40 Questions to Ask Before Joining A Direct Sales Company
You’ve decided you want to have your own business but don’t have the money or experience to open up a coffee shop. You’ve decided to take the direct sales route because you like the idea of low-risk, fully supportive product development, inventory and shipping operations that comes with a direct sales company but you don’t know which company to join. I bet you have a ton of questions. Well today is your lucky day. Here are a bunch of questions that you should be asking before you jump into anything.
40 Direct Sales Questions You Should Be Asking
If you are considering joining a direct sales or multi-level marketing company, chances are you have done your research and are fully informed on your company choice. But just in case you haven’t yet, here is a list of 40 questions to consider before you make the decision to join any company. Talk to your sponsor or recruiter and be informed!
- How long has the company been in business?
- Who is the founder(s) of the company?
- Does the company have a mission that you could stand behind?
- Is the company international or have plans to expand to international countries?
- Who are the company’s primary competitors?
- Where are the products manufactured?
- What are the product ingredients?
- Are the products gluten free or tested on animals?
- Are consultants required to have inventory to sell?
- What is the process for ordering products and getting them to customers?
- What is the product warranty?
- Are samples and business materials provided, or do consultants purchase their own?
- How often are new products introduced and discontinued?
- What does it cost to join?
- Are there different start-up kit options?
- Is there a fee to maintain a business website?
- What is the sales requirement to remain active as a consultant?
- If you become inactive is there a fee to re-activate?
- Are hostess incentives provided by the company or is the consultant responsible?
- Does the company provide marketing materials?
- Are consultants able to create their own marketing materials?
- What are the rules around social media marketing and advertising?
- Are consultants allowed to have personal websites or blogs for their business?
Compensation and Incentives:
- What is the product commission rate and compensation plan?
- Can consultants purchase products at wholesale prices?
- When are commissions paid?
- What are the commission payment methods?
- Does the company offer an annual incentive trip or other rewards?
- Are there rewards for personal volume sales or sponsoring new team members?
- Who would be your sponsor’s upline?
- Does your sponsor or upline provide team training?
- Does your sponsor or upline offer any incentives or team challenges?
- Does your sponsor or upline provide any online groups for sharing and team building?
- Once you reach a certain leadership level, are you paid on that level for all future months if you maintain your own personal sales?
- Are there any restrictions on how or where you can recruit team members?
- Does the company provide you with training materials?
- What methods are used for training – WebEx or Zoom calls? Facebook live videos or webinars? Email? Workshops? Other?
- Does the company provide leadership or career development training?
- Does the company have annual conferences or events?
Once you have all these questions thoroughly answered, the only remaining question is are you passionate about the product you’ll be selling?
- Do you have a passion for the product?
If you do have a passion for the product, then jump in. Direct sales can be a very lucrative path both financially and personally as long as you have the motivation and discipline to work it. Commission-based sales is not for everyone, but if you have the right support, training, marketing channels, and work ethic, you can be very successful.
You should only join a direct sales company that you truly believe in. To be successful you must believe in the product you’re selling. Color Street is a company that has become a true passion of mine. I love the product, I love sharing it with people and I love showing them why it has changed me in so many ways.