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Make Money as an At Home Sales Consultant

Updated on October 5, 2010

Make Money at Home

Whether you're a stay at home mom, single adult, working parent, college student, or anyone in-between, you may be trying to figure out how to make money at home. You probably want something that's not going to cost you a fortune to start up, and it's going to be able to work around your current schedule.

Well, if that sounds like something you're interested in, you may want to consider becoming a sales consultant.

There are many different companies that offer at home sales consultant positions, so you don't have to fall back on selling make-up, tupperware, or adult novelty products. You can sell just about anything from clothes, books, children's toys, purses and accessories, cooking supplies, and home decor.

The great thing about becoming an at home sales consultant is that you can work around your own schedule, whether that be with school, regular day job, children, and household duties. You get to meet new people, have fun, and of course make money selling products.

How to Become a Successful At Home Sales Consultant

If you are sticking with me, and you are still considering becoming a sales consultant, you may want to consider some of the following tips so that you can become a successful at home consultant.

1. Ask the company questions before signing up. You don't want to jump right in, just to find out that what you think you'll be selling really isn't what you thought it was. You also want to make sure that the company has good customer service and real odds at earning money.

  • Do the products have to be kept in inventory at my home, or do I order as my customers order?
  • What is the minimum order that I need to place to keep my account open?
  • How often am I required to place an order? (Once a month or every other month?)
  • What percent of the sale do I actually earn?
  • Do you provide a free website for consultants to be able to sell online, or is that something that I must do on my own?
  • What style home parties do I conduct? (Are they based on the company's history, the products that are being sold, or is the party more mingle and greet oriented?)
  • Do I have to host parties?
  • By what means am I allowed to sell products? (Personal website <if one isn't offered>, eBay, etc.)

2. If the company is what you're looking for, ask about a starter kit. Which do they recommend? Which is the most beneficial?

3. Go ahead, sit down, and get ready. Instead of wasting time while waiting on your information and starter kit, go ahead and fill the time making a list of people that may be interested, as well as what snacks to serve, what games to play, and the overall premise to your party.

4. Get your theme book started, set up your schedule book, open a business account to keep your sales money separate from other money, get a business tax ID (if needed), and get all your basics taken care of.

5. You want to stay organized.

6. Host home parties, catalogu parties, theme parties, and any type of party you can think of.

7. Spread the word at work about the products that you have. Use your own products so people can ask you where you got that purse from or what you use to clean with. You want to set the example. If you don't use your own products, how are you supposed to properly promote and sell to someone else?

8. Set up a website, whether the company provides you with one or you purchase your own.

9. Get your name out there and associated with your products. Blog if you have to in order to get your name out. Do whatever you have to do. Try to get a hold of other consultants for other products, so that you can do party swaps and meet friends selling other products, which will help you and them get their names out. How many times have you heard someone say, "I know where you can get this great product; it's exactly what you've been looking for to **. Do you want the name and number?"

10. Ask permission first, but try leaving your catalogues with your name, number, and other information in various locations, to include doctor's offices, the dentist, waiting rooms, retirement homes, etc. Try finding locations where you think people who may be interested in your products will be.

Please list any other tips and consultant jobs you know without listing your personal links (Comments with personal links will be denied.)

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    • AllSuretyBonds profile image

      AllSuretyBonds 6 years ago

      Nice Hub. This is great information and advice for someone who is interested in making money from home. There are a lot of great opportunities out there. The key is to stay organized, surround yourself with lots of people and do a lot of researching beforehand.

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Very good advice for someone looking to make money out of their home. There is a buyer for every product out there. The trick is to choose a product that attracts the most buyers. Thanks for sharing the great information.

    • GusTheRedneck profile image

      Gustave Kilthau 7 years ago from USA

      Hi Whitney - this was an article full of good advice to folks wanting to work from home selling products to other individuals. Years ago I had a friend whose company produced computer systems and sold them through people who worked from their homes in the ways you described. So you are correct - if someone will buy something, others have to sell it, and the products can be either small or large, inexpensive or costly.

      Gus :-)))