Good Working From Home Companies

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Registered: 11-22-2012
Good Working From Home Companies
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Thu, 11-29-2012 - 9:15pm

I'm looking to start working from home but wouldn't know where to begin since there are so many scams out there. I thought about Avon but didn't feel 100% about it since i'm not a big fan of the product.

Any suggestions?

Thanks!

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Registered: 05-29-2012
Tue, 12-04-2012 - 1:47pm

Hi Bored17,

There are indeed a lot of scams, and most of them want you to pay them, or promise outlandish income. Were you thinking of starting your own business, or working on contract for someone else, or joining a program like Avon? 

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Registered: 04-08-2008
Tue, 12-11-2012 - 2:30pm

Hi Bored!

Welcome to the board! You're definitely correct; there are a lot of scams out there. But, there are also a lot of reputable, well established companies who offer direct sales opportunities. If you are interested in sales, consider what types of products you, yourself are drawn to. You mentioned Avon... if you like cosmetics but aren't particularily fond of Avon products, there are other companies, such as Mary Kay, or Arbonne that are well known. And if cosmetics aren't your thing, there are tons of other products... anything from home decor and kitchen ware to coffee and jewelry. I did a quick search on google for direct sales companies for women and found quite a list! Here's one link that lists five top ones, along with info on each. 

It's always good to really like and enjoy the products you're planning on selling, so take some time to consider what really catches your eye and your interest... and maybe even start a list of people you know who might be interested in becoming a customer, or how you want to sell. For instance, do you have any groups you can market to? Would you be interested in hosting product parties or selling at a local flea market/vendor event? All those things should be considered, too. Never hurts to kind of have a sketch of goals, kwim?

When you find something specific that you're interested in, research the company and see what kind of reputation they have. And feel free to come back here and let us know what you're considering; we'll be happy to share our experiences/knowledge and even see what kind of information we may can help find!

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Registered: 06-01-2008
Sun, 12-16-2012 - 9:05pm

Hi Bored!

Like the other strings here, I agree, there are a TON of Scams. I know becuase I had looked into them. They promise everything and produce absolutely nothing sometimes even charging you thousands of $$$. When I was looking for something that I could do to bring home an income,I had some pretty steep expectations. I wanted to be part of a company who had a proven track record(many years in business). I wanted a company who was respected in the business world. I wanted to only find a company with a A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau(BBB). That was important for me. I also knew what I didn't want to do. I am not a saleswoman so I didn't want to sell anything to anyone, I didn't want to carry inventory, I didn't want to make deliveries of products all around town, and I didn't want to collect money, and I wanted a business with No RISK!. I did however, want something that was fun, allowed me to interact with others, be part of a community of other women, and work around my family's schedule. I wanted a business that could yield a real, reliable monthly income that my family could count on.  Well guess what? I FOUND IT! I found a business that I can be proud of and have found success helping others. I encourage you to look into what I do, and see if it would be a great fit for you too! Happy searching!

 

Amy - Mommy to four little ones 9 and under

Moms Helping Moms Work From Home Without Selling

www.Enhancingfamilies.com

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Registered: 12-29-2012
Sat, 12-29-2012 - 4:05pm

I do Mary Kay and I have to say that it is the best business a woman can do.  They have the highest commissions, there are rewards, incentives, cars, advancement, health insurance, and you get to be your own boss.  Check it out. 

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Registered: 01-20-2013
Sun, 01-20-2013 - 8:36am

I would just say to do your research! Talk to others that are in the same field. NOTHING comes easy or for FREE. If you want to move from working outside the home to working from home...you can. With hard work and lots of time. Good luck

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Registered: 01-21-2013
Mon, 01-21-2013 - 3:05pm

A very important thing to first consider is what are you good at or what you would enjoy doing?  For example I became a work at home mom when my first child was born (almost 16 years ago.. uggh!) by doing what I was doing full time prior to having him.  I was a full time travel agent and was able to turn that into my home business.

My agency has others working with it and came from all different backgrounds but the ones who are successful tend to be ones that enjoy working with people because in a sales job you have to be willing to get out there and talk to get business.  Someone who is an intervert who can't sell themselves won't be good at a sales type of business (ie Avon, Mary Kay, etc..) So keep that in mind.

Many women have skills they can turn into a business or a way to work from home.  When I first was at home I also watched a few children part time for other moms.  This helped supplement our one income family and allowed me time to develop my home travel agency business.

So just because Sally is good at Avon, doesn't mean it is the right fit - just as I get people who want to be travel agents and they realize it just isn't their right type of business.  If you are able to do some real soul searching to see what interests you, what you enjoy etc.. it will really help you in determining what is right for you. 

Any business that tells you that everyone succeeds is not telling the truth.  You have to be a right fit for any type of business you might decide to venture into.

Jennifer Dugan

Owner of Dugan's Travels

Jennifer Dugan

Owner of Dugan's Travels