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When considering different career paths, becoming an independent distributor can be an attractive option. It may seem exciting to jump right into a business, but we have a few questions that you should ask yourself before becoming an independent distributor.

Do you believe in the product you’re selling?

Xyngular Reviews asks, “With so many companies promising products that will change your life, and so little accurate information on the internet about them, how do you make a decision on a given company?” This is the first question to ask yourself; and the way to answer that question is to look for honest reviews from outside the company and try the product for yourself. You need to believe in the product before committing to a certain company and a certain product that you want to stake your livelihood on. If you do not believe in the product you are selling, your business will not be a success.

When we say “believe in the product,” we do not mean that you merely enjoy it. In order to be an independent distributor, you need to be ecstatic about the products and ready to tell everyone you know just how much you love them. Most independent distributors begin as loyal customers of a company they distribute for. If the products are not working for you or it is not something that you reach for every single day, is it worth selling?

Are you a social butterfly?

In order to actually sell products, you will have to talk to other people. Talking to people doesn’t just mean that you have the gift of gab; it means that you have strong social skills, that you can read people and situations well, and that you can speak persuasively. Success Magazine describes it this way: “Because human interaction of any kind is fraught with pitfalls like misperception, it is in your best interest as a salesperson to critique your own social skills and pay close attention to the reactions you get...Perceive yourself as others do, and you can make meaningful and strategic changes to your social behavior that will make a lasting and accurate impression on everyone you meet.”

Whether you are talking to people over social media, at home parties, or in a sales appointment, your job is to promote the product that you are selling so you can make a commission. The more people you talk to, the more potential you have to make money. If you are not a social butterfly, this may not be the right opportunity for you.

Have you done your research?

Doing your research consists of determining what you expect from the company and what the company expects from you. Some companies want independent distributors to meet certain monthly sales quotas that you should be aware of prior to signing up. Some companies will give you great deals or discounts on the products in addition to commission. But some companies are not as generous with their independent distributors as others. You can find reviews of companies that work through independent distributors on sites such as Glassdoor and SimplyHired. Doing your research on the company before you commit to it will save you a lot of headaches and frustrations later on down the road.  

Asking yourself these questions prior to signing up to becoming an independent distributor can make sure that you are prepared for what you are signing up for and ready to reap the benefits.