Something about myself that many of my online readers may not know, is that I actually started my direct sales journey while I was an undergrad student. There are challenges that accompany that for sure, because along with class, you are often trying to balance readings, writing papers, preparing presentations or projects, working part-time, and having some form of social life. Having a direct sales business on top of all of that sounds daunting to you on top of all of your other tasks, and it does come with unique challenges. However, it also has a lot of hidden perks. When you have classes through the week, and schedules that change from one term to the next, it can be difficult to find steady employment that is above minimum wage… and let’s face it, minimum wage on part-time working hours for a student is often just not enough. When I started school, I was actually working three part-time jobs. Each job individually did not provide me with enough hours, so I kept taking on more and more. This resulted in little sleep, a lot of stress, and not enough time to focus on my schoolwork. Any of the higher paid jobs typically do not accept students, because they prefer to have people that are going to be there long-term and working on a full-time basis. Add to that the fact that it is becoming increasingly hard to find a job in the first place, at least where I am from in the Maritimes.
I was pretty fortunate in that I was able to get into a good and steady job the summer after my second year of my degree. It wasn’t much in terms of hours during the winter months, but the hours and income I had during the summer allowed me to save. I also managed to get a perfect job for a student in my final year, a security guard in a government building. I worked weekends, which admittedly did suck, but it permitted me to study and work on schoolwork in between my responsibilities because the building was nearly always shut down on weekends. Most students are unable to have that luxury. For that reason, it is almost like the direct sales industry is perfect for the struggling student.
Here’s 5 reasons WHY direct sales is MADE for the struggling student:
- You have the ability to choose your own schedule. Have exams coming up, three papers to write, and a presentation to prepare for a seminar? Not an issue. With a direct sales business, YOU get to choose when and how you work. If you only have 5 minutes before class, you can write a quick post for Facebook and share an image on social media. Network marketing provides you with the freedom and flexibility to CHOOSE when you need to focus on your studies, and when you have time to focus on your business. There were some days when I was just totally drained mentally, emotionally, and physically from school (especially exam week), so having the ability to say “you know what, I think I need to take a day off from working my business and focus on my studies, or even just to relax and power up” is amazing.
- You are surrounded by potential customers. One of my biggest regrets is that I didn’t use that huge advantage while I had the chance. I am shy and more introverted, so I didn’t network like I could have. If you are a social person, this is honestly the perfect opportunity for you to use that to your benefit and make connections that will ultimately propel your business forward. University is just full of students, and gives you a giant advantage over everyone else doing a business. You have opportunities to meet new people DAILY.
- You save money on products you love. When you pick a direct sales company to join, you need to make it something that you love and fully support. In doing so, you will be genuine with those around you and they will see that in you. Working for a company that you love will allow you to get the products you would be buying anyway at a much cheaper price, and even make a return on all of your purchases through commissions from sales you make with the company. I chose a beauty brand and a health and fitness company because those were (still are) my passions, and I stuck around for 3+ years. I am with LimeLife now, and it is something that I absolutely love and enjoy doing, and it allows me to save money on amazing makeup and skin care that I would be buying full price anyway.
- You can take your job with you wherever you go. I went to school in my hometown, but a lot of people that I went to school with were from out of town. Many people came from different cities, provinces, or even countries to study. If this is you, what happens to your job if you go home over the holidays, during summer breaks, or when you graduate? Chances are a place of employment will be okay with 1 week vacation to go home, but they won’t be down with an entire summer. With direct sales, you can bring your business WITH you. While on holiday breaks, summer breaks, or upon graduation, you can continue working on your business. It is even better for you this way, because it allows you to network and make connections in your hometown and across the country as well!
- Extra income to support you throughout your degree. Every company is different, so I can’t speak for the payment schedules of all direct sales companies. However, I can tell you that LimeLife has the best compensation plan that I have seen for a direct sales company. The commission is deposited onto a special credit card that you can withdraw from, or even use to pay for in-store purchases like groceries, gas, etc. Personally, I chosen to allow my commission to accumulate on the card to use it to help pay off my student loans. This approach gives you an opportunity to support yourself throughout your degree with something you enjoy doing on your own time, by your own terms.
The naysayers will try to convince you that it is a waste of time, or that it isn’t worth it, but they are wrong. Even if you only have time to work on it super part-time like I did when I was in school, it still allows you to build a following through networking while in school and establish credibility among your friends, family, and peers. Over time that business will grow, and eventually you will have more time to put into it, and it will be worth it to see the result.
Are you a struggling student with a direct sales business already? I would love to hear about how this industry has helped you throughout the duration of your university career! Please share below in the comments :)
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