Direct selling jobs on the rise

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

HENRICO, VA (NBC12) - Selling everything from cosmetics to jewelry, more people are turning their homes into a business for extra cash or even a career change. But is it worth all the effort?

Shannon Lang is only two months into her new money making venture, peddling Scentsy wickless candles at house parties. But her side job has already made a long lasting impression on her wallet.

"I had two parties in April and I made enough to make my car payment so yeah it's been worth it," said Lang.

More people are getting bitten by the direct selling bug. In March alone, Avon reports additions to its sales team up fifty percent.

The Pampered Chef saw a nearly six percent increase in recruitment in the first quarter of 2009 compared to last.

Mary Kay is seeing a growing interest too, reporting a 22 percent increase in sales reps so far this year.

"Not only to make extra money or even to perhaps replace the income," said Mary Kay Independent Senior Sales Director Donica Salley.

Hundreds packed a Henrico theater Monday night, wanting to learn more about selling the cosmetics line and hoping to get a better handle on their financial situation.

"It's something I've been thinking about doing for a long time. I'm getting married in January. I'm thinking it would kind of be nice to put away money and plan for the wedding," said Richmond resident Jessi Suttenfield.

Lang says it's better than a part time job that would take her away from home and her son.

"I can sell this and make money and have fun so why not," said Lang.

That Mary Kay educational event at the Regal West Tower Cinemas on West Broad was one of 185 held across the country Monday night.

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