According to the Direct Sales Association the direct sales industry for the United States totaled $29.87 billion and that was an increase of 4.6% from the year before. No wonder so many people are flocking to start their own home based business.
DSA President Joseph Mariano says, “Direct Selling continues to be a source of income and support for independent consultants across the USA.”
Direct selling grew 3.9% and this outpaced the overall economy. The United States ranks as the top direct selling market in the world with Japan second and China third. According to Alessandro Carlucci, President of World Federation of Direct Selling Associations, global direct sales increased 10 percent from $139.7 billion in 2010 to $153.7 billion in 2011, according to Carlucci.
There is a huge potential for people to make money in this industry. Below are some resources that may help you in your business.
Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
The Federal Trade Commission regulates FREE Trade in the United States and protects consumers. Here is their mission as listed on their website.
Our mission: To prevent business practices that are anticompetitive, deceptive, or unfair to consumers
This is a great agency that really does great work for the American people. If you have any concerns or grievances and you are unable to receive any support try visiting their website to determine your next course of action.
They also offer information on Economics, Consumer Protection, Competition, Congressional information, and other topics associated with business activities.
Home Business Radio Network (HBRN)
HBRN is a year old company that provides a 24 hour radio network platform dedicated to the home based business owner. It provides 34 different shows that target, train, and discusses topics that pertain to the home business arena.
Some of the top industry leaders with proven track records provide a platform where you can learn any time of day. Some of the topics include direct selling, social media, leadership, mobile apps, personal branding, industry updates, personal development, and many more topics.
HBRN also offers a mobile app so that you can listen to Positive Powered Radio on the go.
Fiverr is a website portal that allows you to purchase or sell products for services starting at $5. This allows the small business owner to shop for services and items needed on a very limited budget.
Some categories offered are:
- Graphics & Design
- Video & Animation
- Online Marketing
- Proramming & Tech
- Music & Audio
There are other categories but those above are the main ones listed that appeal to the small or home based business.
In order to make purchases you will need a PayPal account. Other than that requirement there should be no problem with finding someone to offer what you need and for a very reasonable cost.
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IBOTool Box is a “SAFEHAVEN” for you to learn and build your business. This is a FREE community where you can go to network with likeminded individuals in a business social network setting.
Here you can:
- Advertise Your Business
- Submit Press Releases
- Generate Leads
- Contact Manager
- Media Sharing
- Events Scheduling
- Live Chat
Direct Selling Association (DSA)
The DSA is a national trade association for businesses that produce and distribute goods and services that are sold directly to consumers. DSA currently has approximately 200 member businesses.
DSA screens all members and provides a strict code of ethics as a cornerstone that each member must pledged to uphold.
DSA also provides resources to its members and provides research resources concerning this industry.
This organization is tailored for the parent company and not the small business owner, but you should be aware of its charter and the support it provides in making sure companies operate at the highest standards.
In conclusion, I hope these resources are beneficial to your business and the ongoing success. Please share the information contained within the article. Review each company or organization and see how they can help you going forward. Keep in mind while you are working you can always listen to HBRN and keep your mind focused on continual learning.