I did a lot of soul searching and went from Barefoot Books to Avon to Thirty-One and could not get parties booked and could not get orders. Like I was saying before, no one has the money for those items. My husband told me to stop wasting my time with these companies and look into something that is more me. I thought about it and the reason I wanted to do home parties was because I wanted to get to the point where I could be a stay at home mom and work for myself. But there was a problem. I wanted to get away from work for a corporation where I am doing all the work and making money for them and waiting to get paid. Doing direct sales I was working for a corporation where I was doing all the work and making them money and still waiting to get paid. If I want to get away from that then why was I moving on to the same situation. It didn't make sense once I thought about it.
I have been doing my plastic canvas for about 10 years now so I have a website where I sell the crafts I have made. I also will be adding sewn items and embroidered items to the website too. I want to make things like what Thirty-One has to offer but more affordable. Most people can't afford to spend $75 on a bag. Most do good to spend $30 on a bag. I want to offer a more affordable option. Plus with direct sales, it seems like I was getting little to no help. They wanted me to book parties but when I would ask for help on ideas they would tell me to book with family and friends or book my own. When I tell them that no one would book parties and that I did my own and no one booked off of it because no one showed up they would tell me to book with family and friends or would not answer at all. See...no help.
I decided to do things my own way and have made more money selling my crafts than I did with Barefoot Books, Avon, and Thirty-One combined and I was able to do something that I did normally sitting on my couch watching TV with my family. Didn't even have to leave the house. With direct sales you are limited to what you can do because you have to go by their guidelines. With my own business I can do things the way that I want. Now just to get things going full time.