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Selling direct

Direct selling

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By Tiernan Cannon

Most of us have been there at some point – you’ve just been paid and, after rent, bills, food and other essentials, you might have €10 or €20 left for yourself.

If you need to make some extra money but can’t fully commit to a structured timetable, direct selling could be a suitable option, an effective and flexible means of acquiring a bit of cash at a time that suits you.

According to the Direct Selling Association of Ireland (DSAI), there are over 20,000 people working as direct sellers in Ireland these days, and the industry is continuing to grow as an alternative to traditional employment or as a part-time earner. The practice involves selling products or services directly to customers without the need for a permanent premises – think of it as running your own business without the same risks or start-up costs that would normally be involved. One need not necessarily have experience in sales, but passion and the appropriate temperament are obviously a must.

What’s involved?

If you want to get involved with direct selling, visit the Direct Selling Association of Ireland’s membership page and take a look at the companies listed, which offer products varying from cosmetics to fashion.

Figure out which company suits you – which products you feel you could sell effectively. You’ll probably have to invest invest in an introductory pack, though you should be provided with training before you begin.

Traditionally, direct sellers would go door-to-door, or would sell at coffee mornings or parties, but nowadays they have the further avenue of social media to flog their wares. Direct sellers work on commission, typically between 30 and 40%, though this depends on the company. Of course, the work involved isn’t for everybody, but if you can find a product you feel passionate about selling, and you trust your abilities to do so, then why not be your own boss and get selling?

When not writing about all things personal finance, You & Your Money's editor Conor Forrest enjoys reading, football and getting lost in an ocean of Wikipedia articles.