FIND YOUR FIT IN THE CANADIAN DIRECT SELLING INDUSTRY.
HAVE YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO START YOUR OWN BUSINESS BUT DIDN'T HAVE THE CAPITAL TO INVEST?
Direct selling offers a low cost alternative to traditional business ownership. In direct selling, products and services are marketed directly to customers, generally in their homes or the homes of others, through personal explanation and demonstration.
Each Independent Sales Contractor (ISC) or distributor sets their own personal goals and objectives, and works as much as she or he chooses. Success depends only on individual ambition and willingness to work. There are no restrictions to becoming a direct sales entrepreneur. It is open to all without regard to age, gender, race, education, marital status, or previous experience.
The Freedom To Choose
One of the most popular ways to work for yourself, but without the risks and stresses of being by yourself, is to become an Independent Sales Contractor (ISC) with one of our member companies. With more and more people abandoning the corporate world and going into business for themselves, direct selling industry is one of the fastest-growing industries in Canada. More than one-million Canadians associated with DSA member companies enjoy running their own part-time or full-time business in direct sales.
BEING YOUR OWN BOSS
WORK FROM HOME
INCREASED FAMILY TIME
INCOME TIED TO EFFORTS
NO MORE COMMUTING
NO DOWNSIZING WORRIES
NO MORE OFFICE POLITICS
ON DEMAND SUPPORT & TRAINING FROM AN ESTABLISHED COMPANY
GETTING STARTED IS EASY.
You probably already have the basics: an interest in people and a desire to succeed. You’ll be taught the rest, and you’ll earn as you learn. Direct selling may answer your dream of running your own business with little risk and strong corporate support.
The cornerstone of the Association’s commitment to ethical business practices and consumer service is its Codes of Ethics & Business Practices. Every member company pledges to abide by the Codes’ standards and procedures as a condition of admission and continuing membership in the Association.
We've made finding your fit in this industry easy. Click the link below to access our member directory. Identify a product or service that appeals to you and click on the company link for more information. You may also be want to check out the compensation structures employed by our members. This information can be found in the section below.
Not all direct selling companies belong to the Direct Sellers Association of Canada (DSA). Those who do pledge to abide by the DSA's Codes of Ethics, their commitment to ethical business practices and consumer protection.
Be sure to get answers to the following questions:
•What, if any, start-up investment is required? •What training does the company offer? Choose a company that invests in training. It's your best guarantee of being prepared to do your best. •What is the compensation structure? Get all the facts about bonuses, profits, commissions and responsibilities. •What are the company's guarantees and return policies? They'll be important to your customers and to you. •How do other salespeople feel about the company? Check with them, or ask the company to provide histories of people in the business. •What happens if you decide to leave the company? The DSA Codes of Ethics and Business Practices require that an active DSA Member company permit an independent salesperson to return products in saleable condition on reasonable commercial terms.
Canadian consumers can find a wide range of fine products offered through direct sales, including food and nutritional products, toys and educational items, candles, cosmetics and skin care products, clothing, jewelry, and telephone and internet service, to name just a few.
Direct sales is simply another channel for delivering these goods and services to the consumers, but without the need for a permanent retail outlet. Generally, direct sales involves face to face contact in the consumer’s home, others’ homes, or at the workplace, through personal demonstrations offered by local independent sales contractors (ISCs), who pride themselves on delivering quality products and personalized service to their customers. That’s something you can’t always find at a traditional retail outlet.
Direct sales provides the opportunity for thousands of Canadians to run their own business. Independent sales contractors are not employed by the company whose products they distribute – instead, they are business people operating their own businesses. Without the costs associated with maintain a retail outlet and a large volume of stock, direct sales provides people an accessible opportunity to earn an income with little or no investment on their part. And participation is not restricted by age, gender, education, or previous experience.
Multi-Level marketing is a form of direct sales where independent sales contractors have the opportunity to sponsor new ISCs and build their own sales team. As well as being paid commissions for sales of the company’s goods or services, sponsoring ISCs also generally receive additional income to compensate them for the work necessary to lead a team of salespeople. Multi-level marketing should not be confused with pyramid schemes, which are illegal scams. For more information on pyramid schemes, which are illegal scams. For more information on pyramid schemes, and how to avoid being entrapped by them click here.
SINGLE-TIER DIRECT SALES
In single-tier direct sales, each independent sales contractor reports directly to the company with which they are associated, and works on their own. There are no sales teams to build and lead – you’re an individual entrepreneur making direct contact with your customers, and are generally paid a commission based on sales.
Party Plans is the term used to describe on of the most popular forms of direct sales, whether through multi-level marketing or through single-tier sales. An independent sales contractor will help their customer plan a home party where the ISC’s products or services are showcased. Attendees view a demonstration of the goods and have an opportunity to purchase them. The host generally receives bonuses as a reward for her/his efforts in organizing the party. Many customers use party planning as a great excuse for a social get-together with friends, neighbours, and relatives.