Do you want to work from home but don't want to start your own business? By working for a direct-selling or multi-level marketing company, you can earn money and set your own hours while selling to the customers of your choice, like family members and neighbors. Find out if working with this company is right for you.
Name of company: The Tupperware Corporation, headquartered in Orlando, Florida
What it does: Tupperware is one of the world's leading direct sellers, supplying food storage, preparation and serving items to consumers. The products range from the classic plastic storage containers associated with the company to microwave cookers, knives and kids' toys.
How long it's been around: Earl Tupper, a plastics chemist, created the first piece of Tupperware in 1942.
How it works: A prospective consultant pays an initial start-up fee to gain access to the company's sales information, catalogs and products. Tupperware consultants host shows or parties in homes to sell products. Consultants organize, develop and maintain independent businesses and determine their own hours and sales goals.
What you would do: Tupperware consultants earn commissions primarily by setting up, hosting and selling products at parties in other people's homes. Some consultants increase their visibility and sales base by opening mall kiosks and creating an online presence through MyTupperware.com e-commerce sites. MyTupperware sites allow customers to shop and search for products online. Consultants can also boost their income by recruiting new consultants and sharing a percentage of their sales.
Cost to you: Consultants purchase a $55 start-up kit. The kit contains samples of Tupperware's most popular products, catalogs, order forms and an instruction manual. Tupperware also offers incentives such as discounts on products and prizes throughout the year.
Where in the world you can sell: Tupperware has home offices and consultants in the more than 100 countries around the globe, from Argentina to Yugoslavia.
The next step: You can contact Tupperware via its Website or through its toll-free number, 888-919-8099, to get in touch with a sales director. The director helps answer your questions and get you started.