Military spouses often have to get creative in finding employment opportunities to fit the military lifestyle. With frequent moves, time off needed to accommodate deployment and detachment schedules and an unpredictable life in general- many struggle to find employment that “fits”. I realized recently many of my military spouse peers have joined direct sales (also known as multi-level marketing) companies.
What is the very first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the words direct sales? I have to admit, at one time, I was weary of these types of income making opportunities and my first thoughts were “pyramid schemes”. I would like to challenge you to rethink the stereotypes and preconceived notions of direct sales jobs. In my opinion, they can be a great career choice for military spouses who are looking for the opportunity to work from home and dictate their work hours and schedule. As with any business venture it is essential you vet and research the company you are considering joining through resources like the Better Business Bureau and by talking to others who have chosen to sell the products or services.
This interview is the first of four in a series featuring military spouses in direct sales. These military spouses have found success and fulfillment from their jobs. I hope their stories and advice inspire you like they did me!
Amanda Schnepper: Usborne Books & More Amanda lives in Virginia Beach with her husband and 13 month old son. She has a Bachelor's Degree In Exercise and Sports Science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a Master's Degree in Health and Exercise Science from Wake Forest University. She is a part time Fitness Instructor, Usborne Books & More Team Leader and a full time mommy. She has been a military spouse since 2009 and has lived in Texas and California with her husband before they moved to Virginia.
Coming up next week, we highlight a military spouse who is a direct sales consultant for LuLaRoe.
Do you run your own business using direct sales? I would love for you to comment and share your success stories.
About the Blogger: Briana Hartzell is a Navy spouse, mother to two beautiful girls (2 years and 4 months), a former full time USAA employee and a graduate of Texas A&M University. Briana writes at Being Briana, a blog focused on the joys that military life and parenthood can bring.
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