches and pains, and supplied comfort to our minds and bodies.
The Pampered Chef
How long has this company been around, anyway?! I bet most of us have at least one Pampered Chef thing in our kitchens right now. A few of my favorites are the wooden spoons that I use EVERY day and the Double Burner Griddle I got for a great price by hosting a cooking show!
There was a period of time when I was kind of obsessed with Thirty-One. I would pour through the catalog, envisioning ways I could organize my home with their products. And I have to say, everything I have purchased from Thirty-One has remained a functional staple in my daily life.
I was a skeptic of this line until I saw it in person. Not all of the styles, fabrics, or prints are for me—as is true in any boutique—but I have certainly found some pieces I love. The solid colored leggings are a staple for sure, and a few Irmas and Perfect Tees have found their way into my wardrobe as well.
Remember that Younique presenter whose product and personality I loved? Well, until “meeting” her I was among those who would never be in direct sales (Ha!). But the makeup and the opportunity were just too good, so two years ago, I joined the company as a Presenter myself. (Never say never. 😉 ) The famous Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes were my gateway drug, but I’ve since become an avid user of all of it. A few of my personal favorites include the Brow Liner and Brow Gel, the BB Flawless Complexion Enhancer, and the new Royalty skin care line.